With warmer weather on the horizon, I’m awesome to explore what nature brings to us every season, and to create more recipes for my Beauty Tribe!
And while it is starting to warm up a bit, it’s still on the cooler side for many of us. Good news is, My Veggie Rainbow Stew Recipe will be the perfect addition to any night of the week, no matter what time of the year.
Rainbow of Nutrients: Vegetables
If you want to keep your body running efficiently, then greens are one of the most important food groups. They are the most nutrient-dense of all foods and full of alkaline minerals and fiber.
Natural, plant-based foods provide all the essential nutrients needed for a well-balanced and healthy diet. – Forks over Knives
If you think that eating veggies is enough, guess again. Where the trouble lies is when you’re not absorbing them. How so?
Because you won’t be receiving the nutrients you need to function throughout your day if your body is unable to assimilate, digest, and break down the nutrient-packed foods so your body can then absorb them, so you can function at your best.
Bottom line is, we want to keep our gut (and all it’s running parts), toxin-free, so that we can benefit from the delicious veggies we put into it.
By eating and combining a variety of vegetables into your daily routines, you will be providing your body with the healthy fuel it needs to keep your energy levels up, your gut at it’s peak form, and your overall well-being at it’s best so you can live a happier and healthier life!
Here are a few of the benefits you’ll gain by adding this stew into your meal plan…
Beauty Anise: Fennel
I love fennel’s crunch, flavor, and aromatic smell…it’s like no other. The fennel seeds that you might have purchased dry, actually come from the flowers that grow with the feathery green leaves. The white and pale green bulb and stalks are typically the parts that are used, but I love using all its parts.
Fennel is closely related to coriander, parsley, and dill—which are part of the Umbellifereae (Apiaceae), family.
Some of Fennel’s Amazing Benefits:
- Helps Promote Good Digestion: It’s full of fiber and has a stimulating effect that helps maintain the proper peristaltic motion of the intestines. Great digestion is absolutely huge in reaching our fullest vitality and beauty potential.
- Strengthens Our Immune System: Is a great source of vitamins. 1 cup of fennel bulb contains almost 20% of the daily requirement of vitamin-C. Vitamin-C improves our general immune system health, produces and repairs skin tissue (helping to form collagen), and protects the blood vessel walls as an antioxidant against harmful effects of free radicals!
- Sooths Menstrual Disorders: Used for millennia in Ayurvedic medicine (including for menstrual pain). Fennel eases and regulates menstruation by properly regulating hormonal action in the body (called an Emenagogue).
- Provides important vitamins: such as vitamin A, vitamin B6, vitamin K, and folate. Other sources are iron, calcium, copper, zinc, and selenium.
- Keeps Us Looking Fresh and Glowy: The potent antioxidant vitamin C helps keep our skin super healthy and bright! It brings out the natural beauty we all possess within us.
Leeks belong to a vegetable family called the alliuml vegetables (alongside garlic and onions), and thus, contain many of the same beneficial health compounds.
However, they may be less mentally aggravating, as Ayurveda believes, as they are more milder and one of the reasons why I like to alternate between the former and the latter.
- Lowers blood pressure and cholesterol: By improving arterial flexibility, artery (endothelial) function, life span, and preventing platelet clumping.
- Weight loss: Just 61 calories per serving, bulking up a meal by helping you feel full without impacting your daily caloric intake.
- Fights against colds and the flu: Leeks have a soothing action and antiseptic effect on different body systems due to their significant amount of vitamin A. This vitamin supports the development of healthy red and white blood cells—transporting oxygen and fighting off infection. Explore other natural ways to get rid of a cold fast!
- Metabolism boost: Being a high-fiber food, they naturally take longer to digest, which means you won’t get hungry soon after eating them. Their fiber content works as a metabolism booster, which allows you to burn more calories faster and maintain energy levels .
- Improves Gut Health: The prebiotics found in leeks allow you to properly absorb nutrients in the food you eat. These prebiotics eliminate noxious waste matter in your body, stimulating involuntary muscular contractions your body uses to push waste through your intestines, and secrete digestive fluids—providing a healthy environment for your gut.
When I was traveling in Japan, Korea and China I loved all the variety of mushrooms I found. They are so revered over there, and with good reason. Mushrooms are a symbol of longevity in Asia because of their health-promoting properties!
Some Amazing Benefits of Shrooms!
- Great source of veggie protein: Can be worked into your diet to help make meals more hearty and give them more oomph.
- Contain powerful antioxidants: Including ergothioneine 5, which protects cells and fights against oxidative damage, slows aging, and protects your health.
- Anti-inflammatory: Mushrooms intake blocks function of pro-inflammatories that contribute to inflammation in the body (which has been linked to chronic disease, autoimmune disorders, and pain).
- Improved immune function: Boosting the immune system, fighting off inflammation, and protecting them from further illness.
- Natural tonic for fatigue: Vitamin B5 (along with other B vitamins and nutrients), fuels the brain, which prevents fatigue and contributes to cognitive health.
As you can see, this is just a list of a few of the ingredients we’ll be using in today’s recipe. Just imagine all the other benefits you’ll be receiving when you slurp down all of the other veggies in this tasty and simple stew!
Your body will just LOVE you for taking such great care of it’s insides, and will thank you in return with what these nutrients will do for your outsides too!
It’s time to check out the steps towards better health and beauty!
Check out the full recipe below…
- 2 fennel bulbs
- 2 leeks
- 1 Tbsp coconut oil
- 8 button mushrooms
- 5 cups vegetable stock
- 4 medium carrots
- 3 stalks of celery
- 7-8 red potatoes
- 1½ cups of water chestnuts
- 2 Roma tomatoes
- 1 Tbsp dried thyme
- 1 Tbsp paprika
- 1 tsp cumin
- 2 tsp fresh rosemary
- ½ cup fresh cilantro
- Sea salt, to taste
- Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- Chop all vegetables and potatoes into 1 inch slices or cubes.
- Saute fennel and leeks in 1 Tbsp coconut oil for about 3-5 minutes. Then add in mushrooms.
- Combine 5 cups of vegetable stock with carrots, celery, potatoes, tomatoes, water chestnuts, tomatoes and seasonings in pot.
- Add sauteed fennel, leeks, and mushrooms to pot.
- Bring to boil then simmer with lid on until potatoes are tender, about 30 minutes.
- Spoon out two cups of the broth and veggies and roughly blend in food processor.
- Add blended mixture back to pot to create a thicker stew.
- Garnish with cilantro and enjoy!
All my love,