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Sweet Potato Pie

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

Sweet Potato Pie

1 Recipe of your favorite pie crust.
2 cups cooked, mashed Sweet potatoes (yams).
3 beaten eggs
½ to ¾ cup brown sugar, barley malt, syrup, or honey.
1 tsp. cinnamon.
½ tsp. cloves.
¼ tsp. nutmeg.
½ tsp. allspice.
1 scant tsp. salt.
1 ½ cups evaporated milk (or mixed nonfat dry milk, goat milk, soy milk, or cashew milk).
Whipped cream for topping (optional).

Prepare crust and put into a 9 to 10 inch pie plate.  In a large bowl, beat together all the other ingredients except whipped cream.  Beat thoroughly and pour into pie shell.  Bake in preheated 375 degree oven for nearly an hour.  Cool before serving.  Serves six to eight people.

Sweet potatoes: neutral, sweet; SP/ST/L.I.; Strengthens SP, Tonifies qi/blood.
Eggs: sweet, neutral; nourishes yin/blood, lubricates dryness.
Milk: sweet, neutral; strengthens weakness, Tonifies qi, blood, and yin, lubricates dryness.
Honey: Sweet, neutral; SP, ST. Harmonizes middle jiao.
Cinnamon: acrid, sweet, hot; HT/KD/LV/SP. Warms and Tonifies yang, disperses cold, moves blood.
Overall, this recipe tonifies the SP/ST, nourishes yin and blood, and benefits KD/LU.

Roasted Squash and Turkey Soup

Categories: Spleen Damp, Spleen Damp Cold, Spleen Qi Vacuity, Spleen Yang Vacuity, Stomach Cold

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Roasted Squash and Turkey Soup

Servings: 4 large or 8 small

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cooking time:40 minutes

Prelude: Squash has recently become known as one of the healthiest veggies and its benefits include high fiber and a good profile of antioxidants. In this soup we pair the butternut variety with a host of spices and turkey to create an awesome flavor blend that you’re sure to enjoy.

Ingredient energetics:

5 cups butternut squash – benefit the earth, spleen, stomach and tonifiy the middle jiao

1 cup Onion: moves and aids in detoxification, also warming.

1 tablespoon ginger root – warms the middle iao and unblocks channels

1 tablespoon fresh garlic — warming acrid benefits middle jiao, resolves toxins.

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon – warming to dispel cold, promotes circulation and invigorates yang

1 teaspoon cumin – warming, benefits the liver, anti inflamatory

½ teaspoon Nutmeg: warming & moving

Ingredients:

1 tablespoon coconut oil or butter

5 cups butternut squash (peeled and rough chopped)

1 cup onion (rough chopped)

1 tablespoon ginger root – warms the middle jiao and unblocks channels

1 tablespoon fresh garlic

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1 teaspoon cumin

½ teaspoon nutmeg

5 cups vegetable stock

1 cup water

Soup Garnish

1 lb 10 oz (740 g) ground turkey

2 teaspoons salt

½ teaspoon pepper

Olive oil cooking spray

¼ cup cilantro (chopped)

Instructions:

Soup Base

Preheat a large pot on medium-high heat. Add 1 tablespoon of oil and then the squash and sauté until lightly browned.

Add onion, ginger, garlic, cinnamon, cumin, nutmeg and 2 tablespoons of stock, and sauté for 2 minutes more, stirring constantly.

Add the remaining vegetable stock and water to the pot and bring to a boil. Cover, reduce the heat and

simmer until squash is soft (approximately 30 minutes). **Tip: You can prep the garnish while the base is cooking.

Let mixture cool for a few minutes. Puree with a blender or food processor until smooth and then pour back into the pot. Remove from heat.

Soup Garnish

Season the turkey with salt and pepper.

Preheat a large nonstick frying pan on medium heat. Lightly coat with spray and sauté turkey until lightly browned and completely cooked. Remove from the pan and set aside. ** Tip: Sauté in smaller batches and re-spray the pan if needed.

Add the cooked turkey and chopped cilantro to the soup base. Reheat and serve immediately or portion the soup into storage containers.

**Tip: To maintain the tenderness of the meat avoid bringing the soup to a boil after the meat has been added.

Toasted Coconut Brussels

Categories: Uncategorized

FIRE  -  Julie Johnson Bear Don’t Walk / Eastern Nutrition / Fall 2013

Toasted Coconut Brussels adapted from How Sweet It Is

http://www.preventionrd.com/2012/03/toasted-coconut-brussels/

1 lb brussels sprouts, quartered

1 1/2 Tbsp coconut oil, melted

1/4 tsp salt

1/8 tsp pepper

pinch of nutmeg

2 Tbsp unsweetened coconut, shredded

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400 F. Spray a baking sheet with non-stick cooking spray.

