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Sprouted Black Bean Soup

Categories: Blood Vacuity, Heart Blood Vacuity, Heart Fire, Heart Qi Vacuity, Mexican, Soup, Vegan, Vegetarian

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Sprouted Black Bean Soup

2 quarts water

2 cups dried black beans sprouted

¼ cup plus 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil

2 bay leaves

2 cloves garlic

½ yellow onion chopped

½ green and ½ red bell pepper chopped

2 roma tomatoes, chopped

1 stalk celery, chopped

2 Tbsp chili powder

2 Tbsp ground cumin

Sea Salt

Directions: Pour water, beans, ¼ cup of oil, bay leaves and garlic into large soup pot on high heat. Bring to a boil. Immediately decrease heat. Simmer while preparing remaining ingredients. Heat remaining 1 Tbsp of oil in large saucepan on medium heat. Add onion, bell peppers, tomatoes, celery, chili powder and cumin, cook and stir for about 7 minutes or until onion is translucent. Transfer bell pepper mixture to soup pot. Bring soup to a boil. Cook for about 30 minutes or until vegetables are soft. Season with salt to taste.

Serving Size: 6 to 8

TCM Pattern: HT heat; HT qi or xue xu

TCM Evaluation: Sprouted black beans are sweet and neutral, invigorates blood; olive oil is sweet, sour, astringent, neutral, clears heat, promotes body fluids; garlic is hot, acrid, removes blood stasis and food stagnation; Onion is pungent, clears heat and relieves toxicity; bell peppers are slightly warm, pungent and sweet, promote blood circulation, reduces swelling; tomatoes are sweet, sour and cold, promotes fluids and clears heat; celery is sweet, bitter and cold, calms Shen and clears heat; Chili powder and ground cumin are warming and invigorating; sea salt is salty, sweet and cold, harmonizes and promotes digestion.

 

Mexican Salsa

Categories: Appetizers, Blood Stasis, Blood Vacuity, Mexican, Raw, Vegan, Vegetarian

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Mexican Salsa

1 medium tomato, diced
1 clove garlic, pressed
3 green chilies, minced
2-3 green onions, chopped
6 springs coriander or cilantro leaves, finely chopped
juice of 1 lime, freshly squeezed
sea salt to taste
1/4 cup water
Mix together and serve.

TCM Analysis:
Tomato- sweet, sour, cold, promotes fluids, clears heat, promotes urination, supplements KD
Garlic- warm, acrid, kills parasites, relieves toxicity, prevents influenza, promotes circulation
Green Chilies- warm, acrid, moving, promotes circulation, analgesic
Green Onions- warm, acrid, LU/LI, releases exterior wind cold, invigorates blood, drains damp
Coriander- acrid, aromatic
Lime Juice- very sour, cooling, astringent, antiseptic, moves blood
Salt- salty, cool, softening
Overall Pattern: This salsa is primarily warm and acrid and moves/circulates blood in the body.

Quesadillas with Cheese and Mushrooms

Categories: Appetizers, Mexican, Spleen Qi Vacuity

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Quesadillas de Queso y Hongos
Quesadillas with Cheese and Mushrooms

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 pound mushrooms, such as trumpet royale
¼ cup fresh epazote leaves
salt
8 ounces Queso Oaxaca or other Mexican melting cheese
1 pound masa (corn flour)
1 cup warm water

  •  Thinly slice the mushrooms and sautee with olive oil and salt and pepper to taste.
  •  When the mushrooms are soft and starting to brown, toss in the epazote leaves and continue to cook until just wilted. Set aside.
  • Shred the Queso Oaxaca and set aside.
  • In a separate bowl, mix masa and water, then continue to add water 1 tablespoon at a time until the batter is thick and sticky, like a firm cookie dough.
  • Make balls of batter about 1 inch in diameter. Place each ball between sheets of plastic cut from grocery or produce bags. All three layers can be placed in a tortilla press and compressed until it is a consistently thin sheet of dough.
  • Slide each raw tortilla onto a hot skillet, then immediately mound with about 1 ounce of cheese and 2 tablespoons of mushrooms.
  • Fold the tortilla in half and press around the edges with your finger or a spoon to seal.
  • Continue to cook the quesadilla until browned, flipping as needed.
  • Serve with the salsa of your choice.

