Asparagus Soup

Friday I shared the many health benefits of asparagus. I picked up two bunches of fresh organic asparagus that day, so I could make soup over the weekend. That didn’t happen. However, I had the opportunity to try out the asparagus soup recipe today for lunch, which was perfect for Try This Tuesday! You can read about the health benefits of this vegetable HERE. Read on for the soup recipe.

Asparagus Soup

I’ve always liked asparagus. Prior to going plant based, I used spears from a can and covered them in cheese sauce. Only during the last 21 months have I bought asparagus in the produce section at the grocery store and discovered how good it is fresh. I initially added raw asparagus to salads or simply ate a couple of stalks for a healthy snack.

I was excited to see an asparagus soup recipe in Life Changing Foods by Anthony William. I’ve never eaten asparagus soup, much less attempted to make it. This recipe made it easy.

Asparagus Soup

Asparagus Soup

The complete start to finish process for this recipe was under 20 minutes, making asparagus soup a quick, healthy and delicious meal for lunch or dinner. Anthony suggests looking for thicker, fatter asparagus spears, as they tend to be the most nutritious. If skinny asparagus is all you can find, go with those. They still have nutritional value. I picked up organic asparagus at Natural Grocers.

I simmered the asparagus, onion and garlic for exactly seven minutes. I was surprised how tender the fresh asparagus was. I also used one small yellow onion instead of half of one.

Asparagus Soup

I carefully drained the water off of the cooked veggies and transferred them into my blender. After adding the remaining ingredients, I left the spout cover open on my Ninja Blender lid to let steam escape. On a regular blender lid, one edge could be left slightly raised. I wouldn’t recommend leaving the lid off entirely unless you want to clean up soup splatters! I purchased organic poultry seasoning, which is a nice blend of herbs and spices, at Natural Grocers.

The soup smelled wonderful as it was blending. I could have blended it longer, for an even creamier soup. I used a couple of raw asparagus tips for a garnish and added black pepper. I ended up with two generous servings.

This soup was amazing…thick, creamy and full of robust flavor. I’ll be making asparagus soup often. I love soups, even during warm weather. My intention is to always have a bunch of asparagus on hand in the fridge. Next up…asparagus juice!

Asparagus Soup

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Asparagus

Today’s featured food was one that I previously ate only when it was smothered in cheese sauce. Since ditching the dairy, I’ve come to appreciate how delicious fresh organic asparagus is, raw or lightly cooked. And there is more to appreciate about this beneficial vegetable.

Asparagus

Asparagus contains phytochemical compounds such as chlorophyll and lutein that are crucial organ cleansers. They go deeply into the liver, spleen, pancreas and kidneys, scrubbing out the toxins there. Chlorophyll also binds to amino acids such as glutamine and threonine to help remove heavy metals.

Some of the phytochemicals in asparagus actually inhibit toxins. After driving out pesticides and heavy metals from the organs, these specialized phytochemicals stay behind, repelling new toxins. This makes asparagus an amazing tool for battling all varieties of cancer.

Asparagus

This vegetable is high in easily absorbable B vitamins, silica, iron, zinc, chromium, phosphorus, magnesium and selenium. It supports the adrenal glands, and alkalizes the body by flushing out unproductive acids.

Asparagus really shines as an anti-aging wonder. In Life Changing Foods, by Anthony William, he writes that every spear of asparagus that we eat was once on its way to becoming a small tree! While all vegetables have value, most can’t claim this hidden potential. When we consume young asparagus shoots their propulsive energy is transferred to us, keeping us young and and helping in the recovery and prevention of neurological disorders.

Asparagus

Bring more asparagus into your life if you suffer from multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease, fibromyalgia, cancer, migraines, Menieres, diabetes, shingles, Epstein Barr and other viruses, thyroid disorders, Lyme, infertility, sleep apnea, skin issues, muscle spasms and stiffness, joint pain and menopause symptoms.

Asparagus can be eaten raw as a snack or chopped and included in salads, juiced with other vegetables, steamed or grilled, or made into a luscious and nourishing soup.

I picked up a couple of bunches of organic asparagus today, with the intention of making soup this weekend. I’ll juice any leftover spears. I also plan to bring more asparagus into my life. Spring is the perfect season for rejuvenation.

