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January Kitchen warm ups.
It's cold out there, but there are lots of great ways to warm up when you come home other than just cranking up the thermostat.  Sometimes a cup of hot tea or soup does the trick, but if you want to jazz things up this winter, have fun playing with these warming and healthy foods!

  Adding some Chili peppers to your soups, stews, beans, or eggs can really turn up the heat.  If you make homemade bread you can even throw some in the dough to make some yummy spicy sandwiches!

  Ginger root makes a fantastic warming tea if you just peel and chop some of the root and seep it in boiled water for 10 minutes.  Ginger is also great added to sautéed veggies for some fun extra zing to your meal!

  Curry is a fulfilling warming spice blend that is great with all kinds of potatoes, squash, soups, fish, and vegetables.  Blended with coconut milk and veggie broth it makes a fantastic soup base.

  Cayenne Pepper is a bold spice that loves tomato dishes, eggplant, and beans and veggie chili.

  Garlic can add some heat as well as boost your immune system to help fight off the winter cold and flu that floats around this time of year.  Eaten raw it adds a hot bite and extra immune system boosters to your dishes. 

Root Vegetable Curry

• 3 Carrots  cubed or sliced
• 2 Parsnips, peeled and sliced
• 1c cubed winter squash
• 1/4c grated coconut
• Salt to taste
• 2-3 red chili peppers, chopped.  (take the seeds out if you want to mellow out the spice- but make sure you wash your hands well after touching them, ow!)
• pinch of turmeric powder
• 2 tablespoons olive oil
• 1 teaspoon or more cayenne pepper or red chili powder

Heat oil in a pan or saucepan. 
Sauté the red chilies, turmeric powder, salt, carrots, parsnips and squash, and give it a good stir.
Add a cup of water, cover and cook till the vegetables are tender but not mushy which should be around 20 min. If water evaporates, add more.
After the veggies are cooked add the cayenne pepper and the optional fresh grated coconut and give it a good mix and remove from heat. If extra spicy is preferred add 2 teaspoons of cayenne pepper powder or red chili powder and give it another good mix before removing from heat.

Great as a side or served over whole grains for a full meal.


Tamara Flanders is a Holistic Health Counselor and graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition.  Her health coaching practice, Your Body Awake, is located in Rexford, NY.  Learn more at her website www.yourbodyawake.com

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