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Appetizers & Sides 19 January 2022

5 Reasons to Eat More Tart Cherries

(Family Features) If you want to add superfoods to your diet in the new year, Montmorency tart cherries may be perfect for you.

Montmorency is the variety of tart cherries grown in America, primarily on small family farms. Compared to sweet cherries that are typically eaten fresh during the summer season, tart cherries are available year-round as dried, frozen, canned, juice and juice concentrate.  

Decades of scientific research has shown Montmorency tart cherries are deserving of their superfood reputation. Here are five reasons to enjoy them more often:

  • Sleep: Tart cherries are one of the few food sources of melatonin and have been the focus of multiple sleep studies.
  • Exercise recovery: Tart cherry juice has become a popular exercise recovery drink for athletes.
  • Arthritis and gout: Studies have explored the impact of Montmorency tart cherry juice consumption on gout attacks and arthritis symptoms.
  • Heart health: Montmorency tart cherry research has examined blood pressure and blood lipids.
  • Versatility: Although they remain perfect for pie, tart cherries can easily transition from sweet to savory, adding complex flavors to oatmeal, smoothies, salads, granola bars, trail mix and grain bowls.

Look for dried U.S.-grown tart cherries at the store and online for enjoyment at the start of your day and at night in recipes like Tart Cherry Overnight Oats and Tart Cherry Bedtime Bites.

Find more recipes and scientific research at ChooseCherries.com.

A Dark, Colorful Clue

The deep red color is your clue to the science-based benefits of Montmorency tart cherries. The vibrant hue is due to the concentration of anthocyanins, a type of polyphenol in the flavonoids family that has been widely studied.

Tart Cherry Bedtime Bites

Recipe courtesy of the Cherry Industry Administrative Board
Yield: 12 bites

  • 6 medjool dates, pitted
  • 1/2 cup dried tart cherries
  • 1/2 cup finely shredded coconut flakes
  • 3/4 cup unsalted cashews
  • 1 teaspoon almond extract
  • 1 pinch fine sea salt
  1. In food processor, process dates until broken into pea-sized bits. Add dried tart cherries, coconut flakes, cashews, almond extract and sea salt; process until combined. Form into 12 balls and chill 2 hours.

Tart Cherry Overnight Oats

Recipe courtesy of the Cherry Industry Administrative Board
Servings: 2

  • 1 cup dried tart cherries, plus additional for topping (optional)
  • 1 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds, plus additional for topping (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons tart cherry concentrate
  • 2 tablespoons chia seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • honey, for topping (optional)
  1. In large jar or container, mix cherries, oats, milk, almonds, cherry concentrate, chia seeds and cinnamon. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  2. Spoon into bowls and enjoy cold or warmed up. Drizzle with honey or sprinkle with extra dried tart cherries and almonds, if desired.

Source: Cherry Industry Administrative Board

Meal Ideas 06 January 2022

Create Healthy Habits in the New Year

(Family Features) The changing of the calendar to a new year is a perfect opportunity to look toward the future and create better health and wellness habits.

Setting yourself up with a strong foundation is key to long-term success. Consider these tips as you look to build healthy habits this year:

Set reasonable goals. It’s important to take an honest look at your lifestyle and assess any changes you can make to improve wellness. Whether your goal is to lose weight, eat healthier, exercise more frequently or something else entirely, start with an attainable target – like losing 1 pound a week – and know you can always challenge yourself further once you’ve sustained the change for an extended period of time.

Eat well. A well-balanced diet includes fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts and whole grains.You can create lower-calorie versions of some of your favorite dishes by substituting low-calorie fruits and vegetables in place of higher calorie ingredients. An option like watermelon is more than a raw fruit or snack; it can be an ingredient in a wide variety of recipes, including appetizers, mocktails (or cocktails), entrees, sauces or salsa. For example, these recipes for Watermelon Chia Seed Muffins and Watermelon and Pistachio Salad can help satisfy cravings any time of day. Consisting of 92% water, watermelon is cholesterol-free, fat-free and offers an excellent source of vitamin C (25% daily value) while also containing vitamin A (8%) and vitamin B6 (6%).

Get active. Proper nutrition is just one part of making healthy lifestyle choices. Adults should aim for at least 160 minutes of moderate physical activity each week, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. If you want to lose weight, increase aerobic activities like walking or running. If your goal is adding strength, start resistance training such as lifting weights.

Find more healthy recipes and tips to help keep you on track all year long at watermelon.org.

Watermelon and Pistachio Salad

Servings: 3

  • 3 cups watermelon cubes
  • 1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/3 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup pistachios
  • 4 ounces feta
  • 1-2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint
  1. Place watermelon and onion in large bowl. Add balsamic vinegar and toss to combine.
  2. Add pistachios, feta and mint, reserving small amount of mint to sprinkle on top. Toss.
  3. Serve on large platter and sprinkle with remaining mint.

Watermelon Chia Seed Muffins

Yield: 12 muffins

  • 1 can nonstick cooking spray
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/3 cup sucralose
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons lemon zest
  • 2 cups flour
  • 3/4cup chia seeds
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1/3 cup plain, nonfat Greek yogurt
  • 3/4 cup liquefied watermelon juice
  • 1/2 cup egg substitute
  • 1 cup dried tart cherries
  • 1 lemon, juice only
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  1. Heat oven to 375 F. Spray 12-piece muffin pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In large bowl, combine sugar, sucralose and lemon zest. Use fingers to rub zest into sugar until fragrant. Add flour, chia seeds, baking soda, baking powder and salt; thoroughly mix. Set aside.
  3. In medium bowl, whisk oil, yogurt, watermelon juice and egg substitute until thoroughly blended. Add cherries, lemon juice and vanilla.
  4. Add liquid mixture to flour mixture. Gently toss until incorporated. Avoid overbeating or muffins will be flat and tough. Spoon evenly into muffin pan. Top each muffin with 1/2 teaspoon sugar.
  5. Bake 15-17 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in middle comes out clean. Remove from oven, allow to sit 5 minutes then transfer muffins to cooling rack.

