…when the temperatures are below freezing, and even two pairs of socks aren’t enough…
Warm foods and drinks provide the ultimate comfort.
Apple Amaranth + Walnuts (Hot Cereal)
1 c amaranth
3 c soy milk
1/4 t ground cinnamon
pinch of salt
1 large apple, cored and diced
1/2 c chopped walnuts
Place all ingredients (minus the walnuts) in a medium saucepan. Bring to boil, stirring frequently. Cover pan and reduce heat to low. Simmer for 25 minutes or until amaranth is soft. Top with walnuts and serve. [Adapted from The UltraMetabolism Cookbook]
The amaranth is a delicious whole grain, very similar to quinoa in texture and taste. (In fact, quinoa could be a substitute if amaranth is not available…) I added a few more apples and a little more cinnamon, because I love them, and they are red for Project Spectrum
Speaking of red, you can’t really get any redder than a beet. I recently discovered a deep and abiding love for this root vegetable. My mother says that I was allergic to them as a child, and I can safely say that the allergy passed. I have eaten them three times in the last week! And that color – wow!
It just looks warm!
Beetroot and Butter Bean Soup
2 tbsp vegetable oil
1 medium onion, sliced
1 tsp caraway seeds
finely grated orange zest
9 oz cooked beets
5 cups vegetable stock
14 oz can of butter beans, drained
1 tbsp rice wine vinegar
4 tbsp sour cream
4 tbsp chopped parsley
Heat the oil in a large pan and book the onion, caraway seeds, and orange zest until soft but not colored. Grate the pre-cooked beets and add to the pan with the stock, beans, and vinegar. Simmer on low heat for 10 minutes further. Divide the soup, and add a dollop of sour cream and garnish with parsley. Serve hot. [Adapted from 400 Best-Ever Soups]
This is a simple and quick variation on borscht, cutting out some ingredients. It doesn’t cut down on the taste, however. It is a delicious dish. And if you are like me, you might start dreaming of beet-colored yarn…
…and my ultimate favorite warmer-upper…
…Green tea with a little heartwarming message…
Cooking for Project Spectrum seemed to be a natural thing for me, specifically with the fire element. Several participants have told me that they are interpreting fire to mean warmth, and this idea resonates with me as well. The idea of preparing my food with purpose and slowly enjoying the warmth of the meal brings great satisfaction.
What warms you up on the coldest of days?