To your health

If you are looking for a miracle food, consider the produce aisle. Fruits and vegetables supply us with a wealth of vital nutrients, fiber and powerful health-protecting antioxidants, all for very few calories. But most people don't get nearly enough.

One way to boost your produce quotient without even realizing it is to sneak fruits and vegetables into dishes. Here are three ways to do it deliciously:

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•Stir pureed winter squash or pumpkin into soups and casseroles, such as macaroni and cheese. It adds body, flavor and nutrition.

•Add finely grated carrot to meatballs or meatloaf. It will help maintain moisture and add flavor and texture.

•Add mashed banana or applesauce to muffin or pancake batter for added moisture and sweetness.

Wine of the week

Region: Rhone Valley, France

Price: About $14

Style: Rich and full-bodied

What it goes with: stews, roasts, lamb chops

Domaine Les Grands Bois in Sainte-Cecile-les-Vignes Cotes du Rhone Cuvee Les Trois Soeurs is a blend of two-thirds grenache with one third syrah and carignan.

The 2009 has a spicy, character, richly perfumed and full-bodied, tasting of wild berries and herbs.

Share your family recipes

Got a family recipe for a dish everyone raves about?

Whether it's Grandma's meatloaf of Dad's homemade pasta sauce, recipes passed down hold a special place in our lives.

We want you to share - and you'll get other families' heirloom treasures in return through a Legacy Recipes column Tuesdays in The Press.

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