Carrot Cranberry Salad

Carrot Cranberry Salad

 

Carrots originated in Afghanistan with an array of colors, from reds, purples, red and even black. Orange is not an original color. It is said that the Dutch cross-bred the yellow and red carrot to produce a variety that was the emblematic color of the House of Orange. This carrot quickly became popular and was further developed to become the sweet, succulent orange carrot which is the most recognized color of carrot used throughout the world today (World Carrot Museum).

Most carrot cultivars are about 88% water, 7% sugar, 1% protein, 1% fiber, 1% ash, and 0.2% fat. Most of the nutrition in carrots are in the peel and about the first 1/4 to 1/2-inch upper part of the carrot.

The so called bagged “Baby Carrots” sold in the market have no nutritional value. The carrots are wedeled down to get the shape and uniformity that they have. Basically the baby carrots are the center part of the original product, were no nutrition is found.

 

5 Good Reasons to Eat Carrots

1. Vision: Carrots are rich in beta-carotene, which is converted into vitamin A in your liver to keep your eyes healthy.

2. Cancer: Carrots have phytonutrients in them and this helps to reduce the risk of lung, breast and colon cancers.

3. Heart: Carrots are full of potassium and soluble fiber, which means the vegetable is good for blood pressure, blood sugar and cholesterol.

4. Aging: Carrots have beta-carotene that helps to prevent and repair cell damage, slowing the aging of cells.

5. Skin: Vitamin A and antioxidants found in carrots, protect the skin from sun damage and prevent premature wrinkling, acne and dry skin.

 

The featured recipe: Carrot Cranberry Salad and here is what you will need:

ingredients for Carrot Cranberry Salad

1/4 cup pecan, pieces

3 cups carrots, grayed

1/2 cup cranberries, dried

4 cups boiling water

Zest and juice of 1/2 lemon

juice of 2 oranges

Zest of 1 orange

1 tsp. grated ginger, fresh

 

 

grated carrots

 

First take the carrots from the cutting board and grate them till you have 3 cups.

 

placing grated carrot and dried cranberries ini hot water

 

In a lager quart pot, boil 4 cups of water. Once the water is boiling turn it off and remove from burner. Now place the 3 cups of carrots and the 1/2 cup of dried cranberries into hot water for 30 seconds then drain off water.

Rinse with cold water and allow water to drain completely. The purpose of the boiling water is just to soften a bit the carrots and hydrate the cranberries so the juices and the flavor of the zests and ginger will enter the shredded carrot with more ease.

Place the carrot and cranberries into a large bowl. Now mix in the rest of the ingredients from the cutting board less the pecans.

 

mixing all ingredients together for Carrot Cranberry Salad

 

Mix all of the ingredients until well incorporated. Place some plastic wrap or aluminum foil over the bowl and put into the refrigerator and allow to chill, about 30 minutes to 1 hour.

Remove from the refrigerator and mix in the pecans. Mixing in the pecans last prevents them from getting soggy while the salad  is chilling.

-Carrot Cranberry Salad-

 

Plate and enjoy!!

 

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Orange Cranberry Muffins

Orange Cranberry Muffins

 

A wonderful bread recipe that uses the whole orange, not just the zest or orange extract. If you would like to know the health benefits of the orange peel link here to read about it: Benefits of the Orange Peel.

Here is what you will need:

Orange Cranberry Bread  Ingredients

2 small oranges

1 cup orange juice

2 eggs, large

1 cup butter, softened (2 sticks)

1 1/3 cups sugar

1 tsp. salt

2 tsp. baking powder

2 tsp. baking soda

3 cups flour

1 cup cranberries, chopped fresh

The ingredients are for baking the batter in a 9 X 9 inch baking pan. To make muffins or cupcakes cut each ingredient in half (makes 12 muffins).

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

whole oranges and orange jucie in processor

 Wash oranges and cut into pieces. Remove seeds.  Place orange pieces and orange juice into food processor.

oranges processed

Process until oranges are finely chopped. Add eggs and butter; process for 3 seconds until combined. You could replace the butter with 1 cup coconut oil.

Orange Cranberry Bread ingredients in bowl ready to mix

Sift the remaining 5 ingredients in a large bowl. Next pour processed orange and juice into the center of the dry ingredients, add cranberries; stir until moistened. Do not over mix.

Orange Cranberry Bread batter in a lined 9 x 9 inch pan

As was stated at the on set, you can make muffins by cutting the ingredients in half or use the recipe as is and pour the batter into a parchment lined 9 x 9 baking pan.

Place in oven and bake for 30 to 45 minutes (for bread) or 15 to 20 minutes (for muffins)  until a wooden pick comes out clean when inserted. Cool in pan 10 minutes remove to wire rack to cool completely.

nside view of fresh Orange Craberry Bread

Here’s a look of how a fresh whole Orange Cranberry Bread looks like on the inside. This cake is packed with 100% of your daily need for vitamin-C. Link here to read more about: Benefits of the Orange Peel.

Orange Cranberry Muffins

 

To top the muffins, combine one 8 ounce cream cheese (room temperature) with a few drops of orange food coloring and 1 teaspoon of orange extract. Using a pastry pipe, pipe orange cream cheese over each muffin. Chop 1/2 to 3/4 cup of fresh cranberries and spoon over cream cheese on each muffin. Enjoy!!

Link here to read: Benefits of the Orange Peel.

 

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