(Family Features) With school back in full swing, the days will be full, packed with classes, homework and after-school sports, music and other extracurricular activities. To make the most of all these endeavors, it’s important to eat well to sustain the critical energy and focus required throughout the day.
Smart fueling includes keeping nourishing snacks such as heart-healthy grapes on-hand – whether at home, in the car or coming off the field. Fresh California grapes – simple, convenient and nutritious – can make for a delicious snack on their own.
Available in three appealing colors – red, green and black – crisp, juicy grapes can add a tasty touch when hunger calls for an afternoon energy boost. Grapes also pair well with crackers, cheese and nuts for other snack combos.
Yet another way to enjoy fresh grapes is to blend them with other fruits and vegetables to create smoothie bowls, a nutritious option to help ensure that a variety of healthy ingredients are part of a balanced day.
Smoothie bowls work well as a snack or even a quick breakfast, and also provide a way for parents to introduce their kids to new, healthier bites.
This Grape Smoothie Bowl is fresh, flavorful and full of sweet grape taste for a quick fix that can leave bodies fueled and ready to take on the rest of the day.
Find more information and snack ideas at GrapesfromCalifornia.com.
Grape Smoothie Bowl
Prep time: 10 minutes
- 1/2 avocado
- 2 medium bananas, sliced and frozen
- 1 cup packed baby spinach
- 2 cups green California grapes, divided
- 1 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1 piece fresh ginger (1-inch length), peeled and sliced (optional)
- pinch of salt
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- 1 1/2 tablespoons toasted coconut chips
- In blender, combine avocado, bananas, spinach, 1 cup grapes, almond milk, ginger and salt; blend until smooth. Pour into two bowls. Halve remaining grapes and place on top of smoothie bowls along with chia seeds and coconut chips.
Nutritional information per serving: 370 calories; 5 g protein; 66 g carbohydrates; 13 g fat (32% calories from fat); 3.5 g saturated fat (9% calories from saturated fat); 200 mg sodium; 10 g fiber.
(Family Features) Heat up your next get-together by inviting family and friends over to try a DIY trend, the hot-pot party. It can be easy to prep and your guests can enjoy cooking and customizing their own meals.
First, prepare a rich, flavored broth and serve steaming-hot in a slow cooker or multi-cooker. Next, offer a selection of meat, seafood and veggies for dunking. Cook for a few minutes then garnish with sauces and various toppings to match individual tastes.
A traditional East Asian hot-pot broth is flavored with beef stock, soy sauce, chilies, ginger and garlic. Try a Mexican-inspired version by serving a spiced chicken broth with ancho chile pepper, cumin and oregano, or offer a taste of the Caribbean with a coconut milk broth and fresh papaya pica sauce.
Learn more about this hot-pot trend and all the latest flavor trends in McCormick’s 2018 Flavor Forecast at FlavorForecast.com.
Caribbean Hot-Pot Broth with Papaya Pica Sauce
Prep time: 45 minutes
Cook time: 3 hours
Caribbean Hot-Pot Broth:
- 2 pounds smoked ham hocks
- 2 cups sliced yellow onions
- 1 cup diagonally sliced carrots
- 1/2 cup diagonally sliced celery
- 8 1/4 cups water, divided
- 1 container (32 ounces) Kitchen Basics Original Chicken Stock
- 1 whole chile pepper, such as Scotch bonnet or habanero
- 2 McCormick Bay Leaves
- 1 teaspoon McCormick Thyme Leaves
- 1 teaspoon McCormick Ground Turmeric
- 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
- 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
- salt, to taste
- 2 tablespoons cornstarch
- 2 cans (13.66 ounces each) Thai Kitchen Coconut Milk
- 2 tablespoons lime juice
Papaya Pica Sauce:
- 3 cups cubed fresh papaya
- 1/2 cup cider vinegar
- 1/4 cup chopped, seeded Scotch bonnet (chile pepper)
- 1/4 cup chopped yellow onion
- 1/4 cup yellow mustard
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
- 1/2 teaspoon McCormick Garlic Powder
- 1/2 teaspoon McCormick Ground Ginger
- 1/4 teaspoon McCormick Ground Cloves
- 1 pound uncooked bay scallops
- 1 pound uncooked shrimp, peeled and deveined
- cooked rice
- toasted shredded coconut (optional)
- fresh red or green bell pepper slices (optional)
- To make broth: Place ham hocks, onion, carrots and celery in 6-quart stockpot. Cook on medium heat 5-6 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add 8 cups water, chicken stock, chile pepper, bay leaves, thyme leaves, turmeric, allspice and pepper. Add salt, to taste. Bring to boil. Reduce heat to low; cover and simmer 1 hour, skimming fat occasionally.
