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Warm French Lentils

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

Sp Yang XU- Earth - Nina Gaglio

Warm French Lentils

Serves 4 to 6

2 tablespoons plus ¼ cup good olive oil

1 leek, white and light green parts, sliced ¼ inch thick.

2 carrots, scrubbed and ½ -inch-diced

1 teaspoon minced garlic

1 cup French green Le Puy lentils

1 whole onion, peeled and stuck with 6 whole cloves

1 white turnip cut in half

1 teaspoon unsalted butter

4 teaspoons Dijon mustard

2 tablespoons red wine vinegar

1 tablespoon sea salt

1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

Lentils- Sweet, Neutral, Spleen, Stomach. Strengthens spleen, harmonizes middle jiao.

Leek/Onion-Warm and Acrid. Promotes sweating, resolves phlegm, regulates qi, reduces toxins.

Carrots- Sweet, Neutral, Spleen, Liver, Lung, Heart. Strengthens spleen and heart, nourishes and soothes liver, benefits the lung and drains damp.

Garlic- Hot and Acrid. Dispels cold resolves toxicity.

Turnip- Cool, Sweet, Bitter, Acrid. Clears heat, removes dampness and stagnant food, detoxifies, stops cough.

Butter- Sweet, Neutral, Spleen, Stomach, Lung. Supplements qi, nourishes blood, moistens dryness.

Dijon Mustard- Sweet, Warm, Liver, Stomach. Strengthens stomach, rectifies qi, harmonizes and warms the middle jiao.

Red wine vinegar- Warm, Sour, Sweet, Sl. Bitter, Pungent, Liver, Stomach. Heart. Invigorates blood, expels cold, clears toxin.

Salt- Salty, Cold, Kidney. Clears heat cools blood, eases bowel movement, nourishes kidney.

Pepper- Pungent, Warm, Stomach, Large Intestine. Warms the middle jiao, descends stomach qi, expels cold and damp.

Clove- Pungent, Warm, Stomach, Kidney. Warms middle jiao, dispels internal cold, warms the Kidney and stops pain.

Overall TCM Functions:

This dish Treats Sp Yang XU, harmonizes Spleen and Stomach resolves damp, supplements qi, nourishes Liver, strengthens the Kidney and benefits the Lung.

“Wood” soup

Categories: Large Intestine Fluid Vacuity, Liver Blood Vacuity, Liver Qi Stagnation

Wood Soup
(4-6 servings)

2 bay leaves
6½ cups vegetable soup stock
1 leek: white and pale green portions only
2 celery stalks
1 cup eggplant
12 black or shitake mushrooms: soaked if dry, and slivered
4 tbsp sesame seeds
¼ cup pine nuts
1 tbsp roasted sesame oil
¼ cup rice vinegar
1 tbsp turmeric or 1/8 tsp saffron

1. Slice leek and celery, cut eggplant into cubes.
2. Add the vegetables and mushrooms to stock, simmer 30 minutes.
3. While simmering, toast the sesame seeds in a 350 degree oven for 8-10 minutes and the pine nuts for about 5 minutes.
4. Add the bay leaves, sesame seeds, pine nuts, sesame oil, rice vinegar and turmeric, and simmer 5 minutes.

Analysis:
Bay leaf is warm and pungent, it regulates and tonifies qi, removes blood stagnation and sedates yin. Vegetable stock is neutral (?). Leek is warm and pungent, it tonifies qi and blood and clears heat. Celery is sweet, bitter and cold, it clears heat, subdues LV yang and wind, and calms the shen. Eggplant is sweet and cold, it clears heat, moves blood and moves qi. Shitake mushrooms are sweet and neutral, they supplement qi, and boost wei qi. Sesame seeds are sweet and neutral, nourish LV and KD, moisten the LI and nourish jing and marrow. Pine nuts are sweet and slightly warm, they moisten and tonify the LU and lubricate the intestines. Sesame oil is cool and sweet, tonifies qi and blood, clears heat and sedates yang. Rice vinegar is warm, sour and bitter, it detoxifies and invigorates circulation of blood. Turmeric (?). Saffron is neutral, sweet and sour, it tonifies qi and blood, transforms stagnation and disperses stagnant qi.
Overall, this soup nourishes qi and blood while at the same time moving these substances. It harmonizes the Liver so it moves qi through the body smoothly, while moistening and lubricating to allow movement.

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.