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September - Millet, Late Summer Energy

Creamy, nutty, and slightly sweet, millet is the signature whole grain for this time of year. Known for feeding and nurturing your spleen, pancreas, and stomach, it is considered an anti-stress grain. Millet has the highest amino acid protein profile and highest iron content. It is a gluten-free grain and contains B vitamins, also rich in phosphorus. Millet is the easiest whole grain to digest and is alkalizing to the body. When cooking with millet, it will cook up creamy. It works well to thicken soups and I use it for that reason in my chili recipe. Look for millet in the bulk section or pre-package section of your local health store.

According to The Five Transformations Of Energy, it is Late Summer, or what is sometimes referred to as Indian Summer and that means we are entering the Earth energy phase. For those who are not familiar with The Transformations, let me elaborate on the subject. The Five Transformations Of Energy is the ancient Chinese study of the energy of nature and how it relates to us and our health. It is studied and used in Chinese medicine, acupuncture, and some forms of martial arts.

During the Late Summer Earth energy phase we are harvesting and gathering. Considered the center of everything, it is the most balanced energy time of year. Earth energy is considered grounding. This is where we get our resourcefulness, the ability to persevere, and our stability. We also find ourselves gathering together with our family in our homes more, as the days start to get shorter. Yellow is the color associated with this energy, the color of autumn.

The organs associated with this time of year are; spleen, pancreas, and stomach. Sweet is the signature flavor of this time, and naturally sweet foods nurture those organs. Creamy, sweet millet is the signature whole grain and chick peas are the bean for late summer. The spleen, pancreas, and stomach are some of the main organs that are effected by stress. They usually get upset when we find ourselves under too much stress. By eating the naturally sweet and creamy foods associated with this Late Summer time of year, we feed and nurture these organs and therefore helping your body deal with the stresses in every day life. To read more about the Five Transformations and Late Summer, go to Food of the Month Archive 2016: September

Recipe of the month:

Millet and Black Beans

1 onion (diced)
2 carrots (diced)
2 celery (diced)
2 cups cabbage (diced)
oilve oil and sea salt
1/2 cup millet
1 1/2 cup water
1 (15 oz.) can black beans (drained)
1 T. olive oil
2 T. tamari
1 T. brown rice vinegar

In a large pot, saute the onion in a little olive oil and sea salt until translucent. Move the onions to the side of pot, add the carrots, celery and cabbage and continue sauteing the vegetables. Let saute for a couple minutes until vegetables are starting to get soft. Add the millet, 1 1/2 cup water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to lowest possible temperature, cover and simmer for 20 minutes until all water is absorbed. Add the black beans, olive oil, tamari, and brown rice vinegar, continue simmering for 5 more minutes. Mix all together and serve warm.

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