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Grilled Shrimp with a Chile Dressing

Categories: Kidney Yang Vacuity, Stomach Cold

Grilled Shrimp with a Chile Dressing
Six Servings

-2 lbs large shrimp (16-20 per lb), shelled and deveined (or tempeh if vegetarian)
-6 cloves of garlic, peeled and smashed
-3 small, fresh red Thai chiles, ends trimmed, seeds removed, and cut into thin slices
-1/4 cup rice wine or sake
-1 1/2 tsp toasted sesame oil
-6 skewers for grilling

Chile Dressing:
*3-4 small, fresh red Thai chiles or cherry peppers
*1/2 cup clear rice vinegar
*1/4 cup virgin olive oil
*1 1/2 tsp toasted sesame oil
*1/2 tsp salt

1. Using a sharp knife, cut along the back of the shrimp to butterfly them. Place them in a bowl.

2. Add the garlic, chiles, rice wine or sake, and sesame oil to the shrimp. Toss lightly, cover with a plastic wrap and let the shrimp marinate for at least 3 hours at room temperature or overnight in the refrigerator. Before grilling, thread the shrimp loosely through the skewers so that they lie flat.

3. Meanwhile, prepare the Chile Dressing. Trim the ends and stems from the chiles, remove the seeds and coarsely chop by hand or in a food processor, pulsing the machine by turning it on and off. Place the chopped chiles in a clean jar and add the vinegar, olive oil, sesame oil and salt. Seal tightly and shake the dressing. Store at room temperature for several hours or overnight before using it.

4. Prepare a medium-hot fire for grilling and place the grill 3 inches above the coals. Arrange the shrimp on the grill and cook for about 5-7 minutes on each side or until cooked through, basting with the marinade.

5. Remove the cooked shrimp from the skewers, put them in a serving bowl and toss with the chile dressing or serve the dressing on the side for dipping.

TCM Theory:
Shrimp: warm, sweet, KD, LV
Garlic: warm (when cooked), acrid, sweet (when cooked), LU, ST, SP
Thai Chiles: hot, acrid, ST, SP, HT
Rice Wine: warm, acrid, sweet, bitter, HT, LV, LU, ST
Toasted Sesame Oil: cool, sweet, LI, LV, KD
Rice Vinegar: warm, sour, bitter, ST, LV
Salt: cold, salty, ST, KD, SI, LI

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

Walnut Sesame Clusters

Categories: Kidney Jing Vacuity, Kidney Yang Vacuity, Kidney Yin Vacuity, Large Intestine Fluid Vacuity

Walnut Sesame Clusters

Ingredients:

  • 2 C walnuts
  • 2 Tbsp black sesame seeds
  • 1-2 Tbsp toasted sesame oil
  • honey

Instructions:

  1. Toast walnuts and black sesame seeds in a saute pan with the sesame oil until the seeds stick to the nuts. Stir and flip nuts occasionally to prevent burning.
  2. Remove from heat. Pour honey over nuts and seeds. Spoon clumps onto wax paper to cool.

Makes enough clusters to cover one dinner plate.

TCM analysis:

walnuts: sweet, warm; LU, LI, KD; tonifies KD and LU, lubricates LI, nourishes jing/marrow
black sesame seeds: sweet, neutral; LV, KD, LU, LI; nourishes LV/KD, moistens LI, nourishes jing/marrow
honey: sweet, neutral; SP, LU, LI; nourishes/harmonizes MJ, moistens dryness, antidote to food poisoning

This recipe deeply tonifies the KD while moistening dryness in the LI. It is an easy-to-make treat for weak or elderly patients with constipation, since it tonifies both KD yin and yang and promotes bowel movements. Honey increases the moistening action of the recipe and makes it easier to digest.

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.

Beet Broccoli Dish

Categories: Liver Blood Vacuity, Spleen Qi Vacuity

LV Blood Xue- Wood – nina gaglio

Beet Broccoli Dish– serves 3 to 4

1 medium beet (roasted until soft) sliced 1-inch cubes

2 cups broccoli – chopped

1 cup brown rice

2 tablespoons soy sauce

1 tablespoon sesame oil

Overall TCM Functions:

Nourishes LV blood, harmonizes SP/ ST

Beet- sweet, neutral, SP, ST, LV. HT. Nourishes LV blood, strengthens middle jiao, calms the shen.

Broccoli- sweet, sl. bitter, acrid, cold. LV, SP. Nourishes LV blood, strengthens SP.

Brown Rice- sweet, sl. warm, SP/ST. Supplements qi, soothes ST, drains damp.

