Autumn and winter are seasons when we often catch colds (or flu or Covid19). In addition, those who suffer from seasonal allergies accumulate a hefty amount of phlegm that may result in a productive cough, sputum or just a runny nose, especially in the mornings. For many of my patients I recommend a salad that is more "warming" and "invigorating", but they usually have no idea what I mean. Here's an example (and more explanations below). An easy to make salad that is very white, the color associated with the lungs and won't take you more than 15 minutes to prepare.
What's in it?
Those of you who have tried my recipes, know that I'm less in favor of accurate science and more in letting each one determine the amount of ingredients you like. Love Kohlrabi? Add a few more. Want some more Radish? Go for it. The combination of these vegetables in any ratio will be both delicious and effective.
1 white cabbage (or 1/2 if extra large)
3 tablespoons black sesame
3 tablespoons pumpkin seeds
A handful of black raisins or no-added-sugar cranberries
Sauce: olive oil, one tangerine juice, a tablespoon of mustard, one crushed garlic, a teaspoon of Mirin, salt & pepper
How to make it?
Cut the cabbage, kohlrabi and radish in different shapes - matches-like, diced, chopped - as long as it's interesting :)
Toast in a pan for about 5 minutes (with no oil please) the black sesame seeds, pumpkin seeds and a handful of raisins or cranberries
Pour the roasted mix over the rest of the salad ingredients
For the sauce, mix the olive oil, tangerine juice (fresh please, this is the season!), mustard, garlic, Mirin, S & P and pour over the salad. Stir and enjoy!
Kohlrabi, radish, mustard, garlic are all aromatic or spicy and are light/white in color - therefore great for creating a healthy movement in the lungs, drying phlegm and resolving it. The cabbage is neutral in flavour and excellent for the stomach and intestines (the "partner" of the lungs in the Metal phase). Pumpkin seeds are also excellent in removing dampness and against parasites. Sesame, tangerine and raisins are sweet and nutritious.
Enjoy & Share.
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