Here’s how Jennifae, my expectant friend’s Blessingway afficionado defined it: “A Blessingway is an ancient tradition set to “Bless the Way” of a woman’s journey to meeting her baby. This is different from a baby shower, in that the focus is to honour the Mother. Showing a woman love and support as she approaches the threshold of labor, helps to ensure she will have the strength she needs to face whatever this birth holds in store for her.”
It was different, I’ll admit but it sounded like fun! About twelve wise women gathered at Tamara, the mom-to-be’s house to shower her with well wishes, ceremonial goodies and plenty of food.
I could contribute in a meaningful way!
…I brought Turnip.
Stop laughing! Really, this dish is delish. Quinoa, rutabaga and radish come together so well that many of the people at the Blessingway asked for the recipe. This meal is full of fibre, vitamins and constitutes a full protein. It is also low in fat and low on the Glycemic Index. Why not bless the way for baby with delicious healthy food? After all, a healthy momma is essential for birthing in the best possible way. Serve the blessed turnip with fresh tzatziki and enjoy!
1 c. cooked quinoa
1 medium turnip, peeled and shredded (the food processor works nicely)
4 radishes, shredded
1/2 red onion, shredded
1 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp pepper
1/2 tsp salt
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 tsp turmeric
1/2 tsp cayenne pepper (optional)
Mix everything together. Set a large frying pan over medium heat and melt in coconut oil. Pour quinoa mixture onto hot oil and let it sit for about 4 minutes. You’re gonna cook this like scrambled eggs so stir the mixture around a bit then let it sit to brown on the underside again. Stir and sit, stir and sit. After about 10-15 minutes, when the quinoa mixture is golden brown, remove from heat.
1 c. plain Greek yogurt
1 clove garlic, crushed and minced
1/2 cucumber, peeled, seeded and shredded
1/2 tsp salt
1 Tbsp lemon juice
Dollop fresh tzatziki over Blessed Turnip and watch your friends reactions. They’ll never believe turnip could be so good.