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Meal Ideas 20 October 2020

Busy Season Meal Solutions

(Family Features) As families across the country transition back into more normal routines this fall with work, school – whether virtual or in-person – and calendars jam-packed with commitments, it’s important to find ways to save precious time and squeeze in more moments with loved ones.

While getting nutritious, delicious and affordable meals on the table to help fuel those busy days is crucial, there are ways to cut down the amount of time spent in the kitchen each day. Setting aside a couple hours each week to meal prep can make it easier to serve lunch and dinner on a tight schedule and budget. For example, this California-Style Cheesy Enchilada Casserole can be made in batches ahead of time then frozen as individual portions and reheated when hunger strikes while working or learning from home.

Using prepared enchilada sauce, roasted chicken and a Hispanic-style cheese blend made with 100% Real California Milk from California dairy farm families, plus a traditional blend of vegetables and spices, you can feel good about serving your family members a flavorful, nutritional and budget-friendly meal each time they reach for another helping.

Find additional busy season recipe inspiration, nutritional information and more at RealCaliforniaMilk.com.

California-Style Cheesy Enchilada Casserole

Cooking Sauce:

  • 2          eggs
  • 1/2       teaspoon salt
  • 1/2       cup Real California half-and-half, milk or evaporated milk
  • 1/2       cup Real California sour cream
  • vegetable oil

Casserole:

  • 1 1/2-2 cups prepared enchilada sauce, divided
  • 12        corn tortillas, divided
  • 1          cup roasted skinless chicken, cut into bite-size pieces
  • 2          teaspoons enchilada seasoning
  • 4          cups shredded Real California Mexican cheese blend, divided, or 1 cup each shredded Real California Oaxaca, Cheddar, Jalapeño Jack and crumbled Cotija cheeses
  • 1          cup canned pinto beans, drained well
  • 1/2       teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2       teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/3       cup canned kernel corn, well drained
  • 1/3       cup sliced black olives, well drained
  • 1/3       cup mild green chiles, well drained
  • 2          tablespoons of cilantro, minced
  • 2          green onions, sliced
  • lime wedges, for serving
  • Real California sour cream, for serving
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. To make cooking sauce: In bowl, whisk eggs, salt, half-and-half and sour cream; set aside.
  3. Spray casserole dish with vegetable oil.
  4. To make casserole: Assemble first layer by spreading 6 tablespoons enchilada sauce on bottom of casserole dish. Top with four tortillas, overlapping them. Cover tortillas with 6 tablespoons enchilada sauce.
  5. Assemble second layer by tossing chicken with enchilada seasoning. Mix with 3 cups shredded cheese. Layer half chicken-cheese mixture over tortillas.
  6. Assemble third layer by seasoning pinto beans with cumin and garlic powder. Spread beans over cheese-chicken layer.
  7. Assemble fourth layer by overlapping four tortillas then cover with 6-8 tablespoons enchilada sauce. Cover with corn, olives and chiles. Top with remaining cheese-chicken mixture.
  8. Assemble final layer by covering filling with remaining tortillas, overlapped, then spread remaining enchilada sauce over them. Pour cooking sauce over casserole. Top with remaining shredded cheese. Let rest at least 30 minutes.
  9. Bake 50-60 minutes, or until bubbling. Remove and rest 10 minutes before cutting.
  10. Sprinkle with cilantro and green onions. Serve with lime wedges and sour cream.

Source: Real California Milk

Grilling-Tailgating 22 June 2020

Cookout Cravings: Appease summer appetites with grilled fare

(Family Features) The first thought that comes to mind when picturing grilling in the summer sun might be a perfectly cooked steak or a juicy burger, but no backyard barbecue is complete without the all-important sides and beverages that complete the meal.

Whether you're pairing a main protein with separate side dishes or going all-in-one by combining tender chicken with veggies on skewers, the opportunities are endless for a crave-worthy cookout.

Find more summer grilling recipes at Culinary.net.

5 Steps for Sizzling Steak

A sizzling steak is a surefire sound of summer, and the flavors achieved from one that's perfectly grilled are hard to match.

Before you fire up your grill, consider these five basics for cooking a chef-worthy steak:

Prepare Your Cut
Taste preferences (and prices) may differ among sirloins, ribeyes, T-bones and more, but the way you prepare steaks likely won't change much from cut to cut. You'll want to trim the thickness down to 1/2-1 inch for proper cooking, and setting the meat out ahead of time allows it to warm to room temperature before hitting the grill.

