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Green Bean and Walnut Salad

Categories: Blood Stasis, Kidney Jing Vacuity

Green Bean and Walnut salad
Serves 3-4

Ingredients:
1 lb of fresh chopped green beans
2 cups of chopped walnuts
1 clove of chopped garlic
4 tablespoons of olive oil
4 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar
Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:
Add 2 tablespoons of olive oil to frying pan.  Heat up oil and add the chopped garlic and sautee it.  Then, add fresh green beans and stir fry for 3 minutes.  Add the walnuts and stir fry for 5 minutes.  Mix 2 tablespoons olive oil with 4 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar and pour over green beans and walnuts. Mix everything together and enjoy.

TCM Breakdown:
Green Bean: tonifies KD
Walnut: Tonifies KD and nourishes jing and marrow
Garlic: releases exterior, regulates qi
Olive oil: moistens dryness
Vinegar: invigorates blood, clears toxin, astringent

CI for garlic: don’t use for hot/dry disorders

Walnut Sesame Clusters

Categories: Kidney Jing Vacuity, Kidney Yang Vacuity, Kidney Yin Vacuity, Large Intestine Fluid Vacuity

Walnut Sesame Clusters

Ingredients:

  • 2 C walnuts
  • 2 Tbsp black sesame seeds
  • 1-2 Tbsp toasted sesame oil
  • honey

Instructions:

  1. Toast walnuts and black sesame seeds in a saute pan with the sesame oil until the seeds stick to the nuts. Stir and flip nuts occasionally to prevent burning.
  2. Remove from heat. Pour honey over nuts and seeds. Spoon clumps onto wax paper to cool.

Makes enough clusters to cover one dinner plate.

TCM analysis:

walnuts: sweet, warm; LU, LI, KD; tonifies KD and LU, lubricates LI, nourishes jing/marrow
black sesame seeds: sweet, neutral; LV, KD, LU, LI; nourishes LV/KD, moistens LI, nourishes jing/marrow
honey: sweet, neutral; SP, LU, LI; nourishes/harmonizes MJ, moistens dryness, antidote to food poisoning

This recipe deeply tonifies the KD while moistening dryness in the LI. It is an easy-to-make treat for weak or elderly patients with constipation, since it tonifies both KD yin and yang and promotes bowel movements. Honey increases the moistening action of the recipe and makes it easier to digest.

Rice Pudding with Fresh Berries

Categories: Kidney Jing Vacuity, Kidney Yin Vacuity, Liver Blood Vacuity, Spleen Qi Vacuity

Rice Pudding with Fresh Berries

1/4 cup long grain rice (washed and drained)
4-5 cups milk
2-3 cardamom seeds (crushed)
2 tbsp almonds (blanched slivered)
A pinch of saffron threads, soaked in a little hot milk
2-3 tbsp sugar or as desired
2 cups fresh berries (especially raspberries & blackberries)

  1. Put the rice, milk and cardamom in a pan, bring to boil and simmer gently until the rice is soft and the grains are starting to break up.
  2. Add almonds and saffron and simmer for 3-4 minutes.
  3. Add the sugar and stir until completely dissolved.
  4. Remove from heat and serve either warm or chilled.
  5. Top with the fresh berries.

This dish is nourishing to the body as a whole.
Milk and almonds are nourishing to the KD jing.
Rice nourishes the SP, and tonifies the qi.
Cardamom provides a spark of yang, and makes the dish easier to digest.
Saffron moves the blood and removes toxins.
Blackberries nourish KD yin, while raspberries nourish the blood. Raspberries also remove toxins and regulate the menstrual cycle.

I would recommend this dish is cases where the jing and yin of the KD and the blood have been depleted. For example, to help replenish reserves in the post-partum period or following a trauma or long-illness.

Gomashio

Categories: Kidney Jing Vacuity, Kidney Yin Vacuity, Large Intestine Fluid Vacuity, Liver Yin Vacuity

Gomashio (Black Sesame Seeds and Salt)
Japan

Mix a 2:1 portion of dry roasted black sesame seeds and sea salt. Sprinkle on top of a bowl of rice as a condiment.

Black Sesame: sweet neutral KI LV LI
Actions: tonifies the LV and KI; augments the yin and blood; lubricates the Intestines.
Indications: yin deficiency of the LV and KI; headaches, dizziness, and numbness due to blood or yin deficiency; for constipation due to dry Intestines or blood deficiency.

Salt: salty neutral KI
Actions: moistens dryness, softens hardness, benefits digestion, and promotes bowel movements.

Gomashio (composite): salty sweet neutral KI LV LI
Actions: tonifies the LV and KI; augments the yin and blood; moistens dryness, softens hardness, benefits digestion, and promotes bowel movements.
Indications: yin deficiency of the LV and KI; headaches, dizziness, and numbness due to blood or yin deficiency; for constipation due to dry Intestines or blood deficiency.