Note: squash or nasturtium blossoms make a great filling, used in place of the mushrooms.

TCM ANALYSIS

Tx: This recipe is nourishing to the Spleen and Stomach, and beneficial to immunity. The dampness generating quality of the cheese is balanced by the draining qualities of the mushrooms.

Mushroom: Neutral to slightly cool and sweet, mushrooms are one of the most powerful food medicines available. They are nourishing, but also clear excesses, especially of heat and toxicity. Mushrooms are known to have a strong effect on immunity, and are beneficial to cancer patients, especially in cases of stomach or cervical cancer.
Corn Flour / Masa: Sweet and neutral. Enters the Spleen, Stomach and Urinary Bladder. Tonifies qi and strengthens the Middle Jiao, corn flour is considered easy to digest. Has a diuretic action, especially for conditions of poor water metabolism.
Epazote: Treats diarrhea and dysentery, expels parasites, and calms the nerves. I think this most likely drains dampness and heat.

Black bean salsa

Categories: Appetizers, Kidney Yin Vacuity, Liver Qi Stagnation, Liver Yin Vacuity, Mexican, Side Dishes, Stomach Food Retention, Vegan, Vegetarian

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Black Bean Salsa
Ingredients:
2 cups fresh, halved grape or cherry tomatoes
1 Artichoke, thinly sliced
1 cup fresh cubed bell pepper
2-4 slices jalapeno pepper
½ cup fresh cilantro leaves
1 clove garlic, minced
1 14oz can drained, rinsed black beans
¼ teaspoon cumin
Sea salt to taste (3/4-1 teaspoon)
1 freshly squeezed lime juice

Preparation: Place halved tomatoes, thin sliced artichoke & cubed bell peppers in a food processor & pulse briefly, until chunky. Add jalapeno pepper, cilantro leaves, minced garlic, lime juice, salt & cumin & pulse, just until well mixed. Add half the black beans & pulse briefly. Pour into a medium bowl. Stir in remaining black beans. Serve with gluten free rice or corn chips. Makes about 1 quart.

TCM ANALYSIS:
This recipe is good for treating liver overacting on spleen, tonifies earth to check wood.
Tomatoes: sweet, sour & cold, clears heat, promotes fluids, supplements kidney
Artichoke: cool, bitter, sweet, cools & regulates liver qi
Pepper: pungent, warm, warms middle jiao, invigorates blood
Jalapeno peppers: hot & pungent, warms middle jiao, dissolves stagnation, dries damp
Cilantro leaves: warm & pungent, balances qi, disperses blood, loosen digestive obstructions
Garlic: hot & pungent: detoxifies, removes stagnation & blood
Black Beans: sweet & neutral, nourishes kidney, invigorates blood
Cumin: warm & pungent, warms middle jiao, balances qi
Sea salt: cold & salty, clears heat, moisten dryness & loosen phlegm
Limes: cool & sour, generates body fluids, regulates qi, benefits liver

Zanahorias en escabeche: Pickled Carrots, Mexican Style

Categories: Liver Blood Stasis, Liver Fire Rising, Mexican, Side Dishes, Vegan, Vegetables, Vegetarian

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Zanahorias en escabeche: Pickled Carrots, Mexican Style

1-2 quarts apple cider vinegar
8 large carrots, well scrubbed and sliced into 1/2 inch pieces
6 large bay leaves
4 allspice berries
1 T whole cumin seeds
2 tsp salt

place the carrots in a large steel pot, add the seasonings and cover with vinegar. bring all ingredients to a boil, then turn off the heat. pour into a large glass jar and let cool to room temperature before refrigerating overnight. makes about 2 quarts. other vegetables such as jicama or celery or cucumbers may be added. jalapenos may be added in a very small amount only if there are no heat signs.

analysis:
vinegar is warm and pungent and slightly bitter; it strongly moves LV blood. carrots are sweet and cool the liver. bay leaves are acrid and move qi and treat high blood pressure and migraines, which are signs of liver stagnation. allspice and cumin are acrid and warm and move qi and promote digestion.