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Rice Congee with Yi Yi Ren and Mung Beans

Categories: Asian, Bi Syndrome Hot, Rice and Grains, Spleen Damp, Spleen Damp Heat, Spleen Qi Vacuity, Vegan, Vegetarian

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Rice Congee with Yi Yi Ren and Mung Bean  (6 – 8 servings) 

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup rice
  • ½ cup job’s tears (coix, Chinese pearl barley, yi yi ren)
  • ¼ cup mung beans
  • ¼ cup adzuki beans
  • fresh ginger, sliced (use a piece approximately the size of your thumb)
  • 1 – 2 inch square piece of kombu or comparable amount of wakame
  • 7-8 cups water

Directions

  1. Soak the rice, job’s tears, mung beans, and adzuki beans in water overnight.
  2. Drain and place in a non-reactive cooking pot. Add the water and ginger.
  3. Bring to a boil.
  4. While you are waiting for the rice, yi yi ren and adzuki beans to come to a boil, pour a bit of hot water over the kombu to let it soften for 5 or 10 minutes. Once it is rehydrated, cut it up into small pieces and add to the cooking pot with the other ingredients.
  5. Once the pot has come to a boil, reduce heat, cover and cook for 1 – 2 hours or until the job’s tears is tender to the bite. Stir occasionally to break up the rice grains.
  6. Options: if not a fan of eating seaweed, leave it whole and remove at the end of cooking time.

TCM ANALYSIS

Pattern: Bi Syndrome/Wind-Damp-Heat Obstructing Channels

TCM properties

Ingredient Taste, Temp, Organs Function

Rice: neutral, sweet; SP, ST; Supplements the center and boosts the qi; fortifies the spleen and harmonizes the stomach; eliminates vexatious thirst, stops diarrhea and dysentery

Job’s Tears/Yi yi ren: cool, bland; SP, ST, UB; Drains dampness, promotes urination.

Mung beans: cold, sweet; HRT, ST, UB; Clear heat, promotes urination.

Adzuki beans: neutral, sweet, sour; SP, HRT, SI; percolate damp, promote urination.

Ginger: Warm, pungent; LU, SP, ST; Release the exterior, disperse wind-cold; transform fluids, resolve toxicity

Kombu: Cold, salty; LVR, ST, KD; Clears heat, softens hardness.

-from Siri Michel

 

Peach-Berry Rice Pudding

Categories: Kidney Yin Vacuity, Liver Blood Vacuity, Spleen Qi Vacuity

Peach-Berry Rice Pudding

Ingredients:

  • 1 C rice
  • 3 C milk
  • dash of salt
  • 1 medium peach
  • ½ pint berries (mix of raspberries, mulberries, cherries, and goji berries)
  • honey

Instructions:

  1. Place rice, milk, and salt in the top of a double boiler and cook over boiling water about 40 minutes, or until rice is soft and all milk absorbed. Watch milk carefully and stir occasionally to avoid burning.
  2. Add sliced pear and berries for last 10-15 minutes to warm and soften them.
  3. Spoon into bowls and drizzle honey on top.

Makes 4 servings.

TCM breakdown:

rice: sweet, neutral; SP, ST; supplements SP & ST, generates & preserves body fluids
milk: sweet, neutral; SP, ST, LU; supplements qi, nourishes blood, moistens dryness
peach: sweet, sour, cool; LU, LI; engenders fluids, lubricates bowels, invigorates blood, benefits qi & blood
raspberries: sweet, warm; LU, LV, KD; tonifies KD, norishes LV blood, stabilizes jing & urination
mulberries: sweet, cold; HRT, LV, KD; nourishes blood (for HRT/LV blood xu), nourishes yin, stabilizes KD
cherries: sweet, warm; SP, KD, UB; strengthens SP & ST, tonifies KD, nourishes blood
goji berries: sweet, neutral; LU, LV, KD; nourishes LV & KD, improves vision, moistens LU
honey: sweet, neutral; SP, LU, LI; nourishes middle jiao, moistens dryness, antidote to drug & food poisoning

Overall, this recipe is sweet and neutral to nourish blood, yin, and fluids in general. Its action is primarily directed to the LV and KD, where it supplements blood and yin to promote their smooth function and ability to house yang. The recipe would be good for patients with LV yang rising due to LV blood and yin deficiency. It also moistens the LU. The sweet nature of this recipe is offset with the addition of ingredients to strengthen and nourish the SP and ST (rice, milk, honey). However, caution should be used with damp conditions.

