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
A favorite for Sunday brunch, this dish reheats well and is a good choice for a do-ahead weekday breakfast.
2 sprigs rosemary
1 bunch green onions
½ pound Brussels sprouts
2 portabella mushrooms
2 cloves garlic
2 inches fresh ginger
1 sweet potato
Separate eggs, set aside. Stem rosemary, and chop. Chop green onions, Brussels sprouts and mushrooms. Mince or press garlic. Press ginger. Peel and dice sweet potato. Juice lemon.
5 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon turmeric
Melt butter in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add rosemary and turmeric, cook for a minute or two. Remove from heat and set aside.
To prepare the sauce, combine egg yolks with ¼ cup of water and lemon juice in the top part of the double boiler or a small bowl that will fit over the saucepan of simmering water. Whisk mixture for several minutes, until it begins to thicken. Slowly add butter mixture and continue to whisk until well mixed and sauce is thickened. Remove from heat and set aside.
2 tablespoons coconut oil
2 teaspoons pepper
½ teaspoon salt
Sauté onions, garlic and ginger in a skillet over medium heat. While onions are cooking, heat 2 inches water in a small saucepan or double boiler until simmering.
When onions are soft, add sweet potatoes and ¼ cup water. Cover and cook a further 8–10 minutes, stirring frequently. When sweet potatoes are soft, add Brussels sprouts and portabella and cook 4–5 minutes longer, stirring frequently. Season with salt and pepper.
Prepare eggs as desired; if scrambling, mix in separated whites to avoid waste.
Divide hash among plates; serve each with an egg and sauce.
Preparation: 30 minutes
For a healthy and satisfying take on tacos, I have added sweet potato and substituted chard for taco shells.
1 large shallot
2 cloves of garlic
1 can black beans, or 2 cups cooked beans
1 large sweet potato
1 bunch chard
¼ cup cilantro
Peel and finely chop shallot and garlic. Juice lime. Rinse and drain beans. Grate sweet potato, leaving skin on. Cut the chard leaves from the stems, set aside. Finely chop chard stems. Peel, pit and slice avocado. Roughly chop cilantro.
1 tablespoon coconut oil
2 teaspoons curry powder
½ teaspoon turmeric
2 teaspoons cumin
½ teaspoon chili powder (optional)
Salt and pepper to taste
½ cup water
Sauté garlic and shallot in coconut oil until shallot is soft. Add spices and sauté a few minutes longer, stirring constantly.
Add sweet potatoes, chard stems, lime juice and water; cover and simmer until sweet potatoes are nearly done, adding more water if necessary and stirring occasionally. Add in black beans and continue to cook until beans are warm and liquid is gone.
Rinse chard leaves, but don’t dry them.
Heat a dry skillet, place leaves individually or a few at a time on skillet and cover. They will steam with the water left on the leaves from rinsing. Watch them carefully; it only takes about a minute!
Wrap a few spoonsful of the filling in each leaf. Garnish with avocado and cilantro.
Preparation: 30 minutes
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