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Meal Ideas 13 May 2022

Savory Solutions for Slider Sunday

(Family Features) Enjoying a meal as a family might seem farfetched with schedules full of work, activities and social commitments. However, you can make bringing everyone together a bit easier (and more delicious) with a weekly tradition like Slider Sunday that gets the whole crew excited about time around the kitchen table.

No matter what your loved ones crave, you can savor a different flavor and enjoy the soft, fluffy, melt-in-your-mouth goodness of King’s Hawaiian Rolls and Slider Buns, including Pretzel Slider Buns, each and every Sunday. Plus, toppings can be customized so everyone’s favorites are on the menu.

Put a spin on your next Slider Sunday with Chicken Parm-eroni Sliders or Lobster Knuckle Sliders with Spicy Mayo from Guy Fieri.

Discover more slider recipe inspiration by visiting SliderSunday.com.

Chicken Parm-eroni Sliders

Recipe courtesy of Guy Fieri
Prep time: 30 minutes
Cook time: 30 minutes
Servings: 6

  • 1 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup minced garlic
  • 1 package King's Hawaiian Pretzel Slider Buns
  • 3 cups vegetable oil
  • 2 cups pepperoni, julienned
  • 1 1/4 cups marinara sauce
  • 9 breaded chicken tenders, cooked crispy
  • 5 slices fresh mozzarella
  • 5 slices provolone cheese
  • 9 teaspoons grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped Italian parsley
  1. In small saucepot over medium heat, melt butter and add minced garlic. Cook 3-4 minutes until garlic softens but does not brown. Remove from heat and set aside.
  2. Separate pretzel slider buns and brush inside halves with melted garlic butter. Toast rolls on griddle until golden brown; flip and slightly toast outside of rolls. Set aside.
  3. In 4-quart saucepot with thermometer, heat oil to 350 F. Fry pepperoni until bubbles start to slow. Carefully remove from oil and place on plate with paper towel.
  4. In small saucepot, heat marinara sauce. Place 1 tablespoon sauce on bottom halves of slider buns.
  5. On lined sheet pan, place one chicken tender on each slider bun. Place 1 tablespoon marinara sauce on top of each tender followed by half slice mozzarella then half slice provolone. Top each slider with 1 teaspoon grated Parmesan. Place baking sheet in broiler and melt cheese.
  6. Top cheese with 1 tablespoon crispy pepperoni on each slider.
  7. Top sliders with other halves of toasted slider buns. Brush tops with garlic butter and sprinkle with chopped parsley. Use bamboo picks to secure.

Lobster Knuckle Sliders with Spicy Mayo

Recipe courtesy of Guy Fieri
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes
Servings: 6

  • 1 package King's Hawaiian Slider Buns
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 tomato, finely diced
  • 1 celery stalk, finely diced
  • 1/2 cup Japanese mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon sriracha
  • kosher salt, to taste
  • freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 lemon, cut in half
  • 1 package tempura flour mixture
  • 1 teaspoon seafood seasoning
  • 9 ounces cooked lobster knuckle meat
  • 2 1/2 cups white cabbage, shredded fine
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons chives, finely chopped
  1. Separate slider buns and brush inside halves with melted butter. Toast rolls on griddle until golden brown; flip and slightly toast outsides of rolls.
  2. In mixing bowl, combine diced tomatoes, celery, mayonnaise and sriracha. Season with salt and pepper, to taste; add juice and zest from 1/2 lemon. Mix well to fully incorporate. Place in refrigerator to chill.
  3. Mix tempura batter per package instructions and season with seafood seasoning.
  4. Preheat deep fryer to 350 F.
  5. Pat lobster dry with paper towels. Place lobster in tempura batter and allow to sit 30-60 seconds.
  6. Remove lobster one piece at a time, allowing excess batter to drip off. Working in batches, fry until golden brown, about 3 minutes.
  7. While lobster is frying, place cabbage in mixing bowl; add extra-virgin olive oil and juice from remaining 1/2 lemon. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Mix well to incorporate evenly.
  8. Place 2 tablespoons cabbage mixture on each bun, making bed on each bun to hold lobster in place.
  9. Remove lobster from fryer and allow excess oil to drain completely. Toss lobster in mayonnaise mixture and sprinkle with chopped chives. Place lobster on cabbage mixture then add top buns and secure with bamboo skewers.

Source: King’s Hawaiian

Meal Ideas 05 April 2022

A Fiesta Fusion of Worldwide Flavors

Family Features) If you’re seeking inspiration to take mealtime from bland and boring to new and vibrant, look no further than these at-home fiesta recipes. With options ranging from tongue-tingling spice to smooth, creamy and simply delicious, you can call on global flavors to bring life to your kitchen.

This menu from “The New York Times” bestselling cookbook author and recipe developer Stephanie Banyas offers delightful flavor fusions from around the world. The lively tastes of the Spicy Shrimp Remoulade in Lettuce Leaves and Mexican Style Paella with Chicken and Sausage pop with the high-quality ingredients of Fresh Cravings Salsas.

These boldly flavored salsas are made with vine-ripened tomatoes, crisp onions, zesty peppers and spices. Plus, they’re never cooked or pasteurized, meaning you’re enjoying a vibrant dip that’s never soggy or dull. Available in a range of heat levels among restaurant style, chunky and pico de gallo, they complement any at-home fiesta.

For a fiery, zesty twist, this Red Pepper Chickpea Soup with Gazpacho Relish and Tortilla Croutons calls for Fresh Cravings Hummus, as its ideal creamy texture and savory taste balances out the spice. Made with a short list of high-quality ingredients like chickpeas, tahini and Chilean extra-virgin olive oil, this hummus has a smooth, creamy mouthfeel.

“The hummus adds loads of flavor and makes this thick, rich soup totally dairy and gluten free, so there is no need for heavy cream, cornstarch or flour,” Banyas said. “It’s as beautiful to look at as it is delicious to eat.”

To find more fiesta-worthy recipe ideas, visit freshcravings.com.

