This past weekend marked the first snowfall here in Boulder, Colorado. Because it was such a hot summer, followed by a lovely and warm Indian summer, the cold came as a bit of a shock. My family and I spent the better part of Saturday curled up in the house, poking through our favorite cookbooks. We cooked polenta and mushrooms, along with vegan chili … mmmm.
Which may be exactly what the doctor would order. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), autumn is a time to gather immune strength and fortify our bodies for the cold weather to come. Diet-wise, it’s recommended that we begin to phase out the cold, raw foods that tasted so good in summer—salads, raw fruit, sushi, as well as dairy products, which tend to produce phlegm and weaken the lungs. Roasted or stewed root veggies with pungent accents like garlic and mustard are in order.
Read more about healthy fall eating.
I especially love the following fall recipes, which roughly fit the TCM fall recommendations—plus, they are really yummy and satisfying.
Enjoy, and let us know what you’re cooking up for fall in the comments below!