Meal Ideas 28 May 2020

Make a Commitment to More Family Meals

(Family Features) Spending moments together with loved ones carries obvious benefits like time to catch up and opportunities to bond, but sharing meals actually provides definitive value for families. With restricted social interactions and confinement at home due to COVID-19, many families are facing meal challenges that have shifted from juggling busy schedules to seeking new ways to mix up the traditional menu or using digital solutions to reconnect at a virtual table.

A study published in the "Journal of Nutrition Education and Behavior" funded by the FMI Foundation shows that more frequent family meals are associated with better dietary and family functioning outcomes. The results build on years of previous research studies to punctuate the creation of the Family Meals Movement, which encourages Americans to pledge to share one more family breakfast, lunch or dinner at home per week.

Consider these notable findings from the study:

  • Family meals improve fruit and vegetable consumption. Studies show a positive relationship between family meal frequency and fruit and vegetable intake when examined separately, but also when fruit and vegetable intake are combined.
     
  • Family meals improve family dynamics. Nearly all the studies included in the systematic review and meta-analysis demonstrated a positive relationship between family meal frequency and measures of family functioning. Family functioning is defined as family connectedness, communication, expressiveness and problem-solving.

"There are thousands of individual studies that examine the impact of family meals on nutrition and family behavior, but this meta-analysis looks at the relationship between family meal frequency and family functioning outcomes," said David Fikes, executive director of the FMI Foundation. "We can confirm that family meals are a valuable contributor of improved nutrition and family dynamics."

Find tips, recipes and ways to increase your family meal frequency despite COVID-19 circumstances at familymealsmovement.org.

German Fruit Tart

Recipe courtesy of Deanna Segrave-Daly on behalf of the FMI Foundation

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup whole-wheat pastry flour
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon half-and-half or cream
  • 1/8 teaspoon almond extract or 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, thinly sliced
  • cornstarch
  • sliced strawberries
  • sliced kiwi
  • sliced banana
  • blueberries
  • 2 teaspoons turbinado or powdered sugar (optional)
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. To make crust, beat together flours, sugar, egg, half-and-half and almond extract. Add butter slices and mix together until sticky ball of dough forms. Refrigerate 30-60 minutes.
  3. On heavily floured surface, knead dough a few times and roll out to fit greased 10-inch tart pan.
  4. Carefully spread dough into tart pan and bake 15-20 minutes, or until tart starts to turn golden brown. Remove from oven and cool.
  5. Dust crust with cornstarch to help fruit stick to crust. Arrange strawberries, kiwi, banana and blueberries on top of crust; sprinkle with sugar, if desired.

Hawaiian Chicken Pizza

Recipe courtesy of Toby Amidor on behalf of the FMI Foundation
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes

  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded rotisserie chicken
  • 3/4 cup barbecue sauce
  • 1ready-made pizza crust or whole wheat pizza crust (10 ounces)
  • 1 cup canned or jarred tomato sauce
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese or part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup finely chopped fresh pineapple or canned pineapple tidbits packed in 100% juice
  1. Preheat oven to 375 F. Coat pizza pan or baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In medium bowl, combine rotisserie chicken and barbecue sauce.
  3. Place pizza crust on pan and evenly spread tomato sauce over crust. Sprinkle evenly with cheese. Top evenly with rotisserie chicken mixture and pineapple.
  4. Bake until crust is crisp and browned around edges, about 10 minutes. Let pizza cool 10 minutes before cutting into eight slices.

Peanut Butter Banana Protein Baked Oatmeal

Recipe courtesy of Lauren Harris-Pincus on behalf of the FMI Foundation
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 30 minutes
Servings: 6

  • 2 cups old-fashioned oats
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 packets stevia (sugar substitute) or preferred sweetener
  • 1/2 cup powdered peanut butter
  • 1 scoop (1/4 cup) vanilla plant-based protein powder
  • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • 1/2 cup nonfat plain Greek yogurt
  • 3 tablespoons liquid egg whites
  • 1 ripe banana (4 ounces), mashed
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 ripe banana (4 ounces), sliced into 24 slices
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. In large bowl, combine oats, baking powder, cinnamon, salt, stevia, powdered peanut butter and vanilla protein powder.
  3. In separate bowl, combine almond milk, yogurt, egg whites, mashed banana and vanilla extract.
  4. Add oat mixture to wet ingredients and gently stir until fully combined.
  5. Line 9-inch brownie pan with parchment paper. Pour mixture into pan and spread evenly.
  6. Top with banana slices in four rows of six slices each.
  7. Bake 27-35 minutes, or until golden brown and set.
  8. Let cool and cut into six rectangles. Wrap and refrigerate extras until ready to eat.