Source: National Watermelon Promotion Board

Holiday 12 October 2021

Special Centerpieces for Holiday Celebrations

(Family Features) Few things bring family and friends together quite like the holidays, and serving up an elegant, seasonal meal centered around a mouthwatering main dish is a recipe for creating lasting memories with the ones you love.

Forging a fabulous holiday experience for the special people in your life starts with choosing a flavorful, tender cut of meat to serve as the centerpiece of the meal. Hand-cut by expert butchers, options like Spiral-Sliced Ham, Boneless Heart of Prime Rib Roast and Butcher’s Cut Filet Mignons from Omaha Steaks can serve as the focal point of a memorable holiday dinner. Flash frozen to capture freshness and flavor, you can select a standout cut of meat from the comfort of your home and have it delivered directly to your door in time to put together a tender, juicy main course.

Find more holiday recipe inspiration at OmahaSteaks.com/blog/recipes.

Rum and Cola Holiday Ham

Recipe courtesy of Omaha Steaks Executive Chef David Rose
Prep time: 30 minutes
Cook time: 80 minutes
Servings: 10-12

Ham:

  • 1 Omaha Steaks Spiral-Sliced Ham (8 pounds)

Glaze:

  • 1 cup cherry fruit spread
  • 3/4 cup dark spiced rum
  • 3/4 cup cola
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  1. To make ham: Thaw frozen ham in refrigerator 24-48 hours.
  2. Remove from refrigerator and let ham come to room temperature, about 30-45 minutes.
  3. Preheat oven to 325 F. Remove ham from foil and film. Return ham to foil wrapping and place in oven-safe roasting pan. Roll foil down leaving 2 inches of foil around bottom of ham.
  4. Place roasting pan with ham in oven on lower rack and heat uncovered 60-75 minutes, until ham starts to brown. While ham cooks, make glaze.
  5. To make glaze: In medium saucepot, whisk fruit spread, rum, cola, Worcestershire sauce, Dijon mustard and salt until well incorporated. Bring to boil then reduce heat to medium. Simmer over medium heat 10 minutes then remove from heat. Cool to room temperature.
  6. During last 15 minutes of cooking, glaze ham every 5 minutes.

Dijon-Herb Prime Rib Roast with Garlic Butter Mushrooms

Recipe courtesy of Omaha Steaks Executive Chef David Rose
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 3 hours
Servings: 4-6

Dijon-Herb Rub:

  • 1/4 cup minced fresh Italian parsley
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh oregano
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh thyme leaves
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh rosemary leaves
  • 3 fresh garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika

Prime Rib Roast:

  • 1 Omaha Steaks Boneless Heart of Prime Rib Roast (4 pounds), thawed
  • kosher salt, to taste
  • ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1/4 cup canola oil

Garlic Butter Mushrooms:

  • 6 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup small diced yellow onion
  • 4 fresh garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 pound button mushrooms, cleaned and quartered
  • 1 pinch kosher salt, plus additional, to taste, divided
  • 1 pinch ground black pepper, plus additional, to taste, divided
  • 1/2 cup chicken stock
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped Italian parsley
  1. To make rub: In medium bowl, whisk parsley, oregano, thyme, rosemary, garlic, Dijon mustard, oil, salt, black pepper and paprika until well incorporated.
  2. To make prime rib roast: Pat prime rib roast dry on all sides with paper towels. Season generously with salt and pepper, to taste. Allow roast to come to room temperature about 30 minutes.
  3. Rub Dijon herb rub all over prime rib roast and allow to stand 10 minutes.
  4. Preheat oven to 250 F.
  5. In large cast-iron pan, warm oil over medium-high heat.
  6. Sear roast on all sides until golden brown, 2-3 minutes per side.
  7. Place seared prime rib on wire rack-lined sheet pan and place in oven.
  8. Cook until internal temperature is 10 F below desired cooking doneness.
  9. Rest 15-20 minutes before slicing.
  10. To make mushrooms: In large pan, warm olive oil over medium-high heat. Add diced onions and saute about 1 minute.
  11. Add minced garlic and lightly saute until fragrant, about 20 seconds.
  12. Add mushrooms and pinch of salt and ground pepper to pan. Saute 3-4 minutes, or until mushrooms are tender.
  13. Add chicken stock and reduce to one-third in volume, 3-4 minutes.
  14. Add butter and parsley to pan and saute until butter is melted and incorporated. Immediately remove from heat and season, to taste, with salt and pepper.
  15. Serve mushrooms with prime rib roast.