- Remove cover and simmer 30 minutes, skimming fat occasionally. Remove ham hocks and skim fat. In small bowl, whisk cornstarch and remaining water. Add to pot with coconut milk. Cook on medium heat 30 minutes. Skim fat. Stir lime juice into broth.
- To make Papaya Pica Sauce: In food processor on high speed, process papaya, vinegar, chile pepper, onion, mustard, salt, allspice, garlic powder, ginger and cloves until smooth. Transfer to medium saucepan. Bring to boil. Reduce heat to low; simmer, uncovered, 10-15 minutes. Pour into medium bowl.
- To serve, pour broth into heated 6-quart electric slow cooker or hot pot. Cook shrimp and scallops in broth about 5 minutes, or until cooked through, stirring occasionally.
- Place some rice in bowl then ladle broth and seafood over top. Stir in Papaya Pica Sauce and top with shredded coconut and pepper slices, if desired.
Asian Hot-Pot Broth with Tangy Chili Sauce
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 25 minutes
- 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
- 1 large sweet onion, thinly sliced
- 2 containers (32 ounces each) Kitchen Basics Original Beef Stock
- 1/4 cup Thai Kitchen Red Curry Paste
- 2 tablespoons reduced sodium soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon packed light brown sugar
- 1 tablespoon McCormick Garlic Powder
- 1 teaspoon McCormick Ground Ginger
- 2 tablespoons lime juice
Tangy Chili Sauce:
- 1/2 cup Thai Kitchen Sweet Red Chili Sauce
- 3 tablespoons lime juice
- 1 pound flank steak, thinly sliced
- Simply Asia Lo Mein Noodles, cooked
- assorted mushrooms, sliced (optional)
- baby bok choy, coarsely chopped (optional)
- crunchy Chinese noodles (optional)
- To make broth: In 6-quart stockpot over medium-high heat, heat oil. Add onion; cook and stir until tender, about 3 minutes. Stir in beef stock, curry paste, soy sauce, brown sugar, garlic powder and ginger. Bring to boil. Reduce heat to low; cover and simmer 20 minutes. Stir lime juice into broth before serving.
- To make Tangy Chili Sauce: In small bowl, mix red chili sauce and lime juice. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.
- To serve, pour broth into heated 6-quart electric slow cooker or hot pot. Cook steak in broth about 2-3 minutes, or until it reaches desired doneness.
- Place lo mein noodles in bowls then ladle broth and steak over top. Stir in Tangy Chili Sauce and top with mushrooms, baby bok choy and Chinese noodles, if desired.
Puebla Hot-Pot Broth with Avocado Crema
Prep time: 45 minutes
Cook time: 45 minutes
Puebla Hot-Pot Broth:
- 3 tablespoons McCormick Gourmet Ancho Chile Pepper
- 2 teaspoons ground cumin
- 2 teaspoons oregano leaves
- 2 teaspoons McCormick Smoked Paprika
- 1/2 teaspoon McCormick Gourmet Sicilian Sea Salt
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 cup finely chopped white onion
- 6 cloves garlic, finely chopped
- 2 containers (32 ounces each) Kitchen Basics Original Chicken Stock
- 1 can (28 ounces) crushed tomatoes
- 2 ears fresh corn, shucked and cut into 1-inch rounds
- 2 tablespoons lime juice
- 1/2 medium avocado, peeled, pitted and coarsely chopped
- 1 cup sour cream
- 1 tablespoon lime juice
- 1/4 teaspoon McCormick Gourmet Sicilian Sea Salt
- 1/4 teaspoon McCormick Garlic Powder
- 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breast, cut into thin strips
- 1 chayote, peeled and cut into matchsticks
- avocado, chopped (optional)
- fresh cilantro, chopped (optional)
- crunchy tortilla strips (optional)
- To make broth: In small bowl, mix chile pepper, ground cumin, oregano, paprika and salt. Set aside. In 6-quart stockpot on medium heat, heat oil. Add onion and garlic; cook and stir until softened. Stir in chicken stock, crushed tomatoes and 1/2 of seasoning mixture. Bring to boil. Reduce heat to low; simmer 20 minutes, adding corn during last 10 minutes of cooking. Remove corn to plate. Stir lime juice into broth.
