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Meal Ideas 11 January 2022

Fresh, Healthy Family Meals

Recipes to help boost iron levels, aid plasma donation recovery

(Family Features) Chef Nate Appleman knows how important it is to serve healthy meals to your family – ones they actually want to eat. Before having his first child, he transformed his eating and exercise habits and lost 85 pounds to get on a healthier path.

Now, he’s cooking meals for his family, including 14-year-old Oliver who was diagnosed with Kawasaki Disease as a toddler – an inflammation of the blood vessels that can cause damage to coronary arteries – as a healthy lifestyle is important to help manage the disease. Since Oliver’s diagnosis, Appleman made it his personal mission to create awareness of Kawasaki Disease and for the critical need for plasma donations that many people with the disease rely on for treatment, which is why he partnered with Abbott to bring attention to the need for plasma donations.

Plasma is a powerful part of your blood that supports essential bodily functions. It’s a lifeline for thousands of people who are immune-compromised and live with a variety of chronic and complex diseases. In fact, more than 125,000 Americans rely on medication made from plasma every day, according to the Plasma Protein Therapeutics Association (PPTA).

The COVID-19 pandemic led to a serious shortage of plasma donors – average donations per center in the United States were down approximately 11% during the first few months of 2021 compared to the previous year, further deepening the nearly 20% decline in donations in 2020 compared to 2019, according to the PPTA.

Donating plasma is a safe and relatively easy process. Since plasma is replaced in the body within about 24 hours, it can be donated up to twice per week. With a donation that typically takes between 1-3 hours, you can make a lasting impact by providing lifesaving medicine for patients like Oliver.

It’s a good idea to fuel up with iron-rich foods before and after donating, so Appleman created these fresh, nutritious recipes he loves to serve his family: Marinated Skirt Steak, Lemon Chicken with Roasted Red Onions and Potatoes, and Cheesy Frittata with Veggies.

Learn where you can donate at bethe1donor.abbott.

Marinated Skirt Steak

Recipe courtesy of chef Nate Appleman on behalf of Abbott

Vinaigrette:

  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 1/4 cup fish sauce
  • 1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons raw sugar
  • 1 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 lime, juice only
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 small Thai bird chile or serrano chile, chopped
  • 1/4 head finely shaved green cabbage
  • 1/4 head finely shaved purple cabbage
  • 2 carrots, thinly julienned

Skirt steak:

  • 1 1/2 pounds trimmed skirt steak
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons sriracha
  • salt, to taste
  • 3 cups cooked brown rice
  • 1/2 cup crushed peanuts
  • 1 lime, quartered, for garnish
  1. To make vinaigrette: In large bowl, mix oil, fish sauce, rice wine vinegar, water, sugar, cilantro, lime juice, garlic and chile. Toss cabbage and carrots in vinaigrette; refrigerate until ready to serve.
  2. To make skirt steak: Marinate steak in coconut milk, garlic, lime juice, cilantro, sriracha and salt, to taste, at least 1 hour, or up to 24 hours.
  3. Heat grill to high.
  4. Grill 3-4 minutes each side until medium rare.
  5. Let rest 3 minutes.
  6. Thinly slice steaks against grain and serve with vinaigrette, rice and crushed peanuts; garnish with lime wedges.

Lemon Chicken with Roasted Red Onions and Potatoes

Recipe courtesy of chef Nate Appleman on behalf of Abbott

Lemon chicken:

  • 1 whole chicken, cut into eight pieces
  • 1 ounce minced garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon granulated garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground fennel seed
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt

Potatoes:

  • 2 1/2 pounds Yukon gold potatoes
  • salted water
  • oil

Cauliflower:

  • 1 head cauliflower
  • salted water
  • ice
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon tamari or soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon chopped parsley

Roasted onions:

  • 1 red onion
  • salt
  • oil

For serving:

