Meal Ideas 16 August 2019

Family Meals Matter

(Family Features) For busy families, finding time to eat together isn't always easy, but coming together around the dinner table regularly isn't just about keeping hungry bellies full. Family meals nourish the spirit, brain and overall health.

Children who grow up sharing family meals are also more likely to exhibit prosocial behavior as adults, such as sharing, fairness and respect. Research has also shown that with each additional family meal shared during the week, adolescents are less likely to show symptoms of violence, depression and suicide; less likely to use or abuse drugs or run away; and less likely to engage in risky behavior or delinquent acts.

In addition, adults and children who eat at home more regularly are less likely to suffer from obesity, and increased family meals are associated with greater intake of fruits and vegetables.

If you struggle to make family meal time happen, try these tips from the experts at the Food Marketing Institute Foundation, creators of the National Family Meals Movement, which aims to help families reap the benefits of enjoying more meals together at home. Or you can find inspiration to make one extra family meal happen each week with recipes like Barbecue St. Louis Ribs, Meatballs or Turkey Pot Pie from the family-focused cookbook "Family Table by Robert Irvine."

Plan ahead. Prepare staples or extras of your favorite recipes that you can refrigerate or freeze to use when you're rushed for time.

Mix and match. Challenge yourself to see how many different ways you can use a grocery item until it's gone.

Embrace convenience. Grocery stores have many time-saving solutions, and frozen and canned produce can be quick additions to many recipes.

Incorporate the kids. Involve your children in shopping, meal planning and meal preparation whenever possible.

Make nutritional balance easy. Plan your family's plates by making sure you are getting all the food groups over the course of the day.

"By quieting the noise and being truly present with the people around us, simple tasks you might normally take for granted - like putting a good meal on the table - take on a deeper meaning," Irvine writes in his book. "The meal ceases to be a time for physical nourishment and becomes something that feeds your family's soul. It's not possible to forge that kind of a connection if you've got one eye fixed on your smartphone at the dinner table."

Look for more tips and meal planning resources at your favorite grocery store.

Meatballs

Recipe courtesy of "Family Table by Robert Irvine" on behalf of the Food Marketing Institute Foundation
Serves: 6

  • 1 Spanish white onion
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 cups diced bread (such as baguette)
  • water
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1/2cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 1 pound ground veal
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon fresh Italian parsley, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh oregano, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons grapeseed oil
  • 3 cups basic tomato sauce
  1. In small saucepan over medium heat, sweat onion and garlic.
  2. In large bowl, soak bread in water 1-2 minutes. Strain excess liquid.
  3. In separate large bowl, add eggs, ricotta cheese, Parmesan cheese and onion-garlic mixture. Combine then add ground meat, soaked bread, extra-virgin olive oil, parsley and oregano. Mix thoroughly.
  4. Divide mixture evenly to form 10-12 meatballs and use hands to roll into shape.
  5. In large saute pan over high heat, brown meatballs in grapeseed oil on all sides.
  6. Place browned meatballs in separate saucepot with basic tomato sauce. Bring to simmer and finish cooking, about 1 hour.

Barbecue St. Louis Ribs

Recipe courtesy of "Family Table by Robert Irvine" on behalf of the Food Marketing Institute Foundation
Serves: 12

Barbecue Sauce:

  • 2 cups ketchup
  • 2 cups apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup Dijon mustard
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cayenne pepper
  • 2 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper

Spice Rub:

  • 1/2 cup kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup ground mustard
  • 1/4 cup paprika
  • 1/4 cup black pepper
  • 1/4 cup cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 cup ground white pepper
  • 1/4 cup seafood seasoning
  • 2 tablespoons ground cumin
  • 4 full racks St. Louis-style ribs
  1. To make Barbecue Sauce: In bowl, mix ketchup, vinegar, Dijon mustard, brown sugar, cayenne pepper, salt and black pepper. Transfer to thick-bottomed saucepot over medium-low heat. Allow sauce to warm and mix over heat 10-15 minutes, stirring continuously. Remove and cool.
  2. To make Spice Rub: In bowl, mix salt, ground mustard, paprika, black pepper, cayenne pepper, white pepper, seafood seasoning and cumin. Keep dry and covered until ready to use.
  3. Remove silver skin from bottom side of ribs. Evenly rub each rack with 1/4 cup Spice Rub on top and bottom. Wrap each in plastic wrap and keep overnight in refrigerator or cooler.
  4. Heat smoker with pecan or other fruit wood to 165 F and maintain temperature. Remove plastic and place ribs in smoker 4 hours then check doneness. Ribs should be cooked but not falling off bone.
  5. Remove ribs from smoker and glaze each rack with 1/2 cup Barbecue Sauce. Return to smoker 30-40 minutes. Remove and glaze again with 1/2 cup sauce for each rack and cook 20 minutes.
  6. Remove ribs from smoker. Allow to rest 5 minutes then cut into single or double bone sections and serve.

