Healthy 27 February 2020

Fresh Salads Perfect for Spring

(Family Features) The spring season brings to mind flowers blooming and plants springing back to life, making it the ideal time to enjoy fresh produce in meals throughout the day. Salads are of course one of the easiest ways to combine the flavors of your favorite fruits and veggies, but you can take your greens to the next level with refreshing recipe ideas.

Creating a cool, satisfying salad can be easy when you start with quality ingredients like Fresh Express salad blends, NatureSweet Cherubs Tomatoes and Litehouse dressings for versatile bases in a nearly endless array of options. For example, salads aren’t limited to lunch or appetizers – this Breakfast Salad Bowl makes for an energizing start to the day by combining classic salad ingredients with quinoa, bacon and avocado.

Perfect for those busy weeknights, heartier salad recipes can also provide quick, simple dinner options. As a more traditional mix to enjoy at the family table, this Salmon and Grains Salad Bowl brings together salmon, tomatoes and chickpeas on a bed of lettuce topped with ranch dressing.

Find more ways to create hearty salads this spring at litehousefoods.com/iheartsalad.

Salmon and Grains Salad Bowl

Servings: 2

  • 4          ounces salmon
  • 2          tablespoons paprika, divided
  • salt, to taste
  • pepper, to taste
  • 15        ounces chickpeas
  • 2          tablespoons olive oil
  • 2          ounces Fresh Express Sweet Butter Lettuce
  • 1          cup red quinoa, cooked
  • 6          ounces NatureSweet Cherubs Tomatoes
  • 2          tablespoons Litehouse Homestyle Ranch Dressing
  1. Heat oven to 350° F. Sprinkle salmon with 1 teaspoon paprika; season with salt and pepper, to taste. Bake on lined baking sheet 15 minutes, or until it reaches desired doneness.
  2. In bowl, toss chickpeas in olive oil and remaining paprika; add salt and pepper, to taste. Add chickpeas to lined baking sheet. Bake at 400 F 30-40 minutes.
  3. Add lettuce to plate or bowl. Top with quinoa, chickpeas, salmon and tomatoes. Drizzle with ranch dressing.

Breakfast Salad Bowl

Servings: 2

  • 10        ounces NatureSweet Cherubs Tomatoes
  • 2          tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 2          ounces Fresh Express Baby Spinach
  • 1          egg
  • 2          bacon strips, halved
  • 1          cup quinoa, cooked
  • 1/2       avocado, sliced
  • 2          tablespoons Litehouse Jalapeno Ranch Dressing
  1. Heat oven to 400° F. Toss tomatoes in 1 tablespoon olive oil. Bake tomatoes on lined baking sheet 40 minutes.
  2. In skillet, add remaining olive oil and cook baby spinach until wilted, stirring as necessary.
  3. Cook egg as desired. Remove egg from skillet and set aside. Add bacon to skillet and cook until crispy, turning halfway through.
  4. In bowl, layer quinoa, bacon, avocado, egg, spinach and tomatoes. Drizzle with jalapeno ranch dressing.

Source: Litehouse

Meal Ideas 17 February 2020

Raspberry Goodness from Morning to Night

(Family Features) From breakfasts to salads, desserts and beyond, fruit is unique in its ability to add both flavor and nutrition to family-favorite dishes. As you look for ways to incorporate produce in your family’s recipes, consider an option with a sweet-tart flavor and eye-catching color: red raspberries.

In the cool, marine climate of the Pacific Northwest, Washington state produces approximately 90% of the nation’s frozen red raspberry crop. Picked at the peak of ripeness and frozen within hours of being harvested, flavor and nutrition are locked in to offer convenience and consistent quality out of the freezer section at most grocery stores, perfect for better-for-you desserts like Pecan-Topped Raspberry Cake and Red Raspberry Whole-Fruit Sorbet.