Source:  FMI Foundation

Meal Ideas 18 May 2020

Breaking Bread

(Family Features) As families spend more time at home, Americans are finding comfort in a surprising source: bread. In fact, a 20-year trend of declining grain food consumption has been reversed.

A national study by the Grain Food Foundation suggests that the turnaround is more than a one-time sales blip due to pantry loading. In reality, consumers count bread among their top comfort foods. The study revealed one-third of Americans named pasta and bread as foods that are comforting during a stressful time.

In addition to the comforting flavor, this trend provides valuable nutritional benefits. As a part of many healthy eating plans, bread and pasta are nutritionist approved and provide nutrients needed for healthy aging such as B vitamins, magnesium, selenium, iron, folate and fiber.

“For years, we’ve been telling consumers that grain foods are the foods we love that love us back,” said Christine Cochran, executive director of the Grain Foods Foundation. “The stress has given us permission to enjoy bread and pasta again, but unlike most comfort foods, consumers recognize that grains have nutritional value.”

The highest-ranking comfort foods were ice cream; baked goods like cakes, cookies and pastries; salty snacks; candy; and fast food. However, when asked to identify comfort foods with nutritional advantages, consumers identified bread and pasta as the top two.

Beyond identifying comfort foods and their nutritional value, consumers also expressed worry that bread is in short supply right now.

“We can all rest assured that there is enough supply of grain food products in this country,” Cochran said. “Shoppers may be experiencing some sporadic unavailability of certain high-demand items. However, manufacturers are working closely with retailers to make sure that out-of-stocks are short lived. Consumers will be able to buy their favorite grain-food products and eat them, too.”

To learn more about the role of grain foods in a healthful diet, visit GrainFoodsFoundation.org.

Avocado Veggie Sandwich

Recipe courtesy of the Grain Foods Foundation
Prep time: 10 minutes
Servings: 2

  • 1/2       ripe avocado, peeled
  • 1          tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/8       teaspoon salt
  • 4          slices bread
  • 4          slices tomato
  • 8          slices cucumber
  • 12        slices sweet bell pepper
  • 2          tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 2          lettuce leaves
  1. In small bowl, combine avocado, lemon juice and salt. Spread mixture evenly over two bread slices.
  2. Place tomatoes, cucumber and peppers on covered surface. Drizzle with vinegar.
  3. Layer lettuce, tomato, cucumbers and peppers evenly between slices of bread, creating two sandwiches.

Panzanella Bagel Salad

Recipe courtesy of Sylvia Melendez-Klinger, MS, RD, on behalf of the Grain Foods Foundation
Prep time: 5 minutes
Servings: 6

  • 2          medium Roma tomatoes, seeded and diced
  • 1 1/4    cups canned diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1/4       cup green bell pepper, diced
  • 1/4       cup cucumber, peeled, seeded and diced
  • 2          tablespoons red onion, diced
  • 2          tablespoons Parmesan cheese, grated, plus additional (optional)
  • 1          tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 2          tablespoons fresh basil, chopped
  • 2          bagels (4 ounces each) cut into 2-inch pieces, toasted
  • assorted greens (optional)

In medium bowl, mix tomatoes, canned tomatoes with juice, green pepper, cucumber, onion, cheese, vinegar and basil.

Add toasted bagel pieces; toss gently. Marinate, covered, in refrigerator 1 hour. Serve within 1 hour after marinating. Sprinkle with additional cheese and serve on bed of assorted greens, if desired.

Rotini with Sausage and Mushrooms

Recipe courtesy of Sylvia Melendez-Klinger, MS, RD, on behalf of the Grain Foods Foundation
Prep time: 18 minutes
Servings: 8

  • 1          box (13 1/4 ounces) whole-grain rotini
  • 1          tablespoon olive or vegetable oil
  • 1          pound chicken sausage, sliced
  • 1          cup leeks, thinly sliced
  • 1          cup green onions, thinly sliced
  • 2          cups mushrooms, sliced
  • 1          cup chicken stock
  • 1/4       cup parsley chopped
  • 6          leaves from tarragon sprigs, chopped
  • 1          cup Romano cheese grated
  • Parmesan-Romano cheese (optional)
  1. Prepare rotini according to package directions. Drain and transfer to large bowl.
  2. In large skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Cook sausage 2-3 minutes, or until well browned. Add leeks, onions and mushrooms; cook until tender. Add chicken stock and simmer 3-5 minutes, or until hot. Fold sausage mixture into warm pasta. Add parsley, tarragon and Romano cheese; toss again. Top with Parmesan-Romano cheese, if desired.

