Last month had you conjuring up traditional dishes like jellied cranberries and sweet potatoes with toasted marshmallows. But, why not ring in the next holiday with a fresh update to these typical ingredients? Allow us to introduce you to our fruit and veggie of the month, and some unique ways to enjoy cranberries and sweet potatoes this holiday season.


First of all, erase the image of can-shaped gelatin from your mind! Natural cranberries are more than juice and sauce. In fact, they’re filled with antioxidants and have properties that help fight bladder infections, kidney problems and even heart disease. Plus, cranberries add zing to sweet breads and muffins, and you can also boil them down into a sauce or chutney to serve over chicken or pork. Try the below recipe for cranberry cookies with your kids.

Cranberry Oatmeal Cookies!

– ½ cup butter
– ¾ cup sugar
– 1 egg
– 1 tsp vanilla
– ½ tsp baking powder
– 1 cup flour
– ¼ tsp salt
– ⅛ tsp baking soda
– 1 tsp cinnamon
– 1 cup oats
– ¾ cup fresh or frozen cranberries

Easy directions:

1. Cream together butter and sugar.
2. Mix flour, baking powder, salt, baking soda and cinnamon, then add to butter/sugar mixture.
3. Add all remaining ingredients.
4. Put rounded teaspoons of the mixture on a baking sheet.
5. Bake for 10 minutes at 350 degrees.

Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes are great because they are healthier than other potatoes. But, you can also enjoy them in all of the same ways. Switch out greasy fries for baked sweet potato fries; mashed potatoes for mashed sweet potatoes with cinnamon; and baked potatoes for baked sweet potatoes. Packed with vitamins A, C and E, sweet potatoes support a healthy immune system.

Usually, when you think of sweet potatoes, you focus on the “sweet.” Admittedly, many recipes include cinnamon and brown sugar (or toasted marshmallows!). But, sweet potatoes can also be seasoned with spicy seasonings for a nice sweet heat. We recommend you try these: Fries with a kick!

Sweet Potato Fries!

– Sweet potatoes
– Red Pepper
– Paprika
– Olive oil

Easy directions:

1. Wash sweet potatoes and cut into fries or cubes.
2. Put cut sweet potatoes in a large bowl and drizzle olive oil and sprinkle with desired amount of red pepper and paprika.
3. Toss together.
4. Bake at 450 degrees for about 20 minutes, flipping after 10 minutes.

Enjoy these fresh recipes for preparing cranberries and sweet potatoes!