Buttery Wild Mushroom Pilaf with Asparagus – Wild gourmet healing dinner for $.35 per serving!

 

SONY DSCTonight’s dinner is a lovely sprouted brown rice risotto with bits of peas and carrots, cooked with some chopped wild wood nettle, which can be used just as spinach or kale would but is much more nutritious. I sauteed the morels (can use any edible wild mushroom) until golden in a bit of butter and Himalayan salt.  Simply sub the butter for something like olive oil to make this vegetarian dish vegan. The pilaf is sprinkled with chives from my garden & flowers from the creeping charlie “weed” in my yard. A garnish of another delicious “weed” in my yard- goldenrod shoots.

Not only is this the type of gourmet meal you’d only find at an upscale restaurant, it’s more nutritious than just about anything you’ll find at a grocery store, and nearly free of cost. Every ingredient has healing properties! What is your experience with foraging- have you picked berries, morels, or asparagus? Let us know! If you’d like to learn more about wild food foraging, check out Wild Food Wisconsin & Aayus Holistic Health Services on facebook.  And helping people live healthier & happier and tackle even the trickiest health issues is my specialty as a naturopathic practitioner- don’t hesitate to contact me at megan@aayushealth.com for your free consult!

– – Goldenrod is good for colds, flu, inflammation, allergies (it’s an antihistamine, not an allergen), & UTIs.
– – Nettles are food for high blood pressure, kidney stones, allergies (also antihistamine), anemia, hay fever, are restorative, antihemorrhagic, nutritive, & promotes lactation & circulation
– – Morels are a great source of vitamin D, are anti-cancer & have been found to reduce the side effects of chemo/radiation
– – Asparagus is a diuretic, supports kidney function, prostate health, helps to prevent cataracts, supports the liver, supports sexual function & helps with muscle recovery
– – Brown rice is great for digestion and helps to normalize bowel function after diarrhea. It helps lower cholesterol, reduce risk of bowel cancer, lower diabetes risk
– – Chives are good for digestion, anemia, relieving gas, help prevent heart disease and stroke, and help your body to digest good fats.
– – Creeping Charlie is anti-inflammatory, anticancer, and has been used traditionally for ulcers, asthma, and clearing up skin. It can be used as a hopping agent to make beer.

Megan M. Kerkhoff, CHC, AADP, CFH

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My first morel of the year, used in my dinner! (it’s giant!!)

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The wild wood nettles

Creamy Wild Watercress & Nettle Soup

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Wild watercress and nettles are sprouting in Wisconsin, and they are quite the culinary treat!

High in calcium, iron, vitamin c, beta-carotene, magnesium, potassium, zinc, copper, vitamin E, vitamin K, lutein, b vitamins, and many more, watercress is rich in potent antioxidants that help to fight cancer. It’s been found to help smokers or those exposed to secondhand smoke excrete the toxins found in cigarettes from their urine in just 3 days.  It’s also good for liver problems.

Stinging nettles are my go-to safe alternative to allergy drugs. They help hayfever and any type of allergies, supporting the immune system and anti-inflammatory response naturally, instead of just covering up symptoms like drugs. This mint can be used for prostate problems, PMS, asthma, bronchitis, sciatica, tendonitis, multiple sclerosis, gout, hives, kidney stones, sciatica, high blood pressure, & eczema. Just about one cup of this veggie will give you half the calcium you need for the day, with good amounts of magnesium, manganese, iron, b vitamins, vitamin k, beta carotene, and potassium.

Both greens are excellent for treating anemia, purifying the blood, and for arthritis.   Note: Be careful not to touch the nettles without gloves- they bite!

Ingredients:

2 cups MSG-free vegetable broth

2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil or organic butter

1 small onion, roughly chopped

1 bunch of watercress

1 bunch of nettles

2 medium potatoes, peeled & chopped

2 tbsp finely chopped fresh chives

¼ cup organic whole plain yogurt, extra to garnish (eliminate to make vegan)

Sprinkle of chives to garnish

Himalayan salt & black pepper to taste

 

Directions:

Bring the broth to a boil, and add the potatoes. Meanwhile in a large saucepan, heat the butter/oil over medium heat. Add the nettles, watercress, and onions. Turn heat down a bit and cook until the onions are translucent. Once your potatoes are tender, add the cooked greens mixture to the pot and boil for a couple minutes. Place in your food processor or blender and puree until smooth. Add the yogurt, then season to taste with the salt & pepper. Ladle into bowls immediately and enjoy!

Megan M. Kerkhoff, CHC, AADP, CFH

http://www.aayushealth.com

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Protein-Packed Veggie Soup

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It’s simple, tasty, and super healthy. This soup is vegan, gluten free, plant based, and chock full of vitamins, minerals, and healing phytonutrients. The beans pack in the protein, while the vegetables complete it with all 18 amino acids.

