Meal Ideas 16 August 2019

Family Meals Matter

(Family Features) For busy families, finding time to eat together isn't always easy, but coming together around the dinner table regularly isn't just about keeping hungry bellies full. Family meals nourish the spirit, brain and overall health.

Children who grow up sharing family meals are also more likely to exhibit prosocial behavior as adults, such as sharing, fairness and respect. Research has also shown that with each additional family meal shared during the week, adolescents are less likely to show symptoms of violence, depression and suicide; less likely to use or abuse drugs or run away; and less likely to engage in risky behavior or delinquent acts.

In addition, adults and children who eat at home more regularly are less likely to suffer from obesity, and increased family meals are associated with greater intake of fruits and vegetables.

If you struggle to make family meal time happen, try these tips from the experts at the Food Marketing Institute Foundation, creators of the National Family Meals Movement, which aims to help families reap the benefits of enjoying more meals together at home. Or you can find inspiration to make one extra family meal happen each week with recipes like Barbecue St. Louis Ribs, Meatballs or Turkey Pot Pie from the family-focused cookbook "Family Table by Robert Irvine."

Plan ahead. Prepare staples or extras of your favorite recipes that you can refrigerate or freeze to use when you're rushed for time.

Mix and match. Challenge yourself to see how many different ways you can use a grocery item until it's gone.

Embrace convenience. Grocery stores have many time-saving solutions, and frozen and canned produce can be quick additions to many recipes.

Incorporate the kids. Involve your children in shopping, meal planning and meal preparation whenever possible.

Make nutritional balance easy. Plan your family's plates by making sure you are getting all the food groups over the course of the day.

"By quieting the noise and being truly present with the people around us, simple tasks you might normally take for granted - like putting a good meal on the table - take on a deeper meaning," Irvine writes in his book. "The meal ceases to be a time for physical nourishment and becomes something that feeds your family's soul. It's not possible to forge that kind of a connection if you've got one eye fixed on your smartphone at the dinner table."

Look for more tips and meal planning resources at your favorite grocery store.

Meatballs

Recipe courtesy of "Family Table by Robert Irvine" on behalf of the Food Marketing Institute Foundation
Serves: 6

  • 1 Spanish white onion
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 cups diced bread (such as baguette)
  • water
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1/2cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 1 pound ground veal
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon fresh Italian parsley, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh oregano, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons grapeseed oil
  • 3 cups basic tomato sauce
  1. In small saucepan over medium heat, sweat onion and garlic.
  2. In large bowl, soak bread in water 1-2 minutes. Strain excess liquid.
  3. In separate large bowl, add eggs, ricotta cheese, Parmesan cheese and onion-garlic mixture. Combine then add ground meat, soaked bread, extra-virgin olive oil, parsley and oregano. Mix thoroughly.
  4. Divide mixture evenly to form 10-12 meatballs and use hands to roll into shape.
  5. In large saute pan over high heat, brown meatballs in grapeseed oil on all sides.
  6. Place browned meatballs in separate saucepot with basic tomato sauce. Bring to simmer and finish cooking, about 1 hour.

Barbecue St. Louis Ribs

Recipe courtesy of "Family Table by Robert Irvine" on behalf of the Food Marketing Institute Foundation
Serves: 12

Barbecue Sauce:

  • 2 cups ketchup
  • 2 cups apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup Dijon mustard
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cayenne pepper
  • 2 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper

Spice Rub:

  • 1/2 cup kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup ground mustard
  • 1/4 cup paprika
  • 1/4 cup black pepper
  • 1/4 cup cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 cup ground white pepper
  • 1/4 cup seafood seasoning
  • 2 tablespoons ground cumin
  • 4 full racks St. Louis-style ribs
  1. To make Barbecue Sauce: In bowl, mix ketchup, vinegar, Dijon mustard, brown sugar, cayenne pepper, salt and black pepper. Transfer to thick-bottomed saucepot over medium-low heat. Allow sauce to warm and mix over heat 10-15 minutes, stirring continuously. Remove and cool.
  2. To make Spice Rub: In bowl, mix salt, ground mustard, paprika, black pepper, cayenne pepper, white pepper, seafood seasoning and cumin. Keep dry and covered until ready to use.
  3. Remove silver skin from bottom side of ribs. Evenly rub each rack with 1/4 cup Spice Rub on top and bottom. Wrap each in plastic wrap and keep overnight in refrigerator or cooler.
  4. Heat smoker with pecan or other fruit wood to 165 F and maintain temperature. Remove plastic and place ribs in smoker 4 hours then check doneness. Ribs should be cooked but not falling off bone.
  5. Remove ribs from smoker and glaze each rack with 1/2 cup Barbecue Sauce. Return to smoker 30-40 minutes. Remove and glaze again with 1/2 cup sauce for each rack and cook 20 minutes.
  6. Remove ribs from smoker. Allow to rest 5 minutes then cut into single or double bone sections and serve.

