"Let Food Be Thy Medicine and Medicine Food"
Growing up I recall the smell of my mother cooking homemade chicken vegetable soup from scratch! The taste and flavor was amazing and I felt like it was healing my insides every time I ate it. Little did I realize then….I was!
Broths have been a staple in our lives for thousands of years. Until about 100 years ago we used broths for just about everything; soups, gravies, stews, reductions, and sauces. Sadly, we stopped, and the "era of convenience" took hold. MSG came along and gave us a quick, artificial way to add that rich flavor into our food. Broths were packaged for quick use, bouillon cubes for extra flavor, and the slow art (and healing power) of broths started to fade away. The nutrient power of broths for immune health, brain health, digestive health and joint health (not to mention skin and nails) is truly amazing. Which has prompted me to finally start practicing the art of "broth making" myself!
Vegetable broths are wonderfully mineralizing and alkalizing. Just last week I had a bunch of veggies about to go bad that I just couldn't go to waste, so I chopped them up (added a few extra from this recipe) and created a broth. One taste and I quickly realized this will become a regular habit. (Not to mention the amazing smell it created in my home, especially with the fresh parsley I had picked from my organic Earth Boxes!) You can be really creative with your broths. My basic go-to's are carrots, onion, celery, parsley, sweet potato, and thyme. But you can create your own. Let simmer for 2-4 hours, strain and freeze, and you will have veggie broth for months. Or my favorite method is to use my emulsion blender and puree! (Especially with the sweet potatoes, you get an amazing creamy consistency!)
So SPRING into action this season and start experimenting with broths! Keep it basic or go all out with this Gut Healing Root Vegetable Broth.
I love all the benefits of this soup, but modify as you wish! The focus is on the gut healing properties of the onions, leeks, garlic, sweet potatoes, and mushrooms. Allium is found in onions, leeks & garlic and are natural antibiotic foods useful in the treatment of the gut. (but only if you can tolerate). The antioxidant called, quercetin, in the onion is of great benefit as well as the anti-inflammatory and antimicrobial benefits of the garlic. Also, by using mushrooms (particularly shiitake) in your stock you get a wonderful dose of zinc and immune boosting polysaccharides. All 3 of these ingredients as well as the sweet potatoes have prebiotic fiber excellent for feeding on the healthy gut bacteria. Enough of the science! Enjoy making broths not just for the nutritional value but also to celebrate slowing down and making your own food... which hopefully connects you to past traditions and foods from your own culture. ~ Julie
3-4 carrots, peeled and cut into thirds
3-4 stalks of celery, quartered
5-8 whole shiitake mushrooms, trimmed
2 parsnips, peeled and but into thirds
1 medium beet, trimmed and cut in half
2 small sweet potatoes with skins on, cut into thirds
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