February 2, 2015

Purple Yam and Goji Berry Pancakes

IMG_3282This Asian recipe uses the beautiful and unusual purple yam. We blend the smooth texture of the yam with sweet rice flour, and accent this with a sweet, nutty filling. The dessert also happens to be wheat-free, dairy-free, and vegan.  This purple yam is in the same botanical family (Dioscorea) as the white Asian yam 'Shan Yao'.

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December 23, 2014

Chicken Gizzard (Ji Nei Jin 內金) cooked in Coconut Milk

Dried Chicken Gizzard (Ji Nei Jin)In the Philippines fresh chicken gizzard is called Balon Balo and is commonly cooked in various dishes. Besides reducing the tendency for food stagnation, it is thought to have great nutritional value for pregnant and nursing mothers.

 Benefits of Chicken Gizzard (Ji Nei Jin 內金) According to Asian Medicine:

  • Reduces food stagnation
  • Improves digestion
  • Aids incontinence
  • Increases Gastric Acid by 30-70%
  • Reduces hardness and transforms stones (gallstones and urinary stones
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March 25, 2013

Bitter Gourd / Bitter Melon

bittergourd Bitter Gourd (Momordica charantia) also known as bitter melon, looks like a pale green cucumber with bumpy, grooved skin.  This squash-family vegetable is predictably quite bitter in flavor.  However there are ways to reduce the bitterness (it should be picked when its young) and tasty recipes that make it quite palatable.  Why eat it?  The bitter melon is full of vitamin A and C.  Medicinally it can clear heat from the body and reduce phlegm.

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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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February 29, 2012

Spiced Mung Bean Dish to Clear Heat & Warm Simultaneously

Mung Beans are a medicinal food.  They are cooling and can detoxify the body and reduce pathogenic heat contracted in the summertime.  Here we've added spicy-warm herbs to balance out the cool nature of the mung beans...


  • ∙ 2 cups organic wild blend brown rice
  • ∙ 2 cups of organic mung bean
  • ∙ 1 modest tablespoon each of powdered: turmeric, coriander, cumin, and ginger
  • ∙ 2 medium sized organic carrots, chopped
  • ∙ 2 medium sized pieces of burdock root, chopped
  • ∙ 1 turnip, chopped
  • ∙ ¼ tsp of salt
  • ∙ 9 cups of water (8 cups for mung bean & rice, 1 for vegetables)
  • Garnish / Condiment:
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February 10, 2012

English Roasted Marrow Bone Recipe

Bone Marrow is rich in nutrients, including iron, phosphorus and vitamin A.  Depending on the source, bone marrow is also likely rich in vitamin K and other fat-soluble nutrients.  Marrow also helps us build healthy white blood cells.

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November 21, 2011

Sesame-Walnut-Pumpkin Seed Crackers


  • 'Hēi Zhī Má' Sesamum indicum (Black sesame seed) - Tonify Yin
  • 'Hé Táo Rén' Juglans regia (Walnut) - Tonify Yang
  • 'Nán Guā Zǐ'  Cucurbita moschata (Pumpkin seed) - Expels Parasites
  • 'Cōng Bái' Allium fistulosum (Scallion/green onion) - Release Exterior
  • 'Hú Jiāo' Piper nigrum (Black Pepper) -  Warm Interior


  1. In a food processor combine the following:
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