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Saturday, October 30, 2010

Trick or Treat...Something Healthy to Eat!


Halloween is the day, in my opinion, that sets off spirals of crazy eating for anyone who struggles with food addiction. That one first bite used to send me into a tailspin of crazy eating through the arrival of the new year. It was like a switch made a loud click, and after "reviewing"my children's Halloween finds, my eating was thoughtless and sloppy. I had a pecking order, too. The stuff I liked (black licorice) would be consumed first, and eventually, and at last resort, I would end up eating candy corn. I still don't understand the concept of candy corn.

Anyway, Halloween doesn't even phase me anymore. Doesn't even register on my radar. I am too busy thinking about what plant strong dish I can discover and create for family and friends. I am also starting to focus on Thanksgiving and how I can blend this day for the "Carnivorous Connelly's," my family.

In LA, there's a zany chef by the name of Chef AJ. I met her in Austin, TX in March. She is very funny and witty. I follow her on her "weekly show," which is called The Chef and the Dietitian. AJ has me thinking about Thanksgiving, and this is her recipe for a FABULOUS cranberry sauce. As she would say, "it is free from the evil trio of sugar, fat, and oil." You can visit AJ's website at www.chefajshealthykitchen.com. She has awesome recipes. Here is her divine recipe for Cranberry Sauce.

You Will Need:

Pound of Cranberries (organic, if you can)
2 organic oranges
6-9 organic dates

Wash the cranberries. Place them in the food processor and pulse them until they are finely chopped. With a zester, add skin from one orange.

Peel two oranges, and add them to the mixture. Pulse again until well blended.

Put in your pit free dates, and pulse again.

YOU ARE DONE, this is it! Lovely color and so delicious.

I made a Mushroom and Barley soup that was seasoned with sage, thyme, and other fall spices. The cranberry sauce was the side dish. It was delicious!

I am on a mission. There is nothing that can get in my way. My new mantra is simple: There is no temptation that would taste as good as being plant strong makes me feel...

Sometimes I am hard on myself, because I know that the entire fabric of my life would have been very different if this was my lifestyle choice twenty years ago. I did my best, though, and now I can only do better. No regrets. Plant Strong...Nutrient Dense...a good place to be.

Hold the turkey, pass the cranberry sauce, please.

1 comment:

  1. I love this, Char. Thanksgiving will be different for me this year, no doubt about it. I've already told my dear family that there would be no turkey (only a tofurkey, if they really need it) this year, but plenty of stuffing, cranberries, veggies and PIE! I promised lots of pie. :) Now that I think about it, it's crazy to me that people gain an average of 7 pounds from Thanksgiving to New Years. Seven! and that's just the average. Some probably gain 15. And how do you recover from that? A crash diet? Depression? Eating because you are fat and depressed and it's dark and cold out? It's such a crazy cycle. I'm done with it. Glad you are too!

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