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Meal Ideas 30 April 2021

Take Salad Season to the Next Level

(Family Features) Warmer months typically call for lighter bites, and one of the first things that comes to mind for many is a fresh and flavorful salad. While a salad is a quick and easy way to up your veggie intake and get food on the table in next to no time, the same formula over and over again can make mealtimes feel mundane.

To take your salads to the next level, think of those greens as a blank slate for creativity and look beyond the bowl for elements that can help create new, satisfying meals. For example, Fresh Express Chopped Salad Kits are tasty and versatile salad mixtures with premium ingredients that can also be eaten as sides with your favorite protein or used as toppers for favorites like pizza and tostadas to help kick mealtime up a notch. The salads are thoroughly washed, rinsed and gently dried then sealed in keep-crisp bags for long-lasting freshness.

These easy Kickin’ Chicken Tostadas are made using the Kickin’ Bacon Ranch Chopped Kit, which includes garden fresh cabbage, green leaf lettuces, carrots, green onions, tortilla strips, uncured bacon bits and some heat from jalapeno ranch dressing. Just add the mixture to tostada shells topped with salsa verde chicken and avocado for a flavorful combination.

Or for a tasty twist on traditional favorites like pizza and burgers, try this Thousand Island Burger Pizza using the Bacon Thousand Island Chopped Kit – a combination of iceberg and green leaf lettuces, uncured bacon bits, Parmesan cheese crisps, honey butter cornbread crisps and creamy Thousand Island dressing – to bring sweet and savory flavors together with beef and cheese on top of a homemade pizza crust.

Find more ideas to elevate salad season at freshexpress.com.

Thousand Island Burger Pizza

Prep time: 15 minutes
Total time: 25 minutes
Servings: 6

  • 1          can (11 ounces) refrigerated thin pizza crust 
  • 12        ounces lean ground beef 
  • 1          cup pizza sauce
  • 2          cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1          package (9.4 ounces) Fresh Express Bacon Thousand Island Chopped Kit
  • 1/3       cup dill pickle slices
  1. Heat oven to 400 F.
  2. Unroll dough and spread on 13-by-9-inch nonstick baking sheet. Bake 8 minutes; remove from oven.
  3. In small skillet over medium-high heat, cook ground beef, stirring frequently, 8-10 minutes, or until no longer pink; drain. Spread sauce evenly on baked dough to within 1/2 inch of edge. Top with beef and cheese.
  4. Bake 8-10 minutes, or until crust is golden brown. Top with lettuce, bacon and salad toppings from kit and pickle slices. Drizzle with Thousand Island dressing from kit. Cut into 12 (3-by-3-inch) pieces.

Kickin’ Chicken Tostadas

Prep time: 30 minutes
Total time: 35 minutes
Servings: 6

  • 1          pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1          jar (16 ounces) salsa verde, any heat level
  • 2          packages (10.2 ounces each) Fresh Express Kickin’ Bacon Ranch Chopped Kit
  • 12        tostada shells
  • 1          avocado, peeled, pitted and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  1. In large, covered skillet over medium heat, cook chicken in salsa verde 20 minutes, turning once, until internal temperature reaches 165 F.
  2. Remove chicken, reserving 1/2 cup salsa verde; shred with two forks. Toss with reserved salsa verde.
  3. Place salad from kit in large bowl; toss with half the salad dressing from kit. Add toppings from kit; toss to combine.
  4. Divide salad evenly among tostada shells. Top each salad with chicken and avocado; drizzle with remaining dressing.

Source:  Fresh Express

Videos 21 April 2021

BLT Wrap with Avocado Spread

Sometimes lunch is the most challenging meal of the day. When you wake up before heading to work or accomplishing the morning’s tasks, you might ask yourself, “What should I pack for lunch today?”

Lunch is a meal that everyone has different views on. Some enjoy a huge, filling lunch, some skip it altogether and others look for a light, nutritious option.

The possibilities are nearly endless when it comes to midday food choices. If you desire crunch and texture, but also something light, you’re likely seeking food that is filling and going to give you enough energy to make it until dinner time.

This BLT Wrap with Avocado Spread is a perfect lunchtime pick-me-up that can leave you feeling full and ready to conquer the rest of the day’s work.

This recipe is simple and can be whipped together in minutes. Plus, it has fresh ingredients like lettuce, tomatoes and avocados.

Start by cooking eight strips of bacon in a hot skillet. While that’s cooking, slice the tomatoes and cut the lettuce leaves.

In a bowl, mash avocado, sour cream, lime juice, hot sauce, Worcestershire sauce and salt with a fork until combined.

On a flour tortilla, add avocado spread, one lettuce leaf, tomato slices and bacon. Roll everything up for an on-the-go meal.

This recipe is best served with banana peppers and Spanish rice for a nutrient-filled lunch.

It’s always nice to have a little break in the middle of the day, especially with a delicious meal that’ll have you ready to finish the day strong.

Find more lunch recipes at Culinary.net.

