The winter solstice ushers in Capricorn season, and winter has truly set in. It's time to carbo load, kids. Here's what to eat in Capricorn season.
For most of us in the Northern Hemispere, Capricorn season is downright cold. There's not much fresh food to be had, and we're giving over a lot of energy to just trying to stay productive in the darkness. Luckily, Capricorn energy is very goal-oriented, and it might be the only thing keeping us all from hibernating right now. So let's eat whatever we need to keep warm and stay motivated. We have mountains to climb, kids.
Capricorn foods are starchy and comforting. Think pasta, potatoes, and things that grow underground. We get a burst of flavor from rosemary, and a pop of green from spinach. Basically, we're here to get cozy.
Onions grow underground and can be stored for the winter. They form the base flavor for so many of the soups and stews we associate witht he season. They bring the energy of protection which is perfect for this time of year.
Rosemary is one of my favorite herbs. It's ties to increased memory and brain power are perfect for go-getter Capricorn energy.
- Chicken & Goat Cheese Pasta with fresh rosemary
- Rosemary Potato Rolls
- Whipped Ricotta with dried herbs
Spinach may not be growing at the moment, but luckily, it freezes well. Bring a pop of green to your winter meals along with some endurance energy for accomplishing all your goals.
Pasta is a year round food for me, but I especially love a comforting warm bowl of pasta in the winter. It's also the perfect base for building a bit of kitchen witchcraft.
Potatoes are available throughout the winter, making them ideal for this time of year. They bring that grounding earth energy that every Capricorn needs.
Saturn reminds us to be aware of our limits and boundaries. Sometimes it can be seen as a planet that holds us back, but boundaries also protect us. Capricorn's goat energy can sometimes knock people down in its attempt to get things done, so having strong boundaries is ideal. Here are some foods to help remind you of your own boundaries and limits.
Dill bring good fortune, prosperity and protection. I think of it as a summer herb, but dried dill is absolutely delicious.
Garlic, with its strong aroma, can definitely set up boundaries. On the other hand, it's known as an aphrodisiac, so make of that what you will.
- Garlic & Herb Focaccia Bread
- Garlic & Thyme Baked Camembert
- Lemon Garlic Pasta
- Garlic & Herb Baked Chicken
Almonds are one of the nuts that keep us and other animals fueled through the winter. Use them to call in luck, prosperity, and universal love.
- Chocolate Amaretto Tart
- Flourless Chocolate Lime Cake with Margarita Cream
- Nutty Nutella Boozy Milkshake
- Almond Pastry Puff
Cheese brings happiness and success. I like to remind people of this whenever they start to worry about its negative health associations. What's better for you than feeling happy?
- White Cheddar Fondue
- Buffalo Chicken Pinwheels
- The Best Bacon Egg & Cheese Sandwich
- Brie Grilled Cheese with Ham & Cherry Jam
There are so many delicious options when we're dealing with earth foods. Luckily, we live in an age of refrigeration, and we have the option to work with frozen fruits and vegetables that might be past their growing season. Let's give thanks for that miracle.
Beer is elementally promiscuous, so it shows up on these lists a lot. I can't stand the stuff, personally, but it does add a deep flavor when used in cooking. Use it to call in prosperity and protection.
Blackberries, with their spiky brambles, are common for protection magic. And of course, all berries are tied to fertility because of their many seeds. Use frozen berries during Capricorn season.
Carrots from your garden may have come to an end. Use frozen carrots if you need to. They're powerful for love, fertility, and creativity.
Tea brings courage and energy. I know I've been drinking obscene amounts of tea recently just to stay warm. Let your next cup be a mindful act of self-care.
Butter is pretty much a miracle, as far as I'm concerned. Use it to call in a powerful transformation. It forms the basis of most baked goods, but here are a few recipes that really celebrate its richness.
Honey is used for sweetness and attraction. Enjoy honey in the winter as a reminder of warmer days and the return of the bees.
Pomegranate plays a prominent role in mythology, so it represents the underworld and the dark half of the year. Every day of Capricorn season takes us one step closer to the light.
Coffee is another flavor I don't love, though I love to work with Kahlua in my recipes. Use it to call in protection, grounding, and happiness.
Wheat is a symbol of abundance. The wheat we harvested at Lughnasadh sustains us through the winter with fresh bread.
Sweet Potatoes are a personal favorite. They bring friendship, harmony, and nurturing into our lives.
- Cajun Sweet Potatoes
- Vegetarian Sweet Potato Shepherd's Pie
- Sweet Potato Gratin
- Baked Sweet Potato Brulee
Rice is another symbol of abundance. It also has protective properties and can be used to absorb negative energy. Scatter grains of rice in front of your home to confuse harmful spirits.
Corn brings abundance, luck, and fertility. It may be past its prime fresh, but frozen corn can be used at this time of year.
- Frito Chili Cheese Wrap
- Cornbread-Topped Chili Mac
- Mexican Mac & Cheese
- Vegan Sweet Corn & Roasted Bell Pepper Soup
Chocolate is always comforting, but especially in winter when so many other pleasures are lying dormant.
- Chocolate Banana Muffins
- Chocolate Chip Bread Pudding
- Chocolate Toffee Muffins
- Chocolate Cinnamon Cake
Bread can be left as an offering to spirits. Call on it for its grounding energy. Work with this ingredient either pre-baked or by creating your own simple breads.
- Savory Sausage Bread Pudding
- Fig Jam Crispy Prosciutto & Brie Grilled Cheese
- Smoked Cheddar & Sage Biscuits
- Whipped Feta on Toast
What's in Season for Capricorn
Our ancestors wouldn't have had much to work with in Capricorn season beyond what they had preserved from the harvest. Nuts and root vegetables, some of which we've already mentioned would have still been available. Luckily, we have access to imported fruits to keep things bright and keep our vitamin C levels up.
Pineapple is packed with nutrients. Make the most of it while you wait for your local fruits to return. And use canned pineapple. It's totally fine.
Nuts like chestnut and hazelnut are a winter staple. They carry the magic of potential. As you cook with them, imagine what you hope to become in the coming year.
Passion fruit has got to be one of the weirdest fruits out there. It seems like something from a 50s sci-fi movie. But it's also so delicious. Get some in your kitchen if you can.
Turkey is not just for Christmas. Here are a few delicious turkey recipes to get you through the winter.
Apples are still going strong. Cook with them to connect with the goddess and to call in abundance, love, and longevity.
Cranberries bring beautiful color to an otherwise dreary time of year. Use cranberry juice in place of ritual wine if you need something alcohol free.
- Poinsettia Christmas Champagne Cocktail
- White Chocolate Cranberry Macadamia Nut Cookies
- Brie & Cranberry Tartlets
- Cranberry Cocktail Sausages
Oranges and their many tiny cousins like satsumas, clementines, and tangerines are plentiful this time of year. The smell of orange oil is a major mood booster, so bring a bit of joy to your kitchen with these recipes.
- Chocolate Cake with Vanilla Orange Frosting
- Satsuma & Dark Chocolate Brioche
- Spiced Flourless Chocolate Cake
- Chocolate Orange Mousse
Lemons are such a gift in dreary winter. They bring a bright, clean energy that instantly makes me feel more alive.
- Blackcurrant & Lemon Cocktail
- 5 Minute Microwave Lemon Cake
- Strawberry Lemon Basil Infused Water
- Lemon Loaf Cake
I hope you eat gloriously this Capricorn season. If you make any of these recipes, I'd love for you to leave a rating and leave a comment. You can also share a photo of your creation with me on Instagram. I can't wait to see what you're cooking up.