Holiday Dinner Recipes on Daytime Ottawa

I always have so much fun at Daytime Ottawa. Today we talked about how to make your favourite holiday recipes super healthy!

Cranberry Apricot Stuffing Ingredients:

• 1/4 cup finely chopped onions

• 1/2 cup chopped celery

• 4 cups Sprouted or Gluten free bread cubes

• ½ cup fresh cranberries

• ½ cup chopped fresh apricots

• 1/8 teaspoon pepper

• 1/2 teaspoon salt

• 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon ground sage

• 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon poultry seasoning

• chicken or vegetable broth as needed

Instructions:

1. Combine all ingredients (except broth) in a large mixing bowl

2. Stir in broth until well moistened

3. Bake in a greased covered shallow casserole at 325° for about 35 to 45 minutes. Take the cover off the last 5 minutes to brown.

Healthy Spinach Dip

Ingredients:

• 3 TBS Extra virgin olive oil

• 22 ounces of baby spinach (fresh)

• 1 garlic clove, finely grated

• 1 ½ cups Greek Yogurt

• ½ cup cilantro- finely chopped

• Sea salt

Instructions:

1. Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.

2. Add spinach and cook, tossing often, until just wilted; transfer to a colander and let cool. Squeeze spinach well to remove excess water, then coarsely chop.

3. Mix chopped spinach, garlic, yogurt, cilantro, and remaining 1 tablespoon oil in a medium bowl; season with salt.

4. Cover and chill at least 1 hour (and up to 24 hours) before serving.

5. Serve with baked sprouted pita chips (or gluten free)

Sweet Potato Casserole

Ingredients:

• 4 cups mashed sweet potato

• 2 eggs, beaten

• 1/2 teaspoon salt

• 4 tablespoons coconut oil

• 1/2 cup light coconut milk

• 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract

• 2 tsp cinnamon

• 1/2 cup coconut sugar or maple syrup

• 1/3 cup almond flour

• 3 tablespoons melted coconut oil (or butter)

• 1/2 cup chopped pecans

Instructions:

1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F

2. In a large bowl, mix together the sweet potatoes, eggs, salt, butter, milk and vanilla extract. Mix until smooth. Transfer to a 9×13 inch baking dish.

3. In medium bowl, mix the coconut sugar, almond flour and oil. Stir in the pecans. Sprinkle the mixture over the sweet potato mixture

4. Bake in the preheated oven 30 minutes, or until the topping is lightly brown.

Dairy and Egg free Eggnog

Ingredients:

• 1 frozen banana (I also added some ice)

• 1 can coconut milk

• 1 cup unsweetened almond or soy milk

• 5 dates

• 1 tsp cinnamon

• ¼ tsp nutmeg

• 1/8 tsp ground cloves

• 1 tsp pure vanilla extract

• optional- rum or rum extract

Instructions:

1. Combine all ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth

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