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Breakfast potatoes and onions

Categories: Dryness Invading the Lungs, Gluten-free, Large Intestine Damp Heat, Lung Yin Vacuity, Paleo, Side Dishes, Vegan, Vegetables, Vegetarian

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Breakfast Potatoes and Onions

6 red potatoes, scrubbed

¼ cup olive oil

2 yellow onions, chopped

2 Tbsp ground dried papaya seeds

Sea Salt

Directions: Put the potatoes in a medium saucepan with enough water to cover, bring to a boil, decrease the heat then simmer for about 15 minutes or until it’s tender. Drain and let the potatoes cool. Chop them into bite sized pieces. Heat the oil on medium skillet on medium heat. add onions and fry for 5 to 10 minutes or until onions start to brown. Stir in potatoes, grounded papaya seeds and salt to taste. Mix well. Cook for about 10 minutes or until potatoes are crispy.

Serving Size: 4

TCM Pattern: LU yin xu; Dryness invading LU; Damp heat in LI

TCM evaluation: Red potatoes are sweet and neutral, strengthens and harmonizes the MJ and is good for constipation; olive oil is sweet, sour, astringent and neutral, clears LU, benefits throat; yellow onions are pungent, neutral, goes to the LU and LI, clears heat, relieves toxicity, kills parasites; Papaya seeds are bitter, sweet, moistening and descends qi; sea salt is salty and cold, eases bowel movements.

 

Southern Style Greens

Categories: Cold, Cold in Liver Channel, Qi Vacuity, Side Dishes, Vegan, Vegetables, Vegetarian

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Southern Style Greens

2 ½ bunches (1 lbs) collard greens, stemmed and chopped

½ cup olive oil

¼ yellow onion chopped

1 Tbsp of nutritional yeast flakes

1 tsp hickory smoke powder

Sea Salt

Directions: Bring large pot of water to a boil on high heat. Add collard greens, oil, onion, nutritional yeast, hickory smoked powder. Stir and cover. Cook for 45 to 60 minutes or until collard greens are soft. Drain and season with salt.

Serving Size: 4

TCM Pattern: LV qi xu, Stagnation of cold in LV channel

TCM Evaluation: collard greens are warm and pungent, promotes re-growth of tissue and stops pain; olive oil is sweet, sour, astringent and neutral, clears heat and relieves toxicity; yellow onion is pungent and neutral, lowers blood pressure and cholesterol; nutritional yeast flakes contains walnuts also and is sweet, sour, warm, tonifies, nourishes jing and marrow; hickory smoked powder is sour, sweet and warm, regulates qi, benefits LV.

 

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.

Cranberry Relish

Categories: Damp Heat in the Lower Jiao, Side Dishes, Urinary Bladder Damp Heat, Vegan, Vegetarian

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Cranberry Relish

Ingredients

20 oz Cranberries
2 cups Walnuts
Rind of 1 Orange
4 stalks Celery
Honey to taste

Preparation
Place the cranberries, walnuts, orange rind and celery in a blender or food chopper. Chop until ingredients are evenly mixed and diced. Remove from blender and add honey to taste.

Properties
The main ingredient, cranberry, is sour, cool and bitter. It drains damp-heat from the Lower Jiao, but its sour taste astringes physiological fluids, too. Cranberries also contain proanthocyanidins, which protect against toxins and poisons in the blood, and also facilitate healing of wounds, strengthen blood vessels and facilitate blood flow. These chemicals are some of the most potent antioxidants available.

Walnuts are sweet and warm, and go to the Kidney and Lung. They tonify the Kidneys, lubricate the Intestines, and astringe jingo In addition, they can reduce inflammation and alleviate pain, possibly because they contain omega-3 oils.

Orange rind stimulates and regulates Middle Jiao qi, aids digestion and resolves dampness. The turpens in the peel have been shown to reduce the incidence of chemically induced cancers.

Celery is sweet, bitter and cool. It tonifies the Middle Jiao, dries dampness and promotes urination, calms the Liver and clears heat.
Honey is sweet and neutral, and enters the Lung, Stomach and Large Intestine. It detoxifies, lubricates dryness and relieves pain.
This is a dish great on Thanksgiving. Given the damp-draining and qi-regulating qualities.

Cornbread

Categories: Gluten-free, Qi Vacuity, Side Dishes, Spleen Qi Vacuity, Vegetarian

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CORNBREAD

1 cup cornmeal
1 cup rice flour
1 tsp sea salt
21/2 tsp baking powder
4 tbsp sunflower oil
1 egg
1 tsp brown rice syrup
1 cup milk

Heat oven to 400 degrees. Ligthly oil an 8 by 8 inch pan. Sift together dry ingredients. Whisk the egg and stir in the rest of the wet ingredients. Stir the 2 mixtures together. Put in pan and bake for 2-25 minutes.

Cornmeal–sweet, neutral. Enters SP/ST/UB. Strengthens spleen and stomach.
Rice flour–sweet, neutral. Enters SP/ST. Supplements Spleen and Stomach.
Sea salt –salty, cold. Enters KD. Clears heat, cool the blood. Eases bowel movement, nourishes KD
Sunflower oil –sweet, neutral. Enters LI/SP. Lowers B.P. Lubricates Large Intestine.
Egg –sweet, neutral. Enters SP/ST/LU. Nourishes yin and blood. Supplements SP,ST.
Brown rice syrup –sweet, sl. Warm. Enters SP/ST. Supplements Qi, soothes stomach, drains damp.
Milk –sweet, neutral. Enters SP, ST, LU. Supplements Qi, Nourish blood, moisten dryness,

Overall analysis of recipe: This cornbread is very building of the Spleen and Stomach Qi. It also will help nourish the blood which is often weak in the case of Sp qi deficiency.

Tzatziki: Cucumber and Yogurt Salad

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

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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.

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.

Black Sesame Asparagus

Categories: Asian, Kidney Yin Vacuity, Liver Yin Vacuity, Lung Phlegm Heat, Side Dishes, Vegetables

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Black Sesame Asparagus

Ingredients:

1 Medium-size bunch asparagus (1 lb.)
A pinch of salt
3 TBL. Black Sesame seeds
2 TBL. Mirin or sherry
1 TBL. Soy sauce
1 tsp. Lemon juice

Directions:
1. Cut the asparagus into 2-in. pcs.
2. In medium-size pot, bring 2-3 cups of water to a boil; add salt & asparagus stalks, then after 1-2 minutes add the asparagus tips. Lower the heat & simmer for 2-3 minutes until the stalks are tender.
3. Drain the asparagus & rinse w/ cold water to preserve their color & stop the cooking.
4. Toast the sesame seeds in a dry skillet over medium heat, stirring, for about 5 minutes. Remove from pan & let cool for a couple minutes.
5. Place the seeds in a food processor & whirl until powdery or grind in a mortar & pestle.
6. Stir the sesame powder, mirin, soy sauce & lemon juice together, and then drizzle the mixture over the asparagus before serving.

Asparagus: Cool, sweet, & bitter, clears heat, detoxifies, promotes circulation & clears lungs.
Black Sesame: Neutral, sweet, tonifies liver & kidney, harmonize the blood, & nourishes yin.
Mirin: Sweet cooking wine, pungent & promotes circulation.
Soy sauce: Cold, salty, sweet, clears heat & detoxifies.
Lemon juice: Cool, sour, regenerates body fluids.

TCM: This dish builds yin & blood & moisten intestines, clears heat & moisten Lungs.