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Breakfast & Brunch 14 December 2021

Morning Recipes Perfect for Making Memories

(Family Features) With the weather cooling, it’s the perfect opportunity to spend some time in the kitchen to try out fun recipes and create special moments with family and friends. Pancakes and waffles provide deliciously easy ways to make mornings memorable at the breakfast table with those you love.

Regardless of what you have going on during the day, a warm stack of pancakes or waffles can bring everyone to the table. Putting together a delicious, crowd-pleasing stack doesn’t have to be a big to-do with recipes like Butter Pecan Waffles and Banana Walnut Pancakes. You can make breakfast the highlight of your family’s day with just a handful of ingredients in each recipe that offer a warm, comforting twist to a breakfast time favorite. These pancake and waffle creations are delicious and easy enough to become go-tos for nearly any occasion.

One of the keys to delicious pancakes and waffles is the mix you use. Consider an option like Pearl Milling Company, which has offered delicious taste and light and fluffy texture for more than 130 years. Its pancake mix varieties are easy, convenient, delicious options for memorable breakfasts. Topped with its rich and delicious syrup, its taste and quality can be passed down to future generations.

An additional benefit: Simple yet flavorful recipes like these allow the whole family to help in the kitchen, providing bonding opportunities and valuable lessons as you make them together.

For more memory-making breakfast time ideas, visit pearlmillingcompany.com.

Butter Pecan Waffles

Yield: about 6 waffles (4 inches each)

Browned Butter:

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans
  • 1 cup Pearl Milling Company Original Pancake & Waffle Mix
  • 3/4 cup milk, plus additional if necessary, divided
  • 1 egg
  • Pearl Milling Company Syrup, for topping
  • toasted pecans, for topping (optional)
  1. To make browned butter: In small skillet over low heat, place butter. Increase heat to medium-low, stirring butter with heat-proof spatula. Cook and stir until butter reaches desired brown color. Remove from heat and stir in pecans.
  2. Place pancake mix in large bowl. Add 3/4 cup milk, egg and browned butter. Stir until large clumps of batter disappear. If batter seems too thick, add additional milk 1 tablespoon at a time to reach desired thickness. Let batter stand 4-5 minutes before cooking.
  3. Pour batter into lightly greased waffle iron. Bake until steam stops or as directed by waffle iron instructions. Top with syrup and toasted pecans, if desired.

Banana Walnut Pancakes

Yield: about 20 pancakes

  • 2 cups Pearl Milling Company Original Pancake Mix
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 2 bananas, mashed

Homemade Whipped Cream:

  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons sugar

Toppings:

  • 1 banana, sliced, for topping
  • 2 jars (5 ounces each) walnuts in syrup
  • 24 ounces Pearl Milling Company Syrup
  1. Place skillet over medium heat.
  2. In large bowl, stir pancake mix, milk, eggs, oil and mashed bananas.
  3. Spread 1/4 cup pancake batter on skillet. When pancake begins to bubble, use spatula to flip. Cook until golden brown on each side. Repeat with remaining batter.
  4. To make whipped cream: In small bowl, whip heavy cream and sugar until thickened.
  5. Top pancakes with homemade whipped cream, banana slices, walnuts and syrup.

Source: Pearl Milling Company

Videos 13 December 2021

A Cheesy Winter Warm-Up

(Family Features) One of the easiest ways to warm up at the end of a winter day – both inside and out – is by sharing a comforting meal with loved ones.

Getting your whole family to the table can be surprisingly easy when a savory dish like Cheesy Spinach Ravioli awaits. This recipe offers a kid-friendly way to get a serving of greens along with favorite flavors. Originally started by an Italian mother more than 80 years ago, having a delicious jar of RAGÙ sauce in hand, with its distinctive yellow cap, can help anyone create this mouthwatering recipe and quick real-world dishes at home.

Having a go-to jar of sauce in your pantry offers an invaluable resource for at-home cooks who want to “cook like a mother” and create delicious, homemade recipes regardless of culinary skill. With a wide array of flavor varieties, the rich heritage of these familiar sauces can quickly help you make cold days feel far away while elevating everyday meals at the family table.

Visit Ragu.com to find more winter recipe inspiration.

Watch video to see how to make this recipe!

