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Meal Ideas 16 November 2018

Savor the Season with Comfort Foods

(Family Features) Few things go together quite like the holidays and comforting seasonal recipes.

When time is short during the season’s hustle and bustle but you’re craving a savory meal, reach for an ingredient like READ German Potato Salad, which can be the shortcut you need to get Potato, Turkey and Veggie Casserole on the table quickly.

Dessert is a must during the holidays, and this Cranberry-Beet Bundt Cake with Orange-Walnut Glaze draws its unique flavor from Aunt Nellie’s Beets and a sweet blend of spices and seasonings.

Find more seasonal recipes at READSalads.com and AuntNellies.com.
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Cranberry-Beet Bundt Cake with Orange-Walnut Glaze

Prep time: 50 minutes  
Cook time: 45 minutes
Servings: 16

  • 1          jar (16 ounces) Aunt Nellie’s Sliced Pickled Beets, drained
  • 2 1/4    cups granulated sugar, divided
  • 1 1/4    cups dried sweetened cranberries
  • 2 1/2    cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2    teaspoons baking powder
  • 1          teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2       teaspoon salt
  • 1          teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2       teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 4          large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 1/2    sticks (12 tablespoons) unsalted butter, softened
  • 1/4       cup vegetable oil
  • 1          orange, zest only, finely grated
  • 2          teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/2       cup buttermilk

Orange-Walnut Glaze:

  • 2 1/2    cups confectioners’ sugar, sifted
  • 1          orange, zest only, finely grated
  • 1/4       cup orange juice, plus additional (optional)
  • 1 1/2    tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1          cup finely chopped walnuts
  1. Heat oven to 350° F.  Butter and lightly flour fluted 10-inch Bundt pan.
  2. In food processor, puree beets and 1 cup sugar until smooth, about 30 seconds, scraping down sides of bowl once.
  3. In small bowl, cover cranberries with hot water.
  4. In medium mixing bowl, sift flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg.
  5. In large mixing bowl using electric mixer on medium-high, beat remaining sugar, eggs, butter and oil2-3 minutes until light and smooth. Blend in beet puree. Add orange zest and vanilla; mix until blended. Add half of flour mixture; beat on low until smooth. Add buttermilk; beat on low until smooth then add remaining flour mixture, beating until blended. Drain cranberries; fold into batter.
  6. Turn batter into prepared pan, spreading evenly. Bake on center rack 45-50 minutes. When done, cake will pull away from sides of pan and toothpick, inserted into center will come out clean.
  7. Cool 15 minutes then invert cake onto rack.
  8. To make Orange-Walnut Glaze: In large mixing bowl, combine sugar and orange zest. Add orange juice; whisk until smooth. Whisk in butter. Add additional juice, if necessary.
  9. Spoon glaze over cake while still warm. Sprinkle with walnuts.

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Potato, Turkey and Veggie Casserole

Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 30 minutes
Servings: 6

  • 1          tablespoon, plus 1 teaspoon, olive oil
  • 3/4       pound extra-lean ground turkey breast
  • 1/2       teaspoon dried thyme leaves
  • 1/2       teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2       teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2       teaspoon salt (optional)
  • 1          can (15 ounces) READ German Potato Salad
  • 1/2       cup light sour cream
  • 2          cups frozen, thawed or canned mixed vegetables, drained
  • nonstick cooking spray
  • 1/2       cup bread crumbs
  1. Heat oven to 350° F. In large, nonstick skillet over medium heat, heat 1 tablespoon oil. Add turkey, thyme, garlic powder, pepper and salt, if desired. Cook 5-7 minutes, until cooked through, stirring occasionally and breaking turkey into large crumbles.
  2. Stir in potato salad and sour cream. Add vegetables; stir to combine. Spray 2-quart casserole dish with nonstick cooking spray. Spoon in casserole mixture.
  3. Toss together bread crumbs and remaining oil. Sprinkle over casserole. Bake 30 minutes, or until bubbly and heated through.

Substitution: Leftover chopped turkey (about 1 1/2 cups) can be cooked 2-3 minutes in skillet in place of ground turkey.

Source: Seneca Foods
AuntNellies

Meal Ideas 16 November 2018

Comforting Dishes for Cooler Days

(Family Features) There's almost nothing like a warm dish to help melt away the chills of winter.

Combining classic flavors and a blend of comforting spices, this Roasted Turkey and Cranberry Soup is a warm-up waiting to happen on a cold day. For a hearty breakfast option, Sweet Orange and Cranberry Muffins can feed the whole family - simply bake the flavorful pastries a day ahead then warm the morning of for a quick, hot breakfast.

