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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.

 

Breakfast potatoes and onions

Categories: Dryness Invading the Lungs, Gluten-free, Large Intestine Damp Heat, Lung Yin Vacuity, Paleo, Side Dishes, Vegan, Vegetables, Vegetarian

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Breakfast Potatoes and Onions

6 red potatoes, scrubbed

¼ cup olive oil

2 yellow onions, chopped

2 Tbsp ground dried papaya seeds

Sea Salt

Directions: Put the potatoes in a medium saucepan with enough water to cover, bring to a boil, decrease the heat then simmer for about 15 minutes or until it’s tender. Drain and let the potatoes cool. Chop them into bite sized pieces. Heat the oil on medium skillet on medium heat. add onions and fry for 5 to 10 minutes or until onions start to brown. Stir in potatoes, grounded papaya seeds and salt to taste. Mix well. Cook for about 10 minutes or until potatoes are crispy.

Serving Size: 4

TCM Pattern: LU yin xu; Dryness invading LU; Damp heat in LI

TCM evaluation: Red potatoes are sweet and neutral, strengthens and harmonizes the MJ and is good for constipation; olive oil is sweet, sour, astringent and neutral, clears LU, benefits throat; yellow onions are pungent, neutral, goes to the LU and LI, clears heat, relieves toxicity, kills parasites; Papaya seeds are bitter, sweet, moistening and descends qi; sea salt is salty and cold, eases bowel movements.

 

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.

 

 

 

Honey Glazed Peach Tart

Categories: Lung Fluid Xu, Lung Yin Vacuity, Shen Calming

Honey Glazed Peach Tart

Crust ( you can use pre-made pie dough from the grocery store)

* 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour (clears heat)
* 3 tablespoons powdered sugar (tonifies Mother of LU)
* 1/4 teaspoon salt
* 1/2 cup (1 stick) chilled unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch cubes (moistens dryness)
* 3 1/2 tablespoons (about) ice water

Filling

* 1/4 cup sugar
* 3 tablespoons all purpose flour (clears heat)
* 2 teaspoons grated lemon peel (regulates qi)
* 6 ripe medium peaches, peeled, halved, pitted, cut into 1/2-inch-thick slices (about 4 cups) (lubricates lungs, astringes LU Qi, clears heat)
* 2 tablespoons honey (moistens lungs)
* 2 tablespoons chilled unsalted butter, cut into small pieces (Lubricates dryness)
* 2 tablespoons sliced almonds (ventilates lungs, relieves cough)
* 2 tablespoons peach preserves, melted (same as peaches)

For crust:
Blend flour, sugar, and salt in processor. Using on/off turns, cut in butter until pea-size pieces form. With machine running, add enough ice water by tablespoonfuls to form moist clumps. Gather dough into ball; flatten into disk. Wrap in plastic; refrigerate 1 hour.

Roll out dough on lightly floured surface to 12-inch round. Transfer to 9-inch-diameter tart pan with removable bottom. Trim overhang to 1 inch. Fold overhang in and press to form double-thick sides. Press inside edge of crust to push it 1/8 to 1/4 inch above top edge of pan. Pierce bottom of crust with fork. Refrigerate 1 hour.

Preheat oven to 400° F. Bake tart crust until golden, piercing with fork if bubbles form, about 25 minutes. (Can be made 1 day ahead. Cool; wrap in plastic and store at room temperature.)

For filling:
Mix sugar, flour, and lemon peel in large bowl to blend. Add peaches and toss to coat. Pour into baked crust. Drizzle honey over peach mixture; dot with butter and sprinkle with almonds. Bake until peaches are tender and almonds are toasted, about 35 minutes. Brush fruit and almonds with peach preserves. Cool 15 minutes before serving. (Can be made 6 hours ahead. Store tart at room temperature.)

Serves 6

 

CI: mind patients who have  propensity for phlegm and dampness

Walnut Sesame Clusters

Categories: Kidney Jing Vacuity, Kidney Yang Vacuity, Kidney Yin Vacuity, Large Intestine Fluid Vacuity

Walnut Sesame Clusters

Ingredients:

  • 2 C walnuts
  • 2 Tbsp black sesame seeds
  • 1-2 Tbsp toasted sesame oil
  • honey

Instructions:

  1. Toast walnuts and black sesame seeds in a saute pan with the sesame oil until the seeds stick to the nuts. Stir and flip nuts occasionally to prevent burning.
  2. Remove from heat. Pour honey over nuts and seeds. Spoon clumps onto wax paper to cool.

Makes enough clusters to cover one dinner plate.

