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Black Bean and Tomato Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

Categories: Kidney Yin Vacuity, Large Intestine Fluid Vacuity, Liver Blood Vacuity, Liver Yin Vacuity, Spleen Yang Vacuity

Black Bean and Tomato Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

4 medium sweet potatoes, scrubbed
1 15-oz. can black beans, rinsed and drained (or 1-1/2 cups cooked black beans)

1 15-oz.can diced tomatoes with green chilies, (or a can of tomatoes plus 3 tablespoons of diced green chilies from a can, or 1-2 finely chopped fresh jalapenos)

1/2 cup sliced green onions, white and green parts
2 cloves garlic, minced

1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley or cilantro (opt.)

1/4 teaspoon salt (if needed)

fresh ground pepper, lots

1 small avocado (or vegan sour cream)

2 tablespoons lemon juice

  • Slice a very small piece from the end of each potato. (Or, you can prick them all over with a fork.) Bake at 425ËšF for about 40 minutes or until nice and soft all the way through. You can bake them right on the oven rack. I like to use the toaster oven for this unless I’m using the big oven to make other stuff, too. When they are ready, place them on a plate to cool slightly while you finish up the filling.
  • Cook the the onion, garlic and oregano (and jalapenos, if using fresh) in the oil for one minute. Add the beans, tomatoes, canned chilies (if using), salt and pepper. Heat gently until hot. Stir in the parsley or cilantro. Taste for seasoning.
  • Open the avocado and scoop out the pulp. Mash and mix with lemon juice, a tiny pinch of salt and fresh ground pepper.
  • Split the potatoes lengthwise and gently push the ends towards each other to create a pocket.
  • Fill the pockets with the bean mixture and top with avocado or vegan sour cream.

This is a good recipe to use for KD deficiency. The three main ingredients- Black Beans, Tomato, and Sweet Potatoes all go to strengthening the KD. The recipe would be a nice tonifying recipe over all, with Avocado as another nice ingredient to nourish blood and yin. The green onions and cilantro keep the dish moving, and the black pepper would help with digestion. Its a nice, healthy dish all around- and fairly balanced in temperature, with many of the ingredients being neutral.

Salmon and Black Beans

Categories: Kidney Jing Vacuity, Kidney Yang Vacuity, Kidney Yin Vacuity

Tonify kidney yin, yang and jing

Salmon and Black Beans

Salmon and black beans are the main ingredients in this recipe.  They both help nourish the kidneys. Along with the onions, they can help relieve toxicity.  This is a great recipe to help tonify kidney yin, yang and jing. It can also help add a little energy and warmth to your day, while also helping to protect the middle jiao.

  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 5 garlic cloves (2 pressed, 3 minced)
  • 1 tbsp dried thyme
  • Pepper
  • Salt
  • 14 ozs salmon fillets
  • 1 onion (chopped)
  • 3 celery ribs (chopped)
  • 1 roma tomato (chopped)
  • 30 ozs black beans
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • cilantro (small handful, chopped) Makes 2 whole salmon filets


  1. Whisk the olive oil, pressed garlic, thyme, and ½ teaspoon salt in a small baking dish.  Place the salmon, skin-side down, in the dish.  Brush the marinade over the top and sides of fish.  Let chill in fridge for at least 30 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, heat 3 tablespoons olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add onion, celery, tomatoes, jalapenos, and minced garlic. Cook until vegetables are starting to soften, about 5 minutes.
  3. Stir in black beans and cumin. Reduce heat and cook for about 5 more minutes.  Season with salt and pepper to taste. Stir in cilantro and set aside.
  4. Arrange the salmon on the grill, skin side up and spray skin with nonstick spray.  Grill salmon for about 4-5 minutes.  Carefully flip over and grill for about 3 more minutes, or until opaque all the way through.
  5. Serve fish with black beans and dig in.

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

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.

Dried thyme- Acrid and warm; lung and stomach; resolves the exterior and dispels cold, moves the qi and opens the stomach, downbears counterflow and stops cough, wind cold with a headache, body aches and pains, indigestion, abdominal distention.

Pepper- Acrid, warm; stomach, heart; warms the middle jiao, expels cold, invigorates blood.

Salt- Salty, cold; kidney; clears heat, cools blood, eases bowel movement, nourishes kidney.

Salmon fillets- Sweet, neutral; spleen, kidney; strengthens spleen, nourishes yin, blood, and kidney jing.

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.

Roma tomato- Sweet, sour, cold; spleen, stomach, urinary bladder, kidney; promotes fluids, clears heat, promotes urination, supplements kidney.

Black beans- Sweet, neutral; spleen, kidney; nourishes kidney, invigorates blood, promotes urination, resolves toxins.

Cumin- Pungent, bitter, slightly warm; spleen, stomach, large intestine; helps with abdominal pain and distention, protects against diarrhea and dysentery.

