Warming Herbal Tea

Does winter chill you to the bone? Warm yourself with ginger and cinnamon,
or make a Chai (instructions in packet available at Freedom Chinese Medicine)

Ginger and cinnamon are very warming. They can be added (in small portions) to slow cooked stews, soups and broths.  According to Chinese medicine, fresh ginger brings the body’s heat to the
skin’s surface. It invigorates the immune system and helps us feel protected from the winter’s chill. Dried ginger produces a much stronger, more intense
heat. Cinnamon warms from within, and is especially helpful for people who suffer from pain in the lower back and cold arms and legs during winter.

Winter Warming Tea packets & recipe available in store at Freedom Chinese Medicine for $11.50.

Contact us on 9486 5966 if you’d like us to put some aside for you.

Goji & Chrysanthemum tea

Light and golden taste, the Goji & Chrysanthemum tea is served as a fragrant
herbal tea. It is traditionally taken in Chinese homes to soothe hot or dry eyes.

This tea is now available at Freedom Chinese Medicine for $13.

Contact us on 9486 5966 if you’d like us to put some aside for you.

Cough Relief Tea

Luo Han Guo (Monk fruit, siraitia grosvenorii) is commonly used in south Chinese homes. It is a sweet fruit that has properties to soothe coughing, reduce lung inflammation and dissolve phlegm. It features heavily in natural Chinese cough syrups – due to these abilities and also it’s lovely taste. Recently it has also been used as a natural, low-calorie sweetener.

Cough Relief Tea ingredients & recipe available in store at Freedom Chinese Medicine for $11.40.

Contact on 9486 5966 if you’d like us to put some aside for you.

Energy Boosting Tea

This tea (available at Freedom Chinese Medicine) benefits the immune system, digestion, metabolism and increases energy levels.

Ingredients:

Dang Shen (Codonopsis) used in Chinese Medicine to boost Qi, improves metabolism, decreases fatigue, strengthens and regulates the digestive system.

Huang Qi (Astragalus) used in Chinese Medicine to increase energy levels
and improve the immune system. Huang Qi very significantly improves energy
levels and assists the digestion and respiratory system.

Hong Zao (Chinese Red Dates, Jujube) commonly used in Chinese cooking to add a subtle sweetness in savory dishes. These dates are used to tonify Qi, improve Blood quality, and calm the spirit.

Gan Cao (licorice root) used in Chinese Medicine and cooking to promote qi
levels and harmonise the digestive system.

Energy Boosting Tea packets & recipe available in store at Freedom Chinese Medicine.

 

Winter Moisturising Tea

This tea helps soothe a sore dry throat and reduce lung inflammation during winter.

Traditionally, seasonal teas are prepared as a response to the change in seasons. They make take a little longer to prepare than a regular tea, but contain ingredients that allow our bodies to adjust to the changing environment around us.

The Winter Moisturising Tea is available at Freedom Chinese Medicine and contains:

● Xue Er (snow fungus) – contains iron, Vitamin C, calcium, phosphorous. Contains immune stimulants to fight chronic infections, promotes anti-tumor activities, protects the liver and decreases inflammation. Xue Er is traditionally used in Chinese Medicine to hydrate and nourish the lungs, ease dry cough and decrease inflammation (heat) in the lungs.

● Nan Xing Ren (Southern apricot kernels) – is used in Chinese Medicine to stop cough and calm wheezing. It reduces sore throats and can also assist in regulating bowel movements. Research has shown that Nan Xing Ren can inhibit the respiratory centre to stop cough and calm wheezing. It reduces the level of blood triglycerides, reduces inflammation and pain and contains anti-tumor properties. Nan Xing Ren is non-toxic when properly prepared.

● Bai He (Lily Bulb) – is used in Chinese Medicine to stop cough, hydrate the respiratory and digestive systems, reduce lung inflammation and calm the spirit. Research has shown that Bai He contains small amounts of calcium,
phosphorus and iron. They also contain Vitamins B1, B2 and C.

