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Apple Cherry Tart

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

Apple Cherry Tart:

1/4 cup of water
3/4 cup of sugar
1/2 cup of red currant jelly
3 cups of fresh or frozen cheries (12 oz. pkg.)
1 apple, preferably Yellow Delicious, pared, cored and chopped (1 cup)

1/2 cup of (1 stick) butter
1 1/4 cups of all-purpose flour
1/4 cups of sugar
2/3 cups of finely chopped or ground walnuts
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
2 egg yolks

4 egg whites
1/8 tsp. cream of tartar
1/2 cups of sugar

Prepare filling: combine water, sugar and jelly in saucepan. Heat to melt jelly and sugar. Bring to boiling; add cranberries and apple. Cook, uncovered, over medium heat until cherries pop and mixture thickens slightly, 10 to 15 minutes. Cool completely.

Prepare shell: cut butter into flour in bowl with pastry blender until crumbly. Mix in sugar, nuts and cinnamon. Add egg yolks; mix lightly with fork until mixture holds together and cleans side of bowl. Press dough over bottom and up sides of 9 inch tart pan with removable bottom. Prick bottom with fork. Refrigerate 30 minutes.

Bake shell in preheated oven (375 degrees) for 12 to 15 minutes or until golden. Cool completely. Spoon cherry filling into cooled pastry shell. Prepare Meringue: Beat egg whites with cream of tartar in medium sized bowl until soft peaks form. Gradually beat in the 1/2 cup sugar until stiff, but not dry, peaks form. Spread half over the tart and pipe remaining meringue in lattice pattern.

Bake in preheated oven (400 degrees) for 3 to 6 minutes or until meringue is golden brown.

Cherry — warm, sweet — benefits the skin and body, strengthens the spleen, regenerates fluids, prolongs life
Apple — cool, sweet, slightly sour — strengthens heart, tonifies qi, resolves mucus
Currants — sour, cooling — promotes urination, strengthens the kidneys
Eggs — cool, sweet, nourishes yin, tonifies blood
Cinnamon – hot, pungent, sweet – strengthens stomach, warms coldness, stops pain
Flour — sweet, slightly cool — nourishes the heart and calms shen, supplements qi
Sugar — sweet, neutral — supplements qi, moistens dryness, harmonizes the middle jiao
Butter — warm, sweet – warming

CI: Damp conditions

Fruit Salad with Fresh Mint

Categories: Dryness Invading the Lungs, Lung Fluid Xu, Lung Heat, Lung Phlegm Heat, Phlegm Dry, Raw, Salad, Vegan, Vegetarian, Wind Heat Invading Lungs

Fruit Salad with Fresh Mint
yield: Serves 6

1 1/2 cups strawberries, cleaned and quartered
3/4 cup fresh pineapple chunks
1 cup apples, cored and cut into chunks
1 cup pears, cored and cut into chunks
1/4 chopped finely cup mint

In a mixing bowl, combine the cut fruit and toss. Add the fresh mint and stir gently. Serve in parfait dishes or small bowls.

Strawberries — Sweet, sour, cold; Lu, St, UB; Moistens Lung, promotes fluids, promotes urination, clears heat.
Pineapple — Sweet, sour, neutral; St, Lu; Clears heat, promotes fluids, aids digestion, drains damp.
Apple — Sweet, sour, cool; Sp, St, Ht, Lu; Supplements Lu, Sp, St, moistens Lung and LI, clears heat and promotes body fluids.
Pears — Sweet, cold; Lu, Li, St; Nourishes fluids, decreases thirst, moistens Lu, dissolves phlegm (w/ Bei Mu), Clears heat, resolves toxin.
Mint — Acrid, aromatic, cooling; Lu, Lv; Disperses wind heat, clears and benefits the head, eyes, and throat, vents rashes, allows constrained Lv qi to flow freely, expels turbid filth.

The recipe is cool while each ingredient enters the lungs to clear heat or moisten the lungs. The ingredients are indicated for cough, summerheat, and Lung heat overall. The mint helps release the exterior.

Apple, Peanut, and Arame Stir Fry Salad

Categories: Blood Stasis, High blood pressure, High cholesterol, Liver Yang Rising, Phlegm Accumulation in the Collaterals, Salad, Vegan, Vegetables, Vegetarian

Apple, Peanut, and Arame Stir Fry Salad

Treayor Smith



1/2 cup Arame (can use other forms of seaweed), chopped
1″ knob Ginger, minced or grated
1/4 cup Asparagus
1/4 cup White Mushrooms

1/4 cup snowpeas

1/4 cup + 2 TBS Olive Oil
1/4 cup Rice Wine Vinegar
1/4 head of Lettuce, chopped
handful of Sunflower Seeds
handful of Peanuts
1 Tomato, cut into wedges or sliced
1 TBS Lemon Juice
1 TBS Lime Juice
1 Apple, diced


Serving Size: 1

½ cup cut arame in pot full of water. Cook until arame is a lighter shade of green and doubles in size.

Place desired amount of peanuts and sunflower seeds on a pan and spread out. Put in the oven at 400 degrees and take out when dark brown. This will be sprinkled on top of the salad to give it a crunch.

Cut ¼ head of lettuce and chop. This will be the bottom layer of the salad.

¼ olive oil mixed with ¼ cup rice wine vinegar. Add desired amount of lime juice and lemon juice. This will be the salad dressing.

Add olive oil to a frying pan and heat, medium high,  until it bubbles.  Add ginger, 3 minutes. Place diced mushrooms, asparagus, cooked arame, snow peas and fry until vegetables are softer.

Lay stir fried veggies on top of lettuce with dressing. Add Tomato wedges and diced apples. Sprinkle peanuts and sunflower seeds on the top.

Meal Design:
This meal is designed for a patient with hypothyroidism with High Blood Pressure. Most hypothyroid patients have a spleen or kidney yang vacuity pattern, but the main item in the recipe for the thyroid is the Arame.  Arame is a rich source of iodine, which directly influences the thyroid’s actions. The rest of the meal addresses hypertension, and are said to lower blood pressure. Arame has an anti-hypertensive effect as well.

TCM analysis:
Cooling and sedating to Liver

Arame (can use other forms of seaweed)- Rich source of iodine, good for thyroid
Ginger- good for nausea, helps taste of oil
Asparagus- helps with hypertension, high cholesterol, and promotes blood circulation
White Mushrooms- helps with hypertension and high cholesterol
Olive Oil- helps with hypertension
Rice Wine Vinegar- helps with hypertension
Lettuce- moves qi and breaks stagnation, mild effect
Sunflower Seeds- subdues liver, lowers blood pressure
Peanuts- tonifies spleen, good for hypertension
Tomatoes- calms the liver, good for hypertension
Lemon Juice – regulates qi, benefits liver, good for hypertension
Lime Juice- same as lemon juice
Apples- strengthens heart, tonifies qi, good for hypertension