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Lamb with Sweet Potatoes

Categories: Heart Yang Vacuity, Kidney Yang Vacuity, Spleen Qi Vacuity

Lamb with Sweet Potatoes
6 servings
(Modified from A Spoonful of Ginger)

1 t oil
8 cloves garlic, sliced thinly
8 scallions, trimmed in 1 inch sections
8 slices fresh ginger
1 t hot chili paste
2 sticks cinnamon
1 t anise seed
5 c water
½ c low-sodium soy sauce
3 T rice wine
1 T sugar
3 lbs lamb stew meat, cut in 1½ inch cubes
4 sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed
½ lb fresh spinach, washed and drained

1. Heat a Dutch oven, add the oil, heat until hot.
2. Add seasonings. Stir-fry until fragrant, about 15 seconds.
3. Add broth, bring to a boil.
4. Add lamb and bring to a boil again.
5. Reduce heat to low, partially cover, simmer for 1 hour, until lamb is tender.
6. Skim the surface to remove any fat or gristle.
7. Add the sweet potatoes. Simmer, partially covered for 20 minutes or until tender.
8. Remove the ginger slices and cinnamon sticks. Discard.
9. Add the spinach. Cook until wilted, 30 seconds to 1 minute.
10. Remove from heat and serve.

TCM Analysis:
Garlic: hot, acrid; Relieve food stagnation, move blood, dispel cold.
Scallions: sweet, pungent, warm; ST, LV, KD. Warm MJ, warm KD yang, invigorate blood.
Ginger: pungent, warm; LU, SP, ST. Disperse cold, stop nausea/vomiting, detoxify, reduce inflammation.
Hot chili paste: (pepper) hot, pungent. Warm digestion, dispel cold.
Cinnamon: Hot, acrid, sweet; ST, KD. Strengthen ST, warm channels, stop pain, warm KD.
Anise seed: pungent, sweet, warm; ST, LV. Strengthen St, regulate qi, harmonize, warm MJ.
Soy sauce: salty, cold; SP, ST, KD. Harmonize MJ, clear heat.
Rice wine: warm, pungent, sweet. Promote circulation.
Sugar: sweet, neutral; LU, SP. Tonify qi, moisten dryness, harmonize MJ.
Lamb: sweet, warm; ST, SP, KD. Tonify KD yang, warm MJ, nourish blood.
Sweet potatoes: neutral, sweet; SP, ST, LV. Strengthen SP/ST, tonify qi/blood, clear heat, increase milk production, benefit eyes.
Spinach: sweet, cold; ST, LI. Clear heat, stop bleeding, nourish blood, moisten dryness.

Overall, this is a very warming recipe. The sweet potatoes, spinach, and soy sauce bring some cooling nature to balance it. The primary focus is on the KD for tonifying KD yang.

Lamb Soup with Dang Gui

Categories: Kidney Yang Vacuity, Liver Blood Vacuity, Spleen Yang Vacuity

Lamb Soup with Dang Gui

1/2 lb. slivered lamb meat
2 chopped Walnuts
5 red Chinese dates
10 g Dang Gui
10 g dried Longan, slivered
1 star anise seed
1 tsp. minced scallion
1 thin slice of fresh ginger
1 T. rice wine or cooking sherry
1/2 tsp of salt or more to taste
1 tsp. soy sauce

Boil the lamb in 2 cups water with the scallions and ginger for ten minutes. Skim off any bubbles on the surface.

Add the other ingredients except the sou sauce and wine and cook for 10 more minutes. Remove the dang gui root and the slice of ginger.

Add soy sauce and wine and serve hot.
Serves 1.

Lamb: Boosts Kidney yang, warms middle jiao
Walnuts: Tonifies KD and LU, nourishes jing and marrow
Chinese Dates: Strengthen SP, nourishes body, stops cough, tonifies qi, blood and yin
Dang Gui: invigorates and tonifes Blood
Longan: strengthens SP/ST, nourishes qi and blood
Anise: strengthens ST, rectifies qi
Black Pepper: warms middle jiao, expels cold
Scallion: ST, LV, KD; invigorates blood
Ginger: Disperses cold
Rice Wine: expels cold, invigorates blood
Salt: salty and cold; goes to KD, clears heat cools blood
Soy Sauce: salty cold; goes to KD

Lamb, Sweet Potato and Leek Stew with Saffron Rice

Categories: Kidney Yang Vacuity

Lamb, Sweet Potato and Leek Stew with Saffron Rice
1 cup basmati rice. Neutral grain, easy for the stomach to digest,
Basmati is qi moving.
2 cups water (or veggie or chicken broth for more flavor)
½ pound lamb meat, cubed. Sweet, warm, stomach spleen, kidney. Boosts kidney yang,
warms middle jiao, nourishes blood.
1 medium sweet potato, cubed. Sweet neutral flavor that is easy on the spleen in
moderate amounts.
1 cup chopped leek (or scallion or onion if leek is not available) (Warm, moving root
veggie)
1 tsp. chopped garlic Warm, moves qi
1 tsp dried ginger Pungent and hot, LU, SP, ST Warms middle jiao, warms the interior,
unblocks channels.
1 tsp. olive oil, good medium for cooking
Small pinch saffron Moves blood
1 tsp. oregano. Acrid, moves qi
Pinch of salt to taste. Salt is cooling so a minimal amount should be used.
Pinch of black pepper: Pungent, warm. St, LI. Warms the middle jiao, descends stomach qi, expels damp and cold.
Cook basmati rice with 1 cup rice, and 2 cups water, salt and saffron.
While rice is cooking, steam potatoes until tender.
After rice and potatoes are done, heat olive oil, garlic and leek for approximately 5 minutes until slightly tender. Add cubed lamb to leeks and cook for 10 minutes until browned. Add sweet potato, parsley, and oregano, salt and pepper. Mix together and serve with saffron rice. For two servings.
This recipe has an overall warming and tonifying affect which will help to tonify the kidney yang and dispel any excess cold from the uterus.
Contraindicated for damp heat signs.