recipes

Videos 30 December 2021

A Twist on Traditional Burgers

(Family Features) Warm weather and grilling go hand-in-hand, and few dishes say summer like burgers. While traditional beef patties come to mind for many, there are also healthy protein options to satisfy that burger craving without sacrificing flavor.

For example, salmon is a nutritionally well-rounded alternative that offers a variety of health benefits, and an option like gluten-free Trident Seafoods Alaska Salmon Burgers are made with wild, sustainable, ocean-caught whole filets with no fillers and are lightly seasoned with a “just-off-the-grill,” smoky flavor. Topped with melted cheddar then piled on top of fresh arugula, peppered bacon and zesty mayo, these Alaskan Salmon Burgers with Peppered Bacon are a twist on tradition that can help you put a protein-packed, flavorful meal on the table in minutes.

Find more healthy seafood recipes at tridentseafoods.com.

Watch video to see how to make this recipe!

Alaskan Salmon Burgers with Peppered Bacon

Prep time: 13 minutes
Servings: 4

  • 1/2       cup mayonnaise
  • 1 1/2    tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/2       teaspoon lemon zest
  • salt
  • pepper
  • 1          box (11.2 ounces) Trident Seafoods Alaska Salmon Burgers
  • 4          cheddar cheese slices
  • 4          seeded burger buns, split and toasted
  • 4          cups arugula
  • 6          strips peppered bacon, cooked
  • 12        bread-and-butter pickles, drained
  1. In small bowl, combine mayonnaise, lemon juice and lemon zest. Season with salt and pepper. Set aside.
  2. Cook salmon burgers according to package directions. When almost cooked through, top each with slice of cheese, cover and cook until melted.
  3. Spread cut sides of buns with mayonnaise and top bottom buns with arugula. Cover with salmon burgers, bacon, pickles and top buns.

Source: Trident Seafoods

Meal Ideas 28 December 2021

Build a Better-for-You Menu in 2022

(Family Features) Committing to healthier habits in the new year often starts in the kitchen. Adding better-for-you recipes to your arsenal is the start of a more nutrition-focused lifestyle, and whether you’re a true home chef or just learning the basics, these dishes can be the gateway to a healthier you.

From fresh spins on family night and quick solutions in a pinch to homemade lunches and satisfying salads, consider these delicious and nutritious ways to enhance your homemade meals in 2022.

Visit Culinary.net to find more health-conscious recipe ideas.

A Fresh Take on Family Dinner

If your family gets stuck in a dinner routine rut, it can feel like you’re eating the same recipes over and over again.

However, this fresh and unique recipe for Cuban Chicken with Salsa Fresca might inspire you to think outside the culinary box and give your family members the satisfactory flavor they desire at dinnertime. With fresh ingredients and a wholesome flavor, this meal is perfect to add to your menu.

Find more recipes and family dinner ideas at Culinary.net.

Cuban Chicken with Salsa Fresca

Servings: 5

  • 1          cup grapefruit juice
  • 2          tablespoons olive oil
  • 2          teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2          teaspoons cumin
  • 2          teaspoons paprika
  • 1          teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1 1/4    pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts

Salsa Fresca:

  • 1          cup grapefruit segments
  • 1/2       jicama, cubed
  • 1/2       red onion, chopped
  • 3/4       cup grapefruit juice
  • 4          tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2       cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1          jalapeno pepper, chopped
  1. Heat oven to 400 F.
  2. In large bowl, mix grapefruit juice, oil, garlic powder, cumin, paprika and red pepper until combined. Add chicken to bowl and turn to coat. Refrigerate 30 minutes or longer.
  3. To make salsa fresca: In medium bowl, mix grapefruit segments, jicama, red onion, grapefruit juice, olive oil, cilantro and jalapeno pepper until combined. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
  4. Remove chicken from marinade. Place chicken in baking dish. Bake 25-30 minutes until chicken is cooked through.
  5. Serve chicken with salsa fresca.

Take Your Salad from Bland to Bold

Step aside, boring salads. A new year and a healthier eating plan can include better-for-you greens and dressings that hit the spot.
Veggies roasted with aromatic spices served on Fresh Express 5-Lettuce Mix are drizzled with lemon tahini dressing in this Moroccan Roasted Vegetable Salad, a delicious vegetarian way to turn a bland meal into a bona fide delight. With green leaf lettuce, red leaf lettuce, butter lettuce, romaine and radicchio, the mix of greens offers a bold combination of textures and flavors for those who love variety and color.
Find more ways to enhance your at-home salads at FreshExpress.com.


