Thanksgiving is around the corner.
For so many busy, working families in Bedford-Stuyvesant, this time of year is the only opportunity for relatives to gather in one place, relax and give thanks for the blessings of the past year and for those yet to come.
Food -- flavorful, down home, good food -- has always been central to Bed-Stuy family gatherings, a tradition that is steadfast and uncomprimising.
However, the health consequences of a growing obesity and diabetes epidemic in the community has created an urgent need to begin changing our relationship with food-- the types of foods we choose and how we prepare them.
Every day until Thanksgiving, Bed-Stuy Patch will feature a different healthy alternative to cooking up a flavorful Thanksgiving meal.
Check out today's pick for the tastiest and healthiest Thanksgiving recipe alternatives to help you save on the extra holiday pounds without cutting back on flavor!
Fresh Cranberry Sauce
Cranberry sauce recipes. Ah, delicious tart taste it adds to your turkey, your biscuits, and your stuffing. What else screams Thanksgiving like this dish? Try this easy, homemade recipe that may forever change the way you look at cranberries.
Yes, the recipe calls for sugar, but it’s still only half the amount you would get in the canned version, with no artificial flavoring or preservatives. This quick and easy cranberry sauce is ready to serve in just 15 minutes and keeps for 3 days.
1 1/4 cups water
1/2 cup sugar
4 Tbsp sweet orange marmalade
1/2 tsp maple extract
1/2 tsp vanilla
In a medium saucepan, combine one cup of cranberries and water and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium and simmer cranberries until they pop and begin to soften, about 5 to 7 minutes.
Remove pan from the heat. Stir in sugar and orange marmalade. Let mixture cool.
Stir in maple extract and vanilla. Transfer to a bowl, cover and refrigerate. Can be made 3 days ahead, kept covered and chilled.
Recipe provided by St. Francis Medical Center
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