Red Pepper Chickpea Soup with Gazpacho Relish and Tortilla Croutons

Recipe courtesy of Stephanie Banyas
Servings: 2

  • 1/4 cup finely diced seeded English cucumbers
  • 1/4 cup finely diced seeded Roma tomato
  • 2 tablespoons finely diced red onion
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1 lime, juice only, divided
  • salt, to taste
  • pepper, to taste
  • 2 cups canned low-sodium vegetable stock, divided
  • 1/2 cup Fresh Cravings Restaurant Style Salsa (mild or medium)
  • 1 container (10 ounces) Fresh Cravings Roasted Red Pepper Hummus
  • tri-color fried tortilla strips
  1. In small bowl, combine cucumber, tomato, onion and cilantro. Add half the lime juice and season with salt and pepper, to taste. Let sit at room temperature.
  2. In blender or food processor, process 1 cup stock and salsa until smooth.
  3. Pour mixture into medium saucepan. Add remaining stock and hummus, season with salt and pepper, to taste, and bring to boil over high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until slightly thickened, about 15 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in remaining lime juice.
  4. Divide soup between two bowls and top with relish and tortilla strips.

Spicy Shrimp Remoulade in Lettuce Leaves

Recipe courtesy of Stephanie Banyas
Yield: 8 leaves

Shrimp:

  • 1/2 cup Fresh Cravings Chunky Salsa (mild or medium)
  • 9 cups water, divided
  • ice water
  • 1 lime, sliced
  • 12 sprigs cilantro
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 pound fresh shrimp (31-35), peeled and deveined

Remoulade Sauce:

  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon whole-grain mustard
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon chile powder or smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 cup Fresh Cravings Chunky Salsa (mild or medium), drained well
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1/4 cup green onion, thinly sliced, plus additional for garnish
  • 8 butter or Boston lettuce leaves
  • cilantro leaves, for garnish
  • lime wedges, for garnish
  • chopped black olives, for garnish (optional)
  • chopped hard-cooked eggs, for garnish (optional)
  1. To make shrimp: In food processor or blender, blend salsa with 1 cup water until smooth.
  2. Fill large bowl with ice water; set aside. Transfer salsa mixture to large saucepan and add remaining water, lime slices, cilantro sprigs and salt. Bring to boil over high heat; stir in shrimp, cover, turn off heat and let shrimp poach off heat in liquid 10 minutes.
  3. Drain in colander. Transfer shrimp to ice bath and let sit 5 minutes. Drain again.
  4. To make remoulade sauce: In large bowl, whisk mayonnaise, mustard, lime juice, chile powder, sugar, salt and pepper until combined; fold in salsa.
  5. Put half of remoulade sauce in large bowl. Fold in shrimp and cilantro, adding remoulade as needed to make mixture creamier; taste for seasoning. Cover and refrigerate at least 30 minutes, or up to 6 hours.
  6. Arrange lettuce cups on platter. Spoon equal portions shrimp mixture into lettuce cups. Garnish with cilantro leaves; lime wedges; black olives, if desired; and eggs, if desired.

Mexican Style Paella with Chicken and Sausage

Recipe courtesy of Stephanie Banyas
Servings: 4-6

  • 1 container (16 ounces) Fresh Cravings Chunky Salsa (mild or medium)
  • 12 ounces chicken tenders, patted dry
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, plus additional, to taste, divided
  • freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
  • 12 ounces fully cooked chicken sausage or pork sausage links
  • 3 cups low-sodium canned chicken stock, water or combination
  • 2 cups long-grain rice
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro or parsley
  • lime wedges
  1. Remove 1/2 cup salsa and set aside. In blender or food processor, process remaining salsa until smooth.
  2. Put chicken in bowl, add 1/2 cup pureed salsa and toss to coat. Cover and marinate at least 30 minutes, or up to 2 hours in refrigerator.
  3. In large, high-sided saute pan over high heat, heat 2 tablespoons oil until it begins to shimmer. Season chicken with salt and pepper, to taste, and cook until both sides are golden brown and just cooked through, about 3 minutes per side. Remove to plate, loosely tent with foil and let rest 10 minutes then slice into 2-inch pieces.
  4. Add remaining oil to pan and heat until shimmering; cook sausage until golden brown on both sides, about 3 minutes per side. Remove to plate, loosely tent with foil and let rest 10 minutes. Slice on bias into 2-inch pieces.
  5. Wipe out pan with paper towels. Add remaining pureed salsa and stock; bring to boil. Add rice and 1 teaspoon salt. Bring mixture to boil, cover and reduce heat to medium-low; cook until liquid is absorbed and rice is tender, about 18 minutes.
  6. Remove from heat and sprinkle peas on top. Let sit, covered with lid, 5 minutes. Fluff with fork then stir in chicken, sausage, peas and cilantro. Spoon remaining salsa on top.

Source: Fresh Cravings

Meal Ideas 23 February 2022

5 Steps for Mastering Family Meal Planning

(Family Features) As you and your family embark on a mission to create delicious, nutritious meals all while saving money, it’s key to remember meal planning is essential for success. From tracking a list of ingredients you’ll need to noting your loved ones’ favorite foods, there are some easy steps you can take to make dinners at home enjoyable and budget friendly.

Getting on track with your own plan can start with these tips from Healthy Family Project’s Mission for Nutrition, which aims to help families find weekly meal success with an internationally inspired e-cookbook including grocery lists, recipe ideas and cooking hacks.

Work together. Before heading to the store or heating up the oven, sit down with your loved ones and make a list of easy-to-make recipes you all enjoy. Each time you discover a new favorite, add it to the list so you’ll have a reference guide when it’s time to plan a week’s worth of meals.

Stick to a schedule. Set a day and time each week your family can meet and plan out dinners. This also offers an opportunity to bring to light any newfound favorites or fresh ideas while bringing everyone to the same room for quality time together.

Plan time-saving processes. Think ahead while planning meals and consider the equipment you’ll need. Saving time while cooking can be as easy as sticking to recipes that call for hands-off appliances like a slow cooker or pressure cooker and using a food processor rather than a knife and cutting board.

Schedule a “leftovers night.” When you prep dinners that call for crossover ingredients, it’s easier to turn one meal into two. For example, buying sweet onions and chicken breast to make Chicken Apple Enchiladas means you’ll have those ingredients on hand for Greek Chicken Bowls later in the week.

Make a list. Once you’ve decided on recipes for the week, create a list of all the ingredients you’ll need. While you’re at the store, stick to your plan and avoid impulse buys to help stay on track while getting in and out quicker.

Find more recipes and meal planning tips by downloading the free e-cookbook at healthyfamilyproject.com/mission-for-nutrition and join the conversation by following #missionfornutrition on social media.

