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Grilled Carrots

Categories: Large Intestine Qi Stagnation, Liver Qi Stagnation, Spleen Yang Vacuity

Grilled Carrots

TCM: Move Liver qi

This recipe helps move liver qi and can help reduce inflammation. It is good for the eyes, especially if they are red. It will help with menstrual bleeding especially due to liver qi stagnation. The recipe is also beneficial for the lungs. Many of the foods go to the lungs and can benefit the skin as well relieve cough. Therefore this formula can also be in the metal category.

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ to 2 pounds large carrots
  • Olive oil
  • Kosher or sea salt
  • turmeric
  • coriander
  • 1 lemon, optional
  • 1/4 cup coarsely chopped herbs mint

 

Directions

  1. Heat grill or grill pan to medium or medium-high.
  2. Toss carrots with about 1 tablespoon olive oil, about ½ teaspoon salt, turmeric and coriander.
  3. Spread carrots on hot grill surface and grill until the top surface looks a little blistered and the underside has nice grill marks, but are not burnt, about 4 minutes (adjust grill heat accordingly to slow down or speed up cooking time as needed).
  4. Turn and grill second side.

 

Carrots- Sweet, neutral;spleen, liver, lung, heart; Strengthens spleen and liver, nourishes and soothes liver, benefits the lung, diuretic drains damp, anti-inflammatory.

Olive oil- Sweet, cool; liver, gallbladder; moistens, benefits the liver and gallbladder.

Salt- Salty, cold; kidney; clears heat, cools blood, eases bowel movement, nourishes kidney.

Turmeric- Acrid, bitter, warm; spleen, stomach and liver; quickens the blood and frees the flow of menstruation, moves the qi and stops pain, dispels wind dampness, treats blocked menstruation, painful menstruation, pain and swelling due to a trauma, epigastric and abdominal pain, pain due to wind damp.

Coriander- Pungent, slightly cool; lung and spleen; promotes sweating, strengthens digestion, promotes qi flow.

Lemon- Sweet, astringent, warm; lung, spleen, stomach, transforms phlegm and stops cough, engenders fluids and supplements the spleen, treats vexatious thirst, dry, painful throat, indigestion, and cough with profuse phlegm.

Mint- Acrid, cool; lung, liver; disperses wind-heat, clears and benefits the head, eyes and throat, vents rashes, allows constrained liver qi to flow free, expels turbid filth.

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.

Minty Peach and Jicama Salad

Categories: Liver Fire Rising, Liver Qi Stagnation, Liver Yin Vacuity, Lung Fluid Xu, Lung Phlegm Heat, Lung Yin Vacuity

Minty Peach and Jicama Salad

2 cups water
1 cup white rice
4 tbsp lemon juice
2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 tbsp raw honey
½ tsp salt
¼ tsp pepper
2 medium peaches, diced
2 cups diced jicama
1 cup fresh chopped mint

Cook rice in water. Mix lemon juice, oil, honey, salt, and pepper together to make a dressing. Add mint, peach, and jicama to cooked rice and toss. Pour dressing over salad. Serves 6. (Adapted from Cooking Light magazine).

White rice: sweet, cool; SP, ST. Harmonizes middle jiao, generates fluids, clears heat.
Peach: sweet, sl. sour; ST, L.I., LU. Lubricates LU, generates body fluids, clears heat.
Jicama: No info available. (I would venture to say is has a cool temp. and a moistening/heat-clearing quality).
Mint: acrid, aromatic, cool; LV, LU. Clears heat, moves LV qi.
Lemon: Sour, cool; ST, LV, LU. Generates body fluids, harmonizes ST, regulates qi, quenches thirst.
Raw Honey: Sweet, neutral; SP, ST. Harmonizes middle jiao.

Overall, this recipe generates fluids, clears heat, harmonizes the middle burner, and regulates LV qi.
Contraindicated in those with severe cold or phlegm-damp conditions.

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.

Buckwheat Pasta, Fennel, and Roasted Vegetable Salad

Categories: Liver Qi Stagnation, Spleen Qi Vacuity

Buckwheat Pasta, Fennel, and Roasted Vegetable Salad
Serves 4

Ingredients:

Dressing
2 tbsp white wine vinegar
1 tsp runny honey
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
1 lemon zest, finely grated
1 tbsp roasted pumpkin seed oil
5 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
Salt
Freshly ground black pepper

Salad
2 bulbs fennel
200g dwarf leeks
250g soba (buckwheat) noodles
Extra olive oil for grilling
3-4 courgettes
1 large red onion
1 tbsp finely sliced mint
200g feta cheese, roughly crumbled

