As practitioners of life cultivation, we like to eat foods in the form of soup or stew. Foods in these forms are easy to digest and absorb and that is good for older people like us.
We hereby offer some soup or stew that are easy to make and offer certain benefits to maintain our body health. We classify them into soup that is beneficial to our blood, soup that is beneficial to our stomach, soup that is beneficial to our kidneys, soup that is beneficial to our lungs, and soup that will calm our mind.
These soups tend to help to moisturize our body and skin. Thus it is especially beneficial for us to eat in Autumn and Winter when the air is dry.
01 Soup beneficial to blood
Peanut with lotus seed soup
A soup made of 100 grams of peanuts and 100 grams of white lotus seeds. Cook for thirty minutes. Season with white sugar. Serve as desserts. Reputed to invigorate blood and vital-energy.
Mung bean soup
A soup made of 150 grams of mung beans. Add dried tangerine peel if desired. Cook for thirty minutes. Season with sugar or salt, as desired. Serve as desserts. Reputed to cool down the blood, lower the body temperature and detoxify the body.
Chicken with tianqi stew
A stew made of one old hen and 15 grams of tianqi. Season with ginger, onion, salt, and shaoxing cooking wine. Cook for sixty minutes. Reputed to nourish vital-energy and blood, promote blood circulation and disperse blood stasis.
Pork Ribs with winter gourd stew
A stew made of 800 grams of pork ribs, 1000 grams of winter gourd, 25 grams of sea kelp, 50 grams of mung beans, 6 pieces of figs, and 3 bags of tea leaves. Cook for sixty minutes. Reputed to cool the blood and calm the pulse, and detoxify the body.
Mutton with angelica stew
A stew made of 800 grams of mutton, 25 grams of angelica, 20 grams of codonopsis, 20 grams of daylily, 20 grams of peppercorns, 2 grams of white pepper, 1 grams of star anise, 40 grams of dried tangerine peel, ginger, onion, shaoxing cooking wine, vinegar, and appropriate amount of salt. Cook for sixty minutes. Reputed to nourish blood and replenish vital-energy, dispel cold and relieve pain.
Lamb with black bean stew
A stew made of 300 grams of lamb stomach, 50 grams of black beans, 25 grams of beiqi, 25 grams of codonopsis pilosula, 25 grams of guiyuan (dried longan) , salt, and MSG. Cook for sixty minutes. Reputed to nourish blood, vital-energy, yin-energy, and consolidate the superficies.
Duck with red bean stew
A stew made of one old duck, 50 grams of dried squid, 100 grams of zucchini, 100 grams of red bean, 50 grams of ginkgo, 5 pieces of honey-dates, ginger, salt and MSG. Cook for sixty minutes. Reputed to nourish the blood, the yin-energy and the viscera.
Crucian carp with peanuts stew
A stew made of one crucian carp, 40 grams of peanuts, 25 grams of ladybells root (shaseng) , 25 grams of polygonatum japonica (yuzhu) , 5 pieces of red dates, ginger, salt, and MSG. Cook for sixty minutes. Reputed to nourish yin-energy and blood, and to decrease moisture in the body and strengthen diuresis.
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