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Sweet Potato Pie

Categories: Cold in the Middle Jiao, Desserts, Qi Vacuity, Spleen Qi Vacuity, Vegetarian, Yin Vacuity

Sweet Potato Pie Recipe

2 sweet potatoes

1 cup frozen mango, thawed and chopped

½ cup honey or agave nectar

½ tsp ground cinnamon

1 (8in) pie crust of your choice

Directions: Pre heat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit, bake the sweet potatoes for 20 to 30 minutes or until soft. Let cool. Peel potatoes until smooth, stopping occasionally to scrape down work bowl. Pour the filling into the pie crust. Bake for 30 minutes or until the top starts to brown.

Serving Size: 8

TCM Patterns: Qi stagnation in LJ, Cold in MJ, SP xu

TCM Evaluation: Sweet potato is sweet, neutral, supplements SP, LU, KD; mango is sweet, sour, neutral, strengthens the ST, regenerates body fluids, stops cough and thirst; honey is sweet, neutral, nourishes and harmonizes MJ, moistens dryness; cinnamon is pungent, sweet, warm, promotes blood circulation and invigorates yang.

 

Curry Ice Cream

Categories: Desserts, Raw, Spleen Qi Vacuity, Stomach Yin Vacuity, Vegan, Vegetarian

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Curry Ice Cream

2 pitted dates, soaked for 2 hours

½ cup coconut meat

½ cup raisins

1 Tbsp agave nectar

1 ½ tsp curry powder

Directions: Drain dates, reserving about 3 Tbsp of the soaked water. Transfer the dates and the reserved soaked water to a blender with all the remaining ingredients. Process on high speed until smooth and creamy, stopping occasionally to scrape down the blender jar. Pour into an ice cream maker until forms  a sturdy, creamy texture or follow manufactures instructions.

Serving Size: 1 quart

TCM Pattern: SP/ST xu; Yin xu

TCM Evaluation:  Dates are sweet, strengthens SP and nourishes body; coconut meat is sweet, warm, nourishing and strengthens body; raisins are sweet, sour strengthens bones and tendons; agave nectar is sweet, neutral, nourishes and harmonizes MJ; curry powder is pungent, warm and disperses cold, rectifies qi.

 

Vegan Cassava Cake

Categories: Desserts, Spleen Qi Vacuity, Stomach Yin Vacuity, Vegan

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Vegan Cassava Cake

2 lbs cassava grated

1 can coconut milk

½ lbs coconut meat

1 cup mangosteen juice

handful of goji berries

Directions: pre heat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit, mix all ingredients together until evenly dispersed in baking tray, place in oven for 60 minutes or until top becomes golden brown.

Serving Size: 15

TCM Pattern: SP qi xu; ST yin xu

TCM Evaluation: cassava is sweet and neutral and nourishing to SP and ST, clears heat; coconut milk is sweet and neutral, strengthens the body, reduces swelling; coconut meat is sweet and warm, strengthens the body and stops bleeding; mangosteen juice is sweet and cool; goji berries are sweet, sour and neutral, nourishes blood and yin, improves vision.

 

 

 

Chai

Categories: Asian, Beverages, Qi Stagnation, Spleen Damp Cold, Spleen Qi Vacuity, Spleen Yang Vacuity, Stomach Cold, Vegetarian

chai-tea

CHAI TEA

makes 2 quarts

Ingredients:

2 qts water

2 cinnamon sticks

¼ c green cardamom pods

1 heaping tsp black peppercorns

½ heaping tsp whole cloves

Several slices of fresh ginger

1-2 black teabags (I like Darjeeling or Earl Gray)

Honey

Goat’s Milk

nutmeg

1) Combine all ingredients except for the tea bags; bring to boil, reduce heat, and simmer, covered, for 45 min.  Add the tea bags and continue to simmer for another 10-15 min.  Strain into a container to store.

2) To serve, reheat a desired amount and add honey and goat’s milk to taste; grate nutmeg over the top.

Variations:

Experiment by adding other dried herbs like dried tangerine peel or dried coconut.

