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Lentils with Brown Rice

Categories: Spleen Qi Vacuity

Lentils with Brown Rice

3 tbs of water
1 medium onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, chopped
1 cup chopped up mushrooms
1 medium carrot, chopped
1 cup lentils
1 8 or 10 oz can tomato sauce
2 cups veggie stock
2 c water
1 tsp dried basil
1 tsp dried oregano
Crumbles of goat cheese (optional)

1 cup brown rice (shortgrain)

chopped parsley to taste – 2 tsp at least; I like about 1/3 cup.

Serves 4-6

Rice Cooker:
Put the onion into the rice cooker with the sherry or stock, and turn on the machine. Let the onion saute, as you chop and add the garlic, mushrooms, and carrot. Give the pot a quick stir as you add each
veggie. Add water if the vegetables start to stick, add the lentils, rice, liquids, basil, and oregano. Cover, let it cook, and allow recipe to stand about 10 minutes when the cooker shuts off. Stir in the parsley and serve. Sprinkle goat cheese on top.

Saute the veggies, add everything but the parsley, cover and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer about 40-45 minutes, or until liquid is absorbed. Stir in parsley. Sprinkle goat cheese on top.

TCM breakdown:
Onion: Pungent, neutral; Clears heat and relieves toxicity, Transforms phlegm and damp, Kills parasites, Lowers BP and cholesterol
Garlic: Hot, acrid; Promotes sweating, Resolves phlegm, regulates qi, Reduces toxins
Mushrooms: Sweet, cool; Supplements SP and ST, Rectifies qi, Transforms phlegm, Boosts wei qi
Carrot: Sweet, Neutral; Strengthens SP and HRT, Nourishes and soothes LV, Benefits LU, Diuretic and drains damp, Anti-inflammatory
Lentils: Sweet, Neutral; Strengthens SP and Harmonizes MJ
Tomato Sauce: Sweet, sour, cold; Promotes fluids, Clears heat, Promotes Urination, Supplements KD
Basil: Pungent, warm; Diaphoretic, Harmonizes ST, Counteracts seafood poisoning
Parsley: Pungent. Bitter, slightly warm; Improves digestion, Detoxifies meat or fish poisoning, vents measles.
Brown Rice: Sweet, Warm; Stops sweating
Goat Cheese: Sweet, neutral; Supplements qi, Nourishes blood, Moistens dryness


Quinoa Chard Pilaf

Categories: Spleen Qi Vacuity, Spleen Yang Vacuity

Quinoa Chard Pilaf

1-1/2 teaspoons olive oil
1/2 onion, diced
1-1/2 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup uncooked quinoa, rinsed
1/2 cup canned lentils, rinsed
1/4 pound fresh mushrooms, chopped
2 cups vegetable broth
1/2 bunch Swiss chard, stems removed

Heat the oil in a large pot over medium heat. Stir in the onion and garlic, and saute 5 minutes, until onion is tender. Mix in quinoa, lentils, and mushrooms. Pour in the broth. Cover, and cook 20 minutes.
Remove the pot from heat. Shred chard, and gently mix into the pot. Cover, and allow to sit 5 minutes, or until chard is wilted.

Serves 4
Onion: clear heat, relieves toxicity; transforms phlegm and damp
Garlic: hot, acrid; anti-bac, anti-viral, anti-fungal
Quinoa: Strengthens entire body, tonifies qi, warms yang
Lentils: sweet, neutral; strengthens SP, harmonizes MJ, clears summer heat
Mushrooms: supplements SP and ST, rectifies qi, transforms phlegm
Chard: neutral, sweet; clears heat, detoxifies blood


Categories: Asian, Cold Congealing Blood in the Uterus, Diarrhea, Legumes, Spleen Qi Vacuity, Spleen Yang Vacuity, Stomach Rebellious Qi, Vegetables


2 T organic butter or vegan butter substitute (preferably the flax-based type)

1 large purple onion, diced

2-3 cloves garlic, pounded to a paste or minced

2 inch piece fresh ginger, grated or 1 tsp dried ginger powder

2 large unbroken bay leaves

1 tsp each cumin and fenugreek seeds, powdered

1 tsp turmeric root, powdered

1 large sweet potato or yam, diced

2 cups dried red lentils

water to cover

1 large ripe tomato, chopped

salt or Bragg’s Liquid Aminos to taste


  • Heat a heavy-bottomed pot, using a pressure cooker if available over a medium flame and melt the butter. Add the onions and bay leaves, stirring frequently until the onion begins to brown, then add thegarlic, ginger, and spices, stirring to prevent sticking, and cook for 2 minutes.
  • Add the sweet potato and lentils and pour in sufficient water to cover by at least one inch. Bring to a low boil, then reduce the heat to a simmer and cover. Simmer for approximately one hour until the lentils are soft. Puree if desired. If using a pressure cooker, close the lid and allow to boil until the pressure sensor goes off, then lower heat and cook for 20 minutes.Top with fresh tomatoes. Makes approximately 4 2-cup servings.


onions, garlic, cumin, turmeric and bay are warm and acrid and move Liver qi and blood; they also prevent gas during digestion of the legumes.

butter is warm and sweet and also reduces stagnant blood.

ginger and fenugreek are warm and strengthen the yang of the kidneys and spleen and stop
abdominal pain.

lentils are sweet and neutral and strengthen the essential qi of the kidney, and are rich in iron and B vitamins.

sweet potato is sweet and strengthens the qi overall, especially of the spleen, as well as the yin of the kidneys. they balance estrogen levels and are rich in vitamin A.

tomatoes are sweet, sour, and cooling. they nourish yin and generate stomach fluids and purify the liver;
they are rich in lycopene which is a powerful antioxidant.