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Homemade Larabar Bites

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MISC: Blood Xu

Homemade Larabar Bites

http://taylormadeitpaleo.com/2013/04/18/homemade-paleo-larabar-bites/

Ingredients:

1 cup toasted peanuts

3/4 cup unsweetened coconut flakes (you could also use unsweetened shredded coconut, same

thing!)

4 medjool dates, pitted

1/2 cup unsweetened peanut butter

1 tbsp water

Directions:

Combine all ingredients in a food processor until the mixture begins to stick together and all

ingredients are incorporated.

Roll into bite-sized balls, makes 16

Pattern: Blood deficiency, insomnia, Sp xu, blood xu dryness, insufficient lactation, heart

blood xu

Recipe analysis:

Peanuts: neutral and sweet, strengthen SP, regulates blood, promotes diuresis and lactation

Coconut: warm and sweet, strengthens body, activates heart function

Dates: sweet and warm, tonifies blood, anemia

This recipe is a kiss for your heart blood, it would be a great treat for those nearing the end of

their menstrual cycle, to replenish fluids and blood, and to keep everything calm. It might be good

to drink this with hibiscus or date tea to amplify the blood nourishing aspect of the snack.

Pad Thai

Categories: Liver Qi Stagnation

Pad Thai
Ingredients:
• 8 oz. (SERVES 2) Pad Thai rice noodles
• 2 eggs
• 4 cloves garlic, minced
• 1 shallot finely chopped
• 2 cups bean sprouts
• 2 green onions, sliced
• 1/3 cup fresh cilantro
• 1/4 cup ground (or well-chopped) peanuts
• PAD THAI SAUCE:
• 3 Tbsp. vegetarian fish sauce
• 2 Tbsp rice wine
• 1/2 to 2 tsp. chili sauce (to taste)
• 3 Tbsp. brown sugar
• OTHER:
• 3-4 Tbsp. oil for stir-frying
• lime wedges for serving
Preparation:
1. Bring a pot of water to a boil and remove from heat. Soak noodles in the hot water for 6-10 minutes. Drain and rinse with cold water. Tip: Noodles are ready to drain when they are soft enough to eat, but still firm and a little bit “crunchy”. The noodles will finish cooking when they are fried.
2. Dissolve the tamarind paste in the hot water. Add the other pad thai sauce ingredients and stir well to dissolve the sugar. Add as much or as little chili sauce as you prefer, but don’t skimp on the sugar (you need it to balance the sourness of the tarmaind). Reserve.
3. Place your wok (or large frying pan) over medium-high heat. Add 1-2 Tbsp. oil plus the garlic and shallot. Stir-fry 1 minute to release the fragrance.
4. Push ingredients aside and add 1/2 Tbsp. more oil to the center of the wok/pan. Add the eggs (if using) and stir-fry briefly to scramble them.
5. Push eggs aside and add a little more oil to the middle of the wok/pan. Now add the drained noodles and 1/3 of the sauce. Stir-fry everything together for 1 minute using 2 utensils and a tossing motion (like tossing a salad).
6. Add a little more sauce and continue stir-frying in the same way for 1-2 more minutes, or until the noodles begin to soften and become sticky. Reduce heat to medium if noodles begin to stick and burn.
7. Add the bean sprouts plus the remaining sauce. Stir-fry to incorporate everything together for 1-3 more minutes, or until noodles are done. Noodles are cooked to perfection when they are soft but still deliciously chewy and a little bit sticky.
8. Remove from heat and taste-test, adding more fish sauce or soy sauce if desired for more salt/flavor.
9. To serve, scoop noodles onto a serving platter. Sprinkle with the green onion, coriander/cilantro, and ground nuts. Add wedges of fresh-cut lime on the side. Serve immediately and ENJOY!. (Thai chili sauce can also be served on the side for those who like their noodles extra spicy).
I chose to do pad thai because I think it’s a very well balanced dish, and everyone will eat pad thai, even if they are not usually adventurous eaters. It has a nice combination of ingredients that make it nourishing to the body, but you can change them to send the recipe in different directions based on the needs of the patient. I think this would be a great dish for Liver Qi Stagnation. It should not be a very heavy dish, and is satisfying, without containing many of the ingredients that are common in our diets that can help lead to stagnation. It has many ingredients that are dispersing and would help with Liver Qi stagnancy- which is the precursor to many other conditions- where you would be able to fit the ingredients to the pattern. For example, if the condition has moved to something like yin or blood deficiency, you would want to avoid some of the hotter ingredients- like the amount of garlic and onions- but you may choose to use larger amounts of some foods that would be tonifying for the yin like tofu and eggs.
This recipe also has many ingredients to detoxify the body.
It would be a good idea to add some vegetables to the recipe, to add more nutritional value.
Rice Noodles- Sweet, Neutral, Supplements SP/ST. Does not contain Gluten.
Eggs — Neutral, Sweet, Nourished Yin and Blood, supplements SP/ST, Calms the Shen.
Garlic- Hot, Acrid, Anti-bacterial. Removes stagnant food or blood.
Mung Beans- Cool, Sweet, goes to HT/ST/UB. Helps with edema, clears heat, quences thirst.
Cilantro- Cool, promotes Qi Flow. Can use for Wind-Heat or Wind-Cold.
Green Onion- Warm, acrid. Promotes sweating, resolves phlegm, regulates Qi and detoxifies.
Peanuts- Neutral, Sweet. Strengthens SP, drains damp. Nourishes blood, stops bleeding.
Tofu- Cool, Sweetm goes to SP/ST, lubricates dryness, promotes body fluids, detoxifies.
Fish Sauce- Neutral
Rice Vinegar- Warm, sour, slightly bitter.
Limes- cool, sour. Generates body fluids

