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Egg Drop Soup

Categories: Heart Yin Vacuity, Kidney Yin Vacuity, Liver Blood Vacuity

Egg Drop Soup

* 4 cups chicken broth or stock (nourishes blood)
* 2 eggs, lightly beaten (nourishes blood)
* 1 -2 green onions, minced (warming)
* 1/4 teaspoon white pepper
* Salt to taste
* A few drops of sesame oil (optional)

In a wok or saucepan, bring the 4 cups of chicken broth to a boil. Add the white pepper and salt, and the sesame oil if using. Cook for about another minute.
Very slowly pour in the eggs in a steady stream. To make shreds, stir the egg rapidly in a clockwise direction for one minute. To make thin streams or ribbons, gently stir the eggs in a clockwise direction until they form.
Garnish with green onion and serve.
Serves 4

Sweet Potato Pie

Categories: Kidney Qi Vacuity, Kidney Yin Vacuity, Lung Yin Vacuity, Spleen Qi Vacuity, Spleen Yang Vacuity

Sweet Potato Pie

1 Recipe of your favorite pie crust.
2 cups cooked, mashed Sweet potatoes (yams).
3 beaten eggs
½ to ¾ cup brown sugar, barley malt, syrup, or honey.
1 tsp. cinnamon.
½ tsp. cloves.
¼ tsp. nutmeg.
½ tsp. allspice.
1 scant tsp. salt.
1 ½ cups evaporated milk (or mixed nonfat dry milk, goat milk, soy milk, or cashew milk).
Whipped cream for topping (optional).

Prepare crust and put into a 9 to 10 inch pie plate.  In a large bowl, beat together all the other ingredients except whipped cream.  Beat thoroughly and pour into pie shell.  Bake in preheated 375 degree oven for nearly an hour.  Cool before serving.  Serves six to eight people.

Sweet potatoes: neutral, sweet; SP/ST/L.I.; Strengthens SP, Tonifies qi/blood.
Eggs: sweet, neutral; nourishes yin/blood, lubricates dryness.
Milk: sweet, neutral; strengthens weakness, Tonifies qi, blood, and yin, lubricates dryness.
Honey: Sweet, neutral; SP, ST. Harmonizes middle jiao.
Cinnamon: acrid, sweet, hot; HT/KD/LV/SP. Warms and Tonifies yang, disperses cold, moves blood.
Overall, this recipe tonifies the SP/ST, nourishes yin and blood, and benefits KD/LU.

Oysters Steamed in Egg Custard

Categories: Kidney Yin Vacuity, Shen Calming

Oysters Steamed in Egg Custard
(4-6 servings)

1 pint shucked oysters
6 eggs
2 tsp soy sauce
½ tsp white pepper
1 tsp salt
1 tsp sesame oil
1 scallion, green and white parts, minced

1. Drain the oysters well, reserving 3 tablespoons of the juice.
2. In a bowl, stir the eggs with the oyster juice to blend well. Do not beat the eggs with a fork, as no foam should form. Add the soy sauce, pepper and salt. Stir well.
3. Grease a heatproof pie dish with the sesame oil and pour in the egg mixture. Arrange the oysters evenly in the egg mixture and sprinkle with the scallions. Set the dish in a bamboo steamer basket with a lid. Cover and steam over low heat 15 to 20 minutes or until the eggs are lightly set and the oysters are just cooked. Don’t let the water come to a boil, or bubbles will form in the custard, making it spongy.

Oysters are sweet, salty and neutral, consolidate yin, and anchor yang. They are considered especially useful for yin deficiency insomnia.

Eggs are sweet and neutral, nourish yin and blood, supplement SP and ST, and calm the shen. Soy sauce is salty and cold, it harmonizes the MJ and clears heat.

White pepper is cold, pungent and bitter, it tonifies yin, sedates yang, benefits qi and removes stagnant blood.

Salt is salty and cold, it clears heat and cools the blood, eases bowel movements and nourishes the KD.

Sesame oil is cool and sweet, tonifies qi and blood, clears heat and sedates yang. Scallion is warm (green) and hot (white), it expels pathogens, dispels wind and cold, and induces sweating.

Overall: When combined, these ingredients are cool, sweet and salty to nourish yin, clear any heat harassing the HT, and anchor yang to calm shen.

Whole Wheat Coconut Pancakes

Categories: Heart Qi Vacuity, Shen Calming

Fire - Heart qi xu, calm shen

Whole Wheat Coconut Pancakes

The best way to calm your shen is through sweet whole-wheat coconut pancakes. Sweet coconut helps strengthen heart qi, while the whole wheat nourishes the heart and calms the shen. This recipe will also help nourish your blood and yin. It is a great breakfast to help start your day.

