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Egg Drop Soup

Categories: Heart Yin Vacuity, Kidney Yin Vacuity, Liver Blood Vacuity

Egg Drop Soup

* 4 cups chicken broth or stock (nourishes blood)
* 2 eggs, lightly beaten (nourishes blood)
* 1 -2 green onions, minced (warming)
* 1/4 teaspoon white pepper
* Salt to taste
* A few drops of sesame oil (optional)

In a wok or saucepan, bring the 4 cups of chicken broth to a boil. Add the white pepper and salt, and the sesame oil if using. Cook for about another minute.
Very slowly pour in the eggs in a steady stream. To make shreds, stir the egg rapidly in a clockwise direction for one minute. To make thin streams or ribbons, gently stir the eggs in a clockwise direction until they form.
Garnish with green onion and serve.
Serves 4

Winter Melon Soup

Categories: Cold Damp Distressing Spleen, Spleen Damp, Spleen Qi Vacuity

Winter Melon Soup
3-4 Servings

Winter melon, or wax gourd, is a fruit that is cooked and eaten as a vegetable due to its flavor.

1 cup winter melon (1/2 pound)
2 cups chicken broth
4 Chinese dried black mushrooms
2 – 3 slices fresh ginger
1/4 cup cooked ham, diced
1 green onion (green part only) cut into 1-inch pieces
Salt and pepper to taste

1. Wash the winter melon, remove the green skin, seeds, and the pulp. Cut into 2-inch pieces.
2. Reconstitute the Chinese dried mushrooms by soaking in hot water for 20 minutes until softened. Squeeze out any excess water.
3. Place the winter melon in a pot of water, bring to a boil, and simmer for approximately 20 minutes or until the winter melon is tender.
4. Add the chicken broth, mushrooms, ginger and cooked ham. Add seasonings as desired. Simmer for about 20 minutes. Add green onion for garnish. Serve hot.

Variations:
Add barbecued shrimp.
Add other vegetables such as bamboo shoots, carrots, or squash.

(Recipe modified from Rhonda Parkinson on About.com)

TCM Analysis:
Winter melon: Bland, slightly cold; LU, SP/ST, UB. Promote urination, reduce edema, expel phlegm, stop cough, improve metabolism.
Black mushrooms: Neutral, sweet; ST, KD. Strengthen ST, lower blood pressure, tonify qi/blood, clear toxins, promotes digestion, strengthens immunity.
Ginger: Warm, acrid; LU, SP, ST. Release exterior WC, stop nausea/vomiting, reduce inflammation, detoxify.
Ham: Neutral, sweet, salty; KD, SP, ST. Nourish yin.
Green onion: Warm, acrid; LU, LI. Release exterior WC, invigorate blood, drain damp.

Overall, this recipe is for MJ weakness and damp accumulation. Even though the ham is generally not recommended in this pattern, a small amount is added for flavor and as a balance to the other key ingredients.

Egg-Drop Soup

Categories: Liver Blood Vacuity, Spleen Qi Vacuity, Wei Qi Vacuity

Egg-Drop Soup

Ingredients:

  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 medium carrot
  • 6 shiitake mushrooms
  • ½ bunch of spinach
  • 1 quart chicken broth
  • 1 Tbsp white miso
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 green onions

Instructions:

  1. Mince garlic, and chop carrot into thin coins. Remove mushroom stems, and chop caps. Wash spinach and pat dry.
  2. In a saute pan, heat olive oil over medium heat. Saute garlic for 1 minute, just long enough to become fragrant. Add carrots and mushrooms. Saute for 1-2 minutes, stirring so mushrooms don’t stick to the pan. Add spinach and a little bit of broth. Continue cooking until spinach is mostly wilted.
  3. Add the rest of the chicken broth and cover. Heat all the way through, but do not bring to a boil.
  4. Ladle out 1-2 cups of liquid into a bowl or glass container. Add miso and stir until miso is dissolved. Return to non-boiling soup, and stir to evenly distribute miso.
  5. Crack eggs, and drop them into soup, stirring to break up the whites and yolks. Cook for 1-2 minutes.
  6. Serve and garnish with green onions.

Makes 3-4 servings.

TCM analysis:

olive oil: sweet, sour, astringent, neutral; clears heat, detoxifies, promotes body fluids
garlic: acrid, hot; detoxifies meat & seafood; removes stagnant food or blood; warms yang
carrot: sweet, neutral; SP, LV, LU, HRT; strengthens SP and HRT, nourishes and soothes LV
shiitake: sweet, neutral; SP, LU; supplements qi, boosts wei qi, lowers cholesterol
spinach: sweet, cold; ST, LI; nourishes blood, stabilizes yin, moistens dryness
chicken broth: sweet, warm; SP, ST, KD; supplements qi, nourishes blood, boosts wei qi
miso: salty, cool; aids digestion, neutralizes acid in the body, increases resistance to disease
eggs: sweet, neutral; SP, ST, LU; nourishes yin & blood, supplements SP/ST, calms shen
green onions: acrid, warm; LU, LI; releases external wind-cold, invigorates blood, drains damp

In general, this recipe is neutral in temperature and sweet to tonify qi, blood, and fluids. Warm, acrid ingredients (garlic, green onions) lightly invigorate to prevent cloying, and balance other cool ingredients (spinach, miso). The recipe is directed to the middle jiao, where it strengthens SP and ST qi and promotes SP production of blood. The use of chicken broth, shiitake mushrooms, and miso also strengthens immunity by boosting protective qi.

Scallion and Basil Chicken Noodle Soup

Categories: Soup, Spleen Qi Vacuity, Wei Qi Vacuity, Wind Cold Invading Lungs

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Scallion and Basil Chicken Noodle Soup

ingredients:
one carton organic chicken broth
one large organic boneless skinless chicken breast
one bunch scallions, whites minced fine, greens sliced and reserved for topping
one large handful fresh basil, minced
3 inch piece fresh ginger, sliced thin
1/2 package brown rice noodles

boil the chicken breast with the broth and white parts of the scallion and the ginger until it shreds easily, about 30 minutes; add the noodles and basil and cook approximately 6 minutes longer. serve topped with the green parts of the scallion. salt to taste.

serves 2-3.

TCM ANALYSIS
chicken is warm and sweet, tonifies qi, strengthens KD/SP. basil, scallions and ginger are warm and pungent, release the exterior, and transform phlegm from cold. brown rice is sweet, sour, and warm and strengthens the SP and drains dampness.

feel good soup for a rainy day. add a cinnamon stick in with the broth at the beginning for extra achy body.