Turkey Pot Pie

Recipe courtesy of "Family Table by Robert Irvine" on behalf of the Food Marketing Institute Foundation
Serves: 4

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 Spanish white onion, chopped
  • 2 celery ribs, medium diced
  • 3 carrots, small diced
  • 3 cups cooked, shredded turkey (dark meat preferred)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh tarragon, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
  • 4 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 4 cups turkey stock (or leftover gravy)
  • 2 potatoes, peeled and medium diced
  • 1 square prepared puff pastry
  • 1 egg, beaten
  1. Heat oven to 375 F.
  2. In medium saucepot, melt butter; add onion and sweat 4 minutes. Add celery and carrots; cook 4-5 minutes.
  3. Add turkey and cook 4 minutes. Add tarragon, parsley and all-purpose flour; cook 4 minutes. Add stock and bring to simmer. Add potatoes and simmer until fork tender.
  4. Pour filling into pie pan and top with pastry. Brush pastry with egg.
  5. Bake pie 20-30 minutes, or until crust is golden brown.

Photos courtesy of "Family Table by Robert Irvine"

Source: Food Marketing Institute Foundation

Meal Ideas 31 July 2019

Flavorful, On-Trend Asian-Inspired Summer Entertaining

(Family Features) Summer is the perfect time to bring out the grill and enjoy creating a flavorful meal when entertaining your family and friends. While some choose to whip up classic recipes, you can heat things up by taking advantage of all the seasonal ingredients and popular culinary trends, such as opting for authentic, Asian-inspired recipes.

With many Americans opting to eat more ethnic foods, it’s evident that global flavors continue to be on the rise. While Asian flavors are not new, they continue to pique consumers’ curiosity. Incorporating on-trend, plant-based products and ingredients that bring out Asian flavors aid in creating bright and balanced dishes for all your eating occasions both indoors and in the backyard this summer.

Consider these tips to ensure your summer gatherings are ones to remember.

Take Advantage of Seasonal Ingredients
Summer provides a variety of fresh flavors to incorporate into meals, whether you’re stirring up a classic family recipe or something new. Seasonal tastes like tomatoes, peaches, corn, blueberries, avocados and other sun-ripened fruits and vegetables can help showcase the variety of the summer harvest.

Opt for Simple, Flavorful Swaps
From sides to salads and sandwiches, many summer dishes are served with creamy condiments. However, simple, accessible swaps can provide the same robust flavors using fewer, cleaner ingredients. One time-tested example is rice vinegar, which can be an alternative to mayonnaise and creamy dressings. To help elevate the flavors of your summertime dishes with minimal calories, consider an option like the NAKANO lineup of eight delicious rice vinegars, which are made with real rice and the finest ingredients, creating a clean flavor that is smoother and mellow compared to other vinegars. Featuring easy-to-read labels with no more than seven ingredients, it has no added preservatives, no artificial flavors and no high-fructose corn syrup or MSG. These rice vinegars are available in eight delicious varieties, including the new Toasted Sesame Rice Vinegar.

Serve Up On-Trend Asian Dishes
Asian flavors and ingredients continue to be increasingly popular due to delicious flavor profiles combined with vibrant colors and presentation on the plate. When warmer weather calls for lighter meals, go for an option that blends popular culinary trends and adventurous tastes like those typically found in Asian cooking to wow your crowd. Even the most inexperienced of cooks can whip up this Asian Buddha Bowl with Lemon-Tahini Dressing, featuring tofu, nourishing veggies and a sweet-yet-tangy dressing – a combination to leave your guests eager for your next get-together.

For more recipe inspiration and tips for creating fresh summer flavors, visit NAKANOFlavors.com.