You can substitute soy milk, rice milk, or almond milk for the goat’s milk.

TCM ANALYSIS

Qi Stagnation with Cold in the Middle Jiao

Cinnamon:  Hot, acrid, and sweet; HT, LV, KD, SP; strengthens stomach, warms body.

Cardamom:  Warm, acrid; KD, SP; aids digestion, warms and resolves dampness, regulates Qi, stops

nausea and vomiting.

Black Peppercorns:  Hot, acrid; ST, LI; warms body, aids digestion

Cloves:  Warm, acrid; KD, SP, ST; warms body, reverses rebellious Qi.

Ginger:  Warm, acrid; LU, SP, ST; releases exterior Wind Cold, stops nausea/vomiting

Black Tea:  Cool, bitter, sweet; clears the head, resolves phlegm, promotes digestion and urination

Honey:  Warm, sweet; LU, SP, ST; lubricates dryness, strengthens digestion

Goat’s Milk:  Neutral, sweet; strengthens, nourishes Qi and Blood, lubricates dryness

This recipe contains very warming and moving herbs that promote good digestion.  Goat’s Milk is

the traditional ingredient in this drink and even though it can be considered an acquired taste, in a

small amount, it works to tonify Qi and Blood.   Goat’s Milk is also much easier to digest than Cow’s

milk.  It can be used for indigestion, fatigue after meals, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.

Barley Primavera

Categories: Spleen Qi Vacuity, Vegetarian

barley primavera

Barley Primavera

3 scallions, sliced thinly and diagonally
6 c. water
¼ c. canola oil
1 ¼ c. pearl barley
4 cloves garlic
¼ c. minced parsley
½ c. shiitake mushrooms

1 small zucchini, chopped
1 small yellow squash, chopped
1 medium carrot, grated

1 large red pepper, seeded and chopped
1 small yellow and green peppers, seeded and chopped
¼ c. raspberry vinegar
1 tsp. sea salt
½ tsp. freshly ground pepper

Place the barley and water into a saucepan. Bring the water to a boil, cover the pan with a lid, and simmer the barley for 20 minutes, until tender.

When the barley is cooked, drain it well and chill completely.

Heat the canola oil and garlic in a small saute pan over low heat. Slowly cook the garlic for 2 minutes, until golden brown, and transfer to a large mixing bowl.

In the same bowl, combine the peppers, parsley, zucchini, yellow squash, carrot, scallions and mushrooms with the cooked barley.

Add the vinegar and season with salt and pepper.

For more recipes pertaining to SP Qi Xu go to:

http://www.maryzhang.com/recipes/spleen.htm

Rice Congee with Yi Yi Ren and Mung Beans

Categories: Asian, Bi Syndrome Hot, Rice and Grains, Spleen Damp, Spleen Damp Heat, Spleen Qi Vacuity, Vegan, Vegetarian

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Rice Congee with Yi Yi Ren and Mung Bean  (6 – 8 servings) 

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup rice
  • ½ cup job’s tears (coix, Chinese pearl barley, yi yi ren)
  • ¼ cup mung beans
  • ¼ cup adzuki beans
  • fresh ginger, sliced (use a piece approximately the size of your thumb)
  • 1 – 2 inch square piece of kombu or comparable amount of wakame
  • 7-8 cups water

Directions

  1. Soak the rice, job’s tears, mung beans, and adzuki beans in water overnight.
  2. Drain and place in a non-reactive cooking pot. Add the water and ginger.
  3. Bring to a boil.
  4. While you are waiting for the rice, yi yi ren and adzuki beans to come to a boil, pour a bit of hot water over the kombu to let it soften for 5 or 10 minutes. Once it is rehydrated, cut it up into small pieces and add to the cooking pot with the other ingredients.
  5. Once the pot has come to a boil, reduce heat, cover and cook for 1 – 2 hours or until the job’s tears is tender to the bite. Stir occasionally to break up the rice grains.
  6. Options: if not a fan of eating seaweed, leave it whole and remove at the end of cooking time.