Add Some Salt
Feel free to add any spices you prefer, but remember a good steak typically doesn't require fancy seasoning - a pinch of salt works just fine. Add your salt anywhere between 30 minutes to a few hours before grilling time to help retain moisture and improve flavor.

Aim for High Heat
A two-zone fire is usually the way to go - one side of the grill should be hot (using direct heat) with the other side not quite as warm (indirect heat). This allows you to create a sear over direct heat before finishing cooking through - without burning - over indirect heat.

Sear and Slide
Cooking your steak over direct heat 1-2 minutes on each side is normally about right for creating a proper sear. At this point, depending on the thickness of your steak, you'll want to check for doneness. If it's not quite to the temperature you're looking to achieve, simply slide it over to the indirect heat for a finishing touch. Keep in mind these general guidelines for doneness: 120-125 F is rare, 130-135 F is medium-rare, 140-145 F is medium, 150-155 F is medium-well and 160-175 F is well done.

Let Rest
Finally, as hungry as you may be at this point, resting steaks is an important last step before diving in. Giving your steaks 5-10 minutes (foil or no foil) allows flavors to redistribute and moisture to be retained in the meat.

Less Prep, More Summer with a Skewered Solution

Make summer grilling easy and delicious by cooking your side dish and main dish together so you can spend more time outdoors and less time meal planning. These Grilled Greek Kebabs pair cubed chicken thighs with little potatoes on skewers, making for a classic cookout combo.

With no washing or peeling required, Creamer potatoes from The Little Potato Company require little prep, which helps make this recipe a breeze, and they cook quickly on the grill. Just marinate your chicken and potatoes with this zesty dressing and prepare for a taste bud-tingling backyard barbecue.

Visit littlepotatoes.com/summertime for more summer grilling recipes.

Grilled Greek Kebabs

Dressing/Marinade:

  • 3/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 lemons, zest and juice only
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • salt, to taste
  • pepper, to taste
  • 3 teaspoons mayonnaise
  • Skewers:
  • 2 cups The Little Potato Company Dynamic Duo bagged Creamer Potatoes, cut in half
  • 4-6 boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 8 wooden skewers dipped in water
  • pita bread (optional)

Salad:

  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 4 sliced Lebanese cucumbers
  • 1/4 cup red onion, finely sliced
  • 1 cup feta cheese
  • 1 cup pitted kalamata olives

To make dressing/marinade: In measuring cup, mix olive oil, lemon juice, lemon zest, oregano, Dijon mustard, garlic and sugar. Season generously with salt and pepper, to taste. Pour 1/3 cup marinade into large bowl. Refrigerate remaining.

To prepare skewers: Add potatoes and chicken pieces to bowl with marinade. Mix well to coat and marinate 30 minutes, or as long as overnight in refrigerator.

Preheat grill to medium heat.

Skewer potatoes and chicken cubes alternately on wooden skewers. Grill 6-8 minutes on both sides. Grill pita bread, if desired.

Finish dressing by adding mayonnaise.

To make salad: In large serving dish, mix tomatoes, cucumber, onions, feta cheese and olives. Place kebabs on top and drizzle with dressing.

Serve with grilled pita bread, if desired.

Sipping on Sweetness

When it's summertime, many people crave something cold and fruity. Simply combine frozen strawberries with frozen pink lemonade concentrate to create a cool concoction perfect for a sizzling day. This fizzy summertime treat can delight your taste buds and keep you quenched while enjoying the sun's rays.

Find more summer drink recipes at Culinary.net.

Strawberry Spritzer

Recipe adapted from Taste of Home

  • 1 package (10 ounces) frozen sliced strawberries, sweetened and thawed
  • 2 liters lemon-lime soda, chilled
  • 1 can (12 ounces) frozen pink lemonade concentrate, thawed
  1. In blender, process strawberries until blended thoroughly.
  2. Pour strawberries into large pitcher; stir in soda and pink lemonade.

A Simple Stuffed Side

Whether you need a quick appetizer or something to snack on, these Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes make for an appealing bite.

Find more snack recipes at Culinary.net.

