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Meal Ideas 15 December 2022

Prioritize Heart Health with a Balanced Eating Plan

(Family Features) No matter your motivations, it’s never too late or too early to start focusing on your heart health, and taking steps now can make a big difference. Small changes, like following a healthier eating plan, can help you start down a path toward improved heart health.

One step you can take is following the DASH eating plan, which is a flexible and balanced way of eating that stands for Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension and was developed by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute. Requiring no special foods, DASH provides daily and weekly nutritional goals to help lower two major risk factors for heart disease: high blood pressure and high LDL (bad) cholesterol.

Being more physically active, managing stress, getting quality sleep and not smoking combined with DASH can put you on a path toward a healthy heart for life.

Encouraging others to join you on your heart-health journey can also be rewarding. Research shows social support and personal networks make it more likely you’ll stick to healthy habits like eating healthy.

Sharing heart-healthy recipes with family and friends is an added bonus, and these DASH-friendly meals can help you take the guesswork out of putting nutritious dinners on the table. Greek-Style Flank Steaks with Tangy Yogurt Sauce offer the bold flavors of the Mediterranean while Teriyaki-Glazed Salmon with Stir-Fried Vegetables is as easy to make as it is colorful. For a complementary combination of pork and sweet fruit flavor, these Baked Pork Chops with Apple Cranberry Sauce are perfect to serve alongside brown rice or steamed broccoli.

Learn more about heart health and find DASH-friendly recipes at nhlbi.nih.gov/DASH.

Greek-Style Flank Steak with Tangy Yogurt Sauce

Recipe courtesy of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
Prep time: 25 minutes
Cook time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4

Marinade:

  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons fresh oregano, rinsed, dried and chopped
  • 1 tablespoon garlic, minced (2-3 cloves)
  • 1 beef flank steak (12 ounces)

Yogurt Sauce:

  • 1 cup cucumber, peeled, seeded and chopped
  • 1 cup nonfat plain yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon fresh dill, rinsed, dried and chopped
  • 1 tablespoon garlic, minced (2-3 cloves)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  1. To make marinade: In large bowl, combine lemon juice, olive oil, oregano and garlic.
  2. Lay steak in flat container with sides and pour marinade over steak. Marinate at least 20 minutes, or up to 24 hours, turning several times.
  3. To make yogurt sauce: Combine cucumber, yogurt, lemon juice, dill, garlic and salt. Set yogurt sauce aside at least 15 minutes to blend flavors. Sauce can be prepared up to 1 hour in advance and refrigerated.
  4. Preheat broiler to high with rack 3 inches from heat source.
  5. Broil steak about 10 minutes on each side to minimum internal temperature of 145 F. Let cool 5 minutes before carving.
  6. Slice thinly across grain into 12 slices.
  7. Serve three slices with 1/2 cup yogurt sauce.

Tip: Serve in sandwich with pita bread, lettuce and tomato.

Teriyaki-Glazed Salmon with Stir-Fried Vegetables

Recipe courtesy of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4

Salmon:

  • 2 tablespoons light teriyaki sauce
  • 1/4 cup mirin or sweet rice wine
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons scallions, rinsed and minced
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons ginger, minced
  • 12 ounces salmon fillets, cut into four portions (3 ounces each)

Vegetables:

  • 1 bag (12 ounces) frozen vegetables stir-fry
  • 1/2 tablespoon peanut oil or vegetable oil
  • 1/2 tablespoon garlic, minced (about 1 clove)
  • 1 tablespoon ginger, minced
  • 1 tablespoon scallions, rinsed and minced
  • 1 tablespoon light soy sauce
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. To prepare salmon: Mix teriyaki sauce, mirin, rice vinegar, scallions and ginger well. Pour over salmon and marinate 10-15 minutes.
  3. Remove salmon from marinade.
  4. Place salmon on baking sheet. Bake 10-15 minutes, or until fish flakes easily with fork in thickest part and reaches minimum internal temperature of 145 F.
  5. To prepare vegetables: Thaw frozen vegetables in microwave or place bag in bowl of hot water about 10 minutes. In large wok or saute pan, heat oil. Add garlic, ginger and scallions; cook gently, but do not brown, 30-60 seconds.
  6. Add vegetables and continue stir-frying 2-3 minutes, or until heated through. Add soy sauce.
  7. Serve one piece of salmon with 1 cup vegetables.

Baked Pork Chops with Apple Cranberry Sauce

Recipe courtesy of the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4

Pork Chops:

  • 4 boneless pork chops (about 3 ounces each)
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 medium orange, rinsed and zested
  • 1/2 tablespoon olive oil

Sauce:

  • 1/4 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 medium apple, peeled and grated (about 1 cup)
  • 1/2 cinnamon stick
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup 100% orange juice
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. To prepare pork chops: Season pork chops with pepper and orange zest.
  3. In large saute pan, heat olive oil over medium heat. Add pork chops and cook until browned on one side, about 2 minutes. Turn and brown 2 minutes. Remove pork chops from pan, place on nonstick baking sheet and bake 10 minutes to minimum internal temperature of 160 F.
  4. To make sauce: Add chicken broth to saute pan and stir to loosen brown bits from pork chops. Set aside.
  5. In small saucepan over medium heat, cook grated apples, cinnamon stick and bay leaf until apples begin to soften.
  6. Add cranberries, orange juice and reserved broth. Bring to boil then lower heat to gentle simmer. Simmer 10 minutes, or until cranberries are plump and apples are tender. Remove cinnamon stick.
  7. Peel orange and cut into eight sections.
  8. Serve one pork chop with 1/4 cup sauce and two orange segments.

