The greatest chefs agree that in cooking, imagination is everything and not expensive ingredients and complex preparation and executions of recipes. Winter is a special period, since, due to low temperatures in many regions of the world, access to a wide variety of materials is not possible.
Traditionally, as in the story of the ant and the cicada – from Aesop’s fables – in winter there is the all-important cellar, which enriches the ingredients available during the cold season. It houses foods that begin to develop at moderate temperatures and whose flavors take off as soon as the cold weather begins.
What are these? Cabbage, carrots, leeks, and potatoes – the perfect winter ingredients for many uses that bring a winter coziness to the table.
Because nothing is random in nature, these substances provide very important nutritional elements, especially vitamins, to boost energy in cold weather and strengthening the immune system, fighting colds, etc.
Potatoes, baked or boiled with olive oil, help with colds and give us the necessary energy for fighting the cold. Don’t be afraid to consume potatoes – they contain valuable vitamins and organic acids. Their calories depend on how they are cooked, so avoid frying.
Leeks, rich in fiber, are an explosion of vitamins on your table! Parsley, in addition to its valuable vitamins, particularly helps digestion, so it is a good combination with leeks, which may create some digestive difficulty in large quantities.
Carrots, with a large amount of provitamin A, vitamins, potassium, sodium, calcium, and many other nutrients, improve vision and add to the strengthening power of all meals!
By combining all of the above in a velvety soup, and enhancing its flavor with grated almonds, chicken stock, parmesan cheese, and freshly squeezed lemon, you have the ideal meal for the winter: It is tasty, quick, healthy, and strengthens your immunity!
* The above is not medical advice but mere suggestions for improving your diet. Before reach herbal use you should consult your doctor, especially those who have health issues, are pregnant or are under the age of 6.
Evropi-Sofia Dalampira holds a PhD in Agricultural Economics, MSc in Botany-Biology and MSc in Horticulture & Viticulture.