Green Beans with Sesame Dressing

Green Beans with Sesame Dressing

A Recipe for Spring: Green Beans with Sesame Dressing

The energies of spring are all about growth, movement and expansion.

Nature is sprouting new growth and the colourful blossoms are coming out.

Your body is becoming more active after the colder and more sedentary months of winter.

Spring is ruled by the wood element, which is associated with the liver, an organ with an incredible capacity for regeneration. It is responsible for detoxifying, nourishing, replenishing and storing blood.

Spring is the ideal time for cleansing and rejuvenation for overall health and well being. The liver and its complementary organ, the gallbladder, are usually the two primary organs for springtime cleansing and health regimes.

Other recommended foods during spring:

Warming, expansive or pungent flavours – fennel, garlic, ginger,marjoram, leeks.

Sour or tart flavours can help to regulate the liver energy – lemon, rhubarb.

Green vegetables that capture the energetics of spring – spinach, celery, mung bean sprouts.

 

Vegetarian Curry

Vegetarian Curry

The spices in traditional curry have many healthful properties and the rush of heat you experience is a sign that they are stimulating your energies. Turmeric is not only good for cleaning blemishes from your skin, it is also used in treating many internal complaints.

Vegetarian curries are flexible dishes which are great for using up leftover vegetables because you can substitute any vegetable you choose for the ones in the recipe and vary the quantities. When you are making substitutions remember to add the firmest vegetables first as they are the ones which will need to cook for longer.

Side dishes are a great addition to your meal as well and add variety and flavour.