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Meal Ideas 29 July 2022

Protein-Powered Summer Meals

(Family Features) Summer days spent outdoors call for meals with high-quality protein to help you power through the fun. From breakfast to dinner, quick, hassle-free meals are ideal for making sure your family stays well-fed and satisfied between activities.

Options from Farmer John’s extensive lineup, ranging from bacon and hot dogs to sausages and more, make it easy to create flavorful meals for any occasion.

To kick off the day right, try these Thick Cut Bacon, Ham and Pimento Cheese Breakfast Sandwiches. For a midday pick-me-up, Asian Cajun Po’ Boys offer a mouthwatering kick from naturally hardwood smoked Hot Louisiana Smoked Sausage. 

In addition to offering proteins perfect for a variety of menu items, Farmer John is also on a mission to give back to the Golden State through its California Commitment Tour. For the third year in a row, the brand is embarking on an 8-week mission of feeding, celebrating and serving communities across the state by delivering free grab-and-go lunches to locals and essential businesses 3-4 times per week and donating protein to local food banks. As an extension of this year’s tour, the team introduced its California Kindness Project – a program designed to support committed nonprofits making an impact through $100,000 in grants.

To find more summer recipes, or learn more about the philanthropic efforts, visit FarmerJohn.com.

Thick Cut Bacon, Ham and Pimento Cheese Breakfast Sandwiches

Recipe courtesy of Brenda Buenviajé on behalf of Farmer John
Total time: 1 hour
Servings: 6

  • 1 package Farmer John Premium Thick Cut Bacon
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 package Farmer John Classic Hickory Smoked Ham Steak, diced into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 2 scallions, thinly sliced
  • 10 eggs, lightly whipped
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2cup pimento cheese, at room temperature
  • 1-2 vine-ripened tomatoes (6 slices)
  • 6 brioche rolls, lightly buttered and toasted on insides
  1. In pan, fry bacon until crispy; slice each piece in half and set aside.
  2. In large nonstick frying pan over high heat, add canola oil. Add ham and fry until browned.
  3. Lower flame to medium and add scallions. Saute about 30 seconds.
  4. Add eggs and salt to pan; scramble eggs with ham.
  5. Turn off heat and lightly fold in pimento cheese.
  6. Place one tomato slice on bottom of interiors of each roll.
  7. Place three pieces bacon on each tomato.
  8. Evenly divide and spoon scrambled eggs on bacon; close roll tops.

Asian Cajun Po' Boys

Recipe courtesy of Brenda Buenviajé on behalf of Farmer John
Total time: 1 hour
Servings: 8

Sisig Sauce:

  • 1/3 cup fresh lime juice
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoons hoisin sauce
  • 1 tablespoons ginger, finely grated

Po' Boy:

  • 28 ounces Farmer John Hot Louisiana Smoked Sausage
  • 3 tablespoons cooking oil
  • 1 tablespoon garlic, minced
  • 1/2 small yellow onion, minced
  • sisig sauce
  • 8 French rolls, lightly toasted on insides
  • 4-5 vine-ripened tomatoes (16 slices)
  • 1/2 cup mayo
  • 8 eggs, cooked sunny side up
  • 2 scallions, thinly sliced
  • 1 jalapeno, thinly sliced
  1. To make sisig sauce: Stir lime juice, soy sauce, hoisin sauce and ginger; set aside.
  2. Using knife, score sausages by making diagonal slices to surface. Repeat on other side to make "X" shape.
  3. In large frying pan over high heat, add oil. Add sausages and fry until browned and crispy.
  4. Lower heat to medium; add garlic and onions. Cook 3-4 minutes until vegetables are lightly caramelized.
  5. Add sisig sauce and simmer 1 minute. Turn off heat.
  6. Layer two tomato slices on interior of each roll. Place sausages in each roll. Evenly divide and spoon sauce on each link.
  7. Drizzle mayo over each po' boy.
  8. Place one sunny side up egg on each po' boy and garnish with scallion and jalapeno.

Source: Farmer John

Meal Ideas 01 July 2022

Celebrate Caesar Salad Season

(Family Features) Light bites and summer just seem to go hand-in-hand, especially when the temperature outside means turning on the oven is out of the question. Whether you’re trying to put a meal on the table quickly or serving a crowd at your next summer get-together, putting a few small twists on seasonal favorites, such as Caesar salad kits, can be a perfect solution when you want to kick back and relax instead of spending extra time in the kitchen.

With more than 100 varieties of fresh, healthy and convenient ready-to-eat salads – including nine Caesar salad varieties – Fresh Express offers tasty and versatile salad kits that feature premium ingredients and can be eaten as a standalone salad or dressed up in next to no time to make mealtime a true celebration of the season.

