Thursday, November 15, 2012

Holidays from Scratch

Because many holiday traditions involve food, I wanted to give you some healthy and delicious choices.  When we eat food that is prepared from scratch and we choose the best ingredients available, our bodies are nourished and better able to function through this enjoyable but often stressful holiday season.

My new book, Holidays from Scratch, Making a Healthy Delicious Holiday Season, is now available in both hard copy and eBook format.  

There are 50 recipes in this book, including a list of essential holiday spices.

The recipes include beverages, salads and dressings, soups, side dishes, main disses and delicious baked goods.  The recipes are brand new or improved updates from Scratch.

The following is one of my favorite new recipes. 
If you're lucky you can serve this at Thanksgiving dinner, instead of the cranberries from the can!

Cranberry Chutney

2 cups fresh cranberries, washed & drained
1 Granny Smith apple, peeled cored & diced
1 small onion, chopped
zest of 1 orange
juice of 1 orange
1 cup sucanat
1/4 tsp. stevia powder, optional
1/3 cup water
1/3 cup Braggs raw apple cider vinegar
1 Tbsp. fresh ginger, peeled & chopped
1/4 cup dried apricots, chopped
1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes
1/4 tsp. nutmeg
1/2 cup toasted pecans, coarsely chopped

Toast Pecans and set aside.

Prepare ingredients depending on the texture and consistency that you want.

Place all ingredients, except pecans, in a medium, stainless steel sauce pan over medium heat.   Allow to cook for about 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.  Cool and stir in the chopped pecans just before serving.

Serves about 10