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Morning Sickness Mush: A recipe to help ease nausea in expecting Mommies

Categories: Spleen Qi Vacuity, Stomach Rebellious Qi

Morning Sickness Mush: A recipe to help ease nausea in expecting Mommies
By Katie Fritz

This recipe is to be prepared the evening before and placed in a crockpot to cook overnight

1/4 c. green lentils
1/4 c. brown rice
1/2 c. millet
1 slice of ginger (sheng jiang)
A slice of organic orange peel (sm. amount)
Honey to taste

A handful of fresh, organic strawberries

Place lentils, brown rice, millet, orange peel & ginger in a crockpot and cover with 4 cups water. Cook in the crockpot on low overnight.

In the morning add fresh strawberries to your mush & sweeten to taste w/ honey. Enjoy warm.

TCM analysis:
Lentils: neutral & sweet: supplement qi & blood; harmonize digestion, strengthen ST & descends rebellious qi
Brown rice: neutral-warm & sweet: supplements qi, supplements center burner; quenches thirst, relieves irritability
Millet: cool-neutral-warm, sweet: supplements qi & cools heat; stops vomiting, clears heat, soothes morning sickness
Ginger: warm, acrid & sl. sweet: warms middle burner, benefits ST
Orange peel: warm, bitter & acrid: moves qi
Strawberries: cool, sweet & sour: forms body fluids & blood, strengthens SP
Honey: neutral & sweet: supplements qi & blood; nourishes yin, tonifies weakness, strengthens SP

The overall goal of this recipe is to strengthen the middle burner & descend ST qi. There is more millet to cool & supplement the MJ and stop vomiting. The ginger and orange peel help regulate the qi (and are present in very small amounts). The orange peel is bitter to direct ST qi downward. The strawberries then nourish qi & blood. The honey is added for its tonifying properties & for taste!

Brown Rice Congee with Shiitake Mushrooms and Greens

Categories: Spleen Qi Vacuity, Stomach Cold

Brown Rice Congee with Shiitake Mushrooms and Greens

SP QI XU - Nina Gaglio

Serves 4

1 teaspoon vegetable oil

2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced

1-inch piece ginger, thinly sliced

1 cup sliced fresh shiitake mushrooms (if substituting dried, pre-soak in hot water for 20 minutes)

1 cup long-grain brown rice, rinsed and drained

9 cups water

4 ounces greens, thinly sliced (can use kale, Chinese broccoli, broccoli raab, broccolini.

1 teaspoon soy sauce.

Brown Rice- Sweet, Sl. Warm, SP, ST. Supplements qi, soothes stomach, drains damp.

Shitake (Mushroom) – Sweet, Neutral, LU, SP. Supplements spleen and stomach, rectifies qi, transforms phlegm, boosts wei qi.

Broccoli- Sweet, Sl Bitter, Acrid, Cool, SP, LV. Strengthens spleen, clears heat, promotes urination, nourishes liver blood.

Ginger-Warm,Acrid, LU, SP, KD. Release exterior WC, stop nausea/vomiting, reduce inflammation, detoxify.

Garlic- Hot, Acrid, LU, SP, ST. Detoxifies meat and seafood, kills worms, removes stagnant food or blood, reduces abscess, dispels cold.

Vegetable oil– Sweet, Neutral, nourish blood and yin.

Water-Nourish fluids.

Overall, this dish warms the stomach and strengthens the spleen, nourishes yin and fluids and supplements qi. (Recipe modified from The Kitchn.com)

Beet Broccoli Dish

Categories: Liver Blood Vacuity, Spleen Qi Vacuity

LV Blood Xue- Wood – nina gaglio

Beet Broccoli Dish– serves 3 to 4

1 medium beet (roasted until soft) sliced 1-inch cubes

2 cups broccoli – chopped

1 cup brown rice

2 tablespoons soy sauce

1 tablespoon sesame oil

Overall TCM Functions:

Nourishes LV blood, harmonizes SP/ ST

Beet- sweet, neutral, SP, ST, LV. HT. Nourishes LV blood, strengthens middle jiao, calms the shen.

Broccoli- sweet, sl. bitter, acrid, cold. LV, SP. Nourishes LV blood, strengthens SP.

Brown Rice- sweet, sl. warm, SP/ST. Supplements qi, soothes ST, drains damp.

Soy Sauce- salty, cold, SP, ST, KD. Harmonizes middle jiao, clears heat.

Sesame oil- nourishes yin and fluids, helps to expel phlegm.

