Roasted Cabernet and Citrus Cranberry Sauce

Can I still use the word “Cabernet” in this recipe when I substituted Malbec? Yep!

roasted red wine and citrus cranberry sauce

This “Roasted Malbec and Citrus Cranberry Sauce” is the cranberry sauce you should make for Thanksgiving (or really Christmas since it’s Thanksgiving day now and you probably already have your sauce ready). I’ve eaten a couple spoonfuls already!!

Roasted Cabernet and Citrus Cranberry Sauce

  • 1 (12 ounce) bag fresh cranberries
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest (plus half it’s juice)
  • 1 teaspoon lime zest (plus half it’s juice)
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest (plus half it’s juice)
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • pinch of kosher salt
  • 1/2 cup Cabernet (or Malbec)
  • 2/3 cup water

Method

  • Preheat over to 425 degrees
  • In an 8×11 baking dish add the washed cranberries, zest and juice from all the citrus and all other ingredients and stir to combine.
  • Roast for 25 minutes. Carefully remove and smash cranberries gently with a spoon. Let cool, stirring occasionally. The sauce will thicken as it cools.
  • Lasts a week (or more) in the fridge. Enjoy!

From Simply Scratch

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Honey Orange Cleanse

Honey Orange Cleanse

This smoothie is SO refreshing and good! I don’t know what came over me – the smoothie or the fact my spring break starts today at 4:45pm when class is over – but when I got on the treadmill today I bumped it up 2 levels on intensity and changed the speed from my normal 4.0 setting to 4.2! I power walked 4 miles and burned almost 500 calories! Come on bikini season!

Honey Orange Cleanse

  • juice from 1/2 an orange
  • 1/4 cup cold water
  • 1 navel orange, peeled
  • 1/4 cup sliced radishes
  • 1/2 cup pineapple, cubed
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 3 mint leaves
  • 1/2 cup ice

Method

  • Place all ingredients in the blender in the order listed and secure the lid. Turn dial to “smoothie” and let it run until it turns itself off. 
  • Recipe slightly adapted from Vitamix.

BluePrint Cleanse – Preparation Day 3

Blueberry banana faux smoothie

Breakfast

  • warm water with freshly squeezed lemon
  • What I call a “blueberry banana faux smoothie”. Faux because it didn’t have any yogurt or almond milk! It had 1 cup frozen blueberries, 1/2 frozen banana, the juice of one naval orange and little water to get it going in my little blender. It was delish and almost tasted like dessert!

Exercise

  • It was 28 degrees this morning so I opted out of walking outside and got on the treadmill for an hour. I did just under 4 miles.
  • 1 stalk celery with 1 tablespoon almond butter (eaten on the way to class).

Lunch

  • Spinach salad from Rev It Up Cafe. Spinach, diced tomatoes, dried cranberries, red onion and pecans (no blue cheese!) and balsamic vinaigrette. This salad was a generous portion and so good and fresh. I will have this again when I can have dairy and keep the blue cheese!
  • Cinnamon spice hot tea also from Rev It Up. I need to buy some of this for home. Very yummy!

Snack

  • a honey crisp apple

Dinner

  • Saute of fresh kale, spinach, shallot and garlic.
  • 2 cups vegetable broth served with some thinly sliced green onion. (I didn’t like having plain veg broth! I forced myself it eat like a kid who wasn’t allowed to leave the dinner table. Will not have this again.)
  • Sipped on vanilla chai tea after dinner.

Just a side note about my exercise. I have been working out six days a week since December 21st. I was working out about 2 days a week prior to that. Just didn’t want anyone thinking that I just started doing this the week of my cleanse 🙂

Tomorrow starts my juice only diet for the next three days. I’ll be looking for a box from FedEx in the morning!

BluePrint Cleanse – Preparation Day 1

Day 1 is about over and so far I’m feeling great!

Here’s what I ate:

Breakfast

  • 1 baked sweet potato sprinkled with cinnamon
  • 2 large cups Lemon Zinger tea
  • room temp water

Exercise

  • walked 5 miles

Lunch

  • 1 serving quinoa (1/4 cup), cooked in water and 1 leek (cut in half, washed thoroughly and cut into thin half moon shapes)
  • 1 can Whole Foods skipjack tuna packed in water. I planned to wait until dinner to have any fish but I was really hungry when I started cooking the quinoa (it takes about 15 minutes to cook).I had planned to do my shopping for the week at Whole Foods in the afternoon so the cupboards were bare.
  • 1 cup Lemon Zinger tea

Snack

  • My younger brother Isaac works at Whole Foods in Short Pump and I got to see him! Bonus! I bought a container of pre-cut organic pineapple while I was shopping and ate it after unpacking the groceries. 

Ingredients for Fennel and Orange salad

Dinner

  • Baked Salmon with a little pepper and a couple of sprays of Bragg Liquid Aminos.
  • Butter lettuce salad with pomegranate arils, shaved fennel, avocado, shallots and orange with a citrus dressing (orange zest, juice, extra virgin olive oil and a little kosher salt and pepper).

Salmon on Fennel and Orange salad

Today was a lot of work in planning what I was going to eat over the next couple days and then shopping for everything. One thing I didn’t realize until after I made my blog post last night is that I have to do a three day “post cleanse” after my three days of juicing. The suggested menu is about the same as the three preparation days. That makes a total of nine days of needing to be very conscious about what I eat. Apparently it’s really important to slowly introduce food back to your system.

The brand of juice I decided to go with is the BluePrint cleanse. I ordered three days of their Foundation Cleanse. It’s organic, raw and unpasteurized. There are a couple of reasons I decided to buy the juice instead of making it myself:

  • Reason #1: I don’t own a juicer. I have never juiced before and I don’t know how I will feel about it. I want to make sure that I like it. If this works out then I might do this every few months. In between it would be cool to make juices for breakfast or lunch.
  • Reason #2: It’s easier. My spring semester at school started last week and the BluePrint juices are bottled and numbered according to the order you need to drink them during the day. I can take them to class in a cooler bag if I need to…EASY!

Citrus Margaritas

We had friends over tonight for a drink. After the drink we were headed out for dinner and a guitar concert. The “one drink” before going out was a nice reason to take 30 minutes of my time squeezing citrus (yes, that was a little bit of complaining…mainly because one of my fingers still stings hours later). The drinks were fun, though next time I will make them when someone else helps me squeeze. I did 6 limes, 2 oranges and 2 grapefruit all by myself. It is a reminder why we go out to pay $10 for a cocktail at our favorite bar!

They were delicious and refreshing and sugar free…and I got lots of compliments 🙂

Citrus Margarita

From Two-Tarts

Ingredients

  • 1/2 ounce lime juice
  • 1/2 ounce orange juice
  • 1/2 ounce grapefruit juice
  • 1 ounce tequila
  • kosher salt for rim

Method

  • Mix the zest of 1 or 2 limes into a couple tablespoons of kosher salt and stir together with a fork on a saucer.
  • Combine juices all the juices and tequila in a shaker with ice and shake until frothy and combined. Serve in a glass rimmed with the lime zest salt and more ice.