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Smooth Move Smoothie

Categories: Large Intestine Damp Heat, Large Intestine Qi Stagnation

Smooth Move Smoothie
L.I. shi heat leading to constipation
By Katie Fritz

1 apple, cored/sliced
1 pear, cored/sliced
1 plum, pitted/sliced
2 bananas
1/2 avocado
1/2 c. silken tofu
1-2 c. green tea (depending upon your preference of consistency)
1-2 tbsp. Maple syrup (to taste)
Cinnamon, to taste

Place the apple, pear, plum, bananas, avocado & tofu in your blender. Boil 8-16 oz. of water and add to 1-2 heaping tsp. of green tea leaves, steep for about 5 minutes. Once steeped to your liking, add green tea (w/o leaves) to your blender. Blend all ingredients until smooth. Give it a taste test & add maple syrup & cinnamon to your liking!

Serving size: 2-3 people

TCM analysis:
Apple: reduces dryness, alleviates thirst, tonifies qi
Pear: cools ST heat; generates body fluids, quenches thirst, clears heat, descends qi (& stops cough)
Plum: aids digestion, regulates body fluids, removes stagnation of qi
Banana: moistens the L.I.; clears heat, lubricates intestines
Avocado: nourishes yin & xue, moistens LU, skin & intestines
Tofu: expels heat & moistens/lubricates dryness, strengthens SP/ST
Green tea: cools heat, relieves thirst, promotes digestion
Maple syrup: sweet, tonifies SP/ST
Cinnamon (gui zhi): strengthens ST, warms coldness

The overall focus of this recipe is to cool L.I. heat, generate fluids & stimulate digestion. The cinnamon will counteract the mostly cold nature of this recipe, while stimulating the digestive organs. The fruits, tofu & tea cool heat & moisten the bowels.

Toasted Tahini and Almond Butter Sandwich with Pears and Apples

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

Metal-lung dryness/phlegm

Frances Norris

Toasted Tahini and Almond Butter Sandwich with Pears and Apples

Adapted from recipe on

Serves 1


2 slices Ezekiel bread (wheat, barley, millet, lentils, soybeans, spelt-all sprouted)-sweet, cool, sl. Salty, harmonize/strengthen MJ, drain damp, moisten dryness

Tahini-sl. warming, tonifying, moistening

Almond butter-neutral, sweet, ventilates lung, relieves cough and asthma, transforms phlegm

Sliced apple-cool, sweet, slightly sour, lubricates lung, resolves mucus

Sliced pear-cold, sweet, lubricates lung, lubricates throat, stops cough, dissolves mucus

Butter for browning- sweet, neutral, supplements qi


1. Spread the tahini on one side of the bread, put a bit of honey on top of the tahini. Spread the

almond butter on the other piece of bread.

2. In a sauté pan, brown the butter and add the apple and pear slices and sauté them for about a

minute, so they’re still crisp. Remove them from the pan and let cool before adding them to the sandwich.

3. Once the sandwich is assembled, grill it in a pan.

Beet and Goat Cheese Salad

Categories: Heart Blood Vacuity, Heart Qi Vacuity, Heart Yin Vacuity, Salad, Vegetarian

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  • 4 beets, peeled
  • 4-1/2 oz goat cheese
  • 1 tbs chives
  • Salt/pepper
  • Several handfuls of young arugula
  • ½ apple, julienned
  • 2 tbs turbinado/brown sugar
  • 2 tbs rice vin
  • 2 tbs soy sauce
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Black sesame seeds

1) Bring water and beets to a boil, simmer until tender, 30 min. Drain and cool. Cut each beet into 8 wedges.

2) Blend cheese and chives and season with s & p.

3) Combine sugar, vinegar, and soy sauce. Beat dressing with enough olive oil until emulsified.

4) Toss beets and arugula with the dressing, scatter chunks of the cheese and julienned apple over the salad, drizzle with more evoo and sesame seeds.


