This easy pumpkin soup is a very quick and nutritious one pot dish.
According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) theory, Autumn is the season associated with harvesting what we have grown and storing produce for the upcoming winter. The days are still warm, windy and dry, but the evenings begin to cool more than in summer.
We want to take particular care of the Lung and Large Intestines during Autumn. Both these organs desire to be moistened so that the Qi energy can flow gently through them.
Root vegetables are usually abundant and my favourite pumpkin soup can help to warm and nourish the Stomach and Spleen, as well as moisten the Lung and Large Intestine.
It is a very quick, easy and nutritious one pot dish.
Cauliflower Fritters & ‘Nori Chips’
An article on Preventing Chronic Disease by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention places cauliflower 24th on the list of “powerhouse fruits and vegetables”, using a nutrient density approach. It is a rich source of nutrients and trace minerals, especially calcium, magnesium, selenium, Vitamin K and many more. Cruciferous vegetables in general, and cauliflower in particular, provide important fibre and other benefits that may promote heart health, lower cholesterol, and may have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
Waste not, want not! These yummy fritters can be eaten warm or cold, and the leaves can be dried in the oven and made into delicious chips so you don’t need to throw out any of your cauliflower foliage. While the recipe is supposed to serve 4, these delicious fritters are hard to resist, so make sure that you get your share quickly because they won’t last long.
Chestnut and Mushroom Soup
This health-giving chestnut and mushroom soup is great during pregnancy because it is extremely nutritious and easy to digest. Chestnuts are high in fibre, folate, and vitamin C and low in carbohydrates.
According to Chinese Medicine winter means it is time to nourish and warm your body, to help get you through these cold rainy days. It is also the time to build up your internal stores, and replenish your Kidney energy.
A healthy, nourishing diet involves eating what is seasonal, and in winter that includes root vegetables, cabbage and brussels sprouts, mushrooms, and winter greens. At this time of year food should be cooked slowly, and some of the best meals are hearty soups and stews.
For something a bit different though, try this warming vegetarian winter stir-fry. Chinese five-spice powder is perfect for gently warming the body and supporting the kidneys, and the black sesame seeds are used to nourish the blood. They are readily available at Asian groceries, along with fried tofu.
The exact combination of vegetables doesn’t matter, so substitute in any of your seasonal favourites.
Keep the chili mild, and enjoy the gentle warmth of the spices.