Watch video to see how to make this recipe!

 

BLT Wrap with Avocado Spread

Servings: 4

  • 8          slices cooked bacon
  • 1          avocado, peeled and pitted
  • 1/4       cup sour cream
  • 1          lime, juice only
  • 1/2       teaspoon hot sauce
  • 1/2       teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4       teaspoon salt
  • 4          flour tortillas
  • 4          large red leaf lettuce leaves
  • 2          large tomatoes, cut into 1/4-inch slices
  • Spanish rice (optional)
  • banana peppers (optional)
  1. In large skillet, cook bacon until crispy. Drain on plate lined with paper towels. Set aside.
  2. In medium bowl, mash avocado, sour cream, lime juice, hot sauce, Worcestershire sauce and salt with fork until combined and smooth.
  3. Spread thin layer of avocado mixture over tortillas. Layer with lettuce leaves, tomatoes and bacon. Fold sides up and roll.
  4. Serve with Spanish rice and banana peppers, if desired.
Meal Ideas 12 March 2021

Maximize Family Meal Flavors with Cheese

(Family Features) While there are many ways to enhance the taste and texture of your family’s favorite dishes, perhaps one of the simplest and most impactful is the addition of cheese. From fish and seafood to veggie-inspired recipes, the dairy delight provides a versatile, flavorful ingredient.

One wholesome option is cheese made with 100% sustainably sourced Real California Milk from dairy farm families, which helps bring out the full flavor of dishes like California Queso Fresco Fish Tacos. Quality, authentic dairy can be part of flavor-driven experiences with your loved ones whether you enjoy the tacos during a “fish Friday” event or simply as an opportunity to share a meal as a family. You can also use queso fresco to elevate the flavor of dishes like chilaquiles, or turn to other varieties like Oaxaca for a capirotada or asadero for quiche.

If a vegetarian-friendly meal suits your style, cheese can also enhance plant-forward dishes like Vegetarian Stuffed Peppers. These red bell peppers are cooked and seeded before being stuffed with onions, mushrooms, cheese and seasonings. Once they’re baked to an ooey-gooey doneness, they’re served with white rice for a filling yet healthful meal.

Visit realcaliforniamilk.com/hispanic-dairy to find more cheesy, delicious recipes.

Vegetarian Stuffed Peppers

Prep time: 25 minutes
Cook time: about 1 hour
Servings: 4

  • 4          red bell peppers
  • 1/2       cup, plus 1 tablespoon, vegetable oil, divided
  • 1          cup white onion (about 1 medium), 1/4-inch diced
  • 4          cups cremini or brown mushrooms (about 1 pound), 1/4-inch diced
  • 1          teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1          teaspoon black pepper
  • 1          cup Real California Oaxaca cheese, shredded
  • cooked white rice, for serving
  1. Preheat oven to 400 F.
  2. Rub bell peppers with 1 tablespoon oil then use grill, broiler or gas stovetop burner to cook peppers, turning occasionally, until well charred, 12-15 minutes. Transfer to bowl, cover and set aside until cool enough to handle, about 10 minutes.
  3. In large skillet over medium heat, warm remaining oil. Add onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until starting to brown, 3-5 minutes. Add mushrooms, garlic salt and black pepper; cook, stirring occasionally, until mushrooms are browned and liquid is almost entirely evaporated, 7-10 minutes.
  4. Rub charred skin from bell peppers. Slice off tops and remove seeds. Fill bell peppers with mushroom mixture, top with cheese and arrange in baking dish. Replace bell pepper tops and bake until cheese melts, 8-10 minutes. Serve with cooked rice.

 

California Queso Fresco Fish Tacos

Servings: 6 (12 tacos)

Avocado Radish Salsa:

  • 2          medium avocados, chopped
  • 1/3       cup finely chopped onion
  • 3/4       cup diced radish
  • 5          serrano chile peppers, seeded and finely chopped
  • 3          tablespoons cilantro, finely chopped
  • 1          clove garlic, finely chopped
  • 1          lime, juice only
  • salt, to taste
  • pepper, to taste

Tacos:

  • 1 1/2    pounds swordfish, or other whitefish, steaks or fillets
  • vegetable oil
  • salt, to taste
  • pepper, to taste
  • 1          tablespoon lime juice
  • 1/2       teaspoon ground cumin
  • 12        corn tortillas
  • 6          ounces Real California Queso Fresco cheese, crumbled
  • 2          medium ripe tomatoes, diced
  • 1          cup shredded cabbage
  1. To make avocado radish salsa: In small bowl, combine avocados, onion, radish, chile peppers, cilantro, garlic and lime juice. Add salt and pepper, to taste. Set aside.
  2. Heat grill to medium heat.
  3. Rinse fish and pat dry with paper towels. Rub oil on both sides to coat; season with salt and pepper, to taste. Grill fish 6-9 minutes until cooked through; cool slightly. Remove skin and bones; cut fish into 1 1/2-inch strips.
  4. In medium bowl, toss fish with lime juice and cumin. Warm tortillas in microwave or at 275 F in oven.
  5. Place equal amounts of fish, cheese, tomatoes, cabbage and salsa in center of each tortilla. Roll up tacos to serve.

