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Chinese Cinnamon Barley Soup

Categories: Kidney Yang Vacuity, Spleen Damp, Spleen Damp Cold, Spleen Yang Vacuity, Stomach Cold

Chinese Cinnamon Barley Soup
six servings

*8 whole scallions, ends trimmed, cut into 1.5 inch sections and smashed lightly with the flat side of a knife
*8 cloves garlic, smashed lightly
*8 slices of ginger, about the size of a quarter, smashed lightly
*2 sticks of cinnamon
*1 tsp anise seeds
*1/2 cup soy sauce (or tamari sauce if wheat sensitive)
*1/2 cup rice wine or sake
*7 cups water
-2 lbs chuck or beef stew meat, cut into 1.5 inch cubes (or adzuki beans with tempeh if vegetarian)
-1 cup barley
-1 1/2 lbs spinach, trimmed, rinsed and drained
-3 TBS minced scallions, white part only

1. Place the starred ingredients in a large pot or casserole dish. Bring to a boil.

2. Add the beef and barley, and boil again. Reduce the heat to low, cover and simmer, skimming the surface to remove impurities and fat. Cook for 1 1/2 hours, until the beef is very tender. Scoop out the ginger slices, cinnamon sticks, and anise seeds, and discard.

3. Add the spinach to the beef, cover, and heat till boiling. Ladle the meat with broth and spinach into serving bowls, sprinkling the top with scallions. Serve immediately.

TCM Theory:
Scallions: warm, acrid, LU, ST
Garlic: warm (when cooked), acrid, sweet (when cooked), LU, ST, SP
Ginger: warm, acrid, LU, ST, SP
Cinnamon: warm to hot, acrid, ST, SP, LV, KD
Soy Sauce: cold, salty & sweet, SP, ST, KD
Rice Wine: warm, acrid, sweet, bitter, HT, LV, LU, ST
Beef: warm, neutral, sweet, SP, ST, KD
Barley: cool, salty, sweet, SP, ST
Spinach: cool, sweet, ST, LV, LI, SI

Overall Effect of Ingredients:
Warms the KD and the middle burner, tonifies KD yang

Split Pea and Barley Soup

Categories: Spleen Damp, Spleen Damp Cold, Spleen Qi Vacuity, Spleen Yang Vacuity, Stomach Cold

Split Pea and Barley Soup (serves six)

14 cups of water
1 pound green split peas
½ cup barley, rinsed in a strainer
1 TBL olive oil
1 bay leaf
2 TBLS unsalted butter
2 medium onions, diced
4 garlic cloves, minced
2 carrots finely diced
1 celery rib, finely diced
1 tsp fresh thyme, or ½ tsp dried
1 tsp salt
Freshly ground black pepper to taste

Instructions

  • In a large stockpot combine water, split peas, barley, olive oil and bay leaf. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Then reduce heat to lively simmer. Cook the soup, continuing to stir periodically for 30 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, melt butter in a medium-size skillet over medium heat.  Add onions and garlic.  Sauté until the onions are golden brown.
  • Stir the onions into the soup along with the carrots, celery, thyme, salt and pepper.
  • Cook, now stirring frequently to prevent the soup from sticking as it thickens, for 30 more minutes. The soup is ready when the peas have almost totally dissolved and the barley and vegetables are tender. The soup will thicken as it cools in the serving bowls, so thin with more water if necessary.

