Meal Ideas 07 April 2020

Cook Comfort Food Once, Enjoy it Twice

(Family Features) Cook once, eat twice. It’s a kitchen practice as simple as it sounds. Cook a base dish that can be enjoyed today and used for an entirely different meal tomorrow. For example, bake some fish for tonight’s dinner, and enjoy fish tacos for tomorrow’s lunch.

With so many Americans preparing meals at home, the practice of cooking once and eating twice can extend your grocery budget while also making meal planning less stressful and more comforting.

Cooking meals that feed the entire family is essential and even better if they give you a jump on a second meal. Whether your love for cooking runs deep or is being newly discovered, keep the following in mind when planning to cook once and eat twice:

Stock up on staples. Before heading out to the store, develop a list of ingredients that can be used for multiple dishes. Canned goods, such as black beans and corn, are great items to store in the pantry and have on hand for a variety of favorite family recipes. Other basics like corn tortillas can be used in multiple ways, such as tacos, casseroles and even salads.

Don’t forget produce. To increase flavor and nutrition, adding produce is key in your planning. Mushrooms are a favorite among chefs and home cooks alike for many reasons. Traditionally known for their inherent umami flavor, mushrooms are filling, healthy and versatile. Crimini and portabella are excellent sources of selenium, an antioxidant that protects cells from damage that may lead to serious chronic diseases. For example, four crimini mushrooms provide 38% of your daily recommended value. Also, the variety of mushrooms contain essential vitamins and nutrients, such as vitamins B and D and riboflavin.

Make meat go further. A three-step cooking technique called “The Blend” combines finely chopped mushrooms with ground meat to create dishes that are more nutritious while still tasting delicious. You can use the process to create multiple dishes such as tacos, pasta sauce and burgers. Mushrooms’ ability to mimic the texture of meat makes them easy to incorporate, and the addition of finely chopped mushrooms to meat dishes stretches portions, allowing the family to enjoy a meat-mushroom base two days in a row in two different ways in dishes like Mexican Lasagna and Blended Tacos, both of which include a Mexican Mushroom-Beef Blend.

For more simple and delicious recipes, visit MushroomCouncil.com.

Blended Tacos

Makes: 8 tacos

  • 1          cup sour cream
  • 6          tablespoons cilantro, chopped
  • 2          tablespoons lime juice
  • 8          yellow corn tortillas
  • 2          cups Mexican Mushroom-Beef Blend
  • diced avocado (optional)
  • shredded lettuce (optional)
  • shredded cheese (optional)
  • salsa (optional)
  1. In small bowl, mix sour cream, cilantro and lime juice. Cover and refrigerate.
  2. Warm tortillas in microwave or on stovetop according to package directions. Spoon 1/4 cup Mexican Mushroom-Beef Blend into each tortilla. Top with sour cream mixture and avocado, lettuce and cheese as desired.

Mexican Mushroom-Beef Blend

Makes: 8 cups

  • 1          medium yellow onion
  • 8          ounces fresh button or crimini mushrooms
  • 1          pound lean ground beef
  • 1          tablespoon olive oil
  • 2          cans (15 ounces each) black beans, drained
  • 1          package (1 ounce) reduced-sodium taco seasoning mix
  • 1          can (15 ounces) crushed tomatoes
  • 1          can (11 ounces) yellow kernel corn, drained
  1. In food processor, pulse onion and mushrooms to coarse texture. Set aside.
  2. In large frying pan, brown ground beef. Drain fat. Set aside.
  3. In same frying pan, heat oil. Add mushroom mixture and saute 3-4 minutes, or until most moisture has been released. Add black beans and mix.
  4. Add beef, taco seasoning, tomatoes and corn to black bean and mushroom blend. Mix and cook until heated through.

Mexican Lasagna

Servings: 6-8

  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 16        yellow corn tortillas
  • 6          cups Mexican Mushroom-Beef Blend
  • 1          cup shredded, low-fat Mexican cheese blend
  • sour cream (optional)
  • chopped cilantro (optional)
  • salsa (optional)
  1. Heat oven to 350° F. Spray bottom of 9-by-13-inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Place four corn tortillas on bottom of dish and layer 2 cups Mexican Mushroom-Beef Blend on top. Repeat layers, ending with tortillas as top layer. Top with cheese.
  2. Bake uncovered 25 minutes, or until cheese melts and lasagna is heated through. Top with dollops of sour cream, cilantro and salsa as desired.

