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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.

 

 

 

Green Coconut Rice

Categories: Lung Fluid Xu, Lung Yin Vacuity, Stomach Yin Vacuity

Green Coconut Rice

Ingredients:
2 teaspoons vegetable oil
1 tablespoon peeled, minced fresh ginger
1 cup basmati rice
1 cup water
1 teaspoon salt, divided
2 cups light coconut milk, divided
1 tablespoon lime juice
2 cups baby spinach
1 teaspoon sugar

Preparation:
Heat oil in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Sauté ginger and 1 cup rice 30 seconds. Stir in 1 cup water, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1 cup coconut milk; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and cook 15 minutes, or until tender. Puree 1 cup coconut milk, 1/2 teaspoon salt, lime juice, spinach, and sugar in a blender. Fold into rice.

Vegetable Oil: neutral, sweet, Moistens
Ginger: warm, acrid, sweet, Strengthens MJ
Rice: sweet, neutral, Supplements SP & ST, Generates Fluids
Salt: salty, cold, Clears Heat
Coconut Milk: sweet, cool, Clears Heat
Lime Juice: cool, sour, Expels Heat
Spinach: sweet, cold, Clears Heat, Nourishes Blood & Yin
Sugar: sweet, warm, Supplements MJ, Descends ST qi

This recipe, in general, clears heat, strengthens MJ and generates fluids and nourishes yin. The ingredients will treat ST and LU  Yin Vacuity Heat and Fluid vacuity.

Creamy Millet Cereal

Categories: Stomach Yin Vacuity

Stomach Yin Xu
CREAMY MILLET CEREAL

½ c. millet, soaked 6-24 hours and drained
2-2 &1/2 c. water
pinch of salt (optional)

Bring everything to a boil. Lower the heat to medium. Cook, uncovered, for 25-30 minutes, stirring often, until done.

Options:
Add Longan, dates, walnuts, black sesame seeds, raspberries, goji berries, cinnamon, agave nectar, etc.

For extra creamy millet that only takes 5-10 minutes to cook:
Puree the drained millet and water in the blender before cooking.

Ingredient analysis:
Millet – Sweet, slightly salty, cool; Sp, St, Kd; Harmonizes MJ, Drains damp heat, moistens dryness, and supplements kidneys.

TCM analysis:
The actions and properties of millet mainly focus on Stomach yin deficiency. However, millet can also be used for dysentery and Lin syndrome. In addition, by adding other ingredients (dates, walnuts, goji berries, etc.), the recipe can be further enhanced for other signs and symptoms (i.e. blood xu, yang xu, etc.)

Asparagus Soup with Saffron

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

Asparagus Soup with Saffron
By Chirstina Paget

Overall Function: Harmonize the Liver and Spleen, cool and drain heat, while supporting Lung and Kidney Yin.
Ingredients:

4 1/2 cup Vegetable or chicken broth – (to 5 cups)
1 package of Saffron threads
3 1/2 lb Asparagus
1 large sweet Onion chopped fine
1/2 stick Butter (this can be completely omitted or subst. with olive oil)
2 cups Cubed potatoes – (1/2″ cubes)
1/2 cup or more Dry white wine
Preparation:
• In a small saucepan bring 1/2 cup broth to a boil and remove pan from heat. Stir Saffron into hot broth and steep, stirring occasionally, 15 minutes.
• Trim asparagus and cut into 2-inch pieces, reserving tips separately. Have ready a large bowl of ice water. In a large saucepan of boiling salted water blanch tips 2 minutes, or until crisp tender, and transfer with a slotted spoon to ice water to stop cooking. Drain tips well and pat dry.
• In a large kettle, cook the onion in the butter until golden. Add the asparagus pieces, stir to combine, and cook for 3 more minutes.
• Stir in the potatoes, Saffron infusion, 4 cups broth, and wine and simmer, covered until vegetables are very tender but not falling apart, about 20 minutes.
• In a blender or food processor puree mixture in batches until smooth (use caution when blending hot liquids).
• In kettle stir together puree and more broth/wine to reach desired consistency.
• Add half of asparagus tips and bring soup to a simmer.
• Season soup with pepper and salt if desired, but can also remain bland.
Ladle soup into bowls and top with remaining asparagus tips. Enjoy!
Individual Ingredient Functions:
Saffron: Neutral-Cooling, Sweet, Bitter, Acrid, Balances Liver and Spleen
Asparagus: Cooling, Sweet, Bitter, Supports Lung and Kidney Yin
Potato: Neutral, Sweet, Strengthens Spleen/Stomach, Supports Qi, and heals inflammation
Onions: Warming, Acrid, Sweet, Moves Qi, Loosens Phlegm
Butter: Neutral to Cool, Sweet and fatty
Olive Oil: Cooling, Sweet, Fatty, moistens, anti-inflammatory
White Wine: Cooling, Sour, Sweet, Enriches Yin

