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Homemade Cranberry Sauce-3 Real Food Ingredients

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Make this the year you ditch the canned cranberry sauce on Thanksgiving! Most canned versions contain high amounts of added sugar, often in the form of high fructose corn syrup. In addition to wanting to avoid refined sugars, I myself was never a fan of the jello-like consistency the can version produces anyways.  I’ve learned homemade sauce is actually incredibly simple to make. This version uses only real food ingredients, omitting the refined white sugar and packing in an extra nutritional punch.

Ingredients:

  • 1 bag of whole cranberries or about 6 cups
  • 1 20 oz. can of crushed pineapple (may also use fresh chopped pineapple-approximately 2 cups)
  • 1 large whole apple, diced

Directions:

  1. Combine cranberries and pineapple in a large pot over medium heat. Cook for 15-20 minutes, stirring every few minutes.
  2. Add in the diced apple and cook an additional 15 minutes or until mixture is a thick chutney.
  3. Serve while hot or store in glass container in refrigerator for

Note: Any kind of apple should work. I used Fiji. You can leave the skin on. If you prefer a smoother sauce consistency, try using a spatula to help break up the apple pieces and cranberries while it’s cooking. Or simply toss the mixture into a food processor quick.

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Fall Pumpkin Bread

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Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups of almond flour
  • 3/4 cup of organic canned pumpkin
  • 3 eggs, whisked
  • 1/4 cup raw honey
  • 3 Tbsp. coconut oil, melted
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 Tbsp. cinnamon
  • 2 tsp. of pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 tsp of vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup of pecans
  • 1.2 cup raisins

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. First combine all the dry ingredients together in a medium-sized mixing bowl.
  3. Next, in a small bowl, mix all the wet ingredients together.
  4. Pour the wet ingredients into the larger dry ingredients bowl and stir until combined
  5. Chop half of pecans and fold them in, along with raisins.
  6. Grease a bread loaf pan and pour mixture in.
  7. Top with remaining pecans. I  mixed pecans with a little melted coconut oil, coconut sugar, and cinnamon for the topping!
  8. Bake at 350-degrees F for 30 to 40 minutes. Check if fully cooked by inserting a  toothpick inserted into the center.
  9. Cool, slice, serve and enjoy!

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Fish Tacos With Mango Salsa

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Easy weeknight fish tacos!

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 lb. wild-caught cod or other white fish
  • 1 avocado
  • 1 mango, diced
  • 1 tomato, diced
  • 2 limes
  • 1/4 small red onion, finely chopped
  • Olive oil
  • Natural taco seasoning     e.g. Simply Organic, Trader Joe’s
  • Grain-free tortillas *

*May substitute with corn tortillas

Directions:

1. Marinate fish in taco seasoning and lime juice for approximately 20 minutes.

2. Combine chopped mango chunks, tomato, and red onion to make the salsa. Squeeze in fresh lime juice and combine in salsa.

3. Sauté or grill fish until white and flakey. (Cook on each side approximately 3-5 minutes)

4. Lightly spray tortillas with olive oil spray and warm in pan over low heat. (1 minute) Assemble tacos while tortillas are still warm. Top with sliced avocado and enjoy!

 

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Sweet Potato Soup

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With an impeding snow storm, here’s an easy recipe to help warm you up. Sweet potatoes offer so many unique nutritional benefits. They are rich in antioxidants including beta-carotene to help boost Vitamin A levels. Research has also shown that when passing through our digestive tract, sweet potato antioxdants and other phytonutrients may be able to lower the potential health risk created by heavy metals and oxygen radicals

Ingredients:

  • 3 large sweet potatoes
  • 3 cups vegetable stock (or chicken broth)
  • 1/2 cup chopped white onion
  • Spices
    • garlic powder or fresh garlic clove
    • 1/4 cumin
    • pinch of sea salt
    • 1/4 tsp black pepper
  • Bacon ‘uncured, nitrate free’ to garnish (optional)

Directions:

  1. Wash, peel, and chop sweet potatoes in large chunks.
  2. Cook bacon and set aside. Meanwhile, saute chopped onion with olive oil in large pot over medium-low heat.
  3. Once onion is tender (5-7 minutes), added vegetable broth, sweet potatoes, and spices to pot.
  4. Bring to a boil for 3 minutes then reduce to a simmer for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  5. Poor contents into a blender or food process.