 

Cheesy Spinach Ravioli

Prep time: 10 minutes
Total time: about 1 hour
Yield: 17-20 ravioli

Dough:

  • 3          cups all-purpose flour, divided
  • 1          pinch salt
  • 1/4       teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2       teaspoon olive oil
  • 4          whole eggs
  • 2          egg yolks
  • water

Filling:

  • 1/2       teaspoon olive oil
  • 2          cups chopped spinach, fresh or frozen
  • 1          pinch salt
  • 1          pinch pepper
  • 1          container (15 ounces) ricotta cheese

Toppings:

  • 1          jar (24 ounces) RAGÙ Old World Style Traditional Sauce
  • shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 2          chopped basil leaves
  • 2          chopped sprigs rosemary
  • grated Parmesan cheese (optional)
  1. To make dough: Place 2 1/2 cups flour in bowl and make hole in center. Add salt, garlic powder, olive oil, eggs and egg yolks to hole. Slowly bring flour into middle and knead into ball. Cover with bowl and let rest 20 minutes.
  2. To make filling: In pan over medium heat, add olive oil; add spinach, salt and pepper then saute until spinach is wilted. Let cool then mix in ricotta cheese; set aside.
  3. Cut dough in half. Sprinkle remaining flour on large cutting board and roll dough to 1/8-inch thickness. Cut into rectangle then cut into 2-3-inch squares. Set scraps aside. Brush water on squares then spoon 1 teaspoon spinach-ricotta filling in center of every other square. Top with remaining squares. Use fork to crimp edges. Repeat with remaining dough. Form scraps into ball and repeat.
  4. Put ravioli in boiling water, 8-10 minutes; they will rise to top when done.
  5. In saucepan over medium heat, heat sauce until simmering.
  6. Place ravioli on plate and top with warm sauce, mozzarella cheese, basil and rosemary. Grate Parmesan cheese on top, if desired.

Source: Ragu Foods

Videos 01 December 2021

An Elegant Veal Meal to Impress Your Valentine

(Family Features) Celebrating a special moment with your special someone this Valentine’s Day starts with a romantic meal. Cooking an elegant dish in your own kitchen offers a way to impress your valentine while enjoying the comforts of home.

Easy to make and ready in 30 minutes, these Pesto Caprese Veal Cutlets showcase the versatility and beauty of humanely raised veal in a flavor-packed recipe. One bite can transport you and your loved one from the kitchen to a garden in Italy.

For added fun, try making homemade pesto to mix with grape tomatoes for a burst of flavor. Top with pine nuts and serve alongside a fresh salad or your favorite pasta for an unforgettably romantic meal.

Find more Valentine’s Day dinner ideas at Veal.org

Watch video to see how to make this recipe!

 

Pesto Caprese Veal Cutlets

Funded by Beef Farmers and Ranchers
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes
Servings: 6

  • 1          pound veal cutlets (about 2 ounces each)
  • 1          pint grape tomatoes, chopped
  • 4          tablespoons prepared pesto
  • 1/2       cup flour
  • 2          large eggs
  • 2          tablespoons whole or 2% milk
  • kosher salt, to taste
  • freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1/2       cup seasoned breadcrumbs
  • 2          tablespoons butter, divided
  • 6          ounces regular or part-skim fresh mozzarella, sliced into 1/4-inch slices
  • 3          tablespoons toasted pine nuts (optional)
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Pound veal cutlets to 1/8-inch thickness.
  2. In small bowl, toss tomatoes and pesto to mix well; set aside.
  3. Place flour in shallow dish. In second shallow dish, beat eggs, milk, salt and pepper, to taste, until blended. Place breadcrumbs in third shallow dish. Dip each cutlet into flour then egg mixture then breadcrumbs to coat both sides.
  4. In large nonstick skillet over medium heat, heat 1 tablespoon butter until hot. Place half of cutlets in skillet; cook 3-5 minutes, or until golden brown and veal is cooked through, turning once. Remove cutlets; place on baking sheet.
  5. Wipe out skillet with paper towel. Repeat with remaining butter and cutlets.
  6. Place one slice cheese on each cutlet. Bake 3-5 minutes until cheese is melted. Transfer cutlets to plate and evenly top with tomato mixture; sprinkle with pine nuts, if desired.

