Cranberries 1 Food, 5 Ways

Cranberries 1 Food, 5 Ways

This staple is packed with fiber, will boost your immune system, and is versatile to boot. Try cranberries in these five delicious ways.

  1. Quinoa:
    1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. In a bowl mix 12 oz. cranberries, ¼ cup maple syrup and water, and zest of 1 orange. Pour into baking dish to form a single layer; bake 20 minutes. Add cooked berry mixture, ¼ cup olive oil and vinegar, ½ cup crumbled goat cheese, walnuts, and 2 stalks chopped celery to 1 cup of cooked quinoa, then toss.
  2. Spread:
    1. Combine ½ cup softened low-fat cream cheese, ½ cup fat-free feta crumbles, 1 cup diced dried cranberries, and 1 cup chopped green onions. Mix all ingredients and refrigerate.
  3. Sauce:
    1. Combine 12 oz. cranberries, ½ cup each of dark brown sugar and water, 6 oz. mandarin oranges, ¼ teaspoon ground cardamom, and 2 (1/2-by 3-inch) strips orange rinds in a saucepan. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat. Simmer until cranberries pop and mixture thickens. Remove orange rind and chill 2 hours. Can make two days ahead.
  4. Trail Mix:
    1. Mix together 1 cup dried cranberries, ¼ cup pumpkin seeds, ¼ cup raw almonds, ¼ cup unsweetened dark chocolate, and 4 tablespoons unsweetened shredded coconut. Perfect for on-the-go snacking.
  5. Protein Bar:
    1. Whisk ½ cup each of oats, whole wheat flour, and cocoa powder, ¾ cup dried cranberries, two scoops whey, 1-tablespoon cornstarch, and 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder. In a separate bowl, whisk ¼ cup each of honey and applesauce, and 2 egg whites. Stir this into flour mixture and add 10 teaspoons dark chocolate chips. Spread batter into 8-inch square baking pan. Bake for 15 minutes at 300 degrees. Let cool. Slice into bars.

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