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73 Foods to Eat When You Have a Cold

Feeling under the weather? We've compiled the best foods to eat when you have a case of the sniffles or a full-blown cold. You'll find vitamin-rich ingredients, soothing chicken soups and garlic-packed meals for congestion relief. Make these home-remedy recipes for a quick recovery—or better yet—get someone to make them for you!

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Chicken Potpie SoupTaste of Home

Chicken Potpie Soup

My grandmother hand-wrote a cookbook; she created this amazing pie crust, and I added the delicious soup for it. —Karen LeMay, Seabrook, Texas

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Marinated OrangesTaste of Home

Marinated Oranges

This flavorful fruit was actually the topping in a cake recipe. But I didn't want all the calories or fat from the cake—and the oranges are a good dessert all by themselves! The dash of vanilla extract brings out the fruit's sweetness. —Carol Poindexter, Norridge, Illinois

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Rosemary Roasted Baby CarrotsTaste of Home

Rosemary Roasted Baby Carrots

Baby carrots go over big when seasoned with the subtle taste of rosemary. I like to sprinkle raisins on top for a combination of sweet and savory. —Aysha Schurman, Ammon, Idaho

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Lemon Thyme Green TeaTaste of Home

Lemon Thyme Green Tea

Fresh sprigs of lemon thyme make this citrusy tea so refreshing that it’s like sipping summer from a cup. In our family we like to drink it on the porch, while enjoying the warm weather. —Melissa Pelkey Hass, Waleska, Georgia

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Cold-Day Chicken Noodle SoupTaste of Home

Cold-Day Chicken Noodle Soup

When I was sick, my mom would make me this heartwarming chicken noodle soup. It was soothing when I had a cold, but this soup is a bowlful of comfort on any chilly day. —Anthony Graham, Ottawa, lllinois

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Garlic-Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Mustard SauceTaste of Home

Garlic-Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Mustard Sauce

Don’t be afraid to bring out the Brussels sprouts. Mellowed by roasting and tossed with mustard sauce, they may just delight even the most skeptical folks. —Becky Walch, Orland, California

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Hot Apple CiderTaste of Home

Hot Apple Cider

In this recipe, brown sugar and spices add extra flavor to already delicious apple cider. —Marlys Benning, Wellsburg, Iowa

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Warm Tasty Greens with GarlicTaste of Home

Warm Tasty Greens with Garlic

My farm box had too many greens, so I had to use them up. This tasty idea uses kale, tomatoes and garlic in a dish that quickly disappears. —Martha Neth, Aurora, Colorado

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Orange Spice CarrotsTaste of Home

Orange Spice Carrots

To get my son to eat veggies, I mix and match flavors and spices. My slow cooker orange carrots with cinnamon won him over. —Christina Addison, Blanchester, Ohio

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Zesty Chicken SoupTaste of Home

Zesty Chicken Soup

This spicy chicken soup is chock full of chicken and vegetables. Best of all, it freezes nicely, making a second meal with little effort! —Gwen Nelson, Castro Valley, California

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Fennel Carrot SoupTaste of Home

Fennel Carrot Soup

This soup is perfect as a first course for a special-occasion dinner. It gets its delicious flavor from toasted fennel seeds—a pleasant complement to the carrots, apple and sweet potato. —Marlene Bursey, Waverly, Nova Scotia

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Chicken with Mandarin SalsaTaste of Home

Chicken with Mandarin Salsa

When I have some leftover veggies, I dress the salsa up a little with some diced green onions and bell peppers. If you like a spicier sauce, add cayenne pepper to the skillet. —Aysha Shurman, Ammon, Idaho

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Pumpkin & Cauliflower Garlic MashTaste of Home

Pumpkin & Cauliflower Garlic Mash

I wanted healthy alternatives to my family's favorite recipes. Pumpkin, cauliflower and thyme make an amazing dish. You'll never miss those plain old mashed potatoes. —Kari Wheaton, South Beloit, Illinois

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Chicken & Garlic with Fresh HerbsTaste of Home

Chicken & Garlic with Fresh Herbs

The key to this savory chicken is the combination of garlic and fresh rosemary and thyme. I like to serve it with mashed potatoes or crusty Italian bread. —Jan Valdez, Lombard, Illinois

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Roasted Carrots & FennelTaste of Home