- To make Avocado Crema: In food processor on high speed, process avocado, sour cream, lime juice, salt and garlic powder until smooth. Transfer to bowl; cover. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
- Coat chicken strips with remaining seasoning mixture.
- To serve, pour broth into heated 6-quart electric slow cooker or hot pot. Cook chicken and chayote in broth 4-5 minutes, or until cooked through, stirring occasionally.
- Ladle broth with cooked chicken and vegetables into individual bowls. Top with Avocado Crema and avocado, fresh cilantro and tortilla strips, if desired.
(Family Features) This holiday season, you can impress your guests with these tips and recipes from award-winning chefs Seamus Mullen and John Tesar:
- Start with fresh, high-quality ingredients that are versatile and easy to cook, like fresh pork.
- Look for meats with marbling, which translates to flavor and tenderness.
- Let your meat rest before cutting into it, to help retain moisture and juiciness.
Try out these festive dishes featuring all-natural, hand-trimmed Smithfield Prime Fresh Pork. For more holiday recipe inspiration, visit smithfield.com/primechefs.
Pork Tenderloin and Fennel with Cranberry-Ginger Relish
Recipe courtesy of Chef Seamus Mullen
Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 1 hour
- 2 Smithfield Prime Fresh Pork Tenderloins
- 1 piece fresh ginger
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 4 stars anise
- 2 cups cranberries
- 1/4 cup honey
- kosher salt
- ground black pepper
- 4 bulbs fennel, quartered
- 1 lemon, sliced thin, seeds removed
- 6 tablespoons olive oil, divided
- Heat oven to 400° F.
- Remove fresh pork tenderloins from package and let rest up to 15 minutes.
- Use vegetable peeler to peel skin off ginger. Cut lengthwise to make paper-thin slices. Stack slices and use knife to cut into thin threads.
- In saucepan, heat butter until foamy. Stir in 2-3 tablespoons ginger, star anise and cranberries; saute about 5 minutes.
- Add enough water to cover mixture. Reduce heat to simmer; cook until cranberries break down, about 7-10 minutes. Stir in honey; season with salt and pepper. Keep warm.
- In large baking pan, combine fennel, lemon slices and 1/4 cup olive oil; season with salt and pepper. Roast in oven 25-30 minutes.
- While fennel is roasting, in cast-iron skillet, heat remaining olive oil over high heat. Season tenderloins with salt and pepper; brown all sides, about 5 minutes.
- Transfer skillet to oven and bake until internal temperature reaches 145° F. Let stand 10 minutes before slicing.
- Place tenderloins and fennel on platter; top with cranberry-ginger relish.
Ancho Chile Rubbed Pork Loin with Fig Chutney
Recipe courtesy of Chef John Tesar
Prep time: 10 minutes, plus marinade time
Cook time: 1 hour, 50 minutes
- 1 Smithfield Prime Boneless Center Cut Fresh Pork Loin
- 1/4 cup ancho chile powder
- 1 1/2 tablespoons paprika
- 2 1/2 teaspoons mustard powder
- 2 1/2 teaspoons ground coriander
- 2 1/2 teaspoons ground oregano
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt, plus additional for seasoning
- 1 teaspoon ground black pepper, plus additional for seasoning
- 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
- 1/2 teaspoon ground chile de arbol
- 3 tablespoons canola oil
- 1 cup tawny port
- 3/4 cup dried figs, quartered
- 1/4 cup water
- 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1 strip lemon zest
- 1 small bay leaf
- 1/2 cinnamon stick
- 1/2 tablespoon sugar
- coarse ground salt
- ground black pepper
- Remove fresh pork loin from package and let rest up to 15 minutes.
