Roo's Casa


Cranberry Sauce
November 23, 2011, 6:44 pm
Filed under: Holidays, Recipes, Thanksgiving, Vegan, Vegetarian

I am in charge of the cranberry sauce this year and decided on this recipe from Emeril.  The original recipe can be found on the Food Network site.  The only thing I changed was doubling the sugar since I like the sauce sweet.

Ingredients

  • 2 cups cranberries
  • Juice and zest from 1 orange
  • 1/4 cup Port
  • 1 cup sugar (Emeril uses 1/2 cup sugar)
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch mixed with 1 tablespoon water

Directions

Stir the orange, zest, cranberries, sugar, port, and cinnamon in a saucepan over high heat.  Bring to a boil and then turn to simmer until the cranberries are soft and you can mush them with a spoon.  Add the cornstarch and water mixture.



Hidden Spinach Smoothie
November 4, 2011, 12:49 am
Filed under: Dairy Free, Health, Kids, Recipes, Vegan

Smoothies are a great way to get fruit and vegetables into your kids.  My smoothie is mostly fruit, but I add a generous handful of spinach so that it includes a vegetable that my kids would not normally eat.  Here is a before and after shot of my smoothie.  The secret to hiding the green color is to add some blueberries or some blackberries.

Recipe:

1 cup apple juice

1/2 a bag organic strawberries (I get mine from Whole Foods)

1 banana

handful of baby spinach (my kids are picky about the spinach we get, so it has to be the organic Kroger brand in the container) or kale

5 blackberries or pour in a little bit of blueberries

Blend all of these ingredients and drink.  The only frozen parts are the strawberries and the berries.  We stopped adding ice to our smoothies since the cold made it too hard to eat.