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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)

Tamari-roasted Root Vegetables with Cashew Millet

Categories: Spleen Qi Vacuity, Spleen Yang Vacuity

Tamari-roasted Root Vegetables with Cashew Millet

Serves 6

4 beets — trimmed, peeled, cut into ¾ inch cubes
4 rutabagas – trimmed, peeled, cut into ¾ inch cubes
4 turnips – trimmed, peeled, cut into ¾ inch cubes
3 tablespoons tamari (plus more for table)
1-tablespoon safflower oil
3 ¾ cups low sodium vegetable stock
1 ½ cups hulled millet
¼ teaspoon fine sea salt
½ cup chopped cashews

Preheat oven to 375°F.
In a large bowl, combine the beets, rutabagas, turnips, tamari, and safflower oil. Spread the mixture onto two large rimmed baking sheets and bake for 30 minutes. One pan at a time, remove the pans from the oven toss the vegetables, and spread them back out. Cook for another 30 minutes, or until the vegetables are tender and nicely caramelized. Meanwhile, in a 3-4 quart saucepan over high heat, combine the stock, millet, and salt. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat to a simmer, cover, and cook for 15 minutes, or until the millet is tender. Remove from the heat, fluff with a fork, cover, and set aside until the vegetables are done. To serve, transfer the millet to plates/platter, top with the vegetables and sprinkle with cashews. Pass additional tamari at the table.


Beets — cool, sweet, nourishes blood, Tonifies the heart, calm the spirit, lubricates the intestines, and cleanses the liver
Rutabagas — warm, downward movement, regulates qi
Turnips — warm, sweet, bitter, and pungent, regulates qi, dries damp, promotes digestion, and transforms phlegm
Tamari — harmonize the middle jiao, clears heat
Millet — cool, sweet, stops vomiting, relieves diarrhea, consolidate or astringes the stomach and intestines, clears heat, promotes urination
Sea salt – cold, salty, slightly sweet, harmonize and promotes digestion, strengthens kidney, fortifies bones, tendons, and teeth, brightens eyes, detoxifies, used as a natural preservative
Cashews — sweet, warm, Tonifies the kidney, strengthen bones, nourishes blood, boosts qi, moistens yin, promotes bowel movement
Effects Spleen and Stomach and roasting is a very warming method, which benefits the Yang. Most root vegetables tend to be warm in nature and strengthening to the qi.

Winter Root Stew

Categories: Diarrhea, Rice and Grains, Spleen Qi Vacuity, Vegan, Vegetables, Vegetarian


Winter Root Stew
1/2 cup whole oat groats, cooked
5-6 cups of water
1 leek, sliced into rounds
1 cup rutabaga, sliced
1 carrot, cut into wedges
1/2-1 teaspoon sea salt
Blend oats in water until creamy.
Saute leeks, rutabaga, and carrots for 8 minutes
Add oat mixture and salt. Simmer 15 minutes until vegetables are tender.
Serves 6
TCM Pattern: Spleen/Stomach Qi Deficiency
TCM Analysis:
Oats- Sweet, warm, supplements Spleen vacuity
Water- Neutral
Leeks- Pungent, astringent, counteracts diarrhea
Rutabaga- Sweet, supplements qi deficiency
Carrots- Neutral, sweet, relieves indigestion
Salt- Salty, cold