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Lamb and Bean Stew

Categories: Bi Syndrome Cold, Kidney Yang Vacuity, Lamb, Spleen Damp, Spleen Damp Cold, Spleen Yang Vacuity

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LAMB AND BEAN STEW serves 4-6

  • 3 tbs coconut oil
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 2 lbs Lamb chops or spareribs, chopped in large pieces (including bone)
  • Bone broth
  • 2 tsp curry powder
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 Thai chilies, minced
  • 4 cups beans (black beans, kidney beans, or a combination of both) cooked in bone broth
  • Juice of ½ lemon
  • Salt

1) Heat the oil, medium high, and sauté the onions until golden, 8-10 minutes.

2) Add the Lamb pieces with about a ¼ cup of broth, cover, and simmer for 20 minutes, adding more broth if needed.

3) Add the curry, garlic, and chilies, cover and simmer for 10 minutes.

4) Add the beans, adding more broth if necessary, until heated through, about 10 min.

5) Sprinkle with the lemon juice and season to taste with salt.

6) Serve over quinoa (with predominant Yang Deficiency) or white rice (with predominant Yin Deficiency)

TCM ANALYSIS

Coconut oil: warm, sweet; strengthening, moistening

Onion: warm, acrid; diuretic action

Lamb: hot, sweet; tonifies Yang, dispels cold

Bone broth: promotes strength, tonifies Blood and Essence

Curry powder: warm to hot, acrid

Garlic: hot, acrid

Chilies: hot, acrid

Black beans: warm, sweet; tonifies Kidney, nourishes Yin and Blood

Lemon: cool, sour; astringes body fluids, harmonizes stomach, regulates Qi

This is a warming recipe to treat symptoms of KD Yang Deficiency like cold body, weak lower back and knees, profuse or scanty frequent urination, lower leg edema, infertility, poor appetite, loose stools, dizziness, and tinnitus.

CONTRAINDICATIONS: patients with Heat sx

Enjoy.

Jason Cox

Delicious Chicken Feet for Bi Syndrome-Cold -type Arthritis

Categories: Bi Syndrome Cold

Delicous Chicken Feet

 

Great for Bi Syndrome – Cold-type arthritis

Yield 2 servings

12 Chicken feet, declawed and skinned
3 tbsp dark soy sauce
2 tbsp rice wine
3 slices ginger
3 green onions
1 tbsp barbecue sauce
1 tsp sugar
star anise
1 piece of orange rind
¼ tsp pepper
1 pin water

Directions:
Combine all ingredients and simmer for 1 ½ hours.

TCM analysis:
Overall: KD yang tonifying. Cartilage of the chicken feet is great for arthritis!
Chicken feet: sweet, warm, tonifies qi, nourishes blood, aids KD xu, benefits SP/ST, used in cold-type arthritis.
Rice Wine: sweet, pungent, warm, promotes circulation, stops pain, for arthritis, trauma
Ginger: pungent, warm, promotes sweating, benefits LU/ST, expels pathogens for cold conditions, arthritis.
Green onions: pungent, warm, promotes sweating, resolves phlegm, diuretic, for cold conditions.
Star Anise: pungent, warm, strengthens ST, reg Qi flow, harmonize ST, stops vomiting.

Date Puree – Bi Syndrome (Cold Damp Bi)

Categories: Bi Syndrome Cold, Liver Blood Stasis, Spleen Qi Vacuity, Spleen Yang Vacuity

Bi Syndrome (Cold Damp Bi)
Date Puree
yield: Makes 4 side-dish servings
active time: 30 min
total time: 1 hr

3 cups pitted dates (14 ounces)
1 (750-ml) bottle dry red wine
1 (3- to 4-inch) cinnamon stick
2 whole star anise

Special equipment: parchment paper

*The recipe goes well on Lamb

Preparation
Bring all ingredients to a simmer, covered directly with a round of parchment paper, in a 2-quart heavy saucepan over moderate heat, then reduce heat and simmer until dates are tender, 15 to 20 minutes. Remove and discard spices.
Transfer dates with a slotted spoon to a food processor. If cooking liquid measures more than about 1 cup, boil to reduce. Add to dates and puree until smooth.
Force puree, a few tablespoons at a time, through a fine-mesh sieve with back of a wooden spoon into a small saucepan, discarding skins. Reheat over low heat, stirring occasionally, before serving.

