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Meal Ideas 12 July 2019

A Sweet Superfruit for Summer Meals

(Family Features) From backyard barbecues and family picnics to a bright addition to seasonal recipes, sweet cherries not only provide a boost of flavor but also pack a punch when it comes to nutrition, helping keep you and your family healthy during busy summer months.

Cherries can help reduce inflammation and lower blood pressure as well as relieve stress and gout, and can improve sleep quality.

The perfect time to take advantage of the goodness of Northwest-grown sweet cherries is through August. Eat fresh cherries straight out of hand as a snack, bake them into a pie or pair with ice cream for a sweet summertime treat.

The rich fruitiness of sweet cherries helps blunt the sharp edge of dried fruit in a quick and easy Cherry Sauce recipe. Low in sugar and versatile, this sauce can be used as a base ingredient for cocktails, a glaze for meats, a spread for sandwiches, a topping for yogurt and more. Add some ginger or orange peel to complement your menu and you may have a new, nutritious summer favorite. Or, for a sweet, simple snack, use cherries to make an appetizer like Cherry Bruschetta.

Find more recipes and ways to use cherries at nwcherries.com.

Cherry Sauce

Servings: 16

  • 3/4       cup water
  • 3/4       cup maple syrup
  • 4          cups fresh Northwest-grown sweet cherries
  • 4          cups dried cranberries
  • 4          peels (2 inches each) fresh ginger (optional)
  • 3          tablespoons citrus zest (optional)
  • black pepper (optional)
  • fresh herbs (optional)
  • raspberries (optional)
  1. In medium saucepot, add water, syrup and sweet cherries. Bring to simmer, stirring occasionally and more frequently as sauce begins to form.
  2. Add cranberries; continue stirring. Once reduced, remove from heat and add fresh ginger, citrus zest, black pepper, fresh herbs and raspberries, if desired.
  3. Cool 30 minutes-1 hour before transferring to wider, shallow pan for speed cooling.
  4. Once cooled, store refrigerated in airtight container up to 2 weeks.

 

Cherry Bruschetta

Servings: 6

  • 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.
  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 cheese, 1 tablespoon cherry mixture and sprinkle of basil. Serve warm or cold.

Photo courtesy of Getty Images (Cherry Sauce)
Photo courtesy of Northwest Cherry Growers (Cherry Bruschetta)

Source: Northwest Cherry Growers

Grilling-Tailgating 11 April 2019

Grill Up a Father's Day Feast

(Family Features) Make Father's Day special by combining two of Dad's favorite things - sweet treats and the grill. Hot dogs have gone gourmet and a big, juicy hamburger or steak is a tried-and-true classic. But, this year, show Dad how much you love him with a healthy twist on two American favorites - the chicken wing and watermelon.

If Dad is usually the one manning the grill, review these simple tips for cooking chicken outdoors before you begin:

  • Preheat the grill on high.
  • Make sure the grate is well oiled to prevent sticking.
  • Transport the chicken to the grill on one plate and use a clean plate to take the prepared food back to the kitchen.
  • Use tongs to turn the chicken instead of a fork, which may tear the meat.
  • Keep the grill covered as much as possible for quicker, more even cooking.
  • Have a spray bottle filled with water handy in case of a flare up.
  • Once you remove the chicken from the grill, allow it to "rest" for five minutes so it will retain its juices when cut.

Get the kids involved in the meal preparation by creating a fun dessert. They can use a small ice cream scoop or melon baller to scoop out watermelon, cantaloupe or honeydew. Serve the cool, refreshing treat in a pretty bowl or thread the melon balls onto skewers. Slices of watermelon can also be cut into fun shapes with cookie cutters. Add the shapes to the plate for a fun garnish or place one or two on the rim of a glass to add a festive flair.

Grilling out is a time-honored tradition so fire up the charcoal and let the celebration begin.

Look for more fun ways to enjoy watermelon and sign up for a free newsletter, at www.watermelon.org.

Chipotle Maple Citrus Watermelon Wings

Watermelon Glaze:

  • 2 cups watermelon puree
  • Juice from 3 fresh lemons
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup (can use light version)
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground chipotle pepper, or to taste

Chicken:

  • Chicken wings or drumettes
  • 2 cups pineapple juice
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh ginger
  • 3 cloves minced fresh garlic
  1. To prepare the watermelon glaze, simmer ingredients together in a heavy saucepan for 20 minutes or until sauce is thick. Makes 2 cups. Keep warm.
  2. To prepare the chicken, place the chicken in a large zipper lock bag with rest of the ingredients and seal tightly. Allow to marinate at least 2 hours or up to 12. Grill until cooked and arrange on a warm platter. Pour the glaze over the chicken and serve immediately.

Source: National Watermelon Promotion Board

Meal Ideas 27 March 2019

Recipe Remix

Turn boring leftovers into exciting and delicious new dishes

(Family Features) What happens to the rest of the roast chicken that didn't get eaten at dinner? Or the extra rice or couscous the family couldn't finish? It might get pulled out a few days later for a meal of boring leftovers that will be met with groans. Or it could just be forgotten. In fact, nearly 15 percent of the food purchased for meals ends up being thrown away.

Why toss out perfectly good food - and potentially hundreds of dollars each year - when you can use those ingredients to create a whole new recipe?

