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A homemade alternative to store bought cranberry sauce with delicious hints of pineapple and orange to complement the flavor!

Author: Wellness Mama
Recipe type: Side
Cuisine: Thanksgiving
Serves: 8



  1. Put cranberries, pineapple juice, applesauce and water in a sauce pan and and bring to a boil.
  2. Keep on medium heat, stirring constantly until the cranberries start to explode (about 10-15 minutes).
  3. Reduce to a simmer and pour the juice and zest over the cranberry mixture.
  4. Simmer 10-15 minutes and remove from heat.
  5. Cool completely and store in fridge at least 4 hours but preferably overnight before serving.
  6. NOTE: This is not as sweet as store versions! Taste at the end of cooking. It is naturally sweet from the fruit juice and applesauce but you can add more honey or stevia to taste if needed.

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Joey's Thanksgiving Dressing



  1. Heat the broth, celery and onion in a 3-quart saucepan over medium-high heat to a boil. Reduce the heat to low. Cover and cook for 5 minutes or until the vegetables are tender, stirring often.
  2. Remove the saucepan from the heat.
  3. Add the stuffing and mix lightly.
  4. Spoon the stuffing mixture into a 3-quart shallow baking dish which has been sprayed lightly with cooking oil spray. Cover the baking dish.
  5. Bake at 350°F. for 30 minutes or until the stuffing mixture is hot. You can also use a 3-quart casserole for this recipe.
  6. For crunchier stuffing, bake the stuffing uncovered.



Peanut butter roll –ups


  • 1 whole wheat 6 inch tortilla
  • 2 tablespoons of peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon of pure strawberry preserves

Here's how you make them!

Take the tortilla and spread on the peanut butter so that it covers most of the tortilla.

Next, spread on the preserves over the peanut butter.

Now roll up the tortilla and cut it in half.

You have Peanut Butter Roll-ups!

Nutritious facts:

EACH SLICE CONTAINS: 55 Calories ; 2 grams Fiber; 8 grams of protein; and 15% daily need of vitamin E.




Apple Flying Saucers!


  • 1 Apple—Cored
  • Grapes
  • 1 teaspoon of peanut butter

Here's how you make them!

Take the cored apple and cut two thin slices as seen in the photo.

Take the peanut butter and spread it on one of the apple slices.

Place the other apple slice on top like a sandwich.

Take one of the grapes and place it into the center hole and you have an Apple Flying Saucer!

Nutritious Facts:

EACH APPLE FLYING SAUCER HAS ONLY 53 CALORIES. It is high in fiber, protein, vitamin E and vitamin C.




Ants on a log!


  • Stalk of celery
  • 1 teaspoon of peanut butter
  • 4 or 5 raisins

Here's how you make them!

Take a stalk of celery and cut off the tip and the leaves.

The stalk represents "the log".

Next take the peanut butter and spread it along the celery stalk.

Finally, spread on the raisins. They represent the "ants" on the "log"!

Nutritious Facts:





U.S.A Yogurt!


  • 1/4 cup of low fat vanilla yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon of cut up strawberries
  • 1 tablespoon of blueberries

Here's how you make this snack!

Place the yogurt into a small bowl.

Add the cut up strawberries and the blueberries.

Mix them into the yogurt and you have U.S.A. Yogurt—Red, White, and Blue!

Nutritious Facts:

¼ CUP OF U.S.A. YOGURT ONLY HAS 68 CALORIES It is a good source for calcium and Vitamin C.