Cranberry relish and a wicked good smoothie

 

Are you ready for the holiday next week? Do you need to bring something and have no idea what to make? Or maybe you’re tired of the same old thing? Have no fear, here’s a cranberry relish recipe that is so tasty you’ll want to dish up a bowl and eat it with a spoon. 9944862_l

Cranberry Relish

12 oz bag cranberries, rinsed
1 or 2 oranges peeled and cut in segments (if large orange use 1, I use 2 mandarins or tangerines)
2 apples cut to fit in food processor
put all ingredients into food processor and pulse until desired consistency. I like it chunky so I don’t pulse long.
then add: 1 large can crushed pineapple in its own juice, drained
1 cup sugar

Mix and chill. stir every hour for 2-3 hours. best if chilled for several hours. You can make it the day before

P.S. It’s wonderful the next day as a smoothie base. Use 1/2 cup or 1 cup if you like it more fruity, add 1/2 c. yogurt or OJ, a handful of ice, a handful of spinach and blend – yum!

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An old-fashioned breakfast

Have you noticed it’s getting dark earlier and maybe  a bit chilly when you wake up in the morning? I adore this time of year when the leaves start to change and you can break out those yummy, cozy sweaters.

So get ready.

Turn down your thermostat to save some $ on your heating bill. Great reason to break out that warm throw or beautiful quilt and wrap yourself up while relaxing in the evenings.

Have your cat or dog sleep with you at night to help keep you toasty.

And…start your day off right. On Sunday, make a batch of steel cut oats for breakfast for the coming week. It’s easy. Use a slow cooker or rice cooker. My rice cooker has a porridge setting. Put in the water and steel cut oats and let them cook. My favorite is McCann’s Irish Oatmeal.

This is not the instant oatmeal you remember as a kid. Steel cut oats have a great flavor and are very filling. I like to add a bit of cinnamon and a few raisins or dried craisins or dried blueberries. Portion out the steel cut oats into your storage containers so all you have to do is grab a container and ziploc snack bag with your toppings (raisins and cinnamon) and you can heat it up at work. For those of you who like milk or almond/soy milk, you can add it to the oats as well – yum! It will keep you satisfied until lunchtime.

Get outside, take a walk and enjoy the fall day!