Meal Ideas 05 August 2019

Simple, Family-Friendly Solutions

(Family Features) During the hustle and bustle of a busy school week, juggling after-school activities, homework, dinners and next day lunch prep can be exhausting. Finding ways to simplify evenings while running a more efficient kitchen routine can make life more delicious for parents and children alike.

Consider these ways to make family meals work overtime for you.

Plan for leftovers. One easy way to make the most of your time in the evening is to make dinners that serve dual purpose – choosing recipes that shine when leftovers are reinvented for lunch the next day, like an all-time classic: chicken fingers. Making them at home is not only healthier than typical restaurant offerings, but leftovers can be used in a recipe like this Chicken Tender Smart Pocket, perfect for packing in your child’s lunchbox.

Use kid-friendly, better-for-you ingredients. It’s no secret it can be tough to serve smart choices your kids will actually reach for again and again. Set up a simple toppings bar with a favorite protein, chopped crunchy veggies and simple sauces alongside fun, do-it-yourself foods like stuff-able Toufayan Smart Pockets. Available in Original, 100% Whole Wheat, Everything and Organic Sprouted Whole Wheat varieties, they’re easy to hold, fun to stuff and only 80 calories each.   

Focus on family favorites. When you’re busy making a meal the whole family loves, your time spent in the kitchen may not feel so much like a drain on the evening. Throw it back to childhood with these Sloppy Joe Smart Pockets, an easier-to-eat version with the timeless taste of seasoned beef.

Discover more family meal solutions at Toufayan.com.

 

Chicken Tender Smart Pocket

Servings: 1

  • 3          breaded chicken tenders
  • 2          tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1          Toufayan Smart Pocket, any variety
  • 2          pieces curly lettuce, washed and dried
  • 2          thinly sliced tomatoes
  • salt, to taste
  • pepper, to taste
  1. Bake chicken tenders according to package instructions.
  2. Spread mayonnaise evenly on insides of pita bread pocket.
  3. Layer lettuce then tomatoes and place chicken tenders evenly across pita bread pocket. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  4. Serve immediately.

Sloppy Joe Smart Pockets

Servings: 4

  • 1          pound ground beef
  • 1/4       cup finely chopped celery
  • 1/4       cup finely chopped onion
  • 1/4       cup finely chopped carrot
  • 1          clove minced garlic
  • 1/2       teaspoon salt
  • 1/8       teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4       cup tomato paste
  • 2          tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2          teaspoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2       teaspoon yellow mustard
  • 1          cup water
  • 4          Toufayan Smart Pockets, any variety
  1. In large skillet over medium heat, brown ground beef, celery, onion, carrot, garlic, salt and pepper, breaking up beef until browned and no longer pink, approximately 6-8 minutes.
  2. Add tomato paste, brown sugar, vinegar, mustard and water; mix well.
  3. Bring to boil, reduce to simmer and cook 15-20 minutes until sauce thickens and flavors meld.
  4. Remove from heat; taste and adjust seasonings, if necessary.
  5. Divide evenly among pita bread pockets and serve.

Source: Toufayan

Meal Ideas 14 March 2019

Quick Dinner Tips

(Family Features) When your family is short on time, there's no need to shortchange them when it comes to a wholesome dinner. The key to getting dinner on the table in 30 minutes or less is to plan ahead. Here are some tips to help you do just that.

* Make a Menu. Planning your meals for the week is the best way to save time and money. Stock up on quick dinner recipes, then stock up on the ingredients you need to make them. The two recipes here bring Bob Evans Food Products' farm-fresh taste to the family table in no time.

* Plan Your Leftovers. Instead of wondering what to do with the leftovers from Monday's meal - or worse, just throwing it out - plan your menu to turn one night's leftovers into another night's dinner. Leftover rotisserie chicken can turn into spicy quesadillas. Extra meatballs can morph into meatball grinders.

* Cut Down Prep Time. Take advantage of prepared foods in your grocery store. Pre-cut veggies, pre-washed bagged salads, pre-made pizza crusts, even Bob Evans Refrigerated Mashed Potatoes - they can all come in handy and save you time. Also, think about making double batches of food - one lasagna to serve now, one to freeze for later. Roasting two chickens tonight doesn't take that much longer than one and saves you from having to do it twice.

For more fast, family-friendly recipes, visit www.bobevans.com.

Sloppy Joes

Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes
Makes 4 servings

  • 1 pound Bob Evans Original Recipe Roll Sausage
  • 1 medium onion, chopped (optional)
  • 1/2 cup chopped green bell pepper (optional)
  • 1 1.3 ounce envelope Sloppy Joe seasoning mix
  • 1 6-ounce can tomato paste
  • 1 1/4 cups water
  • 8 sandwich buns, split and toasted
  1. In large saucepan, over medium heat crumble and cook sausage, onion and pepper until sausage is browned. Stir in seasoning mix, tomato paste and water. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low and simmer 10 minutes. Serve on buns.

