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Beet Raita

Categories: Heart Blood Vacuity, Heart Yin Vacuity, Liver Blood Vacuity, Shen Calming

Beet Raita
Makes 3 cups
(From 3 Bowls)

¾ c plain low-fat yogurt
2 T chopped fresh dill
½ t honey
½ t fresh lime juice
1 medium to large beet (about ½ pound), cooked, peeled, and grated

1. Whisk together the yogurt, dill, honey, and lime juice in a medium bowl.
2. Add the grated beet. Mix thoroughly.
3. Refrigerate and serve cold.

(If you want a thicker raita, first drain the yogurt in a strainer lined with cheesecloth for 10 minutes.)

TCM Analysis
Yogurt: cool, sweet, sour; SP, ST, LU. Nourish yin, clear heat.
Dill: warm; LV, HT. Move qi, calm shen.
Honey: sweet, neutral; SP, LU, LI. Harmonize MJ, moisten dryness, nourish yin.
Lime: cool, sour; ST. Regenerate fluids, regulate qi.
Beet: sweet, neutral; SP, ST, LV, HT. Strengthen MJ, nourish LV blood, calm shen.

Overall, this recipe nourishes yin & blood, clears heat, and calms shen.  With beets as the main ingredient, it goes to the HT and would be particularly good for HT yin xu.

Summer Borscht

Categories: Liver Blood Vacuity, Liver Qi Stagnation, Shen Calming

Summer Borscht
(makes about 6-8 servings)
INGREDIENTS:
about 5 medium-sized beets, boiled or roasted until tender, peeled and diced

about 2 English cucumbers, diced

about 3-4 medium tomatoes, diced
3 cups chicken or vegetable broth (chilled or room temperature)

2 cups plain yogurt

1/4 cup red wine vinegar (or more to taste)

1 small bunch fresh dill, chopped

salt and pepper to taste

fresh lemon juice and zest to taste

DIRECTIONS:
1. Reserve any juices from the beets, tomatoes and cucumbers while chopping and combine them in a large pot or bowl with the broth and yogurt.
2. Add the vinegar, dill, a pinch of salt and pepper, and taste. Sugar can be added to cut the acidity as well, to taste.
3. Add lemon juice to taste.

TCM analysis:
Beets: cool, sweet. Nourishes blood, tonifies HT, calms the spirit, lubricates intestines, cleanses Liver.
Cucumbers: cool, sweet, bland. Clears heat, quenches thirst, relieves irritability, promotes diuresis.
Tomatoes: Slightly cool, sweet, sour. Promotes body fluids, quenches thirst, strengthens S, aids digestion, cools blood, clears heat, detoxifies, calms LV, removes food stagnation.
Yogurt: Neutral sweet. Strengthens weakness, nourishes qi and blood, lubricates dryness.
Vinegar: Sour, warm, slightly bitter. Liver. Invigorates blood, clears toxin, astringes.
Lemon: Cool, sour. Regenerates body fluids, harmonizes ST, regulates qi, quenches thirst, benefits LV.
Overall function: LV qi Stag
The beets nourish blood and calm the spirit while cleansing the Liver. The Cucumbers relieve irritability and the tomatoes and lemon calm and benefit the Liver. Vinegar assists with invigorating the blood.

Pear and Watercress Soup

Categories: Lung Fluid Xu, Lung Phlegm Heat, Lung Yin Vacuity

Pear and Watercress Soup

Serves 6
1 bunch of watercress
4 pears, sliced
3 ¾ cups chicken stock, preferably homemade OR vegetable stock (if vegetarian or if there is much heat and dryness present in patient)
½ yogurt
juice of 1 lime
salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

Place two-thirds of the watercress leaves and all stems in a pan with the pears, stock, and a little seasoning. Simmer for 15 to 20 minutes.

Reserving some of the watercress leaves for the garnish, add the rest to the soup and immediately blend in a food processor until smooth.

Put the soup in a bowl and stir the cream and lime juice to mix the flavors thoroughly. Season again to taste. Pour all the soup back into the rinsed pan and reheat, stirring gently, until warmed through.

Serve in warm bowls with watercress garnish.

Watercress — cool, bitter; clears heat, quenches thirst, lubricates lungs, promotes diuresis; treats thirst, irritability, restlessness, dry sore throat, cough with yellow sputum.

