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11:47 11:47

Shi Fan (Rice Congee or Jook)

By |2018-05-15T16:50:54+00:00September 19th, 2017|Categories: Blogs, Chinese Medicine, Comfort Food, Common Conditions, Crock pot, Gluten Free, Recipes, Soups and Stew, Vegan, Vegetarian, Whole Grains|Tags: , , , , , , , , |Comments Off on Shi Fan (Rice Congee or Jook)

Congee, Shi-Fan (literally, rice water) or Jook. Whatever name you give it, rice porridge has been the foundation of nutritional healing since…well, we started playing with fire and cooking.  It is my first recommendation for anyone who is weak or ill, whether young or old.
Congee is a eaten by millions as a breakfast food.  The simple gruel is served with a variety of side dishes, shredded vegetables and fish, shredded meats and pickles.

Besides being a great morning start, congee is a fantastic healing food.

It’s just rice and water or broth.  Perhaps another ingredient is added to added to create a specific result. Sounds boring right? However, sometimes simplicity is the best approach to healing.  I always consider the client’s digestive vitality first in any treatment.  If they have problems absorbing nutrients for whatever reason, be it illness, chemo or radiation treatment or constitutional weakness,  they will not transform the food they eat into healing nutrient qi.   In these cases, simple foods cooked for a long period place less of a burden on the digestive system.

Who can benefit from congee?

Anyone.  I’ve seen it work wonders with toddlers on acid reflux medicines to seniors battling dementia, those going through chemo and radiation to those just fighting the common cold.   There is no magic, it is just simplicity.

Healing benefits of congee

Rice is neutral to warming, there are over 8 thousand varieties of rice and very few people are allergic to rice. If you are someone avoiding gluten…use a gluten free rice.  Rice tonifies the Qi and Blood and harmonizes the Middle Burner (your digestive system), the Stomach and the Spleen.  Water balances our PH, detoxes and nourishes Yin.  The rest of the recipe is up to […]

08:10 08:10

Grilled Ratatouille

By |2017-05-08T08:31:25+00:00May 8th, 2017|Categories: April's Blogs, Blogs, Gluten Free, Recipes, Summer, Summer Recipes, The Seasons, Vegetables, Vegetarian|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Grilled Ratatouille

Summer cooking at its best is easy, colorful and uncomplicated.  Ratatouille makes the most of the season’s vegetables like tomatoes, eggplants and peppers.  This grilled version can be prepared in two ways.  The vegetables are first grilled and you then dress them right at the table and serve them immediately or you finish marrying their flavors over the stove top.  Both are delish–it’s just a matter of choice.  I tend to prefer the first method, as it’s simpler and doesn’t heat up the kitchen.

Double this recipes or toss leftovers with cooked quinoa and a little extra dressing (if necessary) for a light, high protein dish. […]

11:42 11:42

Mini Clafoutis

By |2017-03-17T14:36:42+00:00March 17th, 2017|Categories: April's Blogs, Blogs, Dairy Free, Desserts & Sweets, Diabetes Friendly, Eggs, Fruit, Gluten Free, Recipes, Vegetable|Tags: , , , , , |0 Comments

Clafoutis, a dish popularized in America by Julia Child, are easy to make and endless in variety (see notes).  Just think of them as mini quiches without the crust.  These clafoutis make lovely items for spring brunches as they can be eaten hot or at room temperature.  They are also great little after-school nibble or to pack for a picnic.

Enjoy!  April

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15:47 15:47

Chilled Sour Cherry Soup

By |2016-12-29T12:24:13+00:00April 7th, 2016|Categories: April's Blogs, Dairy Free, Desserts & Sweets, Diabetes Friendly, Gluten Free, Recipes, Seasonal Recipes, Soups and Stew, Spring, Spring Recipes|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Chilled Sour Cherry Soup

Europeans have a long used fruits in soups.  It’s more than an elegant dessert or appetizer, it’s a fantastic way to use up summer’s abundance or ‘less than perfect’ fruit.  This soup is wonderful with fresh or frozen cherries.  You can use dried cherries in a pinch, but reduce the sugar and increase your simmering time until the cherries are soft–enjoy!