Moroccan Roasted Vegetable Salad

Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4

Lemon Tahini Dressing:

  • 1/4       cup tahini
  • 1/4       cup olive oil
  • 3          tablespoons lemon juice
  • 3          teaspoons maple syrup
  • 2          teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1/4       teaspoon salt
  • 2          tablespoons cold water
  •             nonstick cooking spray
  • 6          tablespoons olive oil
  • 2          teaspoons ras el hanout or garam masala
  • 1/2       teaspoon salt
  • 1/4       teaspoon pepper
  • 4          sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into long wedges
  • 4          whole large carrots, chopped
  • 2          red bell peppers, cored and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2          packages (6 ounces each) Fresh Express 5-Lettuce Mix
  • 1          can (15 1/2 ounces) chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1/3       cup dried apricots, sliced
  • 1/3       cup slivered almonds, toasted
  • 2          tablespoons Italian parsley, chopped
  1. To make lemon tahini dressing: In small bowl, whisk tahini, olive oil, lemon juice, maple syrup, Dijon mustard and salt. Add cold water; mix well. If dressing thickens, mix in more cold water.
  2. Heat oven to 400 F. Spray two baking sheets with nonstick cooking spray.
  3. In large bowl, mix olive oil, ras el hanout, salt and pepper. Add sweet potatoes; toss to coat. Transfer to first prepared baking sheet. Add carrots and peppers to leftover oil; toss to coat. Transfer to second prepared baking sheet. Bake 15-20 minutes, or until vegetables are tender. Let cool.
  4. Arrange lettuce mix on four plates. Top each with sweet potatoes, carrots, red pepper, chickpeas, apricots and almonds. Drizzle with dressing and sprinkle with parsley.

A Lean, Nutritious Lunch

Meal prepping is one of the most common strategies for improving eating habits, however, this tactic is often focused primarily on nutritious breakfasts and family dinners. Don’t let lunch go by the wayside; you can skip the fast food breaks by opting for a recipe you can make quickly at home.
Made with nutritious Wisconsin Potatoes loaded with goodness, low in calories, high in fiber and a good source of vitamin B6, potassium, vitamin C and antioxidants, a Turkey-Potato Wrap provides a simple solution for swapping out saltier foods for a lean lunch. By making four at a time in just half an hour, lunch is served for most of your work week to help save time on busy mornings while adding vitamins, nutrients and antioxidants to your afternoon meal.

Find more better-for-you recipe ideas at eatwisconsinpotatoes.com.


Turkey-Potato Wrap

Recipe courtesy of Wisconsin Potatoes

  • 3/4       pound Wisconsin russet potatoes, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1          tablespoon water
  • 1          tablespoon canola oil
  • 3/4       pound ground lean turkey
  • 1          large carrot, shredded
  • 1/3       cup sliced green onions with tops
  • 1          can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 2/3       cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1          teaspoon dried Italian seasoning or basil
  • salt, to taste
  • pepper, to taste
  • 4          large whole-wheat or high-fiber tortillas
  • light sour cream (optional)
  1. Place potatoes in microwave-safe bowl; sprinkle with water. Cover, venting one corner. Microwave on high 5-8 minutes until potatoes are tender.
  2. In large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat, heat oil. Add and break up turkey; cook 5 minutes, tossing occasionally. Mix in carrot; cook 2 minutes. Add potatoes and onions; toss and cook 2 minutes. Reduce heat to medium; mix in tomato sauce, cheese and Italian seasoning.
  3. Cook, stirring occasionally, 4-5 minutes until mixture is hot and most sauce is absorbed. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. On work surface, lay out tortillas. Place 3/4 cup hot turkey mixture on each; fold and roll for burritos.
  4. Cut in halves. Serve each with sour cream, if desired.
  5. Eating Well When You’re Short on Time
  6. Committing to a better eating plan doesn’t change the fact there are simply times when a hectic schedule calls for a quick solution.
  7. When you need an easy-to-make lunch or dinner, opt for this Loaded Smoked Salmon Rice Bowl that takes just 5 minutes for a satisfying meal. With Minute’s fully cooked Ready to Serve Brown Rice, it’s easy to add whole grains to your diet even when you’re short on time. One cup of cooked brown rice is equal to two servings of whole grains, making it a nutritious option when time is of the essence.
  8. Packaged in convenient, single-serve, BPA-free cups, the brown rice cups provide a quick, easy solution for dishes from breakfast to dessert. Ready in just 1 minute, they’re non-GMO, gluten free and cholesterol free with no preservatives.

Find more easy-to-assemble recipes at MinuteRice.com.

Eating Well When You’re Short on Time

Committing to a better eating plan doesn’t change the fact there are simply times when a hectic schedule calls for a quick solution.
When you need an easy-to-make lunch or dinner, opt for this Loaded Smoked Salmon Rice Bowl that takes just 5 minutes for a satisfying meal. With Minute’s fully cooked Ready to Serve Brown Rice, it’s easy to add whole grains to your diet even when you’re short on time. One cup of cooked brown rice is equal to two servings of whole grains, making it a nutritious option when time is of the essence.
Packaged in convenient, single-serve, BPA-free cups, the brown rice cups provide a quick, easy solution for dishes from breakfast to dessert. Ready in just 1 minute, they’re non-GMO, gluten free and cholesterol free with no preservatives.

Find more easy-to-assemble recipes at MinuteRice.com.


Loaded Smoked Salmon Rice Bowl

Prep time: 4 minutes
Cook time: 1 minute
Servings: 1

  • 1          cup Minute Ready to Serve Brown Rice
  • 2          ounces smoked salmon
  • 1/2       cup julienned cucumber
  • 1          teaspoon soy sauce
  • 1          tablespoon everything bagel seasoning mix
  1. Heat rice according to package directions.
  2. Top rice with smoked salmon and cucumbers. Drizzle with soy sauce and sprinkle with seasoning mix.

