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Curry Ice Cream

Categories: Desserts, Raw, Spleen Qi Vacuity, Stomach Yin Vacuity, Vegan, Vegetarian

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Curry Ice Cream

2 pitted dates, soaked for 2 hours

½ cup coconut meat

½ cup raisins

1 Tbsp agave nectar

1 ½ tsp curry powder

Directions: Drain dates, reserving about 3 Tbsp of the soaked water. Transfer the dates and the reserved soaked water to a blender with all the remaining ingredients. Process on high speed until smooth and creamy, stopping occasionally to scrape down the blender jar. Pour into an ice cream maker until forms  a sturdy, creamy texture or follow manufactures instructions.

Serving Size: 1 quart

TCM Pattern: SP/ST xu; Yin xu

TCM Evaluation:  Dates are sweet, strengthens SP and nourishes body; coconut meat is sweet, warm, nourishing and strengthens body; raisins are sweet, sour strengthens bones and tendons; agave nectar is sweet, neutral, nourishes and harmonizes MJ; curry powder is pungent, warm and disperses cold, rectifies qi.

 

Spiced Pears and Pomegranate

Categories: Gluten-free, Lung Heat, Lung Phlegm Heat, Phlegm Dry, Raw, Salad, Vegan, Vegetarian

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Spiced Pears and Pomegranate

3 pears – peeled, cored and cut into wedges
1 pomegranate, skin and light-colored membrane removed
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons light brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 tablespoons finely chopped almonds
4 sprigs fresh mint leaves for garnish

The recipe feeds 4 so the serving size would be 1/4 of the recipe.

by Marta

TCM ANALYSIS

Pears: Nourishes fluids, moistens lung, dissolves phlegm, clears heat
Pomegranate: Promotes fluids, quenches thirst
Lemon: Promotes fluids and reduces heat
Brown Sugar: warming, expels cold, invigorates blood
Cinnamon: Invigorates yang, dispels cold, promotes blood circulation,
warms mingmen fire
Almonds: moistens LU and LI
Mint: cools

This seems to be a well balanced formula especially good for KD Yin Xu.
This would be great also for the elderly.

Raspberry Soup

Categories: Gluten-free, Kidney Yin Vacuity, Liver Yin Vacuity, Raw, Soup, Vegetarian, Yin Vacuity

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Raspberry Soup

Ingredients
4 cups raspberries
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup dry red wine
1 cup sour cream

1. Place raspberries, sugar, and wine in blender. Cover and blend until smooth.
2. Pour raspberry mixture into bowl, stir in sour cream. Cover and refrigerate 1/2 hours or until cold.
3. Serve topped wit dollop of additional sour cream and raspberries.

Serves 6

by Ellee Carlson

Raspberries are warm, sweet, and sour. They tonify the LV/KD and control urination and benefit jing. Red wine benefits the yang. Sugar is nourishing. This recipe can benefit urination and kidneys

Light-n-Lively Starfruit Juice

Categories: Beverages, Damp in Lower Jiao, Gluten-free, Heat, Raw, Stomach Fire, Summerheat, Urinary Bladder Damp Heat, Vegan, Vegetarian

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Light-n-Lively Starfruit Juice

for after a tough day in the garden, or as an anecdote to too much Mexican and Margaritas.

To make a pitcher :
5 large stalks of Celery (cleaned, but don’t need to be trimmed)
4 Starfruit (Carambola)
3 cups of Grapes (cleaned with skins and seeds)
1 Lime (If possible, use mature, dark green limes that are kept at room temperature and rolled around on a hard surface before juicing. This will give you the most amount of juice and the best quality.)
And a few Sprigs of Mint.
Serve with halved grapes or sliced starfruit in a chilled glass. Enjoy!

by Mariah Van Horn

TCM ANALYSIS
Recipe for Damp Heat in the UB
When a patient is suffering from damp heat in the lower burner, there are not many dessert recipes they should probably be eating- since sweet and nourishing foods will not encourage the pattern to resolve. Therefore, I have written a recipe for a drink that will be very refreshing and will aid in removing the damp heat from the body.
This recipe would be cool and detoxifying. Some of the ingredients drain damp, treat Lin disorder and promote urination- while also promoting fluids. This would be great for Damp Heat in the Lower Burner, Summer Heat, and many other patterns dealing with Heat and Damp conditions. It could also be used to detoxify the body and purify the liver.

