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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.

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.

Chocolate Coconut Pot de Creme

Categories: Kidney Yin Vacuity, Large Intestine Fluid Vacuity, Shen Calming

Chocolate Coconut Pot de Creme

6 oz fine-quality bittersweet chocolate, finely chopped (Bitter,Tonifies KD)
1 1/3 cups Chocolate Almond Milk
2/3 cup Coconut Cream (Tonifies Yin)
7 large egg yolks (Tonifies Yin & Blood)
1 tablespoon sugar (Tonifies SP, Earth)

Preheat oven to 300°F.  Put chocolate in a heatproof bowl.  Bring coconut cream, almond milk , and a pinch of salt just to a boil in a small heavy saucepan, then pour over chocolate, whisking until chocolate is melted and mixture is smooth.
Whisk together yolks, sugar, and a pinch of salt in another bowl, then add warm chocolate mixture in a slow stream, whisking constantly.  Pour custard through a fine-mesh sieve into a 1-quart glass measure and cool completely, stirring occasionally, about 15 minutes.
Divide custard among ramekins, then bake custards in a hot water bath , until custards are set around edges but still slightly wobbly in centers, 30 to 35 minutes.
Transfer ramekins to a rack to cool completely, uncovered, about 1 hour. (Custards will set as they cool.) Chill, covered, until cold, at least 3 hours.
Serves 6

Egg Drop Soup

Categories: Heart Yin Vacuity, Kidney Yin Vacuity, Liver Blood Vacuity

Egg Drop Soup

* 4 cups chicken broth or stock (nourishes blood)
* 2 eggs, lightly beaten (nourishes blood)
* 1 -2 green onions, minced (warming)
* 1/4 teaspoon white pepper
* Salt to taste
* A few drops of sesame oil (optional)

In a wok or saucepan, bring the 4 cups of chicken broth to a boil. Add the white pepper and salt, and the sesame oil if using. Cook for about another minute.
Very slowly pour in the eggs in a steady stream. To make shreds, stir the egg rapidly in a clockwise direction for one minute. To make thin streams or ribbons, gently stir the eggs in a clockwise direction until they form.
Garnish with green onion and serve.
Serves 4

Black Bean and Tomato Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

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

Black Bean and Tomato Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

4 medium sweet potatoes, scrubbed
1 15-oz. can black beans, rinsed and drained (or 1-1/2 cups cooked black beans)

1 15-oz.can diced tomatoes with green chilies, (or a can of tomatoes plus 3 tablespoons of diced green chilies from a can, or 1-2 finely chopped fresh jalapenos)

1/2 cup sliced green onions, white and green parts
2 cloves garlic, minced

1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley or cilantro (opt.)

1/4 teaspoon salt (if needed)

fresh ground pepper, lots

1 small avocado (or vegan sour cream)

2 tablespoons lemon juice

  • Slice a very small piece from the end of each potato. (Or, you can prick them all over with a fork.) Bake at 425ËšF for about 40 minutes or until nice and soft all the way through. You can bake them right on the oven rack. I like to use the toaster oven for this unless I’m using the big oven to make other stuff, too. When they are ready, place them on a plate to cool slightly while you finish up the filling.
  • Cook the the onion, garlic and oregano (and jalapenos, if using fresh) in the oil for one minute. Add the beans, tomatoes, canned chilies (if using), salt and pepper. Heat gently until hot. Stir in the parsley or cilantro. Taste for seasoning.
  • Open the avocado and scoop out the pulp. Mash and mix with lemon juice, a tiny pinch of salt and fresh ground pepper.
  • Split the potatoes lengthwise and gently push the ends towards each other to create a pocket.
  • Fill the pockets with the bean mixture and top with avocado or vegan sour cream.

This is a good recipe to use for KD deficiency. The three main ingredients- Black Beans, Tomato, and Sweet Potatoes all go to strengthening the KD. The recipe would be a nice tonifying recipe over all, with Avocado as another nice ingredient to nourish blood and yin. The green onions and cilantro keep the dish moving, and the black pepper would help with digestion. Its a nice, healthy dish all around- and fairly balanced in temperature, with many of the ingredients being neutral.