Ingredients analysis:
Dates: Sweet, warm; Sp, St; Tonifies the Spleen and augments the Qi, nourishes the blood and calms the spirit, moderates and harmonizes the harsh properties of other herbs.
Red wine: Pungent, sweet, warm; St, Lv, Ht; Expels cold, invigorates blood, clears toxins, astringent.
Cinnamon stick: Pungent, sweet, warm; Sp, St, UB; Invigorates yang, dispels cold, promotes blood circulation, warms the mingmen fire.
Anise: Pungent, sweet, warm; St, Lv; Stengthens St, rectifies qi, harmonizes and warms MJ.

TCM analysis:
The recipe is warm and has an overall action of dispelling cold and harmonizing the middle jiao. It also assists the yang and qi while invigorating the blood. The wine and cinnamon are specifically indicated for Cold bi syndrome.

Eel with Dried Ginger, Garlic, and Chiles

Categories: Bi Syndrome Cold, Liver Blood Stasis, Spleen Damp, Spleen Damp Cold, Spleen Yang Vacuity, Wind Damp Obstructing Channels

Eel with Dried Ginger, Garlic, and Chiles

Ingredients:

  • 2 C basic tomato sauce
  • 1 C dry red wine
  • 1 tsp dried ginger
  • 1-2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp hot red pepper flakes
  • 2 lbs eel, skinned and gutted by your fishmonger, rinsed, patted dry, and cut into 4-inch-long pieces
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Instructions:

  1. Preheat the oven to 450°F.
  2. In a large sauce pan, combine the tomato sauce, red wine, dried ginger, garlic, and red pepper flakes. Bring to a boil over medium heat.
  3. Meanwhile, season the eel with salt and pepper and arrange in a single layer in a baking dish.
  4. Pour the sauce over the eel, put the dish in the oven, and bake for about 20 minutes, until the eel is cooked through. Transfer to a warmed platter and serve immediately.

Makes 4 servings.

Serving suggestions:

  • Serve over rice or pasta with a side of steamed mustard greens.
  • Drink a glass of red wine with dinner.

TCM breakdown:

tomato: sweet, sour, cool; SP, ST, UB, KD; promotes fluids, clears heat, promotes urination, supplements KD
wine: acrid, sweet, warm; ST, LV, HRT; expels cold, invigorates blood, stops pain
dried ginger: acrid, hot; LU, SP, ST; warms interior, unblocks channels, transforms cold phlegm
garlic: acrid, hot; dispels cold, warms yang, removes stagnant food or blood, detoxifies seafood
chiles: acrid, hot; ST, LI; warms middle jiao, descends ST qi, expels damp & cold
eel: sweet, neutral; SP, ST; supplements qi & blood, eliminates wind-damp, invigorates blood, unblocks channels

Overall, this recipe is warm and acrid to invigorate blood and eliminate wind-damp-cold. The wine, dried ginger, garlic, and chiles increases the warmth of the tomato sauce, which is cool by nature. (The tomato sauce keeps the eel from drying out while baking.) Both the dried ginger and the eel specifically unblock channels, which makes this recipe suitable for patients with wind, cold, and/or damp in the channels causing obstruction and pain (bi syndrome). The garlic also detoxifies seafood.

Beef Congee

Categories: Bi Syndrome Cold, Kidney Yang Vacuity, Spleen Damp, Spleen Damp Cold, Spleen Yang Vacuity

Beef Congee (Serves 8-10)
Ingredients: 1 cup raw brown rice, ½ lb. ground beef, 2 TB olive oil, 2 garlic cloves, minced, 10 cups water, 1 ½ TB soy sauce, Toppings: scallions, cilantro, ginger

Directions: Wash rice, drain, and repeat 3 more times until water runs clear. Marinate beef in soy sauce for 10 minutes. Heat a large stockpot over medium-high heat with 2 TB olive oil. When hot, add the ground beef and garlic. Fry until ground beef is browned. Add water, soy sauce and rice. Turn heat to high. When boiling, immediately turn heat to low. Simmer for 40 minutes. Serve with toppings.