Once cooked, many remains of a meal will stay fresh for up to a week - and some even taste better the second time around. These recipes use common extra ingredients, along with Pompeian olive oils and vinegars, to turn them into exciting new recipes.

For more recipe ideas and coupons, visit www.pompeian.com.

Herbed Olive Chicken Pasta

Serves 4

  • 6 ounces dry whole grain penne or rotini pasta
  • 1 cup cooked chicken breast meat, cut into bite-size pieces
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes, quartered
  • 24 pitted Kalamata olives, or your favorite variety, coarsely chopped
  • 1/4 cup Pompeian Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 4 medium garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 cup chopped, fresh basil leaves or 1 tablespoon dried basil leaves, crumbled
  • 1 tablespoon chopped, fresh rosemary leaves or 1 teaspoon dried rosemary leaves, crumbled
  • 1/8 to 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper, optional
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 ounces feta cheese, crumbled (1/2 cup)
  1. Cook pasta according to package directions.
  2. Remove pan from heat. Place chicken in a colander; pour pasta over chicken and shake off excess liquid. Return pasta and chicken to pan. Stir in remaining ingredients, except feta. Top with feta and toss gently, if desired.

Couscous Cakes with Fresh Mango-Ginger Chutney

Serves 4

Chutney:

  • 2 tablespoons Pompeian Extra Light Tasting Olive Oil
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped red onion
  • 1 cup diced fresh or frozen, thawed mango
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons Pompeian Red Wine Vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1 tablespoon grated ginger

Couscous Cakes:

  • 1 1/3 cups water
  • 2/3 cup original couscous
  • 2 tablespoons grated lemon zest
  • 1/2 cup chopped cilantro leaves
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 2 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup Pompeian Classic Mediterranean Olive Oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  1. Chutney: Heat 2 tablespoons oil in medium saucepan over medium heat. Cook onions 2 minutes. Stir in remaining chutney ingredients, except ginger, and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, 5 minutes or until thickened, stirring frequently. Remove from heat, cool and stir in ginger.
  2. Couscous Cakes: Meanwhile, bring water to a boil in a small saucepan over high heat. Remove from heat, stir in couscous and salt, cover and let stand 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork and let stand 5 minutes to cool. Combine couscous, cilantro, egg whites, flour, and lemon zest in a medium bowl.
  3. Heat 2 tablespoons oil over medium heat. Working with half of the couscous mixture, spoon about 2 tablespoons into skillet to make a mound, repeat, making 8 mounds total. Flatten slightly using the back of a spoon and cook for 3 minutes each side or until golden.
    Drain on paper towels. Repeat with remaining oil and couscous mixture.
  4. Serve the couscous cakes with mango chutney.

Basil-Rosemary Turkey Panini

Serves 4

  • 12 ounces Italian bread, cut in half lengthwise

Dressing:

  • 1/3 cup Pompeian Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 2 tablespoons Pompeian Red Wine Vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon fresh, chopped rosemary or 1 teaspoon dried rosemary leaves, crumbled
  • 2 medium garlic cloves, minced
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/8 teaspoon dried pepper flakes, optional
  • 1/2 cup chopped, fresh basil or 2 1/2 tablespoons dried basil leaves

Filling:

  • 1 cup thinly sliced leftover cooked turkey or chicken (about 5 ounces)
  • 1 large tomato, thinly sliced
  • 4 slices Monterey Jack cheese with peppers, provolone, or mozzarella (about 3 ounces total)
  1. Whisk all dressing ingredients, except basil, in small bowl. Lightly brush outside of bread halves with 1 tablespoon dressing mixture and place, cut side up, on a clean work surface. Stir basil into dressing mixture and spoon over bottom half of bread. Arrange turkey, tomato, and cheese on top. Sprinkle lightly with salt and pepper, if desired. Top with remaining bread half and press down firmly to adhere.
  2. Heat large, nonstick skillet over medium low heat until hot. Place sandwich in skillet, cover with a sheet of foil, top with a dinner plate and several bread plates (This will weigh the sandwiches down, to help cook evenly and absorb flavors.) Cook 8 minutes on each side, or until golden brown and cheese is beginning to melt.
  3. Place on cutting board, and using a serrated knife, cut into four equal pieces.

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Meal Ideas 26 March 2019

Wild About Blueberries

Family Features) If you're looking for tasty ways to improve your diet, you're in luck. You can get big taste and big benefits from a little fruit - Wild Blueberries.

The Color Connection

A diet rich in fruits and vegetables can help maintain a healthy weight and reduce the risk of chronic diseases like diabetes, heart disease and some cancers. Eating across the color spectrum is important so you get a variety of nutritional benefits.

Wild Blueberries get their color from naturally occurring phytochemicals, which are primarily responsible for antioxidant activity. Wild Blueberries are antioxidant rich, making them a great choice for their nutritional benefits and disease fighting potential. In fact,

  • USDA studies rank Wild Blueberries highest in antioxidant capacity per serving, compared with more than 20 other fruits including cranberries, strawberries, apples and even cultivated blueberries.
  • Health magazine has named Wild Blueberries high on its list of "America's Healthiest Superfoods for Women," singling out their variety of potential health benefits, including preventing memory loss, improving motor skills, lowering blood pressure, and fighting wrinkles.