  • 3 ounces pitted Castelvetrano or green olives, cut into quarters
  • 5 ounces wild arugula
  • 1 lemon, quartered
  1. To make lemon chicken: Marinate chicken in mixture of minced garlic, granulated garlic, paprika, smoked paprika, fennel pollen, dried oregano, coriander and salt; let sit overnight.
  2. To make potatoes: Boil potatoes in heavily salted water until tender. Cool, peel and cut into 1 1/2-inch chunks. Toss with oil to coat; reserve.
  3. To make cauliflower: Cut cauliflower into florets and blanch in salted water 1 minute; shock in ice bath. Remove from ice and dry. Toss with mayonnaise, tamari and parsley; reserve.
  4. To make roasted onions: Preheat oven to 450 F. Peel onion and slice into 1-inch rings. Toss with salt and oil; roast until slightly caramelized with texture. Chill and reserve.
  5. Preheat oven to 450 F.
  6. Bake chicken on sheet pan approximately 15 minutes. Add potatoes and cauliflower. Bake approximately 15 minutes then switch oven to broil approximately 10 minutes.
  7. Squeeze lemon over reserved onion.
  8. When chicken is crispy and reaches internal temperature of 165 F, remove from oven and add onions and olives. Plate chicken, potatoes, onions, olives and cauliflower on top of arugula and garnish with lemon.

Cheesy Frittata with Veggies

Recipe courtesy of chef Nate Appleman on behalf of Abbott

Roasted Garlic:

  • 2 heads garlic
  • olive oil
  • salt

Frittata:

  • oil
  • 2 medium leeks, sliced
  • 8 ounces blanched, chopped broccoli
  • salt, to taste
  • 9 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 ounces grated Parmigiano Reggiano
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  1. To make roasted garlic: Preheat oven to 400 F.
  2. Slice 1/4 inch off entire heads of garlic and place cut sides down in 1-liter casserole dish. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt; cover with lid.
  3. Bake 35-45 minutes until heads of garlic are soft and light brown. Let cool then use back of knife to squeeze garlic from pods.
  4. To make frittata: Lower oven to 375 F.
  5. In saute pan, heat oil over medium-high heat. Cook leeks until soft; add broccoli then season with salt, to taste, and remove from heat.
  6. In mixing bowl, mix roasted garlic, sauteed leeks and broccoli, eggs, parsley, Parmigiano Reggiano and cream; place in 9-inch pie dish and bake approximately 20 minutes until top of frittata is brown. Remove from oven and let cool slightly before cutting and serving.

Source: Abbott

Meal Ideas 06 January 2022

Create Healthy Habits in the New Year

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

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

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

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

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

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

Watermelon and Pistachio Salad

Servings: 3

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

Watermelon Chia Seed Muffins

Yield: 12 muffins

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

Source: National Watermelon Promotion Board

Videos 30 December 2021

A Twist on Traditional Burgers

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

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

Find more healthy seafood recipes at tridentseafoods.com.

Watch video to see how to make this recipe!

Alaskan Salmon Burgers with Peppered Bacon

Prep time: 13 minutes
Servings: 4

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

Source: Trident Seafoods

Meal Ideas 28 December 2021

Build a Better-for-You Menu in 2022

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

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

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

A Fresh Take on Family Dinner

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

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

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

Cuban Chicken with Salsa Fresca

Servings: 5

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

Salsa Fresca:

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

Take Your Salad from Bland to Bold

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


Moroccan Roasted Vegetable Salad

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

Lemon Tahini Dressing:

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

A Lean, Nutritious Lunch

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

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


Turkey-Potato Wrap

Recipe courtesy of Wisconsin Potatoes

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

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

Eating Well When You’re Short on Time

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

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


Loaded Smoked Salmon Rice Bowl

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

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

Source: Fresh Express
Wisconsin Potatoes
Minute Rice

Appetizers & Sides 07 December 2021

A Secret Ingredient for Winter Wellness

Support your immune system with 100% orange juice

(Family Features) While winter rushes in with brisk breezes and chilly temperatures, staying indoors to avoid the weather shouldn’t mean forgoing healthy habits. One step toward wellness is maintaining nutritional value in meals from morning to night, even when comfort foods call your name.

