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Spring Roll Recipe with Ginger Peanut Dipping Sauce

Categories: Liver Qi Stagnation

Jennifer Wade

Spring 2010

Eastern Nutrition

March 8, 2010

Spring Roll Recipe with Ginger Peanut Dipping Sauce

10 Rice spring roll wrappers

2.5 cups Rice vermicelli


Bunch of Cilantro

Bunch of Basil

1 Cucumber

1 bunch green onion

20 Medium Shrimp or ½ pound of Tofu


2 tbsp. soy sauce

2 tbsp. water

1 teaspoon ginger

1 teaspoon chopped garlic

2 tsp. brown sugar

½ cup peanuts

2 tsp. lime juice

1 tbsp. tapioca starch

1 tsp. xanthum gum

Pinch of stevia

Spring Roll Preparation:

Slice cucumber in a mandolin or manually to create thin strips.

Soak the rice vermicelli to soften

Boil the shrimp or defrost frozen shrimp or slice tofu in 1†x 4†inch slices.

Chop basil and cilantro.

Fill a large pan with water. Immerse the spring roll wrapper in water for a few seconds until fully moistened. Remove. Lay wrapper on a plate. Add a leaf of lettuce in the center. Top with ¼ cup rice vermicelli, small amount of chopped basil and cilantro. Slice of cucumber, and 2 shrimp or slice of tofu. Take the sides of the wrapper and fold them in towards each other. Starting from the back, roll up the rice paper over the ingredients until it is sealed.


In a blender, combine all ingredients and blend until smooth. Serve as a dipping sauce with the spring rolls. You may have to add additional water or tapioca starch to reach desired consistency.

Spring Roll:

Rice noodles, wrapper: Sweet, Neutral, SP, ST. Supplements spleen and stomach, generates and preserves body fluids.

Cilantro-slightly cool, acrid. Promotes sweat, strengthens digestion, and promotes qi flow.

Cucumber-cool, sweet and bland. Clears heat, quenches thirst, relieves irritability, promotes diuresis, counteracts toxins.

Lettuce-Neutral, bland. Lung, St, UB. Invigorates qi, removes stagnation, reduces swelling, softens hardness.

Basil: Warm, acrid. Induces sweating, harmonizes stomach, antidote for seafood poisoning.

Green onion: Pungent, warm. Lung, LI. Releases exterior wind cold, Invigorates blood, drains damp.

Shrimp: Sweet. Liver. Boosts Kd yang/qi


Tofu: Cool, LU, LI. Moistens dryness, relieves inflammation of the stomach, neutralizes toxins.


Garlic: Pungent, sweet, warm. Warms spleen/St. Improves digestion.

Ginger: Acrid, warm. Lung, SP, ST. Disperses exterior cold, stops nausea/vomit, detoxifies other herbs, reduced inflammation

Soy sauce: Salty and cold. SP, ST, KD. Harmonizes middle jiao, clears heat, antidote to food and drug poisoning.

Lime juice: Cooling, sour astringent, antiseptic. Purges the liver. Promotes weight loss, cleanses blood, treats high blood pressure.

Brown Sugar: Sweet, warm. Sp, St, Lv. Supplements middle jiao, expels cold, invigorates blood, moves liver qi.

Peanuts: Sweet, neutral. Sp, Lu, LI. Strengthens spleen, drains damp, nourishes blood, stops bleeding, promotes lactation.

Overall Properties and Comments:

This recipe will help move qi and would be ideal for a pattern of Liver qi stagnation. With marked spleen qi deficiency, it would be wise to remove the lettuce and cucumber as raw veggies can be harder to digest. Instead you can add steamed veggies such as carrot and zucchini to assist the spleen in digestion. The sauce, being warm, also helps to assist in digesting the cooler veggies. There is also some Lung nourishing aspect to this recipe depending on what veggies are served.

