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Hungarian Mushroom Soup

Categories: Liver Qi Stagnation, Spleen Qi Vacuity

Hungarian Mushroom Soup
by Cheryl Kujawinski

2 tablespoons of butter
1 onion, chopped
8 ounces of mushrooms, cut into large chunks
2 teaspoons of fresh dill, finely chopped
1 tablespoon of paprika
1 red chili, finely chopped
1 1/2 tablespoons of tamari sauce
2 cups of vegetable stock, or 2 cups of water + 1 teaspoon of celery seed
3/4 cup of yogurt
1/4 cup of buttermilk
2 heaping tablespoons of wheat flour
sea salt and freshly cracked black pepper
juice from one lemon
1/2 cup of sour cream
1/4 cup of parsley, chopped

In a large pot, melt the butter over medium heat. When hot, add the onions and saute for approximately 5 – 7 minutes or until softened and translucent. Raise the heat slightly, add the mushrooms and saute for another 5 minutes or until the mushrooms are cooked and just begin to release their juices. Add the dill, paprika, tamari, stock or water and red chili. Simmer on low heat, uncovered, for 12 – 15 minutes.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the yogurt, buttermilk, and flour. Stir the yogurt mixture into the pot. Cover and cook gently for another 12 – 15 minutes. Add the lemon juice, and salt and pepper. Remove from the heat and stir in the sour cream and parsley.

Garnish with chopped dill, parsley and a sprinkle of paprika.
Serves 4 -6.

TCM Breakdown-

Mushrooms-Cool, sweet, SP/ST, clear heat and toxicity, strengthens Qi, boosts Wei Qi, lowers cholesterol
Onions-Warm, Acrid, promotes sweating, resolves phlegm, regulates Qi, reduces toxins
Buckwheat-Cool, Sweet, descends Qi, alleviates wind headaches, strengthens ST, lowers blood pressure, strengthens blood vessels
Lemon-Cool, sour, regenerates body fluids, regulates Qi, quenches thirst, treats sore throats, treats hypertension, harmonizes ST
Wheat-Sweet, Sl. Cool, SP/HT/KD, supplements Qi, nourishes HT, calms shen, reduce thirst, clear heat, promote diuresis, stops sweating
Over all, this recipe has the ability to anchor the Liver Qi, while boosting the Spleen and Stomach to prevent Liver over acting on Spleen.
Buttermilk / sour cream / yogurt: strong nourishing to qi and blood; counteracted by the onions which move qi.

Tamari-roasted Root Vegetables with Cashew Millet

Categories: Spleen Qi Vacuity, Spleen Yang Vacuity

Tamari-roasted Root Vegetables with Cashew Millet

Serves 6

4 beets — trimmed, peeled, cut into ¾ inch cubes
4 rutabagas – trimmed, peeled, cut into ¾ inch cubes
4 turnips – trimmed, peeled, cut into ¾ inch cubes
3 tablespoons tamari (plus more for table)
1-tablespoon safflower oil
3 ¾ cups low sodium vegetable stock
1 ½ cups hulled millet
¼ teaspoon fine sea salt
½ cup chopped cashews

Preheat oven to 375°F.
In a large bowl, combine the beets, rutabagas, turnips, tamari, and safflower oil. Spread the mixture onto two large rimmed baking sheets and bake for 30 minutes. One pan at a time, remove the pans from the oven toss the vegetables, and spread them back out. Cook for another 30 minutes, or until the vegetables are tender and nicely caramelized. Meanwhile, in a 3-4 quart saucepan over high heat, combine the stock, millet, and salt. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat to a simmer, cover, and cook for 15 minutes, or until the millet is tender. Remove from the heat, fluff with a fork, cover, and set aside until the vegetables are done. To serve, transfer the millet to plates/platter, top with the vegetables and sprinkle with cashews. Pass additional tamari at the table.


Beets — cool, sweet, nourishes blood, Tonifies the heart, calm the spirit, lubricates the intestines, and cleanses the liver
Rutabagas — warm, downward movement, regulates qi
Turnips — warm, sweet, bitter, and pungent, regulates qi, dries damp, promotes digestion, and transforms phlegm
Tamari — harmonize the middle jiao, clears heat
Millet — cool, sweet, stops vomiting, relieves diarrhea, consolidate or astringes the stomach and intestines, clears heat, promotes urination
Sea salt – cold, salty, slightly sweet, harmonize and promotes digestion, strengthens kidney, fortifies bones, tendons, and teeth, brightens eyes, detoxifies, used as a natural preservative
Cashews — sweet, warm, Tonifies the kidney, strengthen bones, nourishes blood, boosts qi, moistens yin, promotes bowel movement
Effects Spleen and Stomach and roasting is a very warming method, which benefits the Yang. Most root vegetables tend to be warm in nature and strengthening to the qi.