Ingredients:

1 frozen bag of soup veggies (whichever you prefer)

1/2 bag of dried and soaked black eyed peas

About 50-60 ounces of vegetable broth (MSG free)

Seasonings to taste- I added a sprinkling of garlic powder, onion powder, and Himalayan salt.

Directions: 

Bring the broth to a boil, and add the beans. Add the bag of veggies about 30

minutes later. Keep an eye on the beans- they should be soft after a total of 45-60 minutes in the boiling broth. Season to taste and serve!

 

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Would you like support in making your own health dreams come true? Are you curious about how easy-to-make changes can make a big difference in your health? Would you like help in making healthier food choices and replacing bad habits with good ones? Let’s talk!  Schedule a complimentary health counseling consultation with me today – or pass this offer on to someone you care about!  Schedule your consult by contacting us at  http://www.aayushealth.com,  megan@aayushealth.com, or 920-327-2221.

Megan Kerkhoff is a Certified Health Counselor and Certified Family Herbalist at Aayus Holistic Health Services in Neenah, Wisconsin, and resides in Little Chute, Wisconsin.

Noodle-Free Veggie Lasagna

While on a search for a great-tasting, healthy, noodle-free lasagna for a client, I stumbled upon this recipe from FoodBabe. It has great quality ingredients, and I promise, you won’t miss the noodles!

http://foodbabe.com/2013/08/29/vegetable-lasagne-with-no-noodles/

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Recipe and picture from http://www.foodbabe.com.

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Poor (Wo)man’s Soup

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It’s always possible to eat healthy when you’re on a tight budget- and this is one of my favorite recipes for those times. High in vegetable protein, fiber, veggies, and complex carbs, this soup is an incredibly satisfying meal. This recipe will make 8-10 servings, and will end up costing you anywhere between $.25 and $.75 per serving.

Ingredients:

  • About 2 cups of dried beans, soaked and rinsed
  • 1/2 cup barley, soaked and rinsed (omit if you are gluten free)
  • 16 cups of purified water
  • About 8 carrots, chopped
  • About 5 celery stalks, chopped
  • One small onion, chopped
  • 1-3 tbsp Simply Organic All Purpose Seasoning
  • Your favorite spices- such as parsley, chives, garlic, sea salt, black pepper, or a pinch of cayenne pepper powder
    *Superfood boost: Add sea green flakes (I used dulse in this recipe) and turmeric powder

Directions:
Bring your water to a boil in a large kettle and add your beans. Cook for about 30 minutes on medium heat, then add your veggies and barley. It will take an additional 30-60 minutes for the beans to be fully cooked, depending upon which ones you chose. Small beans like black eyed peas may only take 45 minutes to be done, whereas large beans like kidney beans may take up to 90 minutes. Once your beans are almost tender, add your desired seasonings. Taste before serving it to see if you need any additional spices.

Healthy Pumpkin Pie Bars

Healthy Pumpkin Pie Bars

Pumpkin Pie Bars
12 servings

I love this recipe I made up because, well, who doesn’t love dessert? And imagine if that dessert was GOOD for you? It’s like a dream come true. These bars are vegan (add the frosting and it becomes vegetarian), and high in complete protein & fiber. In this one delectable little bar, you’re getting whole grains, healing spices, fruit, and even a vegetable. Enjoy!
-Megan

Ingredients:
30 dates, pitted and diced (about 1 cup diced)
3⁄4 cup water
1 cup teff flour
¼ cup oats
2 tsp cinnamon
3/4 tsp nutmeg
1/8 tsp clove
1/8 tsp ground ginger
1 ½ cups cooked pumpkin puree, or 1- 15 ounce can of pumpkin
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
½ cup almond milk

Instructions:
Place the pitted/diced dates into a small bowl with the 3⁄4 cup of water and soak for 20 minutes.
Preheat oven to 375ºF.
Place the flour and spices a large bowl. In a blender or food processor, blend the soaked dates, the water used to soak the dates, oats, vanilla, and milk for a minute or two until smooth. Pour this into the bowl of dry ingredients, and then add the pumpkin. Mix well with a spoon.
Pour the batter into an 8×8-inch non-stick baking pan. Cook for 25-30 minutes or until you see cracks on the top. Let cool for 15 minutes before cutting and serving. Store in the refrigerator. Optional-top with cream cheese frosting.

Cream Cheese Frosting
Ingredients:
½ cup organic butter
8 oz organic cream cheese
1 ½ tsp stevia powder
1 tsp vanilla extract
Directions:
In a large bowl, let the cream cheese & butter soften to room temperature. With a hand mixer, blend well. Add the stevia and vanilla and continue mixing until well-blended. Store in refrigerator.