Food To Nourish Your Body And Soul

By Christine Dutton
Updated May 24, 2018

Try These Nourishing Recipes That Are Satisfying And Delicious!

When you nourish your body with healthful foods you are also being kind to your body. Nourishing foods contain nutrients that are essential to good health and condition. They are deliciously rich and satisfying and when you eat them in stews, soups or other warming dishes, you can feel them nourishing your body and soul.

Take care of yourself and flourish by incorporating some of the most nourishing, nutrient-dense foods in your diet. Many of these foods are packed with cancer-preventing antioxidants and heart healthy fats, proving that comfort foods can be good for you!

  • Salmon, shellfish and sardines
  • Kale, spinach, chard and other nutrient dense dark, leafy greens
  • Garlic, shallots, onions, scallions and leeks
  • Broccoli, Napa cabbage, Brussel sprouts and cauliflower
  • Carrots, tomatoes and red peppers
  • Potatoes, sweet potatoes and yams
  • Pumpkin and other winter squashes
  • Edamame and tofu
  • Beans, nuts and seeds
  • Spices such as turmeric, ginger, cayenne and cinnamon
  • Herbs such as dill, parsley, cilantro and basil
  • Seaweed
  • Extra virgin olive oil and vinegars (especially apple cider vinegar)
  • Eggs
  • Blueberries, strawberries, oranges, lemons and grapefruit
  • Avocados
  • Yogurt and kefir
  • Dark chocolate

Here are a few of our favorite warming and nourishing recipes.

Beef and Butternut Squash Stew by Giada de Laurentiis

We often turn to Giada de Laurentiis for sure-fire delicious recipes. This dish is nutrient-packed and quite tasty. It satisfies meat eaters while offering up healthful ingredients that are readily available throughout the year. We especially love this dish for fall and winter. Stop by The Food Network to try this wonderful stew. 

Lentil Soup at Mediterranean Living

Lentils are one of the most popular of beans and pulses and especially delicious in Indian and Mediterranean recipes. Enjoy lentils in salads, soups and stews. We love this new recipe by Brittany Nickerson, shared on

Turmeric Tea at Mediterranean Living 

Top off your evening with this delicious and healthy drink that is a mix of turmeric in warmed almond or cow’s milk. This recipe packs a powerful nutritional punch! The recipe developer, Christine Kenneally, describes the value of using turmeric in your cooking: “Turmeric has been a major part of traditional Indian and Asian cooking for centuries, even being referred to as “holy powder.” for its many healing properties.” Stop by our recipe box and give it a try! 

Horta (Greens) With Potatoes at Mediterranean Living

Never under-estimate the value of including plenty of greens in your diet. If you haven’t been eating many dark, leafy greens, perhaps you can make this your New Year’s resolution! Here is a great recipe for Horta (Greens) with Potatoes that everyone will enjoy. In Crete, this is a popular side dish at dinner, using whatever wild greens are in season. Stop by our recipe box and try this dish that will have you loving greens. 

Italian Baked Polenta With Vegetables at Mediterranean Living

You’ll be pleasantly surprised at just how easy it is to make homemade polenta. This polenta dish is a lovely alternative to vegetable lasagna. It’s a great way to pack more servings of vegetables into your dinner. Experiment by switching up the vegetables or herbs to suit your fancy! Stop by Mediterranean Living’s recipe box to check out the recipe.

Turkish Yogurt Soup With Chicken, Chickpeas and Rice from Food & Wine

This winning soup makes a meal. It’s creamy and a perfect remedy to a cold night. Stop over at Food & Wine to see what the fuss is all about. 

Interested in further exploration of nourishing foods? We highly recommend these books to explore more nourishing and delicious recipes:

Healthy Slow Cooker Revolution by America’s Test Kitchen

A Taste of Heaven and Earth: A Zen Approach to Cooking and Eating by Bettina Vitell

Silk Road Vegetarian: Vegan, Vegetarian and Gluten Free Recipes For The Mindful Cook by Dahlia Abraham Klein

The Yogurt Cookbook: Recipes From Around The World by Arto Der Haroutunian

A Spoonful of Ginger: Irresistible, Health-Giving Recipes From Asian Kitchens by Nina Simond



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