Breakfast & Brunch 11 August 2017

Make-Ahead Breakfasts for Busy School Days

(Family Features) When the school year rolls around, switching from pool to school means finding simpler ways to kick off the day with healthy and nutritious options.

Preparing feel-good breakfasts can be as easy as picking and putting together the right ingredients, if you know where to buy them. At grocery stores like ALDI, parents can conveniently find choices they can feel good about feeding their families, including fresh produce and organic, non-GMO and gluten-free options. Parents can also shop easier knowing ALDI private label items – which make up 90 percent of its products – are free from certified synthetic colors, added trans fats and MSG.

After the shopping trip, try these make-ahead breakfast ideas to give the busy mornings a boost:

  • Homemade energy bars are an easy breakfast option that can keep you fueled until lunch. For simple bars, heat coconut oil and vanilla in a saucepan until combined then transfer to a large bowl and mix with cashew butter, oats, dried fruits and granola. Press the mixture between two cookie sheets to flatten, refrigerate 2 hours and slice into bars.
  • Portion out produce for daily breakfast smoothies. Seal each weekday’s smoothie ingredients in separate plastic bags and simply toss the ingredients in a blender each morning. Enjoy your smoothie in a tumbler or try something new, such as this Blackberry Avocado Smoothie Bowl.
  • Use your slow cooker to make oatmeal. Before heading to bed, simply add milk, vanilla and your favorite sweetener to rolled oats and cook on low 7-8 hours. Include dried fruit to soak up moisture and provide a sweet, juicy addition. Or try these Morning Oasis Overnight Oats for a no-cook variation on traditional oatmeal for a quick, crunchy start to the day.

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Morning Oasis Overnight Oats

Recipe courtesy of Chef Michelle, ALDI Test Kitchen
Prep time: 10 minutes (plus overnight to set)
Cook time: 10 minutes
Servings: 3

  • 1 1/2    cups Millville Quick Oats
  • 1          teaspoon Southern Grove Chia Seeds
  • 2          cups Friendly Farms Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk
  • 1/8       teaspoon Stonemill Iodized Salt
  • 3          tablespoons SimplyNature Organic Wildflower Honey, divided
  • 1/4       cup SimplyNature Organic Quinoa, toasted
  • 1/4       cup Southern Grove Whole Almonds, toasted
  • 1          mango, sliced
  • 1/4       cup chopped coconut
  • .45       ounces Moser Roth Premium Dark Chocolate 70 percent Cocoa, shaved
  • .45       ounces Moser Roth Premium Dark Chocolate 70 percent Cocoa, melted
  1. Heat oven to 400° F.
  2. In large mason jar, combine oats, chia seeds, almond milk, salt and 2 tablespoons honey. Refrigerate overnight.
  3. In medium bowl, combine quinoa, almonds and remaining honey. Spread onto parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake 10 minutes. Remove, cooling completely and crumbling. Store in re-sealable bag overnight.
  4. The next day, stir oats and pour desired amount into serving bowl. Top with mango, coconut, shaved chocolate and candied quinoa. Drizzle with melted chocolate.

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Blackberry Avocado Smoothie Bowl

Recipe courtesy of Chef Audrey, ALDI Test Kitchen   
Prep time: 10 minutes
Servings: 1

  • 3/4       cup blackberries
  • 1/4       cup blueberries
  • 1/4       cup Friendly Farms Plain Nonfat Greek Yogurt
  • 3/4       cup Friendly Farms Unsweetened Original Almond Milk
  • 1/2       avocado
  • 1/2       frozen banana
  • 1          teaspoon Stonemill Pure Vanilla
  • 1          teaspoon SimplyNature Organic Wildflower Honey
  • 2          teaspoons lime juice

Optional garnishes:

  • SimplyNature Flax Seed
  • Southern Grove Chia Seeds
  • Southern Grove Sliced Almonds, toasted
  • Blackberries
  • Blueberries
  • Lime zest
  1. Place all ingredients in blender and blend until smooth. Transfer to serving bowl and add garnishes as desired.

Source: ALDI

One Dish Meals 20 December 2016

Comfort Food to Beat the Winter Blues

(Family Features) When the temperature drops, there’s nothing quite like the pleasure of simple and delicious comfort food. Instead of letting the winter chill get you down, warm your body and heart with dishes that are both comforting and delicious. After all, there is no better time to satisfy your cravings for feel-good favorites than during the cold winter months.

These mouthwatering winter recipes will not only help warm you up, but create a loving family dining experience that everyone can enjoy. When serving up hearty winter recipes, such as a savory Pulled Pork Grilled Cheese or delectable Baked Spaghetti, there’s no better way to satisfy the craving for wholesome comfort food than with Borden Cheese and its wide range of offerings. From mild cheddar and mozzarella to Mexican, Swiss, American and more, every chunk, slice and shred is pure, creamy goodness that transforms family recipes into something truly memorable.

