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Ginger Honey Pear

Categories: Cold Phlegm Accumulating in Lung, Lung Fluid Xu, Lung Phlegm Heat, Lung Yin Vacuity

Ginger Honey Pear 2 servings

This is a great dish to baby yourself when you want to soothe a dry throat.

2 medium-sized pears, peeled
2 tablespoons honey
2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger
3 tablespoons water

Preheat over to 350 degrees.

Cut off the top third of each pear and reserve. Cut out the core of the bottom part of the pear, making a hole but leaving the bottom and outside intact. Place pears and tops on a glass or ceramic dish.

Combine honey, ginger and water in a small bowl. Heat to dissolve honey if necessary.

Place ginger mixture inside pears. Replace the top on each pear, restoring its original shape and brush sauce on the outside of the pear as well. Save about 2 teaspoons of the sauce for later.

Bake pears for 10 to 12 minutes until they begin to soften.

Remove from oven and drizzle with remaining sauce, then return to oven and broil at high setting for 3 to 5 minutes until the glaze has caramelized.

Serve warm.

Pear-sweet, cold; LU/LI/ST; nourish fluids, decrease thirst, moisten LU, dissolve phlegm (with Bei Mu), clear heat, resolve toxin
Honey-sweet, neutral; SP/LU/LI; nourish and harmonize MJ, moisten dryness, antidote to drug and food poisoning
Ginger-pungent, warm; LU/SP/ST; disperse exterior cold, stop nausea and vomiting, detoxify other herbs, reduce inflammation

Addresses LU Yin xu, dry heat and fluid xu, and harmonizes MJ.

Especially good for anyone suffering from a dry cough, dry throat, bronchitis, asthma, upset stomach or nausea.

Prickly Pear Cactus, Radish, Carrot, and Chayote Squash Salad

Categories: Cleanse, Cold Phlegm Accumulating in Lung, Spleen Damp, Spleen Damp Heat, Spleen Damp Heat

Ensalada de Nopales, Rabano, Zanahoria, y Chayote
Prickly Pear Cactus, Radish, Carrot, and Chayote Squash Salad

1 30 ounce jar of prepared nopales (Prickly Pear Cactus)
1 bunch of radishes
2 large carrots
2 chayote squashes
3 limes
salt

 Drain and rinse the nopales in cold water.
 Slice the radishes into thin half moons.
 Peel the carrots, then slice into ribbons using a peeler.
 Cut the chayote into quarters, as you would with a pear, then cut out the center seed and tough white layer. Then cut into small cubes.
 Blanch the chayote in boiling water, then set aside in the fridge to chill.
 Juice the limes.
 When the chayote is fully chilled, toss together with the nopales, radish, and carrot.
 Drizzle with lime juice and season with salt.

Tx: This salad is also very cleansing and cooling. The combination of nopales and radish makes it a great recipe for damp-heat or phlegm-heat conditions. It is also very regulating to fluid metabolism.

Nopales: Sweet and slightly bitter. Nopales have a very characteristic slippery texture, like spinach, which hints that this food probably can regulate urination and bowels. As it is often used for diabetes in Mexico, I think nopales can regulate fluids, and has a use in wasting and thirsting.
Radish: Cooling, pungent and sweet. Moistens the Lung, breaks up phlegm, removes food stagnation and toxicity, and cools the blood. Often used in cases of phlegm and heat.
Chayote: This Mexican squash is similar in flavor to summer squashes. I believe that it is cool, sweet, and slightly bitter. Regulates fluids and can promote diuresis, relieves heat.
Carrot: Neutral to cool and sweet. Benefits the Lung, Spleen, Liver and Heart. Eliminates wastes and treats indigestion due to excess. Drains dampness.
Lime: Cool and sour. Regulates and harmonizes the Stomach and Liver.