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Sweet Potato Pie

Categories: Cold in the Middle Jiao, Desserts, Qi Vacuity, Spleen Qi Vacuity, Vegetarian, Yin Vacuity

Sweet Potato Pie Recipe

2 sweet potatoes

1 cup frozen mango, thawed and chopped

½ cup honey or agave nectar

½ tsp ground cinnamon

1 (8in) pie crust of your choice

Directions: Pre heat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit, bake the sweet potatoes for 20 to 30 minutes or until soft. Let cool. Peel potatoes until smooth, stopping occasionally to scrape down work bowl. Pour the filling into the pie crust. Bake for 30 minutes or until the top starts to brown.

Serving Size: 8

TCM Patterns: Qi stagnation in LJ, Cold in MJ, SP xu

TCM Evaluation: Sweet potato is sweet, neutral, supplements SP, LU, KD; mango is sweet, sour, neutral, strengthens the ST, regenerates body fluids, stops cough and thirst; honey is sweet, neutral, nourishes and harmonizes MJ, moistens dryness; cinnamon is pungent, sweet, warm, promotes blood circulation and invigorates yang.

 

Black Bean and Tomato Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

Categories: Kidney Yin Vacuity, Large Intestine Fluid Vacuity, Liver Blood Vacuity, Liver Yin Vacuity, Spleen Yang Vacuity

Black Bean and Tomato Stuffed Sweet Potatoes

4 medium sweet potatoes, scrubbed
1 15-oz. can black beans, rinsed and drained (or 1-1/2 cups cooked black beans)

1 15-oz.can diced tomatoes with green chilies, (or a can of tomatoes plus 3 tablespoons of diced green chilies from a can, or 1-2 finely chopped fresh jalapenos)

1/2 cup sliced green onions, white and green parts
2 cloves garlic, minced

1 teaspoon dried oregano
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley or cilantro (opt.)

1/4 teaspoon salt (if needed)

fresh ground pepper, lots

1 small avocado (or vegan sour cream)

2 tablespoons lemon juice

  • Slice a very small piece from the end of each potato. (Or, you can prick them all over with a fork.) Bake at 425ËšF for about 40 minutes or until nice and soft all the way through. You can bake them right on the oven rack. I like to use the toaster oven for this unless I’m using the big oven to make other stuff, too. When they are ready, place them on a plate to cool slightly while you finish up the filling.
  • Cook the the onion, garlic and oregano (and jalapenos, if using fresh) in the oil for one minute. Add the beans, tomatoes, canned chilies (if using), salt and pepper. Heat gently until hot. Stir in the parsley or cilantro. Taste for seasoning.
  • Open the avocado and scoop out the pulp. Mash and mix with lemon juice, a tiny pinch of salt and fresh ground pepper.
  • Split the potatoes lengthwise and gently push the ends towards each other to create a pocket.
  • Fill the pockets with the bean mixture and top with avocado or vegan sour cream.

This is a good recipe to use for KD deficiency. The three main ingredients- Black Beans, Tomato, and Sweet Potatoes all go to strengthening the KD. The recipe would be a nice tonifying recipe over all, with Avocado as another nice ingredient to nourish blood and yin. The green onions and cilantro keep the dish moving, and the black pepper would help with digestion. Its a nice, healthy dish all around- and fairly balanced in temperature, with many of the ingredients being neutral.

Sweet Potato Pie

Categories: Kidney Qi Vacuity, Kidney Yin Vacuity, Lung Yin Vacuity, Spleen Qi Vacuity, Spleen Yang Vacuity

Sweet Potato Pie

1 Recipe of your favorite pie crust.
2 cups cooked, mashed Sweet potatoes (yams).
3 beaten eggs
½ to ¾ cup brown sugar, barley malt, syrup, or honey.
1 tsp. cinnamon.
½ tsp. cloves.
¼ tsp. nutmeg.
½ tsp. allspice.
1 scant tsp. salt.
1 ½ cups evaporated milk (or mixed nonfat dry milk, goat milk, soy milk, or cashew milk).
Whipped cream for topping (optional).