Asian Buddha Bowl with Lemon-Tahini Dressing

Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes
Servings: 6

Tofu Marinade:

  • 2          tablespoons NAKANO Seasoned Rice Vinegar or NAKANO Roasted Garlic Rice Vinegar
  • 1/4       cup tamari (Japanese soy sauce)
  • 1          tablespoon sesame oil
  • 2          teaspoons chili paste
  • 2          garlic cloves, diced
  • 2          blocks extra-firm tofu, pressed and cut into 1-inch cubes
  • nonstick cooking spray
  • wooden skewers, soaked in water

Buddha Bowl:

  • 2          cups fresh, shredded carrot
  • 2          cups broccoli, cooked and cut into small florets
  • 3          cups brown rice, cooked
  • 2          teaspoons sesame seeds, toasted

Lemon-Tahini Dressing:

  • 1          tablespoon NAKANO Natural Rice Vinegar or NAKANO Organic Natural Rice Vinegar
  • 2          tablespoons tahini (sesame seed paste)
  • 3          tablespoons sesame oil
  • 1          tablespoon tamari (Japanese soy sauce)
  • 1          tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1          garlic clove, grated
  • 1          teaspoon grated ginger
  • 2          tablespoons lemon juice
  1. To make Tofu Marinade: In small bowl, whisk rice vinegar, tamari, sesame oil, chili paste and diced garlic. Add tofu to bowl and place in refrigerator 10-20 minutes to allow tofu to marinate.
  2. Before lighting grill, spray with nonstick cooking spray then heat grill to medium-high heat. Remove tofu from marinade and thread on skewers. Grill each skewer 10 minutes, turning midway, or to desired doneness.
  3. To make Buddha Bowl: In six bowls, evenly combine carrots, broccoli, baked tofu, brown rice and sesame seeds.
  4. To make Lemon-Tahini Dressing: In medium bowl, whisk rice vinegar, tahini, sesame oil, tamari, maple syrup, garlic, ginger and lemon juice until combined. Top each bowl with dressing, as desired.

Substitutions: Tofu can be substituted with 1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken or top sirloin steak.

Source: NAKANO

Meal Ideas 31 July 2019

Delicious Recipes for Stronger Bones

(Family Features) If an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, it's good to know that a convenient pantry product can help fight osteoporosis – by the spoonful. Over 44 million American women and men aged 50 and older have osteoporosis or low bone mass. About half of American children under 5 years of age don't get enough calcium in their diets. And once children reach their teen years, more than 85% of girls and 60% of boys don't get their recommended daily allowance of calcium.

Since low lifetime calcium intake is one of the risk factors for osteoporosis, it makes sense to start building stronger bones in childhood, then continue through life. One easy and delicious way to automatically increase your family's calcium intake is to sprinkle nonfat dry milk into your recipes. Sprinkle nonfat dry milk into your favorite meatloaf mixture to help keep it moist.
Add it to breads, muffins and cakes for better texture and browning. Fortified with vitamins A and D, with D aiding calcium absorption, the "magic crystals" can also enrich smoothies, egg dishes, dips, puddings, mashed potatoes, soups and sauces.

For more calcium-boosting recipes and information, visit VeryBestBaking.com.

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Creamy Garlic Dip

Servings: 10

  • 1          cup reduced-fat sour cream
    1/2       cup dry Nestlé Carnation Instant Nonfat Dry Milk
    2          tablespoons sliced green onions
    1          tablespoon cider vinegar
    1          clove garlic, finely chopped
    1/2       teaspoon salt
    1/4       teaspoon ground black pepper
  1. In small bowl, combine sour cream, dry milk, green onions, vinegar, garlic, salt and pepper; stir until smooth. Serve with assorted cut-up vegetables.

Nutritional information per serving: 70 calories; 5 g protein; 3 g fat (25 calories from fat); 7 g carbohydrates; 10 mg cholesterol; 0 g fiber; 190 mg sodium; 15% daily value calcium.

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Creamy Fruit Smoothie

Servings: 4

  • 3          cups fresh, frozen (unsweetened) or canned fruit, drained
  • 1 1/3    cups (3.2 ounce envelope) dry Nestlé Carnation Nonfat Dry Milk
  • 1/2       cup water
  • 1/2       cup ice cubes
  • 2          tablespoons granulated sugar (optional)
  • 1          teaspoon vanilla extract
  1. Place fruit, dry milk, water, ice, sugar and vanilla extract in blender; cover. Blend until smooth.

Note: For a tropical drink, try a mixture of mango, papaya and pineapple to make up 3 cups fruit. Follow directions above.

Nutritional information per serving: 150 calories; 9 g protein; 0.5 g fat (5 calories from fat); 28 g carbohydrates; 5 mg cholesterol; 2 g fiber; 125 mg sodium; 30% daily value calcium.

