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Honey Glazed Peach Tart

Categories: Lung Fluid Xu, Lung Yin Vacuity, Shen Calming

Honey Glazed Peach Tart

Crust ( you can use pre-made pie dough from the grocery store)

* 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour (clears heat)
* 3 tablespoons powdered sugar (tonifies Mother of LU)
* 1/4 teaspoon salt
* 1/2 cup (1 stick) chilled unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch cubes (moistens dryness)
* 3 1/2 tablespoons (about) ice water

Filling

* 1/4 cup sugar
* 3 tablespoons all purpose flour (clears heat)
* 2 teaspoons grated lemon peel (regulates qi)
* 6 ripe medium peaches, peeled, halved, pitted, cut into 1/2-inch-thick slices (about 4 cups) (lubricates lungs, astringes LU Qi, clears heat)
* 2 tablespoons honey (moistens lungs)
* 2 tablespoons chilled unsalted butter, cut into small pieces (Lubricates dryness)
* 2 tablespoons sliced almonds (ventilates lungs, relieves cough)
* 2 tablespoons peach preserves, melted (same as peaches)

For crust:
Blend flour, sugar, and salt in processor. Using on/off turns, cut in butter until pea-size pieces form. With machine running, add enough ice water by tablespoonfuls to form moist clumps. Gather dough into ball; flatten into disk. Wrap in plastic; refrigerate 1 hour.

Roll out dough on lightly floured surface to 12-inch round. Transfer to 9-inch-diameter tart pan with removable bottom. Trim overhang to 1 inch. Fold overhang in and press to form double-thick sides. Press inside edge of crust to push it 1/8 to 1/4 inch above top edge of pan. Pierce bottom of crust with fork. Refrigerate 1 hour.

Preheat oven to 400° F. Bake tart crust until golden, piercing with fork if bubbles form, about 25 minutes. (Can be made 1 day ahead. Cool; wrap in plastic and store at room temperature.)

For filling:
Mix sugar, flour, and lemon peel in large bowl to blend. Add peaches and toss to coat. Pour into baked crust. Drizzle honey over peach mixture; dot with butter and sprinkle with almonds. Bake until peaches are tender and almonds are toasted, about 35 minutes. Brush fruit and almonds with peach preserves. Cool 15 minutes before serving. (Can be made 6 hours ahead. Store tart at room temperature.)

Serves 6

 

CI: mind patients who have  propensity for phlegm and dampness

Walnut Sesame Clusters

Categories: Kidney Jing Vacuity, Kidney Yang Vacuity, Kidney Yin Vacuity, Large Intestine Fluid Vacuity

Walnut Sesame Clusters

Ingredients:

  • 2 C walnuts
  • 2 Tbsp black sesame seeds
  • 1-2 Tbsp toasted sesame oil
  • honey

Instructions:

  1. Toast walnuts and black sesame seeds in a saute pan with the sesame oil until the seeds stick to the nuts. Stir and flip nuts occasionally to prevent burning.
  2. Remove from heat. Pour honey over nuts and seeds. Spoon clumps onto wax paper to cool.

Makes enough clusters to cover one dinner plate.

TCM analysis:

walnuts: sweet, warm; LU, LI, KD; tonifies KD and LU, lubricates LI, nourishes jing/marrow
black sesame seeds: sweet, neutral; LV, KD, LU, LI; nourishes LV/KD, moistens LI, nourishes jing/marrow
honey: sweet, neutral; SP, LU, LI; nourishes/harmonizes MJ, moistens dryness, antidote to food poisoning

This recipe deeply tonifies the KD while moistening dryness in the LI. It is an easy-to-make treat for weak or elderly patients with constipation, since it tonifies both KD yin and yang and promotes bowel movements. Honey increases the moistening action of the recipe and makes it easier to digest.

Beet Raita

Categories: Heart Blood Vacuity, Heart Yin Vacuity, Liver Blood Vacuity, Shen Calming

Beet Raita
Makes 3 cups
(From 3 Bowls)

¾ c plain low-fat yogurt
2 T chopped fresh dill
½ t honey
½ t fresh lime juice
1 medium to large beet (about ½ pound), cooked, peeled, and grated

1. Whisk together the yogurt, dill, honey, and lime juice in a medium bowl.
2. Add the grated beet. Mix thoroughly.
3. Refrigerate and serve cold.

(If you want a thicker raita, first drain the yogurt in a strainer lined with cheesecloth for 10 minutes.)