With a distinct flavor that works well in dishes from sweet to savory, red raspberries can add bright flavor and balance to recipes ranging from salads like Spinach and Frisee Salad with Raspberry Pickled Onions and Raspberry Vinaigrette to a morning meal such as this Raspberry Coconut Smoothie Bowl. Plus, 1 cup of the flavorful red fruit includes just 80 calories and contains 6 grams of fiber while providing 28% of the recommended daily allowance of vitamin C, a powerful antioxidant.

Find more recipes at redrazz.org

Raspberry Coconut Smoothie Bowl

Servings: 2

  • 2          cups frozen raspberries
  • 1          large frozen banana
  • 2/3       cup light coconut milk
  • 1          tablespoon chia seeds

Toppings (optional):

  • shredded coconut
  • shaved dark chocolate
  • hazelnuts
  • chia seeds
  • edible flowers
  1. In blender, puree raspberries, banana, coconut milk and chia seeds until smooth. Mixture will be thick; ingredients may need pushed down to get blender going. If necessary, add more coconut milk.
  2. Pour into two bowls. Garnish each with shredded coconut, shaved dark chocolate, hazelnuts, chia seeds and edible flowers, if desired.

Red Raspberry Whole-Fruit Sorbet

Servings: 8 (1/2 cup each)

  • 4          tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 18        ounces frozen raspberries
  • 1 egg white, pasteurized
  1. In blender, blend sugar and frozen raspberries until smooth.
  2. Add egg white and blend 30 seconds.
  3. Serve immediately or place in container, cover and store in freezer.

Spinach and Frisee Salad with Raspberry Pickled Onions and Raspberry Vinaigrette

Servings: 4

Raspberry Vinegar:

  • 1          cup frozen raspberries
  • 2          cups vinegar

Raspberry Pickled Onions:

  • 1/2       cup Raspberry Vinegar
  • 1          teaspoon olive oil
  • 2          tablespoons sugar
  • 2          teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1          pound sweet onions, peeled and julienned
  • 1          cup frozen raspberries, partially thawed

Raspberry Vinaigrette:

  • 1          cup Raspberry Vinegar
  • 1          teaspoon fresh shallot, peeled and minced
  • 2          teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1/2       tablespoon honey
  • 1/2       teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3/4       cup olive oil

Spinach and Frisee Salad:

  • 8          ounces baby spinach, cleaned and dried
  • 8          ounces frisee lettuce, cleaned, dried and torn
  • 2          ounces Raspberry Vinaigrette
  • 6          ounces Raspberry Pickled Onions
  • 2          ounces feta cheese, crumbled
  • 2 ounces almonds, slivered and toasted
  1. To make Raspberry Vinegar: In clean glass container, combine frozen raspberries and vinegar; cover tightly. Refrigerate 3-7 days prior to use.
  2. Pour vinegar through fine strainer or cheesecloth-lined strainer into clean glass container. Cover container tightly and store in refrigerator. Discard raspberries.
  3. To make Raspberry Pickled Onions: In medium, non-reactive container, combine Raspberry Vinegar, oil, sugar and salt. Stir to dissolve sugar. Add onions and raspberries. Toss well to blend and coat onions.
  4. To make Raspberry Vinaigrette: In blender, combine Raspberry Vinegar, shallot, Dijon mustard, honey and salt. With motor running, slowly add oil in steady stream. Reserve remaining Raspberry Vinegar.
  5. Once blended, pour Raspberry Vinaigrette into clean, non-reactive container; cover and reserve in refrigerator until ready to use.
  6. To make Spinach and Frisee Salad: In medium mixing bowl, combine spinach and lettuce. Add Raspberry Vinaigrette and toss well to coat.
  7. Plate 4 ounces mixed greens.
  8. Top mixed greens with 1 1/2 ounces Raspberry Pickled Onions, 1/2 ounce feta cheese crumbles and 1/2 ounce toasted almonds. Repeat with remaining greens, Raspberry Pickled Onions, feta cheese crumbles and toasted almonds.

