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Ratatouille

Categories: Blood Stasis

Frances Norris

Blood stasis

Ratatouille - Adapted from recipe on eatyourvegetable.com

Ingredients

  • 1 eggplant, cubed into 1 inch pieces-cool, sweet, removes blood stagnation
  • 2 tomatoes, cut into eighths-slightly cool, sweet, sour, promotes fluids
  • 3-4 cloves garlic, chopped-hot, pungent, removes stagnant blood
  • 1 onion, chopped-warm, pungent
  • Olive oil-neutral, sweet, sour, astringent, promotes production of body fluids
  • Dry oregano
  • Dry basil-warm, pungent
  • Salt-cold, salty, slightly sweet, harmonizes digestion
  • Pepper-pungent, warm, warms the MJ

Directions

Preheat oven to 375

Toss vegetables, a few splashes of olive oil, and spices in a cast iron pot or any sort of roasting pan until

well-combined. Cover and bake until veggies are tender and juices are bubbling, about 45 minutes to an

hour, depending on your oven. Serve over pasta.

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.

“Wood” soup

Categories: Large Intestine Fluid Vacuity, Liver Blood Vacuity, Liver Qi Stagnation

Wood Soup
(4-6 servings)

2 bay leaves
6½ cups vegetable soup stock
1 leek: white and pale green portions only
2 celery stalks
1 cup eggplant
12 black or shitake mushrooms: soaked if dry, and slivered
4 tbsp sesame seeds
¼ cup pine nuts
1 tbsp roasted sesame oil
¼ cup rice vinegar
1 tbsp turmeric or 1/8 tsp saffron

1. Slice leek and celery, cut eggplant into cubes.
2. Add the vegetables and mushrooms to stock, simmer 30 minutes.
3. While simmering, toast the sesame seeds in a 350 degree oven for 8-10 minutes and the pine nuts for about 5 minutes.
4. Add the bay leaves, sesame seeds, pine nuts, sesame oil, rice vinegar and turmeric, and simmer 5 minutes.

Analysis:
Bay leaf is warm and pungent, it regulates and tonifies qi, removes blood stagnation and sedates yin. Vegetable stock is neutral (?). Leek is warm and pungent, it tonifies qi and blood and clears heat. Celery is sweet, bitter and cold, it clears heat, subdues LV yang and wind, and calms the shen. Eggplant is sweet and cold, it clears heat, moves blood and moves qi. Shitake mushrooms are sweet and neutral, they supplement qi, and boost wei qi. Sesame seeds are sweet and neutral, nourish LV and KD, moisten the LI and nourish jing and marrow. Pine nuts are sweet and slightly warm, they moisten and tonify the LU and lubricate the intestines. Sesame oil is cool and sweet, tonifies qi and blood, clears heat and sedates yang. Rice vinegar is warm, sour and bitter, it detoxifies and invigorates circulation of blood. Turmeric (?). Saffron is neutral, sweet and sour, it tonifies qi and blood, transforms stagnation and disperses stagnant qi.
Overall, this soup nourishes qi and blood while at the same time moving these substances. It harmonizes the Liver so it moves qi through the body smoothly, while moistening and lubricating to allow movement.

Celery cooked with Tomato and Eggplant

Categories: Kidney Qi Vacuity, Kidney Water Overflow

Celery cooked with Tomato and Eggplant

Use 100g of celery pieces
100g shredded eggplant
100g tomato pieces

Put celery and eggplant into boiling water for a few minutes and then remove. Add tomato pieces, salt, olive oil, green onion and a little sugar. Combine all ingredients and it is ready to eat or serve over brown rice or with aduki beans for an additional damp draining effect!

Indications: edema (from Kidney yang xu)

Celery – sweet, bitter, cold. Liver, stomach. Clears heat resolves toxin; subdues liver yang and wind, drains damp and transform phlegm, calms shen
Tomato – sweet, sour, cold. Spleen, Stomach, UB, Kidney. Promotes fluids, clears heat, promotes urination, supplements Kidney
Eggplant – sweet, cold. spleen, stomach, LI. Clears heat relieves toxicity, moves blood breaks stasis, reduces swelling, stops pain, moves qi & opens chest
Olive oil – nourishes yin (body will retain dampness when there is yin xu)
Sugar – warm, sweet. Tonify Spleen
Green onion – pungent, warm. Lung, LI. Releases ext. WC, invigoates xue, drains damp.
salt – salty. Kidney. Consolidates Kidney. Eases bowel movement. Clears heat cools xue.

