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Beet, Broccoli, and Blue Cheese Salad

Categories: Liver Blood Vacuity

Beet, broccoli, and blue cheese salad

  • 4 beets, trimmed, leaving 1 inch of stems attached
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped, divided
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 2 cups of broccoli florets
  • 2 tablespoons peanut oil
  • 1/3 cup crumbled blue cheese

Serves 3-4

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C). Place the beets, 1/4 of the chopped garlic, and the olive oil on a piece of heavy aluminum foil; fold the foil around the beets into a sealed packet.
2. Roast beets in the preheated oven until easily pierced with a fork, 40 minutes to 1 hour. Let beets cool just until they can be handled, then rub with a paper towel to remove skins. Chop into 1/2-inch cubes; set aside.
3. Heat the peanut oil and in a heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Cook and stir broccoli and the remaining garlic together until broccoli is slightly softened but still crunchy, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in the beets and the blue cheese. Serve warm.

TCM Breakdown:
Beets: Nourish LV blood
Broccoli: Nourish LV blood, brightens eyes
Garlic: Releases exterior
Peanut Oil: Regulates blood, nourishes yin
Olive Oil: moistens dryness
Blue Cheese: supplements qi, nourishes blood, moistens dryness

CI: Beets contain oxalic acid

Beet Raita

Categories: Heart Blood Vacuity, Heart Yin Vacuity, Liver Blood Vacuity, Shen Calming

Beet Raita
Makes 3 cups
(From 3 Bowls)

¾ c plain low-fat yogurt
2 T chopped fresh dill
½ t honey
½ t fresh lime juice
1 medium to large beet (about ½ pound), cooked, peeled, and grated

1. Whisk together the yogurt, dill, honey, and lime juice in a medium bowl.
2. Add the grated beet. Mix thoroughly.
3. Refrigerate and serve cold.

(If you want a thicker raita, first drain the yogurt in a strainer lined with cheesecloth for 10 minutes.)

TCM Analysis
Yogurt: cool, sweet, sour; SP, ST, LU. Nourish yin, clear heat.
Dill: warm; LV, HT. Move qi, calm shen.
Honey: sweet, neutral; SP, LU, LI. Harmonize MJ, moisten dryness, nourish yin.
Lime: cool, sour; ST. Regenerate fluids, regulate qi.
Beet: sweet, neutral; SP, ST, LV, HT. Strengthen MJ, nourish LV blood, calm shen.

Overall, this recipe nourishes yin & blood, clears heat, and calms shen.  With beets as the main ingredient, it goes to the HT and would be particularly good for HT yin xu.

Beet Soup

Categories: Liver Blood Stasis, Liver Blood Vacuity, Spleen Damp, Spleen Qi Vacuity

Wood - Blood Stagnation

Beet Soup

This soup can help build blood, and help your blood move freely throughout the body.  It helps break up blood stagnation.  Beets are also beneficial for the eyes. This soup can help strengthen the eyes and improve vision.  The soup is also gentle on your digestive system. It can help drain damp, and strengthen the spleen and stomach.

Ingredients

  • 5-6 carrots
  • 2-3 large beets
  • 2 onions
  • 2-4 stalks celery
  • 3-4 cloves garlic
  • 2 Tablespoon miso
  • 2 Tablespoon Olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon fresh basil, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon fresh oregano, chopped
  • 3-4 cups of water

Directions

  1. Cook vegetables with 3-4 cups of water until tender.
  2. Blend vegetables with the cooking liquid.
  3. Add the miso, olive oil, basil, oregano, and plum paste.
  4. Return to flame and simmer for 20 minutes to mix flavors. (The Tao of Nutrition page 171).

Options:  consider adding miso at the end of cooking time so that it’s beneficial organisms aren’t destroyed by heat.  To do so, put the miso in a bowl.  Add a small amount of soup to it.  Stir to make a smooth paste.  Return miso/soup paste to soup.  Stir to incorporate.

Carrots- Sweet, neutral; spleen, liver, lung heart; Strengthens spleen and liver, nourishes and soothes liver, benefits the lung, diuretic drains damp, anti-inflammatory.

Beets- neutral to cool; spleen, stomach, liver, heart; nourishes liver blood, tonify heart, calm spirit, lubricate intestines, cleanse liver, expand chest, clear heat toxin.

Onions- Pungent; lung; clears heat relieves toxicity.

Celery- Sweet, bitter, cold; liver, stomach; clears heat, tonifies kidneys, strengthens spleen/stomach, lowers blood pressure, benefits blood, calms liver and shen, promotes diuresis, drains damp transforms phlegm.

Garlic- Hot, acrid; large, intestine, lung, spleen, stomach: removes stagnate blood or food, reduces abscess, warms yang, dispels cold, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-viral, detoxifies meat and seafood, kills worms.

