Easily To Make Cranberry Recipes For Autumn Gatherings

Fresh Cranberry
Fresh berries

If summer is the harvest season, autumn is all about preserving the harvest and holding get togethers. You can preserve the fruits and berries by freezing them, as concentrated juice, dried form, make sauce and so on. Cranberry is one such berry that can be preserved for using in the off-season.

It has numerous health benefits and therefore is considered as a healthy berry. The numerous health benefits of this vitamin C rich berry was recognized by Native Indians many centuries ago. You can use the preserved cranberry in your recipes to reap the benefits.

Avocado Cranberry Salsa

Ingredients

  • Yellow bell pepper – 1
  • Fresh/frozen cranberries – 3 cups
  • Sugar-1/2 cup
  • Orange Juice – 1/4 cup
  • Jalapeno pepper – 1 seeded and chopped
  • Grated orange peel – 1 tbsp.
  • Avocado – 2, pitted peeled and diced
  • Fresh parsley/cilantro – chopped 1/4 cup

Method

Char the bell pepper over the flame or in the broiler. All sides should be blackened. Allow it to cool for 10 minutes before peel, seed and chopping the bell pepper.

In the processor put the cranberries, sugar, and orange juice and coarsely chop the cranberry. Transfer this to a bowl. Add the bell pepper, orange peel and jalapeno. (This can be prepared a day ahead)

Before serving stir in the avocado and cilantro into the salsa. Season with salt and pepper.

Cranberry, Raspberry, Blueberry Smoothie

Smoothie for detoxification
Smoothie for detoxification

Ingredients

  • Banana – 1
  • Cranberry Juice – 2/3 cups
  • Frozen raspberries – 1/2 cup
  • Frozen blueberries – 1/2 cup
  • Frozen Low fat yogurt – 1 cup

Method

Combine all the afore mentioned ingredients in a blender and blend till they are well combined.

Serve in tall serving glasses. This smoothie is rich is low in calories but an excellent source of fiber, proteins and carbohydrates. Smoothie contains zero mono unsaturated fat and cholesterol.

Cranberry And Wild Rice Stuffed Chicken Breast

Rice and cranberry stuffed chicken
Rice and cranberry stuffed chicken

Ingredients

  • Chicken breast halves – 6 pieces cleaned and tenders removed
  • Wild rice and cranberry stuffing
  • Eggs – 3 for egg wash
  • Olive oil – 2 tbsp.
  • Flour sieved with salt and pepper – 1 cup

Method

Heat oven to 350 degree F.

Make slashes in the chicken breast deep enough to stuff wild rice and cranberry.

Heat a large skillet over medium heat and add the olive oil.

Dip the stuffed chicken breast in the egg wash and roll it in the flour before placing it in the hot skillet.

Brown the stuffed chicken on both sides before placing it in a shallow baking dish.

Bake for in the oven for 30 minutes.

Remove from the oven and slice the chicken about 1/2 inches thick.

Serve with lots of green.

Ingredients for stuffing

  • Wild rice cooked – 3 cups
  • Bread crumbs – 1 cup
  • Sweetened dried cranberries – 1 cup
  • Chopped walnuts – 1/2 cup
  • Chopped apples – 1/2 cup
  • Melted butter – 1/2 cup
  • Orange Juice – 1/4 cup
  • Cranberry juice – 1/4 cup

Method

In a mixing bowl, mix all the ingredients well.

If there is left over stuffing, it can be frozen for future use.

Now enjoy your autumn months with cranberry recipes.

A Fistful Of Nuts For An Organ The Size Of Your Fist Called Heart

A rich source of energy and good heart health
A rich source of energy and good heart health

Are nuts good for heart health or not? This is one of the questions that is festering many health consciousness people. Clinical studies with regards to heart health reveal that nuts are very healthy for the heart. For instance, including 30gms of nuts to you diet everyday will lower the risk of the heart disease. However, ensure to avoid eating salted and roasted nuts. Raw nuts are the best any time.

Some of the healthier choices of nuts are almonds, pistachios, walnuts, peanuts, cashews  and hazelnuts. The reasons are simple. They are an excellent source of protein, fiber, minerals, antioxidants, and vitamins. The American Heart Association suggests that one must follow a dietary pattern that includes not just fruits, vegetables, poultry, fish and meat but also nuts.

