How to Heat things up for Valentine's Day

A cold winter Valentine's Day is good for one thing: turning up the heat! And all it takes is a bit of spice to get the ball rolling. 

Cinnamon stimulates blood circulation and will warm your bod right up. It also strengthens the immune system, an added bonus during the winter months. 

Cayenne pepper also increases circulation and blood flow in the body. It seriously gets things movin. 

Ready to ingnite your inner fire? This recipe is quick, easy, and delicous. So you can enjoy a bowl with your honey, and then keep the fire going. ;) 

Ingredients

2 c. - millet (or grain of choice)
3 T. - coconut oil oil
1 - sweet onion
2 stalks - celery
1 - sweet potato
1/2 t. - sea salt
1/4 t. - ground black pepper
3 - garlic cloves
1 t. - cumin
1 t. - cinnamon
1 t. - oregano
1/2 t. - cayenne pepper
3 tablespoons tomato paste
1 can - crushed tomatoes (24 oz)
1-2 c. - water
1 - Rapunzel vegetable bouillon cube
4 c. - chickpeas (or 2 cans) OR
1 pound - local/organic meat of choice, cooked and cut into chunks
1 c. - chopped greens (kale, collards, etc.)
fresh parsley

Method

  1. Bring 2 c. millet and 4 c. water to a boil, reduce to a simmer and cover; 20-30 minutes. 
  2. In a large pot, heat coconut oil over medium high heat. Sauté chopped onion for 2 minutes, then add celery and sauté another 3-5 minutes with a pinch of sea salt and black pepper. 
  3. Add remaining sweet potato chunks, garlic, and spices. Cook for 3-5 minutes, stirring well.
  4. Stir in tomato paste and crushed tomatoes, 1 c. water, and vegetable bouillon, bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer; 10 minutes.
  5. Stir in the chickpeas and chopped greens, and simmer another 5 minutes.  Season with sea salt and pepper, and add more water if needed. 
  6. Serve the stew over millet, topped with fresh parsley. Enjoy!

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