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Baked Oatmeal with Mixed Berries and Plums

Categories: Kidney Qi Vacuity, Kidney Water Overflow, Spleen Qi Vacuity

Frances Norris

Water-kidney deficiency

Baked Oatmeal with Mixed Berries and Plums - Makes 6 servings

Adapted from recipe on makingmichaelpollenproud.com

Ingredients

  • 1 cup Blueberries-sour, sweet, warm, tonifies kidney
  • ½ cup Cranberries-sour, cooling, strengthens kidney
  • ½ cup Raspberries-slightly warm, sweet, sour, tonifies kidney
  • 3 medium plums, sliced-slightly warm, sweet, sour, regulates body fluids
  • 2 cups oats-sweet, warm, supplements vacuity, rejuvenates nervous and reproductive systems
  • 1 cup walnuts, toasted and chopped, divided into ½ cup servings-slightly warm, sweet, tonifies kidney
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar-warm, sweet, strengthens digestion, warms body
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 ½ tsp. cinnamon-hot, pungent, sweet, warms body
  • ½ tsp. sea salt-cold, salty, slightly sweet, strengthens kidney
  • 2 cups almond milk-sweet, neutral, supplements spleen
  • 1 large egg-sweet, neutral, supplements qi
  • 1 ½ tbsp. unsalted butter, plus more for greasing the pan- sweet, neutral, supplements qi
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 375, grease an 8-inch baking dish. Layer sliced plums in the bottom of the dish.  Top with mixed berries.

2. In a medium bowl, combine oats, ½ cup walnuts, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. Mix well, and pour the dry ingredients over the fruit.

3. Combine almond milk, egg, butter and vanilla, and whisk well.

4. Pour the milk mixture over the oat mixture. Top with remaining ½ cup walnuts.

5. Bake for about 40 minutes, until the top is golden brown and the oat mixture appears solid. Remove the dish from the oven, and allow the oatmeal to cool for a few minutes. Serve warm.

Indian Beef and Berry Soup

Categories: Kidney Yang Vacuity, Kidney Yin Vacuity

INDIAN BEEF AND BERRY SOUP

Serves 4
2 tbsp vegetable oil
1 pound tender beef steak
2 onions, finely sliced
2tbsp butter
1quart good beef stock or bouillon
½ tsp salt
1 cup fresh huckleberries, blueberries or blackberries, lightly smashed
1 tbsp honey

Heat the oil in a heavy- bottomed saucepan until almost smoking. Add the steak and brown on both sides over medium-high heat. Remove the steak from the pan, set aside.

Lower the heat to low and add the sliced onions and butter to the pan. Stir well, scraping up the meat juices. Cook over low heat for 8 to 10 minutes until the onions are soft.

Add the beef stock or bouillon and salt and bring to a boil, stirring well. Stir the mashed berries and the honey and simmer for 20 minutes.

Meanwhile, cut the steak into thin, bite-sized slivers. Taste the soup and add more salt or honey if necessary. Add the steak to the pan. Simmer for 30 seconds, stirring all the time. Serve.

Beef – sweet, warm; SP, ST, KD; tonifies qi and xue, strengthens SP/ST, dispels dampness, relieves edema, strengthens bones and tendons; treats edema, abdominal distention and fullness, weak back & knees, deficient SP/ST.

Blue and black foods: Blueberries, blackberries, mulberry, black beans — The colors blue and black correspond to the Water element of the Kidneys. It is possible to strengthen the Water element by eating blue/black foods.

Onions – warm, acrid; promotes sweating, resolves phlegm, regulates qi, reduces toxins; treats common cold, acute or chronic sinus infection, upper respiratory infection, allergies, difficulty urinating, intestinal worms, certain types of boils and lesions.

Salt – cold, salty, sl. Sweet; harmonizes and promotes digestion, strengthens KD (in small amounts), fortifies bones, tendons and teeth, brightens eyes, detoxifies, used as a natural preservative; treats food poisoning, KD weakness from lack of sodium in diet, sore throat.