Three Heart-healthy Nuts

Use them in your salads and bakes
Use them in your salads and bakes or just have them raw
  1.  Almonds

A study was conducted in 2015 on the body fat as well as the cholesterol level in the people who ate 1.3 oz of almonds a day compared to those who ate healthy muffins of the same calories. It revealed that those added almonds to their diet had not only lost some fat around the belly and leg but also the bad cholesterol level had come down.

Have Pistachios and save your cornories
Munch on Pistachios to  reduce stress

2. Pistachios to reduce blood pressure when under stress

Adding pistachios to your salads is good for your heart. It helps to reduce the blood pressure when under stress. A study that was published in 2014, showed that the people with diabetes were introduced to some diet rich in pistachios. They were given 10g daily. It improved their heart rate response to stress, functioning of the heart, and also reduced their blood pressure. Gradually, there was a reduction in the total cholesterol level.

For clear arteries
For clear arteries

3. Want clear arteries, have fistful of walnuts

Walnuts have 47 percent of good fats or polyunsaturated fatty acids. Regular consumption of walnuts lowers the risk of apolipoprotein B and thereby reducing the risk of coronary artery disease. Its also good for the brain.

How Much Of Nuts Is Good For Health

It’s a fact that nuts are excellent source of energy. However, if you do not watch out on how much you consume in a day, it can lead to weight gain. Instead of munching on an unhealthy snack, consider a fistful of unsalted nuts. It will help you lose weight as well as in cholesterol management.

How To Freeze Cherries At Home

Frozen cherries to be used in salads and desserts
Frozen cherries to be used in salads and desserts

Cherries are harvested in the month of May and by end of summer it’s time to preserve them so it can be used during the off-season. Fresh fruits are sweet to taste and the color of their skin is deep red. The cherries can be preserved in many ways. In fact, it depends on how you plan to use them later. Like apple and peaches, cherries also freeze well. They can be dried, pickled, made into jam, canned and more. Preserved cherries can be used in baking, making smoothies, jellies, pies and cobblers.

To Preserve

You can use sweet as well as the sour cherries. Once you have decided to preserve the cherries, select freshly harvested fruits that are deep red in color and ripe. You can preserve them with or without seeds.

Preparing To Preserve

Remove the stem and wash the fruits well. If you want to pit, ensure that the pitted cherries are kept in cold water containing 4 to 5 vitamin C tablets or a teaspoon of powdered ascorbic acid in a gallon of water. This is down to prevent discolorations of the fruits. If you want to preserve  it un-pitted, prick the skin on both sides with a clean needle to prevent the fruit from splitting.

Freezing the Cherries

These can be frozen in either sugar syrup or dry sugar.

  • To make sugar syrup
  1. Sour Cherries – Dissolve 2.5 cups of sugar in four cups of water.
  2. Sweet Cherries – Dissolve 1 1/4 cups of sugar in 4 cups of water.

For a quarter kilogram of prepared fruits, add 1 cup of syrup.

  • To Make a Dry Sugar Pack
  1. Sour Variety – For quart of the fruits mix 2/3 cups of castor sugar.
  2. Sweet Fruits– For quart of the fruits use 1/3 cup of castor sugar.

Mix the sugar well with these prepared fruits.

How To Pack Syrup Or Dry Cherries

For dry sugar packed ones leave 1/2 inch of head space in the freezer bags.

For syrup pack use either plastic freezer containers or tapered freezer jars. Here leave 1-inch head-space for syrup pack.

To Freeze The Cherry Without Sugar

You can freeze cherries pitted or with pits without in water, dry or unsweetened fruit juice like orange or grape juice. When thawed the texture will be soft. The sweet varieties should be frozen in shallow trays in single layer before packing them in the Ziploc freezer bags.

Frozen cherries can be used in salads and desserts.

 

Why Cheddar Cheese Is Good For You

A platter of cheddar with olives, strawberry and grapes
A platter of cheddar with olives, strawberry and grapes

Cheese has been a vital ingredient in the human diet throughout the history of the mankind. Its a diary product made from curdling milk and by adding flavors to it. Cheese is available in various flavors, shapes and textures.  Apart from being delicious, this diary product is known for its nutritious quality and has several essential minerals and vitamins. Consuming 1.5 ounces of cheddar cheese is equivalent to one-third of the recommended diary consumption per day for adults. Regular consumption of cheddar keeps the health conditions such as heart disease, osteoporosis, diabetes, and high blood pressure at bay.

