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Meal Ideas 13 July 2021

Add Powerful Pairings to Your Plate

(Family Features) Joining loved ones at the family table is an important moment for many, both as a filling way to enjoy a meal and an emotionally satisfying way to catch up on all the day’s events. Make those moments count by combining nutritious ingredients and creating recipes that can quickly become favorites.

As part of the Powerful Pairings initiative – launched by the United Sorghum Checkoff Program, National Pork Board and USA Pulses – these recipes call for pulses, which include lentils, chickpeas dry peas, and beans; sorghum, similar to rice or quinoa filled with nutrients, texture and taste; and pork, rich in flavor, versatile and sustainable with nutritious qualities.

Combined, these three ingredients can work together in sweet and savory dishes alike, and they shine with a multitude of herbs, spices and sauces from around the world. A powerhouse nutritional trio, they include foods from the protein, vegetable and grain groups outlined in MyPlate, a template for balance, variety and moderation.

Plus, the taste and versatility of these ingredients make it easier to achieve more family meals, which promotes cohesion, communication and relationships, helping loved ones celebrate simple joys together and be more prepared for uncertainty and difficult life moments.

Find more information, resources and recipes at powerfulpairings.com.

Mediterranean Grain Bowl with Pork Skewers

Recipe courtesy of the United Sorghum Checkoff Program, National Pork Board and USA Pulses
Prep time: 45 minutes, plus 2 hours marinate time
Cook time: 75 minutes
Servings: 6 (1 pork skewer, 2/3 cup sorghum, 2 tablespoons hummus)

Red Lentil Hummus:

  • 1 1/3    cups water
  • 1/3       cup dried red lentils
  • 1          tablespoon olive oil
  • 1          tablespoon tahini
  • 1          tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1/2       teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/2       teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4       teaspoon salt
  • 1/4       teaspoon black pepper
  • 12        ounces pork loin roast, trimmed of fat
  • 4          tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 2          teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1          teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1          teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1          teaspoon salt
  • 1/2       teaspoon black pepper
  • 1          sweet onion, chopped
  • 3          cups no-salt-added chicken stock
  • 3/4       cup whole-grain sorghum, rinsed and drained
  • 1          cup canned garbanzo beans (chickpeas), rinsed, drained and dried with paper towels
  • 1 1/2    cups halved cherry tomatoes
  • 1          cup arugula
  • 1          cup chopped cucumber
  • 2/3       cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1/2       cup kalamata olives
  1. To make Red Lentil Hummus: In small saucepan, combine water and dried red lentils; bring to boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to low and simmer, covered, stirring occasionally, about 30 minutes, or until lentils split and become soft. Cool and transfer to food processor. Add olive oil, tahini, lemon juice, minced garlic, cumin, salt and black pepper; process 30-60 seconds, or until smooth, stopping to scrape down sides as needed. Transfer to airtight container and store in refrigerator up to 5 days until serving time.
  2. Cut pork loin into 1-inch cubes. Place in re-sealable plastic bag set in shallow dish. In small bowl, combine 3 tablespoons olive oil, garlic, lemon zest, cumin, salt and black pepper. Pour half olive oil mixture over meat, reserving remaining half. Seal bag; turn to coat meat. Marinate in refrigerator 2 hours, turning bag occasionally.
  3. In medium saucepan, heat remaining olive oil over medium-high heat. Add onion, cook and stir 6-8 minutes, or until tender. Add stock and bring to boil. Add sorghum. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, 45-60 minutes, or until sorghum is tender, stirring occasionally.
  4. Preheat oven to 400 F.
  5. Arrange chickpeas on foil-lined 15-by-10-by-1-inch baking pan. Drizzle with reserved olive oil mixture; toss to coat. Roast 20-30 minutes, or until chickpeas are toasted and crispy, stirring occasionally. Remove from oven and increase oven to 500 F.
  6. Drain meat, discarding marinade. Divide among six wooden or metal skewers. Arrange skewers on wire rack on baking sheet and bake 10 minutes, or until meat is slightly pink in center, turning once halfway through.
  7. To serve, divide cooked sorghum between six shallow bowls. Top with tomatoes, arugula, cucumber, feta cheese, olives, chickpeas and Red Lentil Hummus. Serve with pork skewers.

Nutritional information per serving: 505 calories; 28 g total fat (8 g saturated fat); 14 mg cholesterol; 528 mg sodium; 43 g total carbohydrates (8 g dietary fiber, 6 g sugars); 23 g protein; 1% vitamin D; 15% calcium; 19% iron; 16% potassium; 361 mg phosphorus (29%).

