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Applesauce with Pears and Peaches

Categories: Dryness Invading the Lungs, Large Intestine Fluid Vacuity, Lung Fluid Xu, Lung Yin Vacuity, Shen Calming

Applesauce with pears & peaches
Yields: 8 servings

2 lbs of apples, peeled, cored and chopped
½ lb of pears, peeled, pitted, and chopped
½ lb of peaches, peeled, cored and chopped
3 cups of water
1 cup of white sugar
1 tbsp lemon juice

1. Place all the fruit in a large saucepan and just barely cover with water. Simmer over medium-low heat until fruit is tender, 15-20 minutes.
2. Run cooked fruit through a food mill or blender. Stir in sugar and lemon juice. Cook over medium heat for about 3-5 minutes.

TCM analysis: Overall cools the heat in the LU from LU yin xu
Apples: cool, sweet, slightly sour. strengthens HT, tonfiies qi, quenches thirst, reduces dryness, alleviates thirst, lubricates LU, resolves mucus
Pears: cold, sweet. Regenerates body fluids, quenches thirst, calms HT, lubricates LU, relieves restlessness, promotes urination, clears heat, detoxifies, lubricates throat, dissolves mucus, descends qi and stops cough
Peaches: very cool, sweet and slightly sour. Lubricates LU, clears heat, aids diabetes, promotes body fluids, induces sweating.


  • Taste the milled fruit before adding sugar.  Then, just add sugar to taste.  May be sweetened with an alternative sweetener such as honey or maple syrup.
  • Add a little bit of cinnamon for depth of flavor and to change temperature of food to slightly warm.


Ginger Spiced Acorn Squash

Categories: Large Intestine Qi Stagnation, Spleen Damp, Spleen Damp Cold, Spleen Qi Vacuity, Spleen Yang Vacuity

Earth: Tonify Spleen Qi   - Dusten Nelson

Ginger spiced acorn squash:

1 acorn squash (or other winter squash)

1 tbsp (15 mL) olive oil

1 tbsp (15 mL) maple syrup

1 tsp (5 mL) garam masala

1/2 tsp (5 mL) ginger

Pinch or two of salt, to taste

Dash of curry powder, plus 1 tsp (or to taste)

1 1/2 tbsp (22 mL) butter

1 medium onion, chopped

Dash of nutmeg

2 apples, cubed (use tart or crisp apples like Gala or Granny Smith; avoid soft and sweet apples, like Macintoshes)

1/2 cup (125 mL) apple juice or cider

Serves: 2

Ingredients of note: General theme – sweet and warming

Acorn Squash: Support spleen and tonify qi

Maple syrup: tonifiy qi

Ginger: acrid, moving, and tonifying to middle jiao

Onion: moves and aids in detoxification, also warming.

Nutmeg: warming & moving

Apples & Juice: tonify qi and yin.

Cooking Instructions:

Preheat oven to 350F (175C). Line a baking dish with aluminum foil (or not, if you like scrubbing).

Peel and cut the squash into large chunks, about 1 inch (2.5 cm) square.

In a bowl, whisk together olive oil, maple syrup, garam masala, ginger, salt, and a dash of curry powder.

Add squash cubes and toss to coat.

Spread squash into baking dish, in as close to in a single layer as possible.

Bake for approximately 25 minutes, stirring once or twice for even cooking.

Meanwhile, melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat.

Add onion, a sprinkle of salt, and sauté until tender, about 12 minutes. Add remaining curry powder and a dash of nutmeg and stir for 1 minute.

Add apples and sauté a few more minutes until the apples are hot.

Transfer to a bowl to wait for the squash.

Once the squash’s 25 minutes are up, add the apple mixture to the squash in the baking dish. Sprinkle with apple juice or cider, and stir together.

Bake another 20 minutes or so, until the squash is tender.

Brown Sugar Baked Apples

Categories: Heart Qi Vacuity, Heart Yang Vacuity, Lung Fluid Xu, Shen Calming, Spleen Qi Vacuity

Brown Sugar Baked Apples
Makes 8 servings
•8 large Golden Delicious apples
•1/2 cup (packed) dark brown sugar
•1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
•1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
•6 tablespoons pure maple syrup
•4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
•1 cup water
•Chilled whipping cream (optional)

Peel skin off top quarter of each apple. Using melon baller, scoop out core, leaving bottom intact. Stand apples in 13x9x2-inch baking pan. Mix sugar and spices in bowl. Reserve 2 tablespoons mixture. Fill apple cavities with remaining sugar mixture. Spoon 1/2 tablespoon maple syrup into each cavity. Scatter 3 tablespoons butter pieces over apples. (Can be made 4 hours ahead. Cover; chill.)
Preheat oven to 350°F. Pour 1/2 cup water into pan with apples. Bake apples 35 minutes. Add reserved 2 tablespoons sugar mixture, 2 tablespoons maple syrup, 1 tablespoon butter, and 1/2 cup water to pan. Bake until apples are tender when pierced with skewer, about 25 minutes longer. Transfer apples to 8 bowls. Place baking pan atop 2 burners; boil over medium-high heat until syrupy, about 2 minutes. Spoon sauce over apples. Serve with whipping cream, if desired.

TCM Analysis-Apples promote body fluids, lubricates the Lung, strengthens the Heart, and tonifies the Qi. Brown sugar is warm and lubricates the Lung, warms the body, and moistens dryness. Cinnamon and Nutmeg are both warm and help to move Qi and warm up the entire body. Overall, this recipe moistens the Lung and warms the body and moves Qi.


Categories: Beverages, Spleen Qi Vacuity, Spleen Yang Vacuity, Vegetarian


In South America there is a drink called Cuaker.

1 cup oatmeal
3 cups water
2 apples peeled and cut in chunks
¼ cup maple syrup
Pinch of stevia
½ teaspoon cloves
1 teaspoon cinnamon
Pinch of salt for taste

Cook everything together for 30 minutes.  Blend and add more water if needed.  It should be a very thin congee consistency after blended. Serve warm.

The stevia is not traditionally added as far as I know but it helps to replace extra sweetener. Also, maple syrup is substituted for sugar as it has more nutrients.


oatmeal – Sweet, warm. Sp, Kd. Supplements vacuity, rejuvenates nervous and reproductive system.
apples–Sweet, sour, cool. Spleen, stomach, heart and lung. Supplements heart, spleen and stomach. Moistens Lung and LI. Clears heat and promotes body fluids.
cloves — Acrid, warm. Kd, sp, st. Warms middle, directs st. qi downward, treats hiccup, fortifies kd. yang.
cinnamon — Acrid, sweet, hot. Ht, Kd, Lv, Sp. Warms and tonifies the yang, disperses cold, promotes the movement of blood.

The apples are cool and help to protect the spleen from the hot cloves and cinnamon. This recipe will help to tonify the spleen yang. Omit cinnamon and cloves if there is heat in the stomach.