Jason Cox




Beets: cool, sweet; nourishes blood, tonifies heart, cleanses the liver

Goat Cheese: warm, sweet, salty; nourishes blood, strengthens the kidney and Qi, moistens dryness,

Arugula: cool, bitter; clears heat

Apple: cool, sweet, slightly sour; tonifies the heart and Qi, reduces dryness.

Brown sugar: warm, sweet; strengthens digestion, pacifies heart

Rice vinegar: warm, sour; invigorates blood, astringes liver from fanning heart fire

Soy sauce: cool, sweet, salty; clears heat

Olive oil: neutral, sweet; clears heat, moistens

Sesame seeds: neutral, sweet; harmonizes Blood, nourishes LV and KD Yin and calms the spirit.


This recipe is used for Heart Blood Deficiency with Heat. It can be used for conditions like anemia, heart weakness, and hypertension with symptoms like dry throat, insomnia, palpitations, and poor memory.

CONTRAINDICATIONS: Spleen Qi Deficiency with a buildup of damp and cold

Watermelon Champagne Sangria

Categories: Heart and Small Intestine Fire, Liver Qi Stagnation

Watermelon Champagne Sangria

Makes 6 servings.

2 cups chopped seedless watermelon
1 seedless orange, peeled and broken into sections¨
1 apple, wedged
1 Asian pear, wedged
1 cup seedless grapes, cut into halves
1 bottle dry champagne of choice
Toss the fruit together in a bowl or pitcher. Pour the champagne over and let sit for at least 2 hours or more.

TCM analysis:
Watermelon: Sweet, cold. ST, HT, UB. Clears heat toxin, quenches thirst, relieves irritability, promotes urination.
Orange: Sweet, sour, cool. LV, LU, ST, UB. Clears heat, soothes LV, nourishes fluids.
Apple: Sweet, sour, cool. SP, ST, HT, LU. Supplements LU, SP, ST, moistens LU and LI, clears heat and promotes body fluids.
Asian pear — cold & sweet: generates fluids, calms HT, relieves restlessness, clears heat, detoxifies
Grapes: Sweet, sour, neutral. LV, KD, UB. Tonifies qi and blood, nourishes yin and body fluids, strengthens bone and tendon, promotes urination.
Champagne: Pungent, sweet, warm. ST, LV, HT. Expels cold, invigorates blood, stops pain.
Overall: Clears heat from HT. The heat from the wine is offset by the cooling nature of the fruits. Should be used in small quantities.

Cream of Wheat with Apples and Mulberries

Categories: Heart Qi Vacuity, Large Intestine Qi Stagnation, Lung Qi Vacuity, Shen Calming, Spleen Qi Vacuity

Cream of Wheat with Apples and Mulberries

Serves 2

1 apple chopped
¼ cup mulberries
2 cups water
2 cups milk (the more fat in the milk, the creamier it will be)
1/2 teaspoon salt
honey (to taste)
1 cup cream of wheat (also known as farina)
2 tablespoons sliced almonds, toasted (good to sprinkle on top) (optional)

In a saucepan, combine 2 cups water with milk and salt; bring to a boil.

Gradually whisk in cream of wheat, and continue to whisk constantly until the mixture thickens (this will take about 4 minutes).

Stir honey, mulberries and chopped apple into the cereal and mix to combine.

Divide into serving bowls and top with sliced banana and toasted almonds if desired.

Wheat — sweet, sl. Cold; SP, HT, KD — supplements qi, nourishes HT, calms shen, reduces thirst.

Apple — cool, sweet, sl sour; SP, ST, HT, LU; strengthen HT, tonifies qi, quenches thirst, promotes body fluids, lubricates LU, resolves mucus; treats dry throat, dehydration, indigestion, hypertension, constipation, chronic diarrhea, cough.

Mulberry — sl cold, sweet; HT, LV, KD; quenches thirst, nourishes xue, lubricates LU, calms shen, detoxifies, tonifies KD, relieves constipation, promotes diuresis; treats thirst, irritability, dry mouth, diabetes, enemia, back pain due to KD xu, weakness, alcohol intoxication, lymph node enlargement, blurred vision.

