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Chai

Categories: Asian, Beverages, Qi Stagnation, Spleen Damp Cold, Spleen Qi Vacuity, Spleen Yang Vacuity, Stomach Cold, Vegetarian

chai-tea

CHAI TEA

makes 2 quarts

Ingredients:

2 qts water

2 cinnamon sticks

¼ c green cardamom pods

1 heaping tsp black peppercorns

½ heaping tsp whole cloves

Several slices of fresh ginger

1-2 black teabags (I like Darjeeling or Earl Gray)

Honey

Goat’s Milk

nutmeg

1) Combine all ingredients except for the tea bags; bring to boil, reduce heat, and simmer, covered, for 45 min.  Add the tea bags and continue to simmer for another 10-15 min.  Strain into a container to store.

2) To serve, reheat a desired amount and add honey and goat’s milk to taste; grate nutmeg over the top.

Variations:

Experiment by adding other dried herbs like dried tangerine peel or dried coconut.

You can substitute soy milk, rice milk, or almond milk for the goat’s milk.

TCM ANALYSIS

Qi Stagnation with Cold in the Middle Jiao

Cinnamon:  Hot, acrid, and sweet; HT, LV, KD, SP; strengthens stomach, warms body.

Cardamom:  Warm, acrid; KD, SP; aids digestion, warms and resolves dampness, regulates Qi, stops

nausea and vomiting.

Black Peppercorns:  Hot, acrid; ST, LI; warms body, aids digestion

Cloves:  Warm, acrid; KD, SP, ST; warms body, reverses rebellious Qi.

Ginger:  Warm, acrid; LU, SP, ST; releases exterior Wind Cold, stops nausea/vomiting

Black Tea:  Cool, bitter, sweet; clears the head, resolves phlegm, promotes digestion and urination

Honey:  Warm, sweet; LU, SP, ST; lubricates dryness, strengthens digestion

Goat’s Milk:  Neutral, sweet; strengthens, nourishes Qi and Blood, lubricates dryness

This recipe contains very warming and moving herbs that promote good digestion.  Goat’s Milk is

the traditional ingredient in this drink and even though it can be considered an acquired taste, in a

small amount, it works to tonify Qi and Blood.   Goat’s Milk is also much easier to digest than Cow’s

milk.  It can be used for indigestion, fatigue after meals, nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.

Chinese Cinnamon Barley Soup

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

Chinese Cinnamon Barley Soup
six servings

*8 whole scallions, ends trimmed, cut into 1.5 inch sections and smashed lightly with the flat side of a knife
*8 cloves garlic, smashed lightly
*8 slices of ginger, about the size of a quarter, smashed lightly
*2 sticks of cinnamon
*1 tsp anise seeds
*1/2 cup soy sauce (or tamari sauce if wheat sensitive)
*1/2 cup rice wine or sake
*7 cups water
-2 lbs chuck or beef stew meat, cut into 1.5 inch cubes (or adzuki beans with tempeh if vegetarian)
-1 cup barley
-1 1/2 lbs spinach, trimmed, rinsed and drained
-3 TBS minced scallions, white part only

1. Place the starred ingredients in a large pot or casserole dish. Bring to a boil.

2. Add the beef and barley, and boil again. Reduce the heat to low, cover and simmer, skimming the surface to remove impurities and fat. Cook for 1 1/2 hours, until the beef is very tender. Scoop out the ginger slices, cinnamon sticks, and anise seeds, and discard.

3. Add the spinach to the beef, cover, and heat till boiling. Ladle the meat with broth and spinach into serving bowls, sprinkling the top with scallions. Serve immediately.

TCM Theory:
Scallions: warm, acrid, LU, ST
Garlic: warm (when cooked), acrid, sweet (when cooked), LU, ST, SP
Ginger: warm, acrid, LU, ST, SP
Cinnamon: warm to hot, acrid, ST, SP, LV, KD
Soy Sauce: cold, salty & sweet, SP, ST, KD
Rice Wine: warm, acrid, sweet, bitter, HT, LV, LU, ST
Beef: warm, neutral, sweet, SP, ST, KD
Barley: cool, salty, sweet, SP, ST
Spinach: cool, sweet, ST, LV, LI, SI

Overall Effect of Ingredients:
Warms the KD and the middle burner, tonifies KD yang

