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Videos 16 February 2024

Taco Mac and Cheese

(Culinary.net) Macaroni and cheese is a beloved comfort food that’s easy to make during a busy week. With just a few extra ingredients and steps, you can turn boxed mac and cheese into a filling dinner.

To make this Taco Mac and Cheese, simply prepare your favorite boxed mac and cheese according to the package instructions and stir fry the meat and vegetables together. (Hint: You can even chop vegetables the night before to make cooking the next day even easier.) Then add taco seasoning and combine for a better-for-you take on a classic dish.

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Taco Mac and Cheese

  • 1          box macaroni and cheese
  • 1/4       cup milk
  • 4          tablespoons butter
  • 1          pound ground turkey
  • 1          red bell pepper, diced
  • 1          yellow bell pepper, diced
  • 1          orange bell pepper, diced
  • 1          onion, diced
  • 2          teaspoons taco seasoning
  1. Prepare boxed mac and cheese with milk and butter according to package instructions.
  2. In skillet, brown ground turkey over medium heat. Add bell peppers and onion. Add taco seasoning.
  3. Stir turkey mixture with mac and cheese to combine.

Source: Culinary.net

Holiday 01 December 2023

Sweet and Savory Ways to Shake Up Holiday Celebrations

(Family Features) ’Tis the season for sweet and savory favorites – from the mouthwatering desserts you crave each year to starters and snacks that hold over hungry guests. Elevate your holiday entertaining with the right combination of appetizers, main courses, sides, sweets and beyond that start with the same seasonal staple: pecans.

As a versatile nut that can be used throughout the holidays, pecans have you covered so you can cook and enjoy a myriad of dishes, add festive flair to decor, or provide a nutritious snack in the midst of season-long indulgences. This year, pick up an extra bag of pecans to create nutritious, delicious dishes to enjoy on-the-go or serve to guests.

To help celebrate the holiday season, the American Pecan Promotion Board introduced a digital Pe-Calendar to highlight the many ways pecans can be enjoyed in and beyond a traditional pie. From Dec. 7-18, the interactive calendar will unveil tasty recipes for pecan fans to enjoy, along with fun games that can enter you in to win exciting prizes each day. From delicious Baked Brie with Pecans and Cranberry Orange Chutney to nutritious Pecan Snack Mix with Cranberries and Chocolate, along with prizes, the calendar provides an ultimate way to shell-ebrate with the must-have holiday nut.

To sign up for daily email reminders to open a new door for chances to win nutty prizes, or to find additional holiday recipes, visit EatPecans.com.

Baked Brie with Pecans and Cranberry Orange Chutney

Recipe courtesy of the American Pecan Promotion Board
Cook time: 24 minutes
Servings: 8

  • 1 bag (12 ounces) fresh cranberries
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup, plus 1 teaspoon for garnish, divided
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 orange, zest and juice only
  • 1 teaspoon freshly chopped thyme, plus additional for garnish, divided
  • 1 teaspoon freshly chopped rosemary
  • 1 tablespoon bourbon (optional)
  • 1 round brie (13.4 ounces)
  • 1/2 cup roasted pecan pieces
  • crackers
  • toasted bread
  • apple slices
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Line baking sheet with parchment paper or silicone baking mat.
  2. In medium saucepan over medium-high heat, bring cranberries (reserving some for garnish), 1/2 cup maple syrup and water to boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and cook, stirring occasionally, until cranberries pop and mixture thickens, 8-10 minutes.
  3. Remove cranberry mixture from heat and stir in orange zest, orange juice, 1 teaspoon thyme, rosemary and bourbon, if desired.
  4. Place brie on parchment-lined baking sheet. Bake 5-7 minutes, or until inside of cheese softens while outside remains intact.
  5. Transfer brie to serving platter and top with chutney and toasted pecans. Drizzle remaining maple syrup over brie and garnish with remaining fresh thyme and reserved cranberries. Serve with crackers, toasted bread and apple slices.