Suya-Dusted Filet Mignon with "Red Rice" Risotto

Recipe courtesy of Omaha Steaks Executive Chef David Rose
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 1 hour
Servings: 4

Suya Dust:

  • 2 cups roasted cashews
  • 1 tablespoon chicken bouillon
  • 1 tablespoon, plus 1 teaspoon, smoked paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons. ground ginger
  • 2 teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons onion powder

"Red Rice" Risotto:

  • 3 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1/2 cup diced yellow onion
  • 3 fresh garlic cloves, smashed
  • 1/2 cup diced red bell pepper
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 large beefsteak tomato (about 1/2 pound), chopped
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, plus additional, to taste, divided (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper, plus additional, to taste, divided (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 1/2 cups Arborio rice
  • 4 cups warmed chicken stock, divided
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped Italian parsley
  • 1 cup freshly shredded Parmesan cheese

Filet Mignon:

  • 4 Omaha Steaks Butcher's Cut Filet Mignons (6 ounces each)
  • kosher salt
  • ground black pepper
  • 4 tablespoons canola oil
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 thyme sprig
  1. To make suya dust: In food processor, blend cashews, chicken bouillon, paprika, cayenne pepper, bell pepper, black pepper, ginger, garlic powder and onion powder into fine powder.
  2. To make "red rice" risotto: In medium saucepan, warm canola oil over medium-high heat. Add onions, garlic and red bell pepper, sauteing until lightly caramelized, about 1 minute.
  3. Add tomato paste to pan and saute until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add chopped tomato, Worcestershire sauce, paprika, 1 teaspoon kosher salt and 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper; continue sauteing until tomato starts to break down and soften, 3-4 minutes. Reduce heat to simmer and cook 3-4 minutes.
  4. Remove from heat and finely blend in food processor. Set aside.
  5. In separate medium saucepan, warm olive oil and butter over medium-high heat.
  6. Add Arborio rice and stir until slightly nutty and translucent, about 1 minute.
  7. Add pureed tomato-pepper mixture and 1 cup chicken stock; bring to boil then reduce heat to medium.
  8. Add 1 cup stock each time Arborio rice absorbs almost all broth. Continuously stir risotto each time stock is added to rice. Keep adding stock until risotto is al dente and still viscous then stir in parsley and Parmesan cheese. Season, to taste, with salt and pepper, if desired.
  9. To make filet mignon: Pat steaks dry with paper towels and liberally season with salt and ground black pepper on both sides.
  10. In large cast-iron skillet, warm canola oil over medium-high heat.
  11. Place filets in skillet and sear 3 minutes.
  12. Flip steaks and add butter, garlic clove and thyme. Baste steaks with butter and allow filets to finish cooking, 3-4 minutes for medium-rare doneness.
  13. Rest filets 7-8 minutes. Serve over "red rice" risotto and sprinkle suya dust over filets.

Source: Omaha Steaks

Dessert 01 June 2020

Good-for-You Sweet Treats

(Family Features) While eating healthy and enjoying sweets seldom go hand-in-hand, choosing the right combination of nutritious ingredients can allow for guilt-free indulgences that shirks conventional dieting wisdom. In fact, some eating plans take it a step further by actually encouraging eating big in the evening when you’re naturally hungriest to help achieve your weight loss goals.

For example, “Always Eat After 7 PM,” written by Joel Marion, CISSN, NSCA-CPT, five-time best-selling e-book author and co-founder of the e-commerce supplement company BioTrust Nutrition, debunks popular diet myths and offers an easy-to-follow diet that accelerates fat-burning and allows you to indulge in your most intense cravings by eating the majority of your calories at night. The outlined plan features a 14-day “acceleration phase” designed for rapid results, a “main phase” when you’ll learn which fat-burning foods to eat to achieve your weight loss goals and a “lifestyle phase” to keep the weight off for good.

Conventional wisdom dictates that it’s best to avoid carbs, eat an early dinner and never eat immediately before bed. However, Marion debunks the myths underlying traditional dieting with a simple, highly effective weight loss program allowing readers to enjoy social dinners without restriction, satisfy nighttime hunger with fat-burning sweet and salty pre-bedtime snacks and indulge cravings with strategically timed cheat meals.

With straightforward food lists, easy-to-follow meal plans and recipes for each phase, this can be a simpler, more enjoyable way to lose weight without feeling restricted. Taken directly from the book, these recipes for No Bake Salted Caramel Bars, Cherry Garcia Ice Cream and Fruit Tarts can satisfy that sweet tooth before heading to bed.

Learn more about the diet and book at joelmarion.com.

 

Fruit Tarts

Recipe courtesy of “Always Eat After 7 PM”
Prep time: 40 minutes
Cook time: 1 hour, 20 minutes
Servings: 20

Custard:

  • 8          egg yolks
  • 1          cup raw honey
  • 1          tablespoon coconut flour
  • 3          cans (13 2/3 ounces each) full-fat coconut milk
  • 1          teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/4       teaspoon lemon zest

Sugar Cookie Crust:

  • 1/2       cup coconut oil, plus additional for greasing
  • 1/2       cup palm shortening
  • 1          cup coconut palm sugar
  • 1          teaspoon baking soda
  • 1          teaspoon cream of tartar
  • 1/4       teaspoon salt
  • 3          egg yolks
  • 1⁄2       teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1          cup blanched almond flour
  • 1⁄4       cup coconut flour
  • 2          tablespoons arrowroot starch

Toppings:

  • 2          kiwis, peeled and sliced
  • 1          mango, peeled, pitted and sliced into 1/2-inch strips
  • 1/2       cup raspberries
  • 1/2       cup blackberries
  • 1/2       cup blueberries
  • 1/2       cup red grapes
  • 1          cup strawberries, thinly sliced
  • fresh mint leaves, for garnish
  1. To make custard: In saucepan, whisk egg yolks and honey until smooth. Mix in coconut flour.
  2. In medium saucepan over medium heat, combine coconut milk, vanilla extract and lemon zest; bring to boil then remove from heat.
  3. Pour hot milk mixture into egg yolk mixture, stirring while pouring. Over low heat, simmer 5 minutes, stirring constantly.
  4. Remove from heat and let cool, continuing to stir occasionally. Once cooled to room temperature, pour into individual custard cups. Chill in refrigerator 30 minutes, or until serving.
  5. To make crust: Heat oven to 350° F. Line bottom of pie pan with parchment paper and grease with coconut oil.
  6. In large mixing bowl using electric mixer on high, beat coconut oil and palm shortening 30 seconds. Add coconut palm sugar, baking soda, cream of tartar and salt; beat until combined, scraping sides of bowl occasionally. Beat in egg yolks and vanilla until combined. Beat in almond flour, coconut flour and starch. Chill dough in refrigerator 15 minutes.
  7. Press chilled cookie dough into bottom of pie pan and 2 inches up sides. Bake 12 minutes, or until crust is golden and browned on top and edges. Remove from oven and cool 10 minutes. Place cooled crust in refrigerator 30 minutes or overnight before assembling.
  8. To assemble fruit tarts: Spread custard over chilled crust. Decorate top in circular pattern with kiwis, mango strips, raspberries, blackberries, blueberries, grapes and strawberries.
  9. Before serving, chill at least 30 minutes or freeze 1 hour to help keep toppings in place.
  10. Remove from freezer and set out at room temperature 20 minutes before slicing. Garnish with mint leaves.

Nutritional information per serving: 192 calories; 14 g fat; 16 g carbohydrates; 61 mg sodium; 2 g fiber; 1 g protein; 9 g sugar.

Cherry Garcia Ice Cream

Recipe courtesy of “Always Eat After 7 PM”
Prep time: 10 minutes
Servings: 4

  • 1/4       cup fresh Bing cherries, pitted and halved
  • 1/4       cup stevia-sweetened dark chocolate bar, chopped
  • 3          overripe frozen bananas, peeled and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1/4       cup unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1 pinch sea salt
  1. Chill cherries and dark chocolate.
  2. In food processor, pulse frozen bananas, milk and salt until smooth, creamy consistency of soft serve is achieved. Stir in cherries and chocolate. Serve immediately or place in freezer-safe container and freeze until serving.

Nutritional information per serving: 165 calories; 7 g fat; 27 g carbohydrates; 134 mg sodium; 6 g fiber; 2 protein; 12 g sugar.

No Bake Salted Caramel Bars

Recipe courtesy of “Always Eat After 7 PM”
Prep time: 30 minutes
Cook time: 40 minutes
Servings: 30

Cookie Layer:

  • 2 1/2    cups raw pecans
  • 8          pitted dates, soaked in hot water 10 minutes then drained
  • 2          tablespoons blanched almond flour
  • 1          teaspoon coconut flour
  • 1/4       teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4       cup granular zero-calorie, natural sweetener
  • 3          tablespoons coconut oil, melted

Caramel Layer:

  • 1/2       cup coconut palm sugar
  • 1/2       cup granular zero-calorie, natural sweetener
  • 2          tablespoons full-fat coconut milk
  • 2          tablespoons coconut oil
  • 1          pinch sea salt
  • 1          tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2       teaspoon baking soda

Chocolate Layer:

  • 2          cups stevia-sweetened chocolate chips
  • 2          tablespoons coconut oil
  • coconut oil
  • 1/3       cup dry roasted macadamia nuts, chopped
  • coarse sea salt
  1. To make cookie layer: Place large skillet over medium heat. Spread pecans over skillet and toast, stirring often, 8-10 minutes until golden. Remove from heat.
  2. Transfer toasted pecans to food processor and pulse until fine. Add dates, almond flour, coconut flour, sea salt, sweetener and coconut oil; pulse until dough forms.
  3. To make caramel layer: In skillet over medium heat, combine coconut palm sugar, sweetener, coconut milk, coconut oil, sea salt and vanilla extract; bring to boil. Once boiling, decrease heat to low and cook 5 minutes, stirring often.
  4. Remove skillet from heat; whisk in baking soda. Return pan to low heat and cook 2 minutes, stirring often.
  5. Remove caramel from heat and let cool and thicken 5 minutes.
  6. To make chocolate layer: In double boiler, melt chocolate chips and coconut oil. Stir until mixture is smooth then remove from heat.
  7. To assemble salted caramel bars: Line bottom and sides of 9-by-9-inch baking pan with parchment paper, leaving some hanging over sides. Lightly rub parchment paper with coconut oil.
  8. Press cookie dough into bottom of pan to create even layer. Place in freezer 5 minutes to harden.
  9. Pour caramel over cookie layer and spread to coat evenly. Place in freezer 5 minutes. Pour chocolate over caramel and spread to cover evenly. Sprinkle with macadamia nuts and coarse salt. Place in freezer 10 minutes until chocolate sets.
  10. Use overhanging parchment paper to ease set mixture out of pan. Transfer to cutting board and slice into bite-size bars.

Nutritional information per serving: 180 calories; 15 g fat; 15 g carbohydrates; 56 mg sodium; 4 g fiber; 2 g protein; 4 g sugar.

Source: Promote A Book

Healthy 29 January 2019

Fuel Your Morning with Protein-Packed Recipes

(Family Features) As you prepare to take on the day, one of the most beneficial ways to energize yourself each morning is by fueling your body with the proper nutrients, including protein.

U.S. Ski & Snowboard Team High-Performance Dietitian Allen Tran works with top athletes and recognizes the key role protein plays in their diets. Developed by Tran, these breakfast recipes can provide the nutrition necessary for journeying through your day with energy and verve. Protein Waffles include Rockin’ Protein Builder for an easy boost of protein. The 12-ounce shakes, which are low in carbs and sugar, are made with fresh milk and have 30 grams of high-quality protein to help build muscle without a chalky after-taste.

