Eggplant with Rice and Side Salad

Categories: Heart Blood Stagnation, Heart Qi Vacuity, Lung Phlegm Cold

Eggplant with Rice and Side Salad

Serving Size for 1 person

Ingredients:
Eggplant ½ Eggplant Moves blood and breaks stasis, moves qi and opens chest
Brown Rice ½ Cup Supplements Qi, Drains Dampness
Water 1 Cup
Black Pepper ¼ tablespoon Warms MJ, Invigorates blood, expels damp
Celery ½ cup Subdues Liver Yang and wind, drains damp and transforms phlegm, calms shen
Carrots ½ cup Strengthens Heart, Nourishes and Soothes Liver, Drains Damp
Reishi Mushroom ½ cup Transforms phlegm, tonifies wei qi
Butter 1 tablespoon Invigorates blood
Rice Wine Vinegar 2 tablespoons Invigorates blood, Clears Toxins, Astringent
Olive Oil 2 tablespoons
Ginger 1 teaspoon Transforms phlegm
Lettuce 1/3 head of Romaine lettuce Clears heat and cools blood,
Cucumber ½ cup Clears heat, influences the heart

This recipe is intended for someone with phlegm and dampness in the chest caused by blood stasis and qi stagnation. The bulk of the recipe moves blood in the chest and heart, and the rest transforms dampness and phlegm. There are also some qi tonifications as well.

Cooking Instructions:

Melt butter in a small bowl and put in 1/8 tablespoon of black pepper and one teaspoon of ground ginger and mix well. Take ½ of a peeled eggplant and cut into slices. Brush butter/pepper/ginger mix onto both side of the eggplant slices and put onto a cooking tray and broil for 5 minutes each side.
Mix ½ cup of carrots, celery, and mushrooms together and steam in a small pot with water and cover until softened.
Mix ½ cup brown rice with 1 cup of water in a pot and bring to a boil. Cut heat to low and simmer until rice is dry and starts to stick to the pot. Mix Rice with steamed vegetables and place cooked eggplant on top and serve.
Mix 1/8 tablespoon black pepper with 2 tablespoons of both Olive Oil and Rice Wine vinegar. Use this as a dressing for the wedge of lettuce for a side salad.