Prepare crust and put into a 9 to 10 inch pie plate.  In a large bowl, beat together all the other ingredients except whipped cream.  Beat thoroughly and pour into pie shell.  Bake in preheated 375 degree oven for nearly an hour.  Cool before serving.  Serves six to eight people.

Sweet potatoes: neutral, sweet; SP/ST/L.I.; Strengthens SP, Tonifies qi/blood.
Eggs: sweet, neutral; nourishes yin/blood, lubricates dryness.
Milk: sweet, neutral; strengthens weakness, Tonifies qi, blood, and yin, lubricates dryness.
Honey: Sweet, neutral; SP, ST. Harmonizes middle jiao.
Cinnamon: acrid, sweet, hot; HT/KD/LV/SP. Warms and Tonifies yang, disperses cold, moves blood.
Overall, this recipe tonifies the SP/ST, nourishes yin and blood, and benefits KD/LU.

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.

Sweet Potato Soup

Categories: Large Intestine Fluid Vacuity, Spleen Qi Vacuity, Spleen Yang Vacuity, Stomach Cold, Stomach Food Retention

Sweet Potato Soup
(8 servings)

1 ½ pounds sweet potatoes
3 cups chicken stock
1 head garlic, peeled
1 tbsp vegetable oil
1 ½ tbsp curry powder
2 tsp minced ginger
1 cup cream (or nonfat evaporated milk)

1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Rinse the potatoes and roast them in the oven for 40 minutes or until tender.
2. Bring the stock to a boil and blanch the garlic for 5 minutes; remove garlic from the stock with a slotted spoon.
3. Scoop the potato pulp out of the skins. Puree the potato and garlic cloves. Combine with stock.
4. Heat oil in a saucepan and sauté the curry powder until aromatic, about 2 minutes. Add the curry and ginger to the soup and simmer for 15 minutes (the soup may be held at this point, and refrigerated or frozen until ready to serve).
5. Add the cream or evaporated milk and simmer a few minutes until hot. Serve.

Analysis:
The sweet potatoes are neutral and sweet, strengthen SP and ST, tonify qi and blood, clear heat, and detoxify. Chicken stock is warm and sweet, supplements qi of SP and ST, nourishes blood, boosts wei qi and consolidates the KD. Garlic is hot and acrid, it detoxifies, removes stagnant food and blood, aids vomiting and diarrhea. Vegetable oil seems neutral and lubricating. Curry ???? Ginger is pungent and warm, disperses exterior cold, stops nausea and vomiting, detoxifies other substances, and reduces inflammation. Cream/milk is sweet and neutral, supplements qi, nourishes blood, and moistens dryness.
Overall, the recipe is warm and sweet, nourishing to the ST and SP, yet moving and detoxifying. The soup tastes rich, but is soothing to the ST and can be especially good if the patient has overeaten the night before. It aids retention of food in the ST and symptoms of indigestion.

Recipe to Nourish SP/ST

Categories: Shen Calming, Spleen Damp, Spleen Qi Vacuity, Stomach Rebellious Qi

Kathryn Fritz
Eastern Nutrition
January 19, 2010
Recipe to Nourish SP/ST

3 medium-large sweet potatoes, cleaned & cubed
1/4 c. organic unsulfured molasses
1/4 c. maple syrup
1/4 c. apple cider vinegar
1/2 onion, chopped
Dehydrated orange peel
Salt to taste

Vegetable stock
Yi Yi Ren

For barley:

In a crockpot place 1 part yi yi ren with 10-15 parts veggie stock. Cook until soft. I would set the pot to low throughout the day or the evening before (I cooked them for about 10-12 hours in the crockpot the night before).
I also make my own vegetable stock. I save the vegetable scraps that I do not use in other dishes (like carrot, sweet potato & onion ends, onion & garlic peels, any & all root vegetable parts). I keep a plastic bag full of these veggie odds & ends in my freezer and when I need to make stock I throw them all in a large pot, cover them with water and add salt & a few bay leaves (or any spices you like). I bring the water to a boil, then lower the heat & simmer the veggies for an hour or two. Give it a taste & add whatever seasonings you see fit!

