I love Thanksgiving! I love that it’s boots & sweater season! I love holding hands and saying grace with my family. I love that it means Christmas is coming! I love fall produce! I have so much to be thankful for! This is a simple recipe that looks beautiful, is packed with cold-busting immunity-building vitamins; and tastes like the holidays!
Roasted Cranberries & Thyme
2 cups fresh cranberries
2 teaspoons olive oil
2 teaspoons fresh time (chopped)
1 Tablespoon of organic brown sugar (OR) 2 Tablespoons of Maple Syrup
I used Ben’s Sugar Shack Pure Maple Syrup, the guest favor from my brother’s wedding!Instructions:
- Preheat oven to 400 F
- Toss all ingredients into a bowl and mix
- Spread on a baking sheet
- Put in oven for approximately 15 minutes (until cranberries soften & slightly caramelize)
- mix it with roasted butternut squash
- toss it in your holiday kale salad
- mix it with wild rice and toasted pecans
- use as your cranberry sauce
- use as topping for baked brie appetizer
I kept it lean, clean and green tonight by blanching some farm fresh green beans and topping them with this cranberry goodness.
Health Benefits of Cranberries
- 1 cup of cranberries has only 45 calories!
- loaded with immunity boosting Vitamin E & Vitamin C
- good source of fiber
- In disease-fighting antioxidants, cranberries outrank nearly every fruit and vegetable–including strawberries, spinach, broccoli, red grapes, apples, raspberries, and cherries. source
Health Benefits of Thyme
- acts as a antiseptic & antibacterial
- The oil of thyme is used in mouthwashes to treat inflammations of the mouth, and throat infections. It is a common component of cough drops.
- Some people apply thyme directly to the skin for hoarseness (laryngitis), swollen tonsils (tonsillitis).
- Natural diuretic (bye-bye bloat!)
- Thyme is taken by mouth for bronchitis, whooping cough, sore throat, colic, arthritis, upset stomach, stomach pain (gastritis), diarrhea, intestinal gas (flatulence)
- Thymol, one of the chemicals in thyme, is used as a dental varnish to prevent tooth decay. source
Oh, and while you’re baking away this week, consider sipping on this little gem of a spritzer:
Cranberries + Thyme + Prosecco = Heavenly
Where oxlips and the nodding violet grows,
Quite over-canopied with luscious woodbine,
With sweet musk-roses and with eglantine.” ― William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Happy Thanksgiving Week!