Chicken Apple Enchiladas

Recipe courtesy of Healthy Family Project's Mission for Nutrition

  • 1/2 sweet onion, diced
  • 1 jalapeno, diced
  • 1 Envy or Jazz apple, diced
  • 2 cups cooked shredded chicken
  • 8 flour tortillas
  • 6 ounces shredded Mexican blend cheese, divided
  • 1 can red enchilada sauce
  • cilantro (optional)
  1. Heat oven to 350 F.
  2. In skillet, cook onions until translucent. Add jalapeno and apple; saute 2-3 minutes.
  3. Add cooked chicken and mix well. Remove from heat.
  4. Lay out tortillas and sprinkle cheese on each. Add chicken mixture and roll. Place in baking dish and cover with enchilada sauce.
  5. Bake 20 minutes, or until heated throughout.

Greek Chicken Bowls

Recipe courtesy of Healthy Family Project's Mission for Nutrition

  • 1 cup cooked white or brown rice
  • 1 grilled chicken breast, sliced
  • 1 RealSweet onion, sliced
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes
  • 1 cucumber, cut into quarters
  • 1/2 cup black olives
  • 1 tablespoon feta cheese
  • 2 tablespoons tzatziki sauce
  1. Place cooked rice and chicken in bowls.
  2. Top each bowl with sweet onions, tomatoes, cucumbers and black olives. Sprinkle each with feta cheese. Drizzle each with tzatziki sauce.

Source: Healthy Family Project

Meal Ideas 18 January 2022

5 Cooking Swaps to Help Manage Cholesterol

(Family Features) When cooking, keep in mind small changes that can make a big impact on heart health.

High cholesterol is one of the major controllable risk factors for heart disease and stroke, with about 38% of American adults diagnosed with high cholesterol, according to the American Heart Association. It can be managed by getting levels regularly tested and making lifestyle changes like eating a heart-healthy diet.

  • Reduce saturated fat – Select lean cuts of meat or opt for plant protein, limit processed meats, broil or bake rather than pan-fry meats and remove skin from poultry before cooking.
  • Eat more fish – Fish can be fatty or lean, but it’s still low in saturated fat. Choose oily fish like salmon or trout, which are high in omega-3 fatty acids.
  • Use liquid oils in place of solid fats – For roasting, sauteing and more, use non-tropical liquid vegetable oils like canola, safflower, soybean or olive instead of butter, lard or shortening.
  • Lower dairy fats – Low-fat, fat-free or non-dairy milk can be used in many recipes instead of whole milk or half-and-half.
  • Increase fiber and whole grains – Add high-fiber vegetables to meals, serve fruit instead of juice and try brown rice instead of white.

These simple tips and better-for-you recipes like Chicken Tortilla Soup and Air Fryer Crispy (Un) Fried Chicken can help you eat healthy without sacrificing taste.

Find tips for managing cholesterol and other risk factors at heart.org/cholesterol.

Chicken Tortilla Soup

This recipe is reprinted with permission from "Healthy Slow Cooker Cookbook, 2nd Edition." Copyright 2018 by the American Heart Association. Published by Harmony Books, an imprint of Penguin Random House, LLC.
Servings: 4

  • 1 pound boneless, skinless chicken breasts, visible fat discarded, cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 2 cups frozen whole-kernel corn, thawed
  • 2 cups fat-free, no-salt-added chicken broth
  • 1 can (14 1/2 ounces) no-salt-added, diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon ancho powder
  • 2 medium garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 corn tortillas (6 inches each), cut into 1/4-inch-wide strips
  • 1 corn tortilla (6 inches), torn into pieces
  • 2-4 tablespoons snipped fresh cilantro
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped avocado
  • 1/4 medium red bell pepper, cut into matchstick-size strips
  1. In slow cooker, stir chicken, corn, broth, tomatoes, onion, sugar, ancho powder, garlic and salt. Cook, covered, on low, 6-8 hours, or on high, 3-4 hours.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  3. On baking sheet, arrange tortilla strips in single layer. Bake 8-10 minutes, or until crisp. Transfer baking sheet to cooling rack. Let strips stand 15 minutes, or until cool. Transfer to airtight container and set aside.
  4. When soup is ready, transfer 1 cup to food processor or blender. Stir in tortilla pieces. Let mixture stand 1 minute. Process until smooth. Stir mixture into soup. Stir in cilantro.
  5. Ladle soup into bowls. Sprinkle with avocado, bell pepper and reserved tortilla strips.

Air Fryer Crispy (Un) Fried Chicken

Recipe courtesy of the American Heart Association
Servings: 4

  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper (optional)
  • 1/2-1 cup low-fat buttermilk
  • 1/2 tablespoon hot pepper sauce (optional)
  • 1/3 cup whole-wheat panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/3 cup shredded or grated Parmesan cheese
  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 4 ounces each), visible fat discarded, flattened to 1/4-inch thickness, patted dry with paper towels
  • nonstick cooking spray
  1. reheat air fryer to 390 F.
  2. In shallow dish or pie pan, whisk flour, parsley, oregano, pepper and cayenne.
  3. In separate shallow dish or pie pan, whisk buttermilk and hot sauce.
  4. In third shallow dish or pie pan, stir panko and Parmesan.
  5. Place dishes and large plate in row. Dip chicken in flour mixture then buttermilk mixture then panko mixture, turning to coat at each step and gently shaking off excess. Using fingertips, gently press panko mixture so it adheres. Place chicken on plate. Cover and refrigerate 30 minutes.
  6. Lightly spray chicken with nonstick cooking spray. Arrange chicken in single layer in air fryer basket, working in batches if needed. Cook 10-15 minutes, or until chicken is no longer pink in center and coating is golden brown, turning once halfway through and lightly spraying with nonstick cooking spray.

Source: American Heart Association

Meal Ideas 11 January 2022

Fresh, Healthy Family Meals

Recipes to help boost iron levels, aid plasma donation recovery

(Family Features) Chef Nate Appleman knows how important it is to serve healthy meals to your family – ones they actually want to eat. Before having his first child, he transformed his eating and exercise habits and lost 85 pounds to get on a healthier path.

Now, he’s cooking meals for his family, including 14-year-old Oliver who was diagnosed with Kawasaki Disease as a toddler – an inflammation of the blood vessels that can cause damage to coronary arteries – as a healthy lifestyle is important to help manage the disease. Since Oliver’s diagnosis, Appleman made it his personal mission to create awareness of Kawasaki Disease and for the critical need for plasma donations that many people with the disease rely on for treatment, which is why he partnered with Abbott to bring attention to the need for plasma donations.

