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Enjoy these scrumptious, free recipes. All Cook for Good recipes are thrifty, healthy, and vegetarian. Most are vegan or have vegan options (make that all starting December 2011), but you know how to add dairy or meat if you want to. Use the search feature to find recipes that are vegan, gluten free, quick (20 minutes or less of active time), or seasonal.

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Homemade organic cranberry sauce - intense or saucy

Make homemade organic cranberry sauce in just 3 minutes. It's best as a make-ahead dish, thicker and with a more even flavor after a night or three in the fridge. But you can serve my Intense Cranberry Sauce warm in under 15 minutes if you don't mind tart berry skins. My Saucy Cranberry Sauce has more water and sugar, so allow time for it to chill and thicken.

homemade organic cranberry sauce is just 41 or 32 cents a serving

Why bother making your own cranberry sauce? Homemade cranberry sauce is more beautiful, with many whole berries and different shades of red. It's also just as sweet as you want it to be. Canned or boxed cranberry sauce has much more sugar and often high fructose corn syrup (see my cranberry sauce price and sugar comparison). 

Active time: 3 minutes. Total time: 14 minutes. Best chilled at least 1 hour. Makes 2 cups or 8 servings of 1/4 cup each.

Intense Cranberry Sauce ingredients

3 cups fresh or frozen whole organic cranberries (340 grams or 12 ounces)
1/3 cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar (78 grams)
1/3 cup water (240 ml)

Saucy Cranberry Sauce ingredients

3 cups fresh or frozen whole organic cranberries (340 grams or 12 ounces) 
1/2 cup sugar (100 grams)
1 cup water (80 ml)


  1. Rinse cranberries and put in a medium pot with remaining ingredients for the version you want to make. Cover and bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes until about half the berries pop.
  2. Taste cranberry sauce, keeping in mind that the cranberry skins will be most tart when the sauce is first cooked. While the sauce is still warm, stir in additional sugar a little at a time if needed.
  3. Serve Intense Cranberry Sauce warm if desired. Better yet, let either version cool, then refrigerate in a covered container for up to 6 days.

Flavorful Friendly Black Beans with no garlic or onions

Make a slow cooker full of these flavorful black beans to welcome your friends and family who eat gluten free, fat free, vegetarian, or vegan meals. They have no garlic or onions either despite the rich taste, so even more of your extended tribe can enjoy them. I had these beans for dinner last night on a baked sweet potato and will serve them in baked acorn squash halves for satisfying meatless Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners (see picture below the recipe).

Flavorful Friendly Black Beans for welcoming vegan, gluten free, fat free meals with no onions or garlic

Cook dried beans now and freeze them for better flavor than canned. You'll get almost the same convenience at a much lower price. Mother Earth will thank you for ...

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Pumpkin Pie Bars with Powdered-Sugar Leaf Stencils

Make elegant Pumpkin Pie Bars in under 20 minutes, including the fun of decorating them! I used maple leaves as a natural stencil but you can use real leaves of your choice or cut leaves from paper. This something-for-nothing recipe uses pumpkin puree made from my Halloween Jack o' Lantern, but you can use canned pumpkin puree.

Pumpkin Pie Bars with powdered sugar leaf stencil make an elegant vegan Thanksgiving dessert

Active time: 20 minutes. Total time: 55 minutes. Serves 6. ...

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Flying Dragon Callaloo - Amaranth with Hardy Citrus

Grow amaranth for a splash of hot pink in your garden and for a purr-fectly tender, nutritious green. Also called callaloo, it's popular in Jamaica, Belize, and Guyanain the soupy stew also called callaloo. Amaranth is like spinach with benefits: pretty, no pests, easy to grow, easy to harvest, and with edible flowers. It's good raw or cooked.

hot pink amaranth

In this recipe, amaranth greens and flowers are seasoned with hardy Flying Dragon citrus from my garden ...

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Sweet and spicy tomato sauce two ways

I made a tasty tomato sauce earlier this week by adding a grated sweet potato and a teaspoon of minced ginger to the Tomato Sauce with Peppers and Onions in Wildly Affordable Organic. Today, I added a half-bundle of red Russian kale to the pasta while it boiled. The sweet potato balanced the slight bitterness of the kale. This trick saves washing an extra pot, too!

Way 1: 

Sweet and spicy tomato sauce two ways: way 1 with just ginger and sweet potatoes

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