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Meal Ideas 11 May 2021

A Truly Memorable Summer Menu

(Family Features) Summer days are often spent with family and friends, soaking in the sun’s rays and enjoying outdoor living with warm-weather activities. Complement this year’s summertime excitement with food that matches your enthusiasm for the season.

Your menu can start with a fruity dip and a salad before diving into steak for the main course and a kid-friendly treat to top it all off. These recipes make the most of what summer has to offer with fresh fruits and veggies, bright and refreshing greens, tender cuts of meat and frozen treats that celebrate those memorable moments together.

Find more summer recipe inspiration at Culinary.net.

Dip Up a Good Time

Whether your summer days include planning extravagant meals or your on-the-go lifestyle calls for quick and easy recipes, simple snacks can fit a wide variety of menus. Dips are a perfect solution for afternoon pick-me-ups or evening appetizers when the whole family comes together.

This Apple Guacamole can be made in mere minutes, making it an ideal shareable among loved ones, by combining mashed avocados and seasonings with chopped Granny Smith apple pieces.

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Apple Guacamole

Recipe adapted from the Meredith Corporation
Prep time: 10 minutes
Servings: 8-10

  • 3          ripe avocados, halved and pitted
  • 1/2       cup finely chopped Vidalia onion
  • 1/2       cup snipped fresh cilantro
  • 1          lime, juice only
  • bottled hot pepper sauce, to taste
  • 1          Granny Smith apple, peeled, cored and finely chopped
  • kosher salt, to taste
  • tortilla chips
  1. In bowl, use fork to mash avocados, onion, cilantro, lime juice and hot pepper sauce to desired consistency. Stir in apple and season with salt, to taste.
  2. Serve with tortilla chips.

Savor a Bite of Steak

A hearty flavor profile and perfectly prepared, high-quality meat can make a summer meal truly spectacular, especially when paired with fresh veggies in a protein-packed sandwich.

Inspired by Vietnamese tradition, this Steak Banh Mi recipe – which features tender grass-fed flat iron steak, pickled carrots, bright lettuce and crunchy cucumbers – is sure to be a crowd-pleaser at your next summer gathering. Take your taste buds to new heights with Silver Fern Farms natural cuts of 100% grass-fed beef from New Zealand, which is minimally processed with no added growth hormones or antibiotics. There, the animals roam and graze freely over lush green hills and pastures, resulting in lean, flavorful, nutritious meat that tastes just as nature intended.

Visit silverfernfarms.com for more inspiration.

Steak Banh Mi

Prep time: 2 hours
Cook time: 15 minutes
Servings: 2

  • 10        ounces Silver Fern Farms New Zealand grass-fed beef flat iron steak
  • 2          teaspoons hoisin sauce
  • 2          teaspoons soy sauce
  • 2          teaspoons honey
  • 1          teaspoon fish sauce
  • 1          clove garlic, minced
  • 1          teaspoon, plus 1/2 cup, rice vinegar, divided
  • 1/8       teaspoon five-spice powder
  • 2          tablespoons sugar
  • 1          pinch salt
  • 1          small carrot, cut into matchsticks
  • 1          tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1/4       cup water
  • 2          Vietnamese baguettes or dinner rolls
  • 1/4       cup mayonnaise
  • 4          Batavia lettuce leaves
  • 1/4       cup cilantro, chopped
  • 1          Persian cucumber, sliced
  1. Remove steak from packaging and set aside 10 minutes. Once steak reaches room temperature, place steak in deep plate or storage container. In small bowl, combine hoisin sauce, soy sauce, honey, fish sauce, garlic, 1 teaspoon rice vinegar and five-spice powder; pour over steak. Cover and marinate in fridge at least 2 hours, or overnight.
  2. In small pot over medium heat, heat remaining rice vinegar, sugar and salt. Cook and stir until sugar and salt dissolve. Remove from heat and let cool.
  3. Place carrots in deep plate or storage container. Pour cooled pickling liquid over carrots. Set aside to marinate.
  4. Remove steak from marinade and pat dry. Reserve marinade.
  5. Heat oven to 325 F.
  6. Heat heavy-bottomed pan over high heat and add oil. Once oil begins to smoke, add steak. Sear both sides, about 1 minute per side. Lower heat to medium.
  7. Add reserved marinade and water to pan. Cook, covered, 3 minutes, removing lid to flip meat occasionally. Remove lid and let sauce reduce 1 minute, or until slightly thickened.
  8. Transfer steak and sauce to large plate and let rest 10 minutes before slicing.
  9. Toast baguettes in oven 5 minutes. Let cool 5-10 minutes.
  10. Slice baguettes along middle without cutting through.
  11. Slice steak into thin pieces.
  12. Spread mayonnaise on baguettes and add 1-2 lettuce leaves to each. Layer steak on lettuce leaves followed by cilantro, cucumbers and pickled carrots. Slice baguette into two sandwiches.

