Many people eat cranberries just once a year, on Thanksgiving, mixed in with their mashed potatoes, turkey and gravy. But if you're only eating cranberries on Thanksgiving, you're missing out! It's time to give these ruby colored gems another look, after all Massachusetts was born with cranberry bogs. Cranberries are the official state berry, full of antioxidants, with the highest level of phenols, and lend themselves to many uses. Here are more ways to enjoy this delicious fruit, grown right here in New England!
You know what kids love? Applesauce. But you want your kids to have a little variety in their diets. Not a ton. Just some. This recipe for cranberry applesauce is a twist on traditional applesauce, with added vitamins C and K from the cranberries.
CRANBERRIES WITH YOGURT AND GRANOLA
Serve these ruby gems for breakfast with yogurt and granola. Dollop your cranberry sauce onto yogurt, sprinkle with granola and top with your favorite nut for a quick breakfast. Good on the go too!
cranberry Pumpkin Nut muffins
Enjoy cranberries in this quick, easy and seasonal (pumpkin too!) recipe for a yummy, not too sweet muffin perfect for breakfast, lunch or snacking
CRANBERRY AND SAGE SHRUB
A shrub is a sweetened vinegar-based syrup, also sometimes referred to as a "drinking vinegar." It can be served in a variety ways. You can drink shrubs straight, mixed with club soda or in cocktails. Here's a recipe for a crackin' cranberry sage shrub. To make a delicious cranberry shrub cocktail, try this:
- Fill a cocktail shaker halfway full of ice.
- Add 3/4 ounces of shrub and 2 ounces of bourbon, along with 1 teaspoon maple syrup and three drops of a favorite cocktail bitters.
- Shake until well-chilled, then pour in a cold glass.
- Garnish with leftover cranberries skewed on a toothpick or a strip of orange zest.
You know what's lame? Salsa from a jar. The best part about salsa is the freshness of the ingredients, and you lose all of that with jarred salsa. So make your salsa fresh. And while you're at it, mix things up with this recipe for cranberry salsa. Serve it with chips; on top of fish tacos; with crackers and cream cheese; you might even consider substituting it for the cranberry sauce you usually serve at Thanksgiving.
CRANBERRY Plum green smoothie
Smoothies are a great way to start the day, but if you're like me you find yourself making the same smoothie over and over. Break out of your smoothie rut with this recipe for cranberry plum green smoothie.
Chocolate cranberry cake with chocolate icing
How amazing does that look? Don't you need a tall glass of milk just from looking at that cake? Here's the recipe. Grab your apron and preheat the oven. It's cake time.