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Baked Oatmeal with Mixed Berries and Plums

Categories: Kidney Qi Vacuity, Kidney Water Overflow, Spleen Qi Vacuity

Frances Norris

Water-kidney deficiency

Baked Oatmeal with Mixed Berries and Plums - Makes 6 servings

Adapted from recipe on


  • 1 cup Blueberries-sour, sweet, warm, tonifies kidney
  • ½ cup Cranberries-sour, cooling, strengthens kidney
  • ½ cup Raspberries-slightly warm, sweet, sour, tonifies kidney
  • 3 medium plums, sliced-slightly warm, sweet, sour, regulates body fluids
  • 2 cups oats-sweet, warm, supplements vacuity, rejuvenates nervous and reproductive systems
  • 1 cup walnuts, toasted and chopped, divided into ½ cup servings-slightly warm, sweet, tonifies kidney
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar-warm, sweet, strengthens digestion, warms body
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 ½ tsp. cinnamon-hot, pungent, sweet, warms body
  • ½ tsp. sea salt-cold, salty, slightly sweet, strengthens kidney
  • 2 cups almond milk-sweet, neutral, supplements spleen
  • 1 large egg-sweet, neutral, supplements qi
  • 1 ½ tbsp. unsalted butter, plus more for greasing the pan- sweet, neutral, supplements qi
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract


1. Preheat oven to 375, grease an 8-inch baking dish. Layer sliced plums in the bottom of the dish.  Top with mixed berries.

2. In a medium bowl, combine oats, ½ cup walnuts, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. Mix well, and pour the dry ingredients over the fruit.

3. Combine almond milk, egg, butter and vanilla, and whisk well.

4. Pour the milk mixture over the oat mixture. Top with remaining ½ cup walnuts.

5. Bake for about 40 minutes, until the top is golden brown and the oat mixture appears solid. Remove the dish from the oven, and allow the oatmeal to cool for a few minutes. Serve warm.

Move That Liver Qi: A bitter, sweet & sour salad recipe for LV qi stagnation w/ heat

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

Move That Liver Qi:
A bitter, sweet & sour salad recipe for LV qi stagnation w/ heat
By Katie Fritz

2 Belgium endive, chopped
A generous handful of dandelion greens (rinsed & dried), chop if you like!
1/4 of an onion, chopped
2 plums, pitted & chopped
1/2 tbsp. coconut oil (or just use olive oil over lower heat if you have it)

1/4 c. apple cider vinegar
The juice of 1/2 a lemon
2 tbsp. olive oil
Salt & pepper to taste

Heat coconut oil in a pan and add onion. Sautee until translucent. Lightly sautee the endive & dandelion greens in the pain for about 2-4 minutes. Add plums & sautee 2 more minutes. Remove from heat & place in bowl.

Whisk together apple cider vinegar, lemon juice & olive oil. Pour over salad & toss evenly.

Servings: 2-3 people

TCM analysis:
Belgium endive — bitter & sweet: cools LV heat
Dandelion — bitter & cool-cold, sl. sweet: cools LV heat, benefits LV function, promotes flow of bile, detoxifies
Onion — acrid, sweet & warm: moves qi, diuretic
Plum — neutral-warm, sweet & sour: cools LV heat, aids digestion, softens or soothes LV, removes stagnation of qi, stimulates appetite
Coconut oil — cool & sweet: moistens
Apple cider vinegar — neutral, sour & sl. acrid: stimulates appetite
Lemon juice — cold & v. sour: expels heat, regulates qi, benefits LV, harmonizes ST, regenerates body fluids, quenches thirst
Olive oil — cool & sweet: moistens & is anti-inflammatory
Salt — cool & salty: anti-inflammatory, softens
Pepper — warm-hot, v. acrid: enriches yang, expels cold

The overall function of this recipe is the move LV qi & clear LV heat. The endive, dandelion, olive oil & salt, help to cool heat & reduce inflammation. The plum, cider vinegar & lemon juice serve to move LV qi, soothe the LV & moisten. The pepper & act of lightly cooking the salad help to combat excessive coldness to make the recipe more digestible.