recipes

Videos 08 August 2022

Sheet Pan Hawaiian Veal Meatballs

(Family Features) While the first step to a successful family meal is finding a recipe everyone loves, a second important piece to the puzzle is creating a dish that leaves enough time for special moments together at the table. You can skip complicated prep by serving easy-to-make favorites that call for versatile ingredients and simple instructions.

These Sheet Pan Hawaiian Veal Meatballs are a perfect example of a quick yet delicious meal your loved ones can enjoy without committing an entire evening to the kitchen. With veal as a key ingredient that cooks fast and easy, it’s ideal for weeknights and meal prepping ahead of busy weeks.

Plus, it’d be a cinch to double the meatballs and freeze half of them to make prep even easier the next time your family craves the sweet and savory combination of pineapple, fresh veggies and tender veal.

To find more quick, flavorful dinner inspiration, visit Veal.org.

Watch video to see how to make this recipe!

Sheet Pan Hawaiian Veal Meatballs

Funded by Beef Farmers and Ranchers
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 30 minutes
Servings: 6

Meatballs:

  • 2          pounds ground veal
  • 1/2       cup plain breadcrumbs
  • 1/4       cup milk
  • 3          green onions, chopped
  • 1          large egg
  • 2          teaspoons garlic powder
  • 1 1/2    teaspoons ground ginger
  • 2          teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1          cup Hawaiian barbecue sauce, plus additional for serving, divided

Vegetables:

  • 1          small head broccoli, cut into florets
  • 1          small red bell pepper, seeded and cut into 1/2-inch slices
  • 1          small yellow bell pepper, seeded and cut into 1/2-inch slices
  • 1          small red onion, cut into 1/2-inch slices
  • 1          small pineapple, cut into 1-inch chunks
  • 2          tablespoons olive oil
  • kosher salt, to taste
  • freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2          green onions, for garnish
  • 2          teaspoons sesame seeds, for garnish
  • 6          cups cooked long-grain white rice
  1. To make meatballs: Preheat oven to 450 F and line two rimmed baking sheets with parchment paper. In large bowl, mix veal, breadcrumbs, milk, green onions, egg, garlic powder, ginger and salt until just combined. Portion veal mixture into 2-inch balls. Place in even layer on prepared baking sheets.
  2. Bake about 15 minutes. Remove from oven.
  3. To make vegetables: Toss broccoli, bell peppers, red onion, pineapple and oil together until coated. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  4. Arrange vegetables in single layer on baking sheets with meatballs. Flip meatballs and brush with sauce. Bake until vegetables are tender and meatballs are golden-brown, or until internal temperature reaches 160 F, about 15 minutes.
  5. Drizzle with barbecue sauce. Top with green onions and sesame seeds. Serve with rice.

Source: New York Beef Council

Meal Ideas 13 July 2022

Light, Flavorful Meals to Beat Summer Heat

(Family Features) Hot days enjoying the summer sun are often best paired with meals that won’t drag you down, meaning lighter fare should be on your family’s menu. Skip the heavy recipes that leave you feeling uncomfortable and instead put a flaky, delicious option like wild salmon at the center of your plate.

Fresh, wild-caught California king salmon is available through mid-October, making it a perfect choice for satisfying warm weather dishes. Featuring tender, flaky meat with a rich, buttery flavor ideal for grilling, king salmon is also heart-healthy and packed with omega-3 fatty acids.

The fishery is managed responsibly to ensure there is never overfishing so you can feel good about the local, melt-in-your-mouth salmon. Plus, a portion of the commercial license fees are used to support habitat restoration projects, meaning money goes back to the fishery each time you enjoy it.

If it’s simply too hot to cook outdoors, Pan Seared Salmon with Cucumbers and Creme Fraiche offers a reprieve from the heat by putting your stovetop to work. Mix fresh cucumbers, red onion, dill and creme fraiche for a cool, creamy side then sear salmon seasoned with salt and pepper for a savory summer dish.

When you’re ready to head outside and fire up the grill, Cedar Plank Salmon with Miso Soy Glaze combines light, flaky salmon with a sweet homemade sauce to highlight the flavors of the season. Plus, it’s served right off cured cedar planks for an added touch.  

Visit CalKingSalmon.org to find more recipes fit for light summer meals.