Sorghum Split Pea Soup

Recipe courtesy of the United Sorghum Checkoff Program, National Pork Board and USA Pulses
Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 60 minutes
Servings: 6 (1 1/4 cup each)

  • 1 1/2    tablespoons olive oil
  • 1          onion, chopped
  • 3/4       cup sliced carrots
  • 3/4       cup sliced celery
  • salt, to taste
  • pepper, to taste
  • 1 1/2    teaspoons minced garlic
  • 6          cups no-salt-added chicken stock
  • 1 1/4    cups green split peas
  • 1          small ham bone
  • 2/3       cup chopped ham
  • 2/3       cup pearled sorghum
  • 4          sprigs thyme
  • 2          bay leaves
  • 1 1/2    tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • chopped fresh thyme (optional)
  • cracked black pepper (optional)
  1. In 4-quart stock pot or large pot, heat oil over medium heat. Add onion, carrots, celery and garlic; season with salt and pepper, to taste, and cook, stirring occasionally, 10-12 minutes, or until onion is tender. Add chicken stock, split peas, ham bone, ham, sorghum, thyme sprigs and bay leaves. Bring to boil; reduce heat and simmer, covered, 45-60 minutes, or until split peas are soft and sorghum is tender.
  2. Remove ham bone, thyme sprigs and bay leaves from soup. Remove ham from bone, chop ham and return to pot. Discard bone, thyme sprigs and bay leaves. Add Worcestershire sauce and season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  3. Garnish with chopped fresh thyme and cracked black pepper, if desired.

Nutritional information per serving: 336 calories; 8 g total fat (2 g saturated fat); 22 mg cholesterol; 573 mg sodium; 48 g total carbohydrates (12 g dietary fiber, 7 g sugars); 20 g protein; 3% vitamin D; 5% calcium; 17% iron; 19% potassium; 227 mg phosphorus (18%).

Lemon-Garlic Tenderloin with Warm Sorghum Salad

Recipe courtesy of the United Sorghum Checkoff Program, National Pork Board and USA Pulses
Prep time: 25 minutes
Cook time: 70 minutes
Servings: 6 (2 ounces pork, 3/4 cup sorghum salad)

  • 2          cups vegetable broth
  • 2          cups water
  • 1          cup whole-grain sorghum
  • 2          tablespoons olive oil
  • 1          tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1          tablespoon minced fresh parsley
  • 1 1/2    teaspoons lemon zest
  • 1/2       teaspoon salt
  • 1/2       teaspoon pepper
  • 1          pork tenderloin (16 ounces), trimmed of fat
  • 1          medium sweet potato, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1          cup kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/2       cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2       cup pecan halves
  1. Preheat oven to 425 F. In medium saucepan, combine vegetable broth and water. Bring to boil. Add sorghum. Reduce heat to simmer and cook, covered, 45-60 minutes, or until tender.
  2. In medium bowl, combine olive oil, garlic, parsley, lemon zest, salt and pepper. Drizzle half oil mixture on pork; rub in with fingers. Place pork in shallow roasting pan. Add sweet potatoes to bowl with remaining oil mixture. Toss to coat and set aside.
  3. Roast pork, uncovered, 10 minutes. Arrange sweet potatoes around pork and roast 15-20 minutes, or until pork reaches 145 F internal temperature and potatoes are tender. Remove pork from pan. Cover; let stand 10 minutes.
  4. Stir roasted sweet potatoes, beans, cranberries and pecan halves into cooked sorghum and heat through.
  5. Slice pork tenderloin and serve with warm sorghum salad.

Nutritional information per serving: 436 calories; 15 g total fat (2 g saturated fat); 55 mg cholesterol; 369 mg sodium; 55 g total carbohydrates (8 g dietary fiber, 16 g sugars); 25 g protein; 2% vitamin D; 6% calcium; 20% iron; 20% potassium; 377 mg phosphorus (30%).

Source: Powerful Pairings

Meal Ideas 22 June 2021

Sweet, Simple Solutions for Family Meals

(Family Features) Busy mornings, afternoons and evenings are the norm for many families with days full of work, school, extracurricular activities, social commitments and more. Finding time to pause and share a meal is often a priority that may remain difficult to achieve.

With easy family-friendly recipes that call for Envy apples – named America’s No. 1 apple for taste, crispness, aroma and appearance, according to an independent sensory test by Forward Agency – you can bring your loved ones together for shared meals.

Crisp Apple Tacos put a fresh and sweet spin on a dinnertime classic by making tacos with pork medallions, homemade slaw and apple wedges. With plenty of easy prep work to be done, they’re a convenient way to call everyone to the kitchen; even little ones can help by mixing the dressing, apple sticks and cabbage for the tasty slaw.

For a quick and easy dinner option on busy summer nights, fire up the grill and cook Grilled Apple Portobello Burgers. Distinctly sweet apple rounds are paired with savory, umami-rich portobello mushrooms for a flavor-packed, meatless take on traditional burgers.

Easily recognized by their large, sharable size, Envy apples boast bright red skin that sometimes features a golden blush. They are ideal for snacking, with their satisfying crunch and balanced sweetness, and can also be served as part of any meal of the day. For example, Apple Avocado Toast provides a simple way to fuel up on weekday mornings or can be enjoyed as part of a weekend brunch with the family.