As a key source of nutrients that supports a healthy lifestyle year-round, especially during cold and flu season, one 8-ounce serving of Florida Orange Juice provides more than 100% of your daily value of vitamin C and is a good source of potassium, folate and thiamin. Fortified juice also contains 15% of the daily value of vitamin D, which plays an important role in regulating immune response and helps cells fight off bacteria and viruses that enter the body.

Additionally, 100% orange juice is virtually the only dietary source of a unique, powerful phytonutrient (naturally occurring plant compound) called hesperidin, which may also help support a healthy immune system. According to the USDA, the flavonoid hesperidin is highly concentrated in citrus and rarely found in other foods.

“Maintaining a well-balanced diet is one way to help support your immune system in the colder months,” said Dr. Rosa Walsh, scientific research director at the Florida Department of Citrus. “For example, 100% orange juice contains vitamin C, vitamin D (in fortified juice) and phytonutrients like flavonoids and colorful carotenoids, making it a nutritional powerhouse.”

This Orange Honey Glazed Carrots recipe offers a warming yet nutritional, naturally sweet way to incorporate orange juice into your winter menu. Orange juice is also a go-to ingredient for popular non-alcoholic drinks like this Orange Juice Mint Mocktail, a perfect pairing for winter meals.

Visit floridajuice.com to find more recipes for winter wellness.

Orange Honey Glazed Carrots

  • 2 cups sliced carrots
  • 1/4 cup Florida Orange Juice
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground ginger
  • fresh parsley, for garnish
  • fresh chives, for garnish
  1. Steam carrots until tender.
  2. In saucepan over medium heat, whisk orange juice, honey, cornstarch, salt and ginger.
  3. Cover, whisking constantly until sauce thickens.
  4. Pour sauce over steamed carrots. Top with parsley and chives.

Orange Juice Mint Mocktail

  • 2 cups Florida Orange Juice
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup water
  • ice cubes
  • 1/2 cup carbonated water
  • 2-3 mint leaves
  1. In pitcher, stir orange juice, lemon juice and water.
  2. Divide mocktail evenly among ice-filled glasses and top with carbonated water.
  3. Garnish with mint leaves.

Source: Florida Department of Citrus

Holiday 17 November 2021

5 Ways to Stay Balanced During the Busy Holiday Season

(Family Features) As bright and joyful as the holidays can be, the hustle and bustle of the season can also leave people feeling overwhelmed. Remembering to slow down and find ways to maintain self-care between festivities can make the holidays more enjoyable.

Supporting a healthy lifestyle can be as easy as taking small actions when life gets hectic. Chakra Earthsong, founder of KeVita – makers of prebiotic and probiotic drinks – recommends these tips for integrating self-care during the season. Visit kevita.com for more information.


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1. Get the Family Involved – In the midst of the busyness, activities that include the entire family – like scavenger hunts, crafts, making placemats and table decor for holiday meals and cooking – can create special moments that get the feel-good emotions flowing. It’s also a good idea to get fresh air, whether it’s a walk, bike ride or hike to look at decorations.


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2. Take Time for Yourself – Togetherness is one of the best aspects of the winter holidays but making time for favorite personal activities can help keep stress levels low. Whether it’s keeping up with hobbies, meditating, exercising or “me time” moments such as wrapping holiday gifts with music playing, these breaks can positively boost your mood and overall productivity.

3. Practice Healthy Habits – Enjoying delicious holiday foods and treats are highlights of the season. One way to balance those indulgences with wellness goals is adding probiotics to daily routines. Probiotics are the live micro-organisms referred to as “good” bacteria that, when consumed in the correct amounts, may provide health benefits, such as improving digestion. Another option to keep your goals on track is adding prebiotic fiber – the fiber that contributes to the good bacteria in the gut. Try an option like KeVita’s Prebiotic Shots, a convenient way to support your digestive health and wellness routines on the go.


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4. Enjoy Holiday Treats in Moderation – Parties often involve enjoying holiday baked goods, snacking and chatting but can sometimes lead to overindulgence. Practicing mindful or intuitive eating and making smart swaps, such as mocktails over cocktails, are two ways to find balance and enjoy events.

