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Split Pea and Barley Soup

Categories: Spleen Damp, Spleen Damp Cold, Spleen Qi Vacuity, Spleen Yang Vacuity, Stomach Cold

Split Pea and Barley Soup (serves six)

14 cups of water
1 pound green split peas
½ cup barley, rinsed in a strainer
1 TBL olive oil
1 bay leaf
2 TBLS unsalted butter
2 medium onions, diced
4 garlic cloves, minced
2 carrots finely diced
1 celery rib, finely diced
1 tsp fresh thyme, or ½ tsp dried
1 tsp salt
Freshly ground black pepper to taste

Instructions

  • In a large stockpot combine water, split peas, barley, olive oil and bay leaf. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Then reduce heat to lively simmer. Cook the soup, continuing to stir periodically for 30 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, melt butter in a medium-size skillet over medium heat.  Add onions and garlic.  Sauté until the onions are golden brown.
  • Stir the onions into the soup along with the carrots, celery, thyme, salt and pepper.
  • Cook, now stirring frequently to prevent the soup from sticking as it thickens, for 30 more minutes. The soup is ready when the peas have almost totally dissolved and the barley and vegetables are tender. The soup will thicken as it cools in the serving bowls, so thin with more water if necessary.

Comments: This recipe uses great ingredients for the SP.  They are cooked well, making it easier for the Spleen to digest. It also offers warming spices to help warm the middle jiao and encourage Sp Qi. Barley is a particularly good grain for strengthening the SP and ST and also helps to leach out dampness. Carrots are also nice for the SP and help drain dampness

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.

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

Directions

  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.

Barley soup

Categories: Spleen Damp, Spleen Damp Heat, Spleen Qi Vacuity

Spleen qi xu with dampness

Barley soup

The barley soup can help both drain damp and tonify the middle jiao. This is a good soup for someone who has a weak digestive system, and needs a filling dinner that will not aggravate their stomach. This soup might make a person urinate frequently because it is helping drain damp, as well as relieve toxicity.

  • ½ onion, diced
  • 2 ribs celery, diced
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 8 cups water
  • 1 cup pearled barley uncooked
  • 1 cup mung bean, pre-soaked if dry
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • ½ tsp basil
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp thyme

Preparation:

In a large soup pot, sauté the onions, celery, and any other vegetables for 3-5 minutes. Add water and all other ingredients and bring to a simmer, then reduce heat to medium low.  Allow to simmer for at least an hour, stirring occasionally, until barley is soft and somewhat fluffy. Add more spices to taste and enjoy!

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.

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

Pearled barley- Bland, cold; spleen, stomach, urinary bladder; tonifies spleen and stomach

Mung Bean- Sweet, cold; heart, stomach, urinary bladder; clears heat, relieves toxin, promotes urination.

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

Black Pepper- Acrid, warm; stomach, large intestine; warms the middle jiao, descends stomach qi, expels damp and cold.

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.

Thyme- Acrid and warm; lung and stomach; resolves the exterior and dispels cold, moves the qi and opens the stomach, down bears counter flow and stops cough, wind cold with a headache, body aches and pains, indigestion, abdominal distention.

Contraindicated in anyone who is already experiencing diarrhea or frequent urination.

Spinach and Mango Salad

Categories: Heart Disease, High blood pressure, Liver Fire Rising

Spinach and Mango Salad
(Serves 4)

6 cups of spinach
4 celery stalks
2 mangoes
1 cup of sunflower seeds (optional: toast lightly)

Wash spinach and celery thoroughly. Chop celery into small pieces. Cut mango into small-medium chunks. Toss ingredients together in a large bowl and serve.

