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.
The human body has an impressive defense mechanism known as the immune system. Your lifestyle can affect how well your immune system can protect you from bacteria, injuries, poor diet, overwork, lack of exercise and sleep, and even emotions and social habits.
In Chinese theory your immune system is called your Wei qi. It needs to be supplied with air, water, exercise, and nutritious food to ensure that external forces do not cause illnesses or impair the body’s ability to heal itself.
While we pay more attention to the health of our immune system during the winter — cold and flu season, anyone? — it’s vital that it’s given attention continually, as we’re susceptible to viruses and infections year round.
Good nutrition is essential to a strong immune system. You can help protect yourself against illness and boost your immunity by including foods that are filled with nutrient-rich energy in your diet.
Quinoa is one of the world’s most popular health foods - gluten free, it contains all nine essential amino acids and is packed with protein. Shiitake mushrooms support the spleen and strengthen your qi. Mushrooms are a good source of germanium, an element that improves cellular oxygenation and enhances immunity. The silky smooth bell pepper vinaigrette brings balance to the dish and when paired with the quinoa, leeks, and goat cheese, you’ve got an immunity strengthening crowd pleaser on your hands!
Chinese Medicine Benefit:
Strengthens Yang and Qi
Strengthens Qi and Spleen
Promotes Qi circulation, Counteracts cold
Strengthens lung and spleen, promotes Qi circulation, removes toxins
Strengthens spleen, tonifies Qi
|Roasted red peppers||
|Strengthens lung, Promotes Qi circulation|
|Red wine vinegar||Promotes Qi circulation, counteracts cold, removes toxins|
Quinoa with Roasted Leeks, Shiitakes, Goat Cheese and a Roasted Red Pepper Vinaigrette
Prep Time / Cook Time
15 minutes / 30 minutes
1 C quinoa
1 1/2 C shiitake mushroom
1 1/2 C leeks
2 cloves garlic
1/2 C goat cheese
1 ½ - 2 C chicken stock
Salt and pepper to taste
Ingredients (roasted red pepper vinaigrette)
2-3 roasted red peppers
1-2 cloves garlic
1 T dijon mustard
¼-½ C red wine vinegar depending on acidity level you like
½-¾ C canola oil
Salt and pepper to taste
Rinse quinoa and simmer with chicken stock until stock is absorbed, season with salt and pepper
Roast shiitakes and leeks with a bit of olive oil, salt and pepper.
Add minced garlic 75% through the roasting process, stir a bit and continue roasting being careful not to burn the garlic.
Roasted red pepper vinaigrette - blend peppers, garlic, mustard, S&P and vinegar until smooth then slowly add the oil while the blender is running.