Meal Ideas 09 January 2020

Go Long on Game Day

Ready-for-action recipes to feed fans

(Family Features) When game day arrives and your crowd is ready to crank up the heat, turning to appetizers and dishes that feed the whole group can help save the season. You can defend against overly complicated recipes with long cook times by instead opting for finger foods and handheld snacks that allow for more pregame prep and less cleanup after the final whistle.

For example, setting up a chili bar allows for convenient eating throughout the game as it's easy to keep warm for hours. To give your guests a variety of flavors to choose from, these recipes for bacon-wrapped potatoes and ribs glazed with a sweet-hot sauce involve short ingredients lists and simple preparation to keep you out of the kitchen and into the game.

To find more recipe inspiration for game day, visit Culinary.net.

A Perfect Pregame Warmup

As one of the ultimate comfort foods, chili is an ideal watch-party snack: easy to prepare, stays warm in a slow cooker and can be personalized by guests with a wide variety of toppings. Consider adorning your bowl with a combination of these add-ons:

  • Shredded cheese
  • Sour cream
  • Ketchup
  • Hot sauce
  • Jalapenos
  • Green onions
  • Chives
  • Olives
  • Diced avocado
  • Diced tomato
  • Bacon bits
  • Corn chips
  • Crackers

Score Big with Little Potatoes

Part of the fun of the Big Game is the food, and you can score big points by serving up crowd-pleasing sides and snacks. For a familiar spin on a football-watching favorite, try these Pigskin Potatoes: a classic combination of little potatoes and melted cheese wrapped with bacon.

There's no fumbling around with this game day snack made with Creamer potatoes from The Little Potato Company. With no washing or peeling required, little potatoes cook in next to no time whether they are boiled, roasted or smashed. You can be the MVP of your kitchen without missing a second of the action.

Visit littlepotatoes.com/gameday for more game day recipe inspiration and to find a store near you.

Pigskin Potatoes

Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 44 minutes
Servings: 8

  • 1 bag (1 1/2 pounds) Dynamic Duo or Terrific Trio Little Potatoes
  • 6 ounces plain cream cheese at room temperature
  • 1/3 cup finely shredded orange cheddar cheese
  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped fresh chives
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 jalapeno, finely diced (optional)
  • 1 pound thinly sliced bacon, rashers cut in half
  1. Heat oven to 400° F.
  2. Boil potatoes until fork tender, approximately 15-20 minutes. Cut in half and allow to cool.
    In bowl, use spatula to combine cream cheese, cheddar, chives, salt, pepper and jalapeno, if desired.
  3. Once chilled, spread cream cheese on half of cut potatoes and sandwich each with other halves. Wrap each potato using half rasher of bacon around cut middle to ensure cheese doesn't escape.
  4. Bake on middle rack 10 minutes. Flip and bake 10 minutes.
  5. Turn oven to broil. Broil 2 minutes, turn once and broil 2 minutes until bacon reaches desired crispiness.

Tip: Boil potatoes 2 days ahead. Fill and wrap potatoes 1 day ahead then bake and serve on game day.

A Sweet-Heat Snack

Finger foods and watch parties go hand-in-hand, which is why these baby back ribs are ideal for grabbing a couple (or more) and heading to your favorite spot on the couch. Glazed with a mixture of honey, chipotle peppers and mangoes for some sweet heat, they're cooked low and slow for fall-off-the-bone flavor.

Just wrap the ribs and sauce in aluminum foil, place over low indirect heat and let your grill do the work. To help simplify game day, try cooking a day in advance and warm in the oven a couple hours prior to kickoff.

Find more game day recipes at honey.com.

Baby Back Ribs with Honey, Chipotle and Mango Glaze

Recipe courtesy of the National Honey Board
Servings: 8

  • 2 racks baby back ribs
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 can chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
  • 4 ripe mangoes, cubed
  • 1 cup honey
  1. Remove ribs from package; rinse and pat dry. Remove membrane. Place in shallow pan, sprinkle with salt and pepper and set aside.
  2. In small saucepan over medium heat, cook chipotle peppers, mangoes and honey, stirring constantly, until cooked down and thick enough to coat back of spoon.
  3. Heat grill to 225-240° F.
  4. Wrap ribs and 2/3 of sauce mixture tightly in aluminum foil and place over indirect heat. Close lid. After 2 hours, flip ribs and cook 2 hours. Open aluminum and remove ribs, place directly on grill and brush with remaining sauce. Cook 30 minutes. Remove from grill and serve hot.