TCM ANALYSIS

Pattern: Bi Syndrome/Wind-Damp-Heat Obstructing Channels

TCM properties

Ingredient Taste, Temp, Organs Function

Rice: neutral, sweet; SP, ST; Supplements the center and boosts the qi; fortifies the spleen and harmonizes the stomach; eliminates vexatious thirst, stops diarrhea and dysentery

Job’s Tears/Yi yi ren: cool, bland; SP, ST, UB; Drains dampness, promotes urination.

Mung beans: cold, sweet; HRT, ST, UB; Clear heat, promotes urination.

Adzuki beans: neutral, sweet, sour; SP, HRT, SI; percolate damp, promote urination.

Ginger: Warm, pungent; LU, SP, ST; Release the exterior, disperse wind-cold; transform fluids, resolve toxicity

Kombu: Cold, salty; LVR, ST, KD; Clears heat, softens hardness.

-from Siri Michel

 

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.

Shiitake and Shan Zha Congee

Categories: Heart Blood Stagnation, High blood pressure, High cholesterol, Large Intestine Qi Stagnation, Lung Qi Vacuity, Spleen Qi Vacuity, Stomach Food Retention, Wei Qi Vacuity

Shiitake and Shan Zha Congee

 

Spleen Qi Vacuity with high cholesterol

Function: strengthen SP, help digestion, regulate qi and relieve stagnation.  It could use for sp/st xu with blood stasis and to lower LDL.

Ingredients : shan zha 15g, shiitake 10g, Geng mi 50g, sugar 1/2 tbs ,Water – enough amount to create congee
Serves: 3-5 people

How to cook:
1. soak shan zha, shiitake in warm water about 30 minutes then drain out water
2. in another pot make shan zha and shitake as tea , then add geng mi and sugar to make as congee

Function of ingredients:
Shan zha: disperse food stagnation, dissipate blood stasis, reduce blood pressure and cholesterol
Shiitake (xiang gu): sweet, neutral/ Spleen, Lung, strengthen qi, boost wei qi; lower cholesterol and prevent cancer
Geng mi: supplements the center and boots qi, fortify the Spleen and harmonize the Stomach

Asian Pear Tapioca Dessert

Categories: Lung Fluid Xu, Lung Phlegm Heat, Lung Yin Vacuity, Shen Calming, Spleen Qi Vacuity, Wind Heat Invading Lungs

Asian Pear Tapioca Dessert (kids will like this)

Lung Yin Xu
Function: nourish the Lung yin, stop coughing blood, or dry cough
Ingredients:  2 asian pears, 1/2 cup tapioca, a little sugar and some water

Function of herbs
Chinese pear: sweet, cold; LU, LI, ST.  Clear heat, nourish fluids, decrease thirst, moisten lung, dissolve phlegm.
Tapioca: strengthen SP, harmonize MJ

How to cook:
1. soak tapioca for 15 minutes
2. Shred one pear.  Chop one pear.
3. In another pot, boil water.   Then, add sugar and tapioca.  Cook over medium flame until sugar melts and tapioca changes to white color.
4. Lower the flame and add pear.  Stir and serve.

Serves: 3-5 people

Dragon Eye Pudding

Categories: Liver Blood Vacuity, Shen Calming, Spleen Qi Vacuity

Dragon Eye Pudding

1 13-oz. can Longans (sweetened)
3 T. Rice Flour
1 tsp. Brandy (flavored brandy or triple sec)

Drain longans and reserve enough syrup to make two cups with added liquor and water if needed (add liquor first).

Combine liquid with rice flour in a saucepan and bring it to a slow boil, stirring constantly, and cook until it thickens (about 10 to 12 minutes).

Add longans and serve hot or warm in individual bowls. You may also substitute lichee fruits if you like.

This takes about 15 minutes to make and serves 4.

Longans: sweet, warm, nourish qi and blood, calm shen
Rice Flour: supplements SP/ST
Brandy: expels cold, invigorates blood