Find these delicious apples at a grocer near you by visiting EnvyApple.com.

Apple Avocado Toast

  • 2          eggs
  • water
  • 4          slices sourdough bread
  • 1          ripe avocado, sliced
  • 1          Envy apple
  • 1          teaspoon lime juice
  • 1/4       cup shaved Parmesan cheese
  • 2          teaspoons chia seeds
  • 1          tablespoon minced chives
  • edible flowers, for garnish
  1. In pot, cover eggs with 1 inch cold water. Boil 6-7 minutes then place in cool water bath.
  2. Peel eggs, halve lengthwise and set aside.
  3. Toast sourdough bread then mash avocado across bread with fork.
  4. Cut apple into thin slices and place on top of avocado along with egg halves. Top with lime juice, Parmesan cheese, chia seeds and chives.
  5. Garnish with edible flowers.

Grilled Apple Portobello Burgers

  • 2          Envy apples
  • 4          portobello mushrooms
  • 1/2       cup olive oil, divided
  • 2          tablespoons lemon juice
  • 4          garlic cloves, minced
  • 2          teaspoons oregano
  • 2          teaspoons salt
  • 1          cup herbed goat cheese
  • 4          brioche buns
  • 4          large butter lettuce leaves
  • 4          tablespoons mayonnaise
  1. Heat grill to high heat.
  2. Slice apple horizontally into thick round wedges and remove seeds using fork.
  3. Remove portobello stems.
  4. In small bowl, combine 1/4 cup olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, oregano and salt. Using basting brush, coat mushrooms on both sides with olive oil mixture.
  5. Grill mushrooms stem sides down 2 minutes then flip. Add goat cheese and grill 2-3 minutes until cheese is melted.
  6. Coat apple rounds with remaining olive oil and grill 1-2 minutes per side to lightly char.
  7. Serve mushrooms with apple rounds on brioche buns with lettuce and mayonnaise.

Crisp Apple Tacos

  • 1/2       pound pork tenderloin
  • 3          tablespoons olive oil
  • 1          teaspoon salt, plus additional, to taste, divided
  • 1          teaspoon pepper, plus additional, to taste, divided
  • 2          Envy apples, divided
  • 3          sprigs rosemary
  • 1/2       cup shredded carrots
  • 1/2       cup shredded red cabbage
  • 1          cup shredded green cabbage
  • 4          tablespoons honey
  • 1          cup mayonnaise
  • 1          tablespoon mustard
  • 1          tablespoon white vinegar
  • 12        soft taco shells
  • 2          tablespoons sour cream
  • 1          lime, cut into wedges
  1. Cut pork crosswise into 1-inch medallions.
  2. Coat pork medallions with olive oil, 1 teaspoon salt and 1 teaspoon pepper then add to saucepan over medium heat.
  3. Slice half of one apple into thick wedges and add to saucepan. Slice remaining half into thin wedges and set aside.
  4. Add rosemary to saucepan and heat 2-3 minutes. Flip pork and heat 2-3 minutes until pork is slightly golden and cooked through.
  5. Let pork rest 3 minutes then slice into strips.
  6. Thinly slice half of remaining apple into thin sticks around same size of shredded cabbage. Reserve remaining half.
  7. In serving bowl, toss apple sticks, carrots, red cabbage and green cabbage.
  8. In bowl, mix honey, mayonnaise, mustard and vinegar into dressing. Add additional salt and pepper, to taste.
  9. Mix dressing and cabbage; refrigerate at least 1 hour prior to serving.
  10. Cut remaining apple half into thin wedges.
  11. Top taco shells with pork, slaw, sour cream and squeeze of lime juice. Top with apple wedges.

Source: Envy Apples

Grilling-Tailgating 18 May 2021

3 Grilling Hacks for Delicious, Plant-Based Summer Menus

(Family Features) Cooking and entertaining outdoors can bring friends and family back together, but it doesn’t have to be complicated. Simple, flavorful recipes can be easy on the home chef yet still tasty and enjoyable for those at the table.

One of the best parts of the season is grilled fare like burgers, hot dogs and fresh vegetables. This year, consider adding a plant-based option to your menu. Made with simple, recognizable ingredients, Lightlife offers vegan, non-GMO options that are made for the grill, like Plant-Based Burgers, Smart Dogs and Italian Smart Sausage. These products can help satisfy the craving for protein and are made with ingredients you can feel good about serving your friends and family.

“Food brings people together, and now more than ever, grilling season and dining al fresco is one of the best ways to do that,” said Tommy McDonald, executive chef at Greenleaf Foods. “Think of the grill as an additional seasoning element – a zero-fuss way to add miles of flavor. One of my favorite products is Lightlife’s Smart Dogs, which have been reformulated to taste better than ever. Try topping them with a freshly made onion jam or quick-pickled relish.”