Roasted Carrots & Fennel

This addictive vegetable combo is a fresh take on one of my mother's standard wintertime dishes. I usually add more carrots—as many as the pans will hold. —Lily Julow, Lawrenceville, Georgia

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Watercress & Orange SaladTaste of Home

Watercress & Orange Salad

Keep this recipe handy when you need to make a special salad quickly. The flavorful vinaigrette adds a refreshing touch to the greens and oranges. —Alpha Wilson, Roswell, New Mexico

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Thyme-Roasted CarrotsTaste of Home

Thyme-Roasted Carrots

Cutting the carrots lengthwise makes this dish look extra pretty. For a little more elegance and color, garnish with sprigs of fresh thyme or parsley. —Deirdre Cox, Kansas City, Missouri

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Mediterranean Chicken Orzo SoupTaste of Home

Mediterranean Chicken Orzo Soup

My husband is Greek, so I'm always trying new Mediterranean recipes. This soup is his favorite dish that I make. Serve it with a little feta or Parmesan and a side of toast. —Kristine Kosturos, Olympia, Washington.

 

 

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Herb Roasted Root VegetablesTaste of Home

Herb Roasted Root Vegetables

Here's a simple-to-fix side that is perfect for a festive dinner. It looks beautiful with any entree. Roasting brings out the vegetables' natural sweetness. —Deirdre Cox, Kansas City, Missouri

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Orange Poppy Seed SaladTaste of Home

Orange Poppy Seed Salad

In our area, olives, walnuts, pomegranates and oranges are grown locally, and I love using them in recipes. I include all four ingredients in a simple but refreshing romanine salad. —Faith Sommers, Bangor, California

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Oh-So-Good Chicken SoupTaste of Home

Oh-So-Good Chicken Soup

I came up with this soup one weekend when my wife and I were hungry for something better than the standard. The first attempt turned out fantastic, and now I’ve got the recipe down to 20 minutes. —Chris Dalton, Mundelein, Illinois

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Caramel-Chai Tea LatteTaste of Home

Caramel-Chai Tea Latte

Inspired by the spicy chai drinks served at coffee shops, I whipped up a caramel-drizzled latte I can enjoy at home anytime. —Katelyn Kelly, Perryville, Maryland

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Mixed Greens with Orange-Ginger VinaigretteTaste of Home

Mixed Greens with Orange-Ginger Vinaigrette

Zingy vinaigrette combines orange juice, ginger and a flick of cayenne. Just whisk, toss with greens and top the salad your way. —Joy Zacharia, Clearwater, Florida

 

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Fresh Green Beans & GarlicTaste of Home

Fresh Green Beans & Garlic

I am a firm believer that fresh is best. I developed this recipe to take advantage of our garden veggies. It really shows off the full flavor of the green beans. —Carol Mayer, Sparta, Illinois

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Chicken Barley SoupTaste of Home

Chicken Barley Soup

No question—this is my favorite barley soup! It's so filling that I serve it as a hearty main dish, and I have given the recipe to many of our friends and relatives. It simply tastes too good to keep to yourself! —Diana Costello, Marion, Kansas

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Creamy Carrot CasseroleTaste of Home

Creamy Carrot Casserole

My mom and I developed this recipe to see if there was a carrot dish that even people who don't care for carrots would enjoy. So far, I haven't met anyone who hasn't liked this casserole. —Laurie Heward, Fillmore, Utah

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Comforting Chicken Noodle SoupTaste of Home

Comforting Chicken Noodle Soup

A good friend made us this rich, comforting, creamy chicken noodle soup after the birth of our son. It was such a help to have dinner taken care of until I was back on my feet. This yummy dish is so simple to fix that now I give a pot of it (along with the recipe) to other new mothers. —Joanna Sargent, Sandy, Utah

 

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Hearty Homemade Chicken Noodle SoupTaste of Home

Hearty Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup

This satisfying soup with a hint of cayenne is brimming with vegetables, chicken and noodles. The recipe is from my father-in-law, but I tweaked it to make it my own. —Norma Reynolds, Overland Park, Kansas

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Chicken Wild Rice SoupTaste of Home

Chicken Wild Rice Soup

I'm originally from Minnesota, where wild rice grows in abundance and is very popular in recipes. This creamy chicken and wild rice soup has been part of our Christmas Eve menu for years. To save time, I cook the chicken and wild rice and cut up the vegetables the day before. —Virginia Montmarquet, Riverside, California

