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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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Kasha Cereal

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

Kasha Cereal Ingredients 1 cup buckwheat groats 4-5 cups boiling water ½ onion, diced (optional) A few grains sea salt Instructions 1. Place all ingredients in a pot with the boiling water. Bring to a boil again. 2. Cover. Reduce heat to low. Simmer 30 min until soft. 3. Place in a bowl. Serves 2-4 Buckwheat – sweet, cool; SP/ST/UB; drains damp heat, clears heat relieves toxicity, (CC: xu colds/sx) Onion – pungent & neutral; LU/SP/ST; clears heat relieves toxicity, transforms damp

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Simple Winter Melon Soup

Categories: Damp Heat in the Lower Jiao, Diabetes, Spleen Damp Heat, Urinary Bladder Damp Heat

Simple Winter Melon Soup 2 to 3 servings 6 (5 ounces fresh, 1 ounce dried) fresh or dried shiitake mushrooms 1 (1-pound) wedge winter melon 3 cups chicken, bone, or vegetable stock 1 (1/2-inch) piece fresh ginger, slivered into 1/16-inch slices 1/4 pound shrimp, shelled and deveined Salt, soy sauce, or sodium-reduced soy sauce (optional) 1-2 teaspoons dark sesame oil 1 medium-sized green onion, chopped into 1/2-inch pieces, roots and tough end discarded If you are using dried mushrooms, soak them in 1/2 cup of warm water for 20 minutes or […]

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Bindaeddeok (Mung bean pancake)

Categories: Cleanse, Damp Heat in the Lower Jiao, Spleen Damp, Spleen Damp Heat, Spleen Damp Heat

Bindaeddeok (Mung bean pancake) recipe Serves 4 Ingredients: 14 oz nok doo (mung beans) 1 medium onion, thin sliced 1/2 carrot, thin julienne 3 green onions, cut in a bias 1/8 lb beef, thin julienne 1/2 cup kimchi, cut into strips* 1/4 cup bean sprout, blanched, roughly chopped 2 tbsp salt (*You can substitute to blanched napa cabbage) Wash mung beans and soak in cold water for 3 hours. Get rid of outer shell by rubbing them with hands. Wash again. Put them in a food processor with a little […]

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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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Cranberry Relish

Categories: Damp Heat in the Lower Jiao, Side Dishes, Urinary Bladder Damp Heat, Vegan, Vegetarian

Cranberry Relish Ingredients 20 oz Cranberries 2 cups Walnuts Rind of 1 Orange 4 stalks Celery Honey to taste Preparation Place the cranberries, walnuts, orange rind and celery in a blender or food chopper. Chop until ingredients are evenly mixed and diced. Remove from blender and add honey to taste. Properties The main ingredient, cranberry, is sour, cool and bitter. It drains damp-heat from the Lower Jiao, but its sour taste astringes physiological fluids, too. Cranberries also contain proanthocyanidins, which protect against toxins and poisons in the blood, and also […]

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Barley and Mushroom Pilaf

Categories: Damp Heat in the Lower Jiao, Liver & Gall Bladder Damp Heat, Rice and Grains, Spleen Damp Heat

Barley and Mushroom Pilaf Prep Time: 15 minutes Cooking Time: 45 minutes Serves: 4-6 Ingredients 2 ounces fresh shitake mushrooms ½ pound field mushrooms 1 onion 2 carrots 2 tablespoons butter 2 tablespoons olive oil 1-cup pot barley 3 cups chicken stock Handful of fresh parsley ½ cup walnuts Soy sauce Salt & Pepper Method Chop the mushrooms, onions and carrots into strips. Saute the mushrooms in a little of the olive oil and butter and set aside when browned.  Saute the onion and carrots in the rest of the […]

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Open sesame eggplant

Categories: Asian, Damp Heat in the Lower Jiao, Heart Blood Stagnation, Heart Disease, Large Intestine Damp Heat, Large Intestine Fluid Vacuity, Liver & Gall Bladder Damp Heat, Spleen Damp Heat, Stomach Fire, Toxic Heat in the Blood, Urinary Bladder Damp Heat, Vegan, Vegetables, Vegetarian, Yin Vacuity

OPEN SESAME EGGPLANT (2-3 servings) by Catherine Marquis Other Names: Solanum melongena, aubergine, qie zi Eggplant is a vegetable of wide international origins, appearing in the cuisines of Europe, the Middle East, South and East Asia, and North America. China and India are the world’s top eggplant producers today. It is related to the potato, pepper, and tomato, part of the Solanaceae (nightshade) family, and grows in climates ranging from tropical to temperate. Eggplants come in many sizes, colors and shapes, (not only the pear-shaped dark purple variety) ranging from […]

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ARTICHOKES IN PARSLEY SAUCE

Categories: Damp Heat in the Lower Jiao, Liver & Gall Bladder Damp Heat, Side Dishes, Vegan, Vegetarian

Ingredients 4 – 8 baby artichokes Juice of 1 lemon 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil 2 cloves garlic, peeled and sliced 1 cup water 1 1/2 cups flat-leaf parsley, stems removed Salt Preparation  Preheat oven to 400 degrees.    Trim the artichokes by slicing off half an inch of the top, slicing off any stems and pulling off the tougher outer leaves.   Toss the artichokes with the lemon juice and olive oil in an oven-proof dish. Scatter the garlic on top and drizzle with three-fourths cup of water. Cover […]

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