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Beet and Goat Cheese Salad

Categories: Heart Blood Vacuity, Heart Qi Vacuity, Heart Yin Vacuity, Salad, Vegetarian

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BEET AND GOAT CHEESE SALAD serves 4

  • 4 beets, peeled
  • 4-1/2 oz goat cheese
  • 1 tbs chives
  • Salt/pepper
  • Several handfuls of young arugula
  • ½ apple, julienned
  • 2 tbs turbinado/brown sugar
  • 2 tbs rice vin
  • 2 tbs soy sauce
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • Black sesame seeds

1) Bring water and beets to a boil, simmer until tender, 30 min. Drain and cool. Cut each beet into 8 wedges.

2) Blend cheese and chives and season with s & p.

3) Combine sugar, vinegar, and soy sauce. Beat dressing with enough olive oil until emulsified.

4) Toss beets and arugula with the dressing, scatter chunks of the cheese and julienned apple over the salad, drizzle with more evoo and sesame seeds.

ENJOY…

Jason Cox

 

TCM ANALYSIS

HEART BLOOD DEFICIENCY LEADING TO HEAT

Beets: cool, sweet; nourishes blood, tonifies heart, cleanses the liver

Goat Cheese: warm, sweet, salty; nourishes blood, strengthens the kidney and Qi, moistens dryness,

Arugula: cool, bitter; clears heat

Apple: cool, sweet, slightly sour; tonifies the heart and Qi, reduces dryness.

Brown sugar: warm, sweet; strengthens digestion, pacifies heart

Rice vinegar: warm, sour; invigorates blood, astringes liver from fanning heart fire

Soy sauce: cool, sweet, salty; clears heat

Olive oil: neutral, sweet; clears heat, moistens

Sesame seeds: neutral, sweet; harmonizes Blood, nourishes LV and KD Yin and calms the spirit.

 

This recipe is used for Heart Blood Deficiency with Heat. It can be used for conditions like anemia, heart weakness, and hypertension with symptoms like dry throat, insomnia, palpitations, and poor memory.

CONTRAINDICATIONS: Spleen Qi Deficiency with a buildup of damp and cold

Jumbo Shrimp with Chive Butter

Categories: Kidney Yang Vacuity

Kidney Yang Xu
JUMBO SHRIMP WITH CHIVE BUTTER

Ingredients
1/4 cup Dijon mustard
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
1 cup (2 sticks) butter, melted
6 tablespoons chopped fresh chives
36 uncooked jumbo shrimp, peeled, deveined, butterflied
Whole chives

Preparation
Preheat broiler. Place mustard in bowl; whisk in lemon juice, then melted butter. Add chopped chives. Season with pepper.
Arrange shrimp, cut side up, on broiler pan. Brush with some of butter mixture. Broil until just cooked through, about 4 minutes. Arrange on plates and garnish with whole chives. Serve, passing remaining butter separately.

Ingredients analysis
Dijon mustard — Acrid, warm; Lung; Warms the Lungs, regulates qi, and expels phlegm; Promotes movement of the qi, disperses clumps, unblocks the collaterals and stops pain.
Lemon juice – cool, sour; Lv; Generates fluids, harmonizes St, regulates qi, quenches thirst, benefits Lv.
Butter – Sweet, neutral; Sp, St, Lu; Supplements qi, nourishes blood, moistens dryness.
Chives — Sweet, acrid, warm; St, Lv, Kd; Warms the middle jiao, warms the Kd yang, invigorates blood
Shrimp — Sweet, warm; Lv, Kd, Sp; Boosts Kd yang, promotes lactation, discharges pus and mucus

TCM analysis: Overall this recipe is warm and sweet. The main ingredients in the recipe tonify Kd yang while the other ingredients regulate, tonify qi, and harmonize and warm the middle jiao.

Horseradish Potato Salad

Categories: Wind Cold Invading Lungs

Horseradish Potato Salad

3 pounds small (2-inch) potatoes
1/4 cup red onion, chopped
1 tablespoon white-wine vinegar
1 cup sour cream (or 1/2 cup sour cream, 1/2 cup yogurt)
2 tablespoons fresh dill, finely chopped
1/4 cup chopped fresh chives
1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
3 tablespoons prepared horseradish
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Boil the potatoes until fork tender, cool them to room temperature and quarter them. In a large bowl, mix the remaining ingredients and fold over the potatoes. Adjust seasoning to taste.

potatoes – sweet, neutral. spleen, stomach. strengthens and harmonizes MJ
red onion – pungent, neutral. LU, ST, LI. Clears heat, relieves toxicity; transforms phlegm damp, kills parasites, lowers BP and cholesterol.
white-wine vinegar – pungent, sweet, sour, warm. St, LIV, HT. Expels cold, Invigorates xue, clears toxin, astringes
sour cream or yogurt – cool, sour. Cools heat, astringes.
dill – Pungent, acrid. LI, LU. Expels cold, tonifies metal
chives – acrid, warm, pungent. LU, LI. Tonifies metal
Dijon mustard – acrid, warm, pungent. LU, LI. Tonifies metal
horseradish – acrid, warm, pungent. LU, LI. Tonifies metal
salt – salty, cold. Kidney. Clears heat cools xue, Nourishes kidney. Eases bowel Movement.
black pepper – pungent, warm. ST, LI. Warms MJ. Descends Stomach qi, expels damp and cold.

This recipe is predominately Warm And Acrid to dispel wind cold from the lung. Acrid is associated with Metal, which is the Lung and Large Intestine. Although there is a tiny amount of dairy in this recipe, it should not be a problem because there are so many agents acting to disperse the cold and warm, invigorating agents to prevent the dairy from being too cloying. The salty agents will aid the kidney in grasping the qi, too.