It’s starting to feel like fall and the change of season is of deep significance in holistic medicine. Whereas the summer is ruled by fire, the fall season is ruled by metal which is all about getting organized, order, communication, and the mind.

Fall is associated with dryness so it’s important to pay particular attention to your diet this season. Traditional Chinese medicine believes that food is medicine so why not try a Yin-balancing soup! Here’s a great recipe for Asparagus and Almond Soup from The Tao of Foods

ASPARAGUS AND ALMOND SOUP

This is a warming yin soup, ideal for a cold fall day

INGREDIENTS:
¾ cup blanched almonds
4 cups vegetable stock
1 tbsp vegetable oil
4 celery stalks chopped
1 lb asparagus, trimmed and chopped
2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley
¼ cup half and half
salt and pepper to taste
Cream
Toasted flaked almonds
Chopped parsley

DIRECTIONS:
1. Put the almonds and stock into a blender and puree until smooth. Strain, keeping the stock to use later.
2. Heat the oil in a large saucepan, add the celery, and fry for around 5 minutes
3. Add the asparagus and cook for a further 5 minutes or so
4. Pour in the stock and add the parsley. Cover and simmer for around 15 minutes. Remove from the heat and let cool slightly
5. Puree in a blender until smooth, then return to gentle heat, and add the half-and-half and salt and petter to taste
6. Serve hot, garnished with cream, toasted almonds, and parsley

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