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Black Bean and Tomato Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

Categories: Kidney Yin Vacuity, Large Intestine Fluid Vacuity, Liver Blood Vacuity, Liver Yin Vacuity, Spleen Yang Vacuity

Black Bean and Tomato Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

4 medium sweet potatoes, scrubbed
1 15-oz. can black beans, rinsed and drained (or 1-1/2 cups cooked black beans)

1 15-oz.can diced tomatoes with green chilies, (or a can of tomatoes plus 3 tablespoons of diced green chilies from a can, or 1-2 finely chopped fresh jalapenos)

1/2 cup sliced green onions, white and green parts
2 cloves garlic, minced

1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley or cilantro (opt.)

1/4 teaspoon salt (if needed)

fresh ground pepper, lots

1 small avocado (or vegan sour cream)

2 tablespoons lemon juice

  • Slice a very small piece from the end of each potato. (Or, you can prick them all over with a fork.) Bake at 425ËšF for about 40 minutes or until nice and soft all the way through. You can bake them right on the oven rack. I like to use the toaster oven for this unless I’m using the big oven to make other stuff, too. When they are ready, place them on a plate to cool slightly while you finish up the filling.
  • Cook the the onion, garlic and oregano (and jalapenos, if using fresh) in the oil for one minute. Add the beans, tomatoes, canned chilies (if using), salt and pepper. Heat gently until hot. Stir in the parsley or cilantro. Taste for seasoning.
  • Open the avocado and scoop out the pulp. Mash and mix with lemon juice, a tiny pinch of salt and fresh ground pepper.
  • Split the potatoes lengthwise and gently push the ends towards each other to create a pocket.
  • Fill the pockets with the bean mixture and top with avocado or vegan sour cream.

This is a good recipe to use for KD deficiency. The three main ingredients- Black Beans, Tomato, and Sweet Potatoes all go to strengthening the KD. The recipe would be a nice tonifying recipe over all, with Avocado as another nice ingredient to nourish blood and yin. The green onions and cilantro keep the dish moving, and the black pepper would help with digestion. Its a nice, healthy dish all around- and fairly balanced in temperature, with many of the ingredients being neutral.

Champion Chicken with Goji Berries

Categories: Kidney Qi Vacuity, Liver Blood Vacuity, Liver Qi Stagnation, Stomach Cold

Champion Chicken with Goji Berries 4 servings

2 tablespoons vegetable oil, such as canola or olive
2 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
1 (1/2- to 1-inch) piece fresh ginger, peeled and minced
1 roasting chicken, skinned and cut up, or 3 to 4 pounds of skinless legs and/or breasts
2 medium-sized green onions, chopped into 1/2-inch pieces, roots and tough tips discarded
3-4 tablespoons rice wine or dry sherry
2 tablespoons soy sauce, or to taste
2 tablespoons (30 grams) goji berries (gou qi zi)
1 1/2 cups water or vegetable or chicken stock
1 teaspoon dark sesame oil

Heat oil in a pan, then add garlic and ginger and cook until garlic is golden (about 5 minutes.

Place chicken, garlic, ginger, green onion, wine, soy sauce, goji berries and water in a pot.

Bring mixture to a boil, then cover and lower heat to a simmer. Cook for about 30 minutes or until the chicken is cooked through.

Sprinkle sesame oil on top as a finishing touch.

Serve in a bowl with some of the broth or on top of rice with the broth as a gravy.

Vegetable Oil-moistening
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
Ginger-pungent, warm; LU/SP/ST; disperse exterior cold, stop nausea and vomiting, detoxify other herbs, reduce inflammation
Chicken-sweet, warm; SP/ST/KD; supplement qi, nourish blood, consolidate KD, boost wei qi
Green Onion-pungent, warm; LU/LI; release exterior wind cold, invigorate blood, drain damp
Rice Wine-warm; move blood
Soy Sauce-salty, cold; SP/ST/KD; harmonizes MJ, clear heat, antidote to drug and food poisoning
Goji Berries-sweet, warm; LU/LV/KD; nourish LV and KD, improve vision, moisten LU
Chicken Stock-chicken is sweet, warm; SP/ST/KD; supplement qi, nourish blood, consolidate KD, boost wei qi
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

Warms ST, supplement qi, nourishes blood, strengthens LV and KD and helps prevent eye problems that sometimes develop with age.

Especially good for anyone who wants to increase his or her strength, including women recovering from childbirth.

Spring Seafood Stew

Categories: Liver Qi Stagnation, Lung Fluid Xu, Lung Yin Vacuity, Shen Calming

Spring Seafood Stew

Ingredients:

2 TBL. Olive Oil
1 lb. Of assorted fish, shrimp, sea scallops, & fish cut in 1-2 in. cubes
1 in. pc. Fresh ginger, peeled & minced
3 med. Size green onions, chopped into ¼ in. pcs., grouped in green & white parts
½ lb. Asparagus, cut into 1 in. pcs.
1 cup of white wine
A pinch of sea salt
1 ½ TBL. Powdered kudzu (ge gen), arrowroot, cornstarch, or other thickener
3 TBL. Water
Lemon wedges or lemon juice, opitional

Directions:
1. Heat oil in a pan, then sauté the seafood, ginger and the white part of the green onions for 3 min. or until the seafood is browned.
2. Add the asparagus, wine, and salt. Cover, bring back to a boil, then simmer over low heat for about 3 more min. until the asparagus & seafood are cooked through.
3. Mix the kudzu in a small bowl with a little cold water to avoid clumping, then add it to the pot & stir well & cook for another minute so the thickener sets.
4. Sprinkle the dish with the dish with the green portion of the green onion, add salt to taste, and then serve with lemon wedges, if desired.