Miso- Salty, neutral; Spleen, stomach; promotes digestion, strengthens the stomach.

Olive oil- Sweet, cool; liver, gallbladder; moistens, benefits the liver and gallbladder.

Basil- Pungent, warm; stomach, lung; diaphoretic, harmonizes stomach, counteracts seafood poisoning.

Oregano- Pungent, bitter, neutral; heart, small intestine, lung, large intestine; drains damp, fever, vomiting, dysentery, colds, jaundice and diarrhea. It is antiseptic, antimicrobial and antiviral. It has been used to promote menstruation and as a digestive aid.

Beet and Apple Muffins

Categories: Heart Blood Vacuity, Heart Qi Vacuity, Liver Blood Vacuity

Fire-heart blood/qi deficiency

Frances Norris

Beet and Apple Muffins

Adapted from recipe on atasteofchallah.com

Makes 30 muffins

Ingredients

  • 4 eggs-cool, sweet, nourishes yin, tonifies blood
  • 1.5 cups light brown sugar-warm, sweet, strengthens digestion
  • ¾ cup olive oil- neutral, sweet, sour, astringent
  • ¾ cup orange juice-cool, sweet, sour, clears heat, soothes liver, strengthens spleen
  • 3 cups whole wheat flour-sweet, slightly cool, nourish heart, calm shen
  • 1 ½ tsp. baking soda
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 4 small green apples, peeled and shredded-cool, sweet, slightly sour, strengthens heart
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon-pungent, sweet, warm, promotes blood circulation, warms the mingmen fire
  • 1 tsp. lemon juice- cool, sour, regulates qi, benefits liver
  • 2 cups shredded, cooked beets-cool, sweet, nourishes blood, tonifies heart, calms spirit

Directions

1. Preheat the oven to 350

2. Put all four eggs into the mixer and beat for 3 minutes. Then add in the oil, orange juice, flour, baking soda and baking powder in the exact order listed, while the mixer is beating on a low speed. When the batter is smooth, turn off the mixer.

3. Toss the shredded apples with the cinnamon and the extra bit of sugar and lemon juice. Add them into the batter, together with the shredded beets. Using a spatula, gently turn and mix it into the batter until it is all incorporated. The batter should turn a deep pinkish color.

4. Line your muffin trays with muffin liners and fill a little over halfway with batter.

5. Bake about 15 minutes

Roasted Beet, Artichoke, and Arugula Salad with Citrus Vinaigrette

Categories: Uncategorized

WOOD

Roasted Beet, Artichoke, and Arugula Salad with Citrus Vinaigrette

http://www.acouplecooks.com/2010/12/roasted-beet-sunchoke-and-arugula-salad-
with-orange-vinaigrette/

Serves about 4

Ingredients

4 to 6 small beets

12-15 artichoke hearts

Around 8 cups arugula and/or mixed greens

Small red onion

Goat cheese crumbles (optional)

1 orange

White wine vinegar

Olive oil

Honey

Kosher salt and fresh ground pepper

Instructions:

1 Preheat the oven to 400°F.

2 Roast the beets: Cut off the tops of the beets and wrap tightly in aluminum foil. Place in the

oven and roast until tender when pierced with a fork, about 45 minutes to 1 hour, depending on

the size of the beets.

3 Roast the artichoke hearts and red onions: Slice onions, but leave artichoke hearts in halves.

Place on a baking sheet covered in parchment paper, drizzle with olive oil, and sprinkle with salt

and pepper. Roast 15 to 20 minutes, until tender.

4 Make the vinaigrette: Whisk together the juice from one orange, zest from half of the orange,

2 tablespoons white wine vinegar, 2 tablespoons olive oil, and honey, salt and pepper to

taste.

5 Beets: When the beets have finished roasting and are cool enough to handle, remove the skin

and cut into wedges.

6 Greens: heat a large frying pan with a ½ teaspoon of olive oil, and just warm the arugula in

the pan, until it is barely wilted, but still has some body to it. (you are just taking the chill off

the greens). Then arrange the greens on a plate, and top with beets, artichokes, red onion,

crumbled goat cheese, vinaigrette, remaining orange zest, and salt and pepper.

Pattern: LV blood xu with LV qi stagnation

Recipe Analysis:

Beets: nourish LV blood

Artichoke hearts: Cools LV heat,

Arugula: bitter, stimulates appetite (to build LV blood)

Small red onion: warming, moves qi, counterbalances cloying nature of beets, breaks qi

stagnation

Goat cheese crumbles (optional): warming, moderates cooling nature of beets, artichoke and

arugula

1 orange: generates fluids—base for blood, moves qi

This warm salad is a good way to move qi while nourishing blood—ideal for those with some

deficiency stagnation due to lack of blood. For patients with full heat LV yang, lightly steaming

instead of roasting might be a better approach for the vegetables, with raw arugula. To further

the blood nourishing aspect of this salad, adding some grass fed beef flank steak might make it a

complete meal.

