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Spice Up Your Dishes with Cranberries

Jewel Osco Registered Dietitians


Dec 13th, 2017

Has your salad become boring and predictable? Do you want to jazz up some of your main course or side dishes? Cranberries are a great way to reinvent and put a different spin on some of your favorite classic dishes. You don’t have to wait for the holidays to use cranberries, just add some into your dishes for a pop of flavor and health benefits. Whether you are picking out fresh, canned, dried or frozen cranberries, these little antioxidant packed fruits are a great addition to any diet.

Rethink your lunch

Add some sweetness by adding dried cranberries to a chicken salad.  Dried cranberries can be added with cereal, nuts, and a few dark chocolate chips to make a delicious trail mix for lunch. The pop of color from fresh or dried cranberries not only looks great when added to a mixed green salad, but it is an easy way to ensure that you are adding a variety of colors and nutrients to a meal.

Make a new favorite dish

Cranberries can really add a nice sweetness to a recipe. For the upcoming holiday season, try and make this Ocean Spray Cranberry Bruschetta. This quick and easy appetizer recipe would be great for a holiday gathering that will wow your family and friends. Put a spin on a vegetable dish by adding cranberries. The tartness of the cranberry can change the flavor profile of broccoli and spice up green beans. Try creating a sauce with fresh cranberries, cranberry sauce, balsamic vinegar, olive oil and herbs like thyme or rosemary. This makes a great topping to baked chicken, turkey, meatballs, or pork tenderloin.

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Cranberry Bruschetta


1 1/2 cups Ocean Spray® Fresh or Frozen Cranberries 1/4 cup sugar
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
1/2 red onion, thinly sliced into rings
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 tablespoons minced fresh basil
1 teaspoon oregano
1 8-ounce loaf French bread
Olive Oil



Combine cranberries, sugar and red wine vinegar in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil. Add onion and garlic, return to a boil and reduce heat. Simmer on low for 10 minutes or until cranberries pop.

Pour into a glass bowl. Stir in basil and oregano. Cool at room temperature.

Cut bread diagonally into 16 3/4-inch slices; brush both sides lightly with olive oil. Broil each side for 1 to 2 minutes or until golden brown. Top each slice with cranberry mixture.

Makes 16 servings.


Nutrition Information: Calories: 44, Total Fat: 0 gm, Saturated Fat: 0 gm, Cholesterol: 0 mg, Sodium: 49 mg, Total Carbohydrates: 10 gm, Fiber: 1 gm, Protein: 1 gm

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