● Chen Pi (Tangerine peel) is used in Chinese Medicine to assist the digestive system. It also stops cough and dissolves phlegm. Research suggests that Chen Pi has mild properties, as an expectorant, antiemetic, anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory.

● Hong Zao (Chinese Red Dates, Jujube) commonly used in Chinese cooking to add a subtle sweetness in savoury dishes. These dates are used to tonify Qi, improve Blood quality, and calm the spirit.

Ingredients (in packets sold at Freedom Chinese Medicine for $14):
Xue Er (snow fungus) – 2 pieces
Nan Xing Ren (apricot kernels) – 20gm
Hong Zao (Chinese red dates) – 3 pieces
Bai He (lily bulbs) – 20gm
Chen Pi (tangerine peel) – 1 piece

Ingredients (add at home):
1x pear (preferably nashi pear) cut into pieces, core removed and
skin on
1L of water
Sugar or Stevia to taste

Method:

1. Soak the dried snow fungus in warm water until it is
completely covered. Let it sit for about 15 minutes until it has
become soft and large. Using a pair of scissors, cut it quarters
while removing the hard yellow middle.

2. In a separate bowl, soak in warm water the dried tangerine
peel for 5 minutes.

3. Once the tangerine peel softens, using the face of a knife,
scrape off the darker side of the peel (this is the bitter part)
just slightly.

4. Start to boil your tea water

5. When the water boils, add all the dried snow pear, apricot
kernels, tangerine peel, dried dates, dried lily bulbs together.

6. Boil on medium heat for 1 hour.

7. Serve and enjoy! Ideal to drink hot in the winter time!

Winter Chinese Chicken Soup

Used to support the body for cold winter weather. It warms digestion and boosts the
immune system. Chicken soup is very nutritious, easy to prepare and easy on the
digestive system. It’s a great meal to dig into on a cold winter’s evening.


A packetful of herbs (available in store) is added to the simple recipe to boost nutrition value:

● Dang Shen (Codonopsis) used in Chinese Medicine to boost Qi, improves metabolism, decreases fatigue, strengthens and regulates the digestive system

● Shan Yao (Chinese Yam) used in Chinese Medicine to strengthen the digestive system, hydrate the digestive and respiratory systems

● Hong Zao (Chinese Red Dates, Jujube) commonly used in Chinese cooking to add a subtle sweetness in savoury dishes. These dates are used to tonify
Qi, improve Blood quality, and calm the spirit.

● Gou Qi Zi (Goji berries) is high in antioxidants and Vitamin C. Gou Qi Zi is traditionally used in Chinese cooking and medicine to nourish and hydrate.
Ingredients (in packet):
Dang Shen – 2 sticks
Shan Yao – 5 pieces
Hong Zao – 6 pieces
Gou Qi ZI – small handful

Ingredients (add at home):

1 Fresh large chicken (preferably organic)
10cm chunk of fresh ginger
1 clove of garlic
1 good pinch of salt
2 large carrots, sliced
2L of water

Method:
1. Rinse and soak all the herbs
2. Add all herbs (except Goji berries) into a large pot of cold water and bring to
the boil
3. Quarter the chicken and give the pieces a good rinse
4. When the water boils reduce to low heat and add all the ingredients
5. Cook with the lid on (slightly ajar) for 45 minutes
6. Skim off excess fats and scum before serving

Notes:
● Traditionally served on the bone, but meat can be removed and shredded beforehand
● Feel free to add veg/barley/pasta to suit yourself (at Step 4)
● Traditionally, the scum that floats to the top is scooped off every 15-20 minutes – leaving a clear broth without impurities. If this is inconvenient, make sure you use your hands to give the chicken pieces a thorough rinse before cooking. Remove all internal organs and excess fat deposits.

 

Herb packets with recipe are available at Freedom Chinese Medicine for $10.50. Contact us on 9486 5966 to put one aside for you.