Stuffed Cherry Tomatoes

Recipe courtesy of Culinary.net

  • 24-48 cherry tomatoes
  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 medium cucumber, peeled and diced
  • 3 green onion stalks, diced
  • 2 teaspoons minced dill
  • fresh dill, for garnish
  1. Cut thin slice off top of each tomato. Scoop out pulp. Invert tomatoes on paper towel to drain.
    In medium bowl, combine cream cheese and mayonnaise until smooth. Stir in cucumber, green onion and dill. Spoon mixture into tomatoes. Top with fresh dill.
  2. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

 

Photo courtesy of Getty Images (Steak)

Source:  The Little Potato Company

Meal Ideas 28 May 2020

Support Your Immune System with Grapes

(Family Features) Boosting immune function through a healthy diet has become an important new focus for many people these days. One key dietary recommendation is to eat more fruits and vegetables each day to improve immune function and prevent heart disease and diabetes. When looking to guide your family to healthier snacks and meals or simply trying to mix up your at-home menu, success can be as simple as rethinking the ingredients you choose to use, including your favorite produce, such as grapes.

Fresh California grapes, for example, make for an ideal snack because they are tasty, healthy, hydrating and refreshing, but grapes can also be used to make good-for-you dishes that are also satisfying and delicious. Grapes of all colors – red, green and black – are a natural source of beneficial antioxidants and other polyphenols. Plus, they are naturally fat-free, cholesterol-free and contain virtually no sodium.

Try recipes like Moroccan Grape and Grilled Chicken Bowls with Grape Vinaigrette, Spiced Chickpeas and Grapes with Yogurt, and Cauliflower Steaks with Grapes to pair heart-healthy grapes with other nutritious ingredients and add variety and fresh appeal in the kitchen.

Visit GrapesFromCalifornia.com for more nutritious family recipes

Moroccan Grape and Grilled Chicken Bowls with Grape Vinaigrette

Servings: 4

Couscous:

  • 1          cup Israeli couscous
  • 2          tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2       cup carrots, thinly sliced
  • 1/2       cup tomatoes, diced
  • 1/2       cup parsley, leaves only
  • 1 1/2    teaspoons ras el hanout (Moroccan spice blend)
  • 1          teaspoon salt

Chicken:

  • 2          chicken breasts (8 ounces each)
  • 1          tablespoon harissa paste
  • 1          tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1          teaspoon salt

Vinaigrette:

  • 1/4       cup green California grapes
  • 1          lemon, juice only
  • 1          preserved lemon, rind only
  • 1/4       cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2          tablespoons cilantro, chopped
  • salt, to taste
  • ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1          cup red California grapes, halved
  • 1/2       cup sliced almonds, toasted
  1. To make couscous: Cook couscous in boiling salted water. Drain, rinse with cold water and combine with olive oil. Add carrots, tomatoes, parsley leaves, ras el hanout and salt. Mix well and set aside.
  2. To make chicken: Heat grill to medium-high heat.
  3. Rub chicken breasts with harissa paste, olive oil and salt. Grill on both sides until just done. Set aside to cool. Slice into 1/4-inch slices.
  4. To make vinaigrette: In blender, puree green grapes, lemon juice, lemon rind, olive oil and cilantro until smooth. Add salt and pepper, to taste.
  5. Toss couscous mixture with vinaigrette and portion into four bowls. Top with sliced chicken, red grapes and almonds.

Nutritional information per serving: 590 calories; 30 g protein; 44 g carbohydrates; 32 g fat (49% calories from fat); 4.5 g saturated fat (7% calories from saturated fat); 65 mg cholesterol; 720 mg sodium; 3 g fiber.

Spiced Chickpeas and Grapes with Yogurt

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

  • 1          can (15 ounces) chickpeas, rinsed, drained and patted dry
  • 1          cup California grapes
  • 1          tablespoon peanut oil
  • 1 1/2    teaspoons mustard seeds
  • 1          teaspoon cumin seeds
  • 1          teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 1/4       teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1          pinch red pepper flakes
  • 1          cup low-fat Greek yogurt
  • 1          tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2       teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
  • 1/2       garlic clove, grated
  • 2          tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • 2          tablespoons thinly sliced scallions
  1. In large bowl, mix chickpeas and grapes.
  2. In small skillet, warm oil over medium-high heat until shimmering. Add mustard seeds and cover. Cook until seeds stop popping then add cumin and fennel seeds; cook until fragrant, about 1 minute. Stir in 1/8 teaspoon salt and pepper flakes; pour over chickpeas and grapes. Mix well.
  3. In separate bowl, stir yogurt, lemon juice, lemon zest, garlic and remaining salt. Spread on serving platter and top with chickpea mixture, cilantro and scallions.

Nutritional information per serving: 220 calories; 11 g protein; 31 g carbohydrates; 6 g fat (25% calories from fat); 1.5 g saturated fat (6% calories from saturated fat); 5 mg cholesterol; 280 mg sodium; 1 g fiber.

