Vegetarian Chili

Categories: Kidney Qi Vacuity, Liver Blood Vacuity, Spleen Yang Vacuity

Vegetarian Chili
by Mike Clark

4 — 28 oz cans of Whole Peeled Tomatoes
1 Cup Black Beans
1 Cup Kidney Beans
8 Grapes
6 Carrots
4 Beets
1 Onion

33 Grams Gou Qi Zi
2 Cinnamon Sticks (Rou Gui)

Prep and Cooking:
Put both cups of beans in a colander and wash under cold water. Dump the beans into a large pot and soak in twice the level of beans in water for about 30 minutes. Drain the beans in the colander again and wash off (the soaking, draining, and washing off helps reduce the usual flatulence that goes along with eating beans). Dump the beans back into the large pot and fill up with twice the level of beans with water and boil for about 45 minutes, drain off, and put back in the pot to add in the rest of the ingredients.

Cut up the 4 cans of Whole Peeled Tomatoes into the pot with the beans. Wash off the beets and carrots, skin them, and chop them into about 1 inch cubes/pieces and dump into the pot. Drop in the Grapes.

Cut up the onion and heat in a pan with your choice of oil until clear or golden…that’s your choice!

Bring the pot with the ingredients to a boil and reduce to a simmer. Add in the Gou Qi Zi and Cinnamon Sticks. Leave the pot on simmer for about 2 hours.

Tomato — Slightly Cool, Sweet, Sour; ST, LV, KD; Strengthen ST, Aid Digestion
Black Bean — Sweet, Neutral to Warm; Sp, KD; Nourish KD, Invigorates Blood
Kidney Bean — Sweet, Neutral; SP, ST (KD); Strengthen Digestion, Promote Elimination
Grapes – Warm, Sweet, Sour; ST, HT; Nourish Xue, Very Tonifying, Strengthen Bones and Sinews
Carrots — Cool to Neutral, Sweet; SP, LV, LU, HT; Strengthen SP and HT, Clear Heat
Beets — Neutral to Cool, Sweet; SP, ST, LV, HT; Nourish LV Xue
Onion — Warm, Acrid; Regulates Qi
Gou Qi Zi — Sweet, Neural; LV, LU, KD; Nourish Xue
Cinnamon Sticks (Rou Qui) — Spicy, Sweet, Hot; HT, KD, LV, SP; Strengthen SP