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.
The season of dryness is back. Do you have any strategies to fight dry skin? What about Snow Fungus Soup?
In this traditional Snow Fungus Soup recipe I am going to share the ancient Chinese secret that can nourish your dry skin. In fact, Yang Kwei-fei (AD713 to AD756) who was an imperial Tang dynasty concubine, and one of the four great ancient Chinese beauties, is said to have credited the snow mushroom with maintaining her youthful appearance.
What is Snow fungus? Snow fungus has many names, such as white wood ear, silver ear fungus and white fungus. It has no flavour and is delightfully crunchy.
Snow fungus is a type of mushroom that is commonly used in Chinese cuisine. This is a sweet style of soup made with snow fungus, red dates, lotus seeds and goji berries. these ingredients can be found in an Asian store or market.
According to Chinese Medicine snow fungus strengthens the Lung function and due to the gelatinous structure and high concentration of polysaccharide, it boosts skin hydration. It is also said to have anti-inflammatory properties. The lotus seeds are good for spleen and kidney function, while the red dates assist with digestion.
– Alice Louey
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.