Chinese pearl barley is beneficial for skin and digestive issues. Chinese red dates also benefit the digestive organs and boost production of qi and blood.

Yields1 Serving
 1 cup of Chinese barley
 5 cups water
 1/4 cup Chinese red dates, cut in half
 2 teaspoons of maple syrup
 1/4 – 1/2 cup (about 1 1/4 – 2 1/2 ounces) dried lotus seeds
1

Begin by boiling the water.

2

In the meantime, rinse the Chinese barley and red dates.

3

Rinse the lotus seeds.

4

To boiling water, add the barley and lotus seeds. Lower to a simmer.

5

After 15 minutes, add the red dates.

6

Continue cooking for another 15 minutes or until the barley is a chewy consistency.

7

Spoon the mixture into a bowl and drizzle maple syrup on top.

8

Tip: Keep an eye on the barley to ensure the water does not dry out.

9

Make a double batch to enjoy during the week or to have as a lunchtime meal.

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Ingredients

 1 cup of Chinese barley
 5 cups water
 1/4 cup Chinese red dates, cut in half
 2 teaspoons of maple syrup
 1/4 – 1/2 cup (about 1 1/4 – 2 1/2 ounces) dried lotus seeds

Directions

1

Begin by boiling the water.

2

In the meantime, rinse the Chinese barley and red dates.

3

Rinse the lotus seeds.

4

To boiling water, add the barley and lotus seeds. Lower to a simmer.

5

After 15 minutes, add the red dates.

6

Continue cooking for another 15 minutes or until the barley is a chewy consistency.

7

Spoon the mixture into a bowl and drizzle maple syrup on top.

8

Tip: Keep an eye on the barley to ensure the water does not dry out.

9

Make a double batch to enjoy during the week or to have as a lunchtime meal.

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