According to the Centers for Disease Control Web site, people who eat more generous amounts of fruits and vegetables as part of a healthful diet are likely to have reduced risk of chronic diseases, including stroke and perhaps other cardiovascular diseases, and certain cancers.
With fresh produce not as readily available or prohibitively expensive during the winter months, getting in your daily requirements of fruit can be challenging.
Just because fresh fruit isn't in season, doesn't mean that you can't chase the chills away by adding a burst of essential vitamins and minerals into your meals. Dried, frozen and canned fruits and other supermarket staples such as apples and juices can still add fiber and flavor to recipes.
Main-Dish Fruit Recipes
I found this recipe for Chicken Veronique in a gardening book. My family just loves it, and it's super easy! We think it's excellent served with rice pilaf on the side.
—Anita Dudiwka, Akron, Ohio
Fontina-Fruit Chicken Breasts
Fontina-Fruit Chicken Breasts is one of my favorite chicken dishes, festive enough for a special occasion but not loaded with fat and sugar.
—Lillian Julow, Gainesville, Florida
Garlic Cranberry Chicken
Healthy cranberries add a burst of sweetness to this savory, Garlic Cranberry Chicken dish.
—Lesley Pew, Lynn, Massachusetts
After tending the farm and growing our own produce, I don't have much time left for cooking. I've found this easy-to-prepare Garlic-Lime Chicken is ideal for my many hectic days.
—Doris Carnahan, Lincoln, Arkansas
Peachy Ginger Pork
Sliced peaches and red pepper strips add pretty color to these quick-to-fix pork slices, while a hint of Dijon mustard and gingerroot perks up the slightly sweet sauce of Peachy Ginger Pork.
—Terri Glauser, Appleton, Wisconsin
Chicken with Spicy Fruit
This speedy stovetop Chicken with Spicy Fruit is special enough to serve company, yet easy enough for everyday. The moist chicken gets wonderful flavor from a sweet sauce made with strawberry jam, dried cranberries and pineapple juice. I like to serve it with rice pilaf, peas, a garden salad and cloverleaf rolls.
—Kathy Rairigh, Milford, Indiana
Pork Roast with Mango Salsa
When my son and his wife were married in our backyard, I served this special Pork Roast with Mango Salsa at the rehearsal dinner. It can be prepared on the grill or in the oven, but grilling enhances the flavors. The fruit salsa perfectly complements the pork's tasty herbal rub.
—B.J Wall, Lanexa, Virginia
Glazed Pork Chops and Apples
This hearty Glazed Pork Chops and Apples dish was always a family favorite when I was growing up. Mom called the tender chops 'fried monkey ears'! Now it's a favorite meal with my own family.
—Kathy Barry, Lake Forest, California
My brother gave me the recipe for this Gouda-Stuffed Chicken dish we often serve at family gatherings. Men, especially, seem to enjoy it and it's become one of our special favorites.
—Mary Ann Dell, Phoenixville, Pennsylvania
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