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Daikon no Namasu (Carrot and Daikon Salad)

Categories: Large Intestine Fluid Vacuity, Liver Qi Stagnation, Lung Phlegm Heat, Spleen Damp

Daikon no Namasu (Carrot and Daikon Salad)
Japan

The color combination of white daikon and red carrot is regarded as a symbol of happiness.

Serves four

Ingredients
8 inch daikon
2 carrots
1 tsp salt
3 tbsp caster (superfine) sugar
4 ½ tbsp rice vinegar
1 tbsp white sesame seeds

Cut the daikon into three pieces, and then thickly peel the skin. Peel the carrots and cut them into 2 inch pieces. Slice both vegetables very thinly lengthwise then across to make very thin matchsticks.

Place the daikon and carrot in a mixing bowl. Sprinkle with the salt and mix well with your hands. Leave for about 30 minutes. Drain in a sieve and gently squeeze out the excess liquid, then transfer them to another mixing bowl.

Mix the sugar and rice vinegar together in a bowl. Stir well until the sugar has completely dissolved. Pour over the daikon and carrot, and leave for at least a day, mixing it two or three times.

Mix the two vegetables evenly and place in a small bowl or plate. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and serve.

Daikon: cool acrid sweet LU ST
Actions: clears Heat, transforms Phlegm, cools the Blood, promotes urination, directs qi downwards, and improves digestion.
Indications: Phlegm Heat cough, Heat in the LU, febrile illness.

Carrot: sweet neutral SP LV LU HT
Actions: strengthens the SP and aids digestion, benefits the LV, improves vision, directs qi downwards, stops cough.
Indications: Indigestion, weak digestion, abdominal distension, constipation, visual weakness, night blindness; LU Heat cough and whooping cough, assists in the rash disorders of childhood, dysentery.

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

Caster 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.

Vinegar: sour bitter warm LV
Actions: improves digestion, disperses stagnant Blood, stops bleeding, and balances rich and oily foods.
Indications: food stagnation, abdominal and hypochondriac masses and accumulations, hematemesis, hemafecia, epistaxis, postpartum dizziness and fainting, food poisoning.

White Sesame Seeds: sl. warm sweet LV KI
Actions: LV and KI tonic, lubricates intestines, general tonic.

Daikon no Namasu (composite): cool acrid sweet sour LU SP ST LV HT KI
Actions: clears Heat, transforms Phlegm, cools the Blood, promotes urination, directs qi downwards, and improves digestion, strengthens the SP and aids digestion, improves vision, stops cough, LV and KI tonic, lubricates intestines, general tonic.
Indications: Phlegm Heat cough, Heat in the LU, febrile illness, indigestion, weak digestion, abdominal distension, constipation, visual weakness, night blindness, LU Heat cough and whooping cough, assists in the rash disorders of childhood, dysentery.

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

Mustard Greens

Categories: Liver Blood Vacuity, Liver Qi Stagnation

Mustard Greens

Ingredients:

  • ½ C thinly sliced onions
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 lb. mustard greens, washed and torn into large pieces
  • 2-3 Tbsp chicken broth
  • ¼ tsp dark sesame oil

Instructions:

  1. In a large saute pan, saute onions in olive oil over medium heat until the onions begin to brown and caramelize, about 5 to 10 minutes. Add the minced garlic and cook a minute more, until fragrant.
  2. Add the mustard greens and broth and cook until the mustard greens are just barely wilted. Toss with sesame oil. Season with salt and pepper.

Makes 4 servings.

