GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. - This winter, don’t let seasonal affective disorder get you down in the dumps.

Jill Holter of Lakewinds Food Co-op shares foods and products that naturally boost your mood so you can avoid falling into the slumps.

Lakewinds Food Co-op is a thriving, full-service cooperative grocery serving the West Metro Twin Cities suburbs since 1975.

Lakewinds has three locations in Minnetonka, Chanhassen and Richfield and over 21,000 active community owners that own a stake in the co-op.

Moroccan Winter Vegetable Stew


6 cups cubed butternut squash

Olive oil

Salt and pepper

2 medium onions, chopped

8 large cloves garlic, finely chopped

1 ½ teaspoons ground cumin

1 teaspoon paprika

3 medium carrots, chopped

1 28 ounce can diced tomatoes with juice

2 15 ounce cans chickpeas, drained and rinsed

1 tablespoon Caldo Foods Harissa, traditional or smoky

2 tablespoons chopped parsley


On a rimmed baking sheet, toss squash with 1 tablespoon olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Roast in oven at 375 for 45 minutes.

In a large pot, heat 2 tablespoons olive oil over medium high heat. Add onions and season with salt and pepper. Cook for 3-4 minutes. Add garlic and cook for 3 minutes more. Stir in cumin and paprika, more salt and pepper, and cook for 1 minute. Add carrots and 1 cup water, bring to a boil and reduce heat to a simmer. Cover and cook until carrots are tender, 10 minutes.

Add tomatoes and chickpeas. Stir in harissa, chopped parsley, roasted squash and up to 1 cup more water, depending on consistency. Simmer for 10 minutes until flavors meld. Serve over rice, couscous or quinoa.