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Beet Raita

Categories: Heart Blood Vacuity, Heart Yin Vacuity, Liver Blood Vacuity, Shen Calming

Beet Raita
Makes 3 cups
(From 3 Bowls)

¾ c plain low-fat yogurt
2 T chopped fresh dill
½ t honey
½ t fresh lime juice
1 medium to large beet (about ½ pound), cooked, peeled, and grated

1. Whisk together the yogurt, dill, honey, and lime juice in a medium bowl.
2. Add the grated beet. Mix thoroughly.
3. Refrigerate and serve cold.

(If you want a thicker raita, first drain the yogurt in a strainer lined with cheesecloth for 10 minutes.)

TCM Analysis
Yogurt: cool, sweet, sour; SP, ST, LU. Nourish yin, clear heat.
Dill: warm; LV, HT. Move qi, calm shen.
Honey: sweet, neutral; SP, LU, LI. Harmonize MJ, moisten dryness, nourish yin.
Lime: cool, sour; ST. Regenerate fluids, regulate qi.
Beet: sweet, neutral; SP, ST, LV, HT. Strengthen MJ, nourish LV blood, calm shen.

Overall, this recipe nourishes yin & blood, clears heat, and calms shen.  With beets as the main ingredient, it goes to the HT and would be particularly good for HT yin xu.

Spiced Black Bean, Grilled Avocado, and Goat Cheese Tacos

Categories: Kidney Yin Vacuity, Large Intestine Fluid Vacuity, Liver Qi Stagnation

Frances Norris

Yin Deficiency

Spiced Black Bean, Grilled Avocado, and Goat Cheese Tacos - Adapted from recipe on naturallyella.com

Makes 2 servings

Ingredients

  • 1 avocado-sweet, cool, nourishes yin and blood
  • ½ cup black beans-warm, sweet, nourishes yin
  • ½ lime, juice and zest from- cool, sour, regulates qi, regenerates body fluids
  • 2 tsp. honey-neutral, nourishes yin
  • 1 tbsp. coriander seeds-slightly warm, benefit digestion
  • 1 tsp. olive oil-neutral, sweet, sour, astringent, clears heat, promotes fluids
  • ½ tbsp. cumin seeds- warm, strengthens spleen
  • 4 flour tortillas- sweet, slightly cool, reduces thirst
  • ¼ cup goat cheese-sweet, salty, warm, tonifies qi, nourishes blood, moistens dryness

Directions

1. Preheat grill

2. In a dry skillet, over medium-low heat, toast the coriander and cumin seeds for 2-3 minutes. Seeds should be fragrant and beginning to brown. Then grind them in a pestle.

3. Return spices to the skillet and add ½ cup of black beans and liquids. Heat over medium low and let cook until liquids have cooked out, anywhere from 5-10 minutes.

4. Take avocado and slice in half. Brush with the one teaspoon of olive oil and place cut side down on grill. Let cook until lightly charred. Remove and carefully slice avocado out of skin.

5. To assemble tacos, place ¼ of the black bean mixture in the center of the tortilla, layer avocado and goat cheese on top. Finally, whisk together juice and zest from half a lime along with honey. Lightly drizzle over taco filling.

Roasted Asparagus with Peanut Sauce

Categories: Lung Fluid Xu, Lung Phlegm Heat

Roasted Asparagus with Peanut Sauce
(Serves 3)

1 lb. thin asparagus
1 Tbsp peanut oil
1 Tbsp creamy peanut butter
Juice of 1/2 lime
1 tsp soy sauce
Water

Remove and discard bottom inch of asparagus stalk. Drizzle asparagus with oil, and sprinkle with garlic. Toss well so that all stalks are completely covered with oil, and then spread out on a baking sheet. Roast at 450, stirring asparagus occasionally, until it starts to brown (about 15 min). Mix remaining ingredients well, and add enough water so that it becomes pourable (about 2 Tbsp). Place asparagus on serving dish and drizzle with sauce.

TCM Analysis:
Asparagus: cool, sweet, bitter, clears heat, clears LU, detoxifies, promotes blood circulation
Peanut: neutral, sweet, improved appetite, lubricates LU, regulate blood, promote diuresis, strengthen SP, aid in lactation
Lime: sour, astringent, cleanse blood, resolves phlegm
Soy: cool, sweet, clear heat, detoxifies, eases urination, lubricates LU & LI, excellent protein source

Steak Stir-Fry

Categories: Spleen Damp Cold, Spleen Qi Collapsing & Sinking, Spleen Qi Vacuity, Spleen Yang Vacuity, Stomach Cold

Steak Stir-Fry
Prep: 20 minutes Marinate: 15 minutes
Cook: 17 minutes Makes: 4 servings

