I love this time of year when the stillness settles in around us after the hectic holiday season has died down. It's a time for reflection and togetherness. These chestnuts encapsulate that. Gather around a bowl of these warm chestnuts with those close to you, taking your time to gently peel away the hard shell. There is something methodical and ritualistic about this that will be such a welcome delight.
It's pouring outside and golden leaves of Florida's winter are falling to the ground with each gust of wind. It's a gorgeous view. A cold front is coming and it couldn't be any more of a beautiful process to watch. It's the type of weather that calls for a creamy soup with notes of winter spices. This soup is start to finish in under 30 minutes but it's flavors are rich as if it's been simmering for hours.
1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon coconut oil
1 large onion, diced
4 turnips, peeled and diced into 1/2 inch cubes
2 cups vegetable broth
1/2 cup unsweetened plant-based milk
2-3 shallots, sliced thinly
1 tablespoon pure maple syrup
Hefty pinch of ground cloves
1/4 heaping teaspoon ground cinnamon
Makes 3 large bowls
Pictures by Trevor Walsh
Hot Cocoa and the holiday season go hand and hand. There is just something magical about the pair. I don't think there is anything like watching the snow fall outside your window with a delicious mug of cocoa in your hand. But traditional hot cocoa can be a trap! It's often hidden with refined sugars, chemical sweeteners, binding agents and artificial flavorings. Instead lets indulge in this Healthy Holiday Hot Cocoa this season!