If the craving for comfort food strikes when you don't have time for a home-cooked dish, consider scratch-made options available at restaurants like Sweet Tomatoes or Souplantation, where guests can find 50-foot salad bars, soups, hot pastas, freshly baked breads, muffins and desserts. It's a one-of-a-kind dining experience that allows guests the freedom to create their own wholesome meals in a family-friendly atmosphere.

Find more information at souplantation.com or sweettomatoes.com.

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Roasted Turkey and Cranberry Soup

Prep time: 15 minutes
Yield: 1 gallon

  • 1 pound turkey breast meat
  • 16 cups water, divided
  • 8 ounces carrot, diced into 1/4-inch pieces, divided
  • 8 ounces celery, diced into 1/4-inch pieces, divided
  • 1/2 pound butter or margarine
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic
  • 2 cups yellow onion, diced into 1/4-inch pieces
  • 1 1/2 cups white flour
  • 1/2 cup turkey base
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried sage
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried marjoram
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 3/4 cups heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup chopped Italian parsley
  • 3/4 cup dried cranberries, diced
  1. Cook turkey in oven. Slice into bite size pieces. Reserve to add to finished soup.
  2. Heat 5 cups water to boil. Cook 4 ounces carrots and 4 ounces celery 8 minutes until soft. Strain and cool in cold water. Reserve to add to finished soup.
  3. Melt butter. Add garlic, onion, remaining carrots and remaining celery. Saute 5 minutes. Stir in flour and continue cooking 5 minutes on low-medium heat.
  4. Add remaining water and turkey base. Blend until smooth.
  5. Add salt, pepper, sage, marjoram, rosemary and thyme. Heat to 190° F or low simmer. Cook 10 minutes until thickened.
  6. Add cream, parsley, turkey meat, cranberries and cooked carrots and celery. Stir to combine. Cook on medium heat 2 minutes.

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Sweet Orange and Cranberry Muffins

Yield: Approximately two dozen muffins

  • 11 ounces white flour
  • 3 ounces wheat flour
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon table salt
  • 7 ounces white sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups buttermilk
  • 2/3 cup canola oil
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup orange juice concentrate
  • 2 tablespoons fresh orange zest
  • 1/2 cup whole cranberries in sauce

Sugar topping:

  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon powdered sugar
  1. Mix flours, baking powder and salt until thoroughly combined.
  2. Combine white sugar, buttermilk, canola oil, eggs, orange juice concentrate and orange zest. Beat to dissolve sugar.
  3. Mix cranberry sauce, wet mix and dry mix until thoroughly combined.
  4. To make sugar topping: Mix brown sugar and powdered sugar thoroughly to combine.
  5. Heat oven to 350° F. Spray muffin pan with quick release spray. Scoop muffins into pan.
    Top each muffin with 1 teaspoon sugar topping.
  6. Bake approximately 15 minutes.

Source: https://souplantation.com/
https://sweettomatoes.com/

Holiday 09 November 2018

A Host’s Guide to Holiday Gatherings

(Family Features) Gearing up for a big crowd at your holiday festivities can provide moments of excitement, stress, fun and plenty of other emotions as the big dinner draws near. This year, avoid any nagging feelings of doubt with this step-by-step guide to prepare for large gatherings.

Plan in advance. Even if you're typically the last-minute type, the hectic holiday season is no time to wait until a few days ahead of the celebration to throw meals and more together. Instead, be sure to put together a guest list and send invites at least a few weeks out. Take inventory of supplies like silverware, plates, serving dishes and any accessories you'd like to feature at the table. Make an outline of the food each guest is bringing, or, if you'll supply all the food, ensure there will be plenty for everyone - don't forget to take into account special diets or allergies.

Make a list. Planning only takes you so far if you don't write everything down. Once the menu is determined, list out what you'll need to make the magic happen. Don't forget to jot down easily overlooked items that can be picked up the day of, such as ice.

Remember to thaw. One surefire way to make the big day a big disaster is to forget to thaw your main course. If you're planning to roast a turkey - perhaps the most common centerpiece - remember it takes around a day to thaw for every two pounds of meat. So, for example, it could take close to a week for a 14-pound turkey to fully thaw prior to cooking.

Prep the day before. There are many tasks (big and small) that can be taken care of the day before guests arrive, making the holiday less stressful for hosts. From whipping up simple appetizers like dips to giving the house a thorough cleaning, there's plenty of pressure that can be taken off your shoulders 24 hours in advance. If you really want to make the big day a breeze, consider cooking your main dish, slicing the meat and placing it in reheating pans one day prior.

