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Cucumbers are perfect for handling summer’s heat. Sunomono is a classic Japanese summer salad of cucumbers in vinegar with numerous variation.
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.; –
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. […]
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.
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.
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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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.
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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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!
Each Asian culture has its own New Year’s tradition. In Japan, the Nabe pot often makes an appearance. The process takes a little time, but that is a part of the celebration–taking time with family and friends. The nabe stock is made from mushrooms soaked overnight and the soup is then heated and served at the dinner table with fresh vegetables. Feel free to vary the vegetables to your tastes. Just lovely.Nabe Pot (Japanese New Year’s Soup) – Nabe pots soups that are heated and served at the dinner table as part of Japanese New Year traditions. – shiitake mushrooms, chicken thighs with bones ( remove the bones and reserve for the stock), salmon filet (optional), tiger prawns (peeled with tails left on (optional)), bak choi (cleaned), carrot (peeled and sliced), daikon radish (peeled and sliced), spring onions or scallions (thinly sliced), bean sprouts (rinsed and drained), cabbage (thinly slice), tamari, firm tofu (pressed to drain water and thinly sliced), lime (thinly sliced), sake, Make the stock: For the stock. Soak shiitakes overnight in 4 cups of water.
Strain water in a pan, bring to boil and add in chicken bones, reduce heat to medium.
Skim stock as scum rises up to the surface. Simmer stock until it reduces one third.
Cut chicken and salmon into bite sized chunks. Boil these in 2 cups of water with 1 T. sake for 1 minute. Drain immediately under cold water.
Clean and remove shiitake stems. ; Make the nabe: Pour stock into a clay (donabe) pot or sukiyaki pot and place over table top burner.
Add remaining sake to stock and bring to boil.
Add the daikon and carrots and cook over medium heat for 15 minutes.
Add in […]