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Artichoke and Dandelion Frittata

Categories: Liver Qi Stagnation, Liver Yang Rising, Liver Yin Vacuity, Mediterranean, Vegetables, Vegetarian



  • 4 Artichokes, trimmed, hearts removed and reserved
  • 1 bunch Dandelion Greens, rinsed and chopped
  • 6 Eggs
  • ½ c cream
  • ¼ tsp Salt
  • Pinches of nutmeg and black pepper
  • 1 cup shredded fontina or Monterey jack cheese
  • ½ cup parmesan cheese

1) Quarter the artichoke hearts and steam until tender, 5 minutes. Add the greens and steam until wilted, 2 min. spread the artichokes and greens evenly in a greased baking pan.

2) Beat eggs with the cream, salt, pepper, and nutmeg. Stir in shredded cheese. Pour the egg and cheese mixture over the vegetables.

3) Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Bake frittata uncovered for 30 minutes. Sprinkle parmesan over the top and place back in oven for 5-8 minutes more until the frittata is puffed and browned on the top.

Artichoke: cool, sweet, bitter; regulates Liver Qi, benefits Liver and Gallbladder, clears heat

Dandelion Greens: cool, bitter, slightly sweet; clears heat, detoxifies Liver, subdues Liver Yang

Eggs: cool, sweet; nourishes Yin, tonifies Blood

Cream/Cheeses: neutral, sweet; strengthens weakness, tonifies Qi and Blood, lubricates


This recipe will help with symptoms of Liver Yin Deficiency with Yang Rising like dizziness, blurred or impaired vision, headache, tinnitus, insomnia, and dry mouth and throat. It would also be useful with symptoms of menopause like hot flashes, night sweats, and hot hands and feet. Even though the recipe contains ingredients like egg yolks and dairy, dietary cholesterol doesn’t necessarily contribute to overall cholesterol imbalance in the body, and therefore, could still be beneficial for biomedical correlates of Yang Rising like high blood pressure, cholesterol, and conjunctivitis.

CONTRAINDICATIONS: Yang Deficiency or Damp constitution

Quesadillas with Cheese and Mushrooms

Categories: Appetizers, Mexican, Spleen Qi Vacuity

Mushroom Quesadillas 500

Quesadillas de Queso y Hongos
Quesadillas with Cheese and Mushrooms

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 pound mushrooms, such as trumpet royale
¼ cup fresh epazote leaves
8 ounces Queso Oaxaca or other Mexican melting cheese
1 pound masa (corn flour)
1 cup warm water

  •  Thinly slice the mushrooms and sautee with olive oil and salt and pepper to taste.
  •  When the mushrooms are soft and starting to brown, toss in the epazote leaves and continue to cook until just wilted. Set aside.
  • Shred the Queso Oaxaca and set aside.
  • In a separate bowl, mix masa and water, then continue to add water 1 tablespoon at a time until the batter is thick and sticky, like a firm cookie dough.
  • Make balls of batter about 1 inch in diameter. Place each ball between sheets of plastic cut from grocery or produce bags. All three layers can be placed in a tortilla press and compressed until it is a consistently thin sheet of dough.
  • Slide each raw tortilla onto a hot skillet, then immediately mound with about 1 ounce of cheese and 2 tablespoons of mushrooms.
  • Fold the tortilla in half and press around the edges with your finger or a spoon to seal.
  • Continue to cook the quesadilla until browned, flipping as needed.
  • Serve with the salsa of your choice.

Note: squash or nasturtium blossoms make a great filling, used in place of the mushrooms.


Tx: This recipe is nourishing to the Spleen and Stomach, and beneficial to immunity. The dampness generating quality of the cheese is balanced by the draining qualities of the mushrooms.

Mushroom: Neutral to slightly cool and sweet, mushrooms are one of the most powerful food medicines available. They are nourishing, but also clear excesses, especially of heat and toxicity. Mushrooms are known to have a strong effect on immunity, and are beneficial to cancer patients, especially in cases of stomach or cervical cancer.
Corn Flour / Masa: Sweet and neutral. Enters the Spleen, Stomach and Urinary Bladder. Tonifies qi and strengthens the Middle Jiao, corn flour is considered easy to digest. Has a diuretic action, especially for conditions of poor water metabolism.
Epazote: Treats diarrhea and dysentery, expels parasites, and calms the nerves. I think this most likely drains dampness and heat.

Cheese and its biological effects (and why I love it)

Categories: Articles, Damp, Food Education, Food Safety, Vegetarian, Western Medicine