Pan Seared Salmon with Cucumbers and Creme Fraiche

Recipe courtesy of chef Laura Kenny, Real Food Catering, on behalf of the California Salmon Council
Servings: 4

Cucumbers and Creme Fraiche:

  • 4          cucumbers, sliced 1/8-inch thick (about 4 cups)
  • 1          small red onion, diced
  • 2          tablespoons sea salt
  • 2          tablespoons rice wine vinegar
  • 1          tablespoon dill, chopped
  • 1/4       cup creme fraiche

Pan Seared Salmon:

  • 1 1/2    pounds salmon fillet
  • salt, to taste
  • pepper, to taste
  • 3          tablespoons grapeseed oil
  1. To make cucumbers and creme fraiche: In medium plastic container or flat-bottomed bowl, place cucumbers in single layer then sprinkle in some red onion and some salt. Repeat 4-5 times until all cucumbers and onions are layered. Cover and refrigerate 2-8 hours. Drain water from cucumbers and onions by pressing firmly (do not rinse). Add vinegar and toss to combine.
  2. Just before serving, stir in dill and creme fraiche.
  3. To make pan seared salmon: Debone and cut salmon into four pieces; season lightly with salt and pepper, to taste. In large saute pan, heat grapeseed oil and sear salmon. When slightly golden-brown, flip salmon and cook just long enough to sear other side. Remove from pan and place on platter with cucumbers and creme fraiche.

Cedar Plank Salmon with Miso Soy Glaze

Recipe courtesy of chef Laura Kenny, Real Food Catering, on behalf of the California Salmon Council
Servings: 2

  • 2          cedar planks
  • 2          teaspoons honey
  • 1          tablespoon white miso
  • 1          tablespoon rice wine vinegar
  • 2          teaspoons soy sauce
  • 1          garlic clove, minced
  • 1          pound salmon fillet, skin on, cut into two pieces
  • salt, to taste
  • pepper, to taste
  1. To prepare cedar planks: Soak planks in water 1 hour. Heat oven to 375 F.
  2. Wash, oil and bake planks about 10 minutes to cure.
  3. Heat grill to medium-high heat for indirect grilling.
  4. In small bowl, mix honey, miso, rice vinegar, soy sauce and garlic. Cut salmon to fit planks. Season salmon with salt and pepper, to taste; spread miso mixture on flesh side. Let stand at room temperature 10-15 minutes.
  5. Lay salmon on planks skin side down. Place planks on grill adjacent to heat source and close lid. Cook 15-25 minutes, depending on thickness, until internal temperature reaches 125-135 F. Transfer salmon and planks to platter and serve.

Source: California King Salmon

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 07 June 2022

Make Healthy Easy with Grapes

(Family Features) If you’re like many Americans who put a priority on well-being, choosing simple yet healthy snacks and ingredients is an easy first step. For example, grapes are a popular and convenient fruit that can also be an ally in wellness, offering an abundance of health benefits that can help you get (and stay) on the right track.

The next time you enjoy an outdoor adventure, pack along a healthy snack such as California grapes. They can go with you on hikes and bike rides or to the gym as a healthy and hydrating source of energy. Heart-healthy grapes also deliver beneficial antioxidants and other polyphenols and are a good source of vitamin K, which supports bone and heart health. With no need to peel, cut, core or slice, grapes are perfectly portable when you’re on the go.

As an easy, versatile ingredient that can be used in a wide variety of recipes, grapes offer delicious taste, texture and color – plus a healthy boost – that make them an appealing addition to snacks and meals. An added bonus: Grapes help support heart, brain, colon and skin health.

Crunchy Salad Pizza on Cauliflower Crust is a simple way to get your fruits and veggies in a fun, tasty recipe. When it’s time for a filling yet nutritional dinner, Warm-Spiced Chickpeas and Couscous with Grapes and Arugula makes for an ideal vegetarian meal. Plus, this easy-to-make dish includes 8 grams of fiber to help support colon health.

Grapes and seafood are a classic combination, and this Roasted Salmon and Grapes with Pistachios Over Fresh Greens is no exception. A perfect dish for family dinners or inviting guests for a meal, it offers antioxidants and other polyphenols from grapes along with healthy omega-3 fats from fish.

