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Chinese Cinnamon Barley Soup

Categories: Kidney Yang Vacuity, Spleen Damp, Spleen Damp Cold, Spleen Yang Vacuity, Stomach Cold

Chinese Cinnamon Barley Soup
six servings

*8 whole scallions, ends trimmed, cut into 1.5 inch sections and smashed lightly with the flat side of a knife
*8 cloves garlic, smashed lightly
*8 slices of ginger, about the size of a quarter, smashed lightly
*2 sticks of cinnamon
*1 tsp anise seeds
*1/2 cup soy sauce (or tamari sauce if wheat sensitive)
*1/2 cup rice wine or sake
*7 cups water
-2 lbs chuck or beef stew meat, cut into 1.5 inch cubes (or adzuki beans with tempeh if vegetarian)
-1 cup barley
-1 1/2 lbs spinach, trimmed, rinsed and drained
-3 TBS minced scallions, white part only

1. Place the starred ingredients in a large pot or casserole dish. Bring to a boil.

2. Add the beef and barley, and boil again. Reduce the heat to low, cover and simmer, skimming the surface to remove impurities and fat. Cook for 1 1/2 hours, until the beef is very tender. Scoop out the ginger slices, cinnamon sticks, and anise seeds, and discard.

3. Add the spinach to the beef, cover, and heat till boiling. Ladle the meat with broth and spinach into serving bowls, sprinkling the top with scallions. Serve immediately.

TCM Theory:
Scallions: warm, acrid, LU, ST
Garlic: warm (when cooked), acrid, sweet (when cooked), LU, ST, SP
Ginger: warm, acrid, LU, ST, SP
Cinnamon: warm to hot, acrid, ST, SP, LV, KD
Soy Sauce: cold, salty & sweet, SP, ST, KD
Rice Wine: warm, acrid, sweet, bitter, HT, LV, LU, ST
Beef: warm, neutral, sweet, SP, ST, KD
Barley: cool, salty, sweet, SP, ST
Spinach: cool, sweet, ST, LV, LI, SI

Overall Effect of Ingredients:
Warms the KD and the middle burner, tonifies KD yang

Lamb with Sweet Potatoes

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

Lamb with Sweet Potatoes
6 servings
(Modified from A Spoonful of Ginger)

1 t oil
8 cloves garlic, sliced thinly
8 scallions, trimmed in 1 inch sections
8 slices fresh ginger
1 t hot chili paste
2 sticks cinnamon
1 t anise seed
5 c water
½ c low-sodium soy sauce
3 T rice wine
1 T sugar
3 lbs lamb stew meat, cut in 1½ inch cubes
4 sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed
½ lb fresh spinach, washed and drained

1. Heat a Dutch oven, add the oil, heat until hot.
2. Add seasonings. Stir-fry until fragrant, about 15 seconds.
3. Add broth, bring to a boil.
4. Add lamb and bring to a boil again.
5. Reduce heat to low, partially cover, simmer for 1 hour, until lamb is tender.
6. Skim the surface to remove any fat or gristle.
7. Add the sweet potatoes. Simmer, partially covered for 20 minutes or until tender.
8. Remove the ginger slices and cinnamon sticks. Discard.
9. Add the spinach. Cook until wilted, 30 seconds to 1 minute.
10. Remove from heat and serve.

