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Horseradish Potato Salad

Categories: Dryness, Dryness Invading the Lungs, Fluid Vacuity, Large Intestine Dryness, Large Intestine Fluid Vacuity, Lung Fluid Xu, Lung Phlegm Heat, Salad, Vegetarian

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Horseradish Potato Salad

3 pounds small (2-inch) potatoes
1/4 cup red onion, chopped
1 tablespoon white-wine vinegar
1 cup sour cream (or 1/2 cup sour cream, 1/2 cup yogurt)
2 tablespoons fresh dill, finely chopped
1/4 cup chopped fresh chives
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
3 tablespoons prepared horseradish
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Boil the potatoes until fork tender, cool them to room temperature and quarter them. In a large bowl, mix the remaining ingredients and fold over the potatoes. Adjust seasoning to taste.

potatoes – sweet, neutral. spleen, stomach. strengthens and harmonizes MJ
red onion – pungent, neutral. LU, ST, LI. Clears heat, relieves toxicity; transforms phlegm damp, kills parasites, lowers BP and cholesterol.
white-wine vinegar – pungent, sweet, sour, warm. St, LIV, HT. Expels cold, Invigorates xue, clears toxin, astringes
sour cream or yogurt – cool, sour. Cools heat, astringes.
dill – Pungent, acrid. LI, LU. Expels cold, tonifies metal
chives – acrid, warm, pungent. LU, LI. Tonifies metal
Dijon mustard – acrid, warm, pungent. LU, LI. Tonifies metal
horseradish – acrid, warm, pungent. LU, LI. Tonifies metal
salt – salty, cold. Kidney. Clears heat cools xue, Nourishes kidney. Eases bowel Movement.
black pepper – pungent, warm. ST, LI. Warms MJ. Descends Stomach qi, expels damp and cold.

 

Mushroom Curried Quinoa with Veggies & Pine Nuts

Categories: Dryness, Dryness Invading the Lungs, Fluid Vacuity, Large Intestine Dryness, Large Intestine Fluid Vacuity, Lung Fluid Xu, Qi Stagnation in Middle jiao, Rice and Grains, Spleen Qi Vacuity, Vegan, Vegetarian

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Mushroom Curried Quinoa with Veggies & Pine Nuts
Prep: 20 minutes
Cook time: 30 minutes
Serves 4-6

Ingredients:
1 cup Quinoa
2 cups water or broth (vegetable or chicken)
3 ounce bag pine nuts (½ cup)
6-8 vine ripped cherry tomatoes
½ orange bell pepper
½ red bell pepper
½ medium onion
Fresh mushrooms
Fresh basil leaves
Fresh Spinach leaves
Seasoning:
1 tsp. Crushed garlic
1 tsp. Curry red powder
¼ tsp. Cumin or nutmeg
¼ tsp. Ground ginger
¼ tsp. Kelp seasoning or (sea salt)
2-3 TBS. Olive oil (I used walnut oil)
Directions:
In a 4 quart pot, saute quinoa kernels in a small amount of olive oil until they start to pop or smell the goodness of it (3-5 minutes). Pour in the water or broth, cover & let boil for 15 minutes. Stir occasionally.
Cut in slices the bell peppers, onions, & mushrooms. In a small fry pan add 2 TBS. Olive oil, heat to medium, add sliced onions, mushrooms & garlic, cook till lightly tender add pine nuts for approximately 3 minutes, so they are lightly brown, mix in rest of the seasoning. Add peppers & cook for another 2-3 minutes. Set aside.
When quinoa is finished fluff with a fork & fold in the sauteed ingredients, turn burner on low add in fresh spinach & basil leaves & ¼ or ½ tomatoes, mix together & simmer with cover on 5 minutes or till all is warm. Serve & enjoy!

Additions: Diced chicken breast or tofu can be added to pan sauteed onions & mushrooms. Soy sauce added is optional.

