The Kick-Off to Your Labor Day Cookout Is Here…

Remember snow cones? That brain-freezing sugar rush the kid version of you craved? Uh huh. Nostalgia at its yummiest. Buuuut not exactly known for its track-record in the health department.

Until now. Because when you replace that refined sugar and artificial syrup with naturally sweetened fruit, you get tons of flavor—but zero guilt. Which brings me to this newest concoction a la yours truly…

watermelon snow cones

Blend up a batch (or you know, ten) for those Labor Day shenanigans as either a pre-gamer or dessert. You could even add some vodka to go the more adultish route—of course, the health factor might be called into question at this point.

But I digress. If you’re gonna make ’em this weekend (which you definitely should), lemme show you how it’s done.

So, Here’s What You Need:

  1/2 cup Watermelon (diced)

   •   2 cups Ice (crushed or cubed)

watermelon snow cone before

watermelon snow cone after

Now, Time to Make It:

1.   Place the ice cubes in a blender, then add the watermelon on top.

2.   Pulse the blender until both ingredients form a slushy texture.

3.   Transfer into festive glasses and slurp to your taste buds’ content.

P.S. going back for seconds = totally acceptable.

watermelon snow cone after pic 2

sister approved

and she’s a tough critic, so winning!

Yup. These bad boys deserve an invite to your Labor Day cookout. Because summertime has spoken, and every season needs one last “hurrah.” So move aside, Pumpkin Spice Latte…

your time is coming!

 

Let the Side Dish Take Center Stage this Holiday Season

Yeah, sure…Thanksgiving was a week ago. But that’s no reason to take the seasonal eats out of rotation. Not yet, anyway.

And definitely not before you’ve tried my Cranberry, Orange & Pecan Chutney. This recipe is vegan, refined sugar-free and contains natural ingredients. With a tart and tangy flavor, full-bodied texture and festive color combo, this crowd-pleasing side dish will make your holiday celebrations both merry and bright.

Plus, cranberries are extremely nutrient-dense (we’re talking antioxidants, fiber and Vitamin C!). So…there’s that.

Cranberry Relish recipe

Ingredients:

12-oz. Cranberries (fresh)

1 c. Orange Juice (freshly squeezed)

1/2 c. Raw Pecans (chopped)

2 tbsp. Orange Zest

1/2 tbsp. Liquid Stevia

1/4 tsp. Black Pepper

Preparation:

  1. Pre-heat a large stockpot on a high stovetop setting, pour in the Cranberries and Orange Juice, then bring to a boil.
  2. Reduce the heat to low and allow this mixture to simmer until the Cranberry skins start popping.
  3. Add the Liquid Stevia, then gently stir the mixture with a wooden spoon, while it continues to simmer.
  4. Remove the mixture from heat until it cools to room temperature.
  5. Strain the Cranberries in a colander and reserve the Orange Juice.
  6. Pulverize the Cranberries to a chunky consistency with a potato masher, then stir in the Orange Zest and Black Pepper.
  7. Pour the reserved Orange Juice into this mixture, stir to combine,       and refrigerate until cold.
  8. Sprinkle the chopped Pecans on top right before serving to add             a little extra crunch.

Cranberry Relish close-up

Cue. All. The. Drools.