Between holiday parties and family get-togethers, it can sometimes be hard to keep things healthy. The holidays are known for rich dishes and decadent desserts. Lucky for you, Produce for Kids is making over your favorite holiday recipes in the new Festive Flavors: 12 Fresh Takes on Holiday Favorites guide.
An apple a day keeps the doctor away! One medium apple delivers a powerful punch including one-fifth of your daily intake of dietary fiber and no fat, sodium or cholesterol. Apples also contain a prebiotic called pectin, which provides food for the good bacteria found in your digestive system.
I've always loved butternut squash and I enjoy eating it simply roasted, tossed in salads, and especially in Butternut Squash Soup. I'd never used it in lasagna until just recently, and I'm so glad I gave it a try. This lasagna is creamy, hearty, and flavorful, and truly is the perfect comfort food.
When making a holiday dish with apples, it can be a little overwhelming when you head to the grocery store if you don’t know one apple from another. Which one is the best for baking? Adding to a fruit salad? Which are sweet and which are more tart? There are 2,500 varieties of apples grown in the United States and 7,500 varieties grown worldwide. That’s a whole lot of apples! Our friends at Michigan Apples have 16 varieties, each with its own unique flavor.
Pumpkin is a fall staple and an ingredient that is easy to find at any supermarket. That is why I am suggesting to make Pumpkin Empanadas. A perfect treat to celebrate Day of the Dead or Día de Muertos. This celebration dates from centuries ago and is a Mexican tradition. In my Mexican culture, the same way we celebrate life we also celebrate death. Because we believe there is still life after death, our beloved ones that have left deserve to be remembered and celebrated.
Today's guest blog post comes from our friends at New York Apple Association. Molly Zingler is marketing director for New York Apple Association, which represents New York state’s 600+ apple growers. She lives on an apple orchard. Ever wonder why New York is called the Big Apple? Because it really is! New York is perennially the largest apple producer in the East, and second only to Washington state. Apples are grown across New York state, from the lower Hudson Valley outside of New York City, to the Champlain Valley at the northernmost tip of the state, to western New York and the Finger Lakes.
Starting a new season is exciting for many reasons, one of them being the anticipation of a whole new crop of seasonal vegetables that are available and peaking in flavor. Root vegetables are one of those categories of vegetables that can easily get overlooked at the grocery store or farmer’s market, unless you grew up eating them often. I personally did not become familiar with root vegetables (other than carrots of course) until a little later in life and am starting to introduce my family to a variety of root vegetable recipes as often as I can.
The Mexican Corn Cups or “Esquites” is a Mexican treat I grew up with and a recipe that I want to share since Hispanic Heritage month celebrations start today, September 15. Preparing Mexican corn cups could be a nice treat to offer if you are planning a Latino heritage party at home or if celebrating Mexico’s independence, as both are celebrated in the same day.
Apple season is officially here! We sat down with Diane Smith, Executive Director for the Michigan Apple Committee to learn more about what the committee does, how to pick the perfect apple, fun recipes ideas and much, much more! After the Q&A, don’t forget to enter win a gift basket FULL of apple items, including a T-shirt, apron, oven mitt, candle and more!
Fall is here, which means it’s time to head to the apple orchard for apple picking. Or at leas you can grab some of your favorite varieties at the local grocery store or farmers market. Did you know that apples are the most common fruit eaten by kids? As if you need more reasons to enjoy them this fall, we’ve rounded up 40 recipes from some of our favorite bloggers to try out!