Papaya and Blueberry Salad With Ginger-Lime Dressing

Categories: Liver Qi Stagnation, Stomach Fire, Stomach Yin Vacuity, Summerheat

Papaya and Blueberry Salad With Ginger-Lime Dressing
Andrew Scrivani for The New York Times
By MARTHA ROSE SHULMAN
Published: January 27, 2010

Though blueberries aren’t a tropical fruit, they go well with bright yellow or orange fruits from warm places. Papaya is high in potassium and contains enzymes that help break down proteins.

3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice

1 tablespoon mild honey

2 tablespoons finely chopped crystallized ginger

2 ripe papayas, peeled, seeded, and diced

1 cup blueberries

1 tablespoon slivered fresh mint leaves, plus mint sprigs for garnish

1. Mix together the lime juice, honey and ginger in a large bowl. Add the fruit and slivered mint leaves, and toss together. Serve, garnishing each bowl with a sprig of fresh mint.

Yield: Serves four to six.

Advance preparation: You can make this a few hours before serving, without the addition of the mint. Refrigerate, and just before serving toss with the slivered mint.

Sesame-Mushroon Soba Noodles

Categories: Asian, Kidney Yin Vacuity, Liver Yang Rising, Liver Yin Vacuity, Noodles, Qi Stagnation in Middle jiao, Stomach Yin Vacuity, Yin Vacuity

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Sesame-Mushroom Soba Noodles

Ingredients:
3 TBL. Black sesame seeds
8 oz. Dried soba noodles
2 TBL. Olive oil
1 sm. Onion, cut into ¼ in. strips
4 cloves garlic, peeled & minced
22 (l lb) fresh Shitake mushrooms, sliced, discard stems
½ cup dashi, or other stock (vegetable/beef)
¼ cup mirin, or dry sherry
3 TBL. Soy sauce
1-2 TBL. Powdered kudzu, arrowroot, cornstarch or other thickener
2 green onions, chopped into ¼ in. pcs.

Directions:
1. Toast the sesame seeds in a wide skillet over medium heat, shaking the pan. Fry until fragrant, 3-5 minutes, remove from pan & set aside.
2. Bring a pot of water to boil, add the soba noodles & cook for about 5 minutes, until al dente or according to the package directions. Drain, rinse under cold water, & set aside.
3. Heat the oil in a pan over medium-high heat. Add the onions & garlic & sauté for a minute, until fragrant.
4. Add the mushrooms & saute for 5-10 minutes, until soft. Add the dashi stock, mirin, & soy sauce.
5. In a small bowl, mix the kudzu w/ a few TBL. Cold water & stir well to remove any lumps. Add the kudzu mixture to the pan & cook for another minute.
6. Toss the soba noodles & vegetables together & sprinkle with black sesame seeds & green onions before serving.

 

TCM: This dish strengthens the Spleen & Stomach, eliminates dampness, strengthens the liver & kidneys & augments essence.

Olive oil: Cooling, sweet, fatty & moistens.
Onions: Warm/hot, pungent, resolves phlegm & expels pathogens.
Black Sesame seeds: neutral & sweet, harmonizes blood, nourish yin, & tonifies LV & KD
Soba noodles: Buckwheat noodles, sweet & cool, supplement spleen & dispel damp, & treats food stagnation.
Garlic: Hot & pungent, detoxifies & removes stagnation.
Shitake mushrooms: Neutral & sweet strengthen spleen & stomach & detoxifies.
Mirin: sweet cooking wine, pungent, promotes circulation.
Soy sauce: Cold, salty, sweet, clears heat & detoxifies.
Stock: Neutral, cooling, salty, harmonize digestion.
Kudzu: Pungent, sweet, cool, clear heat & nourishes fluids.

