With Governor Pritzker’s latest “stay-at-home” order for all Illinois residents, many of us are homebound—and it’s more important than ever to eat healthy right now. With 70-80% of the immune system located in the gut, what you eat has a direct impact on your body’s ability to fight off bacteria and viruses. We encourage you to use “food as medicine” and start making more home-cooked, nutrient-rich meals.
- With 70-80% of the immune system located in the gut, it’s more important than ever to eat healthy right now.
- Pantry, fridge and freezer staples include: unrefined sea salt, avocado oil, spices, garlic, ginger, onions, carrots, celery, sweet potatoes, apples, frozen fruit and vegetables, beans (canned or dry), whole grains (oats, brown rice and quinoa), nut butters, tomato sauce, vegetable broth, shelf-stable nut milk, and nuts and seeds.
- Under our current “stay-at-home” order, you’re likely cooking more than before. With the proper essentials, you can easily recreate the easy, family-approved recipes provided below: Overnight Oats and Greek-Inspired Lemon Orzo Soup.
- Need a break from cooking? Our curbside pickup is available between 10am and 2pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Browse our Kitchen Market Menu and call ahead at 630.968.9355 to place your order.
That said, you need real food – vegetables, fruit, whole grains, legumes (beans, peas, lentils), nuts and seeds. Real food provides the vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that your 100 trillion cells need to function on a daily basis. Besides pantry staples such as unrefined sea salt, avocado oil and spices, we also recommend loading up on garlic, ginger, onions, carrots, celery, sweet potatoes, apples, and frozen fruit and vegetables. Beans (canned or dry), whole grains (oats, brown rice and quinoa), nut butters, tomato sauce, vegetable broth, shelf-stable nut milk, and nuts and seeds are additional items to always keep on hand.
From soups and snacks to smoothies and Buddha bowls, these long-lasting essentials will set you up to create a variety of different meal combinations. We realize that grocery stores have been challenged to keep their shelves stocked, but as long as you have these essentials, you’ll be in good shape to create the family-friendly recipes listed below. If you’re missing ingredients, feel free to make substitutions – our Kitchen Market is also open to take your curbside orders for essentials like nourishing Pastured Chicken Bone Broth™.
Overnight Oats – Prepped the night before, this makes a quick and easy breakfast option. Containing fat, fiber, and minerals such as chromium, potassium and magnesium, this complete meal will help keep you full for hours while balancing mood, energy and brain power.
- ½ cup rolled oats
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- ½ cup almond milk
- 1 ripe banana (or dried/frozen fruit)
- ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
- Optional: 1 tablespoon cacao powder
- Toppings: nut butter, cacao nibs or raw nuts/seeds
- Mash the banana in a 16-ounce glass jar.
- Mix in chia seeds, oats, almond milk, cinnamon and cacao powder (if using).
- Store in refrigerator overnight or at least 8 hours.
- Add toppings and enjoy!
Greek-Inspired Lemon Orzo Soup with Baby Spinach and Peas – This soup is energizing, gut healing, liver cleansing and immune boosting. It’s packed with bone-strengthening minerals such as calcium and magnesium, as well as protein, especially with the addition of chicken.
- 6 cups Nourished Pastured Chicken Bone Broth™
- ½ cup 100% whole wheat orzo pasta
- 1 ½ teaspoon dried oregano
- 1 teaspoon Celtic sea salt, plus more to taste
- ½ cup coarsely grated yellow onion
- 1 ½ cups finely grated pecorino Romano cheese
- 3 packed cups of baby spinach
- ½ cup frozen sweet peas
- 1 large fresh lemon, zest and juice
- Fresh ground black pepper, to taste
- Optional: add cooked, shredded pastured chicken; serve with crusty bread and butter
- In a 3-4-quart stock pot, add the chicken broth, orzo pasta, oregano and 1 teaspoon sea salt and stir to combine. Cover and bring to a gentle boil over medium-high heat.
- Uncover and add the grated onion and reduce the heat to medium. Continue to simmer about 12-14 minutes, or until the orzo pasta is tender and cooked.
- Remove from heat and whisk in pecorino cheese until fully incorporated. Stir in spinach, peas, lemon zest and juice. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Add shredded chicken (if using).
- Serve immediately with warm bread and butter.
Need a break from cooking? Stock up on our frozen essentials so your family can come together around the table with a sense of comfort and ease. Our curbside pickup is available between 10am and 2pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Call ahead at 630.968.9355 to order our organic, gluten-free, dairy-free and nutrient-packed cleansing and family-friendly soups, ready-to-blend Superfood Smoothies, Pastured Chicken Bone Broth™, immune-boosting Flu Bombs AND MORE. Browse our Kitchen Market Menu and call now to get your order in—we’re currently selling everything listed. We’re grateful for your continued support, and we’re here to support you. Be well, stay safe and remember—we’re in this together.