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Some people look forward to Thanksgiving and to eat turkey for the stuffing or the gravy. Not me. I’m a total cranberry sauce girl. Since we’ve been on a roll roasting turkeys every week this month testing holiday recipes, Kenya has acquired a real taste for it, too. He’s just like his mommy — he wants some turkey and a pound of the sauce to go with it.

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Most cranberry sauces call for a cup of sugar for each bag of cranberries. It makes my teeth feel like they are going to rot just thinking about it. Granted, cranberries are uber sour, so they do need something to sweeten them up, but orange juice does the trick brightening it up. Adding oranges and orange juice to add not only citrus flavor, but also their natural sugars.

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Cranberries are packed with the antioxidant vitamin C, which helps protects kids against infection, and antibacterial substances that can help prevent digestive and urinary infections.

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We sat down for lunch last week and I’m not kidding when I tell you that Kenya kept pouring the sauce on his plate and eating spoon after spoonful. He loved it and hopefully so will your family this Thanksgiving.

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Cranberry Orange Sauce

Adding orange helps you cut back on the sugar!
4.34 from 3 votes
Course: Side
Cuisine: American
Servings: 2.5 cups
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes


  • 1 bag cranberries, washed and bruised cranberries discarded
  • 2/3 cup orange juice and or the orange pulp, removing the seeds and sections between the pulp
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 cinnamon stick


  • Place all the ingredients in a saucepan and bring to a boil.
  • When they reach a boil, turn the heat to a simmer and cook for 10-15 minutes or until the berries start to pop.
  • Turn off heat and cool. Remove the cinnamon stick.
  • Serve warm or chilled.


  • *Allow to cool, place in appropriate container or ziploc bag, label and freeze.


Calories: 60kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 12g
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Catherine is a mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Here’s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. I create simple, healthy recipes the whole family will love.


  1. Hi Catherine! Planning to make this as Christmas gifts! Just wondering how Long it will keep in the fridge?

  2. Add a little more orange juice or agave! Make sure the orange juice is sweet instead of tart! 🙂

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