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Acorn Crusted Corn Bread Dipped In Honey

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How to Make Acorn Crusted Corn Bread Dipped in Honey

SERVINGS: 8
PREP TIME: 10 MINUTES
COOK TIME: 40 MINUTES

PREPARATION: BAKED, DIP

INGREDIENTS

1/2 c
1 c
1/4 c
1/4 c
3/4 c
1 tbsp
2 whole
1 c
1 c
3/4 tsp
3/4 tsp

PREPARATION OF THIS HEALTHY RECIPE


1. In a mixing bowl, combine dry ingredients.

2. Add the milk, eggs and butter; beat for 1 minute.

3. See the notes below on how to process acorns. Mix acorns and powdered sugar into a paste. Mix with butter and spread onto a greased 9-in. square baking pan. Pour cornbread mixture over nuts. Bake at 425 degrees F for 20-25 minutes or until bread is golden brown and tests done. Drizzle honey over cornbread.

Processing Acorns:

Acorns are high in tannins, a bitter and astringent acid that irritates the digestive tract and causes constipation. However, tannins are water soluble. For a good tasting acorn, you have to leech the tannins with water. By following these instructions, you can safely incorporate this idealic nut into your diet. Enjoy!

Instructions

Wild-crafted acorns should be hulled then soaked for three days, changing the water as often as possible, each time the water turns brown. If the acorns are bitter they need to be soaked longer.

1. Shell and chop into fine pieces.

2. Let stand in water, changing water to wash out the bitterness whenever the water turns dark brown (about 15 times over 4 days).

3. Roast in the oven until the acorn aroma fills in the house.

How Does This Ayurvedic Recipe Improve Wellness?

CLINICAL AYURVEDIC REVIEW


Break off a steaming hunk of Acorn Crusted Cornbread, dip it into sticky-sweet honey, and take a delectable bite. Oops! There's a little honey stuck to your nose! Sweet, nutty, and steeped with buttery goodness, this recipe is sure to bring out the kid in you. In fact, why not make an adventure for the whole family? Head outside with a paper sack and fill it to the brim with acorns fallen from your lawn's great oak tree. Warm and aromatic cornbread made from hand-collected acorns is the perfect way to celebrate the harvest holiday.

Soul Food with a Rustic Twist

Cornbread recipes are an American staple- it seems every region has its own cultural rendition. In the South, you find the classic cornbread recipes. In the Southwest, you'll see green chili on the ingredient list. Emanate the Appalachians by incorporating acorn flour. Wild-crafted acorns contain tannins which are drying and bitter, but once you remove the tannins (see process below), they become nutty and rich. What a perfect crunchy crust for soulful cornbread! Using wild-crafted ingredients connects you and your family to food on a deep level- you will begin to understand nature's role more completely, becoming more thankful for the earth's elegant process. Your kids, who used to utilize acorns solely for their aerodynamic qualities (they are quite satisfying to try and throw over the roof), will begin to realize that acorns are also food. The squirrels have it right; acorns are delicious!

A Sweet Treat

Although corn meal is great for pacifying Kapha, the additions of sugar, butter, and whole wheat in this recipe end up provoking Kapha. Vata should still be cautious of the drying qualities of corn- they could become constipated or gassy. Here's a happy solution: Spread with more butter or ghee to increase the oily quality in Acorn Crusted Cornbread and enjoy!

Reported by Frank Cook of Asheville, NC and Grass Valley, CA. (https://www.plantsandhealers.com)

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Your Ayurvedic diet is tailored to your individual body and your specific imbalances. With an Ayurvedic diet you feel joy and satisfaction because what you are eating truly nourishes and balances you. Disease results from diets and lifestyles that are incompatible with your nature. By eating a personalized diet matched to your body, you experience optimal health. See How it Works.

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INCREASES
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Increases These Biocharacteristics (Gunas)

Functional Ayurveda helps you assess imbalances through 20 main biocharacteristics (gunas). Aggravating these characteristics weakens your body and causes imbalance. By knowing which characteristics are habitually imbalanced in your body, you will be able to identify and correct imbalances before you get sick. Every characteristic has an opposite which balances it (i.e. hot balances cold). You restore balance by favoring diet and lifestyle choices that increase the opposite characteristic.

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Taste is used to sense the most basic properties and effects of food. Each taste has a specific medicinal effect on your body. Cravings for food with certain tastes indicate your body is craving specific medicinal results from food. Taste is experienced on the tongue and represents your body's reaction to foods. Sweet taste causes physical satisfaction and attraction whereas bitter taste causes discomfort and aversion. Kapha should use less sweet taste while Vata and Pitta would benefit from using more sweet taste. One of the first signs of illness is that your taste and appetite for food changes. The six tastes are sweet, sour, salty, pungent, bitter, and astringent. Do you crave foods with any of the tastes below?

