We’re back for another exciting semester of Chinese Nutrition and Dietary Therapy! I’m looking forward to what class 35 brings to the table–literally and figuratively!–in regards to interpreting and arranging foods geared towards helping a variety of imbalances.
We kicked off the semester with L. cooking for SP qi xu. She brought some specificity to the assignment, creating this dish for her Spleen qi deficient son (whose signs and symptoms are listed as a case study below). We should all be so lucky to have mothers that are doctors and chefs! The tasty soup was a success, with most of us diving in for seconds (and thirds). What surprised us the most as a class was how the look of the soup (a red, borscht-y vibe) differed wildly from its warm, spicy, almost chili-esque appeal. This is sure to get your spleen AND your taste buds revved up!
TCM pattern: Spleen Qi Deficiency
DOS: Damp-Phlegm obstructing the lung d/t underlying Spleen deficiency
Western Dx: Chronic Rhinitis
S/S: Profuse clear, white and slippery nasal discharge worse in am or post greasy meals, occasional sneezing upon awakening in am, frequent/loose BM, poor appetite, dizziness esp. in am, and hard time getting up in am.
T: Pink, moist, swollen with teethmarks
Foods to add: Adzuki beans, cooked veggies especially beets, leafy greens, carrots, squash, sweet potatoes, stews; apples (sweet and organic), apricots, dates, figs, grapes, raspberries. Drink warm drink like hot tea or room temperature water post meals.
Foods to avoid: Candy, celery, dairy, raw salads and vegetables, frozen foods, fruit juices, cold drinks, melon, pork, radishes, sugar, tofu or any fried, greasy, oily foods.
Helpful cooking methods: Steam instead of Fry. Cook with spices such as cardamom, cinnamon, cloves, coriander, fennel, garlic powder, nutmeg, ginger powder, pepper, sweet basil, and orange peel. Eat easy to digest food like soups, stews and cooked veggies.
Sp Xu Bean Soup
2 teaspoons whole cumin seed – promote bean digestion
7 cloves of garlic (smashed) – pungent, sweet, warm; Sp, St, Lu; warm MJ, reinforce St, aiding digestion, promote energy circulation
1 large red onion – pungent and bitter, warm; Lu, St, Li; activate yang and sending Qi downward
½ cup black beans – sweet, neutral; Sp, Kid; tonify Sp
¼ cup small red/adzuki beans – sweet, neutral; Sp, Li, Si; reinforce Sp and remove damp
1/8 cup garbanzo beans – Sweet flavor; benefit the St; contain more iron than other legumes and a good source of unsaturated fats.
¼ cup lentils beans – neutral, mild flavor; stimulate the adrenal system
1 dried red chili pepper – pungent, hot; Sp, St, Li; warm MJ, reinforce St, restore appetite.
1 teaspoon turmeric powder – warm, bitter; promote protein digestion; healing properties/anti-inflammatory and antioxidant qualities
2 teaspoons fresh grated ginger – pungent, sl warm; Lu, Sp, St, warm MJ & Lu to transform phlegm/dampness
2 tomatoes (cubed) (wash seeds out) – sweet, sour, cool; St, Liv; promotes digestion, poor appetite
2 carrots (cubed) – Sweet and neutral/ propensity for Sp, Lu, Liv. Reinforce Sp and aid digestion and send counterflow of qi downward.
1 beet root (cubed) – sweet, neutral; congested chest, poor energy circulation
1 Chicken breast cut up in small pieces – sweet, warm; Sp, St; warm MJ, nourish Sp, enriching & nourishing Q & blood.
Salt and peppers to taste
Bouillon to taste (optional)
Soak red/adzuki, black, and garbanzo beans for 5 hours, then boil until tender
Add lentil beans, chili peppers, ginger, turmeric, and cumin
Brown chicken with garlic and onions and pour into original mixture.
Add tomatoes, beets and carrots and cook until tender.
Add salt and pepper to taste.
Additional ingredients if you like roots
Taro root – pungent, sweet, neutral with a light toxicity; reinforce Sp and St