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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July 8, 2013

Nourishing Kidney Bean Soup with Goji Berries 枸杞子

Indian Cardamon Seed Pods & SeedsIngredients:
  • 1 cup Organic Dark Red Kidney Beans, soaked in water overnight (or three 15 oz. cans)
  • 4 cups water
  • 1/2 large yellow onion, chopped
  • 2 TB, chopped scallion (Cong Bai)
  • 1 TB minced garlic (Da Suan)
  • 1 TB olive oil
  • 1 TB butter
  • Ham Shank, (natural, uncured, fully cooked), cut bite-sized meat
  • ¼ C whole goji berries, (Gou Qi Zi 枸杞子)
  • 14 Green Cardamom pods (green Indian cardamon tastes best) slightly crack each pod.
  • 3 TB, fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • ¾ tsp paprika
  • Pinch or so, cayenne pepper (Hua Jiao) – according to taste
 

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July 29, 2012

Goji Power Balls

Ingredients:

  • 3 tablespoons dried Goji berries
  • 3 tablespoon mixed seeds (pumpkin, sunflower, buckwheat, sesame, etc.)
  • 2 tablespoon dried cherries (or other dried fruit of your choice)
  • 3 pitted dried dates, roughly chopped
  • 3 tablespoon almonds
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 2 squares of dark chocolate, chopped
Optional:

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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June 14, 2010

Goji Berries ‘Gou Qi Zi’ – Western Research & Asian Functions

Research

There is a lot of research currently being done on the effects of Goji berries.  Studies show that Goji berries have an overall positive effect on the functions of the body, including sleep, mood, mental clarity and energy.

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