Chinese Yam is known for various healing properties and most constitutions benefit from this food source, as it is easy to digest and can be eaten over long periods of time. Chinese Yam is known to boost the immune system, strengthen the spleen and tonify the kidneys.
Black sesame seeds are rich in omega 3 fatty acids and both strengthen and detox the body. As with all foods that are black in nature, black sesame seeds do wonders for the kidneys as well as for the liver.
If preparation for a baby, it is important to have strong kidneys as the congenital qi that is passed to the baby from the mother originates in the kidneys. This type of qi, which determines much of how the child will develop, cannot be replenished after the baby is born. For this reason, is of utmost importance that the kidneys are strong before conception and during pregnancy.
Wild yam has some interesting facts associated with it. Those African tribes that consume the largest amounts of wild yam also have the highest incidents of twins. My father was a twin and my mother had twins so I figure why not throw some in my diet and see what happens 🙂
So without further a due here is my yummy pancake recipe, which is gluten, dairy and sugar free.
Chinese yam pancakes with black tahini.
This recipe is both simple and quick. In less than 10 minutes I had a delicious, medicinal meal ready just for me.
1/4 cup chinese yam powder (I used half chinese yam and half wild yam powder)
splash of water to make pancake batter consistency
sweetener of choice
almond or vanilla extract
spices: cinnamon, cardamon, ginger, cloves, nutmeg
Seeds: hemp, chia, flax
- Mix egg and yam powder with any extras of choice. Beat in water with a fork until you have reached a pancake-like consistency. (Runnier than yogurt but a little bit thicker than melted ice cream.)
- Cook in a pan with a bit of olive oil over medium heat, about 2 minutes each side.
- Top with your favourite toppings and serve with a LARGE side of veggies.