Cheesy Black Bean Toast with Pico de Gallo

Recipe courtesy of Sylvia Melendez-Klinger, MS, RD, on behalf of the Grain Foods Foundation
Prep time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4

  • 6          Roma tomatoes, diced
  • 1⁄2       medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1          clove garlic, finely minced
  • 2          serrano or jalapeno peppers, finely chopped
  • 3          tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1          lime, juice only
  • 1⁄8       teaspoon oregano, finely crushed
  • 1⁄8       teaspoon salt (optional)
  • 1⁄8       teaspoon pepper
  • 1⁄2       Hass avocado, diced
  • 4          bolillos (6 inches) or large Kaiser rolls, sliced in half lengthwise
  • 1          can (16 ounces) seasoned low-fat refried black beans
  • 2          cups shredded Chihuahua or mozzarella cheese
  1. Heat oven to 350 F.
  2. In medium mixing bowl, combine tomatoes; onion; garlic; peppers; cilantro; lime juice; oregano; salt, if desired; pepper; and avocado; set aside.
  3. On medium platter, split rolls. With medium spatula, spread refried beans onto each bread half; sprinkle cheese among bread.
  4. Bake 5-8 minutes, or until cheese is melted and hot.

Source:  Grain Foods Foundation

Videos 07 November 2019

Cheesy Baked Mushroom Chicken

A quick and easy way to get comfort food on your dinner table is this recipe for Cheesy Baked Mushroom Chicken. Add some green beans and mashed cauliflower for a well-rounded meal for your family.

For more comfort food recipes, visit Culinary.net.

Watch video to see how to make recipe!

Cheesy Baked Mushroom Chicken

  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 4          boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1/2       cup flour
  • 4          tablespoons butter      
  • 8          ounces mushrooms, sliced
  • 1/2       cup chicken broth
  • 1/4       teaspoon salt
  • 1/4       teaspoon pepper
  • 2          cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2       cup Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1/4       cup green onions, sliced
  1. Heat oven to 375° F. Prepare baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Cut each chicken breast in half. Place flour in resealable bag. Place chicken in resealable bag with flour; toss to coat.
  3. In large skillet, melt butter. Add chicken to skillet; brown all sides. Transfer chicken from skillet to 11-by-7-inch baking dish.
  4. In skillet, saute sliced mushrooms in remaining butter until softened. Add chicken broth, salt and pepper. Bring to boil then cook 5 minutes. Spoon over chicken.
  5. Bake 15 minutes. Sprinkle with cheeses and green onions. Bake 5 minutes, or until cheese is melted.
Meal Ideas 23 August 2019

Friday Night is Pizza Night

Just look at that Cheese and Sausage Tomato Pie. Sizzling sausage, melting mellow cheeses, tangy tomato and crispy, crunchy crust. Homemade pizza: the perfect way to end the work and school week.

Making your own pizza dough is a snap. Flour, yeast, water and oil mix together quickly. The dough rests for 10 minutes then you’re ready to roll.

Make individual pizzas like My Own Pizza with similar savory toppings. Try hearty Sausage-Pepper Calzones, and instead of leftover pizza, go for easy-to-make Sausage Breakfast Pizza, hot from the oven.

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Sausage-Pepper Calzones

Yield: 6 calzones

Dough:

  • 2-2 1/4             cups Pillsbury Best All-Purpose Flour, divided
  • 1/4       cup cornmeal
  • 1          envelope Fleischmann’s RapidRise Yeast
  • 3/4       teaspoon salt
  • 1          cup hot water (120-130 F)
  • 1          tablespoon olive oil

Sausage-Pepper Filling:

