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Recipe: Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire

Chestnuts are tasty and healthy

From cookies and sweets, to rich dinners and festive holiday drinks every ethnicity has its own traditions. This season, join us on a cultural journey to learn about a variety of culinary delights to celebrate the season. Some food items are already healthy, while others can be made healthier with revisions to the recipes. Have some fun and add some interesting new flavors to your dinner table this season!

Our holiday recipe series continues with a look at what you can do with chestnuts, a favorite in Continental Europe.

When you think of chestnuts, the first thing that comes to mind may be the lyrics “Chestnuts roasting on an open fire…” sung by Nat King Cole. The chestnut tree is native to the Americas and Asia and has been a popular nut throughout the world for centuries. Today, they are a tasty nut that is popular in Continental Europe.

This year, if you are looking to put a twist on your Christmas dinner, chestnuts might be just the thing. Fresh chestnuts are available from fall through February, which makes them a perfect holiday treat. You can buy them fresh, ground, dried, puréed or vacuum-packed.

While tree nuts are typically high in fat with a moderate amount of protein and low in carbohydrate, chestnuts are unique in that they are high in carbohydrate and low in fat and protein. They also contain potassium, B and C vitamins. One ounce of roasted chestnuts contains 70 calories and 15 grams of carbohydrate. They can be added to salads, soups, stuffing and even desserts. For recipes and more info, take a look at http://www.bbc.co.uk/food/chestnut

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