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Zesty Potato Salad

Servings: 8

  • 1/4       cup dry Nestlé Carnation Instant Nonfat Dry Milk
  • 1/4       cup water
  • 1/4       cup Dijon-style mustard
  • 1/2       teaspoon salt
  • 1/4       teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2          pounds (about 6 large) red-skinned potatoes, cut into 1-inch cubes, cooked, drained and cooled
  • 2          cups green beans, cut into 1-inch pieces, blanched (optional)
  • 1          cup chopped red bell pepper
  • 1/4       cup sliced green onions
  • lettuce leaves (optional)
  1. In small bowl, combine dry milk, water, mustard, salt and pepper until well mixed. In large bowl, combine potatoes; green beans, if desired; bell pepper and onions; add milk dressing and toss well to coat. Serve immediately or refrigerate. Serve over lettuce leaves.

Nutritional information per serving: 160 calories; 8 g protein; 1.5 g fat (15 calories from fat); 30 g carbohydrates; 5 mg cholesterol; 4 g fiber; 330 mg sodium; 20% daily value calcium.

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Banana Nut Bread

Servings: 2 loaves

  • 4          cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/3    cups (3.2-ounce envelope) dry Nestlé Carnation Nonfat Dry Milk
  • 4          teaspoons baking powder
  • 1          teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 4          large eggs
  • 3 1/2    cups (about 7 medium) mashed very ripe bananas
  • 2          cups granulated sugar
  • 1          cup vegetable oil
  • 1          cup chopped walnuts
  1. Heat oven to 350° F. Grease two 9-by-5-inch loaf pans.
  2. In medium bowl, combine flour, dry milk, baking powder and cinnamon. In large mixer bowl, beat eggs, bananas, sugar and vegetable oil on medium speed until well blended. Gradually beat in flour mixture; stir in nuts. Spoon into prepared loaf pans.
  3. Bake 60-65 minutes, or until wooden pick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pans on wire racks 10 minutes; remove to wire racks to cool completely.

Nutritional information per serving: 310 calories; 6 g protein; 14 g fat (120 calories from fat); 43 g carbohydrates; 35 mg cholesterol; 2 g fiber; 115 mg sodium; 10% daily value calcium.

 

Confetti Frittata

Servings: 4

  •             Nonstick cooking spray
  • 2          cartons (8 ounces each) egg substitute
  • 1 1/3    cups (3.2-ounce envelope) dry Nestlé Carnation Nonfat Dry Milk
  • 2          cups (8 ounces) shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese
  • 2          cups (about 6 ounces) sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 1/2       cup finely chopped red bell pepper
  • 2          medium green onions, sliced
  • 1/2       teaspoon salt
  • 1/2       teaspoon ground black pepper
  1. Heat oven to 400° F. Spray 10-inch ovenproof skillet with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In medium bowl, combine egg substitute and dry milk; mix thoroughly. Stir in cheese, mushrooms, bell pepper, green onions, salt and black pepper. Pour mixture in prepared skillet.
  3. Bake 30-35 minutes, or until set in center. Cool on wire rack 5 minutes then cut into wedges and serve.

Nutritional information per serving: 300 calories; 38 g protein; 8 g fat (70 calories from fat); 17 g carbohydrates; 15 mg cholesterol; 1 g fiber; 980 mg sodium; 60% daily value calcium.

Photos courtesy of Getty Images

Source: VeryBestBaking.com

Meal Ideas 31 July 2019

Corn Chowder with Poblano

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Corn Chowder with Poblano

Recipe courtesy of Nestlé USA, Inc.
Servings: 6

  • 1          tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1          small onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2       cup chopped red bell pepper
  • 1          poblano chile, deveined, seeded and chopped
  • 2          garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2          packages (16 ounces each) loose-pack frozen whole kernel corn, thawed, divided
  • 1          can (14 1/2 ounces) low-sodium and fat-free chicken broth
  • 1/4       cup water
  • 1          can (12 ounces) Carnation Evaporated Fat Free or low-fat 2% milk
  • salt, to taste (optional)
  • ground pepper, to taste (optional)
  • 1          tablespoon chopped fresh parsley (optional)
  1. In large saucepan over medium-high heat, heat vegetable oil. Add onion, pepper, chile and garlic; cook, stirring occasionally, 3-4 minutes, or until tender. Add 4 cups corn; cook, stirring occasionally, 4-5 minutes, or until tender. Add broth and water; cook, stirring frequently, 15 minutes is very soft.
  2. Place corn mixture in blender or food processor (in batches if necessary); process until smooth. Return to saucepan. Stir in remaining corn and evaporated milk.
  3. Cook 5-10 minutes, stirring frequently, until chowder is thick. Season with salt and pepper. Garnish with parsley.