Beet soup (Borscht)

Categories: Heart Blood Vacuity, Liver Blood Vacuity

Beet soup (Borscht)
Yield: 4 servings

2 medium leeks, thinly sliced
2 tbsp unsalted butter
1 medium onion, diced
1 rib celery, diced
1 medium carrot, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 ½ pounds fresh beets, peeled & diced
4 Cups low-sodium vegetable broth
4 tbsp apple cider vinegar
3 tbsp chopped fresh dill, plus more for garnish
4 tbsp sour cream

1. Prep all ingredients. Heat butter in large pot over medium heat. When foam subsides, add onions, leeks, celery, carrot, garlic, beets & generous sprinkling of salt and pepper. Cook, stirring often, until veggies soften, 15-20 min.
2. Pour in veggie broth and bring to a simmer, gently stirring occasionally for 10-15 min. Stir in vinegar, dill and more salt and pepper to taste. Ladle soup into indiv bowls & top with sour cream and more dill to taste

TCM analysis:
Overal: HT Blood nourishing
Leeks/onions: pungent, warm. Promotes sweating, resolves phlegm, diuretic.
Celery: sweet, slightly bitter, cool, tonifies KD, stops bleeding, strengthens SP/ST, clears heat, lowers blood pressure, promotes diuresis, benefits blood
Carrot: sweet, pungent, cool. Clears heat, detoxifies, strengthens all internal organs, benefits eyes, relieves measles, lubricates the intestines, promotes digestion.

Garlic: pungent, hot. anti-viral/fungal, detoxifies meat/seafood, kills worms, removes blood stasis and food stagn, reduces abscess.
Beets: Sweet, cool. Nourishes blood, tonifies HT, calms spirit, lubricates intestines, cleanse LV
Vinegar: sour, warm. detoxifies, invig blood circulation, inhibits growth of bacteria, astringent, closes pores

Roasted Red Beets and Ground Fennel Seeds

Categories: Liver Blood Vacuity, Liver Qi Stagnation, Stomach Rebellious Qi

ROASTED RED BEETS & GROUND FENNEL SEEDS
Yields: 4 servings
3-4 medium beets, washed and stems removed, peeled and sliced ¼ inch [cool, sweet, nourish blood, Tonify HT, calm spirit, lubricate intestines, cleanse the LV]
2 tsp of ground fennel seeds [warm, pungent, unblocks and regulates qi, strengthens ST, dispels cold, stops pain]
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp salt
½ tsp pepper
1 whole myers lemon, squeezed plus the grated zest [cool, sour, regenerate body fluids, harmonize ST, regulate Qi, quenches thirst, benefits LV]

Method:
1. Pre-heat oven dish, combine to 350
2. In a glass baking all the above ingredients, cover top with foil and bake for 30 minutes or until beets are fork tender.

TCM analysis: This recipe is indicated for LV qi stagnation causing depression of the spirits. Overall the recipe moves LV qi, nourishes blood, and is cooling. Plus, beets contain betaine which is food for the hepatocytes, aids in detoxifying, promoting better metabolism of fats and so much more.

Summer Borscht

Categories: Liver Blood Vacuity, Liver Qi Stagnation, Shen Calming

Summer Borscht
(makes about 6-8 servings)
INGREDIENTS:
about 5 medium-sized beets, boiled or roasted until tender, peeled and diced

about 2 English cucumbers, diced

about 3-4 medium tomatoes, diced
3 cups chicken or vegetable broth (chilled or room temperature)

2 cups plain yogurt

1/4 cup red wine vinegar (or more to taste)

1 small bunch fresh dill, chopped

salt and pepper to taste

fresh lemon juice and zest to taste

DIRECTIONS:
1. Reserve any juices from the beets, tomatoes and cucumbers while chopping and combine them in a large pot or bowl with the broth and yogurt.
2. Add the vinegar, dill, a pinch of salt and pepper, and taste. Sugar can be added to cut the acidity as well, to taste.
3. Add lemon juice to taste.