Smooth Move Smoothie

Categories: Large Intestine Damp Heat, Large Intestine Qi Stagnation

Smooth Move Smoothie
L.I. shi heat leading to constipation
By Katie Fritz

1 apple, cored/sliced
1 pear, cored/sliced
1 plum, pitted/sliced
2 bananas
1/2 avocado
1/2 c. silken tofu
1-2 c. green tea (depending upon your preference of consistency)
1-2 tbsp. Maple syrup (to taste)
Cinnamon, to taste

Place the apple, pear, plum, bananas, avocado & tofu in your blender. Boil 8-16 oz. of water and add to 1-2 heaping tsp. of green tea leaves, steep for about 5 minutes. Once steeped to your liking, add green tea (w/o leaves) to your blender. Blend all ingredients until smooth. Give it a taste test & add maple syrup & cinnamon to your liking!

Serving size: 2-3 people

TCM analysis:
Apple: reduces dryness, alleviates thirst, tonifies qi
Pear: cools ST heat; generates body fluids, quenches thirst, clears heat, descends qi (& stops cough)
Plum: aids digestion, regulates body fluids, removes stagnation of qi
Banana: moistens the L.I.; clears heat, lubricates intestines
Avocado: nourishes yin & xue, moistens LU, skin & intestines
Tofu: expels heat & moistens/lubricates dryness, strengthens SP/ST
Green tea: cools heat, relieves thirst, promotes digestion
Maple syrup: sweet, tonifies SP/ST
Cinnamon (gui zhi): strengthens ST, warms coldness

The overall focus of this recipe is to cool L.I. heat, generate fluids & stimulate digestion. The cinnamon will counteract the mostly cold nature of this recipe, while stimulating the digestive organs. The fruits, tofu & tea cool heat & moisten the bowels.

Sweet Potato Pie

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

Sweet Potato Pie

1 Recipe of your favorite pie crust.
2 cups cooked, mashed Sweet potatoes (yams).
3 beaten eggs
½ to ¾ cup brown sugar, barley malt, syrup, or honey.
1 tsp. cinnamon.
½ tsp. cloves.
¼ tsp. nutmeg.
½ tsp. allspice.
1 scant tsp. salt.
1 ½ cups evaporated milk (or mixed nonfat dry milk, goat milk, soy milk, or cashew milk).
Whipped cream for topping (optional).

Prepare crust and put into a 9 to 10 inch pie plate.  In a large bowl, beat together all the other ingredients except whipped cream.  Beat thoroughly and pour into pie shell.  Bake in preheated 375 degree oven for nearly an hour.  Cool before serving.  Serves six to eight people.

Sweet potatoes: neutral, sweet; SP/ST/L.I.; Strengthens SP, Tonifies qi/blood.
Eggs: sweet, neutral; nourishes yin/blood, lubricates dryness.
Milk: sweet, neutral; strengthens weakness, Tonifies qi, blood, and yin, lubricates dryness.
Honey: Sweet, neutral; SP, ST. Harmonizes middle jiao.
Cinnamon: acrid, sweet, hot; HT/KD/LV/SP. Warms and Tonifies yang, disperses cold, moves blood.
Overall, this recipe tonifies the SP/ST, nourishes yin and blood, and benefits KD/LU.

Cranberry and Goji Berry Chutney with Shu di Huang

Categories: Heart Blood Vacuity, Heart Qi Vacuity, Kidney Yang Vacuity, Liver Blood Vacuity

Siri Michel

Fire Imbalance – Heart Blood Deficiency

Cranberry and Goji Berry Chutney with Shu di Huang

Ingredients

  • 9 grams Shu di Huang
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon fresh grated ginger
  • 12 ounces fresh cranberries
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2/3 cup goji berries
  • pinch cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 cup chopped dried apricots
  • pinch allspice
  • 1 medium shallot, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup apple cider
  • 1/3 cup chopped walnuts
  • 2/3 cup white or brown sugar or 1 cup brown rice syrup
  • one orange, Zest of
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup

 

Directions

  1. Combine cranberries, goji berries, apricots and shallots in saucepan.
  2. Add cider and enough water to cover. Let sit for 20 – 30 minutes.
  3. Bring to a boil, then turn down to a simmer.
  4. Cook for 15 minutes, or until goji berries are soft and plump, and the cranberries pop.
  5. Stir in sugar, maple syrup, spices and salt.
  6. Cook 5 minutes longer.
  7. Adjust seasonings. Remove from heat.
  8. Stir in walnuts and orange zest.
  9. Cool to room temperature.
  10. Store in a covered container in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.

