It feels like I’ve been spending a lot of time in my kitchen lately- baking, cooking then cleaning up my messes. Good thing it’s my favorite room in the house ;-) Really, it is. Not just because I love to cook but also because out of all the rooms in my tiny house it’s the biggest and the brightest. When the husband and I were house hunting we saw a picture of this one online and one look at the kitchen picture made me want to gag! It looked like an explosion of brightly colored tiles. Well, I am so thankful that our realtor took us here to see it in person. It was love at first sight- so cheery and spacious! Anyways, I had my fair share of kitchen time today making two batches of granola and a big pot of soup.
I made two versions of my Pumpkin Spice Granola. One I kept pretty simple with pumpkin puree, spices like cardamom, nutmeg and cinnamon and some chopped cashews but the other one I got a little creative. In with the pumpkin I added some fresh made almond pecan butter and spiced it up with some ginger.
For dinner I decided to try a recipe for Chickpea Chicken Soup I recently saw on another blog. I’m a big fan of smokey flavors and this soup has smoked paprika and a little bacon- yum!
I of course also had to add a few generous dashed of Chipotle Smoked Tabasco too ;-) This turned out really good. Lots of veggies which I love! I only used about 15 oz of chickpeas and 32 oz of chicken broth but I bet it would be equally as good if I followed the recipe. I think next time I’ll try a vegetarian version with half black beans, half chickpeas instead of chicken and sub veggie broth. Now that I think of it some grilled corn would taste amazing in here too!
I really didn’t need one more thing to clean but I was having a major craving for some fresh juice (and sparkly nails) tonight.
Into the juicer went pineapple, grapes, celery, carrots and a big chunk of ginger. This hit the spot! My throat has been a little scratchy and sore today (better not be getting sick!) but this really soothed it and tasted so good!
It seems like everyone I know is getting sick lately and I really don’t want to catch anything! Maybe my vitamin loaded juice will help fend off any illness ;-)
What steps do you take to stay healthy during cold and flu season? If you do come down with something, what’s your go-to remedy?
My husband likes to joke that I say yoga cures anything so I’ll leave you with a pose that could help keep colds and flu away.
Yoga Pose of the Day: Bhujangasana (Cobra Pose)
Chest openers like this pose can active the thymus gland which is the primary organ of the immune system. It’s also a great heart, chest and shoulder opener.
“My own prescription for health is less paperwork and more running barefoot through the grass.” ~Terri Guillemets