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Curry Ice Cream

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

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Curry Ice Cream

2 pitted dates, soaked for 2 hours

½ cup coconut meat

½ cup raisins

1 Tbsp agave nectar

1 ½ tsp curry powder

Directions: Drain dates, reserving about 3 Tbsp of the soaked water. Transfer the dates and the reserved soaked water to a blender with all the remaining ingredients. Process on high speed until smooth and creamy, stopping occasionally to scrape down the blender jar. Pour into an ice cream maker until forms  a sturdy, creamy texture or follow manufactures instructions.

Serving Size: 1 quart

TCM Pattern: SP/ST xu; Yin xu

TCM Evaluation:  Dates are sweet, strengthens SP and nourishes body; coconut meat is sweet, warm, nourishing and strengthens body; raisins are sweet, sour strengthens bones and tendons; agave nectar is sweet, neutral, nourishes and harmonizes MJ; curry powder is pungent, warm and disperses cold, rectifies qi.

 

Sweet Potato Soup

Categories: Large Intestine Fluid Vacuity, Spleen Qi Vacuity, Spleen Yang Vacuity, Stomach Cold, Stomach Food Retention

Sweet Potato Soup
(8 servings)

1 ½ pounds sweet potatoes
3 cups chicken stock
1 head garlic, peeled
1 tbsp vegetable oil
1 ½ tbsp curry powder
2 tsp minced ginger
1 cup cream (or nonfat evaporated milk)

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Rinse the potatoes and roast them in the oven for 40 minutes or until tender.
2. Bring the stock to a boil and blanch the garlic for 5 minutes; remove garlic from the stock with a slotted spoon.
3. Scoop the potato pulp out of the skins. Puree the potato and garlic cloves. Combine with stock.
4. Heat oil in a saucepan and sauté the curry powder until aromatic, about 2 minutes. Add the curry and ginger to the soup and simmer for 15 minutes (the soup may be held at this point, and refrigerated or frozen until ready to serve).
5. Add the cream or evaporated milk and simmer a few minutes until hot. Serve.

Analysis:
The sweet potatoes are neutral and sweet, strengthen SP and ST, tonify qi and blood, clear heat, and detoxify. Chicken stock is warm and sweet, supplements qi of SP and ST, nourishes blood, boosts wei qi and consolidates the KD. Garlic is hot and acrid, it detoxifies, removes stagnant food and blood, aids vomiting and diarrhea. Vegetable oil seems neutral and lubricating. Curry ???? Ginger is pungent and warm, disperses exterior cold, stops nausea and vomiting, detoxifies other substances, and reduces inflammation. Cream/milk is sweet and neutral, supplements qi, nourishes blood, and moistens dryness.
Overall, the recipe is warm and sweet, nourishing to the ST and SP, yet moving and detoxifying. The soup tastes rich, but is soothing to the ST and can be especially good if the patient has overeaten the night before. It aids retention of food in the ST and symptoms of indigestion.

Lamb and Bean Stew

Categories: Bi Syndrome Cold, Kidney Yang Vacuity, Lamb, Spleen Damp, Spleen Damp Cold, Spleen Yang Vacuity

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LAMB AND BEAN STEW serves 4-6

  • 3 tbs coconut oil
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 2 lbs Lamb chops or spareribs, chopped in large pieces (including bone)
  • Bone broth
  • 2 tsp curry powder
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 Thai chilies, minced
  • 4 cups beans (black beans, kidney beans, or a combination of both) cooked in bone broth
  • Juice of ½ lemon
  • Salt

1) Heat the oil, medium high, and sauté the onions until golden, 8-10 minutes.

2) Add the Lamb pieces with about a ¼ cup of broth, cover, and simmer for 20 minutes, adding more broth if needed.

3) Add the curry, garlic, and chilies, cover and simmer for 10 minutes.

4) Add the beans, adding more broth if necessary, until heated through, about 10 min.

5) Sprinkle with the lemon juice and season to taste with salt.

6) Serve over quinoa (with predominant Yang Deficiency) or white rice (with predominant Yin Deficiency)

TCM ANALYSIS

Coconut oil: warm, sweet; strengthening, moistening

Onion: warm, acrid; diuretic action

Lamb: hot, sweet; tonifies Yang, dispels cold

Bone broth: promotes strength, tonifies Blood and Essence

Curry powder: warm to hot, acrid

Garlic: hot, acrid

Chilies: hot, acrid

Black beans: warm, sweet; tonifies Kidney, nourishes Yin and Blood

Lemon: cool, sour; astringes body fluids, harmonizes stomach, regulates Qi

This is a warming recipe to treat symptoms of KD Yang Deficiency like cold body, weak lower back and knees, profuse or scanty frequent urination, lower leg edema, infertility, poor appetite, loose stools, dizziness, and tinnitus.

CONTRAINDICATIONS: patients with Heat sx

Enjoy.

Jason Cox

Curry Favor Pumpkin Soup

Categories: Bi Syndrome Cold, Cold Damp Distressing Spleen, Diabetes, Spleen Damp, Spleen Damp Cold

Curry Favor Pumpkin Soup 2 servings

10-12 ounces pumpkin or winter squash, such as Japanese kabocha (about 2 cups when cubed)
2 1/2 cups chicken or vegetable stock
2 tablespoons vegetable oil, such as canola or olive
1 small onion, diced
1-2 teaspoons curry powder
Pinch of salt
Pinch of pepper

Chop the pumpkin pieces into 1-inch cubes, seeded and peeled. (Some pumpkins are quite tough and most easily handled by chopping the pumpkin into two, seeding it, then cutting it into wedges before peeling. A large, sharp cleaver can be helpful with this task; another handy trick is to put the pumpkin in the microwave for 5 minutes to soften it before cutting and peeling. The seeds can be reserved for roasting.)

Place the pumpkin cubes and stock in a pot. Bring to a boil, then lower heat to low and simmer for about 20 minutes.

Heat the oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onion and curry powder. Cook until the onions are translucent and soft (about 5 minutes).

When both the onions and pumpkin are done, combine them in a blender or food processor. Whir into a smooth puree. You can also use a hand blender or immersion blender for this task.

Add salt and pepper to taste.

Pumpkin-sweet, warm; SP/ST; supplement MJ, expel parasites, protect prostate, analgesic
Chicken Stock-chicken is sweet, warm; SP/ST/KD; supplement qi, nourish blood, consolidate KD, boost wei qi
Vegetable Oil-moistening
Onion-pungent, neurtral; LU/ST/LI; clear heat, relieve toxicity, transform phlegm and damp, kill parasites, lower BP and cholesterol
Salt-salty, cold; KD; clear heat, cool blood, ease bowel movements, nourish KD
Pepper-pungent, warm; ST/LI; warm MJ, descend ST qi, expel damp and cold

Addresses SP xu, damp painful bi and blockage of channels.

Especially good for anyone with diabetes, arthritis or other inflammatory condition, muscle stiffness and pain, a tendency to run cold or fibromyalgia.