This post is sponsored and inspired by Marzetti® Simply Dressed® Dressing.
With all of the fanciful sweets and rich indulgent dishes presented during the holidays, it’s nearly impossible for the young (and old) to remember their fresh fruits and veggies. Here’s an idea for bringing good-for-you foods front and center and fabulous in your holiday meals.
Little people will appreciate their favorite fruits and veggies within reach and go for the good stuff. Add Marzetti® Simply Dressed® salad dressing in delicious, clean flavors like Ranch and Pomegranate and they will be taste-testing and experimenting with new healthy foods all on their own. Marzetti® Simply Dressed® refrigerated salad dressings are made with a minimal number of simple ingredients, such as extra virgin olive oil, canola oil (source of Omega-3 ALA) and sea salt.
Read on for all of the tips and tricks needed to create this simply stunning platter for your upcoming party or a quick weeknight dinner.
Select boldly-colored red and green fruits and veggies that appeal to your crew. They’re festive and conveniently also full of vitamins and anti-oxidents. Cut sliced meats and cheese with mini cookie cutters like bows and stars.
Lay a bed of cooled, cooked pasta on a platter. We used fun farfalle (bowties) but a whole grain option or quinoa would add even more nutrition to this dish. Feel free to toss with light butter, olive oil or salad dressing first.
Keep an eye on those sneaky fingers while you build a wreath circle on top of the pasta with alternating groups of reds and greens. Tip: cut extra cheese bows, everyone will want a couple!
Marzetti Simply Dressed salad dressing comes in scrumptious flavors like Balsamic, Champagne, Ranch, Caesar, Pomegranate and Blue Cheese and features a kid-friendly plastic bottle unlike most dressings found in the refrigerated section of your grocer’s produce department. Give your kids even more eating independence by transferring some dressing to plastic squeeze bottles, labeled with chalkboard labels and markers and decorated with festive washi tape.
Paper and Elmer’s Painter Markers would work great too!
Let them loose to nibble, sample and experiment without worrying about a big mess and a plate of junk food.
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