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Grilled Shrimp with a Chile Dressing

Categories: Kidney Yang Vacuity, Stomach Cold

Grilled Shrimp with a Chile Dressing
Six Servings

-2 lbs large shrimp (16-20 per lb), shelled and deveined (or tempeh if vegetarian)
-6 cloves of garlic, peeled and smashed
-3 small, fresh red Thai chiles, ends trimmed, seeds removed, and cut into thin slices
-1/4 cup rice wine or sake
-1 1/2 tsp toasted sesame oil
-6 skewers for grilling

Chile Dressing:
*3-4 small, fresh red Thai chiles or cherry peppers
*1/2 cup clear rice vinegar
*1/4 cup virgin olive oil
*1 1/2 tsp toasted sesame oil
*1/2 tsp salt

1. Using a sharp knife, cut along the back of the shrimp to butterfly them. Place them in a bowl.

2. Add the garlic, chiles, rice wine or sake, and sesame oil to the shrimp. Toss lightly, cover with a plastic wrap and let the shrimp marinate for at least 3 hours at room temperature or overnight in the refrigerator. Before grilling, thread the shrimp loosely through the skewers so that they lie flat.

3. Meanwhile, prepare the Chile Dressing. Trim the ends and stems from the chiles, remove the seeds and coarsely chop by hand or in a food processor, pulsing the machine by turning it on and off. Place the chopped chiles in a clean jar and add the vinegar, olive oil, sesame oil and salt. Seal tightly and shake the dressing. Store at room temperature for several hours or overnight before using it.

4. Prepare a medium-hot fire for grilling and place the grill 3 inches above the coals. Arrange the shrimp on the grill and cook for about 5-7 minutes on each side or until cooked through, basting with the marinade.

5. Remove the cooked shrimp from the skewers, put them in a serving bowl and toss with the chile dressing or serve the dressing on the side for dipping.

TCM Theory:
Shrimp: warm, sweet, KD, LV
Garlic: warm (when cooked), acrid, sweet (when cooked), LU, ST, SP
Thai Chiles: hot, acrid, ST, SP, HT
Rice Wine: warm, acrid, sweet, bitter, HT, LV, LU, ST
Toasted Sesame Oil: cool, sweet, LI, LV, KD
Rice Vinegar: warm, sour, bitter, ST, LV
Salt: cold, salty, ST, KD, SI, LI

Overall Effect of Ingredients:
Warms the KD and the middle burner, tonifies KD yang

Chinese Cinnamon Barley Soup

Categories: Kidney Yang Vacuity, Spleen Damp, Spleen Damp Cold, Spleen Yang Vacuity, Stomach Cold

Chinese Cinnamon Barley Soup
six servings

*8 whole scallions, ends trimmed, cut into 1.5 inch sections and smashed lightly with the flat side of a knife
*8 cloves garlic, smashed lightly
*8 slices of ginger, about the size of a quarter, smashed lightly
*2 sticks of cinnamon
*1 tsp anise seeds
*1/2 cup soy sauce (or tamari sauce if wheat sensitive)
*1/2 cup rice wine or sake
*7 cups water
-2 lbs chuck or beef stew meat, cut into 1.5 inch cubes (or adzuki beans with tempeh if vegetarian)
-1 cup barley
-1 1/2 lbs spinach, trimmed, rinsed and drained
-3 TBS minced scallions, white part only

1. Place the starred ingredients in a large pot or casserole dish. Bring to a boil.

2. Add the beef and barley, and boil again. Reduce the heat to low, cover and simmer, skimming the surface to remove impurities and fat. Cook for 1 1/2 hours, until the beef is very tender. Scoop out the ginger slices, cinnamon sticks, and anise seeds, and discard.

3. Add the spinach to the beef, cover, and heat till boiling. Ladle the meat with broth and spinach into serving bowls, sprinkling the top with scallions. Serve immediately.

