Four Ingredients Never Tasted So Good

Who says the perfect holiday treat demands a grocery list as long as Santa’s scroll of names? Let these simple four-ingredient recipes steal the scene at at your next fête

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Arla cream cheese and dates recipe

There’s a myth that good food—especially food that’s good for you—costs a fortune and demands as many hours at the stove as it does specialty ingredients. But sometimes, we swear, all it takes is four simple ingredients. These holiday recipes prove 2  + 2  = party perfection.

Cranberry Pear Parfait

Photo Credit: Leah Johnson
Photo Credit: Leah Johnson

Got some leftover cranberry sauce in the freezer from Thanksgiving? Combine with organic plain or vanilla yogurt for a delicious treat on its own, or make it the crowning glory of a parfait. Layer diced pears (Anjou, Bartlett or Bosc) at the bottom of a parfait glass, tumbler, or Mason jar, top with cranberry yogurt, and granola. It makes a perfect breakfast treat, especially during the holidays when your gut benefits from yogurt’s probiotics and fiber-rich pears.

Roasted Pecans with Rosemary, Olive Oil and Sea Salt

Photo Credit: Leah Johnson
Photo Credit: Leah Johnson

A fast hors d’oeuvre that pairs well with cocktails, mocktails, and just about everything else, these pecans roast for 12 minutes, then get tossed while still warm with olive oil, rosemary and sea salt. Wrap them in cellophane and tie with a red ribbon bow for a fast and inexpensive present. It’s also a thoughtful gift of good health—they’re packed with vitamins E and B.

Raw Cacao Hot Chocolate

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Hot chocolate is usually synonymous with cloyingly sweet cocoa and wafts of artificially-flavored whipped cream. Our wholesome hot chocolate is made from grass-fed milk, raw cacao, maple syrup and fine sea salt. Stir together until just hot  and serve up cozy mugs on Christmas or Hannukkah night for sweet dreams.

Cream Cheese Medjool Dates with Rosemary and Jalapeno

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Stuffed dates may be classic, but this twist on the original will knock your stockings off. Spread Arla Cream Cheese on halved Medjool dates; top with fresh rosemary and cut the sweetness with spice via a sliver of jalapeño. Total time? Two minutes.


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