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Baked Spaghetti

Cook time: 35 minutes
Servings: 6

  • Nonstick spray
  • 1 package (16 ounces) spaghetti
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1 cup chopped green pepper
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 can (28 ounces) tomatoes with liquid, cut up
  • 1 can (4 ounces) mushrooms, drained
  • 1 can (2 1/4 ounces) sliced ripe olives, drained
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano
  • 2 cups Borden Cheese Mild Cheddar Shreds
  • 1 can (10 3/4 ounces) condensed cream of mushroom soup
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  1. Heat oven to 350° F.
  2. Spray 9-by-13-inch baking dish with nonstick spray. Cook spaghetti according to package directions.
  3. In large, nonstick skillet, heat butter over medium-high heat until hot. Saute onion and pepper until tender. Add ground beef and cook until beef has browned; drain.
  4. Stir in tomatoes, mushrooms, olives and oregano. Bring to boil and reduce heat to medium. Simmer 10 minutes.
  5. Place half of spaghetti in prepared baking dish. Top with half of vegetable-meat mixture. Sprinkle with half of cheddar cheese. Repeat layers.
  6. Combine soup with water; pour over casserole. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese.
  7. Bake uncovered 30-35 minutes, or until thoroughly heated.

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Ham and Gouda Quesadilla

Cook time: 15 minutes
Servings: 1

  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 small onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 flour tortilla (10 inches)
  • 2 slices deli ham
  • 8 dill pickle rounds
  • 1/2 cup (2 ounces) Borden Cheese Gouda Shreds
  1. In small, nonstick skillet, heat olive oil over medium-high heat until hot. Stir in onions. Cook, stirring frequently, until onions become tender and golden brown.
  2. Spread mustard on one half of tortilla. Top with ham, onions, pickles and cheese; fold uncovered part of tortilla over filling to form semi-circle.
  3. Cook quesadilla in dry skillet over medium-high heat until browned on both sides and cheese is melted.
  4. Cut into four pieces and serve.

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Pulled Pork Grilled Cheese

Servings: 6


  • 3 pounds pork shoulder
  • Barbecue Sauce (recipe below)
  • 4 tablespoons Borden Butter
  • 1 loaf (1 pound) sourdough bread, sliced
  • 16 slices Borden Cheese Singles Sensations Extra Sharp Cheddar

Barbecue Sauce:

  • 2 tablespoons Borden Butter
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 1 jalapeno, diced (optional)
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • liquid smoke, to taste
  1. To make sandwiches: Heat smoker to 210° F.
  2. Smoke pork shoulder 3-5 hours, until internal temperature reaches 150° F. Remove and wrap in aluminum foil. Refrigerate overnight.
  3. Remove excess fat from pork. Using two forks, shred remaining meat into large bowl. Mix in Barbecue Sauce.
  4. In skillet or griddle, brown two slices of buttered sourdough bread over medium heat.
  5. Place slice of cheese on each piece of bread. Top with one-eighth of pulled pork mixture, second slice of cheese and another slice of buttered bread.
  6. Turn sandwich over when bottom slice has browned and brown other side.

Tip: Use prepared pork shoulder in place of smoking pork.

To make Barbecue Sauce: In medium skillet, melt butter over medium heat. Saute onions until soft; stir in jalapenos, ketchup, sugar and liquid smoke. Bring to boil then reduce heat to medium-low and simmer 1 hour, or until sauce has thickened to desired consistency.

Tips: To make sweeter sauce, add more sugar. To make spicier, add more jalapenos.

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Easy Quinoa Mac and Cheese

Cook time: 55 minutes
Servings: 4

  • Nonstick spray
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon minced onion
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 cup quinoa, rinsed and drained
  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 cup non-fat milk
  • 1 cup Borden Cheese Sharp Cheddar Shreds, divided
  • chopped tomato (optional)
  • green onion (optional)
  1. Heat oven to 350° F and spray 8-by-8-inch baking dish with nonstick spray.
  2. In medium skillet, heat oil over medium heat until hot. Add onion and garlic, and saute 1 minute, or until onion is tender.
  3. Add quinoa and cook, stirring, until golden brown and toasted, 2-3 minutes. Add water, bring to boil, reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, covered, until water has been absorbed, about 10 minutes. Remove from heat.
  4. In large bowl, whisk together eggs and milk. Stir quinoa into egg mixture and whisk in 1/2 cup cheese. Spread in prepared baking dish and sprinkle with remaining cheese.
    Bake 30 minutes.
  5. Garnish with chopped tomato and green onion, if desired. Serve immediately.

Source: Borden Cheese




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