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Blueberry Flax Oatmeal

Categories: Large Intestine Fluid Vacuity, Large Intestine Qi Stagnation, Spleen Qi Vacuity

Blueberry Flax Oatmeal (serves 2):

Ingredients:
* 2-1/4 cups water
* dash salt
* 1 cup regular rolled oats
* 1/4 cup fresh blueberries
* 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
* 1 TBS flaxseeds
* 1 TBS blackstrap molasses
Preparation:
1. Combine the water and salt in a small saucepan and turn the heat to high.
2. When the water boils, turn the heat to low, add oatmeal, and cook, stirring, until the water is just absorbed, about 5 minutes. Add walnuts and flaxseeds. Stir, cover the pan, and turn off heat. Let set for 5 minutes. Serve with molasses and garnish with blueberries.

Nutritional Breakdown:
Salt – Cold, Salty, Slightly Sweet. Harmonizes and promotes digestion, strengthens Kidney (in small amounts) fortifies bones, tendons and teeth, brightens eyes, detoxifies.
Rolled oats — sweet, warm — supplements vacuity, rejuvenates nervous and reproductive systems
Blueberries — sour, sweet, warm — tonifies kidneys, nourishes blood, astringes qi
Walnuts — sweet, warm — tonifies the kidneys and lungs, lubricates the large intestine
Flaxseed — neutral, sweet — tonifies the spleen, moistens intestines, nourishes yin, strengthens immunity,
Molasses — warm, sweet — tonifies qi, strengthens spleen, lubricates lungs

Beet-Walnut Salad

Categories: Large Intestine Fluid Vacuity, Liver Blood Stasis, Liver Blood Vacuity

Beet-Walnut Salad
Overall Recipe: Nourishes heart blood, moves blood to build blood, moistens intestines

Beets: sweet, neutral. Nourishes heart blood, moves blood, regulates menstruation, moistens intestines.
Onions: acrid, warm. Warms interior, moves qi and blood.
Butter: sweet, neutral. Tonifies deficiency, engenders fluids, moistens intestines.
Walnuts: sweet, warm. Supplements kidneys, moistens intestines.
Mustard: acrid, warm. Releases exterior, courses qi.
Vinegar: sour, bitter warm. Scatters stasis, stops bleeding.
Spinach: sweet, cool. Nourishes blood, stops bleeding, moistens dryness.

Emily Hildebrand said:

Beet-Walnut Salad
Serves 4-62 onions, sliced
1 Tbsp butter or olive oil
6 beets
1/2 cup walnuts
2 Tbsp raw apple cider vinegar
1 tsp dijon mustard
a healthy drizzle of olive oil
salt and pepper to taste
Arugula or spinach

Roast beets, whole and unpeeled in a 400 degree oven for 1 hour, until fork tender. Set aside and let cool. Meanwhile, caramelize the onions in the butter/oil over low heat until golden brown. Peel, and chop the beets, mix in with caramelized onions and walnuts. Whisk together the vinegar, mustard and oil and pour over the salad. Serve over arugula, spinach or alone.

Apple Cherry Tart

Categories: Heart Qi Vacuity, Shen Calming, Spleen Qi Vacuity

Apple Cherry Tart:

CHERRY FILLING:
1/4 cup of water
3/4 cup of sugar
1/2 cup of red currant jelly
3 cups of fresh or frozen cheries (12 oz. pkg.)
1 apple, preferably Yellow Delicious, pared, cored and chopped (1 cup)

TART SHELL:
1/2 cup of (1 stick) butter
1 1/4 cups of all-purpose flour
1/4 cups of sugar
2/3 cups of finely chopped or ground walnuts
1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
2 egg yolks

MERINGUE:
4 egg whites
1/8 tsp. cream of tartar
1/2 cups of sugar

Prepare filling: combine water, sugar and jelly in saucepan. Heat to melt jelly and sugar. Bring to boiling; add cranberries and apple. Cook, uncovered, over medium heat until cherries pop and mixture thickens slightly, 10 to 15 minutes. Cool completely.

