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Green Bean and Walnut Salad

Categories: Blood Stasis, Kidney Jing Vacuity

Green Bean and Walnut salad
Serves 3-4

Ingredients:
1 lb of fresh chopped green beans
2 cups of chopped walnuts
1 clove of chopped garlic
4 tablespoons of olive oil
4 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar
Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:
Add 2 tablespoons of olive oil to frying pan.  Heat up oil and add the chopped garlic and sautee it.  Then, add fresh green beans and stir fry for 3 minutes.  Add the walnuts and stir fry for 5 minutes.  Mix 2 tablespoons olive oil with 4 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar and pour over green beans and walnuts. Mix everything together and enjoy.

TCM Breakdown:
Green Bean: tonifies KD
Walnut: Tonifies KD and nourishes jing and marrow
Garlic: releases exterior, regulates qi
Olive oil: moistens dryness
Vinegar: invigorates blood, clears toxin, astringent

CI for garlic: don’t use for hot/dry disorders

Green Bean/Walnut salad

Categories: Kidney Jing Vacuity, Kidney Qi Vacuity, Liver Qi Stagnation

Green Bean/Walnut salad
Serves 3-4

Ingredients:
1 lb of fresh chopped green beans
2 cups of chopped walnuts
1 clove of chopped garlic
4 tablespoons of olive oil
4 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar
Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:
Add 2 tablespoons of olive oil to frying pan, heat up oil and add the chopped garlic and sautee garlic, then add fresh green beans and stir fry for 3 minutes, then add walnuts and stir fry for 5 minutes. Mix 2 tablespoons with 4 tablespoons of balsamic vinegar and pour over green beans and walnuts. Mix everything together and enjoy.

TCM Breakdown:
Green Bean: tonifies KD
Walnut: Tonifies KD and nourishes jing and marrow
Garlic: warm and acrid, releases exterior, regulates qi,
Olive oil: moistens dryness
Vinegar: sour, invigorates blood, clears toxin, astringent

CI for garlic: don’t use for hot/dry disorders

Firecracker Grilled Alaska Salmon

Categories: Kidney Jing Vacuity, Kidney Qi Vacuity, Kidney Yang Vacuity

Firecracker Grilled Alaska Salmon

INGREDIENTS (Nutrition)
8 (4 ounce) fillets salmon
1/2 cup peanut oil
4 tablespoons soy sauce
4 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
4 tablespoons green onions, chopped
3 teaspoons brown sugar
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
2 teaspoons crushed red pepper flakes
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1/2 teaspoon salt

DIRECTIONS
Place salmon filets in a medium, nonporous glass dish. In a separate medium bowl, combine the peanut oil, soy sauce, vinegar, green onions, brown sugar, garlic, ginger, red pepper flakes, sesame oil and salt. Whisk together well, and pour over the fish. Cover and marinate the fish in the refrigerator for 4 to 6 hours.
Prepare an outdoor grill with coals about 5 inches from the grate, and lightly oil the grate.
Grill the fillets 5 inches from coals for 10 minutes per inch of thickness, measured at the thickest part, or until fish just flakes with a fork. Turn over halfway through cooking.

Serves 8

Salmon – Sweet, neutral; SP/KD; nourishes yin, xue, and KD jing; strengthens SP
Soy sauce – salty, cold; SP/ST/KD; harmonize MJ, clears heat
Ginger – pungent & warm; LU/SP/ST, disperse exterior cold, stop nausea & vomiting
Onion – pungent & neutral; LU/SP/ST; clears heat relieves toxicity, transforms damp
Garlic – hot & acrid; promotes sweating, anti-viral, relieves toxins

Beets with Balsamic Vinegar

Categories: Liver Blood Vacuity, Liver Qi Stagnation

Liver Qi Stagnation
Beets with Balsamic Vinegar
yield: Makes 4 servings

Ingredients
8 medium beets (about 2 pounds total
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup canola or other vegetable oil
6 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
2 to 4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, to taste
1 teaspoon coarse (kosher) salt
Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1. Preheat the oven to 350°F.
Preparation
2. Trim the beets, leaving on the skin, an inch of the stem, and the wispy “tail” on the bottom of each, then scrub and drain. Place the beets in a small casserole dish just big enough to hold them. Pour the water and canola oil over the beets then cover tightly with a lid or aluminum foil and bake until tender and easily pierced with a sharp paring knife, about 1 1/2 hours.
3. Remove the casserole from the oven and uncover the beets, keeping your face averted from the escaping steam. Allow the beets to cool completely in the casserole.
4. Meanwhile, combine the vinegar, 2 tablespoons of the olive oil, the salt, and pepper in a medium-size bowl and whisk to blend. Taste and add more olive oil, if desired.
5. Peel the cooled beets with the back of a paring knife and cut into 3/8-inch slices. Add to the dressing in the bowl and toss gently but thoroughly to coat. Serve immediately or marinate, in the refrigerator, for up to 24 hours.