Source: New York Beef Council

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

Dessert 12 October 2021

Pumpkin Bread with Chocolate Chips

This season, when you’re craving something sweet, try this Pumpkin Bread with Chocolate Chips. It’s rich with lots of semi-sweet chocolate chips but also has a prominent pumpkin flavor that is hard to resist.

This recipe is easy to make and provides an opportunity to get the little ones involved in the kitchen. For example, they can stir and pour those yummy chocolate chips into the batter.

Made start to finish in less than an hour, this dessert gives you more time to rake leaves, carve pumpkins and cuddle up by the fireplace.

It can be a perfect treat for get-togethers from parties and events to just a couple friends enjoying each other’s company.

It’s light and moist with a crisp exterior. The signature pumpkin taste blends with the sweet chocolate to create a unique taste perfect for fall.

Find more seasonal dessert recipes at Culinary.net.

If you made this recipe at home, use #MyCulinaryConnection on your favorite social network to share your work.

Watch video to see how to make this recipe!

 
 

Pumpkin Bread with Chocolate Chips

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 45-50 minutes

Servings: 12

  •             Nonstick cooking spray
  • 1 1/2    cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2       teaspoon salt
  • 1/2       teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2       teaspoon baking soda
  • 2          teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 1          cup canned pumpkin
  • 1/3       cup brown sugar
  • 1/3       cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2       cup vegetable oil
  • 3          eggs, at room temperature
  • 1/2       tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 1          cup semi-sweet chocolate chips
  • 1          cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Spray 8-by-4-inch loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray and line with parchment paper. Set aside.
  2. In large bowl, whisk flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda and pumpkin spice. Set aside.
  3. In medium bowl, combine canned pumpkin, brown sugar, granulated sugar, oil, eggs and vanilla extract. Stir together.
  4. Stir wet ingredients into dry ingredients; mix until combined.
  5. Fold in chocolate chips.
  6. Pour batter into loaf pan. Bake 45-50 minutes until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean.
  7. Cool at least 10 minutes in pan before removing to wire rack to finish cooling.
Meal Ideas 31 August 2021

Quick, Nutritious Recipes to Make Family Meals Easy

(Family Features) Dinnertime dishes loaded with nutrients help keep loved ones connected while refueling after busy days spent at work and school. Dairy foods - key ingredients in many at-home meals - provide nutrients for people of all ages to grow and maintain stronger bodies and minds.

However, some bodies are unable to break down the sugar found in milk, known as lactose, which causes an upset stomach and a heavy, bloated feeling. Rather than avoiding dairy and missing out on beneficial nutrients, people with lactose intolerance can enjoy real dairy products that are naturally low in or don't contain lactose without the stomachache with foods like:

  • Lactose-free milk, which is real milk with the same 13 essential nutrients as regular milk
  • Hard and aged cheeses, such as cheddar, colby, Monterey Jack, Parmesan and Swiss
  • Yogurt with live and active cultures, which help break down lactose, making it easier to digest

These easy-to-make meals offer lactose intolerance-friendly options for families seeking to keep milk on the menu. Because they all require an hour or less in the kitchen, they provide quick solutions for those hectic schedules without sacrificing taste or nutrition.

Visit MilkMeansMore.org to find more delicious dishes that fit a lactose intolerant meal plan.

Chicken Cordon Bleu Kebabs

Recipe courtesy of Rachel Gurk of "Rachel Cooks" on behalf of Milk Means More
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes
Servings: 3

Skewers:

  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 2 chicken breasts (6 ounces each), cubed
  • 1 ham steak (6 ounces), cubed
  • 6 bamboo skewers (8 inches)
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon pure maple syrup
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil

Sauce:

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 cup lactose-free 2% milk
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 cup shredded Swiss cheese
  • salt, to taste (optional)
  • pepper, to taste (optional)
  1. To make skewers: Preheat broiler to 500 F. Line broiler pan with foil and spray with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Thread cubed chicken pieces and cubed ham pieces onto skewers.
  3. In small bowl, combine Dijon mustard, maple syrup, black pepper, paprika and oil.
  4. Brush mustard mixture on skewers.
  5. Broil about 5 minutes, flip and cook 5 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through.
  6. To make sauce: In small saucepan over medium heat, melt butter. Whisk in flour and cook 1 minute, whisking constantly. Gradually add milk, whisking constantly. Add Dijon mustard. Continue cooking 5 minutes, or until thick. Reduce heat to low and stir in cheese, whisking until melted.
  7. Add salt and pepper, to taste, if desired.
  8. Serve chicken and ham kebabs with sauce.

