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Cranberry Sauce (sugar free)

Usually the problem with cranberry sauce is that it is full of white sugar. My version has no white sugar, which is no easy thing when it comes to cranberries as they are so tart. I had to compromise with the amount of brown rice syrup added. I did try making it with only stevia as a sweetener and it really did not work well at all.

1 package whole, organic cranberries (fresh, not frozen)
1 organic apple, cored and chopped
1 cup apple juice
1/4 cup organic, brown rice syrup
1 tsp stevia (Sunny Dew is best)
Pinch of salt

Nutritional Tips: Cranberries are high in vitamin C, and have antioxidant and antibacterial effects in the body.

In clinical studies, cranberries have been shown to help maintain a healthy urinary tract and be especially beneficial to the eyes (they significantly improve symptoms of cataracts, macular degeneration, and diabetic retinopathy).

Asparagus with Lemon Juice

Asparagus is always special and adding some alkalizing lemon juice makes it taste even better.

1 pound asparagus, washed, trimmed and cut diagonally into 2 inch lengths
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 lemon juiced
Dash of Spike seasoning

Nutritional Tips: Asparagus is full of nutrients!  It is a very good source of vitamin K, the B vitamin folate, vitamin C, vitamin A and also numerous B vitamins (B1, B2, B3 and B6) as well manganese, copper, phosphorus, potassium and protein.

Baked Squash with Vegetables

1 medium squash
2 sweet potatoes
2 medium carrots
2 parsnips
10 very small onions
3 – 7 cloves garlic, sliced (optional)
1 tsp rosemary
3 tbsp. vegetable oil or coconut butter
Salt to taste


Gingerbread Cake: Gluten-Free & Sugar-Free

3/4 cup vegetable oil
1/2 cup rice syrup
1/4 cup molasses
1/4 cup water
1/4 – 1/3 cup fresh ginger, grated
1 cup brown rice flour
1/2 cup potato flour
1/2 cup flax meal
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 tsp. stevia (clear liquid Sunny Dew is best)
1/2 tsp. salt

We hope you enjoy this meal.  You have a whole week to get the ingredients and prepare.

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Diana Herrington

Diana Herrington turned a debilitating health crisis into a passion for helping others with healthy, sugar-free, gluten-free, eating and cooking. After testing and researching every possible healthy therapy on her delicate system she has developed simple, powerful principles which she shares in her recent book Eating Green and Lean, and as host to Care2 groups: Healthy Living Network and Healthy Cooking. She is the head chef at Real Food for Life, where she shares recipes and tips. Sign up for the Real Food for Life weekly newsletter or catch her on Facebook or Twitter (@DancinginLife).


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7:41PM PST on Nov 30, 2011

i find a lot of people ridicule vegan foods thinking they're tasteless, then they try them and discover how delicious they really are. so invite a meat eater to a vegan feast.

1:17PM PST on Nov 17, 2011

Another food to cook is fried eggplant. Get one eggplant or more for more people. Wash it and then cut the skin off and cut eggplant in thin slices. put milk and/or some water in one bowl and then another bowl put Aunt Jemima corn meal or some corn meal. And then season the eggplant slices with garlic powder,parsley and then put eggplant slices in milk and then corn meal and then put slices in skillet and fry until crispy. And eat them with hot sauce,barbecue sauce or ranch dressing. It is scrump dill pipe delicious.

10:46AM PST on Nov 17, 2011

Great recipes, thank you.

10:34AM PST on Nov 17, 2011


8:13AM PST on Nov 17, 2011

finally, a vegan who didn't name their dishes faux beef or pork. Good luck to those of you who choose this lifesyle.

6:30AM PST on Nov 17, 2011

Amazing how many people think you can enjoy eating if you're vegetarian or vegan. This shows otherwise!

4:34AM PST on Nov 17, 2011


1:33AM PST on Nov 17, 2011

Great article. Thank you

12:29AM PST on Nov 17, 2011

thanks (:

9:51PM PST on Nov 16, 2011

Thanks for the article.

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