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Winter Melon Soup

Categories: Asian, Gluten-free, Kidney Water Overflow, Kidney Yang Vacuity, Soup, Urinary Bladder Damp Heat, Vegan, Vegetarian

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Winter Melon Soup

3 qt vegetable broth

3 c winter melon, peeled and chopped

2 carrots

2 celery stalks

1 onion

12 Chinese mushrooms, stems removed

6 oz tofu noodles or finely sliced baked tofu

1 tsp chives

1 tsp peanut oil

1 Tbsp tamari

Directions: cook together until tender, about 25 minutes, season with chives, tamari and peanut oil.

Serving Size: 4

TCM pattern: UB damp heat; KD water overflow

TCM Evaluation:  winter melon is sweet, bland and cool, detoxifies and drains damp; carrots are sweet and neutral, diuretic and drains damp; celery stalks are sweet, bitter and cold, drains damp and transforms phlegm; onion clear heat, relieve toxicity, transform phlegm and damp; Chinese mushrooms are sweet and cool, rectifies qi and boost wei qi; tofu noodles are sweet and neutral, promotes urination and resolves toxicity

Kholood El-Helo

 

 

 

 

Chai

Categories: Asian, Beverages, Qi Stagnation, Spleen Damp Cold, Spleen Qi Vacuity, Spleen Yang Vacuity, Stomach Cold, Vegetarian

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CHAI TEA

makes 2 quarts

Ingredients:

2 qts water

2 cinnamon sticks

¼ c green cardamom pods

1 heaping tsp black peppercorns

½ heaping tsp whole cloves

Several slices of fresh ginger

1-2 black teabags (I like Darjeeling or Earl Gray)

Honey

Goat’s Milk

nutmeg

1) Combine all ingredients except for the tea bags; bring to boil, reduce heat, and simmer, covered, for 45 min.  Add the tea bags and continue to simmer for another 10-15 min.  Strain into a container to store.

2) To serve, reheat a desired amount and add honey and goat’s milk to taste; grate nutmeg over the top.

Variations:

Experiment by adding other dried herbs like dried tangerine peel or dried coconut.

You can substitute soy milk, rice milk, or almond milk for the goat’s milk.

TCM ANALYSIS

Qi Stagnation with Cold in the Middle Jiao

Cinnamon:  Hot, acrid, and sweet; HT, LV, KD, SP; strengthens stomach, warms body.

Cardamom:  Warm, acrid; KD, SP; aids digestion, warms and resolves dampness, regulates Qi, stops

nausea and vomiting.

Black Peppercorns:  Hot, acrid; ST, LI; warms body, aids digestion

Cloves:  Warm, acrid; KD, SP, ST; warms body, reverses rebellious Qi.

Ginger:  Warm, acrid; LU, SP, ST; releases exterior Wind Cold, stops nausea/vomiting

Black Tea:  Cool, bitter, sweet; clears the head, resolves phlegm, promotes digestion and urination

Honey:  Warm, sweet; LU, SP, ST; lubricates dryness, strengthens digestion

Goat’s Milk:  Neutral, sweet; strengthens, nourishes Qi and Blood, lubricates dryness

This recipe contains very warming and moving herbs that promote good digestion.  Goat’s Milk is

the traditional ingredient in this drink and even though it can be considered an acquired taste, in a

small amount, it works to tonify Qi and Blood.   Goat’s Milk is also much easier to digest than Cow’s

milk.  It can be used for indigestion, fatigue after meals, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.

Rice Congee with Yi Yi Ren and Mung Beans

Categories: Asian, Bi Syndrome Hot, Rice and Grains, Spleen Damp, Spleen Damp Heat, Spleen Qi Vacuity, Vegan, Vegetarian

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Rice Congee with Yi Yi Ren and Mung Bean  (6 – 8 servings) 

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup rice
  • ½ cup job’s tears (coix, Chinese pearl barley, yi yi ren)
  • ¼ cup mung beans
  • ¼ cup adzuki beans
  • fresh ginger, sliced (use a piece approximately the size of your thumb)
  • 1 – 2 inch square piece of kombu or comparable amount of wakame
  • 7-8 cups water

Directions

  1. Soak the rice, job’s tears, mung beans, and adzuki beans in water overnight.
  2. Drain and place in a non-reactive cooking pot. Add the water and ginger.
  3. Bring to a boil.
  4. While you are waiting for the rice, yi yi ren and adzuki beans to come to a boil, pour a bit of hot water over the kombu to let it soften for 5 or 10 minutes. Once it is rehydrated, cut it up into small pieces and add to the cooking pot with the other ingredients.
  5. Once the pot has come to a boil, reduce heat, cover and cook for 1 – 2 hours or until the job’s tears is tender to the bite. Stir occasionally to break up the rice grains.
  6. Options: if not a fan of eating seaweed, leave it whole and remove at the end of cooking time.