Asparagus

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Apple Porridge

I’ve been wanting to try this breakfast recipe since purchasing Thyroid Healing by Anthony William. Most mornings my day begins with fresh celery juice followed by a fruit smoothie. I don’t eat again until lunch. However, occasionally I’ll swap out the smoothie for a healthy alternative. On this beautiful and warm spring day, I opted to try Apple Porridge for the first time.

Apple Porridge

This recipe requires a food processor or a powerful blender.

Apple Porridge

I doubled the recipe. And since the organic apples I had were small, I used eight of them.

Apple Porridge

Apple Porridge

I had all the ingredients on hand, except for raisins. I topped my porridge with walnuts and the unsweetened shredded coconut. Any topping could be used. I have dried wild blueberries and considered using those. Other dried or fresh fruits would make fun toppings. Get creative.

Apple Porridge Apple Porridge without the toppings.

This was such a simple recipe that only took minutes to prepare. It is full of the healthy goodness of apples, dates and raw honey. And it tasted SO good. This recipe not only makes a wonderfully healthy breakfast, apple porridge would be excellent as an accompaniment to afternoon tea time, as a light dinner, or a tasty dessert. A bowlful was very filling.

I carried my breakfast out into the garden. I am trusting that these warmer days ahead will coax my flowers and plants into making an appearance. The sunshine felt good on my skin and I got yo wear short sleeves today, at last.

My shirt from Solgave Clothing has printed across the front, NO REGRETS. That’s my heart today, and my life. I certainly have no regrets about adopting a plant based lifestyle and embarking on a healing journey. How can I, when I am spooning up such a delightful breakfast! I know I am nourishing my body and supporting it as it heals. No regrets, indeed.

Apple Porridge

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Burdock Root

The benefits of this root, which can be taken as a supplement, drank as a tea or eaten as a vegetable, are many. Burdock root has a grounding ability that comes from anchoring deeply in the ground. When it comes to rehabilitating the liver, there is nothing better than this root.

Burdock Root

The liver can become filled with viruses such as Epstein Barr, shingles, HHV-6 and cytomegalovirus, and with unproductive bacteria, parasites, fungi or other pathogens. It can also become dense and harden. Burdock root strengthens and revitalizes the liver so that it can fight off pathogens. It also softens a dense stagnant liver.

Phytochemicals in burdock help to reduce the growth of cysts and adhesions in the liver, repair scar tissue and cleanse the lobes. It detoxifies the core of the liver, removing toxicity caused by metals, plastics, herbicides, and fungicides, which allows the liver to breathe.

Burdock Root The burdock plant. It is the root that is most beneficial.

Burdock root has potent antibacterial, antioxidant and anti inflammatory properties. It contains almost every known trace mineral plus vitamins A, B, C and K. It is excellent for cleansing the lymphatic system and the blood, and enhancing white blood cells to keep the lymph nodes strong so they can do their work of killing pathogens and cancer cells. Burdock also detoxifies heavy metals.

The root of the burdock can be juiced along with other vegetables, peeled like a carrot and sliced into sticks to eat raw, or chopped and added to soups. The root has a sweet, earthy taste.

Burdock Root

Or the root can be dried and finely chopped and used to make hot tea. Anthony suggests drinking a cup of burdock root tea after a massage, to enhance lymphatic drainage. And to offer burdock root tea to those who might be in need of cleansing from physical or emotional toxins. Burdock root can be taken in capsule form also.

I enjoy burdock root tea. Organic dried root can be purchased by the ounce in health food stores or health conscious grocery stores, or ordered through the links below. I add two teaspoons of the dried root to a cup of boiling water, cover, and let the tea steep for 15 minutes. The soothing tea has a mild, slightly sweet flavor.

This afternoon I paired a cup of hot burdock root tea with a bowl of fresh papaya and strawberries mixed with frozen wild blueberries. What a nourishing tea time. I know my liver thanks me for it!

Burdock Root

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Dandelions

One of the first signs of spring, even when the season itself seems confused, is the appearance of dandelions. These cheerful, bright yellow flowers dot lawns, fill ditches and dance across fields. Most consider the dandelion a weed to be eradicated. Children see them as wish granters and essentials for flower necklaces. My friend Marva appreciates their musical abilities and has taught the whole world how to make a dandelion horn. Her charming and folksy video went viral! (Enjoy the dandelion horn video HERE)

For me, this magical plant that still delights the artistic child that dwells within me has become a source of healing.

