Black Bean Soup

Categories: Kidney Qi Vacuity, Kidney Yin Vacuity, Liver Blood Vacuity, Spleen Qi Vacuity, Spleen Yang Vacuity

Black Bean Soup (4 servings)
1 c. black beans
1 small onion
2 garlic cloves
3 TB tamari
1 tsp. ginger juice
½ red bell pepper
2 TB. Cilantro

Soak beans overnight. Discard soak water, cover with fresh water and cook beans on medium-low heat for 30 minutes. You may need to add more water. During the last 20 minutes of cooking, add garlic, onions and red bell pepper. Mix tamari and ginger juice in at the end. Optional: blend to put over grains.

TCM Analysis:
Black beans: warm, sweet, tonifies kidneys, nourishes yin, strengthens and nourishes blood, brightens eyes, promotes diuresis, strengthens kidneys
Onion: warm, pungent, promotes sweating, resolves phlegm, diuretic
Garlic: hot, pungent, anti-viral, anti-fungal, detoxifies meat and seafood, kills worms, removes stagnant food and stagnant blood, reduces abscesses
Ginger: warm, pungent, promotes sweating, anti-toxin, benefits lungs and stomach, expels pathogen, antidote for seafood poisoning
Red bell pepper:
Cilantro: slightly cool, pungent, promotes sweating, strengthens digestion, promotes qi flow