  • 1          package Jimmy Dean Fresh Sausage
  • 1 1/2    cups sliced bell pepper
  • 1          medium onion, sliced
  • 2          cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2    cups shredded Wisconsin mozzarella cheese
  • 1          cup shredded Wisconsin provolone cheese
  • olive oil
  • 1          teaspoon crushed red pepper (optional)
  1. To make dough: In large bowl, combine 1 cup flour, cornmeal, undissolved yeast and salt. Stir water and oil into flour mixture. Stir in enough remaining flour to make soft dough. Knead on lightly floured surface until smooth and elastic, about 8-10 minutes. Cover; let rest 10 minutes.
  2. Heat oven to 400° F.
  3. To make Sausage-Pepper Filling: In skillet, cook sausage over medium-high heat until browned, stirring to crumble. Add bell pepper, onion and garlic; cook until tender, about 5-10 minutes, stirring frequently. Let cool. Stir in cheeses.
  4.  Divide dough into six equal pieces; roll each into 8-inch circle. Place about 1 cup Sausage-Pepper Filling on one half of each circle; moisten edges.
  5. Fold dough over filling; press with tines of fork to seal. Place on greased baking sheet. With sharp knife, make three 1-inch slits across top of each calzone. Brush top with olive oil. If desired, sprinkle with crushed red pepper.
  6. Bake 20-25 minutes, or until done. Serve warm.

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My Own Pizza

Yield: 16 individual pizzas

Dough:

  • 5 1/2-6             cups Pillsbury Best All-Purpose Flour, divided
  • 2          envelopes Fleischmann’s RapidRise Yeast
  • 1 1/2    teaspoons salt
  • 2          cups hot water (120-130 F)
  • 1/4       cup olive oil
  • 1 1/2    cups prepared pizza sauce
  • 1          package Jimmy Dean Fresh Sausage, cooked, crumbled and drained
  • sliced olives
  • tomatoes
  • peppers
  • 1          cup shredded Wisconsin mozzarella cheese
  • 1          cup shredded Wisconsin cheddar cheese
  1. In large bowl, combine 2 cups flour, undissolved yeast and salt. Gradually stir water and olive oil into flour mixture. Stir in enough remaining flour to make soft dough. Knead on lightly floured surface until smooth and elastic, about 8-10 minutes. Cover; let rest 10 minutes.
  2. Heat oven to 400° F.
  3. On lightly floured surface, divide dough into 16 pieces. Form into smooth balls; roll into 7-inch circles. Place on greased baking sheets. Top with pizza sauce, sausage and vegetables.
  4. Sprinkle with cheeses.
  5. Bake 20-25 minutes or until golden. Serve warm.

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Cheese and Sausage Tomato Pie

Yield: 1 (12-inch) pizza

Dough:

  • 2 1/2-3             cups Pillsbury Best All-Purpose Flour, divided
  • 1          tablespoon sugar
  • 1          envelope Fleischmann’s RapidRise Yeast
  • 1 1/2    teaspoons salt
  • 1          cup hot water (120-130 F)
  • 3          tablespoons peanut oil, divided
  • 1          package Jimmy Dean Fresh Sausage Regular Flavor, cooked, crumbled and drained
  • 1 1/2    cups shredded Wisconsin mozzarella cheese
  • 1/2       cup shredded Wisconsin cheddar cheese
  • 1/2       cup shredded Wisconsin parmesan cheese
  • tomatoes (optional)
  • peppers (optional)
  • mushrooms (optional)
  • 1 1/4    cups prepared pizza sauce
  1. In large bowl, combine 1 cup flour, sugar, undissolved yeast and salt. Gradually add water and 2 tablespoons peanut oil to flour mixture.
  2. Using electric mixer, beat 2 minutes at medium speed, scraping bowl occasionally. Stir in enough remaining flour to make soft dough. Knead on lightly floured surface until smooth and elastic, about 8-10 minutes. Cover; let rest 10 minutes.
  3. Heat oven to 450° F.
  4. Roll dough into 12-inch circle; place on greased 12-inch pizza pan or baking sheet. Form standing rim by pinching edges of dough; prick dough randomly with fork. Let rest 10 minutes. Bake 5 minutes. Remove from pan; place on wire cooling rack.
  5. Brush crust surface with remaining peanut oil; spread pizza sauce evenly on crust. Sprinkle with sausage; top with cheeses; add toppings as desired. Bake 10 minutes, or until crust is golden. Cut into wedges and serve immediately.

