The middle of May seems like a weird time for me to be posting a cold and flu remedy. Unfortunately, San Diego can't seem to make up its mind about what season it is, and yet another bug is making its way around school.
When the weather patterns are bipolar like this, it's best to layer up, or at least bring a change of clothes in your car, as I did not do on Wednesday. Also, make sure your neck isn't exposed to cold air -- Turtle necks and scarves are a great defense, as most of Europe has already figured out. (In fact, if you're not from San Diego you're probably like "duh, this whole paragraph is lame," but please have pity on the people who didn't learn these habits as a child. Common sense is not so common these days.)
So what to do when you feel a cold coming on? ...Bust out the crock pot! Read More
Good morning, sunshine!
These funky little quiches are great do-ahead breakfast item. They're portable, versatile, filling, and delicious. All you need is a muffin tin, a box grater, and a skillet.
Are you ready? Read More
This soup is extremely simple to prepare, but delicious and nourishing. It can be served warm or cold, but I actually like it better chilled, on a hot day.
The horseradish cream is not optional--The soup would be very plain without it. It's basically a veganized version of sour cream that's sometimes served with meaty dishes, like prime rib. Read More
In Chinese herbal medicine, animal substances that contain gelatin are used to strengthen joints and aid in the repair process following illness or trauma. They're also used in anti-aging formulas. Read More
Pomegranate molasses is a thick, tangy syrup that's made by boiling pomegranate juice down until it reduces. It's a common ingredient in Middle Eastern cuisines, and it can be made on the stovetop at home, or bought in specialty ethnic markets. Read More
Leave it to an Americana to insert turkey and squash into an otherwise classic Italian recipe! In the Old World this dish uses pasta and beef, but even Italians are choosing to avoid one or both of them these days, for a number of health reasons. I tend to view recipes as flexible templates, and health is an excellent excuse to vary from tradition. Read More
I made this soup vegan and relatively light by using pureed cauliflower as the base. If you don't like cauliflower, don't worry--You won't taste it over the mushroom flavor. The addition of coconut milk is optional, but adds more creaminess. Read More
In the health foodie community, black bean brownies are nothing new. But the majority of folks will still raise an eyebrow when you tell them the secret ingredient in this dessert. In the West, we think of beans as being a strictly savory ingredient, but it's actually really common to find them in Asian desserts. Adzuki beans in particular (which I have also used in this recipe to great success) are naturally sweet and have a smooth, soft texture that lends well to ice cream, mochi, and cakes. Read More
Traditional gumbo recipes begin by browning wheat flour and lard together in a pot. In French, this is called a roux. It adds minimal flavor to soups, but mainly serves as a thickening agent. Read More
This vegetable couscous is one of the most ubiquitous dishes in Morocco and neighboring countries of north Africa. It's both sweet and savory, and fragrant of spices that characterize the region: ginger, cumin, cinnamon, and mint. There are hundreds of regional and seasonal variations, but the number of vegetables is always seven. Read More
I made this dish in an effort to use two ingredients that I have way too much of at the moment: Black rice, and kaffir lime leaf. Read More
Wild Mahi Mahi with Citrus & Ginger Marinade
1 orange, juiced
1 tbsp tamari
1 tbsp coconut oil Read More
Pumpkin Oatmeal Spice Cookies
2 tablespoons flax seed meal
1/4 cup of butter or coconut oil
1 cup of demarara or white sugar
1/2 cup of brown sugar Read More
Every time I go to Ranch 99 I stock up on nori strips. They're great to have on hand when I get a craving for a salty, crunchy snack. The following recipe is healthier than potato chips, every bit as tasty, and a lot quicker to make. Read More
Blood is the nutritive substance which circulates through the body to nourish the skin, muscles, bones, and organs. It also supports the brain in mental functions. Read More
In terms of pattern diagnosis, yin deficiency generally refers to a lack fluids in the body. The yin fluids are responsible for lubricating and moistening the skin, muscles, organs, and joints. Read More
Qi is the vital force that provides movement and function throughout the body. The Lung extracts it from the air, while the Spleen extracts it from the foods we eat.
Therefore the Spleen, in Chinese medicine, is a primary organ of digestion, and is responsible for turning food into usable fuel. By strengthening digestion, one also strengthens the body's ability to fight off pathogens and may reduce the frequency of illness. Read More