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Artichoke and Dandelion Frittata

Categories: Liver Qi Stagnation, Liver Yang Rising, Liver Yin Vacuity, Mediterranean, Vegetables, Vegetarian

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ARTICHOKE AND DANDELION FRITTATA serves 4

  • 4 Artichokes, trimmed, hearts removed and reserved
  • 1 bunch Dandelion Greens, rinsed and chopped
  • 6 Eggs
  • ½ c cream
  • ¼ tsp Salt
  • Pinches of nutmeg and black pepper
  • 1 cup shredded fontina or Monterey jack cheese
  • ½ cup parmesan cheese

1) Quarter the artichoke hearts and steam until tender, 5 minutes. Add the greens and steam until wilted, 2 min. spread the artichokes and greens evenly in a greased baking pan.

2) Beat eggs with the cream, salt, pepper, and nutmeg. Stir in shredded cheese. Pour the egg and cheese mixture over the vegetables.

3) Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Bake frittata uncovered for 30 minutes. Sprinkle parmesan over the top and place back in oven for 5-8 minutes more until the frittata is puffed and browned on the top.

Artichoke: cool, sweet, bitter; regulates Liver Qi, benefits Liver and Gallbladder, clears heat

Dandelion Greens: cool, bitter, slightly sweet; clears heat, detoxifies Liver, subdues Liver Yang

Eggs: cool, sweet; nourishes Yin, tonifies Blood

Cream/Cheeses: neutral, sweet; strengthens weakness, tonifies Qi and Blood, lubricates

LIVER YIN DEFICIENCY WITH LIVER YANG RISING

This recipe will help with symptoms of Liver Yin Deficiency with Yang Rising like dizziness, blurred or impaired vision, headache, tinnitus, insomnia, and dry mouth and throat. It would also be useful with symptoms of menopause like hot flashes, night sweats, and hot hands and feet. Even though the recipe contains ingredients like egg yolks and dairy, dietary cholesterol doesn’t necessarily contribute to overall cholesterol imbalance in the body, and therefore, could still be beneficial for biomedical correlates of Yang Rising like high blood pressure, cholesterol, and conjunctivitis.

CONTRAINDICATIONS: Yang Deficiency or Damp constitution

Pork and Prune Tagine

Categories: Large Intestine Fluid Vacuity, Lung Fluid Xu, Mediterranean, Pork

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PORK AND PRUNE TAGINE serves 4

  • 3 tbs olive oil
  • 1-1/2 or 2 lbs pork shoulder, cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tsp cinnamon and ground ginger
  • ½ tsp ground cumin and turmeric
  • 1 organic lemon, thinly sliced
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 c prunes, soaked in hot water until soft, 1 hour, and drained
  • ¼ c honey
  • 1 tbs orange flower water
  • ¼ c sliced almonds, toasted

Couscous

1) Heat 2 tbs oil, med high, and brown pork, 10 min. Remove and pour off fat.

2) Add remaining 1 tbs oil, lower heat to medium, and add onion and garlic, 5 min. Add spices and stir for a few minutes.

3) Return pork to pan with 1 cup of water and the lemon slices. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium low, cover, and simmer until the pork is tender, 45 min – 1 hour. Add extra liquid if the stew becomes too dry. Season with salt and pepper.

4) Add prunes and honey and cook and additional 20-30 min. stir in the orange flower water.

5) Garnish with almonds and serve with couscous.

ENJOY…

Jason Cox

 

TCM ANALYSIS

DRYNESS (YIN DEFICIENCY)

Pork: slightly cold, sweet; moistens and nourishes organs

Olive oil: neutral, sweet; clears heat, lubricates dryness

Onion: warm, acrid

Garlic: hot, acrid

Cinnamon: hot, acrid, sweet

Dried ginger: hot, acrid

Cumin: warm, acrid

Turmeric: warm, acrid

Lemon: cool, sour; astringes body fluids, quenches thirst, moves Qi

Prunes: warm, sweet, sour; consolidates Lung, moistens Intestines

Honey: warm, sweet; nourishes Yin, lubricates dryness

Orange water: cool, sweet, sour; astringes body fluids, quenches thirst and moistens Lung, moves Qi

Almonds: neutral, sweet; lubricates Lung and Intestines

This recipe is used to produce and move fluids to lubricate the Metal portions of the body – the Lungs and Large Intestines. It can be used for conditions like chronic cough, chronic sinus or respiratory infection, and constipation.

CONTRAINDICATIONS: Build up of Damp in the Lungs or diarrhea

 

Mufarraka

Categories: Blood Vacuity, Gluten-free, Liver, Mediterranean, Paleo

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Mufarraka

A great, high-cholesterol liver dish from an ancient Middle Eastern cookbook has been translated by Betty Cook. Note the inclusion of wonderful spices, not normally associated with liver.

14 ounces chicken livers
14 ounces chicken gizzards
1/2 teaspoon salt
8 egg yolks
1 1/2 teaspoon coriander
1 1/2 teaspoon cumin
3/4 teaspoon pepper
1 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
2 tablespoons sesame oil for frying
1/4 cup lemon juice

Bring 3 cups water to a boil with 1/8 teaspoon salt, add gizzards and simmer 50 minutes. Near the end of this time, bring another 3 cups water and 1/8 teaspoon salt to a boil and cook livers in it 3 minutes. Drain both, cut into 1/2-inch by 1/2-inch pieces, put into a bowl and mix with egg yolks and spices. Heat oil and fry the mixture about 4 minutes, sprinkle with lemon juice and serve.

