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Beet Soup

Categories: Liver Blood Stasis, Liver Blood Vacuity, Spleen Damp, Spleen Qi Vacuity

Wood - Blood Stagnation

Beet Soup

This soup can help build blood, and help your blood move freely throughout the body.  It helps break up blood stagnation.  Beets are also beneficial for the eyes. This soup can help strengthen the eyes and improve vision.  The soup is also gentle on your digestive system. It can help drain damp, and strengthen the spleen and stomach.

Ingredients

  • 5-6 carrots
  • 2-3 large beets
  • 2 onions
  • 2-4 stalks celery
  • 3-4 cloves garlic
  • 2 Tablespoon miso
  • 2 Tablespoon Olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon fresh basil, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon fresh oregano, chopped
  • 3-4 cups of water

Directions

  1. Cook vegetables with 3-4 cups of water until tender.
  2. Blend vegetables with the cooking liquid.
  3. Add the miso, olive oil, basil, oregano, and plum paste.
  4. Return to flame and simmer for 20 minutes to mix flavors. (The Tao of Nutrition page 171).

Options:  consider adding miso at the end of cooking time so that it’s beneficial organisms aren’t destroyed by heat.  To do so, put the miso in a bowl.  Add a small amount of soup to it.  Stir to make a smooth paste.  Return miso/soup paste to soup.  Stir to incorporate.

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

Beets- neutral to cool; spleen, stomach, liver, heart; nourishes liver blood, tonify heart, calm spirit, lubricate intestines, cleanse liver, expand chest, clear heat toxin.

Onions- Pungent; lung; clears heat relieves toxicity.

Celery- Sweet, bitter, cold; liver, stomach; clears heat, tonifies kidneys, strengthens spleen/stomach, lowers blood pressure, benefits blood, calms liver and shen, promotes diuresis, drains damp transforms phlegm.

Garlic- Hot, acrid; large, intestine, lung, spleen, stomach: removes stagnate blood or food, reduces abscess, warms yang, dispels cold, anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, anti-viral, detoxifies meat and seafood, kills worms.

Miso- Salty, neutral; Spleen, stomach; promotes digestion, strengthens the stomach.

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

Basil- Pungent, warm; stomach, lung; diaphoretic, harmonizes stomach, counteracts seafood poisoning.

Oregano- Pungent, bitter, neutral; heart, small intestine, lung, large intestine; drains damp, fever, vomiting, dysentery, colds, jaundice and diarrhea. It is antiseptic, antimicrobial and antiviral. It has been used to promote menstruation and as a digestive aid.

Daikon Radish with Miso Sauce

Categories: Lung Fluid Xu, Lung Phlegm Cold, Lung Phlegm Heat, Lung Yin Vacuity

Lung dryness with hard to expectorate phlegm

Daikon Radish with Miso Sauce

Daikon radish with a miso sauce can help transform phlegm, which will help clear the lungs. It also gently moistens the lungs to protect them from becoming dry. It is a colder recipe and can help with warm phlegm. This would be good for a person who is having trouble getting rid of an upper respiratory infection.

This recipe is also good for the water element. It is very gentle on the kidney helping treat water metabolism issues such as edema. It also helps nourish the kidneys especially kidney yin.

  • 2 kombu (” square piece, dried sea kelp)
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 9 daikon (” piece, peeled, trimmed, and cut crosswise into eight 1″-thick rounds)
  • 2/3 cup miso
  • 3 tbsps sake
  • 2 tbsps mirin (sweet rice wine)
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 3 tbsps dashi
  • 1 ginger (” piece, peeled and grated)
  1. Cut out a circle of parchment paper just large enough to fit inside a wide medium pot, then cut a ½” vent hole in center and set paper aside.
  2. Put sea kelp, 8 cups water, and salt into the wide medium pot and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Add daikon and return to a simmer.
  3. Lay parchment paper circle on surface of liquid in pot, reduce heat to medium-low, and gently simmer until daikon is soft when pierced with the tip of a small sharp knife, 50-60 minutes.
  4. Put miso into a medium pan set over another medium pan of simmering water over medium heat and cook, stirring constantly with a wooden spoon, until paste loosens, about 1 minute.
  5. Gradually add sake, then rice wine, stirring until smooth.
  6. Add sugar and egg yolk and cook, stirring constantly, until sauce is thick and creamy, 1-2 minutes. Stir in dash and ginger.
  7. Using a slotted spoon, transfer daikon, one of the cut sides up, to 8 small bowls and discard cooking liquid. Spoon some of the miso sauce on top of each piece of daikon, spreading it out with the back of the spoon to cover top of daikon completely.

 

Kombu (sea kelp)- Salty and cold; kidney, liver, lung and stomach; softens hardness and transforms phlegm, dis-inhibits water and drains heat, treats scrofula, water swelling and foot qi.

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

Daikon radish- Acrid, sweet and cool; lung and stomach; disperses accumulations and stagnation, transforms phlegm and clears heat, descends qi, resolves toxins, treats food accumulation, distention and fullness, phlegm cough, wasting and thirsting, dysentery, headache, bleeding

Miso- Salty, neutral; Spleen, stomach; promotes digestion, strengthens the stomach.

Sake- Sweet, neutral; heart; encourages uninhibited flow of yang, opens chest.

Sweet rice wine- Sweet, neutral; heart; encourages uninhibited flow of yang, opens chest.

Sugar- sweet, neutral; lung and spleen; boosts the qi, harmonizes the center and moistens the lungs, treats lung dryness, lung vacuity, wind cold, taxation and fatigue. coughing and panting, mouth sores, wind-fire toothache.

Egg yolk-Sweet, neutral; heart, spleen, kidney; nourishes heart and kidney yin.

Dashi- Salty and cold; kidney, liver, lung and stomach; softens hardness and transforms phlegm, dis-inhibits water and drains heat, treats scrofula, water swelling and foot qi.

Ginger- Acrid, warm; lung, spleen, stomach; disperses exterior cold, stops nausea and vomiting, detoxifies other herbs, reduces inflammation.

Contraindicated in anyone who has a spleen or kidney yang xu because it is colder in nature.