Cranberry Perfection

As much as we all loved the jellied slabs of canned cranberry sauce, that beloved relish is packed with sugar and offers none of the nutritional benefits of real cranberries. Making your own cranberry sauce is one of the simplest ways to improve the nutritional showing of your holiday feast. This fresh cranberry sauce is delectably spiced with orange, cinnamon and cloves and offers a solid 12% of your recommended dietary fiber, compared to the 2% common to canned sauces.

Cranberry Sauce
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Cranberry Orange Sauce

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Drop the can opener and pick up a bag of cranberries. This simple and delightfully tart sauce is not only a delicious and less sugar-laden version of the beloved Thanksgiving relish, it’s also a beautiful addition to any holiday table.

Servings: 4 (64 g )

Prep Time: 10 min.


  • 1½ cups cranberries
  • ⅓ cup orange juice
  • Zest of 1 orange
  • 1 pinch ginger
  • 1 pinch cinnamon
  • 1 clove
  • 2 tsp. brown sugar


  1. Heat all ingredients to a simmer over medium.
  2. With a large spoon press down on the cranberries to squash them.
  3. Heat until sauce begins to thicken (5 minutes).
  4. Allow to cool and remove clove before serving.