Foods rich in protein and fat have more calories and thus are more warming. Vegetables that grow more slowly are also more warming. For example, cabbage is more warming than lettuce and root vegetables are warmer than peppers or tomatoes.
The fire element is related to heat in the body. Metabolism and circulation depend upon this stimulating quality to transform food and body chemicals into functional substances and circulate them throughout the system. Foods that are hot, both in temperature and spice level, increase metabolism and circulation.
Chicken and White Bean Stew
2 carrots, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon each: coriander and cumin
½ teaspoon each: oregano, chili flakes, and salt
2 cans white beans, drained and rinsed, or 4 cups cooked canellini beans
2 cups chicken or vegetable stock
In a soup pot, saute onions for 15 minutes on medium low heat, stirring occasionally, until they start to brown.
Add the celery, carrots, garlic, cabbage, and spices. Stir well.
Add the other ingredients (except the cheese) and bring to a boil.
Garnish with Parmesan if you like.