 

Photos courtesy of Getty Images

Source: National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute

Meal Ideas 30 November 2022

Mouthwatering Recipes to Beef Up the Holiday Menu

(Family Features) At this year’s holiday gatherings, you can put together a showstopping menu from the beginning of the party to the final bite with mouthwatering recipes that bring guests back for more. It all starts with beef, a versatile, beloved ingredient that can be used in appetizers, sides and main courses alike.

Consider these holiday favorites from Beef Loving Texans, including a must-have main course like Classic Beef Wellington. Perfect for a family get-together, this traditional dish combines tender chateaubriand roast with a homemade glaze of earthy mushrooms, red wine and Dijon mustard wrapped in a golden-brown puff pastry.

If you’re serving a group, Top Sirloin Roast with Herb Garlic Peppercorn Crust is ideal for sharing and provides an eye-catching centerpiece at the dining room table.

Before bringing out the main course, however, there’s an important aspect of seasonal parties that calls everyone to the kitchen: savory appetizers. You can invite your guests to share an option like Holiday Mini Beef Meatball Skewers with Cranberry Barbecue Sauce, a festive, easy-to-make favorite that can tide the cravings of a hungry crowd.

Find more beef-inspired holiday dishes at BeefLovingTexans.com.

Classic Beef Wellington

Recipe courtesy of Beef Loving Texans
Total time: 1 hour, 30 minutes
Servings: 4

  • 1 teaspoon olive oil, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper, divided
  • 1 chateaubriand tenderloin roast
  • 8 ounces mushrooms
  • 1 large shallot
  • 2 tablespoons dry red wine
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
  • flour
  • 1 sheet puff pastry
  1. In large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat, heat 1/2 teaspoon oil until hot. Combine salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Press evenly onto all surfaces of roast. Place roast in skillet; brown evenly. Remove roast from skillet.
  2. Heat oven to 425 F.
  3. In food processor, pulse mushrooms and shallot about 10 times until finely chopped. Do not overprocess.
  4. Place same skillet used for roast over medium-high heat and heat remaining oil until hot. Add mushrooms and shallot; cook 4-6 minutes until tender and all liquid is evaporated, stirring often. Add wine; cook 2-3 minutes until all liquid is evaporated. Stir in mustard, thyme and remaining pepper. Cook 2-3 minutes. Remove from skillet to medium bowl; cool.
  5. Line rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil and place in oven. On lightly floured cutting board, unfold pastry dough. Roll pastry out to 12-by-9-inch rectangle; lay dough with shortest edge toward you. Spread mushroom mixture onto pastry dough, leaving 1/2-inch border around edges. Place roast in center of mushrooms. Fold pastry dough neatly around roast, stretching dough if necessary. Cut off excess pastry dough; press to seal overlapping edges.
  6. Remove baking sheet from oven and dust lightly with flour. Place pastry-wrapped roast, seam-side down, on baking sheet. Cut four (2-inch) vents in top of pastry.
  7. Bake 35-50 minutes, or until golden brown and instant-read thermometer inserted into center of roast registers 135 F for medium-rare or 150 F for medium. Transfer roast to carving board. Let stand 10 minutes. Temperature will rise about 10 F to reach 145 F for medium-rare or 160F for medium.
  8. Carve into slices and serve.

Top Sirloin Roast with Herb Garlic Peppercorn Crust

Recipe courtesy of Beef Loving Texans
Total time: 45 minutes
Servings: 8

  • 1 center-cut sirloin beef roast (about 3 pounds)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

Seasoning:

  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh thyme, chopped
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons coarsely ground mixed peppercorns (black, white, green and pink)
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. Rub roast with olive oil.
  3. To make seasoning: In small bowl, combine salt, parsley, thyme, garlic and mixed peppercorns; press evenly into beef roast.
  4. Place roast in roasting pan or baking dish with wire rack in bottom. Bake 40-60 minutes. Remove roast when meat thermometer registers 135 F for medium-rare or 150 F for medium.
  5. Transfer roast to carving board; tent loosely with aluminum foil. Let stand 10-15 minutes. Temperature will rise about 10 F to reach 145 F for medium-rare or 160 F for medium.
  6. Carve roast into slices by cutting against grain.