Substitution: Use Real California Asadero or Monterey Jack cheese for Queso Fresco.  

Source: Real California Milk

Breakfast & Brunch 05 March 2021

A Brunch Spread Fit for Spring

From tasty small bites to a filling feast and even dessert for breakfast, brunch options are nearly endless. Take your spring brunch to the next level with recipes that appease appetites of all kinds.

First, start with portioned pastry cups perfect for appetizers. Bring out the protein-packed breakfast burritos for the main course then, for a final touch of sweet deliciousness, offer up lemony doughnuts to cap off the feast.

Find more brunch recipes at Culinary.net.

Bite-Sized Breakfast

Appetizer-sized portions and small bites of all sorts are ideal for breakfast spreads, and these Pastry Brunch Cups are perfect for starting a morning meal with loved ones. Or, if a busy schedule looms, try baking a batch and separating into appropriate serving sizes for a simple way to meal prep heading into a new week.

Find more breakfast recipes at Culinary.net.

Pastry Brunch Cups

Servings: 18

  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 1/2 cups milk
  • 1 cup shredded Swiss cheese
  • 2 sheets puff pastry
  • 18 eggs
  • 2 cups diced ham
  • chopped fresh green onions

Heat oven 375 F.

  1. In small saucepan, melt butter. Whisk flour with butter. Gradually pour in milk, whisking each time. Bring to simmer, whisking until mixture starts to thicken. Remove from heat; stir in Swiss cheese. Set aside.
  2. Use rolling pin to thin out puff pastries. Cut each into nine squares. Line pastry squares in muffin cups, pressing bottoms down firmly and moving pastries up sides for edges to come up just over muffin tins. Fill each cup with 1 teaspoon cheese sauce. Crack one egg into each cup and sprinkle each with diced ham.
  3. Bake 10-15 minutes until eggs set. Sprinkle with chopped green onions.

Power Brunch with a Protein-Packed Burrito

A well-rounded brunch calls for a multitude of dishes and beverages, but it wouldn’t be complete without a protein-packed recipe to get the day started.

This delicious Breakfast Burrito is loaded with colorful veggies and Silver Fern Farms 100% grass-fed strip steak. Hailing from New Zealand, home to some of the world’s most natural tasting beef and lamb, this premium cut of beef is aged 21 days and minimally processed with no added growth hormones or antibiotics. The animals are grass-fed year-round and allowed to roam and graze freely, so the beef offers a lean, flavorful texture that tastes just as nature intended.

Visit silverfernfarms.com to find more at-home brunch inspiration.

Breakfast Burrito

  • 1 Silver Fern Farms New Zealand 100% Grass-Fed New York Strip Steak (10 ounces)
  • oil
  • salt, to taste
  • pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 onion, finely chopped
  • 1 red bell pepper, sliced lengthwise
  • 4 large mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2-1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 tomato, finely chopped
  • 8 eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 4 large tortillas
  • 1 cup spinach
  • 1 1/2 ounces feta cheese, crumbled
  • 1/4 cup cilantro
  • 1 avocado
  • lime wedges (optional)
  • hot sauce (optional)
  1. Remove steak from packaging and set aside 10 minutes. Once steak reaches room temperature, heat pan over medium-high heat.
  2. Rub steak with oil and season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  3. Cook until medium-rare, approximately 3-4 minutes each side. Remove from pan and cover loosely with tinfoil to rest 5 minutes.
  4. Reduce heat to medium and add splash of oil. Add onion; cook 1 minute. Add red bell pepper and mushrooms; cook 1 minute.
  5. Add cumin, paprika and chili powder; stir through.
  6. When veggies are tender (about 2 minutes), add tomato and cook until soft. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  7. In large bowl, whisk eggs, milk and salt and pepper, to taste.
  8. Heat pan to medium heat and add splash of oil.
  9. Pour egg mixture into pan and cook, lifting and folding eggs until thickened and no visible liquid egg remains. Do not stir constantly.
  10. Lay tortillas on flat surface or plate.
  11. In center of tortilla, add cooked veggies and top with thinly sliced beef. Add handful of spinach, scrambled eggs, crumbled feta, cilantro and avocado. Fold bottom of tortilla and roll.
  12. Serve with lime wedges and hot sauce, if desired.

Dine on Deliciously Sweet Doughnuts

Brunch is never complete without something sweet to cap off the morning feast, and doughnuts are often the perfect complement to an array of main courses.

These Lemon Ricotta Doughnuts pair the bite-sized morsels with lemon curd (if that suits your style) for a sweet-tart combination. They’re made using Domino Golden Sugar, which is made from pure cane sugar and is less processed than white granulated sugar, as one you can always trust in your favorite recipes. It works cup-for-cup just like white sugar but with a golden color and distinct hint of molasses flavor.