TCM Theory:
Scallions: warm, acrid, LU, ST
Garlic: warm (when cooked), acrid, sweet (when cooked), LU, ST, SP
Ginger: warm, acrid, LU, ST, SP
Cinnamon: warm to hot, acrid, ST, SP, LV, KD
Soy Sauce: cold, salty & sweet, SP, ST, KD
Rice Wine: warm, acrid, sweet, bitter, HT, LV, LU, ST
Beef: warm, neutral, sweet, SP, ST, KD
Barley: cool, salty, sweet, SP, ST
Spinach: cool, sweet, ST, LV, LI, SI

Overall Effect of Ingredients:
Warms the KD and the middle burner, tonifies KD yang

Honey Glazed Peach Tart

Categories: Lung Fluid Xu, Lung Yin Vacuity, Shen Calming

Honey Glazed Peach Tart

Crust ( you can use pre-made pie dough from the grocery store)

* 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour (clears heat)
* 3 tablespoons powdered sugar (tonifies Mother of LU)
* 1/4 teaspoon salt
* 1/2 cup (1 stick) chilled unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch cubes (moistens dryness)
* 3 1/2 tablespoons (about) ice water

Filling

* 1/4 cup sugar
* 3 tablespoons all purpose flour (clears heat)
* 2 teaspoons grated lemon peel (regulates qi)
* 6 ripe medium peaches, peeled, halved, pitted, cut into 1/2-inch-thick slices (about 4 cups) (lubricates lungs, astringes LU Qi, clears heat)
* 2 tablespoons honey (moistens lungs)
* 2 tablespoons chilled unsalted butter, cut into small pieces (Lubricates dryness)
* 2 tablespoons sliced almonds (ventilates lungs, relieves cough)
* 2 tablespoons peach preserves, melted (same as peaches)

For crust:
Blend flour, sugar, and salt in processor. Using on/off turns, cut in butter until pea-size pieces form. With machine running, add enough ice water by tablespoonfuls to form moist clumps. Gather dough into ball; flatten into disk. Wrap in plastic; refrigerate 1 hour.

Roll out dough on lightly floured surface to 12-inch round. Transfer to 9-inch-diameter tart pan with removable bottom. Trim overhang to 1 inch. Fold overhang in and press to form double-thick sides. Press inside edge of crust to push it 1/8 to 1/4 inch above top edge of pan. Pierce bottom of crust with fork. Refrigerate 1 hour.

Preheat oven to 400° F. Bake tart crust until golden, piercing with fork if bubbles form, about 25 minutes. (Can be made 1 day ahead. Cool; wrap in plastic and store at room temperature.)

For filling:
Mix sugar, flour, and lemon peel in large bowl to blend. Add peaches and toss to coat. Pour into baked crust. Drizzle honey over peach mixture; dot with butter and sprinkle with almonds. Bake until peaches are tender and almonds are toasted, about 35 minutes. Brush fruit and almonds with peach preserves. Cool 15 minutes before serving. (Can be made 6 hours ahead. Store tart at room temperature.)

Serves 6

 

CI: mind patients who have  propensity for phlegm and dampness

Beet, Broccoli, and Blue Cheese Salad

Categories: Liver Blood Vacuity

Beet, broccoli, and blue cheese salad

  • 4 beets, trimmed, leaving 1 inch of stems attached
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped, divided
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 2 cups of broccoli florets
  • 2 tablespoons peanut oil
  • 1/3 cup crumbled blue cheese

Serves 3-4

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C). Place the beets, 1/4 of the chopped garlic, and the olive oil on a piece of heavy aluminum foil; fold the foil around the beets into a sealed packet.
2. Roast beets in the preheated oven until easily pierced with a fork, 40 minutes to 1 hour. Let beets cool just until they can be handled, then rub with a paper towel to remove skins. Chop into 1/2-inch cubes; set aside.
3. Heat the peanut oil and in a heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Cook and stir broccoli and the remaining garlic together until broccoli is slightly softened but still crunchy, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in the beets and the blue cheese. Serve warm.

TCM Breakdown:
Beets: Nourish LV blood
Broccoli: Nourish LV blood, brightens eyes
Garlic: Releases exterior
Peanut Oil: Regulates blood, nourishes yin
Olive Oil: moistens dryness
Blue Cheese: supplements qi, nourishes blood, moistens dryness

CI: Beets contain oxalic acid

Green Bean and Walnut Salad

Categories: Blood Stasis, Kidney Jing Vacuity

Green Bean and Walnut salad
Serves 3-4

Ingredients:
1 lb of fresh chopped green beans
2 cups of chopped walnuts
1 clove of chopped garlic
4 tablespoons of olive oil
4 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar
Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:
Add 2 tablespoons of olive oil to frying pan.  Heat up oil and add the chopped garlic and sautee it.  Then, add fresh green beans and stir fry for 3 minutes.  Add the walnuts and stir fry for 5 minutes.  Mix 2 tablespoons olive oil with 4 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar and pour over green beans and walnuts. Mix everything together and enjoy.

