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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

Honeyed Spinach

Categories: Large Intestine Fluid Vacuity, Lung Yin Vacuity

Honeyed Spinach
4 servings
(From The Chinese Herbal Cookbook)

12 oz fresh baby spinach
4 cloves garlic, crushed
2 t soy sauce
4 t honey
2 oz pine nuts
1 T black sesame seeds
2 T sesame oil
4 oz raisins
Salt/pepper to taste

1. Wash the spinach well. Cut into shreds. Set aside.
2. Mix the garlic, soy cause, and honey in a small bowl. Set aside.
3. Heat a wok or frying pan and dry-fry the pine nuts and sesame seeds for 2 minutes being careful not to burn them. Remove to a plate and set aside.
4. Heat the sesame oil in the wok or frying pan and stir-fry the spinach for 1-2 minutes until softened.
5. Add the sauce and raisins to the spinach. Mix well.
6. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
7. Serve sprinkled with the pine nuts and sesame seeds.

TCM Analysis:
Spinach: sweet, cold; ST, LI. Clear heat, stop bleeding, nourish blood, moisten dryness.
Garlic: hot, acrid; Relieve food stagnation, move blood, dispel cold.
Soy sauce: salty, cold; SP, ST, KD. Harmonize MJ, clear heat.
Honey: sweet, neutral; SP, LU, LI. Harmonize MJ, moisten dryness, nourish yin.
Pine nuts: sweet, slightly warm; LU, LI. Moisten/tonify LU/LI.
Black sesame seeds: sweet, neutral. LV, KD, LU, LI. Nourish LV/KD, moisten.
Raisins: sweet. Nourish and moisten.

Overall, this recipe focuses on nourishing yin, clearing heat, and moistening dryness especially in cases of LU yin deficiency or autumn dryness. The garlic is kept in to lightly disperse and prevent over-nourishing.

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.

Natta (Fermented Soy Beans)

Categories: Kidney Jing Vacuity, Liver Blood Stasis, Spleen Qi Vacuity

Natta (Fermented Soy Beans)
Japan

Serves 1-2

Ingredients
1 package natta (about 1/3 cup)
1/8 tspn karashi (Japanese mustard)
1/4 tspn soy sauce
1 tbsp scallion (white portion)

Mix together and serve. May be used as a condiment for rice.

Natta: bitter sweet neutral HT SP KI
Actions: invigorates the blood, tonifies KI jing, harmonizes middle jiao, smooths the skin.
Indications: high cholesterol, thrombosis, excessive immune reactions, dysentery, weak bones, osteoporosis, hair loss.

Mustard: acrid warm LU
Actions: penetrates to the yin to restore movement to the yang, regulates qi, transforms cold phlegm, dissipates clumps, unblocks the collaterals, stops pain.

Soy Sauce: salty cold SP ST KI
Actions: harmonizes middle jiao, clears heat, antidote to food poisoning.
Indications: interior heat toxin, fullness secondary to febrile diseases.

Scallion: warm acrid LU ST
Actions: diaphoretic, tonifies and regulates qi, clears heat, promotes circulation of yang qi in the chest, dispels cold, dries damp, diuretic, invigorates blood.

Natta (composite): acrid bitter sweet salty neutral LU SP ST KI
Actions: invigorates the blood, tonifies KI jing, harmonizes middle jiao, regulates qi, smooths the skin.
Indications: high cholesterol, thrombosis, excessive immune reactions, dysentery, weak bones, osteoporosis, hair loss.

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.

Lactation Cakes

Categories: Kidney Jing Vacuity, Kidney Qi Vacuity, Liver Blood Vacuity, Liver Qi Stagnation, Shen Calming

Metal – Lactation Cakes:

Lily flower with meat cake

General/promote lactation

Ingredients:

½ lb lean ground pork – benefit the kidney and lactation

1 stalk green onion 1 tspr – warming, upward moving, dispersing to benefit flow of breast milk

1 tsp Soy sauce

1⁄2 tsp salt

50 g (1.5 oz) lily flower ( Bai He) – clear heat, moisten dry and goes to heart channel to benefit lactation.

