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Applesauce with Pears and Peaches

Categories: Dryness Invading the Lungs, Large Intestine Fluid Vacuity, Lung Fluid Xu, Lung Yin Vacuity, Shen Calming

Applesauce with pears & peaches
Yields: 8 servings

2 lbs of apples, peeled, cored and chopped
½ lb of pears, peeled, pitted, and chopped
½ lb of peaches, peeled, cored and chopped
3 cups of water
1 cup of white sugar
1 tbsp lemon juice

1. Place all the fruit in a large saucepan and just barely cover with water. Simmer over medium-low heat until fruit is tender, 15-20 minutes.
2. Run cooked fruit through a food mill or blender. Stir in sugar and lemon juice. Cook over medium heat for about 3-5 minutes.

TCM analysis: Overall cools the heat in the LU from LU yin xu
Apples: cool, sweet, slightly sour. strengthens HT, tonfiies qi, quenches thirst, reduces dryness, alleviates thirst, lubricates LU, resolves mucus
Pears: cold, sweet. Regenerates body fluids, quenches thirst, calms HT, lubricates LU, relieves restlessness, promotes urination, clears heat, detoxifies, lubricates throat, dissolves mucus, descends qi and stops cough
Peaches: very cool, sweet and slightly sour. Lubricates LU, clears heat, aids diabetes, promotes body fluids, induces sweating.

Modifications

  • Taste the milled fruit before adding sugar.  Then, just add sugar to taste.  May be sweetened with an alternative sweetener such as honey or maple syrup.
  • Add a little bit of cinnamon for depth of flavor and to change temperature of food to slightly warm.

 

Baked Pears with Almonds

Categories: Lung Fluid Xu, Lung Phlegm Cold, Lung Yin Vacuity

Baked Pears with Almonds
Serves 6

Ingredients:
6 pears
1 ½ cups of chopped almonds
1/3 cup honey
½ cup of maple syrup
1 tsp lemon juice
¼ cup of water
Pinch of powdered ginger

Directions:
Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Leave stems on pears, but cut a slice from the blossom-end to form a flat surface will stand in baking dish. Mix all other ingredients, except syrup, and pour over pears. Bake uncovered in preheated oven for about 1 hr and 20 minutes to 1 and ½ hrs. Baste with syrup while baking.

TCM Breakdown:
Pears: Nourishes fluids, decreases thirst, moistens LU, Dissolves phlegm
Almonds: Moistens LU and LI, supplements SP and LU
Honey: Nourishes and harmonizes MJ, moistens dryness
Lemon juice: clears heat, dissolves phlegm (?)
Ginger: Warms MJ, Warms interior, unblocks channels, transforms cold phlegm
Maple syrup: tonifies SP (?)

C/CI: in damp cold, or xu cold syndrome

Poached Pears in Cinnamon-Ginger Syrup

Categories: Lung Fluid Xu, Lung Phlegm Cold, Wind Cold Invading Lungs

Poached Pears in Cinnamon-Ginger Syrup

Mary Wetterstrand – PCOM Chicago

6 Servings

10 cups water
1½ cups sugar
2 cinnamon sticks
8 slices fresh, unpeeled ginger, ~quarter size, smashed lightly with edge of knife
6 slightly under-ripe Bosc or Anjou pears
2 lemons

1. In a large pot, combine the water, sugar, cinnamon sticks and fresh ginger. Heat until boiling, reduce the heat to low, and cook for 30 minutes.
2. Peel the pears and rub the outside with cut lemons to prevent them from turning brown.
3. Squeeze the juice form the lemons and add along with the pears to the cinnamon liquid. Heat until boiling, and then reduce the heat to low, so that the water barely boils. Cook uncovered for about 25-30 minutes, or until the pears are just tender. Poke the pears with a tip of a knife to test. Remove and place the pears in a bowl.
4. Transfer about 3 cups of the cooking liquid to a smaller saucepan- discard ginger slices and cinnamon sticks. Heat until boiling, reduce heat to medium, and cook about 35 minutes, or until the liquid thickens slightly. It should be like syrup.
5. Arrange the pears in serving bowls and pour the cinnamon-ginger syrup on top to serve warm. To serve cold, pour the syrup over the pears in a large bowl, cover, and refrigerate for several hours before serving.

