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Families Can Reconnect Through Cooking

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Cheeseburger Dinner
Rotisserie Pulled Chicken Salad Sandwiches

(Family Features) - In an increasingly advanced technological world, family members may spend more time looking at a screen than they do at each other. To help bridge that gap and inspire families to enjoy more quality time together, Unilever Foods recently introduced The Family Dish...A Recipe for Fun, a new program encouraging moms to get their families in the kitchen cooking together. 

Lauren Dellabella and Anna Marie Cesario, co-managers of the Unilever Consumer Test Kitchens, agree that cooking is a great creative outlet, and the simple acts of mixing and measuring together can lead to "amazing conversations and memories that last a lifetime."  Among the suggestions from Lauren and Anna Marie, both moms themselves, is using computers or smart phones to access recipes and other cooking-related information. "This is your chance to simply cook, connect and spend quality time together," advises Ms. Dellabella.

To provide families with the inspiration they need to take the first step, The Family Dish website features budget-friendly and palate-pleasing recipes made with popular pantry staples; the professional knowledge and personal experience of Unilever Consumer Kitchens' experts; and the hands on stories and videos from trusted mom bloggers. There's also an exclusive cookbook with easy-to-prepare and tasty recipes from the Unilever Consumer Test Kitchens.

Here are some family-friendly recipes to help your family discover the fun of cooking together. Find more at www.TheFamilyDish.com.

Cheeseburger Dinner

Ingredients
  • 1 package Knorr Rice Sides - Cheddar Broccoli
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon I Can't Believe It's Not Butter! Spread
  • 1 large tomato, coarsely chopped
  • 1 pound lean ground beef

Preparation
    1. Prepare Rice Sides with water and spread according to package directions, stirring in tomato with contents of package.
    2. Meanwhile, brown ground beef in 10-inch skillet over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally; drain. Toss with hot Rice Sides.
    3. Top, if desired, with tomato slices.

Preparation Time
5 minutes

Cook Time
10 minutes

Serves
4 servings

Rotisserie Pulled Chicken Salad Sandwiches

Ingredients
  • 4 cups shredded rotisserie or leftover chicken
  • 1/2 cup Hellmann's or Best Foods Real Mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons barbecue sauce
  • 1 cup finely sliced celery
  • 1/2 cup shredded carrots
  • 8 potato buns or soft hamburger buns
  • 8 slices American, cheddar or pepper Jack cheese
  • 8 lettuce leaves

Preparation
    1. Combine chicken, mayonnaise, barbecue sauce, celery and carrots in medium bowl. Season, if desired, with salt and black pepper.
    2. Spoon chicken salad onto rolls, then top with cheese and lettuce.

Preparation Time
25 minutes

Serves
8 servings

Notes, Tips & Suggestions
Note: Recipe can be halved.

SOURCE: Unilever



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