Soy Sauce- salty, cold, SP, ST, KD. Harmonizes middle jiao, clears heat.

Sesame oil- nourishes yin and fluids, helps to expel phlegm.

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.

Steamed Pumpkin with Gingered Honey

Categories: Spleen Qi Vacuity, Stomach Cold

Steamed Pumpkin with Gingered Honey
Pumpkin is a sweet warming food that benefits spleen-pancreas and stomach

2 # pumpkin, cut into cubes
½ cup honey
¼ tsp sesame oil
2 T slivered Ginger
Sesame seeds for garnish

Steam pumpkin until tender
Heat honey, oil and ginger, simmer for 5 — 10 minutes
Drizzle syrup over pumpkin and sprinkle with sesame seeds.
Serves 6

Ingredient Analysis
Pumpkin — Sweet, warm — supplements the Spleen, Stomach, and Pancreas.
Honey — Sweet, neutral. Nourishes middle jiao
Ginger — Warm, acrid. Warms the middle
Sesame — Sweet, Neutral. Moistens dryness from yin xu. Nourishes LV and KD

Mushroom, Celery and Garlic Soup

Categories: Liver & Gall Bladder Damp Heat, Liver Blood Stasis, Toxic Heat in the Blood

Mushroom, Celery and Garlic Soup

Serves 4
4 ½ cups chopped mushrooms
4 celery stalks, chopped
3 garlic cloves
3 tbsp dry sherry or white wine
3 cups chicken stock
1 – 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
½ – 1 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
celery leaves, to garnish

Place mushrooms, celery, and garlic in a pan and stir in the sherry or wine. Cover and cook over low heat for 30 to 40 minutes until the vegetables are tender.

Add half the stock and puree in a food processor or blender until smooth. Return to the pan and ad the remaining stock, the Worcestershire sauce, ands nutmeg.

Bring to a boil and season to taste with salt and pepper. Serve hot, garnished with celery leaves.

Celery — sweet, bitter, cold; LV, ST; Clears heat, tonifies KD, strengthens SP/ST, lowers BP, benefits xue, calms LV & shen, promotes diuresis, drains damp, transforms phlegm; treats hypertension, insomnia, edema (swelling), diabetes, cough, ST fire, Lin syndrome.

Mushroom (white) – cool, sweet; clears summer heat, lowers BP, anti-tumor, detoxifies; treats hypertension, summer irritability and other summer heat problems, tumors; CI: white mushrooms should not be used by those with skin problems, allergies or a cold ST.

Garlic – hot, acrid; anti-bacterial, anti-viral, antifungal, detoxifies meat and seafood, kills worms, removes stagnant food or blood, reduces abscesses, warms yang, dispels cold; combats cancer, high blood cholesterol, infections, diarrhea, dysentery, vomiting and coughing of xue.

Dry sherry or white wine — warm, pungent, sweet; promotes circulation, enhances the effect of circulatory herbs; treats arthritis, traumas, bruises, painful conditions.

Chicken (stock) — warm, sweet; tonifies qi, nourishes xue, aids KD xu, benefits SP/ST.

Overall this recipe pretty well-balanced in warming and cooling effects. It looks like it treats conditions in western medicine that, in eastern medicine, we consider having to do with toxic heat and phlegm (cancer, high blood cholesterol, tumors, high blood pressure). So for this reason, I am categorizing this as a WOOD IMBALANCE – LV xue stasis with phlegm and LV/GB damp-heat.

Ginger Carrots

Categories: Large Intestine Qi Stagnation, Spleen Damp Cold, Spleen Qi Vacuity

Ginger Carrots (2-3 servings)
4 carrots sliced diagonally
1 tsp. grated ginger
1 tsp. sesame oil
Sea salt to taste

Sauté carrots for 3 minutes. Add ginger and salt. Cover and shake pan counterclockwise. Cook 30 minutes on low heat until tender.