Photos courtesy of Getty Images (main image and Baby Back Ribs with Honey, Chipotle and Mango Glaze)

Source: The Little Potato Company

Dessert 16 December 2019

A Frozen, Kid-Friendly Dessert

(Family Features) As families look to incorporate more nutritious dishes into meals from morning to night, using kid-friendly recipes can help make the process easier and more fun.

To help make it easier for busy parents to plan and serve healthier meals, registered dietitian Melanie Marcus, Dole’s nutrition and health communications manager, created a series of enchanted frozen fruit- and vegetable-based dishes including main courses, smoothies, desserts, sides and more. For example, these Roll Your Own Snow Cones can appease those dessert cravings.

This and other family-friendly recipes are part of Dole’s healthy-living alliance with Disney’s Frozen 2. For details, visit dole.com/Disney. Follow Dole at #Dole and #DoleRecipes.

Roll Your Own Snow Cones

Prep time: 20 minutes, plus chilling time  
Cook time: 5 minutes  
Servings: 8

  • 1          cup DOLE® Blueberries
  • 6          tablespoons honey, divided
  • 1          tablespoon fresh lemon juice from Dole Lemon, divided
  • 6          tablespoons water, divided
  • 1          cup Dole Raspberries
  • 1          cup hulled and quartered Dole Strawberries
  • 6          cups ice cubes
  1. In blender on high, puree blueberries, 2 tablespoons honey, 1 teaspoon lemon juice and 2 tablespoons water until smooth; transfer to small saucepan. Repeat process with raspberries, 2 tablespoons honey, 1 teaspoon lemon juice and 2 tablespoons water then strawberries with remaining honey, lemon juice and water, transferring each to separate small saucepans.
  2. Heat blueberry, raspberry and strawberry mixtures over medium heat 5 minutes, or until thickened; remove from heat and strain mixtures separately into three small bowls. Loosely cover bowls with plastic wrap; refrigerate 2 hours.
  3. In blender on high, blend ice, in 4 batches, until “shaved,” transferring each batch to medium bowl and freezing between batches.
  4. Divide shaved ice into eight (8-ounce) cups; drizzle with desired fruit mixtures.

Approximate nutritional information per serving (1 snow cone): 71 calories; 2 calories from fat; 0 g fat; 0 g trans fat; 0 g polyunsaturated fat; 0 g monounsaturated fat; 0 mg cholesterol; 1 mg sodium; 72 mg potassium; 19 g carbohydrates; 2 g fiber; 16 g sugars; 0 g protein; vitamin A 0%; vitamin C 20%; calcium 0%; iron 2%; vitamin E 2%; thiamin 2%; vitamin B6 2%; phosphorus 0%; magnesium 2%; manganese 10%.

Source:  Dole/Disney

Meal Ideas 23 August 2019

Take Down a Tantalizing Tailgate

(Family Features) Whether you prefer watching your favorite teams in-person or on TV, tailgate season means it's time to break out your party's favorite foods from appetizers and snacks to all-out meals.

Go long for a touchdown-worthy tailgate or settle in for game day on the couch with these recipes for a bold burger, sweet-and-spicy wings and creamy coleslaw. For an appetizing pregame warmup, try this assortment of nacho toppings to give your whole party something to cheer about.

Find more recipes to amp up your tailgate atmosphere at Culinary.net.

Homemade Nachos Worth the Hype

A truly beneficial start to the day is usually centered around breakfast. Start your family on the right foot with a meal that delivers sweet flavor along with nutritious fruits.

This Honey Leches French Toast recipe swaps out syrup for hot honey combined with the crisp taste of raspberries, blueberries and strawberries.

Visit honey.com for more family-friendly recipes.

Perfect for pairing with game day dishes of nearly any variety, nachos allow a special amount of personalization for guests of all ages and taste preferences. Along with tortilla chips, of course, try nibbling on these topping options throughout your party:

  • Shredded cheese
  • Melted nacho cheese
  • Sour cream
  • Guacamole
  • Salsa
  • Black olives
  • Shredded meat
  • Sliced peppers
  • Diced tomatoes
  • Corn
  • Beans

A Flavorful, Exotic Spin

No tailgate is complete without a game day staple: burgers. For a twist on tradition, try serving a different style of beef to give guests a new take on an all-time favorite.

