Wednesday, January 10, 2007

A Recipe For Warmth

Finally! We got a dusting of snow last night! It didn't amount to much, but at least the outdoors looks slightly more normal today, considering it's January.
Yesterday, I told you about the benefits of Cayenne. Today I thought that I would share one of my favorite wintertime warming recipes. This dish is full of great bacterial-fighting properties, is naturally immune-boosting, warming to the body, and increases blood flow to the extremities. It will also help clean out your bowels, so beware! Perfect to make if you feel a cold coming on, but good just on it's own tasty merits! Keep in mind that I don't usually measure most ingredients, and luckily with this dish, it really doesn't matter. Just make it the way you like it and you can't go wrong. I like this really spicy!

Curried Onions, Mushrooms and Spinach
Ingredients: add or delete items depending on your taste, but onions and curry are key!
  • Olive Oil

  • Yellow Onions- sliced into rings as thick as you like, one onion per person

  • Shitake Mushrooms preferably (or portobello, or any other kind)- sliced

  • Fresh garlic cloves- lots of them, chopped

  • Spinach- fresh is better, but one box of frozen will work for 2 people

  • Curry powder- I use at least one tablespoon per person, usually alot more

  • Soy Sauce or Tamari- Low sodium, use a few splashes in the whole dish

  • Optional spices- Five Spice Powder, Cumin, Cayenne, Garam Masala

Heat oil in a large saucepan on Medium heat, add onions and garlic, cooking covered for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove lid, add Soy sauce, Curry and spices, Mushrooms and cook for another 5 minutes (uncovered), or until onions are translucent and soft, and mushrooms are cooked thru. Add Spinach and cook until wilted (if using fresh), just a couple of minutes. Serve over brown rice, or toss on top of a chicken breast or meatless patty. I just eat it out of bowl, by itself.
It's so easy and delicious! Try it and let me know what you think!

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