TCM ANALYSIS

Pattern: Bi Syndrome/Wind-Damp-Heat Obstructing Channels

TCM properties

Ingredient Taste, Temp, Organs Function

Rice: neutral, sweet; SP, ST; Supplements the center and boosts the qi; fortifies the spleen and harmonizes the stomach; eliminates vexatious thirst, stops diarrhea and dysentery

Job’s Tears/Yi yi ren: cool, bland; SP, ST, UB; Drains dampness, promotes urination.

Mung beans: cold, sweet; HRT, ST, UB; Clear heat, promotes urination.

Adzuki beans: neutral, sweet, sour; SP, HRT, SI; percolate damp, promote urination.

Ginger: Warm, pungent; LU, SP, ST; Release the exterior, disperse wind-cold; transform fluids, resolve toxicity

Kombu: Cold, salty; LVR, ST, KD; Clears heat, softens hardness.

-from Siri Michel

 

Chicken Noodle Soup for the Common Cold

Categories: Asian, Chicken, Gluten-free, Soup, Wei Qi Vacuity, Wind Cold Invading Lungs, Wind Invasion (External)

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CHICKEN NOODLE SOUP FOR THE COMMON COLD serves 4

  • 2 tbs coconut oil
  • ¼ lb chicken, shredded
  • ¼ c preserved mustard greens, soaked, rinsed, and shredded
  • 4 slices ginger, shredded
  • 2 green onions, sliced thinly
  • 1-2 tbs fermented black beans, soaked, rinsed, and chopped
  • 4 c chicken stock
  • 1 tbs soy sauce
  • 2 tsp sesame oil
  • 2 oz rice vermicelli, presoaked in hot water until soft, drained
  • Fresh perilla leaves (or substitute with cilantro or basil)

1) Heat oil until smoking. Add chicken for 30 seconds. Add ginger, onions, greens, and black beans and stir fry for a few seconds.

2) Add chicken stock, bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 5 min. add the soy sauce and sesame oil.

3) Divide noodles between 4 bowls, top with a handful of perilla leaves, and ladle the hot soup over the top.

 

EARLY WIND COLD INVASION

Coconut oil: warm, sweet; strengthening, moistening

Chicken: warm, sweet; tonifies Qi and Blood

Preserved Mustard greens: warm, acrid, salty; relieves common cold, ventilates Lungs, reduces swollen glands

Ginger: warm, acrid; LU, SP, ST; promotes sweating, expels pathogen, opens LU

Green Onion: hot, acrid; LU, ST; promotes sweating, expels external pathogen

Fermented Black beans: warm, sweet, slightly bitter; LU, ST; releases exterior, illuminates irritability

Soy sauce: cool, sweet, salty; clears heat

Sesame oil: warm, sweet; harmonizes Blood, lubricates intestines

Perilla Leaf: warm, acrid, aromatic; LU, SP; releases exterior, opens chest, moves QI

Rice noodles: sweet; tonifies SP, ST; nourishes QI

 

This recipe contains ingredients that disperse external pathogens but also treat an underlying deficiency of Wei Qi. It’s useful during the cold and flu season as a prophylactic tonic and in the early stages of the common cold.

Jason Cox

Spicy Cumin Eggplant

Categories: Blood Stasis, Gluten-free, Indian, Liver Blood Stasis, Liver Qi Stagnation, Vegan, Vegetables, Vegetarian

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SPICY CUMIN EGGPLANT

1 medium eggplant, peeled
1 bell pepper, chopped
4 tbsp sunflower oil
¾ tsp cumin seeds
½ tsp mustard seeds
½ tsp tumeric
1/8 tsp hing (asafetida)
1 tsp sea salt
½ cup chick pea flour
1 tbsp onion chopped
½ tsp chilli powder
2 tsp coriander powder

wash and peel eggplant, cut into 1 inch cubes. In heavy skillet, heat oil, add mustard seeds and cumin seeds. When the mustard seeds pop, add turmeric, hing, onion and pepper. Then add eggplant and salt, mix well. Cover and cook 5 min. eggplant gets soft. Remove lid and add chickpea flour and remaining ingredients. Mix well and cook uncovered 5-7 min over medium heat. Stir so flour will not stick or burn. Serve with dal and rice, barley or millet.