This Grass-Fed Wagyu Burger with Red Radish Chili Pickles uses First Light 100% grass-fed Wagyu beef from New Zealand, home to some of the world's most natural tasting beef and lamb. With cattle allowed to roam and graze freely over lush green hills and pastures all day, every day, the result is a tender, flavorful meat that tastes as nature intended.

Remember to cook the patties quickly over high heat to help retain juiciness, tenderness and flavor. With a touch of chili pepper in the pickles, you can add just enough spice with a sweet kick.

Find more recipes for game day gatherings at beefandlambnz.com.

Grass-Fed Wagyu Burger with Red Radish Chili Pickles

Red Radish Chili Pickles:

  • 2 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 tablespoons sliced fresh red chili peppers
  • 1/2 cup sliced red radish

Wagyu Burgers:

  • 1 1/3 pounds First Light New Zealand Grass-Fed Wagyu Grind
  • salt, to taste
  • pepper, to taste
  • 1 teaspoon grainy mustard (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons rice bran oil
  • 4 hamburger buns
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 4 lettuce leaves
  • 2 vine-ripened tomatoes, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons onion jam
  1. To make Red Radish Chili Pickles: In small saucepan, heat vinegar, water and sugar. Add chili and radish; remove from heat.
  2. To make Wagyu Burgers: Season Wagyu grind with salt and pepper, to taste. Mix in mustard, if desired. Form into four patties.
  3. Lightly brush both sides of burgers with oil. In frying pan, sear burgers over high heat then reduce heat to medium and cook until well caramelized. Flip and repeat process on other side.
  4. In frying pan, lightly toast burger buns.
  5. Spread mayonnaise on buns; top with lettuce, tomato and burger.
  6. Spread spoonful onion jam on each burger then finish with Red Radish Chili Pickles.

Crunch into Coleslaw

Appetizers, main courses and snacks may dominate many tailgate parties, whether at home or the stadium, but don't forget to incorporate sides that can accompany all the flavors of your festivities.

This Honey-Dill Coleslaw, for example, makes for a complementary dish to just about any protein from burgers to wings and beyond. Plus, with only a few simple ingredients, it's an easy side to whip up yourself or enlist help from an eager guest.

Find more sweet side recipes at honey.com.

Honey-Dill Coleslaw

Recipe courtesy of the National Honey Board
Servings: 4

  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried dill weed
  • 1 package (16 ounces) coleslaw mix
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced onion
  • salt, to taste
  • pepper, to taste
  1. In small bowl, combine honey, sour cream and dill.
  2. In large bowl, toss coleslaw mix with onion and honey-sour cream mixture. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Serve immediately.

A Sweet-Hot Handheld

Ditch the plates and dive right into a sweet and spicy snack perfect for the whole party with these Honey-Sriracha Grilled Wings.

To help simplify prep, try grilling ahead of time and keep in the oven until guests arrive. Or, if you're tailgating in style at the stadium, toss into a pan and cover with foil to keep them warm until it's time for a bite.

Visit honey.com to find more tailgating recipes.

Honey Sriracha Grilled Wings

Recipe courtesy of the National Honey Board
Servings: 8

  • 4 pounds fresh chicken wings
  • water
  • 3 cups rice wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup Sriracha sauce
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 2 cups honey, divided
  1. Heat grill to 225-240 F.
  2. In large bowl, rinse wings with cool water. Add rice wine vinegar, Sriracha, salt and 1 cup honey. Fold to incorporate all ingredients and coat wings evenly.
  3. Place wings on grill, cover with lid and cook 12-14 minutes before turning once and cooking additional 15-18 minutes.
  4. Open lid and turn wings. Brush remaining honey on wings. Cook 5-8 minutes, remove from heat and serve.

Source: New Zealand Beef & Lamb

Breakfast & Brunch 09 August 2019

School Day Solutions

Family-friendly recipes for breakfast, lunch and dinner

(Family Features) Morning routines, homework, practices and more are all part of back-to-school season, and even when time is short, flavorful meals can be, too.

