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Meal Ideas 14 September 2018

Bring Tuscany to the Table

Simple, flavorful recipes for fall entertaining

(Family Features) Take time this fall to slow down and experience the pure delight of great-tasting food with family and friends.

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Savoring the moment is at the heart of Tuscan-inspired entertaining, where everyone has a seat at the table to enjoy simple and delicious dishes that boast authentic flavor and incorporate quality ingredients.

With a passion for the simplicity of Italian food and homemade Tuscan cooking, Italian-American chef Laura Vitale, host of “Laura in the Kitchen,” traveled to the small town of Lucca, Italy, where she reconnected with a region rooted in heritage, experienced rich traditions and embraced “The Tuscan Way” in crafting her own unique takes on classic dishes.

“I’m incredibly inspired by the spirit of Tuscan cooking,” Vitale said. “It encourages you to get into the kitchen, embrace simple ingredients and cook something delicious for the ones you love.”

For your next fall entertaining occasion, consider bringing Tuscany to your table with an ingredient such as Bertolli Rustic Cut pasta sauce as the centerpiece. Try Vitale’s classic Eggs in Purgatory or other recipes like Prosciutto and Arugula Rustica Pizza and traditional Ricotta Bruschetta.

Keep these tips from Bertolli in mind as you bring your lively Tuscan-themed table to life:

  • Rustic tableware fits well with the tone of the season. Try achieving this look with quality table accents that appear slightly distressed, faded or weathered. Thrift stores can be a surprising place to scout out your latest Tuscan-inspired table finds.
  • Mix and match different textures of woods that complement the look and feel of the rustic tableware. Accompany them with softer linens for a variety of pleasing table textures.
  • Use bright, floral colors, if you wish, to give your table vibrant pops of color to stand out among the darker, more rustic tones.

Remember, homemade Tuscan cooking is about great company, a simple menu and making memories. Find more fall flavors and entertaining tips at Bertolli.com.
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Ricotta Bruschetta

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

  • 1          loaf Italian bread, cut diagonally into 1/2-inch thick slices
  • 2          tablespoons Bertolli Organic Mild Olive Oil
  • 1          clove garlic
  • 1⁄3       cup Bertolli Tomato & Basil Sauce
  • 1        container (15 ounces) ricotta cheese
  1. Heat oven to 425° F.
  2. Arrange bread on baking sheet. Evenly brush with oil. Bake 10 minutes, or until golden brown.
  3. Rub toast evenly with garlic then top with sauce and cheese. Bake 5 minutes, or until cheese is golden brown. Serve hot.

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Prosciutto and Arugula Rustica Pizza

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

  • 1          cup Bertolli Rustic Cut Three Cheese with Aged Asiago, Romano & Parmesan Sauce
  • 1          prebaked pizza crust (12 inches)
  • 1/2       cup shredded fontina cheese
  • 1          ounce prosciutto, thinly sliced
  • 2          cups arugula
  • 1          tablespoon Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1          tablespoon toasted pine nuts
  • 1          tablespoon Bertolli Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1          tablespoon Bertolli Balsamic Vinegar of Modena
  1. Heat oven to 450° F.
  2. Evenly spread sauce on crust then top with fontina cheese. Bake 10 minutes, or until cheese is melted, and remove from oven.
  3. Top with prosciutto. Arrange arugula in center of pizza then sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and pine nuts. Drizzle olive oil and vinegar over arugula and serve.

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Eggs in Purgatory

Recipe courtesy of Laura Vitale
Servings: 4

Eggs:

  • 1          jar (23 ounces) Bertolli Rustic Cut Roasted Garlic Marinara Sauce
  • 1/2       cup water
  • 4          eggs
  • salt, to taste
  • pepper, to taste
  • 2          tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1          tablespoon chopped parsley

Bread:

  • 4          slices ciabatta, sliced about 1/2-inch thick
  • 1 1/2    tablespoons Bertolli Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1          large clove garlic, peeled but not chopped
  1. To make eggs: In large skillet with high sides over medium-high heat, add marinara sauce. Pour water into empty jar, swish it around to lift any sauce left in jar and pour it over sauce in skillet. Bring to low boil.
  2. Using back of wooden spoon, make four small wells in sauce. Carefully crack eggs, one at a time, and drop each egg into a separate well in bubbling sauce. Sprinkle salt and pepper on each one, to taste; cover skillet with lid and cook 7-8 minutes, or until egg whites set.
  3. When eggs are cooked to desired doneness, sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and chopped parsley.
  4. To make bread: Char bread on bruschetta pan or indoor grill pan about 1 minute on each side until toasted. Once toasted, rub with clove of garlic on both sides then drizzle with olive oil.
  5. Serve eggs with hunks of charred garlic bread.

