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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.


Watermelon Rind Salad

Watermelon Rind Salad

Traditional Chinese culture tries to use every part of  the plant or fruit recognising that they all contribute  to our nutrition. Watermelon rind (the white part of  the peel) has a bland flavour with a nice crunch -­‐ like  cucumber or celery. It has cooling properties, so is  perfect to add to your salad or stir fry dishes during  summer. It contains citrulline, a powerful anti-­‐ oxidant, and it converts to arginine, essential for  healthy heart, circulatory and immune systems.  Watermelon rind is also used for teething babies, as its cooling properties help to soothe their gums, and provides resistance for babies to chew on.

Watermelon peel (the tougher outer green part) is  traditionally used to treat heatstroke.

Watermelon rind salad relieves the effects of damp heat, fatigue,  sore throat, insomnia, urinary difficulties, and  indigestion.

Tofu with Yellow Bean Sauce

Tofu with Yellow Bean Sauce

 

Tofu with yellow bean sauceTofu is naturally low in calories and is gluten free, with no cholesterol. It is made from soy bean curds and is a great source of protein, calcium and iron, which makes it particularly good for vegetarians and vegans.

Did you know that tofu comes in as many different textures and flavours (just like cheese) and can be used for nutritious desserts as well as tasty snacks and main dishes?

It’s an incredibly versatile ingredient that contains isoflavones such as phytoestrogens, which are healthful. There is no better way to protect and fortify your kidneys that indulging in some tasty tofu dishes.

Maybe you think that tofu is not for you … be adventurous. Take a trip to your local Asian supermarket and buy a few different types of tofu to experiment with. Firm tofu with yellow bean sauce, for example. Maybe you’ve just been eating a variety that doesn’t appeal to your taste.