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Cranberry Orange Relish Recipe

Whether on its own as a side dish or used as a spread on a sandwich, this sweet treat is truly versatile.
Cranberry Orange Relish RecipeMitch Mandel and Thomas MacDonald

It always helps to have a few secret weapons up your sleeve, especially when it comes to extra seasonings, sauces, spreads, and relish. Half the time what knocks people off of an otherwise healthy eating cycle is when they get bored with the same old bland foods or recipes and start giving into cravings and greasy fast foods. Well, here’s a way to keep your healthy dishes surprising you.

This healthy orange cranberry relish is amazing with a Thanksgiving bird, of course, but it’s also great with roast chicken or spread on sandwiches, toast, or even roast veggies and steak! Double the recipe so that you have a few batches on hand to satisfy your cravings. It’s so good, you could even eat it with a spoon or spread on whole-wheat toast! When you have an arsenal of healthier sauces, spices, and relishes on hand, you can turn even the dullest meal into something memorable.

Serves 15

You’ll Need

1 bag (12oz) frozen cranberries
Zest and juice from 1 orange
1⁄3 cup sugar, plus more if needed
1 tsp fresh grated ginger

How to Make It

  1. Combine the cranberries, orange juice, sugar, and ginger in a saucepan set over medium heat.
  2. Simmer for 20 to 25 minutes, until the cranberries break down to form a thick sauce.
  3. Taste and adjust the sweetness with more sugar if necessary.
  4. Add the orange zest just before serving.

Eat This Tip

It is always our goal to keep our recipes healthy and low-calorie, easy and fast to make, and also affordable. Often keeping things affordable means that when picking up ingredients you’ll choose to opt for the less expensive produce. When it comes to making dips, spreads, and sauces, however, you might want to splurge on the organic or farmers market fruits and veggies. Because you’ll be using said ingredients to distill down to their essence, the higher quality will pay off, and because you’ll be using these spreads and spices to flavor the rest of your meal, it’ll be worth it.

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