Chicken, Spinach and Feta Casserole

Recipe courtesy of Marcia Stanley, MS, RDN, on behalf of Milk Means More
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 45 minutes
Servings: 4

  • 1 package (10 ounces) frozen chopped spinach, thawed
  • 3 eggs, slightly beaten
  • 2 cups cottage cheese
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped cooked chicken
  • 3/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 2 teaspoons dried minced onion
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano leaves
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. Place spinach in colander. Use back of large spoon or rubber spatula to press moisture from spinach.
  3. In large bowl, combine spinach, eggs, cottage cheese, chicken, feta cheese, flour, butter, onion, oregano, salt and pepper.
  4. Spoon into greased 1 1/2-quart casserole dish. Bake, uncovered, 45-50 minutes, or until set near center (160 F). Let stand 5 minutes before serving.

One Pan Mac and Cheese

Recipe courtesy of Sheila Johnson of "Eat 2 Gather" on behalf of Milk Means More
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 12 minutes

  • Water
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 cups dry macaroni noodles
  • 2 cups lactose-free whole milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons butter, clarified or ghee
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded sharp white cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • salt, to taste
  • fresh cracked pepper, to taste
  1. Add water and salt to 3-quart saucepan; cook noodles according to package directions. Drain and add noodles back to pan.
  2. Measure milk into large measuring cup. Add eggs and whisk.
  3. Toss noodles with clarified butter, turn heat to medium and pour in milk-egg mixture. Add cheeses and stir until melted. Bring to low boil about 3 minutes; sauce will thicken and become creamy. Add salt and fresh cracked pepper, to taste.

Parmesan-Swiss Fish

Recipe courtesy of Marcia Stanley, MS, RDN, on behalf of Milk Means More
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4

  • 1 1/4 pounds skinless halibut, salmon or tilapia fillets (fresh or frozen)
  • 3/4 cup shredded Swiss cheese
  • 1/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons sliced green onion
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  1. Preheat oven to 450 F.
  2. Thaw fish, if frozen. Cut into four serving-size pieces, if necessary. Pat fish dry with paper towels. Arrange in single layer on greased 15-by-10-by-1-inch baking pan, tucking under any thin edges.
  3. In small bowl, toss Swiss cheese, yogurt, mayonnaise, green onion, salt and pepper. Spread over fish fillets. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and paprika. Bake, uncovered, until fish flakes easily with fork. Allow 6-8 minutes baking time per 1/2-inch thickness of fish.

Source: United Dairy Industry of Michigan

Meal Ideas 13 August 2021

Celebrate Family and Food

(Family Features) Family traditions and in-person connections are important parts of gatherings of loved ones, and many of those get-togethers are centered on food. The entire family coming together around a table covered with warm, delicious food to share stories and create new memories is what makes mealtime special.

Forty chefs from around the nation came together to create “Come to the Table,” which offers a delicious mix of cuisines from a variety of cultures, including this sampling of classic family favorites, sweet indulgences and family-style creations all inspired by what family means to each chef.

“Sales from this book will directly benefit the families we serve, so we are so grateful for each and every chef that has offered their time and talent to this cookbook,” said Jill Cumnock, CEO of Ronald McDonald House of Dallas. “The way ‘Come to the Table’ has been created reminds me of a recipe that culminates in a feast for the senses. We can’t think of a better way to celebrate our 40th anniversary, particularly at a time when families are starting to reunite after the pandemic forced so many apart.”

Visit rmhdallas.org for more information and to order the cookbook.

