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Quinoa with Beets and Sprouts

Categories: Large Intestine Qi Stagnation, Liver Blood Vacuity, Liver Qi Stagnation, Shen Calming

2 Cup Quinoa
2 Beets
1/2 Cup Sprouts
(Makes about 4 Servings)

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Wash the beets and place them on a cookie sheet. Bake the beets for about 45 minutes or until a knife can go through. Let the beets cool down and then cut them into slices or cubes (whichever floats your boat!)

Fill a medium to large pot with water and bring to a boil. Add in the 2 cups of Quinoa. Cook the Quinoa in boiling water until it reaches al dente or other desired consistency. Strain the Quinoa out in a colander for a few minutes to let all the water drain off

Heat up a pan with some type of oil of choice on medium heat and drop in the freshly washed spouts and the sliced or cubed beets. Cook them for about a minute — just enough to soften up the outside of the sprouts and give the beets a little extra zest.

Combine the Quinoa, Beets, and Sprouts in a large bowl and serve!

TCM Breakdown of the Ingredients:
Quinoa: Warm, Sweet and Sour, Strengthen Body, Calm Spirit, Treat Fatigue, Tonify Qi, High Protein Content (Complete Protein)
Beets: Neutral to Cool, Sweet – SP, ST, LV, HT - Tonify HT, Nourish LV Blood, Calm Spirit, Cleanse LV
Sprouts: Cool and Sweet - Promote Movement of Food, Clear Damp and Heat, Clear ST Heat

TCM Analysis:
This recipe has the approach of keeping the body nourished and energized at midday. The Quinoa takes care of this by strengthening the body and helping to relieve fatigue as well as Calming the Spirit when work or school may be slightly taxing. The Beets provide deeper nourishment of the blood, cleanse the liver, and also have a calming affect as well. The Sprouts help promote the food movement through the body and ensures good flow. This combination of foods supports movement and calming within the body.

DIY Sprouting & Composting

Categories: Articles

One of my New Year’s resolutions is to grow a few of my own herbs and veggies this Spring. Since I found an article on growing my own sprouts I believe I can start sooner rather than later. Remembering to rinse the seeds or beans once a day looks like the hardest part!

http://www.vegetariantimes.com/features/archive_of_editorial/830

Once I get the sprouts started I may even try my hand at composting. It seems a bit difficult to get started (especially if worms are involved) but after the bin is layered then it should be a cinch.

http://www.vegetariantimes.com/features/archive_of_editorial/512

All you gardening pros out there, please feel free to comment with your own sprouting and composting tips!