Note: If using skillet larger than 12 inches, you can add eight eggs instead of four for additional servings.

Source: Bertolli

Snacks 02 May 2017

Simple, Healthy Summer Snacks

(Family Features) As temperatures climb and summer sets in, a slight change in diet can help maintain energy without overfilling on hot days.

Vegan and vegetarian diets are becoming a popular trend, but many people are also opting to be semi-vegetarians, also known as the flexitarian diet. A flexitarian diet means you don’t have to eliminate meat from your diet but can still reap the health benefits associated with plant-based diets.

Plant-based proteins like beans, peas, nuts, seeds, soy and lentils are chock-full of nutritional benefits from disease-fighting phytonutrients to cholesterol-lowering fiber. They’re also an excellent way to add low-sodium and low-cholesterol protein to your diet that can leave you feeling satisfied but not stuffed.

Light finger foods and dips are ideal summer snacks. Hummus, made from chickpeas and tahini (ground sesame seeds), makes for a quick and easy treat by itself or paired with health-conscious options like air-popped chips, whole-grain crackers or veggie sticks. You can also create simple summer snacks using hummus as an ingredient.

These vegan Cucumber Cups are the perfect refreshing pick-me-up on a hot afternoon, and they’re stylish enough to serve to guests at an upscale cookout. For a cool and creamy summer appetizer, try these vegetarian Southwestern Snack Bites made with hummus, guacamole and Greek yogurt.

Find more healthy ideas to help you snack your way through summer at sabra.com.

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Southwestern Hummus Bites

Yield: 30 pieces

  • 1 package (7 ounces) whole-grain bagel chips
  • 1 container (10 ounces) Sabra Hummus
  • 2 cups pico de gallo
  • 1 cup guacamole
  • 1 cup plain, low-fat Greek yogurt
  • 4 green onions, sliced (optional)
  1. Top each bagel chip with 1 tablespoon hummus, small spoonful of pico de gallo, guacamole and small dollop of yogurt.
  2. Garnish with slices of green onion, if desired.

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Cucumber Cups

Yield: 16 pieces

  • 2 English cucumbers
  • 1 container (10 ounces) Sabra Hummus
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 bunch parsley, finely chopped
  1. Peel cucumbers and slice lengthwise into 1 1/4-inch pieces. Using melon baller, carve out seeds to create vessel, making sure to leave bottom intact.
  2. Using piping bag or small spoon, fill each cucumber with hummus (about 1 teaspoon each). Sprinkle with paprika and finely chopped parsley.

Source: Sabra

Casseroles 13 March 2017

One-Dish Chicken & Stuffing Bake

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One-Dish Chicken & Stuffing Bake

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Bake Time: 30 minutes

  • 4 cups Pepperidge Farm Herb Seasoned Stuffing
  • 2 pounds skinless, boneless chicken breast halves (about 6)
  • Paprika
  • 1 can (10 3/4 ounces)
  • Campbell’s Condensed
  • Cream of Mushroom Soup (regular or 98% fat free)
  • 1/3 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh
  • parsley or 1 teaspoon dried
  • parsley flakes
  1. PREPARE stuffing according to package directions.
  2. SPOON stuffing across center of 3-quart shallow baking dish. Place chicken on each side of stuffing. Sprinkle chicken with paprika.
  3. MIX soup, milk and parsley. Pour over chicken. Cover.
  4. BAKE at 400ºF for 30 minutes or until chicken is no longer pink. Serves 6

