Meal Ideas 21 June 2024

Elevate Pizza Night with Premium Toppings

(Family Features) A family debate over what’s for dinner often ends with one word: pizza. Next time you land on pizza night, take it to the next level with premium ingredients everyone can agree on.

Elevating the pizza experience starts with tasty toppings that allow you to customize for everyone’s preferences, such as Carando’s Dry Sausage line. Featuring three varieties – Italian Dry Salame, Pepperoni and Genoa Salame, as well as a duo pack with Genoa Salame and Pepperoni – the line is made of all-natural ingredients that pairs effortlessly with an array of dishes.

Uncured and well-seasoned for classic Italian flavor, it allows families to elevate pizza night with options like Genoa Salame and Pepperoni Three-Cheese White Pizza. This cheesy, flavor-packed recipe is ready in just 20 minutes without sacrificing taste, making it perfect for busy weeknights.

When the weekend rolls around and it’s time for a savory snack or in-home entertaining, put premium dry sausage at centerstage with this Tour of Italy Charcuterie Board. Ideal for serving a crowd or sharing during family movie night, this platter calls for cheeses, olives, a homemade mostarda and Carando’s high-protein sausage that’s dried and sliced to perfection. Made with select cuts of meat and a longstanding recipe, it’s a classic star ingredient for meat and cheese boards. Each 5-ounce package contains 6-10 grams of protein per serving without added MSG or artificial flavorings, ingredients or colorings.

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Genoa Salame and Pepperoni Three-Cheese White Pizza

Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes
Serves: 6

  • 2          pizza dough balls
  • 1/4       cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2          tablespoons fresh garlic, minced
  • 2          tablespoons anchovy filets, chopped
  • 1          cup Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 1          pound fontina cheese, shredded
  • 1          pound fresh mozzarella pearls
  • 1          package Carando Charcuterie Duo
  • 2          tablespoons flat-leaf parsley, chopped
  1. Preheat oven to 425 F.
  2. Stretch each dough ball over separate lightly greased, 14-inch pizza pans.
  3. Drizzle 1/8 cup olive oil on top of each crust then top each with 1 tablespoon garlic and 1 tablespoon anchovies followed by 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, 1/2 pound fontina cheese, 1/2 pound fresh mozzarella pearls and 1/2 package charcuterie duo.
  4. Bake pizzas about 15 minutes, or until cheese is bubbly and crust is golden brown.
  5. Remove pizzas from oven and garnish each with 1 tablespoon chopped parsley.

Tour of Italy Charcuterie Board

Prep time: 20 minutes
Servings: 3-4


  • 1/2       cup apricot preserves
  • 1/4       cup whole-grain mustard

Charcuterie Board:

  • 1          package (5 ounces) Carando Uncured Genoa Salame
  • 1          package (5 ounces) Carando Uncured Dry Salame
  • 1          package (5 ounces) Carando Uncured Pepperoni
  • 5          ounces fontina cheese
  • 5          ounces provolone piccante cheese
  • 5          ounces fresh mozzarella pearls
  • 6          ounces olives
  • 6          ounces giardiniera (pickled vegetables in oil)
  • crackers, crostini or bread, for serving
  • fresh basil, for garnish
  • cherry tomatoes, for garnish
  1. To make mostarda: Mix apricot preserves and whole-grain mustard.
  2. To prepare charcuterie board: On large board or platter, arrange mostarda, genoa salame, dry salame, pepperoni, fontina cheese, provolone piccante cheese, mozzarella pearls, olives and giardiniera. Serve with crackers, crostini or bread and garnish with fresh basil and cherry tomatoes.

Source: Carando

Meal Ideas 01 July 2018

Simple Summer Solutions

(Family Features) Summertime entertaining should be easy and fun. And it can be - with some simple solutions and fresh recipes.

Start with Simple Recipes

  • For this tropical dessert pizza, make the cookie crust the day before. Mix the filling and store it in an airtight plastic container, then cut up fruit and store in individual resealable plastic bags. Be creative and substitute your family's favorite fruits. Kids will have fun arranging the sliced fruit on this yummy dessert pizza!
  • Three ingredients plus three minutes equals one tasty marinade. Let the kids help pour the ingredients into a resealable plastic bag to flavor juicy pork tenderloins with a subtly sweet, spicy marinade.
  • The combination of crisp watermelon, juicy tomatoes and fresh basil with balsamic vinegar creates a fantastic and refreshing light salad. Just cut up ingredients and store in separate plastic containers, then toss together right before the party to keep the flavors fresh.

