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Mulberry Muffins

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

Mulberry Muffins

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1/2 cup white sugar
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 pinch salt
1/2 cup fat free sour cream
1/4 cup skim milk
2 tablespoons applesauce
1 egg
1/2 teaspoon almond extract
1/2 cup mulberries

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C).Grease 6 jumbo muffin cups or line with paper muffin liners.
Combine flour, sugar, baking powder, soda and salt. In a medium bowl, mix together sour cream, milk, applesauce, egg and almond extract. Stir in flour mixture until batter is smooth. Fold in mulberries. Spoon batter into prepared muffin cups.
Bake in preheated oven for 25 to 30 minutes, until a toothpick inserted into center of a muffin comes out clean.

Serves 8

Flour – Sweet, sl cool; SP/HT/KD; Supplements qi, nourishes HT and calms shen (CI Celiac dz)
Mulberry – Sweet, cold; HT/LV/KD; Nourishes HT/LV xue, nourishes yin
Sugar – sweet, neutral; LU/SP, moistens the LU, benefits the SP
Applesauce – Sweet, sour, cool; SP/ST/HT/LU; supplements LU/SP/ST, moistens LI, clears heat
Milk – sweet, neutral; SP/ST/LU, supplements qi, nourishes blood, moistens dryness
Egg – sweet, neutral; SP/ST/LU; nourishes yin/xue, supplement SP/ST, calms chen

CI: phlegm, damp

Cream of Wheat with Apples and Mulberries

Categories: Heart Qi Vacuity, Large Intestine Qi Stagnation, Lung Qi Vacuity, Shen Calming, Spleen Qi Vacuity

Cream of Wheat with Apples and Mulberries

Serves 2

1 apple chopped
¼ cup mulberries
2 cups water
2 cups milk (the more fat in the milk, the creamier it will be)
1/2 teaspoon salt
honey (to taste)
1 cup cream of wheat (also known as farina)
2 tablespoons sliced almonds, toasted (good to sprinkle on top) (optional)

In a saucepan, combine 2 cups water with milk and salt; bring to a boil.

Gradually whisk in cream of wheat, and continue to whisk constantly until the mixture thickens (this will take about 4 minutes).

Stir honey, mulberries and chopped apple into the cereal and mix to combine.

Divide into serving bowls and top with sliced banana and toasted almonds if desired.

Wheat — sweet, sl. Cold; SP, HT, KD — supplements qi, nourishes HT, calms shen, reduces thirst.

Apple — cool, sweet, sl sour; SP, ST, HT, LU; strengthen HT, tonifies qi, quenches thirst, promotes body fluids, lubricates LU, resolves mucus; treats dry throat, dehydration, indigestion, hypertension, constipation, chronic diarrhea, cough.

Mulberry — sl cold, sweet; HT, LV, KD; quenches thirst, nourishes xue, lubricates LU, calms shen, detoxifies, tonifies KD, relieves constipation, promotes diuresis; treats thirst, irritability, dry mouth, diabetes, enemia, back pain due to KD xu, weakness, alcohol intoxication, lymph node enlargement, blurred vision.

Milk — sweet, neutral; SP, ST, LU; supplements qi, nourishes xue, moistens dryness

Almonds — sweet, neutral; LU, LI, SP; moistening.

Honey — sweet, neutal; SP, LU, LI; moistening.


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.