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Thanksgiving recipe redo: cranberry sauce

November 8 2017
By Kate Goodin

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.

Thanksgiving Recipe Redo: Cranberry sauce

Ginger-pear cranberry sauce

8 servings

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 10 minutes

Total time: 20 minutes, plus 1 hour cooling time


Cooking spray

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


  1. 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.
  2. 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.