5. Experiment with New Recipes – Most hosts have their own holiday go-to’s and traditions, and adding fun beverages is one of the easiest ways to try something new while also squeezing in functional benefits. One idea is to mix up light and bubbly drinks that offer a festive feel. Earthsong recommends this Lemon Ginger Merry Mocktail, made with KeVita’s Sparkling Probiotic Drinks, which contain billions of live probiotics.

Lemon Ginger Merry Mocktail

Prep time: 3 minutes

Yield: 16 ounces

  • 2 tablespoons pomegranate seeds, plus additional for garnish, divided
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons molasses
  • 5 small mint leaves
  • 1 cup KeVita Lemon Ginger Sparkling Probiotic Drink
  • 1/4 cup pomegranate juice
  • 3/4 cup ice
  • 1 mint sprig, for garnish
  1. In glass, muddle 2 tablespoons pomegranate seeds, molasses and mint leaves.
  2. Add probiotic drink, pomegranate juice and ice.
  3. Stir gently.
  4. Garnish with additional pomegranate seeds and mint sprig.

Source: KeVita

Appetizers & Sides 22 October 2021

Amaze Guests with Great Grape Appetizers

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

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

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

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

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

Tricolor Grape Pizza with Goat Cheese and Thyme

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

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

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

Smoked Chicken and Grape Bruschetta

Yield: 24 pieces

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

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

Easy Grape Compote

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

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

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

Festive, Fruitful Decor

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

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

Source: California Table Grape Commission

Holiday 18 October 2021

Healthy Holiday Baking Swaps

(Family Features) Many holiday hosts tend to pull out their most treasured family recipes when entertaining loved ones. After all, taste is the most important aspect of most holiday spreads, particularly when it comes to favorite baked goods and desserts.

Put a better-for-you twist on your baked classics this holiday season by swapping out less healthy cooking fats like butter, canola oil and vegetable oil with an option like Pompeian Light Taste Olive Oil. Ideal for baking desserts like this Lemon Cake or Sugar Cookies with Orange Glaze, as well as frying, this light tasting olive oil provides a healthier take on your holiday recipes without impacting the taste you and your guests love. This olive oil is high-quality and authentic, backed by a brand that has been perfecting the craft of olive oil since 1906.

Find more better-for-you holiday recipe inspiration at Pompeian.com/recipes.

Lemon Cake

Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 1 hour, 15 minutes
Servings: 30

  • 1 1/3 cups Pompeian Light Taste Olive Oil, plus additional for oiling pan
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 1/4 cups whole milk
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons grated lemon zest, plus additional for garnish (optional)
  • 1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup limoncello
  • powdered sugar, for garnish (optional)
  • dried sweetened lemon rings, for garnish (optional)
  1. Heat oven to 350 F. Oil 8-by-12-by-2-inch pan with olive oil and line bottom with parchment paper.
  2. In bowl, whisk flour, sugars, salt, baking soda and powder. In another bowl, whisk 1 1/3 cups olive oil, milk, eggs, lemon zest, juice and limoncello. Add dry ingredients; whisk until just combined.
  3. Pour batter into prepared pan and bake 60-75 minutes until top is golden and cake tester comes out clean. Transfer cake to rack and let cool 30 minutes.
  4. Run knife around edge of pan, invert cake onto rack and let cool completely, 2 hours.
  5. Sprinkle with powdered sugar, lemon zest and lemon rings right before serving, if desired.

Sugar Cookies with Orange Glaze

Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes
Servings: 36

Cookies:

  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup cake sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup Pompeian Light Taste Olive Oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon almond extract
  • 2-3 tablespoons unsweetened milk of choice

Glaze:

  • 1 cup powdered sugar, plus additional if needed, for thickening
  • 2-3 tablespoons fresh orange juice
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • orange slices or blood orange slices, for topping
  • sugar, for topping
  1. To make cookies: Preheat oven to 350 F. Lightly grease baking sheet.
  2. In large bowl, stir flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt to combine.
  3. Add olive oil, vanilla extract and almond extract. Stir until crumbly dough forms.
  4. Add 2 tablespoons milk; stir until soft dough ball forms, adding more milk if needed.
  5. Place dough ball on lightly floured surface. Roll out dough until 1/4-inch thick. Using jar lid or other circular object, cut out cookies; place on baking sheet. Repeat until all dough is used.
  6. Bake 8-10 minutes; do not overbake. Set aside to cool.
  7. To make glaze: In small bowl, stir powdered sugar, 2 tablespoons orange juice and salt until thick glaze forms. Add more juice, if needed, to thin out glaze or add more powdered sugar to thicken.
  8. When cookies are cooled, glaze them. Top with orange slices or blood orange slices and pinch of sugar.

