Fiber-Rich Dessert Recipe: Ichigo no kanten yose (Fruity Strawberry Jelly with Agar)

Ever since I learnt the importance of dietary fiber (watch my interview with Michael Lustgarten, PhD here), I’ve been trying to increase my daily intake of both soluble and insoluble fibers. It’s not easy, though; even root vegetables like burdock, often considered one of the richest sources for fibers, contain merely six grams per 100Continue reading “Fiber-Rich Dessert Recipe: Ichigo no kanten yose (Fruity Strawberry Jelly with Agar)”

Healthy Japanese recipe: Gobou no suupu (Creamy Burdock Root Soup)

Burdock root is a much-underappreciated hero in the Japanese kitchen. Its earth-covered and long appearance may not strike as a superstar ingredient for a sophisticated dinner, but this gorgeous creamy soup will surely change your mind. In the TCM (Traditional Chinese Medicine) the burdock seeds are used to treat various symptoms of infection and inflammation.Continue reading “Healthy Japanese recipe: Gobou no suupu (Creamy Burdock Root Soup)”