Source: Mushroom Council

Videos 06 December 2019

Enchilada Casserole

(Culinary.net) If your family is looking for a simple way to serve up a south-of-the-border classic, this Enchilada Casserole can be your ticket to a warm, filling meal.

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Enchilada Casserole

  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 1          medium yellow onion, chopped
  • 12        ounces ground beef
  • 1 1/2    teaspoons chili powder
  • 3/4       teaspoon ground cumin
  • 15        ounces pinto beans, drained
  • 20        ounces diced tomatoes and green chilies, undrained
  • 1 1/2    cups sour cream
  • 3          tablespoons flour
  • 1/2       teaspoon garlic powder
  • 12        corn tortillas, 6 inches
  • 20        ounces enchilada sauce
  • 8          ounces shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2       cup green onions, chopped
  1. Heat oven to 350° F. Spray baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In large skillet, cook onion and ground beef until cooked through. Drain, if necessary.
  3. Stir in chili powder and cumin. Stir in pinto beans and diced tomatoes; set aside.
  4. In small bowl, combine sour cream, flour and garlic powder.
  5. Place six tortillas in bottom of baking dish, overlapping as needed. Top tortillas with beef mixture and sour cream mixture. Top with 10 ounces enchilada sauce. Repeat layers.
  6. Bake 35-40 minutes.
  7. Sprinkle shredded cheese and green onion over casserole. Bake 5 minutes, or until cheese melts.
Videos 20 November 2019

Cheesy Baked Potato Casserole

(Culinary.net) ’Tis the season for comfort foods, and this recipe with crumbled bacon and cubed potatoes smothered in melted cheddar cheese is sure to satisfy.

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Cheesy Baked Potato Casserole

  • 5          pounds red potatoes, cubed
  • 1          pound bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 1          pound cheddar cheese, cubed
  • 16        ounces shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1          yellow onion, chopped
  • 1          cup mayonnaise
  • 8          ounces sour cream
  • 1          tablespoon minced chives
  • 1          teaspoon salt
  • 1/2       teaspoon pepper
  1. Heat oven to 325° F.
  2. In large bowl, combine potatoes and bacon.
  3. In separate large bowl, combine cheese, onion, mayonnaise, sour cream, chives, salt and pepper. Add to potato and bacon mixture until combined.
  4. Pour into 9-by-13-inch baking dish. Bake 50-60 minutes until browned and bubbly.
Appetizers & Sides 09 October 2019

How to Bring a Restaurant Favorite Home

(Family Features) Ever wonder about the secret to making your favorite restaurant’s ranch dressing? Look no further – the secret could be Hidden Valley® Ranch Seasoning Mix. In fact, more than half of all restaurants that use a ranch seasoning mix use Hidden Valley Ranch signature buttermilk seasoning mix to provide a distinctive house-made taste. Those who enjoy freshly made ranch at their favorite eateries can recreate this great flavor in the comfort of their homes.

Some people say “a restaurant is only as good as its ranch,” and we couldn’t agree more. Restaurant ranch is popular for a reason: the cool and creamy ranch texture made with fresh ingredients has a delicious homemade taste that pairs perfectly with dishes from wings to fries to pizza to chicken tenders to veggies and almost everything in-between.

With Hidden Valley Ranch Buttermilk Seasoning Mix, you can recreate the restaurant-style ranch dressing you love in just a few minutes whenever the craving strikes. Just combine the dressing mix with 1 cup of mayonnaise and 1 cup of buttermilk and chill for 30 minutes for an easy way to amp up some of your favorite foods, just like you would when eating out.

