Categories: Heart Fire, Phlegm Nodules & Interior Heat, Shen Calming, Vegan, Vegetables, Vegetarian

by Anna Strong

¼ cup wakame

1 tbsp olive oil

1 small yellow onion

2 small carrots, diced

1 celery rib, diced

1 15 oz can cannellini beans

1 ½ cup frozed lima beans, thawed

6 cups low sodium vegetable broth

1 bunch kale, chopped

¼ tsp dried oregano

1/8 tsp ground nutmeg

1/8 tsp cayenne pepper

  • Place the wakame in small bowl, cover with cold water, and soak 15 min. drain, squeeze liquid out, and set aside.
  • Heat oil in sauce pan.  Add onions, celery, and saute 3-5 min.  add cannelinni beans, lima beans and broth.  Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium-low, simmer covered for 10 min.
  • Transfer half the soup to food processor and puree.  Stir mixture into remaining soup in pot. Add kale;cook for 5 minutes. Stir in oregano, cayenne, nutmeg, and drained wakame.

Wakame:  salty, cold.  LV, ST, KD.  Softens hardness, dissipates nodules, dissolves phlegm. Clears heat.

Yellow onion:  acrid, neutral.  LU, ST  transforms phlegm and damp

Carrots:  sweet, neutral.  SP,LV, LU, HT.  strengthens spleen and heart.  Soothes Liver.  drains damp.

Celery: sweet. LV. Clears heat, resolves toxins.

Lima bean:  cooling, sweet.  LV/LU.  Increases yin fluids.

Kale: warming, sweet, bitter-acrid. LU/ST

Cayenne pepper: warm, acrid

Nutmeg: warm, sweet


Carrots have an affinity for the heart and will take this stew there to cool the heart and help those who have heat and phlegm in combination presenting the hardening and nodulation.  The wakame is excellent for softening hardness as well as drawing the heart fire downward.  Lima beans will increase yin to also cool off the heart fire.