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Hot And Sour Chinese Salad

Hot And sour Chinese Salad

This flavorful salad combines peas, noodles, umeboshi and fresh onion for a very satisfying "hot and sour" taste.

  • 2  cups snow peas or early peas, cooked slightly
  • 4 cups noodles, cooked and drained and cut into 2-inch lengths


  • 1 green onion, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon umeboshi paste
  • 2-3 teaspons mustard
  • Juice of 1-2 lemons
  • Gently combine peas with noodles
  • Blend ingredients for dressing with a mortar and pestle or blender
  • Add dressing to noodle mixture
  • Mix lightly and serve before noodles become mushy.

Healing properties:

Cooling thermal nature.

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Lentils With Curry

Lentil Curry

Delicious concoction of lentils with curry and spices that is sure to please the palate.

  • 1 cup lentils, soaked
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon curry powder or 1/4 teaspoon each; coriander, cayenne, ginger, cinnamon, and turmeric
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • Cook lentils until soft.
  • Add salt and seasonings
  • Cover and cook 5-10 minutes.
  • Serve over rice.
  • Serves 4.

Healing Properties:

Lentils typically have a neutral thermal nature, mild flavor, diuretic, beneficial to the heart and circulation; stimulates the adrenal system; and increases the "vitality" of the kidneys. Turmeric(the chief ingredient in curry) is warming and bitter and has anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. It is important to note that in subjects with rheumatoid arthritis, dietary turmeric improved flexibility and reduced joint swelling.

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nori rolls

What Is Nori

Nori is an edible seaweed which is dried or toasted, and often sold in sheets. Nori has been consumed in Japan and China for centuries, and is an important part of Japanese cuisine especially. Most Western consumers are familiar with nori because it is used to wrap sushi, although the distinctive salty, slightly grassy flavor is also delicious eaten plain as well.  In Ireland, nori is called sloke; the Scottish call it laver.

Nori Rolls


  • 2 cups cooked rice, hot
  • 2 tablespoons rice or umeboshi vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon kelp powder
  • 4 sheets nori, toasted

  • ¼ cup grated cucumber
  • Dash soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sesame seeds, toasted
  • Mix up filling and set aside
  • Mix vinegar and kelp with rice
  • Place a sheet of nori on a small bamboo mat
  • Spread ½ rice over the sheet, leaving a 2-inch edge uncovered at the end of the sdheet
  • Arrange ¼ of filling in a line across the middle on the rice. Roll the nori in the mat.
  • Place roll with seam down to seal
  • Slice 1 inch thick



Use any grain or cooked vegetable combination. Mix umeboshi plum pulp or paste, or natto miso with the grain. Shrimp, crab and fish can also all be added to the nori rolls.

Healing Properties:

Very cooling thermal nature; sweet-and-salty flavor; increases yin fluids; diuretic; softens nodules; transforms and resolves heat-induced phlegm.

Nutritional Content:

Highest protein content(48% of dry weight) and most easily digested of the seaweeds; rich in vitamins A, B, and niacin.


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millet with vegetables

What Is Millet?

Millet is an ancient seed, originally cultivated in the dry climates of Africa and northern China. In time, millet spread throughout the world; the Romans and Gauls made porridge from it, and in the Middle Ages millet was more widely eaten than wheat. It is mentioned in the Old Testament as an ingredient for bread.

Today, millet continues to be a staple for a third of the world's population. Ground millet is used in flatbreads, porridges, beer, stews and many traditional dishes.

Millet is nutritious – providing fiber, iron, B vitamins, manganese, phosphorus, and magnesium – and highly alkaline, making it easily digestible and soothing to the stomach.

Millet With Onions, Carrots, Hijiki

  • 2 cups Millet, soaked
  • ½ onion, diced (optional)
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • ¼ cup Hijiki, soaked and cut
  • 6 cups water
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • Toasted sesame seeds
  • Layer vegetables on bottom of pot in order given
  • Add millet, water, and salt. Cover
  • Bring to a boil, Reduce heat to low.
  • Simmer 30 minutes or pressure cook 20 minutes.
  • Stir and serve sprinkled with sesame seeds
  • Serves 4.

References: Pitchford, Paul (2002). Healing With Whole Foods. Berkeley, California: North Atlantic Books.

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Bean Burgers

Use your favorite beans to create delicious bean burgers. Some examples of beans that can be used are: Aduki, Black Bean, Black-eyed peas, Fava, Garbanzo, Navy, Kidney , Lentil, Mung, and Lima beans.

Ingredients And Preparation: 

  • 2 cups cooked beans
  • 1 carrot, diced
  • ¼ onion, diced
  • 1 tablespoon herbs *coriander, cumin, sage, thyme, dill, basil, oregano can all be used.
  • ½ cup bread crumbs, whole-wheat flour, or cooked grain
  • Sea salt to taste 
  • Toasted nuts or seeds
  • Mash beans 
  • Mix ingredients together and form patties or small balls
  • Fry or bake at 350 until browned (approximately 30 minutes).
  • Top with lettuce, tomato, onion and slices of avocado.

The protein from beans can help regulate sugar, water, and other aspects of metabolism, as well as promote balanced sexual activity and proper growth of the body, including the brain.

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