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Sprouted Black Bean Soup

Categories: Blood Vacuity, Heart Blood Vacuity, Heart Fire, Heart Qi Vacuity, Mexican, Soup, Vegan, Vegetarian

Sprouted Black Bean Soup 2 quarts water 2 cups dried black beans sprouted ¼ cup plus 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil 2 bay leaves 2 cloves garlic ½ yellow onion chopped ½ green and ½ red bell pepper chopped 2 roma tomatoes, chopped 1 stalk celery, chopped 2 Tbsp chili powder 2 Tbsp ground cumin Sea Salt Directions: Pour water, beans, ¼ cup of oil, bay leaves and garlic into large soup pot on high heat. Bring to a boil. Immediately decrease heat. Simmer while preparing remaining ingredients. Heat […]

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Winter Melon Soup

Categories: Asian, Gluten-free, Kidney Water Overflow, Kidney Yang Vacuity, Soup, Urinary Bladder Damp Heat, Vegan, Vegetarian

            Winter Melon Soup 3 qt vegetable broth 3 c winter melon, peeled and chopped 2 carrots 2 celery stalks 1 onion 12 Chinese mushrooms, stems removed 6 oz tofu noodles or finely sliced baked tofu 1 tsp chives 1 tsp peanut oil 1 Tbsp tamari Directions: cook together until tender, about 25 minutes, season with chives, tamari and peanut oil. Serving Size: 4 TCM pattern: UB damp heat; KD water overflow TCM Evaluation:  winter melon is sweet, bland and cool, detoxifies and drains damp; […]

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Chicken Noodle Soup for the Common Cold

Categories: Asian, Chicken, Gluten-free, Soup, Wei Qi Vacuity, Wind Cold Invading Lungs, Wind Invasion (External)

CHICKEN NOODLE SOUP FOR THE COMMON COLD serves 4 2 tbs coconut oil ¼ lb chicken, shredded ¼ c preserved mustard greens, soaked, rinsed, and shredded 4 slices ginger, shredded 2 green onions, sliced thinly 1-2 tbs fermented black beans, soaked, rinsed, and chopped 4 c chicken stock 1 tbs soy sauce 2 tsp sesame oil 2 oz rice vermicelli, presoaked in hot water until soft, drained Fresh perilla leaves (or substitute with cilantro or basil) 1) Heat oil until smoking. Add chicken for 30 seconds. Add ginger, onions, greens, […]

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Jasmine Infused Pumpkin Soup

Categories: Damp Heat in the Lower Jiao, Soup, Spleen Damp, Spleen Qi Vacuity, Urinary Bladder Damp Heat, Vegetarian

JASMINE INFUSED PUMPKIN SOUP serves 4   1 3 lb winter squash (such as acorn, butternut, or kabocha squash), peeled and diced 5 c vegetable stock Several slices fresh ginger 1 tsp jasmine (or any other) tea 1 c boiling water Roasted squash/pumpkin seeds Scallions or chives, sliced dried cranberries, reconstituted in boiling water and minced 1) Boil pumpkin in stock with ginger, simmer until tender, 30 min or until squash is tender. Remove ginger slices. 2) Steep tea in boiling water 5 min, strain. 3) Puree soup in batches, add tea until desired consistency, and simmer until warm. 4)  Season with salt and pepper. 5) Ladle soup into bowls and garnish w onions, seeds, and cranberries. ENJOY… Jason Cox   TCM ANALYSIS SPLEEN QI DEFICIENCY LEADING TO DAMP Winter squash:  cool, sweet; dispels damp Ginger:  warm, acrid;  LU, SP, ST;  stops nausea Tea:  cool, bitter; clears head, resolves phlegm, promotes urination Squash/pumpkin seeds:  cold, sweet; promotes urination, reduces swelling Scallions:  hot, acrid; induces sweating Cranberries:  sour, cooling: promotes urination, supports kidney function This is a nourishing soup that is perfect for Spleen Qi Deficiency with buildup of damp in the body.  The recipe is diuretic in action, but is mild in nature.  Therefore, it would be a good addition to any treatment protocol treating deficiency (Spleen, Kidney) rather than excess.   The cool nature of the ingredients will also benefit the damp condition if it’s combined with heat. The recipe may benefit patients with water metabolism problems like edema, ascites, diarrhea, as well as urinary tract infections due to Damp Heat.  Some of the ingredients also reduce swelling and may be useful with issues like prostate enlargement and hydrocele with inhibited urination. CONTRAINDICATIONS:  wouldn’t be good for patients with Yin Deficiency dryness who don’t have enough fluids to disperse.

