During the holidays, my family enjoys cranberry with orange sauce for various uses. When I was a kid, I remember cranberries coming from a can in one big can-shaped clump.
Then, my mother would cut it into slices. Of course, my sister and I didn't touch it, other than to make it jiggle on the plate, which made us laugh.
Since then, I can't wait for fresh cranberries to appear in the produce section. I cook with cranberries often throughout the holidays, but one of my favorite ways is cranberry with orange sauce.
Not only does fresh-squeezed orange juice elevate the sweet cranberries, but it also makes the perfect serving dish for a beautiful holiday table.
The benefits of cooking with fresh cranberries...
The main nutrients in 1 cup (100 grams) of raw, unsweetened cranberries are (1Trusted Source):
- Calories: 46
- Water: 87%
- Protein: 0.4 grams
- Carbs: 12.2 grams
- Sugar: 4 grams
- Fiber: 4.6 grams
- Fat: 0.1 grams
Vitamins and Minerals
Cranberries are a rich source of several vitamins and minerals, especially vitamin C.
- Vitamin C. Also known as ascorbic acid, vitamin C is one of the predominant antioxidants in cranberries. It is essential for the maintenance of your skin, muscles, and bone.
- Manganese. Found in most foods, manganese is essential for growth, metabolism, and your body’s antioxidant system.
- Vitamin E. A class of essential fat-soluble antioxidants.
- Vitamin K1. Also known as phylloquinone, vitamin K1 is essential for blood clotting.
- Copper. A trace element, often low in the Western diet. Inadequate copper intake may have adverse effects on heart health (4Trusted Source).
Using fresh squeezed orange juice for cranberry with orange sauce
Not only is using fresh-squeezed orange juice nutritionally better, but it also supplies a perfect little dish to display the cranberry with orange sauce.
Fresh juice contains more vitamins, minerals, and other nutritional compounds like enzymes and flavonoids than the canned or bottled options you find in grocery stores. Store-bought juices also often have added sugar!
Supermarket orange juice isn’t the simple product it may appear to be. It undergoes complex, multi-step processing and can be stored in large tanks for up to a year before being packaged for sale in stores.
So, I use my Cuisinart Citrus Juicer to juice orange, lime, and lemon juice instead of buying store-bought concentrated juices.
Ingredients in cranberry with orange sauce
- Fresh Cranberries
- Orange Juice (fresh squeezed)
- Maple syrup
- Mint garnish (optional)
- Orange cups for serving (optional)
After juicing the oranges, the cups are perfect for serving. To keep them from rolling, slice a small portion of the bottom of each orange half, without cutting through the rind to the cups.
Various ways to serve cranberry with orange sauce
As a side dish, cranberry with orange sauce is a beautiful holiday adornment. But, my family enjoys cranberry sauce for a variety of other dishes:
- Serve over Vegan Cream Cheese with crackers or vegetables.
- Use as a sandwich spread for a grilled vegetable panini sandwich.
- Dip Baked Vegan Egg Rolls
- Place vegan lentil meatballs and cranberry with orange sauce in a crockpot for a great meatball appetizer.
- Marinate tofu for a holiday cranberry tofu recipe
- Pour ontop of Chocolate Vegan Pudding, vegan vanilla pudding, or vegan nice cream.
- Toss your favorite roasted vegetables in cranberry-orange sauce and roast for a beautiful glaze
- Instead of BBQ sauce, use the cranberry-orange sauce for my Pulled Pork Sweet Potato Sandwich.
Regardless of how you enjoy cranberry with orange sauce, fresh cranberries are in season.
Hi! My name is Kathy, I am a retired high school English teacher & vegan enthusiast and blogger. My entire blog is fully plant-based vegan. I truly believe what we eat & how we live determines our health & the preservation of our planet! 🙂