Prepare shell: cut butter into flour in bowl with pastry blender until crumbly. Mix in sugar, nuts and cinnamon. Add egg yolks; mix lightly with fork until mixture holds together and cleans side of bowl. Press dough over bottom and up sides of 9 inch tart pan with removable bottom. Prick bottom with fork. Refrigerate 30 minutes.

Bake shell in preheated oven (375 degrees) for 12 to 15 minutes or until golden. Cool completely. Spoon cherry filling into cooled pastry shell. Prepare Meringue: Beat egg whites with cream of tartar in medium sized bowl until soft peaks form. Gradually beat in the 1/2 cup sugar until stiff, but not dry, peaks form. Spread half over the tart and pipe remaining meringue in lattice pattern.

Bake in preheated oven (400 degrees) for 3 to 6 minutes or until meringue is golden brown.

Cherry — warm, sweet — benefits the skin and body, strengthens the spleen, regenerates fluids, prolongs life
Apple — cool, sweet, slightly sour — strengthens heart, tonifies qi, resolves mucus
Currants — sour, cooling — promotes urination, strengthens the kidneys
Eggs — cool, sweet, nourishes yin, tonifies blood
Cinnamon – hot, pungent, sweet – strengthens stomach, warms coldness, stops pain
Flour — sweet, slightly cool — nourishes the heart and calms shen, supplements qi
Sugar — sweet, neutral — supplements qi, moistens dryness, harmonizes the middle jiao
Butter — warm, sweet – warming

CI: Damp conditions

Walnut and Cherry Granola Bars

Categories: Kidney Qi Vacuity, Kidney Yin Vacuity, Shen Calming, Spleen Qi Vacuity

Walnut and Cherry Granola Bars
By Kylie Roach

¼ C. brown sugar
¼ C. maple syrup
¼ C. honey
2 Tblsp. nut butter (almond)
1 egg white
1 Tblsp. low fat milk (almond)
1 Tsp. vanilla extract
1 C. whole wheat flour
½ Tsp. baking soda
½ Tsp. cinnamon
Dash of allspice (optional)
2 C. old fashioned oats
1 C. crisp rice cereal
¼ C. dried cherries
¼ C. chopped walnuts
1-2 Tblsp. black sesame seeds

Preheat oven to 350
In a large bowl combine: sugar, maple syrup, honey, nut butter, egg white, milk and vanilla extract. Mix well.
In another bowl combine: flour, baking soda, cinnamon and allspice.
Stir the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and mix well.
Gently stir in the remaining ingredients: oats, cereal, cherries, walnuts, sesame seeds.
Coat a 8×8 or larger baking pan with nonstick cooking spray.
Spread the mixture into the pan and press it into form.
Bake for 18-20 or until golden brown.
Score shallow cuts (in the shape you want the bars) to aide in the cooling.
Cool completely then cut bars and serve.

Brown sugar: Warm and sweet, strengthens digestion, warms body, lubricates LU
Maple syrup: Warm and sweet, nourishes yin, strengthens SP?
Honey: Warm and sweet, nourishes yin, strengthens SP
Almond butter: Neutral and sweet, moistens LU, transforms phlegm
Egg white: Nourishes yin and blood
Almond milk: Neutral and sweet, moistens LU
Whole wheat flour: Slightly cool and sweet, clears heat, quenches thirst, calms shen
Cinnamon: Hot, pungent and sweet, warms the body, tonifies KD, strengthens ST
Old fashioned oats: Warm and sweet, strengthens SP, tonifies Qi
Crisp rice cereal: Slightly cool and sweet, clears heat, diuretic, nourishes yin?
Dried cherries: Warm and sweet, strengthens SP, regenerates fluids, stops diarrhea
Chopped walnuts: Slightly warm and sweet, tonifies KD, reduces cholesterol
Black sesame seeds: Neutral and sweet, tonfies KD/LV, nourishes yin. restores hair color

The ingredients in this recipe mainly strengthen the SP. There are several KD tonifying ingredients as well. Nourishing, supporting and boosting to Qi and yin are the focus of this recipe. This would be good for someone who is generally deficient and is a good snack in the morning to get the body ready for the day.