For example, this Muffuletta Caesar Sandwich gets its flavor from the Caesar Chopped Salad Kit, which includes chopped romaine, Parmesan Caesar dressing and savory croutons topped with cracked pepper and grated Parmesan cheese. Simply fill two bread bowls with giardiniera, red peppers, green olives, celery, parsley, salami, cheese and salad then combine to meld the flavors for a tasty take on an Italian specialty sandwich.

Or add breaded calamari to the classic, restaurant-style Caesar Salad Kit featuring crisp romaine lettuce, rich and flavorful Caesar dressing, crunchy garlic croutons and Parmesan cheese for a perfect first-course salad, no trip to a restaurant needed.

Visit freshexpress.com for more mealtime inspiration and to find salad kits at a store near you.

Muffuletta Caesar Sandwich

Prep time: 20 minutes
Servings: 8

  • 1          jar (16 ounces) mild or hot giardiniera, drained, liquid reserved
  • 1          jar (12 ounces) roasted red peppers, drained and chopped
  • 1          can (6 ounces) chopped green olives, drained and diced
  • 1/2       cup celery, diced
  • 1/4       cup minced fresh parsley
  • 1          round loaf Italian bread (2 pounds)
  • 8          ounces sliced provolone cheese
  • 8          ounces sliced Genoa salami
  • 8          ounces sliced mozzarella cheese
  • 3          packages (9.4 ounces each) Fresh Express Caesar Chopped Salad Kits
  • 8          ounces sliced mortadella
  1. In bowl, combine giardiniera, red peppers, olives, celery, parsley and 2 tablespoons reserved giardiniera liquid; mix well.
  2. Cut bread in half horizontally; tear out some bread, leaving about 1/2-inch to create bowl. Fill bottom bread bowl with olive salad. Layer with provolone cheese, salami and mozzarella cheese.
  3. Place greens from one salad kit into bowl; toss with salad dressing. Add toppings; toss to combine. Place in top bread bowl; layer with mortadella.
  4. Carefully flip top half of bread over and place on top of fillings in bottom half. Wrap tightly with plastic wrap; press down to compress. Let sit 15 minutes to blend flavors.
  5. Cut sandwich into eight wedges.
  6. Make remaining two salad kits to serve as side dish.

Calamari Caesar Salad

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

  • 1          package (10 ounces) breaded calamari
  • 1          package (9.8 ounces) Fresh Express Caesar Salad Kit
  • 8          Campari tomatoes, sliced
  • 4          lemon wedges
  1. Bake calamari according to package directions.
  2. In large bowl, toss greens from salad kit with salad dressing. Add toppings; toss to combine.
  3. Divide salad evenly among four plates. Top each with calamari, tomatoes and lemon wedge. Serve with sauce from calamari package.

 

Source: Fresh Express

Meal Ideas 30 June 2022

Savory, Plant-Based Summer Entertaining

(Family Features) Inviting loved ones and neighbors for a backyard barbecue is a timeless summer tradition bringing together favorite foods and friendly conversation. At your next cookout, remember to make the experience warm and welcoming for everyone, including those looking to incorporate more plant-based foods into their diets, by offering up a variety of options at the table.

You can make it easy to enjoy a meatless summer soiree loaded with flavor by using an option like Sweet Earth Plant-Based Chik’n, a ready-to-eat solution offering an excellent source of protein per serving, made with vegan ingredients. The pre-marinated options mean less time spent cooking and more time catching up with friends and family in the summer sun while eating delicious meals.

Perfect for enjoying in a variety of ways, it’s a bold and savory centerpiece in these Vegan Pulled Chipotle Chik’n Sliders that combine a sweet and spicy chipotle-maple sauce with fresh veggies for a saucy bite full of plant-based protein. Put a taste bud-tingling twist on fajita night with Jerk Chik’n Fajitas with Black Rice, an easy way to channel your inner chef and serve up a flavorful, plant-based meal.

Find more delicious plant-based recipes and products at sweetearthfoods.com.

Vegan Pulled Chipotle Chik'n Sliders

Prep time: 10 minutes 
Cook time: 10 minutes 
Servings: 10-12

  • 3 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 cup veggie broth
  • 1 teaspoon allspice
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 small red onion, diced
  • 1 pinch kosher salt
  • 1pinch pepper
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced 
  • 1/2 lemon, juice only 
  • 1 package (8 ounces) Sweet Earth Chipotle Chik'n
  • 12 vegan brioche slider bun

Vegan Spicy Mayo:

  • 1/2 cup vegan mayo
  • 2 tablespoons vegan sour cream
  • 2 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro, finely minced
  • 2 teaspoons fajita seasoning 
  • 1 lime, juice only

Optional toppings:

