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Morning Sickness Mush: A recipe to help ease nausea in expecting Mommies

Categories: Spleen Qi Vacuity, Stomach Rebellious Qi

Morning Sickness Mush: A recipe to help ease nausea in expecting Mommies
By Katie Fritz

This recipe is to be prepared the evening before and placed in a crockpot to cook overnight

1/4 c. green lentils
1/4 c. brown rice
1/2 c. millet
1 slice of ginger (sheng jiang)
A slice of organic orange peel (sm. amount)
Honey to taste

A handful of fresh, organic strawberries

Place lentils, brown rice, millet, orange peel & ginger in a crockpot and cover with 4 cups water. Cook in the crockpot on low overnight.

In the morning add fresh strawberries to your mush & sweeten to taste w/ honey. Enjoy warm.

TCM analysis:
Lentils: neutral & sweet: supplement qi & blood; harmonize digestion, strengthen ST & descends rebellious qi
Brown rice: neutral-warm & sweet: supplements qi, supplements center burner; quenches thirst, relieves irritability
Millet: cool-neutral-warm, sweet: supplements qi & cools heat; stops vomiting, clears heat, soothes morning sickness
Ginger: warm, acrid & sl. sweet: warms middle burner, benefits ST
Orange peel: warm, bitter & acrid: moves qi
Strawberries: cool, sweet & sour: forms body fluids & blood, strengthens SP
Honey: neutral & sweet: supplements qi & blood; nourishes yin, tonifies weakness, strengthens SP

The overall goal of this recipe is to strengthen the middle burner & descend ST qi. There is more millet to cool & supplement the MJ and stop vomiting. The ginger and orange peel help regulate the qi (and are present in very small amounts). The orange peel is bitter to direct ST qi downward. The strawberries then nourish qi & blood. The honey is added for its tonifying properties & for taste!

Tomato-Lentil Soup with Spinach, Corn, and Brown Rice

Categories: Spleen Qi Vacuity

Tomato-Lentil Soup with Spinach, Corn, and Brown Rice Recipe

2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 tablespoons olive oil
1½ cups chopped yellow onion
¼ cup minced garlic
1 pound carrots, cut into ¼-inch pieces
¼ pound celery, cut into ¼-inch pieces
8 to 10 cups chicken stock
Two 14.5-ounce cans diced tomatoes, with juice
1 pound green lentils
Two 14.5-ounce cans tomato sauce
¾ cup uncooked long-grain brown rice
1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
1 tablespoon salt
1 teaspoon ground cumin
Freshly ground black pepper
10 ounces baby spinach
1½ cups frozen corn kernels

Heat the butter and oil in a heavy large pot over medium-high heat. Add the onion and garlic, reduce the heat to medium-low, and cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion is very tender, 8 to 10 minutes. Add the carrots and celery and continue to cook, stirring occasionally, for an additional 10 minutes. Add 8 cups of the chicken stock, diced tomatoes, and lentils. Cover and simmer for 1 hour. Raise the heat to high and bring to a boil. Add the tomato sauce, rice, thyme, salt, cumin, and pepper to taste. Reduce the heat back to medium-low and simmer, covered, for 30 minutes. Stir in the spinach and corn, and cook uncovered for 30 minutes more, adding more chicken stock if necessary.

Analysis:
Butter — neutral, sweet, strengthens weakness, nourishes qi and blood, lubricates dryness
Onion-warm and pungent, promotes sweating, resolves phlegm, diuretic
Garlic- hot and pungent, anti-viral, anti-fungal, detoxifies meat and seafood, kills worms, removes stagnant blood and reduces abscesses.
Carrots-sweet, neutral, strengthens spleen and heart, nourishes and soothes liver, benefits the lung, diuretic, drains damp, anti-inflammatory
Celery-sweet, clears heat resolves toxin, subdues liver yang and wind, drains damp transforms phlegm, calms the shen
Tomato-sweet. Sour, cold, promotes fluids, clears heat, promotes urination, supplements kidney.
Lentils- sweet, neutral, strengthens spleen, harmonizes middle jiao
Brown Rice- sweet, slightly warm, supplements qi, soothes stomach, drains damp
Salt-salty, cold, clears heat cools blood, eases bowel movements, nourishes kidney
Black Pepper- pungent, warm, warms the middle jiao, descends stomach qi, expels damp and cold
Spinach-sweet, cold, clears heat, stops bleeding, nourishes blood, stabilizes yin, moistens dryness.
Corn- sweet, neutral, strengthens spleen, soothes stomach, promotes urination