Cranberry Sauce & Cream Cheese Dip

Cranberry sauce is a popular Thanksgiving dish, but it is one of those items that is too often just eaten from a can. If you’ve never tried to make your own cranberry sauce, then make a goal to try it this Thanksgiving! It’s so easy and tastes infinitely better than what you get from a can. Plus, you can add essential oils to increase the already tasty flavor and health benefits!

Cranberry Sauce

  • Servings: 8–10
  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup (100 g) sugar
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) honey
  • 1/2 cup (120 ml) water
  • 1/2 cup (120 ml) orange juice
  • 1 bag (12 oz.) fresh cranberries
  • 1 toothpick cassia or cinnamon essential oil
  • 1 drop orange essential oil

Instructions:

  1. Bring sugar, honey, water, and orange juice to a boil in a saucepan.
  2. Add cranberries. Bring to a simmer and cook, stirring occasionally, for about 10–15 minutes or until sauce thickens. Smash cranberries with the back of a spoon, if desired.
  3. Remove from heat, and allow to cool completely before stirring in the essential oils.
  4. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.


This cranberry sauce also makes a fantastic dip! If you have any left over after your Thanksgiving feast, spread it over some cream cheese, and set it out with some crackers. It’ll be gone before you know it!
If you only have a little left, you can always add some extra ingredients to make it spread a little further. Here are a few flavor combination ideas:

Basic Cranberry Cream Cheese Dip: leftover cranberry sauce, cream cheese. Spread cream cheese into a shallow bowl. Spread the cranberry sauce on top.

White Cheddar Cranberry Dip: leftover cranberry sauce, grated white cheddar cheese, cream cheese, fresh cranberries. Mix it all up, and heat in the oven until bubbly.

Cranberry Cream Cheese Salsa: leftover cranberry sauce, minced jalapeno pepper (seeds removed), 1 toothpick cilantro essential oil (or chopped fresh cilantro), 1 toothpick cumin essential oil, green onions, cream cheese. Spread cream cheese in a shallow bowl. Mix remaining ingredients, and spread over cream cheese.

Crunchy Cranberry Dip: leftover cranberry sauce, celery, green onions, chopped walnuts, cream cheese. Spread cream cheese in a shallow bowl. Mix remaining ingredients, and spread over cream cheese.

No matter how you enjoy your cranberry sauce, this recipe is a must-try this Thanksgiving!

Whipped & Flavored Coconut Butter for Sweet or Savory Dishes

Essential oil–flavored butter can be used for so many different things! Just think of the possibilities! Try a cinnamon-ginger-maple combination atop pumpkin pancakes. Or try lemon or orange butter for muffins or sweet breads. Maybe a cilantro-lime combination on your corn? Or sauté your vegetables in an Italian-flavored butter. Be daring and turn a sweet lavender butter into buttercream frosting to top your lemon cupcakes!

This recipe combines coconut oil and butter together for a healthier oil that has a higher smoke point than butter alone, so it really can be used on whatever you desire!

Whipped & Flavored Coconut Butter

  • Difficulty: Easy
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Ingredients & Supplies:

  • 1/2 cup (96 g) coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup (113 g) butter, softened
  • Honey or maple syrup, to taste (for sweet butter)
  • 1–3 drops essential oil (see suggestions below)

Instructions:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. Using a hand mixer, whisk until creamy. Note: if your coconut oil is too soft, you can whisk the ingredients together a little, then place in the fridge for 5–10 minutes before whisking it again.
  2. Start with just a drop (or a toothpick dip) of your chosen essential oil, whisk, and taste before adding more.
    You can combine essential oil flavors as desired, but keep adding to taste. It is easy to add too much essential oil (but you can always use that butter in cooking if it gets too strong for your taste).
  3. Store butter on the counter in an airtight glass container (a mason jar works great!).

Flavor Variations:

Sweet Coconut Butter Flavors: orange, lemon, lime, lavender, cardamom, cinnamon, cassia, ginger, lemon, etc.
Savory Coconut Butter Flavors: basil, rosemary, thyme, dill, cilantro-lime, Italian blend, lemon, etc.

Extra Ideas:

  • The sweet butters taste really good on sweet breads like banana bread, zucchini bread, pumpkin bread, french toast, pancakes, muffins, french bread, or regular toasted bread.
  • You can use the sweet butter as a base for buttercream frosting—after flavoring the butter, just add powdered sugar until it becomes your desired frosting texture.
  • Try adding your flavored butter to freshly popped popcorn for a unique taste!
  • The savory butters taste great on toast, corn, baked potatoes, and vegetables or added to savory dishes.
  • Try adding a savory flavored butter to your sauté pan before adding any vegetables or meats.
  • Try coating your grilled cheese sandwich with a savory flavored butter before toasting.
  • Try using your flavored butter in baked goods to add another flavor dimension.

Homemade Mayonnaise

Making your own condiments can be cheaper and healthier. It also allows you to customize the flavor to your preference. Try this mayonnaise with an added essential oil flavor such as basil, rosemary, lemon, or black pepper!
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Creamy Cucumber Dill Dressing

Salads make a great lunch meal or a healthy side dish for dinner. A salad can be quite nutritious and easy to make. Here are some tips for quickly making easy, healthy salads:

  1. While at the grocery store, grab the baby spinach or lettuce options that are already pre-washed.
  2. Make sure to also buy salad toppings such as carrots, celery, broccoli, cucumbers, onions, peppers, tomatoes, peas, beans, nuts, and dried or fresh fruit.
  3. As soon as you get home, wash and cut as many toppings as you can. Combine them into small bags (excluding items such as cheese, tomatoes, lettuce, etc.) for a quick salad.
  4. Make your own dressing (below is a recipe you can start with), and divide it into small condiment containers.
  5. When it comes time to eat, just throw some spinach or lettuce on your plate, add a bag of toppings, add extra toppings that are better not prepared ahead of time, such as cheese, tomatoes, fresh fruit, etc., and add a small container of your homemade dressing.
  6. Then, sit back and enjoy this healthy meal that only took a few minutes to prepare!

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