TCM Analysis:
Spinach: cool, sweet, strengthens all organs, lubricates intestines, promotes urination, ventilates chest, quenches thirst, nourish blood
Celery: cool, sweet, slightly bitter, tonify KI, stop bleeding, strengthen SP & ST, clear heat, lower blood pressure, promote diuresis, benefits blood
Mango: neutral, sweet, sour, lubricates dryness, stops cough, harmonizes ST, calms LV, descends rebellious Qi
Sunflower Seed: neutral, sweet, soothes LV, lowers blood pressure, relieves dysentery, resolves pus, moistens intestines

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

Barley Casserole

Categories: Bi Syndrome Cold, Bi Syndrome Hot, Cleanse, Spleen Damp

Barley Casserole

(Serves 6-8)

Ingredients:
2 cups pearled barley
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 large onion, sliced
3 garlic cloves, finely chopped
2 carrots, grated
2 celery stalks, diced
5 tablespoons shoyu
1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
1/4 teaspoon dried basil
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

Preparation:
Preheat over to 350*F. Bring 3 cups of water to a boil in a large saucepan; add the barley, and cook for approximately 55-60 minutes or until tender. Drain off any remaining water and set cooked barley aside.
Heat the old in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onion and garlic, and saute until the onion is tender, about 5 minutes. If the onion starts to stick or get brown, add a bit of water to the pan. Add the carrots, celery, shoyu, salt, basil, oregano, and garlic powder and cook for 5 minutes, stirring often, until the vegetable are tender. Add the barley, and stir over medium-high heat for 3 minutes. Taste the seasoning and adjust if necessary.
Transfer to a 8×12 baking dish and bake uncovered until heated through, about 35 minutes.

Analysis:
pearled barley- bland and cold, tonifies SP and ST, drains damp, promotes urination, reduces pustules, used to treat bi syndrome, edema, and skin conditions.
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 food and stagnant blood, reduces abscess
carrots- cool, sweet and pungent, clears heat, detoxifies, strengthens all internal organs, benefits the eyes, relieves measles, lubricates the intestines, promotes digestion
celery- cool, sweet, and sl. bitter, tonifies KD, stops bleeding, strengthens SP and ST, clears heat, lowers blood pressure, promotes diuresis, benefits blood

Overall this recipe helps bi syndrome, edema, and causes urination. Its also pungent and can help to detoxify.

Chickpea Soup

Categories: Spleen Qi Vacuity

CHICK PEA SOUP:
Main Action: Strengthens the Spleen
2-hour preparation time Serves 4
INGREDIENTS:
1.5 cups chickpeas (garbanzo beans) – neutral, sweet; HT, ST
1 medium carrot diced- neutral, sweet; LV, LU, SP & Improves Qi Circulation
1 onion diced — warm, pungent, LU, ST & promotes sweating
1 stalk of celery sliced-Bitter, sweet, cool, LV, ST — reduces damp & clears heat
5 cloves sliced garlic-acrid, warm/hot, sweet, salty, HT, LV, LU, SP — strengthens Yang, drains damp and phlegm
1 teaspoon minced garlic
2 twigs rosemary- warm, sweet, pungent, HT, KD, LU, SP — strengthens yang, reduces phlegm and warms the cold
2 twigs thyme-warm, bitter, pungent, LU, SP —resolves phlegm
black pepper-hot, sweet, pungent, KD, HT, LI, ST- warms, reduces damp and phlegm, reduces toxins
salt-salty, cold, KD, LI, ST,SP- clears heat and reduces phlegm and toxin
olive oil-neutral, sweet, SP, LV
Preparation and cooking:
Soak the chickpeas overnight in water. Drain chickpeas and cover again with water to 2 inches above the lever of the chickpeas. Add sliced garlic, rosemary, and thyme. Simmer partially covered for one hour. Remove thyme and rosemary twigs. Add carrot, onion, celery, salt and pepper. Cook for another 30 minutes or so. Add some more water. Beat the soup with and egg beater until partially pureed. Add minced garlic and cook a few more minutes. Add olive oil and serve.

