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As the holidays approach ... here’s a simple, balanced recipe to try out that will help you get in touch with what a balanced Five Element meal tastes and feels like.

I encourage you to think about what you eat—become more aware of the ingredients in the meal and whether or not the tastes are balanced.

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Beet Soup Recipe


  • 3-4 medium sized beets, scrubbed and diced (skin may be left on, if desired)
  • 1 shallot, diced
  • 1 teaspoon oil, preferably unseasoned sesame oil or extra-virgin olive
  • 4 cups of water
  • 1-2 Tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons of salt
  • 1 Tablespoon miso, medium salty type like brown rice miso (optional)
  • 3-4 Beet greens (or other leafy greens — like chard or kale), washed and chopped

How To Prepare

  • Put the diced beets in the water and bring to a simmer.
  • While the water is heating, saute the diced shallot in oil over medium heat until transparent.
  • Add shallot to simmering beets and water.
  • Cook until beets are tender, about 10 minutes — fork tines pass through easily.
  • Using an immersion blender, puree the beets and shallot to desired consistency.
  • Add the chopped greens and simmer until tender about 5-10 minutes.
  • Add lemon juice and salt to taste. If using the miso, spoon out one ladle-full of hot liquid into a small bowl with miso and mix until it is a smooth paste.
  • Stir miso paste into soup and serve.

Related Links

Healthy Eating—The Five Element Way ... An Online Course
Jack O’Lantern’s Post-Halloween Health Tips
Healthy Eating: The Five Element Way—Phone Seminar: Session One

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