You know, I’m not sure why we only put cranberries to use during the holidays, they’re so great why wouldn’t we enjoy them throughout the year? When I was making my simple Apple Cranberry Sauce for Thanksgiving, of course I couldn’t help myself from licking the spoon clean after scooping it into a bowl. Then, I thought this really isn’t any different than a preserves we put on peanut butter sandwiches or toast. In fact, I enjoy this better. It’s not super sweet like most fruit preserves because cranberries are tart.
So I’m putting this out there. If you enjoy homemade jams, preserves, whatever you want to call them then this one is super easy to make. Especially if you love cranberry sauce. But while we’re on the topic, you gotta try my Blueberry Thyme Jam too sometime! It’s soooo good, and also easy to make. If you’re a diabetic or watching your sugar intake, feel free to use your favorite sugar substitute. Just make sure the sugar substitute you’re using is equal measuring to regular sugar. If you’re going for less sweet and more tart, you can use 3/4 cup instead.
You can try this on toast, peanut butter sandwich or with any other kind of nut butter, on top of eggs (I tried this once and was amazed), a turkey or chicken melt, mixed with your favorite plain yogurt, and ice cream. It’s endless!
APPLE CRANBERRY SAUCE
Place all of the ingredients in a medium-sized pot. Stir. Bring to a boil over medium heat.
Reduce to a simmer. Stir to blend and simmer for an additional 5 to 7 minutes. Some of the cranberries will burst and that's perfectly fine.
Once everything has softened, stir again, and use a potato masher to mash everything together. Let cool.
You guys! One minute muffins. I mean, healthy one minute muffins. High protein, low carb, and super low sugar. Apparently this has been a thing for a while. Sure, we can call it a trendy thing. Which is more likely why I’m just now discovering these amazing things. I’m practically never late to anything… physically. But… trends… yeah… I’m usually always a few steps behind. The most important part about all of this though, I will not die not knowing what a “one minute muffin” is! Please, scroll through this yummy picture and keep reading… it won’t be long!
I’ve always had this love-hate relationship with the microwave. I hate it because… it’s a microwave. That’s not REAL cooking. And, all the questionable things said about the microwave over the years as to whether they’re safe. Look, as of yet I don’t know of any real science saying it’s bad. Which leads me to why I love microwaves. By all means I’m not a lazy person. It’s hard at times for me to truly sit down and relax. So, I will say that when I’m crunched for time or not feeling like putting time in the kitchen I’ve been known to cook up a mean egg scramble in the microwave. Now, better yet I can make these AWESOME one minute muffins!
Once I discovered such a thing as a healthy muffin that I can enjoy within minutes, I was changing up the recipe a little bit to make all sorts of one minute muffin flavors. In fact, my recent Keto Pumpkin Spice Cupcakes and Maple Blueberry Muffins were inspired by this recipe and thus evolved from. So, with the couple tablespoons of unsweetened apple sauce it helps keep the muffins moist while giving it a nice natural sweetness without making it carb heavy. I will admit I’m not a big breakfast person first thing in the morning; for the most part I like small and light things that will hold me over until lunch. These have been the perfect answer and they hold over really well into the next day. Okay, enough babble! Let me know how you like these and of course put your own spin on them.
1 MINUTE APPLE CINNAMON MUFFINS
In a medium bowl, add all the dry ingredients and blend everything together.
Add the unsweetened apple sauce, egg, and unsalted butter. Then, whisk until well combined.
Divide the mixture between the two ramekins. Shake them a little bit side-to-side to help them settle.
Microwave one at a time for about 1 minute. Some microwaves may require an additional 30 seconds.
Stick a toothpick down the center. If it comes out clean, they're ready to enjoy!
Add a dollop of the unsweetened apple sauce on top for extra oomph!
If you love stuffed cabbage rolls, then you’ll love this recipe! It takes the whole dish to a whole new level. I know some people are purists but you’ll be surprised to find there are many cultures including the Middle East that have their own variation of stuffed cabbage or some other kind of leaf. So I took the concept of the traditional Polish stuffed cabbage and used a more flavorful meat like ground lamb and complimenting it using the proper spices for it. Yet another fusion dish perhaps that is worth the prep work, I swear!
I’ll say though, it may sound like a lot of work but it really isn’t. You can make the lamb mixture the day before which is super fast. Then take care of the rest later. One major word of advice though is make sure you have a big, tall pot one you’d use to cook spaghetti in. Also, a hand held strainer that would fit a cabbage head in. This will make removing a piping hot cabbage head so much easier preventing burnt hands.
One last thing, the very end of the leaf can have a very thick spine which makes it difficult sometimes to roll the cabbage leaf. In the picture above you can see I cut an upside-down “V” to remove most of it off. It does make a big difference. Don’t worry about ruining the leaf! If you are confused and have any questions don’t hesitate to ask!
LAMB STUFFED CABBAGE ROLLS
In a pan over medium-high heat drizzle the olive oil and sauté the onions, garlic, black pepper, cumin, and cinnamon together until the onions are softened, about 7 minutes. Set aside to cool.
Mix the ground lamb, rice, cooled onion mixture, fresh cilantro and salt thoroughly in a large bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until ready to use.