TCM Ingredient Analysis:
Quinoa: Warm, sweet, sour-strengthen the entire body, tonifies qi & warms yang.
Walnut oil: Warm, sweet-enters LU/KD/LI-great source of Omega-3 fatty acids.
Pine nuts: Sli. Warm, sweet-enters LU/LI, lubricates lungs, relieves cough, lubricates intestines & promotes production of body fluids.
Mushrooms (button): Sli. Cool, sweet-enters SP/ST, induces measles eruptions, detoxifies, improves appetite, stops diarrhea & resolves phlegm & anti-tumor.
Onions: Warm, pungent-enters LU/LI, promotes sweating, resolves phlegm & is diuretic.
Garlic: Hot, pungent-anti-viral, anti-fungal detoxifies meat & seafood, kills worms, removes stagnant food & stagnant blood, reduces abscess.
Tomatoes: Sli. Cool, sweet & sour-enters SP/ST/UB/KD, promotes body fluids, clears heat, promotes urination, supplements kidneys, cools blood, detoxifies & calms liver & removes food stagnation.
Bell peppers: Sli. Warm, sweet, pungent-enters SP/HT, strengthens stomach, improves appetite, promotes blood circulation, removes stagnant food & reduces swelling.
Spinach: Cool, sweet-enters ST/LI, strengthens all organs, lubricates intestines, promotes urination, ventilates the chest & quenches thirst.
Basil: Warm, pungent-enters ST/LU, induces sweating, harmonizes stomach & antidote for seafood poisoning.
Ginger dried: Hot, pungent-enters LU/SP/ST, warms the middle jiao & interior, unblocks channels & transforms cold phlegm.
Curry/red & cayenne powder: Hot, acrid-enters SP/ST, dispels cold, fortify stomach, moves blood & qi & opens the surface.
Nutmeg/cumin: Warm, pungent-enters SP/ST/LI, secures the intestines, stop diarrhea & warms the center.
Kelp seasoning salt: Cold, salty-enters ST/LV/KD, softens hardness, dissipates nodules, tumors, masses, dissolves phlegm, reduces enema & clears heat.
Soy Sauce: Cold, salty-enters ST/SP/KD, eliminates heat, & resolves toxins.

TCM Recipe Analysis:
Overall this recipe is sweet, warming & nourishing to the middle & lower jiaos. Majority of the ingredients are warm and pungent and enters spleen, stomach & large intestines. There is a balance with cooling ingredients that is nourishing & moistening to body fluids. Quinoa is the staple for this recipe therefore the qi for the entire body is warmed & strengthened.
Additions: If chicken is added it is warm & sweet-enters SP/ST & nourishes the middle jiao & tonifies qi, blood & kidney jing. If tofu is added it is cool & sweet. It clears heat, lubricates dryness, promotes body fluids, detoxifies & strengthens spleen & stomach.

Julie Botimer

Quinoa w/ Pine Nuts

Categories: Dryness Invading the Lungs, Lung Fluid Xu, Lung Heat, Lung Phlegm Heat, Lung Yin Vacuity, Rice and Grains, Stomach Food Retention, Vegan, Vegetarian

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Quinoa w/ Pine Nuts

Serving Size 2

1/4 cup pine nuts
1 cup quinoa
2 cups water
sea salt to taste
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
2 stalks celery, chopped
1/4 red onion, chopped
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 bunch fresh parsley, chopped

Toast the pine nuts briefly in a dry skillet over medium heat. This will take about 5 minutes, and stir constantly as they will burn easily. Set aside to cool.
In a saucepan, combine the quinoa, water and salt. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium and cook until quinoa is tender and water has been absorbed, about 10 minutes. Cool slightly, then fluff with a fork.
Transfer the quinoa to a serving bowl and stir in the pine nuts, lemon juice, celery, onion, cayenne pepper, and parsley. Adjust salt and pepper if needed before serving.

This meal is for a Middle Jiao Qi Regulation by tonifying the Spleen and Regulating the Liver.

pine nuts- Lubricates lungs, Tonifies Yin
quinoa- Tonifies Lung Qi, Yang, Spleen
sea salt- Tonifies Kidney
lemon juice- Tonifies Yin, Regulates Liver, Harmonizes Stomach
celery- Tonifies Kidneys, SP, ST, Clears Heat
red onion- Phlegm, Diuretic
cayenne pepper- Helps with Diarrhea
parsley- helps with food stagnation, regulates Qi

Corn, Avocado and Black Bean Salad

Categories: Blood Vacuity, Dryness, Fluid Vacuity, Lung Yin Vacuity, Salad, Vegan, Vegetarian

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Corn, Avocado and Black Bean Salad
Yield: 4 2/3 cups (Serving size: 2/3 cup)

Ingredients
2 medium-size ripe avocados, cubed
1 (15.5-oz.) can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 (15 1/4-oz.) can whole kernel corn, rinsed and drained
1/3 cup chopped red onion
3 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground red pepper
Preparation
Gently stir together all ingredients in a large bowl.