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DOSHAS
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The Three Doshas / Body Types

According to the biocharacteristic theory of medicine, people tend to get sick, over and over again, due to habitual causes and imbalances that are unique to the person. Your body type summarizes this tendency, showing you the 'type' of conditions and imbalances that frequently challenge your health & wellness. Using body type, you can also identify remedies likely to improve your strength and resiliency. Your body type identifies physical and mental characteristics as well as your personal strengths and weaknesses. The calculation of your body type is based on your medical history.

The 3 functional body types (doshas), are Catabolic (Vata), Metabolic (Pitta), and Anabolic (Kapha). Catabolic individuals tend to break down body mass into energy. They are easily stimulated, hyperactive, underweight and dry. Metabolic individuals tend to burn or use energy. They tend to be rosy-cheeked, easily irritated, focused, driven, and easily inflamed. Anabolic individuals tend to store energy as body mass. If they store too much energy, they could gain weight easily and have congestion. Anabolic people tend to be stable and grounded.

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AGGRAVATES
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Subtaste:
Bland

BLAND

Bland means doesn't have much taste. In Chinese medicine, bland taste refers to afood without little macronutrients, such as cabbage, radish or bok choy.

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AROMATIC

Herbs or spices with volatile essential oils that present strong aromas. Aromatic oils shock, refresh and numb tissue, with the end result of relaxing, opening and clearing stagnant fluids in tissues.

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CRUNCHY

Makes an audible noise when you eat them. Can provide fun texture variation.

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DOWNWARD

Downward-moving (Adho Gati Marga) substances move food downward in the GI tract, settle the nervous system, and relax muscles.

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Medicinal Benefits, Uses & Herbal Actions of Acorn Crusted Corn Bread Dipped in Honey
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Makes You Tired

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Invigorates the body and nervous system, increases energy.

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Strengthens Resolve

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Satisfies Stomach

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Stimulates Energy

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Builds Stamina

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Promotes strength, endurance and resistance in the body. Rebuilds weak tissues after a time of depletion.

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Nutritive

NUTRITIVE

An herb that is strengthening and nourishing.

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Diaphoretic

DIAPHORETIC

An herb that induces sweating, often by dilating blood vessels close to the skin.

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Soothes Throat

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Soothes throat discomfort, including from a sore or ticklish throat.

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Flushes Sinuses

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An herb that relieves sinus congestion by flushing out mucus.

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STYPTIC

A herb that contracts tissue or blood vessels. Generally styptics are astringent. They are often used topically as a hemostatic to stop bleeding, or to reduce secretions.

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Diuretic

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Herbs that promote urine formation, thereby flushing the kidneys and urinary tract while eliminating any excess water retention. As diuretics reduce water retention, they are often used to reduce blood pressure.

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Dries Mouth

DRIES-MOUTH

Makes the mouth feel dry, or pasty.

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Encourages virility and potency.

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Coumarin

COUMARIN

Moderately toxic, vascular tonic, hypotensive, and anti-inflammatory.

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Aromatase Inhibitor

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John Immel, the founder of Joyful Belly, teaches people how to have a healthy diet and lifestyle with Ayurveda biocharacteristics. His approach to Ayurveda is clinical, yet exudes an ease which many find enjoyable and insightful. John also directs Joyful Belly's School of Ayurveda, offering professional clinical training in Ayurveda for over 15 years.

John's interest in Ayurveda and specialization in digestive tract pathology was inspired by a complex digestive disorder acquired from years of international travel, as well as public service work in South Asia. John's commitment to the detailed study of digestive disorders reflects his zeal to get down to the roots of the problem. His hope and belief in the capacity of each & every client to improve their quality of life is nothing short of a personal passion. John's creativity in the kitchen and delight in cooking for others comes from his family oriented upbringing. In addition to his certification in Ayurveda, John holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Harvard University.

John enjoys sharing Ayurveda within the context of his Catholic roots, and finds Ayurveda gives him an opportunity to participate in the healing mission of the Church. Jesus expressed God's love by feeding and healing the sick. That kindness is the fundamental ministry of Ayurveda as well. Outside of work, John enjoys spending time with his wife and 7 kids, and pursuing his love of theology, philosophy, and language.

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In the article on acorns, we describe the method of processing acorns which is simple and doesn't take much effort (other than shelling). Many nuts, including those we buy at the grocery store, require processing. Some nuts, such as cashews, are poisonous unless they are processed.

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