Root Vegetable Soup

Recipes | August 2014

– A root or two is mighty good for you! This soup recipe is jam-packed not just with one or two roots, but with multiple delectable and very colourful root vegetables. It is so easy to make and so full of goodness that […]

Winter warmer vegetarian curry

Recipes | July 2014

Cauliflower, pea and fried tofu curry This is a delicious and warming vegetarian curry stuffed with protein and goodness. Cauliflower is from the same family as cabbage, broccoli and kohlrabi and shares many of their health benefits. Both peas and […]


Recipes | July 2014

This traditional spinach pie is not only delicious, but also high in protein. Protein is essential for strengthening and nourishing our bodies. Ingredients 1/4 cup olive oil 1 onion, finely chopped 1 bunch shallots, finely chopped 2 garlic cloves, crushed […]

Hanza Pie

Recipes | July 2014

Here is a delicious, high protein vegetarian recipe. Ingredients: 1 cup cooked brown rice Shredded, wilted chard Crushed garlic Chives 250g ricotta 2 tbs yoghurt 1 egg Crumbed fetta (small piece) Handful of grated cheese Method: Mix 1 cup of […]

Quinoa Porridge

Recipes | April 2014

Kick-start your day and your metabolism with this easy and delicious porridge Ingredients: ¾ Cup Quinoa, rinsed & drained 375 ml low-fat milk 1/3 cup cranberries 2 tbsp raisins ¼ cup walnuts, coarsely chopped Method: Combine quinoa with 500ml water […]

Baba Ganoush For Your Blood & Tastebuds

Recipes | March 2014

Eggplant is in season now (summer and autumn) and is a great food for your blood. It both moves and cools the blood. It can also help reduce imbalanced flow, reduce stagnation and relieve problems caused by overeating meat. Enjoy […]

Pressed Cucumber Salad

Recipes | January 2014

Here is a cooling, cleansing salad using dill and cucumber. Dill is good at detoxifying the gastrointestinal tract and soothing for a sensitive stomach. Cucumber clears heat and cools the body, which is perfect for either during or after a hot […]

Keep Cool With Cooling Foods & Herbs

Recipes | December 2013

Here is a list of foods, drinks and herbs that are cooling: Cooling Foods Apples Asparagus Avocado Banana (not eaten excessively) Basil Broccoli/Cauliflower Cabbage Melons/Papaya Celery Chrysanthemum (tea) Crab (not eaten excessively) Cucumber Duck Eggplant Grapefruit Lettuce Mung Beans Pears […]

Tahini Chocolate Oatmeal Cookies

Recipes | December 2013

Ingredients: 1 cup of tahini (or any nut butter) 1/2 cup agave 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1 1/2 cups quick cooking oats or old-fashioned oats 1/2 cup chopped walnuts, pecans (any nuts) chopped up bar of dark chocolate Method: Preheat […]

Berry Cobbler


This delicious recipe is grain free, gluten free, refined sugar free and vegan. Serves 6 – 8 Ingredients: Berry filling: 3 cups of organic berries – I used a pint of blueberries and 1 cup of fresh strawberries, sliced 2 […]

Gluten Free Pancakes


Here’s a ‘sweet’ idea for your weekend breakfast cook up Makes 24 pancakes Ingredients: 3 cups blanched almond flour ½ cup heavy cream 8 eggs ½ cup salted butter, melted ¼ cup agave nectar 1 tablespoon vanilla extract 1 teaspoon […]

Paleo Banana Bread


Ingredients: 3 bananas (about 1 ½ cups) mashed 3 eggs 1 tablespoon vanilla extract 1 tablespoon honey 1/4 cup vegan palm oil shortening 2 cups blanched almond flour 1/2 teaspoon celtic sea salt 1 teaspoon baking soda Method: Place bananas, […]

Tranquil Soup


Try this fantastic soup to get your family through cold and wet weather. Ingredients: 1 whole chicken 1 brown onion 5 celery stalks 1 whole leek 4 carrots 2 spring onions 1 bunch asparagus 4 silverbeet leaves, shredded 1/2 cup […]

Lingering Pathogen

All Things Chinese Medicine | November 2013

The concept of a ‘lingering pathogen’ has been around for a long time in Chinese Medicine. It applies when you haven’t been able to shake that cold or flu, or you haven’t fully recovered or simply not felt quite right […]

Warming Kale & Chicken Stir Fry

Recipes | November 2013

According to TCM the bitterness of Kale is great for the liver and it has stomach strengthening and pain reducing qualities also As the temperature starts to cool now, it’s important to change the way we eat. Using foods and […]

Shiitake Mushroom with Tofu

Recipes | September 2013

Shiitake mushrooms are good for the stomach, blood and energy. Peas are an excellent toner for the spleen in Spring. Peas also help qi to move in the appropriate direction – and ease hiccups and coughing. People who are cold […]

Lentil-Walnut Bake


Feel a little less “mental” with some more lentil Food is like medicine for both the body and the mind! The ingredients in this recipe are not only warm, strengthening and comforting, but lentils and walnuts can also help us […]

