Anti-inflammatory vs. Pro-inflammatory Foods

I treat pain all the time with acupuncture and herbs and it generally responds very well.  When I have a particularly tough case, however, I ask my patient, “are you aware of the connection between diet, inflammation and pain?”  And the answers I get probably won’t surprise you.  The majority of people are totally misinformed about the link between what they eat and their stubborn low back pain, tense shoulders or achy knees. While... Read More

Chicken Pho with Spaghetti Squash Noodles

I am a total soup fiend, I love it in all its forms and all year long. Blended veggie soups are my go to, I love congee and other porridges, tom ka gai and tortilla soup are obsessions of mine, but pho ranks up there as one of my favorites. Pho has so many complex flavors, some fresh, bright and aromatic, some rich, deep and comforting.  A dish with such complex layers understandably requires a laundry list of ingredients and hours to develop,... Read More

Baked Rhubarb Donuts

Well I just barely missed National Donut Day, but I’ll definitely be saving this recipe for next year. I got a pan for baking donuts a while back and have been meaning to put it to good use, this turned out to be the perfect recipe.  You can use any cake base to make baked donuts, but you can also scale back the sugar and use a muffin recipe.  This recipe is very similar to the one I use in my Parsnip Muffins, but without all the cinnamon... Read More

Farmers’ Market Haul – March 2nd, 2014 – Los Feliz Market

The Los Feliz Sunday Market is one of my favorites.  It’s quiet and small, but still has most everything I need.  I used to live within walking distance but it’s still just a short drive away so I end up there most Sundays.  The only thing they don’t really have is a meat vendor, but in a pinch I can pick up a chicken from La Bahn Ranch where I always get my pasture-raised eggs. Green Veggies These are my go-to side dishes for... Read More

My Holistic Cold & Flu Season Routine

It’s the season for getting sick and it seems to be hitting everyone but me.  Friends, family and almost every patient that I treat are complaining of symptoms, from common colds to stomach flus to sinus infections, plus everything in between.  Even when I seem to be interacting with mostly sick people, I don’t get sick myself.  How? Well I have never had a flu shot, I don’t take a multivitamin and I’m not slathering antibacterial... Read More

Rye Gingerbread Cookies

    Well I am a little late on posting this recipe but it’s worth saving for next year because these are delicious.  When the holidays roll around I love to bake all sorts of treats, but I am always looking for ways to make classic recipes more healthy.  I found that gingerbread is one of the best bases for hiding a hardier whole grain flour because the molasses and spices mask the darker color and nuttier flavor of less processed... Read More

Blended Winter Veggie Soup

I know it/s a mouthful, but these winter veggies blend together to make a beautifully creamy mixture that is slightly sweet and spicy.  I have made many soups like this one before, like the Carrot Garlic Soup I made a few years back or the Spicy Carrot Apple Ginger Soup that I made when I first started the blog, but I had never stumbled upon this mixture before a few weeks back. The ingredients found each one weekend when I wanted to make... Read More

Whole Lemon and Ginger Tea with Honey

Between the farmers market and Chinese medical school, I get a lot of different recipes relayed to me in short little snippets, usually no more than 15 words or so.  Off the top of my head I think of the Sweet Pickled Carrots and Daikon or the Okra and Miso Marinara, both of which the farmer I work for told me about.  But there are many, many more that have found their way into my diet. This recipe is one someone at my school gave me on a day... Read More

Parsnip Muffins and Blood Orange Mimosas

I rarely follow recipes word for word.  I’ve been toying around with the proportions in this Whole Wheat Apple Muffin recipe from Smitten Kitchen, but with everything except apples.  I tried them with blueberries, pear, and now, shredded parsnip.  I got the idea for from a very gingery parsnip cupcake I had at Four Cafe.  I bulked up these muffins with some extra ground flax seed, as well as fresh and ground ginger. I made them with some... Read More

Maple Cookies with Marmalade Glaze

My kitchen activities have been adapting to the cold and windy days lately.  I’ve been making weekly pots of stew, roasting nearly every veggie I eat, sprinkling cinnamon and maple syrup in most dishes, and preserving the glut of citrus I’ve happened upon in the form of marmalades and candied peels.  It takes a bit more time, but when it’s dark and cold outside I don’t mind snuggling up to my nice warm stove, eagerly awaiting... Read More

bbq lentil and baked sweet potato soup

soup is hands down my favorite food, so i’m always coming up with new ways to brew up a pot of something tasty.  i used to be big on puréed soups, but lately – perhaps out of sheer laziness – i tend to prefer something chunkier.  whenever i get a chance i bake a few sweet potatoes and set them aside for later.  when they cool they are easy to peel and toss the chunks into a hardy stew. paired with lentils and subtle hints of... Read More

Vegan Chocolate Chip Gingerbread Cupcakes with Cardamom Infused Frosting

This recipe started as a far cry from what it ended up as.  It began with a gingerbread persimmon upside-down cake that was a true disaster.  All the persimmons stuck to the pan, the cake wasn’t sweet or moist enough, and most of all it had no chocolate!  But 4 or 5 tries later and the result is an amazingly fluffy and moist squad of cupcakes with little chocolate chips tucked inside of them. To top them off is a recipe I’ve been playing... Read More

The Natural Goodness of Ginger

Ginger has been used for thousands of years in chinese medicine to treat stomach disorders like persistent nausea, motion sickness, morning sickness, loss of appetite or anorexia.  But it also treats mild lung disorders, like upper respiratory tract infections, bronchitis or a simple cold and cough. It is anti-bacterial, which explains why ginger is always served with sushi – to battle the bacteria in the raw fish.  Because of its warm nature... Read More

christmas cookies: ginger snaps

we are in the holiday home stretch!  and while christmas baking it truly meant for, well, christmas, it can be liberally extended to new year’s day ( just like keeping your tree up).  so get all of those purely-decadent-and-much-too-sweet-for-the-rest-of-the-year recipes in now while you still can! here at sweet beet & green bean i’ve been celebrating with a whole month of vegan christmas cookies, including russian tea cakes, thumbprint... Read More

peanut tofu stir fry

tofu is a wonder food for vegans and vegetarians alike.  it often gets a bad rap for being bland or tasteless, a misconception perpetuated by restaurants that serve up soggy, flavorless blocks that just makes my taste buds sad.  if you marinade tofu correctly and cook it in just the right way, it can be super tasty.  toss a few fresh veggies in and you’ve got yourself quite a meal. Read More  Read More