Apple, Peanut, and Arame Stir Fry Salad

Categories: Blood Stasis, High blood pressure, High cholesterol, Liver Yang Rising, Phlegm Accumulation in the Collaterals, Salad, Vegan, Vegetables, Vegetarian

Apple, Peanut, and Arame Stir Fry Salad

Treayor Smith

arame

Ingredients:

1/2 cup Arame (can use other forms of seaweed), chopped
1″ knob Ginger, minced or grated
1/4 cup Asparagus
1/4 cup White Mushrooms

1/4 cup snowpeas

1/4 cup + 2 TBS Olive Oil
1/4 cup Rice Wine Vinegar
1/4 head of Lettuce, chopped
handful of Sunflower Seeds
handful of Peanuts
1 Tomato, cut into wedges or sliced
1 TBS Lemon Juice
1 TBS Lime Juice
1 Apple, diced

Directions:

Serving Size: 1

½ cup cut arame in pot full of water. Cook until arame is a lighter shade of green and doubles in size.

Place desired amount of peanuts and sunflower seeds on a pan and spread out. Put in the oven at 400 degrees and take out when dark brown. This will be sprinkled on top of the salad to give it a crunch.

Cut ¼ head of lettuce and chop. This will be the bottom layer of the salad.

¼ olive oil mixed with ¼ cup rice wine vinegar. Add desired amount of lime juice and lemon juice. This will be the salad dressing.

Add olive oil to a frying pan and heat, medium high,  until it bubbles.  Add ginger, 3 minutes. Place diced mushrooms, asparagus, cooked arame, snow peas and fry until vegetables are softer.

Lay stir fried veggies on top of lettuce with dressing. Add Tomato wedges and diced apples. Sprinkle peanuts and sunflower seeds on the top.

Meal Design:
This meal is designed for a patient with hypothyroidism with High Blood Pressure. Most hypothyroid patients have a spleen or kidney yang vacuity pattern, but the main item in the recipe for the thyroid is the Arame.  Arame is a rich source of iodine, which directly influences the thyroid’s actions. The rest of the meal addresses hypertension, and are said to lower blood pressure. Arame has an anti-hypertensive effect as well.

TCM analysis:
Cooling and sedating to Liver

Arame (can use other forms of seaweed)- Rich source of iodine, good for thyroid
Ginger- good for nausea, helps taste of oil
Asparagus- helps with hypertension, high cholesterol, and promotes blood circulation
White Mushrooms- helps with hypertension and high cholesterol
Olive Oil- helps with hypertension
Rice Wine Vinegar- helps with hypertension
Lettuce- moves qi and breaks stagnation, mild effect
Sunflower Seeds- subdues liver, lowers blood pressure
Peanuts- tonifies spleen, good for hypertension
Tomatoes- calms the liver, good for hypertension
Lemon Juice – regulates qi, benefits liver, good for hypertension
Lime Juice- same as lemon juice
Apples- strengthens heart, tonifies qi, good for hypertension