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Honeyed Spinach

Categories: Large Intestine Fluid Vacuity, Lung Yin Vacuity

Honeyed Spinach
4 servings
(From The Chinese Herbal Cookbook)

12 oz fresh baby spinach
4 cloves garlic, crushed
2 t soy sauce
4 t honey
2 oz pine nuts
1 T black sesame seeds
2 T sesame oil
4 oz raisins
Salt/pepper to taste

1. Wash the spinach well. Cut into shreds. Set aside.
2. Mix the garlic, soy cause, and honey in a small bowl. Set aside.
3. Heat a wok or frying pan and dry-fry the pine nuts and sesame seeds for 2 minutes being careful not to burn them. Remove to a plate and set aside.
4. Heat the sesame oil in the wok or frying pan and stir-fry the spinach for 1-2 minutes until softened.
5. Add the sauce and raisins to the spinach. Mix well.
6. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
7. Serve sprinkled with the pine nuts and sesame seeds.

TCM Analysis:
Spinach: sweet, cold; ST, LI. Clear heat, stop bleeding, nourish blood, moisten dryness.
Garlic: hot, acrid; Relieve food stagnation, move blood, dispel cold.
Soy sauce: salty, cold; SP, ST, KD. Harmonize MJ, clear heat.
Honey: sweet, neutral; SP, LU, LI. Harmonize MJ, moisten dryness, nourish yin.
Pine nuts: sweet, slightly warm; LU, LI. Moisten/tonify LU/LI.
Black sesame seeds: sweet, neutral. LV, KD, LU, LI. Nourish LV/KD, moisten.
Raisins: sweet. Nourish and moisten.

Overall, this recipe focuses on nourishing yin, clearing heat, and moistening dryness especially in cases of LU yin deficiency or autumn dryness. The garlic is kept in to lightly disperse and prevent over-nourishing.

Arugula, Fennel and Dried Plum Salad

Categories: Large Intestine Fluid Vacuity, Liver Qi Stagnation, Stomach Cold, Urinary Bladder Damp Heat

Arugula, Fennel and Dried Plum Salad

SERVES: 6

1/4 cup pine nuts
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
Salt and freshly ground pepper
1 small head of radicchio, leaves torn into 2-inch pieces
1 bunch of arugula (4 ounces)
1 small fennel bulb-halved lengthwise, cored and sliced paper thin crosswise
1 cup pitted dried plums (prunes), quartered
3 ounces fresh goat cheese, crumbled (optional)

In a small skillet, toast the pine nuts over moderate heat, shaking the pan, until golden brown, about 2 minutes; transfer to a plate to cool.
In a small bowl, whisk the balsamic and red wine vinegars with the olive oil; season with salt and pepper.
In a large bowl, toss the radicchio with the arugula, fennel, dried plums and pine nuts. Add the vinaigrette and toss. Transfer the salad to a platter, scatter the goat cheese on top and serve.

Arugula and Radicchio: sweet, bitter, cold. Enter the Lung, Stomach, and UB. These are both similar to lettuce, but are more bitter in flavor, and therefore more draining. They promote urination and clear heat.
Pine Nuts:
Fennel: While fennel seed is acrid and warm, the fresh part of this plant has a milder quality. Harmonizes the Stomach and relieves abdominal discomfort.
Vinegar: sour, warm, slightly bitter. Invigorates and clears toxins while astringing.
Plums: sweet, sour, warm, and astringent. Soothes the Liver and stops diarrhea.

The main ingredients, arugula and radicchio, focus on draining and clearing heat. The remaining ingredients harmonize and astringe to protect the yin. The plums are particularly useful when damp-heat in the lower Jiao is also causing diarrhea.

Arugula, Fennel and Dried Plum Salad

Categories: Liver Fire Rising, Liver Qi Stagnation, Liver Yang Rising

Arugula, Fennel and Dried Plum Salad

SERVES: 6

1/4 cup pine nuts
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
Salt and freshly ground pepper
1 small head of radicchio, leaves torn into 2-inch pieces
1 bunch of arugula (4 ounces)
1 small fennel bulb-halved lengthwise, cored and sliced paper thin crosswise
1 cup pitted dried plums (prunes), quartered
3 ounces fresh goat cheese, crumbled (optional)

In a small skillet, toast the pine nuts over moderate heat, shaking the pan, until golden brown, about 2 minutes; transfer to a plate to cool.
In a small bowl, whisk the balsamic and red wine vinegars with the olive oil; season with salt and pepper.
In a large bowl, toss the radicchio with the arugula, fennel, dried plums and pine nuts. Add the vinaigrette and toss. Transfer the salad to a platter, scatter the goat cheese on top and serve.

