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Beet, Broccoli, and Blue Cheese Salad

Categories: Liver Blood Vacuity

Beet, broccoli, and blue cheese salad

  • 4 beets, trimmed, leaving 1 inch of stems attached
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped, divided
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 2 cups of broccoli florets
  • 2 tablespoons peanut oil
  • 1/3 cup crumbled blue cheese

Serves 3-4

Directions
1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C). Place the beets, 1/4 of the chopped garlic, and the olive oil on a piece of heavy aluminum foil; fold the foil around the beets into a sealed packet.
2. Roast beets in the preheated oven until easily pierced with a fork, 40 minutes to 1 hour. Let beets cool just until they can be handled, then rub with a paper towel to remove skins. Chop into 1/2-inch cubes; set aside.
3. Heat the peanut oil and in a heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Cook and stir broccoli and the remaining garlic together until broccoli is slightly softened but still crunchy, about 5 minutes. Remove from heat; stir in the beets and the blue cheese. Serve warm.

TCM Breakdown:
Beets: Nourish LV blood
Broccoli: Nourish LV blood, brightens eyes
Garlic: Releases exterior
Peanut Oil: Regulates blood, nourishes yin
Olive Oil: moistens dryness
Blue Cheese: supplements qi, nourishes blood, moistens dryness

CI: Beets contain oxalic acid

Roasted Asparagus with Peanut Sauce

Categories: Lung Fluid Xu, Lung Phlegm Heat

Roasted Asparagus with Peanut Sauce
(Serves 3)

1 lb. thin asparagus
1 Tbsp peanut oil
1 Tbsp creamy peanut butter
Juice of 1/2 lime
1 tsp soy sauce
Water

Remove and discard bottom inch of asparagus stalk. Drizzle asparagus with oil, and sprinkle with garlic. Toss well so that all stalks are completely covered with oil, and then spread out on a baking sheet. Roast at 450, stirring asparagus occasionally, until it starts to brown (about 15 min). Mix remaining ingredients well, and add enough water so that it becomes pourable (about 2 Tbsp). Place asparagus on serving dish and drizzle with sauce.

TCM Analysis:
Asparagus: cool, sweet, bitter, clears heat, clears LU, detoxifies, promotes blood circulation
Peanut: neutral, sweet, improved appetite, lubricates LU, regulate blood, promote diuresis, strengthen SP, aid in lactation
Lime: sour, astringent, cleanse blood, resolves phlegm
Soy: cool, sweet, clear heat, detoxifies, eases urination, lubricates LU & LI, excellent protein source