TCM Analysis
Yogurt: cool, sweet, sour; SP, ST, LU. Nourish yin, clear heat.
Dill: warm; LV, HT. Move qi, calm shen.
Honey: sweet, neutral; SP, LU, LI. Harmonize MJ, moisten dryness, nourish yin.
Lime: cool, sour; ST. Regenerate fluids, regulate qi.
Beet: sweet, neutral; SP, ST, LV, HT. Strengthen MJ, nourish LV blood, calm shen.

Overall, this recipe nourishes yin & blood, clears heat, and calms shen.  With beets as the main ingredient, it goes to the HT and would be particularly good for HT yin xu.

Honeyed Spinach

Categories: Large Intestine Fluid Vacuity, Lung Yin Vacuity

Honeyed Spinach
4 servings
(From The Chinese Herbal Cookbook)

12 oz fresh baby spinach
4 cloves garlic, crushed
2 t soy sauce
4 t honey
2 oz pine nuts
1 T black sesame seeds
2 T sesame oil
4 oz raisins
Salt/pepper to taste

1. Wash the spinach well. Cut into shreds. Set aside.
2. Mix the garlic, soy cause, and honey in a small bowl. Set aside.
3. Heat a wok or frying pan and dry-fry the pine nuts and sesame seeds for 2 minutes being careful not to burn them. Remove to a plate and set aside.
4. Heat the sesame oil in the wok or frying pan and stir-fry the spinach for 1-2 minutes until softened.
5. Add the sauce and raisins to the spinach. Mix well.
6. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
7. Serve sprinkled with the pine nuts and sesame seeds.

TCM Analysis:
Spinach: sweet, cold; ST, LI. Clear heat, stop bleeding, nourish blood, moisten dryness.
Garlic: hot, acrid; Relieve food stagnation, move blood, dispel cold.
Soy sauce: salty, cold; SP, ST, KD. Harmonize MJ, clear heat.
Honey: sweet, neutral; SP, LU, LI. Harmonize MJ, moisten dryness, nourish yin.
Pine nuts: sweet, slightly warm; LU, LI. Moisten/tonify LU/LI.
Black sesame seeds: sweet, neutral. LV, KD, LU, LI. Nourish LV/KD, moisten.
Raisins: sweet. Nourish and moisten.

Overall, this recipe focuses on nourishing yin, clearing heat, and moistening dryness especially in cases of LU yin deficiency or autumn dryness. The garlic is kept in to lightly disperse and prevent over-nourishing.

Avocado Custard

Categories: Kidney Yin Vacuity, Large Intestine Fluid Vacuity, Lung Fluid Xu, Lung Yin Vacuity

Avocado Custard

Overall Recipe: Nourishes yin, moistens dryness, clears deficient heat.
Avocado: cool, sweet. Builds yin and blood, harmonizes LV, lubricates LU and intestines
Lemon: cool, sour, astringent. Clears heat, increases production of body fluids, benefits LV.
Honey: sweet, neutral. Strengthens middle jiao, moistens dryness.

Emily Hildebrand said:

Avocado Custard
Serves 2
  • avocado
  • juice from 1/2 a lemon
  • maple syrup or raw honey to taste
Put all ingredients in a blender or food processor and blend until smooth and creamy.

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!

Pear Bai He Tea

Categories: Lung Phlegm Heat, Lung Yin Vacuity, Phlegm Misting the Heart, Shen Calming

Siri Michel

Metal Imbalance; Lung Yin Deficiency; Hot Phlegm in Lung

Pear Bai He Tea

Ingredients

  • ½ cup dried unsweetened pears, diced (or 1 fresh pear, diced)
  • 12 grams bai he (if fresh, one lily bulb)
  • 1 bag green tea
  • 1 – 3 tsp honey
  • 3 cups water

Directions

  1. Put the pear, bai he and water in a non-reactive saucepan.
  2. Let soak for 30 minutes.
  3. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and cook at simmer for 30 minutes.
  4. Turn off heat. Remove lid and add the green tea bag. Let steep for 3 minutes and remove.
  5. Add honey. Stir well to dissolve.
  6. Strain and enjoy. Eat the pear.
  7. When reheating, do so on the stovetop.

2 servings

Options: can easily double recipe and keep a jar in the refrigerator.

 

TCM properties

Ingredient: Taste, Temp, Organs Function

Pear: Cold, sweet; LU, LI; Moisten Lung, descend Lung qi, stop cough, transform phlegm, lubricate intestines, clear heat.

Bai he:  Sl. cold, sweet; LU, HRT; Moisten Lung, stop cough, clear HRT, calm mind, clear heat.

