Creamy Root Vegetable Soup with Oats

Categories: Liver Qi Stagnation, Spleen Qi Vacuity, Stomach Food Retention

Creamy Root Vegetable Soup with Oats
6-8 servings

Laurie Misener class recipe

½ c old-fashioned rolled oats
½ t dried rosemary, crumbled
3 small parsnips, peeled, cut into ½-in cubes
3 large carrots, peeled, cut into ½-in cubes
2 medium turnips, peeled, cut into ½-in cubes
½ medium rutabaga, peeled, cut into ½-in cubes
2 t sea salt

1. Bring 1 ¼ c water to a boil in a medium saucepan.
2. Add the oats, reduce heat to low, simmer until tender and thickened, 15-20 minutes
3. Remove from heat. Allow to cool.
4. Add cooked oats and rosemary to a blender or food processor and puree until smooth and creamy, ~30 seconds. Set aside.
5. Add parsnips, carrots, turnips, and rutabaga to 4 ½ c cold water and bring to a boil.
6. Reduce heat to low, cover, simmer until vegetables are tender but not mushy, ~20 minutes.
7. Stir in the pureed oatmeal. Add salt.

(Recipe from 3 Bowls by Ed Farrey)

Oats: Sweet, warm; SP, KD. Tonify deficiency, regulate qi, strengthen SP, strengthens reproductive/nervous systems.
Rosemary: Warm; LV, GB, SP, ST. Tonify, astringe, relax spasm, promote sweat, stimulate LV/GB, improve digestion and circulation.
Parsnips: Warm, sweet; SP, ST, LV, GB, LI. Strengthen SP/ST, move LV/GB, promote sweat, drain damp, moisten intestines, analgesic.
Carrots: Sweet, neutral; SP, LV, LU, HT. Strengthen SP/HT, soothe LV, benefit LU, drain damp, anti-inflammatory.
Turnips: Cool, sweet, bitter, acrid; SP, ST, LU. Clear heat, drain damp, relieve food stagnation, detoxify, stop cough.
Rutabaga: Sweet, salty; SP, KD. Strengthen SP, KD.
Sea Salt: Cold, salty, slightly sweet; KD. Promote digestion, strengthen KD, fortify bones, brighten eyes.

Overall: excellent at strengthening SP/ST (some KD), promote digestion, move LV for patterns of SP qi xu, or LV invading SP/ST (one could make a puree out of carrots and oats to make this more LV soothing)