Chinese Medicine Related Recipes

Chinese tea can be a very enjoyable drink in all seasons, but also have some medicinal properties as well. Drinking tea is more than throwing any teabag into boiled water and drinking it.


Stop Inflammation Tea

This is a variation of a great tea from Malaysia. It is particularly useful for anyone with acute or chronic inflammation in their body.
1. Buy fresh turmeric and cut a piece that is about 1.5 inches long and peel it.
2. Mash the turmeric and put in a small pot.
3. Add about 2-3 cups of coconut milk.
4. Add about 1 tbs. of green or black tea.
5. Sweeten to your taste with honey or cane sugar - less is better.
6. Simmer the mixture for about 5 minutes.
7. Strain the tea and drink it.
It may not sound great but this is actually a lovely tea and very helpful for inflammation.

For a modern twist on this you can follow this version:
1. Buy fresh turmeric and cut a piece that is about 1.5 inches long and peel it.
2. Mash the turmeric and put in a small pot.
3. Add about 2-3 cups of coconut milk that has been blended with MCT oil (medium chain triglycerides) in a blender for about 10-15 seconds.
4. Add about 1 tbs. of green or black tea.
5. Sweeten to your taste with honey or cane sugar - less is better.
6. Simmer the mixture for about 5 minutes.
7. Strain the tea and drink it.
The addition of MCT oil will make the mixture more frothy and creamy in texture. In addition it will add a stronger anti-inflammatory nature to the tea.


Butternnut Squash Immune builder

Below is a recipe to bring your body to balance in autumn. These foods will strengthen your immune system as your body becomes more susceptible to illness with the changing weather.

Butternut Squash Soup

1 large butternut squash 1 medium onion 2 cloves of garlic 1 stalk of celery boiled chicken meat salt, pepper, cinnamon, nutmeg

If you have a blender, blend the squash until smooth for a puree-style soup. If not, you can chop up the squash instead.

Begin by chopping up all ingredients and boiling the squash in a large pot. After the squash is mostly cooked, add the vegetables and chicken to the pot. Simmer the soup for a few minutes. When the soup is done, add spices as desired.

Butternut squash soup is not too difficult to make and contains nutrients like vitamin A to help protect your body from the upcoming flu and cold season.

Sources: http://www.chinahighlights.com/travelguide/chinese-food/medicinal-cuisine.htm More to follow!!