An ancient herb used for ritual, ceremony, and healing. Salvia officinalis is the botanical name. Salvia is from the Latin salvere — meaning to be in good health, to cure, to save. The very name is sacred in nature. The amazing thing about herbs is once you spend time growing them, touching them, smelling them you start to feel what they are capable of. Sage is a grounding herb. Its texture feels woolen, the scent reminiscent of wet earth. Musky & sweet it feels your lungs and truly connects you to nature.
Sage is antiseptic, antifungal, and anti-inflammatory. Aids in healthy digestion, and is an excellent headache reviler. Wonderful for the health of the respiratory system, and like Rosemary is used to improve the clarity of the mind. Also an incredible topical healer, amazing in healing salves, hydrosols, and moisturizing creams. Sage has potent anti aging properties.
I love utilizing healing herbs in my culinary adventures. It is my favorite way to get the benefits while enjoying the meditation of cooking and getting creative. I want to share one of my favorite recipes with Sage as the central point. I encourage you all to grab a little pot and plant an herb that you truly adore. Even a tiny pot of herbs can brighten your space, and allow you to feel close to nature even if you happen to be in the middle of a city.
Brussels Sprouts with Chestnuts and Sage
A charming and warming dish that truly celebrates the Winter season. Enjoy every last bite!
2 pounds Brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved
1 tablespoon Earth Balance
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
3 tablespoons Rich beautiful veggie broth
2 minced garlic cloves
3/4 cup roasted and then coarsely chopped chestnuts
2 teaspoons chopped fresh sage
1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
Pink Himalayan salt + Pepper to taste
Preheat oven to 425 F
First you will need to prep your chestnuts. Using a small sharp pairing knife or a chestnut knife, carve an "X" in the flat side of each chestnut. Place chestnuts in an even layer, "X"-side down, in a large cast iron pan. Roast chestnuts until opened, 20 to 25 minutes. Peel immediately. Coarsely chop once cooled down.
Bring a large saucepan of water to a boil. Add Brussels sprouts and cook until bright green and just slightly tender, 6 to 8 minutes max, you do not want to overcook! Drain.
Melt Earth Balance with olive oil and veggie broth in a large pan over medium heat. Add garlic and allow to become fragrant. Remove from pan and reserve for later. Add Brussels sprouts, chestnuts, thyme and sage and cook, stirring often, until heated through and the Brussels have a nice golden color. Add salt + pepper to taste while you cook! Remove from heat and add your garlic from earlier! Feel free to top with some fried sage leaves! xo
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Live a life filled with love, health, and joy! Sending you all lots of love today and everyday! xo