Dress Up Your Plate!

Orange Garnish

An Orange Garnish will brighten up anyone's day!

Ed. note: Growing up, my grandmother would make weeknight dinner meals so much more fun by making shapes out of vegetables. As a kid, her fried rice seemed so much tastier with carrot flowers.  So when our Marketing team member Anna decided to write this how-to on pretty, edible garnishes, it brought back such fond memories. Enjoy!

Whether throwing a House Party or entertaining guests, take presentation up to the next level with decorative garnishes on each dish.

Below are three garnish ideas that are simple, yet really add a wow factor to the plate.  And they’re all made from food!…

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The Healthiest Foods For Your Heart

Garnet Yams

Be Heart Healthy by Eating Orange Vegetables like Garnet Yams.

Upgrade what’s on your plate, and you have the power to prevent America’s #1 cause of death. February is American Heart Month, a time to turn the spotlight on essential heart health.

Every year, too many American families are affected by heart disease and stroke. More women die of heart disease than all forms of cancer combined, and it is still the leading cause of death for all Americans. One in every 3 people in the United States has some form of heart disease – that’s 80 million adults. It often develops silently, without symptoms until it’s too late.

That’s why it’s so important to make heart-healthy changes today. Let this February be the start of – or revitalized commitment to – leading a heart healthy life. It’s good for you, and it’s good for your loved ones.

Eating right is one of the best things you can do for your heart. Some of the healthiest foods for your heart are vegetables, whole grains, fatty fish, nuts, legumes, seeds, and fruit. (You’ll find my hand-picked selection of seasonal heart-healthy foods at Healthy Living for Less.) Here’s a list of my favorite heart-healthy foods:…

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Super Bowl Snack Tips by You!

Cole Slaw

FD fan Amie made this delicious Spicy Zucchini Cole Slaw.

Are you excited for the big game on Sunday? Judging from all of your posts, tweets and mentions on our Facebook page, you’re ready to nosh on some tasty comfort food (corn chowder, pulled pork sandwiches, pizza) as well as dive into some classic party foods (salsa and chips; veggies and dip; cheese and crackers).

We asked our fans for their healthier Super Bowl tips and you did not disappoint! From Eggplant Fries to Parmesan Popcorn, our customers have the best ideas!

MaryAnn Jones, from Manhasset, Long Island, NY says, for her, “The keys to Thriving during a snack-a-licious party are balance & control.”  She likes to eat a satisfying snack like a handful of almonds or walnuts before the big game….

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Delicious New Year’s Resolutions in Under 30 Minutes!

Chicken and shaved Brussels sprouts with blueberries

Chicken and Brussels sprouts with blueberries

Eat healthy food. Lose weight. Get fit. Manage stress. Quit smoking. Sound familiar? These popular (and admirable) New Year’s resolutions have one thing in common: They all improve your quality of life and sense of well-being. That’s worth working for – for you and for your loved ones!

Now, changing the way we behave takes a will, a way, and some inspiration along the way to stay motivated!

As far as healthy eating goes, I hear from people that they want to eat healthy but they’re short on time or ideas. So I spent this past weekend thinking about quick and simple healthy meal and snack ideas, all with the busy home cook in mind. Take a look at my pictures and recipes of what I came up with! Each dish took me 30 minutes or less to cook!…

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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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