Cilantro- Acrid, warm; promotes digestion, regulates qi, promotes sweating, warms the middle, warms the lungs.

Pork and Black Beans

Categories: Kidney Yin Vacuity

Pork ‘n black beans
Yields 6 servings

2 cans of black beans
1/3 up packed brown sugar
1 small onion, chopped
¼ cup catsup
4-6 slices of bacon

1. Add all the ingredients into a 1½ quart casserole, top with slices of bacon and bake for 1 ½ hours at 350 degrees.

TCM analysis: Overall tonifies KD yin.
black beans: sweet, sour, neutral. Strengthens SP, benefits diabetes, counteracts toxins, reduces dampness, benefits KD
brown sugar: sweet, warm. Strengthens digestion, lubricates LU, stops cough, warms up body.
onion: pungent, warm. Promotes sweating, resolves phlegm, diuretic.
Pork: slightly cold, sweet, moistens & nourishes organs, tonifies qi, strengthens digestion

Supplement Blood Soup

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

Supplement Blood Soup

1 oz cooked Shu Di Huang
1/2 oz Chuan Xiong
2 oz Gou Ji berry
1 oz longan fruit
12 red dates
1 inch fresh ginger
1/2 cup black beans
7-8 cups vegetable or chicken stock
6 shitake mushrooms, slivered (soak if dried)
1/2 cup peanuts w. skin
1/2 cup pine nuts
4 Tbsp rice vinegar

Rinse black beans, simmer them in 3 cups boiling water for 1 hour. Combine cooked beans and bean water with herbs (except red dates) and simmer them in stock for 1 hour. Add the dates and mushrooms to the stock and simmer for another 30 min. Roast the peanuts until golden brown in a 350 degree oven (about 10 min), roast the pine nuts (about 5 min). Add the peanuts, pine nuts, vinegar to the herbal stew, and serve with white or brown rice.
Options: spinach can be added to the above o served as a side dish with steamed carrots.

Black Bean and Kidney Soup

Categories: Kidney Qi Vacuity, Spleen Damp, Spleen Qi Vacuity

BLack Bean and Kidney Soup

1 pound (2 1/2 cups) black beans, soaked for 4 hours and drained
5 cups water, or more if necessary
1 large onion, finely chopped
2 medium carrots, finely chopped
1 cup chopped canned or fresh tomatoes
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper, or to taste
Salt, to taste
1 cup whole milk yogurt, stirred well
3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley

1. In a soup pot, combine the beans and water. Bring to a boil, skim the surface thoroughly, lower the heat, Notes: and cover with the lid. Simmer very gently for 30 minutes.

2. Add the onion, carrots, tomatoes, cumin, and red pepper to the pot. Stir well. If the mixture seems dry, add more water, 1/2 cup at a time.

3. Re-cover the pot and continue simmering for 1 hour or until the beans are tender. Add salt and taste for seasoning. Add more red pepper, if you like.

4. With a slotted spoon, remove about 1 cup of solids from the soup and transfer to a large plate. Use a fork to mash the mixture coarsely. Stir it into the pot. Do the same twice more. Reheat the soup and ladle it into bowls. Serve with a spoonful of yogurt and a sprinkle of parsley

Serves 6

Black Beans – sweet & neutral; SP/KD; tonify KD, promote urination
Tomato – sweet, sour, & cold; SP/ST/UB/KD; promote urination,supplement KD, clear heat
Onion – pungent & neutral; LU/SP/ST; clears heat relieves toxicity, transforms damp
Carrots – sweet & neutral; SP/LV/LU/HT; strengthens SP/HT, nourish LV, diuretic

Kidney Soup

Categories: Kidney Qi Vacuity, Kidney Yang Vacuity, Kidney Yin Vacuity

Kidney Soup

1 pair of lamb’s kidneys, trimmed and chopped
4 cups water or less sodium chicken broth
½ cup black beans
10g. chopped spring onion
10g. minced ginger
½ tsp salt

Boil black beans for 15 minutes, then add other ingredients and continue boiling for 20 minutes. Serves 1-2 people.

Lamb’s kidneys: sweet, hot; KD. Tonifies KD qi/yang.
Black bean: sweet, neutral; SP/KD. Nourishes KD yin and yang, promotes diuresis, resolves toxin.
Spring onion: warm, acrid; activate yang, promote dieresis, regulate qi.
Ginger: warm, acrid; SP/ST/LU. Activates yang.
Overall, this recipe tonifies the KD qi/yang and promotes urination.
Contraindicated in those with pronounced heat signs.

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

Black Bean Soup

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

Black Bean Soup (4 servings)
1 c. black beans
1 small onion
2 garlic cloves
3 TB tamari
1 tsp. ginger juice
½ red bell pepper
2 TB. Cilantro

Soak beans overnight. Discard soak water, cover with fresh water and cook beans on medium-low heat for 30 minutes. You may need to add more water. During the last 20 minutes of cooking, add garlic, onions and red bell pepper. Mix tamari and ginger juice in at the end. Optional: blend to put over grains.

