I may be the only one that does this, but I’m always trying to one up my Thanksgiving game. In my mind, anything that is “fallish” is fair game come Thursday afternoon! I’ve come up with a fun little Thanksgiving-ie appetizer (or eat it as a side) with these Harvest Meatballs with Cranberry Sauce. And you are going to want to DIG.IN.

harvest meatballs with cranberry sauce

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  I am finally hopping on the Thanksgiving bandwagon and posting one of my favorite side dishes for this holiday; le cranberry sauce. 
  Last year was my first year making homemade cranberry sauce and it was pretty good, but was missing a little somethin’ somethin.’ So this year I decided to step it up a couple notches.
  My new version is a little more tart, which I love, but if its not your thing, tweak it to make it sweeter. This recipe is pretty versatile. My little taste testers approved of it too, and did I mention that it’s paleo, cause it is!!
Pomegranate Cranberry Sauce
-1 bag of cranberries
-1/3 cup unsweetened applesauce
-zest of 1/2 orange
-juice of 1/2 orange
-2 1/2 tbl pure maple syrup
-1/2 pomegranate


  Place all ingredients in a pot except for maple syrup and pomegranate seeds. Cook on medium stirring frequently.  The cranberries will begin to pop and get soft. Once you start hearing them pop pour in maple syrup. Continue stirring for about 10 min.
  When you have a couple minutes left add in pomegranate seeds and stir to mix thoroughly. Take off heat, place in a dish and let cool in fridge for at least 2 hours.


Serve alongside your turkey or eat by itself!

Whole30: no
Paleo: yes