Green tea:  Cool, bitter, sweet; Resolve phlegm, promote digestion, clear mind, clear heat.

Honey:  Neutral to warm, sweet; SP,ST, LU; Nourish Yin, lubricate dryness, tonify Spleen.

CI:  severe Spleen Qi or Yang Deficiency; Cold-Phlegm of the Lung

Spiced Black Bean, Grilled Avocado, and Goat Cheese Tacos

Categories: Kidney Yin Vacuity, Large Intestine Fluid Vacuity, Liver Qi Stagnation

Frances Norris

Yin Deficiency

Spiced Black Bean, Grilled Avocado, and Goat Cheese Tacos - Adapted from recipe on naturallyella.com

Makes 2 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 avocado-sweet, cool, nourishes yin and blood
  • ½ cup black beans-warm, sweet, nourishes yin
  • ½ lime, juice and zest from- cool, sour, regulates qi, regenerates body fluids
  • 2 tsp. honey-neutral, nourishes yin
  • 1 tbsp. coriander seeds-slightly warm, benefit digestion
  • 1 tsp. olive oil-neutral, sweet, sour, astringent, clears heat, promotes fluids
  • ½ tbsp. cumin seeds- warm, strengthens spleen
  • 4 flour tortillas- sweet, slightly cool, reduces thirst
  • ¼ cup goat cheese-sweet, salty, warm, tonifies qi, nourishes blood, moistens dryness

Directions

1. Preheat grill

2. In a dry skillet, over medium-low heat, toast the coriander and cumin seeds for 2-3 minutes. Seeds should be fragrant and beginning to brown. Then grind them in a pestle.

3. Return spices to the skillet and add ½ cup of black beans and liquids. Heat over medium low and let cook until liquids have cooked out, anywhere from 5-10 minutes.

4. Take avocado and slice in half. Brush with the one teaspoon of olive oil and place cut side down on grill. Let cook until lightly charred. Remove and carefully slice avocado out of skin.

5. To assemble tacos, place ¼ of the black bean mixture in the center of the tortilla, layer avocado and goat cheese on top. Finally, whisk together juice and zest from half a lime along with honey. Lightly drizzle over taco filling.

Baked Pears with Almonds

Categories: Lung Fluid Xu, Lung Phlegm Cold, Lung Yin Vacuity

Baked Pears with Almonds
Serves 6

Ingredients:
6 pears
1 ½ cups of chopped almonds
1/3 cup honey
½ cup of maple syrup
1 tsp lemon juice
¼ cup of water
Pinch of powdered ginger

Directions:
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Leave stems on pears, but cut a slice from the blossom-end to form a flat surface will stand in baking dish. Mix all other ingredients, except syrup, and pour over pears. Bake uncovered in preheated oven for about 1 hr and 20 minutes to 1 and ½ hrs. Baste with syrup while baking.

TCM Breakdown:
Pears: Nourishes fluids, decreases thirst, moistens LU, Dissolves phlegm
Almonds: Moistens LU and LI, supplements SP and LU
Honey: Nourishes and harmonizes MJ, moistens dryness
Lemon juice: clears heat, dissolves phlegm (?)
Ginger: Warms MJ, Warms interior, unblocks channels, transforms cold phlegm
Maple syrup: tonifies SP (?)

C/CI: in damp cold, or xu cold syndrome

Arugula, Fennel, and Orange Salad

Categories: Liver Fire Rising

Arugula, Fennel, and Orange Salad

INGREDIENTS
1 tablespoon honey
1 tablespoon lemon juice
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/4 cup olive oil
1 bunch arugula
2 orange, peeled and segmented
1 bulb fennel bulb, thinly sliced
2 tablespoons sliced black olives

DIRECTIONS
Whisk together the honey, lemon juice, salt, and pepper; slowly add the olive oil while continuing to whisk.
Place the arugula in the bottom of a salad bowl; scatter the orange segments, fennel slices, and olives over the arugula; drizzle the dressing over the salad to serve.

Serves 6

Fennel – pungent & warm, SP/ST/LV/KD; disperses cold, rectifies qi, harmonizes ST
Orange – sweet, sour, cool; LV/LU/ST/UB; clears heat, soothes LV, nourishes fluids
Pepper – pungent, warm; ST/LI, warms MJ, descends ST qi, expels damp and cold
Lemon – sour, cool, astringent; benefits ST/LV, aids with indigestion
Honey – sweet, neutral; SP/LU/LI; nourishes MJ, moistens dryness
Arugula – sweet, bitter, cold; LU/ST/UB; clears heat, cools blood, promotes urination/lactation