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Winter Root Stew

Categories: Diarrhea, Rice and Grains, Spleen Qi Vacuity, Vegan, Vegetables, Vegetarian


Winter Root Stew
1/2 cup whole oat groats, cooked
5-6 cups of water
1 leek, sliced into rounds
1 cup rutabaga, sliced
1 carrot, cut into wedges
1/2-1 teaspoon sea salt
Blend oats in water until creamy.
Saute leeks, rutabaga, and carrots for 8 minutes
Add oat mixture and salt. Simmer 15 minutes until vegetables are tender.
Serves 6
TCM Pattern: Spleen/Stomach Qi Deficiency
TCM Analysis:
Oats- Sweet, warm, supplements Spleen vacuity
Water- Neutral
Leeks- Pungent, astringent, counteracts diarrhea
Rutabaga- Sweet, supplements qi deficiency
Carrots- Neutral, sweet, relieves indigestion
Salt- Salty, cold


Categories: Diarrhea, Rice and Grains, Spleen Qi Vacuity

This evening I made a delicious yin-yang tonifying, damp draining congee, and just thought I’d share…

1/4 c aduki beans (dried)
1/4 c lian zi
1/4 c yi yi ren
1/4 c qian shi
tsp salt
-bring to a boil, then turn down to medium and simmer these ingredients 1 hour in large pot with lots water

4 large dried shitake mushrooms, broken into pieces
1 c shan yao (diced if fresh) (or 4 pieces dried broken into pieces)
1/4 c wakame dried seaweed
2-inch piece sheng jiang (diced)
5 garlic cloves, diced
1/4 c rice
1 c sake
-add these ingredients (might need to add more water too) and bring to boil; turn down to medium heat and simmer 1 hour

1/8 c gou qi zi
1/8 c bai zi ren
-cook half hour more

when cooked, turn off heat, and add:
1/2 c fresh cilantro (shredded)
1/8 c black sesame oil
1/8 c soy sauce, miso paste, or braggs liquid aminos



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


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


  • 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.


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.