Coconut Black Rice Pudding

This coconut black rice pudding makes a delightful and healthy breakfast, snack, or dessert.  It’s dairy-free, gluten-free, and processed sugar-free, too.

Black rice is indigenous to Southern Asia and an excellent source of iron, vitamin E, fiber, and flavonoid antioxidants called anthocyanins.  In Chinese medicine, it’s considered a good blood tonifier.  Black rice has been consumed for centuries in China.  In fact, because of its rich nutritional value, legend has it that it was reserved solely for the emperors’ consumption.  As a result, it was granted the names “emperor’s rice” and “forbidden rice.”

Enjoy this simple pudding warm or cold.  As always, feel free to be creative in the kitchen!

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Blueberry Barley Muffins

I first fell in love with barley flour in 2005 when my mother and I visited Ladakh, a north Indian state nestled between the Kunlun mountain range and the main Great Himalayas.  During our week-long stay, we were fortunate to meet a very kind taxi driver named Dorje.  On our final day, Dorje brought us to the small village where he and his family lived.  It was late September, which meant it was time to prepare for the long, harsh winter ahead.  Dorje’s family was busy harvesting the region’s staple crop – an ancient form of domesticated barley which is used to make tsampa, or roasted barley flour. 

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Chinese Tea Eggs

A few months ago, our shiatsu therapist Suzy made some Chinese tea eggs for us to try.  We immediately fell in love with this savory dish and wanted to share the recipe with you.

Tea eggs are a traditional snack in many parts of China.  The ingredients are very simple: tea leaves, soy sauce or tamari, star anise, salt, and a touch of sugar.  In cities like Shanghai or Beijing, you can find delicious tea eggs being served up by street vendors.  It’s also common for parents to boil some up as a nourishing after school snack.  Whenever Wei makes tea eggs, the unique and wonderful aroma of the tea leaves and spices simmering on the stove top transports her back to her childhood in Shanghai.

Enjoy these eggs anytime of day!  Plus, if you’re looking for a unique appetizer, this dish might be your answer.

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Ramps Pesto

Last spring, I fell in love with a ramps pesto thin crust pizza being served up at Fat Cat Pie Co. in Norwalk, CT.  Fat Cat’s owner Mark Ancona kindly shared the pesto recipe with me: simply blend together ramps, olive oil, salt, and pepper.  Eagerly, I went home and made some with my favorite Himalayan pink salt and organic olive oil.  It was so simple and delicious!

I was reminded of it the other day when Sophie, who edits this blog, told me about wild ramps she’s been sustainably harvesting near her home.  Ramps, also referred to as wild leeks, wood leeks, and spring onions, are perennial wild onions native to North America.  Ramps truly are a delicacy

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Banana-Cranberry Quinoa Muffins (Gluten-free!)

A few weeks ago, I was fortunate to do a Qi Gong energy work session with Wei here at Arogya.  Afterwards, we had a conversation about good energy-boosting foods.  Wei mentioned that in Chinese medicine most naturally red colored, plant-based foods are thought to nourish the blood and support optimum circulation and immunity.  Such foods include

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Vegan Cashew “Goat Cheese”

Though I’m an omnivore, I enjoy finding creative ways to reduce my dairy intake.  I especially love solutions that help me confront my true milk-product soft spot for CHEESE.  This vegan cashew “goat cheese” does just that.  Plus, it’s very easy to make.  All it requires is a bit of wait time to let the nuts soak and the “cheese” set.

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Wholesome Adzuki Beans!

Looking for a protein rich, vegetarian food that makes an excellent snack, breakfast, or addition to any meal?

Adzuki beans fit the bill!

These small beans have nourished man and womankind for thousands of years. 

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Tea-Infused Chia Seed Pudding

Looking for a light, healthy, and not too sweet spring snack?  Try making this tea-infused chia seed pudding!  Not only is it very low in fat and calories, but its loaded with nutrients and very filling as well.

What exactly are chia seeds?

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