For sweet tots:

Pre-heat oven to 350o.
Scrub sweet tots clean, dry & chop into decent sized cubes. Chop onion to desired consistency. Place both in a 9×13 pan.
In a small saucepan warm the molasses & maple syrup until less viscous. Remove from heat & stir in apple cider vinegar. Spread evenly over sweet tots in pan & stir so that they are all coated.
Sprinkle orange peel throughout the dish.
Cover dish w/ tinfoil and bake at 350o for about 1 hour to 1.5 hours (until sweet tots are tender).

Dish will serve 3-4 people.

Analysis of Recipe

Sweet potatoes: neutral & sweet
Strengthen SP/ST function, tonify qi, increases production of milk (good for nursing mommies!)
Molasses: warm & sweet
Tonifies qi, strengthens SP, lubricates LU, stops cough
Maple syrup: sweet
Tonifies SP in small amounts
Cider vinegar: sour, sl. acrid
Moves qi, loosens stagnation, stimulates appetite
Orange peel: warm, bitter & acrid
Invigorates/moves qi, dries dampness (for balance)
Yi yi ren: cool & bland
Promotes diuresis, strengthens SP, benefits GB
Vegetable stock:
Nourishing, strengthens digestion

The overall goal is to tonify SP & ST. By serving it with yi yi ren & adding dehydrated orange peel I am hoping to create a more balanced dish  counteracting the potential for dampness since the dish consists of mostly sweet flavors. The cider vinegar & orange peel also help regulate the qi in the middle jiao, furthering assisting digestion to help the SP call off that good gu qi!

 

Roasted Sweet Potatoes

Categories: Spleen Qi Vacuity

Roasted Sweet Potatoes

2 large sweet potatoes
1 tablespoon of olive oil
salt and pepper to taste

Preheat Oven to 375 degrees.

scrub clean 2 large sweet potatoes.
Cube into 1/2 inch pieces
In a large bowl drizzle sweet potato pieces with olive oil and then toss to evenly coat
Sprinkle with salt and pepper
Roast in oven for 20- 30 minutes until potatoes have softened.

Sweet Potatoes: Neutral and sweet; strengthen SP/ST

C/CI: overeating will cause gas, heartburn and possible indigestion.

Cleansing Digestion Dish

Categories: Cleanse, Heart Blood Vacuity, Legumes, Liver Blood Vacuity, Liver Qi Stagnation, Qi Stagnation, Qi Vacuity, Rice and Grains, Spleen Qi Vacuity, Vegan, Vegetables, Vegetarian

A student made this for a client and had her abdominal cramps much better within days.Â

Based on Michael Tierra’s work

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Cleansing Digestion Dish
By Sue Cook PCOM- Chicago

Ingredients:
1-2 tsp each ground cumin, coriander, fenugreek and turmeric (you can
get these bulk at Whole Foods for cheap)
2 tsp fresh ginger, grated or mashed
1 large bay leaf
1 sweet potato, diced
1-2 cups lentils or mung beans (choose mung beans as they clear heat more for the skin)
1 bunch kale, immersed and swished in water to remove grit, then thinly sliced
1 cup brown rice, cooked separately according to package directions

Fry the spices over medium heat in a few spoonfuls of olive oil then
add the sweet potato and lentils, covering with water plus a couple
inches extra. Cover and keep at a low boil until the lentils are soft
(about 45 minutes). Add the rice and kale and simmer until the kale
turns bright green. Salt and pepper to taste.

