Tag Archives: cooking

Cranberry and Sweet Potato Bake: Perfect for the Holidays!

photo by Randy Mayor

photo by Randy Mayor

by Neissa Brown Springmann

by Neissa Brown Springmann

For at least the past five years I have prepared this delicious, healthy and beautiful dish for both Thanksgiving and Christmas Dinner. (I like to bake it in a 1-quart casserole dish instead of in ramekins.) So I thought I’d pass it along for those of you looking for a dish for your upcoming Thanksgiving celebration —  consider trying this one out!  It’s always a hit with my family.

Cranberry & Sweet Potato Bake
from Cooking Light Magazine

  • 2 (15 oz) Cans of sweet potatoes, drained or two to three large boiled sweet potatoes
  • 1 (8-oz) Can crushed pineapple in juice, drained
  • 2 T Butter, melted
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
  • Dash of black pepper
  • 1 Large egg
  • 1 (16 oz) Can whole-berry cranberry sauce Cooking spray


  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. Combine sweet potatoes and pineapple in a large bowl; mash with a potato masher.
  3. Stir in butter, salt, nutmeg, pepper, and egg.
  4. Swirl in 1 cup cranberry sauce.
  5. Spoon 1/3 cup sweet potato mixture into each of 8 (4-ounce) ramekins coated with cooking spray. Top each with 1 tablespoon cranberry sauce.
  6. Bake at 350° for 40 minutes.

*Note: A 1-quart casserole may be substituted for ramekins. (Bake at 350º for 40 minutes)



A Tasty & Cool Green Smoothie for Summer

by Catherine Hearn

by Catherine Hearn

In this sweltering summer heat, not much sounds better than a cool and delicious summer treat. Try out this green smoothie recipe brought to you by Health Coach Lisa Hildebrand on a hot summer day to cool you down and give you a healthy boost of nutrients and veggies. Don’t let the green scare you off, the natural sweetness of the pineapple makes it pretty tasty!

Pineapple Popeye Green Smoothie (serves 2)

1 ½ – 2 cups Coconut Water (or filtered/spring water)

2-3 Parsley sprigs

1 Celery stalk ½ Cucumber (organic)

1 – 1 ½ cups Fresh or Frozen Pineapple (if fresh, use the stem!)

Juice from ½ of a Lemon

1-2 cups Organic Baby Spinach or Frozen Organic Cut/Chopped Spinach

1 cup Ice

Blend well and enjoy!

Try it out and let us know if you liked it by leaving a comment below!

Momma’s Granola Recipe

If you like the taste of granola, but don’t like the high calories and fat grams that it typically comes with, Momma’s Granola is a great alternative.  It’s unprocessed grains, healthy fats and low sugar content make it the perfect and healthy go-to snack.   Enjoy this delicious and high fiber food by adding it to your cup of low fat milk or sprinkled on your high protein Greek yogurt. Guaranteed you won’t be disappointed!

Momma’s Granola

Momma's Granola


  • 5 c Rolled oats (old fashioned oatmeal)
  • 1/2 c Walnuts (coarsely chopped)
  • 1/2 c Sunflower seeds
  • 1/2 c Sliced almonds
  • 1/2 c Cashews (coarsely chopped)
  • 1/2 c Pumpkin seeds
  • 1/4 c Flax seeds
  • 1/2 c Maple syrup
  • 1/2 c Honey
  • 1/4 c Canola oil
  • 1 tsp Vanilla
  • 1 c Raisins

Cooking Instructions:

  1. Place all dry ingredients in a bowl and mix well.
  2. Mix together syrup, honey, oil and vanilla and pour over dry ingredients, coating thoroughly.
  3. Place in large shallow pan and bake at 350 for 40-45 minutes, stirring every 15 minutes, until browned.
  4. Add raisins. Allow to cool and refrigerate in air tight container. Keep in refrigerator for up to two weeks.


Serving Size: 1/4 c Granola

Amount per Serving:

  • Calories: 129
  • Fat : 6 g
  • Carbohydrates: 18 g
  • Protein: 3 g
  • Fiber: 1.8 g


Leave a Comment