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Steamed Corn Bread

Categories: Liver Yang Rising

STEAMED CORN BREAD

Main Action: Liver Yang Rising

Serves 6 people

INGREDIENTS:
1 C grated apple — Cool, sweet and slightly sour. Strengthens HT, tonifies qi, quenches thirst, resolves mucus and lubricates LU
2 C pineapple-coconut juice — Pineapple = warm, sweet and sour. Aids digestion, stops diarrhea, dispels summer heat. Coconut = warm and sweet. Strengthens the body, reduces swelling, stops bleeding, kills worms and activates heart function
1 medium banana —Cold and sweet. Clears heat, lubricates lungs, lubricates intestines, lowers blood pressure, helps alleviate alcohol intoxication.
1/3 C whole-wheat flour — Slightly cool and sweet, clears heat, quenches thirst, relieves restlessness, promotes diuresis, calms spirit and stops sweating.
1 C cornmeal — neutral and sweet. Tonifies qi, strengthens the ST and SP, benefits the HT, is a diuretic and stimulates the flow of bile.
½ C. oatmeal — warm and sweet, strengthens spleen, tonifies and regulates qi, harmonizes ST
1/8 C goji berries — sweet, sour, neutral, nourishes blood and yin, strengthens the LU, benefits LV and KD, improves vision.

Preparation and cooking:
Blend the liquid with the banana. Add the rest of the ingredients and mix well. Pour into a pie plate and steam 30 minutes over medium flame. The bread is done when the toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Cuaker

Categories: Beverages, Spleen Qi Vacuity, Spleen Yang Vacuity, Vegetarian

Colada-or-Ecuadorian-oatmeal-drink

In South America there is a drink called Cuaker.

1 cup oatmeal
3 cups water
2 apples peeled and cut in chunks
¼ cup maple syrup
Pinch of stevia
½ teaspoon cloves
1 teaspoon cinnamon
Pinch of salt for taste

Cook everything together for 30 minutes.  Blend and add more water if needed.  It should be a very thin congee consistency after blended. Serve warm.

The stevia is not traditionally added as far as I know but it helps to replace extra sweetener. Also, maple syrup is substituted for sugar as it has more nutrients.

TCM

oatmeal – Sweet, warm. Sp, Kd. Supplements vacuity, rejuvenates nervous and reproductive system.
apples–Sweet, sour, cool. Spleen, stomach, heart and lung. Supplements heart, spleen and stomach. Moistens Lung and LI. Clears heat and promotes body fluids.
cloves — Acrid, warm. Kd, sp, st. Warms middle, directs st. qi downward, treats hiccup, fortifies kd. yang.
cinnamon — Acrid, sweet, hot. Ht, Kd, Lv, Sp. Warms and tonifies the yang, disperses cold, promotes the movement of blood.

The apples are cool and help to protect the spleen from the hot cloves and cinnamon. This recipe will help to tonify the spleen yang. Omit cinnamon and cloves if there is heat in the stomach.

“How to Make Oatmeal . . . Wrong” NY Times opinion piece

Categories: Blogs, Cooking tips

http://opinionator.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/02/22/how-to-make-oatmeal-wrong/