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Sausage Breakfast Pizza

Yield: 1 (12-inch) pizza

Dough:

  • 2 1/2-3             cups Pillsbury Best All-Purpose Flour, divided
  • 1          tablespoon sugar
  • 1          envelope Fleischmann’s RapidRise Yeast
  • 1 1/2    teaspoons salt
  • 1          cup hot water (120-130 F)
  • 3          tablespoons peanut oil, divided
  • 1          package Jimmy Dean Fresh Sausage Regular Flavor, cooked, crumbled and drained
  • 1          cup frozen hash brown potatoes, thawed
  • 1          small bell pepper, seeded and diced
  • 1          cup shredded Wisconsin sharp cheddar cheese
  • 2          eggs, beaten
  • 1          tablespoon milk
  • 1/4       teaspoon salt
  • 1/4       teaspoon pepper
  • 2          tablespoons shredded Wisconsin parmesan cheese
  1. In large bowl, combine 1 cup flour, sugar, undissolved yeast and salt. Gradually add water and 2 tablespoons peanut oil to flour mixture.
  2. Using electric mixer, beat 2 minutes at medium speed, scraping bowl occasionally. Stir in enough remaining flour to make soft dough. Knead on lightly floured surface until smooth and elastic, about 8-10 minutes. Cover; let rest 10 minutes.
  3. Heat oven to 450° F.
  4. Roll dough to 12-inch circle; place on greased 12-inch pizza pan or baking sheet. Form standing rim by pinching edges of dough; prick dough randomly with fork. Let rest 10 minutes. Bake 5 minutes. Remove from pan; place on wire cooling rack.
  5. Reset oven to 375° F. Return cooled crust to 12-inch pizza pan or baking sheet. Sprinkle sausage, potatoes, bell pepper and cheese over crust.
  6. In bowl, combine eggs, milk and seasonings; pour evenly over top.
  7. Bake 25-30 minutes, or until eggs are set.
  8. Sprinkle with cheese and serve.

 

Photos 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 12 July 2019

A Sweet Superfruit for Summer Meals

(Family Features) From backyard barbecues and family picnics to a bright addition to seasonal recipes, sweet cherries not only provide a boost of flavor but also pack a punch when it comes to nutrition, helping keep you and your family healthy during busy summer months.

Cherries can help reduce inflammation and lower blood pressure as well as relieve stress and gout, and can improve sleep quality.

The perfect time to take advantage of the goodness of Northwest-grown sweet cherries is through August. Eat fresh cherries straight out of hand as a snack, bake them into a pie or pair with ice cream for a sweet summertime treat.

The rich fruitiness of sweet cherries helps blunt the sharp edge of dried fruit in a quick and easy Cherry Sauce recipe. Low in sugar and versatile, this sauce can be used as a base ingredient for cocktails, a glaze for meats, a spread for sandwiches, a topping for yogurt and more. Add some ginger or orange peel to complement your menu and you may have a new, nutritious summer favorite. Or, for a sweet, simple snack, use cherries to make an appetizer like Cherry Bruschetta.

Find more recipes and ways to use cherries at nwcherries.com.

Cherry Sauce

Servings: 16

  • 3/4       cup water
  • 3/4       cup maple syrup
  • 4          cups fresh Northwest-grown sweet cherries
  • 4          cups dried cranberries
  • 4          peels (2 inches each) fresh ginger (optional)
  • 3          tablespoons citrus zest (optional)
  • black pepper (optional)
  • fresh herbs (optional)
  • raspberries (optional)
  1. In medium saucepot, add water, syrup and sweet cherries. Bring to simmer, stirring occasionally and more frequently as sauce begins to form.
  2. Add cranberries; continue stirring. Once reduced, remove from heat and add fresh ginger, citrus zest, black pepper, fresh herbs and raspberries, if desired.
  3. Cool 30 minutes-1 hour before transferring to wider, shallow pan for speed cooling.
  4. Once cooled, store refrigerated in airtight container up to 2 weeks.

 

Cherry Bruschetta

Servings: 6

  • 18        slices (1/2-inch thick) small baguette-style bread
  • 1          tablespoon olive oil, divided
  • 1 1/2    cups pitted Northwest fresh sweet cherries, coarsely chopped
  • 1/4       cup chopped cilantro
  • 1/4       cup diced yellow sweet pepper
  • 2          tablespoons finely chopped green onions
  • 2          tablespoons lime juice
  • 1          teaspoon grated lime peel
  • 1/2       teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/4       teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2          ounces fresh mozzarella cheese
  • 1          tablespoon thinly sliced fresh basil
  1. Heat oven to 350° F.
  2. Arrange baguette slices on cookie sheet and toast one side 5 minutes. Turn slices, brush with 1/2 tablespoon olive oil and bake 5 minutes.
  3. Combine cherries, cilantro, sweet pepper, green onions, lime juice, lime peel, garlic salt, pepper and remaining olive oil; mix well.
  4. Top each baguette with thin slice cheese, 1 tablespoon cherry mixture and sprinkle of basil. Serve warm or cold.

