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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

 

Cleansing Rash – Rice Dish

Categories: Gluten-free, Rice and Grains, Skin Problems, Spleen Qi Vacuity, Toxic Heat in the Blood, Vegan, Vegetarian

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Cleansing Rash – Rice Dish

Ingredients:
1-2 tsp each ground cumin, coriander, fenugreek and turmeric (you can
get these bulk at Whole Foods for cheap)
2 tsp fresh ginger, grated or mashed
1 large bay leaf
1 celery stalk, diced

1 small handful of cilantro chopped
1-2 cups mung beans (presoaked over night–read below for tips on cooking dried beans)
1 bunch kale, immersed and swished in water to remove grit, then thinly sliced
1 cup brown rice, cooked separately according to package directions

Fry the spices over medium heat in just a few teapoons of olive oil then add the celery and mung beans, covering with water plus a couple inches extra. Cover and keep at a low boil until the mung beans are soft (about 45 minutes, but if you use presoaked beans maybe shorter time till cooked).

Add the cooked rice and kale and simmer until the kale turns bright green. Salt and pepper to taste.

Mitch Harris

TCM ANALYSIS

The brown rice, and all strengthen the digestive qi to boost immune system, while the spices serve to boost digestive enzyme activity helping you better absorb nutrients. The kale will help support your blood. The mung beans, cilantro and celery will help clear the heat and inflammation to help the rash.

Hope it turns out well~

Blueberry Flax Oatmeal

Categories: Blood Vacuity, Kidney Yin Vacuity, Rice and Grains, Vegan, Vegetarian

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Blueberry Flax Oatmeal (serves 2):

Ingredients:
* 2-1/4 cups water
* dash salt
* 1 cup regular rolled oats
* 1/4 cup fresh blueberries
* 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
* 1 TBS flaxseeds
* 1 TBS blackstrap molasses
Preparation:
1. Combine the water and salt in a small saucepan and turn the heat to high.
2. When the water boils, turn the heat to low, add oatmeal, and cook, stirring, until the water is just absorbed, about 5 minutes. Add walnuts and flaxseeds. Stir, cover the pan, and turn off heat. Let set for 5 minutes. Serve with molasses and garnish with blueberries.

Nutritional Breakdown:
Salt – Cold, Salty, Slightly Sweet. Harmonizes and promotes digestion, strengthens Kidney (in small amounts) fortifies bones, tendons and teeth, brightens eyes, detoxifies.
Rolled oats — sweet, warm — supplements vacuity, rejuvenates nervous and reproductive systems
Blueberries — sour, sweet, warm — tonifies kidneys, nourishes blood, astringes qi
Walnuts — sweet, warm — tonifies the kidneys and lungs, lubricates the large intestine
Flaxseed — neutral, sweet — tonifies the spleen, moistens intestines, nourishes yin, strengthens immunity
Molasses — warm, sweet — tonifies qi, strengthens spleen, lubricates lungs

Barley and Mushroom Pilaf

Categories: Damp Heat in the Lower Jiao, Liver & Gall Bladder Damp Heat, Rice and Grains, Spleen Damp Heat

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Barley and Mushroom Pilaf

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 45 minutes
Serves: 4-6

Ingredients
2 ounces fresh shitake mushrooms
½ pound field mushrooms
1 onion
2 carrots
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons olive oil

1-cup pot barley
3 cups chicken stock
Handful of fresh parsley
½ cup walnuts
Soy sauce
Salt & Pepper

Method
Chop the mushrooms, onions and carrots into strips. Saute the mushrooms in a little of the olive oil and butter and set aside when browned.  Saute the onion and carrots in the rest of the oil and butter for a few minutes, stir in barley then add the stock. Cook for about 45 minutes or until the barley is tender, assign more stock if needed. Turn in the mushrooms and their juice and cook for a few more minutes. Toast the walnuts lightly, sprinkle with Soya sauce and fold in. Chop the parsley and fold that in too. Season with Soya sauce or salt and pepper and serve with some steamed greens.

The overall effect of this dish is to reduce heat, drain water and nourish the blood and yin.