TCM Breakdown:
Green Bean: tonifies KD
Walnut: Tonifies KD and nourishes jing and marrow
Garlic: releases exterior, regulates qi
Olive oil: moistens dryness
Vinegar: invigorates blood, clears toxin, astringent

CI for garlic: don’t use for hot/dry disorders

Walnut Sesame Clusters

Categories: Kidney Jing Vacuity, Kidney Yang Vacuity, Kidney Yin Vacuity, Large Intestine Fluid Vacuity

Walnut Sesame Clusters

Ingredients:

  • 2 C walnuts
  • 2 Tbsp black sesame seeds
  • 1-2 Tbsp toasted sesame oil
  • honey

Instructions:

  1. Toast walnuts and black sesame seeds in a saute pan with the sesame oil until the seeds stick to the nuts. Stir and flip nuts occasionally to prevent burning.
  2. Remove from heat. Pour honey over nuts and seeds. Spoon clumps onto wax paper to cool.

Makes enough clusters to cover one dinner plate.

TCM analysis:

walnuts: sweet, warm; LU, LI, KD; tonifies KD and LU, lubricates LI, nourishes jing/marrow
black sesame seeds: sweet, neutral; LV, KD, LU, LI; nourishes LV/KD, moistens LI, nourishes jing/marrow
honey: sweet, neutral; SP, LU, LI; nourishes/harmonizes MJ, moistens dryness, antidote to food poisoning

This recipe deeply tonifies the KD while moistening dryness in the LI. It is an easy-to-make treat for weak or elderly patients with constipation, since it tonifies both KD yin and yang and promotes bowel movements. Honey increases the moistening action of the recipe and makes it easier to digest.

Smooth Move Smoothie

Categories: Large Intestine Damp Heat, Large Intestine Qi Stagnation

Smooth Move Smoothie
L.I. shi heat leading to constipation
By Katie Fritz

1 apple, cored/sliced
1 pear, cored/sliced
1 plum, pitted/sliced
2 bananas
1/2 avocado
1/2 c. silken tofu
1-2 c. green tea (depending upon your preference of consistency)
1-2 tbsp. Maple syrup (to taste)
Cinnamon, to taste

Place the apple, pear, plum, bananas, avocado & tofu in your blender. Boil 8-16 oz. of water and add to 1-2 heaping tsp. of green tea leaves, steep for about 5 minutes. Once steeped to your liking, add green tea (w/o leaves) to your blender. Blend all ingredients until smooth. Give it a taste test & add maple syrup & cinnamon to your liking!

Serving size: 2-3 people

TCM analysis:
Apple: reduces dryness, alleviates thirst, tonifies qi
Pear: cools ST heat; generates body fluids, quenches thirst, clears heat, descends qi (& stops cough)
Plum: aids digestion, regulates body fluids, removes stagnation of qi
Banana: moistens the L.I.; clears heat, lubricates intestines
Avocado: nourishes yin & xue, moistens LU, skin & intestines
Tofu: expels heat & moistens/lubricates dryness, strengthens SP/ST
Green tea: cools heat, relieves thirst, promotes digestion
Maple syrup: sweet, tonifies SP/ST
Cinnamon (gui zhi): strengthens ST, warms coldness

The overall focus of this recipe is to cool L.I. heat, generate fluids & stimulate digestion. The cinnamon will counteract the mostly cold nature of this recipe, while stimulating the digestive organs. The fruits, tofu & tea cool heat & moisten the bowels.

Applesauce with Pears and Peaches

Categories: Dryness Invading the Lungs, Large Intestine Fluid Vacuity, Lung Fluid Xu, Lung Yin Vacuity, Shen Calming

Applesauce with pears & peaches
Yields: 8 servings

2 lbs of apples, peeled, cored and chopped
½ lb of pears, peeled, pitted, and chopped
½ lb of peaches, peeled, cored and chopped
3 cups of water
1 cup of white sugar
1 tbsp lemon juice

1. Place all the fruit in a large saucepan and just barely cover with water. Simmer over medium-low heat until fruit is tender, 15-20 minutes.
2. Run cooked fruit through a food mill or blender. Stir in sugar and lemon juice. Cook over medium heat for about 3-5 minutes.