TCM breakdown:

onion: acrid, warm; LU, ST, LI; promotes sweating; resolves phlegm, regulates qi
garlic: acrid, hot; detoxifies meat & seafood; removes stagnant food or blood; warms yang
olive oil: sweet, sour, astringent, neutral; clears heat, detoxifies, promotes body fluids
mustard greens: acrid, warm; LU, LI; strengthens & lubricates intestines, increases appetite
chicken broth: sweet, warm; SP, ST, KD; supplements qi, nourishes xue, boosts wei qi
sesame oil: sweet, neutral; LV, KD, LU, LI; nourishes LV/KD, moistens LI, nourishes jing

This recipe is primarily acrid, sweet, and warm.  According to the Clinical Handbook of Internal Medicine, mildly acrid flavor promotes the movement of qi to regulate the LV.  The sweet ingredients in the recipe (primarily the oils) moisten the LI and promote body fluids.  The main ingredient, mustard greens, also strengthens and lubricates intestines.  For these reasons, I would recommend this recipe to patients with IBS due to LV qi stagnation leading to constipation, especially if their bowel movements are dry.

Grilled Carrots

Categories: Large Intestine Qi Stagnation, Liver Qi Stagnation, Spleen Yang Vacuity

Grilled Carrots

TCM: Move Liver qi

This recipe helps move liver qi and can help reduce inflammation. It is good for the eyes, especially if they are red. It will help with menstrual bleeding especially due to liver qi stagnation. The recipe is also beneficial for the lungs. Many of the foods go to the lungs and can benefit the skin as well relieve cough. Therefore this formula can also be in the metal category.

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ to 2 pounds large carrots
  • Olive oil
  • Kosher or sea salt
  • turmeric
  • coriander
  • 1 lemon, optional
  • 1/4 cup coarsely chopped herbs mint

 

Directions

  1. Heat grill or grill pan to medium or medium-high.
  2. Toss carrots with about 1 tablespoon olive oil, about ½ teaspoon salt, turmeric and coriander.
  3. Spread carrots on hot grill surface and grill until the top surface looks a little blistered and the underside has nice grill marks, but are not burnt, about 4 minutes (adjust grill heat accordingly to slow down or speed up cooking time as needed).
  4. Turn and grill second side.

 

Carrots- Sweet, neutral;spleen, liver, lung, heart; Strengthens spleen and liver, nourishes and soothes liver, benefits the lung, diuretic drains damp, anti-inflammatory.

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

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

Turmeric- Acrid, bitter, warm; spleen, stomach and liver; quickens the blood and frees the flow of menstruation, moves the qi and stops pain, dispels wind dampness, treats blocked menstruation, painful menstruation, pain and swelling due to a trauma, epigastric and abdominal pain, pain due to wind damp.

Coriander- Pungent, slightly cool; lung and spleen; promotes sweating, strengthens digestion, promotes qi flow.

Lemon- Sweet, astringent, warm; lung, spleen, stomach, transforms phlegm and stops cough, engenders fluids and supplements the spleen, treats vexatious thirst, dry, painful throat, indigestion, and cough with profuse phlegm.

Mint- Acrid, cool; lung, liver; disperses wind-heat, clears and benefits the head, eyes and throat, vents rashes, allows constrained liver qi to flow free, expels turbid filth.

Spiced Black Bean, Grilled Avocado, and Goat Cheese Tacos

Categories: Kidney Yin Vacuity, Large Intestine Fluid Vacuity, Liver Qi Stagnation

Frances Norris

Yin Deficiency

Spiced Black Bean, Grilled Avocado, and Goat Cheese Tacos - Adapted from recipe on naturallyella.com

Makes 2 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 avocado-sweet, cool, nourishes yin and blood
  • ½ cup black beans-warm, sweet, nourishes yin
  • ½ lime, juice and zest from- cool, sour, regulates qi, regenerates body fluids
  • 2 tsp. honey-neutral, nourishes yin
  • 1 tbsp. coriander seeds-slightly warm, benefit digestion
  • 1 tsp. olive oil-neutral, sweet, sour, astringent, clears heat, promotes fluids
  • ½ tbsp. cumin seeds- warm, strengthens spleen
  • 4 flour tortillas- sweet, slightly cool, reduces thirst
  • ¼ cup goat cheese-sweet, salty, warm, tonifies qi, nourishes blood, moistens dryness

Directions

1. Preheat grill

2. In a dry skillet, over medium-low heat, toast the coriander and cumin seeds for 2-3 minutes. Seeds should be fragrant and beginning to brown. Then grind them in a pestle.

