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Vegan Cassava Cake

Categories: Desserts, Spleen Qi Vacuity, Stomach Yin Vacuity, Vegan

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Vegan Cassava Cake

2 lbs cassava grated

1 can coconut milk

½ lbs coconut meat

1 cup mangosteen juice

handful of goji berries

Directions: pre heat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit, mix all ingredients together until evenly dispersed in baking tray, place in oven for 60 minutes or until top becomes golden brown.

Serving Size: 15

TCM Pattern: SP qi xu; ST yin xu

TCM Evaluation: cassava is sweet and neutral and nourishing to SP and ST, clears heat; coconut milk is sweet and neutral, strengthens the body, reduces swelling; coconut meat is sweet and warm, strengthens the body and stops bleeding; mangosteen juice is sweet and cool; goji berries are sweet, sour and neutral, nourishes blood and yin, improves vision.

 

 

 

Coconut Sweet Rice

Categories: Heart and Small Intestine Fire, Shen Calming, Spleen Qi Vacuity, Urinary Bladder Damp Heat

Coconut Sweet Rice
(serves 4-6)

1 cup sweet rice
2 cups coconut milk
Pinch of salt

1. Rinse the rice in 1 or 2 changes of water.
2. If making with salt, place the rice in a saucepan, add salt and coconut milk, then bring to a boil. Immediately turn down the heat and continue cooking, uncovered, until nearly all the coconut milk is absorbed and a layer or cream remains. Stir, cover, and let sit 5 minutes.

Analysis:
Sweet rice is sweet, neutral, and slightly binding. It supplements qi while warming and strengthening the Middle Jiao.  Coconut milk is sweet and acrid.  It helps produce fluids, promotes urination, and destroys parasites.  Salt is salty and cold, it clears heat and cools the blood, eases bowel movements and nourishes the KD.  It has a downward direction to help drain the bladder.
These ingredients combine to promote urination while clearing heat. It is a good dish to eat with vegetables (think: squash), stew or curry, and makes an excellent base to add herbs specific to the patient’s condition.

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.

Shrimp and Veggie Fettucini

Categories: Kidney Qi Vacuity, Large Intestine Fluid Vacuity, Liver Qi Stagnation, Spleen Qi Vacuity

Wood:

Dusten Nelson

Shrimp and Veggie Fettucini

Servings: 1 large or 2 small

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cooking time:10 minutes

Ingredients:

“Fettuccini”

½ cup carrot: detoxifying and tonify qi

¾ cup zucchini: supports yin and fluids

¾ cup broccoli stalk (imperfections trimmed)

1 cup mushrooms: support free coursing of liver qi

4 oz of cooked and peeled shrimp: salty to soften hardness

Olive oil

Sauce: minimal amount, more for flavor but the sauce tends to be balanced with the warming and moving nature of the nutmeg, pepper and onion matched against the cool and moistening nature of the yogurt and coconut milk.

Olive oil cooking spray

¼ cup onion (finely diced)

¼ cup coconut milk

¼ cup yogurt

1 tablespoon miso paste

1 pinch of nutmeg

1 pinch of pepper

2 tbsp water or vegetable stock

Instructions: Peel the outside layer of the carrots and discard. Now use the peeler and peel the carrots, zucchini and broccoli into strips and then set aside. This is the “fettuccini.” With the zucchini peel down until you reach the seeded soft center and then either mash up and add to the sauce or discard. Next, sauté the sliced mushrooms in a pan with ½ tbsp of coconut oil, season with salt and pepper and let cook for 2-4 min. Drain liquid then mix mushrooms with the veggie fettuccini.

Sauce:

Preheat a small pot on medium heat and lightly coat with spray. Add the onion and sauté. Mix in coconut milk, yogurt, miso, nutmeg and pepper, bring to a simmer and stir until miso is completely dissolved.

Remove from heat.

Clean pan if necessary, pre-heat and re-spray. Add the carrot and broccoli “fettuccini” to the pan and sauté for 3 minutes. Add 2 tablespoons of stock or water and then add the zucchini and sauté for 2 minutes more.

Add the sauce and toss until warm.

Transfer the fettuccini to the center of a plate, top with the shrimp.