If you’re looking to make healthier choices or live an active lifestyle and are short on time, a premade recipe may allow for additional productivity. Recipes that can be made in advance – like the night before – may aid your goal to consume necessary nutrients without putting a rush on your morning routine.

Chocolate Cherry and Banana Overnight Oats are made with Shamrock Farms Chocolate Milk and are a source of protein, calcium and vitamin D. Plus, they can be made in advance, allowing you to grab a healthy, ready-made breakfast to take on the go. Adding milk to your diet helps serve as a source of energy while building and repairing muscles.

Find more tips and recipes to help enhance your nutrition at shamrockfarms.net.
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Chocolate Cherry and Banana Overnight Oats

Yield: 2 jars

  • 1/2       cup frozen dark sweet cherries
  • 1 1/2    cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1          container (12 ounces) Shamrock Farms Chocolate Milk
  • 1          ripe banana, sliced
  • 1          pinch salt
  1. In two mason jars, add 1/4 cup frozen cherries in each. In microwave, thaw 30 seconds.
  2. Divide rolled oats, milk, banana and salt between jars. Cover with lids and shake until combined.
  3. Store in refrigerator overnight or at least several hours.
  4. Serve cold or warm in microwave.

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Protein Waffles

Yield: 8-10 waffles

  • 2          cups pancake mix
  • 2          large eggs
  • 1          container (12 ounces) Vanilla or Chocolate Rockin’ Protein Builder
  • 1/4       cup canola oil
  • 1/2       teaspoon cinnamon
  1. Heat waffle iron.
  2. Place pancake mix in bowl. In separate bowl, whisk eggs, protein shake and oil. Stir into pancake mix until just combined.
  3. Bake in waffle iron according to manufacturer’s directions until golden brown.

Tip: To freeze for later consumption, cool waffles on wire racks. Freeze between layers of waxed paper in re-sealable plastic freezer bag. In toaster oven or microwave, heat waffles until heated through.

Source:  Shamrock Farms

Healthy 24 January 2019

Simple Ways to be Heart Smart

Discover recipes chock-full of heart-healthy pecans

(Family Features) Sometimes making small changes can have a positive impact on your health – including heart health – like drinking more water, taking the stairs instead of the escalator and adding nutritious ingredients to your snacks and meals.

Incorporating nutritious ingredients is an easy way to step up your mealtime – for example, American Pecans can super-fy nearly any recipe by adding flavor and nutrition.

It’s always a good time to include heart-healthy ingredients on your shopping list. Certified by the American Heart Association’s Heart-Check*, American Pecans and their unique mix of unsaturated fats, plant sterols, fiber and flavonoids add up to help promote a healthy heart. In fact, according to the Food and Drug Administration, research suggests but does not prove that eating 1 1/2 ounces of most nuts, such as pecans, each day as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol may help reduce your risk of heart disease. One serving of pecans (28 grams) contains 18 grams unsaturated fat and only 2 grams saturated fat.

Boosting the heart-smart punch of your favorite recipes can be easy with pecans. Whether topping a salad, sprinkling into bread batter or using them as the foundation of a portable snack, there are few things America’s native nut can’t do.

Start the day right with a bowl of Banana Pecan Cherry Oatmeal – a comforting and hearty combination that can keep you full for hours. For a wholesome, on-the-go option perfect for school snacks, desk drawers or an afternoon pick-me-up, try Cherry Pecan Energy Bites. Dried cherries, dates and crunchy pecans combine for an all-natural burst of heart-smart nutrition to help you power through the day.

Discover more ways to create heart-healthy meals with pecans at AmericanPecan.com.
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Banana Pecan Cherry Oatmeal

  • 1          cup old-fashioned oats
  • 2          cups water
  • 1/2       cup pecan milk
  • 1          banana, sliced
  • 1/4       cup pecan halves
  • 1/4       cup dried tart cherries
  • 1/4       cup honey
  1. In large, microwave-safe bowl, combine oats and water. Microwave on high 3-4 minutes, or until oats are cooked through. Watch carefully to avoid boiling over.
  2. Remove from microwave, stir and divide between two bowls. Pour 1/4 cup pecan milk over each bowl.
  3. Divide sliced banana, pecan halves and dried tart cherries between each bowl and drizzle with 2 tablespoons honey. Serve immediately.

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Cherry Pecan Energy Bites

Makes: 10-12 energy bites

  • 1          cup toasted pecan halves or pieces
  • 1          cup dried cherries
  • 4          medjool dates, pitted
  • 1/4       cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1          tablespoon cacao powder, plus additional, for coating (optional)
  • 1          teaspoon vanilla extract
  1. In bowl of food processor, combine toasted pecans, dried cherries, dates, oats, cacao powder and vanilla extract.
  2. Pulse until ingredients begin to bind and form loose, dough-like ball.
  3. Roll into 1-inch balls. Roll balls in additional cacao powder, if desired, and transfer to airtight container. Refrigerate until ready to serve, up to seven days.

Note: To make gluten-free, substitute 1/4 cup of certified gluten-free old-fashioned oats.

*Heart-Check certification does not apply to recipes.

Source: American Pecan Council

Meal Ideas 16 January 2019

Warm Up with Sweet and Savory Comfort Food

(Family Features) If chocolate for dinner sounds too good to be true, it’s because chocolate is usually associated with decadent desserts. However, it can also take comfort food to a whole new level when paired with savory ingredients like red meat.

