Honeyed Spinach

Categories: Large Intestine Fluid Vacuity, Lung Yin Vacuity

Honeyed Spinach
4 servings
(From The Chinese Herbal Cookbook)

12 oz fresh baby spinach
4 cloves garlic, crushed
2 t soy sauce
4 t honey
2 oz pine nuts
1 T black sesame seeds
2 T sesame oil
4 oz raisins
Salt/pepper to taste

1. Wash the spinach well. Cut into shreds. Set aside.
2. Mix the garlic, soy cause, and honey in a small bowl. Set aside.
3. Heat a wok or frying pan and dry-fry the pine nuts and sesame seeds for 2 minutes being careful not to burn them. Remove to a plate and set aside.
4. Heat the sesame oil in the wok or frying pan and stir-fry the spinach for 1-2 minutes until softened.
5. Add the sauce and raisins to the spinach. Mix well.
6. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
7. Serve sprinkled with the pine nuts and sesame seeds.

TCM Analysis:
Spinach: sweet, cold; ST, LI. Clear heat, stop bleeding, nourish blood, moisten dryness.
Garlic: hot, acrid; Relieve food stagnation, move blood, dispel cold.
Soy sauce: salty, cold; SP, ST, KD. Harmonize MJ, clear heat.
Honey: sweet, neutral; SP, LU, LI. Harmonize MJ, moisten dryness, nourish yin.
Pine nuts: sweet, slightly warm; LU, LI. Moisten/tonify LU/LI.
Black sesame seeds: sweet, neutral. LV, KD, LU, LI. Nourish LV/KD, moisten.
Raisins: sweet. Nourish and moisten.

Overall, this recipe focuses on nourishing yin, clearing heat, and moistening dryness especially in cases of LU yin deficiency or autumn dryness. The garlic is kept in to lightly disperse and prevent over-nourishing.