Congee with chicken liver

Categories: Liver Blood Vacuity

Congee with chicken liver
Yield: 4 servings

1 cup of rice (white, brown, sweet, basmati)
5-10 cups of water (depending on how thick or thin you like)
½ lb of chicken livers, cleaned of membranes

1. Cook all together for about 4-6 hours on low flame or overnight in a crockpot. Season mildly with sea salt or miso.

Overall: LV blood tonifying
Rice: sweet, cool, moistens yin, clears heat, diuretic, reduces swelling
Chicken Livers: sweet, warm. Tonifies qi, nourishes blood, aids KD xu, benefits SP/ST.

Earth Builder and Regulator

Categories: Large Intestine Qi Stagnation, Spleen Qi Vacuity, Stomach Food Retention

Earth Builder and Regulator
1 C Rice
¼ C Sprouted Barley
2 C Broccoli
1 Lb Halibut
1 T Fennel Seeds
1 T Black Pepper

Serves about 2

Pour 2.5 C of water into a large pot with the Rice and Sprouted Barely. Bring the water to a boil and then down to a simmer for about 30-45 minutes (or until the water is soaked up). Set over to the side.

Grind or smash up the Fennel Seeds and Black pepper together in a grinder or herb mortar. Rub all of the spice over the Halibut. Wash the Broccoli.

Heat up some oil of choice in a pan. Place the Halibut in the pan. Let the first side of the Halibut cook for about 5 minutes and then flip over. Let the halibut cook for about 3 minutes then put in the Broccoli. Let the Halibut and Broccoli cook for about 1 more minute and then put on plates.

Serve up the Rice and Sprouted Barely mix and Enjoy!

TCM Analysis
Rice: Sweet, Neutral; SP, ST; Supplements SP and ST, Generates and preserves body fluids; Poor digestion, loose stool, diarrhea, General xu
Sprouted Barely: Sweet, Salty, Cold; ST; Promotes Digestion; Food Stagnation
Broccoli: Sweet, Sl. Bitter, Acrid, Cool; SP, LV; Strengthens SP, Clears heat; Poor Digestion, Inflammation
Halibut: Sweet, Neutral; SP, ST; Strengthen SP and ST; MJ xu
Fennel Seed: Pungent, Warm; SP, ST, LV, KD; Harmonize ST; Stomachache, Abdominal Discomfort
Black Pepper: Pungent, Warm; ST, LI; Warm MJ, Descend ST Qi; Abdominal Pain, Vomiting

Overall Intended Actions
Strengthen and supplement SP and ST Qi to help digestion, move out food stagnation and relieve any abdominal discomfort accompanied with eating and/or stuck food. As listed above the Rice, Sprouted Barely, Broccoli, and Halibut are going to strengthen the ST and SP, aid in digestion, and generate fluids to assist in the proper downward flow (Broccoli’s bitterness will help with that). Fennel Seed and Black Pepper are going to warm and harmonize the MJ and help with rotting and ripening and moving everything along.