A bit of bittersweet cocoa powder helps balance out the richness of red meats like duck. Although it’s leaner and lower in saturated fat than other red meats, duck has a bold flavor and texture similar to steak.

In this Mocha-Rubbed Duck Breast recipe, cocoa powder, ground coffee and savory spices are rubbed onto the meat before it’s seared and smothered with a luscious sweet cherry and red wine sauce. The toasty, nutty flavor of coffee complements the cocoa while dark sweet cherries, red wine and toasted almonds complete the sweet and savory dish.

Find more comfort food recipes and tips for cooking with duck at mapleleaffarms.com.
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Mocha-Rubbed Duck Breast with Cherry and Red Wine Pan Sauce

Prep time: 2 hours, 10 minutes 
Cook time: 35 minutes
Servings: 4

Mocha Rub:

  • 2          tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/2       teaspoon sweet paprika
  • 1/2       teaspoon ground coffee
  • 2          teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1          teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2       teaspoon cocoa powder
  • 4          Maple Leaf Farms Duck Breasts, thawed


Cherry and Red Wine Pan Sauce:

  • 2          tablespoons reserved duck fat
  • 1/2       cup minced shallots
  • 3/4       cup dry red wine
  • 1 1/2    teaspoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 1/2    teaspoons granulated sugar
  • 5          ounces frozen dark sweet cherries, thawed and halved
  • 5          sprigs fresh thyme
  • salt, to taste
  • ground black pepper, to taste
  • toasted sliced almonds, for garnish
  1. To make Mocha Rub: In small bowl, mix brown sugar, paprika, coffee, salt, pepper and cocoa powder. Set aside.
  2. Pat duck breasts dry and score according to package directions. Use half of rub on meat side of breasts. Cover breasts and refrigerate at least 2 hours or overnight.
  3. In cold saute pan, place duck breasts skin-side down. Place pan over low-medium heat 8-12 minutes, or until fat is rendered and skin is crisp and brown.
  4. Turn breasts over and sprinkle remaining rub on skin side. Cook breasts 1-2 minutes skin-side up. Turn breasts back to skin-side down 1-2 minutes to caramelize rub. Reserve approximately 2 tablespoons duck fat for sauce.
  5. Heat oven to 350° F.
  6. Place duck breasts skin-side up on rimmed baking sheet; bake 5-6 minutes, or until internal temperature reaches 155° F. Let breasts rest 4-5 minutes before slicing. Temperature will rise during resting period to reach 165° F.
  7. To make Cherry and Red Wine Pan Sauce: Place saute pan with reserved duck fat over medium heat. Add shallots and cook until softened. Add wine to pan to deglaze. Stir in balsamic vinegar, sugar, cherries and thyme sprigs; simmer until reduced. Remove thyme sprigs. Add salt and pepper, to taste.
  8. Serve sauce over cooked duck breasts. Garnish with toasted almond slices.

Source: Maple Leaf Farms

Holiday 30 October 2018

Take Holiday Hosting to the Next Level

(Family Features) It can be easy to impress your holiday guests without overdoing it in the kitchen by putting to use recipes that require little time to prep. After all, those precious moments with loved ones are meant for reflection and conversation, but that doesn’t mean you have to settle for lesser dishes.

Appetizers like Beet Carpaccio Salad with Toasted Hazelnuts and Caprese Avocado Toast provide aesthetic appeal and taste to tide appetites. As one of the key ingredients, Filippo Berio Classic Balsamic Glaze adds tanginess and artistic flair for flavorful small bites.

Go above and beyond with a main course that’s prepped in 10 minutes and ready in less than two hours like this Rosemary and Raspberry Balsamic Roasted Leg of Lamb, which can be the center of attention as guests dig in for a delightful meal.

Finally, for a nightcap worth celebrating, this Dark Chocolate and Cherry Cheesecake can serve a crowd thanks to ingredients like Filippo Berio Raspberry Balsamic glaze, providing tangy, fruity flavor with its rich, smooth blend of raspberry juice and balsamic vinegar of Modena.

Find more holiday recipes that can take your gathering to the next level at filippoberio.com.
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Rosemary and Raspberry Balsamic Roasted Leg of Lamb

Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 1 hour, 30 minutes
Servings: 8

Roasted Leg of Lamb:

  • 3          tablespoons Filippo Berio Olive Oil
  • 2          tablespoons Filippo Berio Raspberry Balsamic Glaze
  • 1          tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary
  • 4          teaspoons grainy mustard
  • 1          bone-in leg of lamb (about 6 pounds)
  • 2          cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 1          teaspoon salt
  • 1          teaspoon pepper
  • 3          onions, quartered
  • 1          cup water

Gravy:

  • 3          tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1/2       cup dry red wine
  • 4          cups chicken stock
  • 2          tablespoons Filippo Berio Raspberry Balsamic Glaze
  • 1          sprig fresh rosemary
  • 1/2       teaspoon salt
  • 1/4       teaspoon pepper
  1. To make Roasted Leg of Lamb: Heat oven to 400° F. In bowl, whisk olive oil, raspberry balsamic glaze, rosemary and mustard; set aside.
  2. Make small incisions in lamb and insert garlic slices. Rub olive oil mixture over lamb. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Transfer to roasting pan fitted with rack. Add onions; pour water into bottom of pan.
  3. Roast 80-90 minutes, or until internal temperature reaches 145° F for medium-rare, adding water to pan as needed to avoid scorching and onions drying out.
  4. Transfer lamb to carving board and tent with foil.
  5. To make Gravy: Place roasting pan on stovetop over medium-high heat; stir in flour. Whisk in wine; boil 1-2 minutes, or until reduced by half. Whisk in chicken stock and raspberry balsamic glaze. Add rosemary; bring to boil and simmer 8-10 minutes, or until thickened. Season with salt and pepper. Serve with lamb.

