I’d like to introduce you to what exactly I was eating to recover from my weakened digestive system. At first, a small part of me was like “oh no, I can’t eat and enjoy the food as I’ve always done!”. However, I soon realized how a dish made with a few ingredients looked truly beautiful, incredibly healing and nourishing. I couldn’t stop myself from taking pictures.
There is no exact recipe for these dishes, but I hope you can get an idea.
1. Pumpkins, Red Cabbage with Soy and Flax Sauce
Steam pumpkin pieces. Cook chopped cabbage with a little water until soft. For the sauce, mix some soy milk (or other dairy free milk) with 1 tbsp ground flax seeds and a little soy sauce. Leave to thicken and warm it up.
2. Brown Rice Porridge with Onions and Chard
Brown rice porridge: Cook 70 to 75g of brown rice in a plenty of water (1.5 cups to 2 cups) until the grain is fully cooked. Use this for the dishes below, too.
Cook onions in a little water until soft, then add chard 30 seconds before you stop the heat. Season with a little soy sauce.
3. Brown Rice Porridge with Red Cabbage, Chard and Garden Peas in Thick Arrow Sauce
Cook shredded red cabbage with some water just enough to cover it. Mix 1.5 or so tsp arrowroot powder with the same amount of water in a bowl to set aside. Add frozen peas, a little soy sauce and mirin (or agave) and mix. Add the arrowroot mixture and continue to cook till it thickens. You may need to add some water to make enough sauce. Add chard, stop the heat and let it wilt with the heat. Sprinkle some toasted sesame seeds.
*Arrowroot is said to be easily digestible, beneficial for poor digestion, IBS or other digestive disorders. The thick sauce felt so good for my gut.
4. Brown Rice Porridge with Carrot and Chard in Thick Arrow Sauce
Lightly fry carrot pieces with sesame oil. After a few minutes add water, soy sauce and mirin (or agave) to cook until soft. Mix 1.5 or so tsp arrowroot powder with the same amount of water in a bowl. Add the mixture and continue to cook until the sauce thickens. Add some water if necessary. Add chard, stop the heat and let it wilt. Sprinkle some toasted sesame seeds.
5. Simply Potato, Carrot and Mushroom with Nori Flakes
Place potato & carrot pieces with some dried mushroom pieces (I used porchini but shitake is preferable if available). Cover with water, soy sauce and mirin (or agave). Cook until all soft and sprinkle some nori flakes.
Nothing can beat porridge!! I eat a bowl of porridge (or two) every day no matter what my condition is. Cook some wholegrain rolled oats with plenty of water until the grain is fully cooked and you get a creamy consistency. Add some topping of your choice such as banana, raisins, coconut oil, chia seeds, ground flax seeds etc. At the beginning stage, I ate just cooked oats and it was also delicious and very healing.
I hope you can make use of these ideas when your digestion is weakened. I think these types of simple meals are good every now and then, even if you feel healthy, to get rid of the excess burden you may be putting into your body.