Pecan-Topped Raspberry Cake

Servings: 8

  • 3/4       cup granulated sugar, plus 1 tablespoon, divided
  • 1/2       cup unsalted butter, softened
  • 2          eggs
  • 1          cup all-purpose flour, sifted
  • 1          teaspoon baking powder
  • 1          teaspoon vanilla
  • 1          bag (12 ounces) frozen raspberries
  • 1/2       cup chopped pecans
  • 1          tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1          teaspoon cinnamon
  • whipped cream
  1. Heat oven to 350 F.
  2. In bowl, cream 3/4 cup sugar and butter. Add eggs one at a time and continue beating until well incorporated. Add flour, baking powder and vanilla; beat well.
  3. Pour batter evenly into 9- or 10-inch prepared pan.
  4. Place frozen raspberries on top of batter. Sprinkle with pecans, remaining sugar, lemon juice and cinnamon.
  5. Bake about 1 hour. Remove from oven and let cool.
  6. Serve with whipped cream.

Source: Washington Red Raspberry Commission

Meal Ideas 19 December 2019

8 Time-Saving Recipes for Healthier Living

(Family Features) Kickstart the new year by making meaningful changes for yourself and your family. Finding nutritious recipes can help you stay on track when it comes to living a healthier lifestyle.

As you look to start 2020 off right, opt for fresh ingredients. No matter what your goal for the year is, start at a store like ALDI. From making Mondays meatless to cutting out refined carbs, you can find a healthy haul – for less – complete with high-quality products for these delicious, nutritious and affordable recipes from ALDI.

Find more recipe ideas at aldi.us.

Breakfast

Morning Oasis Overnight Oats – If busy mornings prevent you from starting the day with a nutritious breakfast, try overnight oats. They are easy to prepare a day in advance, then top with fruit, coconut, shaved chocolate and quinoa when it’s time for breakfast.

Blackberry Avocado Smoothie Bowl – Add more fruit to the “most important meal of the day” with this smoothie bowl bursting with flavor. Blended blackberries, blueberries and banana provide a nutritious start to your day, and it can be topped with additional fruits, almonds, chia seeds and more for added texture.

Salad

Citrus Popping Kale Salad – Whether it’s for lunch or served as the first course for dinner, a salad is a way to combine a healthy serving of veggies with toppings you crave. The flavors of this tasty recipe create a perfect marriage of quinoa, baby kale, onion, mango and cranberries.

Fruit and Avocado Salad – This crisp and refreshing salad combines oranges, grapefruit, onion, avocado, blueberries and pecans for an option that’s both nutritious and delicious.

Main Dish

Grilled Herb Chicken Skewers – Put a spin on grilled fare and place seasoned chicken skewers on a bed of arugula. Save time and marinate the night before to infuse the chicken with the savory taste of herbs.

Cauliflower-Quinoa Pizza– When the family wants a classic, serve this better-for-you pizza, complete with a crust made from cauliflower and quinoa. Top with tomatoes, mushrooms, red onion, peppers and other veggies for a nutritious twist on the traditional slice.

Dessert

Peanut Butter and Jelly Oatmeal Bar – You don’t have to completely remove dessert from your menu to live a healthier lifestyle. This baked dish features peanut butter as the base, so you can enjoy a protein-packed treat without the guilt.

Dairy-Free Vanilla Pudding – It only takes five ingredients and 15 minutes in the kitchen to please your sweet tooth when cravings strike.

Source: ALDI

Meal Ideas 26 July 2019

Quick Family Meals Filled with Flavor

(Family Features) When cooking for the family, don’t sacrifice flavor in order to create a quick meal. Mouthwatering recipes can be at your fingertips with simple, tasty twists on family favorites for the dinner table.

Consider Chicken Soft Tacos with Pickled Beet Salsa featuring Aunt Nellie’s Baby Whole Pickled Beets or a READ 3 Bean and Steak Salad to make dishes without delay the whole household can enjoy.

For more fast, family-friendly dinner ideas, visit auntnellies.com and READsalads.com.