3. Return spices to the skillet and add ½ cup of black beans and liquids. Heat over medium low and let cook until liquids have cooked out, anywhere from 5-10 minutes.

4. Take avocado and slice in half. Brush with the one teaspoon of olive oil and place cut side down on grill. Let cook until lightly charred. Remove and carefully slice avocado out of skin.

5. To assemble tacos, place ¼ of the black bean mixture in the center of the tortilla, layer avocado and goat cheese on top. Finally, whisk together juice and zest from half a lime along with honey. Lightly drizzle over taco filling.

Lemony Quinoa with Artichokes and Sundried Tomatoes

Categories: Liver Qi Stagnation

Frances Norris

Wood-liver qi stagnation

Lemony Quinoa with Artichokes and Sundried Tomatoes - Makes 6 servings

Adapted from recipe on arootedlife.com

Ingredients

  • 2 cups uncooked quinoa-sweet, warming, tonifies qi
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 cup chopped sun-dried tomatoes- slightly cool, sweet, sour, calms liver, clears heat,
  • 2 15 oz. cans of artichoke hearts, packed in water- sweet, bitter, cooling, regulates liver qi, clears liver heat, benefits the LV/GB
  • Juice of one lemon-cool, sour, regulates qi, benefits liver
  • ½ cup olive oil-neutral, sweet, sour, astringent, clears heat
  • 2 sprigs of fresh mint-cooling, moves liver qi
  • 1 handful fresh basil-pungent, warm, harmonizes stomach
  • Salt-cold, salty, slightly sweet, harmonizes digestion
  • Pepper-hot, pungent, warms digestion

Directions

1. Prepare quinoa by bringing 4 cups of salted water to boil. Add quinoa, return to a boil. Cover and reduce heat to low. Cook until all the water is absorbed. Remove from heat and allow to sit, lid on, for 5-10 minutes before fluffing with a fork.

2. While Quinoa cooks, drain and artichoke hearts. In a large bowl, whisk together olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper to make a simple dressing. Add in tomatoes and artichokes and toss.

3. Once the quinoa is ready, add it to the large bowl and mix until the artichokes and tomatoes are evenly distributed and everything is coated in the dressing. Toss in chopped mint and basil.

Artichoke and Dandelion Frittata

Categories: Liver Qi Stagnation, Liver Yang Rising, Liver Yin Vacuity, Mediterranean, Vegetables, Vegetarian

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ARTICHOKE AND DANDELION FRITTATA serves 4

  • 4 Artichokes, trimmed, hearts removed and reserved
  • 1 bunch Dandelion Greens, rinsed and chopped
  • 6 Eggs
  • ½ c cream
  • ¼ tsp Salt
  • Pinches of nutmeg and black pepper
  • 1 cup shredded fontina or Monterey jack cheese
  • ½ cup parmesan cheese

1) Quarter the artichoke hearts and steam until tender, 5 minutes. Add the greens and steam until wilted, 2 min. spread the artichokes and greens evenly in a greased baking pan.

2) Beat eggs with the cream, salt, pepper, and nutmeg. Stir in shredded cheese. Pour the egg and cheese mixture over the vegetables.

3) Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Bake frittata uncovered for 30 minutes. Sprinkle parmesan over the top and place back in oven for 5-8 minutes more until the frittata is puffed and browned on the top.