Source: Fresh Express
Wisconsin Potatoes
Minute Rice

Meal Ideas 29 November 2021

A Hall of Fame Feast for Homegating Fans

(Family Features) Gathering your team to plan for a truly memorable game day at home starts with almost everyone’s favorite part of the festivities: the food. From meaty meals and zesty appetizers to sweet, long-lasting snacks, fuel your crowd with recipes that keep them coming back from kickoff to overtime.

One superstar of the menu at many homegating parties is salsa, whether it’s used as a finishing touch in recipes or as a standalone snack to enjoy with chips, veggies or other pairings. In fact, according to the Game Day Eats Report from Fresh Cravings, 22% of guests would insist on running out to pick up salsa if it wasn’t available for the feast; 18% would even be devastated and consider leaving.

Chef Anthony Serrano recommends these all-American recipes he makes for his family on game day. Pulled Beef and Slaw Sliders are perfect for piling high with delicious toppings before hitting the couch just in time for kickoff. Snacking throughout the action is a preferred approach for many fans, making Cast-Iron Smoked Queso Dip and Hummus Deviled Eggs go-to options for armchair quarterbacks.

These crowd-pleasers make game day worth celebrating, especially if you use a salsa with high-quality ingredients like vine-ripened tomatoes, crisp vegetables, zesty peppers and spices found in Fresh Cravings Salsas. Their flavor-packed, vibrant recipe offers a homemade-tasting alternative to the softer, duller blends of jarred salsa.

To find more championship-level game day recipe inspiration, visit FreshCravings.com.

Pulled Beef and Slaw Sliders

Recipe courtesy of chef Anthony Serrano

Pulled Beef:

  • 2 pieces (about 3 pounds each) beef chuck roast
  • 2 tablespoons taco seasoning or barbecue rub
  • 1 cup beef bone broth
  • 16 ounces Fresh Cravings Chunky Mild Salsa

Salsa and Queso Slaw:

  • 16 ounces Fresh Cravings Chunky Mild Salsa
  • 16 ounces broccoli slaw blend
  • 1/4 cup green onions, sliced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup crumbled queso fresco
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 cup mayo
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro (optional)
  • slider buns
  • Fresh Cravings Salsa
  • barbecue sauce
  • pickles
  • jalapenos
  • sliced cheese
  • roasted peppers
  • onions
  1. To make pulled beef: Season both sides of beef with taco seasoning. Wrap with plastic wrap and place in fridge 2-12 hours before cooking.
  2. Place meat, beef bone broth and salsa in pressure cooker; seal according to pressure cooker directions. Cook on high 60 minutes. Once pressure cooker is safe to open according to instructions, open and let meat rest in liquid 15 minutes.
  3. Remove meat from liquid and place in large bowl. Carefully shred meat. Pour liquid, up to half, over meat while shredding to keep it juicy.
  4. To make salsa and queso slaw: In large bowl, mix salsa, slaw blend, green onions, salt, queso fresco, Dijon mustard, mayo, apple cider vinegar and cilantro, if desired. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until needed.
  5. To assemble sliders, place pulled beef and salsa and queso slaw on buns. Top with salsa, barbecue sauce, pickles, jalapenos, sliced cheese, roasted peppers and onions.

Cast-Iron Smoked Queso Dip

Recipe courtesy of chef Anthony Serrano

  • 2 cups cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1 teaspoon almond flour
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup Fresh Cravings Restaurant Style Salsa
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 cup cooked chorizo
  • 1 teaspoon liquid smoke
  • cilantro, for garnish
  • diced bell pepper, for garnish
  1. In cast-iron pan, mix cheddar cheese, Monterey Jack cheese and almond flour. Pour in heavy cream and salsa; bring to gentle simmer. Whisk while simmering 5-7 minutes, or until queso dip begins to thicken. Add paprika, salt, chorizo and liquid smoke; adjust seasoning as necessary.
  2. Garnish with cilantro and bell pepper.

Hummus Deviled Eggs

Recipe courtesy of chef Anthony Serrano

  • 6 hard-boiled eggs, peeled
  • 1/4 cup Fresh Cravings Classic Hummus
  • 1/4 cup smoked cheddar cheese
  • 2 tablespoons bacon, cooked and crumbled
  • 1 teaspoon yellow mustard
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • smoked Spanish paprika, for garnish
  • parsley, for garnish
  1. Cut hard-boiled eggs in half lengthwise. Remove yolks and place in bowl. Using fork, mash yolks into fine crumble.
  2. Add hummus, cheese, bacon, mustard and salt; mix well.
  3. Evenly disperse teaspoons of yolk mixture into egg whites. Sprinkle with any remaining bacon, paprika and parsley.

Source: Fresh Cravings

Meal Ideas 23 November 2021

Hearty, Wholesome Winter Meals

(Family Features) Seeking comfort from the cold in the form of a wholesome meal is a perfect way to cap off a day with loved ones. During the winter months when brisk temperatures chill you to the bone, warming up with hearty dishes at the family table can bring everyone together.

  • Full of seasonal flavors with top-notch taste, Pecan-Crusted Pork Tenderloin offers a delicious main course you don’t have to feel guilty about. This easy yet elegant entree puts a unique spin on a dinnertime staple thanks to a crunchy pecan crust.
  • With cheddar and ricotta cheeses, sour cream and cavatappi noodles, this Mac and Cheese with Pecan Breadcrumbs is an extra creamy, creative twist on the kid-friendly classic. Pair this family favorite with the pork tenderloin for an easy weeknight combination that little ones can help with in the kitchen by stirring together the cheesy goodness.