Steak Stir-Fry

Categories: Spleen Damp Cold, Spleen Qi Collapsing & Sinking, Spleen Qi Vacuity, Spleen Yang Vacuity, Stomach Cold

Steak Stir-Fry
Prep: 20 minutes Marinate: 15 minutes
Cook: 17 minutes Makes: 4 servings

1/2 lb skirt steak
2 garlic cloves
3 TBS lime juice
1 tsp olive oil
3 bell peppers
1 onion
2 1/2 cups diagonally cut asparagus
1 TBS grated peeled fresh ginger
1 TBS low-sodium soy sauce
2 tsp toasted sesame oil
2 cups cooked brown rice
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
2 TBS chopped cashews

Cut 1/2 lb skirt steak crosswise into 1/4 thick strips. Toss together with 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped, and 2 TBS lime juice; marinate the steak for 15 minutes. Heat 1/2 tsp olive oil in a wok or nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Cook the steak with the marinade, stirring constantly, for 2-3 minutes or until medium-rare; transfer with slotted spoon to a large bowl and set aside. Add 3 bell peppers, slice and 1 onion, sliced to the wok; cook, stirring, for about 7 minutes or until just tender. Transfer the pepper and onion mixture to a bowl with the steak. Add 1/2 tsp olive oil and 2 1/2 cups diagonally cut asparagus to wok; cook, stirring for about 4 minutes or until tender. Put the pepper, onion and steak mixture back into the wok. Add 1 TBS grated peeled fresh ginger, 1 TBS low-sodium soy sauce, 2 tsp toasted sesame oil and 1 TBS lime juice to wok; cook, stirring, for about 2 minutes or until heated through. Add 2 cups cooked brown rice to the wok; heat for 2 minutes. Divide the stir-fry among 4 plates, and distribute 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro and 2 TBS chopped cashews evenly on top; serve.

Skirt Steak: sweet, neutral supplements qi & blood, strengthens yang
Garlic Cloves: warm, acrid, sweet, moves qi, warms MJ, dispels cold
Lime Juice: cool, sour, expels heat
Bell Peppers: sweet, acrid, bitter moves qi & blood
Onion: warm, acrid, sweet, regulates qi, drives out cold
Olive Oil: cool ,sweet, fatty, moistens
Asparagus: sweet bitter sl. warm, strengthens SP
Ginger: warm, acrid, sweet, strengthens MJ
Soy Sauce: cold, salty, sweet, harmonizes MJ
Toasted Sesame Oil: warm, sweet, moistens intestines
Brown Rice: neutral, sweet, supplements qi & blood
Cilantro: neutral, acrid stimulates digestion
Cashews: sweet, strengthens ST and intestines

This recipe is warm overall with some touches of coolness for balance. The main ingredients steak, garlic, onion, asparagus and peppers tonify yang and strengthen MJ.

Beef Congee

Categories: Bi Syndrome Cold, Kidney Yang Vacuity, Spleen Damp, Spleen Damp Cold, Spleen Yang Vacuity

Beef Congee (Serves 8-10)
Ingredients: 1 cup raw brown rice, ½ lb. ground beef, 2 TB olive oil, 2 garlic cloves, minced, 10 cups water, 1 ½ TB soy sauce, Toppings: scallions, cilantro, ginger

Directions: Wash rice, drain, and repeat 3 more times until water runs clear. Marinate beef in soy sauce for 10 minutes. Heat a large stockpot over medium-high heat with 2 TB olive oil. When hot, add the ground beef and garlic. Fry until ground beef is browned. Add water, soy sauce and rice. Turn heat to high. When boiling, immediately turn heat to low. Simmer for 40 minutes. Serve with toppings.

Analysis of Recipe:
Brown rice: neutral, sweet, strengthens spleen, nourished stomach, quenches thirst, relieves irritability, astringes intestines, stops diarrhea
Beef: warm, sweet, tonifies qi and blood, strengthens spleen and stomach, dispels dampness, relieves edema, strengthens bones and tendons
Garlic: hot, pungent, anti-viral, anti-fungal, detoxifies meat and seafood, kills worms, removes stagnant food and stagnant blood, reduces abscesses
Soy sauce: cool, sweet, clears heat, detoxifies, eases urination, and lubricates lungs and intestines
Scallions: hot, pungent, expels external pathogens, dispels wind and cold, induces swelling, anti-viral, anti-bacterial
Cilantro: slightly cool, pungent, promotes sweating, strengthens digestion, promotes the flow of qi
Ginger: warm, pungent, promotes sweating, anti-toxin, antidote for seafood poisoning, benefits lungs and stomach, expels pathogen

Lentils with Brown Rice

Categories: Spleen Qi Vacuity

Lentils with Brown Rice

3 tbs of water
1 medium onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, chopped
1 cup chopped up mushrooms
1 medium carrot, chopped
1 cup lentils
1 8 or 10 oz can tomato sauce
2 cups veggie stock
2 c water
1 tsp dried basil
1 tsp dried oregano
Crumbles of goat cheese (optional)

1 cup brown rice (shortgrain)

chopped parsley to taste – 2 tsp at least; I like about 1/3 cup.

