The holiday season is ripe with opportunities to gather around the table with loved ones and enjoy a delicious meal. Elevate your holiday menu with freshly harvested ingredients like naturally sweet pecans in recipes such as Classic Pecan Pie, Roasted Acorn Squash with Pecan Vinaigrette and Pecan Wild Rice Pilaf.
Deliver Holiday Flavor with Pecans
(Family Features) The holiday season is ripe with opportunities to gather around the table with loved ones and enjoy a delicious meal.
Elevate your holiday menu with freshly harvested ingredients like naturally sweet pecans. As America’s only native tree nut, the pecan boasts a proud heritage shared by the farmers who have grown it for generations – but this tree nut is more than a pie ingredient.
While the American Pecan Council’s Classic Pecan Pie is an ideal grand finale, consider including nutrient-dense pecans throughout the holiday season as a snack or in innovative pecan-filled dishes like Roasted Acorn Squash with Pecan Vinaigrette and Pecan Wild Rice Pilaf.
In addition to being a versatile addition to your holiday feast, in each 1-ounce serving of pecans, you’ll get 12 grams of “good” monounsaturated fat with zero cholesterol or sodium, according to the USDA. Compared to other nuts, pecans are among the lowest in carbs (4 grams) and highest in dietary fiber (3 grams) per serving.
For more seasonal recipes, nutritional information and cooking tips, visit AmericanPecan.com.
Classic Pecan Pie
Prep time: 15 minutes
Note: Pie can be made 1 day ahead and refrigerated overnight. Allow pie to come to room temperature before serving.
Roasted Acorn Squash Salad with Pecan Vinaigrette
Prep time: 15 minutes
Note: Acorn squash skin is edible but needs roasting long enough to make it tender. If unsure, use delicata squash or skinless butternut squash.
Pecan Wild Rice Pilaf
Prep time: 10 minutes
American Pecan Council
Whether you’re hosting a small weekend get-together, a large gathering or anything in between, it’s easy to throw a successful dinner party with the right recipes and refreshments. One way to take the guesswork out of meal planning when entertaining is by starting with the wine you’re planning to serve and working backwards. Recipes such as Orzo with Lemon, Brie and Toasted Pine Nuts, Grilled Panzanella Salad and Chicken Thighs and Tomatoes can round out the menu and complement your wine selection.
Hosting and Toasting
Quick, refreshing recipes to entertain without missing the party
(Family Features) Whether you’re hosting a small weekend get-together, a large gathering or anything in between, entertaining friends and family will always provide an opportunity to create memories that last a lifetime. However, no host wants to miss out on the highlights because of an endless to-do list in the kitchen. With the right recipes and refreshments, it’s easy to throw a successful, enjoyable dinner party for both you and your guests.
One way to take the guesswork out of meal planning is by starting with the wine you’re planning to serve and working backwards. Chardonnay is a favorite varietal of many wine lovers, and Edna Valley Vineyard has crafted award-winning, food-friendly Chardonnay from California’s central coast for more than 35 years. Featuring bright layers of white peach and apricot alongside notes of pineapple and brown spice, this white wine is a sure bet to complement a range of dishes and elevate any meal.
One savory example that pairs perfectly with Chardonnay is Grilled Panzanella Salad – a quick and delicious dish that can serve a small group using a few basic ingredients and leftover bread. For a bright, decadent option that holds up well at room temperature, try a side of Orzo with Lemon, Brie and Toasted Pine Nuts. Last but not least, whip up this simple Chicken Thighs and Tomatoes recipe for a hearty entree to round out the meal and complement your wine selection.
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For more easy entertaining recipes and ideas, visit EdnaValleyVineyard.com.
Orzo with Lemon, Brie and Toasted Pine Nuts
Grilled Panzanella Salad
Chicken Thighs and Tomatoes
Photo courtesy of Getty Images (Chicken Thighs and Tomatoes)
Edna Valley Vineyard
Choosing smart snacks – such as Tart Cherry Mojito Pops, or Tart Cherry, Dark Chocolate and Cashew Granola Bars – can help power you up without slowing you down. Montmorency tart cherries are packed with anthocyanins – natural compounds that provide the ruby-red color, distinctive tart taste and potential health benefits.
Make Summertime Snacking Nutritious, Delicious
(Family Features) For many, summertime is synonymous with outdoor adventures and on-the-go activities, ranging from biking and hiking to swimming and tennis. Choosing smart snacks that are simple to make, packed with nutrition and taste great can help power you up without slowing you down.
“Creating DIY snacks with real foods, like Montmorency tart cherries, nuts and seeds, gives your snacking habits an upgrade. Not only do ingredients like these offer endless variety in flavor and texture; their nutrient density will also make your snacks work harder for you,” said Matthew Kadey, registered dietitian and author of “Rocket Fuel: Power Packed Foods for Sports and Adventure.”
