Tag Archives: sauce

Spiced Cranberry Orange Sauce

 

Cranberry sauce is a staple at any Thanksgiving feast. In addition to being the perfect compliment to roasted turkey, cranberries pack a big punch nutritionally. In fact, I may eat more cranberry sauce than I do the turkey, which is why I needed to come up with a naturally sweetened lower sugar version that still balanced the tart flavor of cranberries.   My solution? Honey, fresh oranges and some pumpkin pie spice!

Ingredients

10 oz bag of frozen cranberries

1/3 cup + 1 tablespoon honey

Zest and juice of one orange

½ teaspoon pumpkin pie spice

¼ cup water mixed with 1 teaspoon cornstarch

Directions:

  • In a medium saucepan, combine cranberries, honey, water/cornstarch mixture and the orange juice.
  • Bring mixture to a boil over medium heat, then simmer at low heat stirring occasionally while the cranberries pop and the mixture thickens, about 5-10 minutes
  • Stir in the orange zest and pumpkin pie spice
  • Adjust the flavor to your own preference by adding a bit more honey and/or orange juice
  • Allow to cool, cover and store in the fridge. It will last for about one week.

 

Creamy “Race Car Wheels” Mac & Cheese

Who doesn’t love a creamy macaroni and cheese? Fun wheel shapes make this Mac and cheese extra special and fun! I remember reading one study that showed kids are more likely to try a new food when it has a fun name.. so we named this Race Car Wheels Mac and Cheese 😀 I made this using simple ingredients: cheese, milk, a little butter and flour for the roux. Then added in chopped spinach. I really wish more pasta brands would come out with more creative shapes!!  Or if you know of any brands that do, please share!

Ingredients:

1/2 box of Roselle or Wagon Wheels pasta

1/3 cup frozen chopped spinach, thawed

1 tablespoon unsalted butter

1 tablespoon all purpose flour

1 cup low fat milk

4 oz of mild cheddar cheese

Directions

  1. Cook pasta according to package directions and drain well
  2. In a pot over medium heat, melt the butter
  3. Once butter is melted, immediately add the flour and quickly whisk until you see a frothy foam
  4. Next add milk
  5. Continue whisking vigorously until milk thickens. Once it bubbles, lower the flame and add cheese
  6. Continue to stir until you get a nice cheese sauce consistency. Add in spinach and continue cooking about 1-2 minutes
  7. Then add the pasta and stir to combine. Enjoy!