Italian White Beans with Balsamic and Zucchini

Categories: Lung Yin Vacuity, Stomach Fire

Italian White Beans with Balsamic and Zucchini
By Kylie Roach

1 can cannellini or great northern beans, drained and rinsed
1 can stewed tomatoes, drained and diced (reserve liquid)
¼ cup onion, diced
1 clove garlic, minced
2 small or 1 medium zucchini, sliced
1 red bell pepper, sliced
Basil, chopped
Olive oil
Balsamic vinegar
Pinch of dried oregano
Parmesan cheese

Heat a medium skillet to medium/high and add enough olive oil to coat pan. Add minced garlic and fry for 30 seconds then quickly add in onion, red pepper and zucchini. Sautee until veggies are close to done. Turn heat down to medium/low and add in cannellini beans and stewed tomatoes until heated. Add balsamic vinegar, oregano and basil to taste along with optional salt and pepper. Keep seasoning to taste and add in some of the reserved stewed tomato juice to take the dish to the desired consistency. Grate on parmesan cheese before serving.

Serves about 4.

Cannellini beans: cooling, sweet. Increases yin fluids, strengthens digestion, and treats edema.

Stewed tomatoes: cooling, sweet, sour. Builds yin fluids, quenches thirst, strengthens ST, cools xue, clears heat, calm LV, detoxifies

Onion: warm and pungent. Promotes sweat, resolves phlegm, diuretic, treats colds and allergies, goes to LU/ST.

Garlic: hot and pungent. Anti-viral/fungal, treat food and xue stagnation.

Zucchini: cool and sweet. Clears heat, detoxifies, quenches thirst, promotes diuresis.

Red pepper: slightly warm, sweet. Strengthens ST, increases appetite, promotes xue circulation, reduce swelling and food stagnation.

Olive oil: neutral, sour, sweet. Moistens, lubricates, clears heat, quenches thirst.

Basil: warm and pungent. Goes to LU/ST, induces sweat, harmonizes ST, anti-wind

Oregano: warm, pungent, aromatic, drying. Goes to LU/ST, harmonizes ST, anti-microbial.

Balsamic vinegar: warm, sour, slightly sweet.
Parmesan cheese: neutral, sweet. Goes to LU/SP/ST.

This is a warm and satisfying dish. It goes mainly to the LU and ST and has qualities of being sweet, sour, salty and neutral. These qualities make this dish good for LU heat, especially LU yin xu leading to heat. The pungent herbs/foods such as garlic and oregano have anti-microbial qualities so it is good as a preventative against exterior invasions settling into the LU system. The cannellini beans are white in color suggesting that they go to the LU and are nourishing to LU yin.