Whatever your path to health, eating well and encouraging healthy habits can be deliciously easy with the benefits of grapes. Find more health benefits and good-for-you recipe ideas at GrapesFromCalifornia.com.

Grapes and Your Skin

While naturally hydrating and delivering beneficial antioxidants and other polyphenols, grapes also offer more: they may help support healthy skin even when exposed to UV light. In a study conducted by the University of Alabama, subjects consuming 2 1/4 cups of grapes every day for two weeks showed increased resistance to sunburn and reduced markers of UV damage in skin cells.

Crunchy Salad Pizza on Cauliflower Crust

Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes
Servings: 4

  • 1 frozen cauliflower pizza crust (11 ounces)
  • 1 tablespoon, plus 4 teaspoons, extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 2 medium carrots, peeled and trimmed
  • 1 medium fennel bulb, quartered and trimmed
  • 1 medium yellow bell pepper, halved and trimmed
  • 1/2 medium red onion
  • 16 black California grapes, halved
  • 1 cup canned or cooked chickpeas, drained and rinsed, divided
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 tablespoons pesto
  • salt, to taste
  • freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 ounce fresh goat cheese, crumbled
  1. Heat oven to 400 F. Place frozen crust on large, parchment-lined baking sheet and brush top lightly with 2 teaspoons olive oil. Bake until crust is lightly golden, about 10 minutes. Transfer to cutting board and cut into quarters.
  2. Using mandolin, peeler or large, sharp knife and cutting board, thinly slice carrots, fennel, bell pepper and onion. Transfer to mixing bowl and add grapes and 1/2 cup chickpeas. Add parsley, pesto and 1 tablespoon olive oil; toss well. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  3. Using fork, coarsely mash remaining chickpeas and remaining oil; spread among pieces of crust. Mound grape-vegetable mixture on top. Dot with goat cheese and serve

Nutritional information per serving: 490 calories; 9 g protein; 66 g carbohydrates; 22 g fat (40% calories from fat); 4 g saturated fat (7% calories from saturated fat); 30 mg cholesterol; 380 mg sodium; 4 g fiber.

Roasted Salmon and Grapes with Pistachios Over Fresh Greens

Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 7-8 minutes
Servings: 4

  • 4 wild sockeye or coho salmon fillets (about 5 ounces each)
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • salt, to taste
  • freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1/3 cup dry white wine
  • 1 cup green California grapes
  • 1/4 cup shelled, unsalted pistachios, coarsely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped Italian parsley
  • 5 ounces baby spinach
  • 1/4 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  1. Heat oven to 400 F. Lightly oil shallow, 9-by-13-inch baking dish.
  2. Pat fish dry and place skin side down in pan. Brush fillets lightly with 1 tablespoon olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper, to taste. Pour wine in pan, scatter grapes around and sprinkle pistachios and parsley on fish.
  3. Roast salmon 7 minutes for medium-rare; 8 minutes for medium.
  4. In large bowl, toss spinach, onion, remaining oil and vinegar. Season with salt and pepper, to taste; toss again and divide among four plates.
  5. Place fish on top of greens. Spoon roasted grapes around fish.

Nutritional information per serving: 360 calories; 31 g protein; 12 g carbohydrates; 19 g fat (48% calories from fat); 3 g saturated fat (8% calories from saturated fat); 65 mg cholesterol; 105 mg sodium; 2 g fiber.

Warm-Spiced Chickpeas and Couscous with Grapes and Arugula

Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, plus additional, to taste, divided
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 cup Israeli pearl couscous
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 can (15 ounces) no-salt-added chickpeas, drained
  • 1 cup red California grapes, halved
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro or parsley
  • freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 4 cups lightly packed baby arugula
  • lemon wedges
  1. In large saucepan over medium heat, heat oil. Add onion, cumin, 1/2 teaspoon salt and allspice; cook, stirring, until onion is softened, about 3 minutes. Add couscous and stir 1 minute to toast lightly. Add turmeric and water; bring to boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer until couscous is tender, about 15 minutes.
  2. Stir chickpeas, grapes and cilantro into couscous then season with salt and pepper, to taste. Transfer couscous-grape mixture to large bowl, add arugula and toss well. Serve warm or at room temperature with lemon wedges.

Nutritional information per serving: 370 calories; 12 g protein; 61 g carbohydrates; 9 g fat (17% calories from fat); 1 g saturated fat (2% calories from saturated fat); 0 mg cholesterol; 160 mg sodium; 8 g fiber.