Holiday Mini Beef Meatball Skewers with Cranberry Barbecue Sauce

Recipe courtesy of Beef Loving Texans
Total time: 50 minutes
Servings: 12

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 cup fresh zucchini, grated
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 small yellow onion, diced 1/2 inch
  • 2 red bell peppers, diced 1/2 inch
  • 2 green bell peppers, diced 1/2 inch
  • 12 skewers (6 inches)

Cranberry Barbecue Sauce:

  • 1 can (16 ounces) whole berry cranberry sauce
  • 3 tablespoons barbecue sauce
  1. Preheat oven to 400 F.
  2. In medium bowl, lightly mix ground beef, zucchini, egg, salt and pepper until thoroughly combined. Shape into 24 1-inch meatballs. Alternately thread meatballs, onions, red peppers and green peppers onto skewers. Place skewers on shallow-rimmed baking sheet.
  3. Bake 22-25 minutes, or until instant-read thermometer inserted into center of meatball registers 160 F.
  4. To make cranberry barbecue sauce: In medium saucepan, combine cranberry sauce and barbecue sauce; simmer 5 minutes, or until flavors blend.
  5. Drizzle sauce over skewers or serve as dipping sauce.

 

Source: Beef Loving Texans

Meal Ideas 14 November 2022

Give Quick and Easy Meals a Fun Spin

(Family Features) Work, school, extracurricular activities, social events and more can make the winter months feel frantic and it can often seem like you’re running out of time. This seasonal time crunch makes it even more difficult to answer the age-old, mealtime question kids are always asking: “What are we having?”

To help solve that daily meal dilemma and discover family-pleasing recipes that take 35 minutes or less, the RAGÚ Meal Wheel lets the entire family take an active role in choosing what’s on the menu. Simply ask one of your kids to click the “spin” button to find delicious, quick-and-easy recipes like Chicken and Broccoli Alfredo with Fettuccine and Mini Turkey Sloppy Joes.

Both easy-to-make recipes take 35 minutes or less and feature RAGÚ sauces, which come in a variety of taste-tempting classic flavors and styles, perfect for any mealtime occasion. Created 85 years ago by an Italian mother using a family recipe she brought to the United States from Naples, Italy, the sauces are made from quality ingredients like vine-ripened tomatoes, hearty vegetables, Italian cheeses, herbs and spices, allowing home cooks to “Cook Like a Mother” and quickly create affordable, crowd-pleasing meals for their busy families.

To find more quick and mouthwatering recipes to feed your family during the chilly winter months, visit RAGU.com/meal-wheel.

Chicken and Broccoli Alfredo with Fettuccine

Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into strips
  • 1 jar RAGÚ Classic Alfredo Sauce
  • 1 package (12 ounces) frozen broccoli florets, thawed
  • 1 package (12 ounces) fettuccine pasta
  • grated Parmesan cheese, for topping (optional)
  1. In large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat, melt butter. Cook chicken, in batches if necessary, stirring occasionally, until chicken is thoroughly cooked. Remove chicken and set aside.
  2. In same skillet, add sauce and broccoli; stir. Bring to boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to low and simmer, covered, stirring occasionally, until broccoli is heated through, about 5 minutes. Stir in chicken and cook, stirring occasionally, until cooked through, about 2 minutes.
  3. In separate pan, cook fettuccine according to package instructions.
  4. Serve chicken, broccoli and sauce over hot fettuccine and sprinkle grated Parmesan cheese on top, if desired.

Mini Turkey Sloppy Joes

Recipe courtesy of "Honey and Birch" on behalf of RAGÚ
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4

  • 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup diced onion
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1 cup finely diced carrots
  • 1 medium green pepper, diced
  • 1 medium red pepper, diced
  • 1 jar RAGÚ Simply Chunky Marinara Sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 mini buns
  1. In large skillet over medium heat, heat extra-virgin olive oil. When hot, add onion and garlic; sauté until onion is translucent.
  2. Add ground turkey. Break up meat and stir frequently until browned. Add carrots, green pepper and red pepper. Cook 5 minutes until vegetables begin to soften.
  3. Add marinara sauce, Worcestershire sauce, ground mustard, salt and pepper. Stir and bring to boil. Reduce heat to simmer and partially cover pan. Cook 10 minutes.
  4. Serve on mini buns.

Source: RAGÚ

Meal Ideas 27 October 2022

Bring the Family Together with Breakfast for Dinner

(Family Features) Despite busy lives and full schedules, finding time for regular meals with loved ones encourages connections and conversations that can benefit mental and physical well-being. Gathering your family, friends, coworkers or neighbors at least once a week to spend time together over a meal provides opportunities to decompress and socialize.

If you’re looking for a little delicious inspiration, the American Heart Association recommends scheduling one night per week to create a recurring tradition and enjoy favorites such as breakfast for dinner. Recipes like Egg, Avocado and Black Bean Breakfast Burritos; Huevos Rancheros; and Southwestern Quinoa and Egg Breakfast Bowls from the Healthy for Good Eat Smart initiative, nationally supported by Eggland’s Best, are perfectly suited for sharing while making time to destress at the dinner table.

