Pesto Avocado Portoburger

Categories: Lung Yin Vacuity

Pesto Avocado Portoburger
makes 2 sandwiches
2 portobello mushrooms
1 ripe avocado
handful of crisp greens, such as lettuce or watercress

1 tablespoon basil pesto

1-2 tablespoons olive oil

salt and freshly ground pepper
2 Kaiser rolls, halved
Fresh Basil Pesto Recipe
Makes 1 cup

2 cups fresh basil leaves, packed
1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan-Reggiano or Romano cheese
1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/3 cup pine nuts
3 medium sized garlic cloves, minced
Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
Special equipment needed: A food processor

1 Combine the basil in with the pine nuts, pulse a few times in a food processor. (If you are using walnuts instead of pine nuts and they are not already chopped, pulse them a few times first, before adding the basil.) Add the garlic, pulse a few times more.
2 Slowly add the olive oil in a constant stream while the food processor is on. Stop to scrape down the sides of the food processor with a rubber spatula. Add the grated cheese and pulse again until blended. Add a pinch of salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste.


1.Slice the mushrooms into about 1/2″ thick slices, cross-wise.
2.Heat a large sautee pan with the oil. Once hot, add the mushrooms and season with pinches of salt and pepper. Cook for about 1 minute, then flip. Cook another 2-3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Turn off heat and let cool a few minutes.
3.Spread the pesto on the bottom halves of the rolls.
4. Divide the mushrooms and arrange them on top.
5.Slice the avocado into about 1/4″ wedges and arrange on top of the mushrooms.
6.Top them with the lettuce or other greens, and the top halves of the rolls. Slice in half and serve.

TCM Analysis:
Olive Oil: neutral, sweet, sour, astringent, clears heat, detoxifies, promotes body fluids, quenches thirst, clears lungs, benefits the throat

Mushroom: slightly cool, sweet. Detoxifies, improves appetite, stops diarrhea, resolves phlegm
Avocado: Sweet, bland, cool. LU, LI. Nourishes yin and blood, lubricates Lung and LI, clears heat, promotes fluids
Basil: Pungent, Warm. ST, LU. Induces sweating, harmonizes ST, antidote for seafood poisoning
Cheese: neutral/ sweet. Strengthens weakness, nourishes qi and blood, lubricates dryness.
Pine nut: warm, sweet. Lubricates LU, stops cough, lubricates intestines, promotes body fluids
Garlic: Hot, pungent. Ant-viral, anti-fungal, detoxifies meat and seafood, removes food and blood stagnation, reduces abscess.
Pepper: hot, pungent. Warms digestion, dispels internal cold, antidote to food poisoning.
Overall Recipe function: LU Yin Xu
The cool avocado and mushrooms are balanced out by the warm basil and pine nuts. The mushroom resolves phlegm if present while the avocado nourishes the yin and lubricates the Lung. The pine nuts assist with lubricating the Lung as well.