Cold Winter Congee

Categories: Lung Qi Vacuity, Spleen Qi Vacuity, Spleen Yang Vacuity, Wei Qi Vacuity

Cold Winter Congee

1 oz. astragalus root
1/2 cup long-grain white rice
8 cups of water or stock
12 black dates, soaked and pitted
1 large or 2 small carrots, diced
1 T fresh ginger, minced
2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. powdered ginger
1 tsp. powdered cardamom seed

Place all the ingredients in a large pot. Bring to a boil and then simmer for 1 to 2 hours until the congee is soft and the consistency of porridge. Remove the astragalus root. This congee can be served with a dash of cinnamon and a pat of butter.

Huang Qi: strengthens Wei Qi
Rice: sweet, neutral; Supplements SP/ST, generates and preserves body fluids
Black Dates: strengthen MJ, invigorate qi
Carrot: strengthen SP/Hrt, benefit the lung, drains damp
Ginger: hot, releases exterior, harmonizes MJ
Cinnamon: releases exterior, harmonizes MJ, strengthens wei qi
Cardamom: improves circulation in digestion and LU