Method:
1.Preheat the grill or an oven-top grill pan. Whisk together the vinegar, honey, garlic, lemon zest, and both oils. Season and set aside.
2.Bring a large pan of water to the boil. Trim the fennel and cut in half from top to bottom so that you slice through the root base. Discard the outer layer before washing, and then slice each half into thick slices. Drop into the pan of boiling water. Cook for 2 minutes or until al dente, then remove, cool under cold water and pat dry.
3.Trim and wash the leeks and drop them in the same boiling water. Cook for 3 minutes, remove, cool under cold water and pat dry. Drop the noodles in the same boiling water and cook for 9 minutes or until just done. Drain well then put in a large bowl and mix in half the dressing.
4.While the noodles are cooking, begin grilling the vegetables. Toss the cooked fennel in a little olive oil, season and grill or griddle until flecked gold on both sides – about 5 minutes in all. Repeat the process with the leeks, but cut them into diamonds once grilled.
5.Meanwhile, top and tail the courgettes and cut lengthways into medium thin slices. Lightly mix in olive oil, season and grill or griddle on both sides until just cooked. Remove and cut into diamonds.
6.Slice the onion into medium thick rounds and grill in the same way until soft and flecked brown.
7.Rewhisk the remaining vinaigrette and pour over the vegetables. Add the mint and mix thoroughly. Leave to marinate for a few minutes before mixing into the noodles. Finally, add the crumbled feta cheese and adjust the seasoning to taste. Serve immediately or at room temperature.

TCM Summary: Overall, this recipe can be used to circulate stagnant Liver Qi with some of the acrid, warm flavors, while still able to clear some heat that the stagnant Qi can accumulate. This recipe also addresses strengthening the stomach to promote digestion in cases of Lv over acting on Sp/St. This recipe also benefits diabetics, as well as cases of hypertension due to stress by lowering blood pressure.

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

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.

Fruit Salad with Fresh Mint

Categories: Dryness Invading the Lungs, Lung Fluid Xu, Lung Heat, Lung Phlegm Heat, Phlegm Dry, Raw, Salad, Vegan, Vegetarian, Wind Heat Invading Lungs

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Fruit Salad with Fresh Mint
yield: Serves 6

Ingredients
1 1/2 cups strawberries, cleaned and quartered
3/4 cup fresh pineapple chunks
1 cup apples, cored and cut into chunks
1 cup pears, cored and cut into chunks
1/4 chopped finely cup mint

Preparation
In a mixing bowl, combine the cut fruit and toss. Add the fresh mint and stir gently. Serve in parfait dishes or small bowls.

TCM ANALYSIS
Strawberries — Sweet, sour, cold; Lu, St, UB; Moistens Lung, promotes fluids, promotes urination, clears heat.
Pineapple — Sweet, sour, neutral; St, Lu; Clears heat, promotes fluids, aids digestion, drains damp.
Apple — Sweet, sour, cool; Sp, St, Ht, Lu; Supplements Lu, Sp, St, moistens Lung and LI, clears heat and promotes body fluids.
Pears — Sweet, cold; Lu, Li, St; Nourishes fluids, decreases thirst, moistens Lu, dissolves phlegm (w/ Bei Mu), Clears heat, resolves toxin.
Mint — Acrid, aromatic, cooling; Lu, Lv; Disperses wind heat, clears and benefits the head, eyes, and throat, vents rashes, allows constrained Lv qi to flow freely, expels turbid filth.

The recipe is cool while each ingredient enters the lungs to clear heat or moisten the lungs. The ingredients are indicated for cough, summerheat, and Lung heat overall. The mint helps release the exterior.

Meditative Mint, Ginger and Tangerine Tisane

Categories: Beverages, Stomach Food Retention

Tangerine Ginger med

Meditative Mint, Ginger and Tangerine Tisane

1 to 2 servings

1-2 cups water
2 tablespoons fresh mint, chopped coarsely or 1 mint tea bag
1 (1/2-inch) piece fresh ginger, minced
1 teaspoon dried or fresh tangerine or orange peel
Honey (optional)

Boil water in a small pot.

Place mint, ginger and tangerine peel in the hot water, then lower the heat and simmer, covered for about 3 minutes.

Turn off heat and let the brew steep for another 3 minutes.

Remove the herbs by pouring the mixture through a strainer.

Add honey if desired, then serve.

Mint-cool, pungent, aromatic; LU/LV; expel wind and heat from head and eyes, promote eruptions, smooth LV qi stagnation
Ginger-pungent, warm; LU/SP/ST; disperse exterior cold, stop nausea and vomiting, detoxify other herbs, reduce inflammation
Tangerine Peel-acrid, bitter, warm; SP/LU; regulate qi, harmonize, dry damp, transform phlegm
Honey-sweet, neutral; SP/LU/LI; nourish and harmonize MJ, moisten dryness, antidote to drug and food poisoning

Good for calming the stomach and eliminating food stag.

Especially good for anyone with stomach upset or hangover, or those who love the taste of tangerine, ginger and mint-yum!

Tzatziki: Cucumber and Yogurt Salad

Categories: Indian, Mediterranean, Side Dishes, Stomach Fire, Vacuity Heat, Yin Vacuity

Tzatziki

Tzatziki: Cucumber and Yogurt Salad (also known as Raita)

ingredients:
2 large cucumbers, washed well, quartered lengthwise and then sliced as thin as possible
1/2 cup greek yogurt
5-6 minced fresh mint leaves
pinch salt
optional: 1/2 tsp rosewater

mix all ingredients well in a large bowl. can be served with torn fresh lettuce or as a side or condiment. makes about 3 cups.

analysis: cucumbers are cooling and sweet and relieve stomach inflammation. yogurt is sweet and neutral and nourishes yin and quenches fire. mint is cool and pungent; it helps relieve stomach inflammation and stops pain by moving qi. rose water is sweet and pungent and moves qi, helping to relieve pain. the scent is said to calm the mind.