Crock Pot Cranberry Sauce

This Crock Pot Cranberry Sauce is an easy update on the classic Thanksgiving staple! It is such a great combination with tart cranberries, along with sweet apples and just the right amount of citrus. It’s made right in the slow cooker which means hands-off cooking so you can focus on other aspects of your holiday meal! It contains no refined sugars and is bound to be a new family favorite!

Slow cooker cranberry sauce

Crock Pot Cranberry Sauce

Forget the over sweetened canned cranberry sauce this year because it is SO EASY to make this Crock Pot Cranberry Sauce! You essentially throw all the ingredients in your slow cooker and walk away! It also is  refined sugar free relying on coconut sugar, honey and sweet apples to balance the tart cranberries and citrus.

This sauce is of course well known as a Thanksgiving staple, but I also love to put a spoonful right on top of of latkes or as a versatile spread for breakfast or leftovers!

Easy homemade cranberry sauce

How do you sweeten homemade cranberry sauce?

We used a combination of naturally sweet apples, orange juice, honey and coconut sugar!

How long does homemade cranberry sauce last?

Homemade cranberry sauce will last quite a while, so this makes it a great make-ahead part of your holiday feast! We’d recommend using it within 7-10 days after making for optimal freshness, but it could very well last longer. For Thanksgiving it might make sense to make the cranberry sauce a few days ahead of time! You can serve it cold or you can re-heat gently in a pot over low heat.

Cranberry sauce with orange juice

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Crock Pot Cranberry Apple Sauce

Prep Time 00:00 Cook Time 04:00 Total Time 4:00

Ingredients

Directions

  • 1. Place all ingredients in slow cooker
  • 2. Cook on high for 4 hours
  • 3. At 3 hours, use a potato masher and mash mixture (leave some chunks)
  • 4. Cook for the remaining hour with lid ajar

Recipe Notes

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Vanilla Maple Almond Sunbutter

I am just loving this Healthy Food Friday series with American Express. I can’t believe this is the last friday in March! Have you caught on that the emphasis this month was DIY and foods that give you energy/keep you healthy? Next month is all about budget-friendly!

Let’s recap: We started the month off with the immune system-boosting garlic, then for week two we had eggs, to give you protein-packed fuel for a busy day (plus a DIY homemade mayo recipe), last week we had coffee (which has more health benefits than just keeping you focused), and now we’re here with… ALMONDS!

The Benefits of Raw Almonds

Almond butter is a no-doubtly a delicious snack. I mean really delicious. Some days you just need a spoonful, but on other days, the options are endless; spread it on some fruit, top your morning pancakes or cereal bowls, even add it into a smoothie for additional healthy fats. A good quality almond butter can be over nine dollars in your grocery store. Making your own DIY nut butter is so easy, SO delicious, and budget-friendly. Plus, you know the exact ingredients that are going into it. Although healthy fats, keep moderation in mind: 2 tbsp of almond butter are about 200 calories!

Vanilla Maple Almond SunbutterI absolutely love this creamy combination of almonds, sunflower seeds, maple, and vanilla.Vanilla Maple Almond Sunbutter

 

Vanilla Maple Almond Sunbutter
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup raw almonds
  2. 1 cup raw sunflower seeds
  3. 1 tsp vanilla extract
  4. 2 tbsp pure maple syrup
  5. Dash Himalayan sea salt
  6. 2 tbsp coconut oil
Instructions
  1. 1. Preheat oven to 350, Line a baking sheet with 1 cup sunflower seeds and 1 cup raw almonds and roast for 5-7 minutes
  2. 2. Add your roasted nuts to your food processor (I use a 10-cup food processor, this is the one I use- It is inexpensive and works great)
  3. 3. Start your food processor and blend until nuts become flour-like for 3-5 minutes
  4. 4. Now it's time to be patient, add in your coconut oil, put your food processor on, and let it do the work. After another 8-10 minutes or so, scrape down the sides
  5. 5. Put the food processor back on and blend for an additional 10 minutes. Stop every few minutes or so to scrape down, add in vanilla and pure maple syrup here- at this time it should be just about almond butter consistency- blend until fully smooth and creamy (just when you think it'll never happen, it does, so be patient)!
Notes
  1. -The process should take about 20-25 minutes. If you use a different size food processor you'll need to adjust the amount of nuts you use, and the time as it will vary.
  2. -I don't recommend using a food processor smaller than 10-cups (I've broken one before)!
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Vanilla Maple Almond Sunbutter

