BAKED APPLES IN SPICY APRICOT SAUCE
How to Make Baked Apples in Spicy Apricot Sauce
PREP TIME: 10 MINUTES
COOK TIME: 30 MINUTES
Preheat oven to 375 F.
Step 1: The Apricot Compote
Chop dried apricots, cover with water and boil. When soft, let cool and blend in a food processor. Add sugar and ghee. Continue simmering until apricot sauce becomes thick. Finally, remove from heat, stir in vanilla and spices, cover, and let stew an additional 5 minutes.
Step 2: The Apples
Meanwhile, bring 1 cup of water to a boil. Core the apples, keeping the bottom intact. Place apples in a baking pan with the boiling water. Set in the oven. When apricot sauce is ready, spoon the sauce into the center of the apples and return to the oven. Bake 30-40 minutes or until soft. Occasionally, baste the apples in the sauce.
Step 3: Serve Hot
Garnish with additional cinnamon and nutmeg if desired. Serve hot, to the delight of your guests.
How Can This Ayurvedic Recipe Make You Feel Great?
This Halloween health treat promises to chase away the goblins of winter. As the crisp temperatures of fall tempt you to long evenings nestled up in front of the fire, baked apples and spices warm your heart. Spicy apricot sauce adds a rustic depth to the baked apples.
A Delight for Your Tummy
Cooked apples aren't just sweet and soothing. There's a reason why your body loves them. A cooked apple a day keeps the doctor away.
As much as apples make your mouth water, their sourness encourages gastric juices, and thus good digestion. Apples and apricots both have plenty of fiber to bulk up stools, cleansing your digestive tract. Cooked fruits are very easy to digest, even for the elderly and those weakened by disease.
Strengthen Your Liver
In the fall, the liver becomes deficient as your body uses all available fats to insulate itself from the winter. Malic acid in apples, supported by sweet and sour tastes, acts as a natural liver tonic. Apricots contain ample beta carotene to support the liver as well. Ghee provides the fuel to weather the dropping temperatures of late fall, not to mention adding a smooth, rich texture to the apricot sauce.
WHY EAT AN AYURVEDIC DIET?
Eating Ayurvedically makes you feel nourished and energized. An Ayurvedic diet is
tailored to your individual body type and the specific imbalances you are working with
at any given time. Foods that supplement your specific body type’s needs and digest
easily create your menu. Watch as you eat less but feel more satisfied because what you
are eating truly nourishes you. Since Ayurveda believes all disease begins in the digestive
tract, food is your first medicine. By eating a healthy diet that’s ideal for your body, you
experience optimal health.
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Increases These Qualities (Gunas)
Functional Ayurveda helps you assess imbalances through 20 main characteristics
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 MOBILE GUNA
Mobile refers to anything that stimulates the nervous system, muscles, or activity.
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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 GUNA
Sweet refers to anything builds tissue, including macronutrients such as carbohydrates, proteins and fats.
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ABOUT ASTRINGENT GUNA
Astringency is characterized by constriction, drawing together, or drying.
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The Three Doshas / Body Types
People tend to get sick, over and over again, due to similar causes and habitual 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.
Metabolic individuals tend to burn or use energy.
Anabolic individuals tend to store energy as body mass.
Catabolic people tend to be easily stimulated, hyperactive, underweight and dry.
Metabolic people tend to be rosy-cheeked, easily irritated, focused, driven, and easily inflamed.
Anabolic people are heavy, stable and grounded, but if they store too much energy, they could gain weight easily and have congestion.
HAS THE FOLLOWING
Sattvic foods promote awareness and a refreshed mind by nourishing the body without taxing digestion. Sattvic foods do not stimulate desire or nervous energy. They create clarity instead of drowsiness or heaviness.
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Ojas is the essence of healthy tissue, immunity, stable energy and happiness. Substances that improve ojas are recommended after long-term illness, debility, emotional and physical trauma, and even sadness.
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Prana is the Sanskrit word for vital life energy, similar to Qi in Chinese Medicine. Many herbs stimulate your energy, or improve the flow of prana through your body. Generally, prana needs to be increased in spring after a sleepy winter.
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An herb or food that makes the urine more alkaline (higher pH). This herbal action can be helpful for a number of inflammatory conditions.
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Experiences are Personal
Experiences vary according to the person and constitution. Individual results may vary.
The list of actions below has not be approved by the FDA and should not be used to treat a medical condition.
Energy Vitality Strength:
Lung and Sinus:
An herb that reduces mucus congestion in the sinus or lungs by restricting blood flow to mucus membranes.
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Herbs which stimulate blood flow in the pelvic area and uterus. They are used to increase scanty menstruation, relieve menstrual pain, and other functions.
LEARN MORE ABOUT EMMENOGOGUE
Promotes a bowel movement. General laxative is an umbrella term that refers to several different types of laxatives...
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An herb that softens stool that is hard and difficult to pass. They are the safest and most gentle type of laxative. Some foods are even stool softeners, such as warm milk with ghee.
LEARN MORE ABOUT STOOL-SOFTENER
High Fiber Laxative
A class of laxative that adds bulk and water to stools. The size of a stool stimulates peristalsis and the stool passes more easily through the colon. It is important to drink plenty of water when using high fiber laxatives, as they can be dehydrating.
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About the Author
John Immel, the founder of Joyful Belly, teaches people how to have a
healthy diet and lifestyle with Ayurveda.
His approach to Ayurveda exudes a certain ease, which many find enjoyable and insightful.
His online course Balance Your Ayurvedic Diet in a Week
provides tools for gracefully healing with Ayurveda to thousands.
John also directs Joyful Belly's School of Ayurveda
, which specializes in digestive tract pathology & Ayurvedic nutrition.
John and his wife Natalie recently published Explore Your Hunger: A Guide to Hunger, Appetite & Food
John's interest in Ayurveda and digestive tract pathology was inspired by a complex digestive disorder acquired from years of international travel, including his 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.
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Ghee is clarified butter. Easy to make and wonderful in effect.
In my version, I added fresh pears as well as dried figs, cherries (presoaked), and chopped walnuts into the mix. Then I cooked the whole thing in 4 minutes in a pressure cooker. I added a dab of honey (no sugar) and goat milk yogurt and yumm!!!!! The body is so happy! Deep abdominal breathing spontaneously arises!
- rad, FL 10-22-10
The addition of dairy and nuts might make this combination difficult to digest. While no doubt delicious, in classical Ayurveda, dairy, nuts, and fruits should not be mixed together.
Dear Cynthia, You are correct that this recipe provokes Kapha only mildly. Whenever your Kapha is balanced, it's probably safe to indulge a bit! Especially if it helps protect one from more intense food cravings.
Can you please tell me can cooked or baked apple be mixed with nuts and seeds that are also baked in oven?(together)
You could certainly try mixing the cooked apples with roasted nuts or seeds. Let us know what you think!