TCM analysis:
Beets: cool, sweet. Nourishes blood, tonifies HT, calms the spirit, lubricates intestines, cleanses Liver.
Cucumbers: cool, sweet, bland. Clears heat, quenches thirst, relieves irritability, promotes diuresis.
Tomatoes: Slightly cool, sweet, sour. Promotes body fluids, quenches thirst, strengthens S, aids digestion, cools blood, clears heat, detoxifies, calms LV, removes food stagnation.
Yogurt: Neutral sweet. Strengthens weakness, nourishes qi and blood, lubricates dryness.
Vinegar: Sour, warm, slightly bitter. Liver. Invigorates blood, clears toxin, astringes.
Lemon: Cool, sour. Regenerates body fluids, harmonizes ST, regulates qi, quenches thirst, benefits LV.
Overall function: LV qi Stag
The beets nourish blood and calm the spirit while cleansing the Liver. The Cucumbers relieve irritability and the tomatoes and lemon calm and benefit the Liver. Vinegar assists with invigorating the blood.

Blood building Kvass

Categories: Liver Blood Vacuity

David Hatfield

Blood building Kvass

2/3 larger organic beets, chopped coarsely – Do not grate beets ( they start fermenting)
Properties- sweet neutral- SP ST HT LV- Nourishes liver blood- strengthens the MJ
1 Cup whey (see below for instructions on preparing whey)
1 Tbls sea salt
Spring water
Put beets, whey, & salt in 2-quart glass container (I use a large 1/2 gallon mason jar). Add water to fill the container. Stir well & cover securely. Keep at room temperature 2 days before transferring to refrigerator.

When most of the Kvass has been drunk, you may fill up the container with more filtered water and keep at room temperature another 2 days. The resulting “2nd press” brew will be slightly less strong than the 1st press. After the 2nd brew, discard the beets and start again. You may, however, reserve some of the liquid and use this as your inoculant instead of whey.
Nutritional Benefits of Beet Kvass:
According to Fallon & Enig (2001), Beet Kvass “is valuable for its medicinal qualities and as a digestive aid.
Beets are loaded with nutrients. One 4-ounce glass, morning and night, is an excellent blood tonic, promotes regularity, aids digestion, alkalizes the blood, cleanses the liver and is a good treatment for kidney stones and other ailments. Beet kvass may also be used in place of vinegar in salad dressings and as an addition to soups.
Fermented beets are a helpful tonic for cancer patients and others with poor intestinal flora: “Lacto-fermented foods are a valuable aid to the cancer patient. They are rich in vitamins and minerals and contain as well enzymes that cancer patients lack. Of particular value are lacto-fermented beets, which have a very favorable effect on disturbed cellular function. Many scientific studies have demonstrated that beets have a regenerating effect on the body.”

Vegetarian Chili

Categories: Kidney Qi Vacuity, Liver Blood Vacuity, Spleen Yang Vacuity

Vegetarian Chili
by Mike Clark

4 — 28 oz cans of Whole Peeled Tomatoes
1 Cup Black Beans
1 Cup Kidney Beans
8 Grapes
6 Carrots
4 Beets
1 Onion

33 Grams Gou Qi Zi
2 Cinnamon Sticks (Rou Gui)

Prep and Cooking:
Put both cups of beans in a colander and wash under cold water. Dump the beans into a large pot and soak in twice the level of beans in water for about 30 minutes. Drain the beans in the colander again and wash off (the soaking, draining, and washing off helps reduce the usual flatulence that goes along with eating beans). Dump the beans back into the large pot and fill up with twice the level of beans with water and boil for about 45 minutes, drain off, and put back in the pot to add in the rest of the ingredients.

Cut up the 4 cans of Whole Peeled Tomatoes into the pot with the beans. Wash off the beets and carrots, skin them, and chop them into about 1 inch cubes/pieces and dump into the pot. Drop in the Grapes.

Cut up the onion and heat in a pan with your choice of oil until clear or golden…that’s your choice!

Bring the pot with the ingredients to a boil and reduce to a simmer. Add in the Gou Qi Zi and Cinnamon Sticks. Leave the pot on simmer for about 2 hours.

Tomato — Slightly Cool, Sweet, Sour; ST, LV, KD; Strengthen ST, Aid Digestion
Black Bean — Sweet, Neutral to Warm; Sp, KD; Nourish KD, Invigorates Blood
Kidney Bean — Sweet, Neutral; SP, ST (KD); Strengthen Digestion, Promote Elimination
Grapes – Warm, Sweet, Sour; ST, HT; Nourish Xue, Very Tonifying, Strengthen Bones and Sinews
Carrots — Cool to Neutral, Sweet; SP, LV, LU, HT; Strengthen SP and HT, Clear Heat
Beets — Neutral to Cool, Sweet; SP, ST, LV, HT; Nourish LV Xue
Onion — Warm, Acrid; Regulates Qi
Gou Qi Zi — Sweet, Neural; LV, LU, KD; Nourish Xue
Cinnamon Sticks (Rou Qui) — Spicy, Sweet, Hot; HT, KD, LV, SP; Strengthen SP