Serves 4-6

DIRECTIONS
Rice Cooker:
Put the onion into the rice cooker with the sherry or stock, and turn on the machine. Let the onion saute, as you chop and add the garlic, mushrooms, and carrot. Give the pot a quick stir as you add each
veggie. Add water if the vegetables start to stick, add the lentils, rice, liquids, basil, and oregano. Cover, let it cook, and allow recipe to stand about 10 minutes when the cooker shuts off. Stir in the parsley and serve. Sprinkle goat cheese on top.

Stovetop:
Saute the veggies, add everything but the parsley, cover and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer about 40-45 minutes, or until liquid is absorbed. Stir in parsley. Sprinkle goat cheese on top.

TCM breakdown:
Onion: Pungent, neutral; Clears heat and relieves toxicity, Transforms phlegm and damp, Kills parasites, Lowers BP and cholesterol
Garlic: Hot, acrid; Promotes sweating, Resolves phlegm, regulates qi, Reduces toxins
Mushrooms: Sweet, cool; Supplements SP and ST, Rectifies qi, Transforms phlegm, Boosts wei qi
Carrot: Sweet, Neutral; Strengthens SP and HRT, Nourishes and soothes LV, Benefits LU, Diuretic and drains damp, Anti-inflammatory
Lentils: Sweet, Neutral; Strengthens SP and Harmonizes MJ
Tomato Sauce: Sweet, sour, cold; Promotes fluids, Clears heat, Promotes Urination, Supplements KD
Basil: Pungent, warm; Diaphoretic, Harmonizes ST, Counteracts seafood poisoning
Oregano:
Parsley: Pungent. Bitter, slightly warm; Improves digestion, Detoxifies meat or fish poisoning, vents measles.
Brown Rice: Sweet, Warm; Stops sweating
Goat Cheese: Sweet, neutral; Supplements qi, Nourishes blood, Moistens dryness

No C/CI

Rice Porridge with Astragalus & Common Yam

Categories: Lung Qi Vacuity, Spleen Qi Vacuity, Wei Qi Vacuity

Rice Porridge with Astragalus & Common Yam

Boil one cup brown rice with 2 yams and 24g of Astragalus (huang qi) until they are all very soft. The final consistency should be of a thick soup, or congee. Do not eat the huang qi. Rest assured that the properties of this medicinal herb will have been transferred to the congee and absorbed by the other ingredients.

Brown Rice- Sweet, warm. Affects Spleen and Stomach. Supplements qi, Soothes Stomach, Drains Damp.
Huang qi – Sweet, Warm. Affects Spleen, lung. Tonify qi, Raise yang, Boost wei qi, Used for Wasting and thirsting, Drains damp.
Yam – Sweet, Neutral. Affects Spleen, lung, kidney. Supplements Spleen, Lung, Kidney; Benefits yin and fluids, Consolidates kidney.

Indications of Sp/St qi xu: fatigue, lassitude, abdominal bloating, loose stools, pale tongue with white coating and fine weak pulse.

All 3 ingredients benefit Spleen qi. Huang qi and brown rice drain dampness. Huang qi raises clear qi and yang. This recipe is especially helpful because it is already in a soup or congee form and this makes digestion quite easy as the Spleen and Stomach have a bit of the burden taken off them.

Beef Congee

Categories: Bi Syndrome Cold, Cold Damp Distressing Spleen, Kidney Jing Vacuity, Kidney Yang Vacuity, Spleen Qi Vacuity, Spleen Yang Vacuity