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Ambrosia SaladTaste of Home

Ambrosia Salad

During last-minute menu planning, I often include this classic ambrosia salad recipe because I keep the ingredients on hand. —Judi Bringegar, Liberty, North Carolina

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Pumpkin Bisque with Smoked GoudaTaste of Home

Pumpkin Bisque with Smoked Gouda

I love the smell of this rich, cheesy soup as it bubbles on the stove. The Gouda cheese adds a delightful smokiness that just says autumn to me.—Kerry Dingwall, Ponte Vedra, Florida

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Carrot ChowderTaste of Home

Carrot Chowder

My husband's grandmother passed this recipe on to us, and it's just wonderful—especially with a basket of warm, fresh bread on the side. This soup freezes well. —Wendy Wilkins, Prattville, Alabama

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The Ultimate Chicken Noodle SoupTaste of Home

The Ultimate Chicken Noodle Soup

My first Wisconsin winter was so cold, all I wanted to eat was homemade chicken noodle soup. Of all the chicken noodle soup recipes out there, this type of soup is my favorite and is in heavy rotation from November to April. It has many incredibly devoted fans.—Gina Nistico, Denver, Colorado

 

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Hearty Meatless MinestroneTaste of Home

Hearty Meatless Minestrone

A friend gave me this quick, healthy recipe, and it's oh-so-tasty. It makes a big batch and is great for leftovers. To enhance the flavor, add a pound or two of sweet Italian sausage. —Mickey Turner, Grants Pass, Oregon

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Curly Noodle Chicken SoupTaste of Home

Curly Noodle Chicken Soup

I created this recipe for a dinner I hosted for a group of friends. The main course was Italian, and I needed a good soup, so I converted a favorite tortilla soup recipe by substituting pasta and adding different seasonings. —Maxine Pierson, San Ramon, California

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The Best Chicken & DumplingsTaste of Home

The Best Chicken & Dumplings

 Homemade chicken and dumplings from scratch harken back to my childhood and chilly days when we devoured those cute little balls of dough swimming in hot, rich broth. It's one of those types of soup you'll want to eat again and again. —Erika Monroe-Williams, Scottsdale, Arizona

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Simple Tomato SoupTaste of Home

Simple Tomato Soup

I created this recipe on a bad weather day. My husband, Mic, and my daughter, Liz, ask for this soup constantly. Whenever I send it with my daughter for lunch at school, I always send some for her friend, too. It is pure comfort food. —Lanaee O'Neill, Chico, California

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Saucy Garlic ChickenTaste of Home

Saucy Garlic Chicken

Roasted garlic lends a rich flavor to this appetizing chicken entree, and it complements the spinach nicely. Ideal for entertaining, the recipe can be assembled in advance and popped in the oven when guests arrive. —Joanna Johnson, Flower Mound, Texas

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Roasted Chicken Noodle SoupTaste of Home

Roasted Chicken Noodle Soup

When the weather turns chilly, I stock my soup pot with this warmer-upper. The creamy, nicely seasoned broth is chock-full of tender chicken, potatoes, carrots and celery. There's old-fashioned goodness in every spoonful of this thick, hearty soup! —Julee Wallberg, Salt Lake City, Utah

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Chive Buttered CarrotsTaste of Home

Chive Buttered Carrots

It's nice to have a reliable side dish like this that pairs well with any entree. A friend shared the recipe with me several years ago, and I use it often. —Opan Snell, Jamestown, Ohio

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Best Ever Chicken Fajita ChowderTaste of Home

Best Ever Chicken Fajita Chowder

Warm up weeknights with bowls of this thick, cheesy soup that captures the zippy flavors of the Southwest. —Beverly Matthews, Pasco, Washington

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30-Minute Chicken Noodle SoupTaste of Home

30-Minute Chicken Noodle Soup

This quick and easy chicken noodle soup recipe is perfect for a cold, wintry day. It is my favorite thing to eat when I'm not feeling well; it makes me feel so much better. —Lacy Waadt, Payson, Utah

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Garlic Parmesan OrzoTaste of Home