Source: Campbell's Red and White Soups

Beef 11 August 2015

Classic Beef-Stuffed Peppers

Ingredients
  • 4 medium red, green or yellow bell peppers
  • 1 14 1/2-ounce can diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1 8-ounce can tomato sauce
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley, divided
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1/2 cup cooked white or brown rice, cooled
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • Chopped fresh parsley (optional)
Preparation
  1. Heat oven to 400°F. Cut tops off bell peppers; remove seeds and membranes. Place peppers upright in 8-inch square baking dish, cutting thin slice off bottoms of peppers to stabilize, if necessary.
  2. Combine tomatoes, tomato sauce and 1 tablespoon parsley in large bowl. Remove and reserve 1 cup tomato mixture. Combine ground beef, onion, rice, remaining 2 tablespoons parsley, Worcestershire sauce, garlic, salt and black pepper with remaining tomato mixture in bowl, mixing lightly but thoroughly.
  3. Spoon beef mixture evenly into peppers. Top with reserved tomato mixture. Cover baking dish with aluminum foil.
  4. Bake at 400°F for 30 minutes. Uncover baking dish; continue baking 35 to 40 minutes to medium (160°F) doneness, until beef is not pink in center and juices show no pink color. Garnish with parsley, if desired.
Preparation and Cooking Time

1-1/2 hours

Calories: 328 | Total Fat: 15g
Cholesterol: 77mg | Protein: 25g
Carbohydrates: 25g | Sodium: 824mg

Serves

4 servings

Notes, Tips & Suggestions:

Cook's Tip: Due to the natural nitrate content of certain ingredients such as onions, celery and bell peppers, ground beef may remain pink even when a 160°F internal temperature has been reached. Always verify the internal temperature with a meat thermometer or instant-read thermometer to be certain it reaches 160°F.

SOURCE: National Cattlemen's Beef Association on behalf of The Beef Checkoff

Poultry 11 August 2015

"Stuffing" Crusted Turkey Cutlets

Ingredients
  • 2 cups panko or plain dried bread crumbs
  • 3 tablespoons finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup Hellmann's® or Best Foods Real Mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon poultry seasoning
  • 4 turkey cutlets (about 1/2 inch thick)
  • 4 tablespoons canola oil, divided
Preparation
  1. Combine bread crumbs, parsley, salt and pepper in large shallow dish; set aside.
  2. Combine mayonnaise, mustard and poultry seasoning with wire whisk in small bowl and season, if desired, with salt and pepper.
  3. Season turkey, if desired, with salt and pepper. Brush 1 side of each turkey cutlet with mayonnaise mixture, then coat in bread crumbs.
  4. Heat 2 tablespoons oil in 12-inch nonstick skillet over medium-high heat and cook 2 turkey cutlets, bread side down, 3 minutes or until golden brown and a crust has formed. Turn over and cook an additional 2 minutes or until turkey is thoroughly cooked. Repeat with remaining oil and turkey.
Preparation Time

15 minutes

Cook Time

10 minutes

Serves

4

Notes, Tips & Suggestions:

A Bobby Flay Recipe

SOURCE: Hellmann's®

Vegetarian 10 August 2015

Spaghetti Squash with Avocado Pesto

Ingredients
  • 1 medium spaghetti squash (1 1/2 to 2 pounds) washed, halved lengthwise and seeded
  • 1/2 ripe Avocado from Mexico (4 ounces), pitted and diced
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil leaves or Italian parsley
  • 1 tablespoon chopped chives
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/3 cup hot water
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil or parsley (optional)
Preparation
  1. Preheat oven to 375°F. Lightly coat a baking sheet with olive oil cooking spray.
  2. Pierce outside of each half of squash a few times with a fork. Place squash cut side down on baking sheet and bake for about 45 minutes, or until very tender when tested with a fork. Cool slightly.
  3. Meanwhile, place avocado, basil or parsley, chives, Parmesan, garlic, salt, black pepper and hot water in blender and process until smooth, turning blender off and on occasionally and adding a tablespoon or two of additional hot water if needed. There will be between 1/2 and 3/4 cup of pesto.
  4. When squash has cooled, use fork to rake the spaghetti-like threads of squash into a serving bowl. Discard skin. Drizzle pesto over squash and garnish with fresh basil or parsley if desired.
Serves

Makes 6 servings

Notes, Tips & Suggestions

Credit: Cheryl Forberg, R.D. "The Biggest Loser: Simple Swaps" (Rodale, 2009)

Source Avocados from Mexico

Main Dishes 10 August 2015

Heart Healthy Dinners

Hearty Chicken & Vegetable Chowder
Easy Chicken Shepard's Pie
Santa Fe Chicken Saute

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Caring for your heart starts in the kitchen