- Mix together ancho chile powder, paprika, mustard powder, coriander, oregano, 1 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon pepper, cumin and chile de arbol. Combine with canola oil; mix well.
- Rub pork loin with chile rub and refrigerate 4 hours.
- Heat oven to 400° F.
- Season pork loin with salt and pepper, and place in roasting pan; roast 1 hour until internal temperature reaches 145° F. Let stand 15 minutes; slice into 1-inch-thick slices.
- To make chutney: In saucepan, combine port, figs, water, butter, lemon zest, bay leaf, cinnamon and sugar. Season with salt and pepper.
- Bring to boil; reduce heat and simmer, partially covered, until liquid is consistency of jam, about 30 minutes. Discard bay leaf and cinnamon stick.
- Place pork loin slices in bowl and top with chutney. Serve over creamy polenta.
(Family Features) From patio potlucks to backyard barbecues, summer is the ultimate time to kick back and enjoy delicious food with your favorite people. If you’re looking to add big flavor to your warm-weather menu, get inspired by these recipes from celebrity chef Jose Garces.
For a taste of Southern cooking, pair Classic Cheddar Pierogies with a buttermilk ranch sauce in Garces’s Chicken-Fried Pierogies. Also enjoy a delicious twist on an Asian favorite by serving up Garces’s Szechuan-Style Pierogies featuring savory Garlic & Parmesan Pierogies, one of 16 different varieties from Mrs. T’s Pierogies, which are the perfect canvas for your favorite ingredients and spices.
For more recipe inspiration, visit MrsTsPierogies.com.
Recipe courtesy of Chef Jose Garces
- 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 1/2 tablespoons kosher salt
- 2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper
- 1 1/2 teaspoons freshly ground white peppercorn
- 1 teaspoon sweet paprika
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1/8 teaspoon ground dried sage
- 1/8 teaspoon dried thyme
- 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1 box (16 ounces) Mrs. T’s Classic Cheddar Pierogies
- 1 cup buttermilk
- 2 eggs, lightly beaten
- 2 cups flour dredge (recipe below)
- canola oil
- large kosher pickles, cut into round slices
- ranch dressing
- To make flour dredge: In large mixing bowl, mix all flour dredge ingredients until thoroughly combined.
- To make pierogies: Bring large pot of water to boil. Place pierogies in boiling water until no longer frozen in center, about 2 minutes. Remove pierogies from water and cool in refrigerator 10 minutes.
- Place buttermilk, eggs and flour dredge in three separate bowls. One at a time, dip pierogies in buttermilk then in eggs and finally in flour dredge. Once all pierogies are dredged, fry in deep fryer at 350 F in canola oil, approximately 3 minutes until golden brown. Repeat flour dredge process with pickle slices and fry 3 minutes.
- To serve, place fried pierogies and pickles on serving plate. Serve with ranch.
Recipe courtesy of Chef Jose Garces
- 1/2 cup, plus 2 tablespoons, vegetable oil, divided
- 3 Arbol chilies
- 1/4 cup Szechuan chili sauce
- 4 tablespoons, plus 2 teaspoons, fresh minced ginger, divided
- 2 tablespoons, plus 1 teaspoon, garlic, minced (about 5 cloves), divided
- 1/2 tablespoon Szechuan peppercorns, toasted and ground
- 1/2 cup black bean garlic sauce
- 2 cups chicken stock
- 1 tablespoon thinly sliced scallion (white parts only)
- 1 cup ground pork
- 1 teaspoon soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
- 1 box (16 ounces) Mrs. T’s Garlic & Parmesan Pierogies
- 1 tablespoon peeled edamame
- 2 tablespoons firm tofu, diced
- 1 1/2 cups bean sprouts
- Place 1/2 cup oil and chilies in saucepan. Cook over low heat 2 minutes, or until chilies turn brown. Remove chilies from oil and discard oil.
