The winter solstice, also known as midwinter, falls on the 21st of December this year. For those of us in the northern hemisphere, it is the day where we experience the shortest day coupled with the longest night. For many ancient cultures and some modern, this was a time of celebration. It’s a time to welcome warmth and cheerfulness during a season that may feel cold and dreary.
One day this summer my youngest said to me, “I’m craving a milkshake.” I agreed that one did sound good on that relatively warm day. However, that is something we rarely purchase. So my next thought was to make one at home, but we didn’t have any ice cream. I wonder what happened to all the ice cream in the freezer?
Meal planning is an overwhelming concept to many people. As a matter of fact, clients have shared with me that planning and organizing meals are the biggest challenges they face while making dietary changes. For some, a dietary change is simply to embrace foods that are more nourishing or to try something new. While for others, it can be a complete nutritional overhaul that encompasses a total lifestyle change. Sometimes this is due to health issues or even in an effort to avoid certain conditions. So the question always comes down to- I know what I am supposed to eat, but how do I get organized? And, how do I find a variety of recipes that suit my needs? Time is precious, no one wants to spend hours on the internet trying to find a recipe. Conversely, making the “same thing” week after week isn’t fulfilling, to say the least.
Up here on the mountain, the month of May is the most undecided month yet. It toggles between spring, winter, and summer. Sometimes all in one day. For example, this past week had varying temperatures of 57° to 85°. Since the kids are home-schooled and my husband works from home, lunch is prepared with that in mind. On warmer days we may have a substantial salad. For cooler days, and sometimes even in summer, we enjoy soup. This soup is a veggie soup, a sort of “whatever is in the fridge” type of soup. So it varies every time.
If you like to cook, you already know that onions are a vital part of any recipe. Despite their eye watering reputation, onions are a nutritional super food. Onions are high in vitamin C and are also a good source of dietary fiber and folic acid. They are also a major source of a flavonoid called quercetin. Flavonoids are very similar to antioxidants and are often classified as such. Cooking onions will diminish some of the beneficial properties, unless they are being simmered in a liquid, such as soup.