Add quartered brussels sprouts to a bowl and drizzle with coconut oil and toss to coat. Sprinkle

with salt, pepper, and nutmeg; toss. Sprinkle with coconut flakes.

Bake for 20-30 minutes until tender and beginning to brown. Serve immediately.

Yield: 4 servings (about 2/3 cup each).

Nutrition Information (per serving): 108 calories; 7 g. fat; 0 mg. cholesterol; 144 mg. sodium; 9.8

g. carbohydrate; 3.5 g. fiber; 3 g. protein

Result: Nutty and buttery with a touch of coconut flavor. These are a fun twist on your average

roasted brussels sprout recipe. Simple to make, healthy, and sure to please any brussels sprout

and coconut-lover! Enjoy!

Pattern: Clear heart fire, calm shen, connect heart and kidneys, clear SI fire

Recipe analysis:

Brussels sprouts: Bitter, clears heat

Coconut: Sweet, generates fluids, clears heat

Coconut oil: moistening, cooling

Nutmeg: warming, acrid, astringent: opens orifices by its acrid nature, but preserves fluids w /

astringency

This would be a good calming dish for a patient with heart or SI fire. It is bitter and sweet, so it

would calm the shen (with sweet) while draining heat. Because the Brussels sprouts are bitter,

they also tonify the Kidneys, this, combined with the bitter clearing heat from the heart, helps the

heart and kidney to communicate. The coconut ties it all up with a sweet shen-calming bow.

Brown Sugar Baked Apples

Categories: Heart Qi Vacuity, Heart Yang Vacuity, Lung Fluid Xu, Shen Calming, Spleen Qi Vacuity

Brown Sugar Baked Apples
Makes 8 servings
Ingredients:
•8 large Golden Delicious apples
•1/2 cup (packed) dark brown sugar
•1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
•1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
•6 tablespoons pure maple syrup
•4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, cut into small pieces
•1 cup water
•Chilled whipping cream (optional)

Method:
Peel skin off top quarter of each apple. Using melon baller, scoop out core, leaving bottom intact. Stand apples in 13x9x2-inch baking pan. Mix sugar and spices in bowl. Reserve 2 tablespoons mixture. Fill apple cavities with remaining sugar mixture. Spoon 1/2 tablespoon maple syrup into each cavity. Scatter 3 tablespoons butter pieces over apples. (Can be made 4 hours ahead. Cover; chill.)
Preheat oven to 350°F. Pour 1/2 cup water into pan with apples. Bake apples 35 minutes. Add reserved 2 tablespoons sugar mixture, 2 tablespoons maple syrup, 1 tablespoon butter, and 1/2 cup water to pan. Bake until apples are tender when pierced with skewer, about 25 minutes longer. Transfer apples to 8 bowls. Place baking pan atop 2 burners; boil over medium-high heat until syrupy, about 2 minutes. Spoon sauce over apples. Serve with whipping cream, if desired.

TCM Analysis-Apples promote body fluids, lubricates the Lung, strengthens the Heart, and tonifies the Qi. Brown sugar is warm and lubricates the Lung, warms the body, and moistens dryness. Cinnamon and Nutmeg are both warm and help to move Qi and warm up the entire body. Overall, this recipe moistens the Lung and warms the body and moves Qi.

Spiced Pears and Pomegranate

Categories: Gluten-free, Lung Heat, Lung Phlegm Heat, Phlegm Dry, Raw, Salad, Vegan, Vegetarian

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Spiced Pears and Pomegranate

3 pears – peeled, cored and cut into wedges
1 pomegranate, skin and light-colored membrane removed
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
2 tablespoons light brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 tablespoons finely chopped almonds
4 sprigs fresh mint leaves for garnish

The recipe feeds 4 so the serving size would be 1/4 of the recipe.

by Marta

TCM ANALYSIS

Pears: Nourishes fluids, moistens lung, dissolves phlegm, clears heat
Pomegranate: Promotes fluids, quenches thirst
Lemon: Promotes fluids and reduces heat
Brown Sugar: warming, expels cold, invigorates blood
Cinnamon: Invigorates yang, dispels cold, promotes blood circulation,
warms mingmen fire
Almonds: moistens LU and LI
Mint: cools

This seems to be a well balanced formula especially good for KD Yin Xu.
This would be great also for the elderly.