You'll want to make it all year long!
It's Thanksgiving and the stores are filled with all the traditional foods. The aisles are packed with goodies to bake and my taste buds are remembering all those wonderful flavors from my younger years when I could eat anything. And I did, I love all the pies like pumpkin pie, pecan pie and of course apple pie. When I ate my first pumpkin roll in my mid to late 20's I thought my childhood had been cheated for sure!
Now in my 50's my body doesn't like all of those wonderful treats. I get bloated and tired after eating too many sweets not to mention seeing it around my waist the next day. UGG!
Still liking treats I am always thinking of ways to make my taste buds and my body happy. I was walking in the grocery store looking at all of those holiday delights when I saw the bag of fresh cranberries...eureka!
I cook apples often, you've probably read a post or two about my love of apples and I had them on my list that day to pick up a bag. I have never cooked a fresh cranberry and only around Thanksgiving do I ever buy canned cranberries because the canned one has so much added sugar.
So I brought my fruits home and began to wonder how I could make them together. In a rush to make dinner, which is often the case, I grabbed the bag of apples to cook up and noticed the cranberries just sitting there waiting to be made into something delicious. So I picked them up and said ok, let's do this.
Using my trusty nonstick skillet with a tight-fitting lid that I usually cook my apples in I put a small amount of water in it and added about half the bag of fresh cranberries put the lid on and set the stove to medium. I then went on to making dinner. I had put a pork shoulder in the crockpot that morning so the apples and cranberries would go well with it.
As I was steaming the asparagus I kept looking at the berries cooking, wondering how this would taste. Once they had cooked down about half way I put in the sliced apples and that's when the magic started to happen. The apples took on such a beautiful red color and the aroma filled the air. When the apples were just beginning to soften I removed the lid to let the juices cook off and sat down to enjoy our perfectly roasted pork shoulder.
Just as we were finishing our dinner I scooped up the cranberry apple delight and put them in a pretty dessert dish. I didn't add another thing.
My husband likes canned cranberries but had never eaten fresh ones either. It looks so good that taking the first bite was easy...and then the second and third! Oh my goodness! This dish became a new favorite!
Now, where am I going to get fresh cranberries throughout the year?
Here is the recipe;
apples, I used a blend of reds from Michigan
In a nonstick skillet with a tight-fitting lid put about 1/4 cup of water to half a bag of berries. When the cranberries are close to being cooked add sliced apples and let cook until about half done. Then remove the lid and allow them to finish cooking.
If you want this treat a bit sweeter drizzle honey or maple syrup on top as you serve it. To add some dimension and crunch grab a tablespoon of granola. Cinnamon, nutmeg or ginger would be a tasty way to jazz up these fruits.
Here are some health benefits of the cranberry;
I'm sure you've heard how good cranberry juice is for UTI's, the antioxidants kill the bacteria that cause this infection. They have phytonutrients that offer antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and anti-cancer health benefits. They also have the ability to reduce body-wide inflammation, boost immunity and is full of fiber.
Apples are known as one of our perfect foods because they are loaded with vitamins, flavonoids, and dietary fiber. The phytonutrients and antioxidants in apples may help reduce the risk of developing cancer, hypertension, diabetes, and heart disease.
You not only get to enjoy these fabulous flavors but get to feel good knowing how they are helping you and your family stay healthy!
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