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Thursday, December 18, 2014

The Best Fast and Healthy Holiday Recipe!

I love Christmas!  I love the traditions and all the people… I love that even people that are grumpy most of the year might smile if you extend a hand to help them.  The meaning of Christmas is so precious to me and I remember how much I have been forgiven for and how much I want to give that love and forgiveness to others.  With all the upside also comes the very serious temptation to overindulge in many comforting and delicious family traditions. 
The problem is we continue to overindulge throughout the holidays, which ends up lasting almost 3 months by the way… then it takes another 2 months to get back on a regular schedule of eating right and exercising… then we realize that we have collected a few extra pounds that do not want to go away and a head full of guilt toward our decisions.  This is a rollercoaster that too many people are riding.  I got off the rollercoaster years ago and am here to tell you it is possible to eat fast and healthy foods that will help you keep your health and release those extra pounds.  So I am here to share with you the best fast and healthy holiday recipe.  I hope you will choose to be empowered this holiday season and get around like minded people that want to make this holiday season fun, delicious and also healthy.  Enjoying your food without guilt is a huge blessing…  We love to support likeminded people on this journey of health.
The best fast and healthy holiday recipe…
Cranberry, Apple, Pear and Walnut Sauce
Makes 8 Servings

What You'll Need:
3/4 cup fresh orange juice (approx 2 oranges)
2 tbsp agave nectar
2 cups organic Granny Smith apples, peeled and diced (approx 2 apples)
1 organic pear, diced
1 1/2 tsp fresh ginger, minced
Less than 1/8 tsp ground red pepper (cayenne)
12 oz fresh cranberries
1 tbsp grated orange rind
1 cinnamon stick
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup raw, unsalted walnuts, coarsely chopped

  1. Combine orange juice, water, agave nectar, and cinnamon stick in a large saucepan; bring to a boil.  Cook for approximately 3-4 minutes, stirring frequently.
  2. Add in apples, pear, ginger, red pepper, and cranberries; bring to a boil.  Reduce heat and simmer for approximately 30 minutes or until sauce thickens.
  3. Remove from heat; stir in orange rind.  Allow to cool before adding walnuts.  Remove cinnamon stick before serving.
Chef's Tips:
  • You may use frozen cranberries if fresh cranberries are not available.
  • This sauce can be kept in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
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