TCM Analysis:
Carrots: cool, sweet, pungent, clears heat, detoxifies, strengthens all internal organs, benefits eyes, lubricates intestines, promotes digestion
Ginger: warm, pungent, promotes sweating, anti-toxin, benefits lungs and stomach, expels pathogen, antidote for seafood poisoning
Sea salt: cold, salty, slightly sweet, harmonize and promote digestion, strengthens the kidney (small amounts), fortifies bones, tendons and teeth, brightens eyes, detoxifies

Open sesame eggplant

Categories: Asian, Damp Heat in the Lower Jiao, Heart Blood Stagnation, Heart Disease, Large Intestine Damp Heat, Large Intestine Fluid Vacuity, Liver & Gall Bladder Damp Heat, Spleen Damp Heat, Stomach Fire, Toxic Heat in the Blood, Urinary Bladder Damp Heat, Vegan, Vegetables, Vegetarian, Yin Vacuity

OPEN SESAME EGGPLANT (2-3 servings)
by Catherine Marquis

Other Names: Solanum melongena, aubergine, qie zi
Eggplant is a vegetable of wide international origins, appearing in the cuisines of Europe,
the Middle East, South and East Asia, and North America. China and India are the world’s top
eggplant producers today. It is related to the potato, pepper, and tomato, part of the Solanaceae
(nightshade) family, and grows in climates ranging from tropical to temperate. Eggplants come
in many sizes, colors and shapes, (not only the pear-shaped dark purple variety) ranging from
small and white (literally resembling an egg) to green and round, to long and lavender.
When shopping for eggplant, you should select ones that are relatively heavy for their
size and use immediately if possible. It should be cooked thoroughly until soft and is difficult to
overcook. Eggplant’s texture and bulk can provide balance to a meal that is light or nonexistent
in meat. It is a good source of fiber, potassium, manganese, copper, thiamine, vitamin B6, folate,
magnesium and niacin. Scientific studies suggest that eggplant might be useful in preventing atherosclerosis
and heart disease. From a TCM perspective it addresses swelling, pain, hemorrhoids and breast
inflammation (mastitis) or sores.

  •  Ingredients
    3-4 tbsp dark sesame oil
    3 cloves garlic, minced
    1 med-sized eggplant (about 1 lb), cut into 1 inch cubes
    1 cup water
    1 tbsp rice wine
    1 ½ tbsp soy sauce
    1 tbsp sesame seeds

Preparation
1. Heat oil in a pan, and then add garlic and then eggplant. Cook until eggplant is golden brown
on all sides. (You may want to brown the eggplant in two batches to distribute the oil more
evenly, as the eggplant has a tendency to absorb it.)
2. Add water to the pan. Bring to a boil, then lower heat. Cover and cook for about 10 min.,
until soft.
3. Remove lid, and add rice wine and soy sauce. Cook, uncovered for another 3-5 min.
4. In the meantime, toast the sesame seeds in a dry skillet over medium heat until golden brown,
stirring or shaking frequently, about 5 min. When done, remove the seeds from the hot skillet
so they don’t overcook.
5. Transfer eggplant mixture to a serving dish and sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds. Serve
warm with a grain such as rice or quinoa if desired.
Variations
If preferred, you can boil or steam the eggplant for about 20 min., until soft, then add soy sauce,
sesame oil and toasted sesame seeds to taste.
TCM Ingredient Analysis
Sesame oil – cool, sweet; LI, LV, KD; down bearing, moisten intestines, laxative, detoxifies,
raise unsaturated fatty acids, lecithin and vitamin E, treats dryness in intestines, constipation,
digestive obstructions, blood and qi vacuity of LV and KD, weakness in muscles, skins and
bones
CONTRAINDICATED in excess conditions, weakens SP pancreas network, can cause diarrhea
Garlic – hot, acrid; anti-bacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungal, detoxify meat and seafood, kill worms,
remove stagnant food and blood, reduce abscesses, warm yang, dispel cold;
CONTRAINDICATED in hot or dry eye DOs, mouth sores, tongue ulcers
Eggplant –cool-cold, sweet; SP, ST, LI; clear heat, relieve toxicity, invigorate and cool blood
and break stasis, reduce swelling, relieve and stop pain, move qi and open chest, promote
diuresis; CONTRAINDICATED in cold conditions
Rice Wine –warm; move blood
Soy sauce – cold, salty; SP, ST, KD; harmonize middle jiao, clear heat, antidote to drug and food
poisoning, benefit KD, penetrate deeply
Sesame seeds – slightly warm, sweet; nourish LV & KD, lubricate intestines, blacken gray hair,
tonify body overall, benefit skin; grinding recommended because tough cell wall makes it
undigestable whole
Quinoa – warm, sweet, sour; strengthen entire body, tonify qi, warm yang)
Overall Recipe Analysis
This dish clears heat, moves and cools blood, moistens the intestines, reduces swelling, and eases
pain. It is especially good for anyone concerned about high cholesterol or those who wish to
counteract pain and swelling.
Patterns
Blood stasis, qi stagnation, cold or damp stagnation, qi and blood deficiency, ST heat, yin
deficiency, SP qi deficiency, KD yang deficiency