The recipes on The Way are intended as an East meets West look at food and its relationship to health and nutrition. Food is powerful, and every bite can either greatly benefit your system or effectively work against it. In Traditional Chinese Medicine, nutrition is tremendously healing in nature and remarkably adaptable to individual needs. Based on 3,000 years of study, TCM seeks to treat the whole person rather than just the symptom to support and strengthen your body and your energy, or Qi.
Summer is a yang season filled with expansion, growth and creativity, food preparation should incorporate cooling foods such as lettuce, apple and lemon to help maintain a healthy balance. https://mydaolabs.com/blogs/the-way/let-food-be-thy-medicine
Apples are high in fiber and various antioxidants, they also contain good amounts of C and B complex vitamins. Eat the skin or you’ll miss out on the phytonutrients and polyphenols. Endive delivers potassium, fiber, vitamins B, C and K as well as calcium. Lemon juice is rich in vitamin C and antioxidants and offers many incredible health benefits ranging from aiding digestion and detoxification to rejuvenating your skin and body.
Apples are a yin and Qi tonic that promote vital energy and help dispel toxins. Endive, in addition to it’s cooling temperature, will help to counteract heat. Lemons will promote blood and Qi circulation as well as resolve phlegm.
A cheese from Spain that I love is Manchego which is made from sheep’s milk, however sheep’s milk is considered to be warming, so to better align with cooling I went with the Mahon which is similar in flavor and texture but is made from cow’s milk and cow’s milk is neutral in temperature. This is a good example of how you can easily adapt your recipe to your constitution simply by making a substitution here and there.
Chinese medicine benefit
|Apple||Cooling, Yin Tonic, Counteracts Heat, Removes Toxins|
|Spanish Mahon Cheese (Cows Milk)||Neutral Temp, Yin and Qi Tonic|
|Belgian Endive||Cooling, Counteracts Heat and Damp Heat|
|Lemon||Cooling, Counteracts Heat, Promotes Qi Circulation|
|Olive Oil||Neutral Temp|
|Salt||Cooling, Counteracts Heat, Removes Toxins|
Two Apples and Endive with Spanish Mahon for Cooling
Prep Time / Cook Time
10 minutes / 0 minutes
1-2 Apples each, Granny Smith and Pink Lady
6 Ounces Spanish Mahon or Similar Cheese
1-2 each Belgian Endive
2-3 Ounces Virgin Olive Oil
Juice of 1-2 lemons
Salt in flake style to taste
Cut the Apples (skin on) on a mandolin if you have one otherwise you can hand cut into a matchstick style somewhere around 1/8-1/4 inch sides and 2 inch lengths or a bit longer. Hand cut the Mahon into similar matchstick shapes and the same for the endive. Toss apple, endive and cheese with the lemon juice and olive oil and lightly season with flake style salt as available.