Christmas Thoughts

When I was a kid, I could never understand people who were not crazy about Christmas.  Holiday baking! Eggnog! Tree-decorating! Driving across the country to Louisiana! Presents! Santa’s surprises! Spending all day Christmas playing with your stuff with not a care in the world!

Fast forward to being a bona-fide adult,  (Can I call myself that yet since I am almost 30? ) and it’s difficult to pinpoint what I feel about Christmas . It’s a time for reflection on the past when you have lost someone, and the Holidays will never be quite the same.  A time when you feel like you will never get everything done. When decorating the tree/house becomes kind of a pain in the ass . When there is all this pressure to buy more stuff for people that is just going to end up in a landfill. When you feel obligated to spend time with certain people who drive you bat-sh** crazy?!(I am obviously not talking about my family.)  BUT it’s also a time you can appreciate everything in your life. A time to slow down and enjoy experiences with people. A time to cook delicious food and savor it. A time to give to families in need. A time to create new traditions and celebrate the old ones. A time for self reflection over the last year and hope for the next. A time to celebrate your existence and religious beliefs.

I have truly enjoyed this Holiday Season because my husband and I made a focused effort to pare down our gift buying, make more homemade gifts, and get it all done way in advance. So we have actually had time to enjoy the season and embody the idea of slow living. We harvested about 30 pounds of honey from the beehives this weekend and paired it with some baked goods as gifts. We watched our favorite Christmas movie with his family, I baked with my Mom and sister (a yearly tradition), had some friends over for drinks and treats, had a few gift exchanges, and now we are ready to celebrate this weekend! ( I also have a 12 miler planned for Saturday to get ready for my half marathon in January in Charleston.)

filtering then jarring our honey harvest

Between the baking we have been enjoying fresh bok choy and carrots from the garden and turmeric latte’s to keep our immunity up. So I’m sharing this immunity boosting stir- fry recipe inspired by my garden today. What I like about this recipe is that you can be flexible and include whatever vegetables you have on hand in your  fridge.

my 2 carrots picked straight from the ground

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all of my readers all over the world. I hope it is full of joy and love and great food and experiences.

Coconut Veggie Stir Fry

Serves 4
Prep time 20 minutes
Cook time 15 minutes
Total time 35 minutes
Try this immunity boosting veggie-filled stir fry!

Ingredients

  • 1 can full fat coconut milk
  • 1 bunch bok choy or other greens, chopped into strips
  • 3 broccoli heads, chopped
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 3 carrots, diced
  • 1 red pepper, diced
  • 1 1 inch knob ginger, grated
  • 1 package sliced mushrooms
  • 1 lime
  • 4 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons chili garlic sauce
  • sriracha to taste
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1lb tofu(pressed and cubed) or ground pork, chicken, or beef

Directions

Step 1
Heat coconut oil in wok or pan. Saute onion, carrot, garlic, ginger , red pepper for 7-8 minutes on medium high heat.
Step 2
Mix in the meat/ tofu and mushrooms and saute another 5 -8 minutes.
Step 3
Stir in 2 Tablespoons of chili garlic sauce, 3 T of soy sauce, 1 can coconut milk. Stir to combine and bring to a simmer.
Step 4
Mix in the bok choy and broccoli and let simmer 5 minutes on medium high heat. Add more soy sauce or chili garlic sauce to taste and squeeze in the juice of one lime. Add a bit of water to the broth if you want it to be more like a curry.
Step 5
Serve with fresh chopped cilantro on top and sliced avocado or even radish.