It's a rare and good day if I see the sun even for 5 minutes these days. One has to employ a lot of strategies and will-power to keep the mood lighter than the weather.
In our house, that means essential oils, vitamin D, candles, fires, getting outside even when we DO NOT WANT TO, and lots of warming, grounding stews.
On busy days, the only stews that will do are the ones that cook themselves.
And you probably have most of these ingredients in your pantry already! So go ahead and throw them in our crockpot tomorrow morning, and have the best Friday night ever.
Warming, grounding, and energizing is the theme for winter - our bodies need and crave foods with these properties! This dish contains vitamin A rich sweet potatoes which nourishes our mucosal surfaces - like the inside of the nose which is the first line of defense against infection. Chickpeas give us steady energy, regulating blood sugar levels and loading us up with fiber. Cinnamon is antibacterial and anti fungal, and can help fight off the sniffles. Stay healthy and warm this winter!
1 - sweet onion
2 stalks - celery
1 - sweet potato
3 - garlic cloves
4 c. - chickpeas (or 2 cans) OR
1 pound - local/organic meat of choice, cut into chunks (optional - in place or with half the amount of chickpeas)
3 tablespoons tomato paste
1 can - crushed tomatoes (24 oz)
1-2 c. - water
1 - Rapunzel vegetable bouillon cube
1 t. - cumin
1 t. - cinnamon
1 t. - oregano
1 c. - chopped greens (kale, collards, etc.)
plain yogurt or sour cream, optional
Optional: 1 cup cooked rice, 4 local/organic eggs, or naan bread
- Dice onion, chop celery and sweet potato, and mince garlic. Place in your crock pot with chickpeas or meat, tomato paste, crushed tomatoes, water, bouillon cube, cumin, cinnamon and oregano. Cook on low for 4-6 hours, then switch to keep warm.
- When you get home, stir in chopped greens and let simmer another 10-15 minutes.
- Eat your stew over brown rice, or topped with a fried egg, or with a side of naan. Top with yogurt or sour cream and chopped fresh parsley.