You tube video, how to wrap a spring roll:

Clean, Mean Burritos

Categories: Kidney Yin Vacuity

Clean, Mean Burritos

(Serves 1)

1 Whole grain tortilla
1/2 cup cooked rice
1/2 cup cooked black beans
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
(Add onion, cucumber, avocado, radish, and lettuce to your liking)

Warm the tortilla in a dry skillet until pliable, or wrap it in a dampened dish towel and heat in a 300 degree oven for 5-6 minutes.
Place the rice in the center of the warmed tortilla, and mound the beans on top of the rice. Add vegetables, sprinkle with cilantro. Fold up tortilla and enjoy! :)

Rice- Sweet and neutral, supplements SP and ST, generates and preserves body fluids, good for general vacuity.
Black Beans- Warm and sweet, tonifies KD, nourishes yin, strengthens and nourishes blood, brightens eyes, promotes urination
Onion- Warm and pungent, promotes sweating, resolves phlegm, diuretic
Cucumber- Cool sweet and bland, clears heat, quenches thirst, relieves irritability, promotes diuresis
Avocado- Sweet and cool, nourishes yin and blood, moistens lungs, skin and intestines.
Radish- Cool, pungent, and sweet, removes stagnant food, moistens lungs, resolves mucus, quenches thirst, relieves alcohol intoxication
Lettuce- Neutral and bland, invigorates qi, removes stagnation, reduces swelling, and softens hardness. (Mild in action)

Overall this recipe is good for KD yin xu and also promoting fluids.

Guacamole – Lung yin deficiency with heat

Categories: Lung Fluid Xu, Lung Yin Vacuity, Stomach Fire

Guacamole – Lung yin deficiency with heat

3 avocados — thermal cooling nature, sweet flavor
1 tbs. lime juice Cool, sour, astringent, antiseptic. Benefits Liver. Sour astringes the lungs.
½ cup onions chopped and soaked in salt water to neutralize (can’t find any research about this but it is done in South America. Salt is cold so it makes sense that it takes the heat out of the onion) Pungent, neutral, LU, ST. Clears heat, relieves toxicity, transforms phlegm and damp.
Cilantro – Cool, acrid, promotes sweat, strengthens digestion, promotes qi flow.


When I went to mexico, the guacamole was served very simply with only a few ingredients and I liked it better than some of the versions you can find here that contain tomato and sour cream. I like to sprinkle a little kelp flakes in. Gives it extra cooling and doesn’t change the flavor.

This will help to cool of the lungs and stomach but is contraindicated if any phlegm is present.

Chicken Nam Sod

Categories: Kidney Qi Vacuity, Kidney Yang Vacuity, Spleen Qi Vacuity, Spleen Yang Vacuity

Chicken Nam Sod

1 bunch chopped cilantro
2 ½ lbs raw ground chicken (or pork)
3 tablespoons fish sauce
Juice from 6 limes
2 oz matchsticked fresh gingerroot
1 large thinly sliced onion
Ground peanuts
Romaine hearts
3 cloves chopped garlic

Grind chicken in food processor. Sautee chicken in cooking oil with chopped garlic until the moisture from the chicken has evaporated. Put chicken aside. Sautee onion in oil. Combine chicken, cilantro, fish sauce, lime juice, ginger, sauteed onion in a bowl.

Refrigerate overnight and serve at room temperature. Present chicken on a crisp lettuce leaf and sprinkle peanuts on the top.

Serves 6

Chicken — sweet & warm; SP/ST/KD, supplement qi
Ginger — pungent & warm; LU/SP/ST, disperse exterior cold, stop nausea & vomiting
Cilantro — sl. Cool & acrid, releases the exterior, good for common cold, improves digestion
Onion — pungent & neutral; LU/SP/ST; clears heat relieves toxicity, transforms damp
Garlic — hot & acrid; promotes sweating, anti-viral, relieves toxins

