Healthy Green Bean Casserole

Traditional green bean casserole gets a healthier twist. Skip the condensed soup for a creamy, homemade sauce and top with nutrient-rich almonds for a little crunch.[wpurp-searchable-recipe]Healthy Green Bean Casserole - - Eat Smart® green beans, unsalted butter, garlic (minced), green onions (sliced), salt, pepper, half-and-half, sliced almonds (toasted until golden), Bring 2 quarts of water to a boil in large...

Beet, Goat Cheese and Walnut Salad

Step out of your usual salad rotation with this elegant, tasty salad topped with bets, goat cheese and walnuts. While raw beets have an earthy, bitter flavor, roasting, steaming or grilling beets brings out a candy-like flavor that pairs perfectly with the other ingredients in this salad.[wpurp-searchable-recipe]Beet, Goat Cheese and Walnut Salad - Step out of your usual salad rotation...

Top 5 Ideas for Your Holiday Leftovers

The holidays are a time when many people go “all out” in the kitchen and share their favorite dishes with family and friends. And while meal planning can help prevent the number of leftovers, sometimes it’s just inevitable that there will be some things leftover! Not to worry, there are many ways to reinvent those leftovers into delicious new meals...

Simple Swaps to Boost Produce Intake with Avocados

Today’s guest blog post comes from Barbara Ruhs, MS, RDN, a registered dietitian, avocado health expert and consultant for Avocados from Mexico. Read more about Barbara and her work here.  If you’re looking for delicious ways to boost your intake of fruits and vegetables, we’ve got a variety of creamy and delicious ideas using avocados to help you to increase...

Michigan Apple Grower Profile: The Youngquist Family

Today’s guest blog post comes from our friends at the Michigan Apple Committee. Learn more about one of the many growers they work with, the Youngquist family! Youngquist Farm is a 180-acre orchard, located on the “Fruit Ridge” in Kent City, MI. Mark Youngquist, a 5th generation grower, works alongside his father, Wayne Youngquist and son, Jordan Youngquist on their...

30+ Healthy Holiday Side Dishes

Time to start meal planning for the holidays! Our favorite part of any holiday feast? The sides! Plenty of ways to enjoy your favorite fall fruits and veggies – and easy to make healthy with a few simple ingredient swaps. We’ve rounded up 30+ delicious holiday side dishes from some of our favorite food bloggers. Which will you be adding...

5 Holiday Recipes with Florida Orange Juice

This blog post is sponsored by the Florida Department of Citrus. All opinions are our own. Do you know the Florida Orange Juice “Amazing 5?” It’s the combo of taste, folate, Vitamin C, potassium and no added sugar that makes Florida Orange Juice a naturally nutrient-rich beverage that’s full of health benefits. Let’s take a closer look: Taste: Sweet, refreshing...

Holiday Avocado Toast

Serve an extra special breakfast with this holiday avocado toast! Use pomegranate arils to create a fun shape or let kids create their own. With 7g of fiber and full of good fats, this breakfast will help keep you fuller longer.[wpurp-searchable-recipe]Holiday Avocado Toast - - whole wheat bread, avocado (mashed), Melissa's pomegranate (arils removed), star fruit, Toast bread. Spread avocado...

Christmas Tree Veggie Tray

Decorations aren’t the only way to make your holiday party festive! Serve this Christmas tree veggie tray for some added holiday spirit and a yummy snack. Use broccoli or another green veggie as the base and decorate with cherry tomatoes, colorful bell pepper strips or other colorful veggies and top with a slice of starfruit! Looking for more fun snacks for...

Snowman Fruit Kabobs

Who doesn’t love a fun themed snack for the holidays? These snowman fruit kabobs are perfect for movie night, a holiday party or a fun dessert or snack! Make it a fun platter with “snow” – we used chopped cauliflower, but popcorn or shredded coconut works too! Hosting a Christmas classroom party? Give kids the ingredients and let them assemble...