Barley & Root Chakra Vegetable Stew

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Barley & Root Chakra Vegetable Stew

Narrative: This dish is a powerful vibration when working with addiction, be it substance, sex, anger, or any other kind of behavior. It helps clear the underlying causes that started the cycle and brings potent healing energy into your cellular memory and calcified energy tracts that engage the craving for the substance or behavior that’s causing you harm.

    You might serve this dish (with a big helping of compassion) to yourself or anyone in need of support and love.


Narrative: This dish brings understanding that the body is the present focus of personal consciousness and that cosmic consciousness is not “out there,” but that it resonates within you; being sacramentally rooted in Self and surroundings; knowing that your environment is alive and reacts to your awareness; being commander of your own form and reality; pleasure in being alive.

     You might serve this dish to achieving the awareness that life does not happen to you; ending internal isolation by merging with the divine and bringing goals to fruition through focused attention and activity leading to abundance.

 This recipe covers all energies explored above -- use the power of intention to focus on the aspects you want to work with – and bring to the forefront of your life 


2 tablespoons unsalted butter

1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

1 small red or yellow onion, finely chopped – do you want earth (yellow) or root (red) energy?

Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste

3 cups mixed, peeled and 1/2-inch diced root vegetables, yellow and/or red beets, sunchokes, fingerling potatoes

½ cup frozen or fresh sweet corn

½ cup roughly diced cabbage – alternatively you can garnish stew with warm sauerkraut

¼ cup minced beet greens   

½ cup pearled barley, rinsed

A few radishes for garnishing – cut into match sticks

4 cups chicken or vegetable broth

1 tablespoon lemon zest

2 tablespoons sour cream, plus more for serving

2 tablespoons chopped dill, plus more for serving

In a large, heavy-bottomed pot melt the butter and oil over medium heat. Add the onion and cook until translucent, 10 minutes. Season with salt and pepper.

Add the root vegetables and cabbage, cook until they are browned in spots, another 5 minutes.

Add the barley and broth and bring to a simmer. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the vegetables and barley are tender, about 25 minutes.

Transfer 1 cup of the soup to a blender and puree until smooth. Return the pureed soup to the pot and stir in the corn, cook for about 5 minutes, add zest, beet greens, sour cream, and dill. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Top with more sour cream, radishes, and dill to serve. I like the addition of warm sauerkraut.  


Candice Covington 2023 / / / for questions or to book a class / workshop

Further Reading. Vibrational Nutrition: Understanding the Energetic Signatures of Foods

Covington, Candice/Vibrational Nutrition: Understanding the Energetic Signatures of Foods/Healing Arts Press/ 2021

Image by Vegan Cocotte 


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