Visit dominosugar.com to find recipes perfect for entertaining and celebrating throughout the year.

Lemon Ricotta Doughnuts

Prep time: 20 minutes

Cook time: 7 minutes

Doughnuts:

  • Vegetable oil, for frying
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 3/4 cups Domino Golden Sugar, divided
  • 2 tablespoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons lemon zest
  • 5 large eggs
  • 1 3/4 cups ricotta cheese
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract

Lemon Curd (optional):

  • 1 stick unsalted butter, softened
  • 1 1/2 cups Domino Golden Sugar
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 egg yolks
  • 4 lemons, zest and juice only
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  1. To make doughnuts: In large saucepan, preheat oil to 350 F. Prepare cookie sheet with paper towel to drain doughnuts once out of hot oil.
  2. In bowl, mix flour, 3/4 cup sugar, baking powder and salt. Add lemon zest, eggs, ricotta cheese and vanilla extract; mix until well combined.
  3. Use ice cream scoop to scoop small amounts dough into oil, 4-5 pieces at a time. Fry each batch until golden brown, about 7 minutes. Keep oil at or near 350 F; if oil is too hot, doughnuts will turn golden brown but centers may still be raw. Remove from oil and drain in paper towel. Repeat with remaining dough.
  4. While still hot, toss doughnuts with remaining sugar.
  5. To make lemon curd, if desired: In large bowl of stand mixer, cream butter and sugar until light and fluffy. Add eggs and egg yolks, one at a time. Add lemon zest, lemon juice and salt.
  6. Transfer mixture to saucepan and cook at low-medium heat until thick and creamy, stirring constantly. Remove from heat and let cool before serving with doughnuts.

Source: Beef + Lamb New Zealand
Domino Golden Sugar

Healthy 01 March 2021

Give Spring Salads a Fresh Spin

(Family Features) With spring and warmer weather comes salad season, offering a perfect canvas for creating refreshing meals and appetizers centered around tasty greens, juicy tomatoes and crave-worthy dressings. Give your salads an update by avoiding the same tired mixes and instead create tasty meals fit for the season.

One easy way to up your salad game is by starting with quality ingredients like Fresh Express salad blends, NatureSweet Cherubs Tomatoes and Litehouse refrigerated salad dressings. These fresh, flavorful ingredients can be combined in a dish like this Chimichurri Chickpea Salad, a perfect way to go green this spring for nearly any occasion.

Part of the appeal of dishing up a homemade salad is the unlimited options you have at your fingertips to make the bowl of greens uniquely “yours.” For many, this means one thing: the more toppings, the better. With grilled chicken, crispy bacon, tomatoes, ripe avocado, hard-boiled eggs, blue cheese and a bed of fresh lettuce, this classic Cobb Salad offers an ideal lunch or even a quick family meal.

Because both these recipes can be made in 20 minutes or less, they provide simple solutions when short on time. Plus, the fresh ingredients sum up everything spring meals are made of.

Find more ways to create easy yet delicious salads at litehousefoods.com/iheartsalad.

Chimichurri Chickpea Salad

Total time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4

  • 1          cup fresh cilantro
  • 2/3       cup fresh parsley
  • 2          tablespoons dried oregano
  • 2          garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4       cup red wine vinegar
  • 2/3       cup olive oil
  • 1/2       teaspoon salt
  • 1/2       teaspoon pepper
  • 1          can (14 1/2 ounces) chickpeas, drained
  • 1/4       teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1          bag Fresh Express Baby Kale Mix
  • 1          cup NatureSweet Cherubs Tomatoes, diced
  • 1          medium avocado, diced
  • 4          tablespoons Litehouse Avocado Ranch Dressing
  1. In food processor, combine cilantro, parsley, oregano, garlic, red wine vinegar, olive oil, salt and pepper. Pulse until sauce is smooth.
  2. Place chimichurri sauce in small bowl with chickpeas and crushed red pepper flakes; toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate overnight, if possible.
  3. Divide kale, tomatoes and avocado between four bowls. Top each bowl evenly with marinated chickpeas. Drizzle with avocado ranch dressing and serve.

Cobb Salad

Total time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4

  • 3-4       eggs    
  • 1/4       pound bacon
  • 1          bag Fresh Express Sweet Butter Lettuce
  • 1          pound grilled chicken
  • 1          cup NatureSweet Cherubs Tomatoes, halved
  • 1          ripe avocado, sliced
  • 1/4       cup blue cheese
  • 1/4       cup Litehouse Homestyle Ranch Dressing
  1. Bring pot of water to boil. Use slotted spoon to place eggs in water. Boil 10 minutes then transfer to ice bath to stop cooking process. Peel eggs and slice.
  2. Heat skillet over medium heat. Dice bacon and add to pan. Saute until bacon is crispy and fat is rendered, about 7 minutes. Remove from pan with slotted spoon.
  3. To assemble salad, start with bed of lettuce. Top with hard-boiled eggs, grilled chicken, tomatoes, avocado, bacon and blue cheese; toss in ranch dressing.

