January 30, 2014

Mung Bean Soup – Filipino Style (Munggo)

Mung BeansChinese herbal pharmacist, Li Shi Zhen, writes that mung beans are "highly recommended not only as a rich source of nutrients but also as medication.” The many benefits of mung beans include:
  • Clearing heat and toxins from the body
  • Balancing organs and skin
  • Tonifying Qi
  • Improve circulation in the 12 meridian channels throughout the body.
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February 3, 2013

Golden Milk with Turmeric (Jiāng Huāng 薑黃 )

Golden Milk Drink

The delicious drink called 'Golden Milk' can be made by adding 1/8 - 1/4 teaspoon organic dried turmeric powder to a cup of warm milk on the stove (cow milk, goat milk or any one of the delicious nut milks*). Fresh Turmeric Root and Powder Fresh Turmeric Root and Powder

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January 21, 2013

Bone Broth Chicken Soup with Healing Herbs

Making soup with bone marrow stock enhances your immune system and provides you with easy to assimilate minerals. The marrow inside the bones contains nutrients that feed your whole body, including your own bone marrow. When your bone marrow is nourished, you create healthier immune cells and can better fight off colds and the flu.

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January 14, 2013

Ginger & Elderflower Muffins


  • 1 C rata honey
  • 1 C sugar
  • 4 C flour - can use gluten-free blends
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 C milk
  • 2 tablespoons elderflower
  • 5 tablespoons sliced ginger
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 6 tbl butter
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August 20, 2012

Summertime Mung Bean Shortbread Cookies

This is a good summertime recipe because Mung Beans are fantastic and preventing summer time sicknesses associated with the draining effects of hot temperatures.  These cookies would be good to bring along with you when traveling to arid regions during the hot season, when summertime sickness is likely.  You can try substituting honey for the cane sugar to see if the cookies turn out to have more moisture, which might keep them fresh longer in cases where you want them to last during many days of far-away travels.  Experiment and enjoy these tasty treats while you stay healthy.

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August 7, 2012

Carob-Sesame Energy Bars with Black Beans (Hei Dou)

This recipe is good for keeping the Kidney energy strong.  Dark colored foods, particularly black, are known for entering the Kidney channels and for strengthening the energy of the body associated with this area.  These carob-sesame energy bars have plenty of black colored ingredients that tonify the kidneys: vanilla bean, black beans, carob and black sesame seeds.

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July 20, 2012

Turmeric, Ginger & Garlic Roasted Chick Peas

This is a simple, yummy snack alternative.  The turmeric can help move your qi & blood and the ginger can warm and calm your belly.  Garlic boosts immunity and can strengthen the belly qi.


  • • 1 cup soaked Chick Peas (also called garbanzo beans) 
  • • 3 TBS Olive Oil
  • • 2-3 tsp dried Turmeric Powder 'Jiang Huang'
  • • 1 tsp dried Ginger Powder 'Gan Jiang'
  • • 1 tsp Curry
  • • 1 tsp Garlic Powder or fresh cloves of garlic 'Da Suan'
  • • 1 tsp Salt
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July 17, 2012

Japanese Braised Burdock Root (Gobo)

braised burdock with carrot Burdock root can be used to clean and detoxify the cells and tissues of the body.  It is a great food to promote gentle cleaning from every day toxins.  In particular, it is cooling and cleansing for the liver and for the skin.


  • 1/2 lb burdock root (gobo)
  • 1/4 lb carrot
  • 1 TBS organic soy sauce or tamari (non-GMO)
  • 1 TBS sugar
  • 1 TBS mirin Japanese rice wine
  • 1/2 TBS Japanese sake
  • 1 tsp black or tan sesame seeds
  • 2 tsp vegetable oil (sesame oil, olive oil or coconut oil are my favorites)
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June 20, 2012

Pumpkin Seed Pesto with ‘Nan Gua Zi’ (南瓜子)


  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 cups green hulled pumpkin seeds'Nan Gua Zi' (roasted or dry fried)
    Pumpkin Seed Pesto with 'Nan Gua Zi'
  • 4-5 garlic cloves 'Da Suan' (mince and leave out exposed to the air at least 15 min to develop it's immune boosting potential)
  • 1 cup packed cilantro
  • zest of half a lemon, and its juice
  • chile pepper 'chuan jiao'
  • black pepper 'hu jiao'
  • black sea salt
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March 10, 2012

Hyacinth Bean Hummus (Bái Biān Dòu 白扁豆)

Hyacinth is a beautiful, mild white bean with medicinal effects. It's claim to fame is that is can clear summerheat, especially for patterns with significant diarrhea or nausea/vomiting.  This bean can also strengthen the digestive energy and can be used for chronic diarrhea with loud stomach growling or leukorrhea from Spleen Qi Deficiency. This Hyacinth Bean dip is delicious and can be made like a Middle Eastern hummus.

Basic Ingredients:

  • ‘Bai Bian Dou’ Hyacinth Beans
  • Lemon Juice
  • Water (or broth)
  • oil (sesame, olive…)
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