 

TCM properties

Ingredient: Taste, Temp, Organs Function

Shu di Huang: Sl. warm, sweet; HRT, LVR, KD; Tonify and nourish blood, yin, and essence.

Cranberries:  Neutral, sweet; SP, ST; Supplements the center and boosts the qi; fortifies the spleen and harmonizes the stomach; eliminates vexatious thirst, stops diarrhea and dysentery

Goji berries: Neutral, sweet; LVR, LU, KD; Nourish Liver blood, yin of Kidney and Lung.

Apricots: Cool, bland; SP, ST, UB; Drains dampness, promotes urination.

Shallots: Cold, sweet; HRT, ST, UB; Clear heat, promotes urination.

Apple Cider: Neutral, sweet, sour; SP, HRT, SI; Percolates damp, promotes urination.

Sugar: Neutral, sweet; SP, ST; Strengthen Spleen, moisturizes.

Maple Syrup: Neutral, sweet; SP, ST; Strengthen Spleen, moisturizes.

Ginger: Warm, pungent; LU, SP, ST; Release the exterior, disperse wind-cold; transform fluids; resolve toxicity.

Cinnamon: Hot, pungent, sweet; SP, KD, UB Supplements source yang; warms Spleen & Stomach; eliminates accumulation and chill; frees the flow of blood; stops pain.

Cayenne: Hot, pungent; SP, ST; Dispels cold; fortifies the Stomach; quickens the blood and moves qi; treats indigestion, loss of appetite, and wind damp cold bi syndrome.

Allspice: Hot, pungent; SP, ST, SI, LI Warm middle burner, move qi.

Kosher or Sea Salt: Cold, salty, sl. sweet; KD, UB Harmonize and promote digestion; in small amounts – strengthens Kidney, fortifies bones, tendons and teeth; brightens eyes; detoxifies.

Walnuts: Warm, sweet; KD, LU, LI Tonify Kidney and Lung, moisten intestines.

Orange Zest: Sl. warm, aromatic; LU, SP, ST Regulate and move qi, prevent stagnation.

Options: substitute Dang Gui for Shu di Huang.

Modified recipe from: http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/recipe/cranberry-and-goji-berry-chutney

Oven Roasted Carrots with Mideast Spice Blend

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

Siri Michel

Earth Imbalance – Spleen Qi Deficiency; Spleen Yang Deficiency

Oven Roasted Carrots with Mideast Spice Blend (Serves 4 as a side dish)

Ingredients

  • 1 lb carrots – cut on diagonal into ½ inch thick pieces
  • 1 – 2 T olive oil
  • 1.5 to 2 tsp cumin (optional 1/2 – 1 tsp whole cumin)
  • 1/8 to ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 to ¼ tsp cayenne
  • ½ tsp kosher or sea salt
  • black pepper to taste

 

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Place sliced carrots in a large bowl. Drizzle the olive oil over them. Toss carrots to coat.
  3. Sprinkle spices over carrots. Toss well to coat.
  4. Spread carrots in a single layer on a baking sheet.
  5. Roast until tender and lightly caramelized, turning once at midpoint. Approximately 30 – 45 minutes or
  6. until done.
  7. Salt and pepper are to taste. All spices can be increased or decreased.

NOTE: For Spleen Yang Deficiency, pan roast carrots in a skillet until slightly caramelized and medium soft. Add a couple tablespoons of water, cover and steam for a few minutes until carrots are soft. This will make them easier to digest.

 

TCM properties

Ingredient: Taste, Temp, Organs; Function

Carrots: Neutral to sl. warm, sweet,

pungent; LU, SP, HRT, KD, LVR; Strengthens all internal organs; detoxifies; lubricates intestines, promotes digestion, strengthen Spleen/Lung, benefits eyes.

Olive Oil: Neutral, sweet; LVR, GB Nourish yin and fluids; lubricate intestines

Cumin: Warm, pungent; LU, LI Warms the center, promotes digestion.

Cinnamon: Hot, pungent, sweet; SP, KD, UB; Supplements source yang; warms Spleen & stomach; eliminates accumulation and chill; frees the flow of blood; stops pain.

Cayenne: Hot, pungent; SP, ST Dispels cold; fortifies the Stomach; quickens the blood and moves qi; treats indigestion, loss of appetite, and wind damp cold bi syndrome.