Consider these tips from McDonald to properly grill plant-based variations of your favorite meals:

Be mindful of cook times. Plant-based protein products typically taste best when cooked properly, usually over a low, open flame. When you’re almost ready to dish them out in recipes like Grilled Pineapple Burgers with Honey Garlic Barbecue Sauce or Avocado Toast Dogs, give them a quick sear. If you’re unsure, reference the recommended cook times on the packaging.

Keep it separate. During these seasonal celebrations, there’s often some people who want traditional meat and others who crave plant-based options. To satisfy your group, drop a cast-iron skillet on the grill and allow it to heat up. Put your favorite plant-based proteins in the skillet, along with veggies, to keep the grill organized.

Top it off. Don’t skimp on the toppings. The next time you’re looking to jazz up burgers, sausages or hot dogs, make an easy DIY onion jam to spread on top. While the burgers and dogs are on the grates, prepare some extra coals; once they’ve burned down a bit, bury foil-wrapped onions in the coals. After the onions are soft and warmed through, pull them out and enjoy a smokey onion jam.

For more simple summer recipes, visit Lightlife.com/Recipes.

 

 

Grilled Pineapple Burgers with Honey Garlic Barbecue Sauce

Total time: 30 minutes
Serving: 2

  • 2          rings freshly cored pineapple
  • 2          Lightlife Plant-Based Burger patties
  • salt, to taste
  • pepper, to taste
  • 2          sesame seed burger buns, lightly toasted
  • 1          cup baby arugula
  • 1/4       cup crispy fried onions
  • 2          tablespoons honey garlic barbecue sauce
  1. Heat grill to medium. Grill pineapple slices 4-5 minutes per side until grill-marked and slightly caramelized. Cut slices in half and set aside. Wipe down grill.
  2. Season burger patties with salt and pepper, to taste. To grill burgers from refrigerator, grill 4-5 minutes per side until evenly browned with internal temperature of 165 F.
  3. To assemble burgers, layer toasted bottom buns with arugula then top each with burger patty and two slices grilled pineapple. Sprinkle with crispy fried onions and drizzle with barbecue sauce. Top each with top bun.

Avocado Toast Dogs

Total time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4

  •             Oil
  • 2          medium avocados
  • 1/2       lemon, juice only
  • 1/4       teaspoon salt
  • 1/4       teaspoon pepper
  • 4          Lightlife Smart Dogs
  • 4          hot dog buns
  • 1/2       teaspoon everything bagel seasoning
  • sriracha
  1. Lightly coat grill grates with oil and preheat to medium heat.
  2. In small bowl, mash avocados, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Cover and rest in refrigerator.
  3. Grill dogs 6-7 minutes, turning frequently.
  4. While dogs are grilling, lightly toast buns.
  5. Spread avocado mixture on one side of toasted buns. Sprinkle each with everything bagel seasoning. Add dogs and drizzle with sriracha.

Source: Lightlife

Videos 13 May 2021

Strawberry Cream Cheese Tart

Summer days can be long and boring, especially when the kids are out of school and there is nothing to do around the house as a family. When the minutes creep by and it’s too hot to go outside, the dog days of summer can be pretty miserable.

However, this recipe for a Strawberry Cream Cheese Tart can give the kids something to look forward to as a dish the whole family can participate in creating. This recipe is perfect for little ones wanting to get creative and perfectly place fresh strawberries on top of a delicious tart.

In a food processor, mix flour, sugar and salt until combined. Then add butter, an egg and vanilla extract. Mix again until combined.

Flour your working surface and create a dough ball from the mixture. Flatten it slightly to form a disc. Wrap in plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour.

After time has passed, lightly flour your surface once more. Roll out dough into an 11-inch circle. Place circle on a 9-inch tart pan. Roll over the top to trim. Cover with plastic wrap and freeze for about 30 minutes.

Prepare the tart crust for baking by covering it with aluminum foil then bake for 20 minutes. Wait for the crust to cool completely.

To make the filling, in a medium bowl, mix cream cheese, sour cream, sugar, lemon zest and vanilla extract until smooth. Spread mixture onto cooled tart crust.

Microwave fruit spread and lemon juice while stirring often. Arrange halved strawberries on tart. Drizzle with fruit spread. Top with whipped cream before serving.

This sweet tart can brighten up your summer blues with fresh fruit, a sweet spread and a flaky, crispy crust.

