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Morning Sickness Mush: A recipe to help ease nausea in expecting Mommies

Categories: Spleen Qi Vacuity, Stomach Rebellious Qi

Morning Sickness Mush: A recipe to help ease nausea in expecting Mommies
By Katie Fritz

This recipe is to be prepared the evening before and placed in a crockpot to cook overnight

1/4 c. green lentils
1/4 c. brown rice
1/2 c. millet
1 slice of ginger (sheng jiang)
A slice of organic orange peel (sm. amount)
Honey to taste

A handful of fresh, organic strawberries

Place lentils, brown rice, millet, orange peel & ginger in a crockpot and cover with 4 cups water. Cook in the crockpot on low overnight.

In the morning add fresh strawberries to your mush & sweeten to taste w/ honey. Enjoy warm.

TCM analysis:
Lentils: neutral & sweet: supplement qi & blood; harmonize digestion, strengthen ST & descends rebellious qi
Brown rice: neutral-warm & sweet: supplements qi, supplements center burner; quenches thirst, relieves irritability
Millet: cool-neutral-warm, sweet: supplements qi & cools heat; stops vomiting, clears heat, soothes morning sickness
Ginger: warm, acrid & sl. sweet: warms middle burner, benefits ST
Orange peel: warm, bitter & acrid: moves qi
Strawberries: cool, sweet & sour: forms body fluids & blood, strengthens SP
Honey: neutral & sweet: supplements qi & blood; nourishes yin, tonifies weakness, strengthens SP

The overall goal of this recipe is to strengthen the middle burner & descend ST qi. There is more millet to cool & supplement the MJ and stop vomiting. The ginger and orange peel help regulate the qi (and are present in very small amounts). The orange peel is bitter to direct ST qi downward. The strawberries then nourish qi & blood. The honey is added for its tonifying properties & for taste!

Hong Dou Tang (Red Bean Soup)

Categories: Shen Calming, Spleen Damp Cold, Spleen Qi Vacuity, Spleen Yang Vacuity, Stomach Rebellious Qi

Hong Dou Tang (Red Bean Soup)
China

Treatment Principle: strengthens SP, regulates qi, dispels Phlegm, drains Damp, promotes urination.

Serves 4

Ingredients
2/3 cup dried azuki beans
1/2 dried tangerine peel (chen pi) torn into pieces
3/4 cup of brown sugar or Chinese hong tang

Soak the azuki beans overnight in 4 cups of water.

Bring to a boil, reduce to medium low, add the tangerine peel, cover the pan and cook for 30 minutes. Add a further 4 cups of water and bring back to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and cook for a further 30 minutes.

To test to see if they are ready, press one bean between the fingers. It should crush without any effort. If it is still hard, cook for another 15 to 20 minutes, then check again.
Add half of the sugar to the pan containing the beans and stir gently continuing to add more sugar until it is sweet to your taste. Simmer for a few minutes longer.

Serve hot.

Azuki Beans: sweet sour neutral HT SP SI
Actions: strengthens the SP, promotes urination, and eliminates stagnant Blood.
Indications: SP deficiency edema, Damp and Damp Heat painful urination, diarrhea, leucorrhea, intestinal abscess, hemorrhoids, bleeding from the bowel.

Brown Sugar: sweet warm SP ST LV
Actions: supplements middle jiao, expels cold, invigorates blood, moves LV qi.
Indications: middle jiao deficiency cold, menstrual cramps, post childbirth recovery.

Chen Pi: acrid, bitter, warm, aromatic LU SP ST
Actions: regulates the qi, adjusts the middle, and relieves the diaphragm, dries dampness and transforms phlegm, prevents stagnation.
Indications: epigastric or abdominal distention, fullness, bloating, belching, nausea and vomiting, damp turbidity obstructing the middle with a stifling sensation in the chest, loss of appetite, fatigue, loose stools, thick greasy tongue coat.

Red Bean Soup (composite): aromatic sweet sour warm HT SP ST LV LU SI
Actions: adjusts and supplements middle jiao, promotes urination, invigorates Blood and eliminates stagnant Blood, expels cold, regulates and moves the qi, dries dampness and transforms phlegm.
Indications: SP deficiency edema, middle jiao deficiency cold, epigastric or abdominal distention, fullness, bloating, belching, nausea and vomiting, damp turbidity obstructing the middle with a stifling sensation in the chest, loss of appetite, fatigue, loose stools, thick greasy tongue coat.

Roasted Red Beets and Ground Fennel Seeds

Categories: Liver Blood Vacuity, Liver Qi Stagnation, Stomach Rebellious Qi

ROASTED RED BEETS & GROUND FENNEL SEEDS
Yields: 4 servings
3-4 medium beets, washed and stems removed, peeled and sliced ¼ inch [cool, sweet, nourish blood, Tonify HT, calm spirit, lubricate intestines, cleanse the LV]
2 tsp of ground fennel seeds [warm, pungent, unblocks and regulates qi, strengthens ST, dispels cold, stops pain]
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp salt
½ tsp pepper
1 whole myers lemon, squeezed plus the grated zest [cool, sour, regenerate body fluids, harmonize ST, regulate Qi, quenches thirst, benefits LV]

Method:
1. Pre-heat oven dish, combine to 350
2. In a glass baking all the above ingredients, cover top with foil and bake for 30 minutes or until beets are fork tender.