Tostadas To Tonify The Blood

Categories: Heart Blood Vacuity, Spleen Qi Vacuity

Erika Anderson

Tostadas To Tonify The Blood
Makes 6 Servings

1 lb. Ground Beef Warm Sweet SP ST K Nourish Qi + Blood Supplement SP/ST
1 Green Pepper Chopped Warm Pungent SP, H Invigorates Blood Warms MJ, Expels Cold
1 Cup of Red Beans Neutral Sweet H, SP, ST Percolates Damp Reduces Edema
1 Onion Chopped Neutral, Pungent LU, LI ST Clears Heat, Trans. Phlegm
2 Garlic Clove, Roughly Chopped Warm, Pungent
1 tsp. Cumin Warm, Pungent
Salt and Pepper to taste
1 Medium Tomato Chopped Cold Sweet, Sour SP,ST UB K Clears Heat, Tonifies Qi and Blood
Cilantro Chopped Warm Acrid LU, SP Causes a Sweat, Causes Qi to Descend
Enchilado Cheese
(Crumbling Cheese Looks orange on the Outside) Neutral Sweet LU, SP, ST Moistens Dryness, Ton Qi/Blood
Lettuce Cold Sweet Bitter LU, ST, UB Clears Heat, Cools the Blood,

1) Heat oil over medium heat.
2) Sauté Onions and Garlic in Oil, until the onions are transparent, over Medium Heat
3) Add Cumin, Stir and then add the Ground Beef and cook until beef is slightly browned.
4) Add the Beans and cover and cook 4 minutes.
5) Serve on tostadas, adding (Chopped Cilantro, Cheese, Chopped Lettuce, Chopped Tomatoes, Salsa, Squeeze of Lime)


Overall this recipe nourishes Heart Blood.
This recipe is Warm and Sweet and supplements Heart and Lung which tonifies Zhong Qi and postnatal Qi and Blood. It also supplements the SP/ST which tonifies postnatal Qi and Blood.
This recipe is Warm, Acrid, and Nourishing, and therefore it Warms and Invigorates Blood.
Even though this recipe is warm, sweet, and acrid overall, it is cooled off by the (Tomato, Lettuce, Lime juice, and Cheese), This stops it from being too dispersing.

Squash and Potatoes

Categories: Spleen Qi Vacuity

Squash and Potatoes

Locro — Sp qi vacuity

1 pound acorn or butternut squash cut into 2 inch squares —warm, sweet, tonifies sp, st, reduces inflammation.
2 potatoes cubed. Nuetral, sweet, tonifies sp, stomach qi.
½ cup peas Sweet, neutral. Sp. Harmonizes middle jiao and promotes urination.
½ cup corn kernals —Neutral, sweet, diuretic, nourishes heart, improves appetite, regulates digestion, improves kidneys.
1 onion Pungent, neutral, LU, ST. Clears heat, relieves toxicity, transforms phlegm and damp.
1 teaspoon Cumin- Warm, helps move qi
¼ cup Cilantro Cool, acrid, promotes sweat, strengthens digestion, promotes qi flow.
2 tsp. garlic warm, moves qi
Salt and pepper
1 tablespoon olive oil

Boil squash and potatoes in water so that there is 1 inch of water over veggies. Cook until they are very soft and mushy, approximately 25 minutes. In a separate pan, heat oil then add garlic and onion and cook until tender, 5-10 minutes. Add corn and peas, cumin, salt and pepper. Transfer onion mixture to squash. Add cilantro and queso fresco and serve. Serves 4.

This is a nice recipe for spleen qi vacuity. This is really a nuetral and balanced recipe and can be eaten by almost anyone with any pattern. Serve with rice.

Thai Style Cucumber Salad

Categories: Liver Fire Rising, Liver Qi Stagnation

Thai Style Cucumber Salad
By Kylie Roach

½ of a seedless English cucumber, sliced (do not peel for more medicinal effect)
3 radishes, chopped
2 Tbsp. cilantro, chopped finely
1 green onion, chopped
2 Tbsp. Thai sweet chili spring roll sauce
2 Tbsp. rice wine vinegar

Make the dressing first: combine spring roll sauce with vinegar and water and whisk together. Adjust the amount of spring roll sauce, vinegar and water to the taste you like. Once the dressing is ready stir in the cucumber, radish, cilantro and onion. Serve immediately or chill and serve the day it was made.

