November

Here is a delicious peek at what’s in season this month along with some yummy recipes.

Cranberries

Cranberries are available in a variety of product forms including: fresh, juice, dried and sauce. Cranberries are considered a healthy fruit. They contain no cholesterol and virtually no fat and are low in sodium. In addition, they contain significant amounts of antioxidants and other phytonutrients that may help protect against heart disease, cancer, aging and other diseases. Cranberries also contain bacteria-blocking compounds that are helpful in preventing urinary tract infections, and possibly ulcers and gum disease.

Toddlers love to play with their food. Dipping sauces make foods taste good and provide your child with an activity that makes meals and snacks more fun. Here are two recipes for yummy dipping sauces – one for fruits and another for veggies, tofu and meats.

Creamy Cranberry Dipping Sauces

Easy Cranberry Sauce

Ginger

Ginger is a root that is used frequently to season Asian dishes. It also has been used for centuries to treat ailments such as nausea.

At the market: Select Red D’Ajou, Anjou, or Bartlett Pears. Apply gentle pressure near the base of the pear.  If it yields slightly, it is ripe. Ripe pears have sweet, fragrant smell.

Ginger Pear Puree for Baby

Spinach, Ginger and Coconut Soup

Dan Dan Noodles

Chicken Lettuce Cups

Pomegranates

Pomegranates are fun to eat, but do require a little work. For those of us looking for great flavor with “open and enjoy” convenience there several brands of pomegranate juice on the market to quench your thirst and deliver an antioxidant punch.

Delicious pomegranate ideas and recipes