Sweet Potato Pie

Categories: Kidney Qi Vacuity, Kidney Yin Vacuity, Lung Yin Vacuity, Spleen Qi Vacuity, Spleen Yang Vacuity

Sweet Potato Pie

1 Recipe of your favorite pie crust.
2 cups cooked, mashed Sweet potatoes (yams).
3 beaten eggs
½ to ¾ cup brown sugar, barley malt, syrup, or honey.
1 tsp. cinnamon.
½ tsp. cloves.
¼ tsp. nutmeg.
½ tsp. allspice.
1 scant tsp. salt.
1 ½ cups evaporated milk (or mixed nonfat dry milk, goat milk, soy milk, or cashew milk).
Whipped cream for topping (optional).

Prepare crust and put into a 9 to 10 inch pie plate.  In a large bowl, beat together all the other ingredients except whipped cream.  Beat thoroughly and pour into pie shell.  Bake in preheated 375 degree oven for nearly an hour.  Cool before serving.  Serves six to eight people.

Sweet potatoes: neutral, sweet; SP/ST/L.I.; Strengthens SP, Tonifies qi/blood.
Eggs: sweet, neutral; nourishes yin/blood, lubricates dryness.
Milk: sweet, neutral; strengthens weakness, Tonifies qi, blood, and yin, lubricates dryness.
Honey: Sweet, neutral; SP, ST. Harmonizes middle jiao.
Cinnamon: acrid, sweet, hot; HT/KD/LV/SP. Warms and Tonifies yang, disperses cold, moves blood.
Overall, this recipe tonifies the SP/ST, nourishes yin and blood, and benefits KD/LU.

Salmon Steamed in Napa Cabbage

Categories: Kidney Jing Vacuity, Kidney Yin Vacuity, Large Intestine Damp Heat, Large Intestine Qi Stagnation

Salmon Steamed in Napa Cabbage

Ingredients

  • 12 leaves Napa cabbage
  • 2 lbs salmon fillets, skinned
  • 2 tb olive Oil
  • 1 tb lemon juice
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1/4 c minced shallots or scallions
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp chopped fresh thyme (1/4 tsp dried thyme)
  • 1 tsp chopped fresh basil (1/4 tsp dried basil)

FOR THE SAUCE

  • 1/2 c Seafood stock
  • 2 Red bell peppers roasted puree
  • 1 1/2 tsp Lemon juice
  • 1 tsp Anchovy paste or salt
  • 1 pinch white pepper

Instructions

  1. Bring water to a boil, and blanch the cabbage leaves until pliable, about 2 minutes.  Drain and set aside.
  2. Cut the salmon and sole into 1/2-inch cubes, and set aside.
  3. Heat the oil in a small skillet over medium heat.  Add the shallots and garlic, and saute, stirring frequently, for 5 minutes.  Add to the fish, along with the lemon juice, pepper, salt, thyme and basil.  Mix gently.
  4. Place 2 cabbage leaves overlapping slightly.  Divide mixture in the center of the six sets of leaves. Roll cabbage, tucking in the sides to enclose the filling, and secure the rolls with toothpicks.  Place in a bamboo steamer, and steam over boiling water for 7 to 10 minutes.
  5. While the rolls are steaming, puree the stock, peppers, lemon juice, anchovy paste and pepper in a blender or food processor with a steel blade.
  6. Pour into a small saucepan, and bring to a boil over medium heat.  Reduce by half, stirring frequently.
  7. To serve, place a pool of sauce on the plate, and top with a cabbage roll.

Cabbage and Salmon in particular are great foods to use to tonify KD Jing.  Cabbage is sweet and neutral, goes to KD/ST and harmonizes the ST and nourishes KD Jing.  Salmon is also sweet and neutral, goes to the SP/KD and nourishes yin, blood and KD Jing.  This would be a well balanced dish making it a fairly neutral temperature meal.  The garlic and shallots would be warming and help with digestion.  (Tao of Nutrition states that Napa cabbage is actually sweet and cold.  It’s actions are clearing heat and lubricating intestines.)

Avocado Custard

Categories: Kidney Yin Vacuity, Large Intestine Fluid Vacuity, Lung Fluid Xu, Lung Yin Vacuity

Avocado Custard

Overall Recipe: Nourishes yin, moistens dryness, clears deficient heat.
Avocado: cool, sweet. Builds yin and blood, harmonizes LV, lubricates LU and intestines
Lemon: cool, sour, astringent. Clears heat, increases production of body fluids, benefits LV.
Honey: sweet, neutral. Strengthens middle jiao, moistens dryness.

Emily Hildebrand said:

Avocado Custard
Serves 2
  • avocado
  • juice from 1/2 a lemon
  • maple syrup or raw honey to taste
Put all ingredients in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth and creamy.