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Our mood of the month is RENAISSANCE, a month of awakening and revival of the spirit. As winter nears its end and spring is in sight, March promises hope and renewal. During the month of March, consider reflecting on your New Year’s resolutions. Have you kept your promise to yourself? If not, what can you do to manifest the essence of renaissance within yourself?
In the spirit of new beginnings, consider trying these recipes to refresh your palate! It may be difficult to reinvigorate cauliflower, but Food52 does so effortlessly! Try their whole roasted cauliflower with turmeric-tahini sauce & pistachios that is sure to please. For the main course, transform sheet pan dinners with Bon Appetit’s sheet pan salmon and squash with miso mojo. Sheet pan meals are a great way to minimize the mess and mix the flavors of proteins and vegetables to enhance the overall dish. For dessert, wow friends and family with Food52’s magical molten chocolate cake. This classic take on lava cake is certain to feed a crowd!
March does not fall short of days to celebrate. The 5th marks Mardi Gras, otherwise known as Fat Tuesday, so feel free to let loose, have a party, and indulge in whatever your heart desires. Lent begins March 6, a six-week period leading up to Easter inviting believers to begin an inner transformation. The 10th marks Daylight Savings, so be sure to remember to set your clocks ahead and go to sleep early to minimize the hour of sleep lost! March 17th, St. Patrick’s Day, celebrates the Irish. Wear green, play some Irish music, eat festive food, and enjoy the cheer of Irish culture. The 21st marks Holi, an Indian Hindu celebration of colors. People wear white and throw colored powder at another, so by the end of the day, everyone is decked out in colors of the rainbow. In the mood of renaissance this month, go out of your comfort zone, try new things, celebrate other’s cultures, and live in the moment.
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February, the month of Valentine’s Day, is known for love and passion. There are various theories of the origins of Valentine’s Day, but what is known is that the ancient Romans celebrated an analogue holiday with a spring festival coinciding with the feast of Lupercalia. The titular Valentine was a Christian martyr of the fifth century, but it was the famous poet Chaucer who linked his name to the themes of romance and passion. But passion is not simply love for another being. Passion is so much more complex. It can be felt when pursuing a career. Taking up a hobby. Pursuing a cause. Be passionate this month, and meditate on how to implement this into your daily life. Passions can cross borders and connect people across the world. Join a local group to learn more about your passion, and meet others with the same passion for what you love!
A great way to practice self-love this month would be to freshen up your meal plan. Don’t simply follow a recipe; alter it. Half the serving size of this caesar-kale salad with roasted onions and ricotta salata to accompany an entrée or use it as the main course for lunch or dinner to enhance the lunch go-to. If you love French food, then you’re going to love Bon Appetit’s instant pot coq-au-vin. If you’re unfamiliar, it’s a classic French stew that normally takes hours in the oven, but this only takes 15 minutes! For dessert, we recommend Food52’s greek yogurt chocolate mousse, a “healthy” take on a delectable classic. It’s perfect for a night in with loved ones.
There are many holidays that mark February, the second month of the new year. February 2 is Groundhog Day- an American myth where if the groundhog sees his shadow, spring will come early, but if he does not, winter will last another 6 weeks. As most know, February 14 marks Valentine’s Day. If you are not with a loved one, try and do something kind for yourself or do a kind gesture for others who may not be in a celebratory mood. Finally, President’s Day that lands on February 18, invites us all to remember the incredible individuals who have led our country since its inception. These passionate individuals have all had the same goal: to improve our country.
All in all, remember to pursue something you’re passionate about this month. The best things in life are sometimes the small moments when we take time to do what we love.
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Transform your meal plans this month with recipes that will be sure to please even the pickiest palates! To start, try Food52’s creamy mushroom soup that will warm up any soul after trudging through the cold temperatures. For the main course, challenge yourself with smoky minestrone with tortellini and parsley or basil pesto. It combines nutritious ingredients with some indulgent ones to make the perfect entrée. For dessert, try to transform your tastebuds with a unique take on carrot cake – carrot cake with cardamom. Whatever you decide to make, be sure to transform your meals throughout the year with different seasonal ingredients to make the ordinary extraordinary!
January begins with New Year’s Day on January 1st. The 21st marks Martin Luther King, Jr. day. We encourage you to take a moment to reflect on Dr. King’s work and consider what you can do to improve the world in his spirit. You could write to your representatives about certain issues, volunteer with a local organization that aligns with his values, or simply spend time with those different than you. Throughout the month, be sure keep the transformative spirit in all aspects of your life. There are so many opportunities every single day to transform your life and those around you, making a better world for all of us.
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