Cauliflower Steaks with Grapes

Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4

  • 1          large head cauliflower, leaves trimmed off
  • 3          tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 2          teaspoons finely chopped rosemary
  • 1/2       teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1/2       teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
  • 1          cup halved California grapes
  • 1/4       cup chopped Castelvetrano olives
  • 2          tablespoons chopped Italian parsley
  • 2          tablespoons chopped, toasted pistachios
  1. Heat oven to 450 F.
  2. Cut stem off cauliflower and cut remaining head crosswise into four 1-inch-thick slices, keeping as intact as possible. Place on sheet pan and brush sides with 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil. Sprinkle with rosemary, salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Roast until browned and tender, about 25 minutes.
  3. Combine remaining olive oil, remaining pepper, grapes, olives, parsley and pistachios. When cauliflower is roasted, transfer to serving plates and top with grape mixture.
  4. Nutritional information per serving: 210 calories; 5 g protein; 20 g carbohydrates; 14 g fat (60% calories from fat); 2 g saturated fat (9% calories from saturated fat); 0 mg cholesterol; 480 mg sodium; 5 g fiber.
  5. Healthy Eating is Easy with Grapes
  6. Grapes are prized for their taste and crisp, juicy texture, but fresh grapes are also a heart-healthy, hydrating snack choice. Grapes contain more than 1,600 natural plant compounds, including antioxidants and other polyphenols, which help protect the health and function of the body’s cells. Grapes can be paired with other healthy foods to enhance flavor and nutrition, including dark leafy greens, cauliflower, broccoli, whole grains, legumes and lean proteins.

Source: California Table Grape Commission

Meal Ideas 29 April 2020

Ways to Make Hearty Meals at Home with Pantry Staples

(Family Features) Stocking up on pantry essentials is a productive practice, especially as people across the country spend more time at home. However, having all those ingredients on-hand doesn't do as much good if you aren't sure how to use them or feel as if you're constantly whipping up the same dishes.

For example, canned protein is a popular pantry item as it cuts down on prep time and holds a long shelf life while adding important nutrients to family meals. Canned seafood, in particular, is a versatile choice that can be used in a variety of easy recipes or simply eaten on its own.

An option like Chicken of the Sea Chunk Light Tuna in Water, which is 99% fat free and a good source of protein and heart-healthy omega-3s, makes for an easy and versatile addition to dishes like pasta. A 5-ounce can contains 24 grams of high-quality protein, making it a nourishing source of energy while helping to easily satisfy hunger.

Try adding some modern flair to the table with this Mediterranean Tuna Pasta, perfect for a family of four and ready in just 20 minutes. Virtually any canned seafood can be used from salmon to tuna in place of more traditional proteins used in this pasta and many other dishes.

If your family prefers to stick to tradition, Mom's Favorite Tuna Noodle Casserole provides a warm, hearty meal with a hint of nostalgia while gathering loved ones around the dinner table.

Ingredients in these recipes can be easily substituted for similar options you may already have on hand, such as another dried pasta in place of penne or carrots in lieu of peas.

Find more filling family recipes at chickenofthesea.com.

Mediterranean Tuna Pasta

Total time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4

  • 1          package (16 ounces) penne pasta
  • 1          can (15 ounces) chickpeas, drained
  • 1          can (14 1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes with basil, garlic and oregano
  • 1          medium zucchini, sliced 1/4-inch thick
  • 2          tablespoons sliced ripe olives
  • 1          can (5 ounces) Chicken of the Sea Chunk Light Tuna in Water, drained
  • 1/2       cup Parmesan cheese
  1. Cook pasta according to package directions.
  2. In large skillet, bring chickpeas, tomatoes, zucchini, olives and tuna to boil; stir constantly.
  3. Reduce heat and simmer, uncovered, 5 minutes.
  4. Spoon mixture over cooked pasta. Top with Parmesan cheese.

Substitution: Use any canned seafood such as salmon in place of canned tuna.

Mom's Favorite Tuna Noodle Casserole

Total time: 40 minutes
Servings: 6-7

  • 2          cans (10 3/4 ounces each) cream of mushroom soup
  • 1          cup milk
  • 2          cups frozen peas
  • 2          cans (12 ounces each) Chicken of the Sea Chunk Light Tuna in Water, drained
  • 4          cups medium egg noodles, cooked
  • 4          tablespoons dry breadcrumbs
  • 2          tablespoons butter, melted
  1. Heat oven to 400° F.
  2. In bowl, stir soup and milk until smooth.
  3. In 3-quart casserole dish, combine peas, tuna and noodles with soup mixture.
  4. Bake 30 minutes, or until warm and bubbling; remove from oven and stir.
  5. In bowl, mix breadcrumbs with melted butter; sprinkle over tuna mixture.
  6. Bake 5 minutes, or until golden brown.