Dandelions

Anthony William, author of Life Changing Foods, writes that the defining characteristic of dandelions is bitterness. It is this quality that lends this wild food restorative properties. Dandelions get your blood pumping and your organs spring cleaning, clearing away radiation, toxic heavy metals, DDT, and other poisons.

Every part of this plant is edible and useful…root, leaves, flower and even the stem. And every part varies in its degree of bitterness and targets different areas of the body.

Dandelions

The sunny yellow blossoms are the least bitter, and they cleanse the stomach and intestinal tract. The leaves, which are more bitter, contain phytochemicals that purify the blood, help with circulation and remove toxins from the lymphatic system, making them helpful for those with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, swollen lymph nodes and edema.

The even more bitter stem of the dandelion cleanses dense organs such as the spleen, liver and brain. And the root, the most bitter part of the plant, forces organs to purge at a deep level. As Anthony says, dandelion root is not for the faint of heart!

Full of nutrients such as vitamins A and B, manganese, iodine, calcium, iron, magnesium, selenium, silica and chlorophyll, dandelions energize the entire body, preventing illnesses and fighting off diseases.

Dandelions m

Dandelion leaves can be consumed raw in a salad, cooked like other greens, run through a juicer with fruits and veggies or steeped in hot water for a refreshing and cleansing tea. The flowers make a wonderful cold tea. Pick fresh blooms and let them steep in cold water overnight. Sweeten the drink with raw honey if desired. And the roots can be dried and finely chopped for hot tea, or roasted and used as a substitute for coffee. Roasting takes the edge off of the bitterness.

Dandelions are readily available from spring until fall. They can be picked fresh from any area that has not been treated with chemicals for weed control. Also avoid the strips of land along roads as these tend to be contaminated with pollutants.

My favorite place to harvest dandelions is in my own backyard, where I have a very healthy crop growing. I enjoy using the fresh flowers and leaves to create a flavorful hot tea. I’ll be daring and try the root very soon.

Dandelions

Chaga Mushrooms

This supplement is actually considered a wild food. I include it as a supplement, because I use finely ground chaga mushroom powder to make a healing tea. And, although it is called mushroom, chaga is a fungus that grows on birches, primarily, in cool climates. Read on for the amazing health benefits in this odd looking but intriguing plant.

Chaga Mushrooms

Chaga is lumpy and bumpy in appearance, its exterior resembling burnt charcoal. However this super food possesses powerful nutrients and antioxidants that boosts the immune system and increases the production of lymphocytes, monocytes, neutrophils, basophils and eosinophils so that the body can fight off invaders such as viruses, toxins and bacteria. Chaga strengthens red blood cells, balances blood platelets and calms cytokine storms that result from the body overreacting to pathogens or toxins.

Chaga Mushrooms

The phytochemicals in chaga fight all types of cancers, regulate blood sugar, and support the adrenals while regulating the rest of the endocrine system. They break down and dissolve biofilm, which is a jelly like substance that is a byproduct of certain viruses and fungi. And chaga destroys unproductive fungus in the intestinal tract.

In addition this wild food helps those suffering from autoimmune disorders and virus related diseases. It is anti-inflammatory, easing joint, neck and back pain, headaches and neurological symptoms. And finally, chaga is beneficial to the liver and thyroid.

Chaga Mushrooms

Chaga Mushrooms

I order chaga mushroom powder from Amazon (link below), and enjoy it as one of my afternoon teas. In his book Life Changing Foods, Anthony includes a recipe for chaga tea.

For one cup of tea, add 1 teaspoon of chaga powder to a cup. Pour in hot water and stir to dissolve powder, or use a cloth tea bag or mesh basket or ball and steep. Stir in 1 teaspoon of raw organic honey. Top with a splash of plant based milk and a dash of cinnamon.

I prefer using a mesh basket or ball and letting the tea steep for 5 minutes. Anthony says the raw honey helps to deliver the medicinal properties where they are needed in the body. I use local raw honey because it helps to prevent seasonal allergies. And my favorite plant based milk is unsweetened almond coconut.

Chaga Mushrooms

Chaga tea in the afternoon is wonderfully refreshing. The powder does not have a scent nor does it taste earthy like a mushroom. It doesn’t have much of a flavor of its own. I can primarily taste the honey and cinnamon. For those who don’t enjoy hot tea, the powder can be added to smoothies as well.

I appreciate being introduced to chaga mushrooms. I like knowing that I am sending healing nutrients and powerful antioxidants and anti-inflammatories into my body with every soothing sip that I take.

