Thanksgiving is literally biting me in my ass at this point. The stress of knowing that I will be responsible for feeding 40 of our “closest” is no small feat. I’m lucky that I actually like most of my family members. (Note to family members, please do not ask if you are part of the most list)
Luckily, I will be armed with something fabulous that will keep my stress, my heart and my health under control. You’re in luck too! This Thanksgiving, I’m in the spirit of giving and I’d like to give you three fabulously delicious recipes that should be staples on your table! All with one of my favorite ingredients… CRANBERRIES!
Cranberries rock. They do. I’m not lying. Even the pilgrims and Indians knew this. Cranberries are actually among one of the highest-ranking foods when it comes to proven health benefits. We all know they come to the aid in a snap when you’ve got a bladder or urinary tract infection… at least we did back in our early 20’s when we were having crazy amounts of sex and getting them. (Yes, you’re reading a Thanksgiving recipe post that’s talking about sex. Move along now…) But here’s some facts about those berries that you might not have known.
- Cranberries are filled with antioxidants… meaning they have great anti-aging properties. They actually can give you glowing skin!
- If you have an ulcer, some studies have shown that drinking unsweetened cranberry juice for a few months can actually kill the bacteria that causes them.
- Cranberries are proven to relax the blood vessels, lower LDL (bad) cholesterol and help prevent heart disease. (Which is all a super plus when you’ve got hungry family members coming over!)
So let the holiday season begin! You’re armed with CRANBERRIES!
First things first… let’s drink before family arrives! Everything always seems better after a cocktail! Even family.
4 ounces Cranberry Juice
2 ounces Vodka
2 ounces Ginger Ale
½ ounce Lime Juice
1 ounce Simple Syrup
In a cocktail shaker combine all ingredients. Shake. Shake. Shake. Garnish with sliced lime.
Serve over ice or martini style!
Cranberry Stuffing Recipe
1 small onion, diced
1 cup of diced mushrooms
3-4 stalks of celery, diced
1 stick of butter
1 package of seasoned stuffing (I use Mrs. Cubbison’s)
1-2 cups chicken broth or water (per box instructions)
1 package of fresh cranberries (may use canned if fresh unavailable)
If you wanna see how to do this step-by-step check out how to make this recipe right here.
Melt the butter on a medium heat and add the onion and celery. Allow them to sweat and turn translucent. Add the mushrooms and cook for another 3 to 5 minutes on medium high heat.
Add the fresh cranberries. Don’t worry about the cranberries cooking down too much… you’re not looking for them to turn to mush just yet! They’ll cook down once they’re in the stuffing. Just give them about 3 to 4 minutes to cook.
Now add the stuffing mix straight outta the box. Any brand that you happen to like… I usually use seasoned stuffing mix… it just adds more flavor. Add broth and combine thoroughly.
Transfer mixture into a Pyrex or baking pan that has been coated with non-stick spray or butter. Sprinkle the top with some of the fresh thyme and bake in the oven covered on 375 degrees for about 30 minutes. During the last 5 minutes, remove the cover and allow the top to become golden brown.
1 12-ounce bag fresh cranberries
3 Tablespoons sugar
¼ Teaspoon ground cinnamon
2 Medium Golden Delicious apples, peeled and diced
2 Teaspoons fresh lemon juice
¼ Cup Orange Juice or Water
In a saucepan place the cranberries, sugar, and cinnamon and add juice or water- just enough to bring the cranberries to a float. Bring to a simmer for 5 minutes and then drain, but leave a small amount of liquid in the pan.
Add apples and cover mixture for 5-10 more minutes or until apples are tender. Stir in lemon juice.
Allow cooling – then transferring dressing to a serving bowl. Cover and refrigerate for at least two hours. Serve chilled.
Makes 3 cups