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Lamb Shanks With Leeks and Grapes

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Mario Batali’s Lamb Shanks With Leeks and Grapes



o 10 lamb shanks

o kosher salt

o black pepper

o 6 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

o 2 Spanish onions, chopped

o 5 carrots, peeled and cut into 1 inch pieces

o 6 leeks

o 2 cups dry white wine

o 1 cup tomato sauce

o 3 cups chicken stock, Brown

o 2 cups red grapes, Concord grapes, halved and seeded


1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees

2. Rinse and dry the lamb shanks, and season them liberally with salt and pepper. In a

very large heavy-bottomed Dutch oven, heat the olive oil over medium-high heat until

smoking. Add the lamb shanks, 5 at a time, and sear until dark golden brown all over, 10

to 12 minutes per batch. Remove the shanks and set them aside.

3. Add the onions, garlic, carrots, and leeks to the pot and cook until softened, 8-10

minutes. Use only the white and light green parts of the Leaks only, trimmed, halved

lengthwise, cut crosswise into thin half-moons, rinsed thoroughly, and drained.

4. Add the wine, tomato sauce, and sock to the vegetables and bring to a boil. Return the

lamb shanks to the pot and bring back to a boil. Cover the pot tightly, place it in the oven,

and bake for about 1.5 hours, until the meat is fork-tender.

5. Remove the pot from the oven, check the sauce for seasoning, and then add the grapes.

Stir them in gently, and serve directly from the pot.

Pattern: KD Yang xu, blood xu

Recipe Analysis


Julie Johnson Bear Don’t Walk / Eastern Nutrition / Fall 2013

Lamb shanks: tonify KD yang, nourish blood, hot

Leeks and Onions: promotes sweating, resolves phlem, diuretic

Carrots: promotes digestion, lubricates intestines, clears heat

White wine: move qi, nourish yin

Tomato sauce: nourish fluids, cooling

Chicken stock: warming, tonify qi, boost wei qi

Grapes: nourish yin, generate fluids, build blood

Overall, this recipe tonifies KD yang, as the main ingredient is lamb—hot and yang. However,

it also supports blood and yin, with the tomatoes and grapes as secondary ingredients. The

leeks and onions, and the wine, keep the cloying nature of tonifying ingredients from getting too

sticky. Overall, this seems like a good recipe to try for a postpartum mother, with the possibility

of removing the onions and sticking with maybe half the leeks, emphasizing the nourishing more

than the dispersing.

Eel with Dried Ginger, Garlic, and Chiles

Categories: Bi Syndrome Cold, Liver Blood Stasis, Spleen Damp, Spleen Damp Cold, Spleen Yang Vacuity, Wind Damp Obstructing Channels

Eel with Dried Ginger, Garlic, and Chiles


  • 2 C basic tomato sauce
  • 1 C dry red wine
  • 1 tsp dried ginger
  • 1-2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp hot red pepper flakes
  • 2 lbs eel, skinned and gutted by your fishmonger, rinsed, patted dry, and cut into 4-inch-long pieces
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper


  1. Preheat the oven to 450°F.
  2. In a large sauce pan, combine the tomato sauce, red wine, dried ginger, garlic, and red pepper flakes. Bring to a boil over medium heat.
  3. Meanwhile, season the eel with salt and pepper and arrange in a single layer in a baking dish.
  4. Pour the sauce over the eel, put the dish in the oven, and bake for about 20 minutes, until the eel is cooked through. Transfer to a warmed platter and serve immediately.

Makes 4 servings.

Serving suggestions:

  • Serve over rice or pasta with a side of steamed mustard greens.
  • Drink a glass of red wine with dinner.

TCM breakdown:

tomato: sweet, sour, cool; SP, ST, UB, KD; promotes fluids, clears heat, promotes urination, supplements KD
wine: acrid, sweet, warm; ST, LV, HRT; expels cold, invigorates blood, stops pain
dried ginger: acrid, hot; LU, SP, ST; warms interior, unblocks channels, transforms cold phlegm
garlic: acrid, hot; dispels cold, warms yang, removes stagnant food or blood, detoxifies seafood
chiles: acrid, hot; ST, LI; warms middle jiao, descends ST qi, expels damp & cold
eel: sweet, neutral; SP, ST; supplements qi & blood, eliminates wind-damp, invigorates blood, unblocks channels

Overall, this recipe is warm and acrid to invigorate blood and eliminate wind-damp-cold. The wine, dried ginger, garlic, and chiles increases the warmth of the tomato sauce, which is cool by nature. (The tomato sauce keeps the eel from drying out while baking.) Both the dried ginger and the eel specifically unblock channels, which makes this recipe suitable for patients with wind, cold, and/or damp in the channels causing obstruction and pain (bi syndrome). The garlic also detoxifies seafood.

Lentils with Brown Rice

Categories: Spleen Qi Vacuity

Lentils with Brown Rice

3 tbs of water
1 medium onion, chopped
1 clove garlic, chopped
1 cup chopped up mushrooms
1 medium carrot, chopped
1 cup lentils
1 8 or 10 oz can tomato sauce
2 cups veggie stock
2 c water
1 tsp dried basil
1 tsp dried oregano
Crumbles of goat cheese (optional)

1 cup brown rice (shortgrain)

chopped parsley to taste – 2 tsp at least; I like about 1/3 cup.

Serves 4-6

Rice Cooker:
Put the onion into the rice cooker with the sherry or stock, and turn on the machine. Let the onion saute, as you chop and add the garlic, mushrooms, and carrot. Give the pot a quick stir as you add each
veggie. Add water if the vegetables start to stick, add the lentils, rice, liquids, basil, and oregano. Cover, let it cook, and allow recipe to stand about 10 minutes when the cooker shuts off. Stir in the parsley and serve. Sprinkle goat cheese on top.

Saute the veggies, add everything but the parsley, cover and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer about 40-45 minutes, or until liquid is absorbed. Stir in parsley. Sprinkle goat cheese on top.

TCM breakdown:
Onion: Pungent, neutral; Clears heat and relieves toxicity, Transforms phlegm and damp, Kills parasites, Lowers BP and cholesterol
Garlic: Hot, acrid; Promotes sweating, Resolves phlegm, regulates qi, Reduces toxins
Mushrooms: Sweet, cool; Supplements SP and ST, Rectifies qi, Transforms phlegm, Boosts wei qi
Carrot: Sweet, Neutral; Strengthens SP and HRT, Nourishes and soothes LV, Benefits LU, Diuretic and drains damp, Anti-inflammatory
Lentils: Sweet, Neutral; Strengthens SP and Harmonizes MJ
Tomato Sauce: Sweet, sour, cold; Promotes fluids, Clears heat, Promotes Urination, Supplements KD
Basil: Pungent, warm; Diaphoretic, Harmonizes ST, Counteracts seafood poisoning
Parsley: Pungent. Bitter, slightly warm; Improves digestion, Detoxifies meat or fish poisoning, vents measles.
Brown Rice: Sweet, Warm; Stops sweating
Goat Cheese: Sweet, neutral; Supplements qi, Nourishes blood, Moistens dryness