Throughout the month of October, you can visit hiddenvalley.com/restaurant-ranch for the opportunity to vote for your favorite restaurant ranch and be entered for a chance to win the grand prize of $5,000 and a year’s supply of ranch as well as more recipes and information.*

Restaurant-Style Ranch Dressing

  • 1          cup buttermilk
  • 1          cup mayonnaise
  • 1          package (0.4 ounces) Hidden Valley Ranch Restaurant-Style Dressing & Seasoning Mix
  • 1/2       cup sour cream (optional)
  1. In bowl, combine buttermilk, mayonnaise and seasoning mix; mix well. Add sour cream, if desired, for thicker dressing.
  2. Cover and refrigerate 30 minutes to thicken.
  3. Stir before serving.

Note: Dressing stays fresh 3-4 weeks.

 

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Meal Ideas 04 October 2019

A Flavorful Fall Meal for the Entire Family

(Family Features) When fall comes around, it brings many iconic flavors, festive traditions and family meals, along with cravings for warm, hearty dishes. For your next gathering of loved ones, whether it’s a special occasion, sporting event or simply spending quality time together, serve a classic comfort food perfect for a small crowd.

While a roast leg of lamb may be considered time-intensive or best-suited for special occasions, it can be a surprisingly stress-free dish to prepare at home. A simple way to update familiar dishes, grass-fed lamb, available at your local Whole Foods Market, is easy to cook; prepare it the same way you would grass-fed beef.

This grass-fed leg of lamb recipe, for example, requires little fuss and the oven does the work for you. Infused with garlic and thyme, topped with a creamy meat sauce and garnished with a side of seasonal produce, you can delight your family and friends with this tender and delicious meal. Plus, New Zealand grass-fed lamb is a lean, finely textured and flavorful protein, well-suited for a variety of dishes.

For more information, cooking tips and recipes, visit beefandlambnz.com.

Grass-Fed Leg of Lamb

Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 2 hours, 45 minutes
Servings: 8

Lamb:

  • 4 1/2-5 1/2       pounds Atkins Ranch grass-fed leg of lamb, at room temperature
  • 1 3/4    ounces butter, softened
  • 3          cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1          teaspoon roughly chopped thyme leaves
  • salt, to taste
  • ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1-2       handfuls thyme sprigs
  • 1          onion, sliced
  • 1/2       cup olive oil

Meat Sauce:

  • 1          cup beef stock
  • 3/4       cup creme fraiche or sour cream
  • lemon zest, finely grated
  • 1          tablespoon wine vinegar
  • 1          bay leaf
  • salt, to taste
  • sauteed mushrooms (optional)
  • sauteed green beans (optional)
  • steamed carrots and snap peas (optional)
  1. Heat oven to 320° F.
  2. To prepare lamb: Using sharp knife, make 4-5 shallow slits in lamb. In bowl, mix butter, garlic and chopped thyme. Coat butter mixture in slits and sprinkle lamb with salt and pepper, to taste.
  3. Place thyme sprigs and sliced onion in base of roasting tin and place lamb on top. Drizzle olive oil over lamb. Roast 2 hours, 45 minutes.
  4. To make meat sauce: Remove lamb from oven 30 minutes before end of cooking time. Place lamb on board then tip juices into saucepan. Place lamb back in roasting tin and return to oven.
  5. Skim fat off roasting juices. Add beef stock to remaining juices and bring to boil.
  6. Reduce heat and add creme fraiche or sour cream, lemon zest, vinegar and bay leaf. Simmer until sauce reduces some. Season with salt, to taste, to counteract acidity.
  7. Remove lamb from oven and rest covered loosely with foil and tea towel 10 minutes before carving.
  8. Strain sauce into bowl or gravy boat and serve hot with lamb and sauteed mushrooms, green beans or steamed carrots and snap peas, if desired.

Source: Beef + Lamb New Zealand

Videos 17 September 2019

Frosted Banana Cake

(Culinary.net) If you need a recipe idea for your ripened bananas, try this Frosted Banana Cake recipe. A moist but not overly sweet cake bursting with banana flavor paired with a cream cheese frosting may be your new favorite.