Wild Blueberries are available year-round in supermarkets nationwide. Frozen at the peak of ripeness, all the farm-fresh taste and nutritional benefits are locked-in. Most studies show that frozen fruits and vegetables are higher in vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients because they are frozen near the time of harvest.

Great taste, good nutrition and really convenient - no wonder so many people are wild about blueberries. Learn more about this superfruit and get more great recipes at www.wildblueberries.com.

Did You Know?

Wild Blueberries are a different berry from cultivated blueberries. They grow naturally in the fields and barrens of Maine and Canada. They are smaller in size, have a unique sweet-tart taste, and are only available frozen.

Freezer Facts

Here are some of the reasons frozen produce is a perfect option for people looking to fill the pantry with healthy foods all year round.

  • Frozen offers great value when compared to in-season pricing.
  • No aging or spoiling means no waste, saving you money.
  • Frozen produce is ideal for smoothies, entrees, desserts, breakfast, and most recipes that call for blueberries.
  • Frozen Wild Blueberries are thoroughly washed and have no caloric syrups or additives.

Chicken Breast with Sweet and Sour Wild Blueberry Sauce

Prep Time: Approximately 20 minutes
Serves 1

  • 1 6-ounce skinless, boneless chicken breast
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 teaspoon oil
  • 1 small red pepper
  • 1 small green pepper
  • 2 tablespoons fig jam (or apricot jam)
  • 4 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 tablespoons sweet and sour chili sauce
  • 2/3 cup frozen Wild Blueberries, thawed and drained
  1. Season chicken breast with salt and pepper. Heat oil in small, non-stick frying pan. Fry chicken breast for 12 to 15 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool.
  2. Wash, seed and cut peppers into bite-sized pieces. Cut cooked chicken breast into bite-sized pieces; combine with peppers. Mix jam with balsamic vinegar, sugar and chili sauce. Gently stir in Wild Blueberries.

Wild Blueberry Gingered Lemon Muffins

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Yield: approximately 36 muffins

  • 6 cups cake flour
  • 2 tablespoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups low-fat buttermilk
  • 1 1/2 cups (12 ounces) egg substitute
  • 1 1/2 cups granulated sugar
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 4 cups frozen Wild Blueberries
  • 1/3 cup (3 ounces) crystallized ginger, chopped
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar, for topping
  • 2 tablespoons lemon zest
  1. In bowl combine flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt; reserve.
  2. In another bowl beat together buttermilk, egg substitute, 1 1/2 cups sugar and oil; stir into flour mixture just to blend. Fold in Wild Blueberries, ginger and lemon zest.
  3. Scoop 1/4 cup batter into each greased 1/3-cup muffin tin. Sprinkle each muffin with sugar. Bake in 400°F conventional oven or 375°F convection oven 18 to 22 minutes or until firm to the touch. Serve warm.

Wild Blueberry Lemon Jam

Prep Time: 25 to 30 minutes
Yield: about 8 half-pints

  • 5 cups frozen Wild Blueberries
  • 1 package dry pectin
  • 5 cups sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 1/3 cup lemon juice
  1. Crush thawed Wild Blueberries one layer at a time, or chop frozen in food processor.
  2. Combine thawed, crushed Wild Blueberries and pectin in a large saucepot. Bring to a boil, stirring frequently. Add sugar, stirring until dissolved. Stir in grated lemon zest and lemon juice. Return to a rolling boil. Boil hard 1 minute, stirring constantly.
  3. Remove from heat. Skim foam if necessary. Ladle hot jam into hot jars, leaving 1/4-inch headspace. Adjust two-piece caps. Process 15 minutes in a boiling water canner.

Wild Blueberry Ice Cream Pops

Prep Time: Approximately 15 minutes, plus thaw and freezing time
Yield: 6 Pops

  • 1 cup frozen Wild Blueberries
  • 1 ounce milk chocolate chips
  • 2 cups fat-free vanilla frozen
  • yogurt, softened slightly
  • Materials: small wooden or plastic sticks
  1. Thaw Wild Blueberries and purée. In a bowl, combine puréed Wild Blueberries, chocolate and frozen yogurt. Mix thoroughly.
  2. Rinse 6 standard muffin cups with cold water and spoon in Wild Blueberry mixture, dividing it evenly between the cups (silicone muffin cups need not be rinsed first). Place a stick in the center of each "muffin" and freeze until firm, at least 2 hours.

Tip: Mixture can also be frozen with plastic sticks in small glasses or espresso cups.

Source:Wild Blueberry Association

Holiday 01 November 2018

Helpful Holiday Recipes for the Home Chef

(Family Features) With everything that goes into creating a full holiday menu for guests of different ages and palates, taking on that task can be a challenge for any host. However, simple recipes that please the masses can help make life easier for home chefs.

From the main dish all the way to dessert, plus the drinks in-between, put these recipes to the test to help make your holiday gathering a breeze. Put your adult guests at ease with a cranberry-flavored cocktail, followed by a main course made sweet thanks to this turkey brine. As things come to a close, finish off any leftover appetites with a quick cookie recipe.

To help make your holiday hosting easier, find more tips and recipes at Culinary.net.

