Hey now! Fall is a mere 4 days away, and it is SO EXCITING! For many of you, this is the most favorite time of the year. Pumpkin Spice lattes are entering the market, and cozy shawls come out of the closet. The time is finally here to jump into all that is Halloween and fall! We embrace the cooler temperatures along with all of the natural changes, and seasonal crops.
This recipe is a magical blessing to accept Fall into our life. I utilize the ingredients to help us set intentions to spring into creative action, set new habits, and start inspired projects. With each new season comes a fresh start and a re-birth. New colors start entering our world view, and we start to crave new, temperature appropriate activities, and alternate ways of seeing things. The sweet potatoes are vibrant and walnut pesto complements them perfectly.
Yesterday was the first day after a weekend spent at the beach with my best homies. As I stepped outside, I felt that very first change in the air as summer turns to fall. Something stirs inside you that has been dormant with the heat and buzz of summer. It was still a warm 85 degrees, but the air had that familiar cool fall breeze, and a change in texture for the first time in months. IT. IS. DELICIOUS.
Autumnal Equinox Celestial Happenings
This air & temperature change still has the vitality of summer, but is paired with potent creativity. The Sun enters Libra, and we are prone to come out of our shells and entertain in our deliberately curated space. We surround ourselves with objects pleasing to the eye. For me, this means a bit of fall cleaning, and busting out those Halloween decorations!
The moon is in it’s 4th quarter in Cancer, so things are very productive, especially for getting our gardens ready for fall planting by cultivating the remainder of our summer crops now, and tilling and amending our soils. It’s a time to nurture, and bring our bold ideas we’ve been holding onto into fruition. We can also utilize the freedom of this emotional feminine sign to express ourselves unabashedly while simultaneously staying grounded.
Warming colors like yellow, orange, brown and green also inspire us. They fill us with ambition, creativity, and success. Since we are starting anew this fall, which falls on September 23 in this year of 2019, I wanted to create a recipe that would draw on that vitality to create success and abundance! The grassy earthiness of the walnut pesto pairs perfectly with the sweetness of the potato, and arugula rounds it out with peppery notes.
The orange of the sweet potato is vibrant, giving us plenty of vitality to push forward into the cooler days of summer. It is a color of attraction and success, while the sweet potato itself invokes friendship, harmony, sensuality, and is very grounding and nurturing.
The green of the carrot tops signify money, growth and fertility. The carrot tops themselves portray clarity, strength, vitality and passion. Creating a walnut pesto helps amplify with insight, focus, creativity and motivation.
This is a recipe is a powerhouse for attraction of money and friendship through creativity! Pair this recipe with the Autumnal Equinox, and things will be incredibly focused and motivated. Make this for dinner on the night of the equinox, and set your intentions to start that new creative project you’ve been dreaming of. Include a friend in the project, see it through to the end, and bask in the fruits of your labor!
Yes, besides being a magical powerhouse of a dish, it’s also really, REALLY good for you! Sweet Potatoes are a spectacular source of beta carotene. They also contain vitamin A and vitamin C, which help neutralize free-radicals, and help brighten skin. They are easily digested, have a lower amount of sugar than other starchy root vegetables, and are high in fiber! Because of these properties, they help prevent cancer, heart disease, and inflammation.
Walnuts are great for brain function, and boasting the highest content of omega-3 fatty acids of any nut. They are a healthy fat, and a great source of protein as well which helps the transportation of nutrients and moisturizing fluids to the body, while also aiding in eliminating waste. Making a walnut pesto makes everything delicious while also being a nutritional powerhouse!
Finally, Arugula is also great for your skin & body in general as it is a dark, leafy green. It contains vitamin A, which also aids in fighting acne. It also produces a high alkalinity after digestion, which is our body’s preferred PH. When the blood in our body is acidic, it leaches alkaline calcium compounds to help balance it out. Those calcium compounds are found in our bones, which has the potential to lead to osteoporosis.
Happy Fall, Witch Babies!
- 2 Large Sweet Potatoes or 4 Small Single Serving sized
- 1 Cup Packed Carrot Top Leaves chopped
- ½ Cup Walnuts
- ¼ Cup Nutritional yeast
- 1 Teaspoon Garlic finely chopped
- ¼ Teaspoon Salt
- 1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice
- ¼ Cup Olive Oil
- 5 Ounces Arugula
- Your choice of salad dressing
Pierce sweet potatoes with a fork, and microwave on high for about 7 minutes, turning once halfway through the cooking process.
While the potatoes are cooking, add the carrot tops, walnuts, nutritional yeast, garlic, and lemon juice to a large food processor. Turn the food processor on, and slowly drizzle in the olive oil. Continue to process until the mixture turns to a chunky paste.
When the potatoes are done cooking, ensure that they have a slight give to them when squeezed, or when a knife can easily be slipped into the center. Split the potatoes lengthwise and pinch them inward, fluffing the center. Portion the potatoes among 4 plates, dividing the walnut pesto among them. Divide the arugula among the plates, and serve with your choice of dressing.
Tools Used To Make The Walnut Pesto
A food processor really helps speed up any pesto recipe. I’ve had my Cuisinart for 20 years now, and can’t live without it. I also recently got these purple (glorious!) silicone spatulas for my birthday, and I’m in love. Everyone needs a good spatula set. I like these because they are different sizes and shapes, allowing me to get into the nooks and crannies of even the smallest, pesky shaped jars!