Monday, November 23, 2009

Craving More Cranberries. And Xagave N Cookbook Giveaway

If the previous post wasn't enough ,here are some more of the appetizing dishes with the phenomenal cranberries, that always crave me for more.Why not ,these are incredibly healthy and cheapest this season.Make the most of their abundance in the markets,devour them in sweet or savory ,the berry is very adaptable in everyday cooking.The recipes are also part of Health Nut challenge: Healing foods.

Cranberries have long been valued for their ability to help prevent and treat urinary tract infections. Now, recent studies suggest that this native American berry may also promote gastrointestinal and oral health, prevent the formation of kidney stones, lower LDL and raise HDL (good) cholesterol, aid in recovery from stroke, and even help prevent cancer..Read more about its health benefits at

Cranberry Salsa with Baked Sweet Potatoes

Serves 3-4
Both Recipes adapted from My Own Sweet Thyme
1 cup cranberries,chopped
1 small tomato,finely chopped
1/2 a medium onion,finely chopped
1-2 jalapeno or any other hot peppers, seeded and finely chopped
2 Tablespoon cilantro, finely chopped
1 Tablespoon orange zest
1 Tablespoon orange juice
1/2 teaspoon fresh ginger, grated
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon salt

mix all the ingredients and let sit for an hour for flavors to infuse.Serve with any baked chips or as a relish.

Baked Sweet Potato Chips
1 large sweet potato (approximately 8 ounces)
1 table spoon of extra virgin olive oil or canola oil
1/4 teaspoon chili powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
Peel the sweet potato and slice crosswise into 1/8 inch slices using a very sharp knife or other vegetable slicer.
In a mixing bowl mix the slices with salt ,oil and chili powder.Use hands to rub oil in to each one of the slices.Arrange the sweet potato slices on 2 baking sheets in a single layer.
Bake at 375 degrees ,while turning once ,for about 18-20 minutes.Cool and immediately transfer in air tight containers.Chips tasted best on the same day,if store properly are good for a week or two.

Cranberry Lentils

Recipe adapted from Cham's Cranberry Dhal(lentil)
1 cup split yellow Moong lentil
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
1/4 teaspoon Turmeric
1/2 teaspoon Salt
1/2 cup Fresh or frozen cranberries
1/2 a medium onion,finely chopped(about 2 tablespoon)
2 dry red chillies
2 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil or canola oil
1/2 teaspoon each of Mustard seeds and Cumin seeds
few Curry leaves
Cook the lentils in a 2 cups of water ,turmeric,chili powder and salt until lentils are soft. May take 8-10 minutes in a pressure cooker or 25-30 minutes in a covered skillet. Now mash the cooked lentil mixture.
To prepare the tempering, heat oil in a smallest pan in the kitchen. Add the berries,onions,dry chillies,mustard seeds ,garlic and curry leaves and chillies. Turn off the heat when the mustard seeds start to splutter and berries start to pop.Mix this in to the lentil mixture.Serve with any kind of bread.

Cranberry Vegetables

Include cranberries with any kind of spicy sauteed vegetables,I add the berries towards the end of the cooking process and cook for another 5-6 minutes.

Spicy Cranberry sauce Chicken

The tangy cranberries with spices and herbs enhance the flavor of chicken.I remember tasting this dish with turkey at one of my friends place,the recipe also worked perfectly with chicken.

2 pounds Skinless Free range chicken,whole or cut in medium pieces
1 teaspoon spice mix(I used Shan Tikka masala or use any other chicken seasoning)
1 teaspoon salt
for the sauce
1/2 cup fresh cranberries
1/2 teaspoon each of cumin and coriander powder
1/2 teaspoon hot chili powder
1/2 cup fresh herbs,cilantro or mint or parsley
1/2 teaspoon salt
Marinate the chicken in the spice mix and salt for an hour.
Prepare the sauce,blend all the ingredients under sauce in a food processor or blender.Cook the mixture on medium heat for 15-20 minutes until thickened.
Preheat oven to 325F.T
Transfer the chicken in an baking dish.Bake for about 35 minutes. Get the dish out of the oven and pour the sauce all over the chicken.Cook for another 25-30 minutes until tender and cooked through.Serve warm as a side dish.

Xagave(Agave Nectar) and Delicious Meet Nutritious Cook book give away!

I've tried and loved the wonder product,now is a chance to win this awesome package of Xagave and the Delicious Meet Nutritious Cook book :
*Leave a comment on this post about the favorite agave recipe from the list I tried or from the Xagave blog.
*Spread the word ,if you own a blog ,mention about the giveaway or tweet about it.
You have until next Monday(30th November) to enter.One lucky winner will be announced on next day.Good luck!

Updated:The lucky winner is tasteofbeirut.Congrats!Please claim your prize by December 5th.Drop me your address at


Happy cook said...

What i like to have is that cranberry dal with rice, looks so so yumm.

SE(Denufood) said...

the dal with cranberry looks delicious...i loved the cranberry bread which is infused with agave..

Cool Lassi(e) said...

The chocolate Protein Oat Shake is a winner for sure! I am loving it! So that would be my choice of favorite Agave recipe that you have tried.I will mention about your lovely giveaway in my posts.

Rosa's Yummy Yums said...

What gorgeous recipes! Everything looks tasty!



Priya said...

Is there anything u left to cook with cranberry, cant believe all these wonderful dishes u have cooked up with cranberries, very interesting dishes Yas...

