In Traditional Chinese Medicine, Diet and Nutrition are often connected to both the bodies unique needs to restore and retain balance and a diet factoring in seasonal and local produce. As the seasons change, what we need to adapt to the
changing conditions is frequently related to what is growing locally and in season. By adjusting our menus to the season, the body is able to make the most of what we take in energetically. This has a positive impact on digestion as well as being able to maintain a healthy, nutrient dense menu on a budget without spending extra on imported produce. Many seasonal foods will also be appropriate for helping the body stay in harmony with the effects of seasonal changes.
While the temperatures in Southern California have been remaining warm (and even hot on some days) and dry throughout fall, the days are shorter and the nights are getting cooler. However, since it is fall and we are officially moving into the holiday season, here are some ideas for making the most out of the seasonal squashes currently available at most local grocery stores and farmers markets. A few of my favorites include: Spaghetti Squash, Butternut Squash and my newest discovery Delicata Squash. Happy Cooking!
(all recipes link to there original posting site and are also shared via Facebook each Monday) photo: Delicata Sqaush
Roasted Delicate Squash with Tumeric by Gina Homolka
Easy Vegan Pumpkin or Squash Pie by Nava Atlas
Coconut Curry Soup with Sweet Potato Noodles by Taylor Kiser
Easy Oven Roasted Potatoes with Sriracha Pumpkin Aioli by Jenn