Are you cooking anything green for St. Patrick’s Day? Well, here is my new “invention”: A cream soup made with leafy greens, squash and the “allium family squad.” The soup can be served either warm or cold, as in gazpacho, depending on the weather or how you feel!
In this example, I have used dandelion greens, collard greens, butternut squash, onion, ginger, garlic, turmeric, a dab of ghee and topped with some enoki mushrooms and pine nuts.
Dandelion greens are beneficial for Types A, AB and O, neutral for Type B; collard greens are beneficial for all types. Feel free to swap the greens with whatever leafy green vegetables that are beneficial for you. Butternut squash is neutral for all types. Type A and O can substitute with pumpkin, which is beneficial for them. Garlic, onion, ginger and turmeric are all either beneficial or neutral for all types.
To add eye appeal and extra nutrients, garnish with whatever beneficial nuts and herbs that you like. In this example, I have used enoki mushrooms as they are neutral for all types (if you use them, make sure you blanch them for a minute in hot water). Pine nuts are neutral for all but an “avoid” for Type B–swap it with beneficial nuts such as chopped walnuts instead.
While the three-leaf shamrock is the symbol of St. Patrick and the four-leaf clover is a Celtic charm that is said to offer magical protection and ward off bad luck, you can easily create your own lucky charm by eating green—not only on this day but every single day! A green smoothie, a green salad, a green soup or a stir-fry with leafy greens–all of these will surely ward off bad health and create some magic for your health and vitality.
Next week, we’re going to welcome the official arrival of Spring, with the Spring Equinox falling on Wednesday. While we herald in the new, let’s not forget that it’s also a natural time of the year to recognize the passing and death of the old. As we transition to a new season, it’s a good opportunity to examine and let go of what doesn’t serve us—may it be an unhealthy eating habit, a negative thought pattern, a stalemate in a relationship or a vicious cycle that you feel it’s time to exit.
Whatever it is that you need to release and “detox” from, acknowledge it and the wake-up call it has given you. Take some moments to grief the death of the old, and welcome the new in your life. Above all, remember that just like transitions in Nature, the changes we make and the transitions we experience are not “cut and dry.” Allow the transitions to unfold, just as you await the blooming of a flower.
I hope this post inspires you to renew your spirit and to get ready for a new start come Spring!
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