Source: Litehouse

Healthy 04 January 2021

Kitchen Staples Helpful for Heart Health

(Family Features) Taking care of your heart health requires a commitment to the right routines and smart decisions, such as adopting a heart healthy diet. Foods you might already have in your kitchen can offer powerful vitamins, minerals and beneficial plant compounds that may help contribute to heart health.

Decades of research shows that each 8-ounce serving of 100% orange juice, such as Florida Orange Juice, is packed with key nutrients and valuable plant compounds, which may play a beneficial role in helping lower blood pressure and other risk factors for heart disease. Consider these additional heart health benefits of 100% orange juice:

  • While many people associate vitamin C with its ability to help promote a healthy immune system, it’s also been shown to support cardiovascular health. Orange juice is an excellent source of vitamin C providing more than 100% of the recommended daily value in an 8-ounce glass.
  • In several research studies, higher intakes of the flavonoids typically found in citrus were associated with reduced risk for cardiovascular disease and stroke.
  • In one 8-ounce serving, 100% orange juice provides 10% of the daily value of potassium, which is an electrolyte that helps maintain fluid balance affecting blood pressure. Diets containing foods that are good sources of potassium and low in sodium may reduce the risk of high blood pressure and stroke.
  • Some studies found folate and vitamin B6, both water-soluble vitamins, may help protect against heart disease by lowering homocysteine levels in the blood, an amino acid believed to cause damage to the arteries and increase the risk of blood clots when elevated. One 8-ounce glass of orange juice contains 15% of the daily value of folate and 8% of the daily value of vitamin B6.

“Drinking Florida Orange Juice is not only delicious, it delivers a powerful combination of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and beneficial plant compounds,” said Dr. Rosa Walsh, director of scientific research at the Florida Department of Citrus. “From helping to reduce hypertension to fighting inflammation, it is an excellent choice to include in a heart-healthy diet.”

You can add the heart health benefits of 100% orange juice to your diet with the powerfully nutritious punch of Orange Juice Shrimp Quinoa Bowls, the perfect mixture of textures with tangy, spicy and sweet flavors. Or start the day strong with a Florida Sunshine Grapefruit Smoothie for a breakfast beverage that requires just a few minutes of prep and blending.

Find more heart healthy inspiration at floridacitrus.org.

Orange Juice Shrimp Quinoa Bowls

Servings: 2

  • 2          cups water
  • 1          cup quinoa
  • 1          cup Florida Orange Juice
  • 1          tablespoon hot sauce
  • 1          tablespoon honey
  • 1          tablespoon soy sauce
  • 6          tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
  • 2          tablespoons lime juice
  • 1          tablespoon white miso
  • 1 1/2    pounds shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 1/4       teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/8       teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1          bell pepper, diced
  • 1          English cucumber, sliced into half moons
  • 3          scallions, sliced
  • 1          avocado, sliced
  • 1          teaspoon sesame seeds
  • 2          tablespoons cilantro, chopped
  1. In pot, bring water to boil.
  2. Add quinoa, reduce to simmer, cover and cook 15 minutes. Fluff with fork.
  3. In bowl, whisk orange juice, hot sauce, honey, soy sauce, 4 tablespoons vegetable oil, lime juice and miso. Remove half and set aside.
  4. Add shrimp to remaining half and marinate 15 minutes.
  5. Heat large skillet over medium-high heat and add remaining oil.
  6. Season shrimp with salt and pepper then add shrimp to wok and saute, cooking approximately 2 minutes per side until pink and cooked through.
  7. Place 1/2 cup quinoa in bowl and top with bell pepper, cucumber, scallions, avocado and shrimp.
  8. Drizzle with dressing that was set aside and garnish with sesame seeds and cilantro.

Florida Sunshine Grapefruit Smoothie

Servings: 1

  • 1          cup Florida Orange Juice
  • 1/2       cup Florida Grapefruit Juice
  • 1          ripe banana
  • 1/2       cup low-fat vanilla yogurt
  • 1/2       teaspoon vanilla extract
  1. In blender, blend orange juice, grapefruit juice, banana, yogurt and vanilla extract until smooth. Serve immediately.

 Photo courtesy of Getty Images (smoothie)

Source: Florida Department of Citrus

Meal Ideas 03 February 2021

Family Meals Cooked with Convenience in Mind

(Family Features) Part of the fun of family meals is finding inspiration in the variety of dinner ideas you can create together. From a tangy twist on traditional tacos to a favorite to-go flavor in the comfort of your own kitchen, the options are nearly endless when you use versatile, ready-to-use ingredients.

When you include protein that’s prepared, seasoned and precooked, you can cut down on time in the kitchen, while adding precious seconds to spend with loved ones. For example, Chef’s Craft® Gourmet Chicken offers a line of gluten-free, preservative-free, all-natural chicken skillfully crafted by experts and perfectly suited for culinary creations. The varieties are always fresh and perfect for preparing in 30 minutes or less. They can be enjoyed on their own or in an array of family dishes.