Kosher or Sea Salt: Cold, salty, sl. sweet; KD, UB Harmonize and promote digestion; in small amounts - strengthens Kidney, fortifies bones, tendons and teeth; brightens eyes; detoxifies.

Black Pepper: Hot, pungent; ST, LI Warms the center and descends qi; disperses phlegm and resolves toxins; promotes digestion and resolves food accumulations

 

Vegetable substitutions – Consider doing a mix of vegetables.

  • Sweet potatoes – warm, sweet
  • Cauliflower – neutral, sweet
  • Squash – slightly cool, sweet
  • Parsnips – warm, sweet, bitter
  • Potatoes – neutral, sweet
  • Broccoli – cool, sweet, sl. bitter

 

Whole Wheat Coconut Pancakes

Categories: Heart Qi Vacuity, Shen Calming

Fire - Heart qi xu, calm shen

Whole Wheat Coconut Pancakes

The best way to calm your shen is through sweet whole-wheat coconut pancakes. Sweet coconut helps strengthen heart qi, while the whole wheat nourishes the heart and calms the shen. This recipe will also help nourish your blood and yin. It is a great breakfast to help start your day.

• 2 cups whole wheat flour

• 4 1/2 tsp baking powder

• 2 tsp cinnamon

• 2 tsp sugar

• 2 large eggs

• 2 cups + 2 tbsp coconut milk

• 2 tsp of coconut flakes

• Olive oil

Directions:

Mix all dry ingredients in a bowl. Add wet ingredients to the mixing bowl and mix well with a spoon until there are no more dry spots; don’t over-mix.

Heat a large skillet on medium heat. Lightly put oil to coat and pour 1/4 cup of pancake batter. When the pancake starts to bubble, you may add your fruit if you wish (lychee, strawberry, peach or pear). When the bubbles settle and the edges begin to set, flip the pancakes. Repeat with the remainder of the batter.

Baking helps build yin and yang.

Whole wheat flour- Sweet, slightly cool; spleen, heart, kidney; supplements qi, nourishes heart and calms shen, reduces thirst.

Baking powder- Moderates the affect of the other ingredients

Cinnamon- Acrid, sweet and warm; spleen, stomach and urinary bladder; Invigorates yang, dispels cold, promotes blood circulation, warms the mingmen fire.

Sugar- Sweet, neutral; lung and spleen; boosts the qi, harmonizes the center and moistens the lungs, treats lung dryness, lung vacuity, wind cold, taxation and fatigue. coughing and panting, mouth sores, wind-fire toothache.

Egg- Sweet, neutral; lung and large intestine; strengthens blood, jing and yin.

Coconut milk- Sweet, neutral; spleen, stomach, kidney; nourishes blood, yin and jing.

Coconut- Sweet, warm; heart and lung; strengthens heart and lung qi

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

Contraindicated in anyone who is allergic to coconut. It is also very sweet and should be cautioned in diabetics.

Beet and Apple Muffins

Categories: Heart Blood Vacuity, Heart Qi Vacuity, Liver Blood Vacuity

Fire-heart blood/qi deficiency

Frances Norris

Beet and Apple Muffins

Adapted from recipe on atasteofchallah.com

Makes 30 muffins

Ingredients

  • 4 eggs-cool, sweet, nourishes yin, tonifies blood
  • 1.5 cups light brown sugar-warm, sweet, strengthens digestion
  • ¾ cup olive oil- neutral, sweet, sour, astringent
  • ¾ cup orange juice-cool, sweet, sour, clears heat, soothes liver, strengthens spleen
  • 3 cups whole wheat flour-sweet, slightly cool, nourish heart, calm shen
  • 1 ½ tsp. baking soda
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 4 small green apples, peeled and shredded-cool, sweet, slightly sour, strengthens heart
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon-pungent, sweet, warm, promotes blood circulation, warms the mingmen fire
  • 1 tsp. lemon juice- cool, sour, regulates qi, benefits liver
  • 2 cups shredded, cooked beets-cool, sweet, nourishes blood, tonifies heart, calms spirit

Directions

1. Preheat the oven to 350

2. Put all four eggs into the mixer and beat for 3 minutes. Then add in the oil, orange juice, flour, baking soda and baking powder in the exact order listed, while the mixer is beating on a low speed. When the batter is smooth, turn off the mixer.

3. Toss the shredded apples with the cinnamon and the extra bit of sugar and lemon juice. Add them into the batter, together with the shredded beets. Using a spatula, gently turn and mix it into the batter until it is all incorporated. The batter should turn a deep pinkish color.