This family dinner is made possible with tasty pecans, which are among the lowest in carbs and highest in fiber compared to other tree nuts, helping you stay fuller longer. As a nutrient-dense powerhouse, they have 3 grams of plant-based protein and 3 grams of fiber per 1-ounce serving with 12 grams of “good” monounsaturated fat and only 2 grams of saturated fat. Essential nutrients like thiamin, zinc, copper and manganese – a mineral that’s essential for metabolism and bone health – mean you can feel good about serving pecan-infused dishes to your loved ones.  

Visit americanpecan.com to find more winter weeknight recipe inspiration.

 

Pecan-Crusted Pork Tenderloin

Total time: 35 minutes
Servings: 6

  • 1 pork tenderloin (about 1 1/2 pounds)
  • salt, to taste
  • pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, divided
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce, divided
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1/2 cup pecan pieces
  • 1/4 cup pineapple juice
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  1. Preheat oven to 400 F and lightly grease large baking dish. Season pork tenderloin with salt and pepper, to taste; set aside.
  2. In small bowl, stir 1/4 cup brown sugar, 1 tablespoon soy sauce and minced garlic. Spread mixture over pork.
  3. Press pecan pieces into brown sugar mixture on pork. Bake, uncovered, 20 minutes.
  4. In medium saucepan over medium-high heat, combine remaining brown sugar, remaining soy sauce, pineapple juice and Dijon mustard. Bring mixture to boil; reduce to simmer 3-5 minutes then remove from heat.
  5. Slice pork, spoon sauce over top and serve.

Mac and Cheese with Pecan Breadcrumbs

Total time: 50 minutes
Servings: 6

  • 8 ounces cavatappi pasta
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 block (8 ounces) cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup raw pecan pieces
  • 15 ounces part-skim ricotta cheese
  • 4 tablespoons sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  1. Preheat oven to 375 F.
  2. In salted boiling water, cook pasta according to package instructions. Drain, reserving 1/2 cup pasta cooking water. Return pasta to pot and stir in butter.
  3. Using box grater, shred cheddar cheese.
  4. Using food processor, process 1/4 cup shredded cheese with pecans to coarse breadcrumb consistency.
  5. Add remaining cheddar cheese, ricotta, sour cream, salt and pepper to warm pasta. Stir until thoroughly combined. Add egg; stir. Add reserved pasta water to loosen mixture; stir until smooth.
  6. Pour into buttered 9-inch square or round casserole dish and top evenly with pecan topping.
  7. Bake 30 minutes.

Source: American Pecan Council

Breakfast & Brunch 22 November 2021

Quick, Cozy Breakfasts for Cold, Busy Mornings

(Family Features) It’s often a challenge on cold, dreary days to pull yourself out from under the warm covers. Even though you know the importance of a satisfying breakfast before heading to work or dropping the kids off at school, that cool chill may keep you hitting snooze.

On those cold and busy mornings when breakfast seems impossible, turn to a solution like Minute Ready to Serve microwavable cups for a quick, cozy breakfast. Ready in 90 seconds or less, the cups offer a fast and easy meal that helps you spend less time cooking and more time enjoying the small moments that happen when you can slow down.

When a weekday calls for an on-the-go breakfast, make quick work of your morning meal with this Breakfast Scramble for a filling option without the unnecessary additives. Made with just four ingredients – eggs, sausage, cheese and white rice – it’s perfect for a busy lifestyle. Plus, it can be customized any way you like with toppings like avocado, tomatoes, fresh herbs and more.

If you can’t go without your caffeine, start your day with this creamy Coffee Breakfast Rice Pudding as a sweet treat with a kick. Skipping that caffeine boost is fine, too – just use decaf instead. As another timesaving, customizable option, you can add fresh or canned fruit, peanut butter, syrup, honey or even melted chocolate for extra sweetness.

Visit MinuteRice.com to find more quick breakfast ideas perfect for chilly mornings.

Breakfast Scramble

Prep time: 2 minutes
Cook time: 2 minutes
Total time: 4 minutes
Servings: 1

  • 1 cup Minute Ready to Serve White Rice
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/4 cup shredded cheese
  • 1/4 cup crumbled cooked sausage
  • salt, to taste (optional)
  • black pepper, to taste (optional)
  1. Heat rice according to package directions.
  2. In small, microwave-safe bowl, combine egg, cheese and sausage. Microwave on high 60 seconds, or until egg is set.
  3. Transfer rice to small bowl and top with egg and sausage mixture. Season with salt and pepper, to taste, if desired.

Coffee Breakfast Rice Pudding

Prep time: 2 minutes
Cook time: 2 minutes
Total time: 4 minutes
Servings: 1

  • 1 cup Minute Ready to Serve White Rice
  • 1/2 cup hot brewed coffee
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 small banana, sliced
  1. Heat rice according to package directions. In microwave-safe bowl, stir rice, coffee, cream, sugar and vanilla.
  2. Microwave on high, stirring halfway through, 60-90 seconds, or until rice is heated through, creamy and most liquid is absorbed. Let stand 2 minutes.
  3. Top pudding with sliced banana.

