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Morroccan Chickpea Soup

Morroccan Chickpea Soup

Morroccan chickpea soupMorroccan Chickpea Soup is a tasty and delicious vegetarian and vegan soup with basic ingredients that are gluten free. This soup is hearty and healthy, full of flavour and plant protein, and only takes 20 minutes to make. It will leave you feeling full and satisfied.

Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) knows which herbs and foods can bring back life to a weakened organ or meridian. Balance is the key to health. Chickpeas can benefit the pancreas, stomach and heart.

Chickpeas may be helpful for symptoms such as fatigue, dizziness, shortness of breath and a pale face which indicate a Qi Energy deficiency (depleted energy and vitality) and an imbalance of the spleen. The spleen is important for digestion and therefore plays a vital role in the production of Qi energy. Chickpeas are a useful food choice.

Chickpeas or garbanzo beans are easy to digest, build up digestive strength, are warming and nourishing. They are packed with vitamins and nutrients, are a good source of zinc and folate, low in fat, and full of fibre which is ideal for gut health. Chickpeas are a neutral food which are suitable for any TCM body type.

The tomato based broth is good for the spleen and stomach, and aids digestion. Tomatoes are rich in lycopene, which is an antioxidant.

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.