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Healthy Recipe: Spiced Cranberry-Orange Sauce

healthy-cranberry-sauceThis healthy cranberry sauce recipe uses whole cranberries, fresh orange juice and the zest from the orange. Not sure what zest is? It's just the orange part of the peel (not the white part underneath). You can finely grate or mince it.


2 8-ounce packages fresh or frozen cranberries
1 navel orange; use both zest and juice
1 teaspoon fennel seeds
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 cinnamon stick
Pinch crushed red pepper flakes
½ cup sugar or Splenda

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Combine all ingredients in a medium sauce pot over medium heat. When it begins to boil, reduce heat to a simmer and cook until the berries burst and the mixture thickens, about 15 minutes.

Recipe from
The Little Black Apron: A Single Girl’s Guide to Cooking with Style and Grace (2007, Polka Dot Press).

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Last updated and/or approved: November 2011.
Original article appeared in November/December 2008 former print magazine. This general health-care information is not meant as individual advice. Please see our disclaimer.

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