Thursday, October 24, 2013

Warming Stew for Cool Fall Days

Fall has officially settled in. The leaves are changing and the air is cooling down. This leads us to choose warming foods and herbs, and grounding, yummy root vegetables.

With this in mind, I would like to share with you one of my favorite fall-time recipes for a soup that's perfect for one of those days when it's cold outside and you are looking for something, warm, hearty, and delicious. The prep time for this recipe is about 30 minutes, and the cook time is 20-40 minutes. It is also completely vegan and full of ingredients that are great for the body. 

Green Lentil Stew with Kabocha Squash 

1 Medium Onion
1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
1 Cup Dried Green Lentils
5 Cups Water
2 Cups Spinach
1 Cup Chopped Celery
3 Tablespoons Apple Cider Vinegar
1/2 Teaspoon Sea Salt (Himalayan or Celtic)
2-3 Cloves Garlic, chopped (this was not in the original recipe, but I'm a fool for garlic, and it made a great spice!)
2 Cups Chopped Winter Squash (Kabocha)

In a large soup pot, sauté the onions in the olive oil over medium heat until the onions are soft/transparent. (Be careful not to heat these too quickly, as you do not want to burn the olive oil. Burning oil is no good for your health, and if it does burn, do not breathe the smoke, as that is toxic to the body.) Add the water, lentils, and apple cider vinegar to the pot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium and add the spinach, celery, & squash. Let this simmer for 20-40 minutes, tasting it for readiness. Enjoy!

Such a delicious and warming meal on a cool, fall day!
 Note: It is important to look for organic ingredients (as much as possible) to avoid ingesting any unhealthy anti-nutrients, which may effect the body's ability to use the nutrients in the food. For more information about choosing organic foods, visit my website

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It is nice to diffuse the oils of cinnamon, nutmeg, orange, clove, and pine on these cooler days as well. These oils are perfect for fall and make your house smell amazing. You can pick up these oils from SpringWell Health Center in Eugene, Oregon or call us to learn more about how to order your own therapeutic-grade essential oils at 24% off retail price.


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