The Best Cranberry and Orange Sauce for Turkey Day

The Best Cranberry and Orange Sauce for Turkey Day

Thanksgiving is here already. I love this time of the year. I am thankful for so many things and one of them is you. My health journey is not about perfection but about progress. I take one step at a time. I am privileged (and so are you) to choose to make small changes and keep moving forward while I learn from many mistakes. I love sharing my heart and recipes with you. And I pray I offer you encouragement as well. Every single one of us are genuinly unique, wildly beautiful, daily delighted in, truly worthy, and vastly loved. Each of our stories are different and that is a beautiful thing. Embrace where you are today and give thanks in and for all things. YOU ARE AWESOME! Here is my amazing “Cranberry and Orange Sauce” recipe. It is a must try, easy to make, and simply delicious! PS- It also taste amazing with duck, turkey, beef, or pork tacos! CRANBERRY AND ORANGE SAUCE INGREDIENTS: 17oz. clean water 16oz. organic cranberries 1 cup coconut sugar 1/2 cup maple syrup, honey, or agave 6 tangerines or 4 oranges 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon 3/4  cup chopped walnuts or pecans (optional) DIRECTIONS: Rinse cranberries well. Over high heat add water and cranberries and bring to a boil. Then reduce heat to medium, cover, and allow the cranberries to pop (about 15 minutes). After your cranberries have all popped turn heat to low. Add the remaining ingredients (except nuts) and stir well.  Cover and let cook another 15-20 minutes. Add nuts the last 5 minutes if you choose. Let...
Thanksgiving Lemon Brussels with Pistachio Crunch

Thanksgiving Lemon Brussels with Pistachio Crunch

I love Brussels, and I love to cook them many different ways. This recipe is one of my favorites. It is full of flavor and crunch, and a perfect healthy side for your Thanksgiving feast. It will send you back for seconds – for sure. INGREDIENTS: 1 Bunch of Brussels 1 cup of raw pistachios 2 tbsp Coconut oil 1/4 diced onion 2 tbsp Lemon juice 2 tsp Lemon zest Sea Salt & Pepper to taste 2 tbsp organic blue agave nectar (optional) DIRECTIONS: Clean and half the Brussels. On medium heat sauté the onions in the coconut oil until wilted. Add the brussels, lemon, lemon zest, salt and pepper. Stir and cover until slightly soft. (Optional – add the agave). Chop or crush the pistachios and add to mixture. Cook another 5-7 minutes stirring allowing the flavors to absorb and mix will. Serve and ENJOY!   HAVE A GRATEFUL WEEK!  ...
A CHANGED MAN

A CHANGED MAN

Harvey’s heart was calloused and cold. His father lived in a differnet state and was absent throughout much of his childhood and young adult life. Through many failures and disappointments quitting was never an option. He made a vow to himself to “do it on his own”, and that he did. His successes and victories were accomplished with personal grit and determination. The years of hard work and aloneness took a toll on his heart – yet he did not recognize the emptiness within. In his early thirties he met his wife, surrendered his life to Jesus, and a new journey began. He was in love but unwilling to give up controlling his surroundings. Struggles came and she begged for him to let her in. He would be convicted and release the reigns slightly only to grip them tighter. She recognized amazing qualities inside him, but she focused on changing the bad. After years of battling, praying, and nagging she gave up. She opened the weary hands of her heart and let it all go. She focused on her inner struggles and her relationship with God and her perspective changed. The more she learned to love herself the more she was able to freely love and enjoy him. “Have you been saved but need a renewing of your heart? Have you been praying – God please revive my heart?“ the pastor inquired from the pulpit. Harvey’a arm shot straight up. His body trembled yet he felt numb. His breath was intense. Tears streamed down his face, and he felt a whoosh in his heart. He felt the weight of...
GINGERY ORANGE PORK LOIN WITH BACON WRAPPED BUTTERNUT SQUASH

GINGERY ORANGE PORK LOIN WITH BACON WRAPPED BUTTERNUT SQUASH

With the colder temps approaching it is time to begin indulging in winter veggies. Butternut squash is a very popular vegetable among winter squashes and they have numerous benefits. It is rich source of dietary fiber and phyto-nutrients. It has more vitamin A than that of in pumpkin.  Vitamin A is a powerful natural anti-oxidant and is required by the body for maintaining the integrity of skin and mucus membranes. It is also an essential vitamin for optimum eye-sight. It has plenty of natural poly-phenolic flavonoid compounds like α and ß-carotenes, cryptoxanthin-ß, and lutein. These compounds convert to vitamin A inside the body and deliver same protective functions of vitamin A on the body. It is rich in B-complex group of vitamins like folates, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin B-6 (pyridoxine), thiamin, and pantothenic acid. It has similar mineral profile as that in pumpkin, containing adequate levels of minerals like iron, zinc, copper, calcium, potassium, and phosphorus. There are numerous ways to delight in these winter commodities. One of my favorite is to partner them with a juicy pork loin. Pork and squash make for a beautiful pair. Now it’s time to get in the kitchen and get to cooking. Your family will thank you. GINGERY ORANGE PORK LOIN WITH BACON WRAPPED BUTTERNUT SQUASH Serves 4 Pork Loin: 1 teaspoon allspice 1 teaspoon dry mustard 1 teaspoon crushed rosemary 2 teaspoon grated fresh ginger or powder 1 teaspoon garlic powder sea salt and black pepper 2 tangerines or oranges peeled and seperated 1 tablespoon olive oil or grape seed oil 2 tablespoons organic maple syrup or organic malt rice syrup (optional)...
GLUTEN CONTAINING PRODUCT LIST

GLUTEN CONTAINING PRODUCT LIST

There is great hype about gluten these days and it is for a very good reason. There are many who suffer from gluten sensitivities, gluten allergies and even celiac disease that go undiagnosed or misdiagnosed for years. However, not everyone has gluten issues. I encourage my clients to go gluten-free for 3-4 weeks then slowly incorporate gluten back into their diet for a few days and see how they feel. If they have gluten issues – the majority of them know immediately! If you think you may have gluten issues and you are interested in going gluten-free below is a list of products containing gluten. Be aware gluten-free foods can take many forms these days. Today you can easily find plenty of gluten-free alternatives to many staple foods. These can be anything from gluten-free pizza to gluten-free pop tarts to gluten-free bread to gluten-free cookies. However, as you might guess, not all of these alternatives are necessarily healthy, just because they are gluten-free. Many of these products are laced with unhealthy additives and preservatives.  If you are experiencing gluten intolerance symptoms or you are not sure and want to take the challenge, the products on this page should be avoided. PRINT THIS OUT  & KEEP IN YOUR PURSE! The following grains and starches contain gluten: Wheat Wheat germ Rye Barley Bulgur Couscous Farina Graham flour Kamut Matzo Semolina Spelt Triticale The following foods often contain gluten: malt/malt flavoring soups commercial bullion and broths cold cuts French fries (often dusted with flour before freezing) processed cheese (e.g., Velveeta) mayonnaise ketchup malt vinegar soy sauce and teriyaki sauces salad dressings imitation...