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Mustard Greens

Categories: Liver Blood Vacuity, Liver Qi Stagnation

Mustard Greens

Ingredients:

  • ½ C thinly sliced onions
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 lb. mustard greens, washed and torn into large pieces
  • 2-3 Tbsp chicken broth
  • ¼ tsp dark sesame oil

Instructions:

  1. In a large saute pan, saute onions in olive oil over medium heat until the onions begin to brown and caramelize, about 5 to 10 minutes. Add the minced garlic and cook a minute more, until fragrant.
  2. Add the mustard greens and broth and cook until the mustard greens are just barely wilted. Toss with sesame oil. Season with salt and pepper.

Makes 4 servings.

TCM breakdown:

onion: acrid, warm; LU, ST, LI; promotes sweating; resolves phlegm, regulates qi
garlic: acrid, hot; detoxifies meat & seafood; removes stagnant food or blood; warms yang
olive oil: sweet, sour, astringent, neutral; clears heat, detoxifies, promotes body fluids
mustard greens: acrid, warm; LU, LI; strengthens & lubricates intestines, increases appetite
chicken broth: sweet, warm; SP, ST, KD; supplements qi, nourishes xue, boosts wei qi
sesame oil: sweet, neutral; LV, KD, LU, LI; nourishes LV/KD, moistens LI, nourishes jing

This recipe is primarily acrid, sweet, and warm.  According to the Clinical Handbook of Internal Medicine, mildly acrid flavor promotes the movement of qi to regulate the LV.  The sweet ingredients in the recipe (primarily the oils) moisten the LI and promote body fluids.  The main ingredient, mustard greens, also strengthens and lubricates intestines.  For these reasons, I would recommend this recipe to patients with IBS due to LV qi stagnation leading to constipation, especially if their bowel movements are dry.

Split Pea and Barley Soup

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

Split Pea and Barley Soup (serves six)

14 cups of water
1 pound green split peas
½ cup barley, rinsed in a strainer
1 TBL olive oil
1 bay leaf
2 TBLS unsalted butter
2 medium onions, diced
4 garlic cloves, minced
2 carrots finely diced
1 celery rib, finely diced
1 tsp fresh thyme, or ½ tsp dried
1 tsp salt
Freshly ground black pepper to taste

Instructions

  • In a large stockpot combine water, split peas, barley, olive oil and bay leaf. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Then reduce heat to lively simmer. Cook the soup, continuing to stir periodically for 30 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, melt butter in a medium-size skillet over medium heat.  Add onions and garlic.  Sauté until the onions are golden brown.
  • Stir the onions into the soup along with the carrots, celery, thyme, salt and pepper.
  • Cook, now stirring frequently to prevent the soup from sticking as it thickens, for 30 more minutes. The soup is ready when the peas have almost totally dissolved and the barley and vegetables are tender. The soup will thicken as it cools in the serving bowls, so thin with more water if necessary.

Comments: This recipe uses great ingredients for the SP.  They are cooked well, making it easier for the Spleen to digest. It also offers warming spices to help warm the middle jiao and encourage Sp Qi. Barley is a particularly good grain for strengthening the SP and ST and also helps to leach out dampness. Carrots are also nice for the SP and help drain dampness

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.

Barley soup

Categories: Spleen Damp, Spleen Damp Heat, Spleen Qi Vacuity

Spleen qi xu with dampness

Barley soup

The barley soup can help both drain damp and tonify the middle jiao. This is a good soup for someone who has a weak digestive system, and needs a filling dinner that will not aggravate their stomach. This soup might make a person urinate frequently because it is helping drain damp, as well as relieve toxicity.

  • ½ onion, diced
  • 2 ribs celery, diced
  • 2 tbsp oil
  • 8 cups water
  • 1 cup pearled barley uncooked
  • 1 cup mung bean, pre-soaked if dry
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • ½ tsp basil
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp thyme

Preparation:

In a large soup pot, sauté the onions, celery, and any other vegetables for 3-5 minutes. Add water and all other ingredients and bring to a simmer, then reduce heat to medium low.  Allow to simmer for at least an hour, stirring occasionally, until barley is soft and somewhat fluffy. Add more spices to taste and enjoy!

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.

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

Pearled barley- Bland, cold; spleen, stomach, urinary bladder; tonifies spleen and stomach

Mung Bean- Sweet, cold; heart, stomach, urinary bladder; clears heat, relieves toxin, promotes urination.

