August 27, 2013

Organic Chicken Soup with Herbs

Dried Red Jujubees 'Da Zao'


  • One half of an organic chicken without skin, or 6 oz organic boneless, skinless chicken (If you can find a black chicken in an Asian market, that's the best!)
  • 5 pieces of dried Asian yam 'Shan Yao'
  • 3-5 slices of Reishi Mushroom 'Ling Zhi'
  • 2 Tbs of 'Xiao Xi' Wine
  • 2 Tbs of Job's Tears 'Yi Yi Ren'
  • 4 dried Red Jujube Dates 'Da Zao'
  • 1 Tbs Southern Apricot Seeds 'Nan Xin Ren'
  • 1 Tbs Northern Apricot Seeds 'Bei Xin Ren'
  • Sea salt to taste
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August 11, 2013

Nettle & Astragalus Soup (Huáng Qí 黃耆) to tonify Qi & Blood

Huang Qi - sticks


  • 1 lb Fresh Nettles (handle with gloves and tongs to avoid being stung)
  • 1 shallot minced
  • 2 leeks - cut into half moons
  • 2 cups broth, ideally home-made (vegetable or chicken)
  • 1 cup white wine
  • 1 avocado
  • 5 small potatoes
  • 9 grams dried Astralagus Sticks (Huáng Qí 黃耆) or 1 TBS dried Astragalus pieces
  • 1 tsp fresh dill
  • ½ tsp nutmeg (Ròu Dòu Kòu)
  • 3 cloves of freshly, minced garlic (Dà Suàn),
  • Salt/ pepper to taste
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
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July 16, 2013

Gluten-Free Flax & Hemp Seed Health Bars ( 亞麻仁 , 火麻仁)

gluten free flax-and-hemp-bars These delicious health bars are gluten-free and are protein rich with various seeds and nuts.


  • 2 Cups lightly salted roasted pecans
  • 1 Cup crispy rice cereal (gluten-free)
  • 1 Cup old-fashioned oats (gluten-free)
  • 2/3 Cup roasted unsalted sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 Cup raisins
  • 1/2 Cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 Cup dry roasted Flax Seeds 'Ya Ma Ren' 亞麻仁
  • ¼ cup hemp seeds ‘Huo Ma Ren’ 火麻仁
  • 1/4 Cup vegan & gluten free chocolate chips
  • 2/3 Cup brown rice syrup
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    August 15, 2012

    Cardamon & Orange Zest Cookies (Bai Dou Kou 白豆蔻 and Chen Pi 陳皮)

    Indian Cardamon Pods This recipe includes Asian medicinal herbs that are good for digestion: 'Sha Ren' and 'Chen Pi'.  We study these herbs in the class Oriental Herbology II.  'Sha Ren' is in the category 'Aromatic Transform Damp' and 'Chen Pi' is in the category 'Regulate Qi'.

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    July 17, 2012

    Classic Chinese Chicken Soup with Tonic Herbs (Astragalus, Codonopsis, Yam, Jujube)

    Because of all the wonderful herbs added, this delicious soup is a qi tonic and blood tonic that can restore the body's resources. It has a good effect on brightening the eyes and slowing down the aging process. This recipe uses a 'black chicken' or 'silkie', which is considered very nourishing for the blood and essence and is available at specialty Asian markets. Locally, you can easily find it at Ranch 99 in El Cerrito or Concord, CA. You can also use a regular, organic chicken.

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    March 1, 2012

    Job’s Tears (Yi Yi Ren 薏苡仁) & Chocolate Chip Cookies

    Desserts are often overly sweet with little medicinal value.  In fact, excessive sweets injure the digestion and lead to dampness in the body which can cause various imbalances and diseases.  This nutritional dessert recipe includes toasted 'Yi Yi Ren' 薏苡仁 (Job's Tears) which strengthens the digestive system (creating healthy Spleen Qi) and reduces dampness (water & mucus retention). Strong Spleen Qi is the basis of 'post-natal Qi' and health. Keeping your spleen strong ensures that your digestive system will have the ability to extract all the nutrients from your food so your body can stay well nourished.  How nice to have sweets that strengthen our body's internal organs rather than deplete them!


    • 1 1/2 cup sorghum flour
    • 1/4 cup sweet rice flour
    • 1/2 cup toasted + finely ground yi yi ren (toast 5 minutes in a iron skillet or in the toaster oven)
    • 1 cup sucanat/raw sugar
    • 2 sticks butter - softened
    • 2 eggs
    • 1 tsp baking soda
    • 1 tsp salt
    • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
    • 1 bag Ghirardelli bittersweet chocolate chips/disks or chocolate nibs
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    January 21, 2012

    The Five Main Zang Organs and Their Beneficial Foods

    For the HEART: Beets Hibiscus Black cherries Black cherry juice Apricot Red Clover Glutinous rice

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    August 13, 2011

    Healthy ‘Spleen Qi’ Soup

    This recipe comes from Rebecca and is especially good for maintaining a strong digestive system (healthy Spleen Qi) and reducing dampness (water & mucus retention).    Strong Spleen Qi is the basis of 'post-natal Qi' and health.  Keeping your spleen strong ensures that your digestive system will have the ability to extract all the nutrients from your food so your body can stay well nourished.   This is a super tasty recipe -  enjoy!


    • 2 cups Yi Yi Ren (Job's Tears / Coix Seeds) - I had a heck of a time trying to find this and they were at Ranch 99 the whole time!
    • 1 whole cooked chicken, including raw gizzard/giblets
    • 3 large sweet potatoes
    • 1 lb. kale
    • 4 carrots
    • 4 celery stalks
    • 1 large onion
    • 3 garlic cloves
    • 2 bay leaves
    • Some olive oil
    • A bunch of water
    • Salt to taste
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    July 14, 2011

    Indian Kitchardi – Spicy-Warm Healing Herbal Rice Dish

    This kitchardi can be eaten by all doshas but is especially good for vata.  Indian Kitchardi is easy to digest and serves a similar purpose to eating Chinese congee or jook.  Both of these types of porridge are used to aid in recovery from illness.  The main difference is that kitchardi is typically spicy warm in nature, stimulating the yang energies in the body, whereas congee or jook is more neutral in temperature.

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    October 28, 2010

    Miso Soup & Sea Vegetables

    The sea vegetable in this soup is detoxifying and cleaning for the body.  Seaweed is 'cold' in nature and its main action is that of clearing heat and transforming phlegm nodules.  This action of reducing phlegm-heat is connected to seaweed ability to promote urination, which is an avenue to guide the hot-phlegm out of the body.  Both of these functions are cleaning and clearing in nature.  Modern research for seaweed has shown it has the ability to lower cholesterol (phlegm plaques), which is related to the cleaning action seaweed has on the body.  Further, seaweed can bind with heavy metals (such as mercury and lead) and guide them out of the body.  This last bit of modern research has prompted the use of various species of sea vegetables for detoxifying radioactive contamination.  Try to buy seaweed that comes from healthy seas, since seaweed detoxifies the oceans too and can absorb toxins from the ocean.

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