Saturday, March 5, 2011
Lemon Cranberry Pancakes
2 1/2 c. Whole wheat pastry flour
2t. Kosher salt
3t. Baking powder
1t. Baking soda
1 1/2 t. Cinnamon
Zest of 1/2 lemon
1-2 c. Dried cranberries
1/4 c. Agave nectar
2 c. Buttermilk
1/2 c. Canola oil
In a bowl, combine the dry ingredients and the lemon zest with a whisk. In another bowl, combine the liquid ingredients, then add to the dry ingredients. Mix until there are no lumps. Pour batter onto hot griddle or non-stick pan coated with butter or cooking spray. Immediately drop a few dried cranberries onto each pancake. Turn when bubbles form on top of pancakes. Cook until second side is lightly browned. Yield: 24 pancakes
Peanut Butter Cranberry Rollups
1 Flour tortilla per Rollups (we use whole wheat)
Creamy Peanut Butter
Spread tortilla with desired amount of peanut butter. Sprinkle desired amount of cranberries over peanut butter. Roll up and enjoy! This is my 4-year old granddaughter's favorite lunch.
More recipes to come!
Monday, February 28, 2011
One of the major flavonoids in cranberries is quercetin. It is found to be a good anti-inflammatory and is particularly effective if used in the early stages of an inflammation. It is also known to have iron-binding capabilities.
Another flavnoid that is found in dried cranberries is myricetin which is recognized as an antioxidant. Myricetin is said to have the ability to fight prostate cancer in particular and is effective on the whole in fighting carcinogens.
On the whole, dried cranberries have a lot to offer. For such a small berry, they pack a huge nutritional boost. I use them in all kinds of dishes, and as often as possible. We love them in our house. Give them a try and see if you don't fall in love with them as well.