Sweet Potato Soup

Categories: Large Intestine Fluid Vacuity, Spleen Qi Vacuity, Spleen Yang Vacuity, Stomach Cold, Stomach Food Retention

Sweet Potato Soup
(8 servings)

1 ½ pounds sweet potatoes
3 cups chicken stock
1 head garlic, peeled
1 tbsp vegetable oil
1 ½ tbsp curry powder
2 tsp minced ginger
1 cup cream (or nonfat evaporated milk)

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Rinse the potatoes and roast them in the oven for 40 minutes or until tender.
2. Bring the stock to a boil and blanch the garlic for 5 minutes; remove garlic from the stock with a slotted spoon.
3. Scoop the potato pulp out of the skins. Puree the potato and garlic cloves. Combine with stock.
4. Heat oil in a saucepan and sauté the curry powder until aromatic, about 2 minutes. Add the curry and ginger to the soup and simmer for 15 minutes (the soup may be held at this point, and refrigerated or frozen until ready to serve).
5. Add the cream or evaporated milk and simmer a few minutes until hot. Serve.

Analysis:
The sweet potatoes are neutral and sweet, strengthen SP and ST, tonify qi and blood, clear heat, and detoxify. Chicken stock is warm and sweet, supplements qi of SP and ST, nourishes blood, boosts wei qi and consolidates the KD. Garlic is hot and acrid, it detoxifies, removes stagnant food and blood, aids vomiting and diarrhea. Vegetable oil seems neutral and lubricating. Curry ???? Ginger is pungent and warm, disperses exterior cold, stops nausea and vomiting, detoxifies other substances, and reduces inflammation. Cream/milk is sweet and neutral, supplements qi, nourishes blood, and moistens dryness.
Overall, the recipe is warm and sweet, nourishing to the ST and SP, yet moving and detoxifying. The soup tastes rich, but is soothing to the ST and can be especially good if the patient has overeaten the night before. It aids retention of food in the ST and symptoms of indigestion.