“You come here to learn how to enjoy life. You have to discover you are sleeping under a diamond and don’t know it.“ - Nan Lu


Foods are selected for their healing essence and ability to support specific organ function.

SCALLOP AND ASPARAGUS SOUPThis tasty soup is great for benefiting Kidney energy, as it contains scallops. All seafood, especially those with shells, boost the Kidney’s energy. Add scallions for Liver support and a dash of sesame oil and walnut oil to further strengthen the Kidney and Liver!
NOURISHING BONE MARROW SOUPThis slow-cooker friendly recipe is perfect for boosting your Kidney’s health, the organ that is crucial for longevity for both men and women. According to Chinese Medicine, the bone is the body tissue matching the energetic frequency of the Kidney. Bone soup is beloved in many cultures as being one of the keys to long life and good health: the Chinese name for it is “Long Life Soup.”
MASTER LU’S NOODLESServed warm or cold as leftovers, this satisfying dish is good for your Stomach and Kidney energy. For this recipe, use thin spaghetti cooked al dente.
YUMMY NOODLESPine nuts enhance this dish and strengthen Kidney function, while garlic enhances Liver and Stomach health.
KALE AND KIDNEY BEAN PASTAKidney beans and kale are beneficial for the heart – here’s an easy pasta dish to incorporate both of these healing foods for heart health!
DANDELION PESTO PASTADandelion greens have been used for thousands of years in China for supporting and detoxifying the Liver, and garlic also helps to support Liver and Stomach health. Pine nuts support the Liver’s “mother,” the Kidney (according to Five Element Theory). This pesto is great tossed with pasta and additional toasted pine nuts and roasted vegetables such as cauliflower (for the Kidney) or zucchini (for the Liver)! It can also be great spread on crunchy thin crust, topped with thinly sliced veggies and baked for a pesto pizza!
DRAGON’S WAY FIVE ELEMENT FRIED RICE RECIPEIf you enjoy cooking food the Dragon’s Way, this recipe is a fun and uncomplicated one to try, especially if you have leftover rice and veggies in the refrigerator! It takes some prepping in terms of chopping (and preparing the black rice beforehand if you don’t have any leftovers), but once you have all the ingredients assembled, it is easy to prepare and just as easy to eat.
GARLICKY CORN PILAFLooking for a creative way to use up the vegetables in your fridge? Try adding them to your rice or pasta dishes for healing benefits. White rice is a centuries-old staple for most Asian countries because of its special healing essence for Stomach function. Paired with garlic, the zucchini in this rice pilaf gives your Liver function a boost. As a sweet, yellow vegetable, corn supports your Stomach function. Mushrooms are used to cleanse the body and have an overall healing benefit.
POLENTA ROUNDS WITH BROCCOLI, CARMELIZED ONIONS AND PEPPERSThe Stomach responds to the color yellow and Earth elements. In this recipe, polenta (made from corn), yellow peppers, and onions, a root vegetable, all support the Stomach function. Eating broccoli is an excellent way to give your Liver function a boost.
QUINOA WITH CHICKPEASQuinoa was once called “the gold of the Incas.” It is a superfood—rich in fiber, protein, iron, and much more. It also has a warm essence that helps to remove dampness and stagnation from the body. Many other elements of this recipe have healing benefits as well. Olives and sea salt are both beneficial to the Kidney. Sundried tomatoes support your Heart function, and lemon and chives boost your Liver. And in addition to adding a nice crunch to this dish, the chickpeas strengthen the Spleen, Heart, and Lung.
RICE & NOODLES WITH ONIONSThis is a total comfort food dish that we like to serve at our cozy retreat house in the Catskills! Noodles and rice are the ultimate comfort food as they support the nurturing center of your body, the digestive system. For example, in the East, rice gruel, called congee, is served to nourish those recovering from illness, often with medicinal foods slow cooked with the rice for hours; everyone in the West knows about the nourishing properties of chicken noodle soup!
ADORNED COUSCOUSWith hints of citrus, this refreshing dish is also warming and nourishing. Couscous helps aid in digestion and balance fluid in the body. The various ingredients in this dish support most of the major organs. Cucumber: Lung; Garlic, Scallions, Lemon: Liver; Mango: Stomach; Pine nuts and Kidney Beans: Kidney.
GARDEN MARINARA SAUCE WITH PASTAWhether the tomatoes come from your backyard garden or the produce section of your supermarket, making a homemade sauce is the best way to bring out that just-picked-taste. And it doesn’t need to take all day, either! Use a variety of tomatoes to heighten the flavor of your sauce without having to add too many additional ingredients. In addition to the Heart-healthy red wine and tomatoes, this sauce incorporates zucchini and garlic, which support your Liver!
GRAND MASTER LU’S DRAGON NOODLESDid you know that craving noodles, pasta or breads is the body’s way of asking for nurturing? Why not honor that request and nurture yourself? Here is an easy to make, delicious dish that offers a Chinese take on noodles. This is a great dish to serve accompanied with different stir fried vegetable side dishes. The portion sizes are hearty, so don’t be shy about sharing!
BARLEY SALADEaten for centuries by the Chinese as a simple food-as-medicine herbal remedy, Chinese barley (Job’s Tears) can rid the body of extra water and mucus that can contribute to weight gain, sluggishness, and arthritis. It is also particularly good at balancing the Qi of the digestive system, especially the Spleen and Stomach. Irma likes to make this for a quick breakfast or lunch with leftover barley cooked the day before!
BARLEY SALADA favorite and versatile food recommended in our Dragon’s Way program, Chinese pearl barley (also called Job’s tears or coix seed) has been proven to contain anticancer and anti-obesity properties. It is also very beneficial for skin and digestive issues. You can purchase Chinese pearl barley at your local Asian market.
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