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Frosted Banana Cake

  • 2          medium ripe bananas
  • 1/2       cup butter, softened
  • 1 1/2    cups sugar
  • 2          eggs
  • 1          cup sour cream
  • 1/4       teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2          cups flour
  • 1          teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4       teaspoon salt

Frosting:

  • 1          package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2       cup butter, softened
  • 2          teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 3          cups powdered sugar
  1. Heat oven to 350° F.
  2. Peel, slice and mash ripened bananas; set aside.
  3. In large bowl, beat butter and sugar until fluffy. Add eggs, sour cream and vanilla; blend well. Gradually add in flour. Stir in bananas. Add baking soda and salt; mix well.
  4. Pour batter into baking pan. Bake 20-25 minutes, or until toothpick inserted into center of cake comes out clean. Let cool.
  5. To make frosting: In large bowl, beat cream cheese, butter and vanilla extract until fluffy. Gradually add powdered sugar. Mix until well combined.
  6. Frost cake. Store in refrigerator until ready to serve.
Videos 10 September 2019

Chocolate Caramel Pie

When it comes to dessert, it’s hard to beat chocolate as the main ingredient for dishes of all kinds. Add a twist to your next treat with the sweet taste of caramel in this Chocolate Caramel Pie.

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Chocolate Caramel Pie

  • 1          package (15 ounces) pie crust

Filling:

  • 24        caramels, unwrapped
  • 1/3       cup water
  • 2/3       cup brown sugar
  • 2/3       cup sour cream
  • 1          teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2          eggs, beaten
  • 1/2       cup walnuts, chopped
  • 1/3       cup grated sweet baking chocolate, divided

Topping:

  • 1          cup white chocolate chip morsels
  • 1/4       cup milk
  • 1          cup whipping cream
  • 2          tablespoons grated sweet baking chocolate
  1. Heat oven to 450° F. Prepare pie crust in 9-inch glass pie dish. Bake 8-9 minutes, or until lightly brown.
  2. To make filling: In medium bowl, combine caramels and water. Melt in microwave, stirring frequently. Stir in brown sugar, sour cream, vanilla extract, eggs and walnuts.
  3. Reduce oven to 350° F. Pour filling into cooled pie shell. Return to oven. Bake 30-40 minutes, or until edges of filling are set.
  4. Cool 15 minutes. Sprinkle 3/4 cup grated chocolate over pie. Refrigerate 2 hours.
  5. To make topping: In small glass bowl, combine white chocolate morsels and milk. Melt in microwave, stirring frequently. Set aside.
  6. In small bowl, beat whipping cream until peaks form. Fold in melted white chocolate mixture. Spread over cooled filling. Sprinkle with remaining grated chocolate.
  7. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
Meal Ideas 31 July 2019

Delicious Recipes for Stronger Bones

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

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

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

By the Spoonful
Look how easy it is to boost your calcium intake. Get the most calcium by adding 1 tablespoon of nonfat dry milk to many of the foods you eat every day. Make it a habit to get more calcium this wholesome and natural way.


1 tablespoon of ...

Amount
of calcium

Nonfat dry milk approximately

= 55mg

Fat-free evaporated milk approximately

= 45mg

Fat-free plain yogurt approximately

= 30mg

Refrigerated fat-free milk approximately

= 20mg

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Creamy Garlic Dip

Servings: 10

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

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

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Creamy Fruit Smoothie

Servings: 4

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

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

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

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Zesty Potato Salad

Servings: 8

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

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

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Banana Nut Bread

Servings: 2 loaves

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

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

 

Confetti Frittata

Servings: 4

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

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

Photos courtesy of Getty Images

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Holiday 09 April 2019

A Fiesta of Flavor!

(Family Features) This Cinco de Mayo, gather the whole family together and enjoy a true Mexican fiesta like Mama Ortega would have thrown over 100 years ago. With mariachi music, dancing, piñatas and traditional homemade Mexican meals, Mama's fiestas were always a favorite with family, friends and especially her 13 children!

The flavors and smells of Mama's homemade meals still taste great today, but are easier to create - and more fun to eat! Her legendary meals inspired today's convenient and great tasting Ortega Mexican products. Achieve authentic fiesta flavors by using crisp and crunchy Ortega taco shells made with whole kernel corn, topped with slow simmered Ortega Taco Sauce and authentic fire-roasted green chiles. Ortega's zesty Mexican seasonings and fresh-tasting salsas are perfect for adding flavor to your favorite snack, casserole, dip or soup!

