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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

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.

Pork and Prune Tagine

Categories: Large Intestine Fluid Vacuity, Lung Fluid Xu, Mediterranean, Pork

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PORK AND PRUNE TAGINE serves 4

  • 3 tbs olive oil
  • 1-1/2 or 2 lbs pork shoulder, cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tsp cinnamon and ground ginger
  • ½ tsp ground cumin and turmeric
  • 1 organic lemon, thinly sliced
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 c prunes, soaked in hot water until soft, 1 hour, and drained
  • ¼ c honey
  • 1 tbs orange flower water
  • ¼ c sliced almonds, toasted

Couscous

1) Heat 2 tbs oil, med high, and brown pork, 10 min. Remove and pour off fat.

2) Add remaining 1 tbs oil, lower heat to medium, and add onion and garlic, 5 min. Add spices and stir for a few minutes.

3) Return pork to pan with 1 cup of water and the lemon slices. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium low, cover, and simmer until the pork is tender, 45 min – 1 hour. Add extra liquid if the stew becomes too dry. Season with salt and pepper.

4) Add prunes and honey and cook and additional 20-30 min. stir in the orange flower water.

5) Garnish with almonds and serve with couscous.

ENJOY…

Jason Cox

 

TCM ANALYSIS

DRYNESS (YIN DEFICIENCY)

Pork: slightly cold, sweet; moistens and nourishes organs

Olive oil: neutral, sweet; clears heat, lubricates dryness

Onion: warm, acrid

Garlic: hot, acrid

Cinnamon: hot, acrid, sweet

Dried ginger: hot, acrid

Cumin: warm, acrid

Turmeric: warm, acrid

Lemon: cool, sour; astringes body fluids, quenches thirst, moves Qi

Prunes: warm, sweet, sour; consolidates Lung, moistens Intestines

Honey: warm, sweet; nourishes Yin, lubricates dryness

Orange water: cool, sweet, sour; astringes body fluids, quenches thirst and moistens Lung, moves Qi

Almonds: neutral, sweet; lubricates Lung and Intestines

This recipe is used to produce and move fluids to lubricate the Metal portions of the body – the Lungs and Large Intestines. It can be used for conditions like chronic cough, chronic sinus or respiratory infection, and constipation.

CONTRAINDICATIONS: Build up of Damp in the Lungs or diarrhea

 

Baked Pears with Almonds

Categories: Lung Fluid Xu, Lung Phlegm Cold, Lung Yin Vacuity

Baked Pears with Almonds
Serves 6

Ingredients:
6 pears
1 ½ cups of chopped almonds
1/3 cup honey
½ cup of maple syrup
1 tsp lemon juice
¼ cup of water
Pinch of powdered ginger

Directions:
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Leave stems on pears, but cut a slice from the blossom-end to form a flat surface will stand in baking dish. Mix all other ingredients, except syrup, and pour over pears. Bake uncovered in preheated oven for about 1 hr and 20 minutes to 1 and ½ hrs. Baste with syrup while baking.

TCM Breakdown:
Pears: Nourishes fluids, decreases thirst, moistens LU, Dissolves phlegm
Almonds: Moistens LU and LI, supplements SP and LU
Honey: Nourishes and harmonizes MJ, moistens dryness
Lemon juice: clears heat, dissolves phlegm (?)
Ginger: Warms MJ, Warms interior, unblocks channels, transforms cold phlegm
Maple syrup: tonifies SP (?)

C/CI: in damp cold, or xu cold syndrome

Amaranth-Almond Cereal

Categories: Lung Phlegm Heat

Amaranth-Almond Cereal

Ingredients:

  • 1 C amaranth
  • 1 ½ C water
  • ½ cup almond milk
  • handful almonds, chopped
  • 1-2 Tbsp agave nectar

Instructions:

  1. Combine water and amaranth. Bring to a boil, then turn heat down and let simmer 20-25 minutes until the water is absorbed. Be careful to avoid burning at the end of cooking.
  2. In a bowl, combine amaranth, almond milk, chopped almonds, and agave nectar.

Makes 2 servings.

TCM breakdown:

amaranth: bitter, sweet, cool; ST, ST, LU; dries damp, clears heat, benefits LU, tonifies qi
almonds: sweet, neutral; LU, LI, SP; ventilates LU, relieves cough & asthma, transforms phlegm
agave nectar: sweet, neutral; nourishes middle jiao

Overall, this recipe is cooling to clear heat. The main ingredients (amaranth and almonds) both go to the LU and dispel pathological fluids (amaranth dries damp and almonds transform phlegm). For these reasons, I would recommend this recipe to patients with hot phlegm in the LU.