April

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11:53 11:53

Savory Sweet Potato Rounds

By |2016-05-04T16:08:00+00:00February 11th, 2016|Categories: Autumn, Blogs, Comfort Food, Diabetes Friendly, Gluten Free, Main Ingredients, Recipes, Sides and Salads, Spring Recipes, Summer Recipes, The Seasons, Vegan, Vegetables, Winter|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Savory Sweet Potato Rounds

Simple and easy, this is a wonderful way to get sweet potatoes into your diet.

Contributed by Tyra BurgessSavory Sweet Potato Rounds – – sweet potato, coconut oil, mixed dried Italian herbs (rosemary, thyme, oregano), pink Himalayan salt (or other quality salt), fresh cracked pepper, cumin, Preheat oven to 425. Clean sweet potato and cut into 1/2 inch rounds and arrange rounds on a baking sheet. Brush each round with a little coconut oil then sprinkle with spices. Bake until soft about 30 minutes or until a fork inserted comes out easily.
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13:00 13:00

Beet And Quinoa Salad

By |2017-02-28T09:46:59+00:00December 17th, 2015|Categories: Dairy Free, Diabetes Friendly, Gluten Free, Lentils and Legumes, Recipes, Seasonal Recipes, Sides and Salads, Summer, Summer Recipes, Vegetables, Vegetarian, Whole Grains|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on Beet And Quinoa Salad

Contributed by Tyra Hanson

Vibrant in color, this savory salad makes a lovely side dish or whole meal.

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08:01 08:01

Roasted Roots With Balsamic, Rosemary And Sage

By |2016-12-29T12:24:14+00:00October 27th, 2015|Categories: April's Blogs, Comfort Food, Dairy Free, Diabetes Friendly, Gluten Free, Main Ingredients, Recipes, Seasonal Recipes, Squash and pumpkin, Vegan, Vegetable, Vegetables, Vegetarian|Tags: , , , , , , |Comments Off on Roasted Roots With Balsamic, Rosemary And Sage

 

Roasted roots are a staple for my family in the fall and winter.  You can easily vary this recipe to use other roots like turnips or rutabaga, winter squash or different herbs.  I often double the batch, eating the leftovers as is for the next meal or as the base for a luscious winter root stew.

Enjoy!

Contributed by April Crowell

 

 

 Roasted Roots With Balsamic, Rosemary And Sage – – carrots, potato, yam or sweet potato or butternut squash, onions, beets, parsnips, garlic (optional), rosemary, sage, olive oil (start on the low side and add more just to coat–you don’t want oily vegetables), balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper, Prep your veg!: Preheat oven to 425˚.

Peel all vegetables and dice into 1 1/2 inch pieces.
Place vegetables on a baking sheet large enough so they can all lay flat.
Stem and chop herbs and spread over vegetables.
Drizzle vegetables with olive oil and balsamic. Spread oil and vinegar evenly so that vegetables are well coated. Even vegetables back out on sheet.

; Roast vegetables: Roast vegetables in oven turning vegetables every 15-20 minutes. Add more oil or if they are too dry. Roast for about 45-60minutes or until vegetables are tender and slightly crisp on the edges. ; – Energetics:  Roots are grounding, warming and nourish the earth element.  They drain dampness and strengthen the Stomach and Spleen and build blood. The vinegar lightly astringes. Rosemary and sage drain dampness and stimulate digestion.

Primary season: Fall/Winter

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12:16 12:16

Minted Pea Soup

By |2018-05-31T13:42:38+00:00April 29th, 2015|Categories: Blogs, Gluten Free, Lentils and Legumes, Recipes, Soups and Stew, Spring, Vegan, Vegetables, Vegetarian|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Pea soup? Oh, yes! Peas are high in minerals, vitamin C, D, protein and folic acid. And they are simply delicious in bright and lively soup.  This soup is beautiful for spring as it contains several foods that specifically prevent or treat spring maladies.  Peas, cool and enter the Liver, Stomach, Spleen and Heart, relieving congestion and aiding Qi flow. The warm pungents (onion family) drain phlegm and clear the sinuses and aid digestion.  Mint, a cool pungent, also treats sinuses and Lung and Liver patterns. For additional color garnish with fresh chive blossoms.

