Spring into Action

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Amalia in the KitchenPublished on Latino American Today, March 2014 -by Amalia Moreno-Damgaard.   Spring is almost here! Spring is the subtle transition from winter to summer. It is also the time to thaw from a long winter and for rebirth and renewal of all living things and to reevaluate ourselves physically and mentally. Budding trees and shrubs, birds mating and singing, sunshine and lots of color come back to life like magic. 

Rebirth.   With a new season comes an opportunity for internal and external rebirth. New Year’s resolutions are often short-lived, but spring tends to inspire us in unique ways, from cleaning our homes to getting back into shape. Spring can be an opportunity to look into what needs change in our lives. It is healthy and wise to reevaluate our ways ever so often to replace unwanted behaviors with new energizing ones. 

Renewal.   As we grow older our tastes and needs change. Renewing our activities in alignment with our current feelings is also healthy and keeps us looking forward to new things. Engaging in nurturing activities can help us stay relaxed and happy and when we are happy, we are inspired to do well for the community and ourselves.The needs out there are endless. We can become mentors or volunteers in support of good causes or we can start a venture of our own to help others grow. 

Growth.   Internal and physical growth comes from introspection or self-analysis. No one knows ourselves better than us. Experience the joy of growth by reading a new book (or write one), adopt a healthier lifestyle with a healthy diet and exercise, and practice what you preach, especially around children. We can all be good citizens by being conscientious and caring and by loving our hearts and bodies with wholesome actions and good deeds. 

Here is an easy and delicious recipe and activity tip to inspire you to spring forward into action!

COSTA RICAN SQUASH AND CORN SAUTÉ

Activity Tip:  Farmers markets come back to life in the spring along with the freshest produce. Visit for the vibe and experience of being outdoors in pleasant weather buying fresh ingredients and mingling with local farmers.

Serves 4-6

1 tbsp butter

¼ cup onion, small dice
3 garlic cloves, minced
2 cups fresh corn (or frozen)
1 cup chayote squash, peeled, small dice

½ cup milk
1 tsp sugar

Kosher salt
Freshly ground white pepper
3 tbsp chopped fresh cilantro leaves for garnish

Melt butter in skillet and sauté onion and garlic for 1 minute. Add corn and chayote squash and sauté 1 minute.

Combine milk, and sugar. Add to sauté pan mixture. Season. Cook for 2-3 minutes more until vegetables are al dente. Taste.