Do you find yourself feeling a bit flat, lacking energy or succumbing to cold and flu as soon as summer packs its bags?
A few tweaks to your usual meal plan may improve digestion, increase circulation, boost immunity, raise energy levels and improve mood. How?
Adorning your plate with seasonal produce and adding flavoursome spices will top up your vitamins, minerals and antioxidants to supercharge your health in preparation for the cold winter months ahead.
Here are three of my favourite autumn recipes that are mouth-wateringly delicious and easy to make:
Moroccan sweet potato stew
1 red onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, crushed
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 teaspoon ras-al-hanout
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1 can chickpeas, drained
1 can chopped tomatoes
3 carrots, sliced
2 sweet potatoes, chopped into cubes
1 butternut squash, chopped into cubes
1/4 pint vegetable stock
Honey, to taste
Handful of raisins (optional)
In a casserole dish, sauté the onion and garlic until soft. Add spices and stir for a few minutes before adding sweet potatoes, butternut squash, carrots and stock. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and cover for five minutes. Add the can of tomatoes and chickpeas and simmer on a low heat until vegetables are soft. Add raisins if desired and honey if you want a sweeter dish or a bit more cayenne if you like it spicy.
Masala chai tea
6 cardamom pods, sliced open
1 star anise
10 black pepper corns
1/4 teaspoon fennel seeds
1/4 teaspoon grated or ground nutmeg
1 cinnamon stick snapped into small pieces
2 cups whole milk or alternative (almond works well)
1 and a half cups water
1 teabag or tablespoon loose leaf black tea such assam or Ceylon
Brown sugar, honey or agave nectar to sweeten
Add the milk and spices to a small saucepan, bring to the boil, reduce heat and add tea and water. Bring to the boil again and reduce heat. This can be done a few times to intensify the flavour; it depends on how patient you are! Strain then sweeten if desired.
Autumn fruit crumble
Bowl of blackberries
3 apples, peeled, cored and chopped
3 pears, peeled, cored and chopped
2 plums, seed removed and chopped
Organic rolled oats
Mixed nuts, crushed
Maple syrup/agave nectar/unrefined sugar
Place the fruit in a medium sized ovenproof dish and sprinkle with allspice. With your fingers, combine butter, oats, nuts and your choice of sweetener to form a crumble topping and add to the top of the fruit mixture. Bake in oven for 30 minutes at 190C. Serve with fresh custard or vanilla ice cream.
Complementary therapist and natural health expert. On a mission to sprinkle health and wellness wherever I go...