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Can you guys believe that Thanksgiving is next week already?! There are so many recipes that I would’ve liked to have gotten done before Thanksgiving, but I am a woman of limited time, talent and resources, so I guess some of the recipes on my to-do list will have to wait until next year. Job security.
I did get one important recipe done: this healthy remake of the gorgeous cranberry orange Jello salad that my mom makes for Thanksgiving!
Because of copyrights, I didn’t want to call this “Jello” salad, hence the name “Jiggly Cranberry Orange Salad”. I bet your kids will love it!
I don’t know what was more fun – eating or photographing this stuff. Some recipes are just more naturally photogenic than others. This salad – it’s SO PRETTY!!
My mom’s original Jello salad recipe calls for some sort of berry flavored Jello, but of course that was a no-no if I wanted to make this healthy. I brainstormed about what I could use to replace that flavor, and the best thing I could come up with was my favorite Lorann flavor oil: Royal Raspberry. Using that for flavor and plain gelatin for congealing purposes worked perfectly! If you don’t have this yummy flavoring oil, you could use your favorite berry/fruity flavored extract to taste. Lorann flavor oils are super concentrated so not much is needed, hence why this recipe calls for only a few drops.
Trim Healthy Mamas, there aren’t necessarily enough carbs in a serving of this salad to turn your meal into an E meal, but it does use E ingredients. Pair it with some other healthy carb sources to turn your dinner into a full-fledged (E)nergizing one.
If you want a side dish that could fit in with a low-carb (THM:S) dinner, you could try making a Fuel Pull (low-carb, low-fat) version of this salad by replacing the oranges with 1 cup of strawberry slices and increasing the amount of orange extract. If you try that, let me know how it works!
Did you see my Thanksgiving menu recipe roundup last week? You can check it out here if you still need ideas for Thanksgiving dinner (and if you have this year’s menu done already, you could always plan for next year!). I also did a roundup of my pumpkin spice recipes!
Some of my blogging buddies are really tearing up the Thanksgiving field! Sarah Criddle recently posted a whole slew of Thanksgiving-ready recipes, like this Sweet Pumpkin Casserole. Another super-exciting development is that Gwen is working on an ebook of a bunch of new holiday recipes. You can get details for that here.
You can find this recipe in my cookbook, Necessary Food.
- 1 12 oz. bag of fresh cranberries
- 2 medium oranges, peeled and chunked
- 4½ cups water (divided)
- 5 tsp. plain Knox brand gelatin (if using beef gelatin such as Great Lakes brand or THM Just Gelatin, add an extra 1 + ¼ tsp.)
- ½ tsp. salt
- 5 tsp. THM Super Sweet Blend (or more, to taste - I like mine tart)
- 10 drops Lorann Royal Raspberry flavor oil (or your favorite fruity extract to taste)
- 1 tsp. vanilla extract
- ½ tsp. orange extract
- Pulse the cranberries, orange chunks, and 4 cups of water in a food processor until finely chopped (but let it retain some texture).
- Bring the cranberry mixture to a boil in a medium saucepan, then reduce the heat and simmer (covered) until the fruit is mostly soft. Meanwhile, stir the gelatin into half a cup of cold water and let it sit for a few minutes.
- When the cranberry mixture is soft to your liking (I don't mind mine with a little crunch yet), take it off the burner and whisk in the gelatin, salt, sweetener, and flavorings. Let the mixture cool on the counter for a little while so it's not super hot, then pour it into a greased mold of choice (or pour it into an ungreased bowl if you just want to use a spoon to serve it). Refrigerate for several hours or overnight until the salad sets up. Unmold it if desired and serve! Garnish with sliced oranges if you like.
If you don't have the raspberry flavor oil, use your desired fruity extract to taste.
- Knox plain bulk gelatin
- Lorann Royal Raspberry Flavor Oil
- THM Just Gelatin and Super Sweet Blend can be purchased from the Trim Healthy Mama online store.