Festive Fall Foliage

It’s finally here and with fall’s arrival comes cooler temperatures, lots of great comfort foods like soups and stews. Time to start thinking of crockpot cooking.  You can get all the nutrients you need from a delicious nutritious bone broth or warming soup such as carrot ginger, roasted red pepper, thai red pepper, chilli with cinnamon.

Add a few spices and fresh herbs, a dash of cinnamon, a pinch of cayenne pepper, some fresh chopped dill. It’s easy peasy to enjoy fresh nutritious soups and stews filled with lots of flavour and enjoyed from your view from your balcony or patio.

Interested in adding some spice to your suite. Start with adding some colourful fall foliage, a few leaves, some dried twigs and voila you’ll have a creative centerpiece to add a pinch of nature to your dinner table.

As fall approaches you’ll be eating fresh hearty soups and stews to warm your heart. A slow cooker or instant pot works well to create a batch you can freeze and thaw as needed.

Here is a super simple recipe to make in the comfort of your suite. And easy for busy folks on the go. Take it with you to a potluck or to enjoy while you walk around the courtyard.

 

Carrot Soup

La Zuppa di Carotte della Linda

Carrots are rich in beta-carotene, a carotenoid pigment found in many orange fruits and vegetables. Beta-carotene is an important precursor for vitamin A. An extreme lack of vitamin A can cause blindness. In fact, in the developing world, vitamin A deficiency is the leading cause of blindness: (source WebMD)

Try adding more sweet potato, squash, pumpkin, and oranges to your diet.

This recipe for a hearty carrot soup is a great way to get your beta-carotene

Carrot Soup  (La Zuppa di Carotte della Linda)

  • 1 – 5lb bag of carrots (organic if possible)
  • Broth (either homemade or bouillon cubes)
  • Filtered Water
  • Dill fresh or dried
  • Sea salt & pepper  to taste
  • Garnish Options: a drizzle of pure virgin olive oil or fresh cream

Directions:

Wash and peel the carrots.

Cut them into small chunks.

Place them in a huge pot.

Cover them with the broth or the filtered water.

Note: If using the filtered water, add four bouillon cubes of your choice (vegetable or chicken)

Bring to a boil, turn the heat down to medium – low, place a lid on the pot and allow cooking until the carrots can be easily pierced with a fork. (about 25 minutes)

Take the pot off the stove and leave it to cool.

Once the mixture is cool, transfer the carrots and liquid in batches to a blender! Puree until smooth! The mixture should be thick and creamy! Adjust the amount of liquid for your desired consistency!

To serve: reheat the soup (zuppa) and add: either a drizzle of olive oil or sprinkle dill and fresh cream on the top! Serves 4

Buon appetito!

Recipe Credit: Linda Grossi

Just one more way to enjoy the adult lifestyle living at the Wellings.

Susan Stephen

Susan Stephen is the Vice President of Living Science Wellness Centre located in Stittsville. A Mind Body Spirit & Business Coach, UFH Unity Field Healing Practitioner, Relational Clearing Practitioner and a Business Transformation Advisor. To connect with Susan and her team: https://livingscience.ca/

The Beet Goes On

Crisp fall days are here and we think of harvest time, apple picking, gathering beets & carrots, pumpkin pies.  Cooler temperatures, fresh breezes and plenty of leaves crunching beneath our feet as we walk around the Wellings trails. At this time of year we feel like eating preserves, beets, carrots and vegetables we’ve harvested from the garden.

To keep your cupboards stocked up for the coming months think of preserves. A few chutneys, some pickles will add the right amount of warmth and crunch to your meals.

  • 1. An easy beet hummus dip  is a great colourful snack on the go.
  • 2. Sprinkle with handful of nuts / pumpkin seeds, raisins
  • 3. Crisp veggies (think colour: cucumber slices, red pepper, carrot sticks, green pea pods), breadsticks and crackers make good dippers and available in gluten free, flavours and colours.
  • 4. A super easy nutritious snack to enjoy with friends. Extras maybe frozen for future get togethers with friends at the Wellings.

Beet Hummus Dip

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb (450 g) beets, about 3 medium sized, peeled and diced
  • 1 – 15 oz (425 g) can chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 2 Tbsp (30 mL) tahini
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) cumin
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1/2 tsp (2 mL) salt
  • Soft goat cheese (optional)

Steam or roast beets until tender and then let cool. Add cooled beets to food processor along with chickpeas, tahini, cumin, lemon, garlic, and salt. Purée until smooth.

Place beet hummus in serving bowl and garnish with crumbled goat cheese if desired. Serves 8.

Each serving contains: 110 calories; 4g protein, 3g total fat (0g sat. fat, 0g trans fat); 18g total carbohydrates (4g sugars, 4g fibre); 347mg sodium

Recipe credit: Alive Magazine, Matthew Kadey, MSc, RD

If you have fall favorites that are an easy prep and taste great share them with us, and we will let our community know!

Susan Stephen
Susan Stephen is the Vice President of Living Science Wellness Centre located in Stittsville. A Mind Body Spirit & Business Coach, UFH Unity Field Healing Practitioner, Relational Clearing Practitioner and a Business Transformation Advisor. To connect with Susan and her team: https://livingscience.ca/

Set The Table And Connect With Friends

Having a few friends over for a dinner can be a great way to unwind, chill, and relax while enjoying some great food and wonderful conversation. Think of it as Life À La Carte.

Setting the mood for your next soiree can be as important as choosing the menu. 

When your dinner guests arrive you’ll want your WellingsⓇ home to be warm and inviting a fresh scent will capture their senses and start those creative juices flowing…

If you’re like me your front hall closet contains everything from sport shoes, sandals, work shoes and everything in between. Take their coats and hang them in your Veeva scented closet. Hang a terra cotta diffuser filled with a few drops of Veeva essential oil.

Have a diffuser or candles lit to create ambiance and enhance mood, your guests will appreciate the effort.

Serve a special drink for the occasion and in case you have guests who have to drive, creating a mocktail version will be appreciated. Water infused with lemons and oranges or other fruits and vegetables is not only delicious and surprising, it is a wonderful way to quench their thirst.

Try these easy & delicious family favorite appetizers to start: 

  • For a warm appetizer try fresh medjool dates wrapped in bacon, bake 400 degrees F for 5 minutes turn and bake for another 5 minutes until bacon is crispy, super easy and one of my favorites.
  • Cucumber slices with herbed goat cheese and julienned fresh red peppers with fresh parsley sprinkled on top are a great choice. They are appetizing in colour, low in calories and taste delicious. For an easy finger food, try wooden skewers with a cherry tomato, a sprig of fresh basil leaf, or slice of black olive, a mini bocconcini cheese ball, drizzled with a reduction of balsamic vinegar and voilà you are off to the races.
  • Followed by the Main course, Dessert, Coffee or Tea!

Connecting with friends is an integral part of living well at Wellings and we hope you will enjoy entertaining and creating a few of our tried and true favorites while sharing a few laughs.

Bon Appétit!

The Science of Wellness, Eat.Live.Love ~ Susan Stephen

Susan Stephen

Susan Stephen is the Vice President of Living Science Wellness Centre located in Stittsville. A Mind Body Spirit & Business Coach, UFH Unity Field Healing Practitioner, Relational Clearing Practitioner and a Business Transformation Advisor. To connect with Susan and her team: https://livingscience.ca/

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