Even Vegans Can Harness The Healing Power Of Bone Broth. Here's How

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OK, so "bone broth" is a misnomer for a vegetable-based broth, but hear me out. Bone broth has some major health claims under its belt, from its gut-healing and anti-inflammatory properties, to skin and joint health benefits. But what about the vegans and vegetarians out there who just can't get on board? A nutrient-rich plant-based broth is the answer, of course.

When you break down the benefits you're seeking from bone broth (taming inflammation, healing the gut, boosting antioxidants, and supporting joint health), we can build a plant-based broth that can help meet those needs sans animals. Here's what we're going to use:

Mushrooms

Mixing fresh and dried shiitake mushrooms is a great way to infuse your broth with selenium (an element that supports joint and immune health), vitamin D (mushrooms are one of the only foods that naturally contain it), B vitamins, iron, and zinc. All of these vitamins and minerals make mushrooms a key food for nourishing the gut and boosting the immune system.

Seaweed

One sheet of kombu or a handful of wakame can add powerful benefits to your broth. Kombu is often used for cooking beans, as it can help break down the phytic acid (which can prevent nutrient absorption) in the beans and make them easier to digest.

Seaweed is also a great source of B vitamins, vitamins C and K, and is an incredible source of natural iodine, which can help with thyroid function. Sea vegetables have a compound called fucans, which is a potent anti-inflammatory.

Anti-inflammatory add-ins

Fresh turmeric or ginger root can help nourish the liver and gut and reduce inflammation.

Flavor enhancers

Onion and onion skins, garlic and garlic skins, carrot peels, fennel stalks, celery, herbs and herb stems, and any other vegetable scraps you've got. These all will contribute to the antioxidant power of your broth, in addition to the savory flavor.

When prepping vegetables, throw the scraps in a freezer bag until you have a full bag and are ready to make some broth.

Collagen powder (optional)

While we know this may be controversial territory for many vegans, if you're willing to give it a try, a powdered collagen supplement could enhance your veggie broth with even more skin, joint, and gut-protective properties. Try adding 2 to 3 tablespoons to your broth once it's done. If you're looking for a supplement, try this one.

Vegan Bone Broth

Photo credit: Leah Vanderveldt

Ingredients
  • 12 cups filtered water
  • 1 sheet kombu or handful of wakame seaweed
  • ½ cup dried shiitake mushrooms
  • ½ cup fresh mushrooms and stems
  • 1 whole onion, skin on, sliced in half
  • 5 garlic cloves, lightly crushed with the flat part of a chef's knife, skin on
  • Carrot peels
  • Parsley or cilantro stems
  • 2-inch piece of ginger
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons collagen powder (optional)

Method

1. Place all ingredients except collagen powder in a large stockpot. Place a lid on, bring to a boil, reduce to a simmer, and let cook at a simmer for 1 to 2 hours.

2. Allow to cool, pour through a fine-mesh strainer, reserving the liquid. Discard the food scraps. To season the broth, use tamari or sea salt. Stir in collagen powder (if using) now.

Store the broth in the fridge for a week or in the freezer for 1 month


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