Note: One small jalapeño can be substituted for poblano chile. Chiles vary in heat level; half a jalapeno may be all you need.

Photo courtesy of Getty Images

Meal Ideas 31 July 2019

Bruschetta Chicken Bake

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Bruschetta Chicken Bake

Recipe courtesy of Stove Top Stuffing
Prep time: 10 minutes
Total time: 40 minutes
Servings: 6

  • 1          can (14 1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1          package (6 ounces) Stove Top Stuffing Mix for Chicken
  • 1/2       cup water
  • 2          cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2    pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-size pieces
  • 1          teaspoon dried basil leaves
  • 1          cup shredded low-moisture part-skim mozzarella cheese
  1. Heat oven to 400° F. Place tomatoes in medium bowl. Add stuffing mix, water and garlic; stir just until stuffing mix is moistened. Set aside.
  2. Place chicken in 13-by-9-inch baking dish; sprinkle with the basil and cheese. Top with stuffing mixture.
  3. Bake 30 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through.

Substitute: Prepare as directed, omitting the garlic and using Stove Top Stuffing Mix Italian Style with Roasted Garlic.

Nutritional information per serving (recipe only): 310 calories; 7 g total fat; 3 g saturated fat; 80 mg cholesterol; 710 mg sodium; 25 g carbohydrates; 2 g dietary fiber; 4 g sugars; 33 g protein; vitamin A 10% DV; vitamin C 15% DV; calcium 20% DV; iron 15% DV.

Meal Ideas 10 June 2019

Make Room for New Favorites on the Grill

(Family Features) Whether firing up the grill for a pool party, barbecue or even just a weeknight meal, one thing’s for sure: summertime means grilling season. Grilling takes many forms and flavors from casual favorites like burgers and hot dogs to flame-kissed vegetables and the artistry of a perfectly done steak. However, the possibilities don’t end there.

By mixing and matching traditional grilled classics with options that have a variety of textures and flavors, you can shake up your at-home menu and add new favorites to your routine this grilling season.

One ingredient to consider adding to your repertoire is Mrs. T’s Pierogies, which are available in 14 flavors. They’re stuffed with creamy mashed potatoes, cheesy goodness and other big, bold flavors, and you can grill them right alongside your favorite barbecue fare. Consider these tips from grilling expert Susie Bulloch of “Hey Grill Hey” to add some new sizzle to your grill this summer by using pierogies.

  • Use good cooking oil to create a crispy exterior. Olive, avocado or canola oil can handle the heat of the grill.
  • Try two-zone cooking. Start by cooking on the low-temperature side of the grill (known as indirect cooking) to slowly heat from frozen. Then move to the hot side of the grill (direct) to add a crisp texture and achieve a golden brown exterior.
  • Add layers of texture. With a soft interior and crispy exterior, pierogies pair well with juicy, chewy protein and a flavorful sauce, enhancing their texture and flavors. You can create these layers with a recipe like Grilled Pierogies with Steak and Chimichurri.
  • Don’t be afraid of color. Grilled to golden brown with aesthetic grill marks, you can add an extra crunch and boost of flavor.

Find more grilling recipes and ideas at mrstspierogies.com.

Grilled Pierogies with Steak and Chimichurri

Recipe courtesy of Susie Bulloch of “Hey Grill Hey”

Pierogies:

  • 1          package Mrs. T’s Classic Onion Pierogies
  • 1-2       tablespoons olive oil

Tri-Tip Steak:

  • 1          teaspoon salt
  • 1          teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2       teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2       teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1          tri-tip steak (2-3 pounds)

Chimichurri Sauce:

