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Lamb Soup with Dang Gui

Categories: Kidney Yang Vacuity, Liver Blood Vacuity, Spleen Yang Vacuity

Lamb Soup with Dang Gui

1/2 lb. slivered lamb meat
2 chopped Walnuts
5 red Chinese dates
10 g Dang Gui
10 g dried Longan, slivered
1 star anise seed
1 tsp. minced scallion
1 thin slice of fresh ginger
1 T. rice wine or cooking sherry
1/2 tsp of salt or more to taste
1 tsp. soy sauce

Boil the lamb in 2 cups water with the scallions and ginger for ten minutes. Skim off any bubbles on the surface.

Add the other ingredients except the sou sauce and wine and cook for 10 more minutes. Remove the dang gui root and the slice of ginger.

Add soy sauce and wine and serve hot.
Serves 1.

Lamb: Boosts Kidney yang, warms middle jiao
Walnuts: Tonifies KD and LU, nourishes jing and marrow
Chinese Dates: Strengthen SP, nourishes body, stops cough, tonifies qi, blood and yin
Dang Gui: invigorates and tonifes Blood
Longan: strengthens SP/ST, nourishes qi and blood
Anise: strengthens ST, rectifies qi
Black Pepper: warms middle jiao, expels cold
Scallion: ST, LV, KD; invigorates blood
Ginger: Disperses cold
Rice Wine: expels cold, invigorates blood
Salt: salty and cold; goes to KD, clears heat cools blood
Soy Sauce: salty cold; goes to KD

Mulberry & Longan Granola Mix

Categories: Heart Blood Vacuity, Heart Qi Vacuity, Shen Calming

Mulberry & Longan Granola Mix

6 cups rolled oats
1 cup raw honey
1 cup dried mulberries
1 cup longan
1 cup dried coconut shavings
1 cup da zao
1/3 cup coarsely ground flax seed
1 tsp ground cinnamon
dash of salt

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix oats, honey, coconut, da zao, longan, cinnamon, and salt in large mixing bowl. Spread the mixture out on a sheet pan and bake for about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from pan and add mulberries and flax seed. Cool on a rack or plate, stirring occasionally until granola mix reaches room temperature. Cover and store in the refrigerator. Yields 16 servings.

Oats: Sweet, warm; SP/KD. Supplements vacuity. Rich in Silicon (strengthens nerve and heart tissue).
Mulberry: Sweet, cool; HT/LV/KD. Nourishes blood/yin, calms the shen.
Longan: Sweet, warm; HT/SP. Nourishes qi/blood, calms the shen.
Coconut: Sweet, warm. Strengthens the body, activates heart functions
Da zao: Sweet, neutral. Strengthens qi/blood/yin, calms the shen.
Raw honey: Sweet, neutral; SP, ST. Harmonizes middle jiao, reduces inflammation and pain.
Flaxseed: sweet, neutral; Strengthens immunity, relieves inflammation, reduces pain, benefits heart, lowers cholesterol.

Overall, this recipe tonifies HT blood/yin, strengthens the middle jiao, and calms the shen.
Contraindicated in those with prominent phlegm, dampness, or qi stagnation. Eat no more than 1 cup per day.