Enjoy!

April

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Minted Pea Soup – – onion (diced), leek (cleaned and diced), scallions (diced), olive oil, garlic (crushed), peas (fresh is ideal!), vegetable or chicken stock, chives, fresh mint (crushed), salt and pepper (to taste), fresh cream, In large sauce pan sauté onions, leek and scallions in olive oil until onions are translucent. Add garlic and peas and sauté for 2 more minutes. Add stock and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 30 minutes.  

Add chives and mint and cook for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and transfer to blender (or use an immersion blender) puree until smooth. Add salt and pepper to taste and garnish with a dollop of cream and fresh chives.

 ; – Health benefits: <a href="http://www.pulseholistichealth.com/living-with-the-seasons/merry-mints-healing-energetics-mint/">Mint</a> is abundant in the Spring and with good reason, their medicinal properties are numerous and particularly beneficial to many Spring maladies from <a href="http://aprilcrowell.com/blogs/its-all-in-your-head-treating-headaches-with-chinese-medicine/">headaches </a>to <a href="http://aprilcrowell.com/blogs/the-liver-in-chinese-medicine-controller-of-planning-and-vision/">Liver </a>patterns.. Use them in teas to help lift the spirit, counter allergies and sinus congestion, aid digestion and help calm aggression and tempers that often arise with the season.

Primary season: Spring and Autumn

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13:03 13:03

Sabzi Polo Ba Mahi

By |2015-08-10T11:12:04+00:00March 4th, 2015|Categories: Gluten Free, Herbs & Spices, Recipes, Sides and Salads, Vegetarian|Tags: , , |0 Comments

This delightful herbed rice dish, robust with cilantro, parsley, mint and coriander, makes its appearance at Nowruz (the Persian New Year) and is most often accompanied by fried, light fleshed fish.Sabzi Polo Ba Mahi – – Basamati or other long grain rice (rinsed), chives (rinsed and chopped), dill (rinsed and chopped), parsley (rinsed and chopped), corriander (rinsed and chopped), butter, ground saffron (dissolved in 2 T. of water), leeks (cleaned, but left whole), cloves of garlic (unpeeled), water, Prep the rice: Thoroughly wash and drain rice–classic recipes say upto 5 times. In a large pot bring 8 cups of water and 2 T. butter to boil. Add in rice, fluff once to loosen grains and boil for 6 minutes. Pour rice into a colander and rinse once more with warm water. ; Layer rice and herbs: Return the pot to the stove heat 1/2 of remaining butter and 1/2 the dissolved saffron. Build a pyramid of rice, herbs, leeks and garlic. Add one spatula full of rice, followed by a scoop of herbs, followed by a leek and head of garlic. Repeat process until all rice and herbs are utilized. Pour the remaining butter and dissolved saffron over the pyramid. Cover with tight fitting lid, so that no steam escapes.
Cook 10 minutes over medium heat then reduce heat to low and cook 45-50 minutes more or until rice is al dente.

Remove from heat and allow to cool with lid on for 5 minutes.
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17:38 17:38

Yusheng Salad

By |2016-04-07T15:37:11+00:00January 29th, 2015|Categories: Blogs, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Meat and Fish, Recipes, Seasonal Recipes, Sides and Salads, Vegetables|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Yusheng is a classic dish served every Chinese New Year in Singapore.  The simple and raw ingredients symbolize vitality and renew, and the Cantonese word for fish is homophone for prosperity.  Part of a joyous even, everyone calls out “Lo hei!” while using their ingredients to toss the ingredients high into the air.   Lo hei is another clever homophone, meaning ‘mix it up” it sounds just like the Cantonese words for  “prosper and more”.  Feel free to expand or add in your favorite ingredients and toss it up!

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