Source: California Table Grape Commission

Videos 08 March 2022

Cheesy Baked Cod

(Culinary.net) During the spring months, fish can be a popular food for at-home meals. It’s a perfect nutritious option during Lent, and it’s flaky and delicious for seafood lovers and families of all kinds throughout the year.  

This Cheesy Basil Cod has a light crust and a glistening center, which creates a delicious bite of texture. Serve it with rice and vegetables to complete a better-for-you dinner that’s packed with nutrients as well as flavor.

This recipe, rich with cheese and seafood delight, serves four but is easy to double for a larger crowd. It requires just a few kitchen utensils and bakes for less than 15 minutes for a quick meal that’s easy to clean up.

For more seafood recipes, visit Culinary.net.

Watch video to see how to make this recipe!

Cheesy Baked Cod

Recipe adapted from Laurenslatest.com
Servings: 4

  • 3          cod fillets (12 ounces each)
  • 1/2       cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2       cup freshly grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese
  • 1          tablespoon parsley flakes
  • 2          tablespoons basil leaves
  • 2          cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4       teaspoon salt
  • 1/4       teaspoon pepper
  • rice, for serving (optional)
  • steamed vegetables, for serving (optional)
  1. Preheat oven to 450 F.
  2. Line baking sheet with parchment paper. Place fish fillets on baking sheet and set aside.
  3. In small bowl, stir mayonnaise with cheese, parsley, basil, garlic, salt and pepper. Spread evenly over fillets. Bake 10-12 minutes, or until fish starts looking flaky.
  4. Switch oven to broil and brown tops of fish until lightly golden. Remove from oven; cool 3-5 minutes.
  5. Serve with rice and fresh steamed vegetables, if desired.

Source: Culinary.net

Meal Ideas 05 January 2022

Better-for-You Family Favorites for a Healthier Routine

(Family Features) Taking time to nurture your health and well-being starts with building healthier habits. As the seasons change, challenge yourself to make small yet consistent choices that help you and your family through transitions at school, the office or wherever your days take you.

To help you establish (or re-establish) healthy habits during mealtime and beyond, consider these tips.

Eat Meals Together

“Making time for meals together as a family provides a chance to connect and decompress,” said Bridget Wojciak, director of nutrition at Kroger Health, a national sponsor of the American Heart Association’s Healthy for Good initiative. “In fact, regular meals at home can help reduce stress, boost self-esteem and improve feelings of connection.”

Bring everyone together with a better-for-you seasonal favorite like Turkey and Bean Tostadas.

Make Time for Yourself

Chronic stress can have a negative impact on mental and physical health, but turning lost moments – like a meal by yourself spent mindlessly scrolling through social media – into mindful moments can help. Try practicing gratitude at the table by thinking of three things you’re grateful for or putting your fork down between each bite to savor the flavor and consider the nourishment you’re receiving.

Enjoy the Cooler Temperatures

Cooler temperatures can make it more enjoyable to take advantage of outdoor exercise, which is a good way to soak in vitamin D to improve your mood and boost immunity. Going for a brisk walk after mealtime (solo or with your pet), jogging and even raking leaves are examples of activities that count toward the American Heart Association’s recommended 150 minutes of moderate physical activity per week.

Visit heart.org/healthyforgood to download more heart-healthy recipes and find more tips for a healthier you in mind, body and heart.

Tuna Pasta Casserole

Recipe courtesy of the American Heart Association's Healthy for Good initiative
Servings: 4

  • 4 ounces dried whole-wheat rotini pasta (about 1 1/2 cups)
  • nonstick cooking spray
  • 16 ounces frozen mixed vegetables, thawed
  • 1 pouch (11 ounces) low-sodium chunk light tuna
  • 1 can (10 3/4 ounces) low-fat, low-sodium condensed cream of chicken soup
  • 1/2 cup chopped roasted red bell peppers
  • 1/2 cup fat-free half-and-half
  • 1 teaspoon all-purpose, salt-free seasoning blend
  • 3/4 cup crushed low-sodium, whole-grain crackers
  • 1/4 cup shredded or grated Parmesan cheese
  1. Prepare pasta according to package directions, omitting salt. Using colander, drain well. Transfer to large bowl.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 F. Lightly spray 2-quart glass baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
    Stir mixed vegetables, tuna, soup, roasted peppers, half-and-half and seasoning blend into pasta until combined. Transfer to baking dish. Top with crackers and Parmesan cheese.
  3. Bake, uncovered, 25-30 minutes, or until casserole is warmed through and topping is golden brown.