Consider these Barbecue Ranch Breaded Chicken Tacos to call loved ones to the table with chunks of tender chicken piled high with homemade spicy vinegar slaw, fried onions and avocado drizzled with barbecue sauce and ranch dressing.

Or, for a taste of takeout you can make in your own home, turn to Honey Soy Chicken Stir-Fry. If you don’t own a wok, don’t fret – this dish can easily be made in a skillet. Just be sure to give the veggies enough room as a crowded skillet is likely to result in steamed veggies.

Find more quick, convenient family meal ideas, as well as a store locator, at chefscraftgourmet.com.

Barbecue Ranch Breaded Chicken Tacos

Servings: 4

Spicy Vinegar Slaw:

  • 2 1/2    cups shredded purple cabbage
  • 1/2       cup shredded carrot
  • 2          jalapenos, thinly sliced
  • 1 1/2    tablespoons canola or vegetable oil
  • 2          tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1          teaspoon sugar
  • kosher salt
  • freshly ground black pepper

Fried Onions:

  • canola or vegetable oil, for frying
  • 1/2       cup all-purpose flour
  • kosher salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 1          yellow or Vidalia onion, cut into 1/4-inch slices
  • 8          taco-sized flour tortillas, warmed
  • 1          package Chef’s Craft® Breaded Chicken Chunks, cooked according to package directions
  • spicy vinegar slaw
  • 1          avocado, chopped
  • fried onions
  • 1/2       cup barbecue sauce
  • 1/2       cup ranch dressing
  • chopped cilantro (optional)
  1. To make spicy vinegar slaw: In medium mixing bowl, combine cabbage, carrot and jalapenos.
  2. In separate small bowl, whisk oil, vinegar and sugar; season generously with salt and pepper.
  3. Drizzle over coleslaw mix and stir to combine. Let sit at least 10 minutes before serving.
  4. To make fried onions: In small skillet over medium-high heat, heat 1/2 inch oil.
  5. In small bowl, season flour well with salt and pepper. Coat onion slices in flour mixture and shake to remove excess flour.
  6. Fry in batches until golden brown and crisp, about 30-45 seconds per batch. Remove to paper towel-lined plate and immediately sprinkle with salt.
  7. Top each tortilla with cooked breaded chicken chunks, spicy vinegar slaw, chopped avocado, fried onions, barbecue sauce and ranch dressing. Garnish with cilantro, if desired.

 

Honey Soy Chicken Stir-Fry

Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes
Total time: 30 minutes
Serves: 4

Honey Soy Glaze:

  • 1/2       cup chicken broth
  • 1/2       cup soy sauce
  • 6          tablespoons honey
  • 1/2       teaspoon granulated garlic
  • 1/2       teaspoon dried ground ginger
  • 4          teaspoons cornstarch
  • 3          teaspoons water
  • 2          tablespoons canola or vegetable oil
  • 1          large yellow onion, sliced
  • 3          bell peppers, sliced
  • 1          large zucchini, sliced
  • 4          ounces snow peas
  • 10        ounces sliced mushrooms
  • 2-3       cups broccoli florets, steamed to tender crisp
  • 1          package Chef’s Craft® Chicken Breast Fillets, cooked according to package directions, sliced
  • sesame seeds, for garnish
  1. To make honey soy glaze: In small saucepan over medium heat, combine chicken broth, soy sauce, honey, garlic and ginger. Bring to simmer.  In small bowl, combine cornstarch and water; stir into honey soy sauce and let cook approximately 1 minute, stirring occasionally, until sauce thickens.
  2. In large skillet or wok over medium-high heat, heat oil. Add onion, pepper and zucchini; cook 2-3 minutes. Add snow peas and mushrooms; cook 2 minutes until vegetables are crisp tender but maintain texture. 
  3. Add broccoli and chicken to pan; stir all but 3 tablespoons sauce; cook 1 minute, stirring frequently. Drizzle with remaining sauce and garnish with sesame seeds.

Source: Wayne Farms

Meal Ideas 27 January 2021

Family-Friendly Foods Fit for Lent

(Family Features) As families ponder Lenten recipes fit for the season with flavorful seafood as a filling protein, one important aspect to take into account is the kid-friendliness of the dish. Offer up a dinnertime delight the whole family can enjoy with shrimp-based options that provide familiar flavors in appetizing ways.

For example, you can take your taste buds on an international trip with tasty Cuban Shrimp and Rice Tacos for an easy-to-prepare meal bursting with the flavors of citrus and herbs for a winning weeknight dinner. You can even increase the fun by serving with toppings like salsa, guacamole, sour cream, shredded cheese and shredded lettuce to allow kids to garnish their tacos however they’d like.

Lime-Ginger Shrimp Fried Rice is an Asian-inspired option with additions of bok choy, lime juice, fresh ginger root and mango for zesty flavor. Both dishes require half an hour or less in the kitchen, leaving more time for family fun in the evenings.

