Lamb with Sweet Potatoes

Categories: Heart Yang Vacuity, Kidney Yang Vacuity, Spleen Qi Vacuity

Lamb with Sweet Potatoes
6 servings
(Modified from A Spoonful of Ginger)

1 t oil
8 cloves garlic, sliced thinly
8 scallions, trimmed in 1 inch sections
8 slices fresh ginger
1 t hot chili paste
2 sticks cinnamon
1 t anise seed
5 c water
½ c low-sodium soy sauce
3 T rice wine
1 T sugar
3 lbs lamb stew meat, cut in 1½ inch cubes
4 sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed
½ lb fresh spinach, washed and drained

1. Heat a Dutch oven, add the oil, heat until hot.
2. Add seasonings. Stir-fry until fragrant, about 15 seconds.
3. Add broth, bring to a boil.
4. Add lamb and bring to a boil again.
5. Reduce heat to low, partially cover, simmer for 1 hour, until lamb is tender.
6. Skim the surface to remove any fat or gristle.
7. Add the sweet potatoes. Simmer, partially covered for 20 minutes or until tender.
8. Remove the ginger slices and cinnamon sticks. Discard.
9. Add the spinach. Cook until wilted, 30 seconds to 1 minute.
10. Remove from heat and serve.

TCM Analysis:
Garlic: hot, acrid; Relieve food stagnation, move blood, dispel cold.
Scallions: sweet, pungent, warm; ST, LV, KD. Warm MJ, warm KD yang, invigorate blood.
Ginger: pungent, warm; LU, SP, ST. Disperse cold, stop nausea/vomiting, detoxify, reduce inflammation.
Hot chili paste: (pepper) hot, pungent. Warm digestion, dispel cold.
Cinnamon: Hot, acrid, sweet; ST, KD. Strengthen ST, warm channels, stop pain, warm KD.
Anise seed: pungent, sweet, warm; ST, LV. Strengthen St, regulate qi, harmonize, warm MJ.
Soy sauce: salty, cold; SP, ST, KD. Harmonize MJ, clear heat.
Rice wine: warm, pungent, sweet. Promote circulation.
Sugar: sweet, neutral; LU, SP. Tonify qi, moisten dryness, harmonize MJ.
Lamb: sweet, warm; ST, SP, KD. Tonify KD yang, warm MJ, nourish blood.
Sweet potatoes: neutral, sweet; SP, ST, LV. Strengthen SP/ST, tonify qi/blood, clear heat, increase milk production, benefit eyes.
Spinach: sweet, cold; ST, LI. Clear heat, stop bleeding, nourish blood, moisten dryness.

Overall, this is a very warming recipe. The sweet potatoes, spinach, and soy sauce bring some cooling nature to balance it. The primary focus is on the KD for tonifying KD yang.