Garlic Parmesan Orzo

This buttery pasta dish calls for orzo, which cooks quickly and is a nice change from ordinary pasta shapes. Orzo recipes make a superb side dish anytime, and in this dish, the garlic and Parmesan cheese really stand out. —Stephanie Moon, Boise, Idaho

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Zippy Chicken and Corn ChowderTaste of Home

Zippy Chicken and Corn Chowder

Gently spiced corn chowder is always a good option for kids, but feel free to rev up yours with hot pepper sauce. This chowder’s a lifesaver on busy weeknights. —Andrea Early, Harrisonburg, Virginia

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Lemon-Garlic HummusTaste of Home

Lemon-Garlic Hummus

You'll need just five ingredients to blend together this smooth and creamy bean dip. It's delicious and quick to make. —Kris Capener, Ogden, Utah

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Italian Chicken SoupTaste of Home

Italian Chicken Soup

This satisfying soup gets its Italian flair from fennel, thyme, basil and orzo pasta. If you don't start with a low-sodium or sodium-free stock, you might want to decrease the amount of salt called for in the recipe. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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Roasted Carrot FriesTaste of Home

Roasted Carrot Fries

Turn carrot sticks into fun "fries" with a happier health profile by popping them in the oven and serving them fry-style. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen

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Quick Chicken & Wild Rice SoupTaste of Home

Quick Chicken & Wild Rice Soup

My mother-in-law raves about the chicken and rice soup we serve at our house. I tweaked the recipe several times to get it just right. —Teresa Jacobson, St. Johns, Florida

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Garlic Roasted Winter VegetablesTaste of Home

Garlic Roasted Winter Vegetables

These colorful vegetables boasting a subtle herb flavor roast to perfection and are guaranteed to become a holiday favorite. They complement almost any entrée and are easy to prepare. —Donna Lamano, Olathe, Kansas

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Bacon and Garlic Green BeansTaste of Home

Bacon and Garlic Green Beans

Adding white wine, lemon juice and garlic gives a little kick to green beans. It was enough to turn our old, traditional holiday side into a year-round favorite. —Shannon Reynoso, Bakersfield, California

 

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Yummy Chicken and Dumpling SoupTaste of Home

Yummy Chicken and Dumpling Soup

Chicken and dumpling soup is a classic that every cook should have in their recipe box and this version is tried and true. My husband is not very fond of leftovers, but says he would eat this every day of the week if I let him. —Morgan Byers, Berkley, Michigan

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Slow Cooker Vegetable SoupTaste of Home

Slow Cooker Vegetable Soup

What a treat to come home from work and have this savory soup ready to eat. It's a nice traditional beef soup with old-fashioned goodness. We pair it with crusty rolls topped with melted mozzarella cheese. — Heather Thurmeier, Pense, Saskatchewan

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Spicy Pumpkin & Corn SoupTaste of Home

Spicy Pumpkin & Corn Soup

A seriously quick dish, it can satisfy a hungry household in 15 minutes. My family loves sharing this soup with cornbread, or you can add a zesty kick with some Rotel. — Heather Rorex, Winnemucca, Nevada

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Chicken Veggie SoupTaste of Home

Chicken Veggie Soup

This satisfying veggie soup hits the spot at lunch or dinner. Add a side salad and some whole grain bread for a delicious, nutritious meal. —Amy Cheatham, Sandusky, Ohio

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Veggie ChowderTaste of Home

Veggie Chowder

Packed with potatoes, carrots and corn, this soup is a great healthy dinner choice. It's not too heavy, so it also makes a nice light partner for a sandwich. —Vicki Kerr, Portland, Maine

 

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Marmalade Candied CarrotsTaste of Home

Marmalade Candied Carrots

My favorite way to make baby carrots is to steam them, then drizzle with an orangey glaze that makes them candy-sweet. —Heather Clemmons, Supply, North Carolina

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Mandarin Orange & Romaine SaladTaste of Home

Mandarin Orange & Romaine Salad

A tangy salad of romaine, celery and oranges with tarragon vinegar and hot pepper sauce makes a cool companion for turkey dishes. —Cathy Pawlowski, Naperville, Illinois

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Garlic Mashed CauliflowerTaste of Home

Garlic Mashed Cauliflower

I order cauliflower mash every time we're at our favorite restaurant. Lucky us; one night, I figured out how to make it at home. It was so easy! —Jean Keiser, West Chester, Pennsylvania

