Our livers are the second largest organ in our bodies and they play a major role in our overall health. They have the important function of cleaning what comes in and out of our bodies, sort of like a filter. It removes harmful toxins and detoxifies our blood. That’s why it’s important to eat foods that will keep our livers healthy and improve its functions, and to avoid things that can be harmful to our livers, like overconsumption of alcohol. Fortunately, it’s pretty easy to do so with plant-based foods seeing as health experts recommend eliminating or reducing animal foods for optimal liver health, as well as reducing alcohol, sugar, processed foods, and eating a whole-foods plant-based diet rich in antioxidants.
Check out these 15 delicious liver-friendly plant-based recipes from our Food Monster App!
1. French Onion Soup
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Clémence Moulaert‘s French Onion Soup is topped with crusty, vegan buttered bread and shredded, grilled vegan cheese ‘Nourishing’ means many different things. Sometimes you just really need to nourish your body, to provide it with energizing food. Sometimes, you need to nourish your soul, to nurse your heart’s wounds until time heals them. And other times, you need to nourish your inner child. This soup can do all the above.
2. Aquafaba Chocolate Coffee Mousse
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Kirsten Kaminski‘s gorgeous 4-ingredient Aquafaba Chocolate Coffee Mousse will be your new favorite dessert! It’s perfect – great for the holidays but also really just anytime of the year! This delicious fluffy dessert is not only completely vegan, gluten-free, oil-free and refined sugar-free but also super easy to make! All you’ll need is 3-4 basic ingredients and you’re ready to got!
3. Eggplant, Onion, and Tomato Stew
Source: Eggplant, Onion, and Tomato Stew
Karielyn Tillman‘s Eggplant, Onion, and Tomato Stew is really simple to make with a minimal ingredient list of fresh veggies and it can be enjoyed plain or over quinoa, brown rice or even pasta. It’s a one-pot meal and basically after dicing your fresh veggies and simmering them for about 20 minutes, it’s ready to enjoy. And not only is it a delicious meal to serve for “Meatless Mondays,” it’s also vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free and even paleo-friendly.
4. Pistachio Crusted Tofu With a Prickly Pear Sauce
Prickly Pear is so completely underrated. Its unassuming until you cut into it and then its the most beautiful vibrant shade of red. When you bite into it, it has a very subtle sweet flavor and reminds me a lot of melon. It’s delicious and refreshing and it paired up so nicely with Chrysta Hiser‘s Pistachio Crusted Tofu . It has a crunch with a light sauce on top. Light, refreshing and something different.
5. Zucchini and Broccoli Soup
Source: Zucchini and Broccoli Soup
This recipe by Maryke Wylde makes a flavour packed Zucchini and Broccoli Soup. There is a hint of mint and parsley. Some crunchy red cabbage sliced thinly adds some crunch and a squeeze of lemon on top before serving makes this so fresh and tasty! The trick to this is to blitz half the soup and then put it back in with the rest of the ingredients. Good for freezing if you make a big batch.
6. Rutabaga Fries With Basil Mayo
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If you’re craving fries but don’t want to ingest a boatload of salt and grease, this Rutabaga Fries With Basil Mayo by Aurora Steen is the recipe for you! Rutabaga is a sweeter seasonal alternative to the ubiquitous potato, and they taste oh-so-delicious when dipped into (homemade!) vegan basil mayonnaise.
7. Roasted Garlic, Miso, and Greens Soup
Julie West‘s Roasted Garlic, Miso, and Greens Soup will be your new ‘Chicken Soup’ in terms of healing and building the immune system when you are feeling under the weather. This is a very simple soup with wonderful flavors coming from the few ingredients this recipe calls for. It doesn’t need much making this an even better go to soup when feeling under the weather or just because you simply love roasted garlic. You could also add some cubed organic tofu for added protein.
8. Pistachio Date and Olive Oil Loaf
Courtney Klumper‘s Pistachio Date and Olive Oil quick bread comes together pretty quickly, so you can have a not too sweet and sorta wholesome snack with your coffee/tea, and not spend money on muffins at your favorite cafe every morning.
9. Marinated Zucchini and Seaweed Salad
10. Green Superfood Detox Smoothie
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Julie Van den Kerchove‘s Green Superfood Detox Smoothie will help you to detoxify your body, break free from constant sugar cravings and start each day full of energy. It is packed with essential vitamins and minerals that will have your skin glowing in no time!
11. Smoky Lentil Chili With Jalapeño-Cheddar Cornbread
Pops of flavor from jalapeño, scallions, and cheddar scattered throughout the batter make Nancy Partington‘s Smoky Lentil Chili With Jalapeño-Cheddar Cornbread extra special. And for a deliciously crunchy and savory crust, sprinkle seasoning blend over the top before it goes into the oven. The crunch of the dried garlic and onion flakes, poppy and sesame seeds and grains of coarse Himalayan pink salt makes for a wonderful contrast with the tender crumb below.
12. Olive Oil and Orange Cookies
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13. Grapefruit Cardamom Oatmeal
Source: Grapefruit Cardamom Oatmeal
Even if you think grapefruit is too bitter, something happens when you combine it with oats. It just works. The result is refreshing, zingy, and pleasantly sweet. Try this Grapefruit Cardamom Oatmeal by Lauren Smith to see!
14. Simple Turnip Salad
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Sometimes the simplest things are the most successful. Natalie Yonan‘s Simple Turnip Salad is the kind of thing you can make whenever you’re in a hurry. If you want to make it a bit more filling you can just add some quinoa but the avocado might be enough.
15. Crispy Seasoned Cauliflower
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These Crispy Seasoned Cauliflower by Renee Press have an addictive crunch and flavor that’ll tempt you to eat it all. The secret to their addictive crispiness and flavor is frying them in a blend of spices and just a little bit of potato starch. They’re so easy to make and so versatile, you’ll find yourself using this recipe again and again.
If you’d like more information on caring for your liver with plant-based foods, check out How to Detox Your Liver the Natural Way: A 5 Step Guide, 5 Healing, Natural Remedies to Care for Your Liver, and How to Use Beets to Benefit the Liver!
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