Nutrition and Recipes

Bone Broth as Traditional Chinese Medicine

In Chinese Medicine (TCM) food is medicine.   Frequently, we forget how easily we can make homemade healthy food, and with the invention of the freezer store it for extended periods of time.  Making your own broth not only tastes better, but gives you control over what goes into it.  Have you read what is actually Read More

Heart Healthy Recipe: Texas Caviar

Such a great recipe idea for your Super Bowl party! This recipe is filled with vegetables that not only taste delicious but are heart healthy as well! Ingredients: 30 oz. canned black-eyed peas 2 green onions, sliced 1 cup fresh or frozen corn, thawed 1 small bell pepper diced ½ cup chopped cilantro 3 diced Read More

Apples Apples Everywhere

Asian Pear

Fall is my favorite time of year.  The waking to the crisp temperatures, the food that comes into season, not feeling like your hippie deodorant failed just by walking to the mailbox..  In all seriousness though one of my favorite annual activities is to go apple picking.  There is a beautiful orchard that my husband Read More

Super Easy Escarole and Bean Soup Recipe

It’s soup season! Hooray! We are constantly recommending dark green leafy vegetables in Chinese Medicine. Want to cleanse the liver? Eat dark green leafy vegetables Want to nourish the blood?  Eat dark green leafy vegetables Want to increase breast milk production?  Eat dark green leafy vegetables Iron deficient? Eat dark green leafy vegetables Constipated? Eat Read More

Standard Process Purification Cleanse- 1/2/13

Experiences During the Purification Cleanse People often wonder if I actually practice what I preach. The answer is.. Sometimes! I am just as flawed in diet area as some of my patients. Unfortunately, due to a busy lifestyle etc. etc. excuse excuse… Bottom line is that we all make choices in life. Once I choose Read More

Miso Soup & Dashi

Dashi (or broth) 2 (4-inch) square pieces kombu– highly nutritious seaweed or kelp 2 1/2 quarts water 1/2-ounce bonito flakes or katsuobushi, about 2 cups (fish flakes usually tuna)… I tend not to use them.. Directions Put the kombu sauce pan, cover with the water and soak for 30 minutes. Set the saucepan over medium heat Read More

Pumpkin Recipe

Pumpkin/ Squash/ Sweet Potato Recipe This recipe is great for a couple of different things. It is fast, simple, and delicious. I, like my grandmother, do not tend to measure anything. I go by taste and sight. The benefits: Pumpkin is good for the lung and phlegm. Ginger is very warming, aids in digestion, and Read More

Benefits of Pumpkin

Pumpkin Nutrition Pumpkins are not just for carving. The pumpkins bright orange color is a dead giveaway that it is loaded with an antioxidant called beta-carotene. Beta-carotene is one of the plant carotenoids converted to vitamin A in the body.     Current research indicates that foods containing beta-carotene may reduce the risk of developing Read More

A girl and her cast iron skillet

When the day came for me to pack up all of my earthly belongings ,and escape to college, I commandeered my grandmother’s cast iron skillet. Ok, maybe not commandeered. It was more like she was conveniently getting rid of old pans, and I may have taken them. This particular pan is now dating close to Read More

Eating For The Summer & Recipes

Eating For The Seasons: Summer Finally, summer is here! For Chicago City dwellers it means a time of street fairs and concerts, farmers markets, and beach time. THESE are the reasons we continue to dwell here during the winter. This year I have noticed an increase in allergy sufferers. Allergy season came early this year because Read More

“Creamy” Potato Leek Soup

Creamy Potato Leek Soup (without dairy!) Chicken broth Vegetable broth Potatoes (yellow)- 2 to 3 inch cubes Leeks (with more white then green if possible) Dried shitake mushroom—set aside and let soak in water Onions Garlic Black pepper Crushed red pepper ** To clean leeks: at the base of the green and white cut a Read More