Nutritional information per serving: 400 calories; 7 g total fat; 2.5 g saturated fat; 0 g trans fat; 2 g polyunsaturated fat; 2 g monounsaturated fat; 30 mg cholesterol; 537 mg sodium; 52 g carbohydrates; 8 g dietary fiber; 7 g sugars; 32 g protein.

Turkey and Bean Tostadas

Recipe courtesy of the American Heart Association's Healthy for Good initiative
Servings: 5

Salsa:

  • 2 cups chopped tomatoes (about 2 medium tomatoes)
  • 1 medium avocado, halved, pitted and diced
  • 1 large ear of corn, husks and silk discarded, kernels removed
  • 1-2 medium fresh jalapenos, seeds and ribs discarded, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped red onion
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice

Tostadas:

  • nonstick cooking spray
  • 5 corn tortillas (6 inches each)
  • 8 ounces ground skinless turkey breast
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 can (15 1/2 ounces) no-salt-added black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2 tablespoons water
  1. To make salsa: In small bowl, stir tomatoes, avocado, corn, jalapenos, onions and lime juice. Set aside.
  2. Preheat oven to 400 F.
  3. To make tostadas: Line baking sheet with aluminum foil. Lightly spray foil with nonstick cooking spray. Place tortillas on baking sheet. Lightly spray tortillas with nonstick cooking spray. Using fork, pierce tortillas several times to prevent from filling with air.
  4. Bake tortillas 5-6 minutes on each side, or until golden brown.
  5. In medium nonstick saucepan over medium-high heat, cook turkey, chili powder, cumin and coriander 5-6 minutes, or until turkey is no longer pink, stirring occasionally to turn and break up turkey.
  6. Add beans and water. Cook 5 minutes, or until beans are heated through. Using potato masher, coarsely mash beans. Remove from heat.
  7. To assemble tostadas, spread turkey mixture over each tortilla. Top with salsa.

Nutritional information per serving: 260 calories; 7.5 g total fat; 1 g saturated fat; 0 g trans fat; 1 g polyunsaturated fat; 4.5 g monounsaturated fat; 18 mg cholesterol; 60 mg sodium; 33 g carbohydrates; 8 g dietary fiber; 7 g sugars; 19 g protein.

Ginger Pumpkin Soup

Recipe courtesy of the American Heart Association's Healthy for Good initiative
Servings: 4

  • 1 1/2 teaspoons canola or corn oil
  • 1 medium onion, finely minced
  • 3/4 tablespoon minced peeled gingerroot or 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 2 medium garlic cloves, minced, or 1 teaspoon bottled minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme, crumbled
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 3/4 cups fat-free, low-sodium vegetable broth
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 cans (15 ounces each) solid-pack pumpkin
  • 1 cup fat-free milk
  • 1/4 cup fat-free sour cream (optional)
  • 2 tablespoons chopped chives (optional)
  1. In large heavy pot, heat oil over medium-high heat, swirling to coat bottom. Cook onion 6-8 minutes, or until soft, stirring occasionally.
  2. Stir in gingerroot, garlic, thyme, cinnamon, pepper and salt. Cook 1 minute, stirring constantly. Stir in flour. Pour in broth and water. Using spatula, scrape bottom of pot to dislodge any browned bits. Stir in pumpkin. Bring mixture to boil. Reduce heat to low and simmer 10 minutes.
  3. Stir in milk. Remove from heat. Ladle soup into bowls.
  4. Garnish with sour cream and chives, if desired.

Nutritional information per serving: 138 calories; 2.5 g total fat; 0 g saturated fat; 0 g trans fat; 0.5 g polyunsaturated fat; 1 g monounsaturated fat; 1 mg cholesterol; 199 mg sodium; 27 g carbohydrates; 10 g dietary fiber; 14 g sugars; 6 g protein.