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Dark Chocolate and Cherry Cheesecake

Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 1 hour, 40 minutes
Servings: 12

Crust:

  • 1 1/2    cups graham cracker crumbs
  • 1/3       cup Filippo Berio Extra Light Olive Oil
  • 1/4       cup packed brown sugar

Filling:

  • 3/4       cup chopped bittersweet chocolate
  • 1          tablespoon Filippo Berio Classic Balsamic Glaze
  • 3          packages (8 ounces each) brick-style cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1          cup granulated sugar
  • 3          eggs
  • 1          cup sour cream
  • 1          teaspoon vanilla

Cherry Topping:

  • 3          cups frozen cherries
  • 3/4       cup packed brown sugar
  • 1          tablespoon Filippo Berio Olive Oil
  • 1/2       cup water, plus 2 tablespoons, divided
  • 2          tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2          tablespoons Filippo Berio Classic Balsamic Glaze
  1. To make Crust: Heat oven to 350° F.
  2. Mix graham wafer crumbs, oil and sugar; press into bottom of 9-inch springform pan. Bake 8 minutes; let cool. Reduce oven temperature to 325° F.
  3. To make Filling: In heatproof bowl set over saucepan of hot (not boiling) water, melt chocolate, stirring until smooth. Remove from heat and stir in balsamic glaze. Let cool slightly.
  4. Using electric mixer, beat together cream cheese, sugar and melted chocolate mixture until light and fluffy. Beat in eggs, one at a time. Beat in sour cream and vanilla; pour over crust.
  5. Wrap outside of springform pan in heavy-duty foil. Set inside roasting pan and pour in boiling water until halfway up sides of springform pan. Bake 90-100 minutes, or until sides are set and center is still slightly jiggly; cool 5 minutes. Run knife between cheesecake and pan; cool completely. Refrigerate 24 hours.
  6. To make Cherry Topping: In small saucepan over medium heat, bring cherries, sugar, olive oil and 1/2 cup water to boil. Reduce heat and simmer 5-6 minutes, or until sugar dissolves.
  7. Whisk cornstarch with remaining water; whisk into mixture. Cook about 3 minutes, or until thickened.
  8. Transfer to bowl; cover and refrigerate at least 2 hours or up to one day. Spoon over cheesecake; drizzle with balsamic glaze.

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Beet Carpaccio Salad with Toasted Hazelnuts

Prep time: 10 min
Servings: 4

  • 1 1/2    pounds roasted beets
  • 2          cups microgreens
  • 4          ounces goat cheese, crumbled
  • 1/4       cup chopped toasted hazelnuts
  • 2          tablespoons Filippo Berio Classic Balsamic Glaze
  • 1/4       teaspoon flaked sea salt
  • 1/4       teaspoon cracked pepper
  1. Heat oven to 400° F.
  2. Using chef’s knife or mandoline, thinly slice beets; arrange on platter.
  3. Arrange microgreens over beets; scatter with goat cheese. Sprinkle hazelnuts over top and drizzle with balsamic glaze. Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

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Caprese Avocado Toast with Balsamic Glaze

Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 5 minutes
Servings: 4

  • 2          tablespoons Filippo Berio Robusto Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 4          slices rustic Italian bread, about 3/4-inch thick
  • 1          large clove garlic, halved
  • 2          small ripe avocados, peeled and pitted
  • 1          tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/4       cup torn fresh basil, divided
  • 1/2       teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1/2       teaspoon pepper, divided
  • 1          large ripe tomato, sliced
  • 8          ounces fresh mozzarella cheese, sliced
  • 1/4       teaspoon hot pepper flakes
  • 1/4       cup Filippo Berio Classic Balsamic Glaze
  1. Heat oven to broil; position rack at highest level. Brush olive oil over both sides of each slice of bread; broil, turning once, 3-5 minutes, or until golden brown. Rub cut side of garlic clove over bread while still hot.
  2. Mash together avocados, lemon juice, 1/8 cup basil, 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper; spread over one side of each slice of bread. Top with tomato slices; season with remaining salt and pepper. Top with mozzarella slices; sprinkle with hot pepper flakes.
  3. Drizzle each slice of bread with balsamic glaze. Sprinkle with remaining basil; serve immediately.

Source:  Filippo Berio

Watch video to see how to make this delicious recipe!

Dessert 09 November 2017

Holiday Baking for Family and Friends

(Family Features) A holiday season filled with gatherings calls for simple recipes that make baking for family and friends easy and enjoyable.

Traditions are often enjoyed more around the holidays and some classic flavors are must-haves for seasonal parties and dinners. Individually portioned desserts are ideal for entertaining, and these smooth, creamy cheesecakes with vivid holiday color are a perfect single serving that is sure to brighten any dessert table. Or put a festive twist on apple pie with a cinnamon roll-inspired crust.

Each of these desserts features quick and easy preparation, and the delicious flavors of Lucky Leaf Fruit Fillings, which use high-quality fruit and contain no high-fructose corn syrup, for great tasting desserts every time. An array of popular flavors like apple, blueberry, cherry and strawberry make it possible to prepare your favorite holiday desserts in minutes.

Find more inspiration for this season’s holiday baking at luckyleaf.com.

