An Apple a Day

Today I had lunch with my parents… the food was great and company was even better!  Over a spicy pumpkin chipotle soup and delicious quinoa salad (which I can’t wait to recreate at home), the topic of the flu came up.  Jonathan and I are currently cable-free at our casa, so it’s easy to fall behind on current events.  Well, apparently, the flu is quite bad this year.  If you, like me, were blissfully unaware of this little tidbit of information until now, not to worry!  There are many things we can do to stay healthy, starting with the foods we eat.  A perfect time to share some immune-boosting recipes.

They say garlic is as good as ten mothers due to its incredible healing properties.  Try this super easy soup next time you aren’t feeling like your usual fabulous self:

Garlic Lover’s Soup

  • 1 head roasted garlic
  • 2 cups veggie stock
  • huge handful of chopped fresh spinach

Slice the top off the garlic and rub with olive oil.  Wrap in foil and roast at 425F until soft, approx. 45 mins.  Squeeze the cloves into a soup pot and smash up with a spoon.  Add the veggie stock and simmer 10 mins.  Add the spinach to wilt just before serving.  Makes one big bowl of soup.  (okay, here’s a little secret…. Carl’s Meat Market in Kittery, ME sells whole heads of freshly roasted garlic… you could definitely short-cut this recipe)

Ginger tea is another favorite of mine.  I don’t always love ginger’s potent flavor, but this brew is mellow enough for me to enjoy.

Ginger Tea

  • small piece of fresh ginger, peeled, about 1/2in chunk
  • honey and lemon

Simmer the ginger in 2-3 cups of water for 15 minutes.  Add honey and lemon to taste.  I like two lemon wedges and about a tablespoon of honey.  That was so easy, it hardly qualifies as a recipe!

ginger

Tea in the works… yum!  Oh, if you are suddenly afflicted with mug envy, I picked up that sweet mug at Salmon Falls in Dover, NH.  It’s worth a visit… you can see the in-progress pottery and purchase the finished goods!

Stay healthy, friends!   xox Kristen

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