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.
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 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.