For Damp Heat drink 1 cup twice daily.
Drink 3 cups and eat minimally if the goal is to detoxify the body.

Fruit Salad with Fresh Mint

Categories: Dryness Invading the Lungs, Lung Fluid Xu, Lung Heat, Lung Phlegm Heat, Phlegm Dry, Raw, Salad, Vegan, Vegetarian, Wind Heat Invading Lungs

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Fruit Salad with Fresh Mint
yield: Serves 6

Ingredients
1 1/2 cups strawberries, cleaned and quartered
3/4 cup fresh pineapple chunks
1 cup apples, cored and cut into chunks
1 cup pears, cored and cut into chunks
1/4 chopped finely cup mint

Preparation
In a mixing bowl, combine the cut fruit and toss. Add the fresh mint and stir gently. Serve in parfait dishes or small bowls.

TCM ANALYSIS
Strawberries — Sweet, sour, cold; Lu, St, UB; Moistens Lung, promotes fluids, promotes urination, clears heat.
Pineapple — Sweet, sour, neutral; St, Lu; Clears heat, promotes fluids, aids digestion, drains damp.
Apple — Sweet, sour, cool; Sp, St, Ht, Lu; Supplements Lu, Sp, St, moistens Lung and LI, clears heat and promotes body fluids.
Pears — Sweet, cold; Lu, Li, St; Nourishes fluids, decreases thirst, moistens Lu, dissolves phlegm (w/ Bei Mu), Clears heat, resolves toxin.
Mint — Acrid, aromatic, cooling; Lu, Lv; Disperses wind heat, clears and benefits the head, eyes, and throat, vents rashes, allows constrained Lv qi to flow freely, expels turbid filth.

The recipe is cool while each ingredient enters the lungs to clear heat or moisten the lungs. The ingredients are indicated for cough, summerheat, and Lung heat overall. The mint helps release the exterior.

Avocado and Mushroom Salad

Categories: Heat, Large Intestine Dryness, Large Intestine Fluid Vacuity, Raw, Salad, Summerheat, Vegan, Vegetarian

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Avocado and Mushroom Salad
Ingredients
2 small firm, ripe avocados
3 tablespoons olive oil
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon red-wine vinegar
2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon finely chopped garlic
2 tablespoons finely chopped parsley
1/3 pound mushrooms, thinly sliced
Salt to taste
Preparation

  • Peel the avocados, and cut them in half. Remove and discard the pit. Cut the avocados into 1 1/2-inch lengths.
  • Thoroughly blend the oil, lemon juice, vinegar, mustard, garlic and parsley with a wire whisk in a salad bowl. Add the mushrooms, avocado and salt to taste. Toss well and serve.

4 servings
NOTE
Approximate nutritional analysis per serving: 265 calories, 25 grams fat, 0 milligrams cholesterol, 200 milligrams sodium (before salting), 3 grams protein, 10 grams carbohydrate.
Originally published with 60-Minute Gourmet
By Pierre Franey, June 2, 1993

TCM ANALYSIS

avocados– sweet, lubricate intestines, nourish blood and yin
olive oil– neutral, sweet, sour, moistens intestines
lemon juice– astringing, sour, harmonizes ST
red-wine vinegar –sour, arid, sweet, warm, moves blood
Dijon mustard– hot, sour, astringing, regulate qi and blood
garlic– acrid, regulates qi, warms SP/ST
parsley– acrid, cool, expel wind heat
mushrooms– cool, sweet, clears summerheat
Salt–salty, softens masses

Watermelon Salsa

Categories: Raw, Side Dishes, Summerheat, Vegan, Vegetarian

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Watermelon Salsa

Ingredients

* 3 cups finely diced seedless watermelon, (about 2 1/4 pounds with the rind) (see Tip)
* 2 jalapeno peppers, seeded and minced (see Ingredient note)
* 1/3 cup chopped cilantro, (about 1/2 bunch)
* 1/4 cup lime juice
* 1/4 cup minced red onion, (about 1/2 small)
* 1/4 teaspoon salt, or to taste

Preparation

1. Place watermelon, jalapenos, cilantro, lime juice and onion in a medium bowl; stir well to combine. Season with salt. Serve at room temperature or chilled.

