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Walnut Sesame Clusters

Categories: Kidney Jing Vacuity, Kidney Yang Vacuity, Kidney Yin Vacuity, Large Intestine Fluid Vacuity

Walnut Sesame Clusters

Ingredients:

  • 2 C walnuts
  • 2 Tbsp black sesame seeds
  • 1-2 Tbsp toasted sesame oil
  • honey

Instructions:

  1. Toast walnuts and black sesame seeds in a saute pan with the sesame oil until the seeds stick to the nuts. Stir and flip nuts occasionally to prevent burning.
  2. Remove from heat. Pour honey over nuts and seeds. Spoon clumps onto wax paper to cool.

Makes enough clusters to cover one dinner plate.

TCM analysis:

walnuts: sweet, warm; LU, LI, KD; tonifies KD and LU, lubricates LI, nourishes jing/marrow
black sesame seeds: sweet, neutral; LV, KD, LU, LI; nourishes LV/KD, moistens LI, nourishes jing/marrow
honey: sweet, neutral; SP, LU, LI; nourishes/harmonizes MJ, moistens dryness, antidote to food poisoning

This recipe deeply tonifies the KD while moistening dryness in the LI. It is an easy-to-make treat for weak or elderly patients with constipation, since it tonifies both KD yin and yang and promotes bowel movements. Honey increases the moistening action of the recipe and makes it easier to digest.

Zhi Ma Hu (Black Sesame Soup)

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

Zhi Ma Hu (Black Sesame Soup)
China

Treatment Principle: foster LV and KI yin

Serves 4

Ingredients
8 tsp long-grain white rice
¾ cup black sesame seeds
5 cups water
¾ cup sugar

Soak the rice for an hour, then drain but do not discard the water.  Clean the sesame seeds by hand and discard any grains of sand.  Then wash, drain and dry them.  Roast the sesame seeds in a dry wok for 5-10 minutes.  In a food processor, grind the roasted sesame seeds and rice with some of the rice water you have reserved, until the paste is smooth.  Push the mixture through a sieve into a saucepan.  Add sugar and the remaining water.  Simmer at low heat, stirring constantly until the paste thickens.  Serve warm in individual bowls.

Black Sesame: sweet neutral KI LV LI
Actions: tonifies the LV and KI; augments the yin and blood; lubricates the Intestines.
Indications: yin deficiency of the LV and KI; headaches, dizziness, and numbness due to blood or yin deficiency; for constipation due to dry Intestines or blood deficiency.

White Rice: sweet neutral SP ST
Actions: strengthens the SP and ST, supplements qi.
Indications: SP and ST weakness, generalized weakness, reduced appetite, nausea and vomiting, post febrile yin damage, thirst and dry mouth.

White Sugar: sweet neutral LU SP
Actions: moistens the LU, increases yin fluids, and benefits the SP.
Indications: dry cough, dry throat, thirst, dull abdominal pain.

Zhi Ma Hu (composite): sweet neutral KI LV SP
Actions: tonifies LV and KI and augments the yin and blood; lubricates the Intestines.
Indications: yin deficiency of the LV and KI; headaches, dizziness, and numbness due to blood or yin deficiency. For constipaton due to dry Intestines or blood deficiency.

CI: patients who tend to phlegm or damp.

Gomashio

Categories: Kidney Jing Vacuity, Kidney Yin Vacuity, Large Intestine Fluid Vacuity, Liver Yin Vacuity

Gomashio (Black Sesame Seeds and Salt)
Japan

Mix a 2:1 portion of dry roasted black sesame seeds and sea salt. Sprinkle on top of a bowl of rice as a condiment.

Black Sesame: sweet neutral KI LV LI
Actions: tonifies the LV and KI; augments the yin and blood; lubricates the Intestines.
Indications: yin deficiency of the LV and KI; headaches, dizziness, and numbness due to blood or yin deficiency; for constipation due to dry Intestines or blood deficiency.

Salt: salty neutral KI
Actions: moistens dryness, softens hardness, benefits digestion, and promotes bowel movements.