Honey Glazed Peach Tart

Categories: Large Intestine Fluid Vacuity, 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: Spleen Qi Deficiency leading to Damp/Phlegm

Nutty Oatmeal Pancake

Categories: Large Intestine Qi Stagnation, Lung Phlegm Heat, Spleen Qi Vacuity

Nutty Oatmeal Pancake
(Makes 6-8 pancakes)

2 cups buttermilk
1 1/2 cups old-fashioned oats
Mix together, set aside.

1 1/2 cups chopped almonds
2 eggs
1/2-cup white rice flour
2 TB flaxseed meal
1 tsp. salt
1-cup fresh or frozen blueberries
*Optional: top with 1 TB of honey

Add the rest of the above ingredients to the buttermilk mixture. Drop by 1/4 cupful onto hot, oiled pan. Cook until firm enough to flip. Recipe makes about a dozen pancakes.

TCM Analysis:
Buttermilk: neutral, sweet, strengthens weakness, nourishes qi and blood and lubricates dryness (buttermilk, also known as soured/fermented milk, is easier on digestion)
Oats: warm, sweet, strengthens spleen, tonifies qi, harmonizes stomach, regulates qi and is a carminative (prevents formation of gas in intestinal tract)
Almond: neutral, sweet, lubricates intestines, relieves cough and asthma and transforms phlegm
Egg: cool, sweet, nourishes yin, tonifies blood, stabilizes hyperactive fetus and lubricates dryness
White rice (flour): slightly cool, sweet, moistens yin, clears heat, diuretic and reduces swelling
Flaxseed: neutral, sweet, laxative, mucilaginous, relieves pain and inflammation, influences the spleen-pancreas and colon (richest source of omega-3 fatty acids which strengthen immunity and clean the heart and arteries)
Salt: cold, salty, slightly sweet, harmonizes and promotes digestion, strengthens the kidney (in small amounts), fortifies bones, tendons, and teeth, brightens eyes and detoxifies
Blueberry: nourishes kidney yin

Spiced Pears and Pomegranate

Categories: Gluten-free, Lung Heat, Lung Phlegm Heat, Phlegm Dry, Raw, Salad, Vegan, Vegetarian

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Spiced Pears and Pomegranate

3 pears – peeled, cored and cut into wedges
1 pomegranate, skin and light-colored membrane removed
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons light brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 tablespoons finely chopped almonds
4 sprigs fresh mint leaves for garnish

The recipe feeds 4 so the serving size would be 1/4 of the recipe.

by Marta

TCM ANALYSIS

Pears: Nourishes fluids, moistens lung, dissolves phlegm, clears heat
Pomegranate: Promotes fluids, quenches thirst
Lemon: Promotes fluids and reduces heat
Brown Sugar: warming, expels cold, invigorates blood
Cinnamon: Invigorates yang, dispels cold, promotes blood circulation,
warms mingmen fire
Almonds: moistens LU and LI
Mint: cools

This seems to be a well balanced formula especially good for KD Yin Xu.
This would be great also for the elderly.

Honey-Balsamic Bean Salad

Categories: Blood Vacuity, Legumes, Qi Vacuity, Salad, Vegetarian

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As I mention in the main post, the original recipe called for green beans, which are out of season here in San Francisco as I type this. I chopped up a head of structured, romaine lettuce instead. I also added and tweaked a few things, as I’m prone to do. If you’re trying to come up with a substitute for the green beans, imagine ingredients that might go nicely with the honey-balsamic vinegar. And I suspect it goes without saying, but you can certainly play around with the type of beans you use here. I would have used borlotti beans in place of the black beans, but I went with the beans I had on hand, rather than make a trip to the store.

8 oz / 225 g (about 1 1/2 cups) EACH cooked chickpeas, pinto beans, black beans

1 small head of romaine lettuce, washed, dried, shredded

1/3 cup / 1 oz / 30g sliced almonds, toasted

2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 1/2 tablespoons runny honey
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/4+ teaspoon fine grain sea salt

10 sprigs fresh thyme

Combine the beans, lettuce, and most of the almonds in a large salad bowl. Set aside. Make the dressing by whisking the olive oil, honey, balsamic vinegar, lemon juice, and sea salt in a small container. Taste, and adjust to your tastes.

Run your fingers up each thyme sprig, removing the leaves. Add to the salad bowl along with a good amount of the dressing. Toss well, and add more dressing if you like. Finish by sprinkling with the remaining almonds.

Serves 4- 6

From http://www.101cookbooks.com/archives/honey-balsamic-bean-salad-recipe.html

Analysis – This recipe nourishes Liver Blood and Yin and astringing the LV.