This week, IO prepared one of my personal favorites, black bean soup. Who knew I was doing my kidneys such a favor when I seek out my obsession! This recipe is simple, delectable, and can be made with just a few ingredients that most of us usually have in our pantries and refrigerators. IO paired it with a yellow rice which made for a nice in-bowl combination!
TCM DOS: Kidney yin deficiency
Western Dx: Low back pain
Tongue: Red, no coating, cracks
Pulse: Empty and rapid
Signs and Symptoms:
Dizziness, Poor memory, Dry mouth at night, Sore back, Dark-scanty urine, Vertigo, Deafness, 5-palm heat, Ache in bones, Constipation, Tinnitus, Night sweating, Thirst, Nocturnal emissions
Foods that help this condition: wheat, oats, rice, millet, barley, eggs, dairy in moderate amounts, yogurt, tofu, tempeh, nuts & seeds, aduki beans, black beans, mung beans, black soy beans, kidney beans, black sesame seeds, pork, chicken, black boned chicken, duck, pigeon, eggs, organic bone marrow spanish mackerel, sardines, oysters, mussels, clams, cuttlefish, squid, perch, seaweeds, eel, bird’s nest soup, zucchini, squash, potatoes, sweet potatoes, melons, string beans, beets, button mushrooms, wood ear mushrooms, apples, banana, blueberries, black berries, peaches, mulberries, mango, coconut olive oil, flaxseed oil, almond oil, kelp, spirulina
Foods to avoid in this condition: chilies, cinnamon, garlic, ginger, onions, shallots, leeks, basil, cloves, wasabi coffee, vinegar, pickles, tea, lamb, shrimp, prawns, veal, game birds, citrus fruits, cigarettes, alcohol, recreational stimulants
Meals should consist largely of easily digested complex carbohydrates like grains and starchy root vegetables, roughly 40% of your diet. About 40% of the diet should be comprised of cooked vegetables. Proteins should comprise only 10 – 20% of the diet. The diet should also include plenty of fluids, especially in the form of soups, and avoid overly hot, spicy meals.
Black Bean Soup
1 Pound Black beans
1 Large white onion
1 Large green pepper (remove seeds)
1 Teaspoon ground cumin
Salt and pepper to taste
Soak black beans overnight, then boil with the whole onion and green pepper until tender ( about one hour). Remove onion and green pepper. Add cumin, salt and pepper to taste.
Serve with white or yellow rice.