In fact, according to a study by “Canadian Family Physician,” regular meals at home with loved ones can reduce stress, boost self-esteem and make everyone feel connected with mealtime conversations that allow a chance to unplug and unwind.

Meals don’t have to be elaborate for a successful evening together. Despite the perceived effort involved with preparing a meal, research published in “Preventive Medicine” shows those who have frequent meals with others, particularly parents with their children, may improve social and emotional well-being.

In addition to the mental and emotional benefits of meals with loved ones, eating together can also encourage healthier choices when better-for-you recipes are on the menu. Dining as a group can provide inspiration to try heart-healthy recipes that include the wide variety of vegetables, fruit, whole grains and healthy protein sources recommended by the American Heart Association to help prevent heart disease and stroke.

To find recipe ideas, conversation starters and more tips for mealtime, visit heart.org/together.

Huevos Rancheros

Servings: 4

Salsa:

  • 1 teaspoon canola oil
  • 1/2 cup diced yellow onion
  • 1/2 cup diced poblano pepper, seeds and ribs discarded
  • 1 small fresh jalapeno pepper, seeds and ribs discarded, minced
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1 can (14 1/2 ounces) no-salt-added crushed tomatoes
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Huevos Rancheros:

  • 1 teaspoon canola oil
  • 4 large eggs
  • 4 corn tortillas (6 inches), warm
  • 1 can (15 1/2 ounces) no-salt-added black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1/4 cup shredded low-fat Mexican cheese blend
  • 1 small avocado, quartered and sliced
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro (optional)
  • 1 medium lime, cut into four wedges (optional)
  1. To make salsa: In medium saucepan over medium heat, heat oil, swirling to coat bottom. Cook onion 2 minutes, or until almost soft, stirring frequently. Cook poblano and jalapeno peppers 2 minutes, stirring frequently. Stir in garlic. Cook 1 minute. Stir in tomatoes, water and salt. Bring to boil. Reduce heat to low. Simmer 5 minutes. Remove from heat. Cover to keep warm.
  2. To make huevos rancheros: In medium nonstick skillet over medium heat, heat oil, swirling to coat bottom. Cook eggs 3-4 minutes, or until whites are set and edges are fully cooked.
  3. Place one tortilla on each plate. Top each tortilla with beans and one egg, being careful not to break yolk. Gently top each egg with warm salsa, cheese and avocado slices.
  4. Sprinkle each serving with cilantro and serve with lime wedge, if desired.

Egg, Avocado and Black Bean Breakfast Burritos

Servings: 4

  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 1 1/3 cups liquid egg whites
  • 1 can (15 1/2 ounces) no-salt-added black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 4 whole-wheat tortillas (6 inches, lowest sodium available)
  • 2 medium avocados, sliced
  • 1/4 cup hot sauce or salsa (lowest sodium available, optional)
  1. Lightly spray large skillet with nonstick cooking spray. Heat over medium heat.
  2. In skillet, stir egg whites constantly with rubber spatula to scramble. Cook until eggs are almost set. Add beans, stirring until combined and heated through.
  3. Microwave tortillas on high 45 seconds. Transfer to work surface.
  4. Spread egg mixture in center of each tortilla. Top with the avocado and hot sauce, if desired.
  5. For each burrito, fold two sides of tortilla toward center. Starting from closest unfolded side, roll burrito toward remaining unfolded side to enclose filling. Transfer with seam side down to plates.

Southwestern Quinoa and Egg Breakfast Bowls

Servings: 4

  • 1/4 cup uncooked quinoa, rinsed and drained
  • 2 medium tomatoes, chopped (about 2 cups)
  • 1 cup no-salt-added frozen corn, thawed
  • 1/2 medium avocado, pitted and diced
  • 1/4 cup chopped green onions
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro (optional)
  • nonstick cooking spray
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • red hot-pepper sauce, to taste (optional)
  1. Cook quinoa according to package directions. Remove from heat.
  2. Spoon quinoa into four bowls. Top each with tomatoes, corn, avocado, green onions and cilantro, if desired.
  3. Lightly spray large skillet over medium-high heat with nonstick cooking spray. Crack eggs into skillet. Sprinkle eggs with salt and pepper. Cook, uncovered, 3-4 minutes, or until egg whites are set but yolks are still runny. Using spatula, carefully transfer one egg sunny side up into each bowl. Sprinkle with hot sauce, if desired.

Source: American Heart Association

Meal Ideas 20 October 2022

Serve Up Smiles with Favorite Holiday Sides

(Family Features) Turkey and ham may sit centerstage, but classic holiday sides can make the season truly special. You can bring smiles to your loved ones’ faces by dishing out those favorite recipes everyone asks for year after year.

Made with a delicious combination of rice, cheddar cheese, cream of mushroom soup and broccoli florets, this quick and easy version of Broccoli and Cheese Rice Casserole is an ideal one-pot dish to keep the holidays simple. With three easy steps and everyday ingredients, it comes together with minimal effort for traditional casserole taste.

