Eat Well to Stay Well (or Feel Better)

Citrus

Citrus fruits are packed with immune-boosting Vitamin C.

Have you ever come down with a cold while your office mate stays perfectly healthy? Here’s why: Even though you may have come in contact with the same germs, your body’s ability to protect itself depends on the power of your immune system.

Healthy living and a balanced diet is your best defense. That means reducing stress, getting enough rest, working out, and eating right. The nutrients that are best known for their immunity-boosting power are vitamins A, C and E and zinc. Read on for how these key nutrients boost the body’s immune system, with ideas for seasonal foods that fit the bill for these health-promoting vitamins and minerals.

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Vegetarian Thanksgiving Ideas, Recipes and Tips

Veg Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is filled with vegetarian dishes - like our Cranberry and Herb stuffing.

When you come to think about it, outside of the turkey, Thanksgiving can be very vegetarian-friendly.

From appetizers to soups to (my favorite) the sides, there’s plenty for your vegetarian guests to enjoy.

When I get together with my friends and family for Thanksgiving, I also make sure that there’s a vegetarian main option. Instead of turkey, you can go the Tofurky route. I tend to make a vegetarian lasagna because it’s hearty and filled with seasonal vegetables. Two recipes I enjoy are this Sweet Potato and Butternut Squash lasagna recipe and this Artichoke and Eggplant lasagna recipe.

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Seasonal Dishes by Chef Donatella Arpaia

Roasted Veg

Roasted Root Vegetables

With November upon us, our thoughts quickly turn to the upcoming holiday season (especially Thanksgiving!)

Celebrity Chef, Restauranteur, brand new mom (of a 1 month old baby boy!), and frequent Iron Chef America/The Next Iron Chef judge Donatella Arpaia knows a thing or two about entertaining.

So we were excited when she sent us these two seasonal recipes. They’re great for casual or formal get-togethers.

The aromatic soup is perfect for chilly evenings. The blend of cloves, star anise and peppercorns, perfectly fragrances the butternut squash. The roasted root vegetables is simple and quick. It also represents Fall produce at its best….

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Easy Tips for Autumn Veggies from Everyday Food Magazine

Pureed Butternut Squash Soup

Pureed Butternut Squash Soup

Now that the days are growing shorter and weather has become cooler, the selection of farm-fresh vegetables is becoming heartier.

As our thoughts turn back to the kitchen, our friends at Everyday Food magazine have provided a bounty of great tips for using and enjoying autumn’s most delicious in-season produce.

From warming soups to simple roasted vegetable side dishes, you’ll find great ideas to warm your kitchen with irresistible scents and delicious flavor.

Read on for inspiration!…

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5 Easy Fall Recipes

Roasted Potatoes

Rosemary Garlic Roasted Potatoes are one of my go-to, easy-to-make Autumn dishes.

I love Autumn. The leaves turn from green to brilliant shades of yellow, red and orange. The weather is cooler. And I can happily turn on the oven to make hearty dishes my family will enjoy.

From rich squashes to crisp apples and savory sausages, Fall’s bounty fills my home with warm, welcoming scents.

Usually I like to keep dinner dishes simple and just roast chicken along with root vegetables (like potatoes, butternut squashes, sweet potatoes, carrots, etc.) in the oven. It’s so easy to toss the chopped vegetables with extra virgin olive oil, salt, pepper, and a few herbs (rosemary, Herbes de Provence, and oregano are some of my favorites) and then roast them in the oven….

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Late Summer Cooking Inspiration from Chef Tina Bourbeau

cherries

Stone fruits, like cherries, pair well with cheese. They can also be cooked down in red wine and served with your favorite meats.

Ever run out of ideas on what to make for dinner? Late summer is the best time of year for light and delicious seasonal treats.

“There are more choices right now than during any other season,” says FreshDirect Chef Tina Bourbeau. Below are some easy ideas to get you going in the right direction. Rule of thumb: “It’s hard to go wrong with your favorite cheese and your favorite stone fruit,” she says.

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A Trip to Altobelli Family Farms

Altobelli Corn

John shows us some of his family's corn crop.

Fresh corn is, to me, the ultimate summertime treat. Nothing quite captures the season like biting into a hot ear of just-cooked sweet corn, dressed with a little butter and a sprinkle of salt. So when I was asked to visit Altobelli Family Farms, our main supplier of local corn, I was all ears…

The produce team and I traveled up the Hudson Valley, into the Berkshires and ended up in Kinderhook, NY where the Altobelli family welcomed us into their home and onto their fields. We spent a lovely afternoon snacking on fresh-picked corn (naturally), wandering down rows of lovely vegetables and flowers, and chatting with John Altobelli about farming.

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5 Fun Recipes Using Zucchini (even in dessert!)

Golden Zucchini

Golden and regular green zucchinis

Summertime means that zucchinis are in abundance. Because they are in season, zucchinis are both tasty and very affordable right now.

Usually I love to stir-fry zucchinis with other seasonal vegetables or make ratatouille with crusty bread and salad.

In search of new ideas, I found these 5 great recipes that helped me get creative with cooking zucchini:

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3 Hidden Gems in the Produce Aisle

Mangosteenr

Don't be scared! Mangosteens are both delicious and good for you too!

Apples, oranges, broccoli and carrots may all be good for you (they are!), but if these are your only go-to fruits and veggies, you may be missing out on discovering the tastes, textures, and health benefits of lesser known gems in the produce aisle.

Tickle your taste buds and give in to your fascination with food by getting to know mangosteen, pluots and fennel. Read more about them here, and then try them at home with quick and easy meal ideas.

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5 Delicious Potato Salad Recipes

Simple, inexpensive, quick, portable and delicious… the potato salad is possibly summertime’s most versatile side dish. Add meat or fish, and it’s almost a meal unto itself.

Loaded Potato Salad

Loaded Potato Salad

We love the way you can dress up a potato salad or keep it casual, and it’s easy to double a recipe to satisfy a crowd at summertime picnics, clam bakes and cookouts.

Need ideas? We’ve selected five delicious potato salad recipes from our One-Click Recipe collection to fuel your your mealtime inspiration….

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