Creating balanced meals for the family doesn’t have to be difficult. In addition to offering heart-healthy foods, Campbell works with its culinary staff, nutrition team and trained chefs to create healthy recipes. This recipe for Sante Fe Chicken Saute is a simple, one-skillet dish that combines lean chicken breast, black beans and corn with a spicy picante kick. Or, try this recipe for Hearty Chicken and Vegetable Chowder, which features chicken paired with a flavorful combination of zucchini, corn, potatoes and cream of celery soup. And no one can resist comforting Easy Chicken Shepard’s Pie. For more easy-to-prepare and heart-healthy recipes and for nutrition information, visit www.campbellskitchen.com.
Seven steps towards a healthier heart

A strong heart starts with a healthy diet and lifestyle. According to the American Heart Association, following these seven health and behavior factors can make a huge difference in your heart’s health. For more heart-healthy tips, visit www.heart.org.

  1. Don’t smoke.
  2. Maintain a healthy weight.
  3. Engage in regular physical activity.
  4. Eat a healthy diet.
  5. Manage blood pressure.
  6. Take charge of cholesterol.
  7. Keep blood sugar, or glucose, at healthy levels.

Hearty Chicken and Vegetable Chowder

Hearty Chicken & Vegetable Chowder

Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 large onion, minced (about 1 cup)
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 can (10 3/4 ounces) Campbell's® Healthy Request® Condensed Healthy Request® Cream of Celery Soup
  • 1 cup nonfat milk
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 medium red potatoes, diced (about 2 cups)
  • 1 large zucchini, diced (about 1 1/2 cups)
  • 1 cup whole kernel corn
  • 2 cups diced cooked chicken
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
Preparation
  1. Heat oil in 4-quart saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onion and garlic and cook for 2 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  2. Stir in soup, milk and water and heat to a boil. Stir in potatoes, zucchini and corn. Reduce heat to medium-low.
  3. Cook for 35 minutes or until potatoes are tender, stirring occasionally. Stir in chicken and parsley and cook until mixture is hot and bubbling.
Preparation Time

15 minutes

Total Time

1 hour

Serves

6 servings

Easy Chicken Shepards Pie

Easy Chicken Shepard's Pie

Ingredients
  • 1 can (10 3/4 ounces) Campbell's® Healthy Request® Condensed Healthy Request® Cream of Mushroom Soup
  • 1 1/4 cups water
  • 1 1/4 pounds skinless, boneless chicken breast halves, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon poultry seasoning, crushed
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 package (16 ounces) frozen mixed vegetables, thawed
  • 1 cup instant mashed potato flakes
  • 1 cup fat free evaporated milk
  • 1/4 cup shredded 2% milk Cheddar cheese
Preparation
  1. Heat oven to 350°F.
  2. Stir soup and 1/4 cup water in large bowl.
  3. Season chicken with 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, onion powder and poultry seasoning.
  4. Heat oil in 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken and cook until well browned, stirring occasionally. Add chicken and vegetables to soup mixture and stir to coat.
  5. Spoon chicken mixture into 2-quart round casserole.
  6. Microwave remaining water in microwavable bowl on HIGH for 1 to 2 minutes or until hot. Add potato flakes and stir until water is absorbed. Stir in milk and remaining black pepper. Loosely cover and microwave on HIGH for 2 minutes or until mixture is hot.
  7. Spread potato mixture over chicken mixture. Sprinkle with cheese. Bake for 40 minutes or until chicken mixture is hot and bubbling.
Preparation Time

15 minutes

Total Time

1 hour 10 minutes

Serves

4 servings

Santa Fe Chicken Saute

Santa Fe Chicken Saute

Ingredients
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 3/4 pounds skinless, boneless chicken breast halves
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 4 green onions, minced (about 1/2 cup)
  • 1 can (10 3/4 ounces) Campbell's® Healthy Request® Condensed Healthy Request® Tomato Soup
  • 1/2 cup Pace® Picante Sauce
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 can (about 15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 cup whole kernel corn
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro leaves
Preparation
  1. Stir chili powder and cumin in small bowl. Season chicken with chili powder mixture.
  2. Heat oil in 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken and cook for 6 minutes or until browned on both sides. Add garlic and onions and cook; stir for 1 minute.
  3. Stir in soup, picante sauce and water and heat to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low. Add beans and corn. Cover and cook for 15 minutes or until chicken is cooked through.
  4. Sprinkle with cilantro.
Preparation Time

15 minutes

Total Time

35 minutes

Serves

6 servings

Source

Campbell Soup Company

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