So, gather the family together and enjoy a fiesta of flavors with Ortega. For other great recipe ideas or to learn more about Ortega's line of products, visit www.ortega.com.

Taco Rice and Beans

Prep time: 5 minutes
Start to finish: 15 minutes
Serves 4

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 1 package (1.25 ounces) Ortega Taco Seasoning Mix
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 can (15 ounces) black beans, drained
  • 2 cups cooked rice
  • 1/4 cup Ortega Thick & Chunky Salsa
  1. In skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add onion; cook 3 minutes. Add taco seasoning mix and water. Stir until combined and slightly thickened. Add beans, rice and salsa; stir. Cook 5 minutes more or until contents are heated through.

Grilled Margarita Shrimp

Prep time: 40 minutes
Start to finish: 50 minutes
Serves 6

  • 1 cup margarita mix
  • 1 cup Ortega Taco Sauce, divided
  • 2 pounds raw shrimp (21 to 30), peeled and deveined
  • 3 tablespoons Ortega Diced Green Chiles
  1. In large bowl, pour margarita mix and 1/2 cup taco sauce over shrimp and toss well. Marinate in refrigerator 30 minutes or up to 2 hours.
  2. Preheat grill until sizzling hot, about 15 minutes. Grill shrimp 4 minutes on each side or until pink.
  3. Combine remaining 1/2 cup taco sauce with green chiles to use as dipping sauce.

Ham and Cheese Quesadillas

Prep time: 10 minutes
Start to finish: 20 minutes
Serves 5

  • 1/2 pound cooked ham, diced
  • 3/4 cup cream cheese, softened
  • Zest of one lime
  • 2 green onions, white and green parts, diced
  • 1 Ortega Soft Taco Kit - includes 10 soft tortillas, 1 package (1.25 ounces) taco seasoning mix and 1 package (3 ounces) taco sauce
  • Cooking spray
  • 1 tomato, diced
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  1. In mixing bowl, combine diced ham, cream cheese, lime zest, green onions and half of taco seasoning packet contained in soft taco kit. Heat large skillet on medium and spray with cooking spray.
  2. Spread about 1 teaspoon taco sauce onto a flour tortilla and then spread about 1/4 cup ham/cream cheese mixture on top.
  3. Place tortilla-side down onto hot skillet and top with another flour tortilla. Heat about 4 minutes, until bottom of tortilla is browned; spray top of the other tortilla and flip. Cook another 4 minutes and repeat with remaining quesadillas. Cook two at a time if skillet is large enough.
  4. Cut into wedges and top with tomato, cilantro and sour cream and serve.

Mexican Meatballs

Prep time: 15 minutes
Start to finish: 30 minutes
Makes about 30 meatballs

  • 3 Ortega Yellow Corn Taco Shells
  • 1 pound (16 ounces) lean ground beef
  • 1 teaspoon Ortega Chili Seasoning Mix
  • 1 egg
  • 2 teaspoons Ortega Diced Green Chiles
  • 1 bottle (8 ounces) Ortega Taco Sauce
  • 1/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • Cilantro, finely chopped (optional)
  1. Break taco shells into food processor and pulse several times to create about 1/2 cup taco shell crumbs. Place into large mixing bowl and add ground beef, seasoning mix, egg and green chiles. Mix thoroughly.
  2. Form mixture into 30 (1-inch) meatballs and drop into hot skillet. Cook until they begin to brown. Carefully turn over and continue browning. Add taco sauce. Coat meatballs with sauce and simmer over low heat, uncovered, 10 minutes.
  3. Sprinkle meatballs with cheese and garnish with cilantro, if desired. Serve with toothpicks.

Photos copyright (c) 2008 Publications International, Ltd. Used by permission.

Source: Ortega

Videos 08 April 2019

How to Make Jalapeño Popper Cups

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

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Jalapeño Popper Cups

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

Recipe adapted from Wilton.

Source: Culinary.net

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