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Strawberry Cream Cheese Tart

Servings: 8

Crust:

  • 1 1/4    cups flour
  • 1/4       cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4       teaspoon salt
  • 1/2       cup cold butter, cut into small cubes
  • 1          large egg
  • 1/2       teaspoon vanilla extract
  • uncooked rice

Filling:

  • 8          ounces reduced-fat cream cheese
  • 1/4       cup sour cream
  • 2          tablespoons extra-fine sugar
  • 1          tablespoon lemon zest
  • 1/2       teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2       cup strawberry fruit spread
  • 3          teaspoons lemon juice (optional)
  • 1          pound strawberries, halved
  • whipped cream (optional)
  1. Heat oven to 375 F.
  2. To make crust: In food processor, add flour, sugar and salt; pulse until combined. Add butter, egg and vanilla extract; pulse until combined and crumbly.
  3. Lightly flour surface then form dough into ball. Slightly flatten to form thick disc. Wrap dough in plastic wrap; refrigerate 1 hour.
  4. Flour surface then roll dough to 11-inch circle. Place dough in 9-inch tart pan with removeable bottom. With rolling pin, roll over top to trim excess dough around edges.
  5. Cover dough with plastic wrap and freeze until firm, about 30 minutes.
  6. Press aluminum foil against crust, covering edges to prevent burning. Fill and distribute uncooked rice evenly. Bake 20 minutes. Cool completely.
  7. To make filling: In medium bowl, beat cream cheese, sour cream, sugar, lemon zest and vanilla extract until blended and smooth. Spread cheese mixture evenly over crust. Refrigerate 1 hour.
  8. In small bowl, microwave fruit spread and lemon juice, if desired, stirring often.
  9. Arrange strawberry halves around tart. Drizzle heated fruit spread over strawberries. Top with whipped cream, if desired.
Videos 12 May 2021

Oh-So-Berry Cobbler

This summer, get a little wild in the kitchen and make something different. It’s alright to mix up the seasonal menu now and again by creating dishes out of the ordinary as a change up from the usual warm-weather favorites.

It’s true for many fruits that the summer months are their ideal season. However, eating fruit plain can be boring and bland on a hot day.

This summer, when heading to an event like a family reunion, picnic or just a day at home, try making this Oh-So-Berry Cobbler.

It’s served warm and is a perfect sweet treat when berries are at their freshest. Full of summer goodness, it’s a treat for everyone to enjoy with strawberries, blackberries, blueberries and a splash of lemon juice served with ice cream.  

To make this Oh-So-Berry Cobbler, combine strawberries, blackberries, blueberries and lemon juice in a mixing bowl. Add cornstarch and mix again until the berries are coated.

In a separate mixing bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt.

In a mixer, add butter, brown sugar, vanilla extract then gradually add flour mixture. Mix until crumbles form.

Add fruit to a baking pan and cover with crumble mixture. Bake at 350 F for 30-40 minutes.

Next time you’re thinking about grabbing a fruit tray from the supermarket for an upcoming gathering, think again. This cobbler is the perfect addition to any party menu or special occasion.

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Oh-So-Berry Cobbler

Servings: 8

  • 2          cups strawberries, sliced
  • 2          cups blackberries
  • 2          cups blueberries
  • 2          tablespoons lemon juice
  • 3          tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2          cups flour
  • 1          teaspoon baking powder
  • 1          teaspoon salt
  • 1          cup butter, softened
  • 1 1/2    cups brown sugar
  • 2          teaspoons vanilla extract
  • nonstick cooking spray
  • ice cream
  1. Heat oven to 350 F.
  2. In large bowl, mix strawberries, blackberries and blueberries then add lemon juice and cornstarch; mix to combine. Refrigerate 20 minutes.
  3. In medium bowl, whisk flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
  4. In bowl of stand mixer, beat butter, brown sugar and vanilla extract on medium speed until blended. Gradually add flour mixture until crumbles form.
  5. Spray 9-by-13-inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
  6. Pour berries into bottom of dish. Top berries with crumbles.
  7. Bake 30-40 minutes, or until lightly browned.
  8. Serve with ice cream.
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.

Visit Culinary.net for more snack ideas.

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
Fresh Express
National Watermelon Promotion Board

Videos 05 May 2021

Fluffy Peanut Butter Pie

(Culinary.net) If you’ve ever taken a bite of something and the only word that came to mind was “yum,” you know what it’s like to experience this dessert. It’s fluffy, sweet, perfectly crumbly and tastes delicious. It’s rich but light. It’s a dessert that will likely never go out of style.

You can stop guessing what it may be: this treat is a scrumptious bite of Fluffy Peanut Butter Pie drizzled with chocolate syrup. You will understand the craze once you sink your fork into the chilled triangle resting on your plate. With a chocolate cookie crust and a thick, delicious peanut butter filling, this pie is everything many people want in a dessert.

Although it tastes like you have been in the kitchen all day, it’s a simple-to-make, delightful treat with luscious peanut butter flavor that melts in your mouth.

To make this pie, remove the filling from 20 chocolate cookies and crush them with a rolling pin until they are just crumbs. Mix cookie crumbs with melted butter and mold into a pie dish to create the crust.

Next, in a mixer, combine cream cheese and reserved cookie filling. Then add sweetened condensed milk, peanut butter, lemon juice and vanilla extract while you continue mixing.

In a mixing bowl, beat whipping cream until stiff peaks form. Fold peanut butter mixture in with the whipping cream.

Layer the peanut butter and whipping cream mixture on top of the crust in the pie pan. Chill for about 4 hours then drizzle with chocolate syrup just before serving.

