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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.

Snow Fungus Soup

Snow Fungus Soup

The season of dryness is back. Do you have any strategies to fight dry skin? What about Snow Fungus Soup?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.

Chia Seed Puddings

Chia Seed Puddings

Quick easy chia seed puddings by Alice Louey

These chia seed puddings are one of my favorite things to make up at the start of the work week. They are great for breakfast, or as a snack during the work day or as a healthy dessert. It’s so easy to make up a batch, and quite forgiving in terms of the quantities used. It’s easy to change it to different flavour profiles. You can top it with freshly chopped fruit and berries, or muesli for the crunch factor, or for a dessert add cacao powder plus some grated chocolate and top with yoghurt and/or berries.

Chia seeds are high in omega 3, iron, calcium, protein and antioxidants. They are a great source of insoluble fibre, and naturally low in carbohydrates. Chia seeds have an amazing ability to absorb fluids and gel, this is why they can be used as an egg replacement in some vegan recipes.

According to Chinese Medicine, these chia seed puddings are cooling thanks to the coconut milk and chia seeds.


Stir Fried Green Beans, Asparagus and Celery

Stir Fried Green Beans, Asparagus and Celery

Stir Fried Green Beans, Asparagus and CelerySpring is a time for growth, and lightness. In Chinese medicine, spring is a time for expanding energies (in contrast to the hibernating and storing of energy that occurs during winter). Stir Fried Green Beans, Asparagus and Celery involves lightly cooking foods at a higher temperature to preserve the freshness of the vegetables, and stir frying is ideal for this season.

Many of the spring vegetables are light, crisp and have a bitter flavour which is good for the liver in Chinese medicine. The Liver in Chinese medicine is responsible for ensuring smooth flow throughout the whole body; and is involved in motivation, which is why spring is a great time to start new habits.

The green beans, asparagus and celery in this recipe have their crisp freshness maintained with the quick stir frying method used. In Chinese medicine, foods have certain properties; asparagus is bitter, pungent and cool, which is helpful for the Liver. The pungent property has an aromatic action, which helps with the activating and expanding of energies. Celery is sweet, pungent and cool. The green beans are sweet and neutral, which is perfect for the Spleen which is the basis of digestion in Chinese medicine. The garlic and ginger are both pungent and warm, aiding in improving digestive function. (Maclean, Will and Lyttleton, Jane, 2003,Clinical handbook of internal medicine, Volume 2, pp 890-892)    


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.