Warm Lentil Salad

Recipes | September 2013

Lentils are cheap, nutritious and also very delicious! According to Chinese Medicine lentils improve circulation, and strengthen your heart, kidneys, and constitutional essence. Lentils enhance the health and appearance of your complexion and your hair. And lentils support your will-power […]

Traditional Chinese Medicine 2

All Things Chinese Medicine | August 2013

An attempt to explain Traditional Chinese Medicine – Part 2 This article will attempt to explain how the different modalities of Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) are applied to improve health or treat disease. The key modalities of TCM are acupuncture, […]

Traditional Chinese Medicine 1

All Things Chinese Medicine

An attempt to explain Traditional Chinese Medicine – Part 1 Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) is a unique system of health. It evolved over thousands of years in China, stemming from the Taoist philosophy. TCM looks at health as a system […]

Coconut Chicken Soup

Recipes | August 2013

Coconut-ey nourishing goodness in a bowl. One for the whole family to slurp up. Ingredients: 3 cups chicken stock 1 thumb-sized piece of fresh ginger, sliced into thin coins 1 cup coconut milk 1 tablespoon fish sauce 2 teaspoons agave […]

Green Ginger Soup

Recipes | August 2013

This recipe is sure to shake the winter chills and fight off those lingering germs. Recipe from Serves 6 Ingredients: 2 tablespoons olive oil 1 large onion, chopped 1 teaspoon celtic sea salt 2 large leeks, white and green […]

Ginger Tea


If you feel a slight chill or tickle in your throat make sure you try this ginger tea recipe asap! The ginger and onion have a slight diaphoretic action; this means they will cause a slight sweat. The best thing to […]

Baked Quinoa Loaf

Recipes | July 2013

A nurturing recipe for a delicious, baked quinoa loaf. Quinoa has the highest protein content compared to all other grains, and is gluten free. (Perhaps use gluten free flour instead of whole wheat if intolerant). It is versatile and strengthening for […]

Quinoa With Oats


Oats are a great start to your day as they have a calming, stabilizing and grounding effect on the mind. Oats have many healing properties: they are soothing, restore the nervous and reproductive systems, strengthen the spleen and pancreas, help […]

Blood Building Soup


The warmth from the lamb moves down towards the kidneys. According to Chinese Medicine diet therapy, the lamb’s downward flow is especially good for the kidney yang energy, and therefore has healing qualities. This soup will increase strength and nourish […]

Asian Chicken Soup

Recipes | June 2013

Easy and quick winter warmer chicken soup! This Asian Chicken Noodle soup is one of our absolute favourite cold and flu food remedies. It’s easy, it’s quick, it’s yummy and as good as any medicine. Serves 4 Ingredients: 220g thin dried egg […]

Shepherd’s Barley Soup

Recipes | May 2013

A post to warm you up! Here is a warming and yummy recipe from Paul Pitchford’s ‘Healing with Whole Foods’. Paul suggests adding more sour flavours to autumn cooking, sourdough bread, olives, leeks, vinegar, yogurt, plums and grapes. Move away […]

Thai Beef Salad

Recipes | May 2013

KEEP COOL, THAI STYLE Here’s great and easy recipe to try on the weekend, or on any hot day. It’s yummy and cooling, has a good amount of protein and is usually a great hit with the kids too. Serves 4 […]

Coconut Flour Bread


This recipe is gluten and sugar free, high in protein and low in carbohydrates. Delicious fresh out of the oven with some almond butter or honey or enjoy it savory too. This recipe is SO easy, fuss free and requires little ingredients. […]

Cooling Teas


A cooling cuppa: Drinking a cup of tea is perhaps not what springs to mind in this relentless Melbourne autumn heat. Some teas can be quite cooling and soothing however, and taste great whether drunk hot or cold as an […]

Protein Balls


Healthy Balls! Although we’re not technically considered ‘master chefs’ here at Gardenvale Chinese Medicine, we have managed to rustle up this delicious little protein snack.  These protein balls are a healthy and great “mid meal” that will prevent afternoon fatigue […]

Gluten Free Apple Crumble

Recipes | February 2013

Serves 6 Filling: 4 cups of peeled and sliced apples (4 med) 2 teaspoon fresh lemon juice 1 tablespoon maple syrup 1 teaspoon vanilla 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg Topping: 1/2 cup almond flour 1/2 cup certified […]

Warm Chargrilled Pork Fillet & Cranberry Salad


Pork fillet is an excellent, nutritious and lean meat. Alternatively, lamb fillet can be used and dill can be swapped for mint. Naturally you can add any favourite vegetables to your salad. Sweet potato and fennel work well. Bon appetite! […]

Home Remedy Cough Syrup


Try this home remedy cough syrup to soothe annoying coughs and help clear the chest. It’s particularly useful for stubborn night time coughs, which can be a tad annoying for everyone in the house. Ingredients 2 cored pears chopped into quarters […]

Breakfast Cookies


Check out this healthy breakfast snack from Teresa Cutter. It ticks all the Chinese Medicine boxes.