Plasma is a powerful part of your blood that supports essential bodily functions. It’s a lifeline for thousands of people who are immune-compromised and live with a variety of chronic and complex diseases. In fact, more than 125,000 Americans rely on medication made from plasma every day, according to the Plasma Protein Therapeutics Association (PPTA).

The COVID-19 pandemic led to a serious shortage of plasma donors – average donations per center in the United States were down approximately 11% during the first few months of 2021 compared to the previous year, further deepening the nearly 20% decline in donations in 2020 compared to 2019, according to the PPTA.

Donating plasma is a safe and relatively easy process. Since plasma is replaced in the body within about 24 hours, it can be donated up to twice per week. With a donation that typically takes between 1-3 hours, you can make a lasting impact by providing lifesaving medicine for patients like Oliver.

It’s a good idea to fuel up with iron-rich foods before and after donating, so Appleman created these fresh, nutritious recipes he loves to serve his family: Marinated Skirt Steak, Lemon Chicken with Roasted Red Onions and Potatoes, and Cheesy Frittata with Veggies.

Learn where you can donate at bethe1donor.abbott.

Marinated Skirt Steak

Recipe courtesy of chef Nate Appleman on behalf of Abbott

Vinaigrette:

  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 1/4 cup fish sauce
  • 1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons raw sugar
  • 1 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 lime, juice only
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 small Thai bird chile or serrano chile, chopped
  • 1/4 head finely shaved green cabbage
  • 1/4 head finely shaved purple cabbage
  • 2 carrots, thinly julienned

Skirt steak:

  • 1 1/2 pounds trimmed skirt steak
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons sriracha
  • salt, to taste
  • 3 cups cooked brown rice
  • 1/2 cup crushed peanuts
  • 1 lime, quartered, for garnish
  1. To make vinaigrette: In large bowl, mix oil, fish sauce, rice wine vinegar, water, sugar, cilantro, lime juice, garlic and chile. Toss cabbage and carrots in vinaigrette; refrigerate until ready to serve.
  2. To make skirt steak: Marinate steak in coconut milk, garlic, lime juice, cilantro, sriracha and salt, to taste, at least 1 hour, or up to 24 hours.
  3. Heat grill to high.
  4. Grill 3-4 minutes each side until medium rare.
  5. Let rest 3 minutes.
  6. Thinly slice steaks against grain and serve with vinaigrette, rice and crushed peanuts; garnish with lime wedges.

Lemon Chicken with Roasted Red Onions and Potatoes

Recipe courtesy of chef Nate Appleman on behalf of Abbott

Lemon chicken:

  • 1 whole chicken, cut into eight pieces
  • 1 ounce minced garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon granulated garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground fennel seed
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt

Potatoes:

  • 2 1/2 pounds Yukon gold potatoes
  • salted water
  • oil

Cauliflower:

  • 1 head cauliflower
  • salted water
  • ice
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon tamari or soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon chopped parsley

Roasted onions:

  • 1 red onion
  • salt
  • oil

For serving:

  • 3 ounces pitted Castelvetrano or green olives, cut into quarters
  • 5 ounces wild arugula
  • 1 lemon, quartered
  1. To make lemon chicken: Marinate chicken in mixture of minced garlic, granulated garlic, paprika, smoked paprika, fennel pollen, dried oregano, coriander and salt; let sit overnight.
  2. To make potatoes: Boil potatoes in heavily salted water until tender. Cool, peel and cut into 1 1/2-inch chunks. Toss with oil to coat; reserve.
  3. To make cauliflower: Cut cauliflower into florets and blanch in salted water 1 minute; shock in ice bath. Remove from ice and dry. Toss with mayonnaise, tamari and parsley; reserve.
  4. To make roasted onions: Preheat oven to 450 F. Peel onion and slice into 1-inch rings. Toss with salt and oil; roast until slightly caramelized with texture. Chill and reserve.
  5. Preheat oven to 450 F.
  6. Bake chicken on sheet pan approximately 15 minutes. Add potatoes and cauliflower. Bake approximately 15 minutes then switch oven to broil approximately 10 minutes.
  7. Squeeze lemon over reserved onion.
  8. When chicken is crispy and reaches internal temperature of 165 F, remove from oven and add onions and olives. Plate chicken, potatoes, onions, olives and cauliflower on top of arugula and garnish with lemon.

Cheesy Frittata with Veggies

Recipe courtesy of chef Nate Appleman on behalf of Abbott

Roasted Garlic:

  • 2 heads garlic
  • olive oil
  • salt

Frittata:

  • oil
  • 2 medium leeks, sliced
  • 8 ounces blanched, chopped broccoli
  • salt, to taste
  • 9 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 ounces grated Parmigiano Reggiano
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  1. To make roasted garlic: Preheat oven to 400 F.
  2. Slice 1/4 inch off entire heads of garlic and place cut sides down in 1-liter casserole dish. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt; cover with lid.
  3. Bake 35-45 minutes until heads of garlic are soft and light brown. Let cool then use back of knife to squeeze garlic from pods.
  4. To make frittata: Lower oven to 375 F.
  5. In saute pan, heat oil over medium-high heat. Cook leeks until soft; add broccoli then season with salt, to taste, and remove from heat.
  6. In mixing bowl, mix roasted garlic, sauteed leeks and broccoli, eggs, parsley, Parmigiano Reggiano and cream; place in 9-inch pie dish and bake approximately 20 minutes until top of frittata is brown. Remove from oven and let cool slightly before cutting and serving.

Source: Abbott

Meal Ideas 28 December 2021

Build a Better-for-You Menu in 2022

(Family Features) Committing to healthier habits in the new year often starts in the kitchen. Adding better-for-you recipes to your arsenal is the start of a more nutrition-focused lifestyle, and whether you’re a true home chef or just learning the basics, these dishes can be the gateway to a healthier you.

From fresh spins on family night and quick solutions in a pinch to homemade lunches and satisfying salads, consider these delicious and nutritious ways to enhance your homemade meals in 2022.

Visit Culinary.net to find more health-conscious recipe ideas.

A Fresh Take on Family Dinner

If your family gets stuck in a dinner routine rut, it can feel like you’re eating the same recipes over and over again.

However, this fresh and unique recipe for Cuban Chicken with Salsa Fresca might inspire you to think outside the culinary box and give your family members the satisfactory flavor they desire at dinnertime. With fresh ingredients and a wholesome flavor, this meal is perfect to add to your menu.

