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Recipe to Nourish SP/ST

Categories: Shen Calming, Spleen Damp, Spleen Qi Vacuity, Stomach Rebellious Qi

Kathryn Fritz
Eastern Nutrition
January 19, 2010
Recipe to Nourish SP/ST

3 medium-large sweet potatoes, cleaned & cubed
1/4 c. organic unsulfured molasses
1/4 c. maple syrup
1/4 c. apple cider vinegar
1/2 onion, chopped
Dehydrated orange peel
Salt to taste

Vegetable stock
Yi Yi Ren

For barley:

In a crockpot place 1 part yi yi ren with 10-15 parts veggie stock. Cook until soft. I would set the pot to low throughout the day or the evening before (I cooked them for about 10-12 hours in the crockpot the night before).
I also make my own vegetable stock. I save the vegetable scraps that I do not use in other dishes (like carrot, sweet potato & onion ends, onion & garlic peels, any & all root vegetable parts). I keep a plastic bag full of these veggie odds & ends in my freezer and when I need to make stock I throw them all in a large pot, cover them with water and add salt & a few bay leaves (or any spices you like). I bring the water to a boil, then lower the heat & simmer the veggies for an hour or two. Give it a taste & add whatever seasonings you see fit!

For sweet tots:

Pre-heat oven to 350o.
Scrub sweet tots clean, dry & chop into decent sized cubes. Chop onion to desired consistency. Place both in a 9×13 pan.
In a small saucepan warm the molasses & maple syrup until less viscous. Remove from heat & stir in apple cider vinegar. Spread evenly over sweet tots in pan & stir so that they are all coated.
Sprinkle orange peel throughout the dish.
Cover dish w/ tinfoil and bake at 350o for about 1 hour to 1.5 hours (until sweet tots are tender).

Dish will serve 3-4 people.

Analysis of Recipe

Sweet potatoes: neutral & sweet
Strengthen SP/ST function, tonify qi, increases production of milk (good for nursing mommies!)
Molasses: warm & sweet
Tonifies qi, strengthens SP, lubricates LU, stops cough
Maple syrup: sweet
Tonifies SP in small amounts
Cider vinegar: sour, sl. acrid
Moves qi, loosens stagnation, stimulates appetite
Orange peel: warm, bitter & acrid
Invigorates/moves qi, dries dampness (for balance)
Yi yi ren: cool & bland
Promotes diuresis, strengthens SP, benefits GB
Vegetable stock:
Nourishing, strengthens digestion

The overall goal is to tonify SP & ST. By serving it with yi yi ren & adding dehydrated orange peel I am hoping to create a more balanced dish  counteracting the potential for dampness since the dish consists of mostly sweet flavors. The cider vinegar & orange peel also help regulate the qi in the middle jiao, furthering assisting digestion to help the SP call off that good gu qi!

 

Zanahorias en escabeche: Pickled Carrots, Mexican Style

Categories: Liver Blood Stasis, Liver Fire Rising, Mexican, Side Dishes, Vegan, Vegetables, Vegetarian

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Zanahorias en escabeche: Pickled Carrots, Mexican Style

1-2 quarts apple cider vinegar
8 large carrots, well scrubbed and sliced into 1/2 inch pieces
6 large bay leaves
4 allspice berries
1 T whole cumin seeds
2 tsp salt

place the carrots in a large steel pot, add the seasonings and cover with vinegar. bring all ingredients to a boil, then turn off the heat. pour into a large glass jar and let cool to room temperature before refrigerating overnight. makes about 2 quarts. other vegetables such as jicama or celery or cucumbers may be added. jalapenos may be added in a very small amount only if there are no heat signs.

analysis:
vinegar is warm and pungent and slightly bitter; it strongly moves LV blood. carrots are sweet and cool the liver. bay leaves are acrid and move qi and treat high blood pressure and migraines, which are signs of liver stagnation. allspice and cumin are acrid and warm and move qi and promote digestion.