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Spiced Pears and Pomegranate

Categories: Gluten-free, Lung Heat, Lung Phlegm Heat, Phlegm Dry, Raw, Salad, Vegan, Vegetarian

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Spiced Pears and Pomegranate

3 pears – peeled, cored and cut into wedges
1 pomegranate, skin and light-colored membrane removed
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons light brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 tablespoons finely chopped almonds
4 sprigs fresh mint leaves for garnish

The recipe feeds 4 so the serving size would be 1/4 of the recipe.

by Marta

TCM ANALYSIS

Pears: Nourishes fluids, moistens lung, dissolves phlegm, clears heat
Pomegranate: Promotes fluids, quenches thirst
Lemon: Promotes fluids and reduces heat
Brown Sugar: warming, expels cold, invigorates blood
Cinnamon: Invigorates yang, dispels cold, promotes blood circulation,
warms mingmen fire
Almonds: moistens LU and LI
Mint: cools

This seems to be a well balanced formula especially good for KD Yin Xu.
This would be great also for the elderly.

Fruit Salad with Fresh Mint

Categories: Dryness Invading the Lungs, Lung Fluid Xu, Lung Heat, Lung Phlegm Heat, Phlegm Dry, Raw, Salad, Vegan, Vegetarian, Wind Heat Invading Lungs

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Fruit Salad with Fresh Mint
yield: Serves 6

Ingredients
1 1/2 cups strawberries, cleaned and quartered
3/4 cup fresh pineapple chunks
1 cup apples, cored and cut into chunks
1 cup pears, cored and cut into chunks
1/4 chopped finely cup mint

Preparation
In a mixing bowl, combine the cut fruit and toss. Add the fresh mint and stir gently. Serve in parfait dishes or small bowls.

TCM ANALYSIS
Strawberries — Sweet, sour, cold; Lu, St, UB; Moistens Lung, promotes fluids, promotes urination, clears heat.
Pineapple — Sweet, sour, neutral; St, Lu; Clears heat, promotes fluids, aids digestion, drains damp.
Apple — Sweet, sour, cool; Sp, St, Ht, Lu; Supplements Lu, Sp, St, moistens Lung and LI, clears heat and promotes body fluids.
Pears — Sweet, cold; Lu, Li, St; Nourishes fluids, decreases thirst, moistens Lu, dissolves phlegm (w/ Bei Mu), Clears heat, resolves toxin.
Mint — Acrid, aromatic, cooling; Lu, Lv; Disperses wind heat, clears and benefits the head, eyes, and throat, vents rashes, allows constrained Lv qi to flow freely, expels turbid filth.

The recipe is cool while each ingredient enters the lungs to clear heat or moisten the lungs. The ingredients are indicated for cough, summerheat, and Lung heat overall. The mint helps release the exterior.

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

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.