Healthy Fall Entertaining
5 Healthy Appetizers
- Fall Fruit & Veggie Trays. Use different fall produce to create fun fall masterpieces. Turn a veggie tray into a Jack-O-Lantern by using baby carrots for the pumpkin shape and black olives for the face. Use celery stalks for the stem. Build colorful fruit kabobs using grapes, apples, guava, pineapple, and pears. Insert the kabobs into a pumpkin or squash for easy grabbing.
- Veggie Bowls. Use fresh fall vegetables to serve appetizers. Hollowed out cucumbers, bell peppers, avocado, mushrooms, tomatoes, and hearts of romaine make great serving dishes. Not only are they pretty, but they are also edible which saves you from the dishes.
- Pot of Soup. Make a hearty fall soup in the crock-pot and let your guests serve themselves.
- Quiches & Tarts. Fruit and veggie quiches, tarts, and galettes are quick, delicious, and elegant. Throw a couple in the oven before your guest arrive. Your house will smell fantastic and you can slice thin to serve a lot of people.
- Creative Dips. Don’t do the same old, same old. Switch it up. Try turning the fall harvest into different flavored dips. Carrots and pears make creamy, colorful dips and pineapple can make a vibrant, light salsa. Don’t stop there. Chutneys also make great dips for fruit, vegetables, and crackers.
5 Healthy Beverages
- Pear Nog. Whip up this new take on egg nog. Pears are in season and the creamy, warm drink will be satisfying on a chilly fall day. Recipe Pear Nog
- Guava Juice. Make your own guava juice this fall season. The kids will love it as will you.
- Tropical Smoothie. This recipe can be enjoyed all year long and bring a little sunshine to rainy, cold days. Recipe Tropical Smoothie
- Fruity Water. Even though the weather has gotten colder, water is still an important beverage. Add frozen and fresh berries, lemon or lime, and apple slices to your water to infuse it with flavor and vitamins to stave off illness.
- Mulled Ciders. Use 100% fruit juices to create a one-of-a-kind drink everyone is sure to love. Combine a fruit juice of your choice (apple, cranberry, etc.) with a cinnamon stick and whole cloves. Bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer for at least one half hour before serving.
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