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

Black Pepper- Acrid, warm; stomach, large intestine; warms the middle jiao, descends stomach qi, expels damp and cold.

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.

Thyme- Acrid and warm; lung and stomach; resolves the exterior and dispels cold, moves the qi and opens the stomach, down bears counter flow and stops cough, wind cold with a headache, body aches and pains, indigestion, abdominal distention.

Contraindicated in anyone who is already experiencing diarrhea or frequent urination.

Ratatouille

Categories: Blood Stasis

Frances Norris

Blood stasis

Ratatouille - Adapted from recipe on eatyourvegetable.com

Ingredients

  • 1 eggplant, cubed into 1 inch pieces-cool, sweet, removes blood stagnation
  • 2 tomatoes, cut into eighths-slightly cool, sweet, sour, promotes fluids
  • 3-4 cloves garlic, chopped-hot, pungent, removes stagnant blood
  • 1 onion, chopped-warm, pungent
  • Olive oil-neutral, sweet, sour, astringent, promotes production of body fluids
  • Dry oregano
  • Dry basil-warm, pungent
  • Salt-cold, salty, slightly sweet, harmonizes digestion
  • Pepper-pungent, warm, warms the MJ

Directions

Preheat oven to 375

Toss vegetables, a few splashes of olive oil, and spices in a cast iron pot or any sort of roasting pan until

well-combined. Cover and bake until veggies are tender and juices are bubbling, about 45 minutes to an

hour, depending on your oven. Serve over pasta.

Sauted Chinese Vegetables

Categories: Large Intestine Damp Heat, Lung Phlegm Heat, Spleen Damp

Lung Phlegm Heat- Metal – nina gaglio

Sautéed Chinese Vegetables

Serves 3 to 4

1 hand full of Bok Choy- chopped

4 carrots chopped into 1-inch cubes

1 large onion finely chopped

Bok Choy- sweet, neutral, ST, LU, LI. Cleat, promotes bowel movement.

Carrot- sweet, neutral, LU, SP, LV, HT. Benefits the lung, drains damp.

Onion- pungent, LU. Clears heat resolves toxicity.

Overall TCM Functions:

Clears heat from the LU and drains dampness.

Warm French Lentils

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

Sp Yang XU- Earth - Nina Gaglio

Warm French Lentils

Serves 4 to 6

2 tablespoons plus ¼ cup good olive oil

1 leek, white and light green parts, sliced ¼ inch thick.

2 carrots, scrubbed and ½ -inch-diced

1 teaspoon minced garlic

1 cup French green Le Puy lentils

1 whole onion, peeled and stuck with 6 whole cloves

1 white turnip cut in half

1 teaspoon unsalted butter

4 teaspoons Dijon mustard

2 tablespoons red wine vinegar

1 tablespoon sea salt

1 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

Lentils- Sweet, Neutral, Spleen, Stomach. Strengthens spleen, harmonizes middle jiao.

Leek/Onion-Warm and Acrid. Promotes sweating, resolves phlegm, regulates qi, reduces toxins.

Carrots- Sweet, Neutral, Spleen, Liver, Lung, Heart. Strengthens spleen and heart, nourishes and soothes liver, benefits the lung and drains damp.

Garlic- Hot and Acrid. Dispels cold resolves toxicity.

Turnip- Cool, Sweet, Bitter, Acrid. Clears heat, removes dampness and stagnant food, detoxifies, stops cough.

Butter- Sweet, Neutral, Spleen, Stomach, Lung. Supplements qi, nourishes blood, moistens dryness.

Dijon Mustard- Sweet, Warm, Liver, Stomach. Strengthens stomach, rectifies qi, harmonizes and warms the middle jiao.

Red wine vinegar- Warm, Sour, Sweet, Sl. Bitter, Pungent, Liver, Stomach. Heart. Invigorates blood, expels cold, clears toxin.

Salt- Salty, Cold, Kidney. Clears heat cools blood, eases bowel movement, nourishes kidney.

Pepper- Pungent, Warm, Stomach, Large Intestine. Warms the middle jiao, descends stomach qi, expels cold and damp.

Clove- Pungent, Warm, Stomach, Kidney. Warms middle jiao, dispels internal cold, warms the Kidney and stops pain.

