“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


Eating for healing is an exciting way to nurture your body. Foods are selected for their energetic abilities to enhance the body.

DRUNKEN SPINACHMushrooms contain many nutrients and are often used to help cleanse the body. In this recipe, mushrooms are paired with spinach, which supports your Liver and Stomach function.
LEEK-CUCUMBER-BELL-PEPPER TOSSCucumbers and leeks are great for the Liver and also help the Stomach, particularly if you have heat in the Stomach. Peppers are a fun and colorful way to dress up this dish and benefit the Stomach and the Spleen, and are a good food to eat for weight loss.
KALE AND SWEET POTATO SAUTÉThis beautiful pairing of bright orange sweet potatoes and green, leafy kale not only looks as good as it tastes, it also packs a powerful energetic punch. As a root vegetable, sweet potatoes are beneficial to your Stomach function. Kale, a bitter green, supports your Heart function, while leeks work to strengthen your Liver.
LEMONY SUMMER PEAS WITH MINTThis light, lemony “salad” is full of healthy nutrients, fiber, and protein. Peas are used as a treatment for constipation and therefore help to move what is “stuck” in the body. Red pepper, like all red foods, support your Heart function.
REFRESHING PICKLED DAIKON RADISHThis variation of daikon radish salad incorporates cucumber, which cools heat conditions in the body and Stomach, and mint, which helps Liver function and is also cooling.
QUICK-PICKLED DAIKON RADISH SALADDaikon radish is beneficial for the digestive organs, particularly for the Stomach, as it is a root vegetable and is harvested in the Fall season. The vinegar helps to “pickle” the vegetable making it easier to digest, as well as being beneficial for the Liver! Add a spoonful of sesame oil to strengthen the Kidneys.
SPINACH AND CHICKPEA SAUTÉThis dish is delicious and super simple: just 10 minutes from start to finish, and it’s healthy in so many ways. Chick peas add protein while supporting the Large Intestine, Heart, and Spleen function. Spinach and garlic benefit the Liver. Lemon and mint give this dish a fresh twist and also support your Liver, making it the perfect side dish for spring or summer.
SPICY DILL CELERY BEAN CASSEROLEThis popular herb is used to strengthen Kidney function. Celery supports Lung function and helps the Stomach, especially if there is a heat condition or insomnia. White beans and spicy chili sauce are also beneficial for the Lung!
RED RADISH SALADRed radish is good for a healthy digestive system. If your digestive system gets stronger, you will process fat faster and lose weight!
BEETS ROASTED WITH MACADAMIA NUTS AND WATERMELON RINDIt may sound like an unusual combination, but these flavors work amazingly well together. The watermelon rind takes on the flavor of what’s around it, so you’re left with the tenderness of the beets and the subtle crunch of the nuts. The combination of ingredients in this recipe support your Liver (garlic), Heart (red beets), and Kidneys (nuts). The watermelon rind helps decrease internal heat, relieve thirst, and assist the body in releasing toxins.
STRING BEAN SALADWarm foods are easier to digest because your body doesn’t need to expend Qi, or energy, to digest them. While this salad is refrigerated to allow the vegetables to marinate, the salad should be served at room temperature. String beans are used to detoxify and support the Liver, while garlic gives your Liver an added helping hand. The colorful peppers give a boost to your Heart, Stomach, and Spleen.
BROCCOLI WITH YELLOW PEPPERSBroccoli is an excellent food for supporting Liver function, together with garlic and lemon juice. Yellow peppers support the Stomach because yellow is the color that matches the vibration of this major digestive organ.
OLIVE, BOK CHOI, AND RED PEPPER SAUTEThis recipe has salty olives, which help balance your Kidney energy. The garlic supports your Liver, while red pepper and bitter bok choi benefit your Heart function.
CHEESY EGGPLANT AND ZUCCHINI ROUNDSThis dish is simple to prepare, and makes a delicious impression on your guests! The eggplant, zucchini, and garlic work together to help harmonize your Liver. Eggplant also helps to remove excess heat in the body. The red pepper gives your Heart an added boost, and the saltiness of the cheese supports your Kidney function. To make this a main dish, serve atop wild rice and add toasted pine nuts.
ESCAROLE AND BEANSMushrooms have long been used to cleanse the body. In this dish, just a bit of dried mushroom powder adds a punch of flavor while boosting health benefits. In addition, white beans support the Lung and garlic and escarole support the Liver.
WATERMELON GAZPACHOFor a sweet and savory soup, try this no-cook chilled cucumber and watermelon soup. For thousands of years, Chinese medicine has used watermelon to cool sunburns, reduce fevers, promote urination, rehydrate the body’s fluids, and clear toxins. Cucumbers perform similar functions.
SUMMER COLE SLAWThis colorful slaw is delicious on its own, but it lends extraordinary flavor to fish. The red apple and red pepper support your Heart function, and the vinegar helps support your Liver. Your Stomach loves the sweetness of the mango and honey and the warmth of the ginger. For ultimate health benefit, blanch the cabbage and allow it to cool before continuing with the recipe.
SIMPLE ROASTED CORNThis dish is simple to prepare and can be made with either fresh corn on the cob or frozen corn. Corn is beneficial to your digestive system.
SCRUMPTIOUS VEGGIE PATTIESThese patties are a healthy alternative to packaged veggie burgers and provide many nutritious vegetables and soy protein from tofu. Be sure to buy only organic, non-GMO tofu. The zucchini and garlic help to boost your Liver, while the red pepper supports your Heart function.
SIMPLE VEGGIES WITH CHIVES SAUTEBasically this recipe can be made with any chopped veggies you have in your refrigerator, for a quick and easy Dragon’s Way dinner! The flavorful and spicy essence of Chinese chives has traditionally been used to support your Kidney yang energy, treating erectile dysfunction, as well as strengthening Liver function and the digestive system, particularly if you are constipated or have stomachaches from cold.
BAKED CAULIFLOWER AND KALE CHIPSA warming fall dish, cauliflower helps support your Kidney function, while bitter kale and sun-dried tomatoes benefit your Heart. Scallions provide an extra boost to your Liver.
WARMING VEGETABLE MEDLEYChock full of vegetables and protein from beans, this dish could be served as a side or as an entrée when paired with wild rice. The black beans in this dish support your Kidney function, and the zucchini helps to boost your Liver. All remaining main ingredients, such as yellow onion (a root vegetable), banana peppers, and corn benefit the Stomach/Spleen duo.
DELICATA SQUASH WITH CANDIED PEPITASDelicata squash is smaller than butternut, but richer in flavor. Its skins are edible, so you can adjust this recipe by seeding the squash and cutting it into slices before baking for a quicker dish. The candied pepitas (squash seeds) are perfect for munching, and make a delicious protein-filled snack that benefit your Kidney energy. As is, the sweetness, color, and warm essence of the squash in this dish supports your Stomach and Spleen, which in Five-Element Theory are the organs that have a special “mother-child” relationship with the Lung, the organ associated with the Fall. A perfect fall dish to nourish both mother and child!
SAUTÉED BEETS AND BUTTERNUT SQUASHAs root vegetables, Vidalia onions and beets support your Stomach and Spleen. The sweetness, color, and warmth of butternut squash also benefit these organs, which have a “mother-child” relationship with the Lung, the organ associated with the Fall. When the mother is full of energy and strong, she can better support and nurture her child!
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