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Morroccan Chickpea Soup

Morroccan Chickpea Soup

Morroccan chickpea soupMorroccan Chickpea Soup is a tasty and delicious vegetarian and vegan soup with basic ingredients that are gluten free. This soup is hearty and healthy, full of flavour and plant protein, and only takes 20 minutes to make. It will leave you feeling full and satisfied.

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) knows which herbs and foods can bring back life to a weakened organ or meridian. Balance is the key to health. Chickpeas can benefit the pancreas, stomach and heart.

Chickpeas may be helpful for symptoms such as fatigue, dizziness, shortness of breath and a pale face which indicate a Qi Energy deficiency (depleted energy and vitality) and an imbalance of the spleen. The spleen is important for digestion and therefore plays a vital role in the production of Qi energy. Chickpeas are a useful food choice.

Chickpeas or garbanzo beans are easy to digest, build up digestive strength, are warming and nourishing. They are packed with vitamins and nutrients, are a good source of zinc and folate, low in fat, and full of fibre which is ideal for gut health. Chickpeas are a neutral food which are suitable for any TCM body type.

The tomato based broth is good for the spleen and stomach, and aids digestion. Tomatoes are rich in lycopene, which is an antioxidant.

Vegan Bone Broth Alternative

Vegan Bone Broth Alternative

This vegan bone broth alternative includes an assortment of vegetables that are rich in vitamins A, B, C, and E as well as antioxidants and phytonutrients that protect the body from free radicals.

This broth is a tonic to help with general health and boost immunity. The ingredients such as sweet potato, carrot, cabbage and cashew help to strengthen the spleen/stomach dynamic, whilst ingredients such as lemon and avocado help with qi energy such as the liver qi. Tofu helps strengthen Kidney qi.

Many thanks to Peaceful Dumpling for the inspiration for this recipe.

Konjac Noodles Salad

Konjac Noodles Salad

KONJAC NOODLES

Konjac noodles (sometimes called Shirataki noodles) are translucent, thin, long, white, gelatinous noodles made from the root of the Kojac plant that grows in Japan and China, and are common in Asian Cuisine. The noodle contains lots of soluble fibre, called glucomannan and water. In fact, they are about 97% water and 3% soluble fiber (glucomannan). Glucomannan can absorb up to fifty times its weight in water.

Can help you to lose weight…

Because they are extremely low in carbohydrates, calories and fat, it is the perfect option for people who want to lose weight and aid their new year’s resolution. They are very easy to prepare and gluten free.

Konjac noodles are very filling, and their soluble fibre slows down the stomach emptying, so you stay full for a longer time on low calories. The noodles are generally tasteless and absorb the flavours of what they are cooked with.

However, they are “cooling” from a Chinese medicine point of view. Therefore, for people who have “cold stomach” or “weak spleen”  Konjac noodles can make their digestion weaker. For these people to eat Konjac noodles, simply add some minced ginger, which is warming and helps to improve the digestive function by neutralising the coldness.


Vegetarian Cottage Pie

Vegetarian Cottage Pie

This Vegetarian Cottage Pie recipe full of nutrient-rich colourful ingredients, such as red kidney beans, carrots, capsicums and peas. These will help you to strengthen your spleen energy and maintain a strong and healthy body.


Crunchy Seed Crackers (gluten-free)

Crunchy Seed Crackers (gluten-free)

– Alice Louey

Crunchy Seed Crackers (gluten-free)These Crunchy Seed Crackers (gluten-free) are my favourite go-to seedy crackers recipe. They are yummy, crunchy and loaded with seeds which makes them high in fibre and lower in carbs. They are perfect to serve with soup, cheese, pate, nut butter or Vegemite. This easy and forgiving recipe is adapted from https://www.deliciously-diabetic.com/recipe/seed-crackers/.

My current favourite herb mix is in the recipe (thyme, rosemary, caraway seeds and garlic) but feel free to add whatever favourite savoury flavours you have on hand. Another flavour combo is Italian herbs with Parmesan cheese; you can choose whatever your imagination and taste buds suggest.

These guilt-free crackers are laden with nutrients. Flaxseeds are naturally gluten free, high in dietary fibre and omega-3 fatty acids. Green banana flour is made from unripened bananas, picked before their sugar content and banana flavour has developed. As well as providing dietary fibre it also contains potassium and magnesium and imparts a subtle nutty taste to the crackers. If you don’t have this, you can substitute by adding more ground flaxseed or almond flour/almond meal. Tigernut flour has nothing to do with either tigers or nuts – it is made from a tuber and is naturally gluten free. It is high in dietary fibre, prebiotic fibre, and contains vitamin C and E, as well as calcium, magnesium, zinc, potassium and some good fatty acids. It has a nutty flavour. Alternatively substitute with ground flaxseed, ground sunflower seeds or almond flour/almond meal.