Chicken Soft Tacos with Pickled Beet Salsa

Prep time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4

Pickled Beet Salsa:

  • 1          jar (16 ounces) Aunt Nellie’s Baby Whole Pickled Beets
  • 2          tablespoons chopped red onion
  • 2          tablespoons coarsely chopped fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1          tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 1/4       teaspoon salt
  • 1/4       teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/3       cup sour cream
  • 1          tablespoon jalapeno mustard
  • 4          soft flour tortillas (6 inches)
  • 2          cups fresh arugula
  • 2          cups chopped cooked rotisserie chicken (hot or cold)
  • 1/4       cup crumbled queso fresco cheese
  1. To make Pickled Beet Salsa: Drain beets; chop. In medium bowl, combine beets, onion, cilantro, lime juice, salt and pepper.
  2. In small bowl, stir together sour cream and mustard; set aside.
  3. On one half of each tortilla, place equal amounts Pickled Beet Salsa, arugula, chicken and cheese. Top with dollops of mustard-sour cream. Fold over.

3 Bean and Steak Salad

Recipe courtesy of Carolyn Mazzocco
Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 8 minutes
Servings: 2

  • 1          can (15 ounces) READ 3 Bean Salad
  • 1          ribeye or top sirloin steak (about 8 ounces)
  • 1/2       teaspoon vegetable oil
  • 1/4       teaspoon salt
  • 2          cups arugula
  • 1/2       cup chopped herbs, such as parsley, thyme, dill, basil, chives or tarragon

Dressing:

  • 2          tablespoons olive oil
  • 1          tablespoon plain fat-free yogurt
  • 1          tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1          teaspoon prepared horseradish
  • 1/8       teaspoon salt
  • 1/4       teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  1. Drain bean salad. Reserve half of liquid. Place beans and reserved liquid in large bowl.
  2. Heat cast-iron skillet or other heavy skillet over medium-high heat.
  3. Lightly brush both sides of steak with oil. Sprinkle evenly with salt.
  4. In skillet, cook steak 4 minutes on each side, or to desired doneness. Remove from pan. Allow steak to rest 10 minutes, covered lightly with aluminum foil; slice.
  5. In bowl, combine arugula and herbs with bean salad. Toss gently to combine.
  6. To make dressing: In small bowl, whisk oil, yogurt, lemon juice, horseradish, salt and pepper. Set aside. Whisk again before serving.
  7. Divide salad between two plates. Top evenly with steak slices. Drizzle dressing over salads.

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

Meal Ideas 19 July 2019

Power-Packed Lunchbox Ideas

(Family Features) Packing and prepping wholesome lunches doesn't have to be a chore. You can kick health into high gear this school year with new ideas to make creative, nutrient-rich meals.

Fit to satisfy various dietary restrictions, the Power Your Lunchbox program offers kid-friendly options and allergy-sensitive selections. The program, which is dedicated to helping families make healthier lunches during the school year, features more than 80 registered dietitian-approved, family-tested meal ideas with produce as a focal point.

Consider skipping the typical sandwich, chips and apple. Instead, it only takes a few minutes to embark on a creative approach to lunch. Get the kids involved by having them use small cookie cutters to make fresh fruits and vegetables into fun shapes. Try complementing the produce with wraps or soups to add extra excitement to typical lunchbox fare.

Regardless if your child is a picky eater or is on the more adventurous side, bento box lunches such as Chinese Mandarin Pasta Salad Bento Box and Turkey Taco Salad Bento Box can prove to be satisfying, power-packed meals.

For more lunchbox inspiration, visit poweryourlunchbox.com.

Chinese Mandarin Pasta Salad Bento Box

Prep time: 20 minutes
Servings: 1

  • 16 ounces rotini pasta
  • 6 mini sweet peppers, sliced
  • 3 mandarin oranges, peeled and segmented
  • 3 green onions, sliced
  • 2 cups baby spinach, chopped
  • 1/2 cup matchstick carrots
  • 1/2 cup sesame ginger dressing
  • 1/4 cup chow mein noodles
  • 1 kiwi, peeled and sliced
  • 1/2 cup steamed edamame
  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and rinse with cool water.
  2. In large bowl, mix pasta, peppers, oranges, green onions, spinach, carrots and dressing. Toss to coat well. Top with chow mein noodles.
  3. Place in lunchbox with kiwi and edamame.

