Saturday, November 19, 2011

Cranberry Sauce Recipe

Whenever recipes call for added sugar, sometimes it just seems to call for too much sugar.  Of course, there are some recipes that truly need the amount that is originally called for.  However, I like to cut back on 1/3 less of the added sugar ingredient in a recipe whenever possible. I was wondering how this would turn out in a simple cranberry sauce. That's exactly what I did and added an apple instead. The calories in a sweet apple, like mcintosh or gala, will give back at least a few nutrients compared to the empty calories added sugar gives.

This is one item in your Thanksgiving meal you don't need to buy already made. On the other hand, if this was your one and only assignment for the Thanksgiving meal you're going to, even more so you shouldn't buy it.  This is the easiest recipe to make, which only takes a few short moments.

1 cup water
1 bag of frozen cranberries
2/3 cup of sugar
1 peeled and cored gala or mcintosh apple chopped into  
   small pieces


On medium heat, pour water into a medium-sized sauce pan. Pour in cranberries and sugar. Stir until boiling. Add apples.  Bring down heat to slow and continue to stir for a couple minutes more. Use potato masher to mash down cranberries and apples until satisfied with consistency. Turn off heat.

Cranberries are rich in dietary flavonoids and phenolic acids which provides the body with different health benefits.

What other ways do you incorporate cranberries into the holiday season?

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