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Artichoke and Dandelion Frittata

Categories: Liver Qi Stagnation, Liver Yang Rising, Liver Yin Vacuity, Mediterranean, Vegetables, Vegetarian



  • 4 Artichokes, trimmed, hearts removed and reserved
  • 1 bunch Dandelion Greens, rinsed and chopped
  • 6 Eggs
  • ½ c cream
  • ¼ tsp Salt
  • Pinches of nutmeg and black pepper
  • 1 cup shredded fontina or Monterey jack cheese
  • ½ cup parmesan cheese

1) Quarter the artichoke hearts and steam until tender, 5 minutes. Add the greens and steam until wilted, 2 min. spread the artichokes and greens evenly in a greased baking pan.

2) Beat eggs with the cream, salt, pepper, and nutmeg. Stir in shredded cheese. Pour the egg and cheese mixture over the vegetables.

3) Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Bake frittata uncovered for 30 minutes. Sprinkle parmesan over the top and place back in oven for 5-8 minutes more until the frittata is puffed and browned on the top.

Artichoke: cool, sweet, bitter; regulates Liver Qi, benefits Liver and Gallbladder, clears heat

Dandelion Greens: cool, bitter, slightly sweet; clears heat, detoxifies Liver, subdues Liver Yang

Eggs: cool, sweet; nourishes Yin, tonifies Blood

Cream/Cheeses: neutral, sweet; strengthens weakness, tonifies Qi and Blood, lubricates


This recipe will help with symptoms of Liver Yin Deficiency with Yang Rising like dizziness, blurred or impaired vision, headache, tinnitus, insomnia, and dry mouth and throat. It would also be useful with symptoms of menopause like hot flashes, night sweats, and hot hands and feet. Even though the recipe contains ingredients like egg yolks and dairy, dietary cholesterol doesn’t necessarily contribute to overall cholesterol imbalance in the body, and therefore, could still be beneficial for biomedical correlates of Yang Rising like high blood pressure, cholesterol, and conjunctivitis.

CONTRAINDICATIONS: Yang Deficiency or Damp constitution

Move That Liver Qi: A bitter, sweet & sour salad recipe for LV qi stagnation w/ heat

Categories: Liver Fire Rising, Liver Qi Stagnation, Liver Yang Rising

Move That Liver Qi:
A bitter, sweet & sour salad recipe for LV qi stagnation w/ heat
By Katie Fritz

2 Belgium endive, chopped
A generous handful of dandelion greens (rinsed & dried), chop if you like!
1/4 of an onion, chopped
2 plums, pitted & chopped
1/2 tbsp. coconut oil (or just use olive oil over lower heat if you have it)

1/4 c. apple cider vinegar
The juice of 1/2 a lemon
2 tbsp. olive oil
Salt & pepper to taste

Heat coconut oil in a pan and add onion. Sautee until translucent. Lightly sautee the endive & dandelion greens in the pain for about 2-4 minutes. Add plums & sautee 2 more minutes. Remove from heat & place in bowl.

Whisk together apple cider vinegar, lemon juice & olive oil. Pour over salad & toss evenly.

Servings: 2-3 people

TCM analysis:
Belgium endive — bitter & sweet: cools LV heat
Dandelion — bitter & cool-cold, sl. sweet: cools LV heat, benefits LV function, promotes flow of bile, detoxifies
Onion — acrid, sweet & warm: moves qi, diuretic
Plum — neutral-warm, sweet & sour: cools LV heat, aids digestion, softens or soothes LV, removes stagnation of qi, stimulates appetite
Coconut oil — cool & sweet: moistens
Apple cider vinegar — neutral, sour & sl. acrid: stimulates appetite
Lemon juice — cold & v. sour: expels heat, regulates qi, benefits LV, harmonizes ST, regenerates body fluids, quenches thirst
Olive oil — cool & sweet: moistens & is anti-inflammatory
Salt — cool & salty: anti-inflammatory, softens
Pepper — warm-hot, v. acrid: enriches yang, expels cold

The overall function of this recipe is the move LV qi & clear LV heat. The endive, dandelion, olive oil & salt, help to cool heat & reduce inflammation. The plum, cider vinegar & lemon juice serve to move LV qi, soothe the LV & moisten. The pepper & act of lightly cooking the salad help to combat excessive coldness to make the recipe more digestible.