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Natta (Fermented Soy Beans)

Categories: Kidney Jing Vacuity, Liver Blood Stasis, Spleen Qi Vacuity

Natta (Fermented Soy Beans) Japan Serves 1-2 Ingredients 1 package natta (about 1/3 cup) 1/8 tspn karashi (Japanese mustard) 1/4 tspn soy sauce 1 tbsp scallion (white portion) Mix together and serve. May be used as a condiment for rice. Natta: bitter sweet neutral HT SP KI Actions: invigorates the blood, tonifies KI jing, harmonizes middle jiao, smooths the skin. Indications: high cholesterol, thrombosis, excessive immune reactions, dysentery, weak bones, osteoporosis, hair loss. Mustard: acrid warm LU Actions: penetrates to the yin to restore movement to the yang, regulates qi, […]

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Beet Soup

Categories: Liver Blood Stasis, Liver Blood Vacuity, Spleen Damp, Spleen Qi Vacuity

Wood - Blood Stagnation Beet Soup This soup can help build blood, and help your blood move freely throughout the body.  It helps break up blood stagnation.  Beets are also beneficial for the eyes. This soup can help strengthen the eyes and improve vision.  The soup is also gentle on your digestive system. It can help drain damp, and strengthen the spleen and stomach. Ingredients 5-6 carrots 2-3 large beets 2 onions 2-4 stalks celery 3-4 cloves garlic 2 Tablespoon miso 2 Tablespoon Olive oil 1 teaspoon fresh basil, chopped 1 teaspoon fresh oregano, […]

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Curried Eggplant

Categories: Liver Blood Stasis, Lower Jiao Blood Stasis

Curried Eggplant 1 eggplant – Cool, moves blood 1 onion chopped- Warm, moves qi 1 cup of water ½ cup coconut milk – Warm, provides taste and ensures other ingredients are not drying. 1 tsp chopped ginger or .5 tsp. dried ginger -Warm, helps alleviate menstrual cramps. 1 tsp. chopped garlic- Warm, moves qi .5 tsp. turmeric (or to taste),- Warm, moves blood, excellent herb for menstruation .5 tsp cumin (or to taste),- Warm, helps move qi 1 tbsp. olive oil or ghee For flavor 1 tsp. salt (or to […]

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Goji Berry and Fish Soup

Categories: Kidney Qi Vacuity, Kidney Yin Vacuity, Liver Blood Stasis, Liver Qi Stagnation, Liver Yang Rising

Goji Berry and Fish Soup 4-6 servings (Adapted from http://www.gojiberries.us) 1-2 fillets of whitefish (or fish of choice) ½ c goji berries 1 c shiitake mushrooms 1 scallion, chopped 5 thin slices of fresh ginger 5 c low-sodium broth 1-2 T rice wine Mrs. Dash or other salt substitute ½ t Hoisin or plum sauce 1. Smear fish with 1 T of rice wine and a little Mrs. Dash/salt substitute, set aside. 2. Bring the broth to a boil in a large saucepan. 3. Place the seasoned fish into the saucepan […]

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Date Puree – Bi Syndrome (Cold Damp Bi)

Categories: Bi Syndrome Cold, Liver Blood Stasis, Spleen Qi Vacuity, Spleen Yang Vacuity

Bi Syndrome (Cold Damp Bi) Date Puree yield: Makes 4 side-dish servings active time: 30 min total time: 1 hr 3 cups pitted dates (14 ounces) 1 (750-ml) bottle dry red wine 1 (3- to 4-inch) cinnamon stick 2 whole star anise Special equipment: parchment paper *The recipe goes well on Lamb Preparation Bring all ingredients to a simmer, covered directly with a round of parchment paper, in a 2-quart heavy saucepan over moderate heat, then reduce heat and simmer until dates are tender, 15 to 20 minutes. Remove and […]

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Eel with Dried Ginger, Garlic, and Chiles

Categories: Bi Syndrome Cold, Liver Blood Stasis, Spleen Damp, Spleen Damp Cold, Spleen Yang Vacuity, Wind Damp Obstructing Channels

Eel with Dried Ginger, Garlic, and Chiles Ingredients: 2 C basic tomato sauce 1 C dry red wine 1 tsp dried ginger 1-2 cloves garlic, minced 1 tsp hot red pepper flakes 2 lbs eel, skinned and gutted by your fishmonger, rinsed, patted dry, and cut into 4-inch-long pieces Salt and freshly ground black pepper Instructions: Preheat the oven to 450°F. In a large sauce pan, combine the tomato sauce, red wine, dried ginger, garlic, and red pepper flakes. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Meanwhile, season the eel […]

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Mushroom, Celery and Garlic Soup

Categories: Liver & Gall Bladder Damp Heat, Liver Blood Stasis, Toxic Heat in the Blood

Mushroom, Celery and Garlic Soup Serves 4 4 ½ cups chopped mushrooms 4 celery stalks, chopped 3 garlic cloves 3 tbsp dry sherry or white wine 3 cups chicken stock 1 – 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce ½ – 1 tsp freshly grated nutmeg salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste celery leaves, to garnish Place mushrooms, celery, and garlic in a pan and stir in the sherry or wine. Cover and cook over low heat for 30 to 40 minutes until the vegetables are tender. Add half the stock […]

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Calm Mover

Categories: Heart Blood Stagnation, Heart Qi Vacuity, Liver Blood Stasis, Liver Qi Stagnation, Spleen Qi Vacuity

Calm Mover ¼ C Longan Fruit (dried) 2 Carrots 1 Bottle Wine Open the wine bottle. Cut the carrots lengthwise (just the right size to squeeze through the neck of the wine bottle. Squeeze the carrot pieces and Longan Fruit into the neck of the wine bottle. Re-cork and let sit for about 3 months. Shake lightly periodically (every week or so). Serve for guests or when you need to kick back n’ relax! TCM Analysis Longan: Sweet, Warm; HT, SP; Nourish Qi and blood, Calm the shen, Strengthen SP […]

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Watercress, Beet, and Heirloom Tomato Salad

Categories: Liver Blood Stasis, Liver Blood Vacuity, Liver Qi Stagnation

Watercress, Beet, and Heirloom Tomato Salad (Serves 4) Ingredients: 2 medium beets 1 bunch watercress, tough stems removed 1 tomato, preferably an heirloom variety, cute into bite size pieces 1 tablespoon olive oil Juice of 1 lemon Fine sea salt freshly ground black pepper Preparation: Preheat the oven to 425* F. Wrap the beets in foil, and roast for 40-60 minutes or until you can pierce them easily with a skewer. Allow the beets to cool a bit, them slip of the skins and slice the beets into quarters from […]

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Jiao Wei Mustard Greens

Categories: Bi Syndrome Cold, Liver Blood Stasis, Liver Qi Stagnation, Spleen Qi Vacuity, Wind Damp Obstructing Channels

Jiao Wei Mustard Greens Alexa Chermak – PCOM Chicago Ingredients: 5 small red potatoes 4 carrots 3 tomatoes 1 can organic tomato paste 1 small yellow onion 28 oz. can mustard greens 1 vegetable bouillon cube oilive oil cumin salt and pepper to taste white wine vinegar Directions: -Coat large pot with olive oil and brown onion – add chopped potatos – add chopped carrots – simmer for 5-10 minutes then add mustard greens – add white wine vinegar and olive oil (more if needed) – add bouillion cube, salt […]

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