Ingredients analysis:
Beets —Sweet, neutral; Sp, St, Lv, Ht; Strengthens MJ, nourishes Lv blood, calms the shen.
Olive oil — Neutral, sweet, sour, astringent; Lv, Lu; Clears heat, detoxifies, generates fluids, alleviates thirst, clears lungs, benefits the throat.
Balsamic vinegar — Sour, warm, slightly bitter; Liver; Invigorates blood, clears toxin, astringent.
Salt — Salty, cold; Kd; Clears heat, cools blood, eases bowel movement, nourishes Kd.
Pepper — Pungent, warm; St, LI; Warms the MJ, descends St qi, expels damp and cold.

TCM analysis:
The main ingredients go to the Liver and the recipe is neutral overall. One of the main indications for beets is specifically for Liver qi stagnation with blood deficiency.

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.

Italian White Beans with Balsamic and Zucchini

Categories: Lung Yin Vacuity, Stomach Fire

Italian White Beans with Balsamic and Zucchini
By Kylie Roach

1 can cannellini or great northern beans, drained and rinsed
1 can stewed tomatoes, drained and diced (reserve liquid)
¼ cup onion, diced
1 clove garlic, minced
2 small or 1 medium zucchini, sliced
1 red bell pepper, sliced
Basil, chopped
Olive oil
Balsamic vinegar
Pinch of dried oregano
Parmesan cheese

Heat a medium skillet to medium/high and add enough olive oil to coat pan. Add minced garlic and fry for 30 seconds then quickly add in onion, red pepper and zucchini. Sautee until veggies are close to done. Turn heat down to medium/low and add in cannellini beans and stewed tomatoes until heated. Add balsamic vinegar, oregano and basil to taste along with optional salt and pepper. Keep seasoning to taste and add in some of the reserved stewed tomato juice to take the dish to the desired consistency. Grate on parmesan cheese before serving.

Serves about 4.

Cannellini beans: cooling, sweet. Increases yin fluids, strengthens digestion, and treats edema.

Stewed tomatoes: cooling, sweet, sour. Builds yin fluids, quenches thirst, strengthens ST, cools xue, clears heat, calm LV, detoxifies

Onion: warm and pungent. Promotes sweat, resolves phlegm, diuretic, treats colds and allergies, goes to LU/ST.

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

Zucchini: cool and sweet. Clears heat, detoxifies, quenches thirst, promotes diuresis.

Red pepper: slightly warm, sweet. Strengthens ST, increases appetite, promotes xue circulation, reduce swelling and food stagnation.

Olive oil: neutral, sour, sweet. Moistens, lubricates, clears heat, quenches thirst.

Basil: warm and pungent. Goes to LU/ST, induces sweat, harmonizes ST, anti-wind

Oregano: warm, pungent, aromatic, drying. Goes to LU/ST, harmonizes ST, anti-microbial.

Balsamic vinegar: warm, sour, slightly sweet.
Parmesan cheese: neutral, sweet. Goes to LU/SP/ST.

This is a warm and satisfying dish. It goes mainly to the LU and ST and has qualities of being sweet, sour, salty and neutral. These qualities make this dish good for LU heat, especially LU yin xu leading to heat. The pungent herbs/foods such as garlic and oregano have anti-microbial qualities so it is good as a preventative against exterior invasions settling into the LU system. The cannellini beans are white in color suggesting that they go to the LU and are nourishing to LU yin.

Beet and Goat Cheese Salad

Categories: Blood Vacuity, Liver Blood Vacuity, Liver Qi Stagnation, Salad, Vegetarian

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Beet and Goat Cheese Salad (serves 2):

Ingredients:
* 1/8 cup balsamic vinegar
* 1.5 tablespoons shallots, thinly sliced
* 1/2 tablespoon honey
* 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
* Salt and freshly ground black pepper
* 3 medium beets, cooked and quartered
* 3 cups fresh arugula
* 1/4 cup walnuts, toasted, coarsely chopped
* 1/8 cup dried cranberries or dried cherries
* 1/4 avocado, peeled, pitted, and cubed
* 1.5 ounces soft fresh goat cheese, coarsely crumbled
Preparation:
1. Line a baking sheet with foil. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.
2. Whisk the vinegar, shallots, and honey in a medium bowl to blend. Gradually whisk in the oil. Season the vinaigrette, to taste, with salt and pepper. Toss the beets in a small bowl with enough dressing to coat. Place the beets on the prepared baking sheet and roast until the beets are slightly caramelized, stirring occasionally, about 12 minutes. Set aside and cool.
3. Toss the arugula, walnuts, and cranberries in a large bowl with enough vinaigrette to coat. Season the salad, to taste, with salt and pepper. Mound the salad atop 2 plates. Arrange the beets around the salad. Sprinkle with the avocado and goat cheese, and serve.

Nutritional Breakdown:
Shallots – warm, pungent – Promotes sweating, resolves phlegm, diuretic.
Honey — sweet, neutral — nourishes and harmonizes the middle jiao, moistens dryness
Black pepper — hot, pungent – warms digestion, dispels internal cold, antidote to food poisoning.
Beets – cool, sweet — nourishes blood, tonifies the heart, calms the spirit, cleanses the liver.
Arugula–  bitter, sweet–  clears heat, moves liver qi, moistens dryness
Walnuts — sweet, warm — tonifies the kidneys and lungs, lubricates the large intestine
Avocado — sweet, cool — nourishes yin and blood, moistens lungs, skin and intestines
Goat cheese — sweet, salty, warm — tonifies qi, nourishes blood, strengthens kidneys, calms the spirit