Barley is beneficial for the stomach and intestines and is very easily digested. It strengthens the blood and the yin while at the same time leaching surplus water from the system.
Mushrooms, like the barley, are slightly cooling and they help remove toxins and surplus heat from the body. They also strengthen the stomach and promote healing
Field Mushrooms also improve appetite, stops diarrhea, resolves phlegm as well as the things stated above.
Onions are warming and pungent, and help to resolve phlegm and are a diuretic
Carrots are beneficial to all internal organs, lubricate the intestines and promote digestion. Also helpful in clearing heat and detoxifying
Parsley has a warm and pungent nature that promotes digestion reduces abdominal and stomach fullness regulating the flow of qi
Walnuts are beneficial to constipation by lubricating the intestines. They also aid in erratic and rebellious qi
Soy Sauce aids lots of flavor while harmonizing the middle jiao and clears heat

 

Mushroom Curried Quinoa with Veggies & Pine Nuts

Categories: Dryness, Dryness Invading the Lungs, Fluid Vacuity, Large Intestine Dryness, Large Intestine Fluid Vacuity, Lung Fluid Xu, Qi Stagnation in Middle jiao, Rice and Grains, Spleen Qi Vacuity, Vegan, Vegetarian

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Mushroom Curried Quinoa with Veggies & Pine Nuts
Prep: 20 minutes
Cook time: 30 minutes
Serves 4-6

Ingredients:
1 cup Quinoa
2 cups water or broth (vegetable or chicken)
3 ounce bag pine nuts (½ cup)
6-8 vine ripped cherry tomatoes
½ orange bell pepper
½ red bell pepper
½ medium onion
Fresh mushrooms
Fresh basil leaves
Fresh Spinach leaves
Seasoning:
1 tsp. Crushed garlic
1 tsp. Curry red powder
¼ tsp. Cumin or nutmeg
¼ tsp. Ground ginger
¼ tsp. Kelp seasoning or (sea salt)
2-3 TBS. Olive oil (I used walnut oil)
Directions:
In a 4 quart pot, saute quinoa kernels in a small amount of olive oil until they start to pop or smell the goodness of it (3-5 minutes). Pour in the water or broth, cover & let boil for 15 minutes. Stir occasionally.
Cut in slices the bell peppers, onions, & mushrooms. In a small fry pan add 2 TBS. Olive oil, heat to medium, add sliced onions, mushrooms & garlic, cook till lightly tender add pine nuts for approximately 3 minutes, so they are lightly brown, mix in rest of the seasoning. Add peppers & cook for another 2-3 minutes. Set aside.
When quinoa is finished fluff with a fork & fold in the sauteed ingredients, turn burner on low add in fresh spinach & basil leaves & ¼ or ½ tomatoes, mix together & simmer with cover on 5 minutes or till all is warm. Serve & enjoy!

Additions: Diced chicken breast or tofu can be added to pan sauteed onions & mushrooms. Soy sauce added is optional.

TCM Ingredient Analysis:
Quinoa: Warm, sweet, sour-strengthen the entire body, tonifies qi & warms yang.
Walnut oil: Warm, sweet-enters LU/KD/LI-great source of Omega-3 fatty acids.
Pine nuts: Sli. Warm, sweet-enters LU/LI, lubricates lungs, relieves cough, lubricates intestines & promotes production of body fluids.
Mushrooms (button): Sli. Cool, sweet-enters SP/ST, induces measles eruptions, detoxifies, improves appetite, stops diarrhea & resolves phlegm & anti-tumor.
Onions: Warm, pungent-enters LU/LI, promotes sweating, resolves phlegm & is diuretic.
Garlic: Hot, pungent-anti-viral, anti-fungal detoxifies meat & seafood, kills worms, removes stagnant food & stagnant blood, reduces abscess.
Tomatoes: Sli. Cool, sweet & sour-enters SP/ST/UB/KD, promotes body fluids, clears heat, promotes urination, supplements kidneys, cools blood, detoxifies & calms liver & removes food stagnation.
Bell peppers: Sli. Warm, sweet, pungent-enters SP/HT, strengthens stomach, improves appetite, promotes blood circulation, removes stagnant food & reduces swelling.
Spinach: Cool, sweet-enters ST/LI, strengthens all organs, lubricates intestines, promotes urination, ventilates the chest & quenches thirst.
Basil: Warm, pungent-enters ST/LU, induces sweating, harmonizes stomach & antidote for seafood poisoning.
Ginger dried: Hot, pungent-enters LU/SP/ST, warms the middle jiao & interior, unblocks channels & transforms cold phlegm.
Curry/red & cayenne powder: Hot, acrid-enters SP/ST, dispels cold, fortify stomach, moves blood & qi & opens the surface.
Nutmeg/cumin: Warm, pungent-enters SP/ST/LI, secures the intestines, stop diarrhea & warms the center.
Kelp seasoning salt: Cold, salty-enters ST/LV/KD, softens hardness, dissipates nodules, tumors, masses, dissolves phlegm, reduces enema & clears heat.
Soy Sauce: Cold, salty-enters ST/SP/KD, eliminates heat, & resolves toxins.

