healthy ways to eat cranberries and pomegranates 8

8 healthy ways to eat cranberries and pomegranates

Eat more antioxidant-filled cranberries and pomegranates with these healthy recipe ideas

By Margaret Nearing
Fresh twist on fruit salad: Add pomegranate seeds or chopped cranberries as a tart hit in a tropical mix of mango, pineapple and banana.
Need a vegetarian dinner? Halve a squash and bake until cooked. Fill with a mixture of sautéed onion, toasted whole-grain bread cubes, grated cheddar cheese, fresh cranberries and chopped walnuts. Bake until heated through.
A splash of colour: Toss in a handful of cranberries when baking apple or pear pies, crisps and crumbles, as well as scones, muffins and loaves.
Middle East-inspired pilaf: Sauté chopped onion, carrot and celery until soft. Combine with hot cooked couscous or bulgur, pomegranate seeds, chopped almonds, parsley and a pinch of cumin. Serve with roast chicken or lamb kebabs.

Light dessert: Beat a cup (250 mL) of light ricotta cheese and just a splash of 10% cream until smooth. Mix in the same amount of cranberry sauce or cran-orange relish, a splash of vanilla and a pinch of nutmeg. Chill before serving.
Best of winter salad: Top mixed greens with fennel slices and clementine sections. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with pomegranate seeds.
Tangy appetizer: Mix softened goat cheese, chopped dried cranberries, dried basil, and black pepper to taste. Spread on toasted baguette slices, and top with pecan halves.
Quick salsa: Mix chopped cilantro, mint, green onion, tomato and jalapeño pepper with pomegranate seeds and some olive oil. Serve with broiled salmon or chicken

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