Cucumber: cool, sweet, bland and bitter (peel). Clears heat, quench thirst, treat jaundice, relieve irritability.

Radish: cool, pungent, sweet. Cuts mucus, treats food stagnation, detoxifies

Cilantro: slightly cool, neutral, pungent. Promotes sweating, regulates flow of Qi.

Green onion: hot, pungent. Induces sweating, anti-microbial, purges LV.

Sweet chili sauce: sweet, warm, sour.

Rice wine vinegar: warm, sour. Detoxifies, astringes, promotes movement of xue.

This dish is good for clearing stagnation of the LV. Pungent, sour and bitter flavors are known to clear stagnation from the LV and harmonize. The cool and pungent flavors here are used to clear heat caused from the stagnation. This dish is best when consumed in spring, the time of the LV, to purge the LV.

Watermelon Salsa

Categories: Raw, Side Dishes, Summerheat, Vegan, Vegetarian

watermelon salsa

Watermelon Salsa


* 3 cups finely diced seedless watermelon, (about 2 1/4 pounds with the rind) (see Tip)
* 2 jalapeno peppers, seeded and minced (see Ingredient note)
* 1/3 cup chopped cilantro, (about 1/2 bunch)
* 1/4 cup lime juice
* 1/4 cup minced red onion, (about 1/2 small)
* 1/4 teaspoon salt, or to taste


1. Place watermelon, jalapenos, cilantro, lime juice and onion in a medium bowl; stir well to combine. Season with salt. Serve at room temperature or chilled.

Analysis – This recipe is great to clear and prevent Summerheat and Dampness.


Cucumbers with lime and cilantro

Categories: Dryness, Heat, Raw, Side Dishes, Summerheat, Vegan, Vegetarian


Cucumbers with Lime and Cilantro

2 cucumbers, sliced.

Lime juice from 3 limes, approximately ½ cup juice.

½ cup cilantro, chopped


Cut up cucumbers into a bowl, pour juice on top, add cilantro and salt and mix together. This can last for several days in the refrigerator.

Serves 4.


cucumber– Cool, sweet, diuretic, counteract toxins, cleanse blood, moistens lungs

Lime juice–Cool, sour, astringent, antiseptic. Benefits Liver.

Cilantro– Cool, acrid, promotes sweat, strengthens digestion, promotes qi flow.

Salt– Salty, cold, Kd. Clears heat, cools blood, eases bowels, nourishes kidney

This is a nice recipe for summer heat with dryness and no damp. It is cooling, moistening, and releases the exterior. It is contraindicated for more pronounced damp signs or for spleen yang deficiency.

Mexican Salsa

Categories: Appetizers, Blood Stasis, Blood Vacuity, Mexican, Raw, Vegan, Vegetarian


Mexican Salsa

1 medium tomato, diced
1 clove garlic, pressed
3 green chilies, minced
2-3 green onions, chopped
6 springs coriander or cilantro leaves, finely chopped
juice of 1 lime, freshly squeezed
sea salt to taste
1/4 cup water
Mix together and serve.

TCM Analysis:
Tomato- sweet, sour, cold, promotes fluids, clears heat, promotes urination, supplements KD
Garlic- warm, acrid, kills parasites, relieves toxicity, prevents influenza, promotes circulation
Green Chilies- warm, acrid, moving, promotes circulation, analgesic
Green Onions- warm, acrid, LU/LI, releases exterior wind cold, invigorates blood, drains damp
Coriander- acrid, aromatic
Lime Juice- very sour, cooling, astringent, antiseptic, moves blood
Salt- salty, cool, softening
Overall Pattern: This salsa is primarily warm and acrid and moves/circulates blood in the body.