I love food. I love preparing food and sharing food. I love the connection that happens when people sit at a table and eat together. The whole process grounds me. To illustrate my point, I’d like to share my recipe for sweet potato soup.
Sweet Potato Soup
2 bell peppers
1 large sweet potato
1 shallot (or small onion)
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
about 3 – 4 cups water (or vegetable broth)
a dash of sweet chili sauce (optional)
pepper & salt to taste
2 tbsp butter or oil
Preparing and processing food grounds me. As I organize my ingredients and prepare them with care and intention; chopping, dicing, simmering, I feel mentally grounded.
Wash and chop all the veggies. Heat 2 tbsp butter or oil in a soup pot. Add the onions, peppers, leeks, garlic, salt and pepper. Cook everything over low heat for about 5 minutes until the onions start to soften. Then add the diced sweet potato and nutmeg. Stir to combine. Pour in just enough water to cover the potatoes. Bring to a boil, pop on the lid and simmer over low heat for about 20 to 25 minutes until the potatoes are tender. When the sweet potatoes are done, add a dash of sweet chili sauce if you like. Use your favorite blender or food processor to turn it into a creamy soup. I like to serve this with a chunk of crusty bread for dipping.
Enjoying this nutritious dish helps ground my body. Enjoying this dish with friends or family grounds my spirit.
But what about you? What are your favorite grounding activities?