TCM Analysis:
Garlic: hot, acrid; Relieve food stagnation, move blood, dispel cold.
Scallions: sweet, pungent, warm; ST, LV, KD. Warm MJ, warm KD yang, invigorate blood.
Ginger: pungent, warm; LU, SP, ST. Disperse cold, stop nausea/vomiting, detoxify, reduce inflammation.
Hot chili paste: (pepper) hot, pungent. Warm digestion, dispel cold.
Cinnamon: Hot, acrid, sweet; ST, KD. Strengthen ST, warm channels, stop pain, warm KD.
Anise seed: pungent, sweet, warm; ST, LV. Strengthen St, regulate qi, harmonize, warm MJ.
Soy sauce: salty, cold; SP, ST, KD. Harmonize MJ, clear heat.
Rice wine: warm, pungent, sweet. Promote circulation.
Sugar: sweet, neutral; LU, SP. Tonify qi, moisten dryness, harmonize MJ.
Lamb: sweet, warm; ST, SP, KD. Tonify KD yang, warm MJ, nourish blood.
Sweet potatoes: neutral, sweet; SP, ST, LV. Strengthen SP/ST, tonify qi/blood, clear heat, increase milk production, benefit eyes.
Spinach: sweet, cold; ST, LI. Clear heat, stop bleeding, nourish blood, moisten dryness.

Overall, this is a very warming recipe. The sweet potatoes, spinach, and soy sauce bring some cooling nature to balance it. The primary focus is on the KD for tonifying KD yang.

Oysters Steamed in Egg Custard

Categories: Kidney Yin Vacuity, Shen Calming

Oysters Steamed in Egg Custard
(4-6 servings)

1 pint shucked oysters
6 eggs
2 tsp soy sauce
½ tsp white pepper
1 tsp salt
1 tsp sesame oil
1 scallion, green and white parts, minced

1. Drain the oysters well, reserving 3 tablespoons of the juice.
2. In a bowl, stir the eggs with the oyster juice to blend well. Do not beat the eggs with a fork, as no foam should form. Add the soy sauce, pepper and salt. Stir well.
3. Grease a heatproof pie dish with the sesame oil and pour in the egg mixture. Arrange the oysters evenly in the egg mixture and sprinkle with the scallions. Set the dish in a bamboo steamer basket with a lid. Cover and steam over low heat 15 to 20 minutes or until the eggs are lightly set and the oysters are just cooked. Don’t let the water come to a boil, or bubbles will form in the custard, making it spongy.

Analysis:
Oysters are sweet, salty and neutral, consolidate yin, and anchor yang. They are considered especially useful for yin deficiency insomnia.

Eggs are sweet and neutral, nourish yin and blood, supplement SP and ST, and calm the shen. Soy sauce is salty and cold, it harmonizes the MJ and clears heat.

White pepper is cold, pungent and bitter, it tonifies yin, sedates yang, benefits qi and removes stagnant blood.

Salt is salty and cold, it clears heat and cools the blood, eases bowel movements and nourishes the KD.

Sesame oil is cool and sweet, tonifies qi and blood, clears heat and sedates yang. Scallion is warm (green) and hot (white), it expels pathogens, dispels wind and cold, and induces sweating.

Overall: When combined, these ingredients are cool, sweet and salty to nourish yin, clear any heat harassing the HT, and anchor yang to calm shen.

Sauteed Daikon with Scallion and Carrot

Categories: Bi Syndrome Hot, Dryness Invading the Lungs, Lung Phlegm Heat, Spleen Damp, Spleen Damp Heat, Spleen Qi Vacuity

Sauteed Daikon with Scallion and Carrot

1 large daikon radish or 2-3 medium turnips, cleaned and cut into half-moons.
4 or more medium carrots, sliced diagonally into thin ovals.
2-3 scallions, minced.
Sesame oil for frying.
¼ tsp salt.
Soy sauce to taste.

Heat a wok on high heat or a large skillet and add 1-2 tbsp. of oil. When it is hot, add the carrots and daikon and stir-fry for two to three minutes. Then add scallions and stir-fry for another 30-60 seconds. Stir in salt, soy sauce, and a dash of black pepper if desired. Serve immediately.

Scallion: Warm, acrid; warms middle burner, moves qi, expels external pathogens.
Carrot: sweet, neutral; SP/LV/LU/HT. Strengthens SP/HT, nourishes LV, drains damp, strengthens the organs, promotes bowel movement.
Daikon radish: cool, acrid, sweet; removes stagnant food, resolves mucus, moistens the LU, promotes bowel movement.
Overall, this recipe tonifies the SP, resolves dampness, possibly treats warm damp bi conditions, and promotes bowel movements.