Aside from a fun take on your traditional almond butter, here are a ton of other recipes using almonds, all of which are gluten-free, dairy-free, and paleo-friendly.
Usethemin

7-Minute Warm Apple Crumb Minis 

Sweet or Savory Protein Crepes

Paleo Coffee Crumb Cake Muffins

Zesty Paleo Chicken Bites

Honey Lime Fruit Salad with Paleo Cinnamon Sugar Chips

Double Chocolate Raspberry-Filled  Cupcakes with Ganache Frosting

Linzer Torte Thumbprint Cookies 
Aroundtheweb

Almond Ricotta Cheese from Beard and Bonnet 

Raw Apple Pie Energy Bites from So, Let’s Hang Out 

Crunchy Almond Cookies from Gourmande in the Kitchen 

Chipotle Almond Spread from Tasty-Yummies 

Almond Flour Coconut Waffles from PaleOMG 

Gluten-free Cinnamon Bun Twist from Kitchen-Tested 

Stone Fruit Tart with Almond Crust from Seasonal and Savory

Homemade Almond Milk from Nutmeg Nanny 

Date Almond Hamantaschen from Busy in Brooklyn

Cocoa Dusted Almonds from Corner Kitchen 

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What is your favorite way to sneak almonds into your diet?

Brussels Sprout Slaw {with Cranberries and Crumbled Candied Pecans} + An LCK Recap

Savory Sunday is here and today is a perfect and simple slaw for your Thanksgiving meal, or just any day of the week. Savory but sweet and filled with flavors of Fall.. Brussels Sprout Slaw with Cranberries and Crumbled Candied Pecans {and Honey Dijon Cinnamon Vinaigrette}!

Brussels Sprout Slaw with Cranberries and Crumbled Candied Pecans {and Honey Dijon Cinnamon Vinaigrette}

Brussels Sprout Slaw with Cranberries and Crumbled Candied Pecans {and Honey Dijon Cinnamon Vinaigrette}

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In other news…. there has been some great buzz in the LCK world!

You may or may not have seen recently that I was included in Greatist‘s List of the Top 50 Food Bloggers Making a Difference in Health, Fitness, and Hapiness along side some of my favorite bloggers and friends: Michelle Tam, Danielle WalkerLee HershAngela Liddon, and so many more. I am beyond humbled and honored; it is a great list filled with great bloggers. You check out the full article here!

You can also read my Q&A feature in Boston Magazine here. In the article I talk about why I changed my diet, how I incorporate my love of art into the blog, my favorite part of LCK (you guys!), the future, and more! Being asked these questions got me thinking about how grateful I am. The support, positive feedback, constant emails from all of you makes me love blogging more and more each day.

 

Brussels Sprout Slaw with Cranberries and Crumbled Candied Pecans {and Honey Dijon Cinnamon Vinaigrette}

Weekend Recap:

This weekend was relaxing and fun.  Friday night Mike and I stayed in; we watched a movie and taste tested my Apple Cider Sangria, for the second time (oops)! I woke up early Saturday to hit the gym, did some cooking, testing, and photographing, and then headed to the mall for some holiday shopping, and and even a little treat for myself!

At night we went out for dinner to the Elephant Walk in Boston (if you live here or ever come to visit, this restaurant is delicious and has a nice gluten-free menu, too).  We started off with a traditional Cambodian salad, and I ordered sliced pork tenderloin over grilled eggplant and Mike ordered a salmon dish with spicy tomato and chick pea ragout; both dishes were to die for. After our nice dinner we headed to Cambridge, MA to see Biscuits and Gravy, a local Boston band play; a show put on by our good friends!

And now for today… cooking, photographing, recipe development, cleaning up our apartment, working out, and meal prepping for the week. I have been kicking it into gear with my “Five Weeks Until Christmas Vacation” plan, and am feeling great! A productive yet relaxing weekend on my end.

