Ways to Add Fruits & Veggies to Your Holiday Meals
5 Ways to Add Fruits & Veggies to Entrées
- Chicken Florentine. A hearty meal for your guests. Remove the skin from the chicken to lighten the dish. Serve with a mixed green salad to round out the meal.
- Stuffed Peppers. An easy meal to prepare that can feed a crowd. Use red and green bell peppers for festive colors and add meat to the mixture if you desire. Recipe: Vegetarian Stuffed Peppers
- Spinach-Stuffed Chicken. A mixture of red, green, white, and delightfulness! Easy to make and will leave your guests begging for seconds. Recipe: Spinach-Stuffed Chicken & Rice
- Salad. Keep the main meal light to allow your guests a little extra indulgence in dessert. Turn any salad into an entrée by adding meat or beans. Recipes: Grilled Lamb Salad | Sirloin w/Roasted Vegetable Salad.
- Chutney. Create a delicious chutney with winter fruits and vegetables to serve over roast meats. Recipes: Cranberry Chutney or Spicy Apple and Pear Chutney.
5 Ways to Add Fruits & Veggies to Side Dishes & Desserts
- Fruit Sauce. Simmer ripe fruit with a little bit of water to make a sauce. A great way to use up fruit before it spoils and it adds a bit of nutrition. Use fruit sauce over cooked meats, mixed into yogurt, or on ice cream and pancakes. Try our recipe for applesauce and serve with pork chops.
- Sweet Winter Squash. Serve roasted winter squash instead of potatoes at your next dinner party. Add cranberries, onions, and apples to enhance the dish with a little bit of color and nutrition if you desire.
- Fruit Cake. Give a new meaning to fruit cake. Forget the candied fruit and use the real stuff. Diced fresh, frozen, or canned fruit can be added to cake batter or sweet bread recipes to enhance flavor and texture.
- Garlic Mashed Sweet Potatoes. Increase the nutritional content of this savory side dish by adding in two diced carrots to boil with the potatoes. The carrots will become soft and mash right up with the potatoes adding a little extra sweetness to the dish.
- Dipping Dessert Platter. An easy and simple dessert sure to please a crowd. Cut up an array of fresh fruit (apples, pineapple, bananas, pears, strawberries) and arrange in a circular platter. Melt chocolate chips in a microwave safe bowl and insert bowl into the center of the platter. Voila! An instant fondue like dessert without all the clean-up.
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