Blueberry Couscous Pudding

Categories: Lung Fluid Xu, Lung Yin Vacuity, Spleen Qi Vacuity, Stomach Cold

Blueberry Couscous Pudding
By scott Schultz

Ingredients:
1 pint (16 oz.) blueberries
3 cups apple juice
1 cup couscous
1 teaspoon grated lemon or orange rind
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
optional: dollop of whipped cream
Preparation:
Mix all ingredients together in a large pot
Cover and simmer for 10 minutes
Turn off heat and let sit undisturbed for 15 minutes
Spoon onto a platter and arrange into a mound
Garnish with fresh blueberries and strawberry leaves or whipped cream
Serves approx. 6 people
TCM Ingredient Analysis:
Blueberries: cool, sweet, sour, astringent, forms body fluids and blood, nourish KD yin
Apple Juice: cool, sweet, sour, reduces heat, produces fluids for the body, moistens dryness, cool LU, cleansing and beneficial for LV/GB
Couscous: sl. cool, sweet, supplements qi, nourishes HT and calms shen, reduces thirst
Lemon/Orange Rind: acrid, bitter, regulates qi, harmonize, dries/transforms damp
Sea Salt: cooling, salty, anti-inflammatory, softens
TCM Recipe Analysis:
This dessert is cooling if served cold and more neutral if served warm. The three main ingredients are blueberries, apple juice, and couscous, which are all sweet and nourishing. The blueberries and the apple juice both produce fluids for the body. The lemon/orange peel helps harmonize the dish as an envoy. Overall this dessert does a good job at supplementing qi and building fluids in the body.
Patterns:
SP qi xu
LU dryness (heat)
Spleen & Stomach, nourishing fluids and blood
Can add Long Yan Rou To direct more to HT blood