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Visions of #Sugar Plums danced in their heads….#sweet #Christmas #treats

Sugar Plums

Sugar Plums

T’was the night before Christmas….well technically it is about three weeks before Christmas, but I am in full festive mode.

I love Christmas and all that goes with it. The hustle and bustle of shopping along with hundreds of other people, the cold days and snowfalls, corny movies and red scarves. what a magical time.

Once December 1st rolls around it is time to start decorating. I often joke, that if you stand still too long in my house, you will end up with a string of lights wound around you….:)

Outside, lights are up on my house and look wonderful. Growing up in Australia, we did not have the backdrop of snow, so I just love the way everything sparkles here. My tree is all done. I love the smell that fills the house from the  real tree, there is nothing quite like it. Add in the cinnamon sticks nestled amongst oranges studded with cloves sitting on my dining room table and the scent is complete.

With all the decorating done, now it is time to hit the kitchen and come up with some magical goodies.

What better way, than to start off with Sugar Plums. We have all heard the poem, “the children were nestled all snug in their beds, while visions of sugar-plums danced in their heads”, but I am guessing a lot of people (like me) have never really thought about what a Sugar Plum is. From what I can gather, a Sugar Plum is a mixture of dried fruit and nuts combined with a liquid sweetener and then rolled in sugar. The term “plum” was used to describe something rich or fancy (plum job, etc). In the 1800’s dried fruits, nuts and honey would all be luxury items only available to the wealthier families. Hence the children would dream of sugar plums…..(not sure of the accuracy of this, but the story sounds nice to me).

For these sugar plums, I have used Agave for the liquid sweetener.

Enjoy,

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Sugar Plums

Sugar Plums

Sugar Plums

Makes approx 80

Ingredients

  • 6 ounces walnuts
  • 6 ounces dried apricots
  • 6 ounces dried figs
  • 1/4 teaspoon all spice
  • 1/4 teaspoon fennel seeds, toasted
  • 1/4 teaspoon garam masala
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup agave
  • 1 cup coarse sugar

Place nuts and dried fruit in to food processor and pulse until finely chopped.

Add all other ingredients and process until well mixed. Chill for 1 hour.

Scoop the mixture into 1 tblspn portions and roll into balls. Roll in sugar and serve.

Keep refrigerated for up to a month in an airtight container.

Sugar Plums

Sugar Plums

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 9 g – 1 sugar plum
Amount Per Serving
Calories 30
Calories from Fat 12
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 1.3g 2%
Trans Fat 0.0g
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 0mg 0%
Total Carbohydrates 4.5g 2%
Sugars 3.9g
Protein 0.6g
Vitamin A   1% Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 1% Iron 1%
Nutrition Grade B
* Based on a 2000 calorie diet

Nutritional Analysis

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A long weekend needs a great Beets Beef Burger

Beets Beef Burger

Beets Beef Burger

Another long weekend is looming, the countdown has begun. With summer in its final swing, I am trying desperately to fit in as many BBQ days as possible.

With a nice supply of fresh beets, from our farm CSA share, these burgers are absolutely delicious. (I actually made a double batch and turned one half into a “meatloaf”, I will post that recipe soon). While these burgers do not taste like beef, they have their own wonderful flavour and texture. Very filling and perfect for a late summer bbq supper.

Speaking of our farm CSA, I will have to start taking help with me soon to carry home all the veggies.

CSA week nine

CSA week nine

Enjoy,

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Beets Beef Burgers

Serves 4

  • 1 cup shredded beets
  • 1 1/4 cups brown rice cooked, cooled
  • 1 cup cooked green lentils, cooled, drained well
  • 1/2 tspn salt
  • fresh black pepper
  • 1 tspn thyme
  • 1 tspn dry mustard
  • 3 tblspns onion chopped finely
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tblspns smooth almond butter
  • 1/2 cup very fine breadcrumbs
  • 1 tblspn olive oil for cooking burgers

Peel beets and shred. I use the shredder on my food processor. Place in large bowl. Add the S blade to the food processor. Return beets, add the brown rice, and lentils and process until mixture is finely minced.

Beets Beef Meatloaf Prep
Beets Beef Burgers Prep

Transfer beet mix to a large bowl and add remaining ingredients except olive oil and mix thoroughly. Make sure everything is totally combined.

Place the mixture in the fridge for 30 mins or overnight to chill.

Heat 1 tblspn olive oil in pan to moderate.  Take 1/2 to 3/4 cup of beet mixture and form into burger patties.

Place in pan one or two at a time and cook for approx 5 mins each side. Allow to brown.

Serve on bread of choice with all the usual burger suspects, tomato sauce, mustard, pickles, tomato, lettuce.

These burgers can be frozen after cooking and then grilled on the BBQ from either frozen or thawed. Great to keep on hand.

Beets Beef Burger

Beets Beef Burger

Nutrition Facts Burger only
Serving Size 187 g one burger only
Amount Per Serving
Calories 434
Calories from Fat 98
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 10.9g 17%
Saturated Fat 1.5g 7%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 543mg 23%
Total Carbohydrates 71.9g 24%
Dietary Fiber 8.1g 32%
Sugars 5.5g
Protein 13.5g
Vitamin A   1% Vitamin C 6%
Calcium 9% Iron 25%
Nutrition Grade A-
* Based on a 2000 calorie diet

Nutritional Analysis

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