Pecan Snack Mix with Cranberries and Chocolate

Recipe courtesy of Jess Larson and the American Pecan Promotion Board
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 5 minutes, plus 10 minutes cooling time
 

  • 1 cup pecan halves
  • 1 cup rice squares cereal (wheat or cinnamon)
  • 1/2 cup pretzels
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup dark chocolate chips
  1. In large, microwave-safe bowl, add pecans, rice squares cereal and pretzels. In small, microwave-safe bowl, add butter, brown sugar, maple syrup, salt and nutmeg. Microwave butter mixture 1-2 minutes until melted then pour over dry mix. Toss well to combine.
  2. Microwave snack mix in 45-second intervals, about 4-5 intervals total, until mix is fragrant, golden and toasty.
  3. Cool mix completely then stir in cranberries and dark chocolate chips.

American Pecan Promotion Board

 

Main Dishes 09 October 2023

5 Cozy Ways to Add Warmth to Cold-Weather Meals

(Family Features) When the winds howl and the chill of changing seasons brings a crispness to the air, one way to warm up from the inside out is with favorite foods. Filling up on comforting recipes like hearty soups and stews can be the solution you need to fight off cold temperatures.

Consider quick and easy ingredients that add a little warmth to your plate as the cravings for comfort kick in.

Cheese
A family favorite in recipes year-round, ooey-gooey cheese is a hallmark of cool-weather recipes. Consider creamy mac and cheese mixed with your preferred protein, homemade Mexican cuisine topped with melted chile con queso or an appetizer plate with options like brie, Manchego, aged cheddar, Parmesan and more.

Rice
If you’re craving a meal that’s big on flavor but short on prep time, it’s hard to top the classic comfort food combo of chicken and rice. This Parmesan Chicken and Rice with Spinach and Artichoke starts with the homestyle taste of fully cooked Minute Chicken & Herb Seasoned Rice Cups with carrots, onion and garlic. The BPA-free cups offer a quick and flavorful option for an on-the-go power-up loaded with chicken, vegetables and herbs paired with hearty rice. Ready in only 1 minute, you can enjoy the flavored rice right out of the cup or prepare it as part of this 5-minute recipe on a busy weeknight.

Pasta
Whether you prefer spaghetti or penne, bowtie or stuffed shells, pasta provides a simple base for delicious meals loaded with comforting ingredients. For an easy weeknight meal, just choose a type of pasta, sauce and protein to put dinner on the table in 30 minutes or less.

Curry Paste
Available in many varieties, curry paste is a common ingredient in South Asian dishes. It typically consists of ingredients like garlic, chiles or peppers, ginger and lemongrass. When you’d like to add some spice to your menu without bothering with takeout, this Thai Chicken and Rice Soup calls for green curry paste, which is generally spicier than red or yellow versions, but any can be substituted based on your heat tolerance. You can take the dish up a level with lightly seasoned Minute Cilantro & Lime Jasmine Rice for zesty flavor in a BPA-free, microwaveable cup for a simple solution when life gets hectic and preparing a time-consuming meal becomes challenging.

Cayenne
Serving up a touch of spice in a wide variety of favorite recipes can be as easy as adding ground cayenne. Made of dried cayenne peppers finely ground to a powder, it’s commonly used in dishes ranging from deviled eggs and pastas to shrimp and barbecue as an easy way to add a warming kick to cold-weather meals.

Find more comfort food recipes at MinuteRice.com.

Parmesan Chicken and Rice with Spinach and Artichoke

Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1

  • 1 Minute Chicken & Herb Seasoned Rice Cup
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup spinach, stems removed
  • 2 ounces chicken, cooked and shredded
  • 1/4 cup canned artichokes, drained and quartered
  • 1/4 cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  1. Heat rice according to package directions.
  2. In medium saute pan over medium heat, heat olive oil. Add spinach and saute 1 minute.
  3. Add chicken and artichokes; saute 2 minutes, or until heated through.
  4. Add cheese and rice; stir to combine until heated through.

