Adzuki-Butternut Squash Curry

Last Updated on Thursday, 16 June 2011 08:30 Written by Flax Wednesday, 15 June 2011 01:35

This is a dish that I prepared with my Nutrition Workshop.  The focus of this dish is to strengthen the Kidneys and nourish our Jing

Ingredients:

  • Olive oil
  • 2 small leeks, chopped
  • 1″ ginger, grated
  • 3 cloves garlic, diced
  • 1/2 green chilli pepper
  • 4 dried shitake mushrooms
  • 1 cup adzuki beans
  • 1 butternut squash, chopped
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 1/2 bunch coriander, chopped
  • 1 tbsp arame (or any other type of seaweed)
  • curry powder
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 1/2 liters water

Heat the olive oil in a sauce pan.  Saute the leeks, ginger, garlic and spices.  Add the remaining ingredients and bring to a boil.  Simmer for one hour.

Serve hot on a bed of brown rice.

Serves 8.

Enjoy!

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Nutrition Workshop #4: Conserving Jing

Last Updated on Wednesday, 15 June 2011 01:51 Written by Flax Wednesday, 15 June 2011 01:09

Jing is a Chinese term which can best be translated as the amount of energy you were born with.  To live a long and healthy life, one must work at conserving ones jing.  Things that deplete ones jing and can potentially lead to disease and premature aging are:

  • Overwork and stress
  • Excess sexual activity (for men)
  • Childbearing (for women)
  • Toxins in the air, food, and water
  • Heavy metals in cookware
  • Excess sweet foods
  • Excess animal proteins

In order to balance our hectic and unhealthy lifestyles we must work on nourishing our jing and increase our intake of  “acquired jing”.  Acquired jing is the way that we preserve our natural jing and prevent its depletion.  While crazy schedules might not be the healthiest way to live, eating properly can do a little bit towards mitigating the damage inflicted by such a lifestyle.  Proper meals and proper chewing of food are also extremely important when discussing jing.  Eating the healthiest food in the world is not so healthy for you if you are gulping it down or eating it while driving your car.  Food should be consumed at the table and in a relaxed atmosphere.  It is also imperative to chew food properly.  Each bite of food should be chewed between 25-50 times.  Make sure to schedule thirty minutes in to your day for each meal.  Eating in a relaxed atmosphere and chewing food properly will give you a sense of satisfaction and fullness that will carry you for longer and help prevent the need for snacking.  Foods that nourish the jing include:

  • Seaweeds and algae
  • Fish
  • Nettle
  • Royal jelly/bee pollen
  • Beans; especially black beans, kidney beans, and adzuki beans
  • Whole grains

Herbs that help nourish the jing include:

  • Angelica sinesis
  • Horsetail
  • Burdock
  • Chicory
  • Chinese foxglove

Parasites and microbial infections are also conditions that affect our jing.  Often people suffer from candida and are not even aware of it.  Symptoms of candida may include chronic fatigue, mental sluggishness, vaginal and/or anal itching, bloating, digestive problems, bad breath, weak immune system, cravings for sweets and yeasted breads, and recurrent fungal infections.  Systematic candida is a condition in which the candida has escaped from the digestive tract, invaded the sexual organs, or at times even the entire body.  This can lead to the development of autoimmune diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, multiple sclerosis, and lupus.  The effects of the systematic poisoning of the system can also lead to more minor issues such as food or environmental allergies. 

Eliminating candida is not easy since one must eliminate all sugar/sweet foods from the diet as well as all yeast products.  The nature of the disease is such that these are exactly the foods that people with candida will crave.  It might help to say to yourself, “these foods are feeding my disease and not the real me”.  Herbal products can help to heal the candida as well.  These include:

  • Probiotics
  • Stevia
  • Aloe vera gel
  • Silver colloid

To see the recipe served with this class, click here.

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Quinoa and Adzuki Melange

Last Updated on Tuesday, 22 June 2010 02:58 Written by Flax Tuesday, 22 June 2010 02:58

All of you who are scared of not getting enough protein and calcium can relax while eating this dish. This dish has tons of both protein and calcium. This food also has the advantage of hAn added benefit is that is has a dark green leafy vegetable as well as an orange vegetable all in one dish. This whole food will provide you with your full RDA in one meal.

I like to make this dish in the hot summer months when you want you want simple, easy to prepare foods that cook quickly.
Ingredients:

1 cup adzuki beans, soaked overnight and cooked for one hour with a bayleaf (the bay leaf helps cut down on the gas)

1 onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, chopped
1 sweet potato, cubed
1 inch ginger, grated
1 leek, chopped
1 bunch mangold, chopped
2 cups quinoa, rinsed
4 cups water
1 tbsp olive oil
1/2 tsp turmeric
1/4 tsp cumin
salt, pepper
sprinkle of fresh thyme leaves and nigella for garnish

Heat olive oil in a 2 liter saucepan, fry the onion for one minute, add the garlic, ginger, leek and spices and fry for 2 minutes more. Add the mangold and sweet potato and fry for 1 more minute. Add the quinoa and the water and bring to a boil. Lower the flame and cook for 10-15 minutes until the water is absorbed by the quinoa.

Garnish with thyme and nigella and serve.

Serves 4-6.

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