“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

Recipes

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

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!
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.
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.
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!
ROASTED ROOT VEGETABLES WITH LENTIL PILAFA perfect addition to your holiday table, this dish is a complete meal—legumes, grain, and vegetable. Full of flavor and packed with healing essence, this dish is hearty and satisfying. Black lentils support and bolster your Kidney Qi, while the rice and root vegetables—carrots and beets—support both your Stomach and Spleen. Because of their deep red color, beets also help to regenerate red blood cells.
BLACK LENTILS & RICE TOPPED WITH CAULIFLOWERThis is a perfect vegetarian dish to serve at your next dinner party. It’s hearty, striking in its appearance, and simply delicious. Two of the main ingredients in this recipe—black lentils and cauliflower—make this a Kidney-inspired dish.
ROASTED EGGPLANT WITH PINE NUTSEggplant has a cooling essence and helps to remove heat trapped in the body, and is especially good for harmonizing the Qi of the Liver to aid its function. It can also lower cholesterol and can help you discard excess weight! The pine nuts support Kidney energy, and the plum tomatoes support Heart health.
TEN MINUTE TARO AND LEEK SOUPTaro root is harvested in the fall and is great to promote a healthy digestive system. The leeks will support your Liver while seaweed will help the Kidney.
AZUKI RED BEAN SOUPRed bean soup is both a popular snack and a sweet dessert soup. Azuki beans benefit the heart and aid digestion, relieves edema, invigorates blood circulation, promotes urination, and clears heat. Tangerine peel’s warm essence helps to clear phlegm and eliminate dampness in the Stomach and upper abdominal area. Lotus seeds nourish and calm the Heart, strengthen the digestive organs, and benefits the Kidneys.
CREAMY CAULIFLOWER SOUPCauliflower is good for Kidney energy. As with all other recipes, the butter and cream can be omitted for a dairy-free but still creamy and delicious version.
WHITE FUNGUS SOUPThese ingredients can be found in an Asian market for this fabulous sweet soup that is easy to make. White fungus, or Bao Mu Er, is traditionally used for sweet soups and desserts. It has no flavor but is deliciously crunchy and is good for the Lung. The rock candy benefits the Lung, Stomach, and Spleen, lotus seeds strengthen Spleen and Kidney function, and the Chinese red dates give this soup a sweet essence, good for digestion!
HEARTY POTATO-TOMATO SOUP FOR TENPotatoes and onions are good for the Stomach and Spleen as they grow directly in the earth, the element associated with these key digestive organs. Tomatoes benefit the Heart as well as the Stomach; use plum tomatoes for maximum Heart benefit! Dill strengthens the function of the Kidney.
VARIATION ON SIMPLE DAIKON RADISH SOUPThis delicious variation on the original recipe gets a bit creative and incorporates some kind of meat. Scallions benefit the Liver, tomato strengthens the Heart, and dried shrimp enhances this dish with a savory umami taste and benefits your Kidney energy.
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!
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