Pear= sweet, cold : LU, LI, ST : nourish fluids, decrease thirst, moisten LU, clear heat, resolve toxin
Sugar= sweet, neutral : LU, SP : supplement qi, moisten dryness, harmonize middle jiao
Cinnamon= pungent, sweet, warm : SP, ST, UB : invigorate yang, dispel cold, promote blood circulation, warm mingmen fire
Ginger= pungent, warm : LU, SP, ST : disperse interior cold, stop nausea and vomiting, detoxify other herbs, reduce inflammation
Lemon= cool, sour : LV, ST (?) : regenerate body fluids, harmonize ST, regulate qi, quench thirst

Although pears are generally cool, the addition of the cinnamon and ginger change the temperature to neutral or slightly warm. Serving the pears warm or chilled will enhance the temperature effect, and allows for some versatility as a refreshing summer or soothing cool weather dish. Overall, the properties of these foods would be good for treating an external invasion with cough (especially wind-cold with dry cough) and soothing the stomach.

>Consider adding clove for a more warming effect<<br />

From A Spoonful of Ginger by Nina Simonds

Ginger Honey Pear

Categories: Cold Phlegm Accumulating in Lung, Lung Fluid Xu, Lung Phlegm Heat, Lung Yin Vacuity

Ginger Honey Pear 2 servings

This is a great dish to baby yourself when you want to soothe a dry throat.

2 medium-sized pears, peeled
2 tablespoons honey
2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger
3 tablespoons water

Preheat over to 350 degrees.

Cut off the top third of each pear and reserve. Cut out the core of the bottom part of the pear, making a hole but leaving the bottom and outside intact. Place pears and tops on a glass or ceramic dish.

Combine honey, ginger and water in a small bowl. Heat to dissolve honey if necessary.

Place ginger mixture inside pears. Replace the top on each pear, restoring its original shape and brush sauce on the outside of the pear as well. Save about 2 teaspoons of the sauce for later.

Bake pears for 10 to 12 minutes until they begin to soften.

Remove from oven and drizzle with remaining sauce, then return to oven and broil at high setting for 3 to 5 minutes until the glaze has caramelized.

Serve warm.

Pear-sweet, cold; LU/LI/ST; nourish fluids, decrease thirst, moisten LU, dissolve phlegm (with Bei Mu), clear heat, resolve toxin
Honey-sweet, neutral; SP/LU/LI; nourish and harmonize MJ, moisten dryness, antidote to drug and food poisoning
Ginger-pungent, warm; LU/SP/ST; disperse exterior cold, stop nausea and vomiting, detoxify other herbs, reduce inflammation

Addresses LU Yin xu, dry heat and fluid xu, and harmonizes MJ.

Especially good for anyone suffering from a dry cough, dry throat, bronchitis, asthma, upset stomach or nausea.

Pear and Watercress Soup

Categories: Lung Fluid Xu, Lung Phlegm Heat, Lung Yin Vacuity

Pear and Watercress Soup

Serves 6
1 bunch of watercress
4 pears, sliced
3 ¾ cups chicken stock, preferably homemade OR vegetable stock (if vegetarian or if there is much heat and dryness present in patient)
½ yogurt
juice of 1 lime
salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

Place two-thirds of the watercress leaves and all stems in a pan with the pears, stock, and a little seasoning. Simmer for 15 to 20 minutes.

Reserving some of the watercress leaves for the garnish, add the rest to the soup and immediately blend in a food processor until smooth.

Put the soup in a bowl and stir the cream and lime juice to mix the flavors thoroughly. Season again to taste. Pour all the soup back into the rinsed pan and reheat, stirring gently, until warmed through.

Serve in warm bowls with watercress garnish.

Watercress — cool, bitter; clears heat, quenches thirst, lubricates lungs, promotes diuresis; treats thirst, irritability, restlessness, dry sore throat, cough with yellow sputum.

Pear — cold, sweet; regenerates body fluids, calms HT, relieves restlessness, clears heat, lubricates throat & LU, quenches thirst, promotes urination, detoxifies, dissolves mucus, stops cough; treats cough due to heat in the LU, excess mucus, irritability, thirst, dry throat, hoarse throat, retina pain, constipation, difficult urination, skin lesions, alcohol intoxication

Chicken (stock) — warm, sweet; tonifies qi, nourishes xue, aids KD xu, benefits SP/ST

Vegetable stock — slightly more cooling and moistening than the chicken stock perhaps; substitute when the patient presents with more extreme heat and dryness.

