Sweet Potato Muffins

Lemon Chicken Picatta

Whole Grain Waffles

Pink Loganberry Popsicles

Mustard Glazed Chicken

Mirin Glazed Salmon

Buttermilk Roast Chicken

Sesame Peanut Noodles

Spring Nettles Tea Recipe

Chicken Cutlets with Mushrooms and Pearl Onions

This is one of my favorite go-to weeknight dinners in the fall/winter months.  It is quick, easy and full of flavor. The combination of the mushrooms, onions, chicken and buttery finish remind me of eating a fine French meal.  

Chinese Medicine Nutrition Energetics

  • Chicken is warm and sweet, nourishing qi and blood.  
  • Onions are warm, acrid and bitter, expelling cold and moving qi. 
  • Mushrooms are cool and sweet, nourishing blood and draining/transforming dampness. 

Anytime we eat dense, nourishing foods like proteins (or fatty, dairy-rich meals), it should be balanced with foods that move the qi as well.  Our protein rich, heavy meals are difficult for the stomach to digest. The onion and mushroom in this recipe help to balance the heaviness of the chicken and support the stomach in digestion.  

Chicken Cutlets with Mushrooms and Pearl Onions

Chocolate Chia Pudding

If you are not familiar with chia seeds, they are tiny black seeds from the plant Salvia Hispanica. “Chia” is the Mayan word for “strength,” and it is not surprising why. Nutritiously speaking, they pack a powerful punch. They are loaded with protein, omega-3 fatty acids, fiber, calcium, magnesium, phosphorous and potassium. They also contain compounds that boost the immune system, support bone health and improve hair, skin and nails. Chia seeds are anti-inflammatory as well.

Another bonus is they contain binders that make them ideal for creating a healthy and delicious pudding!

Chinese Medicine Nutrition Energetics

Nuts and seeds build Qi and strengthen the body.  In modern nutrition speak, they are high in trace minerals, which help to control blood sugars (regulating Qi), and high in proteins that strengthen the body. In addition, they generally moisten and warm the body with healthy fat content. They are dense, and a little goes a long way.  

Coconut milk is sweet to the taste and enters the spleen, stomach and large intestine channels. It promotes urination, thus helping resolve issues like edema. Like nuts and seeds, coconut milk is also moistening.  

This dessert is great for dry Colorado weather. Nuts and seeds are good for those who are weak, thin and frail, and should be used sparingly with those who have excess dampness, weight, phlegm or yeast.  Too many nuts can also scatter the energy making a person feel ungrounded or unfocused.

Chocolate Chia Pudding

Slow-Cooker Oatmeal with Apples and Ginger

slow-cooker oatmeal

Feeling dried out? Start your day with a steaming bowl of sweet, hearty oatmeal. It's great for cold, dry winter mornings. Not to mention, oats strengthen the Qi of the spleen/stomach network and strengthen the immune system. Ginger harmonizes the stomach and warms the middle. Apples generate fluids. So it'll warm you up, hydrate you and help you fight flu season.

Slow-Cooker Oatmeal With Apples And Ginger

Gluten Free Mac and Cheese

Comfort food is wonderful during the colder months.  

And what better comfort food is there beside macaroni and cheese?

When I went gluten and cow dairy free, this is the food I missed most.

Not only does this recipe taste good, it is wholesome without preservatives or powdered milk (yuck). My son's friends ask for it whenever they eat at our house.  


Gluten Free Mac and Cheese

Mint, Ginger and Tangerine Tisane

Tisane is an herbal tea, consumed especially for its medicinal properties.

This tea is good for anyone with stomach upset.  

Chinese Medicine Energetics:

Calms the stomach, and eliminates food stagnation.  

Meditative Mint, Ginger, And Tangerine Tisane

Polenta with Italian Sausages