Photo courtesy of Getty Images (Cherry Sauce)
Photo courtesy of Northwest Cherry Growers (Cherry Bruschetta)

Source: Northwest Cherry Growers

Meal Ideas 11 July 2019

Break Away from Traditional Barbecue Fare

(Family Features) Burgers and brats have earned a spot in the backyard barbecue hall of fame, no doubt, but if you’re looking for a different type of barbecue, add some finesse to your menu with flatbreads.

Set up a DIY bar. Let guests flex their creative culinary muscles and curb their cravings with a selection of toppings. Offer a variety of proteins, plenty of veggies, fresh or dry herbs, seasonings and a selection of cheeses so everyone can make a personal masterpiece. Ingredients can quickly dry out on the grill, so be sure to include dressings like pesto, hummus or herb-infused olive oil.

Re-imagine favorites off the grill. A sizzling steak sprinkled with blue cheese is a classic barbecue choice, but try serving it on grilled flatbread for a new menu option that is sure to delight. To make a Steak and Blue Cheese Flatbread, grill a flatbread for a few minutes and top with hummus and flank steak to add a bright flavor and mouthwatering texture to your dish. An option like Sabra Hummus is available in more than a dozen flavors to complement your favorite dishes.

Incorporate non-traditional ideas. While many backyard cookouts feature meat, veggies like corn, asparagus and mushrooms can add big flavors for those with different dietary restrictions. Choose your desired produce and grill until tender then add light seasoning for a fresh take on summer grilling with a dish such as this Vegan Garden Flatbread.

Look for more recipes to serve this summer at Sabra.com/flatbread.

Steak and Blue Cheese Flatbread

Yield: 1 flatbread

  • 1          flatbread, any variety
  • 3          tablespoons Sabra Classic Hummus
  • 1/2       cup fresh arugula, rinsed and dried
  • 4          ounces thinly sliced, cooked flank steak
  • 1/4       cup crumbled blue cheese
  • thinly sliced red onion (optional)
  • salt, to taste
  • pepper, to taste
  1. Heat grill (or oven) to 450° F; bake flatbread 3-5 minutes until it begins to crisp.
  2. Spread hummus onto flatbread. Layer arugula (reserving 3-4 leaves to garnish), steak and crumbled blue cheese. Top with onion, if desired.
  3. Place on grill, close lid and cook 3-5 minutes (if using oven, broil approximately 2 minutes).
  4. Add salt and pepper, to taste, before serving.

Vegan Garden Flatbread

Yield: 1 flatbread

  • 1          flatbread, any variety
  • 2          tablespoons basil pesto (prepared or homemade)
  • 2          tablespoons Sabra Classic Hummus
  • 3-4       white button mushrooms
  • 2          tablespoons corn (fresh or frozen)
  • 3          spears asparagus, cooked until just tender
  • 1/4       cup vegan mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • olive oil
  • red pepper flakes (optional)
  • salt, to taste
  • pepper, to taste
  1. Heat grill (or oven) to 450° F; bake flatbread 3-5 minutes until it begins to crisp.
  2. Spread pesto, followed by hummus, over flatbread then layer mushrooms, corn and asparagus. Top with shredded mozzarella cheese.
  3. Place on grill, close lid and cook 3-5 minutes (if using oven, broil approximately 3 minutes).
  4. Drizzle with olive oil; sprinkle with red pepper flakes, if desired. Add salt and pepper, to taste, before serving.

Source: Sabra

Videos 18 March 2019

Simple Kid-Friendly Sliders

(Family Features) For those busy nights plan, on this simple yet savory sliders recipe. Kids are almost certain to love the taste and you will enjoy how quick and easy they are to make.

For more recipes, visit culinary.net.

Watch video to see how to make this delicious recipe!

Pepperoni Pizza Sliders

  • 1          package slider rolls
  • 1/2       cup pizza sauce
  • 1/2       cup mini pepperoni
  • 1 1/2    cups shredded, low-moisture, part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4       cup butter, melted
  • 1          teaspoon parsley flakes
  • 1/2       teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2       teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2       cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • nonstick cooking spray
  1. Heat oven 350º F.
  2. Keeping rolls connected, cut sheet of rolls horizontally, separating tops from bottoms. Place bottom halves of rolls in baking dish.
  3. Spread pizza sauce evenly over bottom halves. Sprinkle pepperoni over sauce. Sprinkle mozzarella over pepperoni and cover with top halves of rolls.
  4. Mix melted butter with parsley flakes, dried oregano, garlic powder, and shredded Parmesan cheese. Spoon evenly over sliders.
  5. Cover baking dish with aluminum foil sprayed with nonstick cooking spray to keep cheese from sticking.
  6. Bake 20 minutes.
  7. Remove foil and bake additional 5-10 minutes or until Parmesan is melted and golden brown.
  8. Cut sliders and serve immediately.

