Enjoy autumnal antioxidants
- 4 cup fresh cranberries, or two 8- oz bags frozen unsweetened, thawed and rinsed
- 2 oranges, peeled and halved
- ⅔ cup agave nectar or honey, or more or less to taste
In a blender or food processor, blend together the cranberries, oranges, and agave (or honey) until a juicy relish is formed.
Notes from Jonny Bowden’s Kitchen:
• Use this relish in your menus throughout the year, not just at holiday season. Feel free to halve the recipe if you need less at one time. The relish goes well with a surprisingly wide variety of dishes, and cranberries are really, really good for you!
• Agave nectar (also called agave syrup) is a natural sweetener produced in Mexico from the agave plant (the same plant that gives us tequila). It has a lower glycemic index than honey or table sugar—something to consider if you have diabetes yet want to avoid artificial sweeteners.
• If you can't find fresh cranberries, you can substitute 4 cups dried whole cranberries, but use 4 small oranges and omit the agave/honey. Dried cranberries are almost always heavily sweetened, so this version of cranberry relish doesn't have the crisp tartness of the fresh, but it is still better for you than the stuff in the can! Look for juice-sweetened dried cranberries only, not the sugar-sweetened varieties.
• Cranberries are delicious and nutritious, and they're also beautiful. If you wish to serve a canapé or cheese platter during a holiday gathering, fill your serving platter with a bag of fresh cranberries and place the food items
on the top—lovely!
Serves 12. Per serving: 100 calories, 0g total fat, 0g saturated fat, 0mg cholesterol, 0mg sodium, 28g total carbohydrate, 25g sugar, 2g fiber, 0g protein.