Cranberries are Thanksgiving’s favorite fruit! Not only are these delicious red beads sweet and sour treats, they have a multitude of health benefits. The cranberry has more antioxidants than other fruits and berries, has less sugar, and can improve intestinal health to boot!
1. Cranberry Pecan Pie with Candied Pecans
2. Date Sweetened Cranberry Sauce
Source: Date Sweetened Cranberry Sauce
Logan Dunn & Lexus Osman‘s Date Sweetened Cranberry Sauce is perfect for topping literally any dish you can think of, the tangy sweet taste of the cranberries pairs perfectly with the classic sage and rosemary undertones of classic dinner dishes for a truly joyful holiday season. This year skip the over processed canned versions and make your own in five minutes while the rest of your meal bakes!
3. Healthy Chocolate Cranberry Cake
Source: Healthy Chocolate Cranberry Cake
Sarah and Peter Hagstrom‘s Healthy Chocolate Cranberry Cake has an amazing cranberry dressing, and is even better drizzled with crushes pistachios. Just resist the urge to have a slice for breakfast, or finishing the entire thing in one sitting. It’s dangerously delicious!
4. Pumpkin Spice Empanadas With Apple Cinnamon Cranberry Filling
Larice Feuerstein‘s Pumpkin Spice Empanadas With Apple Cinnamon Cranberry Filling are the perfect no-guilt nibble to offer your family and friends. The crust is crisp on the edges, yet tender, and delicately pumpkin-flavored with a touch of pie spices, while the filling is bursting with cinnamon infused apples and tart cranberries.They are also just too cute! Sweet and neat little mini pies, no forks necessary. If you’re looking for a last-minute appetizer or dessert idea, look no further!
5. Baked Sweet Potatoes and Cranberries With Cinnamon Oat Crumble
Adam Merrin and Ryan Alvarez‘s Baked Sweet Potatoes and Cranberries With Cinnamon Oat Crumble is filled with tender sweet potatoes tossed with fresh ripe cranberries, covered with a cinnamon and brown sugar oat crumble, and baked until the cranberries soften and burst, releasing their ruby-colored juice, which bubbles under the crisp, crunchy warmly-spiced topping.
6. Cauliflower Cranberry Sage Stuffing
Daniela Modesto‘s Cauliflower Cranberry Sage Stuffing is going to be a nice alternative for your Thanksgiving table. The vegetables work exceptionally well with the sweetness of the cranberries and the earthy taste of sage. It will not disappoint.
This gluten-free spiced loaf is not only healthy, but it’s so delicious too! While it’s baking your home will smell so festive, thanks to a blend of warming spices. Hayley Canning‘s Sweet Spiced Orange Cranberry Bread can be enjoyed at any time of day and is even healthy enough for breakfast. It tastes great on its own, or with cranberry jam, or even toasted with your favorite spread.
Harriet Porterfield‘s sweet and incredibly satiating Cranberry and Pistachio Energy Bars are quick-to-make compared to traditional energy bars. Create your own combination by swapping out ingredients depending on what you have in your pantry.
Lindsay Cotter‘s gluten-free Cranberry Lentil Loaf With Maple Glaze recipe is definitely one to be thankful for and it’s super easy to make. Black lentils create a meaty, hearty base speckled with chia seeds, vegetables, and bright red cranberries that provide a burst of flavor. It’s finished off with a sweet maple-mustard glaze that’s like icing on the cake … err, loaf.
Source: Cranberry Almond Green Beans
Usually, a green bean recipe is not a fancy one, but this might be an exception. This recipe is a healthy take on the traditional green bean casserole. Gina Hoskins‘s Cranberry Almond Green Beans recipe will be a perfect, modern side dish this holiday season. The added almonds give the classic ingredients an extra nice crunch.
Traditionally bread dumplings are made with eggs however, Melina Kutelas‘s Cranberry Bread Dumplings With Red Wine Mushroom Sauce are held together with ground flax seeds. Fresh cranberries, parsley, and chopped almonds not only make these dumplings festive and pretty to look at, they also taste amazing. Served alongside a red wine mushroom sauce, the two go together like no other. Add them to your holiday spread, or alongside a veggie loaf or just make them on their own.
12. Sweet Potato Cranberry Pancakes
Source: Sweet Potato Cranberry Pancakes
13. Hazelnut and Orange Nut Roast With Cranberry Sauce
Who needs regular meatloaf when Annabelle Randles‘s Hazelnut and Orange Nut Roast With Cranberry Sauce makes a unique, beautiful, and most importantly delicious centerpiece for any occasion. It is made with fluffy quinoa, hearty lentils, and a rich assortment of vegetables including leeks, mushrooms, onion, and celery. The citrusy notes from the orange and the fruity flavor from the cranberries are a wonderful contrast to the otherwise savory profile of this loaf.
14. Apples Stuffed With Red Cabbage and Cranberries
This unique dish is as delicious as it is beautiful. These baked apples are stuffed with a tangy mixture of cranberries, apples, and red cabbage. The vegetable compote on the inside is complemented by the sweetness from the baked apple shell. Lilia Jankowska‘s Apples Stuffed With Red Cabbage and Cranberries are sure to be a crowd pleaser wherever you take them!
Source: Cranberry Pecan Chevre Log
A mixture of raw cashews and young coconut meat filled with tangy dried cranberries make the flavor of this chevre log unique. Amy Lyons‘s Cranberry Pecan Chevre Log is soft, sliceable, and spreadable, making it perfect as an appetizer to serve alongside grapes and crackers.
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