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Cranberry Green Beans for Thanksgiving


Cranberry Green Beans for Thanksgiving

Cranberries with green beans are an excellent side dish for Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner.

Green beans with cranberries and mango juice make an admittedly unusual green bean side dish. Yes, that's right, green beans with cranberries are wonderful for a Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner, and yes, I realize you're looking at this ingredients list and thinking I'm crazy, but you'll just have to trust me on this one.

The cranberries sort of melt and almost form a sweet caramelized sauce with the mango juice. Of course, if you don't trust me, you could omit the mango juice and just use a bit of water to deglaze the pan. Plan on having some extra cranberries to toss on for garnish, if you'd like. This recipe is vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free.


  • 1 pound fresh green beans, trimmed
  • water for boiling
  • 2 tbsp oil or margarine
  • 1/3 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup mango juice


Bring a pot of water to a simmer, and immerse green beans. Allow to cook for 5 minutes, or until almost done. Do not overcook. Drain.

Melt margarine over medium low heat in a large skillet, and add green beans. Allow to cook for a minute or two, then add cranberries and mango juice, gently tossing to combine well. Season with salt, and simmer for 3-4 more minutes, stirring occasionally, until most of the liquid has been absorbed.

Enjoy this unusual vegetarian and vegan green bean side dish with at your Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner.

Like cranberries? Check out more healthy holiday cranberry recipes.

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