Tomato-Lentil Soup with Spinach, Corn, and Brown Rice

Categories: Spleen Qi Vacuity

Tomato-Lentil Soup with Spinach, Corn, and Brown Rice Recipe

2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 tablespoons olive oil
1½ cups chopped yellow onion
¼ cup minced garlic
1 pound carrots, cut into ¼-inch pieces
¼ pound celery, cut into ¼-inch pieces
8 to 10 cups chicken stock
Two 14.5-ounce cans diced tomatoes, with juice
1 pound green lentils
Two 14.5-ounce cans tomato sauce
¾ cup uncooked long-grain brown rice
1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
1 tablespoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cumin
Freshly ground black pepper
10 ounces baby spinach
1½ cups frozen corn kernels

Heat the butter and oil in a heavy large pot over medium-high heat. Add the onion and garlic, reduce the heat to medium-low, and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion is very tender, 8 to 10 minutes. Add the carrots and celery and continue to cook, stirring occasionally, for an additional 10 minutes. Add 8 cups of the chicken stock, diced tomatoes, and lentils. Cover and simmer for 1 hour. Raise the heat to high and bring to a boil. Add the tomato sauce, rice, thyme, salt, cumin, and pepper to taste. Reduce the heat back to medium-low and simmer, covered, for 30 minutes. Stir in the spinach and corn, and cook uncovered for 30 minutes more, adding more chicken stock if necessary.

Butter — neutral, sweet, strengthens weakness, nourishes qi and blood, lubricates dryness
Onion-warm and pungent, promotes sweating, resolves phlegm, diuretic
Garlic- hot and pungent, anti-viral, anti-fungal, detoxifies meat and seafood, kills worms, removes stagnant blood and reduces abscesses.
Carrots-sweet, neutral, strengthens spleen and heart, nourishes and soothes liver, benefits the lung, diuretic, drains damp, anti-inflammatory
Celery-sweet, clears heat resolves toxin, subdues liver yang and wind, drains damp transforms phlegm, calms the shen
Tomato-sweet. Sour, cold, promotes fluids, clears heat, promotes urination, supplements kidney.
Lentils- sweet, neutral, strengthens spleen, harmonizes middle jiao
Brown Rice- sweet, slightly warm, supplements qi, soothes stomach, drains damp
Salt-salty, cold, clears heat cools blood, eases bowel movements, nourishes kidney
Black Pepper- pungent, warm, warms the middle jiao, descends stomach qi, expels damp and cold
Spinach-sweet, cold, clears heat, stops bleeding, nourishes blood, stabilizes yin, moistens dryness.
Corn- sweet, neutral, strengthens spleen, soothes stomach, promotes urination