Health Benefits Of Cheddar Cheese

  • Protein – Cheese is a rich source of protein. A thick slice of cheddar cheese contains approximately 6.7 g of protein. This is equivalent to a glass of milk. The milk protein casein in cheddar is an excellent source of essential amino acids and is easily digestible.
  • Minerals – Every ounce of cheddar cheese contains 202mg of calcium, 143 mg of phosphorous, smaller amounts of zinc, potassium, iron and magnesium. Calcium is essential for strong bones while phosphorus is important for proper functioning of the kidneys.
  • Vitamins – Cheddar is a rich source of vitamin B12 that is important for the smooth functioning of the nervous system. The riboflavin or the vitamin B2 is also found in cheese and help to form Red Blood Cells and also is an anti-oxidant that keep free radicals at bay. Vitamin A aids in cell growth and good vision. Cheese also contains small amount of thiamine, niacin, folate, vitamin D, E and K.

This cheese is high in fat and calories. That is it provides 114 calories and 9 gm of fat per ounce. Therefore, think twice before eating cheddar cheese regularly. Either you can opt for extra sharp flavored cheddar as the strong flavors will make you want to consume less cheese Also look out for low-fat cheddar cheese.

How to Freeze apples at home

Use only Ripe and Sweet apples for freezing
Use only Ripe and Sweet apples for freezing

Apples store well in the cellar. They will dry out and wrinkle with time. And subsequently, lose its flavor and taste. However, if you freeze apples it will retain the nutrients as well as the taste, and can be used in the recipes. There are a few things that you need to understand before freezing the apples. Fujis, galas and the similar sweet apples will retain the flavor compared to the tart varieties. How you freeze this fruit depends on how you wish to use the frozen ones.

Frozen whole apple
Frozen whole apple

Freezing Whole Apples

Choose firm, sweet, and ripe fruits. Wash them well and dry. Put them in freezer bags and store them. It sounds easier. But it’s always better to cut the apples into manageable pieces before storing it in the freezer.

Freezing Apples for Apple Pie

  • First things first. Peel and slice the apples into pie sized chunks.
  • Put the slices in to the lemon water to avoid it becoming brown.
  • Rinse the slices well and transfer them into a bowl. To this add sugar flour, salt and cinnamon powder. Mix well and coat the apples.
  • Line the pie pan with a full length aluminum foil.
  • Transfer the mixture into the prepared pie pan.
  • Fold the foil over the mixture and place them in the freezer.
  • After 24 hours, remove the frozen apples from the foil package and transfer it into a freezer Ziploc bag. Seal and write the date on the freezer bag.
  • You can take it out before baking.

Freezing Apples in Honey or Sugar Syrup

  • Peel and slice the fruit and put them in the lemon. Rinse well and transfer the same into the sugar syrup.
  • Store this in airtight freezer containers and put it in the freezer.

How to make sugar syrup

Combine 1 quart of water with 2 to 3 cups of sugar. Heat the mixture until its dissolved. Cool this mixture well before adding the fruit slices .

How to make honey syrup

Boil 4 cups of water. Remove it from the heat before adding the 2 cups of honey. Stir well so the honey dissolves well in the mixture.

Dry Pack Of Frozen Apples

  • Here the fruit can be stored with or without sugar.
  • Peel, core and slice the quart apples and place them in lemon water.
  • Drain well. Sprinkle 1/2 cup sugar and mix well to coat the slices.
  • Place the apples in the freezer bags, seal well and freeze. Ensure to label the apple freezer bags.

Use these slices in your recipes.

Health Benefits Of Kellogg’s Rice Krispies Cereal

Kellogg's Rice Krispies
Kellogg’s Rice Krispies

Kellogg’s Rice Krispies are popular among children and adults. The main ingredients of this cereal are rice, sugar, salt, barley malt, folic acid and vitamins such as iron, vitamins B6, B12, B1 and B2, and vitamin D. This cereal is also kosher Parve certified. Since, Rice Krispies contain no milk, nuts, wheat or soy people with food sensitivities and allergies can consume this cereal.