Cinnamon-Chestnut Congee

Categories: Heart Qi Vacuity, Heart Yang Vacuity, Kidney Jing Vacuity, Kidney Qi Vacuity, Kidney Yang Vacuity, Spleen Qi Vacuity

Cinnamon-Chestnut Congee 3 to 4 servings

In northern China, chestnuts are dubbed “the king of dried fruits” (gan guo zhi wang)

6 fresh, unshelled chestnuts
1/4 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 cup uncooked short-grain rice, rinsed and drained
1/4 teaspoon salt (optional)
4-5 cups water
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, or to taste
1-2 teaspoons honey or other natural sweetener, or to taste (optional)

Boil chestnuts in a pot of water for 1/2 hour. Remove from water and cut in half (a serrated knife is helpful). Scoop out the firm flesh with a spoon, discarding the skins and shells. Chop chestnuts into 1/4-inch pieces.

Combine walnuts, chestnuts, rice, salt (if using) and water in a pot.

Bring to a boil, then lower heat and simmer, covered with lid slightly ajar for 45 to 60 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add a little extra water if the congee is dryin out and/or sticking to the bottom of the pot.

Add cinnamon and cook for 2 to 3 more minutes.

Add honey, if desired, then serve.

Chestnuts-sweet, warm; SP/KD; tonify KD, bone and tendon, invigorate blood, strengthen SP
Walnuts-sweet, warm; LU/LI/KD; tonify KD and LU, lubricate LI, dissolve stones
Rice-sweet, neutral; SP/ST; supplement SP and ST, generate and preserve body fluids
Salt-salty, cold; KD; clear heat, cool blood, ease bowel movements, nourish KD
Cinnamon-pungent, sweet, warm; SP/ST/UB; dispel cold, promote blood circulation, warm mingmen fire
Honey-sweet, neutral; SP/LU/LI; nourish and harmonize MJ, moisten dryness, antidote to drug and food poisoning

Harmonizes HT & KD, augment KD essence and strengthen SP qi.

Especially good for anyone with cold extremities, weakness, impotence, diarrhea, low back pain, poor memory, insomnia or frequent nighttime urination.

Clean, Mean Burritos

Categories: Kidney Yin Vacuity

Clean, Mean Burritos

(Serves 1)

Ingredients:
1 Whole grain tortilla
1/2 cup cooked rice
1/2 cup cooked black beans
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
(Add onion, cucumber, avocado, radish, and lettuce to your liking)

Preparation:
Warm the tortilla in a dry skillet until pliable, or wrap it in a dampened dish towel and heat in a 300 degree oven for 5-6 minutes.
Place the rice in the center of the warmed tortilla, and mound the beans on top of the rice. Add vegetables, sprinkle with cilantro. Fold up tortilla and enjoy! :)

Analysis:
Rice- Sweet and neutral, supplements SP and ST, generates and preserves body fluids, good for general vacuity.
Black Beans- Warm and sweet, tonifies KD, nourishes yin, strengthens and nourishes blood, brightens eyes, promotes urination
Onion- Warm and pungent, promotes sweating, resolves phlegm, diuretic
Cucumber- Cool sweet and bland, clears heat, quenches thirst, relieves irritability, promotes diuresis
Avocado- Sweet and cool, nourishes yin and blood, moistens lungs, skin and intestines.
Radish- Cool, pungent, and sweet, removes stagnant food, moistens lungs, resolves mucus, quenches thirst, relieves alcohol intoxication
Lettuce- Neutral and bland, invigorates qi, removes stagnation, reduces swelling, and softens hardness. (Mild in action)

Overall this recipe is good for KD yin xu and also promoting fluids.

Chinese Yam & Longan Desert

Categories: Liver Blood Vacuity, Shen Calming, Spleen Qi Vacuity

Chinese Yam & Longan Desert
PER SERVING:
Chinese Yam (shan yao)-15gm (Sweet, neutral, tonifies SP qi)
Dried Longan fruit (long yan rou)-25gm (sweet, warm, nourishes blood, tonifies HT and SP)
Rice (Glutinous)-100gm (neutral to warming, sweet, supplements qi, strengthens center burner)
Red date (Da Zao)-10gm (sweet, warm, tonifies SP and qi, nourishes blood)
Honey to sweeten (neutral, sweet, supplements qi and blood)

1. Rinse all ingredients.
2. Cut yam into small pieces and cook together with longan, rice and red date with adequate water (2 to 3 cups) over medium high heat to make congee. Stir regularly to prevent burning.
3. When congee is done (about 30 minutes), add honey to taste and serve warm.
THERAPEUTIC EFFECTS:
Tonify qi and blood, lubricate internal dryness, and invigorate spleen, stomach, lungs and kidney. Especially good for all menopausal symptoms.

