Heart-Healthy Holiday Party Essentials

Contributed by Welch’s Dietitian, Casey Lewis, MS, RD 

Whether you’re planning a casual dinner with friends or organizing a big family gathering – holiday party planning can be a lot of work! This year, avoid unhealthy stress and spread some heart-healthy cheer with this grape-tastic menu that’s a synch to whip up

And, thanks to the Concord grape, this festive fare can be a delicious part of a heart-healthy diet!

Drink - The Winter Warmer 

This warm mulled grape juice combines the goodness of the Concord grape with the taste of seasonal spices like cloves, cinnamon and nutmeg for a delicious drink sure to put your guests in the holiday spirit.

Appetizer - Rudolph’s Roasted Fennel & Pear Salad

                     

This merry mixture of roasted fennel, peppery arugula and crisp pear, topped with a Concord grape infused balsamic dressing, is a flavorful way to start your feast.

Main - Santa’s Favorite Salmon 

A simple grape juice glaze adds a boost of flavor and color to this heart-healthy salmon dish. Pair it with roasted veggies or sautéed Swiss chard for an entrée that will be more than just Santa’s fave.

Dessert - PB&G Holiday Bites

Instead of serving Santa and your guests traditional holiday cookies, satisfy their sweet tooth with a wholesome dessert that they’ll go NUTs for!