Baked Stuffed Pasta Shells

Recipe courtesy of chef Kevin Curry
Servings: 6-8

  • 6          ounces jumbo pasta shells
  • 2          tablespoons olive oil
  • 1          tablespoon fresh garlic
  • 1          medium onion, diced
  • 5          portobello mushroom caps, gills removed then diced
  • 1          pinch sea salt, plus additional, to taste
  • 1          pinch pepper, plus additional, to taste
  • 2          cups shredded kale
  • 3          tablespoons water
  • 15        ounces skim milk ricotta cheese
  • 4          tablespoons pesto
  • 1          tablespoon The Fit Cook Land spice blend
  • 1 1/2    cups reduced-fat marinara, divided
  • 1 1/2    cups reduced-fat mozzarella
  • fresh herbs, for garnish

Preheat oven to 420 F.

Bring pot of salted water to boil. Cook pasta shells according to package instructions. Drain then set aside.

Heat pot or cast-iron casserole dish over medium heat. Once hot, add oil, garlic, onion and mushrooms. Add pinch of sea salt and pepper as it cooks. Cook until onions turn brown and mushrooms shrink in size, about 3-5 minutes. Empty contents and set aside.

Place pot back over heat. Add shredded kale and water to create steam. Toss kale in pot until it turns vibrant green; set aside to cool.

In large bowl, mix ricotta cheese with mushroom mixture, kale, pesto and spice blend.
In casserole dish, spread about 1/2 cup marinara on bottom. Then one-by-one, stuff each pasta shell with approximately 2 tablespoons ricotta mixture and add to casserole dish. Repeat with remaining shells.

Cover shells with remaining marinara and mozzarella cheese. Cover casserole dish with foil and bake 20 minutes. During final 5 minutes, remove foil so mozzarella can brown.

Garnish with fresh herbs and salt and pepper, to taste.

Green Curry

Recipe courtesy of chef Nikky Phinyawatana
Servings: 2

  • 2          cups fresh spinach
  • 1          cup water
  • 1          tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 2          tablespoons green curry paste
  • 8          ounces skinless, boneless chicken, beef or pork, sliced thin
  • 1          small Japanese purple eggplant
  • 2          cups coconut milk
  • 4          teaspoons granulated sugar
  • 1/2       teaspoon salt
  • 1/2       cup bamboo shoots, sliced
  • 1/4       medium red bell pepper, sliced thin
  • 8-10     Thai basil leaves, plus additional, for garnish, divided
  • 2          cups cooked jasmine rice

In blender, blend spinach and water until mixture turns green and no leaves are visible.

In medium saucepan over medium-high heat, heat oil. Add green curry paste and stir to release fragrance, about 10 seconds.

Add protein and cook 3-5 minutes.

Add blended spinach water, purple eggplant, coconut milk, sugar and salt. Bring to boil. Add bamboo shoots and red bell pepper. Simmer 10 minutes.

Stir in basil leaves and turn off heat.

Serve with jasmine rice and garnish with additional basil leaves.

Daddy’s Birthday Flan

Recipe courtesy of chef Ninamarie Bojekian Mendoza
Servings: 10-12

Caramel Sauce:

  • 1          cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4       cup water

Cake:

  • 1 1/2    cups all-purpose flour
  • 1          teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4       teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4       teaspoon salt
  • 3/4       cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 3/4       cup granulated sugar
  • 2          large eggs
  • 1/2       teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4       cup buttermilk
  • 3          tablespoons rainbow sprinkles (optional)

Flan:

  • 4          large eggs
  • 1          can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1          can (12 ounces) evaporated milk
  • 1          tablespoon vanilla extract
  • ground cinnamon, to taste
  1. In saucepan, heat granulated sugar and water over medium-low heat until melted.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  3. Grease and flour 9-inch Bundt pan. Set aside.
  4. When sugar liquifies and turns golden brown, remove from heat and use silicone spatula or whisk to stir. While stirring, quickly pour into prepared Bundt pan.
  5. To make cake: In large bowl, sift flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
  6. In another bowl, use hand mixer on medium speed to beat butter and sugar, about 3 minutes, until fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla. Beat well.
  7. On low speed, gradually beat in flour mixture and buttermilk until combined.
  8. Fold in rainbow sprinkles, if desired.
  9. Pour batter into pans over caramel sauce.
  10. To make flan: In blender on high speed, blend eggs, sweetened condensed milk, evaporated milk and vanilla until well combined.
  11. Gently pour through strainer and onto prepared cake batter.
  12. Sprinkle cinnamon on top.
  13. Place pan in water bath by putting it in larger baking dish, roasting pan, hotel pan or similar. Pour hot water halfway up sides to create water bath.
  14. Bake approximately 1 hour. Cake should be golden brown and jiggle when shaken when done.
  15. Remove cake from water bath and cool on rack 10 minutes.
  16. Run knife or spatula carefully around edges to separate. Place plate on top of cake and, while holding it, flip over carefully and quickly.
  17. Refrigerate at least 1 hour or overnight before serving.

