SWEET POTATO PIE

Categories: Desserts, Spleen Qi Vacuity

sweet p pie

Ingredients:

4-6 sweet potatoes, cooked
¼ tsp cardamom
¼ tsp cinnamon
Dash of nutmeg
¼ cup raisins
2 Tablespoons sesame butter
½ teaspoon sea salt
1 pie crust (Whole Foods gluten free pie crust)

Yields 1 pie

Instructions:
Preheat over to 350 degrees. Peel sweet potatoes. Boil enough water to cover potatoes and cook until tender. Drain. Mash potatoes and mix all ingredients together. Fill pie crust with potato mixture. Bake 35-40 minutes.

Ingredient properties:
Sweet potatoes  sweet, neutral; Sp, Lu, Kd; Supplements Spleen, Lung and Kidney
Cardamom  pungent, warm; Sp, Kd; Warms the Kd, retains the essence and secures the urine, warms the Sp, stops diarrhea and controls salivation.
Cinnamon  pungent, sweet, warm; Sp, St, UB; Invigorates yang, dispels cold, promotes blood circulation, warms the mingmen fire.
Nutmeg  pungent, warm; Sp, St, LI; Warm the Sp and St and promote circulation of qi, astringe the intestines and stop diarrhea.
Raisins  warm, sweet and sour; Tonifies qi, nourishes blood, strengthens sinews and bones, harmonizes St, promotes diuresis, relieves irritability.
Sesame butter  slightly warm, sweet; Nourishes Lv and Kd, lubricates intestines, blackens gray hair, tonifies qi, benefits skin.
Sea salt  salty, cold; Kd; Clears heat cools blood, eases bowel movement, nourishes kidney.

TCM analysis:
This recipe is warm overall. The spices tonify yang, warm the Kd and Sp, and stop diarrhea. The remaining ingredients help tonify qi, yin and blood. In addition, there are several ingredients that facilitate bowel movements by moistening the intestines and generating fluids.