14:00 14:00

Sunomono (Cucumber Salad With Seaweed And Sesame)

By | 2018-06-08T13:00:42+00:00 June 8th, 2018|Categories: Blogs, Recipes, Sides and Salads, Summer Recipes, Vegan, Vegetables, Vegetarian|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Sunomono (Cucumber Salad With Seaweed And Sesame)

Cucumbers are perfect for handling summer’s heat.  Sunomono is a classic Japanese summer salad of cucumbers in vinegar with numerous variation.

Enjoy!

AprilSunomono (Cucumber Salad With Seaweed And Sesame) – – cucumber (cut in to 1/2 inch quarters), rice wine vinegar, nori or light seaweed (crumbled), sesame seed (black or brown), water, sugar (if needed), , Slice and quarter the cucumber to desired bit sizes.
In a medium bowl, combine vinegar, water, seaweed, seeds and sugar. Pour over cucumbers until thoroughly coated. Serve chilled.; ; – – salad – side – Asian – Blogs – Recipes – Sides and Salads – Summer Recipes – Vegan – Vegetables – Vegetarian – cucumber salad – cucumbers – Pulse Holistic Health – sunomon

13:37 13:37

Baked Spaghetti Squash Parmigiana

By | 2018-05-15T16:48:18+00:00 September 20th, 2017|Categories: Blogs, Late Summer/Transition, Main Ingredients, Recipes, Seasonal Recipes, Sides and Salads, Vegan, Vegetables, Vegetarian|Tags: , |Comments Off on Baked Spaghetti Squash Parmigiana

A great way to use the season’s beautiful spaghetti squash. Spaghetti squash is also a great alternative if you can’t eat or need to avoid flour based pastas.

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11:47 11:47

Shi Fan (Rice Congee or Jook)

By | 2018-05-15T16:50:54+00:00 September 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 […]

11:53 11:53

Savory Sweet Potato Rounds

By | 2016-05-04T16:08:00+00:00 February 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.
Enjoy.; –

08:01 08:01

Roasted Roots With Balsamic, Rosemary And Sage

By | 2016-12-29T12:24:14+00:00 October 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+00:00 April 29th, 2015|Categories: Blogs, Gluten Free, Lentils and Legumes, Recipes, Soups and Stew, Spring, Vegan, Vegetables, Vegetarian|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Minted Pea Soup

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

<a href="http://www.pulseholistichealth.com/nutrition-articles/peas-please-a-…at-an-old-food/">Learn more about Peas!</a> – main course – Main […]

09:02 09:02

Baked Sweet Potatoes (or Yams)

By | 2016-12-29T12:24:16+00:00 October 30th, 2014|Categories: Autumn, Blogs, Dairy Free, Desserts & Sweets, Diabetes Friendly, Gluten Free, Recipes, Seasonal Recipes, Sides and Salads, Vegan, Vegetables, Winter|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on Baked Sweet Potatoes (or Yams)

No drowning of sweet potatoes or yams in a syrupy sauce or under mounds of mini mallows–this simple recipe yields a naturally sweet, flavorful dish with wonderful earthy tones.

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16:58 16:58

Tamari Roasted Sweet Potatoes

By | 2016-12-29T12:24:16+00:00 October 29th, 2014|Categories: Blogs, Recipes, Sides and Salads, Vegan, Vegetables, Vegetarian|Comments Off on Tamari Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Simple and nourishing, this recipe doesn’t have to be limited to sweet potatoes.  You can substitute other roots such as yams, peeled pumpkin or squash, potatoes, parsnips or carrots–or a mix of several.Tamari Roasted Sweet Potatoes – – sweet potatoes (peeled and cut into 2 inch chunks), tamari (gluten free soy sauce), sake or mirin, olive oil, sesame seeds (optional), Preheat oven to 400˚ F.
Peel the sweet potatoes and cut into 2-inch chunks.
In a small bowl, combine tamari, oil, sake and sesame seeds.
Pour over sweet potatoes and mix to coat well.
Place potatoes on a baking sheet and roast for 20-25 minutes or until their flesh is soft and lightly browned on the edges.; – Healing Energetics: Root vegetables strengthen the Stomach and Spleen (the Middle burner).  Roasting is a method of cooking that is deeply warming.

Season: Late Summer/Transition, Autumn &amp; Winter

16:52 16:52

Roasted Roots with Sage, Rosemary & Basalmic

By | 2016-12-29T12:24:17+00:00 September 22nd, 2014|Categories: Blogs, Diabetes Friendly, Gluten Free, Recipes, Vegan, Vegetables, Vegetarian|Tags: , , , , |Comments Off on Roasted Roots with Sage, Rosemary & Basalmic

Roasted roots are a staple for my family in the fall and winter.  You can easily vary this recipe to use other roots, winter squash or different herbs.  I often double the batch, eating the leftovers as is or as the base for a luscious  root stew.Roasted Roots with Sage, Rosemary & Basalmic – – carrots, potatoes, butternut squash (peeled and seeded), yellow onions, beets, parsnips, rosemary, sage, balsamic vinegar, olive oil (extra virgin), salt and pepper, Prep the vegetables: Scrub the carrots, potatoes, parsnips and dice into 1 1/2 inch pieces.
Peel all onions and beetes and dice into 1 1/2 inch pieces.
Peel and seed the butternut squash.
Place vegetables on a baking sheet large enough so they can all lay flat.
Stem and chop herbs and spread over vegetables.
; Roast the vegetables: Drizzle vegetables with olive oil and balsamic.
Spread oil and vinegar evenly so that vegetables are well coated.
Even vegetables out on baking sheet, making sure they don’t overlap.
Roast in preheated 425˚ oven. Turn vegetables every 15 minutes adding more oil and vinegar if they are too dry. Roast for about 45 minutes or until vegetables are tender and slightly crisp on the edges. ; – Healing 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

Contributed by April Crowell

09:43 09:43

Baked Pumpkin Or Winter Squash

By | 2018-05-15T16:57:53+00:00 September 4th, 2014|Categories: Blogs, Recipes, Vegan, Vegetables|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Baked Pumpkin Or Winter Squash

I use a lot of squash and pumpkin in my diet.  And this is one of my favorite ways to prepare it, as I’m a bit of a lazy cook. You heat up the oven, poke a hole in the pumpkin and do other things while it cooks. Once the pumpkin is cooked you can use it in soups, stews, puree’s, baking or simply serve with a little butter, cinnamon and maple syrup.Baked Pumpkin – – sweet, baking pumpkins, Preheat oven to 350° F.
Wipe down pumpkin skins with damp cloth to remove any excess dirt.
Snap or cut off pumpkin stems–no fire hazards, please.
With sharp knife, cut 4-5 slits into the pumpkins to prevent them from bursting. No one wants to clean up an exploding pumpkin.
Bake pumpkins on cookie sheet for 45-60 minutes or until a knife inserted into their flesh comes out easily.
Remove from oven.

; Once cool you can easily cut the pumpkins oven and remove the seed and strings and the flesh will separate from the skin.; – Healing Energetics:  Pumpkin is very nourishing and warming to the core, or the Stomach and Spleen.  It drains dampness, provides fiber and helps to regulate blood sugar.  Great for those with very compromised digestions or babies who are just starting out on solids.

Season: Late Summer/Transition, Autumn.  As an Earth food, pumpkin is appropriate pretty much all year long. – side – American – Blogs – Recipes – Vegan – Vegetables – autumn recipes – pumpkin recipe – pumpkins