Classic dishes make holiday meals comforting, but it's fun and refreshing to try something new! Focus on seasonal fruits and vegetables to add a fresh, colorful, and nutritious spin to your table this year. Here are new ideas for appetizers, main courses, and desserts featuring favorites that are in season now:
Butternut squash This deep orange beauty offers a lovely color and nutrients including vitamins A and C, as well as potassium. If you usually enjoy sweet potato casserole, try baked butternut squash. Add soup to the menu and serve it in mini mugs or stemmed glasses as an appetizer or a small portion for the meal. This soup makes a great lunch the next day, too! Butternut squash also works great in a savory bread pudding.
Cauliflower This vegetable is having a moment, and why not? With 27 calories in a half cup chopped raw, you get nutrients like vitamin C, potassium, folate, and more. Cauliflower is easy to incorporate into menus, as you can serve it raw or cooked, on its own, or in dishes. Offer raw cauliflower as dippers, try roasting it for the meal, or try it in macaroni and cheese.
Pears One cup of sliced pears is 80 calories and provides potassium, vitamins A and C, and folate, all of which fit nicely into a balanced meal plan. Place washed, whole pears as a pretty, edible centerpiece on your buffet table, slice them up and arrange them on a plate with an easy peanut butter and yogurt dip, or try a fresh new dessert like glazed pears that makes it festive and easy to eat fruit at the party!