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Roasted Asparagus with Peanut Sauce

Categories: Lung Fluid Xu, Lung Phlegm Heat

Roasted Asparagus with Peanut Sauce
(Serves 3)

1 lb. thin asparagus
1 Tbsp peanut oil
1 Tbsp creamy peanut butter
Juice of 1/2 lime
1 tsp soy sauce

Remove and discard bottom inch of asparagus stalk. Drizzle asparagus with oil, and sprinkle with garlic. Toss well so that all stalks are completely covered with oil, and then spread out on a baking sheet. Roast at 450, stirring asparagus occasionally, until it starts to brown (about 15 min). Mix remaining ingredients well, and add enough water so that it becomes pourable (about 2 Tbsp). Place asparagus on serving dish and drizzle with sauce.

TCM Analysis:
Asparagus: cool, sweet, bitter, clears heat, clears LU, detoxifies, promotes blood circulation
Peanut: neutral, sweet, improved appetite, lubricates LU, regulate blood, promote diuresis, strengthen SP, aid in lactation
Lime: sour, astringent, cleanse blood, resolves phlegm
Soy: cool, sweet, clear heat, detoxifies, eases urination, lubricates LU & LI, excellent protein source

Steak Stir-Fry

Categories: Spleen Damp Cold, Spleen Qi Collapsing & Sinking, Spleen Qi Vacuity, Spleen Yang Vacuity, Stomach Cold

Steak Stir-Fry
Prep: 20 minutes Marinate: 15 minutes
Cook: 17 minutes Makes: 4 servings

1/2 lb skirt steak
2 garlic cloves
3 TBS lime juice
1 tsp olive oil
3 bell peppers
1 onion
2 1/2 cups diagonally cut asparagus
1 TBS grated peeled fresh ginger
1 TBS low-sodium soy sauce
2 tsp toasted sesame oil
2 cups cooked brown rice
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
2 TBS chopped cashews

Cut 1/2 lb skirt steak crosswise into 1/4 thick strips. Toss together with 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped, and 2 TBS lime juice; marinate the steak for 15 minutes. Heat 1/2 tsp olive oil in a wok or nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Cook the steak with the marinade, stirring constantly, for 2-3 minutes or until medium-rare; transfer with slotted spoon to a large bowl and set aside. Add 3 bell peppers, slice and 1 onion, sliced to the wok; cook, stirring, for about 7 minutes or until just tender. Transfer the pepper and onion mixture to a bowl with the steak. Add 1/2 tsp olive oil and 2 1/2 cups diagonally cut asparagus to wok; cook, stirring for about 4 minutes or until tender. Put the pepper, onion and steak mixture back into the wok. Add 1 TBS grated peeled fresh ginger, 1 TBS low-sodium soy sauce, 2 tsp toasted sesame oil and 1 TBS lime juice to wok; cook, stirring, for about 2 minutes or until heated through. Add 2 cups cooked brown rice to the wok; heat for 2 minutes. Divide the stir-fry among 4 plates, and distribute 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro and 2 TBS chopped cashews evenly on top; serve.

Skirt Steak: sweet, neutral supplements qi & blood, strengthens yang
Garlic Cloves: warm, acrid, sweet, moves qi, warms MJ, dispels cold
Lime Juice: cool, sour, expels heat
Bell Peppers: sweet, acrid, bitter moves qi & blood
Onion: warm, acrid, sweet, regulates qi, drives out cold
Olive Oil: cool ,sweet, fatty, moistens
Asparagus: sweet bitter sl. warm, strengthens SP
Ginger: warm, acrid, sweet, strengthens MJ
Soy Sauce: cold, salty, sweet, harmonizes MJ
Toasted Sesame Oil: warm, sweet, moistens intestines
Brown Rice: neutral, sweet, supplements qi & blood
Cilantro: neutral, acrid stimulates digestion
Cashews: sweet, strengthens ST and intestines

This recipe is warm overall with some touches of coolness for balance. The main ingredients steak, garlic, onion, asparagus and peppers tonify yang and strengthen MJ.

