Monday, October 18, 2010

Cozy Autumn Menu

Now that the Autumn season is quickly approaching, it's time to start thinking about switching from light crispy salads to warming and more nourishing dishes. Autumn is the time to slow down your pace by emulating the slower pace of nature, as trees begin to lose their leaves, we feel drawn to cuddle up with a good book and some hot tea. We start craving introspective soups, comforting chewy rice and sweet roasted root vegetables.

In honor of the upcoming changes, we decided to have a cooking class on how to cook for this beautiful season- to help us feel great from the inside out and synchronize our own rhythm with the changing energies around us.

The organs stimulated by Autumn are the lungs and large intestine, so it is often common for people to experience symptoms of detoxification associated with these organs, such as respiratory or digestive issues. Some great foods to eat to help give these organs some extra TLC are white foods, such as daikon radish, turnips, lotus root, cauliflower, white beans and sweet brown rice. Leafy green vegetables and root vegetables are also excellent for nourishing these organs.

Check out the menu from the class to get some helpful ideas for your own meals during this season:
  • Sweet Potato Cauliflower Miso Soup
  • Brown and Sweet Brown Rice with Tan Gomashio
  • Navy Beans with Sauteed Leeks and Onions
  • Toasted Sesame Oil & Soy Sauce Nishime with Carrot, Butternut Squash and Onion
  • Steamed Cabbage
  • Poached Apple Stuffed with Roasted Tahina, Walnuts, Raisins, and Cinnamon