Goji berries are one of the most well known Chinese herbs in the US. Used for over 2000 years in China, they were first mentioned in the Shen Nong Ben Cao Jing, the oldest known book on Chinese herbs in 200 BC. They are prized for their ability to tonify blood and yin without causing stagnation. Consumed daily in China as a food and herbal medicine, goji berries are revered for their anti-aging properties. They are used in many beauty tonics.
Carrots are one of the oldest cultivated vegetables. A staple in most cuisines, the white, yellow and purple varieties were first cultivated in Afghanistan around 3000BC. The modern, sweeter and bright yellow and orange varieties were created in the Netherlands around the 16th century.
Taking my herbs is something I look forward to every day. Not only do they help me to think clearly and feel good, but I’ve learned how to make them taste delicious.
Here I have homemade hot cocoa with collagen for skin and joint health and a homemade immune tonic with astragalus and mushrooms to keep me well throughout the fall and winter season. This warm and cozy drink is very calming and I look forward to drinking it as my day winds down. No, you cannot taste the herbs.
Do you need more veggies in your life? Here's a simple broccoli salad recipe that calls for blanched broccoli. Lightly cooking the broccoli ahead of time makes it easier to digest and brightens up the color. Blanched broccoli also keeps it's crunch so no need to worry about having a soggy salad
I recently discovered 90 second bread and it has been a game changer for me. Not only is it super fast to make but it happens to be low carb and grain free. It’s even suitable for anyone on a LCHF, keto or paleo diet.
Hey Everyone! I'm trying something new here. I recorded a video of myself cooking and wanted to share it with you. The recipe is a modification of the classic roast with mashed potatoes. For a low carbohydrate version I substituted cauliflower for the potatoes. It was so good that my husband who is a pretty elitist when it comes to mashed potatoes, didn't even notice. Trust me, he would have called me out if he did!
Sautéed kale and shitake mushrooms. Just a simple and healthy recipe that's quick and easy to put together.
When I first pursued my degree in Chinese Medicine, many of my soon to be colleagues kept raving about how amazing this Jook stuff was. Like really, how great could boiled down white rice actually be? Turns out it's pretty darn special.
Oh spaghetti and meatballs how I love thee, especially when you don't hurt my tummy. I am so happy to have found vegetable based grain-free noodles. My life just wasn't complete without you.
Kelp noodles are a great substitute for ramen noodles if you are avoiding grains. They are made out of kelp and sodium alginate, which is derived from the cell walls of brown seaweed. They hold their shape and texture well and don't break down into mush. They have a mild taste and the longer they sit in the soup, the more flavorful they become.
Not to toot my horn but this has got to be the best grain-free, dairy-free and egg-free banana bread recipe I’ve ever come up with. I wanted to make an egg-free recipe because many people have allergies or intolerances to eggs or are following a special diet that excludes them. If this is not you then feel free to use eggs as they are one of the healthiest foods on the planet for those who can tolerate them.
Pasta Bolognese is my husband's favorite Italian dish. I never even heard of it until I met him but he has ordered it at every Italian restaurant we've ever been to. Now I'm a fan of this rich and tasty dish too, but I prefer mine without the pasta. Here's my version of Bolognese over baked sweet potato. Yum!
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