Zucchini Stew For UB Damp Heat

Categories: Urinary Bladder Damp Heat

Erika Anderson

Zucchini Stew for UB Damp Heat


4 Zucchini Cut Lengthwise and 1 inch Wide UB, K Cold Sweet, Sour Promotes Diuresis, Quenches Thirst
3 Tomatoes Cut into halves UB, K, SP ST Cold Sweet, Sour Promotes Urination, Clears Heat, Promotes Fluid, Supplements K
5 Asparagus Spears Cut into 1 inch Pieces LU, SP, K SL. Cool, Sl. Warm Sweet Reduces Dampness, Promotes Urination, Clears Heat, Promotes Blood Circulation
1 Onion Chopped ST, LU,LI Cold Sweet, Sour Clears Heat Transforms Damp
½ Tsp. Tumeric Cool
1 Tsp. Salt ST, K, LI, SI Cold Salty Clears Heat
Pepper ½ Tsp. ST, LI Warm and Pungent Warms MJ, Expels Damp and Cold
3 Tbsp. Butter or Olive Oil
1 and ½ Tbsp. Tomato Paste UB, K, SP ST Cold Sweet, Sour Promotes Urination, Clears Heat, Promotes Fluid, Supplements K
1 cup of water
½ Tbsp. Lemon Juice LV, ST Cool Sour Quenches Thirst, Regenerates Body Fluids

1) Wash and Peel Zucchini, Cut into Strips.
2) Melt Butter in Sautee pan and brown until golden.
3) Add onions to the pan and Sautee for 2 minutes.
4) Add Tomato halves Face side down.
5) Dissolve tomato paste, in water, and add lemon juice, salt pepper, and tumeric.
6) Pour solution over zucchini, Add Asparagus, cover pan with lid and let simmer for 35 minutes.
7) Serve on top of Cooked Pearl Barley.

Overall this recipe is cold and sweet and goes to the UB and K, SP and ST.
The cold counteracts the heat, and the sweet tonifies earth. The vegetables chosen promote urination therefore this recipe cools and drain the damp heat.

Cool Those Kidneys: A simple dish to enrich KD yin

Categories: Kidney Yin Vacuity

Cool Those Kidneys:
A simple dish to enrich KD yin
By Katie Fritz

2 strips of thick-cut bacon
1 bunch asparagus, trimmed & rinsed (chopped, if you desire)
1 tsp. black sesame seeds
1/4 onion, chopped
Salt to taste

Chop up bacon into small bits and place in a pan over medium heat. Once the bacon grease begins to coat the pan, toss in onion and cook until translucent. Then toss asparagus in pan. Sautee asparagus until tender (about 4-5 minutes). Remove from heat & sprinkle black sesame seeds over top. Add salt to taste & enjoy!

Servings: 3-4 people

TCM analysis:
Bacon & bacon grease — sl. cold & sweet: moistens & nourishes organs, tonifies qi & strengthens digestion; supplements xue & yin
Onion — warm & acrid, sl. sweet: moves qi, loosens phlegm
Asparagus — cool, sweet & bitter: clears heat, detoxifies, promotes blood circulation; supplements LU, supplements KD yin
Black sesame seeds — neutral & sweet: tonifies LV & KD, harmonizes blood, nourishes yin
Salt — cool & salty: strengthens KD in sm. amts

The overall focus of this recipe is to enrich KD yin w/ moistening, fatty substances. The onion prevents stagnation, while the bacon (& bacon grease), asparagus & black sesame seeds improve the state of KD yin. The salt is added for flavor & to strengthen the KD.

Asparagus Soup with Saffron

Categories: Kidney Yin Vacuity, Lung Yin Vacuity, Spleen Qi Vacuity, Stomach Yin Vacuity

Asparagus Soup with Saffron
By Chirstina Paget

Overall Function: Harmonize the Liver and Spleen, cool and drain heat, while supporting Lung and Kidney Yin.