Find more recipes and family dinner ideas at Culinary.net.

Cuban Chicken with Salsa Fresca

Servings: 5

  • 1          cup grapefruit juice
  • 2          tablespoons olive oil
  • 2          teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2          teaspoons cumin
  • 2          teaspoons paprika
  • 1          teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1 1/4    pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts

Salsa Fresca:

  • 1          cup grapefruit segments
  • 1/2       jicama, cubed
  • 1/2       red onion, chopped
  • 3/4       cup grapefruit juice
  • 4          tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2       cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1          jalapeno pepper, chopped
  1. Heat oven to 400 F.
  2. In large bowl, mix grapefruit juice, oil, garlic powder, cumin, paprika and red pepper until combined. Add chicken to bowl and turn to coat. Refrigerate 30 minutes or longer.
  3. To make salsa fresca: In medium bowl, mix grapefruit segments, jicama, red onion, grapefruit juice, olive oil, cilantro and jalapeno pepper until combined. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
  4. Remove chicken from marinade. Place chicken in baking dish. Bake 25-30 minutes until chicken is cooked through.
  5. Serve chicken with salsa fresca.

Take Your Salad from Bland to Bold

Step aside, boring salads. A new year and a healthier eating plan can include better-for-you greens and dressings that hit the spot.
Veggies roasted with aromatic spices served on Fresh Express 5-Lettuce Mix are drizzled with lemon tahini dressing in this Moroccan Roasted Vegetable Salad, a delicious vegetarian way to turn a bland meal into a bona fide delight. With green leaf lettuce, red leaf lettuce, butter lettuce, romaine and radicchio, the mix of greens offers a bold combination of textures and flavors for those who love variety and color.
Find more ways to enhance your at-home salads at FreshExpress.com.


Moroccan Roasted Vegetable Salad

Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4

Lemon Tahini Dressing:

  • 1/4       cup tahini
  • 1/4       cup olive oil
  • 3          tablespoons lemon juice
  • 3          teaspoons maple syrup
  • 2          teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1/4       teaspoon salt
  • 2          tablespoons cold water
  •             nonstick cooking spray
  • 6          tablespoons olive oil
  • 2          teaspoons ras el hanout or garam masala
  • 1/2       teaspoon salt
  • 1/4       teaspoon pepper
  • 4          sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into long wedges
  • 4          whole large carrots, chopped
  • 2          red bell peppers, cored and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2          packages (6 ounces each) Fresh Express 5-Lettuce Mix
  • 1          can (15 1/2 ounces) chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1/3       cup dried apricots, sliced
  • 1/3       cup slivered almonds, toasted
  • 2          tablespoons Italian parsley, chopped
  1. To make lemon tahini dressing: In small bowl, whisk tahini, olive oil, lemon juice, maple syrup, Dijon mustard and salt. Add cold water; mix well. If dressing thickens, mix in more cold water.
  2. Heat oven to 400 F. Spray two baking sheets with nonstick cooking spray.
  3. In large bowl, mix olive oil, ras el hanout, salt and pepper. Add sweet potatoes; toss to coat. Transfer to first prepared baking sheet. Add carrots and peppers to leftover oil; toss to coat. Transfer to second prepared baking sheet. Bake 15-20 minutes, or until vegetables are tender. Let cool.
  4. Arrange lettuce mix on four plates. Top each with sweet potatoes, carrots, red pepper, chickpeas, apricots and almonds. Drizzle with dressing and sprinkle with parsley.

A Lean, Nutritious Lunch

Meal prepping is one of the most common strategies for improving eating habits, however, this tactic is often focused primarily on nutritious breakfasts and family dinners. Don’t let lunch go by the wayside; you can skip the fast food breaks by opting for a recipe you can make quickly at home.
Made with nutritious Wisconsin Potatoes loaded with goodness, low in calories, high in fiber and a good source of vitamin B6, potassium, vitamin C and antioxidants, a Turkey-Potato Wrap provides a simple solution for swapping out saltier foods for a lean lunch. By making four at a time in just half an hour, lunch is served for most of your work week to help save time on busy mornings while adding vitamins, nutrients and antioxidants to your afternoon meal.

Find more better-for-you recipe ideas at eatwisconsinpotatoes.com.


Turkey-Potato Wrap

Recipe courtesy of Wisconsin Potatoes

  • 3/4       pound Wisconsin russet potatoes, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1          tablespoon water
  • 1          tablespoon canola oil
  • 3/4       pound ground lean turkey
  • 1          large carrot, shredded
  • 1/3       cup sliced green onions with tops
  • 1          can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 2/3       cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1          teaspoon dried Italian seasoning or basil
  • salt, to taste
  • pepper, to taste
  • 4          large whole-wheat or high-fiber tortillas
  • light sour cream (optional)
  1. Place potatoes in microwave-safe bowl; sprinkle with water. Cover, venting one corner. Microwave on high 5-8 minutes until potatoes are tender.
  2. In large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat, heat oil. Add and break up turkey; cook 5 minutes, tossing occasionally. Mix in carrot; cook 2 minutes. Add potatoes and onions; toss and cook 2 minutes. Reduce heat to medium; mix in tomato sauce, cheese and Italian seasoning.
  3. Cook, stirring occasionally, 4-5 minutes until mixture is hot and most sauce is absorbed. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. On work surface, lay out tortillas. Place 3/4 cup hot turkey mixture on each; fold and roll for burritos.
  4. Cut in halves. Serve each with sour cream, if desired.
  5. Eating Well When You’re Short on Time
  6. Committing to a better eating plan doesn’t change the fact there are simply times when a hectic schedule calls for a quick solution.
  7. When you need an easy-to-make lunch or dinner, opt for this Loaded Smoked Salmon Rice Bowl that takes just 5 minutes for a satisfying meal. With Minute’s fully cooked Ready to Serve Brown Rice, it’s easy to add whole grains to your diet even when you’re short on time. One cup of cooked brown rice is equal to two servings of whole grains, making it a nutritious option when time is of the essence.
  8. Packaged in convenient, single-serve, BPA-free cups, the brown rice cups provide a quick, easy solution for dishes from breakfast to dessert. Ready in just 1 minute, they’re non-GMO, gluten free and cholesterol free with no preservatives.

Find more easy-to-assemble recipes at MinuteRice.com.

