SWEET POTATO & SPICY PECAN CRISP
How to Make Sweet Potato & Spicy Pecan Crisp
PREP TIME: 15 MINUTES
COOK TIME: 60 MINUTES
SKILL LEVEL: EASY
INGREDIENTSSKILL LEVEL: EASY
1. Coarsely chop through the nuts. In a large frying pan or cast iron, melt 2 tbsps of ghee over low-medium heat. Add maple syrup, a pinch of sea salt, and cayenne. Mix well, then add pecans and oats to your glaze mix. Stir to completely coat the nuts. Toast for 3-5 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool.
2. Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees. Grate the raw sweet potatoes. Feel free to leave the skins on. Coarsely chop your dates and remove pits. In a medium-large mixing bowl, toss sweet potatoes, dates, and remaining 2 tbsp of ghee. Sprinkle in sea salt.
3. Lightly grease a baking dish that has a tight fitting lid. A dutch oven, ceramic dish, or pyrex are all excellent choices. Pour sweet potato mixture into the dish to about 2-3'' in height. Use a spatula to spread them evenly.
4. Spread crust mixture over the sweet potatoes. Crust should be approximately 1/2 inch thick.
5. Bake covered for 1 hour. Remove lid for the lid for the last 10 minutes for a crispy top. When you pull it out of the oven, drizzle with a little maple syrup and sprinkle of sea salt. Make it "a la mode" by serving with a dollop of maple syrup yogurt!
How Can This Ayurvedic Recipe Make You Feel Great?
Country-Home Sweet Potato & Spicy Pecan Crisp is a satisfying way to spend an evening before the fire. Recline in your favorite easy chair as you enjoy soft, comforting sweet potatoes. This treat will fill your home with a nutty aroma of roasted oats & crunchy oven-baked pecans. A dash of fiery cayenne warms your belly and heart, giving this dessert a subtle 'kick'. Enjoy for dessert at your Thanksgiving table or even for breakfast the next morning.
Healthy Comfort Food
Sweet potatoes are much lighter than white potatoes, but offer the same comfort and satisfaction. Their sweetness makes them ideal for light dessert options. Sweet potatoes are rich in complex carbohydrates, which means these roots can satisfy the appetite for long stretches. Sweet potato is also easy to digest and contains ample fiber to encourage good elimination.
A Dessert to Stabilize Blood Sugar
Despite the name "sweet," sweet potatoes may be a beneficial food for diabetics as preliminary studies revealed it helps to stabilize blood sugar levels. Pecans are high in proteins and unsaturated fats, which further stabilize blood sugar. Pecans also add invigorating proteins and help lower cholesterol. Yams are often labeled as a sweet potato, and medicinally are similar. However, yams have phyto-estrogens, while sweet potatoes are a diuretic. That makes yams ideal for Vata types who may be deficient, while sweet potato is ideal for Kapha types who tend to retain water.
Spice Up Your Life!
Sweet and spicy is a winning combo. The rich, roasted tones of cayenne and savory sea salt off-set the sticky sweetness of sweet potatoes and dates. Thanks to the heat and appetite stimulating effects of cayenne powder, Vata and Kapha constitutions can happily enjoy this dish.
Dates are rich, sweet, heavy and cool - they bring the body the prized ojas, bestowing strong immunity and a healthy "juiciness." Ojas is Ayurveda's word for deep vitality, to be seen in the sparkle of the eye or a healthy glow. Stay bright and vibrant through these darker months with Sweet Potato and Spicy Pecan Crisp!
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.
Is Sweet Potato & Spicy Pecan Crisp Good for My Ayurvedic Diet?
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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 HEAVY GUNA
Heavy is identified by sedation, sluggishness, or increased weight.
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ABOUT GOOEY GUNA
Gooey is identified by anything gelatinous (such as oatmeal), or by mucus congestion.
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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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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
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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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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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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Nuts Seeds, Vegetables, Roots, Oils
Nightshade, Allergens, Tree Nuts,
A member of the plant family Solanaceae. Members of this family have a tendency to irritate the liver and arthritic conditions. Tomatoes, potatoes, eggplant, and bell peppers.
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A constituent of wheat, barley and rye that is sticky, heavy, and cold. Many people are allergic to gluten.
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Resembles water (ap) in quality - fluid, sticky, soft, heavy, stable, cool.
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Protein, Carbohydrate, Beta Carotene, Fats
Downward-moving (Adho Gati Marga) substances move food downward in the GI tract, settle the nervous system, and relax muscles.
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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:
Promotes strength, endurance and resistance in the body. Rebuilds weak tissues after a time of depletion.
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Mind, Stress & Sleep:
Encourages feelings of stability and heaviness. Makes you feel settled, mentally relaxed. Mildly sedates the nervous system to ease stress. Can bring a spacey or anxious person back to earth.
LEARN MORE ABOUT GROUNDING
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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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Are the oats rolled oats and are they uncooked? I usually soak steel cut oats overnight to make them more digestible. Can raw oats be soaked or will they be too mushy? Can coconut be substituted or more nuts added if soaking isn't a good option here? Thank you. Judy
- judy orloff, Baltimore, MD 11-19-14
Delicious! I used a food processor for sweet potatoes, and that worked well. I topped my serving with cold full fat coconut milk which has the texture of whipped cream, topped with a lil maple syrup. Plan on making it again. Thank you.
Still waiting from last time to hear about a substitution for the oats or soaking them for better digestion. Thanks so much!
- Sahara 11-26-15
The cayenne is balanced by the other ingredients in the recipe.
You can leave the oats out or soak them.
This recipes borders on dinner side dish and dessert. Wherever I bring it, it's always a big hit!
- Kimberly Kubicke, Asbury park, NJ 10-16-17