Moon Juk (Porridge)

Blood Phase :: Inner Winter Recipe 

Recipes - Kris Gonzalez Acupuncture in Santa Barbara

Food Therapy is a huge part of my practice. I teach women that during their periods (moontime), the most ideal foods to consume are cooked, warmed and nourishing. An ideal dish to incorporate all of these aspects is a porridge. In walks in Moon Juk (juk is Korean for porridge), the period porridge. Here's the ingredients and why it's so beneficial during our restorative bleeding time. 

Adzuki beans (chi xiao dou) - not only is it a protein source but it has the added benefit of influencing the circulation of blood to ensure a proper shedding of the endometrium. Red food influences the blood.

Job's Tears (yiyiren) - also known as coix seeds. Helps to balance all of the high protein foods at this time. Prepare ahead of time and add to soups to add a really great texture. In South Korea, this food is used a lot for weight loss. It sheds the body of excess water weight and retention and it also beautifies the skin. It simultaneously drains fluid retention while nourishing body fluids and reduces inflammation in the body. Here's a recipe of how to make it. It has a neutral, bland flavor so it's amazing to add to soups, stews and congees for that added texture and medicinal value. It's similar to the texture of hominy.

1/4 cup adzuki beans
1/4 cup job's tears
1/4 cup jasmine white rice
1/4 cup sweet rice
1/4 cup longan berries

Here's a video on how to make it!

I like to soak the first 4 ingredients for several hours or overnight. Rinse until water runs clear. Add all ingredients including longan berries into a crockpot. Add 6-8 cups of water and cook on low overnight. (Note: some crockpots temperatures vary. If yours runs too low, you may need to use the high setting and just add in more water) It is more beneficial if you cook this slow and long so that you can pull out all of the benefits. You can also use the "porridge" setting on most rice cookers. For rice cookers use 5-6 cups of water. I recently tried my Instant Pot and it worked great! I used 6 cups of water on the porridge setting.

Moon Juk can be enjoyed like an oatmeal porridge or you can warm it and blend it into a warm smoothie. Feel free to sprinkle some cinnamon on there. Add a bit of honey to sweeten if your heart desires. See pics below for the porridge and warm blended versions.

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Santa Barbara, Ca 93111


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