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Meal Ideas 12 March 2021

Pro Tips for Perfecting Pasta

(Family Features) Next time hunger calls in your home, turn to a filling family favorite: pasta. With a nearly endless variety of pasta types, sauce pairings and recipe ideas, the options are aplenty, and cooking is often a breeze.

Consider these pasta cooking tips from Rouxbe, an online culinary school training people of all abilities to become better, more confident cooks.

  • Use a large, straight-sided pot with 6 quarts of water for every 1 pound of pasta. Bring to a boil, add 1 teaspoon of salt for each quart of water and stir to dissolve.
  • Wait for rapidly boiling water before adding pre-made pasta then cook according to package instructions for al dente, which means the pasta offers a slight resistance. For stuffed or fresh pasta, aim for a gentle boil and cook 1-5 minutes. Reserve 1 cup of pasta water for use in sauces then drain (never rinse) your pasta.  
  • Add pasta to your sauce; never the other way around. Pair thin pastas like angel hair with lighter sauces, seafoods, basil and light oils. Fettucine, penne and rigatoni complement spicy sausage, heavy creams and chunky ragu. When in doubt, spaghetti offers a versatile option.

Pasta is a natural fit for fresh veggies, and you can put your skills to the test with Pappardelle with Garden Vegetables or create Homemade Potato Gnocchi to freeze and enjoy later.

For more information, visit rouxbe.com.

Pappardelle with Garden Vegetables

Total time: 1 hour
Servings: 3-4

  •             Salted water
  • 3          tablespoons olive oil
  • 3          tablespoons shallots or white onion, minced
  • 2          cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4       teaspoon chili flakes
  • 1          cup white wine
  • 2          cups pappardelle noodles
  • 3/4       cup vegetable stock
  • 3          tablespoons capers (optional)
  • 2          vine-ripened tomatoes, sliced in wedges
  • 1          handful baby kale
  • 1          fresh lemon, juice only
  • 2          tablespoons butter (optional)
  • sea salt, to taste
  • freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1          handful fresh basil, torn
  1. Bring large pot of salted water to boil.
  2. In fry pan on medium-high heat, add olive oil and onions; saute 2 minutes. Lower heat slightly and add garlic and chile flakes. Saute on medium heat 2-3 minutes. Add white wine and deglaze pan. Cook 3 minutes. Remove from heat and keep warm until ready to add freshly cooked pasta.
  3. In pot of boiling water, add pappardelle. Cook according to package instructions then drain.
  4. Place fry pan back on medium heat. Add drained pasta; vegetable stock; capers, if desired; tomatoes; baby kale; and lemon juice. Add butter, if desired, and toss well. Cook 2-3 minutes, tossing occasionally, and season with salt and pepper, to taste, and fresh basil.
  5. Toss again, remove from heat and serve.

Homemade Potato Gnocchi

Total time: 2 hours
Servings: 2-4

  • 2          medium Yukon Gold or russet potatoes
  • 3/4       teaspoon sea salt, divided
  • 2          teaspoons water
  • 1          cup all-purpose flour, divided, plus additional, for surface
  • 1/4       teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1/8       teaspoon white pepper
  • 2          large egg yolks
  1. Preheat oven to 400 F. Place potatoes on sheet of foil, add 1/2 teaspoon salt and water; wrap. Bake 40 minutes, or until cooked through.
  2. Peel potatoes while hot. Cut and rice potatoes. Let potatoes cool completely.
  3. To make dough, sprinkle potatoes with flour. Aerate with bench scraper then add remaining salt, nutmeg and white pepper.
  4. Break up egg yolks and pour over potatoes. Cover surface with flour. Continue cutting and gently lifting dough.
  5. Test dough by squeezing gently; it shouldn’t stick. Add flour, if needed.
  6. Shape dough into rectangle and fold several times, using fingertips to bring together. Flatten dough out until it reaches finger thickness. Sprinkle with flour and let rest 5-10 minutes.
  7. Cut finger-width strips of dough and sprinkle strips with flour. Roll out each strip and cut ropes into 3/4-inch pieces. Separate slightly and flour well.
  8. Fresh gnocchi can sit at room temperature 30 minutes before cooking.
  9. To freeze: Place gnocchi on tray, making sure they aren’t touching. Once frozen, transfer to plastic freezer bag and freeze up to 2 months. Cook gnocchi from frozen and serve with desired sauce.

