Cooking With Intention

Celebration Relief

Ahhhh, the holidays are officially behind us.  So much revelry and food and fun and drinks.  Yes, it has been a blast.  Now, perhaps your body needs a quick detox.  Maybe your head could use one, too.  Well, it just so happens, I have a solution to your troubles. This beautiful and simple to make soup is light and earthy.

Each individual ingredient packs a healthful punch on its own, put them together and you have a big ole bowlful of your internal organs, your bones, and every other body part thanking you. This soup is packed with the following benefits:

  • Reduces cholesterol formation
  • Reduces blood vessel stiffness (lowers blood pressure)
  • Clot-busting (lowering the risk of stroke and heart attacks)
  • Antioxidant
  • Antibiotic
  • Immune boosting
  • Anti-carcinogenic
  • Bone strengthening

Now, of course, the benefits will depend on the quality of the ingredients.  So, please use organic, locally grown or made products when possible.

1 lb mushrooms, (chopped as small or large as you like)

2 leeks, halved, sliced about 1/4 inch thick, soaked in cold water then drained

1/2 cup fresh parsley, chopped fine

3 T. soy sauce

2 T. olive oil

1 t. turmeric

1/2 t. dried thyme

salt and pepper to taste

6 cups broth (any bone broth is the best, otherwise organic chicken broth will suffice)

2 T chopped fresh chives

Trim the green part of the leek, you can use as much or as little as you like. I like to use about 2 inches of the green portion. There are loads of vitamins and minerals in them as well as the white part. Split each leek in half, then slice the halves to about 1/4 inch thick. Allow them to soak in a bowl of salted water about 30 minutes. Rinse and drain.
Heat the oil in the soup pot, add turmeric, thyme, salt, and pepper. Give them a quick stir, then add the leeks. Cook until they begin to soften then add the mushrooms. Allow the mushrooms to cook until they begin to brown. Add broth and soy sauce. Simmer for at least 10 minutes. Add the parsley and chives. Simmer 5 more minutes. Serve with a sprinkle of grated Parmesan cheese, if desired.

This soup is so very good for you!  At least one bowl a day for a few days and you will feel yourself strengthening and your energy will increase.  So, go ahead and make those New Years Resolutions, you can achieve anything!

Bright Blessings and Beautiful Health to you.




SUNDAY ORACLE: Winter Solstice

During the time of the Winter Solstice (December 21 or 22 depending on where you are) there are many celebrations, in various cultures, that depict the birth of the sun. Not all cultures or religions have their particular ‘festival of lights’ day on the actual first day of Winter. However, they are all within a few days of the solstice.

It is a day to celebrate renewal and hope. This is a quiet season and a period of the longest night that calls us to go inside. We go inside our homes physically and we go inside our hearts and souls to reflect on the seasons just past.

Take some time this Winter Solstice to review the past year. Think of the lessons you have learned, both good and not so good. Bask in your shining accomplishments. Be thankful for everything, forgive what needs forgiveness, and let it all go to rest in the past. What do you want to accomplish in the coming year? What dreams and desires do you have and what steps can you take to make them come to fruition?

The season also seems to be a time of hustle and bustle for many people. Remember to carve out a space for quiet for yourself and allow time for your imagination to run wild. See all the possibilities that your future holds without limits. Be joyful for what life has in store for you this coming year. As the sun grows stronger from this day, may your dreams grow more vivid.

Just as the Winter Solstice is a time of renewal throughout the Earth, let it be a time of renewal for your own hopes and dreams!

Wishing everyone a joyous and happy holiday season!

Bright Blessings, Dear Ones.

*from Earth Magic Oracle Cards by Steven D Farmer, Ph.D.Winter Soltice