Overall this recipe tonifies Kidney as it disinhibits water and drains damp. It therefore treats the root and the branch at the same time.

Open Sesame Eggplant

Categories: Bi Syndrome Hot, Blood Stasis, Large Intestine Fluid Vacuity, Liver Blood Stasis, Liver Qi Stagnation

OPEN SESAME EGGPLANT (2-3 servings)
by Catherine Marquis

Other Names: Solanum melongena, aubergine, qie zi
Eggplant is a vegetable of wide international origins, appearing in the cuisines of Europe,
the Middle East, South and East Asia, and North America. China and India are the world’s top
eggplant producers today. It is related to the potato, pepper, and tomato, part of the Solanaceae
(nightshade) family, and grows in climates ranging from tropical to temperate. Eggplants come
in many sizes, colors and shapes, (not only the pear-shaped dark purple variety) ranging from
small and white (literally resembling an egg) to green and round, to long and lavender.
When shopping for eggplant, you should select ones that are relatively heavy for their
size and use immediately if possible. It should be cooked thoroughly until soft and is difficult to
overcook. Eggplant’s texture and bulk can provide balance to a meal that is light or nonexistent
in meat. It is a good source of fiber, potassium, manganese, copper, thiamine, vitamin B6, folate,
magnesium and niacin. Scientific studies suggest might be useful in preventing atherosclerosis
and heart disease. From a TCM perspective it addresses swelling, pain, hemorrhoids and breast
inflammation (mastitis) or sores.
Ingredients
• 3-4 tbsp dark sesame oil
• 3 cloves garlic, minced
• 1 med-sized eggplant (about 1 lb), cut into 1 inch cubes
• 1 cup water
• 1 tbsp rice wine
• 1 ½ tbsp soy sauce
• 1 tbsp sesame seeds
Preparation
1. Heat oil in a pan, and then add garlic and then eggplant. Cook until eggplant is golden brown
on all sides. (You may want to brown the eggplant in two batches to distribute the oil more
evenly, as the eggplant has a tendency to absorb it.)
2. Add water to the pan. Bring to a boil, then lower heat. Cover and cook for about 10 min.,
until soft.
3. Remove lid, and add rice wine and soy sauce. Cook, uncovered for another 3-5 min.
4. In the meantime, toast the sesame seeds in a dry skillet over medium heat until golden brown,
stirring or shaking frequently, about 5 min. When done, remove the seeds from the hot skillet
so they don’t overcook.
5. Transfer eggplant mixture to a serving dish and sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds. Serve
warm with a grain such as rice or quinoa if desired.
Variations
If preferred, you can boil or steam the eggplant for about 20 min., until soft, then add soy sauce,
sesame oil and toasted sesame seeds to taste.
TCM Ingredient Analysis
Sesame oil — cool, sweet; LI, LV, KD; down bearing, moisten intestines, laxative, detoxifies,
raise unsaturated fatty acids, lecithin and vitamin E, treats dryness in intestines, constipation,
digestive obstructions, blood and qi vacuity of LV and KD, weakness in muscles, skins and
bones
CONTRAINDICATED in excess conditions, weakens SP pancreas network, can cause diarrhea
Garlic — hot, acrid; anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungal, detoxify meat and seafood, kill worms,
remove stagnant food and blood, reduce abscesses, warm yang, dispel cold;
CONTRAINDICATED in hot or dry eye DOs, mouth sores, tongue ulcers
Eggplant — cool-cold, sweet; SP, ST, LI; clear heat, relieve toxicity, invigorate and cool blood
and break stasis, reduce swelling, relieve and stop pain, move qi and open chest, promote
diuresis; CONTRAINDICATED in cold conditions
Rice Wine — warm; move blood
Soy sauce – cold, salty; SP, ST, KD; harmonize middle jiao, clear heat, antidote to drug and food
poisoning, benefit KD, penetrate deeply
Sesame seeds — slightly warm, sweet; nourish LV & KD, lubricate intestines, blacken gray hair,
tonify body overall, benefit skin; grinding recommended because tough cell wall makes it
undigestable whole
(Quinoa — warm, sweet, sour; strengthen entire body, tonify qi, warm yang)
Overall Recipe Analysis
This dish clears heat, moves and cools blood, moistens the intestines, reduces swelling, and eases
pain. It is especially good for anyone concerned about high cholesterol or those who wish to
counteract pain and swelling.
Patterns
Blood stasis, qi stagnation, cold or damp stagnation, qi and blood deficiency, ST heat, yin
deficiency, SP qi deficiency, KD yang deficiency

