• ½ package of fresh snap peas

  • ½ medium jinenjo, cut into rounds

  • Tamari soy sauce

  • Spring water for steaming

Snap Peas and Jinenjo


Bring water to a boil in a pot with a lid. When plenty of steam is generated, add jinenjo and steam until slightly tender, approx 3-4 minutes. steam too much because it will become too soft. Add Tamari. Cook for a minute more and remove with a slotted spoon. Add snap peas and steam for 3-4 minutes making sure to keep them slightly crunchy. Add some more Tamari. Remove snap peas after a minute. Cut the jinenjo into little triangles. Mix well with the snap peas and serve.

Jinenjo, is a wild yam, similar to a potato. The difference being that a potato will make your body acidic, while jinenjo is more alkaline.

“The macrobiotic way of life recommended by the ancient wise people and practiced widely for physical, mental and spiritual development consists of the following arts; the way of eating, the way of breathing, and the way of daily life. Because a human being is part of his environment, and has evolved through biological development covering more than three billion years on this planet, his physical, mental and spiritual conditions are based upon what he consumes from his natural environment and his food. The way of eating is the most essential factor for his development.”

Michio Kushi, THE BOOK OF DO-IN (ISBN 0-87040-382-6)

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