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With the holiday season generally comes lots of food, but it should not be a stressful time. Whether you are creating a dish for a get-together or just trying to get dinner on the table, keep it simple, but flavorful and packed with fruits and veggies. Try some of these tips for parties, dinners, and using up those dreaded leftovers.

Appetizers

Were you asked to bring something to a family party, but not sure what to make? Steer clear of the party classics and mix it up with some appetizers that are full of fruits and veggies.

  • Cranberries are a Fall classic, but are generally seen in a cranberry relish/salad. These tart berries are perfect to combine with cheese for a refreshing new appetizer. The specifically pair well with Brie cheese, balancing the flavors and textures. Cranberry Brie Appetizer Bites
  • Mushrooms are the only produce item with vitamin D, which is especially important during those winter months when we don’t get outside as frequently. Try mushrooms in a new way by stuffing with a flavorful turkey sausage mixture and baking to the perfect tenderness. Classic Stuffed Mushrooms

Easy Dinners

While the holiday season can be busy, dinner time does not have to suffer. You can make easy dinners in no time with plenty of fruits and veggies.

  • Pumpkin is everywhere starting in the Fall, but is generally seen in sweet drinks and desserts. Pumpkin is a food that works well sweet or savory. Try this easy one-pot chili that is packed with vitamin A from the pumpkin and other nutrients from a variety of produce. Pumpkin Chicken Chili
  • When looking for a quick dinner, look no further than salmon. It cooks quickly, tastes great and is packed with omega-3s for heart health. What better pairing than a salad topped with in-season apples? In the 10 minutes that your salmon is cooking, toss your greens to help soften them, making the taste and texture even more enjoyable. Skillet Salmon with Autumn Swiss Chard Salad

Use Leftovers

After all the dinners and parties of the holidays there are inevitably leftovers. Clean out the fridge and create something new with these leftover foods. You can even use extra fruits and veggies to boost the nutrition.

  • Whether you carved jack-o-lanterns early on in Fall or have a pumpkin still sitting on the front porch, grab those pumpkin seeds that are packed with nutrients. These little seeds can be roasted and tossed in your favorite seasonings. Sweet or savory, there is something for everyone. Roasted Pumpkin Seeds
  • After the holidays many of us have more turkey than we know what to do with. Turn it into a new and exciting meal by adding complimentary flavors and produce. Try something simple like a turkey salad that can be made into sandwiches, eaten with crackers, or eaten by the fork full. Crunchy Turkey and Cranberry Salad

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