Fresh Whole Cranberry Sauce

This sweetly tart fresh whole cranberry sauce is vegan, vegetarian and super easy to make. It only takes a few minutes and can be made up to 3 days in advance!

Fresh Whole Cranberry Sauce

Fresh Whole Cranberry Sauce

(Courtesy: Jacqueline Letouneau)
Course Side Dish
Servings 5
Calories 175 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 cups fresh cranberries (12 oz)
  • ½ tsp finely chopped or grated orange zest

Instructions
 

  • Bring water and sugar to a boil in a saucepan stirring until sugar is melted.
  • Add cranberries and simmer for 10 - 12 minutes or until cranberries pop and liquid just begins to thicken.
  • Stir in zest, cover and cool.
  • Hack: Fresh or frozen cranberries will work equally well in this recipe.
  • Hack: Store sauce in the refrigerator for up to 3 days or freeze leftovers in a tightly covered freezer-safe containerfor up to 3 months.
  • Hack: To easily zest a whole orange, use a vegetable peeler. Lay any leftover zest in a single layer and freeze. Store, tightly wrapped, in the freezer for up to 6 months.
  • Hack: Puree the orange in the blender for use in recipes such as cakes, cookies or bread. 1 orange yield about ¼ cup, which can be sealed in a bag and stored in the freezer for up to 3 months.
  • Hack:  Fresh cranberries are only between October and December, which is why they’re such a holiday favorite!  Take advantage of that time window to buy a few extra bags for your freezer.  Did you miss your chance?  Check the freezer section of the supermarket where you're likely to find some in with the berry section.
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Did you know? People call cranberries a superfood for good reason: They have all kinds of health-boosting benefits.

Suggestion: Use this cranberry sauce to make Slow Cooker Cranberry Pork Roast or Cranberry Jalapeño Dip.

Sausage Lentil Stew with Oranges

Spicy Spanish chorizo teams up with hearty lentils and the sweetness of orange to create a unique and tasty sausage lentil stew with oranges!

Sausage Lentil Stew with Oranges

Sausage Lentil Stew with Oranges

Course Main Course
Servings 4
Calories 350 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 oz Spanish chorizo sausage, thinly sliced
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves minced garlic (2 tsp)
  • cups brown lentils, washed and drained
  • 1 cup dry red wine such as Pinot Noir
  • cups vegetable broth
  • 5 small oranges
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ¾ tsp black pepper
  • 2 tbsp dried dill

Instructions
 

  • Heat oil in saute pan over medium heat. Add chorizo and cook until browned, about 5 minutes. Remove from pan.
  • Saute onion until soft, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook for 1 minute.
  • Turn heat to high. Add lentils and cook for 2 minutes, stirring constantly.
  • Pour in the wine and simmer until almost evaporated, about 3 minutes.
  • Stir in the broth and bring to boil. Reduce heat and simmer until lentils are soft, 40 - 45 minutes. Add more broth if necessary to maintain a stew-like consistancy.
  • Squeeze juice from two of the oranges and set aside. Remove peel and pith from the remaining oranges and slice fruit into ¼” rounds.
  • Add chorizo to lentils and stir in orange juice. Season with salt, pepper and dill. Remove from heat and gently stir in orange rounds.
  • Hack: Leftovers can be stored in the refrigeragtor for up to 5 days or frozen in serving-sized sealable freezer bags or containers for up to 3 months.
Keyword chorizo sausage, lentil, low calorie, oranges, spanish sausage, stew

Did you know?  Lentils are a member of the legume family.  Legumes come in many options, are inexpensive and packed with nutrition!!

Suggestion:  Garlic herb focaccia bread goes nicely with this recipe!

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