Create a schedule. No matter how far in advance you plan or how much prep you complete prior to the festivities, there will always be day-of work to be done. With guests coming in and out, it can be helpful to lay out what's known as a "fire list," which details times chronologically for when things need done, such as starting the oven to warm the turkey or simply remembering to lay out dessert following the meal.

Find more holiday hosting tips and meal solutions at omahasteaks.com.

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Butcher's Butter Filet Mignon Roast Garnish

  • 1/4 cup salted butter
  • 1/4 cup duck fat
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh rosemary, minced
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme, minced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1/2 anchovy filet, minced
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 prepared Omaha Steaks Filet Mignon Roast
  1. In small saucepan, combine butter, duck fat, rosemary, thyme, garlic, anchovy filet and black pepper. Heat on low 3-5 minutes until fragrant. Remove from heat and serve over Filet Mignon Roast.

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Roasted Grape Gastrique

Roasted Grapes:

  • 4 cups assorted grapes (picked, washed and dried)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • nonstick cooking spray

Gastrique:

  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch mixed with 4 tablespoons water
  1. To make Roasted Grapes: Heat oven to 350° F.
  2. In bowl, combine grapes, olive oil, salt, pepper and cinnamon stick.
  3. Lightly spray baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray. Pour grape mixture onto baking sheet. Bake 15 minutes. Remove from oven and pour into bowl.
  4. To make Gastrique: In small saucepan, combine water and sugar. Bring to boil over medium-high heat, 5-7 minutes, until sugar starts to brown.
  5. Remove from heat and slowly add vinegar. Return to heat and stir until combined. Add cornstarch and water mixture; bring to boil. Remove from heat.
  6. Pour Gastrique mixture over Roasted Grapes.

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Whole Basted Turkey

  • 1 Omaha Steaks Whole Basted Turkey (10 pounds)
  1. Thaw turkey completely in refrigerator 3-4 days or, keeping turkey in vacuum-sealed packaging, place in sink full of cold water 5-7 hours, changing water approximately every 30 minutes.
  2. Heat oven to 350° F. Remove turkey from vacuum-sealed bag. Place turkey in bag provided; secure bag with twist tie. Place bag in deep roasting pan. Using fork, puncture 6-8 holes in top of bag. For extra browning or crispness, slit top of bag for final 20-30 minutes of roasting.
  3. Roast turkey 2 hours, 45 minutes- 3 hours. Turkey is done when internal temperature measured with kitchen thermometer reaches 165° F.

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Source:  Omaha Steaks

Meal Ideas 06 August 2018

Save Time on School Nights

(Family Features) Back-to-school season means plenty of evening hours spent completing homework, attending extracurricular activities and preparing to repeat the school-day routine the next day. For many families, having time to prepare and cook quality, nutritious meals can be next to impossible.

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Instead of choosing between valuable family time and hours spent in the kitchen, RAGÚ blogger, fitness enthusiast and busy mom Jamie Krauss Hess recommends stocking up on go-to pantry staples you feel good about and including them in quick, nutritious recipes everyone can enjoy together.

Try recipes such as Mini Turkey Sloppy Joes, which swap out beef for ground turkey to provide a flavorful alternative while offering a special twist to a classic family favorite. Quinoa Penne with Savory Tomato-Basil Sauce can hit the spot with just a handful of ingredients. Or, if the little ones clamor for a more kid-friendly dish and the adults don’t mind a throwback to childhood, Grown-Up Tomato Mac and Cheese can provide the best of both worlds.

All three recipes take less than an hour to make and feature RAGÚ Simply pasta sauces, which are made with 100 percent olive oil and contain no added sugar. They’re available in four varieties including: Traditional, Chunky Marinara, Chunky Garden Vegetable and Flavored with Meat. By using simple ingredients like California vine-ripened tomatoes, carrots, bell peppers, zucchini, onions and spices, the result is a taste-tempting sauce with recipe versatility.

Find more family-pleasing and simple-to-prepare recipes ideal for busy school nights at ragu.com.
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Grown-Up Tomato Mac and Cheese

Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 30 minutes
Servings: 8

  • 1          box (16 ounces) gemelli pasta
  • 4          cups water
  • 2 1/2    cups sharp cheddar cheese, shredded, divided
  • 1/2       cup (2 ounces) Pecorino Romano cheese, grated
  • 1          tablespoon corn starch
  • 1          can (5 ounces) evaporated milk
  • 1          jar (24 ounces) RAGÚ Simply Traditional Pasta Sauce
  • 2          teaspoons cracked black pepper
  1. In large pot, combine pasta and water. Cook over medium-high heat 20-22 minutes, or until pasta is done, stirring occasionally.
  2. In bowl, combine 2 cups cheddar cheese, Pecorino Romano cheese and corn starch. Reduce heat to medium; stir milk, cheese mixture and sauce together with cooked pasta. Cook 5-7 minutes, or until cheese is melted and mixture is thickened, stirring frequently.
  3. Sprinkle with remaining cheddar cheese and pepper; serve immediately.