Analysis of Recipe:
Brown rice: neutral, sweet, strengthens spleen, nourished stomach, quenches thirst, relieves irritability, astringes intestines, stops diarrhea
Beef: warm, sweet, tonifies qi and blood, strengthens spleen and stomach, dispels dampness, relieves edema, strengthens bones and tendons
Garlic: hot, pungent, anti-viral, anti-fungal, detoxifies meat and seafood, kills worms, removes stagnant food and stagnant blood, reduces abscesses
Soy sauce: cool, sweet, clears heat, detoxifies, eases urination, and lubricates lungs and intestines
Scallions: hot, pungent, expels external pathogens, dispels wind and cold, induces swelling, anti-viral, anti-bacterial
Cilantro: slightly cool, pungent, promotes sweating, strengthens digestion, promotes the flow of qi
Ginger: warm, pungent, promotes sweating, anti-toxin, antidote for seafood poisoning, benefits lungs and stomach, expels pathogen

Barley Casserole

Categories: Bi Syndrome Cold, Bi Syndrome Hot, Cleanse, Spleen Damp

Barley Casserole

(Serves 6-8)

Ingredients:
2 cups pearled barley
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 large onion, sliced
3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
2 carrots, grated
2 celery stalks, diced
5 tablespoons shoyu
1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
1/4 teaspoon dried basil
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

Preparation:
Preheat over to 350*F. Bring 3 cups of water to a boil in a large saucepan; add the barley, and cook for approximately 55-60 minutes or until tender. Drain off any remaining water and set cooked barley aside.
Heat the old in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onion and garlic, and saute until the onion is tender, about 5 minutes. If the onion starts to stick or get brown, add a bit of water to the pan. Add the carrots, celery, shoyu, salt, basil, oregano, and garlic powder and cook for 5 minutes, stirring often, until the vegetable are tender. Add the barley, and stir over medium-high heat for 3 minutes. Taste the seasoning and adjust if necessary.
Transfer to a 8×12 baking dish and bake uncovered until heated through, about 35 minutes.

Analysis:
pearled barley- bland and cold, tonifies SP and ST, drains damp, promotes urination, reduces pustules, used to treat bi syndrome, edema, and skin conditions.
onion- warm and pungent, promotes sweating, resolves phlegm, diuretic.
garlic- hot and pungent, anti-viral, anti-fungal, detoxifies meat and seafood, kills worms, removes stagnant food and stagnant blood, reduces abscess
carrots- cool, sweet and pungent, clears heat, detoxifies, strengthens all internal organs, benefits the eyes, relieves measles, lubricates the intestines, promotes digestion
celery- cool, sweet, and sl. bitter, tonifies KD, stops bleeding, strengthens SP and ST, clears heat, lowers blood pressure, promotes diuresis, benefits blood

Overall this recipe helps bi syndrome, edema, and causes urination. Its also pungent and can help to detoxify.

Radish and Mutton Flank Soup

Categories: Bi Syndrome Cold, Kidney Qi Vacuity, Kidney Yang Vacuity

Radish and Mutton Flank Soup
Mutton Flank-1.5 lb. (warming to hot, sweet, sl. bitter, supplements KD and SP YANG)
Radish-the more, the better, but they can be very strong! (cool, acrid, very moving)
Ginger-4 slices (warming to hot, acrid, sl. sweet, loosens phlegm, esp. cold)
Green onion-2 (warming and acrid, opens ST and LU)
1. Wash, peel and rough chop radish.
2. Wash mutton flank, cut into 2″ cubes and put in boiling water for a couple of minutes to rinse. Remove and drain.
3. Put all ingredients in a pot with adequate water (about 3 liters) and bring to a boil.
4. Remove foam, reduce heat and simmer for 4 hours with about 1/3 of the water left.
5. Add seasoning to serve. Eat content with soup as main course of meal.
6. Makes 2-3 servings
THERAPEUTIC EFFECTS:
Benefit kidney and yang energy, clear toxic material and improve digestion, clear phlegm and stop cough, improve blood circulation and increase yang energy. Especially good for Cold syndrome with yang deficiency resulting in cough and phlegm.