- Add Szechuan sauce to saucepan; cook 3 minutes. Add 4 tablespoons ginger, 2 tablespoons minced garlic and ground peppercorns; cook until fragrant, about 2 minutes. Add black bean sauce and cook another 2 minutes. Add chicken stock and bring to boil. Reduce heat to simmer and cook 20 minutes. Reserve.
- In saute pan, heat 1 tablespoon vegetable oil over medium-high heat. Add remaining ginger, remaining garlic and scallions; cook 1 minute. Add pork and cook 5 minutes, breaking up with wooden spoon. Add soy sauce and combine. Reserve.
- In saute pan, melt butter and remaining vegetable oil. Add pierogies and sear lightly, about 7 minutes on each side until lightly browned. Reserve.
- In large saute pan, combine Szechuan sauce, ground pork mixture, seared pierogies, edamame and tofu. Cook over medium-high heat until combined, about 2 minutes. Garnish with bean sprouts.
Source: Mrs. T's Pierogies
(Family Features) The days are getting longer and hotter and you’re itching to head outside to kick off grilling season. After a few weeks of eating the same boring burgers and hot dogs, you’re looking for something a little more exciting (and so are your guests). These recipes can help take your grilling skills to the next level and make your next party something to brag about.
When people come over for Buffalo chicken, they expect authentic flavor, so give the people what they want by making Buffalo chicken sandwiches with Frank’s RedHot Buffalo Wings Sauce. Frank’s RedHot was the secret ingredient used in the original Buffalo wings recipe in 1964.
For maximum flavor, each Buffalo chicken sandwich gets a quarter of the bottle of sauce to bring in just the right blend of flavor and heat. Take it to the next level by marinating the chicken in the sauce for at least 30 minutes so it can absorb the unmistakable Buffalo flavor that will send any party into overdrive. Add the tangy blue cheese and cool, crisp lettuce and tomato and you’ve got the perfect bite for a hot summer day.
Now that you’ve proved your grilling chops to most of the party crew, it’s time to kick it up a notch. Every party’s got a few tough critics, so it’s key to make something impressive and delicious that appeals to a different palate. Enter: Sweet Chili Ribs.
Start with two full racks of pork spareribs then load them up with Frank’s RedHot Sweet Chili Sauce, garlic and ginger, making sure to spread that mixture all over the ribs. Grill them low and slow for 2 hours then pour another half-bottle of sauce over top for good measure and grill for another hour. After your guests have a chance to taste these sweet and tangy, fall-off-the-bone ribs, they’ll talk about them all summer long.
For more grilling tips and recipes, visit franksredhot.com/recipes.
Buffalo Chicken Sandwich
- 4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves (if thick, cut horizontally into two even pieces)
- 1 bottle (12 ounces) Frank’s RedHot Buffalo Wings Sauce, divided
- 1/4 cup blue cheese or ranch dressing
- 4 hard rolls, split
- 1/4 cup blue cheese crumbles
- lettuce leaves (optional)
- tomato slices (optional)
- red onion rings (optional)
- Marinate chicken in 6 ounces Buffalo wings sauce for 30 minutes, or up to 3 hours.
- Mix remainder of Buffalo wings sauce and dressing together. Keep refrigerated until ready to use.
- Grill chicken 12 minutes, turning once, or until no longer pink in center.
- Place 2 tablespoons of mixed sauce on each roll half. Place chicken on top of roll half and top with 1 tablespoon blue cheese crumbles.
- Add lettuce, tomato and onion rings, if desired. Top with second roll half. Repeat for remaining sandwiches.
Sweet Chili Ribs
- 2 full racks pork spareribs, trimmed (about 6 pounds)
- 2 tablespoons fresh ginger, minced
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 bottle (12 ounces) Frank’s RedHot Sweet Chili Sauce, divided
- Heat grill to 250° F and prepare for indirect cooking.
- Spread ribs with ginger and garlic. Place ribs on rib rack or in foil pan. Cook on covered grill 2 hours.
- Spread 6 ounces sweet chili sauce evenly over ribs then cook another hour, until tender.