Eating Well When You’re Short on Time

Committing to a better eating plan doesn’t change the fact there are simply times when a hectic schedule calls for a quick solution.
When you need an easy-to-make lunch or dinner, opt for this Loaded Smoked Salmon Rice Bowl that takes just 5 minutes for a satisfying meal. With Minute’s fully cooked Ready to Serve Brown Rice, it’s easy to add whole grains to your diet even when you’re short on time. One cup of cooked brown rice is equal to two servings of whole grains, making it a nutritious option when time is of the essence.
Packaged in convenient, single-serve, BPA-free cups, the brown rice cups provide a quick, easy solution for dishes from breakfast to dessert. Ready in just 1 minute, they’re non-GMO, gluten free and cholesterol free with no preservatives.

Find more easy-to-assemble recipes at MinuteRice.com.


Loaded Smoked Salmon Rice Bowl

Prep time: 4 minutes
Cook time: 1 minute
Servings: 1

  • 1          cup Minute Ready to Serve Brown Rice
  • 2          ounces smoked salmon
  • 1/2       cup julienned cucumber
  • 1          teaspoon soy sauce
  • 1          tablespoon everything bagel seasoning mix
  1. Heat rice according to package directions.
  2. Top rice with smoked salmon and cucumbers. Drizzle with soy sauce and sprinkle with seasoning mix.

Source: Fresh Express
Wisconsin Potatoes
Minute Rice

Ethnic 22 November 2021

Easy and Delicious Ethnic Dishes

(Family Features) When tried-and-true family favorites turn stale and boring, digging through cookbooks and sorting through blogs for new recipes may seem far too time-consuming for your busy evenings. However, a simple ethnic twist in the kitchen can turn bland dinners into exciting meals.

You don’t need a plane ticket to explore international cuisines. Start with a versatile ingredient like rice, one of the most common kitchen staples around the world. It can transport you to another country in recipes like Korean-inspired Kimchi Fried Rice Bowl with Fried Egg, which provides a savory blend of veggies, basmati rice, soy sauce, sesame oil and more. A quick and easy recipe complete in less than 30 minutes, it’s a simple option for exploring new flavors and encouraging kiddos to expand their horizons.

For a spicy take on ethnic cuisine, you can push mealtime over the top with Thai Cashew Chicken Fried Rice, ready to eat in half an hour. Aromatic jasmine rice is cooked to fluffy perfection then cooled before being combined with sauteed chicken, sugar snap peas and garlic. The dish gets a kick from a Thai red chili pepper, which offers a moderate to hot level of spice; simply omit if spice isn’t nice for you or your loved ones. Mix in soy sauce and a sprinkle of cashews for a truly traditional Thai flavor.

Ready in just 10 minutes, Success Rice’s no measure, no mess, boil-in-bag options make these recipes and other delicious ethnic staples possible with perfectly fluffy rice and quinoa. As a foolproof solution for dishes worth savoring, it takes all the guesswork out of making rice and gives home cooks more time to focus on the rest of the recipe and dinner together as a family.

Find more family meal ideas with an ethnic twist at SuccessRice.com.

Kimchi Fried Rice Bowl with Fried Egg

Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes
Servings: 4

  • 2 bags Success Basmati Rice
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1/2 pound mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 1 cup kimchi, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon ginger, minced
  • 4 cups baby spinach
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 4 teaspoons sesame oil
  • 4 eggs, fried
  1. Prepare rice according to package directions.
  2. In large wok or skillet over medium-high heat, heat oil. Stir-fry mushrooms and onions 3-5 minutes, or until softened. Stir in kimchi, garlic and ginger; stir-fry 1-2 minutes, or until well coated.
  3. Stir in rice, spinach, soy sauce and sesame oil. Stir-fry 2-3 minutes, or until spinach starts to wilt and rice is heated through.
  4. Divide rice between four bowls and top each with one fried egg.

Thai Cashew Chicken Fried Rice

Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes
Servings: 4

  • 2 bags Success Jasmine Rice
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 pound boneless, skinless chicken breast, cubed
  • 1/2 pound sugar snap peas, trimmed
  • 3 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
  • 1 Thai red chili pepper, thinly sliced (optional)
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1/3 cup roasted cashews
  1. Prepare rice according to package directions. Let cool completely.
  2. In large wok or skillet over medium-high heat, heat oil. Season chicken with salt. Cook chicken, stirring, 3-5 minutes, or until starting to brown. Stir in sugar snap peas, garlic and chili pepper, if desired. Cook, stirring, 3-5 minutes, or until chicken is cooked through and snap peas are tender-crisp.
  3. Stir in rice. Cook 2-3 minutes, stirring to combine. Stir in soy sauce. Cook 2-3 minutes, or until rice is heated through.
  4. Sprinkle with cashews before serving.

Source: Success Rice

Main Dishes 05 November 2021

Warm Up with Classic Comfort Foods

(Family Features) With plenty of cold-weather events and gatherings to celebrate alongside loved ones, one classic way to warm up the crowd is hot, comforting food. Soups, chili, casseroles, stews and more provide perfect ways to shake off the chill that comes with the season.

Ideal for serving family and friends after time spent outside or just as an excuse to get together, Beet Lentil Chili with Aunt Nellie’s Sliced Beets and Loaded Chicken Bake made using READ German Potato Salad provide filling options for satisfying a group with eight servings each. Plus, they’re easy to make – the chili calls for 20 minutes of prep before simmering while the chicken casserole requires less than an hour spent in the kitchen.  

Next time a brisk day cools your family to the core, keep these hearty meals in mind for simple options to warm up from the inside out.

Find more comforting recipe ideas at auntnellies.com and readsalads.com.

Beet Lentil Chili

Recipe courtesy of Angie McGowan of "Eclectic Recipes"
Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 2 hours
Servings: 8

  • 2 jars (16 ounces each) Aunt Nellie's Sliced Beets
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 4 stalks celery, diced
  • 3 medium carrots, diced
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 cloves garlic, diced
  • 2 tablespoons smoked paprika
  • 2 tablespoons ground cumin
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons ground coriander
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 can (6 ounces) tomato paste
  • 2 quarts low-sodium chicken or vegetable stock
  • 1 quart water
  • 1 pound lentils

Garnishes (optional):

  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1/4 cup radishes, cut into matchsticks
  • 1/2 cup freshly chopped cilantro
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped onions
  • 1 cup crumbled queso fresco
  1. Drain beets; dice and set aside. Discard liquid.
  2. Preheat large soup pot over medium heat. Drizzle with olive oil. Add onion, celery, carrots and salt; saute until softened, stirring occasionally.
  3. Add garlic, paprika, cumin, coriander, oregano, chili powder and tomato paste; saute until fragrant, stirring frequently.
  4. Add stock, water, beets and lentils. Bring to boil; reduce to simmer. Simmer about 2 hours, or until lentils are tender.
  5. Serve with sour cream, radishes, cilantro, onions and queso fresco, if desired.

