Grounding Meals

Easy Peasy Crockpot Veggie Soup

Easy Peasy Crockpot Veggie Soup

Welcome to Chicago! Where the seasons don’t matter and mother nature is permanently on holiday. While we are in the midst of our second winter, I have been stirring up some delicious soups. All I want to do is stay warm and not go outside. I feel antsy if I don’t move around for too long, so I need something grounding to keep me relaxed throughout the cold months. Being all stirred up in my head can make it difficult to think at times. This soup recipe can be whipped up without a recipe.

Cauliflower Fried Rice

Cauliflower Fried Rice

Rice is always a staple when you go to a Chinese or Japanese restaurant. Most times, white rice is included with your dish. You can even upgrade to fried rice for an extra $1. Typically, this is fried in canola oil, which comes from the rapeseed plant, one of the most genetically modified plants on the market. Not only are you consuming trans fats due to the amount of oil typically put in this dish at restaurants, but you are getting high amounts of sodium from the soy sauce they put in. Typically, soy sauce contains ~900 mg sodium PER TABLESPOON.  White rice has had the bran, fiber, B-vitamins, and all the external fiber removed so all that's left is a pure carbohydrate. The outer shell is removed on white rice, which removes the natural oils found in brown rice, which makes white rice have a longer shelf life. While this is nice that you can keep white rice longer, it has a high glycemic index, which turns it rapidly into sugar. This will lead to a big boost of energy followed by a big crash pretty quickly afterward. Talk about a salty, nutritionless monstrosity. The great this is that you can make fried rice at home using any other type of grain, fry it in sesame oil, and use Tamari in place of the soy sauce to make it completely gluten-free and soy free! Plus, you get the nutrition from the peas and carrots with a healthy dose of saturated fat from the oil. Feel free to add whatever meat you like to make it a complete meal that will leave you full of energy and begging for seconds.

Beef Stew

Beef Stew

If you are a meat and potatoes lover, this recipe is definitely for you.

I grew up eating some type of meat and potatoes dish all the time. 

Whether it was a burger and fries, meatloaf and mashed potatoes, or whatever, it was always on my plate in some form.

A lot of times, when you think of meat and potatoes, it can be quite a heavy dish without a lot of nutrition. 

Sure, you get protein and starchy carbs, but a lot of times, there is no source of vegetables.

When you make a stew, it is a great way to make a hearty and warming meal that is also full of delicious vegetables. 

With carrots, celery, and greens (optional), this amazing beef stew recipe courtesy of My Heart Beets is a well-rounded dish that will keep you full for hours!