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Jasmine Infused Pumpkin Soup

Categories: Damp Heat in the Lower Jiao, Soup, Spleen Damp, Spleen Qi Vacuity, Urinary Bladder Damp Heat, Vegetarian

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JASMINE INFUSED PUMPKIN SOUP serves 4

 

1 3 lb winter squash (such as acorn, butternut, or kabocha squash), peeled and diced

5 c vegetable stock

Several slices fresh ginger

1 tsp jasmine (or any other) tea

1 c boiling water

Roasted squash/pumpkin seeds

Scallions or chives, sliced

dried cranberries, reconstituted in boiling water and minced

1) Boil pumpkin in stock with ginger, simmer until tender, 30 min or until squash is tender.

Remove ginger slices.

2) Steep tea in boiling water 5 min, strain.

3) Puree soup in batches, add tea until desired consistency, and simmer until warm.

4)  Season with salt and pepper.

5) Ladle soup into bowls and garnish w onions, seeds, and cranberries.

ENJOY…

Jason Cox

 

TCM ANALYSIS

SPLEEN QI DEFICIENCY LEADING TO DAMP

Winter squash:  cool, sweet; dispels damp

Ginger:  warm, acrid;  LU, SP, ST;  stops nausea

Tea:  cool, bitter; clears head, resolves phlegm, promotes urination

Squash/pumpkin seeds:  cold, sweet; promotes urination, reduces swelling

Scallions:  hot, acrid; induces sweating

Cranberries:  sour, cooling: promotes urination, supports kidney function

This is a nourishing soup that is perfect for Spleen Qi Deficiency with buildup of damp in the body.  The recipe is diuretic in action, but is mild in nature.  Therefore, it would be a good addition to any

treatment protocol treating deficiency (Spleen, Kidney) rather than excess.   The cool nature of the ingredients will also benefit the damp condition if it’s combined with heat.

The recipe may benefit patients with water metabolism problems like edema, ascites, diarrhea, as well as

urinary tract infections due to Damp Heat.  Some of the ingredients also reduce swelling and may be useful

with issues like prostate enlargement and hydrocele with inhibited urination.

CONTRAINDICATIONS:  wouldn’t be good for patients with Yin Deficiency dryness who don’t have enough

fluids to disperse.

Breakfast Quinoa

Categories: Kidney Qi Vacuity, Kidney Water Overflow, Kidney Yang Vacuity, Large Intestine Fluid Vacuity, Large Intestine Qi Stagnation, Lung Fluid Xu

Breakfast Quinoa

Ingredients
1 cup quinoa
2 cups water
4 tablespoons dry milk (** you can omit this ingredient and just use 2 cups of milk to begin with, or just use water)
zest and juice of 1/2 orange
1 Granny Smith apple, cored and cubed
1/3 cup dried cranberries
pecans
Rinse quinoa in a fine strainer. Add to a pot with water and dry milk. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer for 15 minutes or until the grain is cooked through.
Combine quinoa with the rest of the ingredients.
You can serve this dish hot or cold. Add a bit of sugar if you like your breakfast on a sweeter side. Try to experiment with different dried fruit!

Analysis:
Quinoa — sweet, warming, tonifies qi, strengthens spleen,warms yang, relieves internal coldness
Milk — sweet, neutral, supplements qi, nourishes blood, moistens dryness
Apple — goes to heart, spleen, stomach and lung, clears heat, promotes body fluids, supplements lung, spleen, stomach, moistens lung and LI
Orange — cool, sweet and sour, lubricates lungs, resolves mucus, increase appetite, strengthens spleen, quenches thirst,promotes body fluids
Cranberry — sour cooling, promotes urination, relieves painful urination, strengthens kidneys and reproductive system
Pecans- sweet, slightly warm, tonifies qi, strengthens lung, stops cough, strengthens kidney, promotes bowel movement