Dessert in a Snap

After spending hours preparing appetizers, drinks and the main course for holiday get-togethers, many hosts are ready to call it quits in the kitchen. However, that won’t stop guests from getting those late cravings for a tasty treat. If you’re looking for a reprieve from being the lead chef, go for a quick dessert like these Gingersnap cookies, which take just 10 minutes to bake and can leave hosts with more time to mingle. For more quick, nutritious recipes for every meal, visit AICR.org.

Gingersnaps

Reprinted with permission from the American Institute for Cancer Research
Yield: 24 cookies

  • 3/4       cup unbleached all-purpose flour
  • 1/2       cup whole-wheat pastry flour
  • 1/2       teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/4    teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1/2       teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8       teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4       teaspoon salt
  • 1/3       cup dairy-free butter shortening sticks
  • 1/2       cup sugar, plus 2 tablespoons, divided
  • 2          tablespoons unsulphured molasses
  • 1          large egg white
  • Glaze (optional):
  • 1/3       cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 2          teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  1. Heat oven to 350° F.
  2. In mixing bowl, whisk flours, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon, pepper and salt.
  3. In separate bowl, use electric mixer on medium-high speed to beat shortening sticks with 1/2 cup sugar 2 minutes. Add molasses and egg white; beat 3 minutes. Set mixer on low speed and mix in dry ingredients to combine. Don’t over-mix. Batter will form soft ball.
  4. Place remaining sugar in wide, shallow bowl. Pinch about 1 tablespoon batter and roll it between palms, forming 1-inch ball. Place ball in bowl with sugar and roll to coat then place on light-colored, ungreased baking sheet. Repeat, spacing balls 2 inches apart. Discard leftover sugar. Using bottom of a glass, press to flatten each ball into 1-by-3-inch disks.
  5. Bake cookies 10 minutes.
  6. To make glaze, if desired: While cookies bake, in small bowl, combine confectioners’ sugar with lemon juice, mixing until sugar is completely dissolved.
  7. When cookies are done, immediately use spatula to transfer to wire cooling racks. Using tip of knife, spread 1/4 teaspoon glaze on top of each warm cookie. Cool completely.

Note: Can be stored in cookie tin up to 1 week.

Cranberry Cocktail Cravings

If holiday cocktails are on your menu, give guests a twist on a classic with this Cranberry Kiev Mule made with Nemiroff Original Vodka. This premium vodka is bold with a smooth, full-bodied finish that hints of citrus and fruit. Combined with cranberry juice and ginger beer, it’s an ideal holiday cocktail. Find more holiday cocktail options at nemiroff.vodka.

Cranberry Kiev Mule

  • 1          part Nemiroff Original Vodka
  • 1          part cranberry juice cocktail
  • 2          parts ginger beer
  • 1          tablespoon lime juice
  • ice
  • orange wedges, for garnish (optional)
  • fresh cranberries, for garnish (optional)
  • rosemary sprigs, for garnish (optional)
  1. Pour vodka, cranberry juice cocktail, ginger beer and lime juice into copper mug filled with ice. Gently stir to combine.
  2. Garnish with orange wedges, fresh cranberries and rosemary sprigs, if desired.

A Sweeter Centerpiece

A holiday meal is only complete with the centerpiece of the table: a tender turkey that side dishes and desserts can complement for guests of all palates. For a new twist on a holiday classic, add some sweetness to your main course with a Sweet Tea Turkey Brine, featuring Milo’s Famous Sweet Tea. It’s freshly brewed from real tea leaves using simple, quality ingredients free from preservatives, colors or added acids. The family- and certified women-owned business offers a multitude of beverages, all with the same dedication to quality and excellence. Find more information and recipes at drinkmilos.com.

Milo’s Sweet Tea Turkey Brine

Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 15-20 minutes per pound

  • 1          gallon Milo’s Sweet Tea
  • 1          cup kosher salt
  • 3          large sweet onions, quartered
  • 4          lemons, sliced
  • 8          garlic cloves, peeled
  • 5          sprigs rosemary
  • 10        cups ice
  • 1          turkey
  1. In large stock pot over medium heat, combine tea and kosher salt. Stir frequently until salt is dissolved. Add onion, lemon, garlic and rosemary. Remove from heat and let cool to room temperature.
  2. When brine has cooled, pour into food-grade, 5-gallon plastic container. Stir in ice.
  3. Wash and dry turkey. Remove innards. Place turkey, cavity-side up, into brine, making sure cavity gets filled. Cover and place bucket in refrigerator overnight.
  4. Heat oven to 350° F.
  5. Remove turkey from brine, draining excess, and pat dry. Discard excess brine.
  6. Cook turkey 15-20 minutes per pound, or until internal temperature reaches 165° F on instant-read thermometer, reserving drippings for gravy.

Photo courtesy of Getty Images (Gingersnaps and Turkey Brine)

Source: Culinary.net

Dessert 01 November 2018

Deliciously Easy Pumpkin Desserts

Enjoy an organic twist on seasonal sweets

(Family Features) Holidays are typically a joyous time filled with gatherings of friends and family, including time spent baking and enjoying seasonal dishes, all while making fond memories. Pumpkin has become a popular holiday ingredient, making it easy to create pumpkin-centric desserts, perfect for entertaining.