Lentils, brown rice, and sweet potatoes all strengthen the digestive
qi, while the spices serve to boost digestive enzyme and bile
production, reducing gas buildup and helping you better absorb
nutrients. The kale will help support your blood.

SWEET POTATO PIE

Categories: Desserts, Spleen Qi Vacuity

sweet p pie

Ingredients:

4-6 sweet potatoes, cooked
¼ tsp cardamom
¼ tsp cinnamon
Dash of nutmeg
¼ cup raisins
2 Tablespoons sesame butter
½ teaspoon sea salt
1 pie crust (Whole Foods gluten free pie crust)

Yields 1 pie

Instructions:
Preheat over to 350 degrees. Peel sweet potatoes. Boil enough water to cover potatoes and cook until tender. Drain. Mash potatoes and mix all ingredients together. Fill pie crust with potato mixture. Bake 35-40 minutes.

Ingredient properties:
Sweet potatoes  sweet, neutral; Sp, Lu, Kd; Supplements Spleen, Lung and Kidney
Cardamom  pungent, warm; Sp, Kd; Warms the Kd, retains the essence and secures the urine, warms the Sp, stops diarrhea and controls salivation.
Cinnamon  pungent, sweet, warm; Sp, St, UB; Invigorates yang, dispels cold, promotes blood circulation, warms the mingmen fire.
Nutmeg  pungent, warm; Sp, St, LI; Warm the Sp and St and promote circulation of qi, astringe the intestines and stop diarrhea.
Raisins  warm, sweet and sour; Tonifies qi, nourishes blood, strengthens sinews and bones, harmonizes St, promotes diuresis, relieves irritability.
Sesame butter  slightly warm, sweet; Nourishes Lv and Kd, lubricates intestines, blackens gray hair, tonifies qi, benefits skin.
Sea salt  salty, cold; Kd; Clears heat cools blood, eases bowel movement, nourishes kidney.

TCM analysis:
This recipe is warm overall. The spices tonify yang, warm the Kd and Sp, and stop diarrhea. The remaining ingredients help tonify qi, yin and blood. In addition, there are several ingredients that facilitate bowel movements by moistening the intestines and generating fluids.

Stir-Fried Spicy Sweet Potatoes

Categories: Qi Stagnation, Spleen Qi Vacuity

squash stirfry

Stir-Fried Spicy Sweet Potatoes

Serves 4

Ingredients:

* 3/4 cup chicken broth or water
* 3 1/2 tablespoons soy sauce
* 3 tablespoons Chinese rice wine or dry sherry
* 1 1/2 tablespoons rice vinegar
* 2 teaspoons sugar
* 1 teaspoon sesame oil
* 1/4 teaspoon pepper
* Zest of 1 navel orange, cut julienne
* 1 tablespoon oil
* 1 1/2 tablespoons minced garlic
* 1 tablespoon minced ginger
* 1/2 teaspoon or more Oriental chili paste
* 1 1/2 pounds (about 4 medium) sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2 ” julienne, then in 1/2″ diagonal lengths
* 1 1/2 teaspoons cornstarch
* 2 tablespoons water
* 1 tablespoon minced scallion greens

Preparation:
Combine first 7 ingredients for sauce. Set aside. In a small saucepan of boiling water, blanch orange zest 1 1/2 minutes. Drain and pat dry.

Heat oil in a wok or large skillet that has a cover. Add orange zest, garlic, ginger, and chili paste and stir-fry until fragrant, about 10 seconds. Add sweet potatoes and stir-fry until coated, about 30 seconds.

Re-stir sauce and add to sweet potatoes. Bring to a boil, then cook, covered, over moderate heat until sweet potatoes are tender but not soft, 10 – 12 minutes.

Dissolve cornstarch in water and add to sweet potatoes, stirring until thickened. Stir in scallions.

By Rhonda Parkinson, About.comNote* This recipe is reprinted with permission from GourMAsia.

http://chinesefood.about.com/od/vegetablesrecipes/r/spicypotatoes.htm