“What do I need to remember upon waking up?”

I’ve recently been watching videos (thank-you Amazon Prime) about plant-based eating.  Although I’m curious and smitten with this whole idea, I have some foods in my freezer that need attention/consumption.

One of the foods is whole cranberries.  I purchased them while dreaming about the wonderful cranberry bread that mom always baked for the holidays.  And you wonder why people decide to start their diets after the holidays?  Mom’s cranberry bread was one of the reasons.

And then there’s the dairy and sugar that aren’t part of a plant based diet.  There goes the cranberry bread idea.  So what to do with the cranberries.  How about this –


1 pound Brussel sprouts, cut in half

1 T balsamic vinegar

1/2 cup whole cranberries

salt, light sprinkle


Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.

Place all the ingredients into a bowl, mix it up good, and spread on a baking sheet covered with parchment paper.

Cover with foil and bake for 15 minutes.  Uncover and bake another 20 minutes.  Shake the pan a few times during this final 20 minutes to make sure things are well mixed and not sticking.


Just the Brussel sprouts and cranberries together looked rather bland.  For the photo shoot I stuck in a few pieces of the roasted cauliflower that I made earlier in the day.

Other items for confession – I used frozen Brussel sprouts, not cut in half, and frozen cranberries.  Stuck them right into the oven in their frozen condition.  I forgot to add the salt.  I did not add any oil, which was one option offered in some recipes.  The flavor?  Extraordinary!  Not a sweet dish, but the tastes together are something I enjoyed.

OK.  It’s not mom’s cranberry bread.  But research seems to indicate that cancer cells are fed by sugar.  Mom died of cancer and heart disease.  There are a lot of ways that I want to follow in mom’s footsteps, but that’s not one of them.

Loveya – The Grandma





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Artist, African hand drum student, yoga neophyte, and Grandmother of 22 or so grandchildren. I enjoy cooking and writing. I value good friends and quiet times for reading.

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