ACORN SQUASH WITH GHEE & MAPLE SYRUP
How to Make Acorn Squash with Ghee & Maple Syrup
PREP TIME: 5 MINUTES
COOK TIME: 60 MINUTES
PREPARATION OF THIS HEALTHY RECIPE
1. Cut whole acorn squash in half. Place in 8x8 casserole dish.
2. Drizzle with ghee, maple syrup, and salt.
3. Poke acorn squash with a fork to let the flavor soak in.
4. Bake on 425 for one hour, covered.
How Does This Ayurvedic Recipe Improve Wellness?
CLINICAL AYURVEDIC REVIEW
Affectionate Acorn Squash with Ghee & Maple Syrup comforts your heart with its abundant coziness, bringing the bounty of the autumn harvest to your home. As the sweetest of the squashes, this seasonal staple is sure to satisfy your appetite for fall restfulness. The pleasant toasty aroma of baking squash will summon your whole family to the table. Smooth rich, ghee adds a contented feel to acorn squash's softness, helping you feel more secure as the cold wind whips outside. A drizzle of maple syrup imparts a sweet final touch, making this easy-to-prepare recipe an irresistible fall treat.
Nourish & Reassure Your Body
As the temperatures dip in mid-October you might feel an urge to soothe yourself with comfort food. In autumn, your body naturally craves the reassurance of sweet, rich foods like Acorn Squash with Maple Syrup & Ghee. The healthy fats of ghee increase your strength and protect you from the fall chill, as they create an insulative layer of cozy warmth. Vata constitutions, who tend to be dry and easily depleted, are particularly nourished by the warming softness of this recipe.
Acorn squash is smooth and easy to mash, making it an excellent comfort food that is even suitable for infants without molars. Although Acorn Squash is somewhat bland on its own, it sweetens with cooking. That makes it a natural choice for a dinnertime treat that won't cause a sugar rush, or leave you with a sweet tooth for dessert. Acorn Squash with Ghee and Maple Syrup can even be served as a gently sweet dessert.
High fiber foods like acorn squash are preferred to refined flours and sugars. Although their sweetness slightly aggravates Kapha, fiber makes these foods hearty and satisfying alternatives to wheat and dairy, and reduces its glycemic index. The natural sweetness of acorn squash also means that a small dab of maple syrup is often enough to satisfy your tongue. Ghee is much lighter than butter, and is safer for those with higher cholesterol. With Thanksgiving just around the corner, its time to start polishing your Ayurvedic baking skills with this safely sweet dish.
Mineral Rich Maple
The mere taste of Maple Syrup's rich aroma transports you back to nature, to the calm and cool serenity of the forest. The full bodied taste let's you know this is a whole food. Its earthy impurities add a rustic component that is likely to be rich in minerals. Maple syrup literally comes from the sap of maple trees, juice that is the very nutritional lifeline of the tree. Consuming it can nourish your body as well. As it digests more slowly than other sweeteners, maple syrup is a favorite in Ayurveda that won't create a sugar buzz.
AYURVEDA'S GUIDE TO VITALITY & WHOLESOME NOURISHMENT
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.
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Increases These Biocharacteristics (Gunas)
Functional Ayurveda helps you assess imbalances through 20 main biocharacteristics
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.
ABOUT HEAVY BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Heavy is identified by sedation, sluggishness, or increased weight.
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ABOUT EASY BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Easy refers to anything easy to digest, or digests quickly.
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ABOUT COLD BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Cold refers to anything that reduces body temperature, metabolism, and blood flow.
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The 6 Tastes
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?
ABOUT SWEET BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Sweet refers to anything builds tissue, including macronutrients such as carbohydrates, proteins and fats.
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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
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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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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Medicinal Benefits, Uses & Herbal Actions of Acorn Squash with Ghee & Maple Syrup
Experiences are Personal
Experiences vary according to the person and constitution. Individual results may vary.
The list of herbal-actions below has not be approved by the FDA and should not be used to treat a medical condition.
Softens hard and difficult to eliminate stool. Stool softeners are the safest and most gentle type of laxative. Examples include warm milk with ghee.
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A tonic herb restores function through strengthening tissue. This can happen through a combination of nourishing the tissue, and invigorating tissue metabolism. The tonic should not be withering, as in caffeine.
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Restores the proper function of the body by cleansing the blood and balancing blood chemistry. In Ayurveda terms, they pacify Pitta in rakta. They were traditionally used to revitalize and detoxify after a long winter.
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Cholagogues stimulate the production & release of bile from the liver & gallbladder. This refreshes and cleanses these organs, as well as increases bile in the small intestines.
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An herb that strengthens the liver. It is helpful for people with a history of substance abuse, chronic liver issues from hepatitis and hemolytic anemias. Generally, liver tonics are oily, cool, sweet, mildly sour, or contain beta-carotene.
