Growing up, on almost a nightly basis, my family would sit down to dinner, someone would say “this is good, mom!” and she would say “thanks, I have no idea what’s in it or what I did so I’ll never be able to make it again. But thanks!” She’s always been very much about throwing everything you have into a pot and making something out of it. Go figure, she has a daughter that likes to follow recipes to a T. When I saw this month’s Recipe Redux theme, I laughed.
In the US, November marks the Thanksgiving holiday. But many of us are especially thankful for food memories we have shared with friends or relatives throughout our lives. Was it a special meal you ate as a child? Or, maybe it was a food you grew and harvested with your own children. Please share one of your favorite food memories and the healthier “redo” of the recipe.
You follow? It was hard to think of something when she never made the same thing twice! Well, seeing as how Thanksgiving is upon us, there’s always one side my mom makes. Cranberry relish is something I started helping her make at a very young age because it’s just that easy and it takes all of about 5 minutes. Of course, we also have the “traditional” cranberry jelly on the table, too. But the relish is the good stuff.. aside from all of the sugar that went into it. Time to redux that recipe!
Quick & Easy Cranberry Relish
Makes ~1 1/2 cups
– 1 12 oz. bag of fresh cranberries
– 1 medium orange; zested and juiced
– 1/2 medium pomegranate
– 2-4 tbsp honey [sweeten to taste]
Wash your cranberries [be sure to remove any mushy berries!] and toss in a food processor. Process until the cranberries are a chunky relish consistency. Empty into a bowl and add in the orange zest, juice, pomegranate, and 2 tbsp honey. Taste and add more honey if you want it sweeter.
I recommend making it the day before and letting it sit in the fridge overnight. The flavors really come together more as it sits, but you can, of course, eat it all right away!
Per 1/4 cup serving
70 Calories / 0g Fat / 18g Carbs / 12g Sugar / 3g Fiber / 0g Protein
We make tons of relish for our army of a family and it never lasts! I can’t wait to make it again this year. Pop this burst of color on your Thanksgiving table for a delicious twist on the traditional cranberry.
Food for Thought
What’s a meal or dish you grew up eating?