Photo courtesy of Getty Images (Tuna Pasta Casserole)

Source: American Heart Association

Meal Ideas 05 November 2021

Put Fish on the Family Menu

(Family Features) When meals at home get stale and boring, adding some excitement back to family dinners can be as simple as a protein swap. Despite fish being a no-go for picky eaters in some families, there’s a flavorful solution for adding it to the menu in your home.

If you’re hoping to introduce kids (or a picky spouse) to fish for an at-home shakeup, try wrapping it with a flavorful favorite. This Bacon-Wrapped Halibut recipe calls for lightly seasoned fillets wrapped with all-natural bacon served alongside your favorite grains and vegetables – an easy yet tasty way to put seafood on the table.

Sourced from American Humane Certified family farmers that raise animals 100% crate-free with no antibiotics or added hormones, the Coleman Natural bacon in this 20-minute dish contains no artificial ingredients or preservatives so you can feel good about feeding your family better. Plus, with no sugar, it’s paleo-friendly and perfect for those looking to reduce sugar intake.

To find more family-friendly recipes, visit ColemanNatural.com/Recipes.

Watch video to see how to make this recipe!



 

Bacon-Wrapped Halibut

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

  • 4          halibut fillets (6 ounces each), skin removed
  • salt, to taste
  • pepper, to taste
  • 8          slices Coleman Natural Bacon
  • 1          tablespoon canola oil
  • cooked rice or other grain (optional)
  • salad or other vegetable (optional)
  1. Season halibut with salt and pepper, to taste, then wrap each fillet along shorter side with two bacon slices, tucking ends underneath to hold in place.
  2. In large, nonstick skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add fish and cook, turning once, until bacon is crisp, about 5 minutes on each side.
  3. Serve fish with rice or salad.

Source: Coleman Natural Foods

Meal Ideas 12 July 2021

Deliver Flavor and Nutrition Despite Busy Schedules

(Family Features) As kids and parents return to busy schedules full of sports, homework and weeknight activities, building a plan for nutritious and easy meals can be challenging. Piecing together a menu that fuels active minds without spending hours in the kitchen is a common goal for many families.

These recipes require minimal prep and call for on-hand ingredients like dairy food favorites that provide nutrients people of all ages need to grow and maintain strong bodies and minds.

Whether you enjoy it together in the morning before getting the day started or mix it up with breakfast for dinner, this Sustainable Frittata is called “sustainable” because you can use leftover cheeses, veggies, ham, sausage and more to recycle ingredients you already have on hand.

For a customizable kid-pleaser, turn to Chopped Chicken Taco Salad and garnish with your family’s favorite toppings. When it’s time to put a twist on a classic while changing up your dinner routine, Roasted Red Pepper and Pesto Grilled Cheese Sandwiches are perfect for putting something new on the table. Make supper a cinch with Slow Cooker Macaroni and Cheese, which lets you put the work in the hands of your slow cooker for a versatile dish that can be served when homework is finished.

Visit milkmeansmore.org to find more recipes perfect for bringing loved ones together.

Chopped Chicken Taco Salad

Recipe courtesy of Megan Gundy of “What Megan’s Making” on behalf of Milk Means More
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4

Dressing:

  • 1          cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/3       cup buttermilk, plus additional (optional)
  • 1          tablespoon fresh-squeezed lime juice, plus additional (optional)
  • 3          tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • 2          tablespoons taco seasoning

Salad:

  • 2          pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 2          tablespoons taco seasoning
  • 2          tablespoons olive oil
  • 1          head leaf lettuce, chopped
  • 1          avocado, chopped into bite- sized pieces
  • 1          cup black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1          cup corn
  • 1          pint grape or cherry tomatoes, chopped
  • 1          cup shredded cheese (Monterey Jack or Mexican)
  • tortilla strips or crushed tortilla chips, for topping
  1. To make dressing: In small bowl, stir yogurt, buttermilk, lime juice, cilantro and taco seasoning until combined. Taste and adjust lime juice and cilantro as needed. If dressing is too thick, add buttermilk 1 teaspoon at a time until desired consistency is reached. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
  2. To make salad: Season chicken on both sides with taco seasoning. Heat large skillet over medium-high heat and add olive oil. Add chicken to pan and cook on both sides until outside is golden brown and chicken is cooked through. Remove to cutting board and slice into strips.
  3. On large platter, heap chopped lettuce. Sprinkle chicken over top. Add avocado, beans, corn, tomatoes and shredded cheese. Drizzle dressing on top and sprinkle with tortilla strips or crushed tortilla chips.

