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Steamed Corn Bread

Categories: Liver Yang Rising

STEAMED CORN BREAD

Main Action: Liver Yang Rising

Serves 6 people

INGREDIENTS:
1 C grated apple — Cool, sweet and slightly sour. Strengthens HT, tonifies qi, quenches thirst, resolves mucus and lubricates LU
2 C pineapple-coconut juice — Pineapple = warm, sweet and sour. Aids digestion, stops diarrhea, dispels summer heat. Coconut = warm and sweet. Strengthens the body, reduces swelling, stops bleeding, kills worms and activates heart function
1 medium banana —Cold and sweet. Clears heat, lubricates lungs, lubricates intestines, lowers blood pressure, helps alleviate alcohol intoxication.
1/3 C whole-wheat flour — Slightly cool and sweet, clears heat, quenches thirst, relieves restlessness, promotes diuresis, calms spirit and stops sweating.
1 C cornmeal — neutral and sweet. Tonifies qi, strengthens the ST and SP, benefits the HT, is a diuretic and stimulates the flow of bile.
½ C. oatmeal — warm and sweet, strengthens spleen, tonifies and regulates qi, harmonizes ST
1/8 C goji berries — sweet, sour, neutral, nourishes blood and yin, strengthens the LU, benefits LV and KD, improves vision.

Preparation and cooking:
Blend the liquid with the banana. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix well. Pour into a pie plate and steam 30 minutes over medium flame. The bread is done when the toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Quesadillas with Cheese and Mushrooms

Categories: Appetizers, Mexican, Spleen Qi Vacuity

Mushroom Quesadillas 500

Quesadillas de Queso y Hongos
Quesadillas with Cheese and Mushrooms

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 pound mushrooms, such as trumpet royale
¼ cup fresh epazote leaves
salt
8 ounces Queso Oaxaca or other Mexican melting cheese
1 pound masa (corn flour)
1 cup warm water

  •  Thinly slice the mushrooms and sautee with olive oil and salt and pepper to taste.
  •  When the mushrooms are soft and starting to brown, toss in the epazote leaves and continue to cook until just wilted. Set aside.
  • Shred the Queso Oaxaca and set aside.
  • In a separate bowl, mix masa and water, then continue to add water 1 tablespoon at a time until the batter is thick and sticky, like a firm cookie dough.
  • Make balls of batter about 1 inch in diameter. Place each ball between sheets of plastic cut from grocery or produce bags. All three layers can be placed in a tortilla press and compressed until it is a consistently thin sheet of dough.
  • Slide each raw tortilla onto a hot skillet, then immediately mound with about 1 ounce of cheese and 2 tablespoons of mushrooms.
  • Fold the tortilla in half and press around the edges with your finger or a spoon to seal.
  • Continue to cook the quesadilla until browned, flipping as needed.
  • Serve with the salsa of your choice.

Note: squash or nasturtium blossoms make a great filling, used in place of the mushrooms.

TCM ANALYSIS

Tx: This recipe is nourishing to the Spleen and Stomach, and beneficial to immunity. The dampness generating quality of the cheese is balanced by the draining qualities of the mushrooms.

Mushroom: Neutral to slightly cool and sweet, mushrooms are one of the most powerful food medicines available. They are nourishing, but also clear excesses, especially of heat and toxicity. Mushrooms are known to have a strong effect on immunity, and are beneficial to cancer patients, especially in cases of stomach or cervical cancer.
Corn Flour / Masa: Sweet and neutral. Enters the Spleen, Stomach and Urinary Bladder. Tonifies qi and strengthens the Middle Jiao, corn flour is considered easy to digest. Has a diuretic action, especially for conditions of poor water metabolism.
Epazote: Treats diarrhea and dysentery, expels parasites, and calms the nerves. I think this most likely drains dampness and heat.

Polenta Pizza

Categories: Liver & Gall Bladder Damp Heat, Lung Phlegm Heat, Vegetables, Vegetarian

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Polenta Pizza
Prep time 15 mins
Cooking time 75 mins
Serves 6

Ingredients:
3 cups cornmeal
5 cups water
2 tsp salt

6 tomatoes
2 large onions
1 small green pepper
4 cloves garlic
6 ounces olives
6 artichoke hearts, quartered
2 handfuls fresh basil

2-3 cups grated cheese
Black pepper

Method:
To make the polenta, put 2 cups of the cornmeal in a heavy bottomed pot and slowly add the water. Stir carefully to avoid lumps. Add the salt and cook on a medium heat for 20-30 minutes. Stir often, especially towards the end. When the polenta stiffens and pulls away from the side of the pan, it is cooked. Now stir in the other cup of cornmeal or as much as s needed to make a very stiff mixture. Press the polenta firmly in to a large greased baking tray (~14 inch diameter). The polenta should be about a half inch thick. Bake in a very hot over (450°F) for about 20 minutes or until the surface feels crusty. Meanwhile roughly chop the onions, pepper and tomatoes. Fry the onions gently until they start to soften, then add the other ingredients and cook for 3-4 minutes adding the basil at the last minute. Take the polenta base out of the oven, spoon the topping evenly over the surface and cover with grated cheese. Return to the oven at 375°F and bake for 20 minutes or until the cheese is melted. Serve with a green salad and sprinkle with fresh black pepper.

Energetic:
Cornmeal — neutral sweet, Tonifies qi, strengthens stomach and spleen, benefits heart, diuretic, stimulates the flow of bile
Salt – cold, salty, slightly sweet, harmonize and promotes digestion, strengthens kidney, fortifies bones, tendons, and teeth, brightens eyes, detoxifies, used as a natural preservative
Tomatoes – slightly cool, sweet and sour, promote body fluids, quench thirst, strengthen stomach, aids digestion, cool blood, clears heat, detoxifies, calms liver, removes stagnant food
Onions — Warm, pungent, promotes sweating, resolves phlegm, diuretic
Green pepper– hot, pungent, warms the internal region, increases appetite, promotes digestion, and affects the heart and spleen
Garlic — hot, pungent, antiviral, antifungal, detoxifies meat and seafood, kills worms, removes stagnant food and blood, reduces abscess
Olives — neutral, sweet, sour, astringent, clears heat, detoxifies, promotes production of body fluids, quenches thirst, clears lungs, benefits the throat
Artichoke hearts — sweet, bitter, cooling, regulates liver qi, clears liver heat, promotes digestions, benefits liver and gallbladder, dried dampness
Fresh basil — warm, pungent, induces sweating, harmonizes stomach
Black pepper – hot, pungent, pushes downward, warms the internal regions, affects the stomach and large intestines

This is a well balanced and broadly nourishing meal. It acts on qi and blood. Corn is nourishing to the kidney, stomach, and heart and is also mildly diuretic. It provides a good counterbalance to the moistening action of the tomatoes. The cheese has a rich nourishment element and is balanced by the decongesting action of the onion, pepper and garlic.