 Photos courtesy of Getty Images

Source: Rouxbe

Meal Ideas 12 March 2021

Maximize Family Meal Flavors with Cheese

(Family Features) While there are many ways to enhance the taste and texture of your family’s favorite dishes, perhaps one of the simplest and most impactful is the addition of cheese. From fish and seafood to veggie-inspired recipes, the dairy delight provides a versatile, flavorful ingredient.

One wholesome option is cheese made with 100% sustainably sourced Real California Milk from dairy farm families, which helps bring out the full flavor of dishes like California Queso Fresco Fish Tacos. Quality, authentic dairy can be part of flavor-driven experiences with your loved ones whether you enjoy the tacos during a “fish Friday” event or simply as an opportunity to share a meal as a family. You can also use queso fresco to elevate the flavor of dishes like chilaquiles, or turn to other varieties like Oaxaca for a capirotada or asadero for quiche.

If a vegetarian-friendly meal suits your style, cheese can also enhance plant-forward dishes like Vegetarian Stuffed Peppers. These red bell peppers are cooked and seeded before being stuffed with onions, mushrooms, cheese and seasonings. Once they’re baked to an ooey-gooey doneness, they’re served with white rice for a filling yet healthful meal.

Visit realcaliforniamilk.com/hispanic-dairy to find more cheesy, delicious recipes.

Vegetarian Stuffed Peppers

Prep time: 25 minutes
Cook time: about 1 hour
Servings: 4

  • 4          red bell peppers
  • 1/2       cup, plus 1 tablespoon, vegetable oil, divided
  • 1          cup white onion (about 1 medium), 1/4-inch diced
  • 4          cups cremini or brown mushrooms (about 1 pound), 1/4-inch diced
  • 1          teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1          teaspoon black pepper
  • 1          cup Real California Oaxaca cheese, shredded
  • cooked white rice, for serving
  1. Preheat oven to 400 F.
  2. Rub bell peppers with 1 tablespoon oil then use grill, broiler or gas stovetop burner to cook peppers, turning occasionally, until well charred, 12-15 minutes. Transfer to bowl, cover and set aside until cool enough to handle, about 10 minutes.
  3. In large skillet over medium heat, warm remaining oil. Add onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until starting to brown, 3-5 minutes. Add mushrooms, garlic salt and black pepper; cook, stirring occasionally, until mushrooms are browned and liquid is almost entirely evaporated, 7-10 minutes.
  4. Rub charred skin from bell peppers. Slice off tops and remove seeds. Fill bell peppers with mushroom mixture, top with cheese and arrange in baking dish. Replace bell pepper tops and bake until cheese melts, 8-10 minutes. Serve with cooked rice.

 

California Queso Fresco Fish Tacos

Servings: 6 (12 tacos)

Avocado Radish Salsa:

  • 2          medium avocados, chopped
  • 1/3       cup finely chopped onion
  • 3/4       cup diced radish
  • 5          serrano chile peppers, seeded and finely chopped
  • 3          tablespoons cilantro, finely chopped
  • 1          clove garlic, finely chopped
  • 1          lime, juice only
  • salt, to taste
  • pepper, to taste

Tacos:

  • 1 1/2    pounds swordfish, or other whitefish, steaks or fillets
  • vegetable oil
  • salt, to taste
  • pepper, to taste
  • 1          tablespoon lime juice
  • 1/2       teaspoon ground cumin
  • 12        corn tortillas
  • 6          ounces Real California Queso Fresco cheese, crumbled
  • 2          medium ripe tomatoes, diced
  • 1          cup shredded cabbage
  1. To make avocado radish salsa: In small bowl, combine avocados, onion, radish, chile peppers, cilantro, garlic and lime juice. Add salt and pepper, to taste. Set aside.
  2. Heat grill to medium heat.
  3. Rinse fish and pat dry with paper towels. Rub oil on both sides to coat; season with salt and pepper, to taste. Grill fish 6-9 minutes until cooked through; cool slightly. Remove skin and bones; cut fish into 1 1/2-inch strips.
  4. In medium bowl, toss fish with lime juice and cumin. Warm tortillas in microwave or at 275 F in oven.
  5. Place equal amounts of fish, cheese, tomatoes, cabbage and salsa in center of each tortilla. Roll up tacos to serve.