- Baste ribs with remaining sweet chili sauce during last 15 minutes of cooking. If desired, at end of cooking time grill ribs over direct heat to char slightly.
Source: Frank's Red Hot
Makes 4 servings
- 1 pound boneless beef top sirloin
- 1 tablespoon cornstarch
- 1-1/2 tablespoons Kikkoman Soy Sauce
- 1 tablespoon dry sherry
- 2 teaspoons Kikkoman Hoisin Sauce
- 3 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
- 2 bunches green onions, cut into 1-1/2-inch lengths, separating whites from tops, divided
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 teaspoon minced fresh ginger
- 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
- Mongolian Sauce*
- 1 teaspoon sesame seed, toasted
- Cut beef across grain into thin strips. Combine next 4 ingredients; stir in beef. Let stand 15 minutes. Stir-fry half of beef in 1 table-spoon hot oil in wok or large skillet over high heat 1 minute; remove.
- Repeat cooking procedure with remaining beef and 1 tablespoon oil; remove. Heat remaining 1 tablespoon oil in same pan. Add whites of green onions, garlic, ginger and red pepper; stir-fry 1 minute.
- Stir in green onion tops. Add beef and Mongolian Sauce.
- Cook, stirring, until sauce boils and thickens. Sprinkle with sesame seed before serving.
*Mongolian Sauce: Combine 1/3 cup water, 1 tablespoon sugar, 1/2 tablespoon cornstarch, 2-1/2 tablespoons Kikkoman Soy Sauce, 1 tablespoon dry sherry and 1 teaspoon Kikkoman Hoisin Sauce.
(Family Features) What’s that warm and wonderful fragrance wafting through the air? Homemade pumpkin pie! Since 1929, Libby’s pumpkin has helped make that sweet ending to the holiday feast. Whether you use a traditional single crust or create a signature pie crust edging, you’ll be proud you made it yourself. Serve your homemade pumpkin pie warm or cold, topped with whipped cream or not. What’s your family tradition?
Tips for Delicious Pumpkin Pie
Like the classic recipe on the back of the can says, all it takes is “Mix, Pour and Bake.” Here are a few more tips from Libby’s, the pumpkin pie experts:
Before you bake. Make the batter ahead, if you wish, but pour it into the pie shell just before baking to keep the crust crisp.
During baking. The baking instructions start with a high oven temperature and then direct you to turn the temperature down part way through baking. Remember this important step which allows the crust time to crisp.
Is it done? Insert a knife near the center of the pie to test for doneness, as the center will still cook after you take the pie out of the oven.
Put a Crimp In It!
Give your homemade pumpkin pie a signature style. Line the bottom of the pie plate with homemade or refrigerated pie dough (before you add the filling) and trim around the perimeter for a 1-inch overhang. Then, create one of these decorative edges:
Simple Fork Edge
- Fold overhang under and press down with your fingers.
- Using the tines of a lightly floured fork, press the edge of the pastry to the rim of the pie pan.
- Fold overhang under and pinch to make the edge stand up.
- With the thumb and forefinger of one hand, pinch the outside edge of the pastry while pressing from the inside with the forefinger of your other hand.
- Fold overhang under and pinch to make the edge stand up.
- Press the pastry along the edge of the pie plate between the side of your thumb at an angle, pinch and slightly twist.
Find more recipes at VeryBestBaking.com.
Libby’s Famous Pumpkin Pie
Makes: 8 servings
- 3/4 cup granulated sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
- 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
- 2 large eggs
- 1 can (15 ounces) Libby’s 100% Pure Pumpkin
- 1 can (12 fluid ounces) Nestlé Carnation Evaporated Milk
- 1 unbaked 9-inch (4-cup volume) deep-dish pie shell
- Whipped cream
- MIX sugar, salt, cinnamon, ginger and cloves in small bowl. Beat eggs in large bowl; stir in pumpkin and sugar-spice mixture. Gradually stir in evaporated milk.
- POUR into pie shell.
- BAKE in preheated 425°F oven 15 minutes. Reduce temperature to 350°F; bake 40 to 50 minutes or until knife inserted near center comes out clean. Cool on wire rack 2 hours.