TCM analysis: Overall cools the heat in the LU from LU yin xu
Apples: cool, sweet, slightly sour. strengthens HT, tonfiies qi, quenches thirst, reduces dryness, alleviates thirst, lubricates LU, resolves mucus
Pears: cold, sweet. Regenerates body fluids, quenches thirst, calms HT, lubricates LU, relieves restlessness, promotes urination, clears heat, detoxifies, lubricates throat, dissolves mucus, descends qi and stops cough
Peaches: very cool, sweet and slightly sour. Lubricates LU, clears heat, aids diabetes, promotes body fluids, induces sweating.

Modifications

  • Taste the milled fruit before adding sugar.  Then, just add sugar to taste.  May be sweetened with an alternative sweetener such as honey or maple syrup.
  • Add a little bit of cinnamon for depth of flavor and to change temperature of food to slightly warm.

 

Rice Pudding with Fresh Berries

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

Rice Pudding with Fresh Berries

1/4 cup long grain rice (washed and drained)
4-5 cups milk
2-3 cardamom seeds (crushed)
2 tbsp almonds (blanched slivered)
A pinch of saffron threads, soaked in a little hot milk
2-3 tbsp sugar or as desired
2 cups fresh berries (especially raspberries & blackberries)

  1. Put the rice, milk and cardamom in a pan, bring to boil and simmer gently until the rice is soft and the grains are starting to break up.
  2. Add almonds and saffron and simmer for 3-4 minutes.
  3. Add the sugar and stir until completely dissolved.
  4. Remove from heat and serve either warm or chilled.
  5. Top with the fresh berries.

This dish is nourishing to the body as a whole.
Milk and almonds are nourishing to the KD jing.
Rice nourishes the SP, and tonifies the qi.
Cardamom provides a spark of yang, and makes the dish easier to digest.
Saffron moves the blood and removes toxins.
Blackberries nourish KD yin, while raspberries nourish the blood. Raspberries also remove toxins and regulate the menstrual cycle.

I would recommend this dish is cases where the jing and yin of the KD and the blood have been depleted. For example, to help replenish reserves in the post-partum period or following a trauma or long-illness.

Zhi Ma Hu (Black Sesame Soup)

Categories: Kidney Yin Vacuity, Large Intestine Fluid Vacuity, Liver Blood Vacuity

Zhi Ma Hu (Black Sesame Soup)
China

Treatment Principle: foster LV and KI yin

Serves 4

Ingredients
8 tsp long-grain white rice
¾ cup black sesame seeds
5 cups water
¾ cup sugar

Soak the rice for an hour, then drain but do not discard the water.  Clean the sesame seeds by hand and discard any grains of sand.  Then wash, drain and dry them.  Roast the sesame seeds in a dry wok for 5-10 minutes.  In a food processor, grind the roasted sesame seeds and rice with some of the rice water you have reserved, until the paste is smooth.  Push the mixture through a sieve into a saucepan.  Add sugar and the remaining water.  Simmer at low heat, stirring constantly until the paste thickens.  Serve warm in individual bowls.

Black Sesame: sweet neutral KI LV LI
Actions: tonifies the LV and KI; augments the yin and blood; lubricates the Intestines.
Indications: yin deficiency of the LV and KI; headaches, dizziness, and numbness due to blood or yin deficiency; for constipation due to dry Intestines or blood deficiency.

White Rice: sweet neutral SP ST
Actions: strengthens the SP and ST, supplements qi.
Indications: SP and ST weakness, generalized weakness, reduced appetite, nausea and vomiting, post febrile yin damage, thirst and dry mouth.

White Sugar: sweet neutral LU SP
Actions: moistens the LU, increases yin fluids, and benefits the SP.
Indications: dry cough, dry throat, thirst, dull abdominal pain.

Zhi Ma Hu (composite): sweet neutral KI LV SP
Actions: tonifies LV and KI and augments the yin and blood; lubricates the Intestines.
Indications: yin deficiency of the LV and KI; headaches, dizziness, and numbness due to blood or yin deficiency. For constipaton due to dry Intestines or blood deficiency.

CI: patients who tend to phlegm or damp.