Source: Minute Rice

Holiday 18 November 2021

Holiday Entertaining is Back with Sweet, Savory and Oh So Cheesy Ideas

Real California Milk helps impress guests with the California Cheese Centerpiece and Cookie Exchange Board

(Family Features) This holiday season, entertaining is back on the table and that means endless opportunities to showcase Instagram-worthy ideas. For those looking to impress friends and family, Real California Milk has two unique culinary ideas to take holiday traditions to the next level: The Cheese Centerpiece and Cookie Exchange Board. From fresh food as bountiful décor to camera-ready cookie presentations, incorporating California dairy into your entertaining is a winning holiday strategy.

California Cheese Centerpiece
The mission? Create a holiday centerpiece but make it delicious. Real California Milk partner Jessica Lawrenz, Founder of Monger, Mold and Milk, took the challenge with the California Cheese Centerpiece, the ultimate in edible entertaining with a beautiful display of Real California Cheeses, salami, fruits and vegetables arranged with fragrant herbal garnishes in a display sure to impress family and friends. As a bonus, it creates less waste than a stand-alone floral bouquet (and you’ll have less to clean up!).   

Find additional cheese displays and holiday recipes at realcaliforniamilk.com.

INGREDIENTS:

Variety of firm to medium (semi-firm) Real California Cheeses (find them here: https://www.realcaliforniamilk.com/cheese-makers)

Shown in arrangement:

  • Real California Dry Jack cheese wedges
  • Real California Wine-soaked Cheddar wedges
  • Real California Triple Cream cheese wedges
  • Salumi or salami, made into roses

Fresh fruits and vegetables:

  • Mini clementines or kumquats
  • Grapes or currants (both shown)
  • Fresh figs
  • Gooseberries
  • Cucamelons or mini cucumbers
  • Cherry tomatoes (tiger stripe tomatoes shown but any small tomato works)

Garnishes:

  • Bay leaf stems
  • Olive leaf stems
  • Rosemary branches
  • Lavender stems
  • Sage bunches
  • Chive or garlic flowers or any edible flower with a stem

Tools and Materials:

  • Circular tray or plate
  • Craft or flora foam (half sphere shape that is at least 1-inch smaller in diameter than your tray)
  • Double-sided tape
  • Plastic wrap
  • Toothpicks, U-shape bamboo toothpicks (optional)
  • Cookie cutter shapes (optional)

DIRECTIONS:

  • Cover foam in plastic wrap to protect food from making contact with the foam.
  • Use double-sided tape to secure the foam to the tray.
  • Now you can start assembling the centerpiece. Start from the bottom and work your way up to the top of the sphere.
  • Use the bulk of your leafy garnishment (bay leaf stems, olive leaf stems, sage bunches) on the bottom layer to create a base and coverage by poking the stems into the foam. If needed you can trim the bottom of the stem in a diagonal direction to create a more pokey end OR use a toothpick to pierce a hole in the place where you want to insert stems.
  • For best visual appeal, fruits like grapes and currants should be arranged to kind of flow over the edge of the tray near the bottom as well. PRO TIP: Use “U” shaped bamboo toothpicks to secure the stems of the hanging fruits into the foam.
  • From here use toothpicks to secure cheese wedges, salumi roses, fruits and vegetables into the foam. Cut shorter, triangular pieces of cheese (as opposed to longer triangular pieces used for a long/rectangular centerpiece). Use any tall wedges near the bottom where they will be easy to grab but not sticking out too far if placed near the top. You can use cookie cutter shapes as well for the cheeses, if desired.
  • Finally, take any of the smaller garnish pieces you have (lavender, chive flowers, rosemary ends, loose leaves) to fill in the spaces between all the items.

Holiday Cookie Exchange Board
If a cookie exchange is on the docket for this year’s holiday or you’re simply looking to upgrade your dessert table, take some tips from this stunning cookie exchange presentation. Mix and match Real California Milk cookie recipes to create a mouthwatering arrangement and decorate with mini candy canes, holiday lollipops, various holiday décor and lights. Add napkins, cookie bags for take-away, and recipe cards for sharing, and let your guests go to town.

Dipped in melted dark chocolate and rolled in crushed peppermint candies or Holiday sprinkles

Leave out ice cream, exchange holiday sprinkles for rainbow sprinkles, and dip in melted white chocolate with color for extra festivity

California is the nation’s leading milk producer and is responsible for producing more butter, ice cream and nonfat dry milk than any other state. The state is the second-largest producer of cheese and yogurt. California milk and dairy foods can be identified by the Real California Milk seal, which certifies they are made exclusively with milk from the state’s dairy farm families.

About Real California Milk/California Milk Advisory Board

The California Milk Advisory Board (CMAB), an instrumentality of the California Department of Food and Agriculture, is funded by the state’s dairy farm families who lead the nation in sustainable dairy farming practices. With a vision to nourish the world with the wholesome goodness of Real California Milk, the CMAB’s programs focus on increasing demand for California’s sustainable dairy products in the state, across the U.S. and around the world through advertising, public relations, research, and retail and foodservice promotional programs. For more information and to connect with the CMAB, visit RealCaliforniaMilk.comFacebookYouTubeTwitterInstagram and Pinterest.