 

Cucumber Raita

Categories: Dryness, Heart Fire, Heart Yin Vacuity, Indian, Large Intestine Heat, Liver Yang Rising, Lung Yin Vacuity, Side Dishes, Stomach Fire, Stomach Yin Vacuity, Vacuity Heat, Vegetarian, Yin Vacuity

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Cucumber Raita

Prep time: 10 mins
Serves: 4

Ingredients:
1-teaspoon cumin seeds
2 cucumbers
1 ½ cups yogurt
¼ teaspoon salt

Method:
Dry roast the cumin seeds until they are slightly browned, then crush them with a rolling pin or mortar and pestle. Grate or finely shred the cucumber, combine with the other indigents and let the mixture sit for half an hour or so before serving.

Cucumber is cooling, sweet and cleansing and will relieve heat throughout the body. Its moistening thirst-relieving nature will benefit dryness and it has an uplifting affect on the heart and relieves irritability
Yogurt is also moistening and cooling with special benefits for the intestines.
Cumin slightly moderates the coolness of this dish and counteracts the dampening nature of the yogurt

Primary Actions: Yin, Heat, and Dryness
Primary Influences: Lung, Intestines, Stomach, Spleen, Heart

Contraindicated: Yang xu, Damp, Cold

Baked pears

Categories: Desserts, Stomach Yin Vacuity

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Baked Pears
Serving Size 1-2

2 medium ripe pears, peeled and halved
4 teaspoons butter or margarine
1 teaspoon lemon juice
2 teaspoons honey
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
4 teaspoons orange marmalade

Directions
Place pear halves, cut side up, in a shallow 1-qt. baking dish. Place butter in the center of each; drizzle with lemon juice. Combine sugar and cinnamon; sprinkle over pears. Top with marmalade. Cover and bake at 350 degrees F for 15-20 minutes or until heated through.

This recipe is design for someone with Stomach Yin Xu.

pears- tonifies yin, calms heart, lubes lungs

lemon juice- tonifies yin, regulates liver, harmonizes stomach

honey- tonifies yin

cinnamon- tonifies stomach, stops pain

orange marmalade- tonifies lungs, helps with mucus, tonifies yin

 

Tofu Burger

Categories: Kidney Yin Vacuity, Sandwiches, Stomach Yin Vacuity

Posted by jenniferdrews
jennmaster@gmail.com

From 101cookbooks.com

Tofu Burger Recipe

Be sure to seek out the firmest tofu made from organic soybeans you can find. Also, I suspect you could grill these, they seem like they’d hold together. The next time around I’m going to try it. If anyone else gives that a go before I do, let me know, and I’ll update the recipe.

 

tofu burger

1 pound / 16 oz / 450 g extra-firm tofu, drained and patted dry, then sliced2 large eggs
1/2 cup / 2 oz / 55 g fine dried bread crumbs
1/2 cup / 2 oz / 55 g cashew nuts
1/2 cup / 2 oz /55g sunflower seeds
1/2 cup / 2 oz / 55g sliced mushrooms
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
1 tablespoon shoyu or soy sauce
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon ground cayenne
1/4 teaspoon fine grain sea salt
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

extras: whatever buns & condiments you like. I did a combination of goat cheese and homemade pickles. You could also do a lettuce wrap in place of buns. And I couldn’t resist the mini brioche buns from La Boulange.

Place all the ingredients except the olive oil in a food processor. Pulse until the mixture comes together and is free of most chunks, stopping to scrape down the sides of the food processor once or twice if needed.

Divide the mixture into eight equal portions and use your hands to press and form into round but flat-ish patties.

Pour the olive oil into your largest skillet over medium-high heat, and arrange as many patties as you can without crowding. Cover, and cook turning once, until deeply browned on both sides. Roughly ten minutes. You want to make sure the middle of the patties cook through. If the pan is too hot you’ll burn the outsides before the middle cooks up, so be mindful of that.

Serve with your favorite burger fixings. I mention a few ideas up above in the ingredient list.

Makes eight tofu burgers.

Analysis – This recipe is great for overall nourishment of the SP/ST, especially if dampness and heat are present (separate or simultaneous).