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Sweet Potato Pie

Categories: Cold in the Middle Jiao, Desserts, Qi Vacuity, Spleen Qi Vacuity, Vegetarian, Yin Vacuity

Sweet Potato Pie Recipe

2 sweet potatoes

1 cup frozen mango, thawed and chopped

½ cup honey or agave nectar

½ tsp ground cinnamon

1 (8in) pie crust of your choice

Directions: Pre heat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit, bake the sweet potatoes for 20 to 30 minutes or until soft. Let cool. Peel potatoes until smooth, stopping occasionally to scrape down work bowl. Pour the filling into the pie crust. Bake for 30 minutes or until the top starts to brown.

Serving Size: 8

TCM Patterns: Qi stagnation in LJ, Cold in MJ, SP xu

TCM Evaluation: Sweet potato is sweet, neutral, supplements SP, LU, KD; mango is sweet, sour, neutral, strengthens the ST, regenerates body fluids, stops cough and thirst; honey is sweet, neutral, nourishes and harmonizes MJ, moistens dryness; cinnamon is pungent, sweet, warm, promotes blood circulation and invigorates yang.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

 

Vegan Cassava Cake

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

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Vegan Cassava Cake

2 lbs cassava grated

1 can coconut milk

½ lbs coconut meat

1 cup mangosteen juice

handful of goji berries

Directions: pre heat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit, mix all ingredients together until evenly dispersed in baking tray, place in oven for 60 minutes or until top becomes golden brown.

Serving Size: 15

TCM Pattern: SP qi xu; ST yin xu

TCM Evaluation: cassava is sweet and neutral and nourishing to SP and ST, clears heat; coconut milk is sweet and neutral, strengthens the body, reduces swelling; coconut meat is sweet and warm, strengthens the body and stops bleeding; mangosteen juice is sweet and cool; goji berries are sweet, sour and neutral, nourishes blood and yin, improves vision.

 

 

 

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

 

 

 

 

Chai

Categories: Asian, Beverages, Qi Stagnation, Spleen Damp Cold, Spleen Qi Vacuity, Spleen Yang Vacuity, Stomach Cold, Vegetarian

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CHAI TEA

makes 2 quarts

Ingredients:

2 qts water

2 cinnamon sticks

¼ c green cardamom pods

1 heaping tsp black peppercorns

½ heaping tsp whole cloves

Several slices of fresh ginger

1-2 black teabags (I like Darjeeling or Earl Gray)

Honey

Goat’s Milk

nutmeg

1) Combine all ingredients except for the tea bags; bring to boil, reduce heat, and simmer, covered, for 45 min.  Add the tea bags and continue to simmer for another 10-15 min.  Strain into a container to store.

2) To serve, reheat a desired amount and add honey and goat’s milk to taste; grate nutmeg over the top.

Variations:

Experiment by adding other dried herbs like dried tangerine peel or dried coconut.

You can substitute soy milk, rice milk, or almond milk for the goat’s milk.

TCM ANALYSIS

Qi Stagnation with Cold in the Middle Jiao

Cinnamon:  Hot, acrid, and sweet; HT, LV, KD, SP; strengthens stomach, warms body.

Cardamom:  Warm, acrid; KD, SP; aids digestion, warms and resolves dampness, regulates Qi, stops

nausea and vomiting.

Black Peppercorns:  Hot, acrid; ST, LI; warms body, aids digestion

Cloves:  Warm, acrid; KD, SP, ST; warms body, reverses rebellious Qi.

Ginger:  Warm, acrid; LU, SP, ST; releases exterior Wind Cold, stops nausea/vomiting

Black Tea:  Cool, bitter, sweet; clears the head, resolves phlegm, promotes digestion and urination

Honey:  Warm, sweet; LU, SP, ST; lubricates dryness, strengthens digestion

Goat’s Milk:  Neutral, sweet; strengthens, nourishes Qi and Blood, lubricates dryness

This recipe contains very warming and moving herbs that promote good digestion.  Goat’s Milk is

the traditional ingredient in this drink and even though it can be considered an acquired taste, in a

small amount, it works to tonify Qi and Blood.   Goat’s Milk is also much easier to digest than Cow’s

milk.  It can be used for indigestion, fatigue after meals, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.

Barley Primavera

Categories: Spleen Qi Vacuity, Vegetarian

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Barley Primavera

3 scallions, sliced thinly and diagonally
6 c. water
¼ c. canola oil
1 ¼ c. pearl barley
4 cloves garlic
¼ c. minced parsley
½ c. shiitake mushrooms

1 small zucchini, chopped
1 small yellow squash, chopped
1 medium carrot, grated

1 large red pepper, seeded and chopped
1 small yellow and green peppers, seeded and chopped
¼ c. raspberry vinegar
1 tsp. sea salt
½ tsp. freshly ground pepper

Place the barley and water into a saucepan. Bring the water to a boil, cover the pan with a lid, and simmer the barley for 20 minutes, until tender.

When the barley is cooked, drain it well and chill completely.

Heat the canola oil and garlic in a small saute pan over low heat. Slowly cook the garlic for 2 minutes, until golden brown, and transfer to a large mixing bowl.

In the same bowl, combine the peppers, parsley, zucchini, yellow squash, carrot, scallions and mushrooms with the cooked barley.

Add the vinegar and season with salt and pepper.

For more recipes pertaining to SP Qi Xu go to:

http://www.maryzhang.com/recipes/spleen.htm

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