This dessert is perfect for anyone with a sweet tooth. House guests, birthday parties or even just a simple treat after a meal; it’s an any-occasion kind of pie.

Find more dessert recipes at Culinary.net.

Watch video to see how to make this recipe!

 

Fluffy Peanut Butter Pie

Servings: 6-8

  • 20        chocolate cream-filled cookies
  • 1/4       cup butter, melted
  • 1          package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1          cup smooth peanut butter
  • 1          can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
  • 3          tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1          teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1          cup whipping cream
  • chocolate syrup
  1. Remove cream filling from chocolate cookies; set aside. With rolling pin, finely crush chocolate cookies.
  2. In medium bowl, combine finely crushed cookies with melted butter.
  3. Press crumb mixture firmly into bottom and sides of 9-inch pie plate; chill while preparing filling.
  4. In large bowl, beat cream cheese until fluffy. Add reserved cookie cream filling, peanut butter and sweetened condensed milk; beat until smooth. Stir in lemon juice and vanilla extract.
  5. In medium bowl, beat whipping cream until stiff peaks form. Fold whipped cream into peanut butter mixture. Mix until combined.
  6. Pour into crust. Chill 4 hours, or until set. Drizzle chocolate syrup over pie before serving.
  7. Cover leftovers and store in refrigerator.
Grilling-Tailgating 26 April 2021

Sizzling Meals Made for Summer

(Family Features) Summertime, for many, represents an opportunity to enjoy freshly cooked meals while enjoying time outdoors. Taking your dishes from ordinary to extraordinary starts with chef-inspired recipes that call to mind the flavors of the season.

Whether you’re a steak enthusiast who enjoys nothing more than a tender cut or a summer burger connoisseur looking for a fresh twist on tradition, these recipes call for high-quality beef from Omaha Steaks. Created by Omaha Steaks Executive Chef David Rose, the New York Strips Oscar-Style complement the thick, juicy, marbled flavor of the steaks with sauteed asparagus, bearnaise sauce and jumbo lump crab meat. Or turn your attention to Fried Lobster Po Boy Burgers with pimento remoulade sauce for a tempting way to combine two summertime favorites – seafood and burgers.

Visit OmahaSteaks.com for more summer meal inspiration.

Fried Lobster Po Boy Burgers

Recipe courtesy of Omaha Steaks Executive Chef David Rose
Prep time: about 20 minutes
Cook time: about 20 minutes
Servings: 2

Pimento Remoulade:

  • 1/2       cup mayonnaise
  • 1 1/2    tablespoons minced pimentos
  • 1          tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1          tablespoon minced bread and butter pickles
  • 1          pepperoncino (seeded and minced)
  • 1/4       teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/4       teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4       teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1          tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 3          dashes hot sauce
  • kosher salt, to taste

Fried Lobster Tails:

  • Vegetable oil, for frying
  • 1/2       cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2       teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • 1/2       teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
  • 1/4       teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4       teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1          large egg
  • 1          tablespoon water
  • 2          dashes hot sauce
  • 1/4       cup potato chips, finely blended in food processor
  • 1/3       cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1          tablespoon minced flat leaf Italian parsley
  • 2          Omaha Steaks lobster tails (5 ounces each)

Cheeseburgers:

  • 1          pound Omaha Steaks premium ground beef
  • salt, to taste
  • freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2          tablespoons unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 2          brioche buns
  • 2          slices yellow cheddar cheese
  • 3          leaves romaine lettuce, shredded
  1. To make pimento remoulade: In small bowl, mix mayonnaise, pimentos, mustard, pickles, pepperoncino, paprika, garlic powder, black pepper, lemon juice and hot sauce until well incorporated. Season with salt, to taste.
  2. To make fried lobster tails: Preheat grill to 400 F and add oil to 10-inch cast-iron pan about 1/2-inch deep.
  3. In medium bowl, whisk flour, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon pepper, garlic powder and smoked paprika until well incorporated. Set aside.
  4. In separate medium bowl, whisk egg, water and hot sauce. Set aside.
  5. In third medium bowl, whisk potato chips, panko breadcrumbs and parsley until well incorporated. Set aside.
  6. Cut lobster tails in half lengthwise, remove meat from shell and season with remaining kosher salt and black pepper.
  7. Toss halved lobster tails in flour mixture first, egg mixture second then potato chip mixture third, coating thoroughly.
  8. Fry lobster tails 3-4 minutes on each side until golden brown and cooked through. Close grill lid between flipping.
  9. To make cheeseburgers: Preheat grill to 450 F using direct heat. Form ground beef into two 1/2 pound patties, each about 1/2-inch thick.
  10. Using thumb, make dimple in center of each patty to help cook evenly.
  11. Season both sides of burger with salt and pepper, to taste. Spread butter on each cut side of buns.
  12. Grill burgers 4-5 minutes per side for medium doneness.
  13. Add one slice cheddar cheese on each burger, close lid and grill about 30 seconds to melt cheese. Remove patties from grill to clean plate. Place buns cut sides down on grill grates and toast 20-30 seconds, or until well toasted, being careful to avoid burning.
  14. To assemble: Place desired remoulade on buns. Place cheeseburgers on bottom buns. Top each with two fried lobster tail halves. Place handful shredded lettuce on lobster tails. Top with buns.
     