Thai Chicken and Rice Soup

Prep time: 2 minutes
Cook time: 5 minutes
Servings: 1

  • 1 Minute Ready to Serve Cilantro & Lime Jasmine Rice Cup
  • 1/2 cup (3 ounces) cooked rotisserie chicken, chopped
  • 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 1 tablespoon Thai green curry paste
  • 3 small shiitake mushrooms, thinly sliced
  • 1 green onion, thinly sliced
  1. Heat rice according to package directions.
  2. In medium, microwave-safe bowl, combine chicken, broth, coconut milk, curry paste and mushrooms.
  3. Microwave on high 3 minutes. Stir in rice and garnish with green onion.

Source: Minute Rice

 

Meal Ideas 03 August 2023

Breaking Better-for-You Bread: Quick and easy keto-friendly meal ideas

(Family Features) For many looking to make healthy dietary changes, weight loss is a primary concern. Because the Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend 45-65% of daily calories come from carbohydrates, an eating plan like the ketogenic diet (or keto, for short), which involves consuming a low amount of carbs and replacing them with healthy fats, can be a popular choice for achieving weight loss goals.

Replacing carb intake with fat can put your body in a metabolic state called ketosis, which makes you more efficient at burning fat for energy. The keto diet can also help reduce blood sugar and insulin levels and lower risk for certain diseases.

Those following the keto eating plan typically significantly reduce or avoid consuming bread, pasta, rice and baked goods, which are all traditionally high in carbohydrates. However, Toufayan Bakeries introduced a line of keto-friendly wraps, pitas and flatbreads that are high in fiber and protein while containing no sugar and being lower in carbs than traditional bread.

“We take great pride in baking our family’s favorite breads for families across the U.S.,” said Karen Toufayan, VP of marketing for Toufayan. “Across the country, people following the keto diet have been missing their favorite bread products. We are thrilled to introduce Toufayan’s first line of keto-friendly breads and hope they love them as much as we do.”

Try serving these satisfyingly light solutions as the base ingredients in these delicious recipes for a Keto Egg and Sausage Flatbread or Keto Enchilada Quesadilla from chef George Duran.

Find more recipes to support a ketogenic eating plan at Toufayan.com.

Keto Enchilada Quesadilla

Recipe courtesy of chef George Duran
Yield: 1 quesadilla

  • Rotisserie chicken, pulled and chopped
  • enchilada Sauce
  • olive oil
  • Toufayan Bakeries Keto Wraps
  • Tex-Mex cheese, grated
  • jarred or fresh jalapenos, thinly sliced
  • cilantro, chopped
  • salsa, for serving
  1. In bowl, mix pulled chicken and enchilada sauce until fully covered. Set aside.
  2. Spray or brush olive on both sides of keto wrap and place on nonstick pan or skillet over medium heat. Once wrap is heated on one side, flip and heavily top entire wrap with grated cheese. Allow cheese to melt then disperse chicken mixture, sliced jalapenos and chopped cilantro on half of wrap. Fold wrap over ingredients and cook until quesadilla is golden brown on both sides.
  3. Cut into three triangles and serve with salsa.

Keto Egg and Sausage Flatbread

Yield: 1 flatbread

  • 1 Toufayan Keto Flatbread
  • 1/4 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 2 cooked sausage links (approximately 2 ounces each), cut into pieces
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced red bell pepper
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon fresh chives
  • salt, to taste
  • pepper, to taste
  1. Preheat oven to broil.
  2. On foil-lined baking sheet, place flatbread and top with mozzarella cheese; add sausage pieces and bell pepper.
  3. Crack egg in center of flatbread and broil 5-8 minutes, or until egg is cooked to desired firmness.
  4. Remove from oven and top with chives.
  5. Season with salt and pepper, to taste, and serve.

Nutritional information per serving (1 flatbread): 435 calories; 29.1 g protein; 25.6 g fat; 8.6 net carbs.