Olive oil: cooling, sweet, fatty & moistens.
Lemon: cool, sour, regenerates body fluids, regulates qi, harmonizes stomach, benefits liver qi stagnation.
Fish: warm & sweet, tonifies qi & removes damp.
Shrimp: warm & sweet, enrich blood & strengthen qi & kidney yang.
Sea scallops: cold & sweet, benefit the internal organs & nourish kidney yin.
Green onions: hot & pungent, expels pathogens.
Asparagus: cool sweet & bitter, clears heat, detoxifies & promote blood circulation.
White wine: warm, pungent & sweet, promotes circulation, temporarily stops pain.
Sea salt: cold, salty, slightly sweet, detoxifies, harmonizes & promotes digestion.

TCM: This dish strengthens the qi, regulates liver qi, moistens the lungs, clears heat, & calms the spirit.

Huang Qi Broth To Regain Appetite

Categories: Kidney Jing Vacuity, Spleen Qi Vacuity

Huang Qi Broth To Regain Appetite

Erika Anderson

Ingredients Channels Taste, Temp. Functions
30 grams Huang Qi Wrapped in Cheese Cloth SP, LU Sweet, Warm Tonifies Qi & Blood, Increases Appetite
3 pounds of Chicken Pieces SP, ST, K Sweet, Warm Tonifies Qi & Blood, Nourishes Kidneys Jing
10 Cups Cold Water (or enough water to cover the chicken)
7 Slices of Ginger LU, SP, ST Pungent Warm Stops Nausea, Disperses Cold
8 Green Onions, cut into 1 inch Pieces LU, ST, LI Pungent, Warm Warms The Lung and Stomach
2 Celery Stalks, cut into 2 inch Pieces LV, ST Sweet, Bitter, Cold Clears Heat, Resolves Toxins, Subdues Liver Yang, Drains Damp, Calms Shen
¼ Cup of Rice Wine ST, LV, H Pungent, Sweet, Warm Invigorates Blood, Expels Cold
2 Black Peppercorn ST, LI Pungent Warm Warms the Middles Jiao, Descend ST Qi, Expels Damp and Cold

Directions Of How to Make Broth
1) Rinse the chicken pieces under cold water.
2) Place in a large pot and add the 10 Cups ( Or Enough to Cover).
3) Add the Ginger, Green onions, Celery, Rice Wine, and bring to a boil over medium heat, occasionally skimming off the foam that rises to the top.
4) Add the Salt and Pepper.
5) Cover, Reduce heat and simmer for 2 hours.
6) Strain the broth.

Broth Treats
ï‚Ÿ Overall Chicken Broth is Warm and Sl. Pungent and goes to the SP, ST, LU, K.
ï‚Ÿ It Warms the Middle Jiao, Stopping Nausea , Tonifies Qi and Blood
ï‚Ÿ Simmering the chicken for this long releases all of the Chickens Jing, therefore it Nourishes Kidney Jing
ï‚Ÿ The Huang Qi and Ginger, add that extra kick needed to Stimulate the Appetite.

Use Your Qi to Choose What to Cook In Your Broth

ï‚Ÿ Everyday choose a couple of vegetables, there are some suggested vegetables listed below, but it is important that you choose vegetables that you like to eat.
ï‚Ÿ If you want add some meat and cook with the vegetables (Such as Pork Meat Balls, Or thinly slices Boneless chicken breast), Or you may use the chicken that was cooked when you made the broth.
ï‚Ÿ If you want put a little bit of Cheese in at the end. As long as its not too much.
ï‚Ÿ You can add extra flavors such as Lemon, Lime, Lemon Grass, Cilantro, Basil, a bit a hot sauce, soy sauce.
ï‚Ÿ If you want add cooked Pearl Barley, White Rice, or a small amount of Noodles.

Suggestions of Vegetables to cook in Broth for Qi and Blood Xu with Lack of Appetite
Channels Flavors & Temp.
Functions
Wood Ear SP, K, Sweet, Neutral Supplements Qi and Blood
Spinach ST, LI, Sweet, Cold Clears Heat, Nourishes Blood
Broccoli SP, LV Sweet, Sl.Bitter, Acrid, Cool Nourishes Liver Blood, Strengthen SP
Cabbage ST, K Sweet, Neutral Harmonizes Stomach, Nourishes Jing
Carrot SP, LV, Sweet, Neutral Strengthen SP, and Heart,
Nourishes & Soothes the Liver
Soy Sauce Salty Cold Harmonizes Middle Jiao
Cilantro Pungent Warm Harmonizes Middle Jiao
Pearl Barley
(If you want try some noodles)
Bland Cool Strengthen SP,Drain Damp

Mexican Salsa

Categories: Appetizers, Blood Stasis, Blood Vacuity, Mexican, Raw, Vegan, Vegetarian

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Mexican Salsa

1 medium tomato, diced
1 clove garlic, pressed
3 green chilies, minced
2-3 green onions, chopped
6 springs coriander or cilantro leaves, finely chopped
juice of 1 lime, freshly squeezed
sea salt to taste
1/4 cup water
Mix together and serve.

TCM Analysis:
Tomato- sweet, sour, cold, promotes fluids, clears heat, promotes urination, supplements KD
Garlic- warm, acrid, kills parasites, relieves toxicity, prevents influenza, promotes circulation
Green Chilies- warm, acrid, moving, promotes circulation, analgesic
Green Onions- warm, acrid, LU/LI, releases exterior wind cold, invigorates blood, drains damp
Coriander- acrid, aromatic
Lime Juice- very sour, cooling, astringent, antiseptic, moves blood
Salt- salty, cool, softening
Overall Pattern: This salsa is primarily warm and acrid and moves/circulates blood in the body.