Curried Eggplant

Categories: Liver Blood Stasis, Lower Jiao Blood Stasis

Curried Eggplant
1 eggplant – Cool, moves blood
1 onion chopped- Warm, moves qi
1 cup of water
½ cup coconut milk – Warm, provides taste and ensures other ingredients are not drying.
1 tsp chopped ginger or .5 tsp. dried ginger -Warm, helps alleviate menstrual cramps.
1 tsp. chopped garlic- Warm, moves qi
.5 tsp. turmeric (or to taste),- Warm, moves blood, excellent herb for menstruation
.5 tsp cumin (or to taste),- Warm, helps move qi
1 tbsp. olive oil or ghee For flavor
1 tsp. salt (or to taste) For Flavor
Warm olive oil or ghee on medium heat in a pot. Add garlic, ginger and onion. Cook for a few minutes or until slightly soft. Add eggplant. Cook for another 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add 1 cup of water, put lid on pot. Cook until eggplant is soft and tender, about 20 to 25 minutes, add more water if necessary. Stir in turmeric, cumin, and salt. Turn off heat. Add coconut milk. Serve with brown rice or quinoa. For 3 servings
In Chinese medicine, eggplant is sweet and cool but it moves blood. Therefore, it is a nice food to eat during menstruation.
This recipe has a blood moving affect and can help to alleviate symptoms of dysmenorrhea. Contraindicated during pregnancy or heavy menstrual bleeding.

Green Coconut Rice

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

Green Coconut Rice

Ingredients:
2 teaspoons vegetable oil
1 tablespoon peeled, minced fresh ginger
1 cup basmati rice
1 cup water
1 teaspoon salt, divided
2 cups light coconut milk, divided
1 tablespoon lime juice
2 cups baby spinach
1 teaspoon sugar

Preparation:
Heat oil in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Sauté ginger and 1 cup rice 30 seconds. Stir in 1 cup water, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1 cup coconut milk; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and cook 15 minutes, or until tender. Puree 1 cup coconut milk, 1/2 teaspoon salt, lime juice, spinach, and sugar in a blender. Fold into rice.

Vegetable Oil: neutral, sweet, Moistens
Ginger: warm, acrid, sweet, Strengthens MJ
Rice: sweet, neutral, Supplements SP & ST, Generates Fluids
Salt: salty, cold, Clears Heat
Coconut Milk: sweet, cool, Clears Heat
Lime Juice: cool, sour, Expels Heat
Spinach: sweet, cold, Clears Heat, Nourishes Blood & Yin
Sugar: sweet, warm, Supplements MJ, Descends ST qi

This recipe, in general, clears heat, strengthens MJ and generates fluids and nourishes yin. The ingredients will treat ST and LU  Yin Vacuity Heat and Fluid vacuity.

Red Curry Carrot Soup

Categories: Heart Qi Vacuity, Lung Qi Vacuity, Spleen Qi Vacuity

Red Curry Carrot Soup

1 tablespoon canola oil
6 large carrots, peeled-4 thickly sliced and 2 cut into fine matchsticks
2 thin slices peeled fresh ginger
1 medium white onion, finely chopped
4 cups chicken stock or canned low-sodium broth
2 cups water
1/3 cup unsweetened coconut milk
3/4 teaspoon red curry paste
Salt and freshly ground pepper
1 scallion, cut into matchsticks
1 tablespoon cilantro leaves
1 tablespoon finely chopped basil

Directions

Heat the oil in a large saucepan. Add the sliced carrots and ginger and cook over moderately high heat, stirring, until the carrots are crisp-tender and lightly browned, 6 to 7 minutes. Add the onion and cook until softened but not browned, about 2 minutes.

Add the chicken stock, water, coconut milk and curry paste to the saucepan and bring to a boil. Simmer over moderate heat until the carrots are tender, about 25 minutes. Strain the cooking liquid into another saucepan, reserving the solids; discard the ginger. Transfer the carrots to a blender and puree with 1 cup of the cooking liquid until very smooth. Return the puree to the cooking liquid, add the carrot matchsticks and cook until tender, about 3 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Ladle the soup into bowls, sprinkle with the scallion, cilantro and basil and serve.

Carrots: Benefit the Lung, nourish the Heart and Spleen, especially with skin inflammation.
Ginger, Onion, Curry, Basil: all warm the middle Jiao, harmonize the Stomach, and generally improve digestion of the soup. These spices also have an outward directionality, bringing the effects to the skin.