When it comes to feeding a crowd, it’s often best to let your oven do the work. This Brussels Sprouts and Ham Rice Gratin recipe allows you to serve up a filling favorite with little effort using pantry staples. Plus, it’s a kid-friendly way to encourage veggies at this year’s holiday meal with gooey cheese providing tempting taste bud motivation.

These seasonal classics and more are made quick and easy with an option like Success Boil-in-Bag Rice, a pre-measured, mess-free way to make fluffy, high-quality rice. It’s cooked by simply dropping a bag of rice in a pot of water or broth then boiling it for 10 minutes. BPA-free and FDA-approved, the bags are safe to use and made to withstand high temperatures.

An added bonus: If you’re aiming to achieve a particular flavor, just season the rice by cooking in water infused with herbs, spices, broth, coconut milk or other liquids like juice for sweeter recipes.

Visit SuccessRice.com to find more holiday recipe inspiration.

Brussels Sprouts and Ham Rice Gratin

Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4

  • 1          bag Success White Rice
  • 1/2       pound Brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved
  • 1/3       cup diced ham
  • 1          clove garlic, minced
  • 1          tablespoon olive oil
  • 3/4       teaspoon salt, divided
  • 3/4       teaspoon black pepper, divided
  • 1          cup heavy cream
  • 2          tablespoons finely chopped fresh chives
  • 2          tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1          cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/2       cup grated Parmesan cheese, divided
  • 1/3       cup breadcrumbs
  • 2          tablespoons butter, melted
  1. Preheat oven to 450 F. Prepare rice according to package directions.
  2. In large bowl, toss Brussels sprouts, ham, garlic, olive oil, 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Place on parchment paper-lined baking tray and roast 12-15 minutes, or until caramelized. Decrease oven temperature to 425 F.
  3. In large bowl, toss rice, Brussels sprouts mixture, cream, chives, Dijon mustard, remaining salt and remaining pepper. Stir in cheddar and 1/3 cup Parmesan cheese. Transfer mixture to greased, 2-quart baking dish.
  4. In small bowl, stir breadcrumbs, remaining Parmesan and melted butter. Sprinkle over rice mixture.
  5. Bake 12-15 minutes, or until golden brown and bubbling.

Broccoli and Cheese Rice Casserole

Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4-6

  • 1          bag Success White Rice or Brown Rice
  • nonstick cooking spray
  • 1          can (10 3/4 ounces) condensed cream of mushroom soup
  • 2          cups frozen broccoli florets, thawed and drained
  • 1 1/2    cups shredded cheddar cheese, divided
  • 1/2       cup evaporated milk
  • 3          tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1          tablespoon grated onion
  • 1/2       teaspoon salt
  • 1/2       teaspoon black pepper
  1. Prepare rice according to package directions. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. Coat 2-quart casserole dish with nonstick cooking spray. In medium bowl, combine soup, broccoli, 1 cup cheddar cheese, evaporated milk, butter, onion, salt and pepper. Fold in rice.
  3. Pour mixture into prepared dish and top with remaining cheddar cheese. Bake 20 minutes.
Meal Ideas 27 October 2022

Master the Art of Italian Comfort Cuisine

(Family Features) Cool, crisp days call for comfort foods, like the classic flavors of traditional Italian cooking. Whether you’re Italian by heritage or simply by heart, learning the art of Italian cuisine may be easier than you may think.

Perfect your pasta game. Limp, mushy, overcooked pasta can ruin an otherwise delicious Italian dish. Aim for al dente pasta, which is soft but still firm. It’s important to note variables like the type of pasta, size of your pot and amount of water can all affect cooking time. Treat the package instructions as a guide and start taste testing 1-2 minutes before you expect it to be done.

Be choosy about your ingredients. Many of the best Italian dishes are incredibly simple, so it’s important to select quality ingredients that allow the flavors to really stand out. Made in Italy, Bertolli d’Italia sauces are available in premium red and white varieties to elevate the at-home culinary experience and bring the authentic and delicious flavors of Italy to your table. Every jar reflects more than 150 years of authentic Italian culinary tradition using high-quality ingredients like tomatoes vine-ripened under the Italian sun, finely aged Italian cheeses, fresh cream and Mediterranean olive oil.

Give seasonings time to simmer. Great things come to those who wait. That’s why the best Italian chefs sample their sauces along the way, adding and adjusting until the taste is just right. Then, they allow the ingredients to simmer together to create a perfectly balanced harmony of flavors.

Experiment with proteins and veggies. For many Italian recipes, you can create an entirely new dish by adding or swapping the protein and adding fresh produce. Try introducing juicy strips of grilled chicken and fresh, steamed broccoli to an alfredo pasta like this Cavatelli with Cacio e Pepe Sauce. Or, if you’re a seafood lover, reimagine this Fresh Tomato Bruschetta Chicken by swapping in a mild white fish like halibut, cod or snapper.

Get cozy in your kitchen this fall with more comforting recipes at Bertolli.com.

