Midwest Environmental Changes & Autumn Weeknight Meals

Samira Ardalan - Saturday, November 19, 2016


It's mid autumn here in the Midwest, and today we had our first small trickle of snow. While we are all preparing for what some say may be brutal winter, it's a surprise that Chicago's evening and winter temperatures have actually gotten warmer over the last several decades. During a time like this, I always go back to Avicenna's 6 Nurturing essentials to living a healthy lifestyle. Our environment is on this list and is an essential factor in determining our state of health. Air quality and weather conditions may have a negative impact on us, and the food & drink we consume can help assist in preventing imbalances in our body, mind and spirit.


According to the EPA (US Environmental Protection Agency), major heat waves have been occurring more frequently across the region for decades, and heat stress is likely to increase in the future as a result of continued rises in temperature and humidity in this region.[1]

Earlier this week I headed to the market for inspiration and decided to pick up a variety of ingredients with complex carbohydrates, such as spaghetti squash, in addition to wholesome meats and vegetables that will store as energy reserves for the body this Autumn.[2] We utilized unique middle eastern and Mediterranean heating spices and herbs to create balance and warming flavors. To understand more about heating and cooling foods, and what ingredients are best for you, visit our step by step instructions.



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Turkey Meatballs and Napa Cabbage in Lemon Broth

Spices: Star Anise, Bay Leaf, Carrots, Garlic, Cilantro



Whole Roasted Cauliflower with White Tahini Lemon Garlic Sauce & Pomegranate

Spices: Saffron water, Parsley, Kosher Salt, Black Pepper



Grilled Chicken Romaine Caesar Salad

Dressing: Garlic, Anchovy, Olive Oil, Salt, Pepper, Organic Mayo, Dijon Mustard, Parmesan, Lemon



Persian Tea with Cardamom

Warming and delicious! Did you know if you chew cardamom regularly after meals, it will strengthen the stomach, improve digestion, and increase appetite? Cardamom is one of the most valuable spices in the world due to its rich aroma and therapeutic properties.



Avicenna's 6 Nurturing Essentials are:

1. Air & Environment

2. Physical Rest & Activity

3. Sleep & Wakefulness

4. Emotions & Aromatherapy

5. Retention & Evacuation

6. Food, Diet & Drink


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[1] EPA - US Environmental Protection Agency "Climate Impacts in the Midwest," 2016.

[2] A 2nd Opinion, by Natural Health Inc, Dr. Gene Ridley, "Articles, Beauty, & Skincare, Food & Nutrition, Mind, Stress & Balance, Seasonal Considerations & Cleansing," 2013.