If you have been recently following us we are on a journey to create homemade healing broths that not only boost your immune system but heal your gut! We are excited to share our absolutely delicious Lion’s Mane Vegetable Broth that is not only Vegan, Vegetarian friendly but, whole 30 and keto approved! Adding in immune-boosting ingredients that are perfect for the cold and chilly days!
Our featured ingredient in our vegetable broth is the lion’s mane mushroom but we made sure to include ginger, turmeric, and ponderosa lemon. Each contains many health & gut benefits to ensure you have a strong immune system during cold and flu season. Let’s not forget about the herb aromatics and spices that will also enhance your broth even more.
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What are Lion’s Mane Mushroom
Lion’s mane mushrooms, also known as hou tou gu or yamabushitake, are large, white, shaggy mushrooms that resemble a lion’s mane as they grow. It has been used in both culinary and medical uses in countries such as China, India, Japan, and Korea. If you were wondering what lion’s mane mushroom tastes like, it’s best compared to crab or lobster (seafood-like). And let us tell you, it definitely tasted like a lobster! We were in complete shock that a fungi could have such flavor.
Benefits of Lion’s Mane Mushrooms
Benefits that Lion’s Mane Mushrooms have are many but here is a couple:
- Protect against dementia because it contains compounds that can stimulate brain cell growth.
- It may also help speed recovery for nervous system injuries by boosting your immune system and even reducing heart disease risk.
- Did you know that Lion’s Mane Mushrooms reduce inflammation and oxidative stress in your body? Yep!
As mentioned by Healthline, research showed that lion’s mane mushrooms contain powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. These mushrooms can make a great substitute for meat or other proteins in your main dishes. If you are interested in experimenting with a meat alternative or looking into becoming a vegan or vegetarian this would be highly recommended.
Picking Organic Canned Tomatoes
When picking your canned tomatoes, you want to find it without any citric acid added. As researched by NCBI, they found that “Citric acid naturally exists in fruits and vegetables. However, it is not the naturally occurring citric acid, but the manufactured citric acid (MCA) that is used extensively as a food and beverage additive. Approximately 99% of the world’s production of MCA is carried out using the fungus Aspergillus niger since 1919.”
- Did you know that some brands that are still considered organic contain citric acid in canned tomatoes? Insane right?
One brand that we found and love is Bionaturae. It is 100% organic and only contains 2 ingredients, organic tomatoes, and organic tomato puree. No additives!
Spices are a great way to add some extra benefits to your soup.
- Star Anise
- Black Cardamom
These spices help aid in combating viruses and infections, improve digestion, and detoxify the body. In addition, it is rich in antioxidants that can boost the immune system, regulate blood pressure, and much more.
What are aromatic herbs? Aromatic herbs added to your dishes enhances the flavors giving it freshness and has many health benefits. Some of these herbs we know are:
Some of the benefits herbs provide are their anti-inflammatory properties, aiding in heart health, and improving the immune system. But, of course, there are many more.
Benefits of Turmeric & Ginger
- Turmeric – Turmeric contains curcumin, a substance with powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Like ginger, it can help support immune functions, with skin conditions, and aids in brain health. Juice this in its natural form with ginger for an immune-boosting power shot.
- Ginger root (Ginger) – Mentioned by Healthline, “Ginger is a flowering plant that originated in Southeast Asia. It’s among the healthiest (and most delicious) spices on the planet. It belongs to the Zingiberaceae family, and it’s closely related to turmeric, cardamom, and galangal.” It contains medicinal properties that can help with osteoarthritis, drastically lower blood sugar, and treat chronic indigestion to name a few.
How To Make Vegetable Broth
Servings: 8 Cups | Course: Soup | Cuisine: American
- 4 Inches Lion’s Mane Mushroom
- 14 Baby Carrots (diced)
- 3-4 Celery Stalks (diced)
- 1 Cup Asparagus (diced)
- 1 Red Onion (quartered, peeled)
- 1 Shallot (halved, peeled)
- 1 Can Whole Organic Tomatoes (we used Bionaturae brand)
- 5-6 Cloves Garlic (peeled)
- 2 Inches Fresh Ginger (quartered with skin on)
- 1 Inch Fresh Turmeric (quartered with skin on)
- 7 sprigs Fresh Thyme
- 3 Sprigs Sage
- ¼ Ponderosa Lemon (juiced and reserved lemon for broth)
- 2 Bay Leaves (fresh or dried)
- 1 Cinnamon Stick
- ½ Tsp Whole Fennel
- 4 Whole Allspice
- 1 Tsp Whole White Peppercorn
- 10 Cups Water
- ¼ Cup Apple Cider Vinegar
- Grey Coarse Salt (to taste)
- Freshly Cracked Black Pepper (to taste)
Prep: 30 minutes | Cook: 4 hours 30 minutes
Time needed: 5 hours.
- Clean your vegetables, herbs, and mushrooms. Chopped your vegetables into smaller pieces. Quarter your lion’s mane mushroom and shallot. Set them aside in a large bowl.
- Add all your vegetables, mushrooms, spices and herbs into your stock pot. Squeeze your ponderosa lemon and place the lemon in the pot as well. Add your water and apple cider vinegar. Bring to a boil then cover and let it simmer for 3-4 hours. For the last 30 minutes leave the lid slightly opened and cook for 30 minutes. Once done remove from the stove. Using an immersion blender puree the soup as best as you can to release all the veggie juices and flavor.
- Take a large bowl and line it with your cheesecloth. With your Soup Ladle scoop out all the solids and broth. Once filled, Grab the corners of the cheesecloth and, using your tong squeeze out the liquid. Once you remove all the liquid, you can set the solids aside. (let cool and use as compost)
- Take your glass carafe (or any airtight glass jar) and using a funnel start scooping your vegetable broth. Let it cool before storing it in the refrigerator for up to 7 days for freshness or up to 3 months in the freezer!
- If you don’t want to wait, you can pour yourself a mug and enjoy it warm! Yum!