Substitution: Use any frozen vegetable in place of frozen peas.

 

Photo courtesy of Getty Images (Mediterranean Tuna Pasta)

Source:  Chicken of the Sea

Meal Ideas 31 March 2020

Refreshing Dishes for Dining Al Fresco

(Family Features) Some of life’s most cherished moments are shared with loved ones around the table. As temperatures climb, cheerful sunshine and sparkling blue skies are the perfect ingredients to make family time even more enjoyable with a meal served al fresco.

One of the great joys of dining outdoors is the chance to appreciate the simplicity of a gentle breeze or the first glimpses of seasonal blooms. Keeping meal prep simple makes it even easier to embrace these special moments.

A unique approach to an entree salad is easy to prepare and adds a festive flair to your picnic plate. These Ruby Beet Chicken Salad Skewers owe their zesty flavor to the delicate balance of sweetness and vinegar infused by Aunt Nellie’s Baby Whole Pickled Beets.

A cool salad is another must for your outdoor dining menu. Classic Mediterranean flavors like feta cheese and olives combined with READ 3 Bean Salad make this Mediterranean 3-Bean Quinoa Salad the perfect side dish to accompany a light lunch or grilled main course.

Find more ideas and recipes for meals to enjoy outside at auntnellies.com and READsalads.com.

Ruby Beet Chicken Salad Skewers

Prep time: 25 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes
Servings: 8

  • 1          jar (16 ounces) Aunt Nellie’s Baby Whole Pickled Beets
  • 2          large boneless, skinless chicken breast halves (about 1 pound)
  • 1/2       teaspoon salt, plus additional, to taste, divided
  • 1/2       teaspoon pepper, plus additional, to taste, divided
  • 4 1/2    tablespoons stone ground mustard, divided
  • 1 1/2    tablespoons, plus 1/3 cup, orange marmalade, divided
  • 2          tablespoons minced fresh chives
  • 1          large lemon, zest and juice (1/3 cup juice)
  • 1/4       cup olive oil
  • 1          bag (9 ounces) leafy romaine lettuce pieces
  • 1/3       cup chopped almonds, toasted
  • 1/3       cup crumbled blue, feta or goat cheese
  1. Heat oven to 375° F. Drain beets; set aside.
  2. Season both sides of chicken with salt and pepper, to taste. In small bowl, combine 1 1/2 tablespoons mustard and 1 1/2 tablespoons marmalade. Brush mixture over chicken until completely coated. Bake chicken on rimmed baking sheet lined with aluminum foil about 20-25 minutes, or until juices run clear; set aside.
  3. To make vinaigrette: In medium bowl, combine remaining mustard, remaining marmalade, chives, lemon zest and juice, 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Slowly pour in oil while whisking vigorously until completely combined.
  4. Slice cooled chicken into 1-inch pieces. Onto each skewer, thread one beet, one piece of chicken and 4-5 pieces of lettuce; repeat two times for each skewer, adding one beet at ends. Repeat to make eight skewers. Place skewers on large serving platter.
  5. Stir vinaigrette; drizzle lightly over skewers. Sprinkle with almonds and cheese. Serve with remaining vinaigrette.

Mediterranean 3-Bean Quinoa Salad

Recipe courtesy of "A New Dawnn"
Prep time: 20 minutes
Servings: 8

  • 2          cans (15 ounces each) READ 3 Bean Salad
  • 1          cup halved grape tomatoes
  • 1          cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1          cup cooked quinoa
  • 1/2       cup chopped olives
  • 1/2       cup diced bell pepper, any color
  • 2          tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2          teaspoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4       cup chopped fresh cilantro or parsley
  1. Drain bean salad; reserve 3 tablespoons liquid.
  2. In large bowl, combine bean salad, tomatoes, feta cheese, quinoa, olives and bell pepper. Add reserved bean liquid, lemon juice and balsamic vinegar. Stir gently to coat ingredients.
  3. Top with cilantro or parsley. Serve immediately.

Source:  Seneca Foods

Meal Ideas 14 February 2020

Wholesome Recipes with Big Flavor

(Family Features) Maintaining a healthy lifestyle includes a variety of commitments, from exercising to eating right. However, serving up healthy meals doesn’t have to be boring.