Sustainable Frittata

Recipe courtesy of Jenn Fillenworth of “Jenny With the Good Eats” on behalf of Milk Means More
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes
Servings: 8

  • 12        eggs, beaten
  • 1/4       cup whole milk, half and half or heavy cream
  • 1/2       teaspoon salt
  • 2          cups shredded cheese, any variety
  • 3          cups assorted cooked vegetables and pre-cooked meats
  • fresh herbs, for garnish (optional)
  1. Preheat oven to 450 F.
  2. Preheat cast-iron pan or oven-safe skillet over medium heat.
  3. In large bowl, mix eggs, milk and salt then add shredded cheese.
  4. Add cooked vegetables and meats to pan to reheat. Once vegetables have softened, add egg mixture to pan and scramble. Let sit over medium heat 1 minute.
  5. Carefully transfer to oven and bake 10-15 minutes. Frittata is done when eggs have set. Remove from oven and top with fresh herbs.

Slow Cooker Macaroni and Cheese

Recipe courtesy of Rachel Gurk of “Rachel Cooks” on behalf of Milk Means More
Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 2 hours
Servings: 8

  • 16        ounces elbow pasta
  • 4          tablespoons butter
  • 3          ounces reduced-fat cream cheese
  • 2          cups whole milk
  • 12        ounces evaporated milk
  • 1/2       cup light sour cream
  • 2          large eggs, beaten
  • 3/4       teaspoon ground mustard
  • pepper, to taste
  • 8          ounces shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 8          ounces grated provolone cheese
  1. Cook pasta al dente according to package directions. Drain and pour into large slow cooker.
  2. In small saucepan over medium heat, whisk butter and cream cheese until melted. Stir in milk, evaporated milk and sour cream; whisk until combined. Remove from heat; whisk in eggs, ground mustard and pepper, to taste. Stir in cheeses. Pour mixture over cooked macaroni and stir to combine cheese and pasta.
  3. Cover and cook 2 hours on low. Switch to warm until ready to serve.

Roasted Red Pepper and Pesto Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

Recipe courtesy of Katie Serbinski of “Mom to Mom Nutrition” on behalf of Milk Means More
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes
Servings: 2

  • 4          slices French or Italian bread
  • 3          tablespoons prepared pesto
  • 2          large roasted red peppers
  • 4          slices mozzarella cheese
  • 2          tablespoons butter, softened
  1. Preheat skillet or grill pan over medium-low heat.
  2. Spread insides of bread slices evenly with pesto. Stack red peppers and mozzarella cheese.
  3. Spread outer sides of bread with softened butter and grill until toasted and cheese is melted, about 5 minutes per side.
  4. Rest 1 minute before cutting.

Source: United Dairy Industry of Michigan

Holiday 20 October 2020

A Memorable Holiday Menu

(Family Features) Holiday gatherings, even in a time when smaller groups are encouraged, take on special meaning for many families. Part of the joy comes from the food that’s shared among loved ones from appetizers and sides to the main course.

This year, you can enjoy those meaningful moments with your closest family members and friends by putting together a menu that keeps smiles on faces from the first bite to the last. Start with your favorite among the nearly endless appetizer options that symbolize the season then enjoy a tender tri-tip alongside bacon-wrapped asparagus and a twist on classic, roasted potatoes.

Visit Culinary.net to find more holiday menu ideas.

Start Your Seasonal Celebration with Small Bites

While main courses, sides and desserts may be what holiday memories are made of, you can calm family members’ and guests’ appetites with an array of appetizers like these:

Meatballs
Stuffed mushrooms
Stuffed peppers
Sliced cheese
Sliced meats
Crackers
Spinach dip
Cheesy bread
Sliders
Little smokies
Fresh fruit and vegetables

A Simply Tasty Side

Many recipes commonly associated with the holidays are accompanied by lengthy ingredient lists or hours spent in the kitchen. However, all that time and effort doesn’t have to be used on this year’s side dish when you opt for a simple yet mouthwatering option.

