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Food and Nutrition Author: Staff Editor Last Updated: Dec 4, 2012 - 6:58:08 AM



Summer-Fresh Fruits from Chile Give Holiday Side Dishes Flavor and Color

By Staff Editor
Dec 4, 2012 - 9:52:21 AM



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(HealthNewsDigest.com) - SONOMA, CA, December 4, 2012-Holiday meals can be as colorful as the tree and the trimmings with recipes made with nutritious summer-fresh fruits from Chile. Tasty and festive side dishes featuring fresh Chilean fruits add color, flavor and cheer to all seasonal celebrations.

Chile's winter-season stone fruits, berries and grapes boost the flavor and nutrition of any recipe and are an ideal ingredient for almost any starter, entrée or dessert.  Harvested now at their peak of freshness, Chilean fresh fruits are in ample supply throughout North America all winter long.  DELICIOUS WINTER SIDE DISHESSalad is a great way to start a holiday meal (or end it, depending on preference). Add a little warmth and a lot of pizzazz with roasted peaches, nectarines and mozzarella cheese drizzled with honey and lemon juice. Roasted Chilean Peach and Nectarine Salad teases the tongue with both sweet and savory, hot and cold. Sweet potatoes stuffed with fresh grapes, pears and almonds are a sophisticated twist on the standard baked option. The buttery texture of sweet potatoes is the perfect backdrop for the lush flavors of fresh grapes and pears, with almonds adding a hint of crunchiness. This festive and colorful side dish will please any holiday crowd. Hearty, nutritious and flavorful, Chilean Grape and Wild Rice Dressing is a perfect match for roasted meats like turkey, beef or ham. Creative and elegant, yet simple to prepare, fresh red and green grapes and toasted pecans dress up wild and long grain rice and make the ideal side dish for any holiday meal. With Chile's plentiful supply of summer-fresh fruit available now in supermarkets nationwide, health-conscious cooks will have lots of fresh fruit to choose from just in time for their holiday tables. Visit the Chilean Fresh Fruit Association's website for these and more recipe ideas, how-to-videos and colorful photos available at www.chileanfruitonline.com.

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