Health Benefits Of Rice Krispies

  • One serving of this cereal contains 30mg of potassium and 190 mg of sodium. As per the studies conducted by University of Maryland Medical center, these are the two essential electrolytes required by the body. Electrolytes plays a vital role in pH maintenance, fluid balance and muscle function of the human body.
  • Rice Krispies is also a source of carbohydrates. That is it includes 1 g of dietary fiber, 25 g of complex carbohydrates and only 4 g of sugar content.
  • Protein content is only 2g per serving. This is 50% of the U.S. FDA’s recommended daily dosage of protein. It’s a cholesterol free instant food.

Calories In Kellogg’s Rice Krispies

A serving of Kellogg’s Rice Krispies cereal is equivalent to 1 1/4 cup. A single serving of this cereal contains 130 calories. When you add half-a-cup pf skimmed milk to the cereal, the total calorie will be 170. Remember that this cereal contains no cholesterol or fat and it provides all the essential vitamins and minerals to the body.

Try this simple recipe

Crunchy Apple wedges

Ingredients

  • Apple – 2 cored, cut into wedges.
  • Lemon Juice – 1 tsp
  • Peanut butter – 1/2 cup
  • Tooth picks – as many as apple wedges
  • Rice krispies cereal – 2 bowls

Method

Cut the apples into wedges and put it in a bowl of water. Add the lemon juice to it so the apple slices do not oxidize.

Remove the apple wedges and pat it dry with paper towels.

Insert tooth picks.

Spread peanut butter on both the sides.

Roll in the Rice Krispies.

Serve immediately or cover the dish with a cling film and freeze.

 

Novel Presentation Of Veggies Another Attraction Of Japan

Replace All-purpose flour Noodles with Veggie noodles
Replace All-purpose flour Noodles with Veggie noodles

A popular Japanese Dietitian Yasuyo Kishimura has shared some the veggie noodles recipes. The vegetables are sliced into strips that resemble noodles. The vegetables shredded into noodle like strips are not only eye candy but also make a wonderful late-night snacks. It’s also appetizing to those who are on any weight loss program.

Kishimura opines that is easy to make using a peeler and other vegetable cutting tools. Whatever be the vegetable you choose, it should be cut into the same lengths and thickness as much as possible. After slicing them into thin noodle like strips, blanche them in salt water to make them tender. Another alternative is sprinkling salt on them and leaving them to rest for some time to make it soft and noodle-like.

Kishimaru has shared some of the recipes that are not only easy to make but appealing to ones palette.

Zucchini a healthy vegetable thats rich in nutrients and vitamins
Zucchini a healthy vegetable that’s rich in nutrients and vitamins

Zucchini Pasta

  • Using a slicer slice zucchini into noodle-like strips about 10 centimeters long and 2 millimeters wide.
  • Sprinkle with salt as per your tastes and leave it for a couple of minutes.
  • Squeeze out the water and keep it aside.
  • Cube one eggplant and finely mince a couple of cloves of garlic. In a pan heat a couple of tablespoons of olive oil and sauté garlic over a low fire. When it slightly browns and releases the aroma, add the cubed eggplant and fry it over a low to medium heat.
  • Add meat sauce and water and cook over medium heat until its well-cooked and becomes slightly dry. Season it with pepper and salt.
  • For plating, place the Zucchini strips on a plate and pour sauce over its and serve hot.
Diakon is nothing but white radish
Diakon is nothing but white radish

Kishimen Noodle-like Daikon

Kishimen is a broad and flat noodles in a hot soup. Diakon is nothing but white radish.

  • Using a peeler to slice the diakon into long strips. To prevent the strip from tearing, peel it in the direction of the fibers.
  • In a saucepan heat water with salt and bring it to boil. When it boils add the strips of diakon and cook for a couple of minutes.
  • Cube the chicken into biteable pieces. Cut onions diagonally and slice the shimeji mushrooms.
  • In another pan, add the chicken, soy sauce, shimeji, grated ginger and onions. Cook in medium heat and once its cooked add diakon.
  • Serve in a bowl with mitsuba leaves (Similar to Parsley.)

carrot

Carrot Salad

One of the veggie noodle salads that is recommended by Kishimura is the carrot salad.

