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Honeyed Spinach

Categories: Large Intestine Fluid Vacuity, Lung Yin Vacuity

Honeyed Spinach
4 servings
(From The Chinese Herbal Cookbook)

12 oz fresh baby spinach
4 cloves garlic, crushed
2 t soy sauce
4 t honey
2 oz pine nuts
1 T black sesame seeds
2 T sesame oil
4 oz raisins
Salt/pepper to taste

1. Wash the spinach well. Cut into shreds. Set aside.
2. Mix the garlic, soy cause, and honey in a small bowl. Set aside.
3. Heat a wok or frying pan and dry-fry the pine nuts and sesame seeds for 2 minutes being careful not to burn them. Remove to a plate and set aside.
4. Heat the sesame oil in the wok or frying pan and stir-fry the spinach for 1-2 minutes until softened.
5. Add the sauce and raisins to the spinach. Mix well.
6. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
7. Serve sprinkled with the pine nuts and sesame seeds.

TCM Analysis:
Spinach: sweet, cold; ST, LI. Clear heat, stop bleeding, nourish blood, moisten dryness.
Garlic: hot, acrid; Relieve food stagnation, move blood, dispel cold.
Soy sauce: salty, cold; SP, ST, KD. Harmonize MJ, clear heat.
Honey: sweet, neutral; SP, LU, LI. Harmonize MJ, moisten dryness, nourish yin.
Pine nuts: sweet, slightly warm; LU, LI. Moisten/tonify LU/LI.
Black sesame seeds: sweet, neutral. LV, KD, LU, LI. Nourish LV/KD, moisten.
Raisins: sweet. Nourish and moisten.

Overall, this recipe focuses on nourishing yin, clearing heat, and moistening dryness especially in cases of LU yin deficiency or autumn dryness. The garlic is kept in to lightly disperse and prevent over-nourishing.

Green Coconut Rice

Categories: Lung Fluid Xu, Lung Yin Vacuity, Stomach Yin Vacuity

Green Coconut Rice

2 teaspoons vegetable oil
1 tablespoon peeled, minced fresh ginger
1 cup basmati rice
1 cup water
1 teaspoon salt, divided
2 cups light coconut milk, divided
1 tablespoon lime juice
2 cups baby spinach
1 teaspoon sugar

Heat oil in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Sauté ginger and 1 cup rice 30 seconds. Stir in 1 cup water, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1 cup coconut milk; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and cook 15 minutes, or until tender. Puree 1 cup coconut milk, 1/2 teaspoon salt, lime juice, spinach, and sugar in a blender. Fold into rice.

Vegetable Oil: neutral, sweet, Moistens
Ginger: warm, acrid, sweet, Strengthens MJ
Rice: sweet, neutral, Supplements SP & ST, Generates Fluids
Salt: salty, cold, Clears Heat
Coconut Milk: sweet, cool, Clears Heat
Lime Juice: cool, sour, Expels Heat
Spinach: sweet, cold, Clears Heat, Nourishes Blood & Yin
Sugar: sweet, warm, Supplements MJ, Descends ST qi

This recipe, in general, clears heat, strengthens MJ and generates fluids and nourishes yin. The ingredients will treat ST and LU  Yin Vacuity Heat and Fluid vacuity.