6 Fresh Ideas For Your Holiday Cooking

Sep 29, 2021 05:53 PM EDT | By David Thompson

6 Fresh Ideas For Your Holiday Cooking

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Here come the holidays! Wherever you are and whatever the current concerns about COVID-19, holiday celebrations are on the horizon. Regardless if you're living alone or in a large family, now is a good time to ramp up with fresh ideas. Here are 6 tips for a healthy and inspired holiday season. 

Honoring Your Traditions

Do you have some favorite family recipes? Are you looking at time-honored foods that have been passed down through generations? If you and your family are gathering, make sure to keep your traditions going. With so much in flux, it's good to know that some of the classic holiday fare will grace your table. 

Rethinking Your Drinking

Do you have a memory of holiday meals in the past? In many families, happy meals were clouded with heavy consumption of alcoholic beverages. If you and your family are taking things to a healthier level, offer delicious options. Try out some of the popular lower-calorie drinks, such as ciders, kombucha, and sparkling mineral waters. Invite guests to bring both alcoholic and non-alcoholic choices. 

Tip: Expand selections to encourage healthier choices.

Trying Out New Recipes

If you're feeling that the old-school recipes are a little sad and boring, don't despair. Try out new recipes to ignite new traditions for your tribe. For instance, Jamie Oliver has written a new cookbook, chock-filled with delectable items. You'll find recipes that will delight the palate at brunch, lunch, and dinner. If you're short on ideas, check out this long-awaited recipe collection.

Tip: Check out Jamie's tips for holiday place settings, cocktails, and canapes. You'll have a boatload of ideas to use for your holiday table.

Staying Healthy and Calm

Holiday gatherings are not the same as before the pandemic. In many circles, people are looking towards smaller gatherings, virtual meetings, and eating outdoors. In addition to finding a safe location and practicing social distancing, take care of your personal status. 

Are you concerned about whether you are infected with SARS-CoV2? Now, it's possible to use an FDA-authorized rapid covid test to find out. You can collect and test your sample at home, and get digital results in just 15 minutes. 

Tip: Gain peace of mind without stress. If you're hosting a holiday party, get results from the comfort of home.

Choosing Seasonal Foods

One of the great things about the holidays is the chance to try new seasonal fruits and vegetables. While many classic recipes rely on starches, fats, and sugars -- you are free to color outside the lines. This holiday season, make a commitment to try new fruits, vegetables, and seasonal selections. Check out the new squashes, pumpkins, and fall vegetables. 

As you take a more local and seasonal approach, look for farm-to-table resources in your community. Try out a farmer's market or farm stand if you have one in your neighborhood. Explore the boxes that many farms are offering to get seasonal produce delivered right to your front door.

In addition, focus on healthy fruits. Check out your local grocer and check the freezer for berries and fruits. Choose local varieties of apples, pears, and pomegranates. Try out new low-sugar treats, such as strawberry applesauce.

Tip: Do a quick Internet search for farm stands, farm-box programs, and small food producers in your area.

Supporting Local Restaurants

Local restaurants need your support now more than ever. If you are not a superstar in the kitchen, reach out to your community. More and more food enthusiasts are offering holiday fare, delivered right to your door.

A quick search online will give you options for food selections that you may never have considered, be it a new restaurant or maybe your first time at a farmers market nearby for produce to make your own sunday dinner. If you are looking for ways to share a meal with friends and family, consider ordering from a local supplier. Whether you're in the same room or not, you can enjoy eating together -- and without all the stress of cooking, baking, or cleaning up.

Tip: Ask friends and family for their favorite menus and try a virtual holiday meal.

Wrapping It Up

With these 6 quick tips, you can have peace of mind, support your family's health, and get ready to enjoy the holiday season.

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