Source: Real California Milk

Main Dishes 05 November 2021

Warm Up with Classic Comfort Foods

(Family Features) With plenty of cold-weather events and gatherings to celebrate alongside loved ones, one classic way to warm up the crowd is hot, comforting food. Soups, chili, casseroles, stews and more provide perfect ways to shake off the chill that comes with the season.

Ideal for serving family and friends after time spent outside or just as an excuse to get together, Beet Lentil Chili with Aunt Nellie’s Sliced Beets and Loaded Chicken Bake made using READ German Potato Salad provide filling options for satisfying a group with eight servings each. Plus, they’re easy to make – the chili calls for 20 minutes of prep before simmering while the chicken casserole requires less than an hour spent in the kitchen.  

Next time a brisk day cools your family to the core, keep these hearty meals in mind for simple options to warm up from the inside out.

Find more comforting recipe ideas at auntnellies.com and readsalads.com.

Beet Lentil Chili

Recipe courtesy of Angie McGowan of "Eclectic Recipes"
Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 2 hours
Servings: 8

  • 2 jars (16 ounces each) Aunt Nellie's Sliced Beets
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 4 stalks celery, diced
  • 3 medium carrots, diced
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 cloves garlic, diced
  • 2 tablespoons smoked paprika
  • 2 tablespoons ground cumin
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
  • 2 quarts low-sodium chicken or vegetable stock
  • 1 quart water
  • 1 pound lentils

Garnishes (optional):

  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup radishes, cut into matchsticks
  • 1/2 cup freshly chopped cilantro
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onions
  • 1 cup crumbled queso fresco
  1. Drain beets; dice and set aside. Discard liquid.
  2. Preheat large soup pot over medium heat. Drizzle with olive oil. Add onion, celery, carrots and salt; saute until softened, stirring occasionally.
  3. Add garlic, paprika, cumin, coriander, oregano, chili powder and tomato paste; saute until fragrant, stirring frequently.
  4. Add stock, water, beets and lentils. Bring to boil; reduce to simmer. Simmer about 2 hours, or until lentils are tender.
  5. Serve with sour cream, radishes, cilantro, onions and queso fresco, if desired.

Loaded Chicken Bake

Recipe courtesy of "Hungry In LA"
Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes
Servings: 8

  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 2 cans (15 ounces each) READ German Potato Salad
  • 4 cups shredded rotisserie chicken
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon finely ground black pepper
  • 3/4 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup crumbled cooked bacon
  • French-fried onions (optional)
  1. Preheat oven to 375 F.
  2. Lightly coat 9-by-13-inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
  3. Spread potato salad evenly in dish. Top evenly with chicken.
  4. In small bowl, stir together cream, salt and pepper. Pour mixture over chicken.
  5. Sprinkle with cheese, bacon and French-fried onions, if desired.
  6. Bake 15 minutes, or until casserole is bubbly. Let stand 10 minutes. Top with additional French-fried onions, if desired.

Source: Seneca Foods
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Breakfast & Brunch 28 October 2021

Protein-Powered Morning Meals

(Family Features) With all the hustle and bustle of typical mornings, it can be easy to fall into a rut when it comes to serving your family balanced, nutritional breakfasts. However, building the “most important meal of the day” around delicious proteins – like sausage and bacon – can provide a scrumptious start and help reduce hunger and snack cravings.

When you have flavorful, high-quality and easy-to-make ingredients on-hand like those from Farmer John, including pork sausage, sausage links and thick-cut bacon, great-tasting breakfast recipes like Sausage and Egg Breakfast Tacos and Bacon Tater Tot Cast-Iron Casserole can be made at the drop of a hat.

In addition to offering tasty protein options for any meal of the day, Farmer John is also on a mission to give back. As a member of the Southern California community for more than 90 years, it is committed to being a good neighbor, which is why it launched year two of the California Commitment Tour, an initiative to help support California residents and the neighborhoods where they live. By delivering free grab-and-go lunches to local heroes and essential businesses, such as health care facilities, youth empowerment centers, grocery retailers and postal establishments, and donating much-needed protein to local food banks, the tour served as a way to feed, celebrate and support the area.

For more delicious breakfast recipes, visit FarmerJohn.com.

Sausage and Egg Breakfast Tacos

Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes
Servings: 6

Chimichurri:

  • 1 bunch scallions, thinly sliced
  • 2 jalapenos, diced small
  • 1 bunch cilantro, roughly chopped
  • 2 lemons, juice only
  • 1/2 cup seasoned vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 packs Farmer John Classic Pork Sausage, browned
  • 1 dozen eggs
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 cup half-and-half
  • olive oil
  • 12 yellow corn tortillas
  • 16 ounces salsa roja (optional)
  1. To make chimichurri: In mixing bowl, combine scallions, jalapenos and cilantro with lemon juice, vinegar, sugar, salt and red pepper flakes. Set aside until ready to use.
  2. In hot skillet, fry sausage until cooked through and golden brown.
  3. Scramble eggs; add salt and half-and-half.
  4. In hot pan over medium heat, drizzle olive oil. Add enough eggs to cover pan. Let eggs cook, using spatula to move them around until cooked thoroughly and scrambled. Set aside and repeat with remaining eggs.
  5. On hot griddle or pan, heat corn tortillas until warm.
  6. On separate plates, place two tortillas and divide eggs to fill 12 tacos. Add sausage, chimichurri and salsa, if desired.

