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Pork and Prune Tagine

Categories: Large Intestine Fluid Vacuity, Lung Fluid Xu, Mediterranean, Pork



  • 3 tbs olive oil
  • 1-1/2 or 2 lbs pork shoulder, cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tsp cinnamon and ground ginger
  • ½ tsp ground cumin and turmeric
  • 1 organic lemon, thinly sliced
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 c prunes, soaked in hot water until soft, 1 hour, and drained
  • ¼ c honey
  • 1 tbs orange flower water
  • ¼ c sliced almonds, toasted


1) Heat 2 tbs oil, med high, and brown pork, 10 min. Remove and pour off fat.

2) Add remaining 1 tbs oil, lower heat to medium, and add onion and garlic, 5 min. Add spices and stir for a few minutes.

3) Return pork to pan with 1 cup of water and the lemon slices. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to medium low, cover, and simmer until the pork is tender, 45 min – 1 hour. Add extra liquid if the stew becomes too dry. Season with salt and pepper.

4) Add prunes and honey and cook and additional 20-30 min. stir in the orange flower water.

5) Garnish with almonds and serve with couscous.


Jason Cox




Pork: slightly cold, sweet; moistens and nourishes organs

Olive oil: neutral, sweet; clears heat, lubricates dryness

Onion: warm, acrid

Garlic: hot, acrid

Cinnamon: hot, acrid, sweet

Dried ginger: hot, acrid

Cumin: warm, acrid

Turmeric: warm, acrid

Lemon: cool, sour; astringes body fluids, quenches thirst, moves Qi

Prunes: warm, sweet, sour; consolidates Lung, moistens Intestines

Honey: warm, sweet; nourishes Yin, lubricates dryness

Orange water: cool, sweet, sour; astringes body fluids, quenches thirst and moistens Lung, moves Qi

Almonds: neutral, sweet; lubricates Lung and Intestines

This recipe is used to produce and move fluids to lubricate the Metal portions of the body – the Lungs and Large Intestines. It can be used for conditions like chronic cough, chronic sinus or respiratory infection, and constipation.

CONTRAINDICATIONS: Build up of Damp in the Lungs or diarrhea


Roasted Red Beets and Ground Fennel Seeds

Categories: Liver Blood Vacuity, Liver Qi Stagnation, Stomach Rebellious Qi

Yields: 4 servings
3-4 medium beets, washed and stems removed, peeled and sliced ¼ inch [cool, sweet, nourish blood, Tonify HT, calm spirit, lubricate intestines, cleanse the LV]
2 tsp of ground fennel seeds [warm, pungent, unblocks and regulates qi, strengthens ST, dispels cold, stops pain]
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp salt
½ tsp pepper
1 whole myers lemon, squeezed plus the grated zest [cool, sour, regenerate body fluids, harmonize ST, regulate Qi, quenches thirst, benefits LV]

1. Pre-heat oven dish, combine to 350
2. In a glass baking all the above ingredients, cover top with foil and bake for 30 minutes or until beets are fork tender.

TCM analysis: This recipe is indicated for LV qi stagnation causing depression of the spirits. Overall the recipe moves LV qi, nourishes blood, and is cooling. Plus, beets contain betaine which is food for the hepatocytes, aids in detoxifying, promoting better metabolism of fats and so much more.

Mackerel Fillets Simmered in Soy Sauce

Categories: Heart Blood Stagnation, Heart Blood Vacuity, Liver Blood Vacuity, Spleen Qi Vacuity

Yields: 4 servings
1/2 cup soy sauce
1/3 cup sake or dry (fino) sherry [warm, pungent, sweet]
1 tablespoon sugar
2 tablespoons rice vinegar or white wine vinegar [warm, sour, prevents EPI]
5 or 6 thin slices peeled fresh ginger [warm, pungent, benefits LU, ST]
Finely grated zest of 1 lemon [cool, sour]
3 or 4 crushed garlic cloves [hot, pungent, moves blood stasis]
4 mackerel fillets, about 1 pound total, skin on [cool, sweet, strengthens SP, qi, removes damp, regulates blood]
Cooked white rice for serving [slightly cool, sweet, moistens yin, clears heat]
Chopped scallions for garnish

1. In a 12-inch skillet with a cover, mix together all ingredients except fish, rice and scallions. Add 1/2 cup water. Bring to a boil and simmer over medium heat for about 5 minutes, uncovered.
2. Add fish skin-side down and simmer until cooked through, 7 to 10 minutes. (You can hasten cooking a bit by covering pan, but it is not necessary.) Spoon a fillet and some sauce onto a mound of white rice; garnish and serve.

TCM Analysis: This recipe is blood tonifying, particularly d/t HT blood stasis. Overall it is warming, tonifying SP and blood, removing damp.
This dish is full of omega 3s, great for uplifting mood by increasing serotonergic and dopaminergic transmission.

