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Dish Garnishes - Think Beyond Parsley for Taste and Nutrition
Information provided by the American Dietetic Association: Your Link to Nutrition & Health

They make your meal appealing with color and texture and can add nutritional value, too. Nowadays when it comes to dish garnishes, anything goes.

  • Decorate soups with an avocado slice dipped in lemon; shredded carrot; minced chives; sprigs of fresh herbs; orange peel strips; grated cheese or a dollop of low-fat sour cream.
  • Top cooked vegetables with toasted almonds; toasted pine nuts; stir-fried onion slices; chopped lean ham or chopped olives.
  • In drinks add a sprig of mint; orange, lime or lemon slices; fresh, whole berries or a cinnamon stick.
  • Complement meat, poultry or fish with tomato slices; a small bunch of grapes; lemon and lime wedges or a grilled peach or pear half.
For 21st-century garnishing, think outside the box, crate, bottle or garden. Go beyond the basics and decorate your plate with color, variety, taste and fun.


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