Analysis – This recipe is great to clear and prevent Summerheat and Dampness.

From http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/watermelon_salsa.html

Cucumbers with lime and cilantro

Categories: Dryness, Heat, Raw, Side Dishes, Summerheat, Vegan, Vegetarian

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Cucumbers with Lime and Cilantro

2 cucumbers, sliced.

Lime juice from 3 limes, approximately ½ cup juice.

½ cup cilantro, chopped

Salt

Cut up cucumbers into a bowl, pour juice on top, add cilantro and salt and mix together. This can last for several days in the refrigerator.

Serves 4.

TCM ANALYSIS

cucumber– Cool, sweet, diuretic, counteract toxins, cleanse blood, moistens lungs

Lime juice–Cool, sour, astringent, antiseptic. Benefits Liver.

Cilantro– Cool, acrid, promotes sweat, strengthens digestion, promotes qi flow.

Salt– Salty, cold, Kd. Clears heat, cools blood, eases bowels, nourishes kidney

This is a nice recipe for summer heat with dryness and no damp. It is cooling, moistening, and releases the exterior. It is contraindicated for more pronounced damp signs or for spleen yang deficiency.

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.

Raw BlueBerry Blaster Pie

Categories: Blood Vacuity, Desserts, Gluten-free, Kidney Qi Vacuity, Kidney Yin Vacuity, Raw, Spleen Unable to Govern Blood, Vegan, Vegetarian

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Raw BlueBerry Blaster Pie
2 C Raw Walnuts
1 C Unsweetened Shredded Dried Coconut
¼ t Salt
½ C Medjool Dates (pitted) + ¾ C Medjool Dates (pitted)
4 C Fresh Blueberries  (if you use frozen, thawed and well-drained)

1 T fresh lemon juice

Serves 8-12 (Depending on the slicer)

Crust
Blend Walnuts, Coconut and Salt in a food processor until coarsely ground. Add 1/2 c dates and process until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs and begins to stick together. Don’t over process/blend. (Any extra crust will store for about a month in the refrigerator or 3 months in the freezer).  Scoop Crust into a pie plate or tart pan. Use a light circular motion with your palm and finger to distribute th crumbs uniformly along the bottom and up the sides of the pan. There should be a ¾ inch lip of crumbs along the sides of the pan. After the crumbs are evenly distributed press the crust down on the bottom of the pan using your fingers and palm. Be sure to press especially firmly where the bottom of the pan joins the sides. Then press the crust against the pan’s sides, shaping it so that its edges are flush with the rim. Place in the freezer for 15 minutes.

Now place 1 -½ C of the blueberries along with the dates and lemon juice in a blender and process until smooth. Transfer to a mixing bowl, add the remaining blueberries, and mix well. Remove the crust from the freezer. Pour the blueberry filing into it and press down with a rubber spatula. Put in the freezer for at least 30 minutes. Cut and serve.

TCM Analysis
Walnuts — Sweet, Warm; LU, LI, KD; Lubricates Intestines; Good for Constipation
Coconut — Warm, Sweet; Intestines; Strengthens Body, Reduces Swelling; Good for Intestinal Worms
Salt — Cold, Salty, Slightly Sweet; Harmonizes and Promotes Digestion; Moves Stagnation (Constipation)
Medjool Dates — Sweet, Warm; Tonifies Spleen and Stomach, Harmonize Digestion, Encourage BM
Blueberries — Cool, Sweet, Sour; Lubricate, Promote Body Fluids, Strengthen Spleen
Lemon Juice — Cool, Sour; Regenerate Body Fluids, Harmonize Stomach, Regulates Qi

Overall Intended Action(s)
Strengthen and regulate the Spleen and Stomach Qi to improve digestion as well as providing the needed food processing to properly form stools, move stagnation and aid in constipation. Adding the Medjool Dates, Blueberries and Lemon Juice provides fluids and lubrication to assist the stool movement.