Peach-Berry Rice Pudding

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

Peach-Berry Rice Pudding

Ingredients:

  • 1 C rice
  • 3 C milk
  • dash of salt
  • 1 medium peach
  • ½ pint berries (mix of raspberries, mulberries, cherries, and goji berries)
  • honey

Instructions:

  1. Place rice, milk, and salt in the top of a double boiler and cook over boiling water about 40 minutes, or until rice is soft and all milk absorbed. Watch milk carefully and stir occasionally to avoid burning.
  2. Add sliced pear and berries for last 10-15 minutes to warm and soften them.
  3. Spoon into bowls and drizzle honey on top.

Makes 4 servings.

TCM breakdown:

rice: sweet, neutral; SP, ST; supplements SP & ST, generates & preserves body fluids
milk: sweet, neutral; SP, ST, LU; supplements qi, nourishes blood, moistens dryness
peach: sweet, sour, cool; LU, LI; engenders fluids, lubricates bowels, invigorates blood, benefits qi & blood
raspberries: sweet, warm; LU, LV, KD; tonifies KD, norishes LV blood, stabilizes jing & urination
mulberries: sweet, cold; HRT, LV, KD; nourishes blood (for HRT/LV blood xu), nourishes yin, stabilizes KD
cherries: sweet, warm; SP, KD, UB; strengthens SP & ST, tonifies KD, nourishes blood
goji berries: sweet, neutral; LU, LV, KD; nourishes LV & KD, improves vision, moistens LU
honey: sweet, neutral; SP, LU, LI; nourishes middle jiao, moistens dryness, antidote to drug & food poisoning

Overall, this recipe is sweet and neutral to nourish blood, yin, and fluids in general. Its action is primarily directed to the LV and KD, where it supplements blood and yin to promote their smooth function and ability to house yang. The recipe would be good for patients with LV yang rising due to LV blood and yin deficiency. It also moistens the LU. The sweet nature of this recipe is offset with the addition of ingredients to strengthen and nourish the SP and ST (rice, milk, honey). However, caution should be used with damp conditions.