The Way


Kabocha Squash Soup For Immunity with Granny Smith Apple, Star Anise and Orange

By Travis Metzger /

Kabocha Squash Soup For Immunity with Granny Smith Apple, Star Anise and Orange

DAO Labs Immunity Support incorporates a classic Traditional Chinese Formula known as Jade Windscreen which includes the Chinese herbs bai zhu (atractylodes) which supports Qi, dries dampness and supports the spleen. Fang feng (siler root) is warming and supports the liver and spleen. As well as huang qi (astragalus) which supports Qi is warming and supports the spleen, lung and yang.

On the food side of things, warming foods that support yang and warm cooking methods such as roasting are preferred.

Roasted kabocha squash is the ultimate emblem of fall and is a go-to ingredient for a comforting soup. Butternut squash is a good substitute.  Winter squash helps to resolve phlegm, strengthens Qi and routes through the spleen making it a perfect Immunity Support ingredient. The apples bring a nice cooling to the warming onions which gives us that yin and yang balance. Star anise and cider vinegar are great warming ingredients and the orange zest accents the Qi.


  • 1 cup kabocha squash, roasted
  • ½ cup granny smith apple, chopped
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • ⅓ cup onion, chopped
  • ¼ teaspoon star anise
  • ½ teaspoon orange zest
  • ½ cup almond milk
  • 1-2 tablespoons cider vinegar

Serving size

  • Serves 4-5

Cut squash in half, scoop out seeds, lightly oil entire squash and roast squash cut side down at 400° until soft and caramelized.

Saute diced onion until translucent then add roasted squash, diced apple, stock, anise, zest, salt and pepper.  Simmer until soft and puree in blender or use an immersion blender.  Add almond milk, cider vinegar and adjust seasoning to taste.  Garnish with a bit of orange zest.

Ingredients Chinese Medicine Benefits
Kabocha Squash Warming Qi tonic, strengthens the spleen
Apple Supports the spleen and cooling for balance
Chicken Stock Fortifies Qi
Onion Warming
Star Anise Promotes Qi
Orange Zest Transforms mucus
Almond Milk Warming & relieves stagnant Qi
Cider Vinegar Warming & detoxifying

Travis Metzger is a Minneapolis-based chef and co-founder of DAO Labs. An avid health enthusiast, he’s juiced and eaten his way to health, combining his passion for fresh ingredients with flavors that make the palate sing. He combines his training at the New England Culinary Institute with his frequent travels to and throughout Asia to create recipes for The Way and DAO Labs that bridge the culinary aspects of Traditional Chinese Medicine to the western diet and ingredient options. Travis can be reached at

Older Post Newer Post

Leave a comment

Please note, comments must be approved before they are published

Back to top