Pear — cold, sweet; regenerates body fluids, calms HT, relieves restlessness, clears heat, lubricates throat & LU, quenches thirst, promotes urination, detoxifies, dissolves mucus, stops cough; treats cough due to heat in the LU, excess mucus, irritability, thirst, dry throat, hoarse throat, retina pain, constipation, difficult urination, skin lesions, alcohol intoxication

Chicken (stock) — warm, sweet; tonifies qi, nourishes xue, aids KD xu, benefits SP/ST

Vegetable stock — slightly more cooling and moistening than the chicken stock perhaps; substitute when the patient presents with more extreme heat and dryness.

Yogurt — neutral, sweet; strengthens weakness, nourishes qi, xue & yin, lubricates dryness

Lime — cool, sour; regenerates body fluids, harmonizes ST, regulates qi, quenches thirst; treats sore throat, dry mouth, ST distention, cough

METAL IMBALANCE – LU HEAT (XU OR EXCESS)
*this recipe is overall cooling and moistening. Therefore use with caution in cool-damp conditions.

Clear Summer Borscht

Categories: Liver Blood Stasis, Liver Blood Vacuity, Liver Qi Stagnation

Clear Summer Borscht
By MARTHA ROSE SHULMAN
Published: August 6, 2008

This glistening, lemony summer borscht is infused with garlic and utterly refreshing, even thirst-quenching. If you enrich the soup with yogurt, the color will be dark pink. If you don’t, it will be a clear, dark red.
Andrew Scrivani for The New York Times

2 pounds beets (8 medium, usually 2 bunches), peeled, cut in half and sliced in thin half-moons

7 cups water

2 teaspoons salt, or to taste

6 tablespoons strained fresh lemon juice (from 2 to 3 lemons)

1 tablespoon sugar

2 plump garlic cloves, cut in half lengthwise, green shoots removed

3/4 cup plain low-fat yogurt (optional)

1 small cucumber, peeled, seeded, and cut in small dice

Chopped fresh dill or chives for garnish

1. Combine the beets, water, and 1 teaspoon salt in a soup pot and bring to a simmer. Cover and simmer 30 minutes. Add the lemon juice, remaining salt, and sugar and continue to simmer, uncovered, for 20 minutes. Remove from the heat and add the garlic. Allow to cool, then cover and chill (you can speed this process by transferring the soup to a bowl and placing the bowl in an ice bath). Taste and adjust seasoning. Remove the garlic cloves.

2. Place 2 tablespoons yogurt, if desired, into the center of chilled soup bowls. Ladle in the soup. Garnish with diced cucumber and minced dill or chives.

Advance preparation: This soup can be made a day ahead and will be good for 2 or 3 days.

Yield: Serves 6

Approximate Nutritional Information: 107 calories per serving;7 calories from fat; total fat: 0.8g; saturated fat 0g; cholesterol 2mg; sodium 173mg; total carbohydrates 22.8g; dietary fiber: 3.4g; sugars 17.5g; protein 4.6g

Watermelon Soup

Categories: Dryness, Fluid Vacuity, Gluten-free, Soup, Summerheat, Vegetarian

watermelon

Watermelon Soup Recipe

Ingredients
4 cups seeded watermelon cubes
1/3 cup pomegranate juice
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1 teaspoon chopped fresh mint
1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1 tablespoon honey (optional)
1/3 cup plain nonfat yogurt
Preparation
Process first 5 ingredients and honey, if desired, in a blender or food processor until smooth, stopping to scrape down sides. Cover and chill 1 hour. Serve in individual bowls with a dollop of yogurt.

Serving Size:
1 Cup/4 servings per recipe

by Nanci Bankier

Watermelon soup could be used to quench thirst and relive summerheat and irritability. Watermelon is considered, in TCM, to be sweet and cold and it goes to the UB, HRT, and ST channels. The functions of the watermelon in the soup promotes: urination, can help relieve constipation, sore throat, dry mouth, and even toothache. The pomegranate also has some actions that benefit the KD, as well as the LU and LV. In TCM, pomegranate is considered to be sweet, astringent, and cold. The pomegranate juice in the soup can help promote fluids, quench thirst and astringe intestines which would help issues of leucorrhea, bleeding, and diarrhea. The mint in the recipe and help clear heat from the body, and help relieve a sore throat.

