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...
- 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!
- 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? :)