Beet and Goat Cheese Salad

Categories: Blood Vacuity, Liver Blood Vacuity, Liver Qi Stagnation, Salad, Vegetarian

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Beet and Goat Cheese Salad (serves 2):

Ingredients:
* 1/8 cup balsamic vinegar
* 1.5 tablespoons shallots, thinly sliced
* 1/2 tablespoon honey
* 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
* Salt and freshly ground black pepper
* 3 medium beets, cooked and quartered
* 3 cups fresh arugula
* 1/4 cup walnuts, toasted, coarsely chopped
* 1/8 cup dried cranberries or dried cherries
* 1/4 avocado, peeled, pitted, and cubed
* 1.5 ounces soft fresh goat cheese, coarsely crumbled
Preparation:
1. Line a baking sheet with foil. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.
2. Whisk the vinegar, shallots, and honey in a medium bowl to blend. Gradually whisk in the oil. Season the vinaigrette, to taste, with salt and pepper. Toss the beets in a small bowl with enough dressing to coat. Place the beets on the prepared baking sheet and roast until the beets are slightly caramelized, stirring occasionally, about 12 minutes. Set aside and cool.
3. Toss the arugula, walnuts, and cranberries in a large bowl with enough vinaigrette to coat. Season the salad, to taste, with salt and pepper. Mound the salad atop 2 plates. Arrange the beets around the salad. Sprinkle with the avocado and goat cheese, and serve.

Nutritional Breakdown:
Shallots – warm, pungent – Promotes sweating, resolves phlegm, diuretic.
Honey — sweet, neutral — nourishes and harmonizes the middle jiao, moistens dryness
Black pepper — hot, pungent – warms digestion, dispels internal cold, antidote to food poisoning.
Beets – cool, sweet — nourishes blood, tonifies the heart, calms the spirit, cleanses the liver.
Arugula–  bitter, sweet–  clears heat, moves liver qi, moistens dryness
Walnuts — sweet, warm — tonifies the kidneys and lungs, lubricates the large intestine
Avocado — sweet, cool — nourishes yin and blood, moistens lungs, skin and intestines
Goat cheese — sweet, salty, warm — tonifies qi, nourishes blood, strengthens kidneys, calms the spirit

Blueberry Flax Oatmeal

Categories: Blood Vacuity, Kidney Yin Vacuity, Rice and Grains, Vegan, Vegetarian

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Blueberry Flax Oatmeal (serves 2):

Ingredients:
* 2-1/4 cups water
* dash salt
* 1 cup regular rolled oats
* 1/4 cup fresh blueberries
* 1/4 cup chopped walnuts
* 1 TBS flaxseeds
* 1 TBS blackstrap molasses
Preparation:
1. Combine the water and salt in a small saucepan and turn the heat to high.
2. When the water boils, turn the heat to low, add oatmeal, and cook, stirring, until the water is just absorbed, about 5 minutes. Add walnuts and flaxseeds. Stir, cover the pan, and turn off heat. Let set for 5 minutes. Serve with molasses and garnish with blueberries.