Green Bean/Walnut salad

Categories: Kidney Jing Vacuity, Kidney Qi Vacuity, Liver Qi Stagnation

Green Bean/Walnut salad
Serves 3-4

Ingredients:
1 lb of fresh chopped green beans
2 cups of chopped walnuts
1 clove of chopped garlic
4 tablespoons of olive oil
4 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar
Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:
Add 2 tablespoons of olive oil to frying pan, heat up oil and add the chopped garlic and sautee garlic, then add fresh green beans and stir fry for 3 minutes, then add walnuts and stir fry for 5 minutes. Mix 2 tablespoons with 4 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar and pour over green beans and walnuts. Mix everything together and enjoy.

TCM Breakdown:
Green Bean: tonifies KD
Walnut: Tonifies KD and nourishes jing and marrow
Garlic: warm and acrid, releases exterior, regulates qi,
Olive oil: moistens dryness
Vinegar: sour, invigorates blood, clears toxin, astringent

CI for garlic: don’t use for hot/dry disorders

Salmon Steamed in Napa Cabbage

Categories: Kidney Jing Vacuity, Kidney Yin Vacuity, Large Intestine Damp Heat, Large Intestine Qi Stagnation

Salmon Steamed in Napa Cabbage

Ingredients

  • 12 leaves Napa cabbage
  • 2 lbs salmon fillets, skinned
  • 2 tb olive Oil
  • 1 tb lemon juice
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1/4 c minced shallots or scallions
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp chopped fresh thyme (1/4 tsp dried thyme)
  • 1 tsp chopped fresh basil (1/4 tsp dried basil)

FOR THE SAUCE

  • 1/2 c Seafood stock
  • 2 Red bell peppers roasted puree
  • 1 1/2 tsp Lemon juice
  • 1 tsp Anchovy paste or salt
  • 1 pinch white pepper

Instructions

  1. Bring water to a boil, and blanch the cabbage leaves until pliable, about 2 minutes.  Drain and set aside.
  2. Cut the salmon and sole into 1/2-inch cubes, and set aside.
  3. Heat the oil in a small skillet over medium heat.  Add the shallots and garlic, and saute, stirring frequently, for 5 minutes.  Add to the fish, along with the lemon juice, pepper, salt, thyme and basil.  Mix gently.
  4. Place 2 cabbage leaves overlapping slightly.  Divide mixture in the center of the six sets of leaves. Roll cabbage, tucking in the sides to enclose the filling, and secure the rolls with toothpicks.  Place in a bamboo steamer, and steam over boiling water for 7 to 10 minutes.
  5. While the rolls are steaming, puree the stock, peppers, lemon juice, anchovy paste and pepper in a blender or food processor with a steel blade.
  6. Pour into a small saucepan, and bring to a boil over medium heat.  Reduce by half, stirring frequently.
  7. To serve, place a pool of sauce on the plate, and top with a cabbage roll.

Cabbage and Salmon in particular are great foods to use to tonify KD Jing.  Cabbage is sweet and neutral, goes to KD/ST and harmonizes the ST and nourishes KD Jing.  Salmon is also sweet and neutral, goes to the SP/KD and nourishes yin, blood and KD Jing.  This would be a well balanced dish making it a fairly neutral temperature meal.  The garlic and shallots would be warming and help with digestion.  (Tao of Nutrition states that Napa cabbage is actually sweet and cold.  It’s actions are clearing heat and lubricating intestines.)

Natta (Fermented Soy Beans)

Categories: Kidney Jing Vacuity, Liver Blood Stasis, Spleen Qi Vacuity

Natta (Fermented Soy Beans)
Japan

Serves 1-2

Ingredients
1 package natta (about 1/3 cup)
1/8 tspn karashi (Japanese mustard)
1/4 tspn soy sauce
1 tbsp scallion (white portion)

Mix together and serve. May be used as a condiment for rice.

Natta: bitter sweet neutral HT SP KI
Actions: invigorates the blood, tonifies KI jing, harmonizes middle jiao, smooths the skin.
Indications: high cholesterol, thrombosis, excessive immune reactions, dysentery, weak bones, osteoporosis, hair loss.

Mustard: acrid warm LU
Actions: penetrates to the yin to restore movement to the yang, regulates qi, transforms cold phlegm, dissipates clumps, unblocks the collaterals, stops pain.

Soy Sauce: salty cold SP ST KI
Actions: harmonizes middle jiao, clears heat, antidote to food poisoning.
Indications: interior heat toxin, fullness secondary to febrile diseases.

Scallion: warm acrid LU ST
Actions: diaphoretic, tonifies and regulates qi, clears heat, promotes circulation of yang qi in the chest, dispels cold, dries damp, diuretic, invigorates blood.

Natta (composite): acrid bitter sweet salty neutral LU SP ST KI
Actions: invigorates the blood, tonifies KI jing, harmonizes middle jiao, regulates qi, smooths the skin.
Indications: high cholesterol, thrombosis, excessive immune reactions, dysentery, weak bones, osteoporosis, hair loss.

Salmon and Black Beans

Categories: Kidney Jing Vacuity, Kidney Yang Vacuity, Kidney Yin Vacuity

Tonify kidney yin, yang and jing

Salmon and Black Beans

Salmon and black beans are the main ingredients in this recipe.  They both help nourish the kidneys. Along with the onions, they can help relieve toxicity.  This is a great recipe to help tonify kidney yin, yang and jing. It can also help add a little energy and warmth to your day, while also helping to protect the middle jiao.