Chinese Duck Curry

Categories: Kidney Yin Vacuity

Anna Strong

Recipe for Kidney Yin Vacuity

CHINESE DUCK CURRY

4 duck breast portions, with out skin and bone
2 tbsp 5 spice powder
2 tbsp sesame oil
Grated rind and juice of 1 orange
1 medium butternut squash, peeled and cubed
2 tsp Thai red curry paste
2 tbsp Thai fish sauce
1 tbsp palm sugar or brown sugar
1 ¼ cups coconut milk
2 fresh red chilis
4 lime leaves
Cilantro to garnish

Cut the duck meat into bite size pieces and place in a bowl with 5 spice powder, sesame oil in orange rind and juice. Stir well to mix all ingredients and coat the duck. Cover and set aside to cool.
Bring a pan of water to boil. Add the squash and cook until just tender. Drain and set aside.
Pour the marinade from the duck into wok and heat until boiling. Stir in curry paste and cook for 2-3 minutes, until well blended and fragrant. Add the duck and cook for 3-4 min. until browned.
Add the fish sauce and palm sugar and cook for 2 minutes more. Stir in the coconut milk until the mixture is smooth then add the cooked squash with chillies and lime leaves
Simmer gently, stirring frequently for 5 min., then spoon into a dish sprinkle with coriander and serve.

Duck: sweet, salty, cold. Lung, spleen, Kidney. Nourishes Kidney, moistens dryness.
Sesame oil: sl warm, sweet. Nourish LV and KD. Lubricates, tonifies.
Orange rind: warm, bitter, acrid. Inivogorates qi, dries damp
Orange juice: cool, sweet, sour. Resolves mucus, lubricates lung, promotes fluids.
Squash: cool, sweet. Dispels dampness, reduces fever, stops dysentery.
Brown sugar: sweet, warm. SP/ST/LV. Supplements MJ, invigorates blood
Red chili pepper: warm, acrid
Coconut milk: neutral, sweet
Cilantro: sl. Cool, acrid. Promotes sweating, moves qi

Overall:
This recipe is overall nourishing of Kidney yin. The duck is cold and salty. The sesame oil and orange juice promote fluid. There is also an acrid and damp moving quality to help with concurrent dampness and qi stagnation.

Forbidden Rice Pudding with Blueberries & Longan Fruit

Categories: Heart Blood Vacuity, Heart Yin Vacuity, Kidney Qi Vacuity, Kidney Yin Vacuity, Shen Calming, Spleen Qi Vacuity, Stomach Yin Vacuity

by Kathy Deng

Yield: Serves six

½ cup of Forbidden rice (Chinese black rice)
1 cup water
¼ teaspoon salt
1 cup rice milk
1 cup unsweetened coconut milk
¼ cup honey
1 tsp vanilla extract
¾ cup blueberries
¼ cup longan dried fruit

1. Combine the rice, water and salt in a saucepan, and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat, cover and simmer 35 to 40 minutes, until all of the water is absorbed.

2. Add the milk, coconut milk and honey to the rice, and stir together. Bring to a boil, stirring, then reduce the heat and simmer, stirring often, for five to 10 minutes, until creamy. Add the vanilla and blueberries, and continue to simmer for another five minutes.

3. Scrape into a bowl or into individual serving dishes. Cover and chill for at least two hours before serving.

Advance preparation: You can make this a day or two ahead and keep in a covered bowl in the refrigerator.

TCM analysis: Overall warm, sweet, tonifies SP, KD, HT, yin and blood.

Forbidden rice:
Aphrodisiac.
Nutritious, high in iron, tonifies blood.
It is a short-grained, heirloom rice. It is purple when raw and dark purple when cooked.
One theory as to the name is that it was reserved for emperors in ancient China because of its nutritiousness and rarity.
Another theory is that when the Greeks took over parts of the Middle East, they had it banned due to the belief that it was being used by their enemies to aid them in battle. However, the most likely theory is that the name is simply a marketing ploy.

Coconut milk:
Warm, sweet
Strengthens the body, reduces swellings, stops bleeding, kills worms, activates HT function.

Honey:
Warm, sweet, nourishes yin
Lubricates dryness, tonifies weakness, harmonizes, antidote to drugs, strengthens spleen.
Blueberries:
Warm, Sweet, Sour.
Tonifies KD, nourishes blood, astringes Qi, slows aging process.

Longan fruit (Long yan rou):
Tonifies blood. Warm & Sweet.
Goes to HT, SP.  Tonifies & augments HT and SP, nourishes blood, calms spirit. Commonly used for problems associated with excessive pensiveness or overwork.

Resources:
1. Tao of Nutrition, Maoshing Ni.
2. New York Times http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/27/health/nutrition/26recipehealth.h
3. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_rice
4. http://www.classbrain.com/artaskcb/publish/article_181.shtml
5. TCM Materia Medica, Bensky