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Sprouted Black Bean Soup

Categories: Blood Vacuity, Heart Blood Vacuity, Heart Fire, Heart Qi Vacuity, Mexican, Soup, Vegan, Vegetarian


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.


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


Cucumber Raita

Prep time: 10 mins
Serves: 4

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

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


Categories: Heart Fire, Phlegm Nodules & Interior Heat, Shen Calming, Vegan, Vegetables, Vegetarian

by Anna Strong

¼ cup wakame

1 tbsp olive oil

1 small yellow onion

2 small carrots, diced

1 celery rib, diced

1 15 oz can cannellini beans

1 ½ cup frozed lima beans, thawed

6 cups low sodium vegetable broth

1 bunch kale, chopped

¼ tsp dried oregano

1/8 tsp ground nutmeg

1/8 tsp cayenne pepper

  • Place the wakame in small bowl, cover with cold water, and soak 15 min. drain, squeeze liquid out, and set aside.
  • Heat oil in sauce pan.  Add onions, celery, and saute 3-5 min.  add cannelinni beans, lima beans and broth.  Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium-low, simmer covered for 10 min.
  • Transfer half the soup to food processor and puree.  Stir mixture into remaining soup in pot. Add kale;cook for 5 minutes. Stir in oregano, cayenne, nutmeg, and drained wakame.

Wakame:  salty, cold.  LV, ST, KD.  Softens hardness, dissipates nodules, dissolves phlegm. Clears heat.

Yellow onion:  acrid, neutral.  LU, ST  transforms phlegm and damp

Carrots:  sweet, neutral.  SP,LV, LU, HT.  strengthens spleen and heart.  Soothes Liver.  drains damp.

Celery: sweet. LV. Clears heat, resolves toxins.

Lima bean:  cooling, sweet.  LV/LU.  Increases yin fluids.

Kale: warming, sweet, bitter-acrid. LU/ST

Cayenne pepper: warm, acrid

Nutmeg: warm, sweet


Carrots have an affinity for the heart and will take this stew there to cool the heart and help those who have heat and phlegm in combination presenting the hardening and nodulation.  The wakame is excellent for softening hardness as well as drawing the heart fire downward.  Lima beans will increase yin to also cool off the heart fire.