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Chai

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

chai-tea

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.

Chinese Cinnamon Barley Soup

Categories: Kidney Yang Vacuity, Spleen Damp, Spleen Damp Cold, Spleen Yang Vacuity, Stomach Cold

Chinese Cinnamon Barley Soup
six servings

*8 whole scallions, ends trimmed, cut into 1.5 inch sections and smashed lightly with the flat side of a knife
*8 cloves garlic, smashed lightly
*8 slices of ginger, about the size of a quarter, smashed lightly
*2 sticks of cinnamon
*1 tsp anise seeds
*1/2 cup soy sauce (or tamari sauce if wheat sensitive)
*1/2 cup rice wine or sake
*7 cups water
-2 lbs chuck or beef stew meat, cut into 1.5 inch cubes (or adzuki beans with tempeh if vegetarian)
-1 cup barley
-1 1/2 lbs spinach, trimmed, rinsed and drained
-3 TBS minced scallions, white part only

1. Place the starred ingredients in a large pot or casserole dish. Bring to a boil.

2. Add the beef and barley, and boil again. Reduce the heat to low, cover and simmer, skimming the surface to remove impurities and fat. Cook for 1 1/2 hours, until the beef is very tender. Scoop out the ginger slices, cinnamon sticks, and anise seeds, and discard.

3. Add the spinach to the beef, cover, and heat till boiling. Ladle the meat with broth and spinach into serving bowls, sprinkling the top with scallions. Serve immediately.

TCM Theory:
Scallions: warm, acrid, LU, ST
Garlic: warm (when cooked), acrid, sweet (when cooked), LU, ST, SP
Ginger: warm, acrid, LU, ST, SP
Cinnamon: warm to hot, acrid, ST, SP, LV, KD
Soy Sauce: cold, salty & sweet, SP, ST, KD
Rice Wine: warm, acrid, sweet, bitter, HT, LV, LU, ST
Beef: warm, neutral, sweet, SP, ST, KD
Barley: cool, salty, sweet, SP, ST
Spinach: cool, sweet, ST, LV, LI, SI

Overall Effect of Ingredients:
Warms the KD and the middle burner, tonifies KD yang

Hong Dou Tang (Red Bean Soup)

Categories: Shen Calming, Spleen Damp Cold, Spleen Qi Vacuity, Spleen Yang Vacuity, Stomach Rebellious Qi

Hong Dou Tang (Red Bean Soup)
China

Treatment Principle: strengthens SP, regulates qi, dispels Phlegm, drains Damp, promotes urination.

Serves 4

Ingredients
2/3 cup dried azuki beans
1/2 dried tangerine peel (chen pi) torn into pieces
3/4 cup of brown sugar or Chinese hong tang

Soak the azuki beans overnight in 4 cups of water.

Bring to a boil, reduce to medium low, add the tangerine peel, cover the pan and cook for 30 minutes. Add a further 4 cups of water and bring back to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and cook for a further 30 minutes.

To test to see if they are ready, press one bean between the fingers. It should crush without any effort. If it is still hard, cook for another 15 to 20 minutes, then check again.
Add half of the sugar to the pan containing the beans and stir gently continuing to add more sugar until it is sweet to your taste. Simmer for a few minutes longer.

Serve hot.

Azuki Beans: sweet sour neutral HT SP SI
Actions: strengthens the SP, promotes urination, and eliminates stagnant Blood.
Indications: SP deficiency edema, Damp and Damp Heat painful urination, diarrhea, leucorrhea, intestinal abscess, hemorrhoids, bleeding from the bowel.

Brown Sugar: sweet warm SP ST LV
Actions: supplements middle jiao, expels cold, invigorates blood, moves LV qi.
Indications: middle jiao deficiency cold, menstrual cramps, post childbirth recovery.

Chen Pi: acrid, bitter, warm, aromatic LU SP ST
Actions: regulates the qi, adjusts the middle, and relieves the diaphragm, dries dampness and transforms phlegm, prevents stagnation.
Indications: epigastric or abdominal distention, fullness, bloating, belching, nausea and vomiting, damp turbidity obstructing the middle with a stifling sensation in the chest, loss of appetite, fatigue, loose stools, thick greasy tongue coat.

Red Bean Soup (composite): aromatic sweet sour warm HT SP ST LV LU SI
Actions: adjusts and supplements middle jiao, promotes urination, invigorates Blood and eliminates stagnant Blood, expels cold, regulates and moves the qi, dries dampness and transforms phlegm.
Indications: SP deficiency edema, middle jiao deficiency cold, epigastric or abdominal distention, fullness, bloating, belching, nausea and vomiting, damp turbidity obstructing the middle with a stifling sensation in the chest, loss of appetite, fatigue, loose stools, thick greasy tongue coat.