WATER IMBALANCE – KD YANG (AND YIN) XU

Blueberry Couscous Pudding

Categories: Lung Fluid Xu, Lung Yin Vacuity, Spleen Qi Vacuity, Stomach Cold

Blueberry Couscous Pudding
By scott Schultz

Ingredients:
1 pint (16 oz.) blueberries
3 cups apple juice
1 cup couscous
1 teaspoon grated lemon or orange rind
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
optional: dollop of whipped cream
Preparation:
Mix all ingredients together in a large pot
Cover and simmer for 10 minutes
Turn off heat and let sit undisturbed for 15 minutes
Spoon onto a platter and arrange into a mound
Garnish with fresh blueberries and strawberry leaves or whipped cream
Serves approx. 6 people
TCM Ingredient Analysis:
Blueberries: cool, sweet, sour, astringent, forms body fluids and blood, nourish KD yin
Apple Juice: cool, sweet, sour, reduces heat, produces fluids for the body, moistens dryness, cool LU, cleansing and beneficial for LV/GB
Couscous: sl. cool, sweet, supplements qi, nourishes HT and calms shen, reduces thirst
Lemon/Orange Rind: acrid, bitter, regulates qi, harmonize, dries/transforms damp
Sea Salt: cooling, salty, anti-inflammatory, softens
TCM Recipe Analysis:
This dessert is cooling if served cold and more neutral if served warm. The three main ingredients are blueberries, apple juice, and couscous, which are all sweet and nourishing. The blueberries and the apple juice both produce fluids for the body. The lemon/orange peel helps harmonize the dish as an envoy. Overall this dessert does a good job at supplementing qi and building fluids in the body.
Patterns:
SP qi xu
LU dryness (heat)
Spleen & Stomach, nourishing fluids and blood
Can add Long Yan Rou To direct more to HT blood

Blueberry Flax Oatmeal

Categories: Large Intestine Fluid Vacuity, Large Intestine Qi Stagnation, Spleen Qi Vacuity

Blueberry Flax Oatmeal (serves 2):

Ingredients:
* 2-1/4 cups water
* dash salt
* 1 cup regular rolled oats
* 1/4 cup fresh blueberries
* 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
* 1 TBS flaxseeds
* 1 TBS blackstrap molasses
Preparation:
1. Combine the water and salt in a small saucepan and turn the heat to high.
2. When the water boils, turn the heat to low, add oatmeal, and cook, stirring, until the water is just absorbed, about 5 minutes. Add walnuts and flaxseeds. Stir, cover the pan, and turn off heat. Let set for 5 minutes. Serve with molasses and garnish with blueberries.

Nutritional Breakdown:
Salt – Cold, Salty, Slightly Sweet. Harmonizes and promotes digestion, strengthens Kidney (in small amounts) fortifies bones, tendons and teeth, brightens eyes, detoxifies.
Rolled oats — sweet, warm — supplements vacuity, rejuvenates nervous and reproductive systems
Blueberries — sour, sweet, warm — tonifies kidneys, nourishes blood, astringes qi
Walnuts — sweet, warm — tonifies the kidneys and lungs, lubricates the large intestine
Flaxseed — neutral, sweet — tonifies the spleen, moistens intestines, nourishes yin, strengthens immunity,
Molasses — warm, sweet — tonifies qi, strengthens spleen, lubricates lungs

Nutty Oatmeal Pancake

Categories: Large Intestine Qi Stagnation, Lung Phlegm Heat, Spleen Qi Vacuity

Nutty Oatmeal Pancake
(Makes 6-8 pancakes)

2 cups buttermilk
1 1/2 cups old-fashioned oats
Mix together, set aside.

1 1/2 cups chopped almonds
2 eggs
1/2-cup white rice flour
2 TB flaxseed meal
1 tsp. salt
1-cup fresh or frozen blueberries
*Optional: top with 1 TB of honey

Add the rest of the above ingredients to the buttermilk mixture. Drop by 1/4 cupful onto hot, oiled pan. Cook until firm enough to flip. Recipe makes about a dozen pancakes.

TCM Analysis:
Buttermilk: neutral, sweet, strengthens weakness, nourishes qi and blood and lubricates dryness (buttermilk, also known as soured/fermented milk, is easier on digestion)
Oats: warm, sweet, strengthens spleen, tonifies qi, harmonizes stomach, regulates qi and is a carminative (prevents formation of gas in intestinal tract)
Almond: neutral, sweet, lubricates intestines, relieves cough and asthma and transforms phlegm
Egg: cool, sweet, nourishes yin, tonifies blood, stabilizes hyperactive fetus and lubricates dryness
White rice (flour): slightly cool, sweet, moistens yin, clears heat, diuretic and reduces swelling
Flaxseed: neutral, sweet, laxative, mucilaginous, relieves pain and inflammation, influences the spleen-pancreas and colon (richest source of omega-3 fatty acids which strengthen immunity and clean the heart and arteries)
Salt: cold, salty, slightly sweet, harmonizes and promotes digestion, strengthens the kidney (in small amounts), fortifies bones, tendons, and teeth, brightens eyes and detoxifies
Blueberry: nourishes kidney yin

Papaya and Blueberry Salad With Ginger-Lime Dressing

Categories: Liver Qi Stagnation, Stomach Fire, Stomach Yin Vacuity, Summerheat

Papaya and Blueberry Salad With Ginger-Lime Dressing
Andrew Scrivani for The New York Times
By MARTHA ROSE SHULMAN
Published: January 27, 2010

Though blueberries aren’t a tropical fruit, they go well with bright yellow or orange fruits from warm places. Papaya is high in potassium and contains enzymes that help break down proteins.