 

Photo courtesy of Ink Phinyawatana (Green Curry)

Source: Ronald McDonald House of Dallas

Meal Ideas 10 August 2021

Get Outside with Fresh Grilled Flavors

(Family Features) When bright, sunny days offer opportunities to take it outside for a celebration or casual weeknight dinner, take advantage with the fresh flavors of grilled fare. Good food and good company can combine for a meal to remember with loved ones while enjoying the outdoors.

Try taking your grilling game to the next level with Atkins Ranch grass fed ground lamb – available at Whole Foods Market – for lean, delicate flavor perfect for burgers, skewers, meatballs and sausages. Grass fed lamb is a versatile option that’s easy to cook, even on the grill – simply treat it the way you would beef.

If you’re new to cooking lamb, consider these Grilled Lamb Burgers that showcase 100% grass-fed lamb topped with a light herb salad, sliced tomato and yogurt sauce on a brioche bun. Or you can combine a robust herb dipping sauce with Lamb Meatball and Veggie Skewers for a customizable meal hot off the grates.

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Lamb Meatball and Veggie Skewers with Herb Sauce

Total time: 1 hour, 30 minutes
Yield: 6 skewers

  • 6          wooden skewers
  • 1          pound Atkins Ranch ground lamb
  • 2          large eggs
  • 2/3       cup Italian breadcrumbs
  • 1          teaspoon olive oil
  • 1/2       cup finely minced yellow onion
  • 1          clove minced garlic
  • 1/4       teaspoon coriander seeds, crushed
  • 1/4       teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/2       teaspoon kosher salt
  • freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1          medium red onion, cut into 1-inch stacks
  • 1          medium green bell pepper, cut into 1-inch stacks
  • 1          medium red bell pepper, cut into 1-inch stacks

Herb Sauce:

  • 1          cup flat leaf parsley
  • 2          teaspoons fresh rosemary leaves, minced
  • 2          tablespoons capers
  • 1          lemon, juice only
  • 2          cloves garlic
  • 1/4       cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • grilled Italian bread, for serving
  1. Soak skewers in water 10 minutes.
  2. In large bowl, break apart ground lamb; add whisked eggs and breadcrumbs.
  3. In small saute pan, add olive oil then saute yellow onion, garlic clove, coriander seeds, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper, to taste, about 5 minutes, until onion is translucent and spices are fragrant. Add to bowl with lamb. Mix until combined and form into roughly 1 1/2-ounce balls.
  4. Add meatballs to skewers, alternating with onions and peppers. Cover and refrigerate 1 hour to ensure meatballs hold together during grilling.
  5. To make herb sauce: In immersion blender, blend parsley, rosemary, capers, lemon juice, garlic and olive oil until smooth. Refrigerate until serving.
  6. Preheat grill to medium-high heat.
  7. Grill skewers about 3 minutes on each side, or until meatballs reach 150 F internal temperature. Rest 5 minutes. Serve with dipping sauce and grilled Italian bread.

 

Grilled Lamb Burgers

Total time: 1 hour, 20 minutes
Servings: 4

  • 1 1/2    pounds Atkins Ranch ground lamb
  • 1/4       teaspoon kosher salt

Spread:

  • 2/3       cup full-fat Greek yogurt
  • 1          clove raw garlic, grated
  • 1/3       cup mayonnaise
  • 1          tablespoon Dijon mustard

Salad:

