Cranberry Orange Sauce

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Sooooo, Thanksgiving.

It has come and gone, and boy was it good. I hope you found yourself surrounded by family, and hopefully some of your favorite dishes!

If you were staying tuned before Thanksgiving, I posted a few updates on potential menus for Thanksgiving (check it out here!). There are always more recipes and dishes I would love to make and share than I have time or energy for. However, as you may have guessed, this cranberry orange sauce is one recipe that made the cut, showing up on our Thanksgiving table! It was delicious!

Without turkey at the meal, some may wonder why my vegetarian family would have cranberry sauce. That’s a good question. Part of it is nostalgia and habit. My parents and brother have only been vegetarian for a few years, so they are used to a thanksgiving celebration with cranberry sauce and turkey on the table. Thus, we kept the cranberry sauce, despite forgetting the turkey! However, in addition to turkey, cranberry sauce goes really well over roasted asparagus, roasted Brussels sprouts, eaten plain, and spread on biscuits- similar to jam.

While I do love canned cranberry sauce, (I know, I’ll admit it), this three ingredient sauce feels soooo much healthier and natural. Not to mention, this recipe is incredibly easy, with only one pot to clean! Thus, you have no reason not to try it!

It’s easy, it’s simple, it goes well on SO much more than just turkey, and it is bound to be a crowd pleaser.

Tis’ the season 🙂

Happy cooking!

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Ingredients:

  • ¼ cup freshly squeezed orange juice
  • Zest of 1 orange
  • ½ cup sugar, or more, to taste
  • ¾ cup water
  • 1 (12-ounce) bag fresh cranberries

Directions:

  1. In a medium saucepan combine the first four ingredients. Cook, over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until the sugar has dissolved.
  2. Add the cranberries to the pot and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat and let simmer, uncovered, until sauce has thickened, about 20 minutes.
  3. Cool completely before serving.
  4. Optional: Garnish with an additional sprinkle of orange zest!

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Notes and Tips!:

  • Yield: About 3 cups
  • Source: Damn Delicious
  • Like this recipe? Check out these other scrumptious dishes form ‘A Rented Kitchen’ (recipe links found below!):

Homemade Tzatziki Sauce

Hello everyone! Today I am posting my first specifically requested recipe, and it makes me so happy!  I love knowing that there are people out there reading this blog who want to see specific things or have questions. Keep the questions and comments comin’!  I am posting this particular sauce  as a follow up to another previously posted recipe.  On June 2nd I posted a delicious recipe of a quinoa burger. I mentioned the burger could be served with Tzatziki sauce if desired, and pictured it that way in my photos. Some readers were curious as to what Tzatziki sauce is and how to make it, so here we go! Tzatziki sauce is one of those sauces you can probably find at your grocery store, definitely at an organic grocery store, but can also easily be made at home! The sauce originated in Greece and is most commonly served there as a sandwich spread with gyros.  Tzatziki is also commonly served with a loaf of bread as part of the first coarse of a meal. I recommend making a batch of this delicious dipping sauce and trying it with sliced veggies and toasted pita bread. It’s quite refreshing. Now get out there and try something new!

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup cucumber- diced and seedless
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh dill
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • ½ lemon, juiced

Directions:

  1. Peel the cucumber and lightly salt it. Set it aside to allow for excess water to be drained from the cucumber.
  2. Mix up the remaining ingredients until completely blended.
  3. Squeeze the remaining water out of the cucumber slices and add to the yogurt mix.
  4. Taste and flavor as desired- add more salt, dill, garlic, lemon, etc.
  5. Serve with pita bread slices, vegetables, baked or fried zucchini/ eggplant slices, Or my quinoa burger! (follow the link below!)

Notes and Tips!:

  • This sauce pairs perfectly with the Quinoa Burger recipe that was featured in early June!
  • If you do not have any full garlic cloves, 1/8 teaspoon of garlic powder can be substituted for every clove missing.