Substitution: Use Real California Asadero or Monterey Jack cheese for Queso Fresco.  

Source: Real California Milk

Healthy 01 March 2021

Give Spring Salads a Fresh Spin

(Family Features) With spring and warmer weather comes salad season, offering a perfect canvas for creating refreshing meals and appetizers centered around tasty greens, juicy tomatoes and crave-worthy dressings. Give your salads an update by avoiding the same tired mixes and instead create tasty meals fit for the season.

One easy way to up your salad game is by starting with quality ingredients like Fresh Express salad blends, NatureSweet Cherubs Tomatoes and Litehouse refrigerated salad dressings. These fresh, flavorful ingredients can be combined in a dish like this Chimichurri Chickpea Salad, a perfect way to go green this spring for nearly any occasion.

Part of the appeal of dishing up a homemade salad is the unlimited options you have at your fingertips to make the bowl of greens uniquely “yours.” For many, this means one thing: the more toppings, the better. With grilled chicken, crispy bacon, tomatoes, ripe avocado, hard-boiled eggs, blue cheese and a bed of fresh lettuce, this classic Cobb Salad offers an ideal lunch or even a quick family meal.

Because both these recipes can be made in 20 minutes or less, they provide simple solutions when short on time. Plus, the fresh ingredients sum up everything spring meals are made of.

Find more ways to create easy yet delicious salads at litehousefoods.com/iheartsalad.

Chimichurri Chickpea Salad

Total time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4

  • 1          cup fresh cilantro
  • 2/3       cup fresh parsley
  • 2          tablespoons dried oregano
  • 2          garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4       cup red wine vinegar
  • 2/3       cup olive oil
  • 1/2       teaspoon salt
  • 1/2       teaspoon pepper
  • 1          can (14 1/2 ounces) chickpeas, drained
  • 1/4       teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1          bag Fresh Express Baby Kale Mix
  • 1          cup NatureSweet Cherubs Tomatoes, diced
  • 1          medium avocado, diced
  • 4          tablespoons Litehouse Avocado Ranch Dressing
  1. In food processor, combine cilantro, parsley, oregano, garlic, red wine vinegar, olive oil, salt and pepper. Pulse until sauce is smooth.
  2. Place chimichurri sauce in small bowl with chickpeas and crushed red pepper flakes; toss to coat. Cover and refrigerate overnight, if possible.
  3. Divide kale, tomatoes and avocado between four bowls. Top each bowl evenly with marinated chickpeas. Drizzle with avocado ranch dressing and serve.

Cobb Salad

Total time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4

  • 3-4       eggs    
  • 1/4       pound bacon
  • 1          bag Fresh Express Sweet Butter Lettuce
  • 1          pound grilled chicken
  • 1          cup NatureSweet Cherubs Tomatoes, halved
  • 1          ripe avocado, sliced
  • 1/4       cup blue cheese
  • 1/4       cup Litehouse Homestyle Ranch Dressing
  1. Bring pot of water to boil. Use slotted spoon to place eggs in water. Boil 10 minutes then transfer to ice bath to stop cooking process. Peel eggs and slice.
  2. Heat skillet over medium heat. Dice bacon and add to pan. Saute until bacon is crispy and fat is rendered, about 7 minutes. Remove from pan with slotted spoon.
  3. To assemble salad, start with bed of lettuce. Top with hard-boiled eggs, grilled chicken, tomatoes, avocado, bacon and blue cheese; toss in ranch dressing.