  • 1 jar pickle chips
  • 1/2 cup purple shredded cabbage
  • 1/2 cup jalapeno peppers
  • 1/2 cup shredded carrots
  • 1/2 cup diced tomatoes
  1. In blender, puree peppers with ketchup, maple syrup, broth, allspice and brown sugar. Set aside.
  2. In pan over medium heat, add oil. Once oil begins to shimmer, add onion and season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally.
  3. Once onions become translucent, around 5 minutes, add garlic. After 1 minute, add pepper puree blend to pan along with lemon juice and stir to combine.
  4. Once mixed, fold in chipotle plant-based "chicken" and cook 3-4 minutes until heated through.
  5. To make vegan spicy mayo: In bowl, mix mayo, sour cream, peppers, cilantro, fajita seasoning and lime juice.
  6. Spread vegan spicy mayo on buns and add plant-based "chicken" mixture. Top with pickle chips, cabbage, jalapenos, carrots and tomatoes, as desired.

Jerk Chik'n Fajitas with Black Rice

Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes
Servings: 2-3

Marinade:

  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons lime juice
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon avocado oil or olive oil
  • 1 Scotch bonnet pepper
  • 2 tablespoons Jamaican jerk seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • salt, to taste
  • pepper, to taste

Fajita Fixings:

  • 1 package (8 ounces) Sweet Earth Mindful Chik'n Strips
  • 1/2 teaspoon avocado oil
  • 1/2 white onion, chopped
  • 1 small green pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 yellow pepper, chopped
  • flour tortillas, warmed
  • black rice, cooked

Mango Salsa:

  • 1 chopped mango
  • 3 teaspoons lime juice
  • 2 teaspoons chopped cilantro
  • 1/4 cup red onion, chopped
  • 1 small red bell pepper, chopped
  1. To make marinade: In blender, blend brown sugar, lime juice, soy sauce, oil, bonnet pepper, Jamaican jerk seasoning, garlic and salt and pepper, to taste, until smooth.
  2. To make fajitas: Marinate plant-based "chicken" in jerk sauce for 1 hour.
  3. In grill pan on stove over medium heat, heat oil. Cook plant-based "chicken" until heated through. In separate pan, add splash of oil and cook white onion, bell pepper and yellow pepper.
    Add plant-based "chicken" to veggies and cook 1-2 minutes.
  4. To make mango salsa: In bowl, mix mango, lime juice, cilantro, red onion and red bell pepper.
  5. Add jerk plant-based "chicken" and mango salsa to tortillas. Serve with black rice.

Source: Sweet Earth

Meal Ideas 06 June 2022

5 Reasons to Add Lobster to Summer Meals

(Family Features) The arrival of summer means favorites like fresh seafood are back on the menu for many families. This year, as you explore new and inventive ways to add variety to weeknight dinners and backyard barbecues, consider including lobster as a versatile, indulgent ingredient.

Throughout the summer months, lobstermen up and down the Maine coast set off before dawn in pursuit of one of the most beloved crustaceans in the world. As one of the oldest fisheries in the country, the industry boasts a rich history with an unparalleled commitment to sustainability and environmental stewardship that has allowed it to thrive for generations.

In addition to its distinctly sweet flavor, consider these reasons to add Maine lobster to your menu this summer:

Sustainability
To help protect the lobster population and the livelihood of those in the fishery, the lobstermen pioneered sustainability and traceability practices before it was fashionable. The sustainability measures developed and adapted over generations, such as protecting egg-bearing females and releasing juvenile lobsters, have preserved the fishery and produced abundant lobster stocks.

Small Business Support
Unlike many commercial fisheries, the Maine Lobster industry consists of more than 5,000 independent lobstermen who own and operate small day boats. Many lobstermen are from multi-generational lobstering families, which, along with a mandatory apprenticeship program, ensure its continued survival.

Front Lines of Science
Mother Nature and science guide the fishery, meaning ongoing collaboration between scientists and fishermen to research the health of the lobster population and adapt to the effects of climate change to help protect the oceans.

Protection of Endangered Species
Sustainability for the industry means taking care of the larger marine environment and the species that rely on it. Since the 1990s, Maine lobstermen have taken proactive steps to protect endangered North Atlantic right whales by eliminating surface float rope, incorporating weak links to allow whales to break free in the event they encounter gear and marking rope to ensure traceability.

Community Engagement
The lobster industry goes well beyond the fishermen on the water; including the dealers, processors, restaurant owners, trap and boat builders and more. The fishery is part of the identity of Maine, which means enjoying lobster rolls, grilled tails or steamed lobsters this summer directly supports the community and the lobstermen who call it home.

To find more ways to support the industry and recipes to enjoy this summer, visit lobsterfrommaine.com.