Whether it’s breakfast and dinner together as a family or sending your little learner out the door with a nutritious lunch, making tasty recipes in your own kitchen doesn’t have to be a drain on an already busy schedule. With dishes like a new take on French toast to a quickly packed lunchbox and bolder burgers, you can keep your loved ones fueled for everything the school year brings your way.

For more back-to-school recipes, visit Culinary.net.

Freshen Up Family Breakfasts

A truly beneficial start to the day is usually centered around breakfast. Start your family on the right foot with a meal that delivers sweet flavor along with nutritious fruits.

This Honey Leches French Toast recipe swaps out syrup for hot honey combined with the crisp taste of raspberries, blueberries and strawberries.

Visit honey.com for more family-friendly recipes.

Honey Leches French Toast

Recipe courtesy of chef Rob Corliss on behalf of the National Honey Board
Servings: 4

Honey Leches:

  • 2          tablespoons blueberry honey
  • 1/4       cup evaporated milk
  • 1/4       cup light coconut milk
  • 3          large eggs
  • 1          teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2       teaspoon ground cinnamon

Berry Garnish:

  • 1/2       cup fresh raspberries
  • 1/2       cup fresh blueberries
  • 1/2       cup fresh strawberries, sliced

Hot Honey:

  • 1/2       cup blueberry honey
  • 1/2       teaspoon cayenne pepper

Pound Cake:

  • 8          small slices premade pound cake
  • nonstick cooking spray
  1. To make Honey Leches: In mixing bowl, whisk blueberry honey, evaporated milk, coconut milk, eggs, vanilla extract and cinnamon to evenly combine. Keep chilled.
  2. To make Berry Garnish: In mixing bowl, lightly toss raspberries, blueberries and strawberries to evenly combine. Keep chilled.
  3. To make Hot Honey: In small mixing bowl, whisk blueberry honey and cayenne pepper to evenly combine. Keep warm so hot honey is pourable.
  4. Heat electric griddle to 375° F.
  5. Arrange pound cake slices, side by side, flat, in casserole dish or pan with sides. Pour Honey Leches over and around pound cake slices; soak 1 minute.
  6. Lightly coat griddle with nonstick cooking spray. Remove pound cake slices from Honey Leches, allowing liquid to drain off, then place each slice on hot griddle.
  7. On griddle, cook pound cake slices approximately 2 minutes on each side until golden crispy and hot throughout.
  8. To serve, place two overlapping pound cake slices on plate (four plates total). Top each with approximately 1/4 cup mixed berries then drizzle each with approximately 2 tablespoons hot honey.

A Healthy, Happy Midday Meal

Back to school means back to packing daily lunches, and for parents aspiring to send healthier options with their children, look no further than a bento box loaded with the nutritional values of fruits, dairy and protein.

Surprise your little one with this Happy Lunchbox, a sweet treat to help keep him or her hydrated throughout the school day. Start with watermelon, a portable, versatile and easy-to-serve staple composed of 92% water for a hydrating snack. Add in a favorite yogurt flavor, mixed berries, cheddar cheese cubes and smoked turkey breast for a well-rounded lunch to maintain energy all day.

By assembling this nutritious meal using a divided bento box, you can add a little fun to an already flavorful lunch. Find more refreshing recipes for back-to-school season at watermelon.org.

Happy Lunchbox

Recipe courtesy of the National Watermelon Promotion Board

  • Watermelon, cut into sticks
  • yogurt, for dipping berries

Watermelon Kebabs:

  • 18        cubes (1 inch each) seedless watermelon
  • 6          cubes smoked turkey breast
  • 6          cubes cheddar cheese
  • 6          coffee stirrers or beverage straws
  1. In small plate with dividers, assemble watermelon sticks with yogurt in one section and berries in separate section.
  2. To make Watermelon Kebabs: Skewer watermelon, turkey and cheese cubes on stirrers or straws. Assemble in third section of plate.

A Bigger, Bolder Burger

Making a meal everyone loves can sometimes be a challenge when tastes differ and each member of the family craves something different. However, turning to a nearly universally enjoyed staple – a burger – may be just the solution.