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Earth Builder and Regulator

Categories: Fish, Qi Stagnation in Middle jiao, Spleen Qi Vacuity, Stomach Food Retention

halibut

Halibut and Broccoli

Earth Builder and Regulator

1 C Rice
¼ C Sprouted Barley
2 C Broccoli
1 Lb Halibut
1 T Fennel Seeds
1 T Black Pepper

Serves about 2

Pour 2.5 C of water into a large pot with the Rice and Sprouted Barely. Bring the water to a boil and then down to a simmer for about 30-45 minutes (or until the water is soaked up). Set over to the side.

Grind or smash up the Fennel Seeds and Black pepper together in a grinder or herb mortar. Rub all of the spice over the Halibut. Wash the Broccoli.

Heat up some oil of choice in a pan. Place the Halibut in the pan. Let the first side of the Halibut cook for about 5 minutes and then flip over. Let the halibut cook for about 3 minutes then put in the Broccoli. Let the Halibut and Broccoli cook for about 1 more minute and then put on plates.

Serve up the Rice and Sprouted Barely mix and Enjoy!

TCM Analysis
Rice: Sweet, Neutral; SP, ST; Supplements SP and ST, Generates and preserves body fluids; Poor digestion, loose stool, diarrhea, General xu
Sprouted Barely: Sweet, Salty, Cold; ST; Promotes Digestion; Food Stagnation
Broccoli: Sweet, Sl. Bitter, Acrid, Cool; SP, LV; Strengthens SP, Clears heat; Poor Digestion, Inflammation
Halibut: Sweet, Neutral; SP, ST; Strengthen SP and ST; MJ xu
Fennel Seed: Pungent, Warm; SP, ST, LV, KD; Harmonize ST; Stomachache, Abdominal Discomfort
Black Pepper: Pungent, Warm; ST, LI; Warm MJ, Descend ST Qi; Abdominal Pain, Vomiting

Overall Intended Actions
Strengthen and supplement SP and ST Qi to help digestion, move out food stagnation and relieve any abdominal discomfort accompanied with eating and/or stuck food. As listed above the Rice, Sprouted Barely, Broccoli, and Halibut are going to strengthen the ST and SP, aid in digestion, and generate fluids to assist in the proper downward flow (Broccoli’s bitterness will help with that). Fennel Seed and Black Pepper are going to warm and harmonize the MJ and help with rotting and ripening and moving everything along.

Congee!!!

Categories: Diarrhea, Rice and Grains, Spleen Qi Vacuity

This evening I made a delicious yin-yang tonifying, damp draining congee, and just thought I’d share…

1/4 c aduki beans (dried)
1/4 c lian zi
1/4 c yi yi ren
1/4 c qian shi
tsp salt
-bring to a boil, then turn down to medium and simmer these ingredients 1 hour in large pot with lots water

add:
4 large dried shitake mushrooms, broken into pieces
1 c shan yao (diced if fresh) (or 4 pieces dried broken into pieces)
1/4 c wakame dried seaweed
2-inch piece sheng jiang (diced)
5 garlic cloves, diced
1/4 c rice
1 c sake
-add these ingredients (might need to add more water too) and bring to boil; turn down to medium heat and simmer 1 hour

add:
1/8 c gou qi zi
1/8 c bai zi ren
-cook half hour more

when cooked, turn off heat, and add:
1/2 c fresh cilantro (shredded)
1/8 c black sesame oil
1/8 c soy sauce, miso paste, or braggs liquid aminos