Turkey Taco Salad Bento Box

Prep time: 10 minutes
Servings: 1

  • 1 cup chopped romaine lettuce
  • 1/4 cup cooked turkey meat, seasoned with taco seasoning
  • 2 tablespoons shredded cheese
  • 4 cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • 2 tablespoons guacamole
  • 1 ounce tortilla chips
  1. Assemble taco salad with lettuce, taco meat, cheese and tomatoes.
  2. Place in lunchbox with guacamole and chips.

Source: Produce for Kids

Meal Ideas 21 June 2019

Punched Up Summer Side Ideas for Backyard Entertaining

(Family Features) Backyard barbecues and family picnics are plentiful during the summer months, so chances are good you’ll host (or attend) at least one event this season. While you’ll likely feast on a bevy of hamburgers, hot dogs and summer salads, a menu filled with fresh, delicious sides makes for a meal worth celebrating.

There’s certainly more than one way to create a menu for a casual backyard picnic, so it’s easy to plan dishes that everyone can enjoy. When organizing your menu, be sure to consider your guests and prepare a selection of side dishes that are both age-appropriate and satisfy a wide range of cravings. Here are some creative ways to put a twist on classic side dishes to make your meal memorable:

Pasta medley. When you’re serving a group with kids, a simple pasta salad is a must-have side that even picky eaters will enjoy. Simply prepare your favorite noodles (fun shapes like spirals or bowties if you’re thinking kid-friendly) then add an array of ingredients like cubed cheese, olives, cherry tomatoes and broccoli florets with some extra-virgin olive oil. For a more grown-up flavor, combine feta cheese and bits of fresh basil with a drizzle of Bolthouse Farms Classic Balsamic Vinaigrette dressing for an extra kick of flavor.

Naturally sweet treats. Many traditional sweet dishes are simply impractical for a hot summer day. As an alternative, something lighter can help satisfy a sweet tooth without the bulk of a heavy cake or pie. Try a mixed berry bowl with all your favorite seasonal fruits like fresh strawberries, raspberries, blackberries and blueberries. It’s a cheerful presentation and an option all ages can enjoy. Add a few sprigs of mint for garnish for a little festive fun.

Crisp coleslaw salad. A refreshing salad is almost always a crowd-pleaser. Instead of a traditional tossed garden salad, try adding some crunch with a zesty coleslaw salad. This recipe uses all chopped vegetables, allowing you to help reduce food waste by choosing veggies that are not the most beautiful on the shelf, but still taste delicious. Try using an option like Bolthouse Farms Coleslaw dressing to make these veggies and coleslaw even more delicious by giving you the classic, tangy, creamy and sweet coleslaw taste you love with less fat and fewer calories than other refrigerated brands. Just pour, mix in with cabbage and enjoy. Another tip: balance your crunchy veggies with some sweetness, like bits of apple, pear, persimmon or nectarine, for a truly flavorful salad.

Look in the refrigerated area of the produce section to pick up any of the Bolthouse Farms dressing varieties or visit Bolthouse.com to learn more.

“Ugly” Summer Coleslaw Salad

Recipe courtesy of Two Purple Figs

  • 1/2       head white cabbage (about 4 cups)
  • 2          scallions
  • 1          carrot
  • 1          apple
  • 1          pear
  • 1/2       bottle Bolthouse Farms® Coleslaw dressing
  • 1          cup pomegranate arils (optional)
  1. Using shredder disc in food processor, shred cabbage, scallions, carrot, apple and pear. Add dressing and pulse until smooth.
  2. Sprinkle with pomegranate arils, if desired, and serve.

Content courtesy of Bolthouse Farms®.

Source: Bolthouse Farms

Snacks 07 June 2019

Sweet, Refreshing Summer Snacks

(Family Features) There’s no time like a hot summer picnic to let your patriotic spirit show. These all-American snacks featuring a classic favorite fruit – watermelon – are the perfect solution for nearly any summertime celebration.

