Chinese Medicine emphasizes the importance of eating seasonal and locally available foods to support overall health and balance. In the spring, we focus on cleansing and revitalizing the liver, supporting digestion, and boosting energy.
The following recipe incorporates fresh spring greens and asparagus, both rich in nutrients that help detoxify and nourish the liver. Ginger, garlic, and scallions provide warming and digestive properties, while sesame oil and seeds add a nutty flavor and nourishing qualities. The combination of flavors and textures creates a delicious and health-supporting dish for the spring season.
Stir Fried Spring Greens with Asparagus and Scallions
- 1 bunch of fresh spring greens (such as spinach, kale, or bok choy)
- 1 small bunch trimmed fresh asparagus spears
- 3-4 sliced scallions (spring onions)
- 1-2 tablespoon sesame oil
- 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger
- 2 cloves of garlic, minced
- 1 tablespoon tamari or low-sodium soy sauce
- 1 teaspoon rice vinegar
- 1 teaspoon honey or maple syrup
- 1 tablespoon toasted sesame seeds
- Wash the spring greens thoroughly and remove any tough stems. Chop them into bite-sized pieces.
- Trim the root ends of scallions and remove any wilted parts before slicing them thinly.
- Wash and trim asparagus spears and discard tougher bottom portion.
- Heat the sesame oil in a wok or a large skillet over medium heat.
- Add the grated ginger and minced garlic to the pan and stir-fry for about 30 seconds until fragrant.
- Add the asparagus to the pan and stir-fry for about 5 minutes until slightly tender. Add the spring greens and scallions to the pan and stir-fry for 2-3 minutes until they start to wilt but are still vibrant green.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the tamari or soy sauce, rice vinegar, and honey/maple syrup.
- Pour the sauce over the stir-fried vegetable and toss well to coat. Cook for another 1-2 minutes until the greens are tender.
- Remove from heat and sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds and serve as a side dish
- For a light main course, add stir-fried shrimp or chicken and serve over steamed rice or quinoa.
This This recipe is an example of how you can enjoy some of the fresh foods that are in season during spring. By incorporating a variety of seasonal produce, you can create vibrant and flavorful meals that support your overall health and well-being.
Kathy Schoenberger, LAc