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TIP OF THE DAY: Tree & Wreath Christmas Crudités

Crudites Christmas Wreath

Christmas Tree Crudites
Give the crudités some Christmas spirit. Top
photo courtesy Superhealthykids.com; bottom
photo courtesy MomEndeavors.com.

 

Recently we showed how to Christmas-ize your breakfast, lunch and dinner. But we saved the crudites for last.

At any holiday gathering, it’s a good idea to have a raw vegetable platter (the French term, crudités, pronounced crew-dee-TAY, sounds much more interesting), along with hummus or a nonfat yogurt-based dip.

But what can you do that’s special for Christmas?

Turn the crudités into a Christmas tree or wreath.

You can do it flat on a platter, or turn into a craft project with a styrofoam base: a cone for a Christmas tree or a ring for a wreath.

And, you can assign it to the kids for their contribution to the festivities.
 
WHAT TO BUY

Broccoli florets make the best base because they evoke an evergreen tree; but decorate your tree or wreath with:

  • Celery sticks (for the trunk)
  • Bell pepper strips for garlands (orange, red, yellow)
  • Carrot circles (use a crinkle cutter)
  • Cauliflower florets
  • Ciliegine (cherry-size mozzarella balls)
  • Grape tomatoes (red and yellow)
  • Mini cucumber and/or zucchini slices
  • Pearl onions
  • Peppadews (red or yellow-orange)
  • Pimento-stuffed olives and
  • Red gaeta, niçoise or other red olive variety
  • Starfruit (carambola) or a yellow bell peppers to make a star (an inexpensive mini cookie cutter set is a great asset, with star, heart, raindrop, flower, triangle and other shapes)
  • Water chestnuts
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    Provide toothpicks to spear the mozzarella balls, olives, etc.
     
    WHAT ABOUT DESSERT?

    For dessert, you can serve a low-calorie wreath or tree of fruit, like this fruit Christmas tree we featured previously.

    But it’s only one of the many options that creative cooks have put together. Here are more designs for fruit Christmas trees.
      




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