Autumn Vegetables with Oyster Mushrooms

Nothing says fall like a delicious combination of mushrooms, root vegetables, and aromatic herbs!

Ingredients:
1 serving vegetables (carrot, parsnip, brussels sprouts, onion)
1 serving oyster mushrooms
1 garlic clove
Salt and pepper
Caraway
Paprika powder,
Fresh parsley
1/3 cup (75 ml) vegetable stock

Preparation:
Clean and wash the vegetables. Cut the carrot into rings and the parsnip into fine sticks, quarter the brussels sprouts. Peel the garlic and chop finely. Blanch the vegetables briefly in salted water. Do not wash oyster mushrooms, just clean them with a brush or knife.  In a pan, cook the onion and oyster mushrooms with salt, garlic, caraway, pepper and paprika powder. Deglaze with some vegetable stock and cook gently for 10 minutes.  Add a portion of the oyster mushrooms and the broth to the blanched vegetables.  Puree with a blender until smooth. Add the remaining oyster mushrooms and plenty of chopped parsley on top and serve.

Brussel Sprouts

Brussels sprouts are walnut-sized and light to dark green – actually grape-like arranged buds of this cabbage plant. Like green cabbage, brussels sprouts taste best after the first frost, when their sugar content moderates their bitter taste and makes their cell structure more delicate. Usually brussels sprouts are cooked and tossed in butter as a side dish, but they also taste good in casseroles, as soup or very thinly sliced even raw. Brussels sprouts have 4.7 percent of valuable plant protein with amino acids that the body can easily utilize. It is also an excellent vitamin C donor in winter and also provides the vitamins B1, B2, B6, folic acid, iron, potassium and plenty of fiber. Brussels sprouts are also used in folk medicine to reduce both weakness and tension, to facilitate weight loss, to eliminate constipation and acidification, and to prevent atherosclerosis. With a glucosinolate content of 237 mg per 100 g of vegetables, it is also associated with cancer prevention!

Parsnips

The parsnip is by no means a boring root vegetable and is full of important vitamins and minerals such as calcium and magnesium. What many people may not know is that parsnips contain more potassium and vitamin C than carrots. Now as we are approaching the winter months, when the days are getting shorter and colder again, you should provide your body with enough healthy food – in this case parsnips! Is parsnip on your nutrition plan or have you ever tried it? Like for yes!

Vegan Chickpea Bolognese with Vegetable Noodles

Chickpeas are packed full of protein and pair perfectly with pasta. Give this delicious vegan and vegetarian recipe a try.

Ingredients:
1 serving of dried chickpeas
1 serving of vegetables (tomatoes, celery, carrot, zucchini, kohlrabi, onion, celery) 
Vegetable broth powder
Vegetable Noodles
Salt and pepper
1 clove of garlic
Olive oil 
Oregano
Thyme
Rosemary

Preparation:
Wash the chickpeas and soak them overnight, then drain and then process them in a food processor. Wash the vegetables and peel the carrot, celery, zucchini and kohlrabi into thin strips with a peeler. Then put the remaining end pieces and the celery into the food processor. Peel and chop the onion and garlic. Wash the tomatoes and dice them. Saute the chickpea mixture, add the diced onion, garlic and vegetable mixture. Season with vegetable stock powder, salt and pepper and cook thoroughly. Add the diced tomatoes and herbs and continue cooking for 15 minutes. In the meantime, cook the vegetable noodles in salted water and finally pour the sauce over them. Enjoy it!

Bitter Melon

Bitter melon is a tropical fruit-vegetable that is widely used in Asian cuisine. It has a unique exterior and has a crunchy texture similar to a cucumber or bell pepper but with a bitter taste. It is readily used in soups, stir-fries, and teas. Not only is it a unique ingredient but it also has some amazing health benefits. Check out the list below to learn more!

  • Drinking bitter melon juice can help alleviate liver problems as it stimulates the liver to secrete bile acids.
  • Bitter melon juice has both anti-oxidant and anti-microbial properties.
  • Bitter melon is a great source of dietary fiber and can help relieve indigestion and constipation.
  • It is a great source of Vitamin A and Vitamin C which are important for skin health and immunity, respectively.

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Spinach

Let’s talk spinach! As kids many of us probably were not a big fan of this leafy, green vegetable.

Spinach is not only delicious but also packed with nutrients. In addition to a comparatively high iron content, it contains minerals such as potassium, calcium and magnesium. It is also rich in vitamins B and C. Especially in the kitchen, spinach is extremely versatile. It can be used in many ways, whether in salads, as pesto or quite classically in combination with a fried egg. Consider trying a new way to use this great vegetable!

Pickled Mushrooms with Chili

 Yesterday we talked about how easy and delicious preserving foods at home can be. Today we have a recipe for you that shows you how!

Ingredients: 
1 serving of fresh mushrooms 
Twigs of fresh thyme
1 chili pepper
1/4 cup (65 mL) white wine vinegar
1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds
1 Tbsp. olive oil
Salt 

Ingredients:
Clean the mushrooms and then pat them dry. Pluck the thyme leaves. Cut the chilies into rings, removing the seeds. Add the vinegar and spices to a pot and bring to the boil. Add the mushrooms and cook for 5 minutes. Allow to cool and then pour into a glass that can be sealed well. Pour the olive oil over it and close the glas. After pickling, the mushrooms should continue to soak for at least 3 days.

Preserving Food At Home

As the colder months are approaching it is the perfect time to try out different ways to preserve fresh fruit and vegetables for the winter.

There are numerous possibilities for preserving food. One of the oldest methods is drying. In the dehydrator, in the oven or in the open air, fruits lose their moisture and become more intense in flavor. A fun fall activity is to go apple picking, cut the tasty apples into slices, sprinkle with cinnamon or a pumpkin spice mixture, and then dehydrate in the oven at 225℉ for 2 hours. This make for delicious and healthy apple chips!

Another option which works especially well for vegetables is pickling or freezing. Both freezing and pickling in vinegar results in significantly lower nutrient losses than drying. Vegetables such as carrots, radishes, and beets are wonderful pickled. Fruits such as berries and peaches particular are ideal for freezing. Whatever method you choose, you can’t go wrong!

Beets

Beets are an absolute super food! Originally cultivated for it leaves in the Middle East, this plant was first grown for its root by the Romans. As early as the Middle Ages beets were used for their medicinal properties and used to treat different illnesses such as fever and constipation. Nowadays we know why this inconspicuous root vegetable was so effective. It is packed with nutrients including folic acid, vitamin C, betanin and B vitamins.

Not only are beets great for your health but they are also super versatile in the kitchen. You can eat them raw, roasted, or pickled!
Stay tuned for a recipe using beets!

Fresh Herbs

Fresh herbs are a great way to add flavor and variety to meals! A simple tomato can taste completely different when paired with basil or roasted potatoes taste earthy and flavorful with rosemary! No matter what herbs you pick, it is hard to go wrong!

Not only do herbs add delicious flavor but they also have amazing nutritional and health benefits. Today we are showcasing a hearty, earthy, and aromatic herb: rosemary.

Rosemary has excellent immune boosting benefits as it contains antioxidants and anti-inflammatory substances. It can increase circulation, support digestion, help eliminate toxins from the body and reduce stress. In the kitchen, it is a fabulously versatile herb and goes well with many dishes. The easiest way is simply by adding it to any roasted dish such as chicken, potatoes, or mixed root vegetables. Even simply adding lemon and rosemary on top of salmon before baking it can transform the dish! If this has not convinced you enough, rosemary is also very easy to grow in your garden or indoors in a small pot.