A Year of Food Fun

Looking to try new and interesting healthy foods in 2011?  Considering making at least one recipe each month starring an unfamiliar ingredient, flavor or cooking technique, and invite friends, family and co-workers to join you for a special meal.  Feature a seasonal fruit or vegetable; try a theme like “breakfast for dinner”; or, use the list of food holidays below for ideas.  Then, visit www.cookinglight.com to search for outstanding, good-for-you recipes.   Each month, in honor of these special occasions, I’ll also share recipes that are just right for quick and healthy meals and snacks.  Happy cooking!

2011 Food Holidays

January: National Soup Month, National Oatmeal Month
National Cherry Month, National Grapefruit Month
National Nutrition Month
National Pecan Month, National Garden Month, Cranberries Month
National Salad and Salsa Month
National Dairy Month
Blueberries, Mango and Melon Month, National Grilling Month
Celery and Panini Month
Great American Low Cholesterol, Low Fat Pizza Bake Month, National Mushroom Month, National Organic Harvest Month
Apple Month, Eat Better/Eat Together Month, National Caramel Month, National Chili Month, National Popcorn-Popping Month
National Pomegranate Month, National Peanut Butter Lover’s Month
National Chocolate Day (December 28-29)

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