Cavatelli with Cacio e Pepe Sauce

Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes
Servings: 4

  • Salt, to taste
  • 1          box dry Cavatelli pasta
  • 1          jar (16.9 ounces) Bertolli d’Italia Cacio e Pepe Sauce
  • 1          cup finely grated Pecorino Romano cheese, or to taste
  • freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  1. Bring large pot of cold water to boil. Salt water heavily.
  2. Cook dry pasta according to package instructions until al dente. Strain pasta, reserving pasta water.
  3. In large saucepan over low heat, warm pasta sauce 3-5 minutes. Add 1-2 tablespoons pasta water.
  4. Transfer cooked pasta to saucepan.
  5. Stir and toss pasta approximately 30 seconds over medium heat to integrate it with sauce. Add pasta water as needed for creamier texture.
  6. Plate pasta and top with finely grated Pecorino Romano and freshly ground black pepper, to taste.

Fresh Tomato Bruschetta Chicken

Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 28 minutes
Servings: 6

  • 1/3       cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3          tablespoons finely chopped fresh basil, plus additional, for garnish
  • 3          cloves garlic, minced
  • 2          teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/2       teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2       teaspoon dried oregano
  • 6          thinly sliced boneless, skinless chicken breast cutlets (about 1 1/2 pounds)
  • 1          large onion, thinly sliced
  • 1          jar (24.7 ounces) Bertolli d’Italia Marinara Sauce
  • 2          cups multi-colored grape tomatoes, halved
  • 2          stems cherry tomatoes on the vine
  • 1/2       cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 2          tablespoons balsamic glaze
  1. Preheat oven to 400 F.
  2. In small bowl, whisk olive oil, basil, garlic, salt, pepper and oregano until combined. Combine 2 tablespoons oil mixture and chicken in resealable plastic bag. Let stand 5-10 minutes at room temperature to marinate.
  3. In medium skillet, heat 2 tablespoons oil mixture over medium heat. Add onions; cook 3-4 minutes, or until crisp-tender. Stir in marinara sauce. Pour mixture into lightly greased 13-by-9-inch baking dish. Arrange chicken breasts in dish, overlapping if necessary. Top with grape tomatoes and cherry tomato stems. Spoon remaining oil mixture over tomatoes.
  4. Bake, covered, 25 minutes, or until chicken is done (165 F) and tomatoes start to burst. Sprinkle with Parmesan, drizzle with balsamic glaze and garnish with fresh basil leaves before serving.
Videos 20 October 2022

Chicken Sheet Pan Dinner with Grapes, Carrots and Parsnips

(Family Features) Sharing a delicious, home-cooked meal with loved ones is something to look forward to and preparing such a meal can be easier than you think. Simple touches that add some flair make all the difference. For example, adding grapes as a signature ingredient adds a unique color and flavor accent that turns everyday meals into something special.

As a highly versatile addition to appetizers, snacks, main courses, sides and desserts, Grapes from California are an essential ingredient to keep on hand. In this Chicken Sheet Pan Dinner with Grapes, Carrots and Parsnips, the grapes – thanks to their delicate sweetness and juicy texture – enhance the savory chicken and earthy vegetables and bring all the flavors together for a delicious meal.

Visit GrapesfromCalifornia.com to find more sweet recipes fit for family gatherings.

Watch video to see how to make this recipe!

Chicken Sheet Pan Dinner with Grapes, Carrots and Parsnips

Servings: 4

  •             Nonstick cooking spray (optional)
  • 2          tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 1/2    teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1 1/4    teaspoons turmeric
  • 1/2       teaspoon sea salt
  • 2          large garlic cloves, minced
  • 4          bone-in chicken thighs, skin removed and visible fat trimmed
  • 2          medium onions, sliced 1/3-inch thick
  • 3          carrots, peeled and cut in 2-by-1/2-inch sticks
  • 2          medium parsnips, peeled and cut in 2-by-1/2-inch sticks
  • freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 1 1/4    cups red Grapes from California
  1. Heat oven to 400 F with rack in center. Line shallow baking sheet (10-by-15 inches or 11-by-17 inches) with parchment paper or foil. If using foil, spray with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In large bowl, stir oil, cumin, turmeric, salt and garlic. Add chicken, turning to coat, then transfer smooth side up to baking sheet. Add onions, carrots and parsnips to bowl and toss in remaining spiced oil then distribute around chicken on baking sheet. Season with freshly ground pepper, to taste.
  3. Roast chicken and vegetables 25 minutes. Sprinkle grapes over vegetables and roast about 5 minutes until juices run clear when chicken is pierced with tip of small, sharp knife.
  4. Note: For softer roasted grapes, add to pan earlier.
  5. Nutritional information per serving: 410 calories; 31 g protein; 34 g carbohydrates; 17 g fat (37% calories from fat); 3.5 g saturated fat (8% calories from saturated fat); 155 mg cholesterol; 470 mg sodium; 6 g fiber.

Source: California Table Grape Commission

Videos 13 October 2022

Barbecue Corn and Potato Chowder

(Family Features) Schedules full of homework, practices, performances, social activities and more make fall one of the busiest times of year, which often pushes meal planning to the backburner. This autumn, as you look to keep family meals on the menu, consider simple strategies that take the guesswork out of meal prep.