Recipe adapted from MilkMeansMore.org

Source: Culinary.net

Meal Ideas 14 March 2019

Make Mac & Cheese-Easy

(Family Features) Macaroni and cheese, the classic American comfort food staple beloved by kids and adults alike, just got easier to prepare. No, not packaged or frozen-from your own stovetop (no baking) in under 30 minutes.

Stovetop Mac & Cheese begins with Dreamfields pasta, a premium pasta made from durum wheat semolina - just like traditional pasta, but with a healthful twist. A one cup serving of Dreamfields not only tastes great, but also has only five grams of digestible carbohydrates and five grams of fiber - which is twice the amount in traditional pasta. The fiber comes from inulin, a 100 percent natural prebiotic fiber (which may help promote healthy digestion) found in common foods like asparagus, raisins and chicory root.

To prepare this one pot, four ingredient, stovetop mac and cheese, simply cook the pasta according to package directions, drain, then add the prepared light Alfredo sauce, shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese and nonfat milk. Stir for a couple of minutes and you'll be rewarded with a creamy, delicious dish.

Many people don't realize how versatile this iconic favorite is. Try different cheeses -Colby, Swiss, goat, Gouda, blue, or a combination. Don't stop there. Vegetables like broccoli florets, green peas and cherry tomatoes make great stir-ins, as do protein choices such as cooked turkey, chicken or ham, even meatballs. It's a deliciously doable winner...one pot, four ingredients, on the table in under 30 minutes.

For this and more amazing recipes, visit www.dreamfieldsfoods.com.

Stovetop Mac & Cheese

Makes 6 servings
Preparation Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 13 minutes

  • 1 box Dreamfields Elbows
  • 1 cup prepared light Alfredo sauce
  • 2 cups shredded reduced-fat cheddar cheese or part-skim mozzarella cheese or a combination
  • 1/2 cup skim milk
  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and return to pan; remove from heat.
  2. Immediately add Alfredo sauce, cheese and milk to pasta; stir constantly until cheese is melted. Add additional milk if necessary for desired consistency. Serve immediately.

Stir-ins: Cooked chicken, turkey, ham cubes, hot dog pieces, meatballs, cooked chicken or turkey sausage, cooked broccoli florets, green peas, chopped tomato or halved cherry tomatoes.

Nutrition information (1/6 of recipe): 385 calories; 20 g protein; 11 g digestible carbohydrates*; 13 g total fat; 7 g saturated fat; 35 mg cholesterol; 570 mg sodium; 6 g total dietary fiber.

NOTE: If traditional pasta is used in this recipe there is a total of 51 g carbohydrate. For more information go to www.dreamfieldsfoods.com.

Source: Dreamfields Foods

Meal Ideas 19 February 2019

Delightful Farm-Raised Foods

(Family Features) Putting fresh, clean meals on the table is easy with fruits, vegetables and other farm-raised foods. For a full day of deliciously pleasing food, start with healthy strawberries to make Strawberry and Goat Cheese Pizza for lunch. Just before dinnertime, go for Heirloom Tomato and Mozzarella Salad and combine it with a crisp, white wine. Finally, round it out with a main course using honey and its natural sweetening qualities to put Linguini with Honey-Sauced Prawns on the table.

With the help of these tasty recipes, you’re set for a full day of fantastic, farm-fresh foods. Find additional farm-to-table options at culinary.net.

Please Your Palate with Pasta

Make pasta the centerpiece of your meal with this recipe for Linguini with Honey-Sauced Prawns, which combines sweet honey with classic linguini pasta for a flavorful bite at the dinner table. Outside of honey’s ability as a natural sweetener, it can also give you a boost of energy as a rich source of carbohydrates – and this recipe is no exception, with 61 grams of carbs in each serving. Find more of the benefits honey provides, plus delicious recipes, at honey.com.

