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
Have you ever eaten a cooked radish?
2 cups sprouted rice or quinoa
1 bunch radishes
½ inch fresh ginger
2 cloves garlic
½ cup yellow onion
½ pound sirloin
½ teaspoon curry powder
⅛ teaspoon Himalayan salt
⅛ teaspoon black pepper
½ teaspoon turmeric
Cook rice or quinoa according to package directions.
Cut radishes into quarters or eights if they are large. Save greens, rinse well and set aside. Peel and thinly slice ginger and garlic. Finely chop onion. Thinly slice sirloin.
In a medium bowl, mix curry powder, salt, pepper and turmeric. Toss with sirloin, mix well to coat evenly.
2 tablespoons butter
1 tablespoon honey
2 tablespoon tamari
1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
1 cup snow peas
¼ teaspoon salt
Heat 1 tablespoon butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add sirloin in an even layer and cook, undisturbed, until browned on bottom, about 1 minute. Flip and cook for an additional 30 seconds. Remove from skillet and set aside.
Add another tablespoon butter to skillet, reduce heat to low and cook ginger, garlic, onion and radishes, stirring frequently, until onion is soft, about 6 minutes. Add 1 tablespoon honey and increase heat to medium; cook until radishes are glazed, about 2 minutes. Add tamari and balsamic vinegar and simmer until thickened, about two minutes. Add radish greens, snow peas and ¼ teaspoon salt. Continue to cook, stirring frequently, until greens are wilted. Toss in beef to rewarm.
Serve over a bed of sprouted rice or quinoa.
Preparation: 30 minutes
Kale is one of the healthiest vegetables, and you can’t go wrong with the other nutrient-rich ingredients this salad.
This lovely, bright salad is a great introduction to the peppery and lovely watercress. Watercress is a humble, cruciferous, aquatic green leafy vegetable eaten since ancient times. Long considered food for the lower classes, it has only recently regained popularity due to hits high nutritional value. Watercress provides numerous health benefits, including cancer prevention, lowering blood pressure and healthy bone support. It is rich in vitamins and minerals such as vitamin C, iron, calcium and folate. Among other benefits, an increase in folate consumption has been shown to improve cognition and verbal fluency – good news for prevention of cognitive decline!
6 cups watercress
¼ cup sweet onion
½ cup slivered almonds
Prepare watercress by rinsing in cold water, then removing and yellowed or limp leaves. Trim excess stems. Peel slice avocado. Finely slice sweet onion. Seed pomegranate.
Toast almonds in a dry skillet over medium heat, stirring frequently.
¼ cup rice vinegar
4 teaspoons tamari
1 teaspoon honey
3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
Whisk together vinegar, tamari, and honey until blended, then stir in oil.
Toss watercress with enough dressing to coat, stir in onion, pomegranate seeds and almonds.
Divide watercress among plates, garnish with avocado slices.
Preparation: 15 minutes