Gomashio (composite): salty sweet neutral KI LV LI
Actions: tonifies the LV and KI; augments the yin and blood; moistens dryness, softens hardness, benefits digestion, and promotes bowel movements.
Indications: yin deficiency of the LV and KI; headaches, dizziness, and numbness due to blood or yin deficiency; for constipation due to dry Intestines or blood deficiency.

How much wood could a Pig

Categories: Liver Blood Vacuity, Liver Qi Stagnation, Liver Yin Vacuity

How much wood could a Pig
1 Orange
1/8 C Black Sesame Seeds
1 C Broccoli
2 T Brown Sugar
1 Lb Pork

TCM Analysis
Orange: Sweet, Sour, Cool; LV, LU, ST, UB; Clears heat, Soothes LV, Nourish fluids; LV Qi Stagnation, Loss of Body Fluids, Cough with sputum
Black Sesame: Sweet, Neutral; LV, KD, LU, LI; Nourish LV and KD, Moisten LI, Nourishes Jing and Marrow
Broccoli: Sweet, Sl. Bitter, Acrid, Cool; SP, LV; Nourishes LV blood, Strengthens SP, Clears heat; Poor Digestion, Inflammation; Poor Vision
Brown Sugar: Sweet, Warm; SP, ST, LV; Supplement MJ, Expels cold, Invigorates blood, Moves LV Qi; Menstrual Cramps, Post childbirth recovery
Pork: Sweet, Salty, Neutral; LV, SP, KD; Nourishes LV and KD, Boost Qi, blood and yin, Moistens dryness; General xu, Emaciation, Dryness, Anemia

Overall Intended Actions
Nourish and soothe the LV blood, Qi and Yin. Provide nourishment to muscles and sinews while moistening dryness and clearing heat. Each ingredient has a connection to the LV and most actions overlap. Individuals with LV type problems would benefit from this dish.

Health Bars

Categories: Gluten-free, Kidney Qi Vacuity, Qi Vacuity, Snacks, Spleen Qi Vacuity, Vegan, Vegetarian

oatmeal-bars

Health Bars
Lotus Seed, Cooked and chopped 1/2 cup
Black seseme seeds 1/4 cup
Dried cherries 1/2 cup
Chestnuts, Cooked and chopped 1/2 cup
Raisins 1/2 cup
Brown Sugar 1/2 cup
Honey 1/2 cup
Rolled Oats 3 cups
Cinnamon 1 tsp
Salt 1/2 tsp

Mix all ingredients in bowl. Adjust amount of brown sugar and honey for desired consistency. Spread into 9 x9 square baking dish, press down evenly. Bake for 20 to 30 min at 350 degrees. Let cool , cut into bar size pieces.

KAYSIE LINGO

TCM ANALYSIS

KD jing Xu
Lotus seed – astringes KD essence
Black seseme seed, Cherries, Raisins, Chestnuts – tonify KD qi and essence
Cinnamon – Warms the KD
Brown sugar and honey – harmonize the middle jiao
Oats – Supplement vacuity

Treats
Qi Xu
Spermatorrhea
Sexual debility
Blood Xu
Low back pain

Sesame-Mushroon Soba Noodles

Categories: Asian, Kidney Yin Vacuity, Liver Yang Rising, Liver Yin Vacuity, Noodles, Qi Stagnation in Middle jiao, Stomach Yin Vacuity, Yin Vacuity

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Sesame-Mushroom Soba Noodles

Ingredients:
3 TBL. Black sesame seeds
8 oz. Dried soba noodles
2 TBL. Olive oil
1 sm. Onion, cut into ¼ in. strips
4 cloves garlic, peeled & minced
22 (l lb) fresh Shitake mushrooms, sliced, discard stems
½ cup dashi, or other stock (vegetable/beef)
¼ cup mirin, or dry sherry
3 TBL. Soy sauce
1-2 TBL. Powdered kudzu, arrowroot, cornstarch or other thickener
2 green onions, chopped into ¼ in. pcs.