Milk — sweet, neutral; SP, ST, LU; supplements qi, nourishes xue, moistens dryness

Almonds — sweet, neutral; LU, LI, SP; moistening.

Honey — sweet, neutal; SP, LU, LI; moistening.


Corn Spoon Bread Pudding

Categories: Heart Qi Vacuity, Heart Yang Vacuity, Shen Calming, Spleen Qi Vacuity

Corn Spoon Bread Pudding

3 cups corn meal (tonifies the heart)
5 cups water
2 1/2 cup cubed butternut squash (diuretic, helps with edema)
1 1/2 tsp. salt

3 grated apples (Strengthens HT)
3 T. almond butter ( Benefits Lungs)
1/2 cup honey (nourishing to Spleen for post-natal qi)
1/2 cup whole wheat flour (nourishes HT)
2 T soy flour
1 1/2 tsp cinnamon (Strengthens Ht, according to Shang han lun)
1 T. grated orange peel (moves qi)

Place corn meal, water, squash, and salt in pot, bring to boil. Lower heat and simmer for 20 minutes.
Puree mixture in blender, then add remaining ingredients.
Pour into buttered 2qt casserole dish and bake at 350* for 1 1/2 hours

Serves 6 -8

Roast Duck with Apple Dressing

Categories: Kidney Yin Vacuity

Roast Duck with Apple Dressing: (Serves 4)

(For Kidney yin vacuity)


1 (4 pound) whole duck
Pepper to taste
1-teaspoon poultry seasoning
½ tablespoon butter
3 tablespoons chopped onion
5 stalks celery, chopped
3 cups peeled, cored and chopped apple
3 cups cornbread crumbs
1-tablespoon olive oil


Preheat over to 350 degrees F. Rinse duck and pat dry, rub with pepper and poultry seasoning. Melt better in a small skillet over medium heat. Sauté the onions and celery in butter until tender. In a medium bowl, combine with apple and cornbread crumbs. Mix together to make dressing (if necessary, add a little water to moisten). Fill the duck’s cavity with dressing and sew shut with kitchen twine. Rub outside of bird lightly with olive oil, and place in a shallow roasting pan or 9×13 inch-baking dish. Bake in preheated oven for 60-80 minutes, or until internal temperature reaches 180 degrees F.

Analysis of Recipe:

Duck Neutral to cooling, sweet, slightly salty, supplements qi, blood, and yin, moistens dryness, nourishes kidney and lung, relieves edema
Pepper Warming to hot, very acrid, enriches yang, expels cold
Butter Neutral to cool, sweet, supplements blood, qi, moistens
Onion Warming, acrid, sweet, moves qi, loosens phlegm, promotes sweating, diuretic
Celery Cooling, slightly salty and bitter, cools stomach and liver heat, loosens qi stagnation, tonifies kidneys, stops bleeding, strengthens spleen and stomach, clears heat, lowers blood pressure, promotes diuresis, benefits blood
Apple Neutral to cooling, sweet, slightly sour, remedies diarrhea, strengthens heart, tonifies qi, quenches thirst, reduces dryness, alleviates thirst, lubricates lungs, resolves mucus
Olive Oil Cooling, sweet, moistens, anti-inflammatory

Overall this recipe is intended to supplement kidney yin. The main ingredient, which is duck, is said to tonify yin as well as qi and blood. The celery and apple are neutral to cooling, which is one of the recommendations for supplementing kidney yin.

Apple and Raw Beet Slaw

Categories: Heart Blood Vacuity, Large Intestine Fluid Vacuity, Liver Blood Vacuity, Lung Yin Vacuity

Apple and Raw Beet Slaw

1 teaspoon grated ginger
1 pound beets, peeled
1 large Granny Smith apple, or similar flavored and textured apple
3 tablespoons sherry vinegar
1/2 teaspoon coarse grain salt
1/8 teaspoon cracked black pepper
1 to 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
In a medium sized salad bowl, using your microplane grater (or the smallest holes of a cheese grater) grate fresh ginger directly into bowl, about one teaspoon. Grate beets and apples, add them to the bowl with the ginger, and toss until ginger is evenly distributed. Add sherry vinegar, salt, and pepper to bowl and toss to coat evenly. Add olive oil, stir to combine. Taste and adjust seasonings. Serve immediately or keep refrigerated.

