is the time of year when it's desirous and nutritious to consume foods
that are warming for the body. Many people come down with the flu or
cold and should eat something that will help expel the pathogen and
nourish the body.
for the Common Cold
It is a hot cereal that promotes sweating, thereby pushes out the cold
and the wind. Symptoms of wind-cold flu include chills, fever, headache,
body ache, stuffy or runny nose, sneezing and cough. This cereal must be
eaten hot to promote sweating. After eating, cover with a blanket and
rest. If the flu is of the wind-heat type that includes high fever (no
chills), do not eat this cereal. After recovering from the flu, itís
advisable to discontinue eating this cereal.
- Ĺ cup sweet rice or brown rice
- 1 tbsp. grated ginger
- 5 stalks green onion with
roots, finely chopped
- 1 tbsp. rice vinegar
In a saucepan, add rice and 4 cups water
and ginger; simmer for 1 hour. Add green onion and simmer for another 30
minutes. When rice gets soft, turn off the heat and add the vinegar. Be
sure to put the vinegar in last and not cook it for very long. Serve
hot. You may season with a pinch of salt.
Red Herbs Cereal
This cereal is good for rainy, foggy days, damp environments and the
wintertime, or when you desire a sweet cereal. Wolfberry fruit is good
for the eyes and builds blood. This is not good for hot summer days.
- 1/3 cup dried chestnuts
- 1 cup brown sweet rice or
- 10 pieces Chinese red dates (Fructus
- 2 tbsp. wolfberry fruits (Fructus
- 1/3 cup azuki beans (Semen Phaseoli)
Clean the ingredients well and soak in 5
cups of water overnight or in hot water for several hours. Steam in a
non-metallic container over a low flame until chestnuts become tender
(about 2 hours). It can also be cooked in a slow cooker.
These ingredients can be found in a Chinese grocery store or Chinese
Chinese Vegetarian Delights by Lily Chuang