Recipe to Nourish SP/ST

Categories: Shen Calming, Spleen Damp, Spleen Qi Vacuity, Stomach Rebellious Qi

Kathryn Fritz
Eastern Nutrition
January 19, 2010
Recipe to Nourish SP/ST

3 medium-large sweet potatoes, cleaned & cubed
1/4 c. organic unsulfured molasses
1/4 c. maple syrup
1/4 c. apple cider vinegar
1/2 onion, chopped
Dehydrated orange peel
Salt to taste

Vegetable stock
Yi Yi Ren

For barley:

In a crockpot place 1 part yi yi ren with 10-15 parts veggie stock. Cook until soft. I would set the pot to low throughout the day or the evening before (I cooked them for about 10-12 hours in the crockpot the night before).
I also make my own vegetable stock. I save the vegetable scraps that I do not use in other dishes (like carrot, sweet potato & onion ends, onion & garlic peels, any & all root vegetable parts). I keep a plastic bag full of these veggie odds & ends in my freezer and when I need to make stock I throw them all in a large pot, cover them with water and add salt & a few bay leaves (or any spices you like). I bring the water to a boil, then lower the heat & simmer the veggies for an hour or two. Give it a taste & add whatever seasonings you see fit!

For sweet tots:

Pre-heat oven to 350o.
Scrub sweet tots clean, dry & chop into decent sized cubes. Chop onion to desired consistency. Place both in a 9×13 pan.
In a small saucepan warm the molasses & maple syrup until less viscous. Remove from heat & stir in apple cider vinegar. Spread evenly over sweet tots in pan & stir so that they are all coated.
Sprinkle orange peel throughout the dish.
Cover dish w/ tinfoil and bake at 350o for about 1 hour to 1.5 hours (until sweet tots are tender).

Dish will serve 3-4 people.

Analysis of Recipe

Sweet potatoes: neutral & sweet
Strengthen SP/ST function, tonify qi, increases production of milk (good for nursing mommies!)
Molasses: warm & sweet
Tonifies qi, strengthens SP, lubricates LU, stops cough
Maple syrup: sweet
Tonifies SP in small amounts
Cider vinegar: sour, sl. acrid
Moves qi, loosens stagnation, stimulates appetite
Orange peel: warm, bitter & acrid
Invigorates/moves qi, dries dampness (for balance)
Yi yi ren: cool & bland
Promotes diuresis, strengthens SP, benefits GB
Vegetable stock:
Nourishing, strengthens digestion

The overall goal is to tonify SP & ST. By serving it with yi yi ren & adding dehydrated orange peel I am hoping to create a more balanced dish  counteracting the potential for dampness since the dish consists of mostly sweet flavors. The cider vinegar & orange peel also help regulate the qi in the middle jiao, furthering assisting digestion to help the SP call off that good gu qi!