Overall TCM Functions:

This dish Treats Sp Yang XU, harmonizes Spleen and Stomach resolves damp, supplements qi, nourishes Liver, strengthens the Kidney and benefits the Lung.

Roasted Squash and Turkey Soup

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

Earth

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.

Mushroom Quinoa Risotto

Categories: Uncategorized

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

Mushroom Quinoa Risotto

http://www.bonappetit.com/recipe/quinoa-risotto-with-mushrooms-and-thyme

• 1 cup quinoa, rinsed

• 1 tablespoon olive oil

• 1 1/2 cups chopped onion

• 1 garlic clove, pressed

• 1 8-ounce package sliced crimini (baby bella) mushrooms

• 6 ounces fresh shiitake mushrooms, stemmed, sliced

• 3 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme, divided

• 1 cup dry white wine

• Grated Parmesan cheese -sheep pecorino

Instructions:

• Bring 2 cups salted water to boil in medium saucepan. Add quinoa, reduce heat to

medium-low, cover, and simmer until tender and water is absorbed, about 13 minutes.

• Meanwhile, heat oil in large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion and sauté until

onion begins to brown, 5 minutes. Add garlic; stir 30 seconds. Add mushrooms and

thyme. Sauté until mushrooms are tender, 6 minutes. Add wine; stir until reduced and

syrupy, 2 minutes.

• Mix quinoa into mushroom mixture; season with salt and pepper. Pass cheese

separately.

Nutritional Information

4 main-course serving, 1 serving contains:

Calories (kcal) 320.1

%Calories from Fat 32.1

Fat (g) 11.4

Saturated Fat (g) 2.3

Cholesterol (mg) 10.0

Carbohydrates (g) 38.3

Dietary Fiber (g) 13.1

Total Sugars (g) 6.2

Net Carbs (g) 25.2

Protein (g) 16.8

Pattern: SP yang xu, ST xu, SP damp

Recipe analysis:

Mushrooms: strengthen stomach, promote healing, lower blood pressure

Quinoa: warming, nourish SP yang, tonifies qi, disperses internal cold

Garlic and Onion: warming, regulates qi, disperses phlegm and damp, warms yang (garlic)

Thyme: dries damp, stimulates appetite

Pecorino: warms middle jiao

White wine: cooling, nourishes yin

This is a good warming, nourishing dish for cold weather, or for anyone with weak SP / ST. The

movement of the thyme, onions and garlic keep the nourishing ingredients moving, preventing

the formation of damp and phlegm.

Beet soup (Borscht)

Categories: Heart Blood Vacuity, Liver Blood Vacuity

Beet soup (Borscht)
Yield: 4 servings

2 medium leeks, thinly sliced
2 tbsp unsalted butter
1 medium onion, diced
1 rib celery, diced
1 medium carrot, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 ½ pounds fresh beets, peeled & diced
4 Cups low-sodium vegetable broth
4 tbsp apple cider vinegar
3 tbsp chopped fresh dill, plus more for garnish
4 tbsp sour cream

1. Prep all ingredients. Heat butter in large pot over medium heat. When foam subsides, add onions, leeks, celery, carrot, garlic, beets & generous sprinkling of salt and pepper. Cook, stirring often, until veggies soften, 15-20 min.
2. Pour in veggie broth and bring to a simmer, gently stirring occasionally for 10-15 min. Stir in vinegar, dill and more salt and pepper to taste. Ladle soup into indiv bowls & top with sour cream and more dill to taste

TCM analysis:
Overal: HT Blood nourishing
Leeks/onions: pungent, warm. Promotes sweating, resolves phlegm, diuretic.
Celery: sweet, slightly bitter, cool, tonifies KD, stops bleeding, strengthens SP/ST, clears heat, lowers blood pressure, promotes diuresis, benefits blood
Carrot: sweet, pungent, cool. Clears heat, detoxifies, strengthens all internal organs, benefits eyes, relieves measles, lubricates the intestines, promotes digestion.

Garlic: pungent, hot. anti-viral/fungal, detoxifies meat/seafood, kills worms, removes blood stasis and food stagn, reduces abscess.
Beets: Sweet, cool. Nourishes blood, tonifies HT, calms spirit, lubricates intestines, cleanse LV
Vinegar: sour, warm. detoxifies, invig blood circulation, inhibits growth of bacteria, astringent, closes pores