Brussels Sprout Slaw with Cranberries and Crumbled Candied Pecans {with a Honey Dijon Cinnamon Vinaigrette}

Prep Time 15 min Total Time 0:15

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs brussels sprouts, shredded
  • 1/2 cup pecans
  • 1/2-1 cup dried organic cranberries
  • 1 tbsp raw honey

Dressing

Directions

  • Wash and cut of tops of brussels sprouts; slice/shred using a knife or mandolin and place in bowl
  • In a pan, heat pecans for 30 seconds then drizzle raw honey on top; mix well and remove from heat once boiling. Transfer to a flat service lined with a baking mat or parchment paper and let cool
  • Add cranberries to the bowl and once pecans have cooled, chop and add into salad
  • In a bowl whisk together dressing ingredients
  • Pour on top and mix to combine
  • Recipe Notes

    1. Serving size will depend on if you are serving as a side dish or a small appetizer
    2. -Crispy bacon
    3. -Shredded chicken
    4. -Sub cranberries for organic golden raisins or pomegranates
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    Grilled Peach, Avocado, and Crab Salad with Peach Dressing

    Grilled Peach Crab Salad {low-carb, grain-free, dairy-free, paleo-friendly} | Lexi's Clean Kitchen

    This Grilled Peach, Crab and Avocado Salad with Peach Dressing is Summer appetizer perfection! It’s such a great low-carb summer side to serve this season. It’s Paleo and gluten and dairy-free too

    Grilled peach saladGrilled Peach Salad with Crab

    The flavors on this Grilled Peach and Crab and Avocado Salad are so delicious! It’s light and the perfect summer time meal. It’s easy to throw together for a quick appetizer for a dinner party, or to serve as a light main dish.

    This salad is grain-free, dairy-free, egg-free, and low-carb! That means this is the perfect allergy friendly salad for entertaining! If you need to leave out the crab for a seafood allergy, that’s totally fine. You can substitute in extra grilled peaches or avocado to make it heartier.

    Ingredients Needed:

    • Peaches
    • Arugula
    • Avocado
    • Red Onion
    • Crab Meat
    • Honey
    • Lime Juice
    • Cinnamon
    • Salt and Pepper

    Low fat grilled peach salad recipe

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    If you like this salad recipe, check out these others:

    Grilled Peach, Avocado, and Crab Salad with Avocado & Peach Dressing

    Prep Time 00:15 Cook Time 00:10 Total Time 0:25 Serves 4

    Ingredients

      Salad Ingredients

      • 1 cup organic arugula (or more depending on how many you are serving)
      • 1 Hass avocado, diced
      • 1 red onion, thinly sliced
      • 2 peaches, pit removed, quartered, and grilled
      • 6 oz. lump crab meat

      Peach Dressing

      Directions

      Grease a grill or grill pan and grill for 3-5 minutes on each side, until well caramelized.

      In a high speed blender, peach ingredients and blend until smooth. Taste and adjust seasoning as desired.

      Place arugula, grilled peaches, and avocado on serving platter of choice. Top with crab meat and a drizzle of peach dressing! Serve with more dressing on the side.

      Recipe Notes

      • *Store leftover dressing in an air-tight container for up to one week.
      • **If using a high-speed blender, you do not need to peel the peaches for the dressing!
      • *** Substitute crab meat for grilled shrimp or protein of choice, if desired!
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      Spinach Basil Pesto

      This Spinach Basil Pesto is the perfect condiment for your pasta, chicken, or seafood! It is creamy, flavorful, easy to prepare, and delicious on top of most dishes! Add a flavor boost to your meals with this homemade pesto that coms together in under 5 minutes! 

      Spinach Basil Besto

       Try it in a pesto chicken salad with this easy shredded chicken!

      Spinach Basil Pesto

      Prep Time 5 min Total Time 0:05

      Ingredients

      Directions

    • Combine everything but the oil in your food processor or high-speed blender and pulse until ground down. Add oil and pulse again.
    • Store in the fridge.
    • Recipe Notes

    • Updated: 2/1/2017
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