Eating For The Season For Optimal Health

Eating for the season helps our bodies process our food better, and therefore, puts less strain on our systems.  You’ve heard me say it before, food is medicine.  The ancient Indian healing system of Ayurveda, which translates to “the science of life” in ancient sanskrit, organizes the diet by dividing it into the three harvesting seasons-late fall, spring and summer.  The weather determines the needs of the body.

Spring

…is wet, windy and rainy so the foods balance this with lighter, uplifting foods like:  leafy greens and green vegetables (broccoli, lettuces and string beans).

As the summer heats up,

…the diet gets even cooler by adding reds into it like: berries, red lentils and shrimp.

This time of year, the foods become grounding and heavier as the cold sets in.

…Just think of the squirrels collecting their nuts. You can probably guess the foods: root vegetables, nuts, cranberries and beef.  If you stop to think of it, we naturally tend to eat this way.  Pumpkins are everywhere right now:  pumpkin breads, coffees, soups and desserts.  It is October and it marks the big pumpkin harvest with Halloween.

In honor of that, I have shared a great treat to enjoy throughout the winter months.

Easy Pumpkin Soup
 
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Enjoy as a side at dinner or as a light lunch. It is Easy, delicious and a family favorite of all! Perfect to warm you up as the temperatures drop...To make it heavier you can add grains, ham or turkey to it.
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Cuisine: American
Serves: 16 sevings
Ingredients
  • 1 TBSP butter or oil
  • 1 C onion, chopped
  • 2 tsp garlic, minced
  • 3 cans (29 oz) pumpkin puree
  • 1 carton (32 oz) chicken or vegetable broth or more to thin to desired consistency
  • 1 C cream, half and half or milk substitute of choice (the cream gives extra flavor and body)
  • 1 tsp fresh thyme
  • 1 tsp black pepper, ground
  • ½ tsp fresh rosemary
Instructions
  1. Melt the butter in a skillet over medium heat.
  2. Cook the onion and garlic in the butter until soft, adding the garlic after onion is nearly soft.
  3. Combine the onion, garlic, puree, broth, cream and spices.
  4. Add to the crock pot with any other added ingredients of your choice.
  5. Cook on low for 8 to 10 hours.
  6. To make it fancy while serving, sprinkle the top of each bowl with cinnamon, place a sprig of thyme on top or a small circular drizzle of cream, as a garnish. Make it your own!

 

 Easy and delicious, I hope that you will go to it, time and again, for delicious nutrition and eating pleasure!  

PS.  Have I mentioned how much I love my crock pot?  It makes cooking simple and dinner is nearly ready by the time I come through the door!  Added bonus-only one pot to clean!

Happy Cooking Adventures and Bon Appetite!

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