3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice

1 tablespoon mild honey

2 tablespoons finely chopped crystallized ginger

2 ripe papayas, peeled, seeded, and diced

1 cup blueberries

1 tablespoon slivered fresh mint leaves, plus mint sprigs for garnish

1. Mix together the lime juice, honey and ginger in a large bowl. Add the fruit and slivered mint leaves, and toss together. Serve, garnishing each bowl with a sprig of fresh mint.

Yield: Serves four to six.

Advance preparation: You can make this a few hours before serving, without the addition of the mint. Refrigerate, and just before serving toss with the slivered mint.

Raw Persimmon Pie

Categories: Kidney Yin Vacuity, Large Intestine Damp Heat, Large Intestine Fluid Vacuity, Large Intestine Qi Stagnation, Shen Calming

Raw Persimmon Pie

9 very ripe persimmons
24 dates (wet)
6 very ripe bananas with outsides brown
24 blueberries

Directions:
Cut dates in half, remove pits, spread on pie plate
Peel bananas, set on top of dates
Mash bananas with fork until custard consistency
Remove skins of persimmons and spread over the bananas
Place blueberries on top.

Analysis of recipe 2B:

Persimmons: cold, sweet, obstructive/astringent. Softens masses. Quenches thirst, empiric for lowering blood pressure.
Banana: cold, sweet. Clears heat, lubricates, lowers blood pressure.
Dates: sweet, warm. Tonifies spleen and stomach.
Blueberries: sweet, sour, tonify blood.

This is a cold, sweet concoction. It will generally slow down the body’s energy systems, anchor yang, and build blood and yin. It contains fruits that are known to lower blood pressure, namely persimmons and bananas.

CI: cold damp conditions, yang deficient conditions

Roasted Duck with Blueberry Sauce and Shiitake Wild Rice

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

Roasted Duck with Blueberry Sauce and Shiitake Wild Rice
ingredients:
1 fresh duck
3 T brown sugar
1 tsp minced fresh rosemary
one pint blueberries
1 cup thinly sliced shiitake mushrooms
1 shallot, minced
1 cup brown/wild rice mix
3 cups water
1 tsp turmeric powder
2 T corn starch
sea salt
directions: preheat the oven to 350. rub the duck with the brown sugar, rosemary, and a pinch of sea salt mixed together, then place in a roasting pan. bake for about 40 minutes covered with foil, then remove the foil. at this time spoon off a few tablespoons of the fat into a saucepan and cook another 20 minutes until the skin is crispy and the temperature of the meat of the thigh is 170 degrees. remove from the oven and pour off the fat into a jar. remove the duck and let it rest. scrape the brown drippings from the pan into a small saucepan.
after removing the foil from the duck and spooning the fat into a saucepan, heat the pan over a medium flame. add the shiitakes and shallot, stirring frequently until brown. add the rice and stir to coat evenly with the fat, then add the water and bring to a boil. cover, reduce to a simmer, and cook until all the water is absorbed, approximately 35-40 minutes.
while the rice is cooking, prepare the sauce: dissolve 2 T corn starch in 2 cups of water, then whisk into saucepan with the drippings, the blueberries and about 2 T of the duck fat. reserve the rest of the duck fat in a tightly lidded jar for a sad and gloomy day. let the sauce simmer until thickened. mash the blueberries against the side of the pan. salt to taste.
Serve the duck over the rice topped with the sauce. This can feed two people for several meals or a group of 4-6 once.
Analysis: duck is sweet and cool and nourishes kidney yin and essential qi. blueberries are sweet, cold, and nourish kidney yin; they are also anti-angiogenic and full of antioxidants and fight cancer. brown sugar moves and tonifies blood; it contains B vitamins. rosemary is warm and acrid and moves qi; it is also anti-angiogenic and anti-inflammatory. shiitakes are sweet and neutral and strengthen the lungs and stomach; they are anti-angiogenic and boost white blood cell counts and fight cancer. shallots are sweet, acrid, and neutral. they strengthen the qi of the lung and stomach and help to break down the fats in the meal. turmeric is warm and acrid and moves liver qi and breaks up static blood. wild rice is cool, bitter and sweet, brown rice is sweet and neutral. they strengthen qi overall and contain B vitamins to build blood and strengthen the nervous system.
this recipe is well suited for a woman with a mixture of yin/blood/qi deficiency. she would feel hot, irritable, restless and exhausted before, during, and after her period. this would be a particularly suitable meal for winter months as it is extremely nourishing. if she has difficulty digesting heavy foods, orange or tangerine zest may be added to the sauce to help break down the fats and prevent stagnant qi in the belly.