Nutritional Breakdown:
Salt – Cold, Salty, Slightly Sweet. Harmonizes and promotes digestion, strengthens Kidney (in small amounts) fortifies bones, tendons and teeth, brightens eyes, detoxifies.
Rolled oats — sweet, warm — supplements vacuity, rejuvenates nervous and reproductive systems
Blueberries — sour, sweet, warm — tonifies kidneys, nourishes blood, astringes qi
Walnuts — sweet, warm — tonifies the kidneys and lungs, lubricates the large intestine
Flaxseed — neutral, sweet — tonifies the spleen, moistens intestines, nourishes yin, strengthens immunity
Molasses — warm, sweet — tonifies qi, strengthens spleen, lubricates lungs

Barley and Mushroom Pilaf

Categories: Damp Heat in the Lower Jiao, Liver & Gall Bladder Damp Heat, Rice and Grains, Spleen Damp Heat

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Barley and Mushroom Pilaf

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 45 minutes
Serves: 4-6

Ingredients
2 ounces fresh shitake mushrooms
½ pound field mushrooms
1 onion
2 carrots
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons olive oil

1-cup pot barley
3 cups chicken stock
Handful of fresh parsley
½ cup walnuts
Soy sauce
Salt & Pepper

Method
Chop the mushrooms, onions and carrots into strips. Saute the mushrooms in a little of the olive oil and butter and set aside when browned.  Saute the onion and carrots in the rest of the oil and butter for a few minutes, stir in barley then add the stock. Cook for about 45 minutes or until the barley is tender, assign more stock if needed. Turn in the mushrooms and their juice and cook for a few more minutes. Toast the walnuts lightly, sprinkle with Soya sauce and fold in. Chop the parsley and fold that in too. Season with Soya sauce or salt and pepper and serve with some steamed greens.

The overall effect of this dish is to reduce heat, drain water and nourish the blood and yin.

Barley is beneficial for the stomach and intestines and is very easily digested. It strengthens the blood and the yin while at the same time leaching surplus water from the system.
Mushrooms, like the barley, are slightly cooling and they help remove toxins and surplus heat from the body. They also strengthen the stomach and promote healing
Field Mushrooms also improve appetite, stops diarrhea, resolves phlegm as well as the things stated above.
Onions are warming and pungent, and help to resolve phlegm and are a diuretic
Carrots are beneficial to all internal organs, lubricate the intestines and promote digestion. Also helpful in clearing heat and detoxifying
Parsley has a warm and pungent nature that promotes digestion reduces abdominal and stomach fullness regulating the flow of qi
Walnuts are beneficial to constipation by lubricating the intestines. They also aid in erratic and rebellious qi
Soy Sauce aids lots of flavor while harmonizing the middle jiao and clears heat

 

Raw BlueBerry Blaster Pie

Categories: Blood Vacuity, Desserts, Gluten-free, Kidney Qi Vacuity, Kidney Yin Vacuity, Raw, Spleen Unable to Govern Blood, Vegan, Vegetarian

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Raw BlueBerry Blaster Pie
2 C Raw Walnuts
1 C Unsweetened Shredded Dried Coconut
¼ t Salt
½ C Medjool Dates (pitted) + ¾ C Medjool Dates (pitted)
4 C Fresh Blueberries  (if you use frozen, thawed and well-drained)

1 T fresh lemon juice

Serves 8-12 (Depending on the slicer)

Crust
Blend Walnuts, Coconut and Salt in a food processor until coarsely ground. Add 1/2 c dates and process until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs and begins to stick together. Don’t over process/blend. (Any extra crust will store for about a month in the refrigerator or 3 months in the freezer).  Scoop Crust into a pie plate or tart pan. Use a light circular motion with your palm and finger to distribute th crumbs uniformly along the bottom and up the sides of the pan. There should be a ¾ inch lip of crumbs along the sides of the pan. After the crumbs are evenly distributed press the crust down on the bottom of the pan using your fingers and palm. Be sure to press especially firmly where the bottom of the pan joins the sides. Then press the crust against the pan’s sides, shaping it so that its edges are flush with the rim. Place in the freezer for 15 minutes.