Speedy Spaghetti

Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes
Makes 4 servings

  • 1 pound Bob Evans Original Recipe Roll Sausage
  • 1 28-ounce jar of your favorite pasta sauce
  • 1 8-ounce (minimum) package of your favorite pasta
  1. In a skillet, crumble and brown sausage over medium heat until cooked. Stir in your favorite pasta sauce and heat until warm. Cook pasta according to package directions. Serve sauce over pasta.

Source: Bob Evans Foods

Meal Ideas 06 August 2018

Save Time on School Nights

(Family Features) Back-to-school season means plenty of evening hours spent completing homework, attending extracurricular activities and preparing to repeat the school-day routine the next day. For many families, having time to prepare and cook quality, nutritious meals can be next to impossible.

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Instead of choosing between valuable family time and hours spent in the kitchen, RAGÚ blogger, fitness enthusiast and busy mom Jamie Krauss Hess recommends stocking up on go-to pantry staples you feel good about and including them in quick, nutritious recipes everyone can enjoy together.

Try recipes such as Mini Turkey Sloppy Joes, which swap out beef for ground turkey to provide a flavorful alternative while offering a special twist to a classic family favorite. Quinoa Penne with Savory Tomato-Basil Sauce can hit the spot with just a handful of ingredients. Or, if the little ones clamor for a more kid-friendly dish and the adults don’t mind a throwback to childhood, Grown-Up Tomato Mac and Cheese can provide the best of both worlds.

All three recipes take less than an hour to make and feature RAGÚ Simply pasta sauces, which are made with 100 percent olive oil and contain no added sugar. They’re available in four varieties including: Traditional, Chunky Marinara, Chunky Garden Vegetable and Flavored with Meat. By using simple ingredients like California vine-ripened tomatoes, carrots, bell peppers, zucchini, onions and spices, the result is a taste-tempting sauce with recipe versatility.

Find more family-pleasing and simple-to-prepare recipes ideal for busy school nights at ragu.com.
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Grown-Up Tomato Mac and Cheese

Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 30 minutes
Servings: 8

  • 1          box (16 ounces) gemelli pasta
  • 4          cups water
  • 2 1/2    cups sharp cheddar cheese, shredded, divided
  • 1/2       cup (2 ounces) Pecorino Romano cheese, grated
  • 1          tablespoon corn starch
  • 1          can (5 ounces) evaporated milk
  • 1          jar (24 ounces) RAGÚ Simply Traditional Pasta Sauce
  • 2          teaspoons cracked black pepper
  1. In large pot, combine pasta and water. Cook over medium-high heat 20-22 minutes, or until pasta is done, stirring occasionally.
  2. In bowl, combine 2 cups cheddar cheese, Pecorino Romano cheese and corn starch. Reduce heat to medium; stir milk, cheese mixture and sauce together with cooked pasta. Cook 5-7 minutes, or until cheese is melted and mixture is thickened, stirring frequently.
  3. Sprinkle with remaining cheddar cheese and pepper; serve immediately.

Tip: This stovetop method eliminates the need to drain the pasta after cooking. The starchy pasta water gets stirred in and helps create an extra-rich sauce. Elevate this dish by sprinkling crushed Parmesan cheese crisps on top before serving.
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Mini Turkey Sloppy Joes

Recipe courtesy of Honey and Birch
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes
Servings: 8

  • 1          teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1          cup onion, diced
  • 3          cloves garlic, minced
  • 1          pound ground turkey
  • 1          cup carrots, finely diced
  • 1          medium green pepper, diced
  • 1          medium red pepper, diced
  • 1          jar (24 ounces) RAGÚ Simply Chunky Marinara Sauce
  • 1          tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1          teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1/2       teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2       teaspoon black pepper
  • 8          mini buns
  1. In large skillet over medium heat, heat extra-virgin olive oil. When hot, add onion and garlic; sauté until onion is translucent.
  2. Add ground turkey to pan. Break up meat and stir frequently until meat is browned. Add carrots, green pepper and red pepper. Cook 5 minutes so vegetables can begin to soften.
  3. Add marinara sauce, Worcestershire sauce, ground mustard, kosher salt and black pepper. Stir and bring to boil. Reduce heat so it simmers; partially cover pan. Cook 10 minutes.
  4. Serve on mini buns.

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Quinoa Penne with Savory Tomato-Basil Sauce

Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 8-10 minutes
Servings: 6

  • 12        ounces (about 5 cups) uncooked quinoa penne pasta
  • 2          tablespoons olive oil
  • 1          large shallot, chopped
  • 4          cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 1/4       cup oil-packed sundried tomatoes, drained and chopped
  • 1/2       teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1          jar (24 ounces) RAGÚ Simply Chunky Garden Vegetable Pasta Sauce
  • 1 1/4    cups tightly packed fresh basil leaves, chopped, divided
  1. Cook pasta as directed on package.
  2. In large skillet over medium heat, heat oil. Add shallots; cook 5-7 minutes, or until lightly browned, stirring frequently. Add garlic, tomatoes and paprika; cook and stir 1 minute. Stir in sauce and basil, reserving small amount of basil for garnish.
  3. Drain pasta; add to sauce mixture. Mix well. Cook 1-2 minutes until heated through. Sprinkle with reserved basil before serving.