• 2 cups whole wheat flour

• 4 1/2 tsp baking powder

• 2 tsp cinnamon

• 2 tsp sugar

• 2 large eggs

• 2 cups + 2 tbsp coconut milk

• 2 tsp of coconut flakes

• Olive oil


Mix all dry ingredients in a bowl. Add wet ingredients to the mixing bowl and mix well with a spoon until there are no more dry spots; don’t over-mix.

Heat a large skillet on medium heat. Lightly put oil to coat and pour 1/4 cup of pancake batter. When the pancake starts to bubble, you may add your fruit if you wish (lychee, strawberry, peach or pear). When the bubbles settle and the edges begin to set, flip the pancakes. Repeat with the remainder of the batter.

Baking helps build yin and yang.

Whole wheat flour- Sweet, slightly cool; spleen, heart, kidney; supplements qi, nourishes heart and calms shen, reduces thirst.

Baking powder- Moderates the affect of the other ingredients

Cinnamon- Acrid, sweet and warm; spleen, stomach and urinary bladder; Invigorates yang, dispels cold, promotes blood circulation, warms the mingmen fire.

Sugar- Sweet, neutral; lung and spleen; boosts the qi, harmonizes the center and moistens the lungs, treats lung dryness, lung vacuity, wind cold, taxation and fatigue. coughing and panting, mouth sores, wind-fire toothache.

Egg- Sweet, neutral; lung and large intestine; strengthens blood, jing and yin.

Coconut milk- Sweet, neutral; spleen, stomach, kidney; nourishes blood, yin and jing.

Coconut- Sweet, warm; heart and lung; strengthens heart and lung qi

Olive oil- Sweet, cool; liver, gallbladder; moistens, benefits the liver and gallbladder.

Contraindicated in anyone who is allergic to coconut. It is also very sweet and should be cautioned in diabetics.

Beet and Apple Muffins

Categories: Heart Blood Vacuity, Heart Qi Vacuity, Liver Blood Vacuity

Fire-heart blood/qi deficiency

Frances Norris

Beet and Apple Muffins

Adapted from recipe on

Makes 30 muffins


  • 4 eggs-cool, sweet, nourishes yin, tonifies blood
  • 1.5 cups light brown sugar-warm, sweet, strengthens digestion
  • ¾ cup olive oil- neutral, sweet, sour, astringent
  • ¾ cup orange juice-cool, sweet, sour, clears heat, soothes liver, strengthens spleen
  • 3 cups whole wheat flour-sweet, slightly cool, nourish heart, calm shen
  • 1 ½ tsp. baking soda
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 4 small green apples, peeled and shredded-cool, sweet, slightly sour, strengthens heart
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon-pungent, sweet, warm, promotes blood circulation, warms the mingmen fire
  • 1 tsp. lemon juice- cool, sour, regulates qi, benefits liver
  • 2 cups shredded, cooked beets-cool, sweet, nourishes blood, tonifies heart, calms spirit


1. Preheat the oven to 350

2. Put all four eggs into the mixer and beat for 3 minutes. Then add in the oil, orange juice, flour, baking soda and baking powder in the exact order listed, while the mixer is beating on a low speed. When the batter is smooth, turn off the mixer.

3. Toss the shredded apples with the cinnamon and the extra bit of sugar and lemon juice. Add them into the batter, together with the shredded beets. Using a spatula, gently turn and mix it into the batter until it is all incorporated. The batter should turn a deep pinkish color.

4. Line your muffin trays with muffin liners and fill a little over halfway with batter.

5. Bake about 15 minutes

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

Egg-Drop Soup

Categories: Liver Blood Vacuity, Spleen Qi Vacuity, Wei Qi Vacuity

Egg-Drop Soup


  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1 medium carrot
  • 6 shiitake mushrooms
  • ½ bunch of spinach
  • 1 quart chicken broth
  • 1 Tbsp white miso
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 green onions


  1. Mince garlic, and chop carrot into thin coins. Remove mushroom stems, and chop caps. Wash spinach and pat dry.
  2. In a saute pan, heat olive oil over medium heat. Saute garlic for 1 minute, just long enough to become fragrant. Add carrots and mushrooms. Saute for 1-2 minutes, stirring so mushrooms don’t stick to the pan. Add spinach and a little bit of broth. Continue cooking until spinach is mostly wilted.
  3. Add the rest of the chicken broth and cover. Heat all the way through, but do not bring to a boil.
  4. Ladle out 1-2 cups of liquid into a bowl or glass container. Add miso and stir until miso is dissolved. Return to non-boiling soup, and stir to evenly distribute miso.
  5. Crack eggs, and drop them into soup, stirring to break up the whites and yolks. Cook for 1-2 minutes.
  6. Serve and garnish with green onions.