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Watermelon Soup

Categories: Dryness, Fluid Vacuity, Gluten-free, Soup, Summerheat, Vegetarian

Watermelon Soup Recipe Ingredients 4 cups seeded watermelon cubes 1/3 cup pomegranate juice 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice 1 teaspoon chopped fresh mint 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger 1 tablespoon honey (optional) 1/3 cup plain nonfat yogurt Preparation Process first 5 ingredients and honey, if desired, in a blender or food processor until smooth, stopping to scrape down sides. Cover and chill 1 hour. Serve in individual bowls with a dollop of yogurt. Serving Size: 1 Cup/4 servings per recipe by Nanci Bankier Watermelon soup could be used to […]

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Raspberry Soup

Categories: Gluten-free, Kidney Yin Vacuity, Liver Yin Vacuity, Raw, Soup, Vegetarian, Yin Vacuity

Raspberry Soup Ingredients 4 cups raspberries 1/2 cup sugar 1/4 cup dry red wine 1 cup sour cream 1. Place raspberries, sugar, and wine in blender. Cover and blend until smooth. 2. Pour raspberry mixture into bowl, stir in sour cream. Cover and refrigerate 1/2 hours or until cold. 3. Serve topped wit dollop of additional sour cream and raspberries. Serves 6 by Ellee Carlson Raspberries are warm, sweet, and sour. They tonify the LV/KD and control urination and benefit jing. Red wine benefits the yang. Sugar is nourishing. This […]

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Cold Sour Cherry Soup

Categories: Blood Stasis, Blood Vacuity, Qi Stagnation, Qi Vacuity, Soup, Vegetarian

Cold Sour Cherry Soup Serves 6 Ingredients 3 cups cold water 1 cup sugar 1 cinnamon stick 4 cups pitted sour cherries 1 tablespoon arrowroot ¼ cup heavy cream, chilled ¾ cup dry red wine, chilled Combine the water, sugar and cinnamon stick. Bring to a boil and add the cherries. Partially cover and simmer over low heat for 35 to 40 minutes. Remove the cinnamon stick. Mix the arrowroot and two tablespoons of cold water into a paste, then beat into the cherry soup. Stirring constantly, bring the soup […]

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Scallion and Basil Chicken Noodle Soup

Categories: Soup, Spleen Qi Vacuity, Wei Qi Vacuity, Wind Cold Invading Lungs

Scallion and Basil Chicken Noodle Soup ingredients: one carton organic chicken broth one large organic boneless skinless chicken breast one bunch scallions, whites minced fine, greens sliced and reserved for topping one large handful fresh basil, minced 3 inch piece fresh ginger, sliced thin 1/2 package brown rice noodles boil the chicken breast with the broth and white parts of the scallion and the ginger until it shreds easily, about 30 minutes; add the noodles and basil and cook approximately 6 minutes longer. serve topped with the green parts of […]

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Pumpkin and chestnut soup

Categories: Kidney Yang Vacuity, Soup, Spleen Yang Vacuity, Vegan, Vegetarian

Pumpkin and chestnut soup Ingredients: 2 onions 3 tablespoons olive oil 1 medium pumpkin or squash 2 pints vegetable stock 1 cup dried chestnuts, soaked 2 cloves garlic 1 bayleaf 1 teaspoon rosemary Splash of cider vinegar Parsley to garnish Pinch paprika Method: Presoak the chestnuts overnight or use fresh chestnuts if available. Chop the onions roughly and fry in the olive oil until softened. Chop the pumpkin, removing the skin and seeds, and sweat with the onions, turning occasionally until it starts to soften. Add the vegetable stock, chestnuts, […]

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Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

Categories: Damp Heat in the Lower Jiao, Soup, Urinary Bladder Damp Heat

Roasted Butternut Squash Soup Serves 4 Ingredients Nonstick vegetable oil spray 1 2-pound butternut squash, halved lengthwise, seeded 2 cups (about) canned low-salt chicken broth Pinch of grated nutmeg 1 cup nonfat milk Preparation Preheat oven to 375°F. Spray 13x9x2-inch glass baking dish with vegetable oil spray. Place squash cut side down in prepared dish. Pierce each squash half several times with toothpick or skewer. Bake until squash is tender, about 45 minutes. Using large spoon, scrape squash into processor; discard peel. Add 1 1/2 cups broth and nutmeg and […]

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