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Harvest Pumpkin Soup

Categories: Spleen Qi Vacuity, Spleen Yang Vacuity, Stomach Cold

Earth-spleen qi/yang xu

Frances Norris

Harvest Pumpkin Soup

Martha Stewart

Ingredients

1 small pumpkin, halved, seeds and stringy fibers put aside-cool, sweet, dispels damp

6 tbsp. unsalted butter- sweet, neutral, supplements qi

3 cups chicken stock-sweet, warm, supplements qi

3 cups water

1 sprig fresh thyme

1 small parsnip, peeled and coarsely chopped-warm, pungent, dispels dampness

1 small Yukon gold potato, peeled and coarsely chopped-cool, sweet, strengthens SP, harmonizes ST

2 small shallots, minced-warm, pungent

½ cup dry white wine-pungent, sweet, warm, expels cold

3 tbsp. heavy cream-sweet, neutral, supplements qi

1 tsp. packed light-brown sugar-sweet, warm, supplements MJ

2 tsp. coarse salt-salty, cold, nourishes KD

Freshly ground pepper to taste-pungent, warm, warms the MJ, expels damp and cold

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 400, place pumpkin halves, cut sides down, on a rimmed baking sheet. Bake until soft, about 50 min. Scoop out flesh, and puree in a food processor.

2. Melt 1 tbsp. butter in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Add reserved seeds and fibers from pumpkin, and cook for 4 min. Add stock, water, and thyme, and bring to a gentle simmer.

Cook for 9 to 10 min.

3. Meanwhile, melt remaining 5 tbsp. butter in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add pumpkin puree, parsnip, potato, and turnip, and cook for 5 min. Add shallots, and cook until soft, about 4 min. Add wine, and cook until liquid has reduced by half.

4. Strain pumpkin-seed mixture, reserving broth and discarding solids. Add broth to pumpkin-wine mixture. Bring to a simmer; cook 20 minutes. Let cool.

5. Puree in a food processor in small batches until smooth. Heat soup in a saucepan over medium-
high heat. Stir in cream, sugar, salt, and pepper, and serve.

Squash and Potatoes

Categories: Spleen Qi Vacuity

Squash and Potatoes

Locro — Sp qi vacuity

1 pound acorn or butternut squash cut into 2 inch squares —warm, sweet, tonifies sp, st, reduces inflammation.
2 potatoes cubed. Nuetral, sweet, tonifies sp, stomach qi.
½ cup peas Sweet, neutral. Sp. Harmonizes middle jiao and promotes urination.
½ cup corn kernals —Neutral, sweet, diuretic, nourishes heart, improves appetite, regulates digestion, improves kidneys.
1 onion Pungent, neutral, LU, ST. Clears heat, relieves toxicity, transforms phlegm and damp.
1 teaspoon Cumin- Warm, helps move qi
¼ cup Cilantro Cool, acrid, promotes sweat, strengthens digestion, promotes qi flow.
2 tsp. garlic warm, moves qi
Salt and pepper
1 tablespoon olive oil

Boil squash and potatoes in water so that there is 1 inch of water over veggies. Cook until they are very soft and mushy, approximately 25 minutes. In a separate pan, heat oil then add garlic and onion and cook until tender, 5-10 minutes. Add corn and peas, cumin, salt and pepper. Transfer onion mixture to squash. Add cilantro and queso fresco and serve. Serves 4.

This is a nice recipe for spleen qi vacuity. This is really a nuetral and balanced recipe and can be eaten by almost anyone with any pattern. Serve with rice.

Simple Chicken Salad

Categories: Inflammation, Meat, Salad, Spleen Qi Vacuity

salad

Simple Chicken Salad
By: Christina Paget

Chop 1 large potato into 1/2 inch cubes and boil in salted water until tender, but not falling apart, al dente.
Any pre-cooked chicken can be used. Such as the roasted ones from the grocery store. Tear chicken into bit size pieces. About 1-2 cups will be used.
Chop 1 green pepper into bite size pieces. Steam or blanch lightly before using.
Finely chop 1-2 radishes or more for extra zing!
Combine the chicken, green pepper, potato, and radish in a mixing dish.
In a separate dish, combine equal parts olive oil and vinegar. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Pour dressing over Chicken mixture. This will taste best when it is made a day in advance.
Makes 2-3 servings.
Eat and enjoy!
Analysis:
Potato: strengthens spleen, supplements qi, and heals inflammation
Chicken: supplement qi and blood
Green bell pepper: moves qi and blood
Radish: loosens blood stasis, blood heat
Pepper (for seasoning, a mix of green and black): Enriches yang, expels cold, stimulates qi coursing
Vinegar: stimulates circulation, gastric juices
Olive Oil: moistens, anti-inflammatory
Salt: anti-inflammatory, softens