Comments: This recipe uses great ingredients for the SP.  They are cooked well, making it easier for the Spleen to digest. It also offers warming spices to help warm the middle jiao and encourage Sp Qi. Barley is a particularly good grain for strengthening the SP and ST and also helps to leach out dampness. Carrots are also nice for the SP and help drain dampness

Barley Casserole

Categories: Bi Syndrome Cold, Bi Syndrome Hot, Cleanse, Spleen Damp

Barley Casserole

(Serves 6-8)

Ingredients:
2 cups pearled barley
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 large onion, sliced
3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
2 carrots, grated
2 celery stalks, diced
5 tablespoons shoyu
1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
1/4 teaspoon dried basil
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

Preparation:
Preheat over to 350*F. Bring 3 cups of water to a boil in a large saucepan; add the barley, and cook for approximately 55-60 minutes or until tender. Drain off any remaining water and set cooked barley aside.
Heat the old in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onion and garlic, and saute until the onion is tender, about 5 minutes. If the onion starts to stick or get brown, add a bit of water to the pan. Add the carrots, celery, shoyu, salt, basil, oregano, and garlic powder and cook for 5 minutes, stirring often, until the vegetable are tender. Add the barley, and stir over medium-high heat for 3 minutes. Taste the seasoning and adjust if necessary.
Transfer to a 8×12 baking dish and bake uncovered until heated through, about 35 minutes.

Analysis:
pearled barley- bland and cold, tonifies SP and ST, drains damp, promotes urination, reduces pustules, used to treat bi syndrome, edema, and skin conditions.
onion- warm and pungent, promotes sweating, resolves phlegm, diuretic.
garlic- hot and pungent, anti-viral, anti-fungal, detoxifies meat and seafood, kills worms, removes stagnant food and stagnant blood, reduces abscess
carrots- cool, sweet and pungent, clears heat, detoxifies, strengthens all internal organs, benefits the eyes, relieves measles, lubricates the intestines, promotes digestion
celery- cool, sweet, and sl. bitter, tonifies KD, stops bleeding, strengthens SP and ST, clears heat, lowers blood pressure, promotes diuresis, benefits blood

Overall this recipe helps bi syndrome, edema, and causes urination. Its also pungent and can help to detoxify.

Pearl Barley with Aduki Beans

Categories: Large Intestine Damp Heat, Spleen Damp, Spleen Damp Heat, Spleen Qi Vacuity

Erika Anderson

Pearl Barley/Aduki Beans
To Drain Damp in San Jiao/GallBladder/Liver

Ingredients:
1 Cup Barley Cold Sweet, Sl. Salty SP, ST, UB Drains Damp,Tonifies SP, ST
3 Cups Stock
½ Onion Chopped Neutral Pungent LU, ST, LI Transforms Phlegm and Damp
1 Celery Stalk Neutral Sweet Liver, Stomach Drains Damp transforms phlegm, Clears Heat, Subdues Liver Yang
1 Carrot Chopped Neutral Sweet SP, LV, LU H Drains Damp, Clears Heat, Strengthen SP and H.
1 Tbsp. Olive Oil
½ of a 16 Ounce Can of Aduki Beans Neutral Sweet H, SP, SI Drain Damp, Reduces Edema

*Makes 4 Servings

Directions:
1) Heat 1 Tbsp. of Olive Oil in Sauce pan over medium heat add the onions, celery, carrots, and sauté until the onions have become translucent.
2) Add Stock, and Pearl Barley and bring to a boil.
3) Lower heat to a simmer and Cover and cook 1 hour.
4) Add the Aduki Beans and stir.
5) Cover and heat through, for about 5 minutes.
6) Fluff the Barley with a fork and Serve.

Recipe Treats:
Neutral and Sweet, this recipe Tonifies Earth and Drains Damp in the San Jiao/ GB/ Liver. None of the ingredients technically go to the San Jiao and yet all of the ingredients effect the San Jiao.
All of the ingredients Drain Damp. If you have damp in the body the San Jiao system is effected.

Earth Builder and Regulator

Categories: Large Intestine Qi Stagnation, Spleen Qi Vacuity, Stomach Food Retention

Earth Builder and Regulator
1 C Rice
¼ C Sprouted Barley
2 C Broccoli
1 Lb Halibut
1 T Fennel Seeds
1 T Black Pepper

Serves about 2

Pour 2.5 C of water into a large pot with the Rice and Sprouted Barely. Bring the water to a boil and then down to a simmer for about 30-45 minutes (or until the water is soaked up). Set over to the side.