Loaded Chicken Bake

Recipe courtesy of "Hungry In LA"
Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes
Servings: 8

  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 2 cans (15 ounces each) READ German Potato Salad
  • 4 cups shredded rotisserie chicken
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon finely ground black pepper
  • 3/4 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/4 cup crumbled cooked bacon
  • French-fried onions (optional)
  1. Preheat oven to 375 F.
  2. Lightly coat 9-by-13-inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
  3. Spread potato salad evenly in dish. Top evenly with chicken.
  4. In small bowl, stir together cream, salt and pepper. Pour mixture over chicken.
  5. Sprinkle with cheese, bacon and French-fried onions, if desired.
  6. Bake 15 minutes, or until casserole is bubbly. Let stand 10 minutes. Top with additional French-fried onions, if desired.

Source: Seneca Foods
Aunt Nellie's

Appetizers & Sides 22 October 2021

Amaze Guests with Great Grape Appetizers

(Family Features) Along with the delicious food, gift giving and cheer of the holiday season, getting together with friends and family is also cherished. Whether it’s a cozy weekend dinner with friends or time for festive merrymaking, you can enhance any gathering with unique small plates and appetizers.

Make the season special with California grapes, which are abundant into January, as an ingredient in your favorite dishes or by decorating with them for colorful pops of red, green and black. If time is of the essence, they also offer an easy, fresh, healthy snack or side dish that adds color and flavor to your table.

As a versatile ingredient that adds taste and visual appeal, grapes can help you create memorable appetizers that will surprise and delight friends and family. For easy and delightful hors d’oeuvres, turn to Tricolor Grape Pizza with Goat Cheese and Thyme or Smoked Chicken and Grape Bruschetta, each offering simple yet flavorful ways to please a crowd.

Send guests home with Easy Grape Compote, or give it as a fun host or hostess gift for friends and family, so they can enjoy a little taste of the holidays even after all the excitement winds down.

Find more tasty appetizers, meals, desserts and more at grapesfromcalifornia.com.

Tricolor Grape Pizza with Goat Cheese and Thyme

Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes
Servings: 6

  • 1 pound prepared pizza dough
  • flour
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 cups halved green, red and black California grapes
  • 2 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves
  • 1/4 cup coarsely chopped walnuts
  • 2 ounces fresh goat cheese, crumbled
  • 2 tablespoons freshly grated Parmesan cheese
  • freshly ground pepper, to taste
  1. Position rack in bottom of oven and place inverted baking sheet on top of rack; heat oven to 500 F.
  2. On lightly floured surface, press pizza dough into 10-inch round circle and cover with towel while preparing toppings.
  3. Sprinkle large baking sheet lightly with flour. Stretch pizza dough into oval, about 14-by-10 inches, and place on sheet. Drizzle with oil. Sprinkle with grapes, thyme and walnuts. Place baking sheet on top of sheet already in oven and bake until crust is bubbling and golden, 8-10 minutes.
  4. Remove pizza from oven. Sprinkle with goat cheese and Parmesan. Season with pepper, to taste. Transfer pizza to board, cut into pieces and serve warm.

Nutritional analysis per serving: 350 calories; 10 g protein; 47 g carbohydrates; 14 g fat (36% calories from fat); 2.5 g saturated fat (6% calories from saturated fat); 5 mg cholesterol; 580 mg sodium; 1 g fiber.

Smoked Chicken and Grape Bruschetta

Yield: 24 pieces

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 French bread baguette
  • 8 ounces smoked chicken breast (1 3/4 cups), shredded or cut into bite-size strips
  • 1 1/2 cups red, green or black seedless California grapes, halved
  • 12 ounces fontina, port salute or Monterey Jack cheese, grated
  • 1 tablespoon chives, snipped
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  1. Preheat broiler to 550 F.
  2. In small bowl, combine garlic, olive oil and salt. Set aside. Slice baguette on bias into 1/2-inch thick slices. Brush baguette slices with garlic-oil and place on cookie sheet. Toast in broiler about 1-2 minutes on each side until golden brown. Remove from broiler.
  3. On each bread slice, place about 1 tablespoon chicken breast and three grape halves then top with 2 tablespoons grated cheese.
  4. Place cookie sheet about 8 inches away from broiler and broil 2-3 minutes until cheese is melted and bubbly. Place on serving platter and sprinkle with snipped chives and pepper.

Nutritional analysis per serving: 125 calories; 7 g protein; 9 g fat (68% calories from fat); 3 g carbohydrates; 24 mg cholesterol; less than 1 g fiber; 154 mg sodium.

Easy Grape Compote

Prep time: 5 minutes, plus cooling
Cook time: 20 minutes
Servings: 6

  • 4 cups black or red California grapes
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 strips fresh lemon peel
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2/3 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon unsalted butter
  • 1 teaspoon high-quality balsamic vinegar (optional)
  1. In bowl of food processor, finely chop grapes and sugar using one-second pulses. Transfer to deep, medium skillet or wide saucepan; stir in lemon peel, salt and water. Bring to boil over medium-high heat. Cover pan with lid, reduce heat to medium-low and simmer 18 minutes until fruit is tender.
  2. In small bowl, stir lemon juice and cornstarch then stir into grape mixture with butter; simmer 6 minutes, or until desired consistency. Stir in vinegar, if desired. Serve warm or cool.
  3. Cooled jam can be stored in covered glass jar in refrigerator up to 2 weeks.

Nutritional analysis per serving: 160 calories; 0 g protein; 41 g carbohydrates; 0 g fat; 0 mg cholesterol; 170 mg sodium; 1 g fiber.

Festive, Fruitful Decor

Naturally beautiful, fresh grapes make for an easy, classic way to decorate for the holidays. Consider these ways to enhance your home and table:

  • Drape bunches of red, green and black grapes in decorative bowls and alternate with candles for dazzling centerpieces.
  • Fill a flower vase with grapes and water for color and texture to complement and support the flowers in the arrangement.
  • Bedazzle your ham or turkey platter with small bunches of grapes and fresh herbs.
  • Accent a perfectly cooked steak with grape rosemary skewers for a colorful, fragrant sidekick.
  • Adorn dessert plates and trays with sugar-frosted grapes to add a special sparkle.

