Healthy Recipe Thursday! Fresh Cranberry Relish



Thanksgiving is next week in the U.S.  By now, many of us have already planned our traditional meal with all of our family favorites.  If you’re like me, I serve almost the same meal every year.  It just wouldn’t be the same otherwise.  But I’m always looking for one or two different dishes just to keep it interesting.


Today’s recipe is a family favorite at Alta’s house. A registered dietitian and great cook, Alta tests the recipes we feature on our women’s healthy weight loss website.  She takes the recipes our chefs come up with at Green Mountain, and pares them down to consumer size.

Fresh cranberry relish wins hands down in both taste and nutrition over canned cranberry sauce.  Be sure to make enough to serve with your leftover turkey.  We show it here with a grilled turkey and Brie panino, but this zesty, fresh and simple relish can also be a perfect accompaniment to roast pork tenderloin and other hearty fall dishes.

You can find more  healthy recipes on our website.  If you’re new to the kitchen, check out Alta’s website First Kitchen, which offers a great DVD and downloadable lessons for first-time cooks.  A perfect stocking stuffer for friends and family who’d like to learn their way around a healthy kitchen.

If you’d rather not lift a roasting pan on Thanksgiving, why not join us for Thanksgiving in Vermont and leave the cooking to us!


Fresh Cranberry Relish

Makes about 1 quart relish

1 orange

1 apple, cored

1 bag (16 oz) fresh cranberries

1 cup sugar

¼ tsp powdered ginger (optional)

Remove zest from orange and set aside; remove remaining peel and discard.  Cut peeled orange and cored apple into chunks.  In a food processor, place the orange, orange zest, apple, cranberries, and sugar.  With metal blade in place, pulse the mixture until coarsely blended.  Refrigerate and let stand for one to two days to let the flavors blend.

*This relish will keep for several days in the refrigerator or may be frozen for later use.

2 responses to “Healthy Recipe Thursday! Fresh Cranberry Relish”

  1. Melanie says:

    This sounds wonderful! Is there a way to easily make this without a food processor?

  2. Marsha says:

    Hi, Melanie,

    I don’t know how easy it would be, but you can certainly make this using a knife to chop everything. A blender would mush it all up too much so that’s not an option. If you make it using a knife, let us know how it worked.

    Happy Thanksgiving!

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Marsha Hudnall, MS, RDN, CD

If you’re looking for an embodiment of dedication disguised as obsession, look no further. Marsha is a registered dietitian who has spent the last four decades working to help women give up dieting rules and understand how to truly take care of themselves. Her mission in life is to help women learn to enjoy eating and living well, without worries about their weight. She encourages women to embrace their love of food, which you might call being a foodie. If so, it’s appropriate because being a foodie means you pay attention when you eat. That’s a recipe made in heaven for eating well. Marsha is the President and Co-Owner of Green Mountain at Fox Run.

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