You can feel good about what you’re feeding your family this holiday season while saving prep time by serving this Bacon-Wrapped Asparagus made with Coleman Natural bacon, which contains no artificial ingredients or preservatives and is sourced from American family farms that humanely raise their animals with no antibiotics or added hormones. Whether it’s served as a side dish or an appetizer, it calls for just a handful of everyday ingredients for a dish you can be proud of.

Visit ColemanNatural.com/Recipes for more seasonal recipe inspiration.

Bacon-Wrapped Asparagus

Servings: 10

  • 20        asparagus stalks
  • 10        slices Coleman Natural Hickory Smoked Bacon
  • 2          tablespoons olive oil
  • 1          teaspoon salt
  • 1/2       teaspoon pepper
  1. Preheat oven to 400 F. Line rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Wrap 2 asparagus stalks with 1 slice bacon. Repeat with remaining asparagus and bacon. Place bundles on baking sheet. Drizzle asparagus ends with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  3. Bake until asparagus is cooked through and bacon is crisp, about 20 minutes.

A Tender Holiday Tri-Tip

Centering your holiday meal around a flavorful cut of meat can make the celebration truly memorable, especially when it’s cooked to perfection over the hot flame of a grill.

This year, take your family’s main course to the next level with a Garlic Herb Tri-Tip lightly seasoned with garlic, thyme, rosemary, salt and pepper to let the naturally flavorful New Zealand grass-fed beef speak for itself. Because the animals roam and graze freely over lush green hills and pastures year-round, New Zealand grass-fed beef is leaner, more finely textured and tastes just as nature intended.

Find more recipes and holiday meal ideas at beefandlambnz.com.

Garlic Herb Tri-Tip

Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 30 minutes
Servings: 6

  • 1          New Zealand grass-fed beef tri-tip (2 1/2-3 pounds)
  • 1/4       cup olive oil
  • 2          tablespoons minced garlic
  • 3          tablespoons fresh chopped thyme
  • 3          tablespoons fresh chopped rosemary
  • 1          teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2    teaspoons black pepper
  1. Preheat grill to high heat.
  2. Rub tri-tip with olive oil. Add minced garlic and use hands to evenly distribute.
  3. Combine chopped thyme, rosemary, salt and pepper; cover oiled tri-tip on both sides with spice blend.
  4. Place tri-tip on hottest part of grill and sear 2-3 minutes.
  5. Flip tri-tip and transfer to indirect heat. Continue grilling until internal temperature reaches 135 F for medium-rare.
  6. Transfer meat to platter, cover with foil and let rest 10 minutes.
  7. Slice across the grain and serve.

An Easy but Impressive Side

Every holiday meal comes with plenty of traditional and family-favorite dishes, and one of the most common on tables is potatoes. Whether they’re roasted, mashed or anything in-between, they’re among the most versatile options for the holidays.

This year, you can save time on seasonal favorites with Creamer potatoes from The Little Potato Company. They are ready to use, with no washing or peeling required, and they’re small and consistent in size so they cook quickly.

Try them roasted, boiled, smashed or mashed whether you’re making a quick weeknight dinner or getting a festive meal on the table. This holiday season, try these Little Hasselback Potatoes for a twist on the classic roasted variety. For an easy cooking hack, slice the potatoes on a wooden spoon to prevent cutting all the way through.

Visit littlepotatoes.com for more holiday recipe inspiration.

Little Hasselback Potatoes

Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes
Servings: 8-12

  • 1          bag (3 pounds) The Little Potato Company Holiday Blend
  • 10        sprigs thyme, removed from stem
  • 6          sprigs parsley, chopped
  • 4          cloves garlic, minced
  • 6          tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1          teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2       teaspoon pepper
  • sour cream (optional)
  • cooked bacon pieces (optional)
  • green onion slices (optional)
  1. Preheat oven to 400 F.
  2. Lay wooden spoon flat on solid surface and place one potato in spoon. Using paring knife, slice 1/8-inch thick slices along length of each potato one at a time.
  3. In bowl, toss potatoes, thyme, parsley, garlic, olive oil, salt and pepper. Place potatoes on parchment-lined baking sheet, cut sides down. Bake 10 minutes, flip and bake 10 minutes, or until soft.
  4. Serve with sour cream, bacon and green onion, if desired.

Photo courtesy of Getty Images (Holiday small bites)

Source: Coleman Natural Foods
Beef + Lamb New Zealand
The Little Potato Company

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