This recipe is design for someone with Kidney Yin Xu, and Blood Xu.

avocados, cubed- Tonifies Yin and Blood, moistens skin and intestines
black beans- tonifies yin, blood, kidneys
corn- benefits gallbladder, clears heat
red onion- phlegm
lime juice- Tonifies Yin, Regulates Liver, Harmonizes Stomach
salt- tonifies Kidney
red pepper- helps with diarrhea

Strawberry and Pear Delight

Categories: Desserts, Dryness Invading the Lungs, Lung Heat, Lung Phlegm Heat, Lung Yin Vacuity, Stomach Fire, Vegan, Vegetarian

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Strawberry and Pear Delight
1 pint fresh strawberries
1 pint pears, halved and cooked
2 cups mint tea or apple juice
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1 bar agar-agar
-Rinse agar-agar in cold water. Squeeze out excess water and tear into small pieces.
-Simmer in tea or juice 15 minutes. Skim off foam.
-Arrange pear halves on the bottom of a glass dish or mold. Cover with strawberries.
-Pour agar-agar over fruit and let set until firm.
Serves 6
TCM Analysis:
Strawberry- sweet, cold, sour, LU/ST/UB, moistens LU, promotes fluids, promotes urination, clears heat
Pear- sweet, cold, LU/LI/ST, nourishes fluids, decreases thirst, moistens LU, dissolves phlegm, clears heat
Apple Juice- sweet, sour, cool, supplements LU/SP/ST, moistens LU and LI, clears heat and promotes body fluids
Salt- salty, cool, moistening, softening, KD
Agar-Agar- cool, sweet, benifits LU, influences LV, reduces inflammation
Overall Pattern: This dessert is great for moistening the Lungs. It is also very cooling and can be used for Stomach heat. To make it even colder you can sub out the apple juice and use the mint tea.

Cellophane noodle soup

Categories: Asian, Dryness Invading the Lungs, Kidney Unable to Grasp Qi, Lung Fluid Xu, Lung Heat, Lung Qi Vacuity, Noodles, Soup, Vegan, Vegetarian

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CELLOPHANE NOODLE SOUP

4 large dried shitake
15 g lily buds, dried
½ cucumber
2 garlic cloves, halved
90 g white cabbage,chopped
5 cups boiling water
4 oz cellophane noodles
2 tbsp soy sauce
1 tbsp palm sugar
3 ½ blocks silken tofu
Fresh cilantro

Soak shitake in warm water for 30 min. soak lily buds in a warm water soak for 30 min. Put cucumber, garlic, cabbage in a food processor and grind to a smooth paste. Scrape the mixture into a large pan and add the measured boiling water.
Bring to a boil, then reduce and cook for 2 min. Strain into another pan, return to a low heat, and bring to simmer.
Drain the lily buds, rinse cold, then drain. Add the lily buds with the stock to the noodles, soy sauce and sugar and cook for 5 minutes.
Strain the mushroom soaking water. Discard stems, slice caps. Divide them and tofu among four bowls. Pour the soup over, garnish, serve.

Shitake: neutral, sweet. Strengthens ST, builds immunity, lowers B.P., detoxifies, anti tumor, lowers cholesterol
Lily flower: sweet, sl. Cold. Moisten and cools the lung, stops cough.
Cucumber: cool, sweet, bland. Clears heat, quenches thirst, relieves irritability.
Garlic: hot, acrid. Anti-viral, anti-cancer.
White cabbage: sweet, neutral. ST, KD. Nourish KD jing.
Cellophane noodles (rice): sweet, neutral. SP/ST. supplements, generates and preserves fluids
Soy sauce: salty, cold. SP/ST/KD. Harmonize MJ, clears heat.
Tofu: cool, sweet. Clears heat, lubricates dryness, promotes fluids. Strengthen SP.ST
Cilantro: slightly cool and acrid. Promotes sweating, strengthens digestion, promote qi flow.

Overall:
This recipe will be ideal for a patient with Lung qi vacuity, possible with Kidney not grasping the Qi. The lily plant will have affinity for the lung and help to cool and moisten the lung. The cabbage and tofu will help build kidney energy to strengthen the descent of Lung qi. The cilantro and garlic provide acrid flavor to benefit the lung qi flow. Shitake also enhances the wei qi to protect against colds.

Cucumber Raita

Categories: Dryness, Heart Fire, Heart Yin Vacuity, Indian, Large Intestine Heat, Liver Yang Rising, Lung Yin Vacuity, Side Dishes, Stomach Fire, Stomach Yin Vacuity, Vacuity Heat, Vegetarian, Yin Vacuity

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Cucumber Raita

Prep time: 10 mins
Serves: 4

Ingredients:
1-teaspoon cumin seeds
2 cucumbers
1 ½ cups yogurt
¼ teaspoon salt

Method:
Dry roast the cumin seeds until they are slightly browned, then crush them with a rolling pin or mortar and pestle. Grate or finely shred the cucumber, combine with the other indigents and let the mixture sit for half an hour or so before serving.

