12 Fresh Cranberry Recipes

By , SparkPeople Blogger
Have you noticed bags of beautiful red berries in the produce department of your local grocery store? Did you know that those are fresh cranberries, a great food to add to your diet? According to The George Mateljan Foundation for The World's Healthiest Foods, cranberries are high in antioxidants and phytonutrients that provide anit-inflammatory and anti-cancer benefits. One cup of fresh cranberries has 5 grams of fiber, 90 mg of potassium and 25% of the Daily Value for vitamin C according to the SparkPeople Nutritional Tracker
Incorporating cranberries into your cooking is easier than you might think. Use a food processor to chop them into small pieces and pop them in the freezer. There is no need to defrost them before you cook. Cranberries add a nice tartness to your favorite salad, side dish, or sweeten a main course with cranberry relish. If you can’t find fresh cranberries, dried cranberries are a great substitute and are available year around. Dried cranberries can be used in place or raisins or nuts in any recipe. Make sure you use dried cranberries in moderation as a single serving has 123 calories and 26g of sugar.

I’ve gathered some of my favorite cranberry recipes from SparkRecipes for your health and enjoyment. Ditch the canned processed cranberry sauce and cut the calories and sugar by using fresh cranberries in your cooking this holiday season. 
Chef Meg's Cranberry Relish

Chef Meg's Cranberry-Orange Creme Brulee

Cranberry Pomegranate Salad Dressing

Cranberry Chicken

Roasted Butternut Squash with Cranberries

Oatmeal, steel cut, nuts, cranberries, apples, honey. Mare's recipe.

Edamame with Cranberries, Feta and Basil

Pork Meatloaf Apple & Cranberries

Cranberry-Orange Chutney

Cranberry Nut Bread

Cranberry Salsa

Crustless Cranberry Pie 

Do you eat cranberries? What is your favorite cranberry recipe?
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Dearly Beloved makes whole berry sauce all the time! Report
I love cranberries & make my own holiday sauce adding a fresh orange from my tree. I also eat dried cranberries & this year plan to freeze more than ysysl when they hit the stores so I can add to my faux " ice cream " made w/ frozen bananas. The juice is quite tart to drink plain but do add into smoothies. Report
I love cranberries & make my own holiday sauce adding a fresh orange from my tree. I also eat dried cranberries & this year plan to freeze more than ysysl when they hit the stores so I can add to my faux " ice cream " made w/ frozen bananas. The juice is quite tart to drink plain but do add into smoothies. Report
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Love dried cranberries in a salad. Report
Love cranberries! Thank you for all the suggestions. Report
I love cranberries! I will start to try some of these recipes! Report
LOVE Cranberries and Cranberry flavored things more than Pumpkin spice stuff. Report
Try 1/2 cup cranberries, 1/2 cup blueberries, and one whole carrot chopped. Add water. Blend in your smoothie machine and add ice to finish. I buy fresh cranberries at the holidays and freeze them. Year round benefits! Report
I love the tartness of cranberries. (I also like rhubarb) I like to make a tarter than normal cranberry sauce, then add it to pumpkin bread. It adds vitamins and fiber. Report
Grandma's Cranberry Conserve is a MUST on our Thanksgiving table, even if most of the grandkids pass on it! Report
At our local farmer's market a few weeks ago, I bought some homemade cranberry applesauce from one vendor. We had it with our Thanksgiving dinner. It was delicious! Report
I used to make a cranberry apple crisp, which is really yummy, but no one in my family likes it but me. I also make oatmeal cookies with craisins and white chocolate chips. I love biting into the cranberries and getting that sweet/tart taste. Report
Cranberries are safe to eat raw, but they are very tart and bitter. They are health for you so if you mix them with something sweet it will help them taste better. In the past I've drank pure cranberry juice over ice. Try adding some fresh cranberries to your favorite smoothie. Report
Potentially dumb question - can you eat cranberries raw, or do you need to cook them before eating? I ask because I've never seen a raw cranberry in any recipes or meals - only cooked or dried. I have been tempted several times by bags of cranberries in the produce section, but wasn't sure what to do with them - thanks for the recipes! Report
Checking the ingredients on the side of the Cranberry Juice, I was surprised to see the first one was APPLE JUICE, Report
Love 'em in salads usually, and I've also made HungryGirl's cranberry salad/relish t that was really delicious. I am looking forward to trying the roasted butternut squash with cranberries and the edamame, cranberry & feta salad!! Report
These sound so good. I love cranberries too and will be trying several of these recipes. Report
Excellent! I bought cranberries this weekend because the looked so good, but I had no idea what to do with them. I was just going to either eat them raw or dump them in some oatmeal. (I really need to eliminate dump from my vocab, people hate it when I use that when discussing recipes) Report
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