  • Using peeler peel the carrots into noodle-like strips of 1 cm wide and 15 cm long. Place the carrot in a heatproof bowl and cover it with a cling film. Heat it in the micro-wave for a couple minutes at high.
  • In a bowl mix olive oil, grated garlic, salt, freshly ground pepper and vinegar. This is the dressing. Drizzle it over the carrot strips. Sprinkle chopped parsley before serving.

Kishimura opines that its appealing to even children who don’t like vegetables much because of the sweetness of carrot and light spice of the black pepper. You can also replace carrot with other vegetables of your choice.

Noodle-like veggies is a healthier option to instant noodles such are Top Ramen and the likes. Give Veggies noodles a try for better health.

Protein Shakes To Upgrade Your Workout

Nourishing cocktail drink made of kiwi, mint and spinach
Nourishing cocktail drink made of kiwi, mint and spinach

In this fast paced world, many of us are replacing meal with protein shakes. But are all meal replacements healthy or on the nutritional list. Whether you are replacing your meal or recharging after a workout you need to choose the right type of protein to meet your body needs.

Powder based protein products at time limit your taste buds and you may not be sure whether you are getting enough protein for building and repairing muscle. Carly Tierney, a fitness and nutrition expert encourages homemade protein shakes that are natural alternative to the store bought powder.

Homemade Protein Shake Recipes

Recipe #1 – Protein shake for muscle building

Ingredients

  •  Coconut milk – 3/4 cup
  •  Greek yogurt –  1/3 cup
  •  Spinach – 1/2 cup heaped
  • Avocado – 1/2
  • Almond butter – 1 Tbsp.
  • Hemp powder –  1 Tbsp.
  • Agave –  1 Tbsp.

Method

Put all the ingredients in a blender. Blend well till its smooth.

Benefits

The spinach provides an ample amount of antioxidants. The avocado provides the 25 per cent of the recommended Vitamin K intake to strengthen bones and retain calcium. This protein shake is power packed with not only proteins but also fats that help build body muscle. Apart from that it will also keep your tummy full for a longer time.

Recipe # 2 – Protein shake to build immunity

Ingredients

  • Coconut water – 3/4 cup
  • Greek yogurt – 1/3 cup
  • Raw Cashews(soaked) – 1/3 cup
  • Frozen pineapple – 1/4 cup
  • Frozen mango – 1/3 cup
  • Date – 1 pitted

Method

Place everything in the blender and blend till it becomes smooth. Transfer it into serving glasses. Top it with a spoonful of soaked chia seeds.

Benefits

Coconut water is rich in potassium keeping your energy levels high with natural sugar. The Greek yogurt is not high in carbs and the microbes in it will boost your digestive health. Cashews are not only protein rich but has ample amount of vitamin E. This is known to increase the immunity and reduces the chances of prostate cancer.

Recipe # 3 – Protein Shake for recovery from injuries

Ingredients

  •  Almond milk – 3/4 cup
  •  Almond butter –  2 Tbsp.
  • Raw soaked cashews – 1/4 cup
  •  Medium banana – cut into pieces and frozen
  • Whole oats- 2 tbsp.
  • Ground flax seed – 1 Tbsp.
  •  Pitted dried date – 1
  • Cinnamon powder – 1

Method

Put all the ingredients in the blender and process till they are smooth.  Transfer it to the serving glasses.

Benefits

Almond is rich in calcium and low in calories. This nut is also rich in vitamin E, that increases the body immunity and fights against cancerous cells. Banana is a source of potassium while oats is rich in fiber and also will lower blood pressure level. In addition, flax seeds and dates are also rich in fiber. Cashew health benefits are numerous.

 

Healthy And Easy To Make Blueberry Recipes

Blueberries perfect summer berry
Blueberries perfect summer berry

Blueberry is one of the healthiest food. Though it’s not harvested all year around. Preserved blueberries are available in the supermarkets. Else you can freeze blueberries yourself during the warm sunny season when its harvested. The frozen or canned blueberries also retain their nutrients and can be used in your recipes.

Delicious smoothie thats filling
Delicious smoothie to start the day

Healthy Breakfast Smoothie – Blueberry and Greek Yogurt

Smoothies are a great way to start your day. You can use either fresh or frozen berries to make a delicious blueberry smoothie.