Grind or smash up the Fennel Seeds and Black pepper together in a grinder or herb mortar. Rub all of the spice over the Halibut. Wash the Broccoli.

Heat up some oil of choice in a pan. Place the Halibut in the pan. Let the first side of the Halibut cook for about 5 minutes and then flip over. Let the halibut cook for about 3 minutes then put in the Broccoli. Let the Halibut and Broccoli cook for about 1 more minute and then put on plates.

Serve up the Rice and Sprouted Barely mix and Enjoy!

TCM Analysis
Rice: Sweet, Neutral; SP, ST; Supplements SP and ST, Generates and preserves body fluids; Poor digestion, loose stool, diarrhea, General xu
Sprouted Barely: Sweet, Salty, Cold; ST; Promotes Digestion; Food Stagnation
Broccoli: Sweet, Sl. Bitter, Acrid, Cool; SP, LV; Strengthens SP, Clears heat; Poor Digestion, Inflammation
Halibut: Sweet, Neutral; SP, ST; Strengthen SP and ST; MJ xu
Fennel Seed: Pungent, Warm; SP, ST, LV, KD; Harmonize ST; Stomachache, Abdominal Discomfort
Black Pepper: Pungent, Warm; ST, LI; Warm MJ, Descend ST Qi; Abdominal Pain, Vomiting

Overall Intended Actions
Strengthen and supplement SP and ST Qi to help digestion, move out food stagnation and relieve any abdominal discomfort accompanied with eating and/or stuck food. As listed above the Rice, Sprouted Barely, Broccoli, and Halibut are going to strengthen the ST and SP, aid in digestion, and generate fluids to assist in the proper downward flow (Broccoli’s bitterness will help with that). Fennel Seed and Black Pepper are going to warm and harmonize the MJ and help with rotting and ripening and moving everything along.

Barley tea

Categories: Beverages, Japanese, Spleen Damp Heat, Spleen Qi Vacuity, Summerheat, Vegan, Vegetarian

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Mugicha (Barley Tea)

Made of whole grains of roasted barley, mugicha is drunk cold in the summer and after strenuous workouts.

Add ½ – 1 cup mugicha to 8 ¾ cups of boiling water. Bring back to a boil and then simmer for 5-10 minutes. Strain discarding the barley, transfer the mugicha to a pitcher and chill. Mugicha is also available in teabags.

TCM ANALYSIS

Barley and Barley Tea: sweet sl. salty cool SP ST UB
Actions: strengthens SP and ST; supplements qi; leaches damp and promotes urination.
Indications: bloating, gas, poor appetite, loose stool, edema, painful urination, fever with thirst, Summerheat, SP deficiency with Damp Heat.

Barley and Mushroom Pilaf

Categories: Damp Heat in the Lower Jiao, Liver & Gall Bladder Damp Heat, Rice and Grains, Spleen Damp Heat

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Barley and Mushroom Pilaf

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 45 minutes
Serves: 4-6

Ingredients
2 ounces fresh shitake mushrooms
½ pound field mushrooms
1 onion
2 carrots
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons olive oil

1-cup pot barley
3 cups chicken stock
Handful of fresh parsley
½ cup walnuts
Soy sauce
Salt & Pepper

Method
Chop the mushrooms, onions and carrots into strips. Saute the mushrooms in a little of the olive oil and butter and set aside when browned.  Saute the onion and carrots in the rest of the oil and butter for a few minutes, stir in barley then add the stock. Cook for about 45 minutes or until the barley is tender, assign more stock if needed. Turn in the mushrooms and their juice and cook for a few more minutes. Toast the walnuts lightly, sprinkle with Soya sauce and fold in. Chop the parsley and fold that in too. Season with Soya sauce or salt and pepper and serve with some steamed greens.

The overall effect of this dish is to reduce heat, drain water and nourish the blood and yin.