Poached Pears in Cinnamon-Ginger Syrup

Categories: Lung Fluid Xu, Lung Phlegm Cold, Wind Cold Invading Lungs

Poached Pears in Cinnamon-Ginger Syrup

Mary Wetterstrand – PCOM Chicago

6 Servings

10 cups water
1½ cups sugar
2 cinnamon sticks
8 slices fresh, unpeeled ginger, ~quarter size, smashed lightly with edge of knife
6 slightly under-ripe Bosc or Anjou pears
2 lemons

1. In a large pot, combine the water, sugar, cinnamon sticks and fresh ginger. Heat until boiling, reduce the heat to low, and cook for 30 minutes.
2. Peel the pears and rub the outside with cut lemons to prevent them from turning brown.
3. Squeeze the juice form the lemons and add along with the pears to the cinnamon liquid. Heat until boiling, and then reduce the heat to low, so that the water barely boils. Cook uncovered for about 25-30 minutes, or until the pears are just tender. Poke the pears with a tip of a knife to test. Remove and place the pears in a bowl.
4. Transfer about 3 cups of the cooking liquid to a smaller saucepan- discard ginger slices and cinnamon sticks. Heat until boiling, reduce heat to medium, and cook about 35 minutes, or until the liquid thickens slightly. It should be like syrup.
5. Arrange the pears in serving bowls and pour the cinnamon-ginger syrup on top to serve warm. To serve cold, pour the syrup over the pears in a large bowl, cover, and refrigerate for several hours before serving.

Pear= sweet, cold : LU, LI, ST : nourish fluids, decrease thirst, moisten LU, clear heat, resolve toxin
Sugar= sweet, neutral : LU, SP : supplement qi, moisten dryness, harmonize middle jiao
Cinnamon= pungent, sweet, warm : SP, ST, UB : invigorate yang, dispel cold, promote blood circulation, warm mingmen fire
Ginger= pungent, warm : LU, SP, ST : disperse interior cold, stop nausea and vomiting, detoxify other herbs, reduce inflammation
Lemon= cool, sour : LV, ST (?) : regenerate body fluids, harmonize ST, regulate qi, quench thirst

Although pears are generally cool, the addition of the cinnamon and ginger change the temperature to neutral or slightly warm. Serving the pears warm or chilled will enhance the temperature effect, and allows for some versatility as a refreshing summer or soothing cool weather dish. Overall, the properties of these foods would be good for treating an external invasion with cough (especially wind-cold with dry cough) and soothing the stomach.

>Consider adding clove for a more warming effect<<br />

From A Spoonful of Ginger by Nina Simonds

Easy Lemon Turkey Burgers

Categories: Liver Qi Stagnation

Erika Anderson
Easy Lemon Turkey Burgers


½ lb. Ground Turkey Meat Neutral to Warm SP, ST, K Tonify Qi, Nourish Blood, Consolidate K,
Zest of one Lemon Acrid Cool LV, ST Moves the Qi Harmonize St Regenerate Fluids
1.5 Tbsp. Capers Sour Cool Restrains to Liver
¾ Tsp. of Dried Oregano Pungent Warm Moves the Qi
1 Tbsp. Milk (Moistens Burger) Sweet Neutral SP, ST, LU Tonifies Qi and Blood, Moistens Dryness
4 Tbsp. of Cubes Feta Sour Cool Restrains the Liver
1 tsp. of Lemon Juice Sour Cool LV, ST Restrain Liver, Harmonize St Regenerate Fluids
Salt to Taste Salty Cool
2 Slices of Tomato
(Optional) Serve on burgers Sweet Sour Cold SP ST, UB K Clears Heat, Promotes Urination, Promotes Fluids

* 2 Hamburger Buns or other types of Rolls (Optional)
* Mix 1 and ½ Tbsp. Mayo with some lemon juice. Serve on the burgers (Optional)

1) Mix all the Ingredients together in a Bowl.
2) Shape into two burgers.
3) Turn the heat to medium in a sauté pan.
4) Put in a bit of oil in the pan to coat the bottom.
4) Brown the burger a bit, and then cover with a lid.
5) Flip the burger and do the same on the other side.
6) The burgers will get a little bit burned on the bottom but you don’t want them to burn too much. You may have to turn down the heat a bit during cooking.
7) Can serve with Sliced tomato, lemon mayo, and Bun. (Optional).

Treats Any Type of Liver Invading any other organ because of the sour flavors of the which restrains the Liver.
Treats Liver Qi stagnation because of the Acrid Flavors of the oregano and Lemon Zest.
Treats patients with Heat, who just has to eat meat because most ingredients are cool.

Lemon Chicken Tagine

Categories: Blood Vacuity, Chicken, Liver Overacting on Spleen, Mediterranean, Qi Vacuity


Lemon Chicken Tagine

Preparation time: 10 mins
Cooking time: 90 mins
Serves: 4-8

4 onions
2 lemons
½ teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon five spice
Few small pieces cinnamon bark
Pinch saffron
Handful fresh parsley- chopped
Handful fresh coriander- chopped
8 pieces chicken (wings or legs)
Handful green olives

Slice the onions in rings and the lemons into eighths. Lay half of them in an ovenproof dish and sit 4 of the chicken pieces on top. Sprinkle with half the herbs and spices. Repeat the process to make a two- layered dish. Cover the dish and cook in the oven for 1-½ hours at 375°. Towards the end scatter the olives on top.

Chicken warms the body and strengthens the qi and blood.
Herbs and spices add warmth and movement, as does the onion.
Lemon provides a counterbalance, regenerating fluids, harmonizing the stomach and benefits the liver while it helps the absorption of nutrients from the chicken
Olives clear heat and toxins from dysentery and promotes the productions of body fluids benefiting dehydration
Cinnamon is warming and invigorates yang