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Mini Marbled Cherry Cheesecakes

  • 18        chocolate cookies with white filling
  • 2          packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/3       cup sugar
  • 2          eggs
  • 1          teaspoon vanilla
  • 1          can (21 ounces) Lucky Leaf Premium Cherry Fruit Filling, divided
  1. Heat oven to 350° F.  Line muffin tins with 18 paper liners.
  2. Place one chocolate cookie in bottom of each paper liner.
  3. In mixing bowl, beat cream cheese, sugar, eggs and vanilla until light and fluffy.  Fold in half of fruit filling. Fill each muffin liner about three-fourths full with mixture.
  4. Bake 20-25 minutes, or until done. Cool. Top each cheesecake with spoonful of remaining fruit filling.

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Cinnamon Apple Pie

  • 1          refrigerated pie crust
  • 1          tablespoon butter, melted
  • 2          teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2          cans (21 ounces each) Lucky Leaf Premium Apple Fruit Filling
  • 1          stick (8 tablespoons) butter, softened
  • 1          cup flour
  • 1          cup light brown sugar
  • 1/2       cup powdered sugar, plus additional (optional)
  • 1/4       teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4       teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2          teaspoons milk, plus additional (optional)
  1. Heat oven to 400° F.
  2. On lightly floured surface, unroll pie crust. Brush with melted butter and sprinkle evenly with cinnamon. Roll up tightly and slice into 1/2-inch rounds, like miniature cinnamon rolls.
  3. Press miniature cinnamon rolls evenly into bottom and sides of 9-inch pie plate, making sure there are no spaces between rolls. Pour fruit filling on top of crust.
  4. In large bowl, using pastry blender, combine stick of butter, flour and brown sugar, until crumbly. Sprinkle over apple filling.
  5. Bake pie until top and crust are golden brown and filling is bubbling, about 40-45 minutes (cover top and crust with foil, if necessary, to prevent from getting too dark). Remove from oven and allow to cool.
  6. In small bowl, whisk together powdered sugar, vanilla, cinnamon and milk to form icing. Add more sugar or milk, if necessary, to reach desired consistency. Drizzle icing over cooled pie.

Source: Lucky Leaf

Appetizers & Sides 08 June 2017

A Sweet Cherry Season

(Family Features) Whether fresh cherries are a favorite or a treat you’ve yet to try, the time to enjoy them is now.

Orchards in the Pacific Northwest, the nation’s largest growing region, experienced a long, cool spring, which often translates into more time and energy a tree can put into the fruit. When combined with the superior growing conditions characteristic to the area, this season’s fruit showcases what Northwest cherries are known for: their large size and sweet flavor profile.

Popular varieties grown in the Northwest include the mahogany-red Bings and super-sweet, yellow Rainiers. Rainier cherries, with their unique golden color and red blush, tend to ripen earlier in the year. Growers pick Rainier cherries over multiple weeks, selecting the ripest fruit each time.

Other varieties include the early-ripening Chelans and Tietons, followed by the often larger and darker Skeenas, Sweethearts and Lapins. Aside from the light-hued Rainier (which has juice that doesn’t stain) you can typically spot sweet cherries by their dark red skins – in general, the darker, the sweeter.

Great taste aside, sweet cherries are a healthful addition to summer picnics, parties and barbecues thanks to their fiber, antioxidants and anti-inflammatory power. They make for a snack that both grownups and little ones can enjoy straight out of the bowl thanks to their stem “handle” and can perk up appetizers, salads, desserts, sweet or savory sauces and more.

Outside of summer get-togethers, cherries make for a better-for-you late-night snack option as well. A cup of fresh, sweet cherries contains only 90 calories along with a low glycemic index of 22 making their cold, sweet crunch a tasty way to satisfy hunger cravings. Plus, they boast melatonin, which helps regulate circadian rhythm and promote healthy sleep patterns.

Fresh cherries should be kept in a sealed bag or container, and keep for approximately two weeks when refrigerated. To extend the cherry season and enjoy their health benefits after summer fades, buy an extra bag or two and preserve cherries by rinsing, packing and freezing them.

Basic freezing instructions

  1. Select 3-5 pounds of firm, ripe, Northwest-grown sweet cherries.
  2. After rinsing and draining, spread whole cherries with stems in a layer on a baking sheet.
  3. Place in freezer until firm then pack into freezer-proof containers or plastic freezer bags. Remove excess air and cover tightly.
  4. Add frozen cherries to smoothies or juices, or defrost and put in hot cereal, pies, turnovers, cobblers and more. Or enjoy as a frozen, sweet late-night treat.

To create a festive cherry dish for the summer season, try this Cherry Bruschetta as a snack or appetizer. Find more recipes and cherry tips at nwcherries.com.

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Cherry Bruschetta

Serves: 8

  • 18 slices (1/2-inch thick) small baguette-style bread
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil, divided
  • 1 1/2 cups pitted Northwest fresh sweet cherries, coarsely chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped cilantro
  • 1/4 cup diced yellow sweet pepper
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped green onions
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon grated lime peel
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese
  • 1 tablespoon thinly sliced fresh basil
  1. Heat oven to 350° F.
  2. Arrange baguette slices on cookie sheet and toast one side 5 minutes. Turn slices, brush with 1/2 tablespoon olive oil and bake 5 minutes longer.
  3. Combine cherries, cilantro, sweet pepper, green onions, lime juice, lime peel, garlic salt, pepper and remaining olive oil; mix well.
  4. Top each baguette with thin slice of cheese, 1 tablespoon cherry mixture and sprinkle of sliced basil. Serve warm or cold.

Source: Northwest Cherry Growers

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