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Thanksgiving Menu: Cranberry Almond Relish

by Marla Murphy November 14, 2014

Now that we have wrapped up the dinner for two menu, it is time to focus on Thanksgiving dishes with the help of my aunt and grandma!! The thanksgiving recipes I will be sharing aren't always typical recipes I would feature on a nutrition blog but during the Holidays I really try to focus on using real and organic ingredients rather than just a bunch of processed store bought crap stuff. I also become more aware of portion sizes, usually at my families holiday events I just get one round of food and I focus on 1/4 of my plate being some type of lean protein, 1/4 of my plate green vegetables and the other 1/2 I will have fun with and try all the other dishes! This way I get to have whatever I want but not over do it too much!! Today's recipe is one of my grandma's favorites and she makes it every year, you can eat this relish by itself or add it on top of your protein!

Cranberry Almond Relish
Serves 20
Prep Time: 15 min 
  1. 1- 12oz package of cranberries
  2. 3 thin skinned oranges, peeled included
  3. 1 cup of pecans, coarsely ground
  4. 1 cup of sugar or sugar to taste
  1. Wash and clean the cranberries and in a food processor, process the cranberries and set aside in a large mixing bowl. Then, add the pecans to the food processor and mix until coarsely ground and add the pecans into the large mixing bowl. Lastly, add the whole organs to the food processor and process until finished. Then add the oranges and the sugar into the mixing bowl and site until well combine.
  1. I recommend making the relish a couple of days before your event, not only to save time the day of but to also allow the flavors to marinate
calories: 90
fat: 4g
protein: 1g
carbs: 15g


Nothing says good cookin' and home like old recipes and cursive handwritten notes!

First step is to wash the cranberries well and then process them!!

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Then process your pecans


Add the pecans and the cranberries into a large mixing bowl


Next process the oranges (whole with the peel on), once finished add the oranges into the mixing bowl


Add the cup of sugar and mix all ingredients until well combine! Then you want to place the relish in the fridge to allow to flavors to 'marry' (Mema's cooking language)


First she is sweet...


Then she is sassy!!


The finished Relish!!

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You will love this recipe because it is easy to make, doesn't require any cooking time, has a lot of flavor and just adds another delicious addition to your holidays without very much effort!!

Love, Marla

Marla Murphy
Marla Murphy


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