Natural Moms Podcast #117

March 10, 2009

cynthia lair of feeding the whole familyThis week we are joined by Cynthia Lair of Cookus Interruptus, an online cooking show that helps us learn how to cook fresh local organic whole foods “despite life’s interruptions”.

Cynthia is also the author of Feeding the Whole Family, a wonderful primer for anyone who wants to eat foods closer to their natural state, but especially helpful for moms who are cooking for people of different ages.

You can put a meal on the table that puts a smile on the hubby’s face as well as small kids and an infant – without spending all day in the kitchen.

You can read my review of the cookbook here: Feeding the Whole Family cookbook review

Cynthia gave me permission to post a sample recipe so I offer you:

Three Sisters Stew

1 cup dried Christmas lima beans*, soaked 6-8 hours
4 cups stock or water
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil or ghee (note from Carrie: ghee is clarified butter and it belongs in every kitchen!)
1 medium onion, chopped
2 teaspoons sea salt
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 teaspoons dry oregano
½ teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon chili powder
2-3 cups delicatta winter squash, cut in chunks
1 14 -ounce can diced tomatoes with green chilies
1 ½ cups fresh or frozen corn

Optional garnish:
½ cup grated cheese

Drain soaking water off beans. Place beans, 2 cups of stock or water and 1 teaspoon of cumin in a pot; bring to boil. Cover and simmer until beans are tender (50-60 minutes) or pressure-cook (45 minutes).

Heat a 4-quart pot, add oil. Add onion, salt and garlic; sauté until onion is soft (5 minutes). Add cumin, oregano, and cinnamon and chili powder and cook for about 30 seconds. Add squash and tomatoes, bring to a simmer and cook until squash is soft, (about 20 minutes).

Add ½-1 cup stock or water if mixture is dry. Add cooked beans and corn; simmer until corn is tender. Adjust seasoning to your taste. Serve hot with grated cheese garnish if desired.

Preparation time: 1 hour and 10 minutes
Makes 6-8 servings

FOR BABIES 6 MONTHS & OLDER: Reserve some peeled squash cubes, steam well and puree.
FOR BABIES 10 MONTHS & OLDER: Puree some cooked Christmas limas before adding to stew and puree with steamed squash cubes. Serve beans in small amounts to babies.

* kidney, pink or pinto beans can also be used.

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One Response to “Natural Moms Podcast #117”

  1. Angie Goodloe on March 10th, 2009 11:34 am

    This is so great! I will be giving away Cynthia’s book Feeding the Whole Family on my site today
    Just comment to win!

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