Split Pea and Barley Soup

Categories: Spleen Damp, Spleen Damp Cold, Spleen Qi Vacuity, Spleen Yang Vacuity, Stomach Cold

Split Pea and Barley Soup (serves six)

14 cups of water
1 pound green split peas
½ cup barley, rinsed in a strainer
1 TBL olive oil
1 bay leaf
2 TBLS unsalted butter
2 medium onions, diced
4 garlic cloves, minced
2 carrots finely diced
1 celery rib, finely diced
1 tsp fresh thyme, or ½ tsp dried
1 tsp salt
Freshly ground black pepper to taste

Instructions

  • In a large stockpot combine water, split peas, barley, olive oil and bay leaf. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Then reduce heat to lively simmer. Cook the soup, continuing to stir periodically for 30 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, melt butter in a medium-size skillet over medium heat.  Add onions and garlic.  Sauté until the onions are golden brown.
  • Stir the onions into the soup along with the carrots, celery, thyme, salt and pepper.
  • Cook, now stirring frequently to prevent the soup from sticking as it thickens, for 30 more minutes. The soup is ready when the peas have almost totally dissolved and the barley and vegetables are tender. The soup will thicken as it cools in the serving bowls, so thin with more water if necessary.

Comments: This recipe uses great ingredients for the SP.  They are cooked well, making it easier for the Spleen to digest. It also offers warming spices to help warm the middle jiao and encourage Sp Qi. Barley is a particularly good grain for strengthening the SP and ST and also helps to leach out dampness. Carrots are also nice for the SP and help drain dampness

Oven Roasted Carrots with Mideast Spice Blend

Categories: Spleen Damp Cold, Spleen Qi Vacuity, Spleen Yang Vacuity, Stomach Cold

Siri Michel

Earth Imbalance – Spleen Qi Deficiency; Spleen Yang Deficiency

Oven Roasted Carrots with Mideast Spice Blend (Serves 4 as a side dish)

Ingredients

  • 1 lb carrots – cut on diagonal into ½ inch thick pieces
  • 1 – 2 T olive oil
  • 1.5 to 2 tsp cumin (optional 1/2 – 1 tsp whole cumin)
  • 1/8 to ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 to ¼ tsp cayenne
  • ½ tsp kosher or sea salt
  • black pepper to taste

 

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Place sliced carrots in a large bowl. Drizzle the olive oil over them. Toss carrots to coat.
  3. Sprinkle spices over carrots. Toss well to coat.
  4. Spread carrots in a single layer on a baking sheet.
  5. Roast until tender and lightly caramelized, turning once at midpoint. Approximately 30 – 45 minutes or
  6. until done.
  7. Salt and pepper are to taste. All spices can be increased or decreased.

NOTE: For Spleen Yang Deficiency, pan roast carrots in a skillet until slightly caramelized and medium soft. Add a couple tablespoons of water, cover and steam for a few minutes until carrots are soft. This will make them easier to digest.

 

TCM properties

Ingredient: Taste, Temp, Organs; Function

Carrots: Neutral to sl. warm, sweet,

pungent; LU, SP, HRT, KD, LVR; Strengthens all internal organs; detoxifies; lubricates intestines, promotes digestion, strengthen Spleen/Lung, benefits eyes.

Olive Oil: Neutral, sweet; LVR, GB Nourish yin and fluids; lubricate intestines

Cumin: Warm, pungent; LU, LI Warms the center, promotes digestion.

Cinnamon: Hot, pungent, sweet; SP, KD, UB; Supplements source yang; warms Spleen & stomach; eliminates accumulation and chill; frees the flow of blood; stops pain.

Cayenne: Hot, pungent; SP, ST Dispels cold; fortifies the Stomach; quickens the blood and moves qi; treats indigestion, loss of appetite, and wind damp cold bi syndrome.

Kosher or Sea Salt: Cold, salty, sl. sweet; KD, UB Harmonize and promote digestion; in small amounts - strengthens Kidney, fortifies bones, tendons and teeth; brightens eyes; detoxifies.

Black Pepper: Hot, pungent; ST, LI Warms the center and descends qi; disperses phlegm and resolves toxins; promotes digestion and resolves food accumulations

 

Vegetable substitutions – Consider doing a mix of vegetables.