TCM analysis:

walnuts: sweet, warm; LU, LI, KD; tonifies KD and LU, lubricates LI, nourishes jing/marrow
black sesame seeds: sweet, neutral; LV, KD, LU, LI; nourishes LV/KD, moistens LI, nourishes jing/marrow
honey: sweet, neutral; SP, LU, LI; nourishes/harmonizes MJ, moistens dryness, antidote to food poisoning

This recipe deeply tonifies the KD while moistening dryness in the LI. It is an easy-to-make treat for weak or elderly patients with constipation, since it tonifies both KD yin and yang and promotes bowel movements. Honey increases the moistening action of the recipe and makes it easier to digest.

Applesauce with Pears and Peaches

Categories: Dryness Invading the Lungs, Large Intestine Fluid Vacuity, Lung Fluid Xu, Lung Yin Vacuity, Shen Calming

Applesauce with pears & peaches
Yields: 8 servings

2 lbs of apples, peeled, cored and chopped
½ lb of pears, peeled, pitted, and chopped
½ lb of peaches, peeled, cored and chopped
3 cups of water
1 cup of white sugar
1 tbsp lemon juice

1. Place all the fruit in a large saucepan and just barely cover with water. Simmer over medium-low heat until fruit is tender, 15-20 minutes.
2. Run cooked fruit through a food mill or blender. Stir in sugar and lemon juice. Cook over medium heat for about 3-5 minutes.

TCM analysis: Overall cools the heat in the LU from LU yin xu
Apples: cool, sweet, slightly sour. strengthens HT, tonfiies qi, quenches thirst, reduces dryness, alleviates thirst, lubricates LU, resolves mucus
Pears: cold, sweet. Regenerates body fluids, quenches thirst, calms HT, lubricates LU, relieves restlessness, promotes urination, clears heat, detoxifies, lubricates throat, dissolves mucus, descends qi and stops cough
Peaches: very cool, sweet and slightly sour. Lubricates LU, clears heat, aids diabetes, promotes body fluids, induces sweating.

Modifications

  • Taste the milled fruit before adding sugar.  Then, just add sugar to taste.  May be sweetened with an alternative sweetener such as honey or maple syrup.
  • Add a little bit of cinnamon for depth of flavor and to change temperature of food to slightly warm.

 

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.

Zhi Ma Hu (Black Sesame Soup)

Categories: Kidney Yin Vacuity, Large Intestine Fluid Vacuity, Liver Blood Vacuity

Zhi Ma Hu (Black Sesame Soup)
China

Treatment Principle: foster LV and KI yin

Serves 4

Ingredients
8 tsp long-grain white rice
¾ cup black sesame seeds
5 cups water
¾ cup sugar

Soak the rice for an hour, then drain but do not discard the water.  Clean the sesame seeds by hand and discard any grains of sand.  Then wash, drain and dry them.  Roast the sesame seeds in a dry wok for 5-10 minutes.  In a food processor, grind the roasted sesame seeds and rice with some of the rice water you have reserved, until the paste is smooth.  Push the mixture through a sieve into a saucepan.  Add sugar and the remaining water.  Simmer at low heat, stirring constantly until the paste thickens.  Serve warm in individual bowls.

Black Sesame: sweet neutral KI LV LI
Actions: tonifies the LV and KI; augments the yin and blood; lubricates the Intestines.
Indications: yin deficiency of the LV and KI; headaches, dizziness, and numbness due to blood or yin deficiency; for constipation due to dry Intestines or blood deficiency.

White Rice: sweet neutral SP ST
Actions: strengthens the SP and ST, supplements qi.
Indications: SP and ST weakness, generalized weakness, reduced appetite, nausea and vomiting, post febrile yin damage, thirst and dry mouth.

White 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.

Zhi Ma Hu (composite): sweet neutral KI LV SP
Actions: tonifies LV and KI and augments the yin and blood; lubricates the Intestines.
Indications: yin deficiency of the LV and KI; headaches, dizziness, and numbness due to blood or yin deficiency. For constipaton due to dry Intestines or blood deficiency.

CI: patients who tend to phlegm or damp.

Gomashio

Categories: Kidney Jing Vacuity, Kidney Yin Vacuity, Large Intestine Fluid Vacuity, Liver Yin Vacuity

Gomashio (Black Sesame Seeds and Salt)
Japan

Mix a 2:1 portion of dry roasted black sesame seeds and sea salt. Sprinkle on top of a bowl of rice as a condiment.

Black Sesame: sweet neutral KI LV LI
Actions: tonifies the LV and KI; augments the yin and blood; lubricates the Intestines.
Indications: yin deficiency of the LV and KI; headaches, dizziness, and numbness due to blood or yin deficiency; for constipation due to dry Intestines or blood deficiency.

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

Gomashio (composite): salty sweet neutral KI LV LI
Actions: tonifies the LV and KI; augments the yin and blood; moistens dryness, softens hardness, benefits digestion, and promotes bowel movements.
Indications: yin deficiency of the LV and KI; headaches, dizziness, and numbness due to blood or yin deficiency; for constipation due to dry Intestines or blood deficiency.