Bacon Tater Tot Cast-Iron Casserole

Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 40 minutes
Servings: 6

  • 16 ounces Farmer John Classic Bacon, diced
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 cup whole milk or half-and-half
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 bag (32 ounces) frozen tater tots
  • 3 cups cheddar jack cheese, shredded
  • 1 jar (12 ounces) hot or regular tomato salsa
  • 1 bunch scallions, thinly sliced
  1. Preheat oven to 425 F.
  2. In cast-iron pan over medium heat, cook bacon 5-8 minutes. Place on plate lined with paper towels. Reserve grease.
  3. Scramble eggs with milk, salt and reserved bacon drippings until thoroughly mixed.
  4. Layer 1/3 of tater tots on bottom of cast-iron pan; add 1/3 of cooked bacon, 1 cup cheese and 4 ounces salsa; repeat twice to use remaining bacon, cheese and salsa. Pour scrambled eggs on top.
  5. Bake 25-30 minutes. Halfway through cooking, add scallions and rotate pan.
  6. Let cool 5 minutes.

Source: Farmer John

Appetizers & Sides 22 October 2021

Amaze Guests with Great Grape Appetizers

(Family Features) Along with the delicious food, gift giving and cheer of the holiday season, getting together with friends and family is also cherished. Whether it’s a cozy weekend dinner with friends or time for festive merrymaking, you can enhance any gathering with unique small plates and appetizers.

Make the season special with California grapes, which are abundant into January, as an ingredient in your favorite dishes or by decorating with them for colorful pops of red, green and black. If time is of the essence, they also offer an easy, fresh, healthy snack or side dish that adds color and flavor to your table.

As a versatile ingredient that adds taste and visual appeal, grapes can help you create memorable appetizers that will surprise and delight friends and family. For easy and delightful hors d’oeuvres, turn to Tricolor Grape Pizza with Goat Cheese and Thyme or Smoked Chicken and Grape Bruschetta, each offering simple yet flavorful ways to please a crowd.

Send guests home with Easy Grape Compote, or give it as a fun host or hostess gift for friends and family, so they can enjoy a little taste of the holidays even after all the excitement winds down.

Find more tasty appetizers, meals, desserts and more at grapesfromcalifornia.com.

Tricolor Grape Pizza with Goat Cheese and Thyme

Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes
Servings: 6

  • 1 pound prepared pizza dough
  • flour
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 cups halved green, red and black California grapes
  • 2 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves
  • 1/4 cup coarsely chopped walnuts
  • 2 ounces fresh goat cheese, crumbled
  • 2 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • freshly ground pepper, to taste
  1. Position rack in bottom of oven and place inverted baking sheet on top of rack; heat oven to 500 F.
  2. On lightly floured surface, press pizza dough into 10-inch round circle and cover with towel while preparing toppings.
  3. Sprinkle large baking sheet lightly with flour. Stretch pizza dough into oval, about 14-by-10 inches, and place on sheet. Drizzle with oil. Sprinkle with grapes, thyme and walnuts. Place baking sheet on top of sheet already in oven and bake until crust is bubbling and golden, 8-10 minutes.
  4. Remove pizza from oven. Sprinkle with goat cheese and Parmesan. Season with pepper, to taste. Transfer pizza to board, cut into pieces and serve warm.

Nutritional analysis per serving: 350 calories; 10 g protein; 47 g carbohydrates; 14 g fat (36% calories from fat); 2.5 g saturated fat (6% calories from saturated fat); 5 mg cholesterol; 580 mg sodium; 1 g fiber.

Smoked Chicken and Grape Bruschetta

Yield: 24 pieces

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 French bread baguette
  • 8 ounces smoked chicken breast (1 3/4 cups), shredded or cut into bite-size strips
  • 1 1/2 cups red, green or black seedless California grapes, halved
  • 12 ounces fontina, port salute or Monterey Jack cheese, grated
  • 1 tablespoon chives, snipped
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  1. Preheat broiler to 550 F.
  2. In small bowl, combine garlic, olive oil and salt. Set aside. Slice baguette on bias into 1/2-inch thick slices. Brush baguette slices with garlic-oil and place on cookie sheet. Toast in broiler about 1-2 minutes on each side until golden brown. Remove from broiler.
  3. On each bread slice, place about 1 tablespoon chicken breast and three grape halves then top with 2 tablespoons grated cheese.
  4. Place cookie sheet about 8 inches away from broiler and broil 2-3 minutes until cheese is melted and bubbly. Place on serving platter and sprinkle with snipped chives and pepper.

Nutritional analysis per serving: 125 calories; 7 g protein; 9 g fat (68% calories from fat); 3 g carbohydrates; 24 mg cholesterol; less than 1 g fiber; 154 mg sodium.

Easy Grape Compote

Prep time: 5 minutes, plus cooling
Cook time: 20 minutes
Servings: 6

  • 4 cups black or red California grapes
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 strips fresh lemon peel
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon high-quality balsamic vinegar (optional)
  1. In bowl of food processor, finely chop grapes and sugar using one-second pulses. Transfer to deep, medium skillet or wide saucepan; stir in lemon peel, salt and water. Bring to boil over medium-high heat. Cover pan with lid, reduce heat to medium-low and simmer 18 minutes until fruit is tender.
  2. In small bowl, stir lemon juice and cornstarch then stir into grape mixture with butter; simmer 6 minutes, or until desired consistency. Stir in vinegar, if desired. Serve warm or cool.
  3. Cooled jam can be stored in covered glass jar in refrigerator up to 2 weeks.