  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 5 garlic cloves (2 pressed, 3 minced)
  • 1 tbsp dried thyme
  • Pepper
  • Salt
  • 14 ozs salmon fillets
  • 1 onion (chopped)
  • 3 celery ribs (chopped)
  • 1 roma tomato (chopped)
  • 30 ozs black beans
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • cilantro (small handful, chopped) Makes 2 whole salmon filets

Directions

  1. Whisk the olive oil, pressed garlic, thyme, and ½ teaspoon salt in a small baking dish.  Place the salmon, skin-side down, in the dish.  Brush the marinade over the top and sides of fish.  Let chill in fridge for at least 30 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, heat 3 tablespoons olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add onion, celery, tomatoes, jalapenos, and minced garlic. Cook until vegetables are starting to soften, about 5 minutes.
  3. Stir in black beans and cumin. Reduce heat and cook for about 5 more minutes.  Season with salt and pepper to taste. Stir in cilantro and set aside.
  4. Arrange the salmon on the grill, skin side up and spray skin with nonstick spray.  Grill salmon for about 4-5 minutes.  Carefully flip over and grill for about 3 more minutes, or until opaque all the way through.
  5. Serve fish with black beans and dig in.

Olive oil- Sweet, cool; liver, gallbladder; moistens, benefits the liver and gallbladder.

Garlic- Hot, acrid; large, intestine, lung, spleen, stomach: removes stagnate blood or food, reduces abscess, warms yang, dispels cold, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-viral, detoxifies meat and seafood, kills worms.

Dried thyme- Acrid and warm; lung and stomach; resolves the exterior and dispels cold, moves the qi and opens the stomach, downbears counterflow and stops cough, wind cold with a headache, body aches and pains, indigestion, abdominal distention.

Pepper- Acrid, warm; stomach, heart; warms the middle jiao, expels cold, invigorates blood.

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

Salmon fillets- Sweet, neutral; spleen, kidney; strengthens spleen, nourishes yin, blood, and kidney jing.

Onions- Pungent; lung; clears heat relieves toxicity.

Celery- Sweet, bitter, cold; liver, stomach; clears heat, tonifies kidneys, strengthens spleen/stomach, lowers blood pressure, benefits blood, calms liver and shen, promotes diuresis, drains damp transforms phlegm.

Roma tomato- Sweet, sour, cold; spleen, stomach, urinary bladder, kidney; promotes fluids, clears heat, promotes urination, supplements kidney.

Black beans- Sweet, neutral; spleen, kidney; nourishes kidney, invigorates blood, promotes urination, resolves toxins.

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

Cilantro- Acrid, warm; promotes digestion, regulates qi, promotes sweating, warms the middle, warms the lungs.

Lactation Cakes

Categories: Kidney Jing Vacuity, Kidney Qi Vacuity, Liver Blood Vacuity, Liver Qi Stagnation, Shen Calming

Metal – Lactation Cakes:

Lily flower with meat cake

General/promote lactation

Ingredients:

½ lb lean ground pork – benefit the kidney and lactation

1 stalk green onion 1 tspr – warming, upward moving, dispersing to benefit flow of breast milk

1 tsp Soy sauce

1⁄2 tsp salt

50 g (1.5 oz) lily flower ( Bai He) – clear heat, moisten dry and goes to heart channel to benefit lactation.

Serves: 2

Directions:

1. Chop lily flower and mix with rest of ingredients, make into flat patty.

2. Steam for 15 minutes,

Actions/Indications/Functions

• Nourish kidney, blood, promote lactation

• Treat lower back pain, tinnitus due to kidney deficiency, lack of lactation

Sea Cucumber Soup

Categories: Kidney Jing Vacuity, Kidney Yang Vacuity, Liver Blood Vacuity, Liver Yin Vacuity, Spleen Yang Vacuity

Wood: Sea Cucumber Soup (Tonify Liver Blood)

Dusten Nelson

Ingredients:

Sea Cucumber 2 oz (60g) – nourishes blood and yin, moistens dryness

Chinese Red Date 4g – tonifies qi and blood and supports yin

He Shou Wu 1 oz (25-30g) – tonify jing and move blood

Serves: 1

Cooking Instruction:

1. Wash all ingredients and and cut sea cucumber into pieces

2. Blanch sea cucumber in boiling water for a few minutes; drain, rinse with cold water

3. Put all ingredients in a double layer steamer, add appropriate amount of water, cover with lid and

steam for 2 hours over low heat

4. Add a pinch of salt and serve

Actions/Indications/Functions:

1. Tonify liver blood, benefit liver yin

2. Benefit qi, nourish yin, tonify kidney, strengthen yang, moisten intestine, unblock bowel, promote urination, treat jaundice

3. Tonify qi and blood, harmonize spleen and stomach

Caution:

Not suitable for patient with damp-heat (diarrhea, fever, abdominal pain, jaundice, bitter taste in mouth, scanty and yellow urination) or exterior syndrome with fever, headache or sore throat.