Lamb, Sweet Potato and Leek Stew with Saffron Rice

Categories: Kidney Yang Vacuity

Lamb, Sweet Potato and Leek Stew with Saffron Rice
1 cup basmati rice. Neutral grain, easy for the stomach to digest,
Basmati is qi moving.
2 cups water (or veggie or chicken broth for more flavor)
½ pound lamb meat, cubed. Sweet, warm, stomach spleen, kidney. Boosts kidney yang,
warms middle jiao, nourishes blood.
1 medium sweet potato, cubed. Sweet neutral flavor that is easy on the spleen in
moderate amounts.
1 cup chopped leek (or scallion or onion if leek is not available) (Warm, moving root
1 tsp. chopped garlic Warm, moves qi
1 tsp dried ginger Pungent and hot, LU, SP, ST Warms middle jiao, warms the interior,
unblocks channels.
1 tsp. olive oil, good medium for cooking
Small pinch saffron Moves blood
1 tsp. oregano. Acrid, moves qi
Pinch of salt to taste. Salt is cooling so a minimal amount should be used.
Pinch of black pepper: Pungent, warm. St, LI. Warms the middle jiao, descends stomach qi, expels damp and cold.
Cook basmati rice with 1 cup rice, and 2 cups water, salt and saffron.
While rice is cooking, steam potatoes until tender.
After rice and potatoes are done, heat olive oil, garlic and leek for approximately 5 minutes until slightly tender. Add cubed lamb to leeks and cook for 10 minutes until browned. Add sweet potato, parsley, and oregano, salt and pepper. Mix together and serve with saffron rice. For two servings.
This recipe has an overall warming and tonifying affect which will help to tonify the kidney yang and dispel any excess cold from the uterus.
Contraindicated for damp heat signs.