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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

 

Sauteed Daikon with Scallion and Carrot

Categories: Bi Syndrome Hot, Dryness Invading the Lungs, Lung Phlegm Heat, Spleen Damp, Spleen Damp Heat, Spleen Qi Vacuity

Sauteed Daikon with Scallion and Carrot

1 large daikon radish or 2-3 medium turnips, cleaned and cut into half-moons.
4 or more medium carrots, sliced diagonally into thin ovals.
2-3 scallions, minced.
Sesame oil for frying.
¼ tsp salt.
Soy sauce to taste.

Heat a wok on high heat or a large skillet and add 1-2 tbsp. of oil. When it is hot, add the carrots and daikon and stir-fry for two to three minutes. Then add scallions and stir-fry for another 30-60 seconds. Stir in salt, soy sauce, and a dash of black pepper if desired. Serve immediately.

Scallion: Warm, acrid; warms middle burner, moves qi, expels external pathogens.
Carrot: sweet, neutral; SP/LV/LU/HT. Strengthens SP/HT, nourishes LV, drains damp, strengthens the organs, promotes bowel movement.
Daikon radish: cool, acrid, sweet; removes stagnant food, resolves mucus, moistens the LU, promotes bowel movement.
Overall, this recipe tonifies the SP, resolves dampness, possibly treats warm damp bi conditions, and promotes bowel movements.

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.

Mushroom Soup

Categories: Bi Syndrome Hot, High blood pressure, Spleen Damp, Spleen Damp Heat

Mushroom Soup
PER SERVING:
Mushroom-6 to 8 (cooling, sweet, cools blood and heat)
Lean pork-120gm (Cooling, sweet, supplements blood and yin)
Job’s tears (yi yi ren)-16gm (sweet, bland, sl. cold, leaches out damp and clears heat, strengthens the SP)
Chinese yam (Shan Yao)-12gm (sweet, neutral, tonifies SP)
1. Rinse mushroom and soak in cold water for 2 hours until soft. Change water a couple of times.
2. Wash pork and cut into big pieces. Rinse herbs.
3. Put all ingredients in a pot with adequate water (about 2 liters) and bring to a boil. Remove foam, reduce heat and cook for 2 hours with about 2 cups of soup left.
4. Eat mushroom with soup.
THERAPEUTIC EFFECTS:
Promote diuresis to relieve dampness, clear heat, lowers blood pressure, helps with weight loss.
USAGE:
Take this soup regularly with meal for best result.

Open Sesame Eggplant

Categories: Bi Syndrome Hot, Blood Stasis, Large Intestine Fluid Vacuity, Liver Blood Stasis, Liver Qi Stagnation

OPEN SESAME EGGPLANT (2-3 servings)
by Catherine Marquis

Other Names: Solanum melongena, aubergine, qie zi
Eggplant is a vegetable of wide international origins, appearing in the cuisines of Europe,
the Middle East, South and East Asia, and North America. China and India are the world’s top
eggplant producers today. It is related to the potato, pepper, and tomato, part of the Solanaceae
(nightshade) family, and grows in climates ranging from tropical to temperate. Eggplants come
in many sizes, colors and shapes, (not only the pear-shaped dark purple variety) ranging from
small and white (literally resembling an egg) to green and round, to long and lavender.
When shopping for eggplant, you should select ones that are relatively heavy for their
size and use immediately if possible. It should be cooked thoroughly until soft and is difficult to
overcook. Eggplant’s texture and bulk can provide balance to a meal that is light or nonexistent
in meat. It is a good source of fiber, potassium, manganese, copper, thiamine, vitamin B6, folate,
magnesium and niacin. Scientific studies suggest might be useful in preventing atherosclerosis
and heart disease. From a TCM perspective it addresses swelling, pain, hemorrhoids and breast
inflammation (mastitis) or sores.
Ingredients
• 3-4 tbsp dark sesame oil
• 3 cloves garlic, minced
• 1 med-sized eggplant (about 1 lb), cut into 1 inch cubes
• 1 cup water
• 1 tbsp rice wine
• 1 ½ tbsp soy sauce
• 1 tbsp sesame seeds
Preparation
1. Heat oil in a pan, and then add garlic and then eggplant. Cook until eggplant is golden brown
on all sides. (You may want to brown the eggplant in two batches to distribute the oil more
evenly, as the eggplant has a tendency to absorb it.)
2. Add water to the pan. Bring to a boil, then lower heat. Cover and cook for about 10 min.,
until soft.
3. Remove lid, and add rice wine and soy sauce. Cook, uncovered for another 3-5 min.
4. In the meantime, toast the sesame seeds in a dry skillet over medium heat until golden brown,
stirring or shaking frequently, about 5 min. When done, remove the seeds from the hot skillet
so they don’t overcook.
5. Transfer eggplant mixture to a serving dish and sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds. Serve
warm with a grain such as rice or quinoa if desired.
Variations
If preferred, you can boil or steam the eggplant for about 20 min., until soft, then add soy sauce,
sesame oil and toasted sesame seeds to taste.
TCM Ingredient Analysis
Sesame oil — cool, sweet; LI, LV, KD; down bearing, moisten intestines, laxative, detoxifies,
raise unsaturated fatty acids, lecithin and vitamin E, treats dryness in intestines, constipation,
digestive obstructions, blood and qi vacuity of LV and KD, weakness in muscles, skins and
bones
CONTRAINDICATED in excess conditions, weakens SP pancreas network, can cause diarrhea
Garlic — hot, acrid; anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungal, detoxify meat and seafood, kill worms,
remove stagnant food and blood, reduce abscesses, warm yang, dispel cold;
CONTRAINDICATED in hot or dry eye DOs, mouth sores, tongue ulcers
Eggplant — cool-cold, sweet; SP, ST, LI; clear heat, relieve toxicity, invigorate and cool blood
and break stasis, reduce swelling, relieve and stop pain, move qi and open chest, promote
diuresis; CONTRAINDICATED in cold conditions
Rice Wine — warm; move blood
Soy sauce – cold, salty; SP, ST, KD; harmonize middle jiao, clear heat, antidote to drug and food
poisoning, benefit KD, penetrate deeply
Sesame seeds — slightly warm, sweet; nourish LV & KD, lubricate intestines, blacken gray hair,
tonify body overall, benefit skin; grinding recommended because tough cell wall makes it
undigestable whole
(Quinoa — warm, sweet, sour; strengthen entire body, tonify qi, warm yang)
Overall Recipe Analysis
This dish clears heat, moves and cools blood, moistens the intestines, reduces swelling, and eases
pain. It is especially good for anyone concerned about high cholesterol or those who wish to
counteract pain and swelling.
Patterns
Blood stasis, qi stagnation, cold or damp stagnation, qi and blood deficiency, ST heat, yin
deficiency, SP qi deficiency, KD yang deficiency