Source: Toufayan

Meal Ideas 02 August 2023

Meal-Prep Tips for a Manageable Back-to-School Menu

(Family Features) The hustle and bustle of back-to-school season can cause chaos in households. Class time, field trips and homework typically rule each day, which can make sitting down for a meal seem like a far-off dream. One easy way to save time is simplifying family recipes and prioritizing meal-planning.

Consider these meal-planning tips from the experts at Healthy Family Project, whose partners are donating $16,000 to the Foundation for Fresh Produce to support children’s accessibility to fresh fruits and vegetables.

Choose the meals you plan to make for the week. Cut down on prep time by planning dishes with overlapping ingredients then write out a grocery list to keep from overbuying. Recipes like this Southwest Quiche Muffins Bento Box that include a brief list of widely used ingredients can help you avoid buying items you may only use once.

Stock the kitchen with ingredients your family often uses. Ensure you have the spices, seasonings, condiments, sauces and canned foods to prepare favorite meals at a moment’s notice.

Save time by washing and prepping produce once each week. For example, if you’re using sweet peppers in these Mini Sweet Pepper Sheet Pan Nachos and again in another meal that week, prep all at once so they’re ready when it’s time to cook – just be sure to store in an airtight container.

Serve quick snacks that won’t spoil dinner. Kids often need a little fuel for homework, but complicated snacks can cut into already busy schedules. Keep ingredients on hand for simple options like trail mix, fruit parfaits and meat and cheese wraps.

Use kitchen tools that speed up the process. Pressure cookers and air fryers can help you put nutritious meals on the table faster while slow cookers let you prep in the morning and come home to a hot, delicious dinner.

Visit HealthyFamilyProject.com to find more back-to-school recipes.

Mini Sweet Pepper Sheet Pan Nachos

Recipe courtesy of Healthy Family Project
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 5 minutes
Servings: 4

  • 8          ounces Pero Family Farms Mini Sweet Peppers, cut into chip shapes
  • 7          ounces tortilla chips
  • 1/2       cup sweet or red onion, diced.
  • 1/2       cup canned or fresh corn
  • 1/2       cup queso fresco cheese
  • 1/4       cup black olives
  • 1/4       cup jalapeno peppers, fresh sliced
  • 1/4       cup cilantro leaves, for garnish
  • 1          lime, cut into thin wedges, for garnish
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. Place peppers and tortilla chips on sheet pan. Layer onion, corn, cheese, black olives and jalapeno peppers. Bake 3-5 minutes.
  3. Garnish with cilantro and lime wedges.

Southwest Quiche Muffins Bento Box

Recipe courtesy of Healthy Family Project
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 25 minutes
Servings: 12

  • 8          large eggs
  • 1/2       cup milk
  • nonstick cooking spray
  • 3/4       cup black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2       cup chopped Nature Fresh Farms Tomz tomatoes
  • 1/3       cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/4       small RealSweet sweet onion, chopped
  • 1/2       cup vanilla Greek yogurt
  • 1/4       cup granola
  • 1/2       Zespri SunGold kiwi, chopped
  • 1          Bee Sweet Citrus mandarin, peeled and segmented
  1. Preheat oven to 325 F.
  2. In large bowl, whisk eggs and milk.
  3. Coat 12-cup muffin pan with nonstick cooking spray or use silicone muffin liners. Evenly divide beans, tomatoes, cheese and onion among cups. Pour eggs over top.
  4. Bake 20-25 minutes, or until eggs are set and lightly browned.
  5. Remove from oven and cool in pan 2-3 minutes. Use knife to loosen edges and remove.
  6. In cup or bowl, mix yogurt, granola and kiwi.
  7. Assemble bento box with two quiche muffins, kiwi parfait and mandarin slices.

Source: Healthy Family Project

Videos 23 May 2023

Cheesy Pepperoni Dip

(Family Features) Make it all about dad and celebrate Father’s Day with a table full of food to enjoy with family. Serving up something mouthwatering and delicious will have him coming back for another plate.

