Eating the right foods to suit the season can, according to ancient Chinese medicine, help alleviate all sorts of emotional and physical symptoms. These delicious, wholesome recipes will warm you up this winter!Baked Vegetables

Serves 6 as a side dish or 2 as a main meal

This simple dish support and calms the liver, relieving mild depression, frustration and anger. It also dries damp, strengthens the heart, supports the blood, warms the body and enhances digestion.

  • 1 small onion, finely chopped


  • 1 clove garlic, crushed


  • 1 teaspoon olive oil


  • 3 carrots, halved


  • 4 parsnips, in big chunks


  • 6 small beetroot


  • 3 potatoes, halved


  • 3 small kohlrabi, cut in half (if not available substitute turnip)


  • 5 tablespoons nuts and seeds, ground


  • 1 teaspoon kelp powder


  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon


  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce

Heat oven to 180c. In a wok over a medium heat, saute onion and garlic in oil until clear. Add root vegetables, continue to saute for another five minutes IN a bowl thoroughly mix all other ingredients with 3/4 cup of water to create a gravy. Transfer vegetables from frying pan to a lightly oiled baking dish. Cover with gravy. Cover with lid and bake for an hour, when vegetables should be soft enough to easily penetrate with a fork. Serve.

Lentil-walnut bake

Serves 6

This dish provides support to the heart and kidneys. Physically, it warms, strengthens and comforts. Emotionally, foods such as lentils and walnuts help us feel grounded and able to cope. The rising pungency of wheat germ helps lift depression and stagnancy that causes frustrations and irritability.

  • 1/2 onion, finely chopped


  • 1 teaspoon olive oil


  • 2 cups cooked lentils


  • 1/2 cup wheat germ


  • 1/2 cup whole-wheat breadcrumbs


  • 1/2 cup walnuts, chopped


  • 1/2 teaspoon dry sage or 1 teaspoon chopped fresh sage


  • 1/2 cup lentil broth or vegetable stock


  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar


  • pinch of salt

Preheat oven to 180c. Saute onions in oil. Combine with other ingredients and pack into a large loaf dish that has been pre-oiled. Cover, and bake for 30 minutes. Remove and cook for a further ten minutes. Serve.

From Food for the Seasons by Dr Lun Wong and Kath Knapsey.