Turkey Pot Pie

Recipe courtesy of "Family Table by Robert Irvine" on behalf of the Food Marketing Institute Foundation
Serves: 4

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 Spanish white onion, chopped
  • 2 celery ribs, medium diced
  • 3 carrots, small diced
  • 3 cups cooked, shredded turkey (dark meat preferred)
  • 2 tablespoons fresh tarragon, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
  • 4 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 4 cups turkey stock (or leftover gravy)
  • 2 potatoes, peeled and medium diced
  • 1 square prepared puff pastry
  • 1 egg, beaten
  1. Heat oven to 375 F.
  2. In medium saucepot, melt butter; add onion and sweat 4 minutes. Add celery and carrots; cook 4-5 minutes.
  3. Add turkey and cook 4 minutes. Add tarragon, parsley and all-purpose flour; cook 4 minutes. Add stock and bring to simmer. Add potatoes and simmer until fork tender.
  4. Pour filling into pie pan and top with pastry. Brush pastry with egg.
  5. Bake pie 20-30 minutes, or until crust is golden brown.

Photos courtesy of "Family Table by Robert Irvine"

Source: Food Marketing Institute Foundation

Grilling-Tailgating 02 July 2018

Add Spice to Summer Entertaining

(Family Features) Warmer weather may mean finding ways to cool off, but that doesn’t mean you can’t bring bold flavors to the gathering you’re hosting with family and friends. Whether it’s a barbecue bash or a casual pool party, there is a flavorful blend perfect for nearly every occasion.

When the sun is shining, it’s time to fire up the grill, which means you can get creative and show off your skills. Add a little flavor to your world – Dale Sabor A Tu Mundo – with a versatile ingredient like Tabasco Sauce, which has helped personalize the flavors of food across the globe for nearly 150 years. Whether used as an ingredient or condiment, it can add flavor to virtually any type of cuisine, including Mexican favorites like this Parrillada Mixta with Garlic and Sweet Chipotle Marinades.

Throw some steak, shrimp and chicken on the grill and combine with sweet and spicy marinades to create a grilled spread that’s nearly irresistible. Take it up a notch and serve it with sides such as fresh limes, sizzling onions, creamy guacamole, pico de gallo and soft corn tortillas to complete your meal. It’s a tasty way to add an extra kick of flavor to summer entertaining.

Find more recipes and ways to flavor your world at Tabasco.com.

Parrillada Mixta with Garlic and Sweet Chipotle Marinades

Servings: 6-8

Garlic Chipotle Marinade:

  • 14        garlic cloves, peeled
  • 1          medium white onion, quartered
  • 1 1/2    cups light Mexican beer
  • 3/4       cup olive oil
  • 1          tablespoon coarse black pepper
  • 4          tablespoons Tabasco Chipotle Pepper Sauce 
  • 1          teaspoon salt 
  • 2          flank steaks (1 pound each)

Sweet Chipotle Marinade:

  • 8          garlic cloves, peeled
  • 1          red bell pepper, de-seeded and stemmed 
  • 1          small white onion
  • 1          teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1          teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 8          tablespoons olive oil
  • 8          tablespoons agave syrup
  • 4          tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1 1/4    cups orange juice
  • 1 1/4    cups cold water
  • 4          tablespoons Tabasco Chipotle Pepper Sauce 
  • salt, to taste 
  • 2          pounds extra-large shrimp, peeled, deveined and tails on
  • 4-6       boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  1. To make Garlic Chipotle Marinade: In blender, puree garlic, onion, beer, olive oil and pepper. Transfer puree to large mixing bowl; add chipotle sauce and salt.
  2. Place steaks in re-sealable plastic bag and pour in marinade.

Note: Marinating time depends on the cut of beef selected. For fajitas or skirt steak, marinate at least 6 hours. 

