Red Ginseng Date Rice – Serves 2 (Vegetarian, Vegan)

  • 2 scoops rice (automatic rice cooker measuring cup)  It turns out to be about 1 and 1/4 cups rice, if you don’t have a rice cooker.
  • Water to boil rice
  • 2 Tsp dried red ginseng (pulverized)
  • 6 dates (chopped)
  • 1/4 Tsp Salt
  • TOPPING
  • 2 Tbsp Chives (chopped)
  • Extra Salt to taste

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I use an automatic rice cooker.  It’s quick, easy, and I can do other things while the rice is cooking and not worry about the rice being undercooked or overcooked.  It always comes out right.  That being said, the 2 scoops of rice pertains to the little scoop that usually comes with a rice cooker.  (If you make rice the old fashioned way, just add ginseng, dates and salt to the pot once the rice comes to a boil.)

Put the ginseng in a mortar and crush it into small pieces.  If the ginseng is dried enough, it will break apart quickly with little force.  Slice the dates into thin pieces.  Put ginseng and dates into rice cooker and make recipe for “2” according to your rice cooker.  Add salt and let rice cooker do its job.

When rice is done, mix it all together to distribute dates and ginseng evenly.  Top with chives.  Add salt to taste.  Serve.

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TCM Notes:

Overall, this red ginseng date rice is nourishing, warming and boosts the body’s own yin, yang, and qi. It is energetically balanced and a great dish for the winter time and helping one to support the immune system during cold and flu season.

Ginseng is called Ren Shen, translated “man root” in Chinese, because of the way the roots resemble the shape of a man.  Ginseng is known for its properties of tonifying the body’s overall qi.  Red ginseng is generally considered more warming than white ginseng.  Ask your acupuncturist about the different types of ginseng and how they can benefit you.

Dates, called Mi Zao in Chinese, are an iron-rich food and used in cases of mild constipation.  Dates can also help rid the body of toxins from alcohol.  Dates tonify the yin according to TCM.  Dates have a high sugar content and should be monitored in diabetes patients.

Chives, also known as garlic chives (or Chinese chives), are great for expelling colds.  Chives open the pores and allow sweating.  Chives are also great for stimulating digestion.

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