Cranberries finally arrived in the stores. That’s like my official sign that fall is in full effect and I love it! Unfortunately here in Los Angeles the weather usually gives very little sign of autumn but when I see pumpkins, pomegranates, cranberries and persimmons starting to be stocked on the shelves I still get that comfy cozy feeling that fall is in the air.
Actually this week we have hit into the 50’s during the day so we are getting a taste of it after all. It sure is a nice break from the usual two seasons we have here…hot and hotter lol.
I love this recipe because it’s such a mix of awakening flavors. The cranberries, orange and green apple add a wonderful tart, tangy essence to it. The dates quickly counteract the tart with such a rich sweetness and the pecans add a subtle crunch to it. If you are one who prefers more sweet than tart then you can simply add more dates as you wish.
When I see foods that are naturally deep, rich, vibrant color I automatically gravitate toward them. The phytonutrients, which give them such color, are so beneficial for your health.
Each color has specific nutritional value. For example, some of the phytonutrients found in orange pigment foods, such as carrots or sweet potatoes, are lutein and beta carotene. These are important for eye health and a healthy immune function. Phytonutrients found in red foods are resveratrol, anthocyanins and flavanoids support prostrate and urinary health. They also protect against cancer and heart disease.
You can see how eating the rainbow of colors when it comes to fruits and vegetables is so important to get the maximum nutrients in your diet.
Cranberries are a powerful fibrofighter food. The phytonutrients they contain help lower inflammation in the body especially in the stomach, colon and cardiovascular system. They’re commonly known for prevention of urinary tract infections (UTI’s), but they even help prevent certain bacteria, including E. Coli, which is often associated with UTI’s. They help boost the immune system, help with cellular repair, contain antiviral and antibacterial properties. Cranberries are at the top of the list in containing the highest amount of antioxidants in comparison to other fruits. Who knew this tiny, little, red jewel packed such a mean punch! 🙂
This cranberry relish is so versatile. It’s a great addition in a salad, as a side dish, or as a meal all by itself. It’s super easy to pack in a container and take to work with you.
Servings 3 cups
2 1/4 cups of fresh cranberries
1 organic orange, zest of then peeled and chopped
1 orange, juice of
1 green apple, peeled
1/3 cup of pecans
6 medjool dates, pitted (soaked in pure water for several minutes until soft)
Process all the above ingredients in a food processor, (stop and scrape down the sides with a spatula as needed), until it becomes a coarsely chopped mix. Be careful not to over process it. Scoop out into a small bowl and serve.