Healthy Seasonal Foods Your Family will Love

Last week I was on Let’s Talk Live! sharing some delicious, and healthy recipes that are perfect for the holiday season and take advantage of seasonal produce. Check out the full video here and see below for a few of the recipes I shared:

Lean on Lamb!

Most people are familar with beef, chicken and fish, but lamb can be a great meat alternative as well. Lamb is available year round, ask for it in your grocery store. It’s packed with B vitamins, iron, zinc and of course protein, and it’s only about 175 calories for a palm size piece. I shared a few recipes — a lamb pizza with peppers and arugula and a peanut lamb stew that are delicious, a cinch to make and are perfect for the cooler fall and winter months. Arugula has a nice peppery flavor and is in season right now, so it makes a nice topping/garnish on the pizza. The stew has carrots, potatoes, peas, and onion – all seasonal vegetables at their peak right now. Both recipes would be great for a weeknight dinner or even for a holiday party. You can visit www.leanonlamb.com for more recipe ideas.

Acorn Squash with Grapes

Fall and squash seem to go hand it hand. Acorn squash stand up great to roasting, and are especially delicious with naturally sweet grapes and walnuts. Welch’s 100% Grape Juice provides a nice braising liquid and sauce to serve alongside the squash and is packed with polyphenols that have been shown to support a healthy heart. And even though you can get Welch’s 100% grape juice year-round, the Concord grapes are being harvested now, are picked at their peak and pressed into juice within eight hours of harvesting to capture their perfectly ripe flavor. Welch’s is family farm-owned as well, so you can feel good about supporting family farms. You can visit www.welchs.com for additional recipes.

Cooked Winter Salad

Instead of a traditional garden or ceasar salad, try a warm roasted kale and tomato salad. You can usually get kale year round but it’s especially easy to find in the fall months. Just roast kale and sliced garlic with salt, pepper and olive oil at 350 degrees for about 7 minutes until wilted, and roast grape tomatoes at the same temperature for about 25 minutes and toss together. Make it your own by adding in your favorite roasted veggies!

Stove Top Cooked Apples

Get all the flavor of an apple pie with a fraction of the calories and saturated fat! Just core and slice your favorite apples (I love honey crisp!) and saute for about 5 minutes with a little cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice — that’s it! Top with a little whipped cream and you’ve got a cozy dessert you can feel great about without sacrificing any flavor. A whole bowlful has under 200 calories!

What are your favorite seasonal recipes???

Disclosure: I was compensated for my TV appearance by the Tri-Lamb Group and Welch’s, but was not compensated for this blog post.

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