Tip: For extra protein, add 1 pound sliced, grilled chicken when stirring in pasta.

Source:  RAGÚ

Healthy 20 January 2017

Best Bets for Healthy Family Meals in a Hurry

(Family Features) Making the decision to eat better doesn’t mean you have to stock your fridge exclusively with carrot sticks and lettuce leaves. There are plenty of healthy and delicious meal options that will have your taste buds cheering.

Fill up your fridge

How many times have you raided the fridge, only to eat the first thing you could find? Arrange your fridge so everything at eye level is packed with nutritional benefits. The top shelf is prime space for fresh fruits, berries, vegetable sticks, string cheese and hard boiled eggs.

Keeping lean proteins on hand is another way to take proactive steps towards creating healthy meals. Lean proteins, like the protein found in soy, can help families feel fuller longer and can also help lower the chances of childhood obesity.

Pick the perfect protein

During dinnertime, entrées featuring beef, pork or chicken are often the star of the plate. However, meat proteins can supply your recipes with unwanted saturated fats and cholesterol. Instead of asking your family to forego their favorite meat dishes, try swapping out meat proteins with meat alternatives, using soy protein. Soy is a high-quality vegetable protein that is easy to incorporate into your family’s diet. It can support muscle strength and is an especially good choice for managing healthy weight for the entire family.

MATCH® premium meat alternatives provide the taste, texture and nutrition meat lovers want, without the saturated fats and cholesterol. Look for great flavor matches like ground pork, Italian sausage, ground chicken, crab and ground beef at www.matchmeats.com.

Find recipes for family favorites

Quick, easy and delicious have to be a part of every family’s meal on busy weekdays. Breakfast Burritos are sure to be a family favorite. Simply fill tortillas with MATCH® Italian Sausage, eggs, cheese, salsa and fresh herbs for a hot, tasty start to your morning. Another sure crowd pleaser is Beef Tacos. Just swap out traditional ground beef for MATCH® Ground Beef and spoon your favorite taco ingredients into soft or hard shells. Homemade Beef Sloppy Joes are equally as easy to make. This recipe is a tasty way to get your whole family fed and out the door in time for evening activities.

Once you’ve picked the perfect recipes and filled your fridge with lean proteins, like soy protein, eating well will become a healthy habit the whole family will love.

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Beef Tacos

Makes: 6 to 8 tacos

  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 cups yellow onion, diced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh garlic, chopped
  • 1 pound MATCH® Ground Beef
  • 4 tablespoons taco seasoning
  • 1 tablespoon ground cumin
  • 2 cups canned black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 jalapeno, diced with seeds
  • 6 to 8 hard or soft taco shells
  • Shredded lettuce, chopped tomatoes, sour cream, guacamole, cheese, taco sauce or your other favorite toppings
  1. Add olive oil to saucepan over medium heat. Add onion and sauté for 2 to 3 minutes until clear but not brown. Add garlic. Sauté for one minute.
  2. Add MATCH® ground beef and break apart with fork. Sauté for 1 to 2 minutes.
  3. Add taco seasoning and cumin. Increase heat to medium/high and continue browning MATCH® ground beef until outside is crispy.
  4. Add black beans and reduce heat to medium. Add jalapeno.
  5. Serve with your favorite taco shells and your favorite toppings.

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Beef Sloppy Joes

Makes: 6

  • 3 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 pound MATCH® Ground Beef
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 cup zucchini, chopped
  • 1 cup fresh mushrooms, sliced
  • 3/4 cups green pepper, chopped
  • 1 (16-ounce) can tomato sauce
  • 1 teaspoon basil, dried
  • 1 teaspoon thyme, dried
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 8 buns
  1. Heat oil in large skillet. Sauté MATCH® ground beef, onion and garlic over medium-high heat until browned.
  2. Add zucchini, mushrooms and green pepper. Cover and simmer for 5 to 7 minutes until vegetables are tender.
  3. Stir in tomato sauce, basil, thyme, salt and pepper. Simmer uncovered until most of the liquid has evaporated.
  4. Serve on toasted buns. Can freeze for future use.

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Italian Sausage Breakfast Burrito

Makes: 6 burritos

  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 pound MATCH® Italian Sausage
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/2 cup green onion, chopped
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1/2 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 6 to 10 flour tortillas
  • 3/4 cup salsa
  • Sour cream (optional)
  1. In non-stick skillet, heat canola oil. Sauté MATCH® Italian sausage and break up as you cook. Cook until golden.
  2. Add whipped eggs, green onion, salt and pepper. Cook eggs through.
  3. Sprinkle with cilantro and cheddar cheese.
  4. Fill tortillas with egg mixture, spoon salsa over filling and wrap. Serve with side of sour cream.

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