Happy Spring! Well, maybe it’s finally starting to feel a bit more Spring-like. Spring time often brings a sense of renewal and growth. A time to release what is not serving you. A time to plant and grow the things that will serve you. With the change in temperatures, we often start craving fresher, lighter foods as well as venturing outdoors more to play and work. I’ve decided to blog about Spring Cleaning for the month of April. Spring Cleaning our bodies, our homes, our schedules and our minds. I hope you will join me on this Spring Cleaning Journey to discover what new seeds you can plant in your life and how you will blossom.
Week 1: Spring Cleaning my diet. Our liver works hard all winter to clear toxins as we eat heavier creamier foods and more sweets during the holidays. Spring is a time when we can thank our liver for the job it has done and eat foods that support detoxifying the liver. Foods like dandelion greens, arugula, lemon juice and beets. One of my favorite salads this time of year is made with arugula, beets, (peeled and diced small), with a dressing of lemon juice and olive oil, sprinkled with a bit of oregano. If you would like, you can add a few crumbles of goat cheese and enjoy!
The doctor of the future will give no medication, but will interest his patients in the care of the human frame, diet and in the cause and prevention of disease.
– Thomas A Edison
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My husband and I were reminiscing about our childhoods of the 70’s when we were served an abundance of red meat with little flavor except salt and ketchup, neither of which do I crave now. No insult to our parents, this was just the times. I figured this is probably what lead me to my love of cooking with fresh garlic and herbs. My children have been brought up with these tastes, so it will be interesting to see what they prepare for their families when they grow up. Although they are also lovers of macaroni and cheese.
Fresh food can be a delight for the senses and the body! With this warm weather I have been craving fresh salads. It is easy to add lemon juice and extra virgin olive oil with dried oregano to a salad for a punch of flavor that may just leave you satisfied and not longing for empty calories.
Food is meant to nourish our bodies as well as to be a reason to gather with friends and families. I feel we have lost this in our hectic lives. I know I long for the evenings when I can sit down with my husband and children for fresh home cooked food.
If this has inspired you to try cooking with herbs, an easy recipe is to boil fettuccine and saute fresh minced garlic in olive oil with basil add 1-2 ladles of the pasta water to the garlic and oil and pour over cooked drained pasta, garnishing with Parmesan. Enjoy!
“Let food be your medicine.” Hippocrates