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Healthy Holiday Recipe

by: Rita Miller Huey
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Each of us has our own expectations about the holidays. As a youth, I thought it was supposed to be like in the movies. My family had some strange holiday habits, though, like the year my parents painted the kitchen on Christmas Eve. I always felt disappointed.

As a young adult I lived in Ecuador for three years. I had the privilege of sharing in the traditions of other families, many of which were new to me. I also became a vegetarian, so the foods I chose were very different.

I have come to understand that the holidays are times we get to make up for ourselves. Their meaning and significance comes from deep within, not from expectations or the superficial goings on around us. Each year I choose old and new activities that remind me of the significance of the season. 

And then there is the holiday food. It is so easy to overdo. Almost all people eat things they do not normally eat at other times of the year. I won’t bore you with the statistics about the average weight gain during November and December each year! 

My gift to you is a recipe I have developed and enjoyed over the years. I look forward to the holidays when all the ingredients are available. This is a food that is healthy, delicious and healing. The acidity of the cranberry has been shown to have a positive affect on the environment of the kidney. It is about the only recipe I have ever seen for cranberries without lots of sugar. Yes, it can be tart, depending on the type of apples and how many raisins you use. I have always received rave reviews when I take it to a potluck dinner or serve it in my home for guests. It has become one of my personal holiday traditions – I hope you will enjoy it as much as my family and I do.

Homemade Cran-Apple-Raisin Sauce* from the Kitchen of Rita Miller-Huey
Makes 8 servings. Takes about 1 hour to prepare.

6 cups apples

12 oz. Cranberries (one bag)

½ cup raisins

2 whole cinnamon sticks (broken in two)

1/8 to ¼ cup water

1 cup nonfat vanilla yogurt

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