For example, this Barbecue Corn and Potato Chowder offers a satisfying, wholesome dinner for your loved ones without spending an entire evening in the kitchen. The key addition: Dole’s Chopped BBQ Ranch Salad Kit with pre-cut and pre-washed greens and veggies to save prep time with barbecue ranch dressing as an all-in-one flavor base.

Serving as the foundation of the recipe, chopped salads are made with sturdy greens and veggies for a satisfying eating experience that can stand up to being cooked without losing texture and character. Plus, the all-important toppings – crispy fried onions and cheddar tortilla strips – add the ideal crunch to this warm, comforting meal.

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Watch video to see how to make this recipe!

Barbecue Corn and Potato Chowder

Barbecue Corn and Potato Chowder
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 25 minutes
Servings: 5

  • 2          tablespoons olive oil
  • 1          large Dole Onion, chopped
  • 2          garlic cloves, minced
  • 1          medium Dole Russet Potato, peeled and diced
  • 1          teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4       teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1          package (14.4 ounces) DOLE® Chopped BBQ Ranch Salad Kit
  • 2          ears corn, kernels cut from cob (about 2 cups)
  • 4          cups water
  • 1          cup milk
  • salt, to taste
  • pepper, to taste
  • shredded sharp cheddar cheese, for garnish
  1. In large soup pot over medium-high heat, heat oil. Add onion, garlic and potato; saute 2 minutes. Add cumin and paprika; cook 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add salad greens from kit to pot and cook 2 minutes, or until lettuce is wilted.
  2. Add corn and water to pot and bring to boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer gently 10 minutes. Add milk and dressing packet from kit; season with salt and pepper, to taste. Simmer uncovered 5 minutes.
  3. Ladle into bowls and garnish with shredded cheese and chips packet from kit.

Source: Dole

 
Holiday 10 October 2022

Festive Recipes for Hosting an Inclusive Holiday Gathering

A family-favorite meal starts with a main course that looks and smells as good as it tastes. Creamy Mushroom Pasta Nests deliver that festive flavor with a robust blend of breadcrumbs, earthy mushrooms and a homemade sauce crafted with Violife Just Like Cream Cheese. Developed to capture the taste of dairy cream cheese, it’s designed to be enjoyed by everyone at the table this holiday season as a non-GMO solution free from dairy, soy, nuts, gluten, preservatives and lactose.

Dishing out a dessert that boasts the colors of the season is a perfect way to cap off a gathering of friends and family. With pops of red and deliciously sweet flavor, Pomegranate Cheesecake is ideal for serving in individual tins so guests can delight in the creamy deliciousness together without the hassle of cutting and serving.

Visit ViolifeFoods.com to find more holiday-worthy recipes.

Creamy Mushroom Pasta Nests

Prep time: 30 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4

Marinade:

  • 2          tablespoons olive oil
  • 3 1/2    ounces hoisin sauce
  • 2          tablespoons sesame oil
  • 1          tablespoon garlic chili paste
  • 2          tablespoons black and white sesame seeds
  • 1          teaspoon harissa paste

Breadcrumbs:

  • 1          tablespoon Violife Plant Butter
  • 1/2       cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1          tablespoon fresh rosemary
  • 1          teaspoon dried garlic

Pasta:

  • 17 1/2 ounces mushrooms, roughly sliced
  • 2          tablespoons olive oil
  • 10 1/2 ounces fresh spinach
  • 1          package Violife Just Like Cream Cheese Original
  • 17 1/2 ounces whole-wheat spaghetti
  • 1          teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 3 1/2    ounces Violife Just Like Parmesan Wedge, grated
  1. To make marinade: Whisk olive oil, hoisin sauce, sesame oil, garlic chili paste, sesame seeds and harissa paste. Set aside.
  2. To make breadcrumbs: In frying pan, heat plant butter. Add breadcrumbs, rosemary and garlic; saute 3-5 minutes until golden. Remove from heat and set aside.
  3. To make pasta: Saute mushrooms in olive oil 5-7 minutes until golden. Add spinach, 2-3 minutes, and pour over marinade. Add cream cheese and whisk until creamy.
  4. Boil pasta according to package instructions. Sieve and reserve 1/2 cup pasta water, adding to pasta sauce. Whisk constantly until combined.
  5. Using tongs, make small nests in pasta, place on plates and pour creamy mushroom sauce on top.
  6. Sprinkle with breadcrumbs, red pepper flakes and grated Parmesan.