Fill a large pot with water and bring to boil. Place the cabbage head carefully into the boiling hot water using a large strainer with a handle for about 5 minutes. You want the leaves to appear bright green.
Remove the cabbage head into a large bowl. Peel off some of the softened leaves and place onto a plate covered with paper towels. Place the cabbage back into the boiling water for a few minutes until the next layer of leaves are ready to be peeled. Do this a few times until you peel most of the leaves off the head. Save the damaged and/or outer leaves to cover the bottom and top of the baking dish.
Using a knife cut an upside-down “V” to remove the toughest part of the spine at the bottom of each leaf. This will make rolling the leaves easier. Place each cabbage leaf sideways, spoon about ¼ cup give or take of the lamb mixture onto the bottom part of the leaf. Roll it up and tuck in the sides before completely rolling it up.
Line a 9” x 13” baking dish with imperfect cabbage leaves, place the stuffed cabbage rolls into the baking dish and sprinkle the top with garlic powder, sea salt and pepper. Add the bay leaves and vegetable broth. Top the rolls with tomato puree, the remaining fresh chopped onion and feta crumbles.
Cover everything with remaining leftover cabbage leaves and aluminum foil. Bake at 350 F for about an 1h 15min to 1hr 30min. Everything should be boiling hot.
Here’s another peach recipe I recently went crazy over. Buying a half bushel of peaches from The Peach Truck over at the Nashville Farmers Market was one of the more fun things I’ve done this year. Shhh, don’t judge! I’m a simpleton. And I must say, cooking with bourbon is a new thing for me, which I’m loving! It must have something to do with living in Tennessee the last few years, hmm I dunno. I think it’s important to share that you don’t have to like bourbon to enjoy this dessert. The bourbon mixed with butter and sugar truly gives a very caramel-like flavor. And it just pairs so well with peaches. I wouldn’t want peaches any other way in a crumble!
You don’t have to be a baker to make a crumble. Trust me, I’m not a baker! You can easily put this together very quickly; in fact I think cutting the peaches is the longest part LOL. It’s so worth it though! So the fun part, you know… all the ways you can enjoy a crumble. Of course you can eat as is, piping hot. Yet it’s amazing straight out of the fridge too. Serve it over ice cream if you dare. I pretty much learned from my Father that you can put anything yummy on ice cream LOL. And I know this may sound strange but, this is good over toast or an English muffin. It’s not too far from a jam! All I’m saying is, this won’t last long when you make it. Prepare to have to make it again. Enjoy!
BOURBON PEACH CRUMBLE
Place the peaches in a 9” x 9” baking dish.
Put the bourbon, vanilla extract, butter, and arrowroot powder in a small sauce pan over medium-high heat, stir until it comes to a boil. Add the brown sugar, lower temperature to low-medium, whisk while it simmers for about 3 minutes. Let cool.
In a food processor add the all purpose flour, sugar, 1/4 cup dark brown sugar, chilled butter, cinnamon, and salt. Make sure the butter is cold and cut in small cubes. Pulse everything about a dozen times until everything resembles coarse meal.
Drizzle the bourbon butter mixture over the peaches and sprinkle the crumble on top evenly.
Bake at 375 F degrees for about 25 minutes or until everything is gold brown on top.
Grain free. Gluten free. Low carb. High protein. High fiber. Healthy fats. Nutrient Dense! And it tastes pretty damn good! This is not a sweet bread, it’s a great alternative to everyday bread. Most breads you find in the grocery store use bleached all purpose flour, fortify it with crap quality vitamins and minerals then flavor it with some kind of sugar derivative like the popular high fructose corn syrup that is practically every other packaged good. There are much better alternatives for loaf bread usually found in the freezer section of your grocery store. But, homemade means you can control everything. This recipe is so quick and easy that you don’t need to dirty your standing mixer. Just two large bowls and mix!
What can you use this bread for you ask?! Anything and everything. I’ve tried so many ways already. And I’ll tell you: your favorite sandwich, peanut butter (or other nut butter) and jelly, sliced bananas with cinnamon, avocado with sea salt, pepper, lime juice and some fresh cilantro, EGGS! Spread some real grass-fed butt on it after toasted with sea salt and your favorite jam. Apples and honey. You see where I’m going with this? Anything and everything!
Feel free to add any of your favorite nuts or seeds into the recipe too. You can replace the almond butter with a different nut butter too. And if you’re opposed to ground flaxseed (doesn’t add a taste to the recipe) feel free to add anything else in place of it. This is truly a great recipe to help get you started and comfortable baking your own healthy breads. Enjoy!
GRAIN FREE ALMOND BREAD
Coat a loaf pan with olive oil cooking spray.
In a large bowl beat the eggs, add the maple syrup, and almond butter. Mix everything together thoroughly.
In another large bowl whisk the almond flour, baking soda, ground flaxseed, and cinnamon together.
Pour half of the dry ingredients into the wet, mix. Then, mix in the last half of the dry ingredients. Make sure everything is incorporated well. The consistency should be thick like cake batter. Add a splash of almond milk if needed.
Pour the batter into the loaf pan. Bake at 350 F degrees for 45 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean. Let cool and keep refrigerated.