  1. To make Sweet Chipotle Marinade: In blender, puree garlic, bell pepper, onion, cinnamon, paprika, olive oil, agave, lime juice, orange juice, water and chipotle pepper sauce.
  2. In separate re-sealable plastic bags, divide marinade over chicken and shrimp. Allow shrimp to marinate 8 hours and chicken 24 hours.
  3. To prepare meat: Remove steak, shrimp and chicken from marinade and set aside. Heat grill to medium-high heat. Brush off excess marinade and grill chicken first, to desired doneness, then steak and shrimp.

Note: Cooking times will vary depending on cuts of meat and desired doneness. For best results, use a meat thermometer.

Serving suggestion: Place steak, shrimp and chicken on large platter and serve with side items such as fresh guacamole, pico de gallo, grilled onions, fresh limes and fresh corn tortillas.

Source: Tabasco

Meal Ideas 01 June 2017

5 Tips to Avoid Binge-Watching Guilt

(Family Features) Dozens of streaming video providers are making it easier than ever to watch the TV programming you want when you want it, and exclusive programming released an entire season at a time is transforming the way Americans watch TV. The flip side of this convenience is a surge in binge-watching, which can have some negative side effects, including binge eating.

When your favorite show is available back-to-back, it’s easy to let substantial blocks of time get away as you watch “just one more” episode to follow the twists and turns of the plot. In fact, according to a recent survey by Dole, the average binge-watching session clocks in around 5 hours. The same survey found that more than two-thirds of people prefer healthy snacks to fuel their marathon viewing.

Treating yourself to an occasional binge session may give your brain a well-earned break, and it’s easy to do many forms of exercise in front of the screen. The trick to keeping your binge-watching session in check and getting rid of the guilt is to exercise good habits when you head to the kitchen.

  1. Opt for snacks that include valuable vitamins and minerals.
  2. Keep your kitchen stocked with ingredients such as high quality, ready-to-eat Dole Jarred Fruit so you can create quick and easy snacks with a serving of fruit in between episodes or during a commercial break.
  3. Look for quick solutions that help trim prep time and skip the cutting, peeling and mess.
  4. Avoid waste or spoilage with convenient, re-sealable lids that let you use what you need for a single serving and save the rest for later.
  5. Get creative to satisfy cravings. Instead of reaching for cookies or cake, dip fruit in melted chocolate and pop it in the freezer. Let it sit while you watch a few episodes of your favorite show and then enjoy.

Find more quick and easy snacks that can be made during a commercial break at dolesunshine.com.

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Fruity Flatbread

  • Pre-made flatbread crust
  • Broccoli rabe
  • Cooked and chopped turkey bacon
  • Dole Jarred Mandarin Oranges
  1. Cover flatbread with chopped broccoli rabe, turkey bacon and oranges.

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Peach Parfaits

  • Low-fat yogurt
  • Granola
  • Dole Jarred Sliced Peaches
  • Mint
  1. In cup or jar, alternate layering yogurt, granola and chopped peaches. Top with mint and serve immediately.

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Brightened Up Caprese Salad

  • Fresh mozzarella cheese
  • Dole Jarred Sliced Peaches
  • Fresh basil
  • Salt, to taste
  • Pepper, to taste
  • Balsamic glaze
  1. Arrange alternate slices of mozzarella and peaches. Sprinkle fresh basil, season with salt and pepper, to taste, and drizzle with balsamic glaze.

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Avocado Toast

  • Avocado
  • Whole-wheat bread
  • Dole Jarred Sliced Peaches
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • Crushed red pepper flakes
  1. Slice avocado in half, remove pit and scoop out avocado into bowl. Smash until desired consistency.
  2. Toast bread, layer with avocado and top with peaches. Season with salt, pepper and crushed red pepper flakes.

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1-2-3 Chicken Wrap

  • Whole-wheat tortilla
  • Spinach
  • Dole Jarred Mandarin Oranges
  • Cooked chicken, chopped
  • Yogurt-based dressing of choice
  1. Lay tortilla flat and add spinach, oranges and chicken. Top with dressing. Fold, cut and serve.

Substitution: Preferred greens can be added in place of or in addition to spinach

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Tropical Fruit Salsa

  • Dole Jarred Tropical Fruit
  • 1 white onion
  • 1 bunch cilantro
  • 1 jalapeno
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • Tortilla chips
  1. Chop 2 cups fruit, dice onion, chop cilantro and seed and mince jalapeno.
  2. Combine ingredients and stir in lime juice. Serve alongside tortilla chips.

Source: Dole Jarred Fruit

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