The holiday season is approaching fast, and Carter BloodCare is excited to share some quality time with friends and family. A great way to spend time chatting and mingling with others is over delicious homemade food, whether it’s a feast on Thanksgiving or snacking throughout a holiday party. To help keep your body healthy and happy, we came up with four holiday recipes that are packed with the iron that your body needs:
Orange Turkey Roasted Recipe from Grandmother’s Kitchen
Ingredients: 1 turkey, 1 can concentrated orange juice, 1 cup brown sugar, 1/3 cup olive oil, and 1 tbsp italian seasoning.
Directions: Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Wash turkey and pat dry. Place turkey in a large roaster. Rub turkey down with olive oil and sprinkle with seasoning. Mix orange juice and brown sugar into the roasting pan for basting. Cook turkey until cooked all the way through, basting every 20 to 30 minutes with orange juice mixture.
Spinach Cheese Balls from Foodista
Ingredients: 1 box (9 oz) frozen spinach (thawed, squeezed to drain), 1 cup Original Bisquick® mix, 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese (8 oz), 1 egg, 2 teaspoons Italian seasoning, 1 teaspoon garlic salt, and 1 cup tomato pasta sauce (if desired)
Directions: Heat oven to 400°F. Spray cookie sheet with cooking spray. In large bowl, mix all ingredients, except pasta sauce. Shape mixture into 1-inch balls; place on cookie sheet. Bake 10 to 15 minutes or until golden brown. Immediately remove from pan. Serve with pasta sauce.
Arborio Rice Pudding from Talk of Tomatoes
Ingredients: 1/2 cup arborio, 4 cups milk, 1/4 cup sugar, 1/2 vanilla bean (split), 1/2 tsp almond extract, and optional and recommended: your favorite summer preserves or jam for topping.
Directions: In large pan place first 4 ingredients. Bring to gentle boil, then simmer 30 plus minutes. Taste for doneness; it should soft and plump. Take off heat, add in extract. You may serve at room temperature or warmed.
If you want to make sure your body better absorbs the iron, pair these holiday meals with some foods that contain Vitamin C. This includes parsley, broccoli, bell pepper, strawberries, oranges, lemon juice, papua, cauliflower, kale, mustard greens, and Brussels sprouts. We hope you enjoy our recipes, and we hope you have a wonderful holiday season! Thanks for donating at Carter Bloodcare, sign up here to make your next appointment.