The Thanksgiving meal is the perfect time to bring all the goodness of natural food, fresh from the harvest right to your table.聽 Choose a variety of seasonal fruits and vegetables and roast or steam them for a healthier version and to preserve their natural flavors.聽Preparing your own food(as opposed to聽prepackaged, or processed foods)聽and being able to control what is in聽them will help keep your meals healthier.聽 We understand the importance that a nutritious diet plays in maintaining a healthy weight聽which in turn can聽decrease the number of bleeding episodes and amount of factor needed to prevent or control a bleed.聽聽 It is so easy to bring the natural goodness of the season聽indoors and fill your table with the fresh food nature has provided.聽 Here are a couple of recipes to help get you started! Happy Thanksgiving!!
Make your own Cranberry Relish
Cranberries not only provide beautiful color for your table but pack a lot of Vitamin C, antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties.聽 So easy to prepare but looks like you fussed!
1 bag of Fresh Cranberries (rinse and pick out any bad ones)
1 C. Orange Juice
录 C. Real Maple Syrup
2 tsp. Cinnamon
2 tsp. Nutmeg
Combine the cranberries, maple syrup, orange juice and spices in a 3-quart saucepan and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce the heat to low and simmer, stirring occasionally, until the cranberries burst, about聽15 minutes.聽 Remove from heat and cool (sauce will thicken as it stands).聽 Refrigerate. Serve chilled or at room temperature.
Yields 6 servings
Roasted Root Vegetables
Root vegetables provide a powerful punch of Vitamins A & C. 聽聽The rich colors not only provide beauty to your table but lots of anti-oxidants and anti-inflammatory properties as well. 聽This recipe is low in fat,聽high in fiber and so delicious聽making it an excellent choice to accompany the holiday turkey or just聽every day meals.
2 pounds root vegetables (potatoes, sweet potatoes, carrots, parsnips, turnips, rutabagas, beets) peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
Salt to taste
1 head garlic, separated into cloves and peeled
Chopped fresh herbs of your choice like rosemary or thyme
Balsamic vinegar (optional)
Heat oven to 400 degrees. 聽Toss the vegetables with the olive oil, herbs and salt to taste. Place the root vegetables and onion in a roasting pan. 聽Do not crowd the vegetables. Roast the mixture for a total of 45-50 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes. 聽After 30 minutes, scatter the garlic cloves in with the vegetables. 聽Continue stirring every 15 minutes until the vegetables are tender and evenly browned. Before serving, add a sprinkling of balsamic vinegar, for additional flavor if desired.
(Roasted Root Vegetable photo from: backtothelandstore.blogspot.com)