  • 1          cup fresh Italian parsley, packed
  • 1/4       cup fresh cilantro
  • 1/2       cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/3       cup red wine vinegar
  • 3-4       garlic cloves, peeled
  • 1          teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1          teaspoon salt
  • 1/2       teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  1. To prepare Pierogies: Toss pierogies in olive oil.
  2. To prepare Tri-Tip Steak: In small bowl, combine salt, pepper, onion powder and garlic powder; season steak on all sides.
  3. To make Chimichurri Sauce: In food processor, pulse parsley, cilantro, olive oil, vinegar, garlic, red pepper, salt and black pepper until well combined but small pieces of herbs remain. Pour into serving bowl, cover and refrigerate until ready to use.
  4. Heat grill to 400° F for two-zone cooking. Grill steak over direct heat 3-4 minutes per side.
  5. After flipping steak, place pierogies over indirect heat.
  6. Close grill lid and cook 3-4 minutes.
  7. Move steak to indirect heat and move pierogies to direct heat.
  8. Remove from grill when pierogies are golden brown and steak is cooked to preferred doneness. Allow steak to rest before slicing.
  9. Layer one pierogy, one slice steak and drizzle of chimichurri sauce to assemble each bite.

Source: Mrs. T’s Pierogies

Meal Ideas 17 May 2019

Picnic-Perfect Plates for Outdoor Dining

(Family Features) Picnics, patio dining and al fresco foods all come to mind when warmer weather allows families and friends to enjoy the flavors of homemade meals in the great outdoors. As you seek out recipes for outdoor entertaining and more, try keeping the options light and simple with dishes that can be created at a moment's notice.

Ruby Beet Chicken Salad Skewers, uniquely flavored with Aunt Nellie's Baby Whole Pickled Beets, can be ready in less than an hour for those last-minute get-togethers. Try this Middle Eastern-Inspired Bean Salad with a touch of za'atar seasoning and READ Bean Salad for a flavorful accompaniment to the main course.

Find more outdoor dining ideas and recipes at auntnellies.com and READsalads.com.

Ruby Beet Chicken Salad Skewers

Prep time: 25 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes
Servings: 8

  • 1 jar (16 ounces) Aunt Nellie's Baby Whole Pickled Beets
  • 2 large boneless, skinless chicken breast halves (about 1 pound)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, plus additional, to taste, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper, plus additional, to taste, divided
  • 4 1/2 tablespoons stone ground mustard, divided
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons, plus 1/3 cup, orange marmalade, divided
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh chives
  • 1 large lemon, zest and juice (1/3 cup juice)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 bag (9 ounces) leafy romaine lettuce pieces
  • 1/3 cup chopped almonds, toasted
  • 1/3 cup crumbled blue, feta or goat cheese
  1. Heat oven to 375 F. Drain beets; set aside.
  2. Season both sides of chicken with salt and pepper, to taste. In small bowl, combine 1 1/2 tablespoons mustard and 1 1/2 tablespoons marmalade. Brush mixture over chicken until completely coated. Bake chicken on rimmed baking sheet lined with aluminum foil about 20-25 minutes, or until juices run clear; set aside.
  3. To make vinaigrette: In medium bowl, combine remaining mustard, remaining marmalade, chives, lemon zest and juice, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Slowly pour in oil while whisking vigorously until completely combined.
  4. Slice cooled chicken into 1-inch pieces. Onto each skewer, thread one beet, one piece of chicken and 4-5 pieces of lettuce; repeat two times for each skewer, adding one beet at ends. Repeat to make eight skewers. Place skewers on large serving platter.
  5. Stir vinaigrette; drizzle lightly over skewers. Sprinkle with almonds and cheese. Serve with remaining vinaigrette.

Middle Eastern-Inspired Bean Salad

Prep time: 20 minutes
Servings: 6

  • 1 can (15 ounces) READ 3 or 4 Bean Salad
  • 1/2 cup cherry or grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1 small cucumber (4-5 inches long) cut in half lengthwise then thinly sliced crosswise
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint
  • 1 small clove garlic, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes

Dressing:

  • 2 tablespoons prepared hummus
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4-1/2 teaspoon za'atar seasoning blend
  1. Drain bean salad. Discard liquid. Place bean salad in large bowl.
  2. Add tomatoes, cucumber, onions, parsley, mint, garlic and red pepper flakes to bean salad. Toss to combine.
  3. To make dressing: In bowl, combine hummus, lemon juice and za'atar seasoning.
  4. Add dressing to salad just before serving; toss to combine well. Serve immediately or chilled.

Source:

Seneca Foods http://www.readsalads.com/

 

Grilling-Tailgating 11 April 2019

Grill Up a Father's Day Feast

(Family Features) Make Father's Day special by combining two of Dad's favorite things - sweet treats and the grill. Hot dogs have gone gourmet and a big, juicy hamburger or steak is a tried-and-true classic. But, this year, show Dad how much you love him with a healthy twist on two American favorites - the chicken wing and watermelon.

