Beef Congee

Categories: Bi Syndrome Cold, Cold Damp Distressing Spleen, Kidney Jing Vacuity, Kidney Yang Vacuity, Spleen Qi Vacuity, Spleen Yang Vacuity

Beef Congee (Serves 8-10)
Ingredients: 1 cup raw brown rice, ½ lb. ground beef, 2 TB olive oil, 2 garlic cloves, minced, 10 cups water, 1 ½ TB soy sauce, Toppings: scallions, cilantro, ginger
Directions: Wash rice, drain, and repeat 3 more times until water runs clear. Marinate beef in soy sauce for 10 minutes. Heat a large stockpot over medium-high heat with 2 TB olive oil. When hot, add the ground beef and garlic. Fry until ground beef is browned. Add water, soy sauce and rice. Turn heat to high. When boiling, immediately turn heat to low. Simmer for 40 minutes. Serve with toppings.
Analysis of Recipe:
Brown rice: neutral, sweet, strengthens spleen, nourished stomach, quenches thirst, relieves irritability, astringes intestines, stops diarrhea
Beef: warm, sweet, tonifies qi and blood, strengthens spleen and stomach, dispels dampness, relieves edema, strengthens bones and tendons
Garlic: hot, pungent, anti-viral, anti-fungal, detoxifies meat and seafood, kills worms, removes stagnant food and stagnant blood, reduces abscesses
Soy sauce: cool, sweet, clears heat, detoxifies, eases urination, and lubricates lungs and intestines
Scallions: hot, pungent, expels external pathogens, dispels wind and cold, induces swelling, anti-viral, anti-bacterial
Cilantro: slightly cool, pungent, promotes sweating, strengthens digestion, promotes the flow of qi
Ginger: warm, pungent, promotes sweating, anti-toxin, antidote for seafood poisoning, benefits lungs and stomach, expels pathogen