Monday, January 28, 2013

keeping warm with food

chili the way we eat it
 There is nothing quite like a hot, home cooked meal near the end of a frozen winter day. I love seeing the family and our friends too, gather around the dinner table for some tasty comfort food! This time of the year, we mostly eat out of the crock pot or dutch oven.  
lamb curry over rice
 Here is one of our favorite ways to eat our Lamb:

1 1/2-2lbs of stew meat or another preferred lamb cut
1 large onion
3-5 garlic cloves
2-3 Tablespoons of olive oil & butter
3-4 Tablespoons of curry
2 tsp salt
1 Tablespoon black pepper
1 Tablespoon coriander
1 Tablespoon cumin
1 tsp cayenne
1 tsp fresh chopped rosemary
1 tsp fresh thyme
1/4 cup lemon juice
1 peeled & chopped apple
2 cups chicken broth
2-3 chopped potatoes

In a dutch oven on stove top. Add oil/butter, garlic, onions and curry saute lightly then add the lamb. Saute lamb until brown. Add the remaining seasonings and chicken broth. Cover and put in the oven at 300 degrees for about an hour to an hour and a half - or until lamb is tender. Add potatoes and return to oven for 45 min or until potatoes are tender and the broth is cooked away. Serve over rice.

cheesy bread
A tasty and simple way to add some flair to your favorite breads. Use any type baked bread. Cut deep horizontal and vertical lines. Put sliced mozzarella in between these. Add chives, garlive & butter...bake, grill, or broil for 5 to 10 minutes. It's delicious.

   “One cannot think well, love well, sleep well, if one has not dined well.”
- Virginia Woolf

Eating to keep warm:

Eat What’s in Season

There’s a reason that root vegetables are at their peak as the weather turns cooler: Chinese medicine says that foods grown under the soil are warming foods. Also try cooked winter squashes, braised hearty greens and other winter produce.

Eat Foods that Take Longer to Grow

There’s a belief that foods that have a longer growing period are more warming than those that are harvested earlier. This is part of the reason why the aforementioned squash and root vegetables are good to eat during cold weather. Animal proteins, including fish, chicken, beef and pork, are nourishing and warming during cold weather, while vegetarians can enjoy onions, garlic, nuts and eggs.

Spice It Up

Season your foods with naturally warming spices, such as chile powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger (fresh or ground) and curry powder. These warming spices can boost your circulation and many can also boost your immune system. Add chile powder to stews, sprinkle cinnamon or nutmeg over oatmeal or baked goods, or head to your favorite Indian or Thai restaurant for curry or spicy noodle dishes (or make them yourself).

Enjoy Liquid-Based Foods

Dehydration is something we worry more about in the summer than in the winter, but you can easily get dehydrated in cold weather, too. That’s why eating soups and stews, as well as drinking hot beverages such as tea or hot cider, is especially good for you. Plus, the warmth of these foods and drinks will automatically boost your internal temperature.

Consume Whole Grains

Cooked oatmeal cereal in the morning, barley stew, brown rice, whole-wheat pasta or quinoa at lunch or dinner–these are all great whole grain choices for winter meals. These warm complex carbohydrates can help fuel your body for the cold, especially if you plan on doing some sort of outdoor activity, whether it’s skiing or shoveling the driveway.
Now that winter is in full swing, these foods will help you stay warm and toasty during the long months ahead.

Eating to keep warm is taken from the blog of Gaiam Life ~ your guide to better living. 

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