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Mushroom and Cauliflower Side Dish

This recipe has some really beneficial ingredients for dampness, immune health, and more!

Mushrooms - Drain dampness, which is especially good in the summer since we are more damp from the humidity. Also good for the spleen, and a source of vitamin D.

Thyme - May boost immune health in addition to being a phlegm-resolving food in Traditional Chinese Medicine.

Bone Broth - Bone broth is chock full of important nutrients, including vitamins, minerals, fatty acids, and amino acids. Research suggests bone broth may protect joints and help fight osteoarthritis. Studies have also found potential benefits to the gut lining and digestive system, weight management, quality of sleep, and stronger, healthier nails and hair.

Cauliflower - This food is recognized as "neutral" in TCM, and gently tonifies the body and intestines. It is a spleen, kidney, and stomach food in TCM as well. From a western nutritional view, caauliflower is a rich source of vtamins B6, C, and K, folate, potassium, manganese, magnesium, phosphorus, and antioxidants like sulforaphane.

Notes on Dampness

“Dampness is the over-retention of moisture in the body either as a water or as phlegm. It is frequently caused by combinations of over-nutrition, lack of exercise and exposure to damp environments. Some foods will aggravate the tendency towards Dampness and need to be reduced by people with damp conditions. The following foods are especially Damp-forming:

Dairy products (sheep and goat products are less dampening), Pork and rich meat, Roasted Peanuts, Concentrated juices especially Orange and Tomato, Wheatflour, Bread, Yeast, Beer, Bananas, Sugar and sweeteners, Saturated fats.

Phlegm - Phlegm refers to a condition of Dampness where moisture is retained as Phlegm or Mucus. Phlegm-resolving foods include:

Almond, Apple Peel, Clam, Daikon, Garlic, Grapefruit, Lemon Peel, Licorice, Marjoram, Mushroom, Mustard Leaf, Mustard Seed, Olive, Onion, Orange Peel, Pear, Black and White Pepper, Peppermint, Persimmon, Plantain, Radish, Seaweed, Shiitake Mushroom, Shrimp, Tea, Thyme, Walnut, Watercress.”

Bonus: In addition to being rich in beneficial nutritents and balancing foods, this recipe is delicious!!


  • 4 T unsalted butter

  • 1 T olive oil

  • 1 onion, chopped

  • 1/2 head cauliflower, broken into small florets

  • 1 lb baby bel mushrooms, cleaned

  • 4 T Kettle & Fire Mushroom Bisque Bone Broth

  • or 2-4 T vegetable broth, depending desired consistency

  • 1/2 t. fresh thyme (or more if you like it)

  • 1 T. dried parsley flakes

  • 4 cloves of garlic, minced

  • Salt and pepper to taste