Ingredient: dried cranberries

Uncategorized

Roasted Salmon with Raspberry Cream Sauce

Serve with wild and brown rice, cranberry and walnut pilaf, steamed broccoli-

One of my most memorable seafood meals was prepared at the Bayshore Conch Club in Tampa (now an urban grocery store and sorely missed). I had ordered a salmon fillet enveloped in a golden pastry, but when you pierced the flaky crust, a layer of creamy brie cheese and sweetly tart raspberry sauce oozed its way off the hidden pink salmon. That sweet and savory, melt-in-your-mouth deliciousness was the inspiration for this meal. My version is significantly lighter and won’t cause you to need a nap, rather you’ll be wistful that the raspberry season is coming to an end and you’ll have to wait until next summer and fall for a repeat performance.

All Seasons, American, Contains Nuts, Dairy Free, Dessert, Desserts, Fall, Fruit, Gluten free, Low Sodium, Paleo/Primal, Spring, Sugar Free, Summer, Vegan, Vegetarian, Winter

Chocolate Cranberry Truffles

I was looking for a whole foods alternative to the highly processed “energy” bars (more like crash and burn) so favored by my daughter, who is a swimmer. Upon experimenting with different dried fruits, this was the final version that won her approval, as well as her teammates and friends. Nuts provide a bit of protein, dates and cranberries are a natural sweetener, and coconut adds good fat. I usually add some unsweetened cocoa powder and semi sweet chocolate chips for the chocoholic in all of us! It’s a no cook (all you need is a food processor) snack, treat, dessert your family will love. Once you get a hang of the basic recipe, you’ll enjoy making variations on the basic nut and date base.

American, Contains Nuts, Dessert, Desserts, Fall, Vegetarian, Winter

Pumpkin Mousse Tarts with Cranberry-Pecan Crumble

Twitter inspiration strikes again! This time in the form of a pumpkin mousse that was the main filling for a pumpkin tiramisu recipe tweeted from Food and Wine Magazine. By the time I got around to testing the recipe my daughters had found and devoured the lady fingers needed for the recipe.

I am a big fan of bite-sized desserts and decided that the mousse could play the star role with a raw nut and dried fruit crumble as its side kick. My first test batch of 15 tarts were gone in 5 minutes! It’s creamy fall flavors wrapped in buttery phyllo topped with a crunchy sweet crumble; this is a must at my Thanksgiving dessert buffet.

All Seasons, American, Dessert, Desserts, Fall, Gluten free, Low Sodium, Paleo / Primal, Raw, Spring, Sugar Free, Summer, Vegetarian, Winter

Coconut-Cranberry Chia Pudding

I adapted a chia pudding recipe from Natural Health Magazine to make it more palatable to kids, thinking this would be a great substitute to store bought puddings. Much to my surprise this tastes and has a texture more similar to rice pudding. Both my daughters gobbled it up! Steeped in calcium-rich milk and blood regulating cinnamon, and studded with sweet cranberries and healthy fat from the shredded coconut, the high protein, and high fiber, omega-3 rich chia seeds are in good company creating a healthy grab-and-go breakfast, snack or sleep-inducing nibble.