In honor of our spotlight on slippery elm bark yesterday...
Recipe Weekend: Tummy Trouble Tea
We like to eat whole foods, we really do. We won a small victory for whole foods, in fact, tonight when my son complained about missing a salmon, quinoa and kale dinner and had to eat “junk food” at a friend’s. “You know that’s my favorite!” he complained. It doesn’t always go this way around these parts, certainly not on tempeh salad night, or any night I even entertain the idea of cooking lentils but I’ll celebrate the victories as they come. Of course we helped him to a portion of the leftovers immediately. Occasionally, however, I’ll bring home something naughty. I try to keep it aligned with the diet restrictions we choose to follow - usually gluten and dairy-free, and natural sweeteners. Tapioca flour doughnuts, tempeh bacon, rice flour muffins, cheddar cheeZe... Some great, some not so great renditions of old comfort food favorites.
There’s a joke my husband loves to tell, how he’s going to start a gluten-free, dairy-free snack company called, “It’s Not That Awful” foods. This is clearly a reference to these so-called ‘treats’ I bring home. He believes that ‘it’s not that awful” is the highest compliment most of these treats can receive. He’s a purist, and I guess I don’t blame him. I don’t always remember what the original food is supposed to taste like. He does. So when I brought home a new brand of quinoa cookies, I was surprised how quickly my husband and son scarfed them down.
And if you’ve ever heard the phrase, ‘crime doesn’t pay’, I’m now going to apply it to gluttony as well. I hate to malign the poor quinoa cookies when it very well could be the amount of cookies ingested, or the record-breaking time in which they were inhaled, but Daddy and Aidan ended up with father-son tummy aches.
This is the tea I made them, dedicated this Recipe Weekend to gluttons everywhere. Because food should also be fun. But just in case our bodies don’t agree...
Tummy Trouble Tea
- 1 Tblsp dried catnip
- 1 Tblsp dried peppermint
- 5-6 small pieces fresh raw ginger (about 1/2 in thick)
- 1 tsp fennel seeds
- 1 Tblsp dried chamomile flowers
- 1/2 tsp lavender
Pour 2-3 C boiling water over the herbs. Let steep for 5-10 minutes. Strain. Enjoy. Watch the evidence of gluttony or other discomfort fade away... Makes two generous cups. One for your child, one for you.
Other options you can substitute or include: lemon balm, spearmint, anise seed -- all great digestives.
The quantities are more art than science, so feel free to get creative, and find a taste you like. Or just use whichever of these ingredients you have on hand -- every one of them taken alone would still help. My husband says it worked miracles on his belly. (Aidan fell asleep before he could report back.)
PS --> This tea makes a great teething tea as well. I’d substitute spearmint for the peppermint in this case, and steep for 5 minutes for a gentle baby remedy.
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