Archive for Healthy Recipes

Easy Cranberry Sauce

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving

There is nothing easier than making your own, fresh cranberry sauce.  Most, if not all ingredients are already in your kitchen.  This quick recipe beats the pants off the jelly canned version and is so much healthier!

This recipe makes 2 pints and takes less than 30 minutes to make.  I found this on the internet and tried it last year.  The family loved it.  Sorry, but I don’t know who to give credit to.  If you created this quick recipe, drop me a line and I will update with your credit.

 

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Easy Corn Relish Recipe

Option to Make a Batch and Can

Canning jars with lids, canner or pot in a kitchen setting

I have come to love canning.  At first I thought it was old fashioned and time consuming.  Then I planted a vegetable garden.  Wow was I overwhelmed with food!  I went out in early August and purchased a pressure canner with all the extras (lucky for me that was a great time because everything was on sale!)

Now I not only do canning in fall, I can all year round.  When I find a good buy on fruits and vegetables, that compare greatly with fresh garden types, I buy in bulk and can it.  I am particular in where I buy my vegetables, and when I get a local farmer giving a good deal on a Sunday Farmers Market, right before they close, I am ecstatic.

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The Nature of Great Broth

What Makes for a Really Good Broth?

Vegetable Stock on Pot

How often have you found a great looking recipe to find that you don’t have any broth or clear soup on hand?  I found that using stock or broth makes the dish better tasting and appealing.

Buying canned or cartons of broth is not too expensive, but why buy it when you can make it?  It is really easy and you can do other things while it is “cooking” on the stove;  (stay in the house and check on it for safety reasons).

You can make broth from leftover vegetables and water!  Every time we have some “scraps” of vegetables, I throw them in a container in my refrigerator.  When it gets to about 4 cups, I know I am ready to make some vegetable broth.

 

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How to Make Dinner in Minutes

Start With a Slow Cooker

Red slow cooker

We are all busy with jobs, running the kids to events and practices, volunteering and maintaining a home. Everyone needs a “go to” weeknight meal that is fast, easy and inexpensive.

Getting a meal on the table is always easy when I use my slow cooker. I just get the seasonings together, chop any vegetables and store in containers the night before. Then toss them into the slow cooker the next morning and I’m off to work.

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Easy Vanilla Extract

DIY Vanilla Extract

Vanilla beans with flower

I know you can buy vanilla extract in the store. But once you have tasted this recipe, you will never go back. Not only does it eliminate all chemicals and taste better, it is cheaper than the commercial brands. It takes only minutes to make!*

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Make Your Own Stock

Make Your Own Stock

Cooking mushroom soup. Pouring and mixing vegetal broth

Cooking mushroom soup. Pouring and mixing vegetal broth

How often have you found a great looking recipe to find that you can use “stock”, “broth” or water? I found that using stock or broth makes the dish better tasting and appealing.

Buying canned or cartons of broth is not too expensive, but why buy it when you can make it? It is really easy and you can do other things while it is “cooking” on the stove; (stay in the house and check on it for safety reasons).

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