Time to try something new! I have felt rumblings of change or flux for some time now but haven’t had a clear sign as to how that might manifest. One of my visions has been to write a cookbook, but I’ve been spending more time in the kitchen cooking than typing recipes! And while many suggested I blog my recipes, I resisted, thinking that it would take too long, be too difficult, and not be fun. Well that was my story, but now, I’m ready to dive in and try it. I’m not a fan of typing or sitting at the computer… (friends ask me for my recipes and I never have them typed)… but it’s time for me to start sharing so that you too can enjoy my favorite foods!
The rough plan? Rather than create a new website..I’m going to add a tab on my existing site for recipes. If you’re a foodie like me and love trying different recipes, I hope you’ll stay tuned and check mine out!
Conscious Cooking with Clare
A little background on what kind of recipes I’m sharing and why…I have had IBS for almost my entire life, but in 2011, I got Salmonella and things went haywire. I had antibiotics and my gut has never been the same. Foods that I loved, I could no longer eat. What to do?
After many, many tests and elimination diets, working with various health practitioners, as well as reading, researching, and learning about dysbiosis and the microbiome, and after very disciplined eating regimes, I can finally mostly manage my IBS. So the recipes here will be healthy, clean (organic and non-GMO) and yummy! They will also be gluten free, lactose free and limited in sugar but with many variations and substitutions so anyone can enjoy them! I’m calling it Conscious Cooking with Clare…I hope you’ll join me as I embark on this new adventure!
Cooking Class at Emerson
If you’d like to sample some recipes and learn more about what I mean by Conscious Cooking, I’ll be teaching a class at Emerson on Feb 7th called Conscious Cooking for Your IBS – Take Control! Details are on my website and at EmersonWellness.org. Click here…
If you’re not interested in the recipes, no worries…I will still be posting articles that pertain to your career and life…things that affect your job search, well being, and outlook and are important from my perspective…like mindfulness, compassion, gratitude, personality types, fears, energy levels, meditation, communication styles, perfectionism, believing in yourself, and more. So stay tuned… in the meantime, here’s the first recipe:
Immune Boosting Soup
This Tuscan style soup, with sweet potatoes, kale and garlic, contains lots of antioxidants that help boost your immune system. Don’t cut back on the garlic; it mellows with cooking. Try different spices; I love cumin and turmeric, maybe a little chili powder…or sometimes a little salsa. You can also puree half of it if you like. This soup freezes well and is nice to have on hand when cold season hits. You can get all these ingredients at Debra’s, Whole Foods and/or Trader Joe’s.
- 1 T. olive oil
- 1 large onion, chopped
- 1-2 tsp. Italian herbs, dried
- 6 cups chicken broth (or bone broth)
- 1 15 oz. can cannellini beans (omit if you can’t eat beans)*
- 4-5 fresh tomatoes or 14-20 oz. canned tomatoes, diced
- 1-2 sweet potatoes, diced
- 4-8 oz. Kale, chopped coarsely
- 9-12 garlic cloves, minced
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Cayenne pepper to taste (I use about ¼-1/2 tsp)
Heat oil in large pot over medium heat. Add onion and herbs; sauté until onion is soft and golden, about 5-6 minutes.
Stir in broth, beans, sweet potatoes, and kale. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer 10 minutes.
Add garlic and tomatoes. Simmer until potatoes and greens are tender, about 20 minutes. Add cayenne, salt and pepper to taste.
*If you can’t eat beans, you can substitute chicken or chicken sausage!