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Fortifying Congee

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Fortifying Congee

Traditional Chinese Medicine Properties: Warming (yang) thermal nature, reduces internal dampness, supports, lung health, supports healthy spleen and digestion. Congee is a rice porridge that I love to make. It’s super simple and oh so satisfying. Traditionally, its a simple porridge made with rice, ginger, mushrooms and usually chicken but sometimes other ingredients like clams. To make the porridge thick, a long simmering time is needed, which means it’s the perfect dish to make with an Instant Pot, but I’ve included stove top directions at the end. (it’s easy either way). Congee is made to be mild and easy to...

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Mac and Cheese: Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free

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Mac and Cheese: Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free

Conventional macaroni and cheese is delicious but it isn't usually a good choice. The dairy in it creates internal dampness and the processed wheat creates stagnation and often inflammation. Combined these two factors are very hard on the spleen and stomach. Over time this can result in reduced nutrient absorption. Our recipe isn't only a tasty alternative which avoids this problem, it has ingredients that help resolve it. Traditional Chinese Medicine Properties: Warming thermal nature, supports spleen and stomach, supports blood circulation to digestive tract, supports healthy nutrient absorption, helps reduce dampness. This recipe takes a little work but the...

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Creamy Roasted Butternut Squash Soup (Dairy Free!)

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Creamy Roasted Butternut Squash Soup (Dairy Free!)

Vegan, Gluten Free, Vegetarian, Dairy Free, Paleo Prep Time: 10 minutes Cook Time: 55 minutes Total Time: 1 hour, 5 minutes Yield: 4 bowls In Chinese medicine, fall is the season of the lungs. It is a time when the lungs are open. They are both more vulnerable and susceptible to problems but also more accessible and able to receive strength and nourishment. Many foods in this recipe are traditionally used to support lung health. It’s no coincidence that these foods and their flavors “taste like fall” to people around the world. Butternut squash, shallot, garlic, ginger, and carrot, as...

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Classic Meatloaf

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Classic Meatloaf

Prep time: 20 minutes Cook time: 1 hour Total time: 1 hour, 20 minutes Traditional Chinese Medicinal Properties: Warming thermal nature, tonifies and strengthens the spleen-pancreas and stomach, supports circulation, blood-building.   Ingredients: 1 lb. 90% lean grass-fed ground beef or ground bison 1/2 cup crushed gluten free crackers or GF breadcrumbs** 1/2 cup diced yellow onion 1/4 cup minced garlic 1 minced Serrano pepper 1/2 cup cooked plain oatmeal, quinoa, or grits 1 large egg 1 tbsp. Sriracha 1 tbsp. Worcestershire sauce 1 tbsp. Olive oil 1 tsp Soy Sauce (for GF use Tamari) 1 tsp Apple Cider Vinegar...

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Dijon Au Gratin Potatoes (Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Vegan )

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Dijon Au Gratin Potatoes (Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Vegan )

Traditional Chinese Medicinal Properties: Tonifies Spleen, Stomach and Pancreas. All the deliciousness of creamy, cheesy potatoes, with none of the dampness. Prep Time: 15 minutes Cook Time: 1 hour (sauce and baking) Total Time: 1 hour, 15 minutes Ingredients: 1 tbsp dairy-free butter to grease bottom and sides of a 9"x13" casserole dish or a deeper 9”x 9” casserole dish 6 cups par-cooked red potatoes, sliced 1/2” thick 4 tbsp dairy-free butter ( I like Earth Balance) 4 tbsp flour 3 cups unsweetened almond milk (you can use any dairy-free milk of your choice) 2 tsp sea salt 2 tsp...

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