Arugula and Radicchio: sweet, bitter, cold. Enter the Lung, Stomach, and UB. These are both similar to lettuce, but are more bitter in flavor, and therefore more draining. They promote urination and clear heat.
Pine Nuts:
Fennel: While fennel seed is acrid and warm, the fresh part of this plant has a milder quality. Harmonizes the Stomach and relieves abdominal discomfort.
Vinegar: sour, warm, slightly bitter. Invigorates and clears toxins while astringing.
Plums: sweet, sour, warm, and astringent. Soothes the Liver and stops diarrhea.

The main ingredients, arugula and radicchio, focus on draining and clearing heat. The remaining ingredients harmonize and astringe to protect the yin. The plums are particularly useful when damp-heat in the lower Jiao is also causing diarrhea.

Quinoa with Basil and Pine Nuts

Categories: Spleen Yang Vacuity

Quinoa with Basil and Pine Nuts

Serves 2

Ingredients:
1 cup quinoa (sweet and warm, tonifies qi, strengthens spleen, warms yang, relieves internal cold)
Pinch of fine sea salt
1/2 cup pine nuts or cashews (warm and sweet, lubricates lungs, relieves cough, lubricates intestines, promotes production of body fluids)
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 generous handful fresh basil leaves, chopped (warm and pungent, induces sweating, harmonizes stomach, antidote for seafood poisoning)

Preparation:
Place the quinoa in a strainer and rinse well. Combine the quinoa with 2 cups of water and the salt in a saucepan and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat, cover, and simmer for 20 minutes.
While the quinoa cooks, heat the pine nuts in a small dry skillet over medium heat. Toast until the nuts are just starting to turn golden, about 6-7 minutes, shaking the pan frequently to prevent burning. Transfer to a serving bowl to cool.
Add the quinoa to the serving bowl with the pine nuts and fluff with a fork. Add the olive oil and basil, stir to combine , and serve.

Overall this recipe is warming and the quinoa is great for spleen yang vacuity.

Mushroom Curried Quinoa with Veggies & Pine Nuts

Categories: Dryness, Dryness Invading the Lungs, Fluid Vacuity, Large Intestine Dryness, Large Intestine Fluid Vacuity, Lung Fluid Xu, Qi Stagnation in Middle jiao, Rice and Grains, Spleen Qi Vacuity, Vegan, Vegetarian

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Mushroom Curried Quinoa with Veggies & Pine Nuts
Prep: 20 minutes
Cook time: 30 minutes
Serves 4-6

Ingredients:
1 cup Quinoa
2 cups water or broth (vegetable or chicken)
3 ounce bag pine nuts (½ cup)
6-8 vine ripped cherry tomatoes
½ orange bell pepper
½ red bell pepper
½ medium onion
Fresh mushrooms
Fresh basil leaves
Fresh Spinach leaves
Seasoning:
1 tsp. Crushed garlic
1 tsp. Curry red powder
¼ tsp. Cumin or nutmeg
¼ tsp. Ground ginger
¼ tsp. Kelp seasoning or (sea salt)
2-3 TBS. Olive oil (I used walnut oil)
Directions:
In a 4 quart pot, saute quinoa kernels in a small amount of olive oil until they start to pop or smell the goodness of it (3-5 minutes). Pour in the water or broth, cover & let boil for 15 minutes. Stir occasionally.
Cut in slices the bell peppers, onions, & mushrooms. In a small fry pan add 2 TBS. Olive oil, heat to medium, add sliced onions, mushrooms & garlic, cook till lightly tender add pine nuts for approximately 3 minutes, so they are lightly brown, mix in rest of the seasoning. Add peppers & cook for another 2-3 minutes. Set aside.
When quinoa is finished fluff with a fork & fold in the sauteed ingredients, turn burner on low add in fresh spinach & basil leaves & ¼ or ½ tomatoes, mix together & simmer with cover on 5 minutes or till all is warm. Serve & enjoy!

Additions: Diced chicken breast or tofu can be added to pan sauteed onions & mushrooms. Soy sauce added is optional.

