A Hygge Wish For You, Golden Cauliflower and Wild Rice Stew
I personally feel like I live for all things cozy and comforting, especially when it comes to food. Soups. Stews. Casseroles. Salads with creamy dressings. Give it all to me!
And there is no better time to lavish and live it up comfort food style than in the cooler, chiller months of fall and winter. They create a warming from the inside out. They always tend to remind you of simpler times. These items might even remind you of being a kid and eating your mothers home cooking. Over all these meals make you feel as if the weather isn’t cold and frightful, and that you can actually survive until the sun comes out tomorrow. And all for good reason too!
You see there is a term, or rather a way of living life, Hygge. Maybe you have heard of it and maybe you have not…BUT either way it is a thing! And it is actually a thing that not only can help you to make it through the cooler months with a smile on your face and warmth in your heart, BUT it can also help you to make sure that over all you are living a happier and more fulfilled life.
Before I jump any further maybe I will explain a little about Hygge (pronounced Hoo-ga). Hygge is a way of living life that come from the Danish in which you embrace the simpler things in life that make you feel cozy and warm inside. Despite Denmark having one of the coldest and longest cooler seasons in the world it has also made a cozy little spot for itself among the worlds most “happiest” country’s. The basic concept of Hygge is literally just embracing what makes you feel cozy, comfy, happy and warm…HELLO sweat pants, cups of tea and reading by the fire! Its about really meeting your body where it is at, and nourishing it fully as it NATURALLY slows down in the darker and cooler months. Some of the ways you can incorporate Hygge into your life right now to help you feel a happier through out these sunless months are;
Turning off your electrical lights and sitting by the light of a candle or fire.
Curling up in a nook, or your favourite chair, with a chunky blanket (preferably knitted or weighted).
Wearing thick woollen, oversized, and knitted items.
Gathering to eat and feast with others.
Embracing time away from screens and connecting with yourself and loved ones.
AND another part of Hygge is these heavier, warmer “comfort food” meals that make you feel oh so cozy and happy inside! And my Golden Cauliflower and Wild Rice Stew ticks all these boxes and is the perfect addition to ANY Hygge you might already be practicing in your life.
So why not light a few candles, throw on your favourite oversized sweater and curl up with a big bowl of Golden Cauliflower and Wild Rice Stew tonight!
Golden Cauliflower and Wild Rice Stew
1 small head of Cauliflower, chopped into bite size florets (about 3 cups)
2 Carrots, chopped
2 Celery Stalks, chopped
8 Kale Leaves, de-steamed and chopped
1 Onion Chopped
2 Garlic Cloves, chopped
4 cups Chicken Bone Broth, or Vegetable Broth
1/2 cup Coconut Cream (top solid part of coconut milk)
1/2 cup Wild Rice, uncooked but soaked for 2-3 hours
1 tbsp Turmeric
1 tsp Smoked Paprika
1/2 tsp Ground Cumin
1/4 tsp Ground Coriander
Salt and Pepper to taste
1 tbsp Avocado, or Coconut Oil
Optional: Chopped Cilantro and Pumpkin Seeds to garnish
In a large stalk pot over medium heat melt avocado (or coconut oil). Add in onion and salt. Cook until translucent, stiring when needed so not to burn. Add in chopped garlic and sauté for about 30 seconds. Add in carrots and celery. Cook for about 2-3 minutes and then stir in turmeric, cumin, coriander, and smoked paprika. Let cook for another minute.
When the mixture starts to smell fragrant add in your bone broth, or veggie broth, and place lid on and bring to a boil.
While your waiting for your broth to come to a boil drain and rinse your wild rice. Once stove mixture has been brought to a boil add in the wild rice and reduce heat to medium low and cover.
Let mixture cook for about 10 minutes and then add in your chopped cauliflower. Adding it in near the end ensures that it does not over cook and turn to mush. Let stew cook for another 5-7 minutes, or until rice is tender and fully cooked, and then add in coconut cream (and more broth is needed or desired).
To serve ladle into your favourite bowl and then top with chopped kale and any other desired toppings!
To learn more about Hygge and the Danish lifestyle I really cannot recommend the book The Little Book of Hygge: Danish Secrets to Happy Living by: Meik Wiking ENOUGH! This book is filled with all things Hygge and the research behind it.
ALSO this is not a sponsored post, I just really love this book!