Warming Foods for Colder Moons
Gingered Winter Squash Mash
Choose 1 large yellow onion.
Chop off top and bottom, peel skin and slice in half width-wise.
Place two halves flat on cutting board and slice each one into thin crescent moons. Follow the ridges of the onion when chopping.
Heat 2 Tablespoons olive oil in a skillet that has a matching lid.
When oil is hot, add onions, stir briefly with spatula, turn burner down to medium-low, and cover.
Simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
1 inch fresh, chopped ginger root
½ teaspoon each: nutmeg, coriander, garam masala, cinnamon, salt
Simmer for 15 more minutes, until onion starts to brown.
Add water if onion is sticking to the bottom of the skillet.
Once squash is cooked, peel it, de-seed it, and mix it with onions. You can purée it or leave it as is. Serve as you would mashed potatoes! Garnish with black pepper if you like.
Start heating a pot of cold water on the stovetop.
3 chicken legs, stew beef with bones, lamb shanks – leave meat out if you prefer
A handful of astragalus root and/or codonopsis root
A handful of fresh or dried shitake or maitake mushrooms
2 inches of rinsed kombu seaweed
1 teaspoon salt
2 carrots, chopped into quarters
2 stalks celery, chopped in half
1 onion, whole with peel removed
1 head garlic, whole with peel removed
Cover the pot and bring to boil, lower the heat and simmer for 1 to 2 hours, until any meat falls off the bones.
Remove bones, herbs, any dried mushrooms and roots from the soup.
Aromatic vegetables like parsnips, turnips, mustard greens and leeks – these reduce congestion
Orange vegetables like carrots, sweet potatoes and winter squash – these are rich in carotenoids, which support immunity and respiratory health.
Spices such as thyme, black pepper and oregano – these are anti-microbial and reduce risk of contracting a viral or bacterial infection
Simmer the soup until everything is tender, then add more fresh garlic and ginger if you like. Taste for salt.
Serve with a drizzle of your favorite oil and a whole grain. Delicious!