4. Line your muffin trays with muffin liners and fill a little over halfway with batter.

5. Bake about 15 minutes

Roasted Squash and Turkey Soup

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

Earth

Roasted Squash and Turkey Soup

Servings: 4 large or 8 small

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cooking time:40 minutes

Prelude: Squash has recently become known as one of the healthiest veggies and its benefits include high fiber and a good profile of antioxidants. In this soup we pair the butternut variety with a host of spices and turkey to create an awesome flavor blend that you’re sure to enjoy.

Ingredient energetics:

5 cups butternut squash – benefit the earth, spleen, stomach and tonifiy the middle jiao

1 cup Onion: moves and aids in detoxification, also warming.

1 tablespoon ginger root – warms the middle iao and unblocks channels

1 tablespoon fresh garlic — warming acrid benefits middle jiao, resolves toxins.

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon – warming to dispel cold, promotes circulation and invigorates yang

1 teaspoon cumin – warming, benefits the liver, anti inflamatory

½ teaspoon Nutmeg: warming & moving

Ingredients:

1 tablespoon coconut oil or butter

5 cups butternut squash (peeled and rough chopped)

1 cup onion (rough chopped)

1 tablespoon ginger root – warms the middle jiao and unblocks channels

1 tablespoon fresh garlic

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon cumin

½ teaspoon nutmeg

5 cups vegetable stock

1 cup water

Soup Garnish

1 lb 10 oz (740 g) ground turkey

2 teaspoons salt

½ teaspoon pepper

Olive oil cooking spray

¼ cup cilantro (chopped)

Instructions:

Soup Base

Preheat a large pot on medium-high heat. Add 1 tablespoon of oil and then the squash and sauté until lightly browned.

Add onion, ginger, garlic, cinnamon, cumin, nutmeg and 2 tablespoons of stock, and sauté for 2 minutes more, stirring constantly.

Add the remaining vegetable stock and water to the pot and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce the heat and

simmer until squash is soft (approximately 30 minutes). **Tip: You can prep the garnish while the base is cooking.

Let mixture cool for a few minutes. Puree with a blender or food processor until smooth and then pour back into the pot. Remove from heat.

Soup Garnish

Season the turkey with salt and pepper.

Preheat a large nonstick frying pan on medium heat. Lightly coat with spray and sauté turkey until lightly browned and completely cooked. Remove from the pan and set aside. ** Tip: Sauté in smaller batches and re-spray the pan if needed.

Add the cooked turkey and chopped cilantro to the soup base. Reheat and serve immediately or portion the soup into storage containers.

**Tip: To maintain the tenderness of the meat avoid bringing the soup to a boil after the meat has been added.

Nighty Night Tea: A snack & an herbal tea to nourish HT xue & help insomnia

Categories: Heart Blood Vacuity

Nighty Night Tea:
A snack & an herbal tea to nourish HT xue & help insomnia
By Katie Fritz
1 Asian pear, fresh sliced & cored
Pinch cinnamon (rou gui)

1 tbsp. Mulberry (dehydrated)
2 tbsp. Longan fruit/ long yan rou (dehydrated)
1/4 c. amaranth, toasted

Lightly bake the asian pear in a baking pan covered w/ tinfoil. Add a pinch of cinnamon & eat a few hours before bed.

Place 1/4 c. amaranth on a baking sheet & toast until slightly brown. Add mulberry, longan & amaranth to a pot. Pour boiling water over top (from the kettle) — enough to cover the ingredients. Steep for 5-10 min. Sip before bedtime.

Pear serves 1 person
Tea makes 2-3 cups

TCM analysis:
Asian pear: cold & sweet: generates fluids, calms HT, relieves restlessness, clears heat, detoxifies
Cinnamon (rou gui): warm, acrid, sweet: enters HT, warms & balances
Mulberry:  sl cold & sweet: nourishes blood, tonifies KD, enriches yin, calms the spirit, goes to HT, LV, KD
Longan:  goes to HT & SP, tonifies & augments HT & SP, nourishes blood & calms the spirit
Amaranth — sweet, bitter & warm: tonifies qi, nourishes blood, calms spirit

The pear snack relieves restlessness & generate fluids, while directing its action to the upper jiao w/ cinnamon.
The drink serves to supplement yin & blood & calm the spirit in order to aid HT blood deficiency-type insomnia.