October’s Recipe of the Month

Lentils are an unsung food staple, full of fiber and protein and when cooked correctly, oh so delicious. The following recipe is inspired by this red lentil coconut soup. After a few tweaks to the recipe and converting it into a slow cooker meal it has been on the menu every week since it first graced the Currey table a few months ago. My favorite thing about it — besides how good it is and how eagerly the kids gobble it down — is how easy it is.

Dr. Currey's Favorite Winter Stew Gluten free, Dairy free, Vegan

Dr. Currey’s Favorite Winter Stew
Gluten free, Dairy free, Vegan

 

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups unsoaked, dry red split lentils – you can find these in the bulk section of your store
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 1 chopped bell pepper or a handful of chopped mini sweet peppers –
  • 2 fresh jalapeno or serrano chili, chopped, including seeds – this isn’t a spicy dish despite the peppers.
  • 1 tablespoon fresh grated ginger – I like to juice my ginger and add in about ½ a Tablespoon
  • 2 garlic cloves – chopped
  • 1 heaping tablespoon curry powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 6 oz can of tomato paste (be sure to use a can that is BPA free or buy some from a local canner friend)
  • 7 cups water
  • 1 can coconut milk
  • 1 15-ounce can of chickpeas – again, BPA free can, or soak a ½ cup of dry beans overnight and add them in.
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • fresh cilantro and lime wedges for serving – yes, do include these

 

Directions:

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  1. Gather your ingredients
  2. Place said ingredients into your slow cooker
  3. Let cook all day, for us this is usually around eleven to twelve hours, but the stew is usually finished cooking by eight hours.
  4. Enjoy topped with chopped fresh cilantro (frozen cilantro works too if you prefer to store it this way as we do in our house) and lime wedges.
  5. Pack any leftovers for lunch tomorrow; you will want to enjoy it again.

Each month, we will be posting a favorite recipe from around the office.  If you have a favorite recipe that you would like to contribute, send it in and we will feature it here for you.

What is naturopathic medicine?

When you ask this question, you are bound to get an answer that involves the terms “vitality,” “energy,” “nature,” or “the body.”

But what does that all mean?

Licensed naturopathic doctors are trained professionals with four or more years of medical school training with a focus on health and prevention.  Naturopathic medicine is about optimizing function.  It’s about restoring and maintaining health.

How does one do these things?  You make sure you have everything you need, and you get rid of everything that is standing in the way.

For healthy people with few obstacles to health, this means eating well, exercising regularly, reducing stress, and doing something that you love.  There are things that naturopathic doctors can do to further improve health such as prevent illness and assist a person through an acute condition.  But ideally, people don’t need a whole lot more.

For others who are suffering from chronic disease or were born with a condition that interferes with normal bodily functions, it can be more complex.

This is where naturopathic medicine comes in with all its tools –modalities.  These modalities include nutrition, herbs, hydrotherapy, homeopathy, drainage, IV nutrients, pharmaceuticals, and many others.  The toolbox is large and there is no one size fits all treatment.  This means care is tailored to each individual’s body, resources, and preferences.

It all boils down to one concept:  In with the useful and out with whatever is slowing you down.

This year marks the first annual National Naturopathic Medicine Week from October 7th -13th.  Take this opportunity to learn how naturopathic medicine can help you.

More information:

Naturopathic Medicine Week

Naturopathic medical training

Laws governing Oregon Naturopathic Doctors