  • 1          small English cucumber, thinly sliced
  • 2          green onions, thinly sliced
  • 2          tablespoons chopped flat leaf parsley
  • 2          tablespoons chopped fresh mint leaves
  • 1          tablespoon chopped fresh dill
  • 1/4       cup microgreens
  • 2          tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1          teaspoon lemon zest
  • 2          teaspoons olive oil
  • 4          brioche buns
  • 1          medium tomato, sliced into rounds
  1. Gently divide lamb into four parts, 6 ounces each, and shape into rounds slightly larger than buns. Place covered in refrigerator, 1 hour.
  2. To make yogurt sauce: In small bowl, mix yogurt, garlic, mayonnaise and Dijon mustard; refrigerate until ready to assemble burgers.
  3. To make salad: In medium bowl, mix cucumber, onions, parsley, mint leaves, dill, microgreens, lemon juice, lemon zest and olive oil; refrigerate until ready to assemble burgers.
  4. Preheat grill to medium-high heat with direct and indirect zones. Salt patties then add to grill, cooking about 6 minutes on each side until internal temperature reaches 150 F. As patties near this temperature, or start to brown, move to indirect zone to regulate doneness. Transfer to plate and let rest about 5 minutes.
  5. To build burgers, add dollop of yogurt spread to bottom buns. Top each with tomato slice, lamb burger, herb salad and top bun.

Source: Atkins Ranch

Videos 13 May 2021

Strawberry Cream Cheese Tart

Summer days can be long and boring, especially when the kids are out of school and there is nothing to do around the house as a family. When the minutes creep by and it’s too hot to go outside, the dog days of summer can be pretty miserable.

However, this recipe for a Strawberry Cream Cheese Tart can give the kids something to look forward to as a dish the whole family can participate in creating. This recipe is perfect for little ones wanting to get creative and perfectly place fresh strawberries on top of a delicious tart.

In a food processor, mix flour, sugar and salt until combined. Then add butter, an egg and vanilla extract. Mix again until combined.

Flour your working surface and create a dough ball from the mixture. Flatten it slightly to form a disc. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour.

After time has passed, lightly flour your surface once more. Roll out dough into an 11-inch circle. Place circle on a 9-inch tart pan. Roll over the top to trim. Cover with plastic wrap and freeze for about 30 minutes.

Prepare the tart crust for baking by covering it with aluminum foil then bake for 20 minutes. Wait for the crust to cool completely.

To make the filling, in a medium bowl, mix cream cheese, sour cream, sugar, lemon zest and vanilla extract until smooth. Spread mixture onto cooled tart crust.

Microwave fruit spread and lemon juice while stirring often. Arrange halved strawberries on tart. Drizzle with fruit spread. Top with whipped cream before serving.

This sweet tart can brighten up your summer blues with fresh fruit, a sweet spread and a flaky, crispy crust.

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Strawberry Cream Cheese Tart

Servings: 8

Crust:

  • 1 1/4    cups flour
  • 1/4       cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4       teaspoon salt
  • 1/2       cup cold butter, cut into small cubes
  • 1          large egg
  • 1/2       teaspoon vanilla extract
  • uncooked rice

Filling:

  • 8          ounces reduced-fat cream cheese
  • 1/4       cup sour cream
  • 2          tablespoons extra-fine sugar
  • 1          tablespoon lemon zest
  • 1/2       teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2       cup strawberry fruit spread
  • 3          teaspoons lemon juice (optional)
  • 1          pound strawberries, halved
  • whipped cream (optional)
  1. Heat oven to 375 F.
  2. To make crust: In food processor, add flour, sugar and salt; pulse until combined. Add butter, egg and vanilla extract; pulse until combined and crumbly.
  3. Lightly flour surface then form dough into ball. Slightly flatten to form thick disc. Wrap dough in plastic wrap; refrigerate 1 hour.
  4. Flour surface then roll dough to 11-inch circle. Place dough in 9-inch tart pan with removeable bottom. With rolling pin, roll over top to trim excess dough around edges.
  5. Cover dough with plastic wrap and freeze until firm, about 30 minutes.
  6. Press aluminum foil against crust, covering edges to prevent burning. Fill and distribute uncooked rice evenly. Bake 20 minutes. Cool completely.
  7. To make filling: In medium bowl, beat cream cheese, sour cream, sugar, lemon zest and vanilla extract until blended and smooth. Spread cheese mixture evenly over crust. Refrigerate 1 hour.
  8. In small bowl, microwave fruit spread and lemon juice, if desired, stirring often.
  9. Arrange strawberry halves around tart. Drizzle heated fruit spread over strawberries. Top with whipped cream, if desired.

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