Related to the dandelion, burdock root provides a base for this delightfully simple, unpretentious dish.
Pretty and flavorful, it is sure to impress even the most die-hard meat fans in your life. Burdock root has been prized for its healing properties in traditional Asian and European societies for centuries. Western medicine is just beginning to recognize burdock root’s potential as an anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and antibacterial agent. Burdock is rich in calcium, flavonoids, iron and potassium. Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids that helps control heart rate and blood pressure.
2 cups burdock
1 sweet potato
2 cups broccoli
2 cups kale
Peel and slice burdock root, julienne carrot. Dice sweet potato. Chop up broccoli and kale.
2 tablespoon coconut oil
4 cups chicken broth
¼ cup tamari
Heat oil in large pot; add burdock, carrot, sweet potato and chicken broth. Bring to a boil, reduce heat; simmer, covered, 20 minutes.
Add broccoli and kale, return to a boil; cover and simmer a further 5 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in tamari.
Ladle into bowls and enjoy!
Preparation: 45 minutes
Beets are a naturally sweet root vegetable that are packed with vitamins and minerals.
They are a good source of vitamin B and iron. Beets are a source of betalains, which have been shown to provide antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and detoxification support. B-vitamins have been shown to prevent brain atrophy. This soup is a delicious way to introduce beets into your family’s repertoire. Beet’s bright pigment can stain, so be careful!
6 large beets
2 shallots, finely chopped
½ inch fresh ginger, grated
2 limes, juiced
To roast beets, preheat oven to 350°.
Wash beets gently to leave skin in place. Trim, leaving an inch or so of the stem and taproot. Place in a baking dish with about ½ cup water, cover and bake until soft, about 45 minutes. Allow to cool slightly, rub skin off and dice.
Peel and finely chop shallots. Grate ginger. Juice limes.
1 teaspoon cumin, ground
1 teaspoon coconut oil
1 quart (32 oz., or 4 cups) chicken or vegetable stock
1 15-oz. can coconut milk
2 tablespoons cilantro
Sauté shallots, cumin and ginger in coconut oil in a large soup pot over medium heat. When shallots are soft, add beets and stock. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer 5 minutes. Let cool slightly, then use an immersion blender or transfer to a blender to puree. Stir in coconut milk and lime juice.
Ladle into bowls, garnish with cilantro.
Preparation: 10 minutes, plus 45 for roasting
This gingery salmon soup is bright and rich—a perfect follow-up to a day outdoors.
When purchasing fresh salmon, ask your fishmonger to debone and remove skin for you.
1 pound wild salmon
1 teaspoon Himalayan salt
If not already done, prep salmon by deboning and removing skin. Season with 1 teaspoon salt, and cut into 1 inch cubes. Refrigerate for 30 minutes while preparing the soup.
3 shallots, chopped
1 tablespoon butter
4 cups chicken stock
2 cans coconut milk
1 inch ginger, grated
2 stalks fresh lemon grass
½ teaspoon red curry paste
½ teaspoon fish sauce
1 teaspoon Himalayan salt
4 ounces rice noodles
1 bunch baby bok choy, chopped
In a dutch oven or soup pot, sauté shallots in 1 tablespoon butter until translucent. Add stock, coconut milk, ginger, lemon grass, curry paste, fish sauce and salt. Bring to a boil over medium heat, cook for 20 minutes. Decrease heat to low and simmer for another 5 minutes.
Increase heat to medium, add salmon and simmer for 5 minutes. Add rice noodles and baby bok choy and continue simmering until rice noodles are cooked, approximately 5 minutes.
1 lime, cut into wedges
2 tablespoons cilantro, chopped
Ladle into bowls, garnish with cilantro and lime wedges.
Preparation: 60 minutes
This is a mellow, yet pleasing curry
This gentle curry is a sweet combination of sweet and mild heat. In addition to balancing the squash’s natural sweetness, the curry paste provides antioxidants and cancer-fighting benefits. If you prefer a more robust curry taste, feel free substitute with a stronger curry paste. Winter squash, such as butternut, provides many vitamins and minerals such as B vitamins, potassium and magnesium, as well as Omega 3 and fiber.
1 cup shallot, finely chopped
2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
2 pound butternut squash
1 can chickpeas
½ cup cilantro
2 cups quinoa
Peel and slice shallot and garlic. Peel and remove seeds from one large butternut squash, chop into bite-sized chunks. Rinse and drain one can chickpeas. Chop cilantro.
Cook quinoa according to package instructions.
1 tablespoon coconut oil
1 can coconut milk
3 tablespoons mild curry paste, or more to taste
1 teaspoon salt
In a large pot over medium heat, melt coconut oil. Add shallot and garlic and cook, stirring frequently, until shallot is soft, about 3 minutes. Add coconut milk, curry paste and salt, bring to a boil. Add squash, return to boil.
Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, 15 minutes or until squash is tender. Stir in chickpeas and cilantro, continue to cook until warmed through.
Slice lime into wedges; serve curry with a squeeze of lime over a bed of quinoa.
Preparation: 30 minutes