Beef Congee (Serves 8-10)
Ingredients: 1 cup raw brown rice, ½ lb. ground beef, 2 TB olive oil, 2 garlic cloves, minced, 10 cups water, 1 ½ TB soy sauce, Toppings: scallions, cilantro, ginger
Directions: Wash rice, drain, and repeat 3 more times until water runs clear. Marinate beef in soy sauce for 10 minutes. Heat a large stockpot over medium-high heat with 2 TB olive oil. When hot, add the ground beef and garlic. Fry until ground beef is browned. Add water, soy sauce and rice. Turn heat to high. When boiling, immediately turn heat to low. Simmer for 40 minutes. Serve with toppings.
Analysis of Recipe:
Brown rice: neutral, sweet, strengthens spleen, nourished stomach, quenches thirst, relieves irritability, astringes intestines, stops diarrhea
Beef: warm, sweet, tonifies qi and blood, strengthens spleen and stomach, dispels dampness, relieves edema, strengthens bones and tendons
Garlic: hot, pungent, anti-viral, anti-fungal, detoxifies meat and seafood, kills worms, removes stagnant food and stagnant blood, reduces abscesses
Soy sauce: cool, sweet, clears heat, detoxifies, eases urination, and lubricates lungs and intestines
Scallions: hot, pungent, expels external pathogens, dispels wind and cold, induces swelling, anti-viral, anti-bacterial
Cilantro: slightly cool, pungent, promotes sweating, strengthens digestion, promotes the flow of qi
Ginger: warm, pungent, promotes sweating, anti-toxin, antidote for seafood poisoning, benefits lungs and stomach, expels pathogen

Brown Rice Porridge

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

Brown Rice Porridge

1 cup brown rice (coarsely ground)
2 cups water
1/2 cup gou qi zi
2 tbsp raw honey
2 tbsp unrefined, expeller pressed flaxseed oil

In medium sauce pan, bring rice to a boil and reduce heat. Add gou qi zi and let simmer for 5-8 minutes, stirring occasionally. When a pasty consistency is achieved, remove from heat and add honey and flax oil. Serves 2 people.

Brown rice: Sweet, sour, warm; SP/ST. Strengthens SP/ST, drains damp, relieves irritability, stops diarrhea, cold hands and feet and nervous debility (contains B vitamins).
Gou qi zi: sweet, neutral; LU/LV/KD. Benefits LV/KD, moistens LU, benefits essence and brightens the eyes.
Raw honey: Sweet, neutral; SP, ST. Harmonizes middle jiao, reduces inflammation and pain.
Flax seed: sweet, neutral; Strengthens immunity, relieves inflammation, reduces pain, benefits heart, lowers cholesterol.
Overall, this recipe tonifies SP/ST, nourishes LV/KD yin, and clears heat.

Tomato-Lentil Soup with Spinach, Corn, and Brown Rice

Categories: Spleen Qi Vacuity

Tomato-Lentil Soup with Spinach, Corn, and Brown Rice Recipe

2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 tablespoons olive oil
1½ cups chopped yellow onion
¼ cup minced garlic
1 pound carrots, cut into ¼-inch pieces
¼ pound celery, cut into ¼-inch pieces
8 to 10 cups chicken stock
Two 14.5-ounce cans diced tomatoes, with juice
1 pound green lentils
Two 14.5-ounce cans tomato sauce
¾ cup uncooked long-grain brown rice
1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
1 tablespoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cumin
Freshly ground black pepper
10 ounces baby spinach
1½ cups frozen corn kernels

Heat the butter and oil in a heavy large pot over medium-high heat. Add the onion and garlic, reduce the heat to medium-low, and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion is very tender, 8 to 10 minutes. Add the carrots and celery and continue to cook, stirring occasionally, for an additional 10 minutes. Add 8 cups of the chicken stock, diced tomatoes, and lentils. Cover and simmer for 1 hour. Raise the heat to high and bring to a boil. Add the tomato sauce, rice, thyme, salt, cumin, and pepper to taste. Reduce the heat back to medium-low and simmer, covered, for 30 minutes. Stir in the spinach and corn, and cook uncovered for 30 minutes more, adding more chicken stock if necessary.

Analysis:
Butter — neutral, sweet, strengthens weakness, nourishes qi and blood, lubricates dryness
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 blood and reduces abscesses.
Carrots-sweet, neutral, strengthens spleen and heart, nourishes and soothes liver, benefits the lung, diuretic, drains damp, anti-inflammatory
Celery-sweet, clears heat resolves toxin, subdues liver yang and wind, drains damp transforms phlegm, calms the shen
Tomato-sweet. Sour, cold, promotes fluids, clears heat, promotes urination, supplements kidney.
Lentils- sweet, neutral, strengthens spleen, harmonizes middle jiao
Brown Rice- sweet, slightly warm, supplements qi, soothes stomach, drains damp
Salt-salty, cold, clears heat cools blood, eases bowel movements, nourishes kidney
Black Pepper- pungent, warm, warms the middle jiao, descends stomach qi, expels damp and cold
Spinach-sweet, cold, clears heat, stops bleeding, nourishes blood, stabilizes yin, moistens dryness.
Corn- sweet, neutral, strengthens spleen, soothes stomach, promotes urination