DEESHA said...

i love the recipe for cranberry lentils

Gita said...

So many interesting recipes the dhal...thats a keeper for me :)

Trish said...

cranberry walnut bread- MMMM yum. I love stuff like this and I love finding new ideas on your blog. I have heard so much about agave but never tried it. I am thankful to have finally found a good recipe that it is so good in.

Curry Leaf said...

Wow delicious.You have used the fresh cranberries in all possible manners that I can think of.Looks colourful and delicious.

mona said...

Yummy spread Yasmeen, I especially loved the Cranberry Salsa with Baked Sweet Potatoes. Inshallah will try all of them.

Divya Vikram said...

I liked the classic cranberry sauce and the cranberry dal! Very innovative!

sangeeta said...

loved all the recipes but as cranberries are not available here i'll be treating my eyes only..
it is great to see how many ways it can be adapted in..

Shri said...

Cranberry salsa looks very inviting!

Sanjana said...

Hi Yasmeen, all these cranberry dishes are SO creative and look gorgeous! I'd have to pick the Asian Cabbage & Sprout Salad with Agave Soy Ginger Dressing... It's so healthy and looks so colourful! I'd defo go for that one!

Anonymous said...

I like the potato chips recipe - not much of a cranberry fan myself. Great cooking recipes can really make the difference.


sabah said...

All the recipes are fantastic, there is no exception, yummy yummy..


Yummy dal,nice recipe Yasmeen!

Sanghi said...

Wow.. delicious cranberry delights..! If you wish send these to my FIL-Fruits event da!

notyet100 said...

umm u rso lucky to get fresh cranberries ,..everythin looks so inviting and yum,..;)

Sushma Mallya said...

pics are too good,and dish is so colourful and healthy

Sunshinemom said...

All your delicacies look good though the cranberry with baked sweet potatoes wins hands down for me!

Dolly said...

Love your presentation.So many wonderful,healthy and delicious ways to use Cranberries. I just knew abt the Cranberry juice and sauce. You Rock Yasmeen!!! Cannot wait to use cranberries in my recipes.

sowmya.s said...

dal looks wonderful..

Joanne said...

So many cranberry recipes in one place! I am in heaven. I love all of the interesting ways you used cranberries - none of which were traditional. Especially that dal recipe. I am going to try some of these out for sure. I need some way to use up the six bags of cranberries in my fridge.

Kitchen Flavours said...

Came here after so long....lovely and refreshing header.....what's up?....kya chal raha hain...i think i need lil more time to come around.....

Coming to the recipes.....they look awesome...never tasted the medley...of fruit and dal....

Sarah Naveen said...

Wow!!! Wat a treat..all recipes souns gr8 and look amazing , especially cranberry dal [:)]..

Bergamot said...

Cranberry dal!! That's an interesting combination.

Nizsha said...

What a combo yasmeen.Super creative too.Great going :)

Bharti said...

Hmm.I haven't done anything with cranberries yet this fall. ur inspiring me to pick up a bag next time.

RubyNJ said...

Never heard of this sugar substitute...the health benefits do sound very convincing.I love the quick protein shake.

chakhlere said...

Thats a great Cranberry feast...i loved cranberry dal most!!

NancyBrooks said...

The chicken glaze with spices and cranberries is my first choice.I also like the Agave cranberry bread from the previous post .

The Diva on a Diet said...

OMG, these cranberry recipes look SO good! I love cranberries so much and am always looking for new and different ways to use them. Thanks so much for these terrific ideas!

Ivy said...

Everything looks delicious, especially that salad. Cranberries are not available here in Greece. I found some in Rome and was so tempted to buy some but they were so expensive I had to pass.

Muneeba said...

Out of all those recipes. the cranberry daal is what I'm most curious about. Am really wondering how it would taste, and am willing to try it soon!!!

Hilliard said...

Truly wonderful benefits.I really liked the quick bread.

Arabic Bites said...

Yasmeen all the recipe sounds so delicious...
I loved the recipe for Cranberry Salsa with Sweet Potato Chips... yumm :D

Eid Mubarak in advance dear Yasmeen :)

Parita said...

I love the idea of cranberry salsa, healhty and delicious, i too made baked sweet potato in similar way :-)
Good luck with the giveaway..sounds fantastic!

Malar Gandhi said...

Like cranberries, I treat them like our Indian gooseberries, dal sounds more interesting, liked all the recipes.

Happy Thanks Giving to you and family, enjoy ur weekend:)

Esme said...

I made the apple cranberry pie-it was a huge hit.

Esme said...

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tasteofbeirut said...

so many interesting recipes! I am going to have to try this new and revolutionary product!

Anonymous said...

Love the way all the dishes have been presented here.Its difficult to choose one.I do bake with Agave,great product.


F&F said...

I'd be interested in trying this one of a kind sugar substitute.thanks!

Lisa said...

Great collection of cranberry recipes! I am partial to the Cranberry Salsa with Sweet Potato Chips but everything looks wonderful.

pippirose said...

The Cranberry Walnut Bread looks scrumptious!
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Anonymous said...

Gotta try all of these dishes with cranberries before they go off season.Also I use agave a lot in my baking..not this particular brand but its called Organic blue agave.


Spice said...

It's surely raining cranberries at your different recipes

cdore said...

Cranberry Salsa with Baked Sweet Potatoes. looks delish!

Rosemary said...

i am looking for food which prevent kidney stones women and when i found this canberry prevent this stone feel looks tasty..ll try

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