SWEET POTATO WITH PUMPKIN SPICE & MUSTARD SEED
How to Make Sweet Potato with Pumpkin Spice & Mustard Seed
PREP TIME: 5 MINUTES
COOK TIME: 30 MINUTES
PREPARATION OF THIS HEALTHY RECIPE
1. Chop the potatoes and boil in a deep frying pan with a pinch of salt. Use just enough water to cover the sweet potatoes. Remove from heat and strain when soft but not mushy. Place in a bowl and set aside. Discard extra water.
2. Cut onion in long thin wedges.
3. Use the same pan to sautee mustard seeds in sunflower oil until they begin to pop. Add remaining spices, let cook for a few seconds, and onion for an additional thirty seconds or until onions are translucent. Add cooked sweet potatoes and fry gently without mushing them. Sprinkle with a dash of salt when done.
Caution: Popping mustard seeds can be tricky. Make sure the pot is covered. To add spices, remove from heat, wait until seeds stop popping, and spices and mix with oil. Return to heat until spices being to fry. Adding the onion keeps the pan temperature low enough to avoid burning spices.
How Can This Ayurvedic Recipe Make You Feel Great?
Nourishing, sweet and a touch spicy, Sweet Potatoes with Pumpkin Spice and Mustard Seeds will have the power to make you feel at home, no matter where you roam. Cinnamon and ginger combine remind you of Grandma's famous Thanksgiving pumpkin pie, while mustard seeds add a touch of the exotic. Enjoy this comforting meal on a fall day.
Sweet potato is unique among comfort foods in its easy digestibility, even for those with heavy digestive symptoms. Unlike dairy products, potatoes, and other common comfort foods like pasta, sweet potatoes feel light in the stomach, while still being nourishing. Sweet potato is supportive for digestion and contains ample fiber to encourage good elimination. Besides simple starches, sweet potatoes are rich in complex carbohydrates, which means these roots can satisfy the appetite for long stretches.
With the cool winds of autumn beginning to blow through many regions, you may find your body feeling cold and congested, longing for warmth and comfort. Battling the cold may seem like a necessary evil as fall deepens into winter. Yet, a simple remedy for cold hands and feet may be as close as your everyday spice rack. Long relied upon for its stimulating effect on the circulation, cinnamon warms your blood and your body into coziness with its sweet taste and powerful punch. The warmth it brings to cold hands and feet has also been used for conditions like Raynauld's Syndrome.
Feel Light Yet Satisfied
Dried ginger is a zingy herb that helps keep the body healthy through cold and damp conditions, and helps to make many foods more digestible for those with mucusy digestive symptoms. It is one of three ingredients in the Ayurvedic digestive formula trikatu. Dried gingers punchy potency is what gives many baked goods like gingerbread that especially gingery tastiness, making these kinds of treats more accessible for those who find difficulty in digesting moist and dense foods.
Stabilize Your Blood Sugar
Despite the name "sweet," it may be a beneficial food for diabetics as preliminary studies revealed it helps to stabilize blood sugar levels. Cinnamon also helps your blood sugar remain stable and safe.
Discovered by Rose Ortiz, massage therapist in Asheville, NC.
WHAT IS SWEET POTATO WITH PUMPKIN SPICE & MUSTARD SEED?
Hearty, golden, grounding 'pumpkin pie'. Discovered by Rose Ortiz, yoga instructor in Asheville, NC.
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. Ayurveda shows you your specific body type’s needs and what
should be favored in your Ayurvedic 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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AYURVEDIC MEDICINAL BIOCHARACTERISTICS
What is the biocharacteristic theory of medicine?
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 EASY BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Easy refers to anything easy to digest, or digests quickly.
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ABOUT MOBILE BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Mobile refers to anything that stimulates the nervous system, muscles, or activity.
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ABOUT CLEAR BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Clear refers to anything that cleanses or flushes out wastes, or that digests ama.
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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 ASTRINGENT BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Astringency is characterized by constriction, drawing together, or drying.
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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.
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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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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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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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.
Here are the herbal actions of Sweet Potato with Pumpkin Spice & Mustard Seed:
Energy Vitality Strength:
A tonic herb strengthens tissue, often restoring healthy function. Tonics usually target a specific organ, tissue, or system ie: brain, muscle or respiratory tonic.
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Heart & Circulation:
A vasodilator is an herb that widens the blood vessels by the relaxation of smooth muscle cells within the vessel walls, thereby increasing circulation systemically or to a local area.
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Literally, an herb that restores the proper function of the body. In practice, alteratives are usually blood cleansers and blood chemistry balancers. They were traditionally used to revitalize and detoxify after a long winter.
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Liver & Gall Bladder:
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.
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Mind, Stress & Sleep:
Herbs that specifically go to the nervous system and brain. They can help with stress, memory, early alzheimer?s, even chronic pain.
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Sedative herbs create a sense of calm in the mind and body by specifically calming or quieting the nervous system. Excellent for anxiety, stress and chronic pain.
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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.
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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.
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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Many grocers don't distinguish yams from sweet potatoes. Yams are more moist, orange colored, Vata reducing, and Kapha increasing. Sweet potatoes have more dry, astringent quality and lighter color. Sweet potatoes are best minimized for Vata. In constipation favor yams and drop nutmeg. Sweet potatoes are better than yams for Kapha. The recipe works for both nicely!
Early postpartum nursing mothers and those prone to restlessness will benefit by substituting ghee for oil and 1/8 tsp of hing instead of onion.
- Ysha Oakes, Albuquerque, NM 11-26-09
Delicious! I used ghee instead of sunflower oil and cooked the spices, then the onion, then added the uncooked sweet potato and stirred it until coated with the ghee. I put a little water in the pan and covered it with a lid and simmered it until the potato was tender, then took the lid off a cooked until the liquid was evaporated. I served it over kitchari. So tasty!
Sounds so good! I'm glad you enjoyed!