Source: California Table Grape Commission

Meal Ideas 13 August 2021

Celebrate Family and Food

(Family Features) Family traditions and in-person connections are important parts of gatherings of loved ones, and many of those get-togethers are centered on food. The entire family coming together around a table covered with warm, delicious food to share stories and create new memories is what makes mealtime special.

Forty chefs from around the nation came together to create “Come to the Table,” which offers a delicious mix of cuisines from a variety of cultures, including this sampling of classic family favorites, sweet indulgences and family-style creations all inspired by what family means to each chef.

“Sales from this book will directly benefit the families we serve, so we are so grateful for each and every chef that has offered their time and talent to this cookbook,” said Jill Cumnock, CEO of Ronald McDonald House of Dallas. “The way ‘Come to the Table’ has been created reminds me of a recipe that culminates in a feast for the senses. We can’t think of a better way to celebrate our 40th anniversary, particularly at a time when families are starting to reunite after the pandemic forced so many apart.”

Visit rmhdallas.org for more information and to order the cookbook.

Baked Stuffed Pasta Shells

Recipe courtesy of chef Kevin Curry
Servings: 6-8

  • 6          ounces jumbo pasta shells
  • 2          tablespoons olive oil
  • 1          tablespoon fresh garlic
  • 1          medium onion, diced
  • 5          portobello mushroom caps, gills removed then diced
  • 1          pinch sea salt, plus additional, to taste
  • 1          pinch pepper, plus additional, to taste
  • 2          cups shredded kale
  • 3          tablespoons water
  • 15        ounces skim milk ricotta cheese
  • 4          tablespoons pesto
  • 1          tablespoon The Fit Cook Land spice blend
  • 1 1/2    cups reduced-fat marinara, divided
  • 1 1/2    cups reduced-fat mozzarella
  • fresh herbs, for garnish

Preheat oven to 420 F.

Bring pot of salted water to boil. Cook pasta shells according to package instructions. Drain then set aside.

Heat pot or cast-iron casserole dish over medium heat. Once hot, add oil, garlic, onion and mushrooms. Add pinch of sea salt and pepper as it cooks. Cook until onions turn brown and mushrooms shrink in size, about 3-5 minutes. Empty contents and set aside.

Place pot back over heat. Add shredded kale and water to create steam. Toss kale in pot until it turns vibrant green; set aside to cool.

In large bowl, mix ricotta cheese with mushroom mixture, kale, pesto and spice blend.
In casserole dish, spread about 1/2 cup marinara on bottom. Then one-by-one, stuff each pasta shell with approximately 2 tablespoons ricotta mixture and add to casserole dish. Repeat with remaining shells.

Cover shells with remaining marinara and mozzarella cheese. Cover casserole dish with foil and bake 20 minutes. During final 5 minutes, remove foil so mozzarella can brown.

Garnish with fresh herbs and salt and pepper, to taste.

Green Curry

Recipe courtesy of chef Nikky Phinyawatana
Servings: 2

  • 2          cups fresh spinach
  • 1          cup water
  • 1          tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 2          tablespoons green curry paste
  • 8          ounces skinless, boneless chicken, beef or pork, sliced thin
  • 1          small Japanese purple eggplant
  • 2          cups coconut milk
  • 4          teaspoons granulated sugar
  • 1/2       teaspoon salt
  • 1/2       cup bamboo shoots, sliced
  • 1/4       medium red bell pepper, sliced thin
  • 8-10     Thai basil leaves, plus additional, for garnish, divided
  • 2          cups cooked jasmine rice

In blender, blend spinach and water until mixture turns green and no leaves are visible.

In medium saucepan over medium-high heat, heat oil. Add green curry paste and stir to release fragrance, about 10 seconds.

Add protein and cook 3-5 minutes.

Add blended spinach water, purple eggplant, coconut milk, sugar and salt. Bring to boil. Add bamboo shoots and red bell pepper. Simmer 10 minutes.

Stir in basil leaves and turn off heat.

Serve with jasmine rice and garnish with additional basil leaves.

Daddy’s Birthday Flan

Recipe courtesy of chef Ninamarie Bojekian Mendoza
Servings: 10-12

Caramel Sauce:

  • 1          cup granulated sugar
  • 1/4       cup water

Cake:

  • 1 1/2    cups all-purpose flour
  • 1          teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4       teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4       teaspoon salt
  • 3/4       cup unsalted butter, at room temperature
  • 3/4       cup granulated sugar
  • 2          large eggs
  • 1/2       teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4       cup buttermilk
  • 3          tablespoons rainbow sprinkles (optional)

Flan:

  • 4          large eggs
  • 1          can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1          can (12 ounces) evaporated milk
  • 1          tablespoon vanilla extract
  • ground cinnamon, to taste
  1. In saucepan, heat granulated sugar and water over medium-low heat until melted.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  3. Grease and flour 9-inch Bundt pan. Set aside.
  4. When sugar liquifies and turns golden brown, remove from heat and use silicone spatula or whisk to stir. While stirring, quickly pour into prepared Bundt pan.
  5. To make cake: In large bowl, sift flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Set aside.
  6. In another bowl, use hand mixer on medium speed to beat butter and sugar, about 3 minutes, until fluffy. Add eggs and vanilla. Beat well.
  7. On low speed, gradually beat in flour mixture and buttermilk until combined.
  8. Fold in rainbow sprinkles, if desired.
  9. Pour batter into pans over caramel sauce.
  10. To make flan: In blender on high speed, blend eggs, sweetened condensed milk, evaporated milk and vanilla until well combined.
  11. Gently pour through strainer and onto prepared cake batter.
  12. Sprinkle cinnamon on top.
  13. Place pan in water bath by putting it in larger baking dish, roasting pan, hotel pan or similar. Pour hot water halfway up sides to create water bath.
  14. Bake approximately 1 hour. Cake should be golden brown and jiggle when shaken when done.
  15. Remove cake from water bath and cool on rack 10 minutes.
  16. Run knife or spatula carefully around edges to separate. Place plate on top of cake and, while holding it, flip over carefully and quickly.
  17. Refrigerate at least 1 hour or overnight before serving.

 

Photo courtesy of Ink Phinyawatana (Green Curry)

Source: Ronald McDonald House of Dallas

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