TCM Analysis:
Black beans: warm, sweet, tonifies kidneys, nourishes yin, strengthens and nourishes blood, brightens eyes, promotes diuresis, strengthens kidneys
Onion: warm, pungent, promotes sweating, resolves phlegm, diuretic
Garlic: hot, pungent, anti-viral, anti-fungal, detoxifies meat and seafood, kills worms, removes stagnant food and stagnant blood, reduces abscesses
Ginger: warm, pungent, promotes sweating, anti-toxin, benefits lungs and stomach, expels pathogen, antidote for seafood poisoning
Red bell pepper:
Cilantro: slightly cool, pungent, promotes sweating, strengthens digestion, promotes qi flow

Clean, Mean Burritos

Categories: Kidney Yin Vacuity

Clean, Mean Burritos

(Serves 1)

1 Whole grain tortilla
1/2 cup cooked rice
1/2 cup cooked black beans
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
(Add onion, cucumber, avocado, radish, and lettuce to your liking)

Warm the tortilla in a dry skillet until pliable, or wrap it in a dampened dish towel and heat in a 300 degree oven for 5-6 minutes.
Place the rice in the center of the warmed tortilla, and mound the beans on top of the rice. Add vegetables, sprinkle with cilantro. Fold up tortilla and enjoy! :)

Rice- Sweet and neutral, supplements SP and ST, generates and preserves body fluids, good for general vacuity.
Black Beans- Warm and sweet, tonifies KD, nourishes yin, strengthens and nourishes blood, brightens eyes, promotes urination
Onion- Warm and pungent, promotes sweating, resolves phlegm, diuretic
Cucumber- Cool sweet and bland, clears heat, quenches thirst, relieves irritability, promotes diuresis
Avocado- Sweet and cool, nourishes yin and blood, moistens lungs, skin and intestines.
Radish- Cool, pungent, and sweet, removes stagnant food, moistens lungs, resolves mucus, quenches thirst, relieves alcohol intoxication
Lettuce- Neutral and bland, invigorates qi, removes stagnation, reduces swelling, and softens hardness. (Mild in action)

Overall this recipe is good for KD yin xu and also promoting fluids.

Vegetarian Black Bean Chili

Categories: Kidney Qi Vacuity

Vegetarian Black Bean Chilli (Serves12)


• 3 onions, diced
• 2 zucchini, diced
• 1 (29 ounce) can tomato puree
• 1/2 lb dried black beans
• 1/4 lb dried white bean
• 1/4 lb dried kidney beans
• 3 jalapeno peppers, chopped finely
• 8 garlic cloves, crushed
• 1 (12 ounce) package vegetarian ground meat, or lean ground beef
• 5 tablespoons cumin
• 1 tablespoon cayenne pepper
• 1 tablespoon crushed red pepper flakes
• 1 teaspoon black pepper
• 1 tablespoon chili powder

Soak the dried beans in water overnight as per package instructions. (Add 1 tsp baking soda to the beans so they’re less likely to cause stomach upset!).
Rinse beans and put in crock pot.
Add all the other ingredients to the crock pot, and add enough water to cover contents.
Cook on “high” for at least 8 hours.

Nutritional Breakdown:
Onions: Warm, Pungent. Promotes sweating, resolves phlegm, diuretic.
Zucchini: Cool, Sweet. Clears heat, detoxifies, promotes urination, quenches thirst, relieves restlessness.
Tomatoes: Sweet, Sour, Cold. Promotes fluids, clears heat, promotes urination, supplements the Kidneys.
Black Beans: Warm, Sweet. Tonifies Kidneys, nourishes Yin, strengthens and nourishes blood, brightens eyes, promotes urination.
White Beans: Sweet, Cool. Tonifies Qi, nourishes blood, clears heat, resolves dampness, promotes bowel movements, strengthens Lungs, calms spirit.
Kidney Beans: Neutral, Sweet. Strengthens digestion, promotes elimination, diuretic.
Garlic: Hot, Pungent. Anti-viral, anti-fungal, removes stagnant food and blood.
Soy Meat: Cool, Sweet. Clears heat, lubricates dryness, promotes body fluids, detoxifies, strengthens Spleen and Stomach.
Burger Meat: Sweet, Warm. Suppliments the Spleen and Stomach, nourishes Qi and blood, strengthens tendons and bones.
Chili Powder / Cayenne Pepper: Hot. Invigorates blood, warms digestion.
Cumin: warm – strengthens the stomach, arrests bleeding, diuretic, and relieves flatulence
Black Pepper: Hot and Pungent. Warms digestion, dispels internal cold, antidote to food poisoning.

Overall Action: Warms and nourishes Kidneys, promotes digestion and drains dampness.