Linguini with Honey-Sauced Prawns

Recipe courtesy of the National Honey Board
Servings: 4

  • 1          pound prawns, peeled and deveined
  • 1/2       cup julienne carrots
  • 1/2       cup julienne celery
  • 1/2       cup green onions, sliced diagonally
  • 3          cloves garlic, minced
  • 2          tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2       cup water
  • 1/4       cup honey
  • 4          teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1          teaspoon salt
  • 1/4       teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/4       teaspoon crushed dried rosemary leaves
  • 1          pound cooked linguini pasta, kept warm
  1. In large skillet, stir-fry prawns, carrots, celery, green onions and garlic in oil over medium-high heat about 3 minutes, or until prawns start to turn pink.
  2. In small bowl, combine remaining ingredients except pasta; mix well. Add to prawn mixture; stir-fry about 1 minute, or until sauce thickens.
  3. Serve over pasta.

A Winning Combination

Put a fresh twist on farm-to-table goodness by pairing two vine-ripened garden treasures: heirloom tomatoes and crisp, refreshing white wine. Northern California’s Sonoma County is known for some of the nation’s finest vineyards. It’s also a culinary destination with a wide range of farms and artisan food purveyors. Inspired by the annual Kendall-Jackson Heirloom Tomato Festival, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, this salad recipe is a twist on classic favorite, delighting the palate by pairing farm-fresh tomatoes with the perfect wine. Find more pairing tips and recipes featuring seasonal ingredients at kj.com.

Heirloom Tomato and Mozzarella Salad

Servings: 4

  • 2 1/2    pounds heirloom tomatoes, mixed varieties
  • 1/4       cup good quality extra-virgin olive oil
  • kosher salt, to taste
  • freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1/4       cup micro basil (or 1 dozen basil leaves, sliced and torn), divided
  • 2          large balls fresh mozzarella, cut into wedges
  • flaked sea salt
  1. Slice tomatoes into 3/4- to 1-inch thick wedges. In large bowl, add tomatoes, olive oil, kosher salt, pepper and half the basil. Toss and allow to marinate 2 minutes. Arrange tomatoes and mozzarella on serving plate, alternating each. Pour marinating liquid over tomatoes and mozzarella. Garnish with remaining basil and sprinkle with sea salt and pepper.

Serve with Kendall-Jackson Grand Reserve Chardonnay. Chardonnay’s flavors of orchard fruit complement the sweetness of late summer tomatoes.

Pizza with a Sweet Twist

This non-traditional take on pizza will have your taste buds exploding with savory goat cheese and strawberries marinated in a white balsamic vinaigrette. California strawberries, which – despite their sweet taste – boast just 7 grams of sugar and provide 140 percent of the daily recommended amount of vitamin C per cup, are hand-picked to ensure only the highest quality berries are harvested. Research has also shown this farm-to-table superfruit to be an effective way to help prevent and manage Alzheimer’s disease and diabetes. For more information and strawberry recipes, visit californiastrawberries.com.

Strawberry and Goat Cheese Pizza

Recipe courtesy of the California Strawberry Commission
Servings: 8 (1/2 pizza each)

  • 1/2       ounce active dry yeast
  • 1          tablespoon sugar
  • 3-4       cups all-purpose flour
  • 2          teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1          tablespoon olive oil
  • 3          tablespoons white balsamic vinegar
  • 3          tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4       cup aged balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2       cup (4 ounces) softened goat cheese
  • 4          cups fresh California strawberries, hulled and quartered
  • 1/4       cup (2 ounces) crumbled goat cheese
  • coarsely ground black pepper
  • baby arugula
  • frisee
  1. Heat oven to 400°F.
  2. To make pizza dough: In mixer bowl, sprinkle yeast and sugar over 1 cup warm water; let stand until foamy. Add 3 cups flour, salt and olive oil; mix with dough hook until stretchy and no longer sticky, adding more flour if necessary. Divide dough into four equal portions. Refrigerate, covered, until needed.
  3. To make white balsamic vinaigrette: In small nonreactive saucepan, simmer white balsamic vinegar until reduced to 1 1/2 tablespoons. Whisk in extra-virgin olive oil.
  4. To make aged balsamic reduction: In small nonreactive saucepan, simmer aged balsamic vinegar until reduced to about 4 teaspoons.
  5. On lightly floured surface, roll each piece of pizza dough into 8-inch circle. Place on baking sheet; bake 10 minutes, or until firm and slightly brown. Spread softened goat cheese on pizzas, leaving 1/2-inch border.
  6. Toss strawberries with white balsamic vinaigrette; arrange strawberries evenly on goat cheese. Bake 10 minutes more. Remove from oven; scatter crumbled goat cheese on top.
  7. Drizzle with aged balsamic reduction; sprinkle with black pepper. Garnish pizzas with leaves of arugula and frisee.

Photo courtesy of Getty Images (Linguini with Honey-Sauced Prawns)

Source: Culinary.net

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