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Roasted Garlic Green Beans with CashewsTaste of Home

Roasted Garlic Green Beans with Cashews

My mom got a garlic roaster and soon my kitchen was overflowing with heads of sweet, gooey, roasted garlic. This recipe, one of my many experiments, was a favorite of my family. The roasted garlic is mild and adds a rich, buttery taste to the beans. —Virginia Sturm, San Francisco, California

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Mom's Chicken Noodle SoupTaste of Home

Mom's Chicken Noodle Soup

My mother was a pastor's wife, and she did a lot of cooking for potlucks. This recipe's one she created herself. I serve it frequently to my husband and to our four children. Every one of them is a hearty eater! —Marlene Doolittle, Story City, Iowa

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Garlic Tortellini SoupTaste of Home

Garlic Tortellini Soup

I like to top bowls of this tasty soup with a little grated Parmesan cheese, and serve it with crusty bread to round out the meal. —Donna Morgan, Hend, Tennessee

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Grandma's Chicken 'n' Dumpling SoupTaste of Home

Grandma's Chicken 'n' Dumpling Soup

I've enjoyed making this rich homemade chicken dumpling soup recipe for over 40 years. Every time I serve this type of soup, I remember my southern grandma, who was very special to me and was known as an outstanding cook. —Paulette Balda, Prophetstown, Illinois

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Roasted Garlic Butternut SoupTaste of Home

Roasted Garlic Butternut Soup

This lower-fat soup is creamy, really intense in flavor and offers 545 mg of potassium. —Robin Haas, Cranston, Rhode, Island

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Slow & Easy MinestroneTaste of Home

Slow & Easy Minestrone

Hot soup on a cold day is something I just can't get enough of. It's a snap to put together, and I don't have to wash pots and pans after a relaxing meal. —Sally Goeb, New Egypt, New Jersey

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Spiced Garlic CarrotsTaste of Home

Spiced Garlic Carrots

This classic Moroccan side dish is served as often as possible, hot or as a cold salad, in most Sephardic Jewish homes. The natural sweetness of the carrots tempers the garlic and balances the sizzle of the pepper flakes. —David Feder, Buffalo Grove, Illinois

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Savory Root Vegetable SoupTaste of Home

Savory Root Vegetable Soup

Instead of the usual side dishes, consider serving a vegetable-laden soup at Thanksgiving or other holidays. Each spoonful will warm the body and soul. —Zan Brock, Jasper, Alabama

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Citrus Tea with TarragonTaste of Home

Citrus Tea with Tarragon

This citrusy tea accented with tarragon is the perfect way to warm up a chilly winter's afternoon. For a special presentation, add a sugared rim to each cup. —Mary Walters, Westerville, Ohio

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Citrus Melon MingleTaste of Home

Citrus Melon Mingle

This refreshing fruit salad has a hint of mint, honey and ginger that adds subtle flavor to the sweet combination of melons, grapefruit, oranges, pineapple and bananas. —Doris Heath, Franklin, North Carolina

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Carrot Soup with Orange & TarragonTaste of Home

Carrot Soup with Orange & Tarragon

A pretty orange color, a delicious hint of citrus and a garden-fresh flavor make this soup a requested dish at my many celebrations. Try sprinkling individual bowls with fresh tarragon before serving. —Phyllis Schmalz, Kansas City, Kansas

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Pumpkin Pie SmoothiesTaste of Home

Pumpkin Pie Smoothies

My pie-flavored smoothie is loaded with fruit. The spices make it all come together. —Karen Sikora, Dayton, Nevada

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Roasted Pumpkin and Brussels SproutsTaste of Home

Roasted Pumpkin and Brussels Sprouts

While traveling to Taiwan, I had the pleasure of trying a unique vegetable dish that included fresh pumpkin. It inspired me to roast pumpkin with Brussels sprouts. —Pam Correll, Brockport, Pennsylvania

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Warm Spiced ChaiTaste of Home

Warm Spiced Chai

My wife loves chai, but I have never been satisfied with any of the store-bought mixes, so I created my own. —Justin Weber, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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Cumin-Roasted CarrotsTaste of Home

Cumin-Roasted Carrots

Carrots make a super side—big on flavor and a breeze to cook. Plus, I can actually get my husband to eat these fragrant, deeply spiced veggies. —Taylor Kiser, Brandon, Florida

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