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.
Mung Bean Noodles with Greens and Sesame Sauce
One aspect of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) involves food therapy, where different foods have different thermal effects on the body such as heating, cooling and neutral. You can then use these different foods to take care of your own health. For example, according to TCM, there are are skin conditions that may be caused by too much “heat”. Some people with these skin conditions will then benefit from eating more foods which have a “cooling” influence on the body.
This yummy dish contains “cooling” mung bean noodles, tofu, cucumber and watercress. The addition of slightly “warming” ginger and garlic also help with digestion.
Sesame paste and oil are deeply nourishing. They are packed with protein, magnesium and other nutrients, and add a wonderful depth of flavour to the dish.
According to Chinese Medicine winter means it is time to nourish and warm your body, to help get you through these cold rainy days. It is also the time to build up your internal stores, and replenish your Kidney energy.
A healthy, nourishing diet involves eating what is seasonal, and in winter that includes root vegetables, cabbage and brussels sprouts, mushrooms, and winter greens. At this time of year food should be cooked slowly, and some of the best meals are hearty soups and stews.
For something a bit different though, try this warming vegetarian winter stir-fry. Chinese five-spice powder is perfect for gently warming the body and supporting the kidneys, and the black sesame seeds are used to nourish the blood. They are readily available at Asian groceries, along with fried tofu.
The exact combination of vegetables doesn’t matter, so substitute in any of your seasonal favourites.
Keep the chili mild, and enjoy the gentle warmth of the spices.