By Anna Strong

TCM ANALYSIS

Eggplant: sweet, light, oily, cool. SP/ST/LI. Clears heat, moves blood, breaks stasis.
Bell pepper: sweet, oily, warm. Invigorates qi.
Turmeric: warming, bitter. Reduces tumors, decongests liver.
Cumin: warming
Sea salt: cold, salty. Cools heat, cools blood.
Mustard seeds: warming benefit lung
Chilli powder: acrid, hot.

Overall analysis:
The dish balances itself nicely with a combination of warming spices and cooling eggplant. The eggplant and turmeric both work well for blood stasis breaking.

Orange Pan-glazed Tempeh

Categories: Asian, Gluten-free, Qi Vacuity, Spleen Qi Vacuity, Vegan, Vegetables, Vegetarian, Yin Vacuity

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Orange Pan-glazed Tempeh Recipe

HS note: This recipe is equally good made with tofu. I made a couple minor tweaks to the recipe based on American ingredients/measurements. You can make a meal out of this by pairing it with some lightly sauteed seasonal vegetables, or in this case I simple served if over some left-over cooked wheat berries that I heated with a bit of chopped kale.

1 cup freshly squeezed orange juice (3-4 large juicy oranges)
1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger
2 teaspoons tamari (or soy sauce)
1 1/2 tablespoons mirin
2 teaspoons maple syrup
1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
2 small garlic cloves, crushed
roughly 10 ounces of tempeh (or extra-firm tofu)
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 lime
a handful of cilantro (coriander) leaves

Put the orange juice in a small bowl. Squeeze the grated ginger over the bowl to extract the juices, then discard the pulp. Add the tamari, mirin, and maple syrup, ground coriander, and garlic. Mix together and set aside.

Cut the tempeh (or tofu) into thin-ish, bite-sized pieces, and if working with tofu, pat dry with a paper towel.

Put the olive oil in a large frying pan over medium-high heat. When the oil is hot but not smoking, add the tempeh and fry for 5 minutes, or until golden underneath. Turn and cook the other side for another 5 minutes, or until golden. Pour the orange juice mixture into the pan and simmer for 10 minutes, or until the sauce has reduced to a lovely thick glaze. Turn the tempeh once more during this time and spoon the sauce over the tofu from time to time.

Serve the tempeh drizzled with any remaining sauce and a squeeze of lime, with the coriander scattered on top. Heidi note: As I mention in the head notes, I served this over some leftover wheat berries heated with a few handfuls of chopped kale.

Serves 4. (or two if you love it as much as we did -h)

From http://www.101cookbooks.com/archives/orange-panglazed-tempeh-recipe.html

Analysis – Nourishes and warms the SP/ST, moves/aids digestion.

Ginger-Scallion-Mushroom Tea

Categories: Asian, Beverages, Gluten-free, Lung Phlegm Cold, Vegan, Vegetarian, Wei Qi Vacuity, Wind Cold Invading Lungs

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Ginger-Scallion-Mushroom Tea

Here is a variation as many people don’t know what chinese dates are or where to get them….just use mushrooms instead….almost any kind will work to boost immune system (LU/KD)

6 slices ginger
3 stalks scallions
5 pieces of sliced button or shitake mushroom

Cook ginger slices, chopped scallion and sliced mushroom pieces in 3 1/2 cups of water for about 5 minutes. Strain and drink 1 cup each time, 3x a day.  Eat the ingredients if possible but not necessary

Serves: 3

Mitchell Harris L.Ac, MSTOM said:

Ginger-Scallion-Date Tea6 slices ginger
3 stalks scallions
5 pieces of black date (da zao)
Serves: 3
Cook ginger slices, chopped scallion and sliced date pieces in 3 1/2 cups of water for about 5 minutes. Strain and drink 1 cup each time, 3x a day.

