Happy New Year ! & Spicy Squash Soup

Happy New Year!!!

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Which of those three words packs the biggest punch for you? For me it's "New". The word "new" carries a promise of something good unfolding...of beginnings, and a "new year" holds the potential that the blank canvas holds for the artist. The longest night is behind us and each day brings more light. No wonder people make New Year's resolutions! The challenge is keeping them, sustaining our enthusiasm and resolve long enough to manifest them. So.. how do we do that?

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The impulse to make "resolutions" at this time (notice we don't call them goals) is in alignment with the life force that drives the very cycles of nature. Our enthusiasm and will are generated and supported by this powerful force. We have full access to it as long as we remain in alignment with our own true nature - our essence. So the smart choice is to do the things that will keep this alignment strong. Whether you male a new year's resolution or not.

Our intention in 2016 is to support you in "living your greatest life". Every month, on the "new" and "full" moons, we'll bring you a wealth of information and tools to help you live from your essence - aligned with nature and your own heart. Today Michelle Dirks, our natural foods and healing specialist, shares her wisdom with practical ways to do that.

As we enter 2016, let's come together in a joint intention to make this world a healthier and more loving place for us all!

We invite you to extend this free year long offering to others in your life. Ask them to join this blog as an invitation to "live their greatest life".  Maria J Garcia

How To Get Started

Nature provides you with everything you need. Your body is built from food you eat, the air you breathe, the emotions you feel and the thoughts you think.

Having  a healthier relationship with food will improve your immunity, bring clarity to your mind and vitality to your spirit. Here are 10 simple ways to get started.

  1. Eat real foods made from earth's natural ingredients. "If earth doesn't grow it don't eat it".
  2. Use organic produce as much as possible. Avoid all GMO foods.
  3. Juice a few times a week for cellular nutrition.
  4. Use locally grown and seasonal products as much as possible. Seasonal products provide the nutrients you need to help you adjust to your climate.
  5. Think before you eat. Ask: an I getting the nutrition I need from this food. Rely on your wisdom and natural instinct.
  6. Eating at the same time daily helps create balance. This routine also helps establish healthy habits.
  7. Prepare and cook your own food as much as possible.
  8. Practice daily affirmations such as: "I am a more positive, aware and peaceful person, as I nourish myself with good clean food."   "I love myself by eating the best foods Mother Nature has to offer."   "I claim excellent health right now, I choose my food wisely."
  9. Eat when you are feeling relaxed.
  10. Have a variety in your diet: whole grains, cracked grains, leafy greens, round and root vegetables, seasonal fruit, beans, beans products, nuts, seeds and other high quality protein, Nutrients in toxins out!

As we look ahead to the bright days to come, we take comfort in warm thick soups and hearty food. We hope you  enjoy this scrumptious recipe!

           Spicy Butternut Squash Soup

soup

4 servings

Ingredients:

  • 1 finely chopped onion
  • 2 pieces of celery chopped
  • 2 peeled and chopped carrots
  • 1 or 2 cloves of minced garlic
  • half a teaspoon of chili flakes
  • Half a teaspoon of Rosemary or 2 -3 nice sprigs of fresh rosemary cut into tiny pieces
  • 1/2 a butternut Squash chopped into cubes
  • 4 - 5 cups of water or vegetable stock (cover the squash)
  • 4 teaspoons of olive oil
  • Sea slat and pepper to taste
  • Dulse flakes for accent (optional)

Preparation:

  1. Place the onion, celery, carrots, garlic,  rosemary and chili flakes in a bowl
  2. Add oil to a pot, let it heat and place the mixture in the pot
  3. Sautee for a few minutes and add the water or vegetable stock
  4. Prepare the squash and add after 10 minutes
  5. Bring mixture to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes
  6. Once cooked remove from heat and cool 5 to 10 minutes
  7. Blend the mixture to a smooth consistency
  8. Add silvered scallions for garnish
  9. For added flavor and a Mediteranian flair add cubed hot bread. See below.

Toast sliced bread or place in oven for 10 minutes at 350. Slice a clove of garlic in half at an angle. Rub the garlic on the warm bread, cut the bread into cubes and add to soup.

       Enjoy! Michelle Dirks