Watermelon is a patriotic picnic staple for countless reasons, not the least of which is that it’s a beloved treat that many people associate with memories from childhood. However, nostalgia isn’t the only reason adults are just as likely to gravitate toward watermelon at a summer event. Its sweet, cool and refreshing flavor also makes it a favorite for all ages.

From a practical standpoint, watermelon is also quite portable, versatile and easy to serve, and with a composition of 92% water, it’s a simple way to sneak in some extra hydration on a hot day. Another benefit is its value; watermelon is one of the best values in the produce section among fruit, and just one watermelon can feed up to three dozen people.

Serving watermelon at a party can be as simple as slicing wedges, or you can prepare a dish such as:

  • A fruit basket, with the rind serving as a colorful bowl to hold the watermelon and other fresh fruits.
  • A charcuterie board with a selection of fruit, cheese and protein for simple snacking.
  • Creamy parfaits, perfect for a summery brunch or alternative to more traditional desserts.
  • A creatively colorful and patriotic “cake” that makes for a tasty centerpiece on the dessert table.

Find more ideas for incorporating watermelon into your summer festivities at watermelon.org.

Easy Summer Thirst Quencher

A simple fruit-infused water can give your summer event an instant upgrade in no time at all. Add extra dimension and complexity to the flavor by adding some of your favorite herbs like basil and mint.

Watermelon-Infused Water

  • 2          cups watermelon balls or cubes
  • 1          cup other fruit, such as berries
  • herbs, such as basil or mint
  1. Place watermelon, fruit and herbs in pitcher and cover with water. For best flavor, allow to chill in refrigerator at least 30 minutes before serving.

Red, White and Blue Watermelon Parfait

  • 1          cup blueberries
  • 1          container (6 ounces) Greek yogurt (vanilla, lemon or coconut)
  • 1          cup watermelon, plus three pieces diced watermelon
  • whipped cream, for serving
  1. In pint canning jar, layer blueberries, yogurt and 1 cup watermelon. Top with whipped cream and garnish with three diced watermelon pieces.

Note: To make ahead or make thicker, drain Greek yogurt on paper towels to absorb some liquid.

Patriotic Fruit Salad

  • 1          watermelon
  • honeydew
  • blueberries
  1. Slice 1/4 inch off bottom of watermelon, lengthwise, to create stable base.
  2. Use pencil to draw zig-zag lines for basket opening. Using paring knife, make cuts through rind.
  3. Carefully remove top section, pull out large chunks of flesh and cut them into 3-by-3-inch squares.
  4. Trim 3/4-inch thick slices off squares to use for cutting out stars with 1 1/2-3-inch, star-shaped cookie cutters.
  5. Use ice cream scoop to remove flesh from inside basket and cut scoops into quarters for fruit salad. Place in bottom of basket. Add honeydew and blueberries; stir to combine.
  6. Cut out white stripes from honeydew.
  7. Garnish top of fruit salad with watermelon stars, honeydew stripes and blueberries.

Patriotic Charcuterie Board

  • 1/2       medium seedless watermelon, cut into wedges
  • 1/2       cup fresh raspberries
  • 1 1/2    cups fresh blueberries
  • 10        strawberries (dipped in white chocolate, if desired)
  • 5          ounces fresh goat cheese
  • 1/2       cup toasted, salted cashews
  • 2          ounces cured meats like prosciutto, pancetta, coppa, salami, soppressata, sausage or pepperoni
  • 1          Honeycrisp apple, cored and sliced
  • lemon juice
  • fresh basil leaves
  1. On large board or platter, arrange watermelon, raspberries, blueberries, strawberries, cheese, cashews, meat and apples. Drizzle fruit with lemon juice. Garnish with basil leaves before serving.