Serves: 2

Directions:

1. Chop lily flower and mix with rest of ingredients, make into flat patty.

2. Steam for 15 minutes,

Actions/Indications/Functions

• Nourish kidney, blood, promote lactation

• Treat lower back pain, tinnitus due to kidney deficiency, lack of lactation

Roasted Asparagus with Peanut Sauce

Categories: Lung Fluid Xu, Lung Phlegm Heat

Roasted Asparagus with Peanut Sauce
(Serves 3)

1 lb. thin asparagus
1 Tbsp peanut oil
1 Tbsp creamy peanut butter
Juice of 1/2 lime
1 tsp soy sauce
Water

Remove and discard bottom inch of asparagus stalk. Drizzle asparagus with oil, and sprinkle with garlic. Toss well so that all stalks are completely covered with oil, and then spread out on a baking sheet. Roast at 450, stirring asparagus occasionally, until it starts to brown (about 15 min). Mix remaining ingredients well, and add enough water so that it becomes pourable (about 2 Tbsp). Place asparagus on serving dish and drizzle with sauce.

TCM Analysis:
Asparagus: cool, sweet, bitter, clears heat, clears LU, detoxifies, promotes blood circulation
Peanut: neutral, sweet, improved appetite, lubricates LU, regulate blood, promote diuresis, strengthen SP, aid in lactation
Lime: sour, astringent, cleanse blood, resolves phlegm
Soy: cool, sweet, clear heat, detoxifies, eases urination, lubricates LU & LI, excellent protein source

Delicious Chicken Feet for Bi Syndrome-Cold -type Arthritis

Categories: Bi Syndrome Cold

Delicous Chicken Feet

 

Great for Bi Syndrome – Cold-type arthritis

Yield 2 servings

12 Chicken feet, declawed and skinned
3 tbsp dark soy sauce
2 tbsp rice wine
3 slices ginger
3 green onions
1 tbsp barbecue sauce
1 tsp sugar
star anise
1 piece of orange rind
¼ tsp pepper
1 pin water

Directions:
Combine all ingredients and simmer for 1 ½ hours.

TCM analysis:
Overall: KD yang tonifying. Cartilage of the chicken feet is great for arthritis!
Chicken feet: sweet, warm, tonifies qi, nourishes blood, aids KD xu, benefits SP/ST, used in cold-type arthritis.
Rice Wine: sweet, pungent, warm, promotes circulation, stops pain, for arthritis, trauma
Ginger: pungent, warm, promotes sweating, benefits LU/ST, expels pathogens for cold conditions, arthritis.
Green onions: pungent, warm, promotes sweating, resolves phlegm, diuretic, for cold conditions.
Star Anise: pungent, warm, strengthens ST, reg Qi flow, harmonize ST, stops vomiting.

Natto (Fermented Soy Beans)

Categories: Blood Stasis, Heart Blood Stagnation, Kidney Jing Vacuity, Stomach Food Retention

Natto (Fermented Soy Beans)
Japan

Serves 1-2

Ingredients
1 package natto (about 1/3 cup)
1/8 tspn karashi (Japanese mustard)
1/4 tspn soy sauce
1 tbsp scallion (white portion)

Mix together and serve. May be used as a condiment for rice.

Natto: bitter sweet neutral HT SP KI
Actions: invigorates the blood, tonifies KI jing, harmonizes middle jiao, smooths the skin.
Indications: high cholesterol, thrombosis, excessive immune reactions, dysentery, weak bones, osteoporosis, hair loss.

Mustard: acrid warm LU
Actions: penetrates to the yin to restore movement to the yang, regulates qi, transforms cold phlegm, dissipates clumps, unblocks the collaterals, stops pain.

Soy Sauce: salty cold SP ST KI
Actions: harmonizes middle jiao, clears heat, antidote to food poisoning.
Indications: interior heat toxin, fullness secondary to febrile diseases.

Scallion: warm acrid LU ST
Actions: diaphoretic, tonifies and regulates qi, clears heat, promotes circulation of yang qi in the chest, dispels cold, dries damp, diuretic, invigorates blood.

Natto (composite): acrid bitter sweet salty neutral LU SP ST KI
Actions: invigorates the blood, tonifies KI jing, harmonizes middle jiao, regulates qi, smooths the skin.
Indications: high cholesterol, thrombosis, excessive immune reactions, dysentery, weak bones, osteoporosis, hair loss.