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An herb that promotes fertility. Generally used by women who wish to become pregnant. These herbs may also help with menstrual problems of deficiency, such as amenorrhea (lack of a period).
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Herbs that strengthen and tone muscle tissue. Helpful for people recovering from long term illness and debility, or after a sprain.
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Ghee has these Actions in Common
General-laxative, Nutritive, Relieves-burning, Builds-semen, Livotonic, Promotes-fertility, Stool-softener, Cholagogue, Muscle-tonic, Promotes-virility, Tonic
Grape has these Actions in Common
Rebuilds-fluids, Builds-semen, Livotonic, Stool-softener, Diuretic, Nutritive, Tonic, Alterative, General-laxative
Dates (dried) has these Actions in Common
Alterative, Livotonic, Promotes-fertility, Diuretic, Muscle-tonic, Tonic, General-laxative, Nutritive
Sesame Seeds has these Actions in Common
Builds-semen, Nutritive, Satisfies-stomach, General-laxative, Promotes-fertility, Tonic, Muscle-tonic, Promotes-virility
Tahini has these Actions in Common
Promotes-virility, Builds-semen, Nutritive, Satisfies-stomach, General-laxative, Promotes-fertility, Tonic, Muscle-tonic
Salt (Mineral Salt)
Salt (Mineral Salt) has these Actions in Common
Cholagogue, Rebuilds-fluids, Strengthens-resolve, Flushes-sinuses, Soothes-throat, General-laxative, Stool-softener
Honey Dew has these Actions in Common
Livotonic, Relieves-burning, Nutritive, Stool-softener, Diuretic, Rebuilds-fluids, Tonic
Sesame Oil has these Actions in Common
Livotonic, Promotes-fertility, Muscle-tonic, Promotes-virility, Builds-semen, Nutritive, Tonic
Almonds has these Actions in Common
Satisfies-stomach, Builds-semen, Nutritive, Tonic, General-laxative, Promotes-virility, Muscle-tonic
Carrot has these Actions in Common
Livotonic, Diuretic, Nutritive, Alterative, General-laxative, Tonic, Cholagogue
Jackfruit has these Actions in Common
Muscle-tonic, Relieves-burning, Nutritive, Satisfies-stomach, Builds-semen, Rebuilds-fluids, Tonic
Herb Supplements with a Similar Nature to Acorn Squash with Ghee & Maple Syrup
Vidari has these Actions in Common
Soothes-throat, Alterative, Tonic, Builds-semen, Diuretic, Livotonic, Muscle-tonic, Nutritive, Promotes-fertility
Shatavari has these Actions in Common
Stool-softener, Tonic, Builds-semen, Muscle-tonic, Nutritive, Promotes-fertility, Relieves-burning, Soothes-throat
Ashwagandha has these Actions in Common
Muscle-tonic, Nutritive, Promotes-virility, Strengthens-resolve, Tonic, Alterative, Builds-semen, Diuretic
Chyavanprash Nutritive Jam
Chyavanprash Nutritive Jam has these Actions in Common
Tonic, Alterative, General-laxative, Muscle-tonic, Nutritive, Promotes-virility, Stool-softener
Amalaki has these Actions in Common
Tonic, Alterative, Builds-semen, General-laxative, Nutritive, Promotes-virility, Stool-softener
Bala has these Actions in Common
Builds-semen, Muscle-tonic, Nutritive, Promotes-fertility, Promotes-virility, Tonic
Oats, Fresh Milky Seed
Oats, Fresh Milky Seed has these Actions in Common
Muscle-tonic, Nutritive, Promotes-fertility, Promotes-virility, Relieves-burning, Tonic
Saw Palmetto has these Actions in Common
Tonic, Diuretic, Muscle-tonic, Nutritive, Promotes-fertility, Soothes-throat
Gokshura has these Actions in Common
Tonic, Alterative, Builds-semen, Diuretic, Nutritive, Promotes-fertility
Punarnava has these Actions in Common
Alterative, Builds-semen, Cholagogue, Diuretic, Promotes-virility, Tonic
Licorice Ghee (9oz)
Licorice Ghee (9oz) has these Actions in Common
Relieves-burning, Soothes-throat, Alterative, Livotonic, Nutritive, Rebuilds-fluids
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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 6 kids, and pursuing his love of theology, philosophy, and language.
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Wish I would have poked the squash with a fork to let the ghee and syrup soak into the squash! Yum. felt like it needed a sprinkle of cinnamon...
Great suggestion! I'll add it to this recipe.
Our family had this dish as a staple growing up as my grandparents hand an organic farm and asparagus farm too. My dad tapped the trees around the farm for maple syrup....eating local and keeping the prana wasn't something I knew about then but I can now see how lucky I was !!! Dawn British Columbia Canada.