Makes 3-4 servings.

TCM analysis:

olive oil: sweet, sour, astringent, neutral; clears heat, detoxifies, promotes body fluids
garlic: acrid, hot; detoxifies meat & seafood; removes stagnant food or blood; warms yang
carrot: sweet, neutral; SP, LV, LU, HRT; strengthens SP and HRT, nourishes and soothes LV
shiitake: sweet, neutral; SP, LU; supplements qi, boosts wei qi, lowers cholesterol
spinach: sweet, cold; ST, LI; nourishes blood, stabilizes yin, moistens dryness
chicken broth: sweet, warm; SP, ST, KD; supplements qi, nourishes blood, boosts wei qi
miso: salty, cool; aids digestion, neutralizes acid in the body, increases resistance to disease
eggs: sweet, neutral; SP, ST, LU; nourishes yin & blood, supplements SP/ST, calms shen
green onions: acrid, warm; LU, LI; releases external wind-cold, invigorates blood, drains damp

In general, this recipe is neutral in temperature and sweet to tonify qi, blood, and fluids. Warm, acrid ingredients (garlic, green onions) lightly invigorate to prevent cloying, and balance other cool ingredients (spinach, miso). The recipe is directed to the middle jiao, where it strengthens SP and ST qi and promotes SP production of blood. The use of chicken broth, shiitake mushrooms, and miso also strengthens immunity by boosting protective qi.

Eggs and Tomatoes and Spinach Scramble

Categories: Stomach Fire

Erika Anderson

Eggs and Tomatoes and Spinach Scramble

2 Eggs Neutral Sweet SP , ST Nourishes Yin and Blood, Tonifies SP/ST
½ Tomato Cold Sweet, Sour SP, ST, UB K Clears Heat Promotes urination, Promotes Fluids
¼ Cup Spinach Cold Sweet ST, LI Clears Heat
1 tsp. Olive Oil

* Makes 1 Serving

1) Heat a small saute pan over medium heat.
2) Add the Oil.
3) Saute the Tomatoes.
4) Add the Spinach and cook until wilted.
5) Add the Eggs and stir until eggs are cooked.

Overall this recipe is Cold and Sweet and goes to the SP and ST.
I think it would be a good choice for someone with Stomach Heat, because it will not add any more heat and it has ingredients that are cool, to cool the stomach off.

Banana Bread

Categories: Lung Phlegm Heat, Shen Calming

Banana Bread

by Alex Herman

Ingredients: (makes 1 loaf)

2 ripe bananas, mashed
2 eggs
1 ¾ C Flour
1 ½ C Sugar
1 C Chopped Walnuts
½ C Vegetable Oil
¼ C + 1 Tbs buttermilk
1 Tsp Vanilla
½ Tsp salt
1 Tsp Baking Soda

Grease and Flour a 9×5 inch pan
Combine all ingredients and mix
Bake at 325° for 1 hour and 20 minutes
Do not double recipe


Banana: Cold and sweet, Clears heat, lubricates lungs and intestines, lowers blood pressure, helps alleviate alcohol intoxication.

Eggs: Cool and sweet, Nourishes yin, tonifies blood, lubricates dryness and stablizes hyperactive fetus.

Whole Wheat Flour: Slightly cool and sweet, clears heat, quenches thirst, relieves restlessness, promotes diuresis, calms spirit and stops sweating

Sugar: cold and sweet

Walnuts (Hu Tao Ren): Slightly warm and sweet, tonifies the kidney, strengthens back, astringes lung, relieves asthma, lubricates intestines, aids erratic or rebellious qi, and reduces cholesterol.

Buttermilk: Neutral and sweet, strengthens weakness, nourishes qi and blood, lubricates dryness

Salt: Cold, salty, slightly sweet, Harmonizes and promotes digestion, strengthens kidney, fortifies bones, tendons and teeth, brightens eyes, detoxifies and acts as a natural preservative.

Overall: This recipe is sweet and moist, lubricating, good for cooling and clearing heat in Lung, calms shen/spirit and good for dry or hot type constipation

CI: Spleen Damp