Simply Entertaining

  • For picnics on damp ground, placing an inexpensive plastic tablecloth under a blanket helps keep dampness from reaching picnickers - and keeps your blanket cleaner, too.
  • Wash, chop, measure and prepare your ingredients 1 to 2 days before an event or party. They can be stored in resealable plastic bags or airtight containers in the refrigerator to make putting together recipes much easier the day of the party.
  • Save plastic grocery bags to send guests home with leftovers. Placing an empty plastic grocery bag in a picnic basket is also a great solution for collecting trash after a picnic in the park - it doesn't take up much room and will act as a waterproof barrier to prevent spills.
  • Create a dipping station for barbeque and grill sauces using reusable plastic storage containers with lids. Guests can spoon sauces onto their plates; when the party is over, simply place the lids back on the sauces and store in the refrigerator. They come in all different shapes and sizes and even fun colors.
  • Use resealable plastic bags for marinades. Put meat in the bags with marinade and refrigerate overnight. It helps save space in the refrigerator and clean up is easy. This also works for coating and breading.

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Tropical Fruit Dessert Pizza

Makes 12 servings

  • 1 18-ounce roll refrigerated ready-to-slice sugar cookie dough
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 8-ounce package fat-free cream cheese
  • 1 teaspoon coconut extract
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons grated orange rind
  • 1 cup fat-free frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • 1 26-ounce jar mango slices, drained, or 2 fresh mangoes, sliced
  • 1 16-ounce can pineapple slices, drained, or 1 fresh pineapple, sliced
  • 1 11-ounce can mandarin orange segments, drained
  • 1/2 cup apricot preserves
  • 2 tablespoons orange liqueur or orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons coconut, toasted, optional
  1. Preheat oven 350°F.
  2. Press cookie dough into a 12 to 14-inch pizza pan coated with nonstick cooking spray. Bake 12 minutes, cool completely.
  3. In medium mixing bowl, blend together sugar, cream cheese, coconut extract until well mixed. Stir in orange rind and whipped topping, mixing until smooth. Spread cream cheese mixture on top of cooled crust.
  4. Arrange mango slices around edge of iced pizza. Then, arrange pineapple slices around edge. Next, arrange mandarin orange slices in another ring to fill center of pizza.
  5. In small saucepan or in microwave, heat apricot preserves and orange liqueur just until melted. Spoon glaze over fruit. Sprinkle with toasted coconut, if desired. Refrigerate until serving.

Terrific Tidbit: Go ahead and grate more orange rind than you'll need for the recipe - you can grate a whole orange or lemon and freeze the rind in a plastic freezer bag until needed.

Watermelon and Tomato Salad

Makes 10 (1/2-cup) servings

  • 4 cups scooped out watermelon balls or chunks
  • 1/2 cup chopped red onion
  • 1 pint cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chopped basil
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • Salt to taste
  • 1/3 cup crumbled reduced fat feta cheese, optional
  1. In bowl, combine watermelon, onion, tomatoes and basil. Whisk together oil and vinegar and toss with salad. Season to taste. Refrigerate until serving.

3-Ingredient Marinade for Pork Tenderloin

Makes 6 to 8 servings

  • 2 1-pound pork tenderloins, trimmed of excess fat
  • 1/4 cup reduced sodium soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup roasted garlic seasoned rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  1. Preheat oven 350°F.
  2. In bowl, combine all ingredients except tenderloins. Place meat in dish or large resealable plastic bag, pour marinade over meat. If time permits, refrigerate overnight, turning meat several times.
  3. Bake 40 to 45 minutes or until meat thermometer inserted into the thickest portion of the tenderloin registers 160°F. Slice tenderloin, serve.

Quick Tip: Tenderloins come two to a package. If one will be enough for you to serve, halve recipe, freeze other tenderloin in freezable plastic bag.

Source: American Chemistry Council

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