Next time your group debates the night’s dinner menu, turn to a customizable creation like the Brooklyn Bacon Bonanza Burger created by celebrity chef and author George Duran for Jarlsberg’s Global Burger Campaign. Topped with melted cheese and optional garnishes like fried eggs and tomato slices, this burger can be personalized to appease the taste buds of everyone under your roof.

Find more back-to-school meal solutions at jarlsberg.com.

Brooklyn Bacon Bonanza Burger

Recipe courtesy of chef George Duran on behalf of Jarlsberg
Servings: 4

  • 4          thick chunks Jarlsberg cheese
  • 1          tablespoon hot sauce
  • 1/4       cup mayonnaise
  • 1          pound ground beef
  • 1/2       pound ground pork
  • 1          onion, finely chopped (about 1 cup)
  • 1          cup chopped cooked bacon
  • 3          tablespoons sundried tomato paste
  • 3          tablespoons breadcrumbs
  • kosher salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • nonstick cooking spray
  • 4          eggs for frying (optional)
  • 4          hamburger buns
  • 8          thin slices tomato
  1. Place cheese in freezer about 1 hour ahead of time.
  2. Heat grill to medium-high heat. In small bowl, mix hot sauce and mayonnaise; set aside.
  3. In large bowl, season beef, pork, onion, bacon, tomato paste and breadcrumbs with salt and pepper. Using hands, mix until well combined.
  4. Using hands, form meat mixture into four balls. With thumb, make indentation in centers of balls and place one chunk cheese in center of each. Begin shaping burgers around cheese until patties form.
  5. Spray grill grates with nonstick spray. Grill burgers, turning frequently, until cooked through and cheese begins to ooze out, about 8-10 minutes.
  6. In nonstick skillet, fry eggs, if desired; set aside. Serve burgers on hamburger buns with chipotle-mayo, tomato slices and fried eggs.

Photo courtesy of Getty Images (French toast)

Source:  National Watermelon Promotion Board

Beverages 22 July 2019

5 Easy Summer Recipes for Kids to Enjoy

Save time by creating quick recipes made with nutritious, fresh milk 

(Family Features) Summer is busy, so a helping of no-cook options, especially those you can make in advance, are welcomed by many home chefs. When you shop online for groceries and include fresh, cold milk in your basket, you can make every second of summer count.

When you mix summer favorites with real dairy milk, you serve nutrients your kids need with the flavors they love. Try these five flavorful recipes that feature fresh milk so you can “breakfast and chill” with your kids this summer.

For more summer recipe inspiration, visit milklife.com. Next time you shop on Amazon Fresh or Instacart, be sure to add fresh, cold milk to your cart.

Creamy Green Goddess Smoothie Drink your vegetables with this take on your favorite salad that kids love, too. The goodness of this Green Goddess Smoothie starts with fresh milk mixed with avocado, spinach, banana and pineapple.

Acai Bowl You’ll say “ahh” to acai when you blend a batch of this antioxidant-rich Brazilian berry with ice-cold, fresh milk and top your bowl with coconut, granola and fresh fruit.

Creamy Vanilla Berry Ice Pops   These Creamy Vanilla Berry Ice Pops are perfect for breakfast or as a snack. This recipe includes farm-fresh milk and in-season berries, so this homemade option is a more nutritious option than store-bought ice pops. 

Berry Berry Smoothie There’s a reason not to mess with the classics – almost everyone loves them. For an easy and delicious summertime smoothie, simply mix ice-cold milk with fresh berries, honey and vanilla. This chilled combination can satisfy even the pickiest palates.

Super Food Smoothie Fresh ingredients, including cold milk, make this smoothie super tasty, super fast and super easy. Blend blueberries and bananas with your pantry staples, including honey and vanilla extract, for a tall, frosty glass of delicious.

Source: MilkPEP

Videos 21 June 2019

On-the-Go Breakfast Options

(Family Features) If you’re in need of a quick breakfast, consider starting your day with one of these tasty breakfast ideas. This on-trend Acai Bowl with Whole-Wheat Toast provides a flavorful serving of fresh fruits while Overnight Oats can be made the night before for a grab-and-go solution as you head out the door in the morning.

Find more breakfast recipes at Culinary.net.

Watch video to see how to make these recipes!