Curry Favor Pumpkin Soup

Categories: Bi Syndrome Cold, Cold Damp Distressing Spleen, Diabetes, Spleen Damp, Spleen Damp Cold

Curry Favor Pumpkin Soup 2 servings

10-12 ounces pumpkin or winter squash, such as Japanese kabocha (about 2 cups when cubed)
2 1/2 cups chicken or vegetable stock
2 tablespoons vegetable oil, such as canola or olive
1 small onion, diced
1-2 teaspoons curry powder
Pinch of salt
Pinch of pepper

Chop the pumpkin pieces into 1-inch cubes, seeded and peeled. (Some pumpkins are quite tough and most easily handled by chopping the pumpkin into two, seeding it, then cutting it into wedges before peeling. A large, sharp cleaver can be helpful with this task; another handy trick is to put the pumpkin in the microwave for 5 minutes to soften it before cutting and peeling. The seeds can be reserved for roasting.)

Place the pumpkin cubes and stock in a pot. Bring to a boil, then lower heat to low and simmer for about 20 minutes.

Heat the oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onion and curry powder. Cook until the onions are translucent and soft (about 5 minutes).

When both the onions and pumpkin are done, combine them in a blender or food processor. Whir into a smooth puree. You can also use a hand blender or immersion blender for this task.

Add salt and pepper to taste.

Pumpkin-sweet, warm; SP/ST; supplement MJ, expel parasites, protect prostate, analgesic
Chicken Stock-chicken is sweet, warm; SP/ST/KD; supplement qi, nourish blood, consolidate KD, boost wei qi
Vegetable Oil-moistening
Onion-pungent, neurtral; LU/ST/LI; clear heat, relieve toxicity, transform phlegm and damp, kill parasites, lower BP and cholesterol
Salt-salty, cold; KD; clear heat, cool blood, ease bowel movements, nourish KD
Pepper-pungent, warm; ST/LI; warm MJ, descend ST qi, expel damp and cold

Addresses SP xu, damp painful bi and blockage of channels.

Especially good for anyone with diabetes, arthritis or other inflammatory condition, muscle stiffness and pain, a tendency to run cold or fibromyalgia.

Beef Congee

Categories: Bi Syndrome Cold, Cold Damp Distressing Spleen, Kidney Jing Vacuity, Kidney Yang Vacuity, Spleen Qi Vacuity, Spleen Yang Vacuity

Beef Congee (Serves 8-10)
Ingredients: 1 cup raw brown rice, ½ lb. ground beef, 2 TB olive oil, 2 garlic cloves, minced, 10 cups water, 1 ½ TB soy sauce, Toppings: scallions, cilantro, ginger
Directions: Wash rice, drain, and repeat 3 more times until water runs clear. Marinate beef in soy sauce for 10 minutes. Heat a large stockpot over medium-high heat with 2 TB olive oil. When hot, add the ground beef and garlic. Fry until ground beef is browned. Add water, soy sauce and rice. Turn heat to high. When boiling, immediately turn heat to low. Simmer for 40 minutes. Serve with toppings.
Analysis of Recipe:
Brown rice: neutral, sweet, strengthens spleen, nourished stomach, quenches thirst, relieves irritability, astringes intestines, stops diarrhea
Beef: warm, sweet, tonifies qi and blood, strengthens spleen and stomach, dispels dampness, relieves edema, strengthens bones and tendons
Garlic: hot, pungent, anti-viral, anti-fungal, detoxifies meat and seafood, kills worms, removes stagnant food and stagnant blood, reduces abscesses
Soy sauce: cool, sweet, clears heat, detoxifies, eases urination, and lubricates lungs and intestines
Scallions: hot, pungent, expels external pathogens, dispels wind and cold, induces swelling, anti-viral, anti-bacterial
Cilantro: slightly cool, pungent, promotes sweating, strengthens digestion, promotes the flow of qi
Ginger: warm, pungent, promotes sweating, anti-toxin, antidote for seafood poisoning, benefits lungs and stomach, expels pathogen

Spiced Wine

Categories: Bi Syndrome Cold, Blood Stasis, Heart Blood Stagnation, Heart Qi Vacuity

8 cups Cabernet Sauvignon
½ cup sugar
8 sticks of cinnamon
4 slices of orange
1 tbsp. fresh squeezed lemon juice
12 whole cloves

Mix all ingredients in a saucepan. Cover and simmer for 1 hour.

This recipe should not be used in excess, but this would be a very blood invigorating, warming recipe to get stagnancy moving- particularly if the patient is also experiencing cold symptoms.
Wine goes to the heart, stomach and liver. It expels cold, invigorates blood and stops pain. The cloves and cinnamon would add to the warming and circulating properties of this holiday specialty.