From earthy and nutty black ripe olives to rich and fruity kalamata olives, Lindsay adds a hearty and flavorful punch to just about any dish, including soups, salads and main courses. Plus, these fruits are cholesterol-free, high in “good fats” and low in carbohydrates and calories, making them an ideal ingredient for keto, Mediterranean and paleo diets.  

Whether they help elevate dishes like Taco-Stuffed Spaghetti Squash and Baked Eggs Puttanesca or are simply enjoyed as a snack, olives are a guilt-free food to ensure your healthy mealtime is anything but boring.

For more recipes and information, visit ilovelindsay.com.

Taco-Stuffed Spaghetti Squash

Prep time: 30 minutes
Cook time: 50 minutes
Servings: 4

  • 2          spaghetti squash (2 pounds each)
  • 6          tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1          teaspoon salt, plus additional to taste, divided
  • pepper, to taste
  • 1          pound ground chicken
  • 1          cup diced red onion, divided
  • 3          cloves garlic, minced
  • 1          can (14 ounces) diced tomatoes
  • 1          teaspoon cumin
  • 2          teaspoons chili powder
  • 1          can (2 1/4 ounces) Lindsay Black Ripe Sliced Olives
  • 1          lime, juice only
  • 1          cup Monterey Jack cheese
  • 1          avocado, diced
  • 1          large tomato, diced
  • 1          jalapeno, minced
  • 1/2       cup Lindsay Black Ripe Medium Olives
  • 1          lime, wedged
  1. Heat oven to 400° F.
  2. In microwave, cook one whole squash 3 minutes. Repeat with second squash. Cut each in half and scrape out seeds. Drizzle 1 teaspoon oil over each half and rub around until insides are coated. Sprinkle each with salt and pepper, to taste; place on parchment-lined baking sheet center down to lay flat. Bake 50 minutes.
  3. Heat large saute pan over medium-high heat. Put 2 teaspoons oil in pan then chicken, 3/4 cup onion and garlic. Cook until chicken is cooked through.
  4. Add tomatoes, cumin, chili powder and remaining salt; stir to combine. Bring mixture to boil and cook, uncovered, 15 minutes to reduce liquid, stirring occasionally.
  5. Remove from heat. Stir in sliced olives and lime juice.
  6. When squash is cooked, scrape insides with fork to release from edge then create nest. Put 1/4 of chicken mixture and 1/4 cup cheese in each squash half.
  7. Bake 5 minutes, or until cheese is melted. Top with avocado, diced tomatoes, remaining onions, jalapeno, whole olives and lime wedges.

Baked Eggs Puttanesca

Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 45 minutes
Servings: 4-6

  • 3          tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2       yellow onion, chopped
  • 2          cloves garlic, chopped
  • 3          anchovy filets, chopped
  • 1/4       teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2          tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1          can (35 ounces) chopped tomatoes
  • 2          tablespoons Lindsay Capers, drained
  • 1/3       cup Lindsay Pitted Kalamata Olives, drained and halved
  • salt, to taste
  • pepper, to taste
  • 1 1/2    cups chopped kale
  • 6          eggs
  1. Heat oven to 400° F.
  2. In non-reactive saucepan over medium-high heat, warm olive oil. Add onion and saute, stirring occasionally, until soft, about 6 minutes.
  3. Add garlic, anchovies and red pepper flakes; cook 1 minute. Stir in tomato paste then add chopped tomatoes with juices, capers and olives.
  4. Bring to boil then reduce heat to low. Simmer, stirring occasionally, 15 minutes. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  5. Transfer puttanesca sauce to 9-by-13-by-2-inch baking dish and spread to cover bottom. Stir in kale then, using wooden spoon, make six wells. Crack one egg into each well and season yolks with salt and pepper, to taste.
  6. Transfer to oven and cook until white is set and yellow is cooked to preference, 12-16 minutes. Spoon into bowls and serve.

Source: Lindsay

Meal Ideas 23 October 2019

Celebrate the Flavors of Fall

Use a pantry staple to spice up comfort food classics

(Family Features) As chilly weather sets in and days get shorter, comfort food favorites once again fill menus. While traditional flavor combinations typically hold a special place in many families’ hearts and on their plates, there is almost always room to add new and exciting flavors to tried-and-true favorites.

If you’re craving cheesy scalloped potatoes, savory stuffing or juicy braised meat, an option like California Ripe Olives are an easy addition that can spruce up your go-to dishes. Their mild and unique taste lends itself well to many different flavor pairings such as Prosciutto-Wrapped Stuffed Turkey Breast, Potatoes Au Gratin with Olives and Fennel, and Green Beans with Olive Butter.