New York Strips Oscar-Style

Recipe courtesy of Omaha Steaks Executive Chef David Rose
Prep time: about 30 minutes
Cook time: about 3 1/2 hours
Servings: 4

Sauteed Asparagus:

  • 1/2       pound jumbo asparagus (about 1 bunch), blanched in salted boiling water
  • 3          tablespoons olive oil
  • 2          garlic cloves, minced
  • 2          tablespoons minced shallots
  • salt, to taste
  • freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Bearnaise Sauce:

  • 1/4       cup white wine vinegar
  • 2          tablespoons minced shallots
  • 1          tablespoon chopped tarragon
  • 3          egg yolks
  • 2          tablespoons water, plus additional for boiling, divided
  • 2          dashes hot sauce
  • 12        tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • salt, to taste
  • freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Jumbo Lump Crab Meat:

  • 1          pound jumbo lump crab meat
  • 2          tablespoons kosher salt

New York Strip Steaks:

  • 4          Omaha Steaks Private Reserve or Butcher’s Cut New York Strips (10 ounces each)
  • salt, to taste
  • freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • water
  • 4          tablespoons grapeseed oil
  • 4          tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 3          garlic cloves
  • 2          fresh thyme sprigs
  1. To make asparagus: Cut asparagus stalks into 1/4-inch pieces. Heat large pan over medium-high heat and add olive oil.
  2. Add garlic and shallots to pan; lightly saute about 20 seconds, or until fragrant.
  3. Add asparagus to pan; saute about 2 minutes until lightly browned. Add salt and pepper, to taste.
  4. To make bearnaise sauce: In small saucepan, bring vinegar, shallots and tarragon to boil then reduce to simmer 3-4 minutes until reduced by about half. Cool to room temperature.
  5. Bring medium pot half full of water to slow boil.
  6. In small bowl, whisk egg yolks, vinegar reduction, water and hot sauce until well incorporated.
  7. Place bowl over pot of boiling water and continue whisking ingredients until it starts to emulsify and becomes sauce-like. Alternate whisking on and off heat every 30 seconds to prevent eggs from scrambling.
  8. Gradually add melted butter, continuously whisking until sauce becomes rich with ribbony consistency and sets up. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. If too thick, add 1 tablespoon water at a time and whisk to desired consistency.
  9. To make crab meat: In medium bowl, lightly toss crab meat with salt until well coated.
  10. To make steaks: Pat steaks dry with paper towels and season heavily with salt and pepper, to taste. Bring steaks to room temperature.
  11. Place sous vide immersion circulator in pot of water and set to 5 F below target doneness.
  12. Place seasoned steaks in sous vide bag or zip-top bag and cook 2 hours.
  13. Remove bag and remove steaks from bag. Pat steaks dry with paper towels.
  14. Warm large cast-iron pan over high heat and add oil. Add steaks, butter, garlic cloves and thyme leaves. After about 1 minute, steaks should start to brown.
  15. Flip steaks and baste with butter until caramelized. Remove steaks from pan and rest 7-8 minutes.
  16. To assemble: Place asparagus on bottom of plate. Top with steaks (whole or sliced), crab meat and bearnaise sauce.

Source: Omaha Steaks

Meal Ideas 20 April 2021

Easy, Satisfying Spring Recipes

(Family Features) Whether you enjoy your spring meals al fresco or simply turn to warm-weather dishes at the comfort of your own dining table, the season brings with it a perfect excuse to shake up your menu.

Lighter fare is often the way to go as temperatures climb, but that doesn’t mean you have to settle for a regular sandwich or a boring salad. Instead, enhance these springtime classics by rethinking tradition in tasty (yet easy) ways.

This Sabich recipe calls for a multitude of fresh flavors including Aunt Nellie’s Pickled Beets and Onions and hard-boiled eggs plus a variety of veggies, hummus and ethnic seasonings. Or, if a quick and easy salad calls your name for an outdoor meal, this Tossed Bean Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette requires only READ Bean Salad, mixed greens and a handful of other ingredients.

Find more easy springtime dishes at readsalads.com and auntnellies.com.