Yogurt — neutral, sweet; strengthens weakness, nourishes qi, xue & yin, lubricates dryness

Lime — cool, sour; regenerates body fluids, harmonizes ST, regulates qi, quenches thirst; treats sore throat, dry mouth, ST distention, cough

METAL IMBALANCE – LU HEAT (XU OR EXCESS)
*this recipe is overall cooling and moistening. Therefore use with caution in cool-damp conditions.

Fruit Salad with Fresh Mint

Categories: Dryness Invading the Lungs, Lung Fluid Xu, Lung Heat, Lung Phlegm Heat, Phlegm Dry, Raw, Salad, Vegan, Vegetarian, Wind Heat Invading Lungs

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Fruit Salad with Fresh Mint
yield: Serves 6

Ingredients
1 1/2 cups strawberries, cleaned and quartered
3/4 cup fresh pineapple chunks
1 cup apples, cored and cut into chunks
1 cup pears, cored and cut into chunks
1/4 chopped finely cup mint

Preparation
In a mixing bowl, combine the cut fruit and toss. Add the fresh mint and stir gently. Serve in parfait dishes or small bowls.

TCM ANALYSIS
Strawberries — Sweet, sour, cold; Lu, St, UB; Moistens Lung, promotes fluids, promotes urination, clears heat.
Pineapple — Sweet, sour, neutral; St, Lu; Clears heat, promotes fluids, aids digestion, drains damp.
Apple — Sweet, sour, cool; Sp, St, Ht, Lu; Supplements Lu, Sp, St, moistens Lung and LI, clears heat and promotes body fluids.
Pears — Sweet, cold; Lu, Li, St; Nourishes fluids, decreases thirst, moistens Lu, dissolves phlegm (w/ Bei Mu), Clears heat, resolves toxin.
Mint — Acrid, aromatic, cooling; Lu, Lv; Disperses wind heat, clears and benefits the head, eyes, and throat, vents rashes, allows constrained Lv qi to flow freely, expels turbid filth.

The recipe is cool while each ingredient enters the lungs to clear heat or moisten the lungs. The ingredients are indicated for cough, summerheat, and Lung heat overall. The mint helps release the exterior.

Strawberry and Pear Delight

Categories: Desserts, Dryness Invading the Lungs, Lung Heat, Lung Phlegm Heat, Lung Yin Vacuity, Stomach Fire, Vegan, Vegetarian

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Strawberry and Pear Delight
1 pint fresh strawberries
1 pint pears, halved and cooked
2 cups mint tea or apple juice
1/4 teaspoon sea salt
1 bar agar-agar
-Rinse agar-agar in cold water. Squeeze out excess water and tear into small pieces.
-Simmer in tea or juice 15 minutes. Skim off foam.
-Arrange pear halves on the bottom of a glass dish or mold. Cover with strawberries.
-Pour agar-agar over fruit and let set until firm.
Serves 6
TCM Analysis:
Strawberry- sweet, cold, sour, LU/ST/UB, moistens LU, promotes fluids, promotes urination, clears heat
Pear- sweet, cold, LU/LI/ST, nourishes fluids, decreases thirst, moistens LU, dissolves phlegm, clears heat
Apple Juice- sweet, sour, cool, supplements LU/SP/ST, moistens LU and LI, clears heat and promotes body fluids
Salt- salty, cool, moistening, softening, KD
Agar-Agar- cool, sweet, benifits LU, influences LV, reduces inflammation
Overall Pattern: This dessert is great for moistening the Lungs. It is also very cooling and can be used for Stomach heat. To make it even colder you can sub out the apple juice and use the mint tea.

Baked pears

Categories: Desserts, Stomach Yin Vacuity

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Baked Pears
Serving Size 1-2

2 medium ripe pears, peeled and halved
4 teaspoons butter or margarine
1 teaspoon lemon juice
2 teaspoons honey
1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
4 teaspoons orange marmalade

Directions
Place pear halves, cut side up, in a shallow 1-qt. baking dish. Place butter in the center of each; drizzle with lemon juice. Combine sugar and cinnamon; sprinkle over pears. Top with marmalade. Cover and bake at 350 degrees F for 15-20 minutes or until heated through.

This recipe is design for someone with Stomach Yin Xu.

pears- tonifies yin, calms heart, lubes lungs

lemon juice- tonifies yin, regulates liver, harmonizes stomach

honey- tonifies yin

cinnamon- tonifies stomach, stops pain

orange marmalade- tonifies lungs, helps with mucus, tonifies yin