not a lot of potato salads and barbecue in a traditional Chinese diet. That does
not mean, however, that you cannot eat tasty, healthy foods during the summer
and maintain a proper nutritional balance. Enjoy these recipes while you are
relaxing in the sun.
Summer Herbal Cereal
In the summer we tend to drink a lot of cold liquids, which can cause
dampness. If the body cannot get rid of the dampness, a person may arthritis or
skin trouble or a lack of energy.
This cereal is good for preventing dampness. It also helps to lower blood
pressure in hot weather. The lotus seeds can give you some extra energy.
˝ cup lotus seeds (Semen Nelumbinis)
˝ cup Job’s tears seeds (Semen Coicis)
˝ cup mung beans
1 small yam, skinned and cut into cubes
Bring 7 cups of water to a boil in a large saucepan, add lotus seeds and
Job’s tears seeds, cover and remove from heat. Set aside for 30 minutes.
Bring the seeds and water to a boil again, turn the heat to low, cover and
simmer for one hour. Add mung means, cover and cook for another 30 minutes, then
add yam and cook until tender (about 20-20 minutes).
This cereal is not good for someone with diarrhea.
Broccoli is a cooling vegetable that is excellent for removing heat from the
1 small stalk broccoli
˝ small cauliflower
8 small mushrooms
˝ lb. Tofu cut into bite-size cubes
1 cup coconut milk or soybean milk *
1 medium red pepper cut into bite-sized squares
˝ cup pineapple juice (or use 1 ˝ cup
Cut broccoli and cauliflower into bite-sized flowers, discarding the broccoli
stems (These can be saved and used for soup stock.). Steam cauliflower for three
minutes and remove when tender. Steam broccoli, tofu and mushrooms together for
Place red pepper squares on the bottom of a 10-inch Pyrex dish and pour
steamed vegetables over them, removing the excess water from steaming.
In a saucepan, mix coconut milk with the arrowroot and cook over a low flame,
stirring constantly, until it thickens into gravy. Remove from heat and add the
pineapple juice. Pour over the vegetables and serve.
These recipes and much
more can be found in
Chinese Vegetarian Delights, by Lily Chuang.
An extraordinary collection of delectable vegetarian recipes based upon
principals of traditional Chinese nutrition. Rejoice in the absence of meat,
sugar and dairy products. Enjoy fresh, mild foods to cleanse the blood and aid
in healthy digestion.