Tossed Bean Salad with Lemon Vinaigrette

Prep time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4

  • 1          can (15 ounces) READ 3 or 4 Bean Salad
  • 2          tablespoons lemon juice or white wine vinegar
  • 2          tablespoons olive oil
  • coarsely ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1          package (about 10 ounces) mixed salad greens with carrots
  • 4          slices bacon (about 1/4 cup), cooked crisp and crumbled (optional)
  • shaved Parmesan or Asiago cheese (optional)
  1. Drain bean salad well; in small bowl, reserve 1/2 cup liquid.
  2. To make dressing: Whisk reserved bean liquid and lemon juice then whisk in oil. Add pepper, to taste.
  3. Place salad greens in bowl. Add bean salad and bacon. Add dressing, as desired. Toss gently to coat. Arrange on platter; top with shaved cheese, if desired.

Variation: Top salad with sliced grilled chicken then top with cheese.

 

Sabich

Recipe courtesy of eazypeazymealz.com
Prep time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4

  • 1          jar (16 ounces) Aunt Nellie’s Pickled Beets and Onions
  • 1          medium eggplant
  • 2          teaspoons salt, plus additional, to taste, divided
  • 1          cup vegetable oil
  • 4          hard-boiled eggs, sliced
  • pepper, to taste
  • 1 1/2    teaspoons za’atar, plus additional for serving, divided (optional)
  • 1/2       teaspoon sumac, plus additional for serving, divided (optional)
  • 1          cucumber, diced
  • 3          Roma tomatoes, diced
  • 1/3       cup fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • 1/2       lemon, juice only
  • 4          whole-grain pita breads with pockets
  • 1/2       cup hummus
  • 2          cups shredded red cabbage
  • 1          medium green bell pepper, thinly sliced
  • 1/4       cup Amba pickled mango sauce (optional)
  • 1/4       cup tahini
  1. Drain beets and onions; set aside.
  2. Wash eggplant. Slice into 3/8-inch-thick pieces. Place slices on cooling rack. Add 2 teaspoons salt to slices to draw out extra moisture. Let sit 10 minutes. Pat extra moisture off.
  3. In large 14-inch skillet, heat vegetable oil over medium heat. Once oil is hot, place eggplant slices in oil; fry until browned, about 3 minutes per side, in batches of four pieces. Place on paper towel-lined plate to absorb additional oil.
  4. Season hard-boiled egg slices with salt and pepper, to taste. Season with 1/2 teaspoon za’atar and sumac, if desired. Set aside.
  5. To make salad: In medium bowl, combine cucumber, tomatoes, parsley, lemon juice and remaining za’atar. Set aside.
  6. Gently slice one end of each pita and open pocket. In microwave on high, heat pitas 10 seconds. Place equal amounts fried eggplant in each pita. Spread 2 tablespoons hummus in each pita. Gently layer one-fourth of egg slices, beets and onions, cabbage, Israeli salad and green peppers in each pita.
  7. Drizzle each sabich with about 1 tablespoon amba sauce, if desired, and 1 tablespoon tahini. Season with additional salt and pepper or sumac and Za’atar, if desired.

Source: Seneca Foods
Aunt Nellies

Meal Ideas 14 April 2021

A Fresh, Sweet Way to Celebrate Spring

(Family Features) Enjoying a meal outside is one of the many benefits of warmer weather, which makes spring a favorite season for those who relish the opportunity to dine outdoors. When the weather cooperates, a light dish focused around fresh ingredients is a perfect way to savor the moment.

Center your next al fresco dining occasion around a recipe like this Flatbread with Caramelized Onions, Bacon and Arugula. Whether you choose to bake this spring delight in the oven or lay it flat on the grill, it’s an easy way to enjoy fresh flavors in the sunlight.

It starts with sweet caramelized Texas 1015 onions, a versatile veggie that can be grilled, roasted or eaten fresh on salads and sandwiches. Straight from more than 100 Texas farm fields to grocery stores, the low sulfur content makes them a “no tear” onion, meaning there’s no “hot” or burning sensation when you cut or eat them.

Once the onions are caramelized, simply layer them along with cheese and bacon on a flatbread before baking or grilling less than 15 minutes. Top with arugula tossed with olive oil and lemon juice for a sweet spring eat.

Find more warm-weather recipe ideas at tx1015.com.

Flatbread with Caramelized Onions, Bacon and Arugula

Recipe courtesy of South Texas Onions
Servings: 2-3

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/2 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 large sweet onion, sliced
  • 1/2 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 naan flatbread (rectangular shape)
  • 1 cup cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1 cup fontina cheese, shredded
  • 4 slices bacon
  • arugula
  • olive oil (optional)
  • lemon juice (optional)
  1. To make caramelized onions: In pan over medium-high heat, heat butter and olive oil. Add onions and let sit about 5 minutes. Once onions start sweating, turn heat to low and cover pan. Cook onions to deep golden brown, stirring every 10-15 minutes. With 10 minutes left, stir in balsamic vinegar.
  2. To make flatbread: Preheat oven to 425 F.
  3. On flatbread, layer cheese, bacon and caramelized onions. Bake 13-15 minutes, or until cheese is bubbly and edges are golden brown.
  4. Toss arugula with olive oil and lemon juice, if desired, before placing on flatbread.

Source: South Texas Onions

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