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3 Holiday Recipes – New Traditions

3 Holiday Recipes

3 Holiday Recipes, Take the day off!

New Tradition - 3 Holiday Recipes

You can start a new tradition with one of these 3 holiday recipes. All easy, all good tasting. Have you wondered where you families traditions were started, is it cultural or is it something else? 

There is a story of a family always cutting off the ends of the ham before cooking it. The youngest daughter asked her sisters why everyone in the family cut the ends of the ham off? They didn’t know and told her to ask mom. So she did and mom replied, because that’s what grandma did. So the daughter asked grandma, “Why do you cut off the end of the ham?” Grandma replied, “because it didn’t fit in my pan!”

This is how most of our traditions start! You can start NEW TRADITIONS just as easily. Here’s a thought, just because you’ve always done it this way doesn’t mean you have to continue the same way. Oh, I know, hearsay, rebel rouser that I am!

The only way to improve yourself is to embrace the new or the new to you, take the steps, succeed or fail and get up again to learn more, improve more. This is the road of life.

3 Holiday Recipes:

This holiday while planning your meals consider adding one new dish, one new recipe. Here’s three ideas:

1. Holiday Recipes – Fresh Apple Cranberry Sauce  

  • 1 package fresh cranberries or frozen cranberries (organic is always the best choice). Buy an extra package and freeze it for later use.
  • ¼ – ½ cup water
  • 1 apple, cored and chopped
  • Zest (grated peel) and juice ½ lemon or orange
  • ¼  - ½ cup Honey

Rinse fresh cranberries. Place all ingredients in a large pan and bring to a boil over medium- heat. Reduce heat to simmer and cook until cranberries pop and apples soften and mixture thickens. Stir often to prevent sticking on bottom of pan. Sauce will continue to thicken slightly as it chills. Serve warm or cold. Good cranberry sauce is tart and mildly sweet.

Variations:  Orange – many choices here: use grated orange peel, and chopped orange, or one or both. Ginger:  1 ½ tablespoon fresh ginger, finely minced. Cinnamon – it makes everything sweet without the honey!

2. Holiday Recipes – Pomegranate Coleslaw

  • Green Cabbage
  • Carrots
  • Pomegranate seeds
  • Pre-made Dijon Dressing/Honey Mustard Dressing or make your own with mustard and olive oil.

Shred cabbage finely. Shred carrots. Add pomegranate seeds. Mix with dressing.

Variations:       Add other vegetables as desired.  Boost the nutrients with finely chopped collard or kale greens (roll greens and finely slice). Use Raspberry Vinegar Dressing, Blueberry Dressing.

3. Holiday Recipes – Mock Mashed Potatoes (Mashed Cauliflower)

  • 1 head cauliflower
  • Mayonnaise, Vegenaise, real butter, olive oil or coconut oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Garlic, fresh or garlic powder

Steam or boil cauliflower until soft. Mash (or whip) cauliflower (I use an immersion blender). Add mayonnaise or butter to taste. Season with sea-salt, pepper and minced garlic or garlic powder. Serve in place of mashed potatoes.

Variations: Parsley, Chives, Celery Root, your favorite Herbs.

As you plan your New Tradition meal with one of these 3 Holiday Recipes,  consider how much help you’ll have in the kitchen, the number of dishes that need the stove-top burners, oven, refrigerator space. Don’t forget the BBQ option! Lastly consider color, texture, flavor. Our digestion usually does better with less variety at one meal, yet well flavored dishes!

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  • chris December 11, 2014, 7:17 am

    All sounds yummy. Loved the tradition story too, makes sense. Much of my family’s food traditions were because of Grandpa and his diet or lack of trying anything new. So fun to create new things.

  • Karen December 11, 2014, 11:36 am

    I like these simple, nutritious, & yummy sounding recipes. Have a wonderful holiday & keep sending more- I love all your ideas!

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