Directions:
1. Toast the sesame seeds in a wide skillet over medium heat, shaking the pan. Fry until fragrant, 3-5 minutes, remove from pan & set aside.
2. Bring a pot of water to boil, add the soba noodles & cook for about 5 minutes, until al dente or according to the package directions. Drain, rinse under cold water, & set aside.
3. Heat the oil in a pan over medium-high heat. Add the onions & garlic & sauté for a minute, until fragrant.
4. Add the mushrooms & saute for 5-10 minutes, until soft. Add the dashi stock, mirin, & soy sauce.
5. In a small bowl, mix the kudzu w/ a few TBL. Cold water & stir well to remove any lumps. Add the kudzu mixture to the pan & cook for another minute.
6. Toss the soba noodles & vegetables together & sprinkle with black sesame seeds & green onions before serving.

 

TCM: This dish strengthens the Spleen & Stomach, eliminates dampness, strengthens the liver & kidneys & augments essence.

Olive oil: Cooling, sweet, fatty & moistens.
Onions: Warm/hot, pungent, resolves phlegm & expels pathogens.
Black Sesame seeds: neutral & sweet, harmonizes blood, nourish yin, & tonifies LV & KD
Soba noodles: Buckwheat noodles, sweet & cool, supplement spleen & dispel damp, & treats food stagnation.
Garlic: Hot & pungent, detoxifies & removes stagnation.
Shitake mushrooms: Neutral & sweet strengthen spleen & stomach & detoxifies.
Mirin: sweet cooking wine, pungent, promotes circulation.
Soy sauce: Cold, salty, sweet, clears heat & detoxifies.
Stock: Neutral, cooling, salty, harmonize digestion.
Kudzu: Pungent, sweet, cool, clear heat & nourishes fluids.

 

Sticky Sesame & Walnut Balls

Categories: Desserts, Kidney Yin Vacuity, Vegetarian

sesame balls

Sticky Sesame & Walnut Balls

Ingredients:
1/3 cup (2 ounces) black sesame seeds
1/3 to ½ cup of chopped walnuts
3-4 TBL. Honey

Directions:
1. Roast the sesame seeds in a wide skillet over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Fry until fragrant, 3-5 minutes. Transfer the seeds to a bowl & let cool for a couple of minutes.
2. In a food processor, whir together the sesame seeds, walnuts, & 3 TBL Honey.
3. Roll into ¾ in. balls. If the balls don’t stick together, add a little more honey & mix well.
4. Serve.

Black Sesame seeds: Neutral, sweet & tonifies the kidney & liver, harmonizes blood & nourishes yin.
Walnuts: Slightly warm, sweet, tonifies kidneys, astringes lung, moisten intestines & descends rebellious qi.
Honey: Neutral/warm & sweet, nourishes yin, lubricates dryness, tonifies weakness, harmonizes stomach & strengthens spleen.

TCM: This dish addresses Kidney deficiency.

Black Sesame Asparagus

Categories: Asian, Kidney Yin Vacuity, Liver Yin Vacuity, Lung Phlegm Heat, Side Dishes, Vegetables

asparagus

Black Sesame Asparagus

Ingredients:

1 Medium-size bunch asparagus (1 lb.)
A pinch of salt
3 TBL. Black Sesame seeds
2 TBL. Mirin or sherry
1 TBL. Soy sauce
1 tsp. Lemon juice

Directions:
1. Cut the asparagus into 2-in. pcs.
2. In medium-size pot, bring 2-3 cups of water to a boil; add salt & asparagus stalks, then after 1-2 minutes add the asparagus tips. Lower the heat & simmer for 2-3 minutes until the stalks are tender.
3. Drain the asparagus & rinse w/ cold water to preserve their color & stop the cooking.
4. Toast the sesame seeds in a dry skillet over medium heat, stirring, for about 5 minutes. Remove from pan & let cool for a couple minutes.
5. Place the seeds in a food processor & whirl until powdery or grind in a mortar & pestle.
6. Stir the sesame powder, mirin, soy sauce & lemon juice together, and then drizzle the mixture over the asparagus before serving.

Asparagus: Cool, sweet, & bitter, clears heat, detoxifies, promotes circulation & clears lungs.
Black Sesame: Neutral, sweet, tonifies liver & kidney, harmonize the blood, & nourishes yin.
Mirin: Sweet cooking wine, pungent & promotes circulation.
Soy sauce: Cold, salty, sweet, clears heat & detoxifies.
Lemon juice: Cool, sour, regenerates body fluids.

TCM: This dish builds yin & blood & moisten intestines, clears heat & moisten Lungs.