Acai Bowl with Whole-Wheat Toast

  • 1          frozen acai smoothie pack (100 milligrams)
  • 1          cup low-fat milk
  • 1          medium frozen banana, sliced
  • 1          cup fresh or frozen mixed berries
  • 2          slices whole-wheat bread
  • fresh blueberries
  • granola
  • coconut flakes
  1. Under warm water, thaw frozen acai smoothie pack about 5 seconds.
  2. In blender, combine acai, milk, banana and mixed berries. Blend until smooth.
  3. Toast bread slices to desired doneness.
  4. Pour acai mixture into bowl and garnish with blueberries, granola and coconut flakes before serving. Serve with toast.

Overnight Oats

  • 1/3       cup old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/2       cup low-fat milk
  • 1/4       teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2          tablespoons mixed dried fruit
  • 1          tablespoon walnuts, chopped
  • 1          tablespoon honey
  1. In bowl or jar, combine oats, milk and vanilla extract. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  2. Before serving, stir in dried fruit, walnuts and honey.

Recipes adapted from MilkPEP

Source: Culinary.net

Meal Ideas 03 June 2019

Spice Up Summer with Grilled Kebabs

(Family Features) Fire up your summer cookouts with crowd-pleasing kebabs, which are easy to prepare and fun to experiment with because you can use nearly any combination of meats and veggies.

Skip the typical steak and try an option like Maple Leaf Farms duck breast instead. Because it’s a red meat, duck has a texture similar to steak. Plus, it’s a lighter option that’s lower in fat and calories than other red meats, and its mild flavor easily adapts to a variety of cuisines.

The Asian marinade in this Thai Barbecue Duck Kebabs recipe coats crunchy veggies and chunks of juicy, tender duck with a sweet and tangy glaze. The combination of charred, colorful veggies and smoky, grilled duck can leave your family and friends asking for more.

Find more grilling recipes and tips for cooking with duck at mapleleaffarms.com.

Thai Barbecue Duck Kebabs

Prep time: 25 minutes plus 2-6 hours inactive
Cook time: 10 minutes
Servings: 6

  • 1          cup soy sauce
  • 1/2       cup rice vinegar
  • 1/2       cup brown sugar
  • 1/4       cup honey
  • 2          teaspoons sesame oil
  • 1          teaspoon fresh ginger, minced
  • 2          teaspoons fresh garlic, minced
  • 2          teaspoons red chili pepper, finely minced
  • 1/4       cup cilantro, minced
  • 3          Maple Leaf Farms All Natural Boneless Duck Breasts, thawed and skin removed
  • 1          teaspoon cornstarch
  • 2          teaspoons cold water
  • 3          red bell peppers, cored, seeded and cut into 2-inch chunks
  • 12        green onions, cut into 3-inch pieces
  • 2          zucchini, cut into 1-inch thick slices
  1. In bowl, whisk soy sauce, rice vinegar, brown sugar, honey, sesame oil, ginger, garlic, red chili pepper and cilantro. Set aside.
  2. Cut duck breast meat into 2-inch cubes and place in container. Pour 1/2 bowl of marinade over duck. Cover and refrigerate 2-6 hours.
  3. In small saucepan over low heat, simmer remaining marinade 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Dissolve cornstarch in water and add to sauce. Simmer 2 minutes. Remove from heat.
  4. Heat grill to medium heat.
  5. Drain duck and discard its marinade.
  6. Thread duck on skewers, alternating with pieces of red bell pepper, green onion and zucchini.
  7. Grill skewers 3-4 minutes on each side. When done, duck should be slightly pink in center.
  8. Serve kebabs with room temperature sauce.

Source:

Maple Leaf Farms

Videos 14 May 2019

Sensational Salads

Add fruits, veggies to meals for plant-forward nutrition

(Family Features) Adding more fruits and vegetables is one of the simplest ways to make at-home meals healthier for your family.

Focusing your plate on more of the good stuff – vegetables, fruits, whole grains, legumes, nuts, plant-based proteins, lean animal proteins and fish – can help you cut back on the not-so-good stuff, including refined carbohydrates, added sugars, processed meats, sodium and saturated and trans fats, according to the American Heart Association.