- SERVE immediately or refrigerate. Top with whipped cream before serving.
NOTE: 1 3/4 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice may be substituted for the cinnamon, ginger and cloves; however, the taste will be slightly different.
Homemade Pie Crust Recipe
This quick pastry is a no-fail recipe made easily with ingredients usually found in most kitchens. Be sure to use cold water and keep well-wrapped until ready to use.
Makes: 1 9-inch (4-cup volume)
- 1 cup all-purpose flour
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1/3 cup vegetable shortening
- 2 tablespoons cold water*
- COMBINE flour and salt in medium bowl; cut in vegetable shortening with pastry blender or two knives until mixture is crumbly. Sprinkle with water; blend until mixture holds together.
- SHAPE dough into ball; place on lightly floured surface. Roll out dough to 1/8-inch thickness. Line pie plate with pastry. Trim around perimeter for 1-inch overhang to fold under and crimp as desired.
NOTE: To make two crusts, double all ingredients, follow procedure above, and divide dough in half.
*Add 1 additional tablespoon water as needed.
Source: Libby's Pumpkin
Moscato Moscow Mule
- 4 ounces ginger beer
- 3 ounces Gallo Family Vineyards Moscato
- 1 ounce lime juice
- 1 lime wheel
- 1 mint sprig for garnish
- Pour ginger beer, Moscato and lime juice into ice-filled copper mug. Garnish with lime wheel and mint sprig.
Source: Gallo Family Vineyards
Tofu Tikka Masala
- 5 teaspoons lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon ginger, grated
- 2 garlic cloves, crushed
- 1 gram jalapeno chile, chopped
- 3 tablespoon cilantro, chopped
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- Salt to taste
- 1/2 pound Wildwood Vacuum Pack Tofu
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1/2 medium onion, chopped in 1-inch long thin slices
- 1/4 teaspoon turmeric powder
- 3-4 tablespoons plain or unsweetened yogurt
- 1 cup Wildwood Plain Soymilk
- Chopped cilantro (for garnish)
- In bowl, mix lemon juice, ginger, garlic, green chili, half of cilantro, chili powder, salt and tofu together; mix well and cover. Let marinate for an hour.
- In pan, heat oil and slowly add onions. Cook for 3 to 5 minutes on medium heat until translucent.
- Slowly add turmeric powder, yogurt, soy milk and remaining cilantro to the pain. Mix well for a few minutes until sauce thickens.
- Add tofu mixture into sauce and cook for 5 minutes on medium heat. Adjust seasoning to taste.
- Garnish with fresh cilantro and serve immediately with Indian Naan bread or heated rice.
Source: Wildwood Foods
(Family Features) The holiday season evokes thoughts of delicious, hearty and festive meals. Whether planning a family feast or flitting among gatherings, you may find it harder than ever to maintain a healthy lifestyle and keep your weight management goals on track. However, with the right approach, you can still enjoy many of your holiday favorites and serve foods your guests will appreciate as much as your waistline does. The key is managing your carbohydrate and sugar intake.
If you’re looking to lose or maintain weight, you know the importance of relying on a lifestyle with proven results – without feeling deprived. A low carb approach is backed by more than 80 scientific studies and still allows you to enjoy a wide variety of delicious foods. When you control your carbohydrate intake, you start burning stored fat as your fuel source instead of carbohydrates. A long-term, well-balanced, low carb eating plan such as Atkins encourages reduced levels of refined carbohydrates and added sugars, while optimizing levels of protein, high fiber carbohydrates, fruits, vegetables and healthy fats.
This wide range of foods makes it easy to find delicious ways to celebrate the holidays without feeling restricted. Colette Heimowitz, vice president of nutrition and education at Atkins Nutritionals, Inc., offers several tips to help stay on track this season:
- Leading up to the big meal or holiday party, snack on proteins that contain healthy fats such as nuts or grab some cubes of cheese.
- When crafting a holiday menu, identify a savory main dish that offers a healthy serving of protein, such as this Low Carb Cranberry-Ginger Pork Roast. Finish off the meal with a Low Carb Pumpkin Pecan Cheesecake, and you and your taste buds will be very satisfied.
