Ghee Roasted Sweet Potatoes from Full Moon Ghee
As we transition from early autumn to the colder, darker days of the year, it’s an excellent time to begin incorporating what Ayurveda considers “building foods” into your diet. Building foods are denser, sweeter, and more filling than the lighter fare that’s indicated in warmer months. Ayurveda, the ancient Indian science of health, guides us to balance out the qualities of the seasons with the foods we eat. Spring and summer are characterized by heaviness and damp, so it’s best to eat lighter, drier foods at these times of year. Fall and winter, on the other hand, are light and dry – and therefore the best times of year to enjoy moist, dense foods, like ghee roasted sweet potatoes!
Building foods help to fortify the body and its tissues for the cold months ahead. Many of us naturally crave building foods – also known as comfort food – in the winter. Think rich dishes like macaroni and cheese, beef stew, warm bread, and the spread of cookies, cakes and pies that follows a holiday meal. All these foods can benefit the body when consumed mindfully and in moderation. Regularly incorporating a healthy building food like ghee roasted sweet potatoes – one of our favorites – into the diet at this time of year, will deliver not only the comfort and building qualities the body craves, but also the fiber, vitamins and minerals that we need to feel our best!
Keep reading to learn more about ghee and read the recipe for crispy-on-the-outside, soft-on-the-inside ghee roasted sweet potatoes!
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Ghee is the best choice for high-heat cooking like this recipe for ghee roasted sweet potatoes requires. Unlike more delicate oils, like olive, ghee has a high smoke point, making it a safe and delicious choice for frying and roasting. If you need ghee for roasting your sweet potatoes (or for spreading on toast, preparing moist grains, blending into your coffee, and many more delicious uses), visit our online store! At Full Moon Ghee, we start with pure Jersey cow butter, conscientiously sourced from small MA dairy farms that treat their cows ethically and feed them fresh grass, and hay in winter. Each batch of hormone- and antibiotic-free ghee is prepared on the Full Moon for an infusion of auspicious energy that gets passed on to you when you enjoy our product. In our online store, you can find ghee in a wide range of quantities and flavors.
Indian-Spiced Ghee Roasted Sweet Potatoes
- 3 tablespoons Full Moon Ghee or Golden Turmeric Spiced Ghee
- 1 teaspoon each ground cumin, coriander, turmeric (if not using Golden Turmeric Spiced ghee), and ginger
- 4 medium or 2-3 large sweet potatoes or yams, cut into 1-inch cubes
- Optional: 1/2 an onion, diced
- Optional: 1/2 bell pepper, diced
- Salt and Pepper to taste
Preheat oven to 375ºF.
On the stovetop in a large cast-iron skillet, melt the ghee over medium-high heat. When ghee is hot, add sweet potato cubes and toss to coat. Let them sizzle for 5 minutes before adding ground spices. Toss to evenly distribute the spices. Fry for 5 minutes longer.
If using onion and bell pepper, add them to the pan and stir to combine. Then place pan in the oven and roast for 20-30 minutes, until sweet potatoes are soft.
Serve hot alongside eggs or other protein, or on top of a grain bowl!