Tip: This stovetop method eliminates the need to drain the pasta after cooking. The starchy pasta water gets stirred in and helps create an extra-rich sauce. Elevate this dish by sprinkling crushed Parmesan cheese crisps on top before serving.
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Mini Turkey Sloppy Joes

Recipe courtesy of Honey and Birch
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes
Servings: 8

  • 1          teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1          cup onion, diced
  • 3          cloves garlic, minced
  • 1          pound ground turkey
  • 1          cup carrots, finely diced
  • 1          medium green pepper, diced
  • 1          medium red pepper, diced
  • 1          jar (24 ounces) RAGÚ Simply Chunky Marinara Sauce
  • 1          tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1          teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1/2       teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2       teaspoon black pepper
  • 8          mini buns
  1. In large skillet over medium heat, heat extra-virgin olive oil. When hot, add onion and garlic; sauté until onion is translucent.
  2. Add ground turkey to pan. Break up meat and stir frequently until meat is browned. Add carrots, green pepper and red pepper. Cook 5 minutes so vegetables can begin to soften.
  3. Add marinara sauce, Worcestershire sauce, ground mustard, kosher salt and black pepper. Stir and bring to boil. Reduce heat so it simmers; partially cover pan. Cook 10 minutes.
  4. Serve on mini buns.

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Quinoa Penne with Savory Tomato-Basil Sauce

Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 8-10 minutes
Servings: 6

  • 12        ounces (about 5 cups) uncooked quinoa penne pasta
  • 2          tablespoons olive oil
  • 1          large shallot, chopped
  • 4          cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 1/4       cup oil-packed sundried tomatoes, drained and chopped
  • 1/2       teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1          jar (24 ounces) RAGÚ Simply Chunky Garden Vegetable Pasta Sauce
  • 1 1/4    cups tightly packed fresh basil leaves, chopped, divided
  1. Cook pasta as directed on package.
  2. In large skillet over medium heat, heat oil. Add shallots; cook 5-7 minutes, or until lightly browned, stirring frequently. Add garlic, tomatoes and paprika; cook and stir 1 minute. Stir in sauce and basil, reserving small amount of basil for garnish.
  3. Drain pasta; add to sauce mixture. Mix well. Cook 1-2 minutes until heated through. Sprinkle with reserved basil before serving.

Tip: For extra protein, add 1 pound sliced, grilled chicken when stirring in pasta.

Source:  RAGÚ

Meal Ideas 23 July 2018

Put Taste on the Table

When busy weeknights leave little opportunity for extravagant meals, bring the family together with a simpler recipe that provides just as much tasty flavor, such as these Turkey Potato Dinner Wraps. Requiring just 15 minutes of prep and 15 minutes of cook time, a half-hour is all you need to create an enjoyable meal for all. Find more quick dinner recipes at eatwisconsinpotatoes.com.
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Turkey-Potato Dinner Wrap

  • 3/4 pound Russet potatoes* cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1 tbsp water
  • 1 tbsp canola oil
  • 3/4 pound ground lean turkey
  • 1 large carrot shredded
  • 1/3 cup sliced green onions with tops
  • 1 can Tomato sauce 8 ounce can
  • 2/3 cup shredded Cheddar cheese
  • 1 tsp dried Italian herb seasoning or basil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 4 large whole wheat or high fiber tortillas
  • 1 light sour cream
  1. Place potatoes in microwave-safe bowl; sprinkle with water.  Cover, venting one corner.  Microwave on HIGH 5 to 8 minutes just until potatoes are tender. (Time will depend on wattage of your oven.)
  2. Meanwhile, heat oil in large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add and break up turkey; cook 5 minutes, tossing occasionally. Mix in carrot; cook 2 minutes. Add potatoes and onions; cook and toss 2 minutes. Reduce heat to medium; mix in tomato sauce, cheese, and herbs.
  3. Cook, stirring occasionally, 4 to 5 minutes until mixture is hot and most of sauce is absorbed. Season with salt and pepper. On work surface, lay out tortillas. Place 3/4 cup hot turkey mixture on each; fold and roll up as for burritos.
  4. Cut in halves and place on serving plates. Accompany with sour cream, if desired.

Source:  Wisconsin Potato and Vegetable Growers Association

Meal Ideas 27 October 2017

A Friendsgiving Feast

Sides, drinks and leftovers perfect for sharing with friends

(Family Features) Friendsgiving is the perfect opportunity to celebrate your second family with festive, fun recipes that stray a bit away from traditional fare.