Pomegranate Cheesecake

Prep time: 5 hours, 30 minutes
Servings: 6 individual cheesecakes

Crust:

  • 10 1/2 ounces vegan gingerbread biscuits
  • 6          ounces plant-based butter
  • 1/4       teaspoon salt

Cheesecake:

  • 0.07     ounces agar-agar
  • 3 1/2    ounces canned coconut milk
  • 2          packages Violife Just Like Cream Cheese Original
  • 2          tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1          tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1          teaspoon vanilla essence

Pomegranate Syrup:

  • 10        fluid ounces pomegranate juice, divided
  • 3          tablespoons cornstarch
  • pomegranate seeds, for garnish
  1. To make crust: In blender, blitz gingerbread biscuits until they form powder. Add butter and salt; blitz again until combined.
  2. Place in six individual greased tart tins and smooth over base with back of spoon. Refrigerate to set.
  3. To make cheesecake: In small pot over low heat, dissolve agar-agar in coconut milk, whisking constantly. Once boiling, remove from heat and set aside.
  4. In large bowl, mix cream cheese, maple syrup, lemon juice and vanilla essence; slowly pour over warm coconut milk, whisking until combined and creamy. Divide evenly among tart tins and refrigerate 4 hours.
  5. To make pomegranate syrup: In small bowl, combine 3 fluid ounces pomegranate juice with cornstarch. In small pot, boil remaining pomegranate juice 5 minutes. Pour in cornstarch and pomegranate mixture; whisk 5 minutes until syrup forms. Cool.
  6. When cheesecakes have set, remove from tins and serve on plates. Pour pomegranate syrup on top and garnish with pomegranate seeds.

Source: Violife

Meal Ideas 04 October 2022

Cooler Weather Means Cozy Family Food

(Family Features) After families across the country began cooking more at home during the pandemic, that trend has continued as loved ones seek comfort in the kitchen in the form of their favorite recipes and time spent together.

In fact, according to the “Hunter Food News Study,” cooking continues to change as more Americans come together at the dining table with recipe usage up 21% and dinners cooked from scratch up 14%. Around half (54%) of Americans are cooking more than they were before the pandemic, and 35% said they “enjoy cooking now more than ever,” according to “Harvard Business Review.”

If those closest to you are looking for home-cooked comfort, you can turn to satisfying family meals like Plant-Based Meatloaf Sandwiches or Chicken Souse. These hearty recipes make it easy for loved ones to involve everyone in the cooking process from preparing vegetables and hand-mixing meatloaf to seasoning chicken and simmering ingredients.

With 65% of consumers saying they’re most likely to purchase a whole week’s worth of groceries when shopping, according to research from Datassential, opportunities abound for families to enjoy delicious, comforting dishes together.

Find more family meal inspiration by visiting Aramark’s Feed Your Potential website, fyp365.com.

Plant-Based Meatloaf Sandwiches

Recipe courtesy of Aramark
Servings: 6

  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 1 1/2 pounds plant-based ground burger, thawed
  • 1 1/2 cups cooked wild rice, chilled
  • 1 cup diced onion
  • 1 cup diced red bell pepper
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon granulated garlic
  • 1 teaspoon rubbed sage
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground white pepper
  • 2/3 cup barbecue sauce
  • bread
  • vegan cheddar cheese
  • sauteed onions
  1. Heat oven to 375 F. Spray rimmed baking sheet with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In bowl, thoroughly mix ground burger, cooked rice, onion, bell pepper, paprika, garlic, sage, thyme, salt and white pepper until well blended without overmixing. Shape mixture into loaf on baking sheet. Spread barbecue sauce over meatloaf.
  3. Bake 1 hour, or until internal temperature reaches 160 F.
  4. Slice meatloaf into six pieces and place each piece on bread. Top each meatloaf slice with vegan cheddar cheese and sauteed onions then close sandwiches with top bread slices. Using panini press, griddle or frying pan, cook sandwiches until golden brown and cheese is melted.

Tip: Pairs well with potato salad.

Chicken Souse

Recipe courtesy of Aramark
Servings: 6

  • 8 ounces boneless, skinless chicken thighs, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper, plus additional, to taste, divided
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup diced onion
  • 1/4 cup diced celery
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup peeled potatoes, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 2/3 cup canned diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 3 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons minced, seeded jalapeno pepper
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons minced, peeled ginger root
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, plus additional, to taste, divided
  • 2 pinches dried thyme leaves
  • 1 small bay leaf
  • 1 1/2 cups thawed mixed vegetables, drained
  1. Season chicken with 1/8 teaspoon black pepper, garlic powder and onion powder. Cover and chill 2 hours, or overnight.
  2. In saucepan over medium-high heat, heat oil. Add onion and celery; saute 2 minutes, or until tender-crisp. Add garlic and saute 30 seconds.
  3. Add chicken and saute until browned.
  4. Stir in broth, potatoes, tomatoes, tomato paste, vinegar, jalapeno pepper, lemon juice, ginger, 1 teaspoon salt, thyme and bay leaf; heat to boil. Reduce heat. Cover and simmer 1 hour, or until potatoes are tender.
  5. Stir in mixed vegetables and simmer 10 minutes. Remove and discard bay leaf. Season with additional salt and pepper, to taste.

Tips: Serve souse with griddled corn cakes and saltine crackers. Make vegetarian by replacing chicken with canned drained and rinsed black-eyed peas or red or white beans.

Source:

Aramark

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