Chilled Lobster with Orange and Basil Vinaigrette

Recipe courtesy of Erin Lynch on behalf of the Maine Lobster Marketing Collaborative
Servings: 4

Dressing:

  • 1 tablespoon minced shallots
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, plus additional, to taste, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • pepper, to taste
  • 1 pound cooked Maine Lobster meat, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 head butter lettuce, torn
  • 1 ripe avocado, peeled and diced
  • 3 radishes, thinly sliced
  • kosher salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  1. To make dressing: In medium bowl, whisk shallots, olive oil, orange juice, lime juice, basil, parsley, salt and Dijon mustard. Season with additional salt and pepper, to taste.
  2. Add lobster to bowl; toss to coat. Chill at least 1 hour, or up to one day.
  3. To serve: Arrange lettuce on serving plate and place lobster on top. Sprinkle with avocado, radishes, kosher salt and ground black pepper.

Traditional Lobster Rolls

Recipe courtesy of the Maine Lobster Marketing Collaborative
Yield: 4 rolls

  • 1 pound cooked Maine lobster meat
  • mayonnaise, to taste, for binding
  • freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • salt, to taste
  • fresh lemon juice, to taste
  • 4 buttered, toasted rolls or preferred bread
  • sliced chives, for garnish
  1. In bowl, combine lobster meat; mayonnaise, to taste; pepper, to taste; salt, to taste; and lemon juice, to taste.
  2. Place 3-4 ounces lobster salad on each roll.
  3. Garnish with chives and serve.

Source: Maine Lobster Marketing Collaborative

Appetizers & Sides 20 May 2022

Sweet Ideas for Celebrating Parents All Year Round

(Family Features) Regardless of the occasion, any excuse to celebrate moms and dads is a worthy one. From birthdays and holidays to regular weekends at home, one of the best gifts you can give them is time spent together.

The entire family – including little ones – can get involved when the celebration calls for easy yet delicious recipes. Start a day of celebrating on a high note with these Apple Cinnamon Waffles for a sweet breakfast in bed. As the day goes on, keep everyone energized with Apple, Peanut Butter and Honey Sandwiches or Apple Berry Salsa served with chips, apples or graham crackers. Finally, as the day winds to a close, finish off the festivities with Apple Blondie Cupcakes for one last reminder of how much Mom and Dad mean to you.

These recipes and more family-friendly breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert and snack ideas are enhanced by the satisfying texture and taste of Envy Apples for a consistently balanced, refreshing sweetness coupled with crisp, elegant crunch. Easy to spot by their large, sharable size and crimson red skin that sometimes features a golden blush, they offer a fresh flavor perfect for snacking.

Try serving them as a tasty snack next time your loved ones gather for time together to watch an exciting family-friendly show like “Strawberry Shortcake.” Enjoy seasonal stories about her and her pals discovering hidden treasures while on vacation, encountering mysterious monsters and tangling with out-of-control spring flowers as she’s ready to “bake the world to a better place” all year round.

Visit EnvyApple.com to find more recipes the entire family can enjoy together.

Apple Berry Salsa

Prep time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4-6

  • 2 Envy Apples, cored and chopped
  • 1 pound strawberries, hulled and chopped
  • 1 pint blueberries
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • tortilla chips, pita chips, apple chips or graham crackers, for serving
  1. In medium bowl, combine apples, strawberries, blueberries and salt.
  2. In small bowl, whisk honey and lime juice. Pour honey and lime juice over fruit mixture. Stir together to combine.
  3. Serve immediately with tortilla chips, pita chips, apple chips or graham crackers, or refrigerate until ready to serve.

Apple Blondie Cupcakes

Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes
Servings: 12

  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter (1 stick), melted and cooled
  • 1 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg, at room temperature
  • 2 Envy Apples, peeled, cored and 1/4-inch diced
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Line 12-count muffin pan with cupcake liners and set aside.
  2. In medium bowl, whisk flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg.
  3. In large bowl, whisk butter and brown sugar 2 minutes, or until well combined. Add vanilla and egg; whisk until incorporated.
  4. Add flour mixture to large bowl of wet ingredients. Stir until just combined; be careful to not overmix.
  5. Fold in diced apples.
  6. Spoon batter evenly into cupcake liners.
  7. Bake 18-22 minutes, or until toothpick inserted into center of cupcake comes out clean. Let cool and serve.

Apple, Peanut Butter and Honey Sandwiches

Prep time: 5 minutes
Servings: 2 (1 sandwich per serving)

  • 1 Envy Apple
  • 6 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 4 slices of bread
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  1. Core apple and thinly slice.
  2. Spread 3 tablespoons peanut butter on two slices of bread, reserving two slices of bread for sandwich tops.
  3. Layer apple slices on top of peanut butter.
  4. Drizzle 1 tablespoon honey over apple slices on each sandwich half.
  5. Top each sandwich half with reserved slice of bread.