“Friendsgiving is often held on the Saturday before Thanksgiving,” said Chef Kevan Vetter of the McCormick Kitchens. “It’s more of a potluck party than a traditional Thanksgiving – everyone is usually assigned a dish. Instead of stuffing or a green bean casserole, bring a dish that’s a little more fun, like corn pudding with a dash of smoky heat from chipotle chili pepper.”

These recipes for a caramelized Brie and a chocolatey red wine from the McCormick kitchens are also sure to please. If your party falls after the big day, put those turkey leftovers to good use with a cheesy turkey crescent ring perfect for feeding a group of friends.

Find more recipes to share with friends this season at McCormick.com.

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Chipotle Corn Pudding

Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 1 hour
Servings: 8

  • 1/4       cup cornstarch
  • 1/4       cup sugar
  • 2          teaspoons McCormick Minced Onions
  • 1 1/2    teaspoons McCormick Ground Mustard
  • 1          teaspoon McCormick Gourmet Sicilian Sea Salt
  • 1/4       teaspoon McCormick Chipotle Chili Pepper
  • 4          eggs
  • 1/2       cup milk
  • 1/4       cup (1/2 stick) butter, melted
  • 2          cans (14 3/4 ounces each) creamed corn
  • 1          can (15 1/4 ounces) whole- kernel corn, drained
  • nonstick cooking spray
  1. Heat oven to 400° F. In small bowl, mix cornstarch, sugar, onions, mustard, sea salt and chili pepper until well blended; set aside.
  2. In large bowl, lightly beat eggs. Stir in milk, butter and all corn. Gently stir in cornstarch mixture until well blended. Pour into 2 1/2-quart baking dish sprayed with nonstick cooking spray.
  3. Bake 1 hour, or until set, stirring halfway through cooking. Let stand 10 minutes before serving.

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Slow Cooker Red Wine Hot Chocolate

Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 1 hour
Servings: 14

  • 1          bottle (750 milliliters) red wine
  • 8          cups whole milk
  • 1          can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1          package (12 ounces) dark chocolate chips
  • 1          teaspoon McCormick Ground Nutmeg
  • 4          McCormick Cinnamon Sticks
  1. Place all ingredients in slow cooker. Cover.
  2. Cook 60-70 minutes on high, or until chocolate is melted and mixture is heated through, stirring every 15 minutes.
  3. Reduce heat to low. Serve from slow cooker.

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Pecan Pie Brie

Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 12 minutes
Servings: 12

  • 1/2       cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/2       teaspoon McCormick Ground Cinnamon
  • 1/4       teaspoon salt
  • 1/8       teaspoon McCormick Ground Nutmeg
  • 3          tablespoons butter, divided
  • 1          cup pecans, chopped
  • 1/2       cup light corn syrup
  • 2          tablespoons water
  • 1          teaspoon McCormick Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2       teaspoon McCormick Rum Extract
  • 1          wheel Brie cheese, warmed
  1. In small bowl, mix brown sugar, cinnamon, salt and nutmeg until blended. Set aside.
  2. In large skillet over medium heat, melt 2 tablespoons butter. Add pecans; toast 5-7 minutes, or until golden brown, stirring frequently. Reduce heat to low.
  3. Stir remaining butter, corn syrup, water, vanilla extract, rum extract and brown sugar mixture into skillet. Cook and stir until butter is melted and mixture is heated through. Remove from heat. Mixture will thicken as it cools.
  4. Spoon over warmed Brie.

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Leftover Turkey Taco Crescent Ring

Prep time: 25 minutes
Cook time: 25 minutes
Servings: 10

  • 1          package McCormick Original Taco Seasoning Mix, divided
  • 2          tablespoons butter
  • 1          cup finely chopped onion
  • 2          cups shredded, cooked turkey
  • 1          can (15 1/4 ounces) whole-kernel corn, drained
  • 1          can (10 ounces) diced tomatoes and chilies, drained
  • 1          garlic clove, minced
  • 1          container (8 ounces) whipped cream cheese
  • 2          cups shredded cheddar cheese, divided
  • 2          packages (8 ounces each) refrigerated crescent dinner rolls
  1. Heat oven to 375° F. Reserve 1 teaspoon taco seasoning mix in small bowl; set aside.
  2. In medium saucepan over medium heat, melt butter. Add onion; cook and stir 3 minutes, or until tender. Add turkey, corn, tomatoes, garlic and remaining seasoning mix. Cook and stir 5 minutes. Remove from heat. Stir in cream cheese and 1 cup shredded cheese.
  3. Unroll crescent roll dough on greased or parchment paper-lined baking pan. Separate into triangles. Arrange triangles to resemble sun with center open. Press dough where bottoms of triangles overlap. Spoon turkey mixture in ring where dough overlaps. Fold triangle points over filling, tucking into bottom layer to secure. Continue until entire ring is enclosed.
  4. Bake 15 minutes, or until golden brown.
  5. In bowl, stir remaining shredded cheese into reserved seasoning mix. Remove ring from oven. Sprinkle with cheese mixture. Bake 5 minutes longer, or until cheese is melted.
  6. Serve with desired toppings, such as shredded lettuce, sour cream or guacamole.