While some may think meat makes the meal and it can be part of an overall healthy eating pattern, a survey from Aramark, the largest U.S. based food service company, found many people want to ease up on meat consumption, and 2 out of 3 want to eat more fruits and vegetables. The company made sweeping changes to incorporate more plants into its menus, resulting in meals with fewer calories, less saturated fat and reduced sodium.

Punching up the plants on your plate can lead to better nutrition in your house, too. Try putting vegetables and fruits center-stage with these heart-healthy salads.

To help encourage healthier communities, the American Heart Association and Aramark have made it simple for you to learn better nutrition and lifestyle habits and to share that information. For more recipes, tips and resources, visit heart.org/healthyforlife.

Make the Most of Seasonal Fruits and Veggies
For many people, warmer weather means more time outdoors and food cooked on the grill. To help make your meals more nutritious, consider these ideas to choose, store and enjoy warm-weather fruits and veggies:

Corn
Straight from the cob, sweet corn is packed with fiber and antioxidants and can be grilled, boiled or even microwaved. Try tossing it with a small amount of light mayonnaise, lime juice, smoked paprika and cayenne pepper for a simple version of Mexican Street Corn.

Cucumbers
Prep is a breeze with cucumbers, which can be eaten raw with or without the peel. For a no-fuss salad, toss together cucumbers, onion and fresh dill then add a dash of sugar, salt and pepper plus a splash of cider vinegar.

Tomatoes
Full of nutrients, including vitamins A and C and the antioxidant lycopene, tomatoes are a popular option for seasonal dishes. Store them stem-up on the counter, rather than in the fridge, to prevent bruising and enhance the flavor.

For more ways to introduce fruits and veggies to fresh, seasonal meals, visit Aramark’s wellness blog at fyp365.com.

Tangy Kale Slaw with Cilantro and Honey

Recipe courtesy of Aramark
Servings: 6

  • 2          tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1          tablespoon light mayonnaise
  • 1          tablespoon honey
  • 1 1/2    teaspoons cilantro leaves, washed and chopped
  • 1          teaspoon lime juice
  • 1/4       teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/8       teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2          cups kale leaves, washed, shredded and stems removed
  • 1/2       cup red cabbage leaves, washed and shredded
  • 1/2       cup carrot, trimmed and shredded
  • 1/4       cup green onion, trimmed and thinly sliced
  1. In bowl, combine vinegar, mayonnaise, honey, cilantro, lime juice, salt and pepper. Whisk until well blended.
  2. Add kale, red cabbage, carrot and onion. Toss to coat.
  3. Cover and keep chilled prior to serving.

Nutritional information per serving: 40 calories; 1 g protein; 1 g fiber.

Watch video to see how to make this delicious recipe!

Black-Eyed Pea, Corn and Rice Salad

Recipe courtesy of the American Heart Association
Servings: 6

  • 2          cans (15 1/2 ounces each) no-salt-added or low-sodium black-eyed peas, rinsed and drained
  • 1          can (15 1/4 ounces) low-sodium or no-salt-added whole-kernel corn
  • 1          package (8 1/2 ounces) brown rice, microwaved according to package directions and broken into small pieces
  • 2          medium ribs celery, chopped
  • 1          medium bell pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 1/4       cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1          tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1          tablespoon water
  • 1/8       teaspoon black pepper
  1. In large bowl, stir peas, corn, rice, celery, pepper, parsley, olive oil, water and black pepper until combined.

Nutritional information per serving: 231 calories; 10 g protein; 7 g fiber.

Simple Persian Salad

Recipe courtesy of the American Heart Association
Servings: 4

  • 2          medium cucumbers, seeded and diced
  • 4          medium tomatoes, diced
  • 1          medium red onion, diced
  • 1/4       cup chopped fresh mint or parsley
  • 2          tablespoons fat-free feta cheese, crumbled
  • 2          medium limes, juice only
  • 1          tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2       teaspoon black pepper
  1. In bowl, stir cucumbers, tomatoes, onion, mint and feta. Cover and refrigerate 20 minutes.
  2. In small bowl, whisk lime juice, oil and pepper until well blended.
  3. Pour dressing over salad, tossing gently to coat.

Nutritional information per serving: 88 calories; 3 g protein; 3 g fiber.