Nutritional analysis per serving: 160 calories; 0 g protein; 41 g carbohydrates; 0 g fat; 0 mg cholesterol; 170 mg sodium; 1 g fiber.

Festive, Fruitful Decor

Naturally beautiful, fresh grapes make for an easy, classic way to decorate for the holidays. Consider these ways to enhance your home and table:

  • Drape bunches of red, green and black grapes in decorative bowls and alternate with candles for dazzling centerpieces.
  • Fill a flower vase with grapes and water for color and texture to complement and support the flowers in the arrangement.
  • Bedazzle your ham or turkey platter with small bunches of grapes and fresh herbs.
  • Accent a perfectly cooked steak with grape rosemary skewers for a colorful, fragrant sidekick.
  • Adorn dessert plates and trays with sugar-frosted grapes to add a special sparkle.

Source: California Table Grape Commission

Meal Ideas 22 September 2021

Better School Days Ahead with Egg-Powered Recipes

(Family Features) The school year can be full of challenges, but fueling kids for a full day of learning tops the priority list. Affordable and easy to prepare, eggs are a key ingredient for successful days in the classroom. From a wide variety of breakfast options for even the pickiest of eaters to a nearly limitless menu of lunches, eggs keep kids full and energized to conquer each school day.

As one of the only foods that naturally have vitamin D, eggs offer a nutrient critical for building strong bones. Eggs also help the body absorb nutrients like vitamin E and carotenoids that are found in plant foods, making them a perfect partner for veggies that might be a hard sell for some kids. Additionally, they’re one of the best sources of choline, which is critical for brain health and development at every age and stage.

What’s more, between learning and down time, many kids spend a lot of hours in front of electronic screens. The lutein and zeaxanthin found in egg yolks can help protect their eyes from harmful blue light.

Try these easy recipes that support eye health, brain health and nutrient absorption, and are easy to prepare ahead of time. To learn more about the nutritional benefits of eggs and find more family-friendly recipes featuring eggs, search #ProteinPrepSchool on social media or visit IncredibleEgg.org.

Broccoli and Cauliflower Cheddar Quinoa Bites

Prep time: 20 minutes
Total time: 40 minutes
Servings: 6

  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 10 large eggs
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1 cup tomatoes, quartered
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped broccoli florets
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped cauliflower florets
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh basil (optional)
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Lightly oil or coat 12 muffin cups with nonstick cooking spray and set aside.
  2. In large bowl, crack eggs. Whisk until well combined. Stir in cheese, quinoa, tomatoes, broccoli, cauliflower and basil, if desired, until well combined.
  3. Use 1/4-cup measuring cup to divide mixture evenly into prepared muffin cups.
  4. Bake 16-18 minutes until eggs are set. Allow to cool slightly before serving.
  5. Refrigerate leftovers up to 3 days or freeze up to 1 month.

Simple Egg Salad Sandwich

Prep time: 10 minutes
Total time: 10 minutes
Servings: 8

  • 6 large hard-boiled eggs, peeled
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon yellow mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped celery
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced green onions
  • 8 slices rustic wheat bread
  • 4 lettuce leaves
  1. Chop eggs.
  2. In medium bowl, mix mayonnaise, lemon juice, mustard, salt and pepper. Add chopped eggs, celery and green onions; mix well.
  3. Refrigerate, covered, to blend flavors.
  4. Serve on wheat bread with lettuce leaves.

Blueberry, Avocado and Banana Muffins

Prep time: 10 minutes
Total time: 35 minutes
Servings: 12

  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 medium banana (about 1/3 cup), peeled
  • 1 large avocado (about 3/4 cup), peeled and pitted
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 cup blueberries
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Prepare standard muffin tin with paper liners.
  2. In bowl, whisk flour, oats, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  3. In separate bowl, mash banana and avocado together. Add applesauce, egg and milk. Stir to combine then stir into flour mixture. Fold in blueberries and divide batter into prepared muffin tins.
  4. Bake 25-30 minutes. Allow to cool completely. Store leftovers in airtight container up to 3 days.

Veggie and Cheese Frittata Fingers

Prep time: 10 minutes
Total time: 40 minutes
Servings: 4

  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 cup red bell pepper, diced
  • 1/2 cup yellow onion, diced
  • 1/2 cup zucchini, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cups baby spinach, roughly chopped
  • 12 large eggs
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Spray 9-by-9-inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In skillet over medium heat, add olive oil then saute bell pepper, onion and zucchini until tender. Add garlic and spinach; cook until wilted.
  3. In bowl, beat eggs then add sauteed vegetables, cheese, salt and pepper. Pour mixture into prepared baking dish.
  4. Bake 25-30 minutes until fully set. Allow to cool.
  5. Cut into seven strips then down the middle to create 14 pieces.
  6. Refrigerate leftovers in airtight container up to 4 days.
  7. To freeze, place cooled frittata fingers in freezer bag and lay flat until frozen. When ready to eat, microwave 60-90 seconds, or until warmed.

Source: American Egg Board

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