Go for Satisfying Summer Greens

Many summer meals start with a simple yet satisfying appetizer: salad. This year, make sure you set the table with a bright, delightful bowl of greens that sets the tone for an enjoyable and festive meal with loved ones.

This Apple, Strawberry, Blueberry Salad calls for an array of fruits, including a homemade blueberry dressing, paired with Fresh Express 5-Lettuce Mix for a fresh and flavorful base with pecan halves to add crunch. The salads are thoroughly washed, rinsed and gently dried then sealed in Keep-Crisp bags to maintain freshness.

Find more salad inspiration at freshexpress.com.

Apple, Strawberry, Blueberry Salad

Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 6

Blueberry Dressing:

  • 2          cups fresh blueberries
  • 1/4       cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2          tablespoons honey
  • 1          tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2       cup olive oil
  • salt, to taste
  • pepper, to taste

           

  • 2          large apples
  • 2          packages (6 ounces each) Fresh Express 5-Lettuce Mix
  • 1          pint strawberries, cut in half
  • 1          pint blueberries
  • 1/2       cup pecan halves, toasted
  • blueberry dressing
  1. To make blueberry dressing: In blender, process blueberries, balsamic vinegar, honey, lemon juice, olive oil and salt and pepper, to taste, until smooth. Set aside.
  2. To prepare salad: Cut apples into 1/4-inch thick slices. Using 1-1/2-inch diameter star-shaped cutter, cut apple slices into stars.
  3. Place lettuce mix in large bowl; add apples, strawberries and blueberries. Sprinkle with pecans. Before serving, drizzle each salad with blueberry dressing.

Sweet, Summery Treats

After some fun in the pool and time spent in the sun, a cooling treat is often the perfect way to cap off a summer day. Fresh fruits make those sweet eats even tastier and easier by making dessert in the morning and letting it freeze while you enjoy the warmth outdoors.

These Watermelon Berry Frozen Pops make dessert about as simple as possible by blending watermelon, blueberries, raspberries and honey before adding to ice pop molds and freezing throughout the day. With the addition of refreshing watermelon, you’re opting for a flavorful fruit that includes just 80 calories and no fat while providing an excellent source of vitamin C (25%) and higher levels of lycopene (12.7 milligrams per 2-cup serving) – an antioxidant being studied for its role in sun protection – than any other fresh fruit or vegetable.

To find more summertime snacks, meals and treats, visit watermelon.org.

Watermelon Berry Frozen Pops

Servings: 8

  • 6          cups watermelon
  • 1          cup blueberries, divided
  • 1          cup raspberries, divided
  • 3          tablespoons honey
  1. In blender, blend watermelon, 1/2 cup blueberries, 1/2 cup raspberries and honey until smooth. Press through fine mesh strainer to remove pulp and seeds.
  2. Fill ice pop molds 3/4 full with liquid. Add remaining whole blueberries and raspberries to molds. Insert sticks and freeze at least 4 hours, or until completely frozen.

 Photo courtesy of Getty Images (Apple Guacamole)

Source: Beef + Lamb New Zealand
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Meal Ideas 28 August 2019

Peanut-Powered Protein

Nutritious ideas for flavor-filled family meals

(Family Features) Sitting down for a homemade meal may feel harder to come by these days, but recipes that are both nutritious and flavorful can help bring your loved ones together at the family table.

From morning to night, these breakfast, dinner, side and dessert recipes from the Georgia Peanut Commission provide power-packed solutions loaded with protein to help your family take on a full schedule while coming together for memorable meals and moments.

Get more peanut recipes at http://www.gapeanuts.com/consumers.php

Peanut Power Bowl

Recipe courtesy of Parker Wallace of Parker’s Plate on behalf of the Georgia Peanut Commission
Prep time: 15 minutes
Servings: 2

Peanut Dressing:

  • 1          cup creamy peanut butter
  • 3/4       cup full-fat coconut milk, plus additional, if desired
  • lime juice

Bowl:

  • 1          cup cooked farro or quinoa
  • 1/2       cup chopped cabbage
  • 1          cup shredded carrots
  • 1          avocado, sliced
  • 1          cup spiralized zucchini or butternut squash
  • 1/2       cup pomegranate arils
  • 1          cup mandarin pieces
  • 1/2       cup roasted peanuts
  • chopped cilantro, for garnish
  • green onions, for garnish
  1. To make Peanut Dressing: In bowl, whisk peanut butter, coconut milk and lime juice until smooth. Add coconut milk, if necessary, to achieve desired consistency.
  2. To make bowl: Layer farro or quinoa then top with cabbage, carrots, avocado, zucchini or squash, pomegranate arils, mandarin pieces, peanuts and Peanut Dressing. Garnish with cilantro and green onions.

