Alternative, Integrative & Functional Medicine using food

Monsoon-Recipes

10

Jun

2015

Monsoon Recipes

1. Nishime (literally means waterless cooking)- have 2-3 times per week at any meal –


The mechanics of this style works like a steam energy in the body providing you with warm yang energy in the abdomen region. Vegetables cook in their own juices; also stabilizes blood sugar levels as it discharges yin foods like soft dairy [ice-cream, cheese].  As I mentioned earlier it works like an internal generator for energy, and gives you steady energy over time.


Ingredients


1 carrot cut into chunks


¼ cabbage cut into wedges


1 onion cut into wedges


¼ cup squash cut into wedges or cubed


Method


Layer vegetables one on top of each other and add ½ inch water


Cover pot and bring to a boil over medium flame until steam is formed


Lower flame and cook for 20 minutes


If water evaporates, you can add some more


When vegetables get tender add a few drops of soy sauce, ginger juice or any seasoning you like


Replace cover for 5 minutes


Remove from gas and let it sit for 5 minutes before serving


2. Pressed salad (have 2-3 times per/week) – this salad is highly recommended daily to keep the gut clean and free of bad bacteria. It is probiotic, and is great to incorporate during the monsoons to strengthen immunity. Also good source of B12.


Ingredients


Servings: 4


1/2 cup sliced cucumbers


½ cup sliced cabbage


½ cup red raddish (mooli)


¼ cup celery


¼ cup red onion


1 teaspoon salt


Tip:  Green apples when in season make this salad nice and tangy


Nothing like a nice warm chowder on a cold rainy day, here is a lovely fish chowder – warm and satisfying –


3. Baked Apple or Pears Stuffed with walnuts and mounaka raisins


Serves 4


Ingredients


2 apples or pears cored


¼ cup mounaka raisins


½ cup walnuts, chopped


¼ teaspoon cinnamon


1 teaspoon stevia powder


¼ cup apple juice


Method


Soak raisins in apple juice for up to 40 minutes


Mix the walnuts, mounaka, stevia and cinnamon


Stuff the core with this mix


Wrap each half in a foil


Put in a baking tray and cover ½ inch of baking pan with apple juice


Bake for 20 minutes


Variation: You can just bake apples or pears and add some cinnamon, and sprinkle with raisins and nuts


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