 

Healthy Apricot Chicken

A simple slow cooker apricot chicken that has big fresh flavors and an intoxicating aroma – your house will smell amazing!

Preparation 15 minutes
Serves 4-6 servings

Ingredients

  • teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
  • lbs. boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • Zest and juice of 1 lemon
  • tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • garlic cloves, minced
  • teaspoon dried thyme
  • cup sliced onion
  • cup dried apricots, halved if desired

Instructions

  1. Heat olive oil over medium-high heat in a large saute pan.
  2. Season chicken thighs with salt and pepper. Add to pan and cook for 5-6 minutes, until browned, turning once.
  3. Combine chicken broth, lemon zest and juice, mustard, garlic and thyme in slow cooker and whisk to combine. (Or you can stir it all together in a small bowl and add to your slow cooker.)
  4. Add onions, apricots and seared chicken thighs to the slow cooker.
  5. Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours or high for 3-4 hours.
  6. Serve chicken thighs and plenty of sauce over brown rice or whole wheat couscous.

 

Slow-cooked Chicken Casserole

It’s a great time to use your slow cooker or crock pot. Here is an easy, tasty & healthy slow-cooker recipe. I’ve made this 2 weeks in a row, I just improvised with the vegies & flavours so they were different enough!

Serves 5-6

Ingredients:

1.5 kg chicken pieces

2 carrots, sliced

2 onions, sliced

2 stalks celery, sliced

salt & pepper to taste

1/2 cup chicken broth or white wine

3/4 teaspoon basil or oregano

Method:

Place half the carrots, onion and celery in the bottom of the slow cooker. Add the chicken, salt, pepper, liquid and remaining vegetables. Sprinkle with herbs. Cover and cook on (Auto) for 6-7 hours.

 

Pumpkin & Sage Soup

This simple pumpkin & sage soup recipe is rich in beta-carotene, and is strengthening for the spleen. If you are not a fan of sage, use thyme or resemary instead. Leave some chunks in the soup when pureeing for more body and feel free to add some dark leafy greens for added vitamins and minerals.

Prep time: 10 mins

Cook Time: 30 mins

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 large carrot, chopped
  • 1 stalk celery, chopped
  • 1 large shallot, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh sage
  • 1 sweet potato, peeled and cut in 1″ chunks
  • 1 medium butternut pumpkin, peeled, seeded and chopped in 1″ chunks
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 8 cups vegetable stock or water
  • sea salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

To serve:

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • sage leaves

 

Method

Heat olive oil in a soup pot over medium flame. Add onions, carrot, celery, shallot and age, and cook 5 minutes, until onions are translucent.

Add sweet potato and pumpkin, and cook 5 more minutes, stirring occasionally. Add bay leaf and stock, bring to boil, then cover and simmer 30 minutes, until pumpkin is very tender.

Remove soup from heat. Discard bay leaf and puree soup with vertical blender. Season to taste, and add more liquid if necessary.

To serve: heat olive oil in a small skillet over medium high flame. Add sage leaves and cook until leaves are crispy and sizzling, about one minute. Garnish individual bowls of soup with a leaf and a drizzle of the oil.

Bean Polenta Bake

This is a favourite in my household. Easy, nutritious, tasty & gluten free!

Serves 4

Ingredients:

1 cup dried black beans

4 cups water

1.5 tsp salt

1 cup polenta

1/12 cup sliced green onion

2 cup garlic jack cheese (or cheddar) grated

½ pt. fresh salsa

½ can chopped green chillies

Method

Cook beans. Refrigerate. In a large pot, bring 4 cups of water to a boil, add salt, add cornmeal slowly, stirring constantly. Cook 20 minutes or until thick enough to leave the sides of the pan. Mix in green onion and half of cheese. Pour half of this mixture into an 9” x 3 “ pan. Spread salsa over mixture, then black beans (drained), then chillies, then remaining cheese. Pour rest of polenta on top. Bake at 3500(F) for 20 mins. Let cool before cutting into servings.