Plus, you can add to the convenience of these meals by incorporating an option like Success Rice with its taste, texture and quality that help make mealtime a cinch. With its “Boil-in-Bag” cooking process that provides a satisfying shortcut, simply add water to a saucepan, drop the BPA-free bag into the water, boil for 10 minutes and remove with a fork for a no measure, no mess timesaver that pairs perfectly with sauteed shrimp for Lent-inspired dinners.

Find more family-friendly Lenten meal ideas at SuccessRice.com.

Lime-Ginger Shrimp Fried Rice

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

  • 2          bags Success Jasmine Rice
  • 2          tablespoons canola oil
  • 1          pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined, tails removed
  • 8          baby bok choy, trimmed and quartered
  • 1/2       cup diced fresh mango
  • 1          tablespoon minced fresh ginger root
  • 1/4       teaspoon salt
  • 3          tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2          tablespoons lime juice
  1. Prepare rice according to package directions. Let cool completely.
  2. In wok or large skillet over medium-high heat, heat oil. Cook shrimp, bok choy, mango, ginger and salt, stirring, 3-5 minutes, or until shrimp start to curl and bok choy starts to wilt.
  3. Stir in rice. Cook 2-3 minutes, or until well coated. Stir in soy sauce and lime juice. Cook 2-3 minutes, or until rice is heated through.

 

Cuban Shrimp and Rice Tacos

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

  • 1          bag Success Jasmine Rice
  • 2          tablespoons olive oil
  • 1          pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined, tails removed
  • 2          cloves garlic, minced
  • 1          teaspoon chili powder
  • 1          teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2       teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2       teaspoon salt
  • 1/4       teaspoon black pepper
  • 1          can (15 ounces) black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2       cup orange juice
  • 3          tablespoons lime juice
  • 8          corn tortillas, warmed
  • 1          ripe avocado, halved, pitted, peeled and sliced
  • 1/4       cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves
  1. Prepare rice according to package directions.
  2. In large skillet over medium heat, heat oil. Add shrimp, garlic, chili powder, cumin, oregano, salt and pepper; saute 2-3 minutes, or until shrimp start to curl.
  3. Stir in rice, black beans, orange juice and lime juice. Cook 5-8 minutes, or until shrimp are cooked through and liquid is mostly absorbed.
  4. Serve shrimp and rice in warm tortillas garnished with avocado and cilantro.

Source: Success Rice

Healthy 11 December 2020

Turn to Tempeh for a Plant-Based Superfood

(Family Features) As a key part of a nutritious eating plan, protein intake can be a healthy step to take in the new year. One increasingly popular way to add protein to your at-home menu is with protein-packed, plant-based foods like tempeh.

Tempeh’s roots date back thousands of years and originate in Indonesia. It’s an all-natural protein source made with simple, whole-food ingredients – most often fermented soybeans, water and rice – and is high in protein, packed with fiber and low in fat, sodium and calories. Tempeh is also loaded with vitamins and minerals like calcium, manganese, phosphorus and iron, and has all nine essential amino acids. Because it’s fermented, the nutrients in tempeh are easy for the body to digest.

The health benefits of tempeh, including 18 grams of protein per serving, are one reason to give it a try, but another is it’s easy and versatile to cook. It has a firm texture, nutty taste and can be baked, fried, steamed or grilled. Tempeh also easily absorbs marinades, spices and sauces. To prepare tempeh, cut it into cubes, strips or crumble it then toss into a stir-fry, layer it onto a BLT sandwich or simply warm a skillet and sear it until golden brown.

The possibilities for tempeh are nearly endless, and it’s also increasingly easy to find. For example, Lightlife, founded in 1979 as “Tempeh Works,” was among the first commercial producers of tempeh in the United States. Today, it offers its Original Tempeh at more than 18,500 retail stores nationwide.

Find protein-packed meal ideas, like Sesame Ginger Tempeh Power Bowls with Quinoa and Sweet Potatoes, at lightlife.com.

Sesame Ginger Tempeh Power Bowls with Quinoa and Sweet Potatoes

Pickled Pink Onions:

  • 1/4       cup white wine vinegar
  • 2          teaspoons white sugar
  • 1/4       teaspoon salt
  • 1/2       small red onion, peeled and thinly sliced


Sesame Ginger Vinaigrette:

  • 2          tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2          teaspoons sesame oil
  • 2          teaspoons grated fresh ginger
  • 2          teaspoons rice wine vinegar
  • 2          teaspoons soy sauce
  • 2          teaspoons toasted sesame seeds


Sweet Potatoes:

  • 1          tablespoon olive oil
  • 1          large sweet potato, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch slices

Tempeh:

