Hey there – it’s me, Grace. Remember me?
Yeah, I know. It’s been awhile.
But I’m back, just in time to bring you this bowl full of all things fall and all things that’ll nourish you as we prepare to take on the changing of the seasons.
Is it just me or is everyone seemingly getting sick a few weeks too early this year?
No one likes being sick. But nearly everyone likes butternut squash soup.
And this one packs a punch of healthful ingredients – i.e., a powerhouse, germ-fighting tonic of turmeric and ginger. (Praise hands emoji.)
I love this soup because it’s both warming and hearty, yet at the same time it’s clean and light. Lentils add both a solid source of protein and some crunch while kale adds to the texture swimming in this soup’s oh-so velvety base.
Place it in a blue or green bowl, and its golden goodness really shines. Inside and out.
I’m telling you, it’s a winner all around.
Serve with a side salad or a crusty slice of bread, or both. And then you’ve easily got a full meal – one that’s perfect for the autumn days that surround us!
This is my savior when sick.
It’s my go-to wintertime tonic, and sometimes my morning replacement for coffee, too. Or afternoon pick-me-up. Or my I-need-some-color-to-brighten-this-dull-dreary-December-day drink. It’ll work for a number of occasions, and it’s rather simple to make.
Perhaps it’s the anti-inflammatory properties of the turmeric, or the zing from the ginger, but either way, this tea comes with a natural boost of energy upon drinking. This is why you may find it particularly useful when your immune system is down. While sleep is the ultimate savior, you can make this your second saving grace for when you need to get through the morning hours. Then take a nap, and repeat the tea-making upon waking.
That’d be my advice. That is, if you find yourself catching the cold that everyone in my universe seems to be enduring right now.
Adjust the honey to your taste. If you want to get fancy, seek out fresh turmeric root from your local market (Whole Foods often carries this) and grate some of the its gold on top.
If you want to learn why it’s so special, here’s a quick start. Oh, and don’t forget about stomach-soothing ginger, too.