Source: McCormick

Meal Ideas 27 July 2017

Memory-Making Meals Mark Back to School

(Family Features) Most families are looking for ways to spend more time together, but managing the family schedule can be a daunting task, especially with the additions of nightly homework and extracurricular activities a new school year brings.

Hectic weeknight schedules during back-to-school season don’t need to get in the way of quality time spent around the dinner table with these simple tips for enjoying dinner together.

Designate a time. Write dinner time on a calendar in the kitchen so every family member is aware of this special time and can look forward to sitting down together. Even if your schedule is overwhelming, pick a specific day each week and block out time to have a meal as a family.

Rely on foods rooted in tradition. Experimenting with recipes can add quick and easy new favorites to the family meal repertoire like Spaghetti and Turkey Meatballs, a modern twist on the nostalgic family classic. As food trends come and go, RAGÚ continues to be a culinary staple for family meals. For 80 years, RAGÚ has gathered families at the table to celebrate the tradition of creating memories around a mouthwatering meal. Whether that’s a new take on ravioli or a family-favorite pasta dish, families can count on serving up delicious pasta sauces rich with bold, Italian flavors and vine-ripened tomatoes.

Create rituals. To build a tradition in the kitchen, try involving the whole family by showing your kids age-appropriate ways to contribute to their favorite meal. Let them measure ingredients to create better-for-you turkey meatballs, carry ingredients from one place to another, mix and pour ingredients, and set the table. Creating a ritual of cooking a favorite back-to-school meal with your kids is a good way to help them build healthy habits and skills that will last a lifetime.

Step away from your cell phone. Designate dinnertime as a no-cellphone zone. Leave your mobile devices in another room to allow for time to reconnect with your loved ones and be fully present.

Create fun dinner table topics. Making the table a fun place to be is the best strategy for getting your family to dinner and keeping them at the table longer. Make a game out of sharing the best parts of your day with each other. This can be a great way to laugh together as well as an opportunity to offer much-needed advice and support.

Find more easy recipes to bring the family together during the busy back-to-school season and throughout the year at RAGU.com or on Facebook.

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Spaghetti and Turkey Meatballs

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

  • 10        ounces spaghetti
  • 1          pound (85 percent lean) ground turkey
  • 1/2       cup Italian-seasoned, dry bread crumbs
  • 1/4       cup grated Parmesan cheese, plus additional (optional)
  • 1/4       cup chopped Italian parsley
  • 1          egg, beaten
  • 3/4       cup water, divided
  • 1/2       teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1          tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2          cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2       teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1          jar RAGÚ Homestyle Thick and Hearty Traditional Sauce
  1. Cook pasta as directed on package, omitting salt; keep warm.
  2. Combine turkey, bread crumbs, Parmesan, parsley, egg, 1/4 cup water and salt. Shape mixture into 25 (1 1/4-inch) meatballs.
  3. In large, nonstick saute pan on medium heat, heat olive oil, garlic and crushed red pepper. Add sauce and remaining water once garlic is golden.
  4. Arrange meatballs in sauce; cover and cook 10 minutes, or until cooked through (165° F), stirring occasionally. Serve with cooked spaghetti and additional Parmesan, if desired.

Tip: Use a small ice cream scoop or melon baller to easily make evenly sized meatballs.

Source: RAGU

Meal Ideas 01 May 2017

Delicious, Nutritious Outdoor Dining

(Family Features) Some of the first foods that come to mind when considering dining outdoors are greasy, messy meals. Instead, opt for a nutritious outdoor experience with a turkey wrap, grain bowl or chicken salad for a backyard bite that doesn’t go overboard.

Find more nutritious recipes for outdoor dining at culinary.net.

Lunch On the Go

A healthy combination of plant-based foods and turkey easily turns into a quick lunch. This wrap brings together a variety of textures with crunchiness from the apples and spinach, substance from the turkey and creamy, simple dressing. Find more quick, healthy recipes at aicr.org.

