Posts Tagged "Sea Vegetables"

Daikon Radish: Detoxify and Promote Digestion

Posted by on Feb 23, 2013

Daikon Radish is a great soup or salad vegetable. It is spicy, and acts as a digestive by stimulating digestive fire, just as the small radishes that Mexicanos eat with corn and meat do, but it is more aromatic, especially when boiled, than the small radishes and not as hot. Daikon is used in Chinese Medicine Nutritional therapy to balance heavier foods that are high in harder to digest animal protein and fat, like beef or pork. Beef and pork, which are are also neutral and cool in natural temperature, easily produce toxic dampness when eaten in excess, because...

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Wakame Sea Vegetable with Turnip, Pear, and American Ginseng

Posted by on Dec 5, 2012

    Wakame is a delicate, mild tasting, low calorie sea vegetable with a succulent texture. A favorite food in Japanese and Korean cuisine, it is traditionally cooked in miso soup, served on its own as a cold side dish (sunomono), or cooked with foods like kabocha squash. It can be adapted into American cooking in salads, soups, stews, as a side dish, and even added into raw sauerkraut. It compliments grains from barley and quinoa to rice and millet. Wakame looks black in the package, but turns a delicate green color when cooked, brighter if blanched briefly in...

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Summer Raw Beet, Sardine, and Pasta Salad

Posted by on Jul 8, 2012

Summer is a time when even cold dry (Vata) types or cold damp (Kapha) types can have little more raw foods. One of the ways to make raw foods more compatible for cold types with weaker digestive energy (Agni/Spleen Qi) is to have it in small amounts with other foods that stimulate digestion.   Necessity is the mother of invention. Today I was hungry, lazy, and the cupboard was bare. I had some leftover pasta, a tin of sardines, a can of chickpeas, a bunch of scallions and one lone beetroot in my frig. So I made a pasta...

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Celery Root, Burdock, Brocolli, and Sea Food Miso Soup for Dinner

Posted by on Dec 23, 2011

Chick Pea Miso Soup with Celery Root and Scallops Ingredients 1 cup scallops or other sea food 1 cup chopped celery root 1 cup chopped burdock root 1/2 cup white, brown, or fresh shitake mushrooms 1 cup small broccoli florets 4″ piece of kombu sea veggie, cut into pieces with a scissor 4″ piece of wakame sea veggie, ditto 1-2 slices ginger root 2-3 chopped scallion 2 quarts water 1 tbsp chick pea miso paste or mellow white if unavailable 1 tbsp sweet white miso paste or more to taste a dash of white pepper if desired Directions 1)...

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Sea Vegetables for Health- Cleanse Lymph and Build Kidney Qi in Winter

Posted by on Dec 22, 2011

Sea Vegetables for Health Wild vegetables grow all over the earth and in the water. Dandelion greens, nettles, burdock are a few of the valuable and highly nutritious land vegetables that are easy to grow most anywhere. Sea vegetables also grow both North and South. I do not know about the tropics, but all over the far north from Scotland to Nova Scotia to Siberia and Japan people have been harvesting plants from the sea since ancient times. Lots of us are familiar now with the seaweed salad at the sushi bar. Sadly, most of the time what you...

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Korean Summer Rice with Job’s Tears, Shitake, and Hijiki

Posted by on Aug 10, 2011

In Korea, Job’s tears “barley” (Coix lacryma-jobi in Latin, YiYiRen in Mandarin Chinese, Hato Mugi in JapaneseUiin in Korean)– is cooked in with rice during the hot, humid summer months to help alleviate the effects of the hot weather and to remedy the excessive things we sometimes do to cool off from the heat. In Summer our digestion is actually weaker than in winter. This seemed counter-intuitive to me, until I studied Ayurveda. Ayuveda explains that in winter, our digestive fire increases, in order to protect us from the cold. This would explain why the best time to take...

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Japan, Radioactive Remedies and Cell Phone Radiation

Posted by on Apr 2, 2011

Radioactive iodine has been found in the milk of cows who graze in California and Washington State. While the Government assures us not to worry (why does that sentence make me grin?), if you are concerned, obviously this would be a good time to go on that cleansing diet that eliminates dairy products. As to the larger question of exposure to radioactive isotopes and what you can do, one of the major public health officials recently (cannot remember if it was the Surgeon General or whom) said it would not hurt to take potassium iodide as a supplement; which,...

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Arame Salad for Autumn

Posted by on Oct 28, 2010

One of my favorite sea vegetables is Arame (Eisenia bicyclis), which grows wild, in the unpolluted waters off the coast of Ise, in Japan. Arame (pronouced Ara-may), besides having a sweet name, has a mild flavor and lovely texture. It can be added to soups and casseroles, or sauteed with vegetables. I like to add it to baked Kabocha squash and onions. But my favorite way to serve Arame is as a salad. Its so simple. Boil water. Add Arame. Simmer for 5-10 minutes. Drain.For two cups of Arame, Slice about 1/4 cup of red onion.Coarsely grate about 1/4...

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Vegan Sea and Land Vegetable Soup for Spring

Posted by on Mar 12, 2009

This wonderful soup is in the category of recipes for gently cleansing and renewing the body in Spring, or whenever you feel weak or are recovering from illness. It relies on the deep flavors of root vegetables, sea vegetables, and shitake mushroom. It is a simple soup with subtle flavors to be savored slowly and mindfully. Shitake mushrooms are an excellent fragrant mushroom that in Chinese Herbal Medicine are used to strengthen the stomach and intestines, invigorate the blood, fortify the bones, and re-enforce the Qi and Yang of the body. The Qi and Yang are, among other things,...

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Vegan Mung Dal with Vegetables for Ulcerative Colitis

Posted by on Feb 10, 2009

Here is a dish I gave to one of my patients Mark. M. a few years back who had a very successful outcome. Mark had been following drug therapy for about 6 months with limited improvement. We then followed a course of acupuncture/moxabustion for 9 months and herbal medicines for 1.5 years. Mark also entered counseling which he, and later his wife, continued for 2 years involving stress management and learning how better to deal with and express feelings healthfully. At the same time Mark continued his western drug therapy for the first 6 months of treatment. By the...

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Vegan Chick Pea Miso Soup or Its Seafoody Cousin

Posted by on Jan 20, 2009

Of the general food remedies for winter, nothing approaches soup. Soup is warming and makes vegetables and protiens delicious and digestible. At the same time pushing hot fluids in winter keeps mucus membranes and bronchial passages hydrated, while loosening phlegm . A favorite of mine is Miso Soup, which is made from a base called Miso Paste Good Miso paste is like fine wine. It is a fermented product with lots of health attributes that originated in Japan, the land of longevity, and is made from rice or other grains or beans to which a starter culture has been...

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