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Applesauce with Pears and Peaches

Categories: Dryness Invading the Lungs, Large Intestine Fluid Vacuity, Lung Fluid Xu, Lung Yin Vacuity, Shen Calming

Applesauce with pears & peaches
Yields: 8 servings

2 lbs of apples, peeled, cored and chopped
½ lb of pears, peeled, pitted, and chopped
½ lb of peaches, peeled, cored and chopped
3 cups of water
1 cup of white sugar
1 tbsp lemon juice

1. Place all the fruit in a large saucepan and just barely cover with water. Simmer over medium-low heat until fruit is tender, 15-20 minutes.
2. Run cooked fruit through a food mill or blender. Stir in sugar and lemon juice. Cook over medium heat for about 3-5 minutes.

TCM analysis: Overall cools the heat in the LU from LU yin xu
Apples: cool, sweet, slightly sour. strengthens HT, tonfiies qi, quenches thirst, reduces dryness, alleviates thirst, lubricates LU, resolves mucus
Pears: cold, sweet. Regenerates body fluids, quenches thirst, calms HT, lubricates LU, relieves restlessness, promotes urination, clears heat, detoxifies, lubricates throat, dissolves mucus, descends qi and stops cough
Peaches: very cool, sweet and slightly sour. Lubricates LU, clears heat, aids diabetes, promotes body fluids, induces sweating.

Modifications

  • Taste the milled fruit before adding sugar.  Then, just add sugar to taste.  May be sweetened with an alternative sweetener such as honey or maple syrup.
  • Add a little bit of cinnamon for depth of flavor and to change temperature of food to slightly warm.

 

Guacamole

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

Guacamole

1 3/4 cups avocado, cut in chunks (about 2 medium-large avocados)
1-1 1/2 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice (or lime juice)
1/4 tsp sea salt

In a bowl, combine avocado, 1 tbsp lemon(or lime) juice, salt. Mash to desired consistency. Season to taste with additional salt and remaining lemon (or lime) juice.

Avocado: LU/LI, Sweet, bland, cool; Nourishes yin and blood, lubricates LU/LI, clears heat and promotes fluids
Lemon/Lime juice: cool, sour; regenerates body fluids, harmonizes ST, regulates qi, quenches thirst
salt: salty, deliciousness.

Salmon Steamed in Napa Cabbage

Categories: Kidney Jing Vacuity, Kidney Yin Vacuity, Large Intestine Damp Heat, Large Intestine Qi Stagnation

Salmon Steamed in Napa Cabbage

Ingredients

  • 12 leaves Napa cabbage
  • 2 lbs salmon fillets, skinned
  • 2 tb olive Oil
  • 1 tb lemon juice
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1/4 c minced shallots or scallions
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp chopped fresh thyme (1/4 tsp dried thyme)
  • 1 tsp chopped fresh basil (1/4 tsp dried basil)

FOR THE SAUCE

  • 1/2 c Seafood stock
  • 2 Red bell peppers roasted puree
  • 1 1/2 tsp Lemon juice
  • 1 tsp Anchovy paste or salt
  • 1 pinch white pepper

Instructions

  1. Bring water to a boil, and blanch the cabbage leaves until pliable, about 2 minutes.  Drain and set aside.
  2. Cut the salmon and sole into 1/2-inch cubes, and set aside.
  3. Heat the oil in a small skillet over medium heat.  Add the shallots and garlic, and saute, stirring frequently, for 5 minutes.  Add to the fish, along with the lemon juice, pepper, salt, thyme and basil.  Mix gently.
  4. Place 2 cabbage leaves overlapping slightly.  Divide mixture in the center of the six sets of leaves. Roll cabbage, tucking in the sides to enclose the filling, and secure the rolls with toothpicks.  Place in a bamboo steamer, and steam over boiling water for 7 to 10 minutes.
  5. While the rolls are steaming, puree the stock, peppers, lemon juice, anchovy paste and pepper in a blender or food processor with a steel blade.
  6. Pour into a small saucepan, and bring to a boil over medium heat.  Reduce by half, stirring frequently.
  7. To serve, place a pool of sauce on the plate, and top with a cabbage roll.

Cabbage and Salmon in particular are great foods to use to tonify KD Jing.  Cabbage is sweet and neutral, goes to KD/ST and harmonizes the ST and nourishes KD Jing.  Salmon is also sweet and neutral, goes to the SP/KD and nourishes yin, blood and KD Jing.  This would be a well balanced dish making it a fairly neutral temperature meal.  The garlic and shallots would be warming and help with digestion.  (Tao of Nutrition states that Napa cabbage is actually sweet and cold.  It’s actions are clearing heat and lubricating intestines.)

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.

Lemony Quinoa with Artichokes and Sundried Tomatoes

Categories: Liver Qi Stagnation

Frances Norris

Wood-liver qi stagnation

Lemony Quinoa with Artichokes and Sundried Tomatoes - Makes 6 servings

Adapted from recipe on arootedlife.com

Ingredients

  • 2 cups uncooked quinoa-sweet, warming, tonifies qi
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 cup chopped sun-dried tomatoes- slightly cool, sweet, sour, calms liver, clears heat,
  • 2 15 oz. cans of artichoke hearts, packed in water- sweet, bitter, cooling, regulates liver qi, clears liver heat, benefits the LV/GB
  • Juice of one lemon-cool, sour, regulates qi, benefits liver
  • ½ cup olive oil-neutral, sweet, sour, astringent, clears heat
  • 2 sprigs of fresh mint-cooling, moves liver qi
  • 1 handful fresh basil-pungent, warm, harmonizes stomach
  • Salt-cold, salty, slightly sweet, harmonizes digestion
  • Pepper-hot, pungent, warms digestion

Directions

1. Prepare quinoa by bringing 4 cups of salted water to boil. Add quinoa, return to a boil. Cover and reduce heat to low. Cook until all the water is absorbed. Remove from heat and allow to sit, lid on, for 5-10 minutes before fluffing with a fork.

