These foods are
characterized as bitter in Chinese Dietary Therapy.
Bitter foods have the ability to cool heat in the body and
to dry dampness. They are cleansing for the liver,
helpful for weight loss, and very good for inflammation and heart health.
collard greens, escarole, bok choy, dandelion greens, Chinese
cabbage, turnip greens, swiss chard, watercress, bok choy, mustard greens,
carrot tops, parsley, and rapini. These vegetables are too
coarse and fibrous to eat raw and will cause digestive issues.
Please cook them.
(best to keep it simple with greens)
Steam for 6-1o
minutes. Sprinkle with lemon, lime, or vinegar. After the greens
are cooked you can toss with unpasteurized sauerkraut and/or
sprouts and microgreens. Or you can add sliced roasted red pepper and/or
artichokes and toss with a few black olives and goat or sheep feta cheese. You
can cool the steamed greens (by running under cold water) and put
on top of salad greens with sliced red onion. Add a few
strawberries, blueberries, and mango slices, and your favorite
raspberry vinaigrette dressing.
greens with onions, garlic, crushed red pepper, and other
vegetables in a little oil. Add a small amount of water, a little
soy sauce or salt and pepper, cover and cook about 10 minutes.
Crushed tomatoes and white beans are a nice addition. Simmer 20
minutes with the tomatoes. Or, use a vegetable bouillon instead
Or make the
following simple sauce to serve over greens.
of scallions or diced onions or leeks
or sesame oil
grated ginger (optional)
or arrowroot (to thicken)
Water (or vegetable bouillon)
Heat oil and
add sliced scallions and garlic. Sauté a few minutes and add 2
cups water (or bouillon). Simmer 10 minutes. Add soy sauce and
kuzu or arrowroot that has been diluted in small amount of cold
water and simmer and stir until thickened. Mushrooms are also a
nice addition. You can also add any herbs that you like. This is
similar to a Chinese brown sauce. Serve over greens, rice, pasta,
or any other vegetable.
can also add leafy greens to soups, stews, pasta dishes and other
vegetable dishes. They are very nutritious and you'll benefit by eating
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