the soup and salad of my dreams.

 

hello again!  it’s been a while.  i’ve missed you!

my september was so stressful that, although i am perfectly healthy, i feel as though i have the flu.  stress is a terrible thing, ain’t it?

this calls for healing soups and dark leafy green salads!

i’m in recovery mode all week, and the number 1 best way to get things going in the right direction is…

WATER.  

water, water and more water.

the 2nd best thing:  lemon.  squeeze a lemon into your pitcher of water and sip on it all day.  the lemon will alkalize your body, which is full of acid, if you’ve been behaving the way i have.

the 3rd best thing/things:  fruits and vegetables!  prep your fruits and veggies and PIG OUT on them all day.  if they’re washed and cut and ready to eat, you’ll choose them faster.  remember ~ the darker the green, the better for you.  the more vibrant the colors, the more vibrant you will feel after putting them in your body.

here’s my healing salad of the day…

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this dark, leafy green, tatsoi, is absolutely divine.  my lovely friends, anna and kate, have a farm, and i bought a bag of this gorgeous, meaty, hearty spinach-on-crack.

and that pretty little green thing in the middle is a mexican sour gherkin.  also from anna and kate, and also divine!  thank you, ladies!

you don’t need to have these ingredients to make this gorgeous salad.  any regular week, i would just use spinach and cucumber.

here’s the line-up:

SPINACH SALAD W/ORANGES:  fresh tatsoi or spinach (give them a rough chop for easier eating), one orange (half for juice for the dressing, and half cut into segments), sliced cucumbers, chopped tomatoes, and a dressing of 1 rounded teaspoon stone ground mustard, juice of half an orange, 1/2 tablespoon balsamic vinegar, and 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil.

whisk the dressing together, and add the salad ingredients.  toss and season with salt and pepper.

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i’m feeling better already!

the 4th best thing:  SOUP!  i love, love, love soup.  i really could eat it every day, and i almost do.  i make big batches of soup, freeze it in individual portions, and defrost one at a time for lunch, or a quick dinner.

here’s my healing soup of the day…

CHICKEN AND FARRO SOUP

i’ve posted this method for making chicken soup before, but it bares repeating (or is it “bears” repeating?  i’m so tired.)

here’s the method ~ it’s SO delicious.

  • fill a pot with half chicken stock, half water.  drop in a few chicken breasts, a chopped onion, 3-4 parsnips, peeled and cut into small pieces, and the same with some carrots, a bunch of chopped celery (i use a lot), and a few cloves of chopped garlic.  add salt and pepper and allow boil until the chicken is done ~ about 10 minutes.
  • take the chicken out and cut it into bite-sized pieces, and drop back into the pot.  turn the heat down to medium and allow to cook for another 10 minutes.
  • drop in a bag of nutty, sweet, farro.  or use egg noodles, or rice.  or nothing if you’re staying away from those kinds of things!
  • season with salt and pepper to taste.  before serving, top with fresh herbs!

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looks like a boring soup but it is so hearty and satisfying.  it’s sweet from the parsnips and carrots, and the chicken is so soft and flavorful.

i hope you’ll try this method of making soup!

the 5th best thing to help with recovery?  NAPS.  on that note…

zzzzzz……

 

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