Chaga Mushrooms

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Aloe Vera

I have used the gel from an aloe vera plant many times, to soothe a burn, an insect bite or a scrape. I did not know, until recently, that fresh aloe vera gel is also valuable when taken internally. Aloe vera water is now a part of the 90 Day Thyroid Detox that I am doing. Each month different smoothies, waters or healing drinks are included. It was time to experience this plant that is considered a wild food.

Aloe Vera

Aloe vera contains 70+ trace minerals that work together with the phytochemical aloin to calm inflammation in the gut, making it helpful for Crohn’s, irritable bowel syndrome and colitis. This anti-inflammatory action rejuvenates the appendix and the ileum, the part of the intestinal tract where vitamin B12 is produced when the digestive system is functioning correctly.

Aloe vera is antiviral, antibacterial, anti-fungal, and rids the body of mold and parasites. Plus it kills off the pathogens that cause colon cancer, stomach cancer and rectal cancer, eliminates H. pylori, and supports the pancreas. Aloe is great for the skin too when consumed daily, improving it from the inside out and creating a youthful glow.

Aloe Vera

The gel of this plant stops the growth of polyps and hemorrhoids, soothes stomach ulcers, heals bladder and kidney infections and flushes toxins out of the bloodstream and body. It purges the liver specifically of toxins such as pesticides, and helps to restore a fatty liver. And it supports the adrenals while drawing radiation from the thyroid. Aloe is even helpful for pets. Apply the gel from a fresh leaf to rashes, tick and flea bites, and areas of hair loss.

So how do you enjoy the many health benefits from fresh aloe vera gel? And where do you find them? I asked the helpful produce manager at Natural Grocers to bring in fresh, organic leaves. He had them here in two days. They are huge, looking like a limb off of a sea creature, and need to be kept refrigerated.

Aloe Vera

Aloe Vera

Trim off the base of the leaf, then cut a two inch section for use. Wrap the cut edge in a damp towel or plastic wrap and return the remainder of the leaf to the fridge. Leaves will stay fresh for two weeks when kept refrigerated. Carefully fillet the aloe vera section, removing the top layer of the green outer skin of the leaf, exposing the gel. Scoop out the gel with a spoon, adding it to a blender. Pour in 2 cups of water and blend for 30-60 seconds. Transfer aloe vera water to a glass and enjoy.

And how does aloe vera water taste? It has a slight green taste, but surprisingly, it isn’t bitter. The water has a slightly thicker consistency, without being slimy. I like it and find it easy to drink. That’s good because I will be drinking it for the next 60 days!

Aloe vera has been used medicinally since ancient times and yet many, including me, have been unfamiliar with its many healing properties, beyond being helpful for cuts and burns. I look forward to experiencing the benefits it offers.

Aloe Vera

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Broccoli

Today’s featured food, broccoli, is a member of the cruciferous vegetables group, along with cabbage, collard greens, kale, mustard greens, arugula, Brussels sprouts and cauliflower. Cruciferous veggies have amazing cleansing and healing abilities, especially when combined with other foods.

Broccoli

In Life Changing Foods, by Anthony William, I learned that cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli help to prevent a variety of cancers, including those that attack the brain, breasts, reproductive organs, lungs and intestinal tract. These veggies are especially beneficial for the lungs, due to their sulfur rich composition, stimulating the growth of lung tissue. Crucifers are a great source of vitamins B, A, C, E and K.

In particular, broccoli is like an all purpose multivitamin for the entire body. In addition it contains trace minerals and other nutrients that support the immune system and enhances all the systems of the body.

Broccoli

Eat more broccoli, and crucifers, to help heal liver disorders, nodules on bones and glands, adrenal fatigue, hypertension, depression and the herpes viruses. This green veggie also aids diabetes, migraines, anxiety, ADHD, Epstein Barr, shingles, aches and pains, joint pain and inflammation, leg cramps, menopause symptoms and heart palpitations.

When combined with asparagus, broccoli increases the cancer fighting compounds found in asparagus. It also strengthens the kidney cleansing phytochemicals in asparagus.

Broccoli

Broccoli can be eaten raw, added to salads, lightly steamed, stir fried or combined with other foods in casseroles. One of my favorite ways to enjoy this veggie is in a healthy macaroni and broccoli baked dish created by Anthony. You can find that recipe HERE.