If Dad is usually the one manning the grill, review these simple tips for cooking chicken outdoors before you begin:

  • Preheat the grill on high.
  • Make sure the grate is well oiled to prevent sticking.
  • Transport the chicken to the grill on one plate and use a clean plate to take the prepared food back to the kitchen.
  • Use tongs to turn the chicken instead of a fork, which may tear the meat.
  • Keep the grill covered as much as possible for quicker, more even cooking.
  • Have a spray bottle filled with water handy in case of a flare up.
  • Once you remove the chicken from the grill, allow it to "rest" for five minutes so it will retain its juices when cut.

Get the kids involved in the meal preparation by creating a fun dessert. They can use a small ice cream scoop or melon baller to scoop out watermelon, cantaloupe or honeydew. Serve the cool, refreshing treat in a pretty bowl or thread the melon balls onto skewers. Slices of watermelon can also be cut into fun shapes with cookie cutters. Add the shapes to the plate for a fun garnish or place one or two on the rim of a glass to add a festive flair.

Grilling out is a time-honored tradition so fire up the charcoal and let the celebration begin.

Look for more fun ways to enjoy watermelon and sign up for a free newsletter, at www.watermelon.org.

Chipotle Maple Citrus Watermelon Wings

Watermelon Glaze:

  • 2 cups watermelon puree
  • Juice from 3 fresh lemons
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup (can use light version)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground chipotle pepper, or to taste

Chicken:

  • Chicken wings or drumettes
  • 2 cups pineapple juice
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
  • 3 cloves minced fresh garlic
  1. To prepare the watermelon glaze, simmer ingredients together in a heavy saucepan for 20 minutes or until sauce is thick. Makes 2 cups. Keep warm.
  2. To prepare the chicken, place the chicken in a large zipper lock bag with rest of the ingredients and seal tightly. Allow to marinate at least 2 hours or up to 12. Grill until cooked and arrange on a warm platter. Pour the glaze over the chicken and serve immediately.

Source: National Watermelon Promotion Board

Videos 08 April 2019

How to Make Jalapeño Popper Cups

(Family Features) Savor each bite of light and flaky crust filled with a creamy mixture of jalapeños and bacon in these Jalapeño Popper Cups.

For more appetizer recipes, visit culinary.net.

Watch video to see how to make this delicious recipe!

Jalapeño Popper Cups

  • 8              strips bacon, chopped
  • 4              medium jalapeño peppers, seeded and minced
  • 2              teaspoons minced garlic
  • 2              packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese
  • 1/2         cup sour cream
  • 1              cup shredded cheddar cheese, divided
  • 1              package frozen phyllo dough sheets
  • 2              tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
  1. Heat oven 375°F.
  2. In medium skillet over medium-high heat, cook bacon until crisp. Drain bacon; reserve 1 tablespoon grease.
  3. Add jalapeño peppers and minced garlic to bacon grease. Cook until peppers are tender.
  4. In large bowl, beat cream cheese and sour cream until smooth. Stir in bacon, jalapeño mix and 2/3 cup shredded cheese.
  5. Gently fold one pastry sheet in half. Fold in top corners to middle, forming point. Fold bottom corners to middle, forming point. Place phyllo dough in muffin pan cavity, forming cup.
  6. Fill phyllo cups with cream cheese mixture. Sprinkle remaining cheddar cheese over cups.
  7. Bake 7-8 minutes or until heated through. Remove from pan and sprinkle with cilantro.

Recipe adapted from Wilton.

Source: Culinary.net

Healthy 27 March 2019

Creating Healthy Eating Habits

(Family Features) When it comes to eating, it can be difficult to find foods that kids can enjoy while also introducing them to valuable nourishment and health principles.

Instead of giving in to ice cream for every meal or forcing children to eat something their taste buds don’t agree with, there are tasty recipes like Chicken Noodle Soup, Cinnamon-Sprinkled French Toast and Flower Salad that can quench their appetites without giving up nutritional value. These fun recipes can give kids a chance to help in the kitchen, learning important life skills while spending quality time with family.

To find more fun, kid-friendly recipes that include both taste and nourishment, visit culinary.net.

The Classic Kid-Favorite

When mealtime hits and bellies start growling, turn to a classic to keep your kids full and satisfied. Chicken Noodle Soup has always been a favorite among children, so keep tradition alive in your family with this scrumptious recipe. For more delicious chicken recipes, visit eatchicken.com.