Mushroom, Celery and Garlic Soup

Categories: Liver & Gall Bladder Damp Heat, Liver Blood Stasis, Toxic Heat in the Blood

Mushroom, Celery and Garlic Soup

Serves 4
4 ½ cups chopped mushrooms
4 celery stalks, chopped
3 garlic cloves
3 tbsp dry sherry or white wine
3 cups chicken stock
1 – 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
½ – 1 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
celery leaves, to garnish

Place mushrooms, celery, and garlic in a pan and stir in the sherry or wine. Cover and cook over low heat for 30 to 40 minutes until the vegetables are tender.

Add half the stock and puree in a food processor or blender until smooth. Return to the pan and ad the remaining stock, the Worcestershire sauce, ands nutmeg.

Bring to a boil and season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve hot, garnished with celery leaves.

Celery — sweet, bitter, cold; LV, ST; Clears heat, tonifies KD, strengthens SP/ST, lowers BP, benefits xue, calms LV & shen, promotes diuresis, drains damp, transforms phlegm; treats hypertension, insomnia, edema (swelling), diabetes, cough, ST fire, Lin syndrome.

Mushroom (white) – cool, sweet; clears summer heat, lowers BP, anti-tumor, detoxifies; treats hypertension, summer irritability and other summer heat problems, tumors; CI: white mushrooms should not be used by those with skin problems, allergies or a cold ST.

Garlic – hot, acrid; anti-bacterial, anti-viral, antifungal, detoxifies meat and seafood, kills worms, removes stagnant food or blood, reduces abscesses, warms yang, dispels cold; combats cancer, high blood cholesterol, infections, diarrhea, dysentery, vomiting and coughing of xue.

Dry sherry or white wine — warm, pungent, sweet; promotes circulation, enhances the effect of circulatory herbs; treats arthritis, traumas, bruises, painful conditions.

Chicken (stock) — warm, sweet; tonifies qi, nourishes xue, aids KD xu, benefits SP/ST.

Overall this recipe pretty well-balanced in warming and cooling effects. It looks like it treats conditions in western medicine that, in eastern medicine, we consider having to do with toxic heat and phlegm (cancer, high blood cholesterol, tumors, high blood pressure). So for this reason, I am categorizing this as a WOOD IMBALANCE – LV xue stasis with phlegm and LV/GB damp-heat.

Pearl Barley with Aduki Beans

Categories: Large Intestine Damp Heat, Spleen Damp, Spleen Damp Heat, Spleen Qi Vacuity

Erika Anderson

Pearl Barley/Aduki Beans
To Drain Damp in San Jiao/GallBladder/Liver

Ingredients:
1 Cup Barley Cold Sweet, Sl. Salty SP, ST, UB Drains Damp,Tonifies SP, ST
3 Cups Stock
½ Onion Chopped Neutral Pungent LU, ST, LI Transforms Phlegm and Damp
1 Celery Stalk Neutral Sweet Liver, Stomach Drains Damp transforms phlegm, Clears Heat, Subdues Liver Yang
1 Carrot Chopped Neutral Sweet SP, LV, LU H Drains Damp, Clears Heat, Strengthen SP and H.
1 Tbsp. Olive Oil
½ of a 16 Ounce Can of Aduki Beans Neutral Sweet H, SP, SI Drain Damp, Reduces Edema

*Makes 4 Servings

Directions:
1) Heat 1 Tbsp. of Olive Oil in Sauce pan over medium heat add the onions, celery, carrots, and sauté until the onions have become translucent.
2) Add Stock, and Pearl Barley and bring to a boil.
3) Lower heat to a simmer and Cover and cook 1 hour.
4) Add the Aduki Beans and stir.
5) Cover and heat through, for about 5 minutes.
6) Fluff the Barley with a fork and Serve.

Recipe Treats:
Neutral and Sweet, this recipe Tonifies Earth and Drains Damp in the San Jiao/ GB/ Liver. None of the ingredients technically go to the San Jiao and yet all of the ingredients effect the San Jiao.
All of the ingredients Drain Damp. If you have damp in the body the San Jiao system is effected.