Tzatziki: Cucumber and Yogurt Salad

Categories: Indian, Mediterranean, Side Dishes, Stomach Fire, Vacuity Heat, Yin Vacuity

Tzatziki

Tzatziki: Cucumber and Yogurt Salad (also known as Raita)

ingredients:
2 large cucumbers, washed well, quartered lengthwise and then sliced as thin as possible
1/2 cup greek yogurt
5-6 minced fresh mint leaves
pinch salt
optional: 1/2 tsp rosewater

mix all ingredients well in a large bowl. can be served with torn fresh lettuce or as a side or condiment. makes about 3 cups.

analysis: cucumbers are cooling and sweet and relieve stomach inflammation. yogurt is sweet and neutral and nourishes yin and quenches fire. mint is cool and pungent; it helps relieve stomach inflammation and stops pain by moving qi. rose water is sweet and pungent and moves qi, helping to relieve pain. the scent is said to calm the mind.

Seasoned lamb

Categories: Indian, Kidney Yang Vacuity, Lamb

lamb

Seasoned Lamb

Serving Size 4

1/2 cup plain yogurt
1/4 cup water
2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 tablespoon distilled white vinegar
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 cup chopped onion
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 tablespoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
5 pounds boneless lamb shoulder, cut into 1/4-inch-thick strips

Directions
Place the yogurt, water, lemon juice, vinegar, olive oil, onion, and garlic into a large mixing bowl. Whisk in the salt, black pepper, cumin, nutmeg, clove, mace, and cayenne pepper until evenly blended. Mix in the lamb strips to coat. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap, and marinate in the refrigerator 12 to 24 hours (the longer the better).
Heat a large skillet over high heat. Cook the lamb strips in a single layer in batches until the fat melts and the meat has browned and is no longer pink on the inside, about 5 minutes, turning occasionally.

This meal is design for a Kidney Yang Xu pattern. The bulk of the recipe is the lamb which is a big Kidney Yang tonifier.

lemon juice- tonifies yin, regulates liver, harmonizes stomach
white vinegar- invigorates blood
olive oil- clears heat, tonifies yin
onion- phlegm
garlic- food and blood stagnation
salt- tonifies kidney
black pepper- helps with diarrhea
cloves- sends Qi down, stops pain
cayenne pepper- helps with diarrhea
lamb – tonifies qi and yang, tonifies Kidney

Cucumber Raita

Categories: Dryness, Heart Fire, Heart Yin Vacuity, Indian, Large Intestine Heat, Liver Yang Rising, Lung Yin Vacuity, Side Dishes, Stomach Fire, Stomach Yin Vacuity, Vacuity Heat, Vegetarian, Yin Vacuity

raita

Cucumber Raita

Prep time: 10 mins
Serves: 4

Ingredients:
1-teaspoon cumin seeds
2 cucumbers
1 ½ cups yogurt
¼ teaspoon salt

Method:
Dry roast the cumin seeds until they are slightly browned, then crush them with a rolling pin or mortar and pestle. Grate or finely shred the cucumber, combine with the other indigents and let the mixture sit for half an hour or so before serving.

Cucumber is cooling, sweet and cleansing and will relieve heat throughout the body. Its moistening thirst-relieving nature will benefit dryness and it has an uplifting affect on the heart and relieves irritability
Yogurt is also moistening and cooling with special benefits for the intestines.
Cumin slightly moderates the coolness of this dish and counteracts the dampening nature of the yogurt

Primary Actions: Yin, Heat, and Dryness
Primary Influences: Lung, Intestines, Stomach, Spleen, Heart

Contraindicated: Yang xu, Damp, Cold

Celery Cherry Salad

Categories: Kidney Qi Vacuity, Kidney Yin Vacuity, Salad

Fenland Celery

rving Size 2-3

3/4 cup sliced celery
1/3 cup dried sweet cherries
1/3 cup frozen green peas, thawed

3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
1 tablespoon chopped pecans, toasted
1 1/2 tablespoons mayonnaise
1 1/2 tablespoons plain yogurt
1 1/2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper

This Recipe supports a Kidney- Spleen Xu Pattern.

Directions
In a medium bowl, combine the celery, cherries, peas, parsley and pecans. Stir in the mayonnaise, yogurt and lemon juice. Season with salt and pepper. Chill before serving

celery-ton KD, Ton SP/ST
sweet cherries- Ton SP, Stim Appetite, Ton Yin
green peas, thawed- Ton MJ,
parsley- Food Stagnation, Regulates Qi
pecans, toasted- Ton Qi, Ton LU, Ton KD
mayonnaise-
yogurt
lemon juice- Ton Yin, Reg LV, Harmon ST
salt- Ton KD
black pepper- Helps with Diarrhea