This season, try utilizing organic ingredients in holiday dishes as a simple way to add a better-for-you twist to your family’s favorite dishes – including baked goods and other desserts. The
O Organics product line, exclusive to the Albertsons Companies family of stores including Albertsons, Safeway, ACME Markets, Jewel-Osco, Pavilions, Randalls, Shaw’s, Star Market, Tom Thumb and Vons, includes 100 percent pure organic pumpkin, as well as more than 400 additional USDA-certified, non-GMO items for every occasion, from fresh fruits and vegetables to wholesome dairy, meats, baking ingredients, cereals, snacks and more.

When it comes to the dessert table, try a new twist on pumpkin with these seasonal sweets featuring high-quality, organic ingredients. Use the online store locator to find a store near you and discover more ways to add organic foods to your family’s meals.

Organic Pumpkin Pie

Prep time: 15 minutes
Total time: 1 hour, 25 minutes
Servings: 8

Crust:

  • 1 1/2    cups O Organics all-purpose flour
  • 8          tablespoons unsalted butter, slightly softened
  • 1          teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1          tablespoon O Organics granulated sugar
  • cold water, as needed (about 4-6 tablespoons)

Filling:

  • 1          can (15 ounces) O Organics 100 percent pure pumpkin
  • 1/2       cup whole milk
  • 1/2       cup pure maple syrup
  • 2          large eggs
  • 1          teaspoon O Organics ground cinnamon
  • 1/4       teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2       teaspoon O Organics ground ginger
  1. To make crust: Place flour, butter, salt, sugar and water in large bowl. Using fingers, mix ingredients together until dough ball forms. Flatten into 1-inch thick disk and wrap in parchment paper. Let rest 1 hour in refrigerator before rolling out.
  2. Heat oven to 375° F. Roll out dough and press into pie plate.
  3. To make filling: In medium bowl, whisk together pumpkin, milk, syrup, eggs, cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger. Pour into pie plate.
  4. Bake 40-55 minutes until filling is slightly jiggly but set. Let cool 4 hours. Serve.

Notes: Using measuring cup as scoop for flour actually overfills it. Instead, fill cup lightly with spoon and level off top with butter knife. Do not roll dough all the way to edge to keep dough from sticking to surface. Keep surface and rolling pin floured and continue turning dough. Pie dough can be made and frozen ahead of time for easy use – just thaw in refrigerator before using. It can keep up to 6 months in freezer.

Pumpkin Hand Pies

Prep time: 15 minutes
Total time: 50 minutes
Servings: 6-8

  • 1/2       cup O Organics 100 percent pure pumpkin
  • 2          ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1          tablespoon pure maple syrup
  • 1/8       teaspoon O Organics ground cinnamon
  • 1/4       teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2       teaspoon vanilla
  • 2          premade pie dough crusts, rolled into 10-inch circles

For brushing pastry:

  • 1          tablespoon whipping cream
  • 1          tablespoon pure maple syrup
  • 1/8       teaspoon cinnamon

Icing:

  • 4          ounces softened cream cheese
  • 1/4       cup powdered sugar
  • 1 1/2    teaspoons milk
  1. Heat oven to 375° F. Using mixer, combine pumpkin, cream cheese, maple syrup, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice and vanilla until well mixed. Set aside.
  2. Spread pie dough. Using 5-inch round cutter, make circles. Whisk together whipping cream, maple syrup and cinnamon for brushing.
  3. Taking round piece of dough, place about 3 tablespoons filling in center and fold dough over to create half-moon shape. Brush edges with whipping cream mixture. Using fork tines, seal edges of pastry. Repeat with each dough circle.
  4. Place pies on parchment-lined baking sheet. Brush tops with whipping cream mixture. Bake 16-20 minutes until bottoms are golden brown. Let cool 30 minutes.
  5. To make icing: Whisk to combine cream cheese, powdered sugar and milk. Drizzle over pies. Serve.

Notes: Use lid from small pan to cut dough circles for pies. For easier drizzling, load icing into small zip-top bag. Squeeze into corner and twist top to seal. Cut corner and drizzle over pies.

Pumpkin Slab Pie

Prep time: 20 minutes
Total time: 1 hour, 20 minutes
Servings: 36-40

Crust:

  • 1          cup unsalted butter, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 8          ounces cream cheese, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 2          cups all-purpose flour
  • 1          teaspoon kosher salt

Filling:

  • 2          cans (15 ounces each) O Organics 100 percent pure pumpkin
  • 4          eggs
  • 2          cups whipping cream
  • 1 1/4    cups granulated sugar
  • 2          teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 1          teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2       teaspoon kosher salt
  1. To make crust: In bowl, combine butter, cream cheese, flour and salt. Use fingers to mix ingredients until dough ball forms. Form into two flat rectangular disks about 1-inch thick and wrap with plastic. Refrigerate 1 hour.
  2. On lightly floured surface, roll out each crust into 13-by-10-inch rectangle. Carefully place dough on each side of 12-by-17-inch pan and pinch together, smoothing out crust so it fits into all corners of pan. Trim edges to 1/2 inch of crust and tuck edges under. Crimp edges with fork.
  3. Heat oven to 350° F.
  4. To make filling: In large bowl, whisk to combine pumpkin, eggs, whipping cream, sugar, pumpkin pie spice, ginger and salt. Pour into crust.
  5. Bake 35-45 minutes until filling is slightly jiggly but set. Let cool 3-4 hours before serving.

