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Broccoli Gratin with Cranberries

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Vegetarian and delicious, this Broccoli Gratin with Cranberries is infused with flavor from sautéed onions, ginger, garlic, sundried tomatoes, and cranberries – making this a tasty lighter dish to serve up for Thanksgiving and the holidays.

Easy tasty Healthy Broccoli Gratin for thanksgiving

I might have a shoddy memory, but I remember my very first Thanksgiving so vividly.

It was over 20 years ago. I was fresh off the boat airplane from Abu Dhabi and embarking on my freshman year at an art school in Buckhead.

One of my dorm-mates found out I was planning on spending the Thanksgiving holidays at the dorm and she invited me to make the drive back to Ohio with her.

Up until that November, all my knowledge of Thanksgiving came from books and movies. I had no idea what a treat I was in for with her family and friends. That first Thanksgiving was beyond anything I had ever imagined. My dorm-mate’s family and friends accepted me with warm, food-filled arms. It was a Thanksgiving for the books (as they say).

As I find myself in November 2020, I find myself reminiscing on my first Thanksgiving. I was a vegetarian back then, but didn’t go hungry as there were so many vegetarian side dishes there that I filled up on.

Stahlbush frozen cranberries and green peas

I am not a vegetarian anymore, but still love a Thanksgiving table laden down with vegetarian sides. While this year Thanksgiving will be on a much smaller scale, I still feel the need to stock my holiday table with plenty of vegetarian side dishes. Besides, they make for delicious leftovers.

And, when it comes to vegetables for those sides, Sprouts is my favorite stop. From fresh vegetables from the produce section to premium frozen veggies, the quality and price of veggies at Sprouts is hard to beat.

During this past week of moving and renovating, my daughter and I headed to Sprouts to grab a few salads to tide us through. And, while we were wondering around the frozen foods section looking for some easy meals and breakfast ideas, I came across Stahlbush Frozen Peas and
Stahlbush Frozen Cranberries.

Making Healthy Broccoli Gratin

I brought some home and decided to use them in a healthier Broccoli Gratin with Cranberries I have been experimenting with. I have been wanting to make a broccoli gratin that was cheese-less and featured bread crumbs as a topping instead of cheese. As a gratin encompasses a shallow dish with a browned crust of bread crumbs OR cheese, I figured I’d try to come up with a healthier take on it for Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Almost ready Healthy Broccoli Gratin

I figured instead of using cream and butter to flavor it, I would use a base of sautéed, lightly browned onions, ginger, and garlic to add a flavor punch along with some sundried tomatoes and Stahlbush Frozen Cranberries. Savory, sweet, tart, salty, ~ this recipe has it all!

I have tried this recipe out twice at home. It is such a super easy recipe – with a handful of ingredients such as:

  • olive oil
  • onion
  • garlic
  • ginger
  • broccoli crowns chopped roughly
  • Stahlbush frozen cranberries
  • sundried tomatoes
  • panko breadcrumbs, and
  • Salt + pepper
Healthy Broccoli Gratin

Both times I made this, it lasted slightly less than 24 hours in our home. There is so much flavor in this from browned onions + ginger + garlic + sundried tomatoes + Stahlbush Frozen Cranberries. My daughter wanted me to mention that the lightly toasted panko bread crumb topping plays a big part in that flavor explosion.

And, now she is trying to talk me into making a Brussels Sprouts gratin, a leek gratin, a zucchini gratin, and a cauliflower gratin by subbing in the said veggies for the broccoli for the holidays! 

Easy Healthy Broccoli Gratin

If you are fortunate to live near a Sprouts, make sure to check out their fresh produce, prime frozen veggies like Stahlbush’s line, and their seasonal items. Do keep in mind that their seasonal items seem to last as long on the shelves as this Healthy Broccoli Gratin with Cranberries did in our kitchen ~ which isn’t very long at all!

Healthy Broccoli Gratin

Broccoli Gratin with Cranberries

Yield: 6 servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Vegetarian and delicious, this broccoli gratin is infused with flavor from sautéed onions, ginger, garlic, sundried tomatoes, and cranberries – making this a tasty lighter dish to serve up for Thanksgiving and the holidays.

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 onion
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1-inch piece of ginger
  • 3 cups broccoli crowns chopped roughly
  • ½ cup Stahlbush frozen cranberries
  • ¼ cup sundried tomatoes
  • ¼ cup panko breadcrumbs
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Peel and chop onion, garlic cloves and ginger.
  2. Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees.
  3. Add oil to an oven-safe pan or skillet and add in the onion. Sauté for 5 minutes over medium heat, stirring often.
  4. Add in the ginger and garlic and sauté another 5 minutes.
  5. Add in the broccoli and sauté another 5 minutes, stirring often.
  6. Then add in the sundried tomatoes and frozen cranberries and stir well.
  7. Season with salt and pepper.
  8. Sprinkle on the breadcrumbs and bake for 15 minutes
  9. Remove from oven when breadcrumbs are golden and enjoy.


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Nutrition Information
Yield 6 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 103Total Fat 5gSaturated Fat 1gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 4gCholesterol 0mgSodium 96mgCarbohydrates 10gFiber 2gSugar 3gProtein 2g

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David @ Spiced

Thursday 5th of November 2020

What a fun way to put a seasonal twist on veggies! We've been cooking with cranberries a bunch lately, but now I want to try them in a gratin. Sounds like the perfect side dish, Shashi! And I bet that was a fun trip to Ohio with your dorm-mate. That's a long drive!

Dannii

Thursday 5th of November 2020

We all love broccoli, and this looks like a delicious way to eat it. Perfect for Christmas.

Danielle Wolter

Thursday 5th of November 2020

YES! This is perfect for Thanksgiving! I always have to bring a side dish, so I'm going to bring this - easy and yummy!

Bintu | Recipes From A Pantry

Thursday 5th of November 2020

This looks like the perfect dish for the holidays! So tasty and full of flavour.

Chris Collins

Thursday 5th of November 2020

Love the addition of cranberries! Looks so delicious! :)