Apple Cinnamon Waffles

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

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter (1/2 stick), melted
  • 1 Envy Apple, peeled and cored
  • nonstick cooking spray
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter (1/2 stick), at room temperature
  • maple syrup, to taste
  1. In large bowl, whisk flour, salt, cinnamon, baking powder and brown sugar.
  2. In smaller bowl, whisk eggs, milk and melted butter.
  3. Make well in dry ingredients then mix in wet ingredient mixture until just combined.
  4. Using cheese grater, grate apple. Fold grated apple into batter.
  5. Prepare waffle iron with nonstick cooking spray.
  6. Ladle 1/4 of batter mixture into waffle iron and cook according to manufacturer's instructions. Repeat with remaining batter.
  7. Top each waffle with 1 tablespoon room temperature butter and maple syrup, to taste.

Source: Envy Apples

 

Meal Ideas 19 April 2022

Pack a Perfect Al Fresco Pairing

(Family Features) Heading outdoors for a fresh, homemade meal is an alluring activity when warm weather and sunshine provide a perfect opportunity for dining on the patio. Or, if some time away from the house is calling your name, packing a lunch and taking off for the park can be an ideal getaway without getting too far from home.

Next time the sun’s rays call your name, invite friends and family for a delicious picnic loaded with warm-weather flavors. Just lay out your favorite blanket on the grass or don an outdoor table with a classic checkered tablecloth then share recipes that make al fresco meals truly memorable.

No picnic is complete without sandwiches loaded with all your favorite toppings, and these Picnic-wiches with Greek Artichoke Beet Salad provide the freshness that outdoor meals are made of. This recipe starts with a homemade relish loaded with Aunt Nellie’s Pickled Beets, artichoke hearts, olives and green onions that complements the winning combination of turkey, feta and ciabatta.

Pair your party tray of sandwiches with a perfect partner like Bean, Tortellini and Pesto Salad made with READ Bean Salad for a complete spread that’ll leave you waiting for the next opportunity to take mealtime outdoors. With just a handful of ingredients and customizable with your desired stir-ins like tomatoes, peppers and green onions, it’s ready in next to no time.

To find more picnic-worthy appetizers, meals, sides and more, visit readsalads.com and auntnellies.com.

Picnic-wiches with Greek Artichoke Beet Salad

Servings: 6

  • 1 jar (16 ounces) Aunt Nellie's Sliced Pickled Beets
  • 1 jar (about 6 ounces) marinated artichoke hearts
  • 1/2 cup pitted kalamata or ripe olives, sliced
  • 3 tablespoons sliced green onions
  • freshly ground black pepper, to taste (optional)
  • 6 romaine lettuce leaves
  • 1 pound thinly sliced deli turkey
  • 6 ciabatta or sandwich rolls, sliced horizontally
  • 1/3 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts, toasted
  1. Drain beets and artichoke hearts, reserving 1/4 cup liquid from each. Coarsely chop beets and artichoke hearts. In medium bowl, combine beets, artichokes, olives and green onions; set aside.
  2. In small bowl, whisk reserved beet and artichoke liquids. Pour over beet mixture; toss gently to coat. Season with black pepper, to taste, if desired.
  3. Layer lettuce and turkey on bottom halves of rolls. Top with relish, as desired; feta cheese; and pine nuts. Top with remaining halves of rolls. Wrap tightly; chill up to 4 hours. Serve with remaining relish.

Bean, Tortellini and Pesto Salad

Servings: 6

  • 2 cans (15 ounces each) READ 3 or 4 Bean Salad
  • 1/4 cup prepared basil pesto
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (optional)
  • 1 package (9 ounces) refrigerated tortellini
  • grape tomatoes (optional)
  • halved cherry tomatoes (optional)
  • chopped bell pepper (optional)
  • thinly sliced green onions (optional)
  1. Drain bean salad, reserving 1/2 cup liquid. In bowl, combine reserved liquid, pesto and salt, if desired; set aside.
  2. Cook tortellini according to package directions; drain, rinse in cold water and drain again. Add pesto dressing; toss to coat. Add grape tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, bell pepper and green onion, as desired. Toss with bean salad.
  3. Serve at room temperature or chilled.

Source: READ Salads
Aunt Nellie’s 

Videos 21 February 2022

St. Patrick's Day Sandwiches

(Culinary.net) Freshen up your St. Patrick’s Day menu with easy, light sandwiches inspired by the traditional color of the festivities. These open-faced noshes can be perfect for lunch, snack time or even as an appetizer for get-togethers with friends and family.

