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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.

 

Winter Melon Soup

Categories: Asian, Gluten-free, Kidney Water Overflow, Kidney Yang Vacuity, Soup, Urinary Bladder Damp Heat, Vegan, Vegetarian

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Winter Melon Soup

3 qt vegetable broth

3 c winter melon, peeled and chopped

2 carrots

2 celery stalks

1 onion

12 Chinese mushrooms, stems removed

6 oz tofu noodles or finely sliced baked tofu

1 tsp chives

1 tsp peanut oil

1 Tbsp tamari

Directions: cook together until tender, about 25 minutes, season with chives, tamari and peanut oil.

Serving Size: 4

TCM pattern: UB damp heat; KD water overflow

TCM Evaluation:  winter melon is sweet, bland and cool, detoxifies and drains damp; carrots are sweet and neutral, diuretic and drains damp; celery stalks are sweet, bitter and cold, drains damp and transforms phlegm; onion clear heat, relieve toxicity, transform phlegm and damp; Chinese mushrooms are sweet and cool, rectifies qi and boost wei qi; tofu noodles are sweet and neutral, promotes urination and resolves toxicity

Kholood El-Helo

 

 

 

 

Chicken Noodle Soup for the Common Cold

Categories: Asian, Chicken, Gluten-free, Soup, Wei Qi Vacuity, Wind Cold Invading Lungs, Wind Invasion (External)

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CHICKEN NOODLE SOUP FOR THE COMMON COLD serves 4

  • 2 tbs coconut oil
  • ¼ lb chicken, shredded
  • ¼ c preserved mustard greens, soaked, rinsed, and shredded
  • 4 slices ginger, shredded
  • 2 green onions, sliced thinly
  • 1-2 tbs fermented black beans, soaked, rinsed, and chopped
  • 4 c chicken stock
  • 1 tbs soy sauce
  • 2 tsp sesame oil
  • 2 oz rice vermicelli, presoaked in hot water until soft, drained
  • Fresh perilla leaves (or substitute with cilantro or basil)

1) Heat oil until smoking. Add chicken for 30 seconds. Add ginger, onions, greens, and black beans and stir fry for a few seconds.

2) Add chicken stock, bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer for 5 min. add the soy sauce and sesame oil.

3) Divide noodles between 4 bowls, top with a handful of perilla leaves, and ladle the hot soup over the top.

 

EARLY WIND COLD INVASION

Coconut oil: warm, sweet; strengthening, moistening

Chicken: warm, sweet; tonifies Qi and Blood

Preserved Mustard greens: warm, acrid, salty; relieves common cold, ventilates Lungs, reduces swollen glands

Ginger: warm, acrid; LU, SP, ST; promotes sweating, expels pathogen, opens LU

Green Onion: hot, acrid; LU, ST; promotes sweating, expels external pathogen

Fermented Black beans: warm, sweet, slightly bitter; LU, ST; releases exterior, illuminates irritability

Soy sauce: cool, sweet, salty; clears heat

Sesame oil: warm, sweet; harmonizes Blood, lubricates intestines

Perilla Leaf: warm, acrid, aromatic; LU, SP; releases exterior, opens chest, moves QI

Rice noodles: sweet; tonifies SP, ST; nourishes QI

 

This recipe contains ingredients that disperse external pathogens but also treat an underlying deficiency of Wei Qi. It’s useful during the cold and flu season as a prophylactic tonic and in the early stages of the common cold.

Jason Cox

Jasmine Infused Pumpkin Soup

Categories: Damp Heat in the Lower Jiao, Soup, Spleen Damp, Spleen Qi Vacuity, Urinary Bladder Damp Heat, Vegetarian

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JASMINE INFUSED PUMPKIN SOUP serves 4

 

1 3 lb winter squash (such as acorn, butternut, or kabocha squash), peeled and diced

5 c vegetable stock

Several slices fresh ginger

1 tsp jasmine (or any other) tea

1 c boiling water

Roasted squash/pumpkin seeds

Scallions or chives, sliced

dried cranberries, reconstituted in boiling water and minced

1) Boil pumpkin in stock with ginger, simmer until tender, 30 min or until squash is tender.

Remove ginger slices.