1/2 lb skirt steak
2 garlic cloves
3 TBS lime juice
1 tsp olive oil
3 bell peppers
1 onion
2 1/2 cups diagonally cut asparagus
1 TBS grated peeled fresh ginger
1 TBS low-sodium soy sauce
2 tsp toasted sesame oil
2 cups cooked brown rice
1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro
2 TBS chopped cashews

Cut 1/2 lb skirt steak crosswise into 1/4 thick strips. Toss together with 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped, and 2 TBS lime juice; marinate the steak for 15 minutes. Heat 1/2 tsp olive oil in a wok or nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Cook the steak with the marinade, stirring constantly, for 2-3 minutes or until medium-rare; transfer with slotted spoon to a large bowl and set aside. Add 3 bell peppers, slice and 1 onion, sliced to the wok; cook, stirring, for about 7 minutes or until just tender. Transfer the pepper and onion mixture to a bowl with the steak. Add 1/2 tsp olive oil and 2 1/2 cups diagonally cut asparagus to wok; cook, stirring for about 4 minutes or until tender. Put the pepper, onion and steak mixture back into the wok. Add 1 TBS grated peeled fresh ginger, 1 TBS low-sodium soy sauce, 2 tsp toasted sesame oil and 1 TBS lime juice to wok; cook, stirring, for about 2 minutes or until heated through. Add 2 cups cooked brown rice to the wok; heat for 2 minutes. Divide the stir-fry among 4 plates, and distribute 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro and 2 TBS chopped cashews evenly on top; serve.

Skirt Steak: sweet, neutral supplements qi & blood, strengthens yang
Garlic Cloves: warm, acrid, sweet, moves qi, warms MJ, dispels cold
Lime Juice: cool, sour, expels heat
Bell Peppers: sweet, acrid, bitter moves qi & blood
Onion: warm, acrid, sweet, regulates qi, drives out cold
Olive Oil: cool ,sweet, fatty, moistens
Asparagus: sweet bitter sl. warm, strengthens SP
Ginger: warm, acrid, sweet, strengthens MJ
Soy Sauce: cold, salty, sweet, harmonizes MJ
Toasted Sesame Oil: warm, sweet, moistens intestines
Brown Rice: neutral, sweet, supplements qi & blood
Cilantro: neutral, acrid stimulates digestion
Cashews: sweet, strengthens ST and intestines

This recipe is warm overall with some touches of coolness for balance. The main ingredients steak, garlic, onion, asparagus and peppers tonify yang and strengthen MJ.

Green Coconut Rice

Categories: Lung Fluid Xu, Lung Yin Vacuity, Stomach Yin Vacuity

Green Coconut Rice

Ingredients:
2 teaspoons vegetable oil
1 tablespoon peeled, minced fresh ginger
1 cup basmati rice
1 cup water
1 teaspoon salt, divided
2 cups light coconut milk, divided
1 tablespoon lime juice
2 cups baby spinach
1 teaspoon sugar

Preparation:
Heat oil in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Sauté ginger and 1 cup rice 30 seconds. Stir in 1 cup water, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1 cup coconut milk; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and cook 15 minutes, or until tender. Puree 1 cup coconut milk, 1/2 teaspoon salt, lime juice, spinach, and sugar in a blender. Fold into rice.

Vegetable Oil: neutral, sweet, Moistens
Ginger: warm, acrid, sweet, Strengthens MJ
Rice: sweet, neutral, Supplements SP & ST, Generates Fluids
Salt: salty, cold, Clears Heat
Coconut Milk: sweet, cool, Clears Heat
Lime Juice: cool, sour, Expels Heat
Spinach: sweet, cold, Clears Heat, Nourishes Blood & Yin
Sugar: sweet, warm, Supplements MJ, Descends ST qi

This recipe, in general, clears heat, strengthens MJ and generates fluids and nourishes yin. The ingredients will treat ST and LU  Yin Vacuity Heat and Fluid vacuity.

Guacamole – Lung yin deficiency with heat

Categories: Lung Fluid Xu, Lung Yin Vacuity, Stomach Fire

Guacamole – Lung yin deficiency with heat

3 avocados — thermal cooling nature, sweet flavor
1 tbs. lime juice Cool, sour, astringent, antiseptic. Benefits Liver. Sour astringes the lungs.
½ cup onions chopped and soaked in salt water to neutralize (can’t find any research about this but it is done in South America. Salt is cold so it makes sense that it takes the heat out of the onion) Pungent, neutral, LU, ST. Clears heat, relieves toxicity, transforms phlegm and damp.
Cilantro – Cool, acrid, promotes sweat, strengthens digestion, promotes qi flow.