Flag Kebab Cake

  • 1          pint fresh, washed blackberries
  • 12        wooden skewers
  • 1          seedless watermelon, flesh cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 1          angel food cake, cut into 1-inch cubes (white part only)
  • dips, such as yogurt, chocolate, caramel or marshmallow (optional)
  1. Thread five blackberries on each of five skewers, followed by alternating watermelon and cake cubes.
  2. On remaining skewers, alternate watermelon and cake so first and last cubes are watermelon. Place skewers on platter; fruit and cake will create stars and stripes when lined properly.
  3. Serve with dips, if desired.

Source:

National Watermelon Promotion Board

Meal Ideas 28 May 2019

Effortless Summertime Entertaining

(Family Features) Summer means it’s time to stock up on fresh produce and light the grill for a season of outdoor gatherings with friends and family. Make entertaining easier with flavorful options that can make menu-planning a breeze all summer long.

A nutritious and versatile ingredient, American Pecans can be your secret weapon for a variety of entertaining occasions. Add one bag of pecans to your shopping list and transform standby recipes into wholesome and delicious meals and snacks for the whole crowd.

Enjoy the long summer nights on the back porch with a Spiced Pecan Grilled Peach Salad, packed with the essential flavors and textures of summertime. Or serve up Pecan-Crusted Asian Turkey Meatball Lettuce Wraps, a light and delicious appetizer or easy entree to keep guests satisfied.

Discover more summertime entertaining recipes and cooking tips at AmericanPecan.com.

Spiced Pecan Grilled Peach Salad with Goat Cheese

Spiced Pecans:

  • 1 egg white
  • 3 tablespoons dark brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 cups pecan halves

Salad:

  • 1/4 cup, plus 2 teaspoons, extra-virgin olive oil or pecan oil, divided
  • 1/4 cup white wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 large peaches, halved and pitted
  • 6 cups mixed baby greens
  • 4 ounces soft goat cheese
  1. To make spiced pecans: Heat oven to 275° F. Line rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In bowl, whisk egg white, brown sugar, cinnamon, cayenne pepper and salt until well combined. Fold in pecans and mix until evenly coated. Spread in single layer on baking sheet.
  3. Bake 45-50 minutes, stirring occasionally until pecans are fragrant and golden brown. Allow to cool completely.
  4. To make salad: In bowl, whisk 1/4 cup olive oil, white wine vinegar, Dijon mustard, garlic powder, salt and pepper. Set aside.
  5. Brush cut sides of peach halves with remaining olive oil; grill until grill lines appear and peaches become tender, about 3-5 minutes. Remove peaches and slice.
  6. Divide greens among four plates. Top with grilled peach slices and goat cheese. Divide 1 cup spiced pecans evenly among salads and reserve remaining for snack. Top each salad with drizzle of vinaigrette.

Pecan-Crusted Asian Turkey Meatball Lettuce Wraps

Meatballs:

  • 1 1/2 pounds ground turkey thigh
  • 1/3 cup chopped green onions (about 2 stalks)
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon powdered ginger
  • 1 cup fresh pecans

Sauce:

  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon fish sauce
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1 head butter lettuce leaves
  • 1/2 cup matchstick carrots
  • chopped scallions (optional)
  • cilantro leaves (optional)
  1. Heat oven to 375° F.
  2. To make meatballs: Using hands, combine ground turkey, green onions, sesame oil, red pepper flakes, salt, pepper, garlic and powdered ginger.
  3. In food processor, pulse pecans until coarsely ground to similar consistency as panko bread crumbs.
  4. Scoop 1 tablespoon meat mixture at a time and roll into meatballs. Roll meatballs in ground pecans until evenly coated.
  5. Place pecan-crusted meatballs on parchment-lined baking sheet; bake approximately 20 minutes. Flip after 15 minutes.
  6. To make sauce: In small saucepan over medium heat, combine soy sauce, cornstarch, fish sauce and sesame oil. Stir until sauce thickens, about 3 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool.
  7. Sprinkle lettuce cups with shredded carrots. Place meatballs on top and drizzle with sauce. Garnish with scallions and cilantro, if desired.

Source: American Pecan Council

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/

 

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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

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