TCM Ingredient Analysis:
Quinoa: Warm, sweet, sour-strengthen the entire body, tonifies qi & warms yang.
Walnut oil: Warm, sweet-enters LU/KD/LI-great source of Omega-3 fatty acids.
Pine nuts: Sli. Warm, sweet-enters LU/LI, lubricates lungs, relieves cough, lubricates intestines & promotes production of body fluids.
Mushrooms (button): Sli. Cool, sweet-enters SP/ST, induces measles eruptions, detoxifies, improves appetite, stops diarrhea & resolves phlegm & anti-tumor.
Onions: Warm, pungent-enters LU/LI, promotes sweating, resolves phlegm & is diuretic.
Garlic: Hot, pungent-anti-viral, anti-fungal detoxifies meat & seafood, kills worms, removes stagnant food & stagnant blood, reduces abscess.
Tomatoes: Sli. Cool, sweet & sour-enters SP/ST/UB/KD, promotes body fluids, clears heat, promotes urination, supplements kidneys, cools blood, detoxifies & calms liver & removes food stagnation.
Bell peppers: Sli. Warm, sweet, pungent-enters SP/HT, strengthens stomach, improves appetite, promotes blood circulation, removes stagnant food & reduces swelling.
Spinach: Cool, sweet-enters ST/LI, strengthens all organs, lubricates intestines, promotes urination, ventilates the chest & quenches thirst.
Basil: Warm, pungent-enters ST/LU, induces sweating, harmonizes stomach & antidote for seafood poisoning.
Ginger dried: Hot, pungent-enters LU/SP/ST, warms the middle jiao & interior, unblocks channels & transforms cold phlegm.
Curry/red & cayenne powder: Hot, acrid-enters SP/ST, dispels cold, fortify stomach, moves blood & qi & opens the surface.
Nutmeg/cumin: Warm, pungent-enters SP/ST/LI, secures the intestines, stop diarrhea & warms the center.
Kelp seasoning salt: Cold, salty-enters ST/LV/KD, softens hardness, dissipates nodules, tumors, masses, dissolves phlegm, reduces enema & clears heat.
Soy Sauce: Cold, salty-enters ST/SP/KD, eliminates heat, & resolves toxins.

TCM Recipe Analysis:
Overall this recipe is sweet, warming & nourishing to the middle & lower jiaos. Majority of the ingredients are warm and pungent and enters spleen, stomach & large intestines. There is a balance with cooling ingredients that is nourishing & moistening to body fluids. Quinoa is the staple for this recipe therefore the qi for the entire body is warmed & strengthened.
Additions: If chicken is added it is warm & sweet-enters SP/ST & nourishes the middle jiao & tonifies qi, blood & kidney jing. If tofu is added it is cool & sweet. It clears heat, lubricates dryness, promotes body fluids, detoxifies & strengthens spleen & stomach.

Julie Botimer

Quinoa w/ Pine Nuts

Categories: Dryness Invading the Lungs, Lung Fluid Xu, Lung Heat, Lung Phlegm Heat, Lung Yin Vacuity, Rice and Grains, Stomach Food Retention, Vegan, Vegetarian

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Quinoa w/ Pine Nuts

Serving Size 2

1/4 cup pine nuts
1 cup quinoa
2 cups water
sea salt to taste
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
2 stalks celery, chopped
1/4 red onion, chopped
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 bunch fresh parsley, chopped

Toast the pine nuts briefly in a dry skillet over medium heat. This will take about 5 minutes, and stir constantly as they will burn easily. Set aside to cool.
In a saucepan, combine the quinoa, water and salt. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to medium and cook until quinoa is tender and water has been absorbed, about 10 minutes. Cool slightly, then fluff with a fork.
Transfer the quinoa to a serving bowl and stir in the pine nuts, lemon juice, celery, onion, cayenne pepper, and parsley. Adjust salt and pepper if needed before serving.

This meal is for a Middle Jiao Qi Regulation by tonifying the Spleen and Regulating the Liver.

pine nuts- Lubricates lungs, Tonifies Yin
quinoa- Tonifies Lung Qi, Yang, Spleen
sea salt- Tonifies Kidney
lemon juice- Tonifies Yin, Regulates Liver, Harmonizes Stomach
celery- Tonifies Kidneys, SP, ST, Clears Heat
red onion- Phlegm, Diuretic
cayenne pepper- Helps with Diarrhea
parsley- helps with food stagnation, regulates Qi