Savor The Season

To savor your food means, to taste good food or drink and enjoy it completely. To savor the season, I am referring to all that this holiday season has to bring, to savor the moment, notice what is going right and appreciate it. All the delicious foods that we will be consuming this holiday season and noticing each moment and appreciating them. Take your time through this holiday season, if you put up a Christmas tree, go sit in the room it is in and enjoy its beauty. If you are out shopping, notice the decorations and music playing, maybe even sing along!! Each moment, in all that you are doing leading up to the holiday, savor them, appreciate and enjoy them!!


Understanding what this season means to you makes a big difference in how you will get the most out of the holidays. Move through your days aware, noticing your surroundings, appreciate where you are, and where you are going. Take it all in, from head to toe, listen, feel, hear, taste, smell all the things in their entirety. Feel all the emotions that surface, memories that come to mind, the love and happiness that is shared. Savor your own traditions, old and new, try not to get caught up in all the stuff that isn't important. Make special moments for yourself and those around you, do something special for someone else, these are the moments that this season is all about.


Savor the season by attending a holiday event, one that works into your schedule. Hosting some type of holiday get together, make it easy with just some appetizers, charcuterie board and some holiday cheer. Reach out to family that you may not have talked to or seen for a while. Eat or bake some holiday treats!!! The other day I was in Trader Joe's, a tough place to be this time of year, all of their holidays goodies were out in full force. And yes I know they are all processed foods, but they are so good and bring so much of the holiday cheer, so treat your self, buy a box of those chocolate covered Joe's O's with peppermint on the outside, I DID!!! So many ideas to share on savoring the season, so get started before December ends, take it all in and go slow so you don't miss anything!!


Stuffed Acorn Squash


Ingredients:


4 Acorn squashes

1 1/2 cup quinoa

1 yellow onion chopped

2 stalks celery, chopped

4 cloves garlic, minced

5 thyme sprigs

1/2 tsp oregano

salt and pepper to taste

2/3 cups toasted walnuts

1/4 cup chopped parsley

pomegranate seeds for garnish


Directions:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees

Was the squash, then cut about 1/4 of the top off, this is to make a lid. Scoop out all the seeds and set aside. Rub the inside and outside with some olive oil, and season well with kosher salt or sea salt. Place the squash on a baking sheet with lids on and bake or 45 minutes, or until soft when pierced with a fork.

Place the walnuts on another baking sheet and roast for about 10 minutes.

Cook quinoa according to directions. when done let it stand for about 10 minutes.

In a medium skillet, add 2 tbsp olive oil or coconut oil, add the chopped onion and celery and sauté for about 5 minutes, season with salt and pepper.

Stir the mixture into the cooked quinoa, add the roasted roughly chopped walnuts and the parsley.

Stuff each squash with the quinoa mixture, place back in the oven for another 10 minutes, to warm through for serving. Garnish with more parsley and pomegranate seeds.



Stuffed Acorn Squash



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