Chicken Noodle Soup

Recipe courtesy of National Chicken Council

  • 1 chicken (3 pounds), liver discarded
  • 2 1/2 quarts cold water
  • 4 carrots, peeled and cut into bite-size pieces
  • 2 onions, peeled
  • 2 celery stalks with leaves, cut into 4 pieces
  • 6 cloves garlic, peeled
  • 2 fresh thyme sprigs or 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon whole black peppercorns

Soup:

  • 1 cup small pasta, cooked
  • 1 cup frozen peas, thawed
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons fresh dill, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
  1. To prepare broth: In large pot over high heat, bring chicken and all remaining broth ingredients to boil. Reduce heat to low; skim surface of broth to remove foam. Let simmer 1 1/2 hours, skimming occasionally, and turning chicken. Add more water if necessary to keep chicken submerged.
  2. Remove chicken with tongs and cool. Strain broth through fine sieve. Discard celery, herbs and spices. Reserve onions and carrots. Remove any excess fat from top of broth with spoon.
  3. Pull chicken meat from bones and discard skin and bones. Dice chicken and reserve. Quarter cooked onions, if desired.
  4. To prepare soup: In large pot over high heat, return strained chicken broth and bring to rolling boil. Add reserved onions and carrots. Reduce heat to low; stir in reserved chicken meat, pasta and frozen peas, cooking until warm. Season with salt and pepper. Ladle soup into bowls and top with dill and parsley.

Connect Kids with Food for Healthy Habits

More than nine in 10 millennial moms think it's important for their kids to learn about where their food comes from, and more than three-quarters of those moms actively do things with their kids to help learn just that, according to recent findings.

Building healthy habits is the top reason moms cite for encouraging more learning when it comes to food, according to research conducted by IPSOS on behalf of Cuties – the sweet little clementines. Even when the weather is colder outside, recipes like this Flower Salad can help encourage kids to eat healthy for a lifetime.

For more kid-friendly recipe ideas and content exploring where food comes from, visit cutiescitrus.com/our-story.

Flower Salad

Recipe courtesy of Ellie Krieger
Servings: 1

Flower:

  • 1 Cuties clementine
  • 9-10 thinly sliced strips red bell pepper, cut in 1-inch pieces
  • 1/2 grape tomato
  • 1 celery stick, cut to 3 inches
  • 2 small leaves romaine lettuce
  • 1 piece English cucumber, unpeeled, seeded and cut to 1 1/2 inches then thinly sliced

Dip:

  • 2 tablespoons plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 teaspoon honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  1. Peel clementine and separate sections almost all the way, leaving attached at the base. Place on plate with base down. Place piece of red bell pepper between each citrus section, and half tomato in center to form flower.
  2. Place celery and lettuce leaves underneath as stem and leaves. Arrange cucumber slices below to represent grass.
  3. In small bowl, stir together yogurt, honey and lemon juice.
  4. Serve dip in dish alongside flower, or in a mound underneath cucumber slices.

Nutritional information per serving: 76 calories; 0.5 g total fat; (0.3 g saturated fat, 0.2 g poly fat); 4 g protein; 15 g carbohydrates; 2 g fiber; 2 mg cholesterol; 21 mg sodium.

A Memorable Morning Meal

Whether it’s before school or after sleeping in on a Saturday morning, breakfast is a popular meal for children of all ages. Next time you and your family rise and shine, go with this recipe for Cinnamon-Sprinkled French Toast to keep the whole gang happy. Find more kid-friendly recipes for every meal at nutrition.gov.

Cinnamon-Sprinkled French Toast

Recipe courtesy of the USDA

  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons fat-free milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 slices whole-wheat bread
  • 1 teaspoon soft margarine
  • 4 teaspoons light pancake syrup
  1. In flat-bottomed bowl, crack eggs. Thoroughly whisk in milk and cinnamon. Dip bread slices, one at a time, into egg mixture, wetting both sides. Re-dip, if necessary, until all egg mixture is absorbed into bread.
  2. Meanwhile, heat large, nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add butter. Place dipped bread slices in skillet. Cook 2 1/2-3 minutes per side, or until both sides are golden brown.
  3. Drizzle with syrup. Serve when warm.

Nutritional information per serving: 190 calories; 8 g total fat; (3 g saturated fat); 10 g protein; 19 g carbohydrates; 2 g fiber; 215 mg cholesterol; 250 mg sodium.

Photo courtesy of Getty Images (Chicken soup photo and French toast photo)

Source: Culinary.net

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