Spicy Cumin Eggplant

Categories: Blood Stasis, Gluten-free, Indian, Liver Blood Stasis, Liver Qi Stagnation, Vegan, Vegetables, Vegetarian

EggplantPan

SPICY CUMIN EGGPLANT

1 medium eggplant, peeled
1 bell pepper, chopped
4 tbsp sunflower oil
¾ tsp cumin seeds
½ tsp mustard seeds
½ tsp tumeric
1/8 tsp hing (asafetida)
1 tsp sea salt
½ cup chick pea flour
1 tbsp onion chopped
½ tsp chilli powder
2 tsp coriander powder

wash and peel eggplant, cut into 1 inch cubes. In heavy skillet, heat oil, add mustard seeds and cumin seeds. When the mustard seeds pop, add turmeric, hing, onion and pepper. Then add eggplant and salt, mix well. Cover and cook 5 min. eggplant gets soft. Remove lid and add chickpea flour and remaining ingredients. Mix well and cook uncovered 5-7 min over medium heat. Stir so flour will not stick or burn. Serve with dal and rice, barley or millet.

By Anna Strong

TCM ANALYSIS

Eggplant: sweet, light, oily, cool. SP/ST/LI. Clears heat, moves blood, breaks stasis.
Bell pepper: sweet, oily, warm. Invigorates qi.
Turmeric: warming, bitter. Reduces tumors, decongests liver.
Cumin: warming
Sea salt: cold, salty. Cools heat, cools blood.
Mustard seeds: warming benefit lung
Chilli powder: acrid, hot.

Overall analysis:
The dish balances itself nicely with a combination of warming spices and cooling eggplant. The eggplant and turmeric both work well for blood stasis breaking.

Eggplant with Rice and Side Salad

Categories: Heart Blood Stagnation, Heart Qi Vacuity, Lung Phlegm Cold

Eggplant with Rice and Side Salad

Serving Size for 1 person

Ingredients:
Eggplant ½ Eggplant Moves blood and breaks stasis, moves qi and opens chest
Brown Rice ½ Cup Supplements Qi, Drains Dampness
Water 1 Cup
Black Pepper ¼ tablespoon Warms MJ, Invigorates blood, expels damp
Celery ½ cup Subdues Liver Yang and wind, drains damp and transforms phlegm, calms shen
Carrots ½ cup Strengthens Heart, Nourishes and Soothes Liver, Drains Damp
Reishi Mushroom ½ cup Transforms phlegm, tonifies wei qi
Butter 1 tablespoon Invigorates blood
Rice Wine Vinegar 2 tablespoons Invigorates blood, Clears Toxins, Astringent
Olive Oil 2 tablespoons
Ginger 1 teaspoon Transforms phlegm
Lettuce 1/3 head of Romaine lettuce Clears heat and cools blood,
Cucumber ½ cup Clears heat, influences the heart

This recipe is intended for someone with phlegm and dampness in the chest caused by blood stasis and qi stagnation. The bulk of the recipe moves blood in the chest and heart, and the rest transforms dampness and phlegm. There are also some qi tonifications as well.

Cooking Instructions:

Melt butter in a small bowl and put in 1/8 tablespoon of black pepper and one teaspoon of ground ginger and mix well. Take ½ of a peeled eggplant and cut into slices. Brush butter/pepper/ginger mix onto both side of the eggplant slices and put onto a cooking tray and broil for 5 minutes each side.
Mix ½ cup of carrots, celery, and mushrooms together and steam in a small pot with water and cover until softened.
Mix ½ cup brown rice with 1 cup of water in a pot and bring to a boil. Cut heat to low and simmer until rice is dry and starts to stick to the pot. Mix Rice with steamed vegetables and place cooked eggplant on top and serve.
Mix 1/8 tablespoon black pepper with 2 tablespoons of both Olive Oil and Rice Wine vinegar. Use this as a dressing for the wedge of lettuce for a side salad.