  • Sweet potatoes – warm, sweet
  • Cauliflower – neutral, sweet
  • Squash – slightly cool, sweet
  • Parsnips – warm, sweet, bitter
  • Potatoes – neutral, sweet
  • Broccoli – cool, sweet, sl. bitter

 

Carrot squash soufflé

Categories: Large Intestine Qi Stagnation, Spleen Damp Cold, Spleen Qi Vacuity, Spleen Yang Vacuity

Earth - Spleen yang xu, spleen qi xu

Carrot squash soufflé

The carrot squash soufflé is meant to help strengthen your digestion. It strengthens the spleen and large intestine, in order to stop diarrhea. The recipe is warm and nourishing, and will not be hard to digest. It also has anti-inflammatory properties to help your overall health.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups carrots, grated
  • 3 cups squash puree
  • 1 teaspoon grated ginger
  • ½ teaspoon each coriander and cumin
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ cup ground almonds

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Sauté onion and ginger.
  3. Mix all the ingredients together.
  4. Sprinkle with almonds, bake for 35 minutes. (Healing with whole foods page 565).

 

Carrots- Sweet, neutral; spleen, liver, lung heart; Strengthens spleen and liver, nourishes and soothes liver, benefits the lung, diuretic drains damp, anti-inflammatory.

Squash- Cool, sweet; spleen, stomach; clears heat, detoxifies, promotes diuresis, quenches thirst, relieves restlessness.

Ginger-Pungent, warm; lung, spleen, stomach; disperses exterior cold, stops nausea and vomiting, detoxifies other herbs, reduces inflammation.

Coriander- Pungent, slightly cool; lung and spleen; promotes sweating, strengthens digestion, promotes qi flow.

Cumin- Pungent, bitter, slightly warm; spleen, stomach, large intestine; helps with abdominal pain and distention, protects against diarrhea and dysentery.

(Ginger, coriander and cumin together help with problems of flatulence (Healing with Whole Foods 210)).

Salt- Salty, cold; kidney; clears heat, cools blood, eases bowel movement, nourishes kidney.

Dijon mustard- Acrid, warm; lung, large intestine; harmonizes middle jiao, opens chest, descend qi.

Almonds- Sweet, neutral; lung, large intestine, Spleen; moistens lung and large intestine, supplements spleen and lung.

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

Roasted Squash and Turkey Soup

Categories: Spleen Damp, Spleen Damp Cold, Spleen Qi Vacuity, Spleen Yang Vacuity, Stomach Cold

Earth

Roasted Squash and Turkey Soup

Servings: 4 large or 8 small

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cooking time:40 minutes

Prelude: Squash has recently become known as one of the healthiest veggies and its benefits include high fiber and a good profile of antioxidants. In this soup we pair the butternut variety with a host of spices and turkey to create an awesome flavor blend that you’re sure to enjoy.

Ingredient energetics:

5 cups butternut squash – benefit the earth, spleen, stomach and tonifiy the middle jiao

1 cup Onion: moves and aids in detoxification, also warming.

1 tablespoon ginger root – warms the middle iao and unblocks channels

1 tablespoon fresh garlic — warming acrid benefits middle jiao, resolves toxins.

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon – warming to dispel cold, promotes circulation and invigorates yang

1 teaspoon cumin – warming, benefits the liver, anti inflamatory

½ teaspoon Nutmeg: warming & moving

Ingredients:

1 tablespoon coconut oil or butter

5 cups butternut squash (peeled and rough chopped)

1 cup onion (rough chopped)

1 tablespoon ginger root – warms the middle jiao and unblocks channels

1 tablespoon fresh garlic

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon cumin

½ teaspoon nutmeg

5 cups vegetable stock

1 cup water

Soup Garnish

1 lb 10 oz (740 g) ground turkey

2 teaspoons salt

½ teaspoon pepper

Olive oil cooking spray

¼ cup cilantro (chopped)

Instructions:

Soup Base

Preheat a large pot on medium-high heat. Add 1 tablespoon of oil and then the squash and sauté until lightly browned.

Add onion, ginger, garlic, cinnamon, cumin, nutmeg and 2 tablespoons of stock, and sauté for 2 minutes more, stirring constantly.

Add the remaining vegetable stock and water to the pot and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce the heat and

simmer until squash is soft (approximately 30 minutes). **Tip: You can prep the garnish while the base is cooking.

Let mixture cool for a few minutes. Puree with a blender or food processor until smooth and then pour back into the pot. Remove from heat.

Soup Garnish

Season the turkey with salt and pepper.

Preheat a large nonstick frying pan on medium heat. Lightly coat with spray and sauté turkey until lightly browned and completely cooked. Remove from the pan and set aside. ** Tip: Sauté in smaller batches and re-spray the pan if needed.

Add the cooked turkey and chopped cilantro to the soup base. Reheat and serve immediately or portion the soup into storage containers.

