Recipe: Nutty Orange-Cranberry Sauce

The natural sweet-tart flavors in cranberry sauce make it the perfect accompaniment to savory turkey and veggies sides. But the crazy-high sugar content means you're guaranteed to go belly-up in the recliner after dinner, as your blood glucose crashes hard!

This recipe is a healthy version that give you the classic flavor without the high sugar impact. Orange and cranberry have long been best friends, and now we’ve invited raspberries and walnuts to the party for a delicious twist on an old classic.

Be sure to save your leftovers! A dollop of Nutty Orange-Cranberry Sauce is the secret ingredient in the Cranberry-Orange Sunrise Shake, the perfect morning partner in preparation for a shopping marathon or a weekend of tailgating.

Nutty Orange-Cranberry Sauce joins the other recipes in our Virgin Thanksgiving feast: Turkey Cutlets with Marsala and Shiitake Mushrooms, Roasted Acorn Squash Purée, Braised Kale, Wild Rice and Vegetable Pilaf, Green Beans with Shiitakes and Shallots, and Pumpkin Bread Pudding.


Nutty Orange-Cranberry Sauce

  

November 5, 2016

The naturally sweet-tart flavors in this recipe make it the perfect accompaniment to savory turkey and veggies sides. (Just right for leftover turkey sandwiches too!)

  • Prep: 5 mins
  • Cook: 15 mins
  • Yields: 1-1/2 cups

Ingredients

2 cups fresh or frozen cranberries

1/2 cup fresh or frozen raspberries

3/4 cup water

3 tbsp monk fruit extract

1/3 cup walnuts, coarsely chopped

1 tbsp grated orange zest

Directions

1Combine the berries, water, and monk fruit extract in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, and bring to a boil.

2Immediately reduce the heat to medium and cook, stirring occasionally, until all the cranberries have popped and the mixture has thickened slightly, about 8 minutes.

3Remove from the heat and stir in the walnuts and orange zest.

4Let cool completely, then chill for at least 3 hours before serving.

This recipe is part of the Virgin Thanksgiving menu, with Turkey Cutlets with Marsala and Shiitake Mushrooms, Nutty Orange-Cranberry Sauce, Roasted Acorn Squash Purée, Braised Kale, Wild Rice and Vegetable Pilaf, Green Beans with Shiitakes and Shallots, and Pumpkin Bread Pudding. Check out the Virgin Thanksgiving Menu and Guide for links to all the recipes, plus more handy tips and activities for a wonderful Thanksgiving feast!

Originally published in The Virgin Diet Cookbook, Grand Central Life & Style, 2014

For more nutritious, delicious recipes, try jjvirgin.com/recipes.

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Nutrition Facts

Serving Size1 tablespoon
Calories69 calories
Sodium10 milligrams
Protein2 grams
Sugar0 grams
Total Fat4 grams
Saturated Fat0 grams
Total Carbohydrates12 grams
Dietary Fiber1 gram

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Stay tuned for our Thanksgiving guide, with activities and tips to make your Turkey Day a big hit with friends and family. Along with your irresistible dinner menu, you’ll also have some fun new Thanksgiving traditions.

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