TCM Recipe Analysis:
Overall this recipe is sweet, warming & nourishing to the middle & lower jiaos. Majority of the ingredients are warm and pungent and enters spleen, stomach & large intestines. There is a balance with cooling ingredients that is nourishing & moistening to body fluids. Quinoa is the staple for this recipe therefore the qi for the entire body is warmed & strengthened.
Additions: If chicken is added it is warm & sweet-enters SP/ST & nourishes the middle jiao & tonifies qi, blood & kidney jing. If tofu is added it is cool & sweet. It clears heat, lubricates dryness, promotes body fluids, detoxifies & strengthens spleen & stomach.

Julie Botimer

Winter Root Stew

Categories: Diarrhea, Rice and Grains, Spleen Qi Vacuity, Vegan, Vegetables, Vegetarian

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Winter Root Stew
1/2 cup whole oat groats, cooked
5-6 cups of water
1 leek, sliced into rounds
1 cup rutabaga, sliced
1 carrot, cut into wedges
1/2-1 teaspoon sea salt
Directions:
Blend oats in water until creamy.
Saute leeks, rutabaga, and carrots for 8 minutes
Add oat mixture and salt. Simmer 15 minutes until vegetables are tender.
Serves 6
TCM Pattern: Spleen/Stomach Qi Deficiency
TCM Analysis:
Oats- Sweet, warm, supplements Spleen vacuity
Water- Neutral
Leeks- Pungent, astringent, counteracts diarrhea
Rutabaga- Sweet, supplements qi deficiency
Carrots- Neutral, sweet, relieves indigestion
Salt- Salty, cold

Quinoa w/ Pine Nuts

Categories: Dryness Invading the Lungs, Lung Fluid Xu, Lung Heat, Lung Phlegm Heat, Lung Yin Vacuity, Rice and Grains, Stomach Food Retention, Vegan, Vegetarian

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Quinoa w/ Pine Nuts

Serving Size 2

1/4 cup pine nuts
1 cup quinoa
2 cups water
sea salt to taste
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
2 stalks celery, chopped
1/4 red onion, chopped
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 bunch fresh parsley, chopped

Toast the pine nuts briefly in a dry skillet over medium heat. This will take about 5 minutes, and stir constantly as they will burn easily. Set aside to cool.
In a saucepan, combine the quinoa, water and salt. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium and cook until quinoa is tender and water has been absorbed, about 10 minutes. Cool slightly, then fluff with a fork.
Transfer the quinoa to a serving bowl and stir in the pine nuts, lemon juice, celery, onion, cayenne pepper, and parsley. Adjust salt and pepper if needed before serving.