Salt

When I went to mexico, the guacamole was served very simply with only a few ingredients and I liked it better than some of the versions you can find here that contain tomato and sour cream. I like to sprinkle a little kelp flakes in. Gives it extra cooling and doesn’t change the flavor.

This will help to cool of the lungs and stomach but is contraindicated if any phlegm is present.

Chicken Nam Sod

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

Chicken Nam Sod

Ingredients
1 bunch chopped cilantro
2 ½ lbs raw ground chicken (or pork)
3 tablespoons fish sauce
Juice from 6 limes
2 oz matchsticked fresh gingerroot
1 large thinly sliced onion
Ground peanuts
Romaine hearts
3 cloves chopped garlic
Oil
Directions

Grind chicken in food processor. Sautee chicken in cooking oil with chopped garlic until the moisture from the chicken has evaporated. Put chicken aside. Sautee onion in oil. Combine chicken, cilantro, fish sauce, lime juice, ginger, sauteed onion in a bowl.

Refrigerate overnight and serve at room temperature. Present chicken on a crisp lettuce leaf and sprinkle peanuts on the top.

Serves 6

Chicken — sweet & warm; SP/ST/KD, supplement qi
Ginger — pungent & warm; LU/SP/ST, disperse exterior cold, stop nausea & vomiting
Cilantro — sl. Cool & acrid, releases the exterior, good for common cold, improves digestion
Onion — pungent & neutral; LU/SP/ST; clears heat relieves toxicity, transforms damp
Garlic — hot & acrid; promotes sweating, anti-viral, relieves toxins

Papaya and Blueberry Salad With Ginger-Lime Dressing

Categories: Liver Qi Stagnation, Stomach Fire, Stomach Yin Vacuity, Summerheat

Papaya and Blueberry Salad With Ginger-Lime Dressing
Andrew Scrivani for The New York Times
By MARTHA ROSE SHULMAN
Published: January 27, 2010

Though blueberries aren’t a tropical fruit, they go well with bright yellow or orange fruits from warm places. Papaya is high in potassium and contains enzymes that help break down proteins.

3 tablespoons freshly squeezed lime juice

1 tablespoon mild honey

2 tablespoons finely chopped crystallized ginger

2 ripe papayas, peeled, seeded, and diced

1 cup blueberries

1 tablespoon slivered fresh mint leaves, plus mint sprigs for garnish

1. Mix together the lime juice, honey and ginger in a large bowl. Add the fruit and slivered mint leaves, and toss together. Serve, garnishing each bowl with a sprig of fresh mint.

Yield: Serves four to six.

Advance preparation: You can make this a few hours before serving, without the addition of the mint. Refrigerate, and just before serving toss with the slivered mint.

Watermelon Salsa

Categories: Raw, Side Dishes, Summerheat, Vegan, Vegetarian

watermelon salsa

Watermelon Salsa

Ingredients

* 3 cups finely diced seedless watermelon, (about 2 1/4 pounds with the rind) (see Tip)
* 2 jalapeno peppers, seeded and minced (see Ingredient note)
* 1/3 cup chopped cilantro, (about 1/2 bunch)
* 1/4 cup lime juice
* 1/4 cup minced red onion, (about 1/2 small)
* 1/4 teaspoon salt, or to taste

Preparation

1. Place watermelon, jalapenos, cilantro, lime juice and onion in a medium bowl; stir well to combine. Season with salt. Serve at room temperature or chilled.

Analysis – This recipe is great to clear and prevent Summerheat and Dampness.

From http://www.eatingwell.com/recipes/watermelon_salsa.html

Mexican Salsa

Categories: Appetizers, Blood Stasis, Blood Vacuity, Mexican, Raw, Vegan, Vegetarian

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Mexican Salsa

1 medium tomato, diced
1 clove garlic, pressed
3 green chilies, minced
2-3 green onions, chopped
6 springs coriander or cilantro leaves, finely chopped
juice of 1 lime, freshly squeezed
sea salt to taste
1/4 cup water
Mix together and serve.

TCM Analysis:
Tomato- sweet, sour, cold, promotes fluids, clears heat, promotes urination, supplements KD
Garlic- warm, acrid, kills parasites, relieves toxicity, prevents influenza, promotes circulation
Green Chilies- warm, acrid, moving, promotes circulation, analgesic
Green Onions- warm, acrid, LU/LI, releases exterior wind cold, invigorates blood, drains damp
Coriander- acrid, aromatic
Lime Juice- very sour, cooling, astringent, antiseptic, moves blood
Salt- salty, cool, softening
Overall Pattern: This salsa is primarily warm and acrid and moves/circulates blood in the body.