Roasted Cranberries & Thyme

I love Thanksgiving! I love that it’s boots & sweater season! I love holding hands and saying grace with my family.  I love that it means Christmas is coming!  I love fall produce!  I have so much to be thankful for!  This is a simple recipe that looks beautiful, is packed with cold-busting immunity-building vitamins; and tastes like the holidays!

cranberry + thyme

Roasted Cranberries & Thyme


2 cups fresh cranberries

2 teaspoons olive oil

2 teaspoons fresh time (chopped)

1 Tablespoon of organic brown sugar (OR) 2 Tablespoons of Maple Syrup


I used Ben’s Sugar Shack Pure Maple Syrup, the guest favor from my brother’s wedding!

  1. Preheat oven to 400 F
  2. Toss all ingredients into a bowl and mix
  3. Spread on a baking sheet
  4. Put in oven for approximately 15 minutes (until cranberries soften & slightly caramelize)

crans ready for oven

Serving Ideas:

  • mix it with roasted butternut squash
  • toss it in your holiday kale salad
  • mix it with wild rice and toasted pecans
  • use as your cranberry sauce
  • use as topping for baked brie appetizer

I kept it lean, clean and green tonight by blanching some farm fresh green beans and topping them with this cranberry goodness.

green beans and crans

Health Benefits of Cranberries

  • 1 cup of cranberries has only 45 calories!
  • loaded with immunity boosting Vitamin E & Vitamin C
  • good source of fiber
  • In disease-fighting antioxidants, cranberries outrank nearly every fruit and vegetable–including strawberries, spinach, broccoli, red grapes, apples, raspberries, and cherries.  source


Health Benefits of Thyme

  • acts as a antiseptic & antibacterial
  • antioxidant
  • The oil of thyme is used in mouthwashes to treat inflammations of the mouth, and throat infections. It is a common component of cough drops.
  • Some people apply thyme directly to the skin for hoarseness (laryngitis), swollen tonsils (tonsillitis).
  • Natural diuretic (bye-bye bloat!)
  • Thyme is taken by mouth for bronchitis, whooping cough, sore throat, colic, arthritis, upset stomach, stomach pain (gastritis), diarrhea, intestinal gas (flatulence)
  • Thymol, one of the chemicals in thyme, is used as a dental varnish to prevent tooth decay.  source

Oh, and while you’re baking away this week, consider sipping on this little gem of a spritzer:

Cranberries + Thyme + Prosecco = Heavenly

cocktail 2

“I know a bank where the wild thyme blows,
Where oxlips and the nodding violet grows,
Quite over-canopied with luscious woodbine,
With sweet musk-roses and with eglantine.”
― William Shakespeare, A Midsummer Night’s Dream

Happy Thanksgiving Week!

xo, Siobain

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