**Tip: To maintain the tenderness of the meat avoid bringing the soup to a boil after the meat has been added.

Ginger Spiced Acorn Squash

Categories: Large Intestine Qi Stagnation, Spleen Damp, Spleen Damp Cold, Spleen Qi Vacuity, Spleen Yang Vacuity

Earth: Tonify Spleen Qi   - Dusten Nelson

Ginger spiced acorn squash:

1 acorn squash (or other winter squash)

1 tbsp (15 mL) olive oil

1 tbsp (15 mL) maple syrup

1 tsp (5 mL) garam masala

1/2 tsp (5 mL) ginger

Pinch or two of salt, to taste

Dash of curry powder, plus 1 tsp (or to taste)

1 1/2 tbsp (22 mL) butter

1 medium onion, chopped

Dash of nutmeg

2 apples, cubed (use tart or crisp apples like Gala or Granny Smith; avoid soft and sweet apples, like Macintoshes)

1/2 cup (125 mL) apple juice or cider

Serves: 2

Ingredients of note: General theme – sweet and warming

Acorn Squash: Support spleen and tonify qi

Maple syrup: tonifiy qi

Ginger: acrid, moving, and tonifying to middle jiao

Onion: moves and aids in detoxification, also warming.

Nutmeg: warming & moving

Apples & Juice: tonify qi and yin.

Cooking Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350F (175C). Line a baking dish with aluminum foil (or not, if you like scrubbing).

Peel and cut the squash into large chunks, about 1 inch (2.5 cm) square.

In a bowl, whisk together olive oil, maple syrup, garam masala, ginger, salt, and a dash of curry powder.

Add squash cubes and toss to coat.

Spread squash into baking dish, in as close to in a single layer as possible.

Bake for approximately 25 minutes, stirring once or twice for even cooking.

Meanwhile, melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat.

Add onion, a sprinkle of salt, and sauté until tender, about 12 minutes. Add remaining curry powder and a dash of nutmeg and stir for 1 minute.

Add apples and sauté a few more minutes until the apples are hot.

Transfer to a bowl to wait for the squash.

Once the squash’s 25 minutes are up, add the apple mixture to the squash in the baking dish. Sprinkle with apple juice or cider, and stir together.

Bake another 20 minutes or so, until the squash is tender.

Steak Stir-Fry

Categories: Spleen Damp Cold, Spleen Qi Collapsing & Sinking, Spleen Qi Vacuity, Spleen Yang Vacuity, Stomach Cold

Steak Stir-Fry
Prep: 20 minutes Marinate: 15 minutes
Cook: 17 minutes Makes: 4 servings

1/2 lb skirt steak
2 garlic cloves
3 TBS lime juice
1 tsp olive oil
3 bell peppers
1 onion
2 1/2 cups diagonally cut asparagus
1 TBS grated peeled fresh ginger
1 TBS low-sodium soy sauce
2 tsp toasted sesame oil
2 cups cooked brown rice
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
2 TBS chopped cashews

Cut 1/2 lb skirt steak crosswise into 1/4 thick strips. Toss together with 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped, and 2 TBS lime juice; marinate the steak for 15 minutes. Heat 1/2 tsp olive oil in a wok or nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Cook the steak with the marinade, stirring constantly, for 2-3 minutes or until medium-rare; transfer with slotted spoon to a large bowl and set aside. Add 3 bell peppers, slice and 1 onion, sliced to the wok; cook, stirring, for about 7 minutes or until just tender. Transfer the pepper and onion mixture to a bowl with the steak. Add 1/2 tsp olive oil and 2 1/2 cups diagonally cut asparagus to wok; cook, stirring for about 4 minutes or until tender. Put the pepper, onion and steak mixture back into the wok. Add 1 TBS grated peeled fresh ginger, 1 TBS low-sodium soy sauce, 2 tsp toasted sesame oil and 1 TBS lime juice to wok; cook, stirring, for about 2 minutes or until heated through. Add 2 cups cooked brown rice to the wok; heat for 2 minutes. Divide the stir-fry among 4 plates, and distribute 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro and 2 TBS chopped cashews evenly on top; serve.

Skirt Steak: sweet, neutral supplements qi & blood, strengthens yang
Garlic Cloves: warm, acrid, sweet, moves qi, warms MJ, dispels cold
Lime Juice: cool, sour, expels heat
Bell Peppers: sweet, acrid, bitter moves qi & blood
Onion: warm, acrid, sweet, regulates qi, drives out cold
Olive Oil: cool ,sweet, fatty, moistens
Asparagus: sweet bitter sl. warm, strengthens SP
Ginger: warm, acrid, sweet, strengthens MJ
Soy Sauce: cold, salty, sweet, harmonizes MJ
Toasted Sesame Oil: warm, sweet, moistens intestines
Brown Rice: neutral, sweet, supplements qi & blood
Cilantro: neutral, acrid stimulates digestion
Cashews: sweet, strengthens ST and intestines

This recipe is warm overall with some touches of coolness for balance. The main ingredients steak, garlic, onion, asparagus and peppers tonify yang and strengthen MJ.