Source: Litehouse

Meal Ideas 03 February 2021

Family Meals Cooked with Convenience in Mind

(Family Features) Part of the fun of family meals is finding inspiration in the variety of dinner ideas you can create together. From a tangy twist on traditional tacos to a favorite to-go flavor in the comfort of your own kitchen, the options are nearly endless when you use versatile, ready-to-use ingredients.

When you include protein that’s prepared, seasoned and precooked, you can cut down on time in the kitchen, while adding precious seconds to spend with loved ones. For example, Chef’s Craft® Gourmet Chicken offers a line of gluten-free, preservative-free, all-natural chicken skillfully crafted by experts and perfectly suited for culinary creations. The varieties are always fresh and perfect for preparing in 30 minutes or less. They can be enjoyed on their own or in an array of family dishes.

Consider these Barbecue Ranch Breaded Chicken Tacos to call loved ones to the table with chunks of tender chicken piled high with homemade spicy vinegar slaw, fried onions and avocado drizzled with barbecue sauce and ranch dressing.

Or, for a taste of takeout you can make in your own home, turn to Honey Soy Chicken Stir-Fry. If you don’t own a wok, don’t fret – this dish can easily be made in a skillet. Just be sure to give the veggies enough room as a crowded skillet is likely to result in steamed veggies.

Find more quick, convenient family meal ideas, as well as a store locator, at chefscraftgourmet.com.

Barbecue Ranch Breaded Chicken Tacos

Servings: 4

Spicy Vinegar Slaw:

  • 2 1/2    cups shredded purple cabbage
  • 1/2       cup shredded carrot
  • 2          jalapenos, thinly sliced
  • 1 1/2    tablespoons canola or vegetable oil
  • 2          tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1          teaspoon sugar
  • kosher salt
  • freshly ground black pepper

Fried Onions:

  • canola or vegetable oil, for frying
  • 1/2       cup all-purpose flour
  • kosher salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 1          yellow or Vidalia onion, cut into 1/4-inch slices
  • 8          taco-sized flour tortillas, warmed
  • 1          package Chef’s Craft® Breaded Chicken Chunks, cooked according to package directions
  • spicy vinegar slaw
  • 1          avocado, chopped
  • fried onions
  • 1/2       cup barbecue sauce
  • 1/2       cup ranch dressing
  • chopped cilantro (optional)
  1. To make spicy vinegar slaw: In medium mixing bowl, combine cabbage, carrot and jalapenos.
  2. In separate small bowl, whisk oil, vinegar and sugar; season generously with salt and pepper.
  3. Drizzle over coleslaw mix and stir to combine. Let sit at least 10 minutes before serving.
  4. To make fried onions: In small skillet over medium-high heat, heat 1/2 inch oil.
  5. In small bowl, season flour well with salt and pepper. Coat onion slices in flour mixture and shake to remove excess flour.
  6. Fry in batches until golden brown and crisp, about 30-45 seconds per batch. Remove to paper towel-lined plate and immediately sprinkle with salt.
  7. Top each tortilla with cooked breaded chicken chunks, spicy vinegar slaw, chopped avocado, fried onions, barbecue sauce and ranch dressing. Garnish with cilantro, if desired.

 

Honey Soy Chicken Stir-Fry

Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes
Total time: 30 minutes
Serves: 4

Honey Soy Glaze:

  • 1/2       cup chicken broth
  • 1/2       cup soy sauce
  • 6          tablespoons honey
  • 1/2       teaspoon granulated garlic
  • 1/2       teaspoon dried ground ginger
  • 4          teaspoons cornstarch
  • 3          teaspoons water
  • 2          tablespoons canola or vegetable oil
  • 1          large yellow onion, sliced
  • 3          bell peppers, sliced
  • 1          large zucchini, sliced
  • 4          ounces snow peas
  • 10        ounces sliced mushrooms
  • 2-3       cups broccoli florets, steamed to tender crisp
  • 1          package Chef’s Craft® Chicken Breast Fillets, cooked according to package directions, sliced
  • sesame seeds, for garnish
  1. To make honey soy glaze: In small saucepan over