Barley is beneficial for the stomach and intestines and is very easily digested. It strengthens the blood and the yin while at the same time leaching surplus water from the system.
Mushrooms, like the barley, are slightly cooling and they help remove toxins and surplus heat from the body. They also strengthen the stomach and promote healing
Field Mushrooms also improve appetite, stops diarrhea, resolves phlegm as well as the things stated above.
Onions are warming and pungent, and help to resolve phlegm and are a diuretic
Carrots are beneficial to all internal organs, lubricate the intestines and promote digestion. Also helpful in clearing heat and detoxifying
Parsley has a warm and pungent nature that promotes digestion reduces abdominal and stomach fullness regulating the flow of qi
Walnuts are beneficial to constipation by lubricating the intestines. They also aid in erratic and rebellious qi
Soy Sauce aids lots of flavor while harmonizing the middle jiao and clears heat

 

Earth Builder and Regulator

Categories: Fish, Qi Stagnation in Middle jiao, Spleen Qi Vacuity, Stomach Food Retention

halibut

Halibut and Broccoli

Earth Builder and Regulator

1 C Rice
¼ C Sprouted Barley
2 C Broccoli
1 Lb Halibut
1 T Fennel Seeds
1 T Black Pepper

Serves about 2

Pour 2.5 C of water into a large pot with the Rice and Sprouted Barely. Bring the water to a boil and then down to a simmer for about 30-45 minutes (or until the water is soaked up). Set over to the side.

Grind or smash up the Fennel Seeds and Black pepper together in a grinder or herb mortar. Rub all of the spice over the Halibut. Wash the Broccoli.

Heat up some oil of choice in a pan. Place the Halibut in the pan. Let the first side of the Halibut cook for about 5 minutes and then flip over. Let the halibut cook for about 3 minutes then put in the Broccoli. Let the Halibut and Broccoli cook for about 1 more minute and then put on plates.

Serve up the Rice and Sprouted Barely mix and Enjoy!

TCM Analysis
Rice: Sweet, Neutral; SP, ST; Supplements SP and ST, Generates and preserves body fluids; Poor digestion, loose stool, diarrhea, General xu
Sprouted Barely: Sweet, Salty, Cold; ST; Promotes Digestion; Food Stagnation
Broccoli: Sweet, Sl. Bitter, Acrid, Cool; SP, LV; Strengthens SP, Clears heat; Poor Digestion, Inflammation
Halibut: Sweet, Neutral; SP, ST; Strengthen SP and ST; MJ xu
Fennel Seed: Pungent, Warm; SP, ST, LV, KD; Harmonize ST; Stomachache, Abdominal Discomfort
Black Pepper: Pungent, Warm; ST, LI; Warm MJ, Descend ST Qi; Abdominal Pain, Vomiting

Overall Intended Actions
Strengthen and supplement SP and ST Qi to help digestion, move out food stagnation and relieve any abdominal discomfort accompanied with eating and/or stuck food. As listed above the Rice, Sprouted Barely, Broccoli, and Halibut are going to strengthen the ST and SP, aid in digestion, and generate fluids to assist in the proper downward flow (Broccoli’s bitterness will help with that). Fennel Seed and Black Pepper are going to warm and harmonize the MJ and help with rotting and ripening and moving everything along.

Barley With Vegetables

Categories: Rice and Grains, Spleen Qi Vacuity, Vegan, Vegetarian

barley primavera

Barley with Vegetables

1 cup barley, soaked
½ c. diced onion
½ c. diced carrots, beets, celery, or vegetables of your choice
1/3 c. shiitake mushrooms, soaked and sliced
1 tsp. sesame oil
3 cups water
¼ tsp. sea salt

Sautee vegetables.

Oven toast the barley just until dry.

Place barley and vegetables in pot with salt and water.

Cover and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer for 40 minutes.

Serve with a parsley garnish. Serves 4.
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