California family farms produce 95% of the ripe olives grown in the United States. Multi-generational family farmers work with family-owned canneries to produce each can and ensure only the highest quality olives make it from the farm to your table.

For more creative ways to use olives, including family recipes from growers across California, visit CalOlive.org.

Prosciutto-Wrapped Stuffed Turkey Breast

Recipe courtesy of Karista’s Kitchen

Brine:

  • 1/4       cup salt
  • 1          teaspoon whole black peppercorns
  • 2          bay leaves
  • 2          quarts water
  • 3 1/2-4       pounds turkey breast

Turkey:

  • 2          tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • salt, to taste
  • pepper, to taste
  • 1          tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1          tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
  • 1          tablespoon orange zest
  • 4          cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4-1/3       cup dried cranberries
  • 3/4       cup sliced California Green Ripe Olives, divided
  • 4-5       slices prosciutto

Gravy:

  • 2          tablespoons butter
  • 1          tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1-1 ½         cups chicken broth
  • salt, to taste
  • pepper, to taste
  • orange slices, for garnish
  1. To brine turkey breast: In large, non-reactive bowl, mix salt, peppercorns and bay leaves in water. Place turkey breast in brine and cover with additional water, if needed. Place plastic wrap over bowl and refrigerate at least 8 hours or overnight.
  2. To cook turkey breast: Heat oven to 375° F.
  3. Remove turkey breast from brine, rinse and pat dry. On large cutting board with sharp, sturdy knife, slice into thickest portion of turkey and cut lengthwise, but not all the way through.
  4. Brush inside of turkey breast with 1 tablespoon olive oil then sprinkle with salt and pepper, to taste, rosemary, parsley and orange zest. Spread minced garlic, cranberries and 1/2 cup sliced green olives over bottom half of turkey breast then fold top over bottom.
  5. Brush outside of turkey breast with remaining olive oil and place prosciutto slices over top of turkey breast. Using three pieces kitchen twine, tie turkey breast on each end and in middle.
  6. On baking sheet, roast turkey 15 minutes then turn heat down to 350° F and roast 35-45 minutes. Once internal temperature reaches about 155° F, remove from oven and tent foil over top to allow it to continue cooking and stay warm. Let turkey rest about 15 minutes.
  7. Once turkey is cool enough to handle, remove kitchen twine and slice. Arrange slices on platter.
  8. To make gravy: Take remaining juice from baking sheet and add to saucepan over medium heat along with butter. Once butter is melted, sprinkle in flour and whisk. While whisking, add 1 cup chicken broth. If it becomes thick, add 1/2 cup chicken broth, or more, as needed. Let gravy cook several minutes, whisking constantly.
  9. When gravy is done, remove from heat and drizzle over sliced turkey breast. Garnish with remaining green olives and orange slices. Serve warm.

Green Beans with Olive Butter

Recipe courtesy of Culinary Hill

  • 1/4       cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, softened
  • 20        California Black Ripe Olives, chopped
  • 2          shallots, chopped
  • 2          cloves garlic, chopped
  • 4          quarts, plus 1/4 cup, water, divided
  • 1          tablespoon salt, plus additional, to taste
  • 2          pounds green beans, trimmed
  • freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  1. In food processor, pulse butter, olives, shallots and garlic; set aside.
  2. In large saucepan or stockpot, bring 4 quarts water and 1 tablespoon salt to boil.
  3. Add green beans and boil until tender-crisp, but still bright green, about 3-5 minutes. Work in batches, if necessary. Drain well and immediately plunge into bowl of ice water to stop cooking. In large skillet, add remaining water over medium heat. Add blanched beans and toss until heated through.
  4. Toss beans with olive butter to coat. Season, to taste, with salt and pepper. Transfer to serving platter.

Potatoes Au Gratin with Fennel and Olives

Recipe courtesy of Heather Likes Food

  • 1          bulb fennel, washed, stalks removed and cored
  • 1/2       yellow onion
  • 2          large russet potatoes, washed and peeled
  • 1          tablespoon olive oil
  • 1          tablespoon salted butter
  • 1          cup, plus 2 tablespoons, heavy whipping cream, divided
  • 1/2       California Ripe Black Ripe Olives, sliced
  • 1/2       teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/8       teaspoon black pepper
  • 3/4       cup Gruyere cheese, grated, divided
  • 3/4       cup Jarlsberg cheese, grated, divided
  1. Heat oven to 350° F.
  2. Using mandoline or handheld slicer, thinly slice fennel, onion and potatoes.
  3. In medium pan, heat olive oil and butter then saute onion and fennel over medium-low heat 15 minutes, or until tender. Remove from heat.
  4. In large bowl, combine sliced potatoes with 1 cup cream, olives, salt, pepper and all but 2 tablespoons of each cheese.
  5. Add cooked fennel and onion to bowl and stir to combine.
  6. Transfer potato mixture to 8-by-8-inch baking dish or deep pie plate and flatten surface so potatoes are mostly submerged in cream.
  7. In small bowl, combine remaining cheese with remaining cream. Sprinkle cheese over top of potatoes evenly.
  8. Bake 45-60 minutes, or until potatoes are tender and top is golden brown and bubbly. If needed, tent with foil to prevent top from becoming too brown.
  9. Cool at least 15 minutes before serving.

