“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.

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.
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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