Monday, November 25, 2013

Cranberryana Sauce

I have really been slacking when it comes to posting, which can only mean that either life is too busy or I need to be better about budgeting my time. Either way, I now have so much in store that I want to share with you, that maybe I can make myself feel better about it and say I was just building up the suspense :) This weekend was so eventful, from learning so much at my new pastry shop job, to happy hour for my friend's birthday, to make a pit stop at the fruit stand before carrying on with the night, to hosting our very first friendsgiving, to dinner at a middle eastern restaurant (Gazala's in NYC) and lots of coffee and capucchino in between. Other than the fact that I still haven't done the laundry I have been trying to do for a month, it was a great success and so much fun :)


What were your plans for the weekend? Did you follow through with them?

I was able to make some exciting dishes for our potluck, and one that I would like to share with you before Thanksgiving is this awesome twist on cranberry sauce. I also made cranberry meatballs and the combination was on point, but I will start with the sauce :) It is fresh, really easy to make, tastes just like cranberry sauce, is a great dose of antioxidants, and you don't have to feel guilty about consuming the loads of refined sugar in traditional sauce! Sounds like a win-win situation to me...

Cranberryana Sauce


Cranberryana Sauce

Ingredients
  • 12 oz fresh cranberries (About 1 1/5 cups)
  • 2 smaller, ripe, bananas
  • 1/4 to 1/2 cup honey (to taste)
  • UPDATE: Adding an apple adds a new dimension and makes it a little sweeter, if desired!
Directions
  • Stick cranberries in a crockpot, and let cook for about 2 hours on high, or 3-4 hours on low. Add the bananas to the pot after about an hour. You can also simmer in a saucepan over low heat, but may need to add oil to the pan to prevent sticking.
  • When soft, mash with a fork, spoon, or anything else you have on hand to make sure that all ingredients are thoroughly mixed. Add 1/4 cup of honey, and continue to add more until you are satisfied with the sweetness. (I like mine kind of tart!)
  • If you absolutely cannot stand (small) chunks, transfer to a food processor and blend until smooth, otherwise just let the sauce cool and stick in the refrigerator to chill. The banana really helps the sauce thicken up, it is genius!
Let me know what you think! This could be a great staple at the Thanksgiving table this year, am I right? :)

11 comments:

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    1. I definitely recommend, it is such an easy addition! Try it out and let me know what you think :)

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  3. wow this sounds lovely. i've never been a big fan of cranberry sauce but bananas- i love!!

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    1. I love bananas too...maybe this will be able to change your mind about cranberry sauce :)

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    2. it's in the crockpot right now!! i wish i could bottle this smell. the house smells amazing haha i will let you know how it turns out- saving it for tomorrow of course!

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    3. Awesome!! Hopefully the taste will equal the smell when you try it :)

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    4. it was great!!! it kind of reminded me of baby food because i pureed it, but i loved it!!! i had it on my turkey AND my pumpkin pie.

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    5. That is great to hear, thanks so much for the feedback!! Glad you were able to add it to your Thanksgiving :)

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  4. This recipe looks delicious AND it fits the paleo autoimmune protocol. So, thank you! I just started a weekly Paleo AIP Recipe Roundtable through my blog, and I would love it if you linked up this recipe. I’m trying to expand resources for the AIP community. Here’s the link: http://www.phoenixhelix.com/2013/11/20/paleo-aip-recipe-roundtable-4/

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    1. Thank you! I will definitely check it out :)

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