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Turkey, Spinach and Apple Wrap

Recipe reprinted with permission from the American Institute for Cancer Research

  • 1 tablespoon reduced-fat mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons honey mustard
  • 2 whole-wheat lavash wraps or flour tortillas (8 inches each)
  • 2 cups baby spinach leaves, loosely packed, washed and dried
  • 4 thin slices turkey breast
  • 1/4 Granny Smith apple, sliced paper-thin
  1. Combine mayonnaise and mustard. Lay out both wraps. Spread edges of each with mayonnaise mixture.
  2. Leaving space on one side of wraps, arrange layer of greens on top of wraps. Top each layer with two slices of turkey. Evenly divide apple slices and lay lengthwise across turkey. Fold over one end of wrap then both sides. Roll wrap as tightly as possible toward opposite side.
  3. Cover each wrap tightly in plastic wrap and refrigerate seam-side down, up to 4 hours, before serving. To serve, remove plastic wrap and cut each wrap in half at an angle.

Substitution: Two large leaves of soft, leafy green lettuce can be used in place of baby spinach leaves.

Greens and Grains

Dedicating more of your plate to fresh-from-the-garden produce as well as rice and grains can lead to a healthier lifestyle, according to Cheryl Forberg, registered dietitian and award-winning chef and nutritionist for “The Biggest Loser.”

To start living healthier and greener lives, Forberg recommends starting a garden. This hands-on approach is a fun way to learn about nutrition and where food comes from. Following produce from seed to plate can compel you to eat more healthfully.

Forberg furthers her personal dedication to the seed- to-plate journey through her involvement with Seeds of Change, which invests in healthier and greener communities by offering both organic seeds and foods, and delivers an annual grant program that benefits school and community gardening as well as farming programs. This year, the grant program will award $310,000 to participants who plan to help their communities and teach people about sustainability and where fresh food comes from.

Learn more about starting a community garden and living a greener, healthier life at seedsofchangegrant.com.

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Warm Grain Bowl with Wild Salmon, Almonds and Salsa Verde

Total time: 20-25 minutes
Servings: 8

  • 8 wild salmon fillets (3 ounces each)
  • sea salt, to taste
  • fresh pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1 cup asparagus, cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 1/2 cup shitake mushroom caps, sliced
  • 1 package Seeds of Change Quinoa, Brown & Red Rice with Flaxseeds
  • 1/4 cup slivered almonds

Salsa Verde (optional):

  • 1 bunch scallions
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/2 cup packed cilantro leaves
  • 1/2 cup packed mint leaves
  • 1/2 cup packed basil leaves
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  1. Heat oven to 400° F.
  2. In oven-proof pan, season salmon with salt and pepper, and drizzle each fillet with olive oil. Bake 12-15 minutes, until cooked through.
  3. In blender or food processor, combine all Salsa Verde ingredients and pulse until fully incorporated but still rustic and chunky. Set aside.
  4. In medium saute pan over medium-high heat, heat remaining olive oil. Add mushrooms and asparagus and saute vigorously 3-5 minutes. Add grains and slivered almonds, and continue to saute until heated through, about 5 minutes. Adjust seasoning with salt and pepper, to taste.
  5. Divide grains among eight plates, place a piece of salmon on each plate then finish with dollop of Salsa Verde, if desired, and serve.

Substitution: Shitake mushroom caps may be substituted with button mushrooms or other wild mushrooms.

Savory Salad

Even when you plan to take dining outdoors, a tasty salad still makes for an ideally nutritious meal. This salad brings together an assortment of veggies for a Tomato-Cucumber Salsa to top succulent baked chicken and greens. Find more recipes perfect for dining al fresco at chickenroost.com.

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Baked Greek Chicken Salad

Recipe courtesy of the National Chicken Council
Servings: 4

Tomato-Cucumber Salsa:

  • 2 plum tomatoes, diced
  • 1 small cucumber, peeled and sliced
  • 1/2 green pepper, julienned
  • 1/4 purple onion, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon basil
  • 1/8 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/8 teaspoon Greek seasoning
  • 1/8 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon dry mustard

Salad:

  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon oregano
  • 1 teaspoon Greek seasoning
  • 1 package mixed Italian salad greens
  • 2 ounces feta cheese, crumbled
  • black olives
  • pepperoncini peppers
  1. To make Tomato-Cucumber Salsa: In medium bowl, mix together tomatoes, cucumber, green pepper, purple onion, red wine vinegar, olive oil, vegetable oil, pepper, salt, basil, oregano, Greek seasoning, sugar and dry mustard. Chill until ready to serve.
  2. Heat oven to 350° F.
  3. Place chicken in baking dish. In medium bowl, mix together butter, lemon juice, pepper, garlic powder, oregano and Greek seasoning; pour over chicken. Bake about 50 minutes, uncovered, basting occasionally.
  4. Place salad greens in large serving bowl. Top with Tomato-Cucumber Salsa. Slice chicken in thin strips and arrange on top of salad. Sprinkle with feta cheese and garnish with olives and pepper.

