I love these cold January days. We have been hiking numerous days in a row, the sun shining through the bare trees, the hawks flying around us, the rivers running fast and high.
We have also been home, basking in candlelight, salt lamps, cozy woolen warmth and fires. Books and board games and creating things. It makes my heart so happy. We have had places to get to, but not so much that one feels rushed or overwhelmed. I love this time of year. One thing I deeply enjoy this time of year is the warmth and love of the kitchen. I have a pot of bone broth going right now. I love to cook and I cook frequently. Warming foods seems so important. I am no cooking expert at all, but I would love for my readers to share some ideas for your favorite foods for this month and ideas for meal planning, and I will share a few of mine.
For warming drinks for little people, I like warm apple cider and raspberry tea. For older children, I like hot chocolate. Bone broths can also be a satisfying hot drink.
Smoothies feel a little out of place to me in January when it is cold, but I have to admit that sometimes a smoothie is my breakfast or lunch when everyone else wants something that is higher in carbohydrates that I don’t feel like eating. I like ice with water, chocolate protein powder, a banana, and a little bit of chocolate coconut almond butter. You could also add greens to it, and whatever powdered adaptogenic herbs you like.
For breakfasts, we have been having spinach scrambled eggs in tortillas with salsa, waffles on special festival days, buttermilk pancakes, and oatmeal done in a rice cooker with cinnamon and chopped apple. Also, we have been juicing. For my husband especially I have been making a combination of beet, apple, pear, carrot and lemon. It is yummy, and our six year old really likes it too!
Lunch has always been the hardest meal for me to figure out. I recently took Beauty That Moves Freezer Cooking Class. I love Heather’s recipes, and I have been trying out many of her recipes from this class for lunch. So, right now on our rotation we have some legume dishes, soups, and rice bakes and I usually cook fish for one lunch a week.
For dinner, we usually do some sort of crockpot meal. This can include pastured chicken or pork from our local farmer or some sort of bison, along with some vegetarian meals. I am not huge on wheat, but we do like barley or millet mixed with lentils or split peas or roasted potatoes and lots of vegetables.
I have been trying to cut desserts down after the holidays, which is hard with the sweet tooth of all the children, so if we have to have something baked apples are so warm and lovely.
I would love to hear what you have been cooking!