The holiday season is underway! I share nutritious and delicious recipes you can make and serve at your next holiday gathering on ABC Tampa’s Morning Blend.
For an appetizer, serve grape crostini
Start by toasting your baguette slices. Next add your spread. I use Nature’s Fynd dairy-free cream cheese which is vegan, nut-free, and soy-free and has no artificial flavors or preservatives. Nature’s Fynd cream cheese and other products are made with Fy™, a nutritional fungi protein that’s sustainably grown using a breakthrough fermentation method. You can find both the original and chive and onion flavors at Sprouts. Next, in a large bowl, combine quartered red, green and black grapes with lemon juice, honey, thyme, salt, pepper and olive oil and serve on top. California grapes are available in red, green and black with varying flavors, shapes, sizes and textures. Fresh grapes can be used in dishes of all kinds, and can be roasted, pickled, grilled, baked and more. Studies even suggest that grapes may help support a healthy immune system thanks to resveratrol and certain flavonoids they contain.
For an easy main dish that everyone loves – serve pasta two ways.
For my Mediterranean pasta combine tomatoes, cucumber, red onion, olives, feta and Fresh Craving’s new Mediterranean hummus. Fresh cravings hummus is so creamy and delicious and comes in a range of flavors including classic, Roasted red pepper, everything bagel, and their brand new varieties include Mediterranean, Jalapeno Cilantro and Lemon Garlic. This hummus is made with a short list of high-quality whole food ingredients that enhance flavor including Chilean extra virgin olive oil, chickpeas and savory tahini. For this simply tomato spaghetti pasta, combine spaghetti, parm, basil and Fresh cravings never cooked or pasteurized refrigerated salsa which made with vine ripened tomatoes, crisp vegetables and zesty peppers.
Finally, it’s not the holiday season without dessert.
To make my apple pie in a jar, combine dates and pecans in a food processor until crumbly and add to your jars for the base. Pecans are the lowest snack nut in net carbs per serving and one of the highest nuts in antioxidants per serving, even more than blueberries some studies suggest. For the filling, cook together cinnamon, maple syrup and apples.