Pumpkin Spice Latte Ice Cream

Prep time: 10 minutes
Total time: 10 minutes
Servings: 2

  • 1/2       cup frozen pumpkin puree made with O Organics 100 percent pure pumpkin
  • 2          frozen bananas, cut or broken into 1-inch chunks
  • 1          teaspoon espresso instant coffee granules
  • 1          tablespoon cashew butter
  • 1 1/2    teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 1          teaspoon maple syrup
  1. Remove pumpkin puree cubes from freezer and allow to soften slightly, about 5 minutes. In food processor or high-powered blender, combine pumpkin puree, bananas, coffee granules, cashew butter, pumpkin pie spice and syrup.
  2. Pulse until mixture begins to resemble ice cream consistency, about 5 minutes.

Notes: Freeze pumpkin in ice cube trays. Overripe bananas work best. Peel and place on parchment-lined baking sheet in freezer. Once frozen, store in zip-top bag.

Source: Albertsons Companies

Meal Ideas 02 July 2018

Savor Your Summer Soirees

Main dish options for outdoor entertaining

(Family Features) Serving up an outdoor meal is a summertime staple for gatherings of all kinds – barbecues, celebrations, picnics and more. However, with so many options available and different styles for preparing the dishes, it can be a challenge for home chefs to decide what guests will go for.

Instead of racking your brain or spending hours searching for the right main course, consider these versatile options – one dish focused on chicken, one for beef and one for pork – that can send partygoers back for seconds.

Find more recipes perfect for outdoor gatherings at Culinary.net.

Serve Up Skewers

Ideal for simple family meals or full-blown summertime parties, these Honey-Lime Chicken Skewers are an ideal handheld food for outdoor meals. With just a handful of ingredients and an easy grilling method involved, they’re tasty and tantalizing without taking your focus off all the fun and festivities. More honey-infused recipes are available at Honey.com.

Honey-Lime Chicken Skewers

Recipe courtesy of The National Honey Board
Servings: 8

  • 2          tablespoons honey
  • 3          tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1          tablespoon olive oil
  • 1          lime, juiced
  • 1          pound chicken breast strips, skinless and boneless
  • bamboo skewers
  1. In small bowl, whisk honey, soy sauce, olive oil and lime juice until completely blended. Pour mixture into re-sealable freezer bag and add chicken strips. Seal bag and gently shake to cover chicken strips. Allow to marinate 2 hours.
  2. Heat grill to medium-high heat.
  3. Soak bamboo skewers in water 15 minutes. Remove chicken strips from marinade and skewer onto bamboo sticks. Grill 8 minutes, or until juices are clear and chicken is fully cooked.

Sweet Summer Refresh

Summer typically brings about both the desire to feel healthier and cravings for sweet, refreshing meals. When you rethink your food and focus on feeling better about your diet and yourself, the two can work hand-in-hand.
Liven up your summer entertaining menu with a delicious touch of reduced-calorie sweetness from Truvia in recipes like this sizzling Java London Broil. Celebrity chef Devin Alexander, featured on “The Biggest Loser,” created this succulent recipe with less sugar by using Truvia Brown Sugar Blend, combining stevia sweetener with brown sugar to maintain the taste and texture of brown sugar with 75 percent fewer calories, for her latest book “You Can Have It!”

For more summertime recipe ideas, visit Truvia.com.

Java London Broil

Recipe courtesy of Devin Alexander from “You Can Have It!,” copyright American Diabetes Association
Servings: 6

  • 2          teaspoons freshly ground coffee
  • 1/2       tablespoon Truvia Brown Sugar Blend
  • 2          teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
  • 1          teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/2       teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4       teaspoon sea salt
  • 1          London broil (1 1/2 pounds, preferably grass fed)
  • 1          teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
  1. Heat grill to high.
  2. In small bowl, add coffee, brown sugar blend, black pepper, coriander, oregano and salt; mix well.
  3. Place London broil on cutting board or large plate. Drizzle 1/2 teaspoon of olive oil on each side of meat then rub all over. Sprinkle seasoning mixture over roast and rub in to evenly cover meat.
  4.  
  5. Grill London broil to desired doneness, about 3-5 minutes per side for medium rare. Tent meat with foil for 5 minutes then slice into thin slices, cutting at an angle against the grain.

Sweet and Savory Ribs

By starting these Grilled Sticky Ribs in the oven before finishing them off on the grill with a sweet chili glaze, home cooks can help make summer festivities stand out without spending hours at the grill or smoker. The Asian-inspired finish of the glaze gives guests a unique taste to savor while soaking in the summer sun. Visit verybestbaking.com for more recipes from Nestlé.