Lemon Chicken Tagine

Categories: Blood Vacuity, Chicken, Liver Overacting on Spleen, Mediterranean, Qi Vacuity

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Lemon Chicken Tagine

Preparation time: 10 mins
Cooking time: 90 mins
Serves: 4-8

Ingredients
4 onions
2 lemons
½ teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon five spice
Few small pieces cinnamon bark
Pinch saffron
Handful fresh parsley- chopped
Handful fresh coriander- chopped
8 pieces chicken (wings or legs)
Handful green olives

Method
Slice the onions in rings and the lemons into eighths. Lay half of them in an ovenproof dish and sit 4 of the chicken pieces on top. Sprinkle with half the herbs and spices. Repeat the process to make a two- layered dish. Cover the dish and cook in the oven for 1-½ hours at 375°. Towards the end scatter the olives on top.

Chicken warms the body and strengthens the qi and blood.
Herbs and spices add warmth and movement, as does the onion.
Lemon provides a counterbalance, regenerating fluids, harmonizing the stomach and benefits the liver while it helps the absorption of nutrients from the chicken
Olives clear heat and toxins from dysentery and promotes the productions of body fluids benefiting dehydration
Cinnamon is warming and invigorates yang

Tzatziki: Cucumber and Yogurt Salad

Categories: Indian, Mediterranean, Side Dishes, Stomach Fire, Vacuity Heat, Yin Vacuity

Tzatziki

Tzatziki: Cucumber and Yogurt Salad (also known as Raita)

ingredients:
2 large cucumbers, washed well, quartered lengthwise and then sliced as thin as possible
1/2 cup greek yogurt
5-6 minced fresh mint leaves
pinch salt
optional: 1/2 tsp rosewater

mix all ingredients well in a large bowl. can be served with torn fresh lettuce or as a side or condiment. makes about 3 cups.

analysis: cucumbers are cooling and sweet and relieve stomach inflammation. yogurt is sweet and neutral and nourishes yin and quenches fire. mint is cool and pungent; it helps relieve stomach inflammation and stops pain by moving qi. rose water is sweet and pungent and moves qi, helping to relieve pain. the scent is said to calm the mind.

Tabbouleh

Categories: Heart Qi Vacuity, Kidney Qi Vacuity, Liver Blood Vacuity, Liver Qi Stagnation, Mediterranean, Vegan, Vegetarian

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Tabbouleh
Preparation time: 20 mins
Serves: 4

Ingredients:
1-cup bulgur wheat
3 bunches parsley
1 handful mint
Pinch of thyme
8 spring onions
½ cucumber
2 tomatoes
4 tablespoons lemon juice
4 tablespoons olive oil
Salt and pepper

Method:
Soak the bulgur wheat for about 15-20 minutes in enough water to just cover it. Meanwhile chop the herbs finely and cut the spring onions, tomatoes and cucumber into small pieces. Combine the chopped ingredients with the oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper in a salad bowl. Gently squeeze out any excess water from the bulgur wheat and toss the wheat into the bowl. Let the ingredients sit a while before serving.

Bulgur wheat – has a supportive action on the kidney qi as well as the heart. Slightly cool, sweet, clears heat, quenches thirst, relieves restlessness. Promotes diuresis, calms spirit, stops sweating
Parsley – slightly warm, pungent, promotes digestion, removes stagnant food, regulates flow of qi, induces measles eruption, diuretic
Mint – aromatic, slightly cool, clears heat in liver, supports digestion, good for liver qi stagnation
Thyme – suppresses cough, used as an aromatic calmative
Spring onions – warm, pungent, induces perspiration, antiviral and antibacterial
Cucumber – cool, sweet, bland, peels are bitter, clears heat, quenches thirst, relieves irritability, and promotes diuresis
Tomatoes – slightly cool, sweet and sour, promote body fluids, quench thirst, strengthen stomach, aids digestion, cool blood, clears heat, detoxifies, clams liver, removes stagnant food
Lemon juice – cool, sour, regenerates body fluids, harmonizes stomach, regulates qi, quenches thirst, benefits liver
Salt – cold, salty, slightly sweet, harmonize and promotes digestion, strengthens kidney, fortifies bones, tendons, and teeth, brightens eyes, detoxifies, used as a natural preservative
Pepper – hot, pungent, pushes downward, warms the internal regions, affects the stomach and large intestines

Energetic:
This is a good light salad for anyone who tends toward stagnation. Parsley is a tonic for the blood with also a diuretic effect, draining water from the body and supporting the kidney. The wheat supports the kidney qi as well as the heart. The pungency of the mint and spring onions moves the qi and the olive oil/lemon combination stimulates the liver.

Mediterranean & Asian Foods & Recipes

Categories: Asian, Cooking tips, Mediterranean

http://www.mediterrasian.com/food.htm

Middle Eastern food blog

Categories: Blogs, Cooking tips, Mediterranean

http://mimicooks.com/

great site for those interested in middle eastern food. Good inspiration for some recipe ideas.