I used to buy frozen vegetables most of the time, for convenience. Since going plant based, I rarely purchase bags of frozen veggies, preferring instead to buy fresh produce and spend the extra couple of minutes chopping or slicing in preparation for cooking. It’s a meditative experience, a hands on way of contributing to my health and wellbeing. Cutting my broccoli into florets tonight, for dinner, only took a minute. Long enough, though, to feel gratitude for all the health benefits it brings to me.

Broccoli

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Deviled Potatoes

I’m always looking for plant based recipes to try. When I tell people about my eating habits, they often assume I eat a lot of salads. I do enjoy salads. However, there are so many healthy and interesting ways to prepare and enjoy fruits and vegetables. The possibilities are endless.

I found this intriguing potato recipe this morning, created by Lexi and Jimmy, who go by the name HomeGrownHealers on Instagram. I got to prepare it tonight!

Deviled Potatoes

Deviled Potatoes

Scrub 4 medium sized potatoes and cut in half. Use a fork to prick the side with the peeling on, and place cut side down on a cookie sheet, lined with parchment paper.

Deviled Potatoes

Bake for 30 minutes, in 400 degree oven, or until potatoes are tender. Flip potato halves over and allow to cool for a few minutes, until they can be handled.

Deviled Potatoes

Carefully scoop out insides of potatoes, placing into a bowl. I found it easier to cut around the edge of the potato half first and then scoop out the insides.

Deviled Potatoes

Add 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard and 2 tablespoons of a dairy, egg and soy free mayonnaise. I use Vegenaise. Add sea salt and pepper to taste. Mash with a potato masher or spoon, combining well.

Spoon mixture into potato shells. Sprinkle with paprika.

Deviled Potatoes

The recipe can be doubled. I fixed four potatoes, for two people, and it was the perfect amount.

This recipe made a tasty and satisfying meal! I loved the little kick of mustard. And no silverware was needed. These deviled potatoes can be picked up and eaten, just like a deviled egg.

Potatoes are a staple in my diet. They are not only nourishing and comforting, they are full of health essentials. Read about the benefits of potatoes HERE.

I appreciate Lexi and Jimmy for their creative approach to plant based cooking and their determination to heal. Follow them on Instagram for more ideas. And find me too, under the username Journey With Health Me.

Deviled Potatoes

Nettle Leaf

I first became aware of this plant as a youth. Brushing bare arms or legs against it could result in a temporary stinging sensation. Stinging nettles were something I learned to avoid. However, long before I switched to a plant based lifestyle, I discovered the surprising benefits of drinking nettle tea.

Nettle Leaf

This adaptogenic herb provides support for our bodies during times of stress. The leaves contain vast amounts of phytochemicals, anti-inflammatories and alkaloids. Nettle leaf is also full of bone building and bone protecting silica, 40+ trace minerals, and it contains a potent natural pain reliever.

This wild food, that many consider a weed, provides amazing support for the adrenal glands and the endocrine system that are often overburdened, overworked and fatigued. Adrenal fatigue can severely affect women in particular, causing reproductive system symptoms such as hormonal imbalance, infertility and perimenopause. The problem can be that the adrenals need help, rather than the reproductive system. Nettle helps to address multiple sources of hormone disruption.

Nettle Leaf

Nettle leaf eases infections in the urinary tract, bladder and kidneys, and fights against cystitis and reproductive cancers. It’s a powerful ally against viruses such as Epstein Barr and shingles, and helps the body to recover from rheumatoid arthritis, post traumatic stress disorders, autoimmune diseases, anxiety, depression and mood swings.

For the greatest benefit from this centering herb, use it in dried form to create tea. I buy dried nettle leaf by the ounce. It’s available in health food stores and health conscious grocery stores. Add a couple of teaspoons of dried nettle to a tea ball or mesh basket and drop into a tea cup or mug. Fill cup with boiling water, cover and steep for at least five minutes. Other dried herbs can be combined with nettle leaf, for unique blends. Raw organic honey or a squeeze of lemon can be added as well.

Nettle Leaf

I have gone from avoiding the plant to regularly drinking a cup of nettle tea during my afternoon tea time. The hot tea brings comfort and a sense of settling and centering to my busy mind.

Nettle brings that same sense of wellbeing to my body as it provides healing and restoration. When I’ve had a stressful day this is my go to herbal tea. I am extremely grateful for this incredible plant.

Nettle Leaf

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