Ingredient

  • Blueberries – 1 cup
  • Vanilla extract (Optional) – 1/4 teaspoon
  • cinnamon powder – A pinch
  • Greek yogurt – 1/2 cup
  • Orange juice – 1/4 cup
  • Sugar/honey – as per your taste
  • Ice cubes – 3

Method

In a blender put all the above ingredients other than ice cubes, and blend well into a smooth paste for about two to three minutes.

Add ice and run the blender at high speed for a minute more.

Transfer into a glass and top it with blueberries if you like to munch on these juicy berries.

Notes

  • If you want to have very thick smoothie add less ice cubes.
  • Regular yogurt is not recommended because smoothie will become super watery.
Blueberry salad for lunch
Blueberry salad for lunch

Blueberry Chicken Walnut Salad

It’s a healthy salad, that is light on your tummy and perfect for any season. You can even carry it to your office as lunch.

Ingredients

  • Salad greens – 10 ounce
  • blueberries – 1 box
  • Apple – peeled and cubed
  • Cooked Chicken Shredded or cubed – 1 cup
  • Walnuts – 1/4 cup
  • Feta Cheese – 1/4 cup crumbled
  • Vinaigrette salad dressing – 1/2 cup

Method

In a large salad bowl, toss the salad greens, walnuts, blueberries, chicken and salad dressing. Top it with feta cheese.

Cover with cling film and chill it for 10 minutes before serving.

Bake a blueberry beard in winter using frozen blueberry to bring back the memories of summer
Bake a blueberry beard in winter using frozen blueberry to bring back the memories of summer

Blueberry Bread

Ingredients

  • Eggs – 2
  • Salt – 1 tsp
  • Baking powder – 4 tsp
  • blueberries – 1 cup
  • Walnuts – 1/2 cup
  • All-purpose flour – 3 cups
  • Olive oil/vegetable oil – 3 tbsp.
  • Milk – 1 cup
  • Sugar – 1 cup

Method

Beat the eggs and sugar well. To this add milk and oil and mix well.

Sift flour, salt and baking powder a couple of times.  Gently fold this with the wet ingredient. Combine will.

Add the blueberries and crushed walnuts to this batter.

Pour this into a greased loaf pan. Bake it at 350 degrees F for 40 minutes to one hour.

Cool it in the pan and then turn it out of the pan while its still warm.

How To Puree And Freeze Baby Food

Carrot pureed and transferred to ice cub trays to be frozen.
Carrot pureed and transferred to ice cub trays to be frozen.

Feeding your bundle of joy can be fun and made simple if you know how to puree and freeze the fruits and vegetables. Its no rocket science to puree veggies and fruits such as zucchini, avocado, yellow squash, water melon, blueberries, red apple, carrots and sweet potato. Here are the steps to puree and freeze baby food.

How To Make Puree  of Vegetables/Fruits

  1. Wash the cut veggies a couple of times before steaming, microwaving, baking or boiling. If you are removing the peels of your fruits, wash them after peeling them. Else you can wash them and chop them before cooking. It’s better to steam the vegetables and fruits because the nutrients are not lost. Also you can cook a larger quantity of vegetables/fruits if you steam, bake or boil.
  2. Microwave the best option if you want to puree in small quantities. But it’s better to avoid microwaving.
  3. Once the cooked veggies/fruits are cool enough, transfer them into a mixer or bowl of the immersion blender. Use the water in which the fruits or vegetables were cooked in, to make the puree. When you use this water, the nutrients are not lost.
  4. You can also puree without adding any water or other liquids. You can preserve the water to thin the baby food before feeding the babies.

Now you need to store the pureed baby food in the freezer.

Pureed food frozen in ice cube trays and then in ziploc bags
Pureed food frozen in ice cube trays and then in ziploc bags

How To Freeze The Pureed Baby Food

  1. Transfer the pureed contents into ice cube trays for freezing.
  2. Cover the ice tray with a cling film. Its wise to avoid aluminum foil. Tupperware ice trays come with a lid. So if that can be procured then there is nothing like it.
  3. Each cube of the pureed veg/fruit is about one ounce.
  4. Once the puree is frozen well. Take the trays out of the freezer and transfer the contents into a thick freeze bags.
  5. Ensure to label the bags with date of preparation as well as the type of food. The frozen pureed baby food should be consumed within a month from the day of freezing.
  6. You can thaw the puree and then reheat it before feeding your baby.