While trying to process the whole thing and grieving, my appetite disappeared. I have spent days numb with no sign of hunger. After a week from that tragic 6th August, I got myself together and told myself I needed to nourish myself. As a Holistic Nutritionist I know how important it is to nurture ourselves, especially during tough periods.
This recipe is very simple. It is the go-to recipe for when you feel low. It feels like an internal warm hug; perfect to feel slightly better while not over-stuffing your stomach.
All ingredients in this recipe are organic. Surely, organic is not cheap and I understand why people hesitate to buy organic. It is such a pity that healthy food costs more; however in the long run, it is worth the expense. If organic produce is not an option, I recommend soaking your vegetables in lots of water, some vinegar and a little bit of bicarbonate of soda. Leave to soak for approximately half an hour and then rinse well.
My appetite is not 100% back but I have promised myself to get better every day. If you too are passing through a difficult time, take time for you, take care of yourself and give time. Eating a good hearty meal is one way to take care of yourself.
- 1.5 cups 2" Cubed potatoes, with skin
- 1 Large onion, sliced
- 8 Garlic cloves, finely chopped
- 5 Celery sticks, chopped
- 4 Medium carrots, sliced
- 4 Medium tomatoes, cut into quarters
- 3 tablespoons Extra virgin olive oil
- 1 Bay leaf
- 1 tablespoon Oregano, dry
- 1 teaspoon Cayenne pepper
- 1 teaspoon Sea salt
- 1 teaspoon Black pepper
- 4 cups Filtered water
1. Sauté all vegetables in a little bit of water, sea salt and cayenne pepper over low heat.
2. Let the minestrone to cook on low heat for approximately half an hour, adjusting water if needed.
3. Serve into bowls. Drizzle with some organic extra virgin olive oil and add black pepper to taste.
4. Freeze leftovers (if any) in single-serving bowls.
Also by Roberta: Crispy Lentil Quinoa Patties
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