TCM analysis: This recipe is indicated for LV qi stagnation causing depression of the spirits. Overall the recipe moves LV qi, nourishes blood, and is cooling. Plus, beets contain betaine which is food for the hepatocytes, aids in detoxifying, promoting better metabolism of fats and so much more.

Recipe to Nourish SP/ST

Categories: Shen Calming, Spleen Damp, Spleen Qi Vacuity, Stomach Rebellious Qi

Kathryn Fritz
Eastern Nutrition
January 19, 2010
Recipe to Nourish SP/ST

3 medium-large sweet potatoes, cleaned & cubed
1/4 c. organic unsulfured molasses
1/4 c. maple syrup
1/4 c. apple cider vinegar
1/2 onion, chopped
Dehydrated orange peel
Salt to taste

Vegetable stock
Yi Yi Ren

For barley:

In a crockpot place 1 part yi yi ren with 10-15 parts veggie stock. Cook until soft. I would set the pot to low throughout the day or the evening before (I cooked them for about 10-12 hours in the crockpot the night before).
I also make my own vegetable stock. I save the vegetable scraps that I do not use in other dishes (like carrot, sweet potato & onion ends, onion & garlic peels, any & all root vegetable parts). I keep a plastic bag full of these veggie odds & ends in my freezer and when I need to make stock I throw them all in a large pot, cover them with water and add salt & a few bay leaves (or any spices you like). I bring the water to a boil, then lower the heat & simmer the veggies for an hour or two. Give it a taste & add whatever seasonings you see fit!

For sweet tots:

Pre-heat oven to 350o.
Scrub sweet tots clean, dry & chop into decent sized cubes. Chop onion to desired consistency. Place both in a 9×13 pan.
In a small saucepan warm the molasses & maple syrup until less viscous. Remove from heat & stir in apple cider vinegar. Spread evenly over sweet tots in pan & stir so that they are all coated.
Sprinkle orange peel throughout the dish.
Cover dish w/ tinfoil and bake at 350o for about 1 hour to 1.5 hours (until sweet tots are tender).

Dish will serve 3-4 people.

Analysis of Recipe

Sweet potatoes: neutral & sweet
Strengthen SP/ST function, tonify qi, increases production of milk (good for nursing mommies!)
Molasses: warm & sweet
Tonifies qi, strengthens SP, lubricates LU, stops cough
Maple syrup: sweet
Tonifies SP in small amounts
Cider vinegar: sour, sl. acrid
Moves qi, loosens stagnation, stimulates appetite
Orange peel: warm, bitter & acrid
Invigorates/moves qi, dries dampness (for balance)
Yi yi ren: cool & bland
Promotes diuresis, strengthens SP, benefits GB
Vegetable stock:
Nourishing, strengthens digestion

The overall goal is to tonify SP & ST. By serving it with yi yi ren & adding dehydrated orange peel I am hoping to create a more balanced dish  counteracting the potential for dampness since the dish consists of mostly sweet flavors. The cider vinegar & orange peel also help regulate the qi in the middle jiao, furthering assisting digestion to help the SP call off that good gu qi!

 

CURRIED SWEET POTATOES AND LENTILS

Categories: Asian, Cold Congealing Blood in the Uterus, Diarrhea, Legumes, Spleen Qi Vacuity, Spleen Yang Vacuity, Stomach Rebellious Qi, Vegetables

ingredients:

2 T organic butter or vegan butter substitute (preferably the flax-based type)

1 large purple onion, diced

2-3 cloves garlic, pounded to a paste or minced

2 inch piece fresh ginger, grated or 1 tsp dried ginger powder

2 large unbroken bay leaves

1 tsp each cumin and fenugreek seeds, powdered

1 tsp turmeric root, powdered

1 large sweet potato or yam, diced

2 cups dried red lentils

water to cover

1 large ripe tomato, chopped

salt or Bragg’s Liquid Aminos to taste

directions:

  • Heat a heavy-bottomed pot, using a pressure cooker if available over a medium flame and melt the butter. Add the onions and bay leaves, stirring frequently until the onion begins to brown, then add thegarlic, ginger, and spices, stirring to prevent sticking, and cook for 2 minutes.
  • Add the sweet potato and lentils and pour in sufficient water to cover by at least one inch. Bring to a low boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer and cover. Simmer for approximately one hour until the lentils are soft. Puree if desired. If using a pressure cooker, close the lid and allow to boil until the pressure sensor goes off, then lower heat and cook for 20 minutes.Top with fresh tomatoes. Makes approximately 4 2-cup servings.

Analysis:

onions, garlic, cumin, turmeric and bay are warm and acrid and move Liver qi and blood; they also prevent gas during digestion of the legumes.

butter is warm and sweet and also reduces stagnant blood.

ginger and fenugreek are warm and strengthen the yang of the kidneys and spleen and stop
abdominal pain.

lentils are sweet and neutral and strengthen the essential qi of the kidney, and are rich in iron and B vitamins.

sweet potato is sweet and strengthens the qi overall, especially of the spleen, as well as the yin of the kidneys. they balance estrogen levels and are rich in vitamin A.

tomatoes are sweet, sour, and cooling. they nourish yin and generate stomach fluids and purify the liver;
they are rich in lycopene which is a powerful antioxidant.