Source: Pompeian Oils & Vinegars

Grilling-Tailgating 07 June 2021

Cookout Cravings

(Family Features) Something about summer brings out cravings for grilled perfection. Whether it’s the unmistakable flavor of a slow smoked side of ribs or a flame-kissed tenderloin, you can’t go wrong when you pull out the grill.

Barbecue enthusiasts, who only let the best meats grace their grills and smokers, know marbling is one of the best indicators of quality meat. Marbling is the tiny flecks of fat in the meat itself. These melt throughout the grilling process to infuse every bite with tenderness and flavor.

When you’re planning your menu for your next summer cookout, look for an option like Chairman’s Reserve Pork, which has strict standards to ensure marbling is part of every cut. Each cut is hand-selected and hand-trimmed to guarantee tender, juicy and flavorful results.

From savory to sweet to spicy, pork is the hero of each of these recipes, giving you plenty of ways to cure those summertime cravings. Find more grilling tips and recipes at chairmansreservemeats.com/recipes.

Grilled Pork Tenderloin and Vegetables

Recipe courtesy of pitmaster Tuffy Stone
Prep time: 2 hours
Cook time: 35 minutes
Servings: 4

Coriander Rub:

  • 1          tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1          tablespoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2          teaspoons freshly ground coriander seed
  • 1          teaspoon granulated garlic
  • 1          Chairman’s Reserve Pork Tenderloin (2 pounds)
  • 4          tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 3          tablespoons Coriander Rub, divided
  • 12        small carrots with tops, washed and dried
  • 8          spring onions, washed and dried
  • 12-18   thin asparagus spears, washed and dried
  • 1          lemon, halved
  • 2          cups watercress, arugula or spring salad greens mix, washed
  • 1          tablespoon chives, thinly sliced
  • 1          tablespoon tarragon leaves, torn or chopped
  • 1          tablespoon Italian parsley, torn or chopped
  1. To make coriander rub: In airtight container, mix salt, black pepper, coriander seed and garlic together. Store until ready to use.
  2. To make tenderloin and vegetables: Brush tenderloin with 1 tablespoon olive oil. Evenly season both sides of pork with 1 tablespoon coriander rub and refrigerate 2 hours. Coat carrots, spring onions and asparagus with 2 tablespoons olive oil and season with 1 tablespoon coriander rub; refrigerate.
  3. Remove tenderloin and vegetables from refrigerator and bring to room temperature.
  4. Heat grill to 400 F using direct grilling setup. Place lemon halves, cut sides down, over hot coals and cook approximately 5 minutes, or until lemon halves are charred. Remove to cool.
  5. Place seasoned pork tenderloin over hot coals and grill 3-5 minutes. Using tongs, rotate meat every 3-5 minutes and cook until meat thermometer placed in thickest part of tenderloin reads 140 F (about 15 minutes). Remove tenderloin from heat and let rest 10 minutes.
  6. Place seasoned carrots, onion and asparagus on hot grill. Cook 3-4 minutes then turn and cook another 3-4 minutes. Transfer to plate.
  7. Toss salad greens in remaining olive oil, juice of 1 charred lemon half and 2 teaspoons coriander rub.
  8. Slice tenderloin into 1/4-inch medallions. Place grilled vegetables and medallions on platter; garnish with herbs and juice of remaining lemon half. Serve with spring greens salad.

