September 20, 2018

Healthy Food for Two: Comfort side dish

By: Ania Robertson

We had the first snowflakes on the ground already, an indication that winter is inevitably coming. All airy salads and light foods will be replaced by warm comfort foods.

Here is my choice of comfort food that is sweet with a sour twist. This dish is good for any potluck, Thanksgiving, Christmas or simple dinner during a cozy evening.

In my recipe I use an Ayurvedic recommendation—ghee, which is clarified butter. Because of the way ghee is prepared, the lactose and milk protein content is reduced to a minimum, making ghee better tolerated by those with dairy sensitivities. Ghee is an ideal fat for deep frying because its smoking point (where its molecules begin to break down) is 482 degrees, where butter’s is 350 degrees.

Yam-pear-apple-cranberry-nuts Casserole

2 small yams

2 medium Bosc pears

1 big McIntosh apple

1/2 cup dried cranberries

1/2 cup cashews or walnuts

1 1/2 tablespoons ghee

2 tablespoons orange juice, freshly squeezed

1/2 teaspoon maple syrup

dash cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon allspice, freshly ground

1/4 teaspoon black pepper, freshly ground

1/4 teaspoon salt or to taste

Preheat the oven to 380 degrees.

Peel yams, pears and apple and remove cores from pears and apple.

Cut yams into 1 inch thick slices, and each slice into quarters.

Cut pears and apple into quarters, and each quarter in 3-4 pieces.

Place all pieces in a large mixing bowl.

Add cranberries, nuts, and 1 tablespoon of ghee; stir well.

Mix orange juice, maple syrup, cinnamon, allspice, pepper and salt, add to bowl. Mix well.

Place all of this in casserole dish that has been coated with ghee.

Dot with 1/2 tablespoon ghee over the top, and bake covered for 25 minutes, then uncover and finish for about another 20 minutes.

Ania Robertson is a certified life coach with additional certification in Ayurveda and Feng Shui.

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