Recipes for Wellness

Chinese medicine recipes for seasonal eating. Recipes for some of our favourite meals to serve to our friends and family. We love to build our meals using Chinese medicine principles and base them on seasonal fruits and vegetables. We love to use food as medicine and select foods for nutrition and taste.

Seasonal Foods

According to traditional Chinese medicine principles it is important to eat within the seasons. By eating seasonal food it is said that you align with the energy of the environment.  Each season correlates with an organ in Chinese medicine. A result of eating within the seasons is that you support the energy of the associated organ. Farmers markets are a great place to start to learn about the seasonal foods, you’ll find the freshest options for each season here; Summer, Autumn, Winter and Spring.


Seasonal Autumn foods

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Seasonal fruits and vegetables are the freshest, cheapest and tastiest! Autumn fruit apples, avocado, banana, berries – raspberry – strawberry, breadfruit, cumquat, custard apple, feijoa, figs, grapes, guava, kiwifruit, lemon, limes, mango, mandarin, mangosteen, melons, nashi, nectarine, nuts – almond – chestnut – hazelnut – pistachio – peanut – walnut, orange, papaya, passionfruit, peach, pears, persimmon,

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Autumn pumpkin & garlic soup

Autumn is the season of plentiful fresh local garlic and pumpkins, combining these ingredients with some of the prescribed spices and leafy herbs makes for a perfect season aligning recipe.

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Summer food therapy

Chinese medicine for Summer meals, top 5 tips 1. In the summer it is appropriate to eat spicy foods that move the energy up and to the surface as this encourages sweating and cooling, this is the reason why chilli laden foods are so popular in hot climates. 2. Don’t eat or drink too many cooling

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Seasonal Summer produce

Seasonal fruits and vegetables –  Summer fruit Apple, apricot, avocado,  banana, berries: (blackberry, blueberry, boysenberry, gooseberry, loganberry, mulberry, raspberry, strawberry), cherry, crabapple, black currant, red currant, fig, grapes, guava, kiwifruit, lemon, lime, lychee, mango, mangosteen, melon: (honeydew melon, rockmelon, watermelon), nectarine, orange, passionfruit, peach, plum, pineapples, prickly pear, rambutan,  starfruit, tamarillo, tomato. Summer vegetables Asparagus,

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Seasonal Spring produce

Here’s a list of some of the beautiful fruits and vegetables that are at their peak during Spring- what’s your favourite? Spring fruit avocado, banana, berries – strawberry, blueberries, grapefruit, kiwifruit, lemon, limes, mango, mandarin,  orange, passionfruit Spring vegetables artichokes, asparagus, broad beans, beetroot, broccoli, capsicum, carrots, cauliflower, chillies, cucumber, fennel  leek, lettuce, mushrooms, onion, parsley, parsnip,

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Spring food therapy

During spring, foods should be cooked lightly. Steaming and stir-frys are ideal cooking methods. Have plenty of cooked grains, legumes and vegetables. Avoid alcohol and rich, fatty, buttery or creamy foods as these can burden the liver, leading to imbalances such as spring fevers, allergies, moodiness and sluggishness. Include some small amounts of pungent foods

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Winter food therapy

Winter calls for warming foods, meals that have been cooked at low temperatures for a long time with the addition of heating spices. The foods most beneficial for winter are warm hearty soups, stocks, broths, whole grains and roasted nuts plus dried foods, small dark beans, seaweeds and steamed winter greens.  As always it is best

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Beetroot and ginger dip

Beetroot are available throughout the year but this dip is especially great in Winter because it combines beetroot with the warming properties of the spices ginger & cumin.

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Autumn slaw

Eating seasonally is such a pleasure, this is our tasty coleslaw recipe made with a couple of our Autumnal favourites, apples and zucchini. Keeping it raw, simple, nutritious and delicious.

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Summer breakfast

A quick, healthy and nutrient dense breakfast that can be adapted to your own health needs and taste preferences. This recipe is for one, just double the mix for two people. You can choose your own seasonal fruit as a topping.

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Gluten free zucchini pasta

Zucchini’s are cheap and plentiful in Autumn. This recipe is great for a quick lunch or dinner.

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Quinoa Tabbouleh

Tabbouleh is a great salad or side to have for dinner or lunch. This version uses quinoa in place of the traditional ingredient burgul which is cracked wheat . Quinoa is a seed, it is generally well tolerated by those with digestive issues. The combination of parsley and tomato is great to help boost iron

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Healthy chocolate crackle

These snack bites are a healthy version of a chocolate crackle. They are great for kids because they are refined sugar and nut free.

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Paleo muesli

This muesli is grain free and gluten free so is suitable for suffers of coeliac disease, those with a gluten intolerance and followers of the paleo diet principles. Serve it with seasonal fruit and dairy, nut milk or warm water (this swells the quinoa, softens the ingredients and aids digestion).

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Homemade sauerkraut

Sauerkraut is a great homemade vegie mix to have on hand for quick meals, pair it with some protein (it goes really well with grilled salmon) and dinner is done!  Not only does this taste delicious it is super good for you too. Fermented foods provide the gut with good bacteria, it’s a food probiotic, plus

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Coconut chocolate

If you love chocolate but are trying to give it up then this is the recipe for you. It is free of refined sugar and dairy and can be tailored to suit sugar free or paleo diets. You can modify this recipe by sprinkling nuts / shredded coconut or dried fruit into the moulds or

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Traditional muesli

It is so easy to make your own muesli and once you have the hang of it you can adapt the flavours and ingredients to suit you and your family. This recipe has no added sugar is low GI and high in essential fatty acids. You can serve muesli with milk but we prefer it with a

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Beef Pho soup

Beef Pho soup is a Vietnamese classic. It is a light fragrant and nutritious broth and is perfect for warming the body during winter. This recipe can be made over a few days for a really intense flavor. Serves 4-6

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