  • 1          package (8 ounces) Lightlife Original Tempeh
  • 1          teaspoon vegetable oil
  • 2          tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2          cups baby spinach or kale
  • 2          cups cooked tri-color quinoa, at room temperature
  • 1/2       ripe avocado, cubed
  • 1/2       cup canned chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 6          red grape cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 6          yellow grape cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2       cup pea shoots
  1. To make pickled pink onions: In small pot, bring white wine vinegar, sugar and salt to boil. Add onions and toss to coat 15 seconds. Turn off heat and let sit 20 minutes, stirring occasionally, until onions are soft and bright pink. Set aside.
  2. To make sesame ginger vinaigrette: In small bowl, stir vegetable and sesame oils with ginger, rice wine vinegar, soy sauce and sesame seeds. Pour into two small ramekins. Set aside.
  3. To make sweet potatoes: In large nonstick skillet over medium heat, heat olive oil. Add sweet potato slices and cook, turning occasionally, 15-17 minutes, adjusting heat as necessary until tender when pierced with knife. Remove to cutting board and cut each slice into quarters. Wipe out skillet.
  4. To make tempeh: Cut tempeh crosswise into eight triangles. In nonstick skillet over medium-low heat, heat vegetable oil. Cook tempeh with soy sauce until golden brown and warm, 2-3 minutes per side. Remove tempeh from pan and add baby spinach or kale; stir 1-2 minutes just until wilted.
  5. To assemble bowls: On bottoms of two shallow bowls or plates, spread cooked quinoa. Top with piles of warm sweet potatoes, pickled pink onions, sauteed spinach or kale, avocado, chickpeas, grape tomatoes and pea shoots. Top with tempeh and serve with sesame ginger vinaigrette.

Source: Lightlife

Healthy 25 November 2020

Nutritional Inspiration for the New Year

(Family Features) A new year brings new opportunities for personal changes and improvement from taking steps forward in a career to bettering personal relationships and - perhaps most common - starting on a path toward better health. For many, the worthwhile challenge of enhancing physical health begins with the foods and beverages you eat and drink.

Step one is to leave behind the habit of turning to unhealthy meals and instead focus on dishes that call for fresh fruits and veggies like this Quinoa Salad with Orange Cilantro Salad Dressing. Simply start with cooked quinoa and mix together with your preferred produce like orange slices, grapefruit and diced avocado. Add feta cheese, lime juice and diced red onion to bring the flavor to life and drizzle with the light, zesty dressing.

Making nutritious choices goes beyond just your meals, however. Take your commitment to the next level with beverages that don't cancel out your effort to eat healthy. This Spiced Citrus Ginger Mocktail combines a concentrate made of orange juice, orange peel, lime juice and lime peel with zero-sugar, zero-calorie ginger ale.

These health-conscious recipes are made possible with the flavor enhancement of Zevia beverages, which are naturally sweetened with stevia and include no artificial ingredients, colors or preservatives. Ranging from sodas to organic teas, energy drinks, sparkling water and mixers for cocktails and mocktails, the zero-sugar beverages fit nearly any lifestyle including eating patterns like paleo, keto, intermittent fasting and gluten-free.

Visit zevia.com/recipes to find more nutritious food and drink solutions.

Quinoa Salad with Orange Cilantro Salad Dressing

Yield: 2 cups

Dressing:

  • 1/2 cup Zevia Orange Soda
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1 cup fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1 teaspoon garlic

Quinoa Salad:

  • 1 cup quinoa
  • leafy greens (optional)
  • 1 orange, cut into pieces (optional)
  • 1 grapefruit, cut into pieces (optional)
  • 1 lime, juice only
  • 1/2 avocado, diced (optional)
  • 1/4 cup feta cheese (optional)
  • 1/4 cup diced red onion (optional)
  1. To make dressing: In food processor, pulse orange soda, lime juice, olive oil, cilantro, avocado and garlic until consistency is smooth.
  2. To make quinoa salad: Cook quinoa according to package directions and let cool.
  3. Once quinoa is cool, add to bowl with orange pieces, if desired; grapefruit pieces, if desired; lime juice; avocado, if desired; feta cheese, if desired; and diced onion, if desired. Top with orange cilantro salad dressing.

Spiced Citrus Ginger Mocktail

Yield: 1 mocktail

Concentrate:

  • 1 cup fresh-squeezed orange juice
  • 1/2 cup fresh-squeezed lime juice
  • 1 orange peel
  • 1 lime peel
  • 1/2 teaspoon black peppercorns, lightly crushed
  • 5 cardamom pods, lightly crushed
  • 2 cinnamon sticks, lightly crushed

Mocktail:

  • 1/3 cup concentrate
  • 1 can Zevia Ginger Ale
  • ice
  • lime wedge, for garnish (optional)
  • orange wedge, for garnish (optional)
  1. To make concentrate: In small saucepan, combine orange juice, lime juice, orange peel, lime peel, black peppercorns, cardamom pods and cinnamon sticks. Bring to boil over high heat then turn to low; simmer until liquid has reduced by half, 3-4 minutes. Let cool and strain out solids. Transfer to glass jar and store until ready to use.
  2. To make mocktail: Combine concentrate with ginger ale over ice.
  3. Garnish with lime wedge or orange wedge, if desired.

Source: Zevia

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