Loin Back Ribs with Peach Jalapeno Glaze

Recipe courtesy of pitmaster Tuffy Stone
Total time: 5 hours
Servings: 4

Cool Smoke Barbecue Rub:

  • 1/2       cup turbinado sugar
  • 1/4       cup, plus 2 tablespoons, kosher salt
  • 1/4       cup chili powder
  • 2          tablespoons smoked paprika
  • 3          tablespoons ground cumin
  • 2          teaspoons ground oregano
  • 2          teaspoons cayenne pepper
  • 1          tablespoon, plus 1 teaspoon, black pepper
  • 1          tablespoon, plus 2 teaspoons, granulated garlic
  • 1          tablespoon, plus 2 teaspoons, granulated onion

Pork Ribs:

  • 2          racks (1 1/2 pounds) Chairman’s Reserve pork loin baby back ribs
  • 1          cup Cool Smoke Barbecue Rub
  • 1/2       cup apple juice, in spray bottle

Peach Jalapeno Glaze:

  • 1          cup peach preserves
  • 1/2       cup chicken or pork stock
  • 1/4       cup minced jalapeno (about 1 large jalapeno)
  • 3          teaspoons Cool Smoke Barbecue Rub
  • 2          teaspoon lemon juice
  1. To make cool smoke barbecue rub: In medium bowl, mix turbinado sugar, kosher salt, chili powder, smoked paprika, cumin, oregano, cayenne pepper, black pepper, garlic and onion thoroughly. Store in airtight container until ready to use.
  2. To make ribs: One hour before cooking ribs, use shaker to dust each rack evenly on both sides with 1/4 cup Cool Smoke Barbecue Rub per side.
  3. Heat smoker to 275 F.
  4. Place ribs meat-side up in smoker; cook 1 hour. Spray ribs with apple juice. Cook 1 hour more, spraying every 30 minutes and at end of cook time.
  5. Cut two 18-by-24-inch lengths of extra-heavy foil; set aside. When ribs turn reddish-brown, transfer from grill and place each rack meat-side down on foil. Wrap tightly, being careful not to puncture foil. Place foil-wrapped ribs, meat-side down, in smoker and cook 1 1/2-2 hours until tender. Open foil package and use skewer or toothpick to check tenderness.
  6. To make peach jalapeno glaze: In saucepan over low heat, stir peach preserves, stock, jalapeno, Cool Smoke Barbecue Rub and lemon juice. Cover and keep warm until ready to use.
  7. Remove ribs from foil, brush each rack with Peach Jalapeno Glaze (1/4 cup per side) and return to smoker meat-side up, 5-10 minutes to set sauce. Watch carefully to avoid burning sauce.
  8. Serve warm with extra Peach Jalapeno Glaze.

Oak Smoked Brown Sugar Chili Rubbed Ribs

Prep time: 40 minutes
Cook time: 4 hours, 50 minutes
Servings: 6

  • Oak wood chips
  • 1          can (6 ounces) tomato paste
  • 2          tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2          teaspoons chili powder
  • 1          teaspoon cumin
  • 1          teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1          teaspoon onion powder
  • 2          teaspoons kosher salt
  • 2          racks Chairman’s Reserve pork loin baby back ribs
  1. Heat outdoor grill or smoker on low. Using charcoal, heat coals until white. Soak oak wood chips in water 15-30 minutes. Spread wood chips over coals or use smoke box.
  2. In mixing bowl, combine tomato paste, brown sugar, chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, onion powder and salt.
  3. Rub tomato mixture over ribs and grill 1 1/2 hours on direct heat. Wrap ribs using heavy duty foil and move to indirect heat about 3 hours until tender.

Source: Tyson Chairman’s Reserve

Appetizers & Sides 26 May 2021

Add Mediterranean Flair to Your Dinner Table

(Family Features) During the past year, many people have missed the opportunity to travel and experience the sights, sounds and tastes of the world, but it’s easy to explore other cultures and cuisines by experimenting in the kitchen.

If you’re looking to transport your taste buds to the shores of Spain or the beaches of Greece, one of the best places to start is with the Mediterranean Diet. Renowned chef Geoffrey Zakarian recommends these tips to help home cooks elevate their dishes and easily incorporate the popular diet into everyday cooking.

