How to Use Up Leftover Cranberries
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How to Use Up Leftover Cranberries

Posted on Friday, November 16th, 2012 at 7:00 am
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The money you saved grocery shopping is wasted if you end up throwing the food away.  Try some tasty recipes that will help you use up leftover cranberries.Thanksgiving is coming up fast! Your family is probably looking forward to the wonderful dinner that they will share with loved ones. Not everyone is looking forward to leftovers, though, and especially not leftover cranberries. Here are some tasty recipes that will help you to use up leftover cranberries without serving a repeat of Thanksgiving Dinner.

Frugal shoppers learn how to get the most for their money at the grocery store. That savings disappears if you end up throwing the food away because no one ate it. To use up leftover cranberries, you need to be creative. Try some of these ideas!

Recipes for Leftover Cranberries

Cranberry Apple Chicken
I found this recipe on a blog called Surviving College Life The recipe is easy to do and very inexpensive. It calls for a whole can of cranberry sauce, two chicken breasts, and a cut up Granny Smith apple. Bake it in the oven for 40 minutes. You can upsize the recipe for it to feed more than two people.

Easy Pork Chop Saute with Cranberries
This recipe came from Delish. You can use up 1 cup of cranberries, either fresh or frozen, in this meal. The recipe takes 10 minutes of prep time and 20 minutes of cook time. The best part is that is includes pork, which is a very different taste from the turkey that your family may also be trying to use up after Thanksgiving.

Cranberry Orange Parfait
Looking for something sweet? Try this recipe from Food Network that was created by Melissa d’Arabian. The recipe will use up one 10 ounce can of whole cranberry sauce. Add some yogurt, orange juice, orange zest, orange marmalade, and the rest of the ingredients. This could be used as a dessert for either of the two previous recipes, or all by itself for a special treat.

Cranberry-Avocado Salsa
This is one of Martha Stewart’s Recipes. It will use up 3/4 of a cup of halved cranberries. This fresh salsa also includes cilantro, avocados, jalapeno, honey, and more. It sounds to me like it would have a bit of a kick to it that is softened by the sweetness of the other ingredients. The Martha Stewart website suggests you serve it with pita crisps or tortilla chips.

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