Ginger — disperses exterior cold, stops nausea and vomiting, detoxifies other herbs, reduces inflammation
beets — sweet, neutral, goes to heart, spleen, stomach, liver, strengthens middle jiao, nourishes liver blood, Calms shen
apple —goes to heart, spleen, stomach and lung, clears heat, promotes body fluids, supplements lung, spleen, stomach, moistens lung and LI
vinegar — sour, warm, slightly bitter, invigorates blood, clears toxin, astringrent
salt – salty, cold, clears heat cools blood, eases bowel movements, nourishes kidney
black pepper – — pungent, warm, warms the middle jiao, descends stomach qi, expels damp and cold

CI: Spleen Qi/Yang Vacuity; cold-damp conditions

Breakfast Quinoa

Categories: Kidney Qi Vacuity, Kidney Water Overflow, Kidney Yang Vacuity, Large Intestine Fluid Vacuity, Large Intestine Qi Stagnation, Lung Fluid Xu

Breakfast Quinoa

1 cup quinoa
2 cups water
4 tablespoons dry milk (** you can omit this ingredient and just use 2 cups of milk to begin with, or just use water)
zest and juice of 1/2 orange
1 Granny Smith apple, cored and cubed
1/3 cup dried cranberries
Rinse quinoa in a fine strainer. Add to a pot with water and dry milk. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer for 15 minutes or until the grain is cooked through.
Combine quinoa with the rest of the ingredients.
You can serve this dish hot or cold. Add a bit of sugar if you like your breakfast on a sweeter side. Try to experiment with different dried fruit!

Quinoa — sweet, warming, tonifies qi, strengthens spleen,warms yang, relieves internal coldness
Milk — sweet, neutral, supplements qi, nourishes blood, moistens dryness
Apple — goes to heart, spleen, stomach and lung, clears heat, promotes body fluids, supplements lung, spleen, stomach, moistens lung and LI
Orange — cool, sweet and sour, lubricates lungs, resolves mucus, increase appetite, strengthens spleen, quenches thirst,promotes body fluids
Cranberry — sour cooling, promotes urination, relieves painful urination, strengthens kidneys and reproductive system
Pecans- sweet, slightly warm, tonifies qi, strengthens lung, stops cough, strengthens kidney, promotes bowel movement

Steamed Corn Bread

Categories: Liver Yang Rising


Main Action: Liver Yang Rising

Serves 6 people

1 C grated apple — Cool, sweet and slightly sour. Strengthens HT, tonifies qi, quenches thirst, resolves mucus and lubricates LU
2 C pineapple-coconut juice — Pineapple = warm, sweet and sour. Aids digestion, stops diarrhea, dispels summer heat. Coconut = warm and sweet. Strengthens the body, reduces swelling, stops bleeding, kills worms and activates heart function
1 medium banana —Cold and sweet. Clears heat, lubricates lungs, lubricates intestines, lowers blood pressure, helps alleviate alcohol intoxication.
1/3 C whole-wheat flour — Slightly cool and sweet, clears heat, quenches thirst, relieves restlessness, promotes diuresis, calms spirit and stops sweating.
1 C cornmeal — neutral and sweet. Tonifies qi, strengthens the ST and SP, benefits the HT, is a diuretic and stimulates the flow of bile.
½ C. oatmeal — warm and sweet, strengthens spleen, tonifies and regulates qi, harmonizes ST
1/8 C goji berries — sweet, sour, neutral, nourishes blood and yin, strengthens the LU, benefits LV and KD, improves vision.

Preparation and cooking:
Blend the liquid with the banana. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix well. Pour into a pie plate and steam 30 minutes over medium flame. The bread is done when the toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.