Category Chinese Medical Nutrition

Year of the Yin Earth Pig

Happy Chinese New Year! Today we leave the year of the earth dog, and move into the year of the yin earth pig. For those of you that are fascinated by other cultures, and especially horoscopes, reading up on the forecast for the yin earth pig year can be a truly fun experience. I love […]

Honey Miso Glazed Salmon

I’m testing out recipes that combine some of the key elements of Chinese medical nutrition for the winter season. In winter it is a great idea to eat black foods (the color associated with the kidney and bladder organs), and the flavors bitter and salty that help to consolidate, store, and descend qi. Warming foods […]

Grain Free Yin Yang Cookies (chocolate and vanilla) For the New Year

Happy New Year’s Day! Today I felt inspired to test drive a new cookie idea. I am eagerly trying to think of new ways to use black sesame seeds in cooking this winter, since they are one of the fantastic black foods that support the health of our kidneys. I used the taiji or yin-yang […]

Entering the Season of Late-Summer…In December

I know what you’re thinking…Late-summer in December? This is actually a transition season that happens four times a year. In Chinese medicine, the seasons of Late-summer is the last 18 days of each season and is the season associated with the spleen/pancreas and stomach. These organs are also known as the central pivot of health […]

Turmeric Chai Oatmeal

We are about to enter the last 18 days of the season, which is considered the transitional season of late-summer. This transitional season is the time of the stomach and spleen/pancreas and is the best time of the year to reboot your digestive system. This spiced oatmeal uses gently warming spices to support your digestive […]

Butternut Squash Lasagna

I love this time of year, when the hard squashes are abundant at the farmers market, leaves are starting to turn color, and the air is crisp. It is on autumn weekends that I like to make this hearty lasagna.

Cumin Lime Pumpkin Soup

Ingredients: 2 sugar pie pumpkins (or approximately 5-6 cups of pureed pumpkin) 1 large yellow onion 4 cups vegetable stock 1 can coconut milk 1 T olive oil 1 T ground cumin a pinch salt 1 tsp black pepper 1-2 tsp red chili pepper flakes lime wedges for serving Instructions If using fresh pie pumpkins, […]

Butternut Squash Quinoa Turkey Chili

I’ve been experimenting with new squash, sweet potato, and pumpkin recipes to support the spleen/pancreas and stomach in the season of late-summer. These veggies are helpful in supporting these organs according to Chinese medicine. Paired with aromatic spices and sour flavored foods is the perfect trifecta for supporting, nurturing, and strengthen these organ systems during […]

Spleen Rehab

With every passing year, there is more scientific literature on the connection between the gut and seemingly unrelated organ systems. There’s the gut-brain connection, the gut-pain connection, and the relationship between immunity and gut health. For example, did you know the majority of serotonin (the “feel good” chemical) production comes from your gut? What that […]

Health Tips for Cooling the Heart

Summer Health Tips for A Hot & Dry Climate In Chinese medicine, summer is the season related to the heart. The heart is considered to be of the element fire (each organ correlates to an element), and the heart can easily blaze out of control when certain conditions arise. Those of us living in the […]