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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Also published on Medium.