We all knew that Mercury was in retrograde; the planet of culinary delights must also be in retrograde this week! Despite some challenges (technical difficulties in the way of an overzealous crockpot and very absorbent beans), LA delivered a tasty, blood-building meal for us today. This meal was carefully thought out and the ingredients hand selected from natural and organic purveyors. The lamb was incredibly tender and just fell apart in your mouth–I know it set me on a full fledged lamb kick!
TCM DOS: Liver Blood Deficiency
Western Correlation: Anemia, alopecia, glaucoma, gout, leukemia, scleroderma
TCM S/S: dizziness, pale lips, dull complexion, numbness or tingling of limbs, insomnia, blurred vision, dry eyes, vertigo, night blindness, eye floaters, dry hair and skin, scanty menstruation or amenorrhea, muscle weakness, and/or spasms, cramps, withered and brittle nails, depression feeling of aimlessness
Tongue: Pale, especially on the sides (orange in extreme cases), thin, slightly dry
Pulse: Choppy or fine
Recommended Foods: beets, celery, cucumber, grapes (dark colored), lemon/lime, raspberry, salt, tomato, vinegar, blackberry, chlorophyll, dang gui, mulberry, spirulina, turnip, watercress, corn, spinach, cherries, dates, lychee, avocado, millet, buckwheat, cornmeal, eats, rice, chestnuts, black beans, black sesame seeds, beef, chicken, pork, egg yolk, fish, honey, olives.
Lamb with Spinach and Artichokes
2-2 ½ pounds boneless lamb shoulder roast
19 ounce can cannellini beans (white kidney beans), rinsed and drained
19 ounce can diced tomatoes
1 tablespoon minced garlic (6 cloves)
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon dried oregano, crushed
14 ounce can of artichoke hearts, drained and quartered
3 cups fresh baby spinach
3 cups hot cooked orzo (6 oz. uncooked) (whole wheat- 100% organic)
1. In a slow cooker stir together meat, beans, tomatoes, garlic, salt, and oregano.
2. Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 8 to 10 hours or on high-heat setting for 4 to 5 hours. 3. Stir in drained artichoke hearts and spinach.
4. Serve lamb mixture over hot cooked orzo.