Source: American Heart Association/Aramark

Meal Ideas 23 April 2019

A Fast, Family-Friendly Dinner

Use on-hand ingredients for a quick-fix meal

(Family Features) Between juggling the ever-shifting to-do list and busy weeknights, there’s not always time left in the day to comb through cookbooks to find the perfect recipe. Even with a potential meal plan in mind, life can get in the way, and running to the grocery store might not be a top priority.

For a quick meal without a lot of hassle, an option such as Eckrich Smoked Sausage can be paired with whatever you have in the refrigerator or pantry for a fast, foolproof meal the whole family can enjoy. Since it is pre-cooked, all you have to do is heat and eat, taking the guesswork out of cook time while offering a rich and savory protein option for a balanced and delicious meal.

With flavors and forms ranging from the Original Skinless Smoked Sausage Rope to spicy Jalapeno & Cheddar Smoked Sausage Links, a home-cooked breakfast, lunch or dinner is just moments away – no instructions or plans needed. You can be a rebel without a cookbook and deliver diverse and delightful meals for your loved ones, such as this Veggie Smoked Sausage Stir-Fry.

For more mealtime inspiration, visit Eckrich.com.

Veggie Smoked Sausage Stir-Fry

Cook time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4

  • 1          package Eckrich smoked sausage, sliced into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 4          servings premade white or brown rice
  • 1          tablespoon peanut oil
  • 1          bag (16 ounces) frozen stir-fry vegetable mix
  • 1          package stir-fry dry seasoning mix
  • 2          tablespoons honey
  • 1          teaspoon vinegar
  • 2          tablespoons sesame oil
  • toasted sesame seeds (optional)
  • sliced green onions (optional)
  1. In pan over medium-high heat, brown sausage; set aside.
  2. Heat white or brown rice according to package instructions.
  3. In same pan over medium-high heat, heat peanut oil and stir-fry vegetable mix. Add stir-fry dry seasoning mix, honey, vinegar and sesame oil.
  4. Divide rice, sausage and stir-fry mixture among four bowls.
  5. Sprinkle each with toasted sesame seeds and sliced green onions, if desired.

Source: Eckrich

Grilling-Tailgating 29 March 2019

Backyard Brunch Wakes Up Summer Grilling

Family Features) Brunch isn't just for mom. This Father's Day, make eggs, toast and bacon on the grill for a breakfast that's sure to spoil the man of the house.

Not sure how to make eggs on the grill? It's easy! Crack an egg into a cut-out hole in toast set on a cedar plank, then sprinkle with a little cheddar and an Applewood rub for smoky grilled flavor.

For more grilling recipes and tips visit www.grillmates.com.

Cedar Plank Grilled Egg in Toast

Makes 4 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes

  • 2 cedar planks (about 12x6 inches each)
  • 4 slices bread, such as brioche or challah (3/4-inch thick slices)
  • 7 eggs, divided
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 2 tablespoons plus 1/2 teaspoon McCormick Grill Mates Applewood Rub, divided
  • 1/2 cup grated smoked Cheddar cheese
  1. Soak cedar planks in water for at least 4 hours or overnight. Drain and pat dry.
  2. Remove centers of each slice of bread with 3-inch round cookie cutter. Beat 3 eggs with milk and 2 tablespoons of the Applewood Rub in medium bowl until well blended.
  3. Lightly oil 1 side of each of planks. Place planks, oil side up, on preheated grill over medium heat. Dip bread in egg mixture. Place on planks. Break an egg into each of holes. Sprinkle eggs with remaining 1/2 teaspoon Applewood Rub. Cover grill.
  4. Grill 10 minutes. Sprinkle eggs with cheese and additional Applewood Rub, if desired. Grill, covered, 10 minutes longer.

Candied Grilled Bacon

Makes 6 servings
Prep Time: 5
Cook Time: 15

  • 6 slices thick-cut applewood bacon
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 2 teaspoons McCormick Ground Cinnamon
  1. Arrange bacon slices in single layer on bacon grilling rack or shallow disposable foil pan. Grill over medium-high heat 10 to 12 minutes or until bacon edges begin to curl. Remove pan from grill. Drain drippings.
  2. Microwave honey and cinnamon in small microwavable bowl on high 30 seconds, stirring after 15 seconds. Brush bacon with honey mixture. Place bacon directly on grill over low heat. Grill 2 to 3 minutes per side or until crisp.

Source: McCormick

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