2. While Quinoa cooks, drain and artichoke hearts. In a large bowl, whisk together olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper to make a simple dressing. Add in tomatoes and artichokes and toss.

3. Once the quinoa is ready, add it to the large bowl and mix until the artichokes and tomatoes are evenly distributed and everything is coated in the dressing. Toss in chopped mint and basil.

Avocado Dressing

Categories: Liver Blood Vacuity, Liver Yin Vacuity, Lung Fluid Xu, Lung Yin Vacuity

Avocado Dressing
(Yields 1 ½ cups)

1 avocado
Juice of ½ of a lemon

½ cup water
½ tsp. dandelion
¼ tsp. sea salt

Combine ingredients and blend until smooth.

TCM Analysis:
Avocado: cool, sweet, builds yin and blood, harmonizes LV, lubricates LU and intestines
Lemon: cool, sour, astringent, benefits LV, encourages formation of bile, increases fluid production
Dandelion: cool, bitter, cool LV heat
Sea Salt: cold, salty, slightly sweet, harmonize and promote digestion, brightens eyes, strengthens KI, benefits bones, tendons and teeth

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

Lychee Sorbet with Mint

Categories: Liver Blood Vacuity, Liver Qi Stagnation, Liver Yin Vacuity

Lychee Sorbet with Mint
by Lizette Salazar

(makes about 1 quart of sorbet)

2 16-oz cans of lychees in syrup — one with the syrup and one drained


4-5 fresh mint leaves
 (optional)

Juice of half a lemon

1 tbsp of honey

In a food processor or blender, blend lychees with the syrup from just one can, mint, and lemon juice to a smooth consistency, about 3-4 minutes. Transfer to an ice cream/sorbet maker and follow directions for making sorbet.

Lychees: Warm/Sweet, astringent. Nourishes blood, calms spirit, soothes LV, regulates qi

Lemon: cool, sour. Regenerates body fluids, harmonizes ST, regulates qi, quenches thirst, benefits LV.

Mint: Acrid, Aromatic, cool. LV qi stagnation, emotional instability, gynecological problems.

Honey: Neutral/ Sweet. Nourishes Yin, lubricates dryness, tonifies weakness, harmonizes, strengthens SP

Overall this recipe regulates LV qi stagnation and nourishes blood and yin. Due to its cold nature, the nourishing and cooling aspects are highlighted. But adding more mint and serving warmer would lean it towards more liver qi moving.

Lemon Cucumber Tofu Salad

Categories: Stomach Fire

Lemon Cucumber Tofu Salad (Serves 2-3)
(For Stomach Fire)
Ingredients:
2 lemon cucumbers, quartered then sliced into ¼ inch thick slices (If you can’t find lemon cucumbers, you can substitute regular cucumbers.)
1 handful of fresh dill (about 2/3 cup loosely packed)
¼ cup extra virgin olive oil
¼ cup fresh lemon juice
½ teaspoon salt
8 ounces nigari extra firm tofu
¼ cup pine nuts
2-3 cups of mung beans, prepared

Preparation:

Toss the cucumbers, dill, olive oil, lemon juice and salt together in a medium bowl. Let this sit for at least 20 minutes, tossing gently once or twice. Cook the tofu with the salt in a skillet for a few minutes on medium heat until the tofu is browned. Spoon the cucumbers out of the lemon-olive oil mixture into a large salad bowl. Add half of the remaining dressing, the tofu, and half of the pine nuts then gently toss. Add the rest of the dressing to your taste, top with the remaining pine nuts. Serve over the prepared mung beans.

Analysis of Recipe:

Lemon Cucumber Clears heat, quenches thirst, promotes fluids
Dill Warming, acrid, slightly bitter, stimulates appetite
Olive Oil Cooling, sweet, moistens, anti-inflammatory
Lemon Juice Cold, very sour, expels heat, harmonizes stomach, regulates qi, quenches thirst, benefits the liver, regenerates body fluids
Salt Cooling, salty, anti-inflammatory, softens, harmonizes and promotes digestion, strengthens kidneys (in small amounts), fortifies bones, tendons and teeth, brightens eyes, detoxifies, and is used as a natural preservative
Tofu Neutral, sweet, expels heat, moistens, clears heat, lubricates dryness, promotes body fluids, detoxifies, strengthens Spleen and Stomach
Pine Nuts Neutral, sweet, moistens
Mung Beans Clears heat, detoxifies, quenches thirst, promotes urination, reduces swelling, aids edema in the lower limbs, counteracts toxins

Overall this recipe treats stomach fire with the cooling foods, and cold nature of the dish. It also moistens and generates fluids. The tofu and mung beans are each going to clear heat and moisten. The tofu is going to strengthen the spleen and stomach and the lemon juice is cold which is going to greatly expel heat while harmonizing the stomach.

Watermelon Mint Granite

Categories: Summerheat, Urinary Bladder Damp Heat

Watermelon Mint Granite

10 cups of chopped watermelon (Cold, Sweet – clears heat)
Juice from ½ lemon (Sour, Tonifies Lungs, moderates LV – Helps stop excessive sweating)
4 leaves of mint (Cool, acrid – Vents the exterior)
1T agave syrup (protects spleen)

Put watermelon and mint in a blender and puree. Add lemon juice and agave syrup to taste and blend thoroughly. Pour in glass baking dish and freeze. Stir occasionally as ice starts to form.
Serves 8