4 1/2 cup Vegetable or chicken broth – (to 5 cups)
1 package of Saffron threads
3 1/2 lb Asparagus
1 large sweet Onion chopped fine
1/2 stick Butter (this can be completely omitted or subst. with olive oil)
2 cups Cubed potatoes – (1/2″ cubes)
1/2 cup or more Dry white wine
• In a small saucepan bring 1/2 cup broth to a boil and remove pan from heat. Stir Saffron into hot broth and steep, stirring occasionally, 15 minutes.
• Trim asparagus and cut into 2-inch pieces, reserving tips separately. Have ready a large bowl of ice water. In a large saucepan of boiling salted water blanch tips 2 minutes, or until crisp tender, and transfer with a slotted spoon to ice water to stop cooking. Drain tips well and pat dry.
• In a large kettle, cook the onion in the butter until golden. Add the asparagus pieces, stir to combine, and cook for 3 more minutes.
• Stir in the potatoes, Saffron infusion, 4 cups broth, and wine and simmer, covered until vegetables are very tender but not falling apart, about 20 minutes.
• In a blender or food processor puree mixture in batches until smooth (use caution when blending hot liquids).
• In kettle stir together puree and more broth/wine to reach desired consistency.
• Add half of asparagus tips and bring soup to a simmer.
• Season soup with pepper and salt if desired, but can also remain bland.
Ladle soup into bowls and top with remaining asparagus tips. Enjoy!
Individual Ingredient Functions:
Saffron: Neutral-Cooling, Sweet, Bitter, Acrid, Balances Liver and Spleen
Asparagus: Cooling, Sweet, Bitter, Supports Lung and Kidney Yin
Potato: Neutral, Sweet, Strengthens Spleen/Stomach, Supports Qi, and heals inflammation
Onions: Warming, Acrid, Sweet, Moves Qi, Loosens Phlegm
Butter: Neutral to Cool, Sweet and fatty
Olive Oil: Cooling, Sweet, Fatty, moistens, anti-inflammatory
White Wine: Cooling, Sour, Sweet, Enriches Yin

Grilled asparagus- Lung heat

Categories: Lung Phlegm Heat, Lung Yin Vacuity

Grilled asparagus- Lung heat

1 pound asparagus, sweet, bitter, neutral. Lu, Sp, Kd. Clears heat, detoxifies, promotes blood circulation, clears lungs, reduces damp, promotes urination. Hypertension.
1 tbsp. Olive oil
1 tbsp. Soy sauce- salty, cold, sp, st, kd. Harmonizes middle jiao, clears heat.
1 tbsp. Balsamic Vinegar, sour warm, sl bitter. Lv. Invigorates blood, clears toxin, astringes.
Salt and pepper to taste.

Soak asparagus for a half hour in rest of ingredients. Grill until tender but not charred. Serves 4 as a side dish.

This is a great recipe for lung heat. It can also be used with hot phlegm. Warming spices should be added if there is cold phlegm such as rosemary, basil, oregano.

Spring Seafood Stew

Categories: Liver Qi Stagnation, Lung Fluid Xu, Lung Yin Vacuity, Shen Calming

Spring Seafood Stew


2 TBL. Olive Oil
1 lb. Of assorted fish, shrimp, sea scallops, & fish cut in 1-2 in. cubes
1 in. pc. Fresh ginger, peeled & minced
3 med. Size green onions, chopped into ¼ in. pcs., grouped in green & white parts
½ lb. Asparagus, cut into 1 in. pcs.
1 cup of white wine
A pinch of sea salt
1 ½ TBL. Powdered kudzu (ge gen), arrowroot, cornstarch, or other thickener
3 TBL. Water
Lemon wedges or lemon juice, opitional

1. Heat oil in a pan, then sauté the seafood, ginger and the white part of the green onions for 3 min. or until the seafood is browned.
2. Add the asparagus, wine, and salt. Cover, bring back to a boil, then simmer over low heat for about 3 more min. until the asparagus & seafood are cooked through.
3. Mix the kudzu in a small bowl with a little cold water to avoid clumping, then add it to the pot & stir well & cook for another minute so the thickener sets.
4. Sprinkle the dish with the dish with the green portion of the green onion, add salt to taste, and then serve with lemon wedges, if desired.

Olive oil: cooling, sweet, fatty & moistens.
Lemon: cool, sour, regenerates body fluids, regulates qi, harmonizes stomach, benefits liver qi stagnation.
Fish: warm & sweet, tonifies qi & removes damp.
Shrimp: warm & sweet, enrich blood & strengthen qi & kidney yang.
Sea scallops: cold & sweet, benefit the internal organs & nourish kidney yin.
Green onions: hot & pungent, expels pathogens.
Asparagus: cool sweet & bitter, clears heat, detoxifies & promote blood circulation.
White wine: warm, pungent & sweet, promotes circulation, temporarily stops pain.
Sea salt: cold, salty, slightly sweet, detoxifies, harmonizes & promotes digestion.