Lian zi Bai he Lian ao Tong shui

Categories: Asian, Beverages, Damp in Lower Jiao, Gluten-free, Shen Calming, Vegan, Vegetarian

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Lian zi Bai he Lian ao Tong shui
Ingredients:
Bai he: 30g
Lian zi: 30g
Lian ao: 50g
Brown sugar: 20g
water

How to cook:
1.Wash all ingredients( don’t wash brown sugar)
2. Slice lian ao
3. boil water
4. add Lian zi and bai he 30 mins in 2
5. add Lian ao  and cook another 30 mins and add brown sugar at the very end
( this is lazy way to cook TONG SHUI) coz lots people will cook brown sugar and water separate instead add at the very end
6. cool before serving

Serving size: 5 people

TCM ANALYSIS

Treat: Clear heat, calm spirit, support Kd, help urination

Lian Ao ( Lotus root)
-cool, sweet
-clear heat, relieve irritability, strengthen st, cool the blood, stop bleeding, promote diuresis- HTN, urinary problem

Lian Zi
– KD/SP/HT
– Sweet, astringe, neutral
– Calm spirit, strengthen SP, stop diarrhea
– Tonify kd, astringe essence: floating and spotting, vaginal discharge, premature ejaculation

Bai He
– HT/LU
– Sweet, sl bitter, sl cold
– Moisten the lung, suppresses cough
– Clear heart calm spirit

Barley tea

Categories: Beverages, Japanese, Spleen Damp Heat, Spleen Qi Vacuity, Summerheat, Vegan, Vegetarian

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Mugicha (Barley Tea)

Made of whole grains of roasted barley, mugicha is drunk cold in the summer and after strenuous workouts.

Add ½ – 1 cup mugicha to 8 ¾ cups of boiling water. Bring back to a boil and then simmer for 5-10 minutes. Strain discarding the barley, transfer the mugicha to a pitcher and chill. Mugicha is also available in teabags.

TCM ANALYSIS

Barley and Barley Tea: sweet sl. salty cool SP ST UB
Actions: strengthens SP and ST; supplements qi; leaches damp and promotes urination.
Indications: bloating, gas, poor appetite, loose stool, edema, painful urination, fever with thirst, Summerheat, SP deficiency with Damp Heat.

Pork Jiao Zi Dumplings

Categories: Appetizers, Asian, Dryness Invading the Lungs, Large Intestine Dryness, Pork, Summerheat

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Chinese Dumplings

1 large or 2 small zucchini, diced
8 oz. mushrooms, diced
1 green onion, cut fine, include the tops (leeks)
1-2 tsp grated ginger
toasted sesame oil
½ pound ground pork
Salt & pepper to taste
Wonton wrappers
Dipping Sauce
Tamari
White Rice Vinegar
Toasted Sesame Oil
Minced Garlic (to taste)
In a pan, brown ground pork in small amount of sesame oil and a little salt and
pepper. Add zucchini, mushrooms and ginger. Cook until veggies have
expressed water but are not mushy. Remove excess water. Add green onion and
leeks. Cook mixture a bit longer to soften onion slightly. Remove any more
water from pan.
Spoon a small amount (approx. 1 Tbsp) of mixture onto center of wonton
wrapper. Fold wonton wrap, brush with water and press to seal. Set aside on
waxed paper or a plate or tray (anything but paper). Be very careful during this
process to keep wontons as dry as possible.
When wontons are ready, transfer to cook in boiling water. Wontons are
finished cooking when they float. Remove and place into dish. Dip in sauce or
spoon sauce over dumplings. Top with sesame seed or gomasio.

By Jen Drews
TCM Analysis
Salt — cooling, descending, KD; simultaneously softens and tightens
Pepper– warming, LU, stimulates warming flow in body, diaphoretic, protects
from EPI, counters food poisoning and indigestion
Zucchini — cool, LU, overcomes summerheat, diuretic (especially with skin on)
CAUTION  can diminish MJ energy needed for digestion
Mushroom — cooling, sweet, aids in elimination of mucus from LU, antibiotic
properties, increases WBC and therefore immunity, promotes appetite
Green Onion– decreases blood pressure and cholesterol
Leeks — acrid, sour/astringent, LV; counteracts bleeding and diarrhea
(sweating?)
Ginger — Acrid, Warm; LU, SP, ST, releases exterior, warms the MJ, disperses LU
cold, adjusts ying and wei, reduces toxicity from other herbs
Pork — neutral, sweet, salty; KD, SP, ST, moistens dryness, nourishes yin
White Wine Vinegar — sour, bitter; LV, warming, coursing, astringent
Garlic — Acrid, warm, LI, LU, SP, ST; acrid/pungent, promotes circulation and
sweating, moves static blood and food, protects against EPI, eliminates worms,
bad bacteria, yeasts. Used for anything and everything.

Overall Analysis
This recipe includes a variety of flavors and is therefore quite versatile. The
most outstanding aspect of this recipe is that is very oriented to the LU and
exterior. The antibiotic and protective aspects of the dish make it ideal for
change of season illnesses. It can easily be altered to target more specific
diseases, like deeper yin vacuity, summerheat, or yang vacuity.