- Brussel Sprouts
Saturday, December 29, 2012
Some of the most important vegetables to add into our regular diet are:
When eaten on a regular basis and in sufficient quantity, it can be difficult to have certain cancers in our digestive system. These incredible veggies just keep our system too clean and detoxified, and also very importantly help to cleanse our blood.
From a Chinese medicine point of view, our blood is a highly spiritual aspect of our physical body. It is the substance ruled by our Heart – the special place that “houses our Spirit”. I like to think of it as the messenger that carries divine insight to every cell of our entire being.
When our blood is abundant and pure it is very easy for us to experience deep happiness and joy, regular belly laughter, and an intense satisfaction and wonder with life.
When our blood is deficient or impure we can find ourselves overly tired, stressed out, agitated, and restless. It’s very difficult to feel happy and full of life in this state. Going even further, too many toxicities in the blood can engender states of cruelty, violence, and extreme acts of hate.
Here’s a very easy cabbage recipe I’d like to share. (I’ll add a picture next time I make it). I like to use the Juniper Berries because they go great with cabbage, and they help to heal our hearts. The medicinal mushrooms are included because they have an amazing effect on our blood, immune system, AND they are delicious. Enjoy!
1 head green cabbage, sliced into thin strips
1 Maitake mushroom, or 8 shiitake mushrooms (reconstituted if dried), chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 Tbsp olive oil
1-2 Tbsp Soy Sauce
1 Tbsp freshly ground juniper berries
hot pepper to taste (optional)
2 cups cooked whole grain spaghetti noodles (break the noodles into 2-3 inch pieces before cooking)
In a frying pan (cast iron works great), heat the olive oil and when hot sauté the cabbage, mushrooms, and garlic. When almost done (about 10 minutes) add the spaghetti noodles, stir, then add the soy sauce and sauté about 2 minutes longer. Turn off the heat and add the juniper berries and hot pepper.
Use this as an alternative to regular spaghetti and top with your favorite sauce, meatballs, or other veggies.