Grilled Sticky Ribs

Recipe courtesy of Nestlé
Prep time: 20 minutes
Total time: 3 hours, 35 minutes
Servings: 5-6

  • 2          racks (about 4 pounds) baby back ribs
  • garlic salt
  • ground black pepper
  • 1/2       cup water
  • 1          tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1/4       cup finely chopped red onion
  • 1          teaspoon finely chopped garlic
  • 1          teaspoon grated fresh ginger
  • 3/4       cup sweet chili sauce
  • 1/2       cup Apple Nestlé Juicy Juice 100% Juice
  • 1 tablespoon rice wine (mirin)
  1. Heat oven to 300° F. Using knife, remove membrane from bone side of ribs. Pat ribs dry with paper towel; season both sides liberally with garlic salt and pepper. Place ribs in large roasting pan, overlapping as needed. Add water to pan. Cover tightly with aluminum foil.
  2. Bake about 3 hours, or until meat is tender but not quite falling off bones.
  3. In small saucepan over medium-high heat, heat oil. Add onion; cook, stirring occasionally, 2-3 minutes, or until soft. Stir in garlic and ginger; cook 1 minute. Stir in sweet chili sauce, apple juice and rice wine. Reduce heat to low; cook 8 minutes, or until sauce is reduced to about 1 cup.
  4. Heat grill to medium heat.
  5. Brush glaze over tops of ribs. Grill 4-5 minutes, or until sauce caramelizes. Serve with remaining glaze.

Photos courtesy of Getty Images (Honey-Lime Chicken Skewers, Java London Broil)

Source: Culinary.net

Meal Ideas 01 July 2018

Must-Have Recipes for Your Summer Soirees

(Family Features) Summer is all about enjoying the warm weather with family and friends, but even with the longer summer days, the season can feel short for many. That’s why it’s important to make the most of summer by maximizing your fun in the sun with some of the best memories being made while entertaining al fresco.

For a fun-filled, yet relaxing summer, it’s important to keep the essentials on-hand for easy entertaining. From bright decor to refreshing drinks and fresh ingredients, party prep ensures you save time and money, and are always ready to wine and dine your guests.

No matter the occasion, a store like ALDI can be your guide to summer entertaining with everything you need to celebrate the season, including high-quality and affordable ingredients for this summer’s must-have recipes.

A fresh and easy recipe to try this summer is Grilled Chicken and Pineapple Skewers with Lemon-Cucumber Salsa. This entree pairs perfectly with a crisp, fruit-forward wine like Exquisite Collection Sauvignon Blanc or Trestoria Rosé from ALDI. When there’s a crowd to serve, consider mixing up a pitcher of Citrus Ginger Rosé Punch.

Find more seasonal recipe ideas to celebrate summer at ALDI.us.
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Grilled Chicken and Pineapple Skewers with Lemon-Cucumber Salsa

Recipe courtesy of Chef Alyssa, ALDI Test Kitchen
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4 

  • 8          skewers
  • 1          pineapple
  • 2          tablespoons Carlini Vegetable Oil
  • 1/2       teaspoon Stonemill Iodized Salt
  • 1          teaspoon Stonemill Ground Black Pepper
  • 1 3/4    pounds Never Any! Fresh Boneless Skinless Chicken Breasts, diced into 1-inch pieces

Lemon-Cucumber Salsa:

  • 1          lemon, supremed
  • 1          cucumber, diced
  • 1/2       red onion, diced
  • 1          tablespoon SimplyNature Organic Wildflower Honey
  • 1          teaspoon Stonemill Ground Black Pepper
  1. Soak wooden skewers for 15 minutes prior to grilling.
  2. Heat grill to medium-high heat.
  3. Remove rind from pineapple and dice into 1-inch pieces.
  4. In small bowl, combine oil, salt and pepper. Add chicken and pineapple; toss to coat.
  5. Alternating chicken and pineapple, pierce onto skewers.
  6. Grill skewers 8 minutes each side, or until chicken is cooked thoroughly.
  7. To make Lemon-Cucumber Salsa: In medium bowl, combine lemon, cucumber, onion, honey and pepper.
  8. Serve lemon-cucumber salsa over cooked chicken skewers.

Tip: Supreme citrus fruit by cutting off top and bottom of fruit then cut away peel and pith, leaving no white on outside of fruit. Slice each segment into wedges by cutting toward center of fruit along membrane.
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Citrus Ginger Rosé Punch

Recipe courtesy of Chef Leigh An, ALDI Test Kitchen

  • 1/2       cup minced ginger
  • 1          cup Baker’s Corner Granulated Sugar
  • 1          cup water
  • 2          bottles (750 milliliters each) Trestoria Rosé, chilled
  • 5          cans (12 ounces each) PurAqua Belle Vie Grapefruit Sparkling Water, chilled
  • 2          cans (12 ounces each) PurAqua Belle Vie Lemon Sparkling Water, chilled
  1. In small pot, combine ginger, sugar and water to make simple syrup. Bring to boil. Remove from heat and allow to cool completely in refrigerator.
  2. Strain simple syrup and discard ginger.
  3. In large punch bowl or pitcher, combine rosé, grapefruit sparkling water and lemon sparkling water. Add simple syrup.
  4. Serve in chilled glasses.

Tip: Freeze lemon slices in ice cube trays or silicone muffin trays and add them to punch for pop of color.

Source: ALDI

Healthy 30 January 2019

6 Drinks to Sip Your Way to Wellness

(Family Features) Stir up sippable, flavorful drinks and snacking soups for easy ways to add more wellness to your day. Start with robust flavors like turmeric, cayenne and ginger then pair with wholesome ingredients like pineapple, dandelion greens and cucumber to create delicious sips to help you awaken, stay energized or replenish.