Now place 1 -½ C of the blueberries along with the dates and lemon juice in a blender and process until smooth. Transfer to a mixing bowl, add the remaining blueberries, and mix well. Remove the crust from the freezer. Pour the blueberry filing into it and press down with a rubber spatula. Put in the freezer for at least 30 minutes. Cut and serve.

TCM Analysis
Walnuts — Sweet, Warm; LU, LI, KD; Lubricates Intestines; Good for Constipation
Coconut — Warm, Sweet; Intestines; Strengthens Body, Reduces Swelling; Good for Intestinal Worms
Salt — Cold, Salty, Slightly Sweet; Harmonizes and Promotes Digestion; Moves Stagnation (Constipation)
Medjool Dates — Sweet, Warm; Tonifies Spleen and Stomach, Harmonize Digestion, Encourage BM
Blueberries — Cool, Sweet, Sour; Lubricate, Promote Body Fluids, Strengthen Spleen
Lemon Juice — Cool, Sour; Regenerate Body Fluids, Harmonize Stomach, Regulates Qi

Overall Intended Action(s)
Strengthen and regulate the Spleen and Stomach Qi to improve digestion as well as providing the needed food processing to properly form stools, move stagnation and aid in constipation. Adding the Medjool Dates, Blueberries and Lemon Juice provides fluids and lubrication to assist the stool movement.

Sticky Sesame & Walnut Balls

Categories: Desserts, Kidney Yin Vacuity, Vegetarian

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Sticky Sesame & Walnut Balls

Ingredients:
1/3 cup (2 ounces) black sesame seeds
1/3 to ½ cup of chopped walnuts
3-4 TBL. Honey

Directions:
1. Roast the sesame seeds in a wide skillet over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Fry until fragrant, 3-5 minutes. Transfer the seeds to a bowl & let cool for a couple of minutes.
2. In a food processor, whir together the sesame seeds, walnuts, & 3 TBL Honey.
3. Roll into ¾ in. balls. If the balls don’t stick together, add a little more honey & mix well.
4. Serve.

Black Sesame seeds: Neutral, sweet & tonifies the kidney & liver, harmonizes blood & nourishes yin.
Walnuts: Slightly warm, sweet, tonifies kidneys, astringes lung, moisten intestines & descends rebellious qi.
Honey: Neutral/warm & sweet, nourishes yin, lubricates dryness, tonifies weakness, harmonizes stomach & strengthens spleen.

TCM: This dish addresses Kidney deficiency.

Walnut-Mushroom Pate

Categories: Appetizers, Gluten-free, Kidney Unable to Grasp Qi, Shen Calming, Vegan, Vegetarian

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My husband and I made this recipe for our family(s) at Thanksgiving.

3 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup diced yellow onion
3 cloves garlic
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 teaspoon dried tarragon
3/4 teaspoon salt
Freshly ground black pepper
1 pound cremini mushrooms, chopped
1 cup lightly toasted walnuts
3/4 cup cooked cannellini beans
1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
Up to 1/4 cup cold vegetable broth

Heat 2 tablespoons of the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
Add the onions and sautee for 3 to 5 minutes until translucent, then add the garlic, thyme, tarragon, salt and pepper, and cook for another minute.
Next, add the mushrooms and cook for 7 to 10 minutes until they are very soft, lowering the heat if necessary to prevent them from burning.

While the mushrooms are cooking, place the walnuts in a food processor or blender and process until very fine.

Add the cooked mushroom mixture to the walnuts, in the food processor, along with the balsamic vinegar, beans, and remaining tablespoon of olive oil. Process until smooth, adding the vegetable broth one tablespoon at a time as needed.
Continue to puree the ingredients until the pate resembles a smooth, thick, and spreadable paste.
Scrape mixture into an airtight container and chill for at least an hour before serving to allow the flavors to meld.

This recipe comes from:
Veganomicon: The Ultimate Vegan Cookbook
Authors: Isa Chandra Moskowitz, Terry Hope Romero
Marlowe & Company, New York, 2007.