Artichoke: cool, sweet, bitter; regulates Liver Qi, benefits Liver and Gallbladder, clears heat

Dandelion Greens: cool, bitter, slightly sweet; clears heat, detoxifies Liver, subdues Liver Yang

Eggs: cool, sweet; nourishes Yin, tonifies Blood

Cream/Cheeses: neutral, sweet; strengthens weakness, tonifies Qi and Blood, lubricates

LIVER YIN DEFICIENCY WITH LIVER YANG RISING

This recipe will help with symptoms of Liver Yin Deficiency with Yang Rising like dizziness, blurred or impaired vision, headache, tinnitus, insomnia, and dry mouth and throat. It would also be useful with symptoms of menopause like hot flashes, night sweats, and hot hands and feet. Even though the recipe contains ingredients like egg yolks and dairy, dietary cholesterol doesn’t necessarily contribute to overall cholesterol imbalance in the body, and therefore, could still be beneficial for biomedical correlates of Yang Rising like high blood pressure, cholesterol, and conjunctivitis.

CONTRAINDICATIONS: Yang Deficiency or Damp constitution

5 Element Soup

Categories: Heart Qi Vacuity, Large Intestine Qi Stagnation, Liver Blood Vacuity, Liver Qi Stagnation, Lung Qi Vacuity, Spleen Qi Vacuity

5 element Soup

Ingredients:

8 oz (260g) Burdock root – benefits the lung, helps disperse wind heat and sore throat

8 oz (260g) 260g Radish – sweet pungent and cold going to lung and LI to move qi, blood and unblock bowel.

8 oz (260g) 260g Carrot – sweet and goes to liver spleen lung and heart, to tonify qi and blood

8 oz (260g) 50g Radish leave – enters spleen and stomach, and lung. Its bitter and pungent nature promotes qi flow and digestion.

8 oz (260g) 2-3 Shitake Mushroom – goes to lung and spleen, boost qi, benefits liver protects body.

Serves 4:

Directions:

  1. Clean all the above ingredient and cut into large pieces.
  2. Add in 6 cups water or broth (chicken, vegetable or beef) and bring to boil.
  3. Turn down heat and simmer for 1 hour.

This soup can clear heat, relieve toxin, nourish 5 organs, strengthen body.

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

Shrimp and Veggie Fettucini

Categories: Kidney Qi Vacuity, Large Intestine Fluid Vacuity, Liver Qi Stagnation, Spleen Qi Vacuity

Wood:

Dusten Nelson

Shrimp and Veggie Fettucini

Servings: 1 large or 2 small

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cooking time:10 minutes

Ingredients:

“Fettuccini”

½ cup carrot: detoxifying and tonify qi

¾ cup zucchini: supports yin and fluids

¾ cup broccoli stalk (imperfections trimmed)

1 cup mushrooms: support free coursing of liver qi

4 oz of cooked and peeled shrimp: salty to soften hardness

Olive oil

Sauce: minimal amount, more for flavor but the sauce tends to be balanced with the warming and moving nature of the nutmeg, pepper and onion matched against the cool and moistening nature of the yogurt and coconut milk.

Olive oil cooking spray

¼ cup onion (finely diced)

¼ cup coconut milk

¼ cup yogurt

1 tablespoon miso paste

1 pinch of nutmeg

1 pinch of pepper

2 tbsp water or vegetable stock

Instructions: Peel the outside layer of the carrots and discard. Now use the peeler and peel the carrots, zucchini and broccoli into strips and then set aside. This is the “fettuccini.” With the zucchini peel down until you reach the seeded soft center and then either mash up and add to the sauce or discard. Next, sauté the sliced mushrooms in a pan with ½ tbsp of coconut oil, season with salt and pepper and let cook for 2-4 min. Drain liquid then mix mushrooms with the veggie fettuccini.

Sauce:

Preheat a small pot on medium heat and lightly coat with spray. Add the onion and sauté. Mix in coconut milk, yogurt, miso, nutmeg and pepper, bring to a simmer and stir until miso is completely dissolved.

Remove from heat.

Clean pan if necessary, pre-heat and re-spray. Add the carrot and broccoli “fettuccini” to the pan and sauté for 3 minutes. Add 2 tablespoons of stock or water and then add the zucchini and sauté for 2 minutes more.

Add the sauce and toss until warm.

Transfer the fettuccini to the center of a plate, top with the shrimp.