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