Duo of Tart, Yet Sweet, Cranberry Sauce Recipes

Not just one, but two great cranberry recipes!

The holidays are quickly approaching and you’ve made your list and you’re checking it twice! Friends and family will soon arrive to gather around the turkey, but what will you serve with that turkey that won’t make YOU feel like a stuffed turkey? Nowadays we all worry about packing on the pounds around the holidays, but you don’t have to! There are so many healthy recipes you can whip up that everyone is sure to enjoy. Here are 2 made from scratch, clean eating sauces that guests will go crazy for.

1. Cranberry Orange Sauce

Yields: 8 servings | Serving Size: 1/4 cup |Calories: 43 | Previous Points: 0 | Points Plus: 1 | Total Fat: 0.1 g | Saturated Fat: 0 g | Trans Fat: 0 g | Cholesterol: 0 mg | Sodium: 1 mg | Carbohydrates: 10.8 g | Dietary Fiber: 2.6 g | Sugars: 6.2 g | Protein: 0.6 g |

1 bag of fresh or frozen cranberries
1 organic orange cut into 8 slices or more, peel included
3/4 cup fresh squeezed orange juice
1/4 cup maple syrup or honey

Stir all of the ingredients in the pot and bring just to a boil over high heat. Reduce to a simmer over medium heat and cook for 10 to 15 minutes, until the cranberries and orange peels have softened.
Chill for one hour or until ready to serve.

And voila! You’re done! No sugar, no artificial sweetener, just a delicious and healthy side dish to serve your family and friends for the holiday!

This dish can also easily be changed into Cranberry Applesauce by substituting the orange for an apple and the orange juice for apple juice. Boil the cranberries in the apple juice for a naturally sweetened taste. Dice your apple into chunks and add to the boiling cranberries. Stir continuously until desired consistency, and allow cooling for an hour.

You may also want to try Skinny Ms. traditional cranberry sauce or our previously featured cranberry chutney!

Not only do cranberries taste delicious, but did you know they have anti-inflammatory and anti-cancer benefits, too? They are packed with vitamin K, potassium, tannins, manganese, and more! So, not only can you serve your guests a delicious food, but also contribute to their health. Try this Cranberry Melange recipe, the process isn’t quick, but the results will make you want Christmas in January just to taste it again!

2. Spiced Cranberry Melange 

This recipe is in two parts, and we have separated the recipe into processes so it can easily be made without confusion.

Yields: 8-10 servings | Serving Size:  1/2 cup |Calories: 237 | Previous Points: 4 | Points Plus: 7  | Total Fat: 4.5 g | Saturated Fat: 0 g | Trans Fat: 0 g | Cholesterol: 0 mg | Sodium: 61 mg | Carbohydrates: 51.7 g | Dietary Fiber: 7.2 g | Sugars: 39.4 g | Protein: 3.1 g |


For the Spiced Cranberry Puree
2 packed teaspoons sweet orange zest (freshly grated)
1/8 teaspoon salt (unrefined unheated highest-quality)
1/4 teaspoon allspice
1/4 teaspoon ginger powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 cup honey
10 ounces fresh or frozen cranberries
For the Melange
3 sweet oranges supremed/segmented , remove peeling and skin, separate into wedges
2 pears of choice, cored, peeled and chopped into 1/4″ pieces
1 apple of choice, cored, peeled and chopped into 1/4″ pieces
1 stalk celery, chopped into 1/4-inch pieces
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 cup raisins


For the Spiced Cranberry Puree
1. Zest the orange either with the fine side of a cheese grater, by using a vegetable peeler and then chopping the peel finely or with a microplane zester. Be sure just the orange part of the peel is used and not the white pith of the orange.
2. In succession, place all ingredients into food processor.
3. Blend until all ingredients are smooth.
4. At this point, the recipe can be continued later (or the next day).
For the Melange
Supreme oranges. Cut orange flesh into dice size pieces.
Mix orange pieces into Spiced Cranberry Puree.
Mix in pears and apples.
Mix celery, walnuts and raisins into Spiced Cranberry Puree.

This recipe can be prepared and served immediately or prepared up to 12 hours in advance and served.


Don’t be surprised if all your guests ask for a doggy bag after trying your scrumptious cranberry orange sauce or cranberry melange! These dishes will go fast and you will want seconds! Let us know what crazy cranberry dishes you make as a tradition for the holidays!


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