Have some fun with the red and green colors during the winter holiday season. Here's a list of red and green fruits and vegetables from the National Cancer Institute:
Red -- Tomatoes, spaghetti sauce, tomato juice, tomato soup, red peppers, red onions, beets, red cabbage, kidney beans, apples, pink grapefruit, red grapes, strawberries, cherries, watermelon, raspberries, cranberries, pomegranates, and
Green -- Leafy greens, asparagus, green peppers, broccoli, green beans, peas, cabbage, green onion, Brussels sprouts, okra, zucchini, Chinese cabbage, green apple, green grapes, honeydew melon, kiwifruit, limes.
Some quick red and green fruit/vegetable combos include:
* Red and green apple slices surrounding your favorite fruit dip like a wreath,
* Cole slaw with red apple chunks,
* Cole slaw with cherry tomato or grape tomato halves,
* Tomato soup garnished just before serving with a sprinkle of green onion stems, sliced into small rings,
* Small sprigs of red and green grapes used as an edible garnish around a holiday meat platter,
* Peas garnished with bits of pimiento,
* Pomegranate juice garnished with a slice of lime,
* Juicy pomegranate seeds tossed atop a green salad -- for information on how to eat a pomegranate, visit the Pomegranate Council Website at www.pomegranates.org/nomess.html,
* Pizza with a tomato sauce topping and chopped green peppers,
* As a healthy holiday gift, give a colorful fruit basket, and
* Eating several servings of a variety of colorful fruits and vegetables a day helps maintain good health, protect against the effects of aging and reduce the risk of cancer and heart disease. Don't forget other traditional holiday foods with actual nutrition benefits such as pumpkin pie, pears and pecans for openers.
Source: http://lancaster.unl.edu/food/cig-holida..., Alice Henneman, MS, RD, UNL Extension.
Jennifer's Holiday Egg Casserole
Here is a great favorite with our family at holiday time. Add veggies or some sautéed Italian sausage for variety. Simple, tasty and nutritious, this is a basic recipe with potential for creative additions. A sprinkling of chopped red and green bell peppers on top add to the holiday theme.
* 4-6 eggs (I use 6)
* 3 scallions
* 1 10-ounce package of frozen spinach, thawed and squeezed
* 1 4-ounce can mushrooms, drained
* 1 teaspoon olive oil
* 2 ounces shredded mozzarella
Beat eggs with a fork and add all ingredients except mozzarella. Pour into sprayed 8-inch pan. Bake for 30 minutes at 350-degrees. Sprinkle cheese on top. Bake 5-10 more minutes.
Jennifer says, "Hope you enjoy it."
Sources: Inspired by Jennifer Davis' Holiday Casserole. Thank you, Jennifer.
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