Tis the Season: Yam Fries

It is what we call Ymas Season around here. Ymas as in Yams spelled dyslexically. Which I am, so I can. Yam I am.

Ymas stands for Yam Mass. As in celebrating the divinity of Yams. As in Yam Heaven! So we are cooking Yams in a variety of heavenly ways, and I have two of those wonderful ways for you here.

Yam Fries

I made these Yam Fries yesterday and they went so fast, my husband barely had time to ask, “What happened to those orange potato-y things you made?”

Oops.

They were delicious! Here is my recipe. You can use either Sweet Potatoes or Yams, and yes, there is a difference. I prefer Yams.

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I am also loving our friend Whitney Kear’s recipe for Spiced Yams. She posted it on her blog just after serving it to 50 divine women at our Sophia Conference last month. Here is what she wrote about it ~ 
Sophia Lunch: Spiced Yams in Center
So on this decadent day, I made some nourishing, very easy to make, Spiced Yams. This is a great dish for such holiday times when a large portion is desired- or of course, it is also so simple to make for just one. The yams and the spices used are very comforting, warming, and grounding for this fall season. The cinnamon help to break up any Kapha producing qualities from the yams, and the ever popular cardamom aids in digestion. These high fiber, low glycemic golden gems are great sources of Vitamin A (beta-carotene), C, and B6 offering anti-inflammatory, and anti-oxidant properties.
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Culinary Creative Process

6 yams
1/4 cup ghee or butter (vegan: coconut oil)
8 dates (pitted and chopped)
1 Tbs. Lemon Juice
3/4 tsp. cinnamon
3/4 tsp. cardamom
a few handfuls of chopped walnuts
a few handfuls of currants

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Pierce yams in several places and place on oven tray. Bake for about 55 minutes. Cool Slightly. Cut yams in half and scoop out pulp into large bowl. Discard peel. Add all other ingredients and stir until fully blended! Season with sea salt and pepper.

Gather your friends and dance into winter satisfied in the belly and warm in your heart~

Whitney’s Spiced Yams

Enjoy & Nourish!

Celebrating the glory of your existence ~

Whitney
Hearty. Golden. Grounding. « Nourishing Roots 

Laura & Whitney preparing the Sophia Lunch

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The bija mantra YAM, pronounced yum, is said to be the sound of the Awakened Heart. Does that mean a Yam will light up your heart? Awaken greater love? Open the gates to Heaven?

I think so!

Enjoy your Yams and let us know if the doors of your heart fly open.

Namaste!

Sesame Bliss

Ganesh DelightsLast night we had dinner at home with four wonderful, conscious friends. One of them, Ninh-ji, who began his life in Vietnam, brought the dessert. It looked at first like a delightfully simple silken tofu warmed in an electric pot. Indeed, that is all it was, but served with a ginger syrup, it became divine, sweet succulence. Plus, it turned out to be only the first of three dessert courses!

The next two desserts were utterly inspiring for their color, artistry, alchemy. Little bite-size delicacies of sesame, rice and mung beans, almost like deconstructed Kichari reimagined and delicately sweetened. These treats were not only a delight to the senses, but such healthy, whole body nourishment that when offered seconds, you felt permission, nay encouraged, to say, “Yes please!”

Ninh-ji had carefully selected each of these treats from his favorite local Vietnamese Bakery, telling us that they are very complicated to make. “Not even my mother was able to make this and she was a great cook!”

I looked today for a picture or recipe online, but don’t know the names and found nothing quite right. I did find this Blog with its colorful, photographic list of many Vietnamese desserts. Also, while not as gorgeous, this site has recipes.  And, for cultural culinary adventurers, there is a whole world of Asian sweets to explore here.

Sesame Balls

Instead, I remembered a recipe received yesterday that would make a good substitute. These Sesame Bliss Balls from the Chopra Center are not as artistic, but they are simple to construct, flavorful and every bit as fortifying.

I had to share them with you as they are ideal for the Autumn Balancing Act: Sesame is tonifying, healing and hydrating. Ginger is soothing, calming, and immune-boosting. Cumin and Cardamom work with Ginger to aid digestion and add flavor. Ghee is a prime healer, with innumerable benefits ~ a few of which are mentioned by the Chopra Experts below.

I am off to make these now for a gang of young boys. Lead by our 13-year old, they have been running around the neighborhood all afternoon, engaged in a playful “Battle,” and are now calling out for snacks worthy of a Victory Feast! Wish me luck…

Namaste ~