Try this Cheesy Pepperoni Dip to start dinner off with an appetizing kick. With creamy cheese, peppers and savory pepperoni, it’s a perfect way to hold everyone over before a stellar meal.

With a funny card, a bear hug and an appetizer like this, you can be on your way to a loving Father’s Day celebration.

Find more appetizer recipes at Culinary.net.

Watch video to see how to make this recipe!

Cheesy Pepperoni Dip

Recipe adapted from thepioneerwoman.com
Servings: 6-8

  • 1          tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1          white onion, diced
  • 1          can green chiles, diced
  • 3/4       can diced tomatoes with green chiles
  • 1          block (16 ounces) cheese, cubed
  • 8          ounces cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 4          ounces mozzarella cheese, finely shredded
  • 1          jalapeno, diced
  • 3/4       cup pepperoni, chopped
  • 1          baguette
  • butter
  1. Heat oven to 375 F.
  2. In skillet over medium heat, heat oil. Add onion and cook, stirring until softened, about 5 minutes. Add chiles and tomatoes; simmer.
  3. Reduce heat and stir in cubed cheese until smooth. Turn off heat; stir in cheddar and mozzarella until melted. Stir in jalapeno and half the pepperoni.
  4. Garnish with remaining pepperoni.
  5. Slice baguette into 1/2-inch slices. Place on baking sheet. Add butter to tops of slices. Toast in oven until tops are golden brown. Serve with dip.
Videos 23 February 2023

Spring Table Spread

(Culinary.net) With spring in the air, it’s the perfect time to invite guests over for a hopping party. It’s also a great opportunity to tackle that dreadful spring cleaning and spruce up your living spaces with vibrant decor for visitors to enjoy alongside a delicious recipe.

With this sweet, colorful table arrangement, your whole family can get into the spring spirit. From festive utensils, a bright centerpiece and cute snacks, your spring setup can be fresh and fabulous.

It’s simple to put together and easy on the budget. Pair it with appetizers or even a main dish for a full spring party spread that’s sure to impress.

Find more springtime recipes at Culinary.net.

Watch video to see how to create this Spring Table Spread!

Chick Cheese Balls

Recipe adapted from Hallmark.com
Yield: 10 chicks

  • 1          package cream cheese
  • 1/4       tablespoon garlic powder
  • 1          tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2       lemon, juice only
  • salt, to taste
  • pepper, to taste
  • 1          cup finely shredded cheddar cheese
  • crackers
  • carrots
  • whole black peppercorns
  1. Using mixer, combine cream cheese, garlic powder, Worcestershire sauce and lemon juice. Add salt and pepper, to taste. Refrigerate mixture 1 hour.
  2. Using fingers, form about 1 tablespoon of cream cheese mixture at a time into balls. Refrigerate 30 minutes on small baking sheet.
  3. Before serving, roll each ball into shredded cheddar cheese to cover. Place each ball on round cracker.
  4. Cut small triangles from carrots for beaks and feet. Press carrots onto cheese balls. Add peppercorns for eyes.

Carrot Utensils

  • Orange napkins
  • green plastic silverware
  • green ribbon
  1. Lay napkins flat on table. Place one of each utensil in napkin facing top corner. Wrap napkin around utensils. Tie ribbon around middle of napkin. Place in bowl or basket on table.

Spring Table Centerpiece

Recipe adapted from Craftmorning.com

  • Jelly beans
  • chocolate coated candy eggs
  • marshmallow chicks
  • fresh or fake flowers
  • plastic or dyed eggs (optional)
  1. Place medium bowl inside large dish. Pour jelly beans and chocolate coated candy eggs around bowl.
  2. Add marshmallow chicks around dish on top of candies. Arrange fresh or fake flowers in center. Set on table as centerpiece. Place eggs around dish, if desired.
Vegetarian 03 January 2023

Quick and Easy Dishes from Around the Globe

(Family Features) One of the best parts of traveling is trying the local cuisine, and that’s particularly true on an international scale. No matter where you go around the globe, however, there is one ingredient you’ll likely find is an integral part of many cultures and cuisines: rice.

