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Home > Newsletters > February 2007 > Recipes for Winter

Recipes for Winter

Winter 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.

Cereal 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.

Sweet 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 brown rice
  • 10 pieces Chinese red dates (Fructus Zizyphi Sativae)
  •  2 tbsp. wolfberry fruits (Fructus Lycii)
  • 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 pharmacy.

Excerpts from Chinese Vegetarian Delights by Lily Chuang

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