Tamari-roasted Root Vegetables with Cashew Millet

Categories: Spleen Qi Vacuity, Spleen Yang Vacuity

Tamari-roasted Root Vegetables with Cashew Millet

Serves 6

4 beets — trimmed, peeled, cut into ¾ inch cubes
4 rutabagas – trimmed, peeled, cut into ¾ inch cubes
4 turnips – trimmed, peeled, cut into ¾ inch cubes
3 tablespoons tamari (plus more for table)
1-tablespoon safflower oil
3 ¾ cups low sodium vegetable stock
1 ½ cups hulled millet
¼ teaspoon fine sea salt
½ cup chopped cashews

Preheat oven to 375°F.
In a large bowl, combine the beets, rutabagas, turnips, tamari, and safflower oil. Spread the mixture onto two large rimmed baking sheets and bake for 30 minutes. One pan at a time, remove the pans from the oven toss the vegetables, and spread them back out. Cook for another 30 minutes, or until the vegetables are tender and nicely caramelized. Meanwhile, in a 3-4 quart saucepan over high heat, combine the stock, millet, and salt. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat to a simmer, cover, and cook for 15 minutes, or until the millet is tender. Remove from the heat, fluff with a fork, cover, and set aside until the vegetables are done. To serve, transfer the millet to plates/platter, top with the vegetables and sprinkle with cashews. Pass additional tamari at the table.


Beets — cool, sweet, nourishes blood, Tonifies the heart, calm the spirit, lubricates the intestines, and cleanses the liver
Rutabagas — warm, downward movement, regulates qi
Turnips — warm, sweet, bitter, and pungent, regulates qi, dries damp, promotes digestion, and transforms phlegm
Tamari — harmonize the middle jiao, clears heat
Millet — cool, sweet, stops vomiting, relieves diarrhea, consolidate or astringes the stomach and intestines, clears heat, promotes urination
Sea salt – cold, salty, slightly sweet, harmonize and promotes digestion, strengthens kidney, fortifies bones, tendons, and teeth, brightens eyes, detoxifies, used as a natural preservative
Cashews — sweet, warm, Tonifies the kidney, strengthen bones, nourishes blood, boosts qi, moistens yin, promotes bowel movement
Effects Spleen and Stomach and roasting is a very warming method, which benefits the Yang. Most root vegetables tend to be warm in nature and strengthening to the qi.