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Patty cake, patty cake, Kidney Yin

SB brought a colorful batch of healing to this week’s class, based around Kidney yin deficiency.  Her black bean cakes (and accompanying accoutrements) were like yin-boosting confetti puffs, dotted with nourishing blasts of colorful vegetables.  The “rainbow mango salsa” and avocado lime yogurt only added to the visual appeal and taste.  This would make an excellent dish to bring to a potluck party,  particularly since partying hard taxes the Kidney yin.    Covert healing!

TCM DOS: Kidney Yin Deficiency

KD yin xu is characterized by night sweats, hot sensation in the palms, soles and chest, dark scanty urine, thirst, dizziness, malar flush, low back pain, knee weakness, nocturnal emissions, constipation

Tongue:  Red with no or peeled coat

Pulse:  Rapid and thready

Beneficial foods for KD yin xu:  black beans, black rice, wheat, oats, rice, millet, barley, eggs, zucchini, squash, potatoes, sweet potatoes, melons, string beans, beets, button mushrooms, wood ear mushrooms, apples, banana, blueberries, black berries, peaches, mulberries, mango, grapes, goji berries, pears, walnuts, raspberries, corn, walnuts

Foods to avoid:  chilies, cinnamon, garlic, ginger, onions, shallots, leeks, basil, cloves, coffee


Black Bean Sweet Potato Cakes with Avocado Lime Yogurt “Sour Cream” & Rainbow Salsa

  • 2 c. Black Beans
  • 1 Sweet Potato
  • 1 Beet
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 tsp  black sesame seeds
  • ½ c Corn
  • 2 cups panko breadcrumbs
  • 1 tomato, chopped
  • 1/2 Green Bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/2Red Bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 Yellow Bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 Orange Bell pepper, chopped

Boil black beans for 1.5 hours then drain.  Boil sweet potato and beet then drain.  Combine boiled black beans, sweet potato, beet and 2 eggs into food processor.  Leave some black beans out to add back into cake later.  Chop bell peppers, tomato, corn and stir into black bean cake mixture along with panko breadcrumbs and black sesame seeds.  Form mixture into small cakes/  Bake on 375 degrees for 25-30 minutes depending on size of cake.

Rainbow  Mango Salsa

  • 5 small mangoes, chopped
  • ½ cup corn
  • 1 tomato, chopped
  • 12/ Green Bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 Red Bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 Yellow Bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 Orange Bell pepper, chopped
  • Mint
  • Cilantro

Chop and combine all ingredients and let sit overnight in refrigerator.

Avocado Lime Yogurt “sour cream

  • 1 avocado
  • 1 container Greek yogurt
  • 1 lime

Mix avocado and lime into Greek yogurt until smooth.

A paparazzi shot of the cakes in the nude!

Clearing damp heat the delicious way

Typically it’s our diet that gets us into trouble with damp heat in the first place (I’m looking straight at you, pizza & beer!) Luckily, we can fight that condition with our diet as well.  AB made us a delightful millet & adzuki bean salad; these are two powerful and delicious foods that are very adept at clearing damp heat, yet they’re severely underutilized and under-appreciated in the typical western diet.  AB showed us how wonderful they can truly be, though, in this yummy grain and bean salad.

TCM DOS: Damp Heat

A condition of dampness and heat combined with symptoms of thick yellow secretions and phlegm.

General Signs & Symptoms: Epigastric and /or abdominal oppression, lack of appetite, heavy body, thirst with little/no desire to drink, abdominal pain, loose stools with strong odor possibly w/burning anus, nausea, vomiting, fever, headache

Tongue: Red with Yellow sticky coat

Pulse: Slippery, rapid

Points that can help: SP 9 – resolve dampness, SP 6 – tonify SP, UB 20 – SP Shu, LI 11 – clear heat, GB 34 – clear damp-heat, nausea and/or vomiting

Western Correlations: Diarrhea, IBS, pancreatitis, hepatitis, jaundice, UTI, eczema.

Helpful foods to eat:rice, rye, millet, wheat, barley,celery, carrots, spinach, Swiss chard, eggplants, Chinese cabbage, tomatoes, broccoli, peas, cauliflower, asparagus, watercress, arugula, lettuce, radish,daikon radish, alfalfa sprouts, shitake mushrooms, chrysanthemum leaves,bamboo shoots, amaranth leaves, purslane, lemon, cranberries, watermelon, persimmons, mung beans, tofu, tempeh, adzuki beans,kelp, green tea, chrysanthemum tea (unsweetened), peppermint tea, water,small amounts of juices (diluted)

Foods to Avoid:alcohol, greasy or oily foods, all deep fried foods, cheese, sugar, highly processed foods,fatty meats, all dairy, eggs, shrimp, peanuts, chilis, cinnamon, garlic, mustard, coffee, excessive amounts of salt, chocolate, frozen foods like ice cream or smoothies, iced drinks including ice water.

Useful herbal teas:  Green Tea, Uva ursi, dandelion leaf, plantain leaf, flax seed, watermelon seed and pipsissewa (pipsissewa is good for chronic bladder infections).

In general it is best for you to have small and simple meals of cooked foods.  Because there is heat involved with this pattern you can have small amounts of raw foods and your choice of protein should be vegetarian. Meals should be 50% vegetables, 20-30% complex carbohydrates like rice millet or barley, and about 20% protein.

Millet and Adzuki Bean Salad

Serves 4-6

Base Ingredients:

1 cup millet

2 cups filtered water

2 cups cooked adzuki beans, rinsed well (or use organic canned)

1/2 cup onion, minced

1 cup frozen corn


2 tablespoons olive oil

2 tablespoons lemon or lime juice

1 garlic clove, minced

1/2 cup fresh cilantro, minced

1/2 tsp ground cumin

zest of 1 lime or lemon


Skip steps 1-4 if using canned beans. Cook millet as directed.  Warm the canned beans with the corn and onion and add to cooked millet before adding dressing.

1.  Cover the Aduki Beans with filtered water in a bowl overnight.  I like to cover the entire bowl with a towel to assure nothing falls in it.

2.  Rinse the Aduki Beans well with water.  (Tip pour this water into our house plants to give them nutrients and to not waste the water.)

3.  Place Aduki Beans in a pot covered with just enough water so that you can boil the beans.  Boil for about ten minutes.  Turn off heat and cover with a lid.  Let this set just as it is (off heat) for about thirty minutes. The steam will fully cook the beans.

4.  Rinse the Aduki Beans again with water.

5.  Finally place all the base ingredients into a rice cooker (or on stovetop) and cook as you normally would a batch of brown rice

6.  Once mixture has finished cooking, pour into a large bowl.

7.  In small bowl, place the dressing ingredients and whisk for a few seconds.

8.  Toss the dressing over the base ingredients and there you have an entire dinner ready!  Enjoy!  ☆☆

** Tips: I used a little less onion and made an extra side of the dressing to serve with the dish the next day.


Nutritional Information: (4 Servings)

304.5 calories, 49.3carbs, 8.1g fat, 801.1mg potassium, 1.6g sugar, 11.8g protein

**Recipe from genkikitty@wordpress.com


Damp heat doesn't stand a chance against festive plates & napkins!

Some beautiful damp-draining green tea to top it off.


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