Open sesame eggplant

Categories: Asian, Damp Heat in the Lower Jiao, Heart Blood Stagnation, Heart Disease, Large Intestine Damp Heat, Large Intestine Fluid Vacuity, Liver & Gall Bladder Damp Heat, Spleen Damp Heat, Stomach Fire, Toxic Heat in the Blood, Urinary Bladder Damp Heat, Vegan, Vegetables, Vegetarian, Yin Vacuity

OPEN SESAME EGGPLANT (2-3 servings)
by Catherine Marquis

Other Names: Solanum melongena, aubergine, qie zi
Eggplant is a vegetable of wide international origins, appearing in the cuisines of Europe,
the Middle East, South and East Asia, and North America. China and India are the world’s top
eggplant producers today. It is related to the potato, pepper, and tomato, part of the Solanaceae
(nightshade) family, and grows in climates ranging from tropical to temperate. Eggplants come
in many sizes, colors and shapes, (not only the pear-shaped dark purple variety) ranging from
small and white (literally resembling an egg) to green and round, to long and lavender.
When shopping for eggplant, you should select ones that are relatively heavy for their
size and use immediately if possible. It should be cooked thoroughly until soft and is difficult to
overcook. Eggplant’s texture and bulk can provide balance to a meal that is light or nonexistent
in meat. It is a good source of fiber, potassium, manganese, copper, thiamine, vitamin B6, folate,
magnesium and niacin. Scientific studies suggest that eggplant might be useful in preventing atherosclerosis
and heart disease. From a TCM perspective it addresses swelling, pain, hemorrhoids and breast
inflammation (mastitis) or sores.

  •  Ingredients
    3-4 tbsp dark sesame oil
    3 cloves garlic, minced
    1 med-sized eggplant (about 1 lb), cut into 1 inch cubes
    1 cup water
    1 tbsp rice wine
    1 ½ tbsp soy sauce
    1 tbsp sesame seeds

Preparation
1. Heat oil in a pan, and then add garlic and then eggplant. Cook until eggplant is golden brown
on all sides. (You may want to brown the eggplant in two batches to distribute the oil more
evenly, as the eggplant has a tendency to absorb it.)
2. Add water to the pan. Bring to a boil, then lower heat. Cover and cook for about 10 min.,
until soft.
3. Remove lid, and add rice wine and soy sauce. Cook, uncovered for another 3-5 min.
4. In the meantime, toast the sesame seeds in a dry skillet over medium heat until golden brown,
stirring or shaking frequently, about 5 min. When done, remove the seeds from the hot skillet
so they don’t overcook.
5. Transfer eggplant mixture to a serving dish and sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds. Serve
warm with a grain such as rice or quinoa if desired.
Variations
If preferred, you can boil or steam the eggplant for about 20 min., until soft, then add soy sauce,
sesame oil and toasted sesame seeds to taste.
TCM Ingredient Analysis
Sesame oil – cool, sweet; LI, LV, KD; down bearing, moisten intestines, laxative, detoxifies,
raise unsaturated fatty acids, lecithin and vitamin E, treats dryness in intestines, constipation,
digestive obstructions, blood and qi vacuity of LV and KD, weakness in muscles, skins and
bones
CONTRAINDICATED in excess conditions, weakens SP pancreas network, can cause diarrhea
Garlic – hot, acrid; anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungal, detoxify meat and seafood, kill worms,
remove stagnant food and blood, reduce abscesses, warm yang, dispel cold;
CONTRAINDICATED in hot or dry eye DOs, mouth sores, tongue ulcers
Eggplant –cool-cold, sweet; SP, ST, LI; clear heat, relieve toxicity, invigorate and cool blood
and break stasis, reduce swelling, relieve and stop pain, move qi and open chest, promote
diuresis; CONTRAINDICATED in cold conditions
Rice Wine –warm; move blood
Soy sauce – cold, salty; SP, ST, KD; harmonize middle jiao, clear heat, antidote to drug and food
poisoning, benefit KD, penetrate deeply
Sesame seeds – slightly warm, sweet; nourish LV & KD, lubricate intestines, blacken gray hair,
tonify body overall, benefit skin; grinding recommended because tough cell wall makes it
undigestable whole
Quinoa – warm, sweet, sour; strengthen entire body, tonify qi, warm yang)
Overall Recipe Analysis
This dish clears heat, moves and cools blood, moistens the intestines, reduces swelling, and eases
pain. It is especially good for anyone concerned about high cholesterol or those who wish to
counteract pain and swelling.
Patterns
Blood stasis, qi stagnation, cold or damp stagnation, qi and blood deficiency, ST heat, yin
deficiency, SP qi deficiency, KD yang deficiency

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