TCM: This dish strengthens the qi, regulates liver qi, moistens the lungs, clears heat, & calms the spirit.

Shrimp with Goji Berries and Asparagus

Categories: Asian, Kidney Yin Vacuity, Liver Blood Vacuity, Liver Yin Vacuity, Seafood

Shrimp asparagus and bacon

Shrimp with Goji Berries and Asparagus
2 Tbsp goji berries
3 Tbsp rice wine
2 Tbsp sesame oil
½ piece ginger, minced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 lb shrimp, peeled and deveined
1 lb asparagus, cut into 1 inch pieces
2 teaspoons thickener (cornstarch, kudzu, etc.)
1 ½ Tbsp water
1 Tbsp soy sauce

Combine goji berries with the rice wine and marinate for 30 minutes. In a wok, heat 1 tablespoon sesame oil over medium-high heat then add ginger and garlic to wok and cook for a minute. Add shrimp to wok and stir fry for about 3 minutes or until cooked, when done set aside. In the empty wok add 1 tablespoon of sesame oil and stir fry the asparagus for about 3 minutes or until cooked. Add in the cooked shrimp and the goji berries plus 2 tablespoons of the goji berry liquid. In a small bowl mix the thickener with a small amount of cold water then add to stir fry. Season with soy sauce and serve over brown rice.

Serves 4.

By Kylie Roach


Goji berry: Sweet, neutral. Nourishes LV and KD, moistens LU, nourishes xue.

Rice wine vinegar: warm, sour. Detoxifies, astringes, promotes movement of xue.

Sesame oil: slightly warm, sweet. Nourishes LV and KD, body tonic, blackens hair.

Ginger: pungent, warm. Disperses cold, warms interior and MJ.

Garlic: hot and pungent. Anti-viral/fungal, treat food and xue stagnation.

Shrimp: sweet. Goes to the LV, boosts KD yang.

Asparagus: sweet, slightly bitter, slightly warm. Nourishes yin, strengthens SP, tonifies Qi, resolves toxicity.

Soy sauce: cool, sweet, salty. Tonifies KD, cools, tonifies Qi.

The main focus of this dish is LV and KD yin and xue. The main components of shrimp, goji berries and asparagus nourish both yin and xue while supporting the LV and KD.
Adapted from Modern Wisdom, Ancient Kitchen.

Black Sesame Asparagus

Categories: Asian, Kidney Yin Vacuity, Liver Yin Vacuity, Lung Phlegm Heat, Side Dishes, Vegetables


Black Sesame Asparagus


1 Medium-size bunch asparagus (1 lb.)
A pinch of salt
3 TBL. Black Sesame seeds
2 TBL. Mirin or sherry
1 TBL. Soy sauce
1 tsp. Lemon juice

1. Cut the asparagus into 2-in. pcs.
2. In medium-size pot, bring 2-3 cups of water to a boil; add salt & asparagus stalks, then after 1-2 minutes add the asparagus tips. Lower the heat & simmer for 2-3 minutes until the stalks are tender.
3. Drain the asparagus & rinse w/ cold water to preserve their color & stop the cooking.
4. Toast the sesame seeds in a dry skillet over medium heat, stirring, for about 5 minutes. Remove from pan & let cool for a couple minutes.
5. Place the seeds in a food processor & whirl until powdery or grind in a mortar & pestle.
6. Stir the sesame powder, mirin, soy sauce & lemon juice together, and then drizzle the mixture over the asparagus before serving.

Asparagus: Cool, sweet, & bitter, clears heat, detoxifies, promotes circulation & clears lungs.
Black Sesame: Neutral, sweet, tonifies liver & kidney, harmonize the blood, & nourishes yin.
Mirin: Sweet cooking wine, pungent & promotes circulation.
Soy sauce: Cold, salty, sweet, clears heat & detoxifies.
Lemon juice: Cool, sour, regenerates body fluids.

TCM: This dish builds yin & blood & moisten intestines, clears heat & moisten Lungs.