Grown on almost every continent, this staple ingredient is a large part of meals around the world, which means there are nearly endless varieties and recipes to try. However, you don’t need to go on vacation to try authentic-tasting international food; easy-to-make versions of popular dishes from around the globe can be made right at home in mere minutes.

Mediterranean
Known for vibrant vegetables, savory sauces and incredible tastes, the Mediterranean is also home to a few classic rice dishes such as rich and creamy risotto from Italy. Other vibrant options include Spanish specialties like arroz con pollo (chicken and rice) and paella, which is made with an assortment of ingredients like seafood, spices and savory broth. 

Asia
If you’ve ever been to an Asian restaurant, you’ll notice a large portion of the menu likely includes recipes made with rice. While it might be difficult to pinpoint where certain recipes originate, fried rice is a Chinese specialty. Over time, this delicious dish has made its way to many different countries and been reinvented with local ingredients. For example, this Kale and Kimchi “Fried” Rice is based on Korean cuisine and can be made in less than 5 minutes using Minute Jasmine Rice & Red Quinoa Cups, which combine the buttery taste and aromatic scent of authentic Jasmine rice with crunchy, 100% whole-grain red quinoa in a convenient, pre-portioned cup.

Middle East 
Much like other cuisines around the world, Middle Eastern cooking uses rice almost every day. A Turkish and Arab mixed dish, shawarma is now a global street food. Traditional Persian rice uses a variety of spices like turmeric, ginger and cardamom with dried fruits and nuts. 

Latin America 
Latin American recipes vary from country to country and region to region, but rice is essential on the side or as part of the main dish across the board. A quick and easy morning meal, this Mexican Breakfast Scramble is ready in 4 minutes. Aiding the short prep time, Minute Jalapeno Rice Cups are ready in just 1 minute and can help spice up dishes with a tasty blend of onion, green peppers and jalapenos.

North America
With bold flavors, few things say southern comfort quite like Louisiana cooking. Bring the taste of New Orleans to your kitchen with rice-based dishes like gumbo or jambalaya, or by pairing rice with another popular Cajun pastime – a classic shrimp boil.

Find more quick and easy international recipe ideas at MinuteRice.com.

Kale and Kimchi "Fried" Rice

Prep time: 2 minutes
Cook time: 3 minutes
Servings: 1

  • 1 Minute Jasmine Rice and Red Quinoa Cup
  • 1 cup kale, chopped
  • 1/4 cup kimchi, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  1. Heat rice according to package directions.
  2. In medium microwave-safe bowl, combine kale, kimchi and soy sauce. Cover and microwave 1 minute.
  3. Add rice and egg; mix well to combine. Cover and microwave 30 seconds. Stir and serve.

Serving Suggestions: Drizzle with sesame oil. Add cooked shrimp.

Mexican Breakfast Scramble

Prep time: 2 minutes
Cook time: 2 minutes
Servings: 1

  • 1 Minute Jalapeno Rice Cup
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 2 tablespoons salsa
  • 2 tablespoons queso fresco
  1. Heat rice according to package directions.
  2. In small microwave-safe dish, combine egg, salsa and rice.
  3. Microwave 1 minute. Stir in cheese; microwave 30 seconds.

Serving Suggestion: For meal to go, wrap scramble in warm tortilla.

Source: Minute Rice

 

Videos 21 November 2022

Apple Cranberry Havarti Melt

(Family Features) All that holiday hustle and bustle can work up some real hunger. Between decorating, baking and preparing for entertaining, hosts often earn an afternoon snack.

