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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!

Cupcakes to Course the Liver Qi

Liver qi stagnation is most easily recognized as stress, irritability, and frustration.  One surefire way to combat those feelings is the “eat a bunch of cupcakes” method, but all that sugar can just compound the issue.  BUT…what if…just WHAT if…someone devised a cupcake that also eased Liver Qi Stagnation?  JK became our superhero of the day and did just that.  These cupcakes (AND frosting) are full of ingredients that help to move liver qi along, soothing the frustration that often comes with a lack of baked goods.  And the kicker…they even had creamy insides.  Now, this isn’t your everyday Liver Qi Stagnation recipe (“man cannot live on sugary cupcakes alone”) but you can definitely use it as your “Break Glass in Case of Liver Qi Emergency” standby!

TCM DOS:  Liver qi stagnation

Western diagnosis: Amenorrhea,dysmenorrhea, premenstrual syndrome, headache, depression,  IBS, Gastritis, Hypochondriac pain, Indigestion

Signs and Symptoms:  Premenstrual syndrome, Breast Tenderness, Sighing, irritability, depression, frustrations, and mood swings that have abrupt outbursts. In addition there may be stomach aches,  diminished appetite,  bloating in the epigastric region, gas, diarrhea, IBS, nausea, retching, Plum Pit Qi, and  feeling of congestion and or swelling in chest , Hypochondriac Pain and or Distention,

Tongue: Light red with a thin white coat

Pulse:  Wiry

Foods that help LV qi stagnation:  carrots, black sesame seeds, beets, pine nuts, lemon peel, yogurt, wheat, cherry, plums, fennel, plums, vinegar, pickled vegetables, radish, cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, brown seaweed, onions, celery, mustard greens, rosemary, turmeric, basil, bay leaf, cardamom, cumin, marjoram, dill,  and horseradish.

*Black pepper, garlic and ginger stimulate flow of qi but should only be used in small amounts: otherwise, they can cause harm to the liver.

Foods to Avoid:  Alcohol, coffee,  red meats,  fried foods,  foods high in fat, very spicy, hot foods,  sweet foods and sugar. In addition, avoid food coloring, preservatives, highly processed and refined foods.

Helpful cooking method: Pickling, steamed, boiling or lightly cooked.


  1. https://yingyangxue.wordpress.com/category/kidney-yin-deficiency/
  2. Chinese Nutrition Therapy Dietetics in TCM  JoergKastner, M.D., L.Ac.
  3. HS 521 Nutrition and Diet Therapy Class Handout

Cupcakes to Course the Liver Qi

              Cupcake mix

Supreme Moist Carrot Cake mix

4/5 cups water

3 brown organic eggs

1/3 cup organic coconut oil

1/3 cup vegetable oil

Carrots: Improve LV function                        1 ½ cups

Black sesame seeds:  Supplements LV         ½ cup

Beets: LV qi stagnation                                     1/5  cup pureed

Greek yogurt: Relax LV                                3 tbs

Wheat flower                                                 ¾ cup

Pine Nut                                                         ¼ cup

  1. Mix ingredients
  2. Heat:  350 degreese
  3. Beat: low speed 30 seconds then medium speed for 1 minute
  4. Pour into cupcake baking cups
  5. Bake-  7- 9 minutes

Frosting & Filling

Cream cheese frosting                                                1 can

Lemon Peel: moves stagnant LV qi                       1 ½ tbs

Greek Yogurt:  relax LV                                            1 cup

Wheat flour                                                                    ¾ cups

  1. Zest the lemon peel;  stir  can of cream cheese frosting, lemon zest, greek yogurt, and wheat flower together
  2. Gently make a small opening in center of cupcake
  3.  fill w/ 3 tsp of frosting mixture
  4. Frost the top of the cupcake
  5. Sprinkle black sesame seeds on top

I *told* you they had a creamy center!

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