- When alcoholic beverages are being served, confine yourself to a glass (or two at most) of wine or one glass of spirits. Just be sure to have your spirits with club soda and a slice of lemon or lime, or a mixer made without sugar. And make sure to drink plenty of water to stay hydrated.
Low Carb Cranberry-Ginger Pork Roast
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 8 hours
- Cooking oil
- 2 pounds pork chops or roast (center rib, bone-in)
- 1/4 teaspoon salt, plus additional for seasoning
- 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, plus additional for seasoning
- 1/2 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce
- 1/2 cup cranberries
- 1/8 cup sugar-free maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
- 1/2 cup chicken broth, bouillon or consomme
- 1/2 cup (4 ounces) water
- 1/8 teaspoon guar gum or xanthan gum
- 1 tablespoon unsalted butter stick (optional)
- Prepare skillet with small amount of oil over medium-high heat. Season chops or roast with salt and pepper then place into skillet and brown each side for about 1 minute, 4 minutes total, to help seal in moisture and give it color. Set aside on plate to cool slightly.
- Finely dice chipotle pepper and chop cranberries, if desired.
- In small bowl, combine syrup, diced chipotle, ginger, 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/8 teaspoon pepper. Rub mixture onto roast then place it into slow cooker. Add cranberries and pour chicken broth down side of pan (avoiding rinsing rub from roast).
- Cover and cook on low 8-10 hours.
- Remove roast and set on serving platter covered with tent of aluminum foil; reserving liquid.
- Keep slow cooker on low and add water and guar gum or xanthan gum to reserved mixture, whisking to combine. Continue to cook on low heat until sauce thickens slightly. Once thick, enrich sauce, if desired, with butter, adding additional salt and pepper, to taste.
- Serve sauce over pork roast.
Tip: While it is not necessary to chop cranberries (they will break down while cooking), chopping them makes sauce smoother.
Low Carb Browned Pumpkin with Maple and Sage
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes
- 1/2 tablespoon unsalted butter stick
- 1/2 pound pumpkin
- 1/8 cup chopped shallots
- freshly ground black pepper
- 1/4 cup bouillon vegetable broth
- 1/16 cup sugar-free maple syrup
- 1/8 teaspoon sage, ground
- In medium skillet over medium-high heat, heat butter. Cube pumpkin into 3/4-inch chunks.
- Add pumpkin and shallots to pan; season with salt and pepper. Saute until pumpkin is lightly browned and shallots are translucent, approximately 5-6 minutes.
- Turn heat to low, add vegetable broth and simmer, covered, 8-10 minutes until pumpkin is tender.
- Add maple syrup and sage, tossing to combine. Serve immediately.
Tip: Use fresh sage (7-8 leaves), if possible.
Low Carb Pumpkin Pecan Cheesecake
Prep time: 25 minutes
Cook time: 50 minutes
- 2/3 cup halved pecan nuts
- 2/3 cup sucralose-based sweetener (sugar substitute), plus 1 tablespoon
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 3/4 tablespoon unsalted butter stick
- 1/2 large egg white
- 9 2/3 ounces cream cheese
- 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream
- 6 ounces canned pumpkin, without salt
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
- 1 1/4 large eggs
- To make crust: Heat oven to 350° F.
- In food processor, combine pecans, 1 tablespoon sugar substitute and cinnamon. Process until finely ground. Toss with butter and egg white; press onto bottom of 9-inch springform pan, rounding up to cover pan seam. Bake until golden and set, 8-10 minutes. Cool completely on wire rack.
- To make filling: Reduce oven heat to 325° F.
- In large bowl, combine cream cheese, 2/3 cup sugar substitute and cream. With electric mixer at medium speed, beat until smooth. Add pumpkin puree, vanilla and pumpkin pie spice, mixing to combine. Beat in eggs, one at a time, until just combined.
- Pour batter over crust. Bake until just set, 45-50 minutes. Turn off oven and let stand 10 minutes; transfer to wire rack and cool completely.
- Cover and refrigerate until chilled, 4 hours or overnight. Slice and serve.
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