I was eager for winter to come along, particularly after a long, warm autumn. I enjoy the prospect of unpacking my winter woolies, keeping warm, cosy and rested. Instead of raw foods my body intuitively starts to crave for warming breakfasts, hearty soups, meat casseroles, roasted vegetables and rich gooey (gluten, sugar free) deserts.
From a traditional Chinese perspective - there is an element, a season, an organ, that is most sensitive and an emotion that is associated with a specific time of year. Being in winter the emphasis is on strengthening and nourishing your Kidneys and Bladder. It's time to cook your meals longer over a lower heat, roasting your vegetables and baking your fish. I am not saying you can't have any raw foods. I love salads in winter so I tend to use kale, fennel, witlof, silverbeet, spinach, chicory, together with root vegetables or dark foods (which is heaven for your Kidneys) - black beans, adzuki beans, black sesame, dark miso.
Element - Water
Season - Winter
Organ - Kidneys and Bladder
Emotion - Fear
Foods and Flavour - Warming, Salty and Dark coloured foods
Fresh in Winter
Fruit apples, grapefruit, kiwi fruit, lemon, mandarin, orange, passionfruit, pear, quince, rhubarb, ruby grapefruit, avocado, lime
Vegetables bok choy, choy sum, beetroot, broccoli, brussel sprout, cabbage, carrot, cauliflower, celeriac, celery, chicory, fennel, garlic, ginger, jerusalem artichoke, kale, kohlrabi, leek, okra, olives, brown onion, parsnip, green pea, potato, pumpkin, silverbeet, spinach, sweet potato, turnip, witlof
Herbs and Spices ginger, coriander, dill, garlic, mint, oregano, parsley, rosemary
Seafood flathead, grey mackerel, organge roughy, atlantic salmon, snapper, king prawns, crab
It gives me so much pleasure to share winter recipes that warm your internal body, nourish, nurture and strengthen your kidneys and bladder, but ultimately help restore and maintain your Qi! All recipes are gluten and sugar free.
Prep: 15 mins Total Time