Thanksgiving recipe redo: cranberry sauce
Our week of Thanksgiving recipe makeovers continues with a take on the ultimate turkey day condiment: cranberry sauce. (In case you missed it, here’s our recipe for a lighter green bean casserole.)
A Thanksgiving meal wouldn’t be complete without the tart-sweet sauce, and this year, we’re thinking outside the can. Our recipe starts with a savory, spicy base of onion and fresh ginger, and is lightly sweetened with chopped fresh pear. Even better: it’s fast (and great for making ahead), flavor-packed, and fits in perfectly with our Food Optimizing healthy eating plan.
Ginger-pear cranberry sauce
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes
Total time: 20 minutes, plus 1 hour cooling time
1 medium onion, finely chopped
1 Tbsp. grated fresh ginger
8 oz. fresh or frozen cranberries
1 medium pear, cored and finely chopped
2 level Tbsp. no-calorie granulated sweetener
- Lightly spray a medium saucepan with cooking spray. Add onion, ginger and a pinch of salt. Cook over medium heat 5–7 minutes, or until tender, stirring occasionally.
- Add cranberries and ⅔ cup water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer gently 4 minutes, or until cranberry skins pop and mixture thickens slightly, stirring occasionally. Transfer to a bowl. Let cool to room temperature, then stir in pear and no-calorie granulated sweetener.