There are so many unique and heart-warming ways people from all backgrounds come together this time of year. No matter your traditions, one common thing we share when it comes to celebrations is food; gathering with friends and family to savour a meal.
Turkey and ham are no strangers to the spot light during these merry dinning occasions. But what if, this year, a different dish took centre stage? What if turkey became a side dish rather than a main…or if ham wasn’t cast in a leading role? Picture it now! A veggie filled table – the colours, the flavours, the variety!
We’re not suggesting you to write meat dishes off completely. It’s all about balance. But eating more vegetables and fruit is good for your health. These mighty foods help reduce the risk of developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease and some types of cancer. They also play a part to improve your digestive health, lower blood pressure, and help with maintaining a healthy weight.
Think veggies and fruit are short on taste? Roast them, grill them and spice them up. Here are a few dishes to inspire your holiday meal plan:
- Fruit and vegetable platters. Make a berry wreath or turn the veggie plate into a holiday tree. Best part, they double as decorations!
- Drinks. Jazz up water with cucumber slices, fresh mint and cranberries. Or make pureed berry ice cubes. They will add colour and flavour as they melt. Find more drink ideas here.
- Dip. Add this hummus with tahini dip to your appie spread. Serve with colourful cut veggies like red peppers, celery, carrots and broccoli.
- Stuffed squash. Roast butternut, zucchini, or acorn squash stuffed with fillings like quinoa, beans, lentils and veggies. Use this guide for stuffing ingredient combinations.
- Cranberry sauce. Try this cranberry braised red cabbage recipe that doubles as a side dish on its own.
- Potatoes. Mash up this crowd pleasing mashed potatoes with garlic recipe.
- Brussel sprouts. Keep it simple with this five ingredient Brussel sprout recipe. Or combine Brussel sprouts with other winter vegetables, like this quinoa, vegetables and pesto recipe.
- Pumpkin. Do more with pumpkin than pie! Try this roasted pumpkin and pepitas recipe.
No matter what your family’s festive dinner menu entails, here’s a simple rule to keep in mind – fill half your plate with fruits and veggies.
We think a holiday table starring fruit and veggies would get rave reviews. What dishes are you planning to share with loved ones this year?
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