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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.

 

Fruit Smoothie

Categories: Heart and Small Intestine Fire, Large Intestine Fluid Vacuity, Liver Blood Vacuity

Fruit Smoothie

1 Banana (clears heat, cools blood)
1 cup raspberries (Nourishes LV blood)
1/2 cup Grape Juice (tonifies Qi and Blood)
1/4 cup pureed aduki bean (Relieves toxins)
5 large ice cubes

Puree all ingredients in blender and drink

Serves 2

Stuffed Lotus Root

Categories: Heart and Small Intestine Fire, Shen Calming, Urinary Bladder Damp Heat

Stuffed Lotus Root

Ingredients:

  • 1 medium lotus root
  • ½ C dry mung beans
  • ½ C carrot, diced

Instructions:

  1. Soak mung beans in water for 30 minutes.
  2. Chop off one end of the lotus root (about 1 inch). You will see several holes in the root. Fill the holes with mung beans and diced carrot. Press stuffing in with a fork or chopstick.
  3. Steam for 1 hour, or until the lotus root is thoroughly cooked. Check tenderness with a fork.
  4. Chop into thin slices and serve.

Makes 3-4 small servings (as side dish, snack, or dessert).

TCM analysis:

lotus root: sweet, cold; SP, ST, HRT; clears heat, strengthens HRT/SP, astringes LI, stops diarrhea
mung beans: sweet, cold; HRT, ST, UB; clears heat, alleviates thirst and irritability, promotes urination
carrot: sweet, neutral; SP, LV, LU, HRT; strengthens HRT/SP, nourishes LV, benefits LU, promotes urination

This recipe clears heat from the HRT that is transmitting to the UB, causing difficult or painful urination. Overall, the recipe is cold and sweet, leading to its ability to clear fire and generate fluids to promote urination. It may also be used to reduce edema or to decrease blood pressure.

Coconut Sweet Rice

Categories: Heart and Small Intestine Fire, Shen Calming, Spleen Qi Vacuity, Urinary Bladder Damp Heat

Coconut Sweet Rice
(serves 4-6)

1 cup sweet rice
2 cups coconut milk
Pinch of salt

1. Rinse the rice in 1 or 2 changes of water.
2. If making with salt, place the rice in a saucepan, add salt and coconut milk, then bring to a boil. Immediately turn down the heat and continue cooking, uncovered, until nearly all the coconut milk is absorbed and a layer or cream remains. Stir, cover, and let sit 5 minutes.

Analysis:
Sweet rice is sweet, neutral, and slightly binding. It supplements qi while warming and strengthening the Middle Jiao.  Coconut milk is sweet and acrid.  It helps produce fluids, promotes urination, and destroys parasites.  Salt is salty and cold, it clears heat and cools the blood, eases bowel movements and nourishes the KD.  It has a downward direction to help drain the bladder.
These ingredients combine to promote urination while clearing heat. It is a good dish to eat with vegetables (think: squash), stew or curry, and makes an excellent base to add herbs specific to the patient’s condition.

Hong Dou Sha (Red Bean Sand)

Categories: Heart and Small Intestine Fire, Large Intestine Damp Heat, Shen Calming, Spleen Damp Heat, Spleen Qi Vacuity

Hong Dou Sha (Red Bean Sand)
China

Treatment Principle: strengthens SP, promotes urination, drains Damp.

Serves 4

Ingredients
2/3 cup dried azuki beans
1/4 cup long-grain white rice
3/4 cup of white sugar

Soak the azuki beans overnight in 4 cups of water.

Bring to a boil, reduce to medium low, 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 15 minutes. Add the rice and cook for another 15 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.

White Sugar: sweet neutral LU SP
Actions: moistens the LU, increases yin fluids, and benefits the SP.
Indications: dry cough, dry throat, thirst, dull abdominal pain.

White Rice: sweet neutral SP ST
Actions: strengthens the SP and ST, supplements qi.
Indications: SP and ST weakness, generalized weakness, reduced appetite, nausea and vomiting, post febrile yin damage, thirst and dry mouth.

Red Bean Sand (composite): sweet sour neutral LU HT SP ST SI
Actions: strengthens 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.

Lotus root stew

Categories: Heart and Small Intestine Fire, Spleen Damp, Urinary Bladder Damp Heat

HT and SI Fire- Fire – nina gaglio

Serves 3 to 4

Lotus Root Stew

1 cup of white rice soaked over night

2 oz of fresh lotus root (sliced)

4 cups water

1 cup mung beans

pinch of salt and peper

Overall TCM Functions:

Clear fire from HT and SI harmonize middle jiao.