Source: California Olive Committee

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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Holiday 01 November 2018

Stress-Free Holiday Entertaining Tips

(Family Features) The holiday season is meant for spending quality time with friends and family, not stressing out over hosting. With some simple tips, you can cut down on hectic preparations while creating a memorable holiday full of food and fun guests can savor.

Consider these suggestions from the entertaining experts at Real California Milk:

Plan Ahead
Heading into your seasonal soiree with a plan in place can help avoid snafus. Make a shopping list of ingredients and decorations. Then put together a schedule a few days prior to the event to cover last-minute preparations.

Elevate Holiday Classics
Elevating classic appetizers is a simple way to savor the season. A trend on the rise, the Grazing Table starts with the table as the canvas, adds elements of the traditional cheese board then takes it to the next level with an arrangement of appetizers or brunch dishes and seasonal decor. Another way to lift your holiday spread is using high-quality, authentic ingredients like Real California Milk cheeses, made with milk from California dairy farm families, which are key ingredients in this Sweet Citrus and Spice Cheese Board.

Prepare Dishes and Decorations in Advance
Preparing for guests can be one of the most time-consuming aspects of hosting. Decorating at least a day ahead and setting the table the night before, for example, can help minimize stress. Welcome guests with holiday cheer and trendy decor like a virtual yule log made of melting cheese, complete with holiday music.

For more holiday inspiration and recipes like antipasto skewers and yogurt-pesto dip, queso fundido and cheese logs and bundts, visit realcaliforniamilk.com/recipes.

Grazing Table

  • Toma cheese, sliced
  • natural almonds
  • prosciutto
  • salami
  • Real California aged cheddar, sliced
  • Real California burrata cheese
  • olive oil
  • herbs
  • blue cheese
  • Real California braided marinated string cheese
  • dry salami, sliced
  • premade antipasto skewers
  • yogurt pesto dipping sauce
  • Real California aged Gouda
  • brie cheese
  • Real California cheese log
  • Real California cheese bundts
  • dry jack cheese
  • sweet red piquante peppers
  • green California olives
  • premade Real California queso fundido
  • breadsticks
  • tortilla chips
  • dark chocolate sea salt caramels
  • dried citrus, such as oranges and lemons
  • artisan bread, sliced
  1. On large board, plate or tray, arrange sliced toma cheese, almonds, prosciutto, salami and aged cheddar. In center, place burrata cheese and top with olive oil and herbs.
  2. On separate small plate, place blue cheese; crumble.
  3. On medium board, arrange braided string cheese and dry salami slices.
  4. On serving platter, arrange antipasto skewers around bowl of yogurt pesto dipping sauce.
  5. On separate small cheese board, place Gouda, brie cheese and cheese log.
  6. On slate, arrange cheese bundts. On separate plate, place dry jack cheese.
  7. In separate bowls, place piquante peppers and green olives.
  8. Arrange boards, plates, bowls and skillet of queso fundido on table, as desired.
  9. Fill blank spaces on table with breadsticks, tortilla chips, dark chocolate sea salt caramels, dried oranges, dried lemons and bread slices. Add floral arrangements and holiday decor for finishing touches. Complete table with cheese knives and spreaders.

Sweet Citrus and Spice Cheese Board

  • Real California brie cheese
  • black olives
  • green olives
  • dried oranges, sliced
  • Real California pepper jack cheese sliced
  • almonds
  • raspberries
  • blackberries
  • Real California burrata cheese
  • honey, for garnish
  • fresh herbs, for garnish
  1. To assemble cheese board: On large board, plate or tray, arrange brie cheese, olives, dried orange slices, sliced pepper jack cheese and almonds.
  2. On smaller board, arrange raspberries and blackberries around burrata cheese placed in center of board. Garnish cheese with honey and fresh herbs. Place smaller board into empty space on larger board.

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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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