Eggplant + Olive
Nutrition and Herbal Wellness
Nutrition and Herbal Topics
brewing up a Fall Digestive Tea. tastes like a mild, sweet chai with extra medicinal benefits from astragalus root, which is great for immune health to prevent illness. lots of running mileage, working a couple days a week in public elementary schools, and working with an underlying autoimmune imbalance means I try to help my system out as much as I can, and astragalus root is a good one to add to this digestive blend for this season. my current batch is: 6 cups water 1 1/2 tsp. fennel seeds 1 1/2 tsp. cinnamon 1 1/2 tsp. ginger 2 Tbs. astragalus root 3/4 tsp. licorice root (optional) bring to boil, cover, turn down and simmer for ~20 minutes. strain and sip, and store the extra in the fridge to drink throughout the day or week.
every few months or when I notice a trend in increased GI upset, not digesting foods or absorbing nutrients properly, I strip my meals way back to simplicity so most of the hard work is done for me (in the cooking process). kitchari is a great, easily digestible meal-in-a-pot that’s perfect for these occasions. conveniently, and also not so conveniently, these simple meals tend to be needed more as running mileage goes up - which also means less cooking time, planning and prep! the recipe is linked in my bio. 🌱
just another reason I love that nearly half my weekly mileage is up in the hills, where everything below is traded for new discoveries every time I arrive. for a long time I was negative about running the same trail regularly, but the more I do, the more I realize it is never quite the same.
the all my favorite colors harvest box. last eggplants of the year before our first frost, first year’s harvest of elderberries from our baby elder, and we’re straight on to all the roasted orange things. 🎃🎃🎃 lately I’ve been realizing how similar in texture eggplants are to the meaty portobellos and how they can likely be used interchangeably in recipes that call for mushrooms - they’ll provide the texture but a different flavor. just a tip!
for as long as I can remember, I’ve wanted my own apple trees in all sorts of interesting varieties to meet all my apple-loving needs. well, we don’t have enough space for ‘lots,’ but we do have a couple trees and this year is our first harvest! this one is Thomas Jefferson’s favorite, called Esopus Spitzenburg. hard to find outside small orchards for a week or so a year, super tasty, and also finicky to grow, aka disease prone. we have much to learn, like putting traps out at the right time to prevent some of those worms, but basically it’s apple heaven season! 😍
mega clump banana hazelnut granola. the trick is to add a couple tablespoons chickpea flour, or ground flax seed, don’t stir after spreading, and then wait until completely cool to break into chunks. sweetened mostly with bananas and a wee bit of honey, it has definite banana bread vibes. recipe in bio!
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