Rice- sweet, neutral, SP, ST. Supplements SP/ST, generates fluids.

Lotus Root- sweet, cool, astringent, HT, SP, KD. Stabilize and bind essence.

Mung Bean- sweet, cold, HT, ST, UB. Clears heat, relieves toxin, promotes urination.

Tropical Smoothie

Categories: Large Intestine Damp Heat, Large Intestine Fluid Vacuity, Stomach Fire, Summerheat

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Tropical Smoothie

Servings: 1 large or 2 small

Prelude: Enjoy the tastes of the tropics with a thick, rich and healthy smoothie. It’s packed with fruits

so make sure to pick seasonal varieties – they’re higher in vital nutrients and they taste so much better.

However, if it’s the dead of winter, frozen fruits will get the job done too.

Ingredients:

½ cup pineapple (chilled or frozen) – clears heat and promotes fluids

½ cup mango (chilled or frozen) –

½ cup watermelon (chilled or frozen) – relieves irritability and dry mouth

1 cup low-fat cottage cheese

1 cup low-fat milk

Instructions: Combine all ingredients in a countertop blender. Blend on high until mixture is a smooth consistency.

Contraindications:  Spleen Qi or Yang Vacuity leading to Damp

Jue Ming Zi Hypertension Tea

Categories: High blood pressure, Liver Blood Vacuity, Liver Fire Rising, Liver Wind (Endogenous), Liver Yang Rising

Wood/Fire

Jue Ming Zi Hypertension Tea

Wind Stroke, hypertension, high cholesterol

Jue Ming Zi clears heat, moistens dry, lowers blood pressure

Gou Qi Zi tonifies blood, benefits liver

Chrysanthemum flowers – clears heat

Ingredients:

10g 1 tsp 5

Directions:

1. Clean Jue Ming Zi,

2. low heat pan fry until fragrant and popping sound

3. Combine all ingredients and pour in hot water Steep for 15 minutes

Watermelon Champagne Sangria

Categories: Heart and Small Intestine Fire, Liver Qi Stagnation

Watermelon Champagne Sangria

Makes 6 servings.
INGREDIENTS:

2 cups chopped seedless watermelon
1 seedless orange, peeled and broken into sections¨
1 apple, wedged
1 Asian pear, wedged
1 cup seedless grapes, cut into halves
1 bottle dry champagne of choice
DIRECTIONS:
Toss the fruit together in a bowl or pitcher. Pour the champagne over and let sit for at least 2 hours or more.

TCM analysis:
Watermelon: Sweet, cold. ST, HT, UB. Clears heat toxin, quenches thirst, relieves irritability, promotes urination.
Orange: Sweet, sour, cool. LV, LU, ST, UB. Clears heat, soothes LV, nourishes fluids.
Apple: Sweet, sour, cool. SP, ST, HT, LU. Supplements LU, SP, ST, moistens LU and LI, clears heat and promotes body fluids.
Asian pear — cold & sweet: generates fluids, calms HT, relieves restlessness, clears heat, detoxifies
Grapes: Sweet, sour, neutral. LV, KD, UB. Tonifies qi and blood, nourishes yin and body fluids, strengthens bone and tendon, promotes urination.
Champagne: Pungent, sweet, warm. ST, LV, HT. Expels cold, invigorates blood, stops pain.
Overall: Clears heat from HT. The heat from the wine is offset by the cooling nature of the fruits. Should be used in small quantities.

Spinach and Mango Salad

Categories: Heart Disease, High blood pressure, Liver Fire Rising

Spinach and Mango Salad
(Serves 4)

6 cups of spinach
4 celery stalks
2 mangoes
1 cup of sunflower seeds (optional: toast lightly)

Wash spinach and celery thoroughly. Chop celery into small pieces. Cut mango into small-medium chunks. Toss ingredients together in a large bowl and serve.

TCM Analysis:
Spinach: cool, sweet, strengthens all organs, lubricates intestines, promotes urination, ventilates chest, quenches thirst, nourish blood
Celery: cool, sweet, slightly bitter, tonify KI, stop bleeding, strengthen SP & ST, clear heat, lower blood pressure, promote diuresis, benefits blood
Mango: neutral, sweet, sour, lubricates dryness, stops cough, harmonizes ST, calms LV, descends rebellious Qi
Sunflower Seed: neutral, sweet, soothes LV, lowers blood pressure, relieves dysentery, resolves pus, moistens intestines