BAKED APPLES IN SPICY APRICOT SAUCE
How to Make Baked Apples in Spicy Apricot Sauce
PREP TIME: 10 MINUTES
COOK TIME: 30 MINUTES
SKILL LEVEL: EASY
INGREDIENTSSKILL LEVEL: EASY
PREPARATION OF THIS HEALTHY RECIPE
Use 4 apples. 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 Does This Ayurvedic Recipe Improve Wellness?
CLINICAL AYURVEDIC REVIEW
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.
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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.
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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 MOBILE BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Mobile refers to anything that stimulates the nervous system, muscles, or activity.
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ABOUT GOOEY BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Gooey is identified by anything gelatinous (such as oatmeal), or by mucus congestion.
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ABOUT DRY BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Dry is identified by lack of moisture, lack of fat, or anything that causes diuresis.
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ABOUT EASY BIOCHARACTERISTIC
Easy refers to anything easy to digest, or digests quickly.
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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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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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Medicinal Benefits, Uses & Herbal Actions of Baked Apples in Spicy Apricot Sauce
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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High Fiber Laxative
A class of laxative that adds bulk and water to stools. The large size of the stool stimulates peristalsis so the stool can pass more easily through the colon. It is important to drink plenty of water when using high fiber laxatives, as they can be dehydr
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, Makes Jittery
Nerve Relaxant Grounding
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. Reduces agitation, irritation, stress and racing thoughts.
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Warms the chest and lungs, clearing mucus and allowing for clear breathing. Often these herbs are hot, aromatic, and pungent.
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Herbs which stimulate menstruation. Emmenagogues are used for scanty menstruation, to relieve menstrual pain, and improve blood flow in the pelvic area and uterus.
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Cinnamon has these Actions in Common
Cardiac-stimulant, Digestive, Soothes-throat, Decongestant, Emmenagogue, Stimulates-energy, Appetizer, Diaphoretic, Galactagogue, Warms-chest
Mustard Seed has these Actions in Common
Decongestant, Emmenagogue, Wakes-you-up, Diaphoretic, Relieves-tension, Warms-abdomen, Cardiac-stimulant, Digestive, Stimulates-energy, Warms-chest
Apple (cooked) has these Actions in Common
Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Relaxes-eyes, Warms-abdomen, General-laxative, Nutritive, Relieves-tension, High-fiber-laxative, Quenches-thirst, Stool-softener
Daikon Radish has these Actions in Common
Cardiac-stimulant, Digestive, Warms-abdomen, Decongestant, General-laxative, Warms-chest, Diaphoretic, Stimulates-energy
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Quenches-thirst, Stool-softener, Relieves-tension, Warms-abdomen, Nutritive, Stimulates-energy, Warms-chest
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Horseradish has these Actions in Common
Diaphoretic, Wakes-you-up, Digestive, Warms-abdomen, Cardiac-stimulant, General-laxative, Warms-chest
Beets has these Actions in Common
General-laxative, Relaxes-eyes, Warms-abdomen, Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Stimulates-energy, Nutritive, Stool-softener
Rosemary has these Actions in Common
Decongestant, Emmenagogue, Diaphoretic, Stimulates-energy, Cardiac-stimulant, Digestive, Warms-chest
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Amalaki has these Actions in Common
Stimulates-energy, Stool-softener, Wakes-you-up, Digestive, General-laxative, Nutritive, Quenches-thirst, Relaxes-eyes
Holy Basil Leaf (Tulsi)
Holy Basil Leaf (Tulsi) has these Actions in Common
Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Stimulates-energy, Warms-chest, Appetizer, Cardiac-stimulant, Decongestant, Diaphoretic, Emmenagogue
Wild Ginger has these Actions in Common
Emmenagogue, Stimulates-energy, Warms-chest, Appetizer, Cardiac-stimulant, Diaphoretic, Digestive
Shatavari has these Actions in Common
Galactagogue, Nerve-relaxant-grounding, Nutritive, Relaxes-eyes, Relieves-tension, Soothes-throat, Stool-softener
Osha has these Actions in Common
Warms-chest, Cardiac-stimulant, Decongestant, Diaphoretic, Digestive, Emmenagogue
Trikatu has these Actions in Common
Appetizer, Cardiac-stimulant, Decongestant, Diaphoretic, Digestive, Warms-abdomen
Bitter Orange Peel
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Stimulates-energy, Wakes-you-up, Appetizer, Cardiac-stimulant, Decongestant, Digestive
Chyavanprash Nutritive Jam
Chyavanprash Nutritive Jam has these Actions in Common
Nutritive, Stimulates-energy, Stool-softener, Cardiac-stimulant, Digestive, General-laxative
Pennyroyal has these Actions in Common
Appetizer, Cardiac-stimulant, Diaphoretic, Digestive, Emmenagogue, Relieves-tension
Angelica has these Actions in Common
Emmenagogue, Stimulates-energy, Cardiac-stimulant, Decongestant, Diaphoretic, Digestive
Bellows Breath (Bhastrika Pranayama)
Bellows Breath (Bhastrika Pranayama) has these Actions in Common
Cardiac-stimulant, Decongestant, Digestive, General-laxative, Stimulates-energy, Wakes-you-up
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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 6 kids, and pursuing his love of theology, philosophy, and language.
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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!