Reach for Pantry Staples. There’s no single definition of the Mediterranean Diet, but it’s high in vegetables, fruits, whole grains, nuts, seeds, olive oil and seafood. By keeping your pantry stocked with canned versions of ingredients like beans and fish you can easily add them to your favorite dishes. Yellowfin Tuna Pasta Salad with Arugula Pesto and Dates, and Tuna Aioli Dip with Balsamic Drizzle are flavorful ways to bring Mediterranean flair to your dinner table.

Add Seafood. Eating more seafood is one of the leading principles of the Mediterranean Diet. Tuna salad is one tried-and-true dish that can help incorporate fish into your menu. To make it more nutritious, opt for tuna that’s packed in extra-virgin olive oil, so you don’t have to add much mayo to the base. For example, Genova Premium Tuna provides a tasteful addition to recipes and is high in protein, a great source of omega-3s and has a uniquely rich and savory flavor that offers a taste of the Mediterranean in every bite.

Visit GenovaSeafood.com for more recipe inspiration.

 

Tuna Aioli Dip with Balsamic Drizzle

Prep time: 15-20 minutes
Cook time: 10-15 minutes
Servings: 4

  • 6          ounces Genova Albacore Tuna in Olive Oil
  • 1/4       cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1          dried bay leaf
  • 1          sprig fresh rosemary
  • 1⁄3       cup mayonnaise
  • 2          tablespoons capers, drained
  • 2          anchovies
  • 1/2       lemon, juice only (about 1 1/2 tablespoons)
  • raw vegetables, such as carrots, celery, cucumber spears, endive leaves, sliced fennel and bell pepper strips, for dipping
  1. Drain tuna, reserving 2 tablespoons oil.
  2. In small saucepan, combine balsamic vinegar, bay leaf and rosemary sprig. Bring to boil and reduce until syrupy, about 1 tablespoon. Let cool slightly; discard bay leaf and rosemary sprig.
  3. In blender or food processor, process tuna and reserved oil, mayonnaise, capers, anchovies and lemon juice to make smooth dip. Transfer to flat serving bowl. Drizzle with balsamic syrup. Serve with raw vegetables.

 

Yellowfin Tuna Pasta Salad with Arugula Pesto and Dates 

Prep time: 20-30 minutes
Cook time: 20-25 minutes
Servings: 4

  • 2          cans (5 ounces each) Genova Yellowfin Tuna in Olive Oil, drained
  • 1/2       cup pine nuts
  • 4          cups arugula
  • 1          garlic clove 
  • 2          tablespoons butter (optional)
  • 1          cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano, plus additional for garnish (optional)
  • 2          lemons, zest only (optional)
  • 1/2       teaspoon kosher salt 
  • 1/2       teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 3/4       cup extra-virgin olive oil 
  • 8          ounces whole-wheat orecchiette 
  • 1/2       cup jarred sun-dried tomatoes in oil, chopped
  • 1/2       cup dates, pitted and quartered 
  • 1/4       cup kalamata olives, pitted and chopped 
  • 1/4       cup dill, chopped (optional)
  • 1/4       cup parsley, chopped (optional)
  1. Preheat oven to 325 F.
  2. On a sheet tray, toast pine nuts 8-12 minutes, or until golden. Set aside to cool.
  3. Bring large pot of salted water to boil. Prepare ice water bath by filling large bowl with cold water and ice. Stir arugula into boiling water and cook until bright green and tender, about 30 seconds. Drain arugula, immediately shock in ice water and set aside to fully drain; cover with towel. 
  4. In blender or food processor, add arugula; garlic; pine nuts; butter, if desired; Parmigiano-Reggiano; lemon zest, if desired; salt; and pepper. Puree on high, incorporating olive oil to desired thickness. 
  5. Place pesto in bowl and cover tightly to avoid discoloring.
  6. Bring large pot of salted water to boil.
  7. Add pasta and return to boil, stirring occasionally. Taste pasta for doneness 2 minutes earlier than package instructions. Once cooked, drain and transfer to large bowl. Do not rinse. 
  8. Add pesto gently until evenly distributed. Fold in tuna, sun-dried tomatoes, dates and olives.
  9. Divide between shallow bowls and finish with additional Parmigiano-Reggiano, dill and parsley, if desired.

Source: Genova Tuna

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