Layered with a smooth cream cheese and mozzarella mixture then topped with crisp cucumber and a stem of green bell pepper, these St. Patrick’s Day Sandwiches are easy and cute, which makes them a fan favorite at nearly any green gathering. They’re also sprinkled with lemon juice to add a little acidity and create a nice, light bite.

Plus, this recipe is quick to make. When you’re in a rush to get everything on the table for the party, it’s easy to throw together and get on the platter in next to no time.

The sandwiches pop off the plate with their bright, seasonal garnishes. While sure to attract attention and have your loved ones asking “Where did you get this idea?” they’re also an easy way to sneak a few vegetables into your kids’ diets.

For more festive recipes and ideas at Culinary.net.

Watch video to see how to make this recipe!

St. Patrick’s Day Sandwiches

Yield: 8 sandwiches

  • 8          ounces plain cream cheese spread, softened
  • 1          cup finely shredded mozzarella cheese
  • salt
  • 4          English muffins
  • 24        slices cucumber
  • 8          thin slices green pepper
  • fresh cilantro leaves
  • lemon juice
  • lemon slices, for garnish (optional)
  1. In bowl, mix cream cheese spread, mozzarella cheese and salt well.
  2. Split English muffins in half. Cut each muffin half into shamrock shape.
  3. Spread cheese mixture over each muffin half.
  4. Place three cucumbers on each “shamrock,” one on each “leaf.” Use green pepper slice as stem. Place cilantro leaf on top of each sandwich.
  5. Sprinkle sandwiches with lemon juice and add lemon slices, for garnish, if desired.

Source: Culinary.net

Meal Ideas 10 July 2019

Building a Balanced Diet with a Better Sandwich

(Family Features) Fad diets come and go, and as many Americans find, so do the pounds they lose. Most experts agree that eliminating, or drastically reducing, any of the major foods groups from your diet can be detrimental to your health and prevent you from achieving long-term healthy eating goals.

Each of the food groups plays a distinct role in fueling your body and providing it with the vitamins and nutrients it needs. Attempt a well-rounded approach to eating, such as one that includes more nutritious choices for popular dishes like sandwiches. In general, pay attention to the variety, amount and nutrition of the foods you consume.

Consider these ideas for creating a balanced diet and a nutritious sandwich to help ensure you get enough of each food group:

Start from the Outside
There are two groups of grains: whole grains and refined grains. Whole grains contain the entire grain kernel, while refined grains have been milled for a finer texture and are required to be enriched per government mandate to help the population make up for nutrient shortfalls. Grains should account for about one quarter of each meal, but at least half of them should be whole grains - a fact that may surprise some people.

"Many health professionals mistakenly encourage consumers to skip the bread when trying to improve diets," said Yanni Papanikolaou from Nutrition Strategies Inc., who completed a study to assess the energy and nutrients contributed from sandwiches in diets of children and adolescents. "Americans need to think twice before cutting bread from their diets. In fact, bread packs more of a nutrient punch than a caloric one."

The ingredients inside a sandwich, not the bread itself, are the most significant drivers of calories, fat and sodium, according to Papanikolaou's research. A separate study published in the journal "Nutrients" shows grain foods contribute less than 15 percent of all calories in the total diet, while delivering greater than 20 percent of three shortfall nutrients - dietary fiber, folate and iron - and greater than 10 percent of calcium, magnesium and vitamin A.

Consumers can significantly and positively impact their caloric, fat and sodium intake by making more deliberate decisions about sandwich ingredients, including choosing either whole-grain or enriched-grain bread.

Learn how grains support a healthy diet at GrainFoodsFoundation.org

Rethink the Ingredients
Making more nutritious choices with sandwiches and positively impacting your consumption of calories, fat and sodium is oftentimes a matter of changing the way you stack ingredients between the bread. Consider this sample sandwich: two slices of whole-grain or enriched bread, 2-3 slices of lunchmeat, two slices of cheese, a few spinach or lettuce leaves and a slice of tomato.

Contrary to popular belief, research shows that sandwich eaters who choose either whole- or enriched-grain bread can consume less calories, fat and sodium compared to the typical sandwich consumed in the American diet. This demonstrates the need to focus on the ingredients between the bread for a better (more healthful) sandwich.

Try a different take on a lunchtime favorite by adding spicy horseradish to this Roast Beef and Arugula Sandwich, or make packing a lunch even simpler with this Ultra-Thin Pastrami Sandwich Lunchbox.

Protein
According to the USDA, most Americans get about the right amount of protein in their diets, but could do better at choosing leaner options and adding more variety to their menus.

