Doing GOOD feels so darn good.
Tomorrow I am dropping off groceries, a crock-pot and an immersion blender to a family in need.
The reason I am able to do this is because of the generosity of my WellBEING aLIVE Tribe—my monthly Denver Wellness Meetup where we come together to encourage and inspire one another toward greater health and wellbeing. At the beginning of the year we contacted Family Promise—a national non profit that serves families experiencing homelessness. We asked if we could create an outreach program for them where we give a one-time infusion of healthy, nutrient-dense food and kitchen supplies to a family that has been recently placed back into a home.
And because Family Promise said YES, we have helped out a handful of families since the beginning of the year.
We have heard their stories.
Some heart wrenching, some beautiful.
One family had the good fortune of being placed in a nice new apartment complex. There was a story on the news about them. The next morning they woke up to four slashed tires on their car. Turns out the neighbors didn't want anyone who was barely getting by living in the proximity. Yet this young family—a hardworking mom, a dad trying to pull it together and their adorable young son—prevails. And they continue to have hope that things will get better.
Another family we met was made up of a mom and her two biological kids—plus any neighborhood kid that happened to be down on his or her luck. Could be one, could be ten at any time. The mom was so excited for our donation because her fridge was almost empty and she didn't know what she was going to do. My memory of delivering our care package to this family is full of smiles, hugs and delight as the kids happily chomped on the carrots and vegetables we provided.
We leave with our hearts more full and our spirits more optimistic.
Cooking with the season.
Many of the items that I typically buy for these families are not currently available.
So yesterday I tried out a new recipe thinking that if it turned out well, it would be one of the things we would bring (I don't want to show up with just a crock-pot and immersion blender even if they are two of my favorite kitchen tools).
This soup hit the spot.
I had three bowls.
It was that good. Plus it was COLD out and because my husband Randy likes to joke about not turning on the heat until Thanksgiving I was looking for something to warm me up besides my coat.
So friends, let the crock-pot do the work! Don't have a crock-pot? Get one. They are well worth the $30-50. It is worth spending a little extra to get one with a timer.
This creamy yellow soup takes about 15 minutes total to make. And it makes between 6 - 8 servings...depending on how big your bowls are. :)
- 15-20 medium sized carrots
- 1/2 onion
- 1 inch of ginger
- 1 can of full fat coconut milk
- 1.5 cups of bone broth
- 10 shakes of nutmeg
- 15 shakes of cinnamon
- Sea salt to taste (I love salt...I probably put in a tablespoon)
Clean and chop up carrots into 1 inch pieces (if your carrots are organic you do not need to peel them).
Toss carrots into crock pot.
Add in the chopped ginger and onion.
Pour in a full can of full fat coconut milk.
Add in 1.5 cups of bone broth.
Set crock pot for low and 6 hours.
Let the mixture cool for 10 minutes and then use your immersion blender to blend it up. Don't have an immersion blender? Use your blender.
"I believe that every human mind feels pleasure in doing good to another."