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6 Organic Treats for the Holidays

Christmas holidays are nearing! Everywhere I go, I hear Christmas jingles playing in the background. In fact, it is playing now in my head as I write this post.  How haunting.

Nevertheless, Christmas is the season to spend with friends and family who are either hosting parties, or attending parties. So if you are hosting a gathering this Christmas, be the talk amongst party-goers and do different. Go healthy with organic treats!

Here are 8 great ideas to serve for an organic Christmas-themed dinner party:

 #1: Organic Milk Chai Coffee
Brewing coffee? Why not put an easy and creative spin to your hot beverage? First, serve your coffee with organic soy milk. Second, to spice up your beverage, all you need to do is make your normal standard cuppa coffee, and add 1 tsp of chai mix. The best part is you can prepare the chai mix, and store in an air-tight container.

How to make chai mix? 
  • 2 1/2 Tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 2 Tbsp ground cardamom
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp ground cloves
  • 1 Tbsp ground coriander
  • 1 Tbsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper

Whisk the above together and store.

To make this drink even more healthy, use organic spice varieties instead. However, if the above sounds like too much work, there is a short-cut.

Honey Lady has an organic honey variety called Chai (read Honey Lady: Range of Honeys), now available in Singapore. Made from organic herbs and spices, this full-bodied honey makes for a great substitute to the powder chai mix stated above. Simply add a teaspoon or more of the chai honey into your cup of coffee, stir and drink!

#2: Organic Vegan Hot Chocolate
You can put your calorie counter aside this Christmas, and serve up a cup of organic vegan hot chocolate. All you need is:

  • 1 cup organic dark chocolate
  • 4 cups organic soy milk (or low-fat organic soy milk)
  • 1 tsp pure organic vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp organic ground cinnamon
How to make organic vegan hot chocolate? 
  1. Melt the dark chocolate on the stove (or microwave).
  2. Heat milk on medium-low heat.
  3. Add melted chocolate to milk and whisk in the ground cinnamon.

You may also want to add nutmeg and cayenne to spice up your hot chocolate. Or, jazz it up with an organic cinnamon stick to stir.

#3: Orange-Glazed Roasted Turkey
If you are baking a turkey this year for your family’s Christmas feast, try glazing it with organic brown sugar or 100% pure maple syrup, and orange juice. Sounds delicious yeah? The recipe is actually quite simple. All you need is:

  • 1 5kg turkey (Prepped as you usually would)
  • Sea salt or organic salt
  • Black pepper
  • 2/3 cups of organic light brown sugar, or use 100% pure maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup concentrated orange juice
  • 3 oranges, sliced 1/4-inch thick
How to bake an organic-glazed roasted turkey?
  1. Preheat the oven to 180 degrees C.
  2. Place turkey in a pan, and rub it down with salt and pepper.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix the orange juice and sugar together and pour it over the turkey.
  4. Place orange slices on the turkey.
  5. Cover the turkey pan with aluminum foil, and bake for 3 1/2 hours.
  6. Remove the foil, and bake for 30 to 60 minutes more. Baste occasionally until juices run clear.
  7. Allow to cool for 15 minutes before serving.

#4: Organic Christmas Cinnamon Cookies
Does butter, cinnamon, lemon and sugar sound like Christmas? Maybe because it is! This is a traditional Christmas cookie calledZimtsterne (German for “cinnamon stars”). Zimtsterne is an almond cookie shaped in cut-out stars, flavored with lemon juice.You can bring an organic zing to this traditional recipe.

How to bake organic Christmas Cinnamon cookies? 

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#5: Organic Sweet Potato Shepard’s Pie
Not long ago, I was invited to my neighbor’s for dinner. And had the most delicious Shepard’s Pie! Not the traditional pie you would expect. This version was made with minced lamb and sweet potatoes.

This is such a great Christmas party recipe. Not only is it delicious and naturally sweet (thanks to the potatoes), it is easy to make with minimal fuss and cleaning. My kind of cooking!

All you need to do is use your usual Shepard’s Pie recipe, and substitute where it says ground beef with ground lamb and, russet potatoes with organic sweet potatoes. Leaving you plenty of time to plan the rest of your party details.

I found some recipes online that you can try from Food & Wine and Australian Lamb.

#6: Organic Elderflower Cordial & Strawberry Sorbet
When I read about this recipe, it immediately reminded me of the Belvoir organic elderflower cordial I bought at The Pantry Farmer’s Market (read The Pantry Farmer’s Market at Dempsey Hill). I really don’t think you can serve a more delicious and healthy dessert than this! Make it with fresh, plump and organic strawberries.

How to make organic elderflower cordial and strawberry sorbet?

Put on your apron and click here.

Thanks Francis for giving me this feature inspiration!

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