Blueberry Flax Oatmeal

Categories: Blood Vacuity, Kidney Yin Vacuity, Rice and Grains, Vegan, Vegetarian

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Blueberry Flax Oatmeal (serves 2):

Ingredients:
* 2-1/4 cups water
* dash salt
* 1 cup regular rolled oats
* 1/4 cup fresh blueberries
* 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
* 1 TBS flaxseeds
* 1 TBS blackstrap molasses
Preparation:
1. Combine the water and salt in a small saucepan and turn the heat to high.
2. When the water boils, turn the heat to low, add oatmeal, and cook, stirring, until the water is just absorbed, about 5 minutes. Add walnuts and flaxseeds. Stir, cover the pan, and turn off heat. Let set for 5 minutes. Serve with molasses and garnish with blueberries.

Nutritional Breakdown:
Salt – Cold, Salty, Slightly Sweet. Harmonizes and promotes digestion, strengthens Kidney (in small amounts) fortifies bones, tendons and teeth, brightens eyes, detoxifies.
Rolled oats — sweet, warm — supplements vacuity, rejuvenates nervous and reproductive systems
Blueberries — sour, sweet, warm — tonifies kidneys, nourishes blood, astringes qi
Walnuts — sweet, warm — tonifies the kidneys and lungs, lubricates the large intestine
Flaxseed — neutral, sweet — tonifies the spleen, moistens intestines, nourishes yin, strengthens immunity
Molasses — warm, sweet — tonifies qi, strengthens spleen, lubricates lungs

Raw BlueBerry Blaster Pie

Categories: Blood Vacuity, Desserts, Gluten-free, Kidney Qi Vacuity, Kidney Yin Vacuity, Raw, Spleen Unable to Govern Blood, Vegan, Vegetarian

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Raw BlueBerry Blaster Pie
2 C Raw Walnuts
1 C Unsweetened Shredded Dried Coconut
¼ t Salt
½ C Medjool Dates (pitted) + ¾ C Medjool Dates (pitted)
4 C Fresh Blueberries  (if you use frozen, thawed and well-drained)

1 T fresh lemon juice

Serves 8-12 (Depending on the slicer)

Crust
Blend Walnuts, Coconut and Salt in a food processor until coarsely ground. Add 1/2 c dates and process until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs and begins to stick together. Don’t over process/blend. (Any extra crust will store for about a month in the refrigerator or 3 months in the freezer).  Scoop Crust into a pie plate or tart pan. Use a light circular motion with your palm and finger to distribute th crumbs uniformly along the bottom and up the sides of the pan. There should be a ¾ inch lip of crumbs along the sides of the pan. After the crumbs are evenly distributed press the crust down on the bottom of the pan using your fingers and palm. Be sure to press especially firmly where the bottom of the pan joins the sides. Then press the crust against the pan’s sides, shaping it so that its edges are flush with the rim. Place in the freezer for 15 minutes.

Now place 1 -½ C of the blueberries along with the dates and lemon juice in a blender and process until smooth. Transfer to a mixing bowl, add the remaining blueberries, and mix well. Remove the crust from the freezer. Pour the blueberry filing into it and press down with a rubber spatula. Put in the freezer for at least 30 minutes. Cut and serve.

TCM Analysis
Walnuts — Sweet, Warm; LU, LI, KD; Lubricates Intestines; Good for Constipation
Coconut — Warm, Sweet; Intestines; Strengthens Body, Reduces Swelling; Good for Intestinal Worms
Salt — Cold, Salty, Slightly Sweet; Harmonizes and Promotes Digestion; Moves Stagnation (Constipation)
Medjool Dates — Sweet, Warm; Tonifies Spleen and Stomach, Harmonize Digestion, Encourage BM
Blueberries — Cool, Sweet, Sour; Lubricate, Promote Body Fluids, Strengthen Spleen
Lemon Juice — Cool, Sour; Regenerate Body Fluids, Harmonize Stomach, Regulates Qi

Overall Intended Action(s)
Strengthen and regulate the Spleen and Stomach Qi to improve digestion as well as providing the needed food processing to properly form stools, move stagnation and aid in constipation. Adding the Medjool Dates, Blueberries and Lemon Juice provides fluids and lubrication to assist the stool movement.