Incorporating more variety doesn't have to mean sacrificing convenience. For example, while prepared meats like deli meats, hot dogs and jerky are sometimes a target of critics, numerous studies and the Dietary Guidelines for Americans affirm they can be part of a healthy, balanced diet. Prepared beef products provide a convenient source of protein, vitamins and minerals. Because most prepared meats are pre-cooked, they offer consumers easy, on-the-go access to the nutrient density in meat.

The prepared meats category is diverse and offers choices to meet nutrition needs, tastes, budgets and personal preferences. Thousands of products are available in the meat case, including low- and reduced-sodium products, low- and reduced-fat products, American Heart Association-certified, organic, Kosher grass-fed options and more. 

Learn more about the nutrition benefits of meat at meatpoultrynutrition.org

Roast Beef and Arugula Sandwich

Recipe courtesy of the Grain Foods Foundation
Prep time: 5 minutes
Servings: 2

  • 1 tablespoon low-fat mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons horseradish
  • 4 slices whole-wheat bread
  • 4 slices tomato
  • 4 ounces lean roast beef, thinly sliced
  • 1 cup arugula or wild greens
  1. Spread mayonnaise and horseradish evenly over two bread slices.
  2. Layer tomato, roast beef and arugula on top of mayonnaise and horseradish. Top with remaining bread slices.

Ultra-Thin Pastrami Sandwich Lunchbox

Recipe courtesy of the North American Meat Institute
Servings: 1

  • 2 slices thin whole-wheat sandwich bread
  • 2 tablespoons low-fat garden vegetable cream cheese
  • 1 ounce ultra-thin pastrami
  • 1 ounce unsalted pretzels
  • 1 apple
  • 1 squeezable low-fat yogurt
  • 1 water bottle (8 fluid ounces)
  1. Using knife, spread bread slices with cream cheese. Layer pastrami on bottom slice and top with second slice.
  2. Fill lunchbox with sandwich, pretzels, apple, yogurt and water bottle.

Photo courtesy of Getty Images (main image)

Source:

North American Meat Institute
Grain Foods Foundation

Meal Ideas 03 July 2019

Summer Wine Savvy

3 ways to upgrade your summer sipping routine

(Family Features) Rosé slushies. Spiked seltzers. Boozy ice pops. Has young adults’ quest for the next party gimmick led to soulless substitutes for real, quality wines?

It’s not hard to find wines with well-balanced natural flavors, according to Leslie Sbrocco, author of “The Simple and Savvy Wine Guide.” She recommends looking for wine from different international regions, like Wines of Sicily, which guarantee value and quality, and are made from more than 400 wineries across the island.

Sbrocco also recommends these wines and entertaining tips to make your spread the center of the party for all the right reasons. 

  • Bring a balanced red to the barbecue. It’s an art to craft a truly balanced wine that needs nothing more to be enjoyed than a wine opener and an open mind. In fact, Sicilian red wines are crafted to be as lively and bold as the island itself. The icon of Sicilian wine-making and hero red grape, Nero d’Avola, balances elegance with drinkability and can range from royal ruby with aromas of strawberry and sour cherry to a more full-bodied red with sweet spices and cocoa. Whether it’s a ribeye or a spicy rack of ribs, Nero d’Avola can elevate a weeknight summer dinner on the patio to an elegant event.
  • Freshen up summer whites. Grillo, Sicily’s most famous indigenous white grape, with an aromatic bouquet and lively citrus notes, is like a pair of fresh linen pants. When paired with delectable bites like bruschetta, ceviche or a well-crafted charcuterie board, Grillo pulls out the salinity and savory notes that come from grapes grown in close proximity to the Mediterranean Sea. The other predominant yet fuller-bodied white wine grape from Sicily is Catarrato. With notes of ripe citrus and herbal flavors, it makes for a delicious counterpart to a seasonal vegetable spread.
  • Act like a sommelier. Frappato, Sicily’s cult-favorite answer to pinot noir – served chilled – is an upgrade to the ubiquitous rosé routine. It’s easy to pronounce and even easier to pair with light summer fare like these simple-to-make Open-Faced BLT Sandwiches. With its fruit-forward, lighter style, Frappato is a sommelier’s secret weapon that many people classify as pinot noir’s cool cousin. Pouring this sets the tone for even your most sophisticated set of friends.

For more food and wine pairings, visit winesofsicily.com.

Open-Faced BLT Sandwiches

Prepare an easy, seasonal appetizer with fresh produce from your local farmer’s market. Take this summertime classic sandwich up a notch by topping it with capers and pairing it with a chilled Grillo or Frappato from Sicilia DOC.