This meal is for a Middle Jiao Qi Regulation by tonifying the Spleen and Regulating the Liver.

pine nuts- Lubricates lungs, Tonifies Yin
quinoa- Tonifies Lung Qi, Yang, Spleen
sea salt- Tonifies Kidney
lemon juice- Tonifies Yin, Regulates Liver, Harmonizes Stomach
celery- Tonifies Kidneys, SP, ST, Clears Heat
red onion- Phlegm, Diuretic
cayenne pepper- Helps with Diarrhea
parsley- helps with food stagnation, regulates Qi

Dirty Rice

Categories: Heart Blood Vacuity, Liver Blood Vacuity, Rice and Grains, Side Dishes, Spleen Qi Vacuity, Spleen Unable to Govern Blood

 

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Dirty Rice

3/4 pound liver, rinsed and trimmed
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons butter

1 onion, finely chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced 2 cups uncooked long-grain brown rice
4 cups chicken stock
1 tablespoon gelatin (optional)
sea salt to taste
1/2 teaspoon ground black
pepper
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)
1 cup thinly sliced green onions (optional)
Grate or mince liver. Heat oil and butter in a large saucepan. Saute onion, liver and garlic, stirring constantly, about 8 – 10 minutes. Add rice and stir until coated with oil. Saute until rice looks milky. Add stock, gelatin, salt, pepper and cayenne pepper. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to simmer. Cover and cook on lowest heat for 1.5 – 2 hours, until rice has absorbed liquid. Fluff rice with a fork, then sprinkle with green onion and serve.

Cleansing Rash – Rice Dish

Categories: Cleanse, Rice and Grains, Skin Problems, Spleen Qi Vacuity, Toxic Heat in the Blood, Vegan, Vegetables, Vegetarian

Here is the adaptation I made for a client with a current heat rash and underlying SP qi vacuity – Enjoy! Mitch

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Cleansing Rash – Rice Dish

Ingredients:
1-2 tsp each ground cumin, coriander, fenugreek and turmeric (you can get these bulk at Whole Foods for cheap)
2 tsp fresh ginger, grated or mashed
1 large bay leaf
1 celery stalk, diced

1 small handful of cilantro chopped
1-2 cups mung beans (presoaked over night; read below for tips on cooking dried beans)
1 bunch kale, immersed and swished in water to remove grit, then thinly sliced
1 cup brown rice, cooked separately according to package directions

Fry the spices over medium heat in just a few teapoons of olive oil then add the celery and mung beans, covering with water plus a couple inches extra. Cover and keep at a low boil until the mung beans are soft (about 45 minutes, but if you use presoaked beans maybe shorter time till cooked).

Add the cooked rice and kale and simmer until the kale turns bright green. Salt and pepper to taste.

The brown rice, and all strengthen the digestive qi to boost immune system, while the spices serve to boost digestive enzyme activity helping you better absorb nutrients. The kale will help support your blood. The mung beans, cilantro and celery will help clear the heat and inflammation to help the rash.

Hope it turns out well~

Cleansing Digestion Dish

Categories: Cleanse, Heart Blood Vacuity, Legumes, Liver Blood Vacuity, Liver Qi Stagnation, Qi Stagnation, Qi Vacuity, Rice and Grains, Spleen Qi Vacuity, Vegan, Vegetables, Vegetarian

A student made this for a client and had her abdominal cramps much better within days.Â

Based on Michael Tierra’s work

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Cleansing Digestion Dish
By Sue Cook PCOM- Chicago

Ingredients:
1-2 tsp each ground cumin, coriander, fenugreek and turmeric (you can
get these bulk at Whole Foods for cheap)
2 tsp fresh ginger, grated or mashed
1 large bay leaf
1 sweet potato, diced
1-2 cups lentils or mung beans (choose mung beans as they clear heat more for the skin)
1 bunch kale, immersed and swished in water to remove grit, then thinly sliced
1 cup brown rice, cooked separately according to package directions

Fry the spices over medium heat in a few spoonfuls of olive oil then
add the sweet potato and lentils, covering with water plus a couple
inches extra. Cover and keep at a low boil until the lentils are soft
(about 45 minutes). Add the rice and kale and simmer until the kale
turns bright green. Salt and pepper to taste.

Lentils, brown rice, and sweet potatoes all strengthen the digestive
qi, while the spices serve to boost digestive enzyme and bile
production, reducing gas buildup and helping you better absorb
nutrients. The kale will help support your blood.