Thai Chicken Lettuce Wraps with Peanut Sauce

Recipe courtesy of Parker Wallace of Parker’s Plate on behalf of the Georgia Peanut Commission
Prep time: 30 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4

Peanut Sauce:

  • 1/2       cup creamy peanut butter
  • 2          tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1          tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 2          tablespoons brown sugar
  • 3          teaspoons chili garlic sauce
  • 1/2       lime, juice only
  • 2-3       garlic cloves, pressed or grated
  • 2          tablespoons fresh ginger
  • 1          teaspoon fish sauce
  • 1/2       cup full-fat coconut milk
  • 4          tablespoons warm water, plus additional, if necessary

Lettuce Wraps:

  • 2          heads Boston or butter lettuce
  • 1          pound cooked chicken
  • 1          red bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 4          green onion, sliced
  • 3          carrots, shredded and grated
  • 1/2       cucumber, sliced into matchsticks
  • 1          bunch fresh basil
  • 1          bunch fresh mint
  • 1/4       cup crushed peanuts
  • sliced limes, for garnish
  1. To make Peanut Sauce: In small saucepan over low heat, combine peanut butter, soy sauce, rice vinegar, brown sugar, garlic sauce, lime juice, garlic, ginger, fish sauce, milk and water. Add more water for thinner sauce, if desired.
  2. To make Lettuce Wraps: Fill lettuce leaves with chicken and Peanut Sauce; top with bell pepper, onion, carrots, cucumber, basil and mint. Sprinkle crushed peanuts on top and garnish with lime slices.

Peanut Butter Breakfast Bread Pudding with Maple Peanut Sauce

Recipe courtesy of the Georgia Peanut Commission
Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 35-40 minutes
Servings: 4

  • Butter
  • 2/3       cup creamy peanut butter, divided
  • 2          eggs
  • 1/2       cup granulated sugar
  • 2/3       cup milk
  • 1 1/2    teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 1/2       teaspoon salt
  • 4          cups cubed brioche or challah bread, cut into 3/4-inch cubes
  • 2/3       cup pure maple syrup
  • 1/3       cup crushed peanuts
  • powdered sugar, for garnish
  1. Heat oven to 350° F. Butter four 4-ounce ramekins.
  2. In bowl, mix 1/3 cup peanut butter, eggs, sugar, milk, vanilla and salt. Toss bread cubes in mixture until thoroughly coated. Divide evenly among prepared dishes. Bake until custard is set in middle and tops are golden, about 35-40 minutes. If tops of bread brown too quickly, cover ramekins loosely with aluminum foil.
  3. In small saucepan over low heat, combine remaining peanut butter and maple syrup until thoroughly warmed.
  4. To serve, drizzle ramekins with maple-peanut sauce and garnish with chopped peanuts and powdered sugar.
  5. Substitution: Whole wheat rolls may be used in place of brioche or challah bread.

Peanut Butter Squares

Recipe courtesy of Southern Peanut Growers
Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes
Yield: 24 squares

  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 1          package (17 1/2 ounces) peanut butter cookie mix
  • 3          tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1          tablespoon water
  • 1          egg
  • 3          cups miniature marshmallows
  • 2/3       cup light corn syrup
  • 2          tablespoons butter
  • 2          teaspoons vanilla
  • 1          bag (10 ounces) peanut butter chips
  • 2          cups crispy rice cereal
  • 2          cups salted roasted peanuts
  1. Heat oven to 350° F. Spray 13-by-9-inch pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In large bowl, stir cookie mix, oil, water and egg until soft dough forms. Press dough into prepared pan.
  3. Bake 15-20 minutes, or until set.
  4. Sprinkle marshmallows over crust. Bake 1-2 minutes until marshmallows begin to puff. Remove from oven.
  5. In 4-quart saucepan over low heat, heat corn syrup, butter, vanilla and peanut butter chips, stirring constantly until chips are melted and smooth. Remove from heat.
  6. Stir in cereal and peanuts; spoon mixture evenly over marshmallow layer.
  7. Refrigerate 30 minutes, or until firm. Cut into bars and serve.

Source:  Georgia Peanut Commission

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