Recipe courtesy of Wines of Sicily
Servings: 4

  • 6-8       strips bacon
  • 1          loaf country bread
  • 1          cup arugula leaves
  • 1          cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1          tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil, plus additional to drizzle
  • 1          tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • kosher salt
  • ground pepper
  • capers
  1. Heat oven to 375° F.
  2. Place bacon on baking sheet and bake 15-20 minutes depending on thickness of bacon. Remove bacon from oven and transfer to paper towels to drain.
  3. Using bread knife, slice bread 1/3-inch thick into single-serving slices; toast lightly.
  4. Add arugula leaves and cherry tomatoes to medium bowl. In separate bowl, whisk olive oil and balsamic vinegar; add to tomatoes and arugula, and gently toss to coat.
  5. To assemble, drizzle olive oil on one side of toasted bread. Arrange arugula, bacon and tomato mixture on top. Finish each sandwich with sprinkle of salt, ground pepper and a few capers.

Source: Wines of Sicily

Meal Ideas 26 March 2019

Time-Saving Secret for Busy Cooks

Roasted Slicing Chicken From the Deli

(Family Features) Looking for a way to get out of the kitchen to enjoy warm weather activities with friends and family? Here's a secret for cooks looking for time-saving shortcuts that won't compromise the taste of homemade meals. Fully cooked, roasted chicken sliced to desired thickness at the deli counter can save hours of preparation time for dishes calling for roasted chicken as an ingredient. By substituting chicken that's already been slow-roasted and seasoned when bought sliced at the deli, meals can still have the homemade taste of roasted chicken even if the cook has spent the day at the beach, on the golf course or in the garden.

Deli slicing chicken is versatile, too. It can be sliced thick and then cut into pieces and tossed into a refreshing salad, or give a boost to a summery soup. Cut thin, deli slicing chicken goes gourmet when layered on soft slices of multigrain bread and combined with an assortment of fresh vegetables and spices.

Visit www.boarshead.com for more time-saving meal preparation tips.

Chicken Lettuce Wraps with Barbecue Dressing

Servings: 4 wraps
Light and satisfying, tangy and sweet - this recipe has it all. Juicy roast chicken topped with a sweet and mild barbecue sauce and wrapped up in tender butter lettuce leaves makes a quick lunch or a light supper - and it all comes together in just minutes.

  • 2 cups Boar's Head EverRoast Oven Roasted Chicken Breast, julienned
  • 4 large butter lettuce leaves
  • 1 cup mixed cucumber and green onion strips
  • 1/4 cup barbecue sauce
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon mix black and white sesame seeds
  1. Place the chicken onto the lettuce leaves and top with the cucumbers and onions. Mix the barbecue sauce with the lemon juice and mayonnaise and pour over the top. Sprinkle with the sesame seeds.

Chicken Gazpacho Sandwich

Servings: 4
The pungent tastes of roasted red peppers, sun-dried tomatoes, sweet carrots, cucumbers and spices turn a simple chicken sandwich into the perfect gourmet meal for a warm day or evening.

  • 8 slices multi-grain bread
  • 1 1/2 cups mayonnaise
  • 1 small cucumber, sliced into thin rounds
  • 1 cup grated carrots
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 cup drained roasted red peppers, cut julienne style
  • 1/2 cup drained, sun-dried tomatoes in oil, cut julienne style
  • 12 slices Boar's Head EverRoast Oven Roasted Chicken Breast
  1. Place 4 bread slices on a work surface. Spread each with a layer of mayonnaise and add enough cucumbers to form a layer. Sprinkle with carrots and a pinch of dried rosemary and garlic powder. Mix peppers with tomatoes and layer on top of carrots. Evenly divide chicken among sandwiches. Close sandwich with remaining bread slices and serve.

Pulled Chicken and Tomato-Vegetable Soup

Servings: 6
Cut the cooking time for this flavorful soup by substituting deli slicing chicken for recipes calling for pre-cooked chicken. Make sure to use a quality chicken that is sliced fresh at the deli for a homemade chicken taste.

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 head cabbage, shredded
  • 1 red onion, cut into a small dice
  • 3 stalks celery, finely chopped
  • 4 small Yukon Gold potatoes, cut into a 1/2-inch dice
  • 2 large carrots, cut into
  • 1-inch julienne strips
  • 2 teaspoons dried oregano, 6 sprigs for garnish
  • 2 14-ounce cans chicken broth
  • 2 14-ounce cans fire-roasted tomatoes with liquid
  • 1 pound (1/4 inch thick) slices Boar's Head EverRoast Oven Roasted Chicken Breast, cut in strips
  1. Add olive oil to large soup pot and heat at medium high until oil is hot. Add cabbage, onion, celery and potatoes; sauté for 8 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add carrots, dried oregano, chicken broth and tomatoes. Cook 20 minutes or until vegetables are tender. Use your fingers to pull chicken into strips; add to soup. Serve in individual bowls garnished with an oregano stem.

Source: Boar's Head

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