(Attn Vegans & Vegetarians: feel free to leave out the shrimp for a yummy veggie dish. If you make any other adaptations, please comment.)
Did you know that okra is a good source of Protein, Riboflavin, Niacin, Phosphorus, Potassium, Zinc and Copper, and a very good source of dietary fiber, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Thiamin, Vitamin B6, Folate, Calcium, Magnesium and Manganese? And ladies, okra can help support a healthy ovulation phase. Eating for a smoother cycle...yes please!
Skillet-Roasted Okra & Shrimp*
Hands-on/Total Time: 30 min. Yield: 4-6 servings
Saute okra in 1 Tbsp. hot olive oil in a large cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat 4 to 5 minutes or until lightly browned. Transfer okra to a large bowl. Add tomatoes and 1 Tbsp. oil to skillet; saute 3 minutes or until skins begin to burst. Transfer tomatoes to bowl with okra. Add shrimp and remaining 1 Tbsp. oil to skillet; sprinkle shrimp with red pepper. Saute 2 to 3 minutes or just until shrimp turn pink. Add garlic; saute 30 seconds. Stir in okra mixture, and sauté 1 to 2 minutes or until hot. Stir in salt, pepper, and parsley.
FYI: okra can get a bit slimy but my 8 1/2 yr old thought that was really fun and gave this meal two thumbs up. This could be served over rice but we just ate as is. Enjoy!
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*Original recipe from myrecipes.com
It's February 1st!! Today not only marks the beginning of a brand new month but also the half-way point between Winter Solstice and the Vernal Equinox (in the Northern Hemisphere). Even with the snow on the ground here in Wisconsin, I'm feeling the energy of possibility and newness that is associated with Spring :) For me it's like the air is electric. Are you feeling it too??
Today is also known as Imbolc or Brigids Day. Traditional foods for the Imbolc celebration include those made with seeds, (to symbolize growth), raisins (a fruit of the Sun God), pork, poultry, or lamb, with sides of potatoes, cabbage, onions, and garlic. (See photo for other ideas on how to celebrate Imbolc.)
This afternoon I unexpectedly found myself home alone and so decide to do a sacred salt soak/sweat. I like to do these soaks around the new and full moon, solstices, equinoxes and days like today to connect with the energy of purification and rhythms of nature. For part of my soak I listened to this meditation: https://youtu.be/IQvm-jv_k1s
The meditation app Insight Timer, also has a few Imbolc meditations. Check them out :)
Another way to harness the energy of Imbolc is to clean and declutter. Ironically my husband was doing the latter this morning without even realizing he was tapping into the energy of Imbolc!
How have/are you going to harness the energy of Imbolc?
Hi! I'm Heather Rizzo, a.k.a The Body Whisperer. I hope you enjoy reading my insights and tips on how to be your most vibrant self!