Fill your glass (or mug) with a breakfast boost to jumpstart your morning, a smoky sipping broth for an afternoon pick-me-up or an evening elixir to help rebalance after a busy day.

Find more easy ways to add wellness to your day at McCormick.com or check out McCormick on Facebook and Pinterest.

Morning Jumpstart

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  • Spiced Cucumber and Apple Morning Boost – Start the day right with this fresh, homemade drink. This invigorating wake-me-up blends clementine, cucumber and Granny Smith apple with ice, while a pinch of red pepper brings the zing.

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  • Fizz ’n’ Fruit Energizer – Your morning can get a boost with this citrusy refresher, mixing sparkling clementine juice with muddled apple and cucumber, and a splash of cayenne-spiked simple syrup.

Afternoon Sip

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  • Smoky Avocado and Mushroom Drinkable Soup – This satisfying, snackable soup combines fragrant smoky chipotle pepper with creamy avocado and fresh cucumbers. Top it off with chopped oyster mushrooms sauteed with herbs and pistachios.

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Evening Elixir

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  • Ginger, Turmeric and Beet Sipping Elixir – Rebalance at the end of the day with a tangy, spiced sipping elixir over ice. With ingredients like ginger, turmeric and apple cider vinegar, it’s loaded with nutritional goodness. Transform it into a tasty Old Fashioned cocktail with the addition of bourbon, orange liqueur, sugar and a maraschino cherry garnish.

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Source: McCormick

Meal Ideas 29 January 2019

Healthy Mealtime Inspiration in Your Pantry

(Family Features) One of the secrets to ordering less takeout and serving more nutritious homemade meals may be as simple as keeping a well-stocked pantry of canned foods. By cooking with canned foods, you can cut down prep time, meaning less time in the kitchen and more time with family.

Canned fruits, vegetables, proteins and soups can help you get through the week with creative meals you can feel good about serving your family like Panzanella Salad and Slow Cooker Coconut Curry Chili. In addition, according to a study published in “Nutrients,” kids and adults who use six or more canned foods per week are more likely to have diets higher in 17 essential nutrients, including potassium, calcium and fiber.

Canned foods can also help reduce the amount of perishable fruits and vegetables purchased then thrown away. how many times you’ve opened the fridge only to find the fresh produce you purchased only days ago has already spoiled. Because fresh fruits and vegetables are harvested at the peak of ripeness and canned within four hours, sealing in their nutrition and flavor, your family can have access to seasonal, ready-to-use fruits and vegetables year-round. Simply reach in your pantry – or your “cantry” – and get cooking.

For more information about the benefits of cooking with canned foods and to find more flavorful recipes, visit CansGetYouCooking.com.
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Panzanella Salad

Prep time: 10 minutes
Servings: 4

Dressing:

  • 1/2       cup olive oil
  • 1/4       cup white wine vinegar
  • 1/2       teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2       teaspoon fresh black pepper

Salad:

  • 1          pound day-old Italian bread, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 8          ounces romaine lettuce, chopped
  • 2          cans (10 ounces each) tomato wedges
  • 1          can (15 1/2 ounces) garbanzo beans
  • 1          can (14 1/2 ounces) artichoke hearts
  • 1          can (3.8 ounces) olives
  • 1          can (1 1/2 ounces) sliced radishes
  1. To make dressing: In small bowl, stir together olive oil, white wine vinegar, salt and pepper. Set aside.
  2. To assemble salad: In large bowl, toss bread cubes, lettuce, tomato wedges, beans, artichoke hearts, olives and radishes; drizzle with dressing.

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Slow Cooker Coconut Curry Chili

Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 4-8 hours
Servings: 6-8

  •             Nonstick cooking spray
  • 1          small yellow onion, diced
  • 2          cloves garlic, minced
  • 2          cans (12 1/2 ounces each) white premium chunk chicken breast, drained
  • 1          can (14 1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes with green chilies, drained
  • 3          tablespoons red curry paste, plus additional, to taste
  • 1/4       cup all-natural peanut butter
  • 1          tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1/2       teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1          can (13 1/2 ounces) coconut milk
  • 1          tablespoon fish sauce
  • 3          tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1          can (15 1/2 ounces) chickpeas, drained
  • 1          can (14 1/2 ounces) whole potatoes, drained and cubed
  • 1          can (14 1/2 ounces) sliced carrots, drained
  • 3          tablespoons lime juice, plus additional, to taste
  • salt, to taste
  • brown rice, cooked according to package instructions (optional)
  • cilantro, for garnish
  • salted peanuts, for garnish
  1. Grease slow cooker with nonstick cooking spray. Add onion, garlic, chicken, tomatoes, red curry paste, peanut butter, brown sugar, ginger, coconut milk, fish sauce and soy sauce to slow cooker. Stir to combine. Cover and cook on high 4 hours or low 8 hours.
  2. Uncover and stir in chickpeas, potatoes, carrots and lime juice. Taste and add lime juice and salt, to taste, if necessary.
  3. Serve on top of brown rice, if desired, and garnish with cilantro and peanuts.

Source:  Can Manufacturers Institute

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