Divide in serving bowls and garnish with chopped bacon. Pair with a salad to make it a complete meal!

 

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Paleo Shrimp & Grits

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This dish is  too easy and delicious not to try. Cauliflower makes a great substitution for refined white rice, mashed potatoes, pizza crust, and now grits! The cruciferous vegetable provides anti-inflammatory compounds and  various phytochemicals to help ward off disease. Just 1 cup provides 73% of the daily value of Vitamin C! That’s 3X as much as 1 cup of spinach! Not to mention the fresh wild-caught shrimp offering a nice dose of omega-3 fatty acids, selenium, and Vitamin B12 . Add a side of greens and you have yourself a very nutritious dinner!

Servings (2)

Ingredients: 

  • 1/2 lb. whole wild caught shrimp
  • Cajun seasoning
  • Cauliflower florets (frozen)
  • Asparagus
  • 1 Tbsp. Grass-fed butter

Directions:

1.Prepare shrimp (peel and deveine). Rinse and pat dry. Coat shrimp with Cajun seasoning and set aside. If you don’t like spicy, substitute with any seasoning of choice.

2. Heat large skillet over medium heat.

3.Meanwhile, steam or cook frozen cauliflower on stove top. Place in high speed blender or food processor. Add 1 Tbsp. grass-fed butter or olive oil to cauliflower in addition to seasoning. (sea salt, garlic, parsley).

4. Blend cauliflower until it reaches a fairly smooth consistency.

5. Pansear shrimp for about 2 minutes on each side.

6. Serve shrimp over “grits” and with your favorite green vegetable. Asparagus or sauteed spinach both work well!

Bon appetit!

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Pumpkin Spice Donut Holes

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Hurray for Fall and Pumpkin Spice and Everything Nice! These easy Pumpkin Donut Holes are a nice treat  to enjoy with hot coffee or tea on these cool fall mornings.

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Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup organic pumpkin puree
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup Pure Maple Syrup
  • 7 Tbsp. butter or coconut oil; melted
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup almond flour
  • 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • 1/3 cup coconut sugar
  • 3 tsp. pumpkin spice
  • 2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1 1/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. sea salt

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  2. Line a muffin tin with 12 cupcake liners or a mini tin  (for munchkin size) with 24 liners.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, combine all of the DRY ingredients.
  4. In a separate mixing bowl, combine all of the wet ingredients listed. Mix well.
  5. Now add the wet mixture to the dry mixture and combine until evenly mixed.
  6. Pour batter evenly into lined muffin tin.
  7. Bake for  approximately 10-14 minutes (depending on your oven). Toothpick inserted into centers should come out clean.
  8. Allow to cool for at least 1 hour.
  9. When ready to serve, combine extra ground cinnamon and coconut sugar in a small bowl. Peel donuts from cupcake holders and roll into the cinnamon mixture until covered. (You may also just leave the cupcake liners on)
  10. Eat & enjoy!

*Note, these are best kept for up to 2 days. Try storing in a container with a paper towel to help absorb excess moisture. “Redust” with cinnamon coating if needed before reserving.

 

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Spinach and Feta Turkey Burgers

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb free-range ground turkey
  • 2 cups rinsed, fresh chopped spinach
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/2 cup feta cheese
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper
  • dash of sea salt

Directions:

Combine all ingredients in a large mixing bowl with hands. Form 1/2 inch thick patties (about 5-6). Place patties in a large, non-stick pan, then turn heat on medium. Cook patties  for about 4-5 minutes on each side. Serve with fresh in season fruit and vegetables!

 

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