Montmorency tart cherries, which are grown in North America, are packed with anthocyanins – natural compounds that provide the ruby-red color, distinctive tart taste and potential health benefits. For those bolstering their exercise regimens this summer, there are added reasons to take a look at tart cherries. Studies have shown that Montmorency tart cherry juice may help reduce strength loss and aid recovery after extensive exercise.
“Try whipping up a batch of Cherry Mojito Pops,” Kadey said. “These cocktail-inspired pops are a refreshing way to work both recovery-boosting tart cherry juice and protein-laced Greek yogurt into your post-workout routine.”
For more recipes and to find out more about Montmorency tart cherries, visit ChooseCherries.com.
Tart Cherry Mojito Pops
Prep time: 15 minutes
Tart Cherry, Dark Chocolate and Cashew Granola Bars
Prep time: 10 minutes
If your diet’s been derailed by a sudden desire for chips or hankering for a hamburger, you’re not alone. Cravings are one of the biggest diet downfalls and something that affects everyone. Find out how to satisfy some of the most common cravings with these tips.
Tricks for Tackling Food Cravings
(Family Features) If your diet’s been derailed by a sudden desire for chips or hankering for a hamburger, you’re not alone.
According to Cheryl Forberg, RD, nutritionist for “The Biggest Loser” and author of “A Small Guide to Losing Big,” cravings are one of the biggest diet downfalls and something that affects everyone. Studies by Tufts University and the Monell Chemical Senses Center found that nearly everybody experiences food cravings.
“Several different things can trigger food cravings,” Forberg said. “Sometimes our bodies are in need of a particular nutrient. Sometimes it’s hormonal. But most of the time it’s emotional. A lot of us are emotional eaters and often – if we’re feeling bored, anxious or lonely – we reach for food when we’re not even hungry for satisfaction.”
See how real people overcame their cravings. How do you curb the cravings? Forberg recommends some cupboard spring cleaning.
“If the kitchen is full of unhealthy options, when a craving strikes we reach for what’s immediately available,” she said. “Swap out the bad for the good. When only healthy alternatives are on hand, we naturally make better choices.”
Salty and crunchy. Toss the chips and replace them with pistachios. One serving of pistachios – a whopping 49 nuts – has 150 calories, so they totally satisfy that craving, plus they’re filling. While they satisfy that craving for salt, they actually only have 120 milligrams of sodium per serving, which is less than 1/2 cup of cottage cheese, a cup of chicken noodle soup or 1/2 cup of canned green beans.
Sweet. Many people have a sweet tooth. Keep loads of fruit on hand. Focus on the sweetness of a berry, rather than reaching for a cookie, and you’ll benefit from the vitamins and nutrients as well.
Chocolate. Swap milk chocolate for dark chocolate (70 percent or greater cocoa content), as it is a source of flavanols and antioxidants for disease prevention and heart health, and stick to serving size suggestions. Or try chocolate milk low in fat and sugar, which provides a nutritional boost in the form of calcium and vitamin D.
Carbs. Substitute a leaf of romaine for a slice of bread and try a lettuce wrap instead of a sandwich. Craving pizza? Flip the head of a Portobello mushroom over, top with a dollop of marinara sauce, some Italian sausage and grated mozzarella cheese, stick it in the oven for 8-10 minutes and you have a Portobello Pizza – with less than 100 calories.
Dairy. Sometimes those cravings translate into textures. If you have a hankering for something creamy, skip the ice cream and reach for slices of avocado or bananas instead.
Coffee or soda. Believe it or not, many people who are overweight drink their daily calorie allotment. Swap that sugary soda or cream-filled coffee for a glass of sparkling water or cranberry juice with a lime.
Once you make a switch, you’re on the road to mindful eating rather than mindless snacking, which can make all the difference when it comes to tackling cravings.
Forberg offers the following options to satisfy the most common cravings. Get more tips.
When warmer weather arrives, cravings trend toward fresh, seasonal flavors and lighter fare. Whether it’s a refreshing Red Leaf Salad with Candied Walnuts and Grapes or Grilled Salmon with Spiced Almonds, nuts are the perfect way to add texture and crunch to any dish.
Crunchy, Savory Summertime
(Family Features) When warmer weather arrives, cravings trend toward fresh, seasonal flavors and lighter fare. In between the bike riding, kite flying, backyard gatherings and pool time, summertime meals enjoyed outdoors are a great way to get family and friends together.
These easy-to-make, summer-inspired recipes, created by Food Network celebrity chef Alex Guarnaschelli in partnership with Fisher nuts, will leave your guests asking for more.
For more delicious recipes featuring preservative-free and non-GMO project verified Fisher nuts, visit fishernuts.com.
Grilled Salmon with Spiced Almonds
Red Leaf Salad with Candied Walnuts and Grapes
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