Black-Bone Chicken

Categories: Kidney Jing Vacuity, Kidney Qi Vacuity, Kidney Yang Vacuity, Kidney Yin Vacuity

Black-Bone Chicken

1 black-bone chicken, whole*
1 bunch scallions, cut into 5 or 6 pieces (white and green parts)
1 tablespoon rice wine
5 to 6 slices gingerroot
Salt to taste
1. Combine all the ingredients, except salt, in a slow cooker or large pot. Cover with water.
2. Simmer on low heat for 3 to 4 hours, until chicken is tender and meat begins to come off the bone.
3. Serve chicken meat seasoned with salt, and a little of the cooking juice, if desired.
*Black-bone chicken, sometimes sold as Silky Chicken, can be found in the frozen food section of many Asian markets. The black-bone chicken is a small bird with dark skin, a little bigger than a game hen. It is often sold with the head and feet intact. While cooking leave these still intact.

TCM Analysis:
Black Bone Chicken- sweet, neutral, LV/KD, nourishes LV/KD, nourishes yin and reduces fever
Scallions- bitter, acrid, HT/UB, promotes urination/sweating, releases exterior w/c
Rice Wine- expels cold, invigorates blood
Ginger- acrid, warm, LU/SP/ST, warms MJ, stops nausea/vomiting, detoxifies other herbs, reduces infl.
Salt- salty, cool, KD, softening/moistening
Overall Pattern: This recipe is primarily nourishing the KD with the black bone chicken. The other ingredients in the dish counter each other’s temperatures, creating a balance.

Ginger-Scallion-Mushroom Tea

Categories: Asian, Beverages, Gluten-free, Lung Phlegm Cold, Vegan, Vegetarian, Wei Qi Vacuity, Wind Cold Invading Lungs

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Ginger-Scallion-Mushroom Tea

Here is a variation as many people don’t know what chinese dates are or where to get them….just use mushrooms instead….almost any kind will work to boost immune system (LU/KD)

6 slices ginger
3 stalks scallions
5 pieces of sliced button or shitake mushroom

Cook ginger slices, chopped scallion and sliced mushroom pieces in 3 1/2 cups of water for about 5 minutes. Strain and drink 1 cup each time, 3x a day.  Eat the ingredients if possible but not necessary

Serves: 3

Mitchell Harris L.Ac, MSTOM said:

Ginger-Scallion-Date Tea6 slices ginger
3 stalks scallions
5 pieces of black date (da zao)
Serves: 3
Cook ginger slices, chopped scallion and sliced date pieces in 3 1/2 cups of water for about 5 minutes. Strain and drink 1 cup each time, 3x a day.

Scallion and Basil Chicken Noodle Soup

Categories: Soup, Spleen Qi Vacuity, Wei Qi Vacuity, Wind Cold Invading Lungs

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Scallion and Basil Chicken Noodle Soup

ingredients:
one carton organic chicken broth
one large organic boneless skinless chicken breast
one bunch scallions, whites minced fine, greens sliced and reserved for topping
one large handful fresh basil, minced
3 inch piece fresh ginger, sliced thin
1/2 package brown rice noodles

boil the chicken breast with the broth and white parts of the scallion and the ginger until it shreds easily, about 30 minutes; add the noodles and basil and cook approximately 6 minutes longer. serve topped with the green parts of the scallion. salt to taste.

serves 2-3.

TCM ANALYSIS
chicken is warm and sweet, tonifies qi, strengthens KD/SP. basil, scallions and ginger are warm and pungent, release the exterior, and transform phlegm from cold. brown rice is sweet, sour, and warm and strengthens the SP and drains dampness.

feel good soup for a rainy day. add a cinnamon stick in with the broth at the beginning for extra achy body.