Cranberries are a staple on any holiday table, but why not make it a little more festive this year? Walnuts, apples and red wine all add crunch and flavor as well as vitamins and nutrients. It’s a healthy recipe packed with antioxidants, omega-3, and flavinoids – all which protect the heart. How’s that for healthy eating? Hey, this is one side dish that just might upstage the main course!
Did You Know?
“Cranberries contain bacteria-blocking compounds that are believed to be helpful in preventing urinary tract infections, and scientists now think this same function may be useful in blocking the bacteria responsible for ulcers and certain oral bacteria that can lead to gum disease.” (Cape Cod Cranberry Growers Association)
Makes 3 servings
1 Bag of Fresh or Frozen Cranberries (12 oz.)
3/4 C. Sugar
1/2 Cup Red Wine
2 Apples Cored, Unpeeled and Chopped
1/4 C. Finely Shredded Orange Peel
1/2 C. Walnuts, Chopped and Toasted
Combine cranberries, sugar and wine in a saucepan. Cover Saucepan. Bring mixture to a boil, stirring occasionally. The skins will pop on the cranberries and the sugar will dissolve. Reduce heat and cook for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally.
Remove from heat and stir in the chopped apples and orange peel. Set aside to cool. Stir in toasted walnuts. Relish will thicken as it cools. Serve at room temperature or chilled. Cut oranges in half and remove pulp, leaving the orange shell intact. Spoon cranberry relish into orange shells.
(Today’s healthy recipe is from Ann Marshall, Hudson, MA and the Cape Cod Cranberry Growers Association)
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