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Make your own Holiday Centrepiece

December 23, 2014 by Adrienne Ngai, Registered Dietitian

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Make your own Holiday Centrepiece

Celebrate the holidays with an easy to make and edible vegetable-fruit-based centrepiece for your table. These beautiful ornaments double as a healthy appetizer or dessert and will be a hit with your guests.

Holiday decorations can add to the joyful, warm feelings that come with celebrations and spending time with family and friends. This year, I’ve been inspired to decorate my table using vegetables and fruits to create festive centrepieces that double as an appetizer or dessert. These decorations are healthy, colourful, easy and inexpensive to make.

Turn your vegetable platter into a vegetable holiday tree:

  1. Buy a green foam cone from the art store.
  2. Prepare your favorite vegetables into finger food size pieces. You can use broccoli, cauliflower, grape tomatoes, olives, and strips of sweet orange and red peppers.
  3. Poke a toothpick into the stalks of the broccoli. Pin the broccoli pieces all over the foam cone; this makes the greenery of the tree.
  4. Poke a toothpick lengthwise into the grape tomatoes and olives. These act as ornaments for the tree.
  5. Poke a toothpick at the ends of the strips of sweet orange and red peppers. Arrange the pepper into strips so that they go across the tree as though they are ribbons.
  6. Place the cauliflower at the base of the tree to represent a blanket of snow.

Turn your fruit platter to a holiday fruit basket:

  1. Reuse a small festive basket or container, or pick one up at the dollar or art store. Buy a square piece of foam that fits into the container or basket.
  2. Prepare an assortment of fruit. Large fruit can be cut into bite-size pieces. Try strawberries, green, red, and purple grapes, blackberries and pineapple pieces.
  3. Use long skewers and poke through the base of the fruit.
  4. Arrange fruit evenly across the foam base.

Remember to be food safe and keep food at room temperature for no more than two hours before eating. To learn more about food safety, check out this article from Healthy Families BC.

Have a fun and blissful holiday season!

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Posted on Tuesday December 23, 2014 a 9:45am

This is a fun idea!


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