Elevate your mood this autumn and winter and dose up on Mother Nature’s prescription, using roots as medicine. Push your coffee to the side and enjoy this medicinal concoction instead. Sip yourself into a harmonious state of being.
Into medium pot, place valerian, ashwagandha, eleuthero, marshmallow, turmeric, ginger, cinnamon sticks, and cloves. Pour in 6 cups (1.5 L) filtered water. Bring to boil for 15 to 20 minutes. Take off stove. Pour in 2 cups (500 mL) filtered water. Strain decoction into jug. Pour in milk.
In food processor, add dates and no more than 1/2 cup (125 mL) filtered water. Process until paste-like consistency forms. Add date mixture into liquid concoction. Stir.
Evenly pour into 4 mugs. For that extra bit of wow factor, add some frothed plant milk and powdered Ceylon cinnamon overtop. As you enjoy your cup of medicine, be sure to stir from time to time, since dates have a propensity to settle on the bottom.
Tip: store leftover mixture of roots in refrigerator for up to 2 days. You can reuse the mixture of roots for another round of decocting.
This recipe is part of the Unearthing Evidence-Based Integrative Remedies to Stress collection.
Enjoy the zippy tang of sherry vinegar, popular in Spanish cooking, and the briny taste of capers in this zesty take on roasted cauliflower. Serve as a tapas side or on a charcuterie board accompanied by a selection of Spanish meats, cheeses, and olives. The smaller, the better The smaller you cut garlic, the more oils you’ll release, providing additional flavour. Looking to achieve more subtle flavour? Slice your garlic rather than crushing it.
Braising these hearty beans not only changes their texture but leaves them creamy and satisfying. Using a savoury broth with saffron for braising provides the traditional Spanish flavour, similar to a paella. This dish is served as a shared side, but it could also be served with rice and vegetables as a delicious stand-alone dinner or as a satisfying nourish bowl. Swap your spirits Try substituting vermouth for white wine in this recipe, if you have some on hand. It’s a great alternative to wine and will last much longer in your cupboard. An added perk? You can save that nice wine for sipping.
With Spain’s expansive coastlines and multiple islands, seafood is a staple of the cuisine. This quick and easy prawn dish will add a pop of protein and a wonderful smokiness to your tapas-style lineup. Sustainable seafood When choosing prawns (or any seafood), opt for sustainable varieties that recognize and even reward sustainable fishing practices. As an important protein in many cultures, seafood, caught sustainably, helps contribute to healthy oceans < and > healthy communities.
This vegan take on classic shepherd’s pie is jam-packed with bold and rich flavours that will ensure no one will miss the meat. While a great source of fibre, lentils also contain the highest amount of folate out of all plant-based foods. Oven ready If you don’t have an ovenproof skillet, you’ll need to transfer cooked lentil filling to a baking dish before topping with mashed sweet potatoes and baking.