Cranberry sauce is a Thanksgiving dinner staple, but no one wants to stand over a simmering pot for hours or just wants to eat something out of a can. Our slow cooker paleo cranberry sauce recipe is made with all fresh ingredients and is easy to boot. Slow cooker recipes are great for busy moms and wives who want fresh healthy meals but don’t have the time to slave over a hot stove or oven all day.
- 2 lbs. fresh organic cranberries
- 1 large organic orange – zest and juice
- 2/3 to 3/4 cup, or to taste, organic honey (use concentrated fruit juice sweetener for vegan version)
- ½ teaspoon salt
- cinnamon and clove to taste.
- Rinse the cranberries, pat dry, and then place in slow cooker.
- Zest and juice 1 large orange. You can peel the zest or grate, whatever you’d prefer.
- Stir the honey and fresh orange juice together in a separate bowl. Then pour the mixture over the cranberries in the slow cooker.
- Cook on high for 2 ½ hours, stirring at least once an hour.
- Turn off slow cooker after 2½ hours, remove the lid and allow cranberry sauce to sit for at least 15 minutes to cool.
- Serve either hot or cold. Enjoy!
Make some fresh homemade jam to enjoy on toast, coconut yogurt or a paleo scone. We know it can be hard to find a paleo jam or jelly in the grocery store so we put together an easy jam recipe. Our paleo strawberry jam recipe only has 4 ingredients with no cane sugar or artificial sweeteners.
INGREDIENTS (YIELDS 5 CUPS OF JAM):
- 4 cups of chopped and mashed organic strawberries
- 1 cup of Organic Honey (use concentrated fruit juice sweetener for vegan version)
- 2 tsp pectin Pamona’s Pectin
- 2 tsp calcium water Pamona’s Pectin
- Wash and rinse all jars, screw bands. Keep jars in a clean sink, covered with hot water. Add lids to a saucepan of hot water, keeping warm while making the jam.
- Prepare the strawberries. Wash and clean all fruit, removing hulls and stems. You can use frozen berries too, just make sure to let the berries thaw all the way. Chop and mash strawberries, putting in stock pot when done.
- Add calcium water to strawberries, stir well.
- Measure honey into a separate bowl. Mix pectin thoroughly into honey and set aside.
- On the stove on high heat, bring strawberries to a rolling boil stirring constantly. Add honey and pectin, return mixture to a full rolling boil, stirring constantly (about 3-5 min cooking time). Remove strawberries from heat.
- Fill jars to ¼ of the top. Wipe jar rims clean, screw on 2-piece lids. Process jars in a water bath canner with boiling water for 10 minutes. Remove jars from canner and allow to cool at room temperature. Check lids to ensure seal has taken.
First of all, what are sprouted nuts and seeds? Sprouting is the process of soaking any seeds, grains, nuts or legumes in water for a period of time, allowing them to sprout and to germinate further enhancing the digestibility of the sprouted grains, nuts and seeds.
Facts about sprouted nuts & seeds
- Sprouted nuts and seeds are easier to digest than raw nuts and seeds because the soaking process releases their enzyme inhibitors.
- Sprouting allows your body to absorb the nutrients better..
- When you sprout nuts it breaks down their phytic acid, which binds with minerals preventing absorption.
- One of the biggest benefits of sprouting grains, beans, legumes, nuts, and seeds is to decrease the presence of all anti-nutrients. Anti-nutrients naturally occur in plant seeds and interfere with our ability to digest vitamins and minerals within the plants.
- Raw nuts and especially raw seeds, contain moderate levels of phytic acid and enzyme inhibitors. Although all plants contain phytic acid in some levels – grains, legumes, nuts and seeds typically contain the highest levels.
- Phytic acid is necessary for the plant, it helps safeguard the nut or seed until proper growing conditions are present and germination can occur naturally but it can cause potential health problems in humans. Some of the phytic acid will be broken down through the digestive process, but soaking those foods high in phytic acid helps with digestion and absorption of nutrients.
- Sprouting seeds helps with digestion and nutrient availability and absorption, but may also reduce the amount of starch they contain and even boosts their nutritional value.
Sprouting nuts and seeds may be especially important for young children who lack the amount of the enzymes needed to break down plant foods. If you have ever noticed undigested nuts, grains or seeds in a child’s stool? This is partially due to their inability to digest certain proteins and nutrients in these foods.
How to Sprout Nuts & Seeds
Soak raw nuts and/or seeds in a salt and water. Dehydrate in the oven on a low temperature. This helps to break down much of the phytic acid and helps to make the nutrients in the nuts and seeds more available.
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