Cucumber is cooling, sweet and cleansing and will relieve heat throughout the body. Its moistening thirst-relieving nature will benefit dryness and it has an uplifting affect on the heart and relieves irritability
Yogurt is also moistening and cooling with special benefits for the intestines.
Cumin slightly moderates the coolness of this dish and counteracts the dampening nature of the yogurt

Primary Actions: Yin, Heat, and Dryness
Primary Influences: Lung, Intestines, Stomach, Spleen, Heart

Contraindicated: Yang xu, Damp, Cold

Sunflower Seed Beet Pizza recipe

Categories: Constipation, Gluten-free, Large Intestine Fluid Vacuity, Vegan, Vegetarian

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Sunflower Seed Beet Pizza

Crust

2 cups ground sunflower seeds
1 cup grated beet
1/4 cup coconut oil, hemp oil, or EFA Oil Blend (p. xxx)
1/2 tsp parsley
Sea salt to taste
Topping

1 tomato, sliced
1/2 Spanish onion, diced
1 cup chopped celery
1/2 cup chopped fresh basil
1/2 cup grated carrot
1/2 cup chopped green onions
Procedure: Preheat oven to 300°F.

In a food processor, process all crust ingredients until mixture starts to ball up. Lightly oil the baking tray with coconut oil. Spread mixture on tray to about 1/4 inch thick (it can be thicker or thinner if you prefer).

Spread Sweet Pepper Hemp Pesto (recipe follows) on crust; add topping. Bake for 45 minutes. (This will vary slightly depending on the moisture content of the vegetables and the desired crispness of the pizza.)

Sweet Pepper Hemp Pesto

2 cloves garlic
2 red bell peppers
1/2 cup fresh basil
3 tbsp Nutritional Yeast and Sesame Seed Topping (p. xxx)
2 tbsp hemp seeds
2 tbsp hemp oil
Sea salt to taste
In a food processor, process all ingredients together until smooth. Keep refrigerated for up to 1 week. Variation: Roast the peppers for 30 minutes in a 300°F oven, lightly coated in coconut oil, before blending. This will intensify the flavor. Makes about 2 cups.

“LET IT FLOW” CHOCOLATE TRUFFLES

Categories: Constipation, Desserts, Large Intestine Qi Stagnation

12 OZ Bittersweet Chocolate (chopped)

1/3 C Heavy Cream

1 t Vanilla Extract

¼ C Almonds (chopped)

9 Grams Da Huang

 

Yields about 35 truffles (enough for plenty of bowel fun!)

 

  • In a medium saucepan over medium heat combine the Heavy Cream and Da Huang.  Bring to a boil then quickly down to a simmer. Cook for no more than 10 minutes, stirring often.
  • Remove from heat and add in the Chocolate and the Vanilla Extract.  Stir together until all of the chocolate is melted. 
  • Pour into a small bowl and refrigerate until set, but not hard (about 30 minutes to 2 hours).  Use to fill candies or form balls and roll in chopped almonds.

 

TCM Analysis

Bitter Sweet Chocolate  Bitter, Sweet; Promote Downward Movement of Qi and Nourishment

Heavy Cream  Sweet, Neutral; Supplement Qi, Nourish Blood, Moisten Dryness; Good for Constipation

Vanilla Extract  Warm, Sweet; Promote Movement of Qi, Nourishment, and Lubrication

Almonds  Sweet, Neutral; Moistens Lungs and Intestines, Supplements Spleen and Lung; Good for Constipation

Da Huang  Bitter, Cold; Heart, Lung, Liver, Stomach; Drains Heat and Purges Excess For Yang Ming Organ Stage or Intestinal Heat Excess, Constipation and Abdominal Fullness

 

Overall Intended Action(s)

Nourish, Moisten, Lubricate, and Provide Downward Movement of Qi to unblock the bowels without drying.  Vanilla Extract is added to provide enough warmth for movement and counteract Da Huang’s cold nature.

CUCUMBER LIME SALAD

Categories: Dryness, Salad, Summerheat, Vegan, Vegetarian

2 cucumbers, sliced. 

Lime juice from 3 limes, approximately ½ cup juice. 

Cilantro ½ cup, chopped

Salt  

 

Cut up cucumbers into a bowl, pour juice on top, add cilantro and salt and mix together.  This can last for several days in the refrigerator.

Serves 4.

 

This is a nice recipe for summer heat with dryness and no damp.  It is cooling, moistening, and releases the exterior.  It is contraindicated for more pronounced damp signs or for spleen yang deficiency.