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Farmers Lamb Healthy Stew

This exceptional warming recipe is based on Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM), which believes that winter, with its cold, damp, and inactivity all Yin characteristics. TCM suggests that in order to live in harmony with nature, we should slow down, stay warm, replenish our energy and conserve our strength during the winter season.

The TCM Kidney is associated with winter. Our Kidneys are considered the source of all Qi (energy) in our bodies, especially the deepest type of Qi called Essence. During the winter it is important to nourish and nurture our Kidney Qi by choosing appropriate foods and preparing them in ways that support the Kidneys.

Lamb is world-renowned, flavoursome, tasty and tender. Traditional Chinese medicine considers that lamb has especially good health promoting properties. It is warm in nature, it invigorates Yang, especially the Kidneys to benefit the Qi and warm blood circulation.


  • 1 tbsp. butter or olive oil
  • 350 grams grass fed lamb stew meat, cubed, seasoned with salt, pepper and cumin
  • 2 onions, peeled and quartered
  • 3 garlic cloves, peeled and chopped
  • 1 ginger chopped
  • 4 cups water or stock
  • 1 cup organic red wine
  • 1 tsp. dried rosemary
  • 2 carrots, chopped into 2-3 inch pieces
  • 1 medium potato, chopped into 1-2 inch cubes
  • 1 tsp. sea salt
  • 1/8 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • Parsley

Cooking procedure:

  • In a soup pot, sear lamb cubes until lightly browned. Add ginger onions and garlic and cook 2-3 minutes.
  • Add stock, red wine, dried rosemary, and bring to a boil.
  • Cover and reduce heat to medium/low for 45 minutes.
  • Add carrots, potato and cook 20-30 minutes.
  • Add sea salt and black pepper and cook an additional 5 minutes.
  • Season with chopped parsley.

This is very simple and easy to cook and has very positive benefits like

  • Warms Kidney Yang and the Gate of Vitality
  • Warms Qi and Blood circulation
  • Strengthens the lower back and legs
  • Nourishes Blood and increase production of milk after labour


  • Lamb is warm in characteristic so I would suggest to AVOID eating lamb if your body has an infection.
  • The heat from lamb is best AVOIDED when you suffer from high blood pressure.
  • Eat lamb less during the hot summer

I hope you enjoy all the benefits of this deep nourishing recipe.

James O’Sullivan - that's me, a people friendly practitioner and lecturer of Integrated Medicine, serving my patients, my students and the public with the positive benefits of both Conventional Western Medicine and Traditional Chinese Medicine. It's a wonderful life
Disclaimer: This article is not intended to diagnose or assess. The information provided is not to be considered a substitute for consultation with a qualified health care practitioner.
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