Photos courtesy of Getty Images

Source: Culinary.net

Healthy 11 April 2017

Simple Ways to Produce Healthy Habits

(Family Features) If getting your kids to embrace healthy eating habits feels like a constant uphill battle, take heart in knowing you’re not alone. However, modeling smart choices in the kitchen and at the grocery store may be just the nudge your kids need.

One of the biggest hurdles many families face when it comes to healthier eating is getting started. These tips show how subtle changes can make it simple to introduce healthier choices the whole family can enjoy.

  • Mornings are a busy time for families, and it can be difficult to make a nutritious breakfast and get out the door. Even so, skip the packaged breakfast foods that are loaded with sodium and calories. Instead, make and freeze your own healthy breakfast foods ahead of time. These breakfast burritos are easy for reheating and eating on the go.
  • A common misperception is that eating healthfully takes too long. Set a good example for kids to follow by preparing healthy dinners at home. This one-pot turkey skillet is ready in less than 25 minutes to make dinner and cleanup a breeze.
  • When kids are empowered to choose what they eat, they’re more likely to enjoy it. One easy way for kids to identify smart choices in the produce department is by looking for foods with the Produce for Kids logo. Not only are these items an important part of a balanced meal, shoppers who support the products are giving back to local organizations that help children and families.

To find additional tips to encourage your family’s healthy eating and more than 300 registered dietitian-approved recipes, visit produceforkids.com.

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Make-Ahead Freezable Breakfast Burritos

Recipe courtesy of Produce for Kids
Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes
Servings: 14

  • 2 teaspoons olive oil, divided
  • 16 ounces lean turkey breakfast sausage
  • 1 medium red bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 1 small Vidalia onion, finely chopped
  • 1 large tomato, finely chopped
  • 12 large eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup low-fat shredded cheddar cheese
  • 14 whole-wheat tortillas (8 inches each)
  1. In nonstick skillet over medium heat, heat 1 teaspoon oil. Add sausage and cook 5-8 minutes, or until cooked through. Transfer to plate and set aside.
  2. In same skillet, add remaining oil, bell peppers, onions and tomatoes, and cook 3-5 minutes, or until softened. Add tomatoes and cook 2 minutes.
  3. In large bowl, scramble eggs and pepper. Add to pan and cook, stirring regularly, 3-4 minutes, or until eggs are set. Remove from heat and mix in sausage and cheese. Let cool.
  4. Fill tortillas with 1/2 cup egg mixture, roll into burrito and lay seam-side down on parchment-lined baking sheet. Freeze 1 hour. Transfer to freezer-safe re-sealable bag and return to freezer.
  5. To reheat burritos, remove from freezer, wrap in paper towel and microwave on high 1-2 minutes.

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One-Pot Healthy Turkey Skillet

Recipe courtesy of Produce for Kids
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4

  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1 medium green bell pepper
  • 1 medium sweet onion
  • 3 Roma tomatoes
  • 8 ounces whole-wheat elbow macaroni, cooked according to package directions
  • 1 can (15 1/2 ounces) kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  1. In nonstick skillet over medium-high heat, heat oil. Add turkey and cook 10 minutes, or until no longer pink.
  2. In food processor, pulse bell pepper, onion and tomatoes until chunky.
  3. Add vegetable mixture, noodles, beans, cumin, chili powder and salt to skillet and let simmer 15 minutes.

Source: Produce for Kids

One Dish Meals 13 March 2017

Turkey Enchiladas

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Turkey Enchiladas

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes

  • 1 can (10 3/4 ounces) Campbell’s Cream of Chicken Soup (regular or 98% fat free)
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon butter or margarine
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 2 cups chopped cooked turkey or chicken
  • 1 can (about 4 ounces) chopped green chiles
  • 8 flour tortillas (8-inch), warmed
  • 1 cup shredded Cheddar or Monterey Jack cheese
  1. MIX soup and sour cream.
  2. HEAT butter in saucepan. Add onion and chili powder and cook until tender. Add turkey, chiles and 2 tablespoons soup mixture.
  3. SPREAD 1/2 cup soup mixture in 2-quart shallow baking dish. Spoon about 1/4 cup chicken mixture down center of each tortilla. Roll up and place seam-side down in dish.
  4. SPOON remaining soup mixture on top. Sprinkle with cheese. Bake at 350°F for 25 minutes or until hot. Serves 4

Source: Campbell's Soup

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