When you and your loved ones need a boost of energy before guests arrive, turn to a fresh ingredient like Envy apples, which provide an easy way to whip up a delicious sandwich due to their sweet taste and availability. The sweet, sophisticated flavor; uplifting, fresh aroma; delightfully satisfying crunch; beautiful appearance; and naturally white flesh all lend themselves to this Apple Cranberry Havarti Melt. As a quick, simple way to reenergize before the big party, it’s a perfect snack the whole family can enjoy together.

Visit EnvyApple.com to find more holiday-worthy recipes from breakfast and snacks to the main course and sweet desserts.

Watch video to see how to make this recipe!

Apple Cranberry Havarti Melt
Servings: 4

  • 2          tablespoons melted butter
  • 8          oat-wheat bread slices
  • 1/2       cup cranberry sauce
  • 12        ounces Havarti cheese
  • 2          Envy apples
  1. Preheat oven to 450 F.
  2. Lightly butter one side of each bread slice and place on baking sheet butter side down. On side without butter, spread cranberry sauce on half of bread slices.
  3. Slice Havarti cheese about 1/4-inch thick and place over cranberry layer. Thinly slice apples and layer over cheese. Top with remaining bread slices with butter side up.
  4. Bake 5 minutes then carefully flip each sandwich. Bake 3-5 minutes until cheese is melty.

Source: Envy Apples

 
Videos 11 October 2022

Sweetpotato Foil Packet Tacos

(Family Features) Fall provides almost endless opportunities to gather friends and family around great food. From tailgates and family events to those precious last outdoor meals before winter sets in, the scenery of autumn is a perfect backdrop for sharing meals together.

Those favorite fall foods are often best when they’re delicious without complications. Taking the guesswork out of cool-weather classics can be as easy as these Sweetpotato Foil Packet Tacos, which are loaded with flavor and can be customized to fit everyone’s taste buds with personalized toppings.

As the key ingredient, sweetpotatoes show off their versatility as an ideal addition to simple or elevated, sweet or savory dishes. Because you can cook and prepare them multiple ways – such as baked, microwaved, grilled, slow cooked or on the stove – they’re easy to use in a wide array of recipes.

Plus, according to the American Diabetes Association, sweetpotatoes are a “diabetes superfood” because they’re rich in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fiber, all of which are good for overall health and may help prevent disease. Their “sweet” flavor without the added sugar makes them a pantry staple throughout the fall.

Pro tip: Sweetpotatoes are abundant and have a long shelf-life – up to four weeks if stored properly in a cool, dry, well-ventilated area away from heat sources – but never store in the refrigerator as this can cause “chill damage,” leaving them with a hard center and unpleasant taste.

Make the most of your fall meals with family and friends by finding more recipes at ncsweetpotatoes.com.

Watch video to see how to make this recipe!

Sweetpotato Foil Packet Tacos

Recipe courtesy of the North Carolina SweetPotato Commission
Servings: 6

  • 1/2       pound ground turkey
  • 3          tablespoons taco seasoning
  • 1/2       cup tomato sauce
  • 1          can (15 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained
  • nonstick cooking spray
  • 2          pounds North Carolina sweetpotatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 2          tablespoons butter
  • 3/4       teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2    cups fresh chopped spinach
  • 1 1/2    cups shredded cheddar cheese
  • sour cream (optional)
  • guacamole (optional)
  1. Preheat oven to 425 F.
  2. In skillet over medium-high heat, brown ground meat. Stir in taco seasoning, tomato sauce and beans; set aside.
  3. Lay out six 12-inch aluminum foil pieces; spray each with nonstick cooking spray.
  4. In center of each foil piece, place 1 cup sweetpotatoes, 1 teaspoon butter, 1/8 teaspoon salt, 1/4 cup spinach, 1/3 cup taco meat and 1/4 cup cheese.
  5. Fold foil sides in over mixture; fold top and bottom foil ends inward and seal.
  6. Place packets on rimmed cookie sheet; bake until sweetpotatoes are tender, about 25 minutes.
  7. Serve with sour cream or guacamole, if desired.

Source: North Carolina Sweetpotato Commission

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