2) Steep tea in boiling water 5 min, strain.

3) Puree soup in batches, add tea until desired consistency, and simmer until warm.

4)  Season with salt and pepper.

5) Ladle soup into bowls and garnish w onions, seeds, and cranberries.

ENJOY…

Jason Cox

 

TCM ANALYSIS

SPLEEN QI DEFICIENCY LEADING TO DAMP

Winter squash:  cool, sweet; dispels damp

Ginger:  warm, acrid;  LU, SP, ST;  stops nausea

Tea:  cool, bitter; clears head, resolves phlegm, promotes urination

Squash/pumpkin seeds:  cold, sweet; promotes urination, reduces swelling

Scallions:  hot, acrid; induces sweating

Cranberries:  sour, cooling: promotes urination, supports kidney function

This is a nourishing soup that is perfect for Spleen Qi Deficiency with buildup of damp in the body.  The recipe is diuretic in action, but is mild in nature.  Therefore, it would be a good addition to any

treatment protocol treating deficiency (Spleen, Kidney) rather than excess.   The cool nature of the ingredients will also benefit the damp condition if it’s combined with heat.

The recipe may benefit patients with water metabolism problems like edema, ascites, diarrhea, as well as

urinary tract infections due to Damp Heat.  Some of the ingredients also reduce swelling and may be useful

with issues like prostate enlargement and hydrocele with inhibited urination.

CONTRAINDICATIONS:  wouldn’t be good for patients with Yin Deficiency dryness who don’t have enough

fluids to disperse.

Watermelon Soup

Categories: Dryness, Fluid Vacuity, Gluten-free, Soup, Summerheat, Vegetarian

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Watermelon Soup Recipe

Ingredients
4 cups seeded watermelon cubes
1/3 cup pomegranate juice
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 teaspoon chopped fresh mint
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1 tablespoon honey (optional)
1/3 cup plain nonfat yogurt
Preparation
Process first 5 ingredients and honey, if desired, in a blender or food processor until smooth, stopping to scrape down sides. Cover and chill 1 hour. Serve in individual bowls with a dollop of yogurt.

Serving Size:
1 Cup/4 servings per recipe

by Nanci Bankier

Watermelon soup could be used to quench thirst and relive summerheat and irritability. Watermelon is considered, in TCM, to be sweet and cold and it goes to the UB, HRT, and ST channels. The functions of the watermelon in the soup promotes: urination, can help relieve constipation, sore throat, dry mouth, and even toothache. The pomegranate also has some actions that benefit the KD, as well as the LU and LV. In TCM, pomegranate is considered to be sweet, astringent, and cold. The pomegranate juice in the soup can help promote fluids, quench thirst and astringe intestines which would help issues of leucorrhea, bleeding, and diarrhea. The mint in the recipe and help clear heat from the body, and help relieve a sore throat.

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

Cold Sour Cherry Soup

Categories: Blood Stasis, Blood Vacuity, Qi Stagnation, Qi Vacuity, Soup, Vegetarian

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Cold Sour Cherry Soup

Serves 6

Ingredients
3 cups cold water
1 cup sugar
1 cinnamon stick
4 cups pitted sour cherries
1 tablespoon arrowroot
¼ cup heavy cream, chilled
¾ cup dry red wine, chilled

Combine the water, sugar and cinnamon stick. Bring to a boil and add the cherries. Partially cover and simmer over low heat for 35 to 40 minutes. Remove the cinnamon stick.

Mix the arrowroot and two tablespoons of cold water into a paste, then beat into the cherry soup. Stirring constantly, bring the soup almost to a boil. Reduce the heat and simmer about 2 minutes until clear and slightly thickened. Pour into a shallow bowl and refrigerate until chilled. Before serving stir in the cream and wine.

by Roger M. Rutz

TCM ANALYSIS

Cherries: sweet warm SP KI UB
Actions: strengthens SP and ST, tonifies KI, nourishes Blood.
Indications: general qi deficiency, damp cold bi, blood deficiency, anemia.

Scallion and Basil Chicken Noodle Soup

Categories: Soup, Spleen Qi Vacuity, Wei Qi Vacuity, Wind Cold Invading Lungs

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Scallion and Basil Chicken Noodle Soup

ingredients:
one carton organic chicken broth
one large organic boneless skinless chicken breast
one bunch scallions, whites minced fine, greens sliced and reserved for topping
one large handful fresh basil, minced
3 inch piece fresh ginger, sliced thin
1/2 package brown rice noodles

boil the chicken breast with the broth and white parts of the scallion and the ginger until it shreds easily, about 30 minutes; add the noodles and basil and cook approximately 6 minutes longer. serve topped with the green parts of the scallion. salt to taste.

serves 2-3.

TCM ANALYSIS
chicken is warm and sweet, tonifies qi, strengthens KD/SP. basil, scallions and ginger are warm and pungent, release the exterior, and transform phlegm from cold. brown rice is sweet, sour, and warm and strengthens the SP and drains dampness.

feel good soup for a rainy day. add a cinnamon stick in with the broth at the beginning for extra achy body.

Pumpkin and chestnut soup

Categories: Kidney Yang Vacuity, Soup, Spleen Yang Vacuity, Vegan, Vegetarian

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Pumpkin and chestnut soup

Ingredients:
2 onions

3 tablespoons olive oil
1 medium pumpkin or squash
2 pints vegetable stock
1 cup dried chestnuts, soaked
2 cloves garlic
1 bayleaf
1 teaspoon rosemary
Splash of cider vinegar
Parsley to garnish
Pinch paprika

Method: Presoak the chestnuts overnight or use fresh chestnuts if available. Chop the onions roughly and fry in the olive oil until softened. Chop the pumpkin, removing the skin and seeds, and sweat with the onions, turning occasionally until it starts to soften. Add the vegetable stock, chestnuts, crushed garlic, bayleaf and rosemary. Simmer for 40 minutes, remove the bayleaf and puree adding a splash of cider vinegar and a good twist of freshly ground black pepper. Serve garnished with parsley and a sprinkle of paprika.

10 minutes preparation/50 minutes cooking. Serves 6.

TCM ANALYSIS

Action:Pumpkin nourishes the Spleen, strengthening the Qi and helping remove Dampness. Chestnuts also support the Spleen as well as warming the Kidney, strengthening Yang and gently stimulating Blood circulation. This recipe is ideal for the condition of Spleen Yang Deficiency.

From http://www.meridianpress.net/recipes.html

Roasted Butternut Squash Soup

Categories: Damp Heat in the Lower Jiao, Soup, Urinary Bladder Damp Heat

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Roasted Butternut Squash Soup
Serves 4

Ingredients
Nonstick vegetable oil spray
1 2-pound butternut squash, halved lengthwise, seeded
2 cups (about) canned low-salt chicken broth
Pinch of grated nutmeg
1 cup nonfat milk

Preparation
Preheat oven to 375°F. Spray 13x9x2-inch glass baking dish with vegetable oil spray. Place squash cut side down in prepared dish. Pierce each squash half several times with toothpick or skewer. Bake until squash is tender, about 45 minutes.
Using large spoon, scrape squash into processor; discard peel. Add 1 1/2 cups broth and nutmeg and puree until smooth. Transfer puree to heavy large saucepan. Mix in milk and enough broth to thin to desired consistency. Stir soup over medium heat until heated through. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Ladle soup into bowls. Top with dollop of sour cream and chives, if desired.

Ingredients analysis:
Butternut squash – Cool, sweet; Channels unknown (Lu, UB possibly); Clears heat, detoxifies, promotes diuresis, quenches thirst, relieves restlessness.
Chicken broth – Sweet, warm; Sp, St, Kd; Supplements qi, nourishes blood, consolidates Kd, boosts wei qi.
Nutmeg – Acrid, warm; LI, Sp, St; Binds up the intestines and stops diarrhea, warms MJ, moves the qi and alleviates pain.
Milk – Sweet, neutral; Sp, St, Lu; Supplements qi, nourishes blood, moistens dryness.

TCM analysis:
Although the main ingredient is cool, the other ingredients even out the temperature making the overall recipe fairly neutral. There is a nice balance between ingredients to regulate bowel movements and supplement qi. However, the main ingredient is the focus, which is indicated for damp heat in the Urinary Bladder.