The secret to this sweet and savoury cranberry sauce is the added glug of red wine!
What makes this Sweet & Savoury Cranberry Sauce so awesome? It’s not traditional, it’s different. And I’m all about being different! Don’t get me wrong, I like the traditional cranberry sauce too, minus the cup of sugar. But to be honest, I wouldn’t be happy unless I tinkered with the recipe to find the perfect balance of flavours for me. The addition of the onions subdues the tangy bite of the cranberries and the red wine gives it a little extra kick.
Now I can save my sweet tooth cravings for pumpkin pie, because I just love pumpkin pie! Low sugar pumpkin pie that is 😉
This Sweet & Savoury Cranberry Sauce is…
Sweet and savoury
A good source of vitamin C
A urinary tract cleanser (helps fight infections)
A teeth protector
When we think of cranberries we automatically think of thanksgiving, or a bladder infection fighter. I know, two totally different extremes! But cranberries are the MacGyver fruit of the world; they have purpose and can fix anything. And yes, I just related cranberries to MacGyver. It was my favourite show growing up, and for some reason my strange mind related the two together (you can laugh now). Okay, back to the benefits.
Native to North America, these sour but red beauties are packed with antioxidants and have a number of health benefits. As we already know they contain nondialyzable material (NDM) that helps to prevent and fight urinary and kidney infections. But they also contain the antioxidant proanthocyanidin, which can inhibit enzymes associated with the build up of plaque, acid formation and receding gums. And let’s not forget how the vitamin C and anti-inflammatory antioxidants protect the heart by reducing oxidative stress caused by free radicals.
Plus there’s more… they help alleviate a heavy menstrual cycle, upset stomachs, sore throats, diarrhea and more! So if you want to keep anything brilliant and useful in your freezer, make sure it’s cranberries!!
- 1 teaspoon olive oil
- 2 shallots, finely chopped
- 1 cup frozen cranberries
- 1 tablespoon coconut sugar, (add more if you want it sweeter)
- 1/4 cup red wine
- 1/2 apple, chopped
- 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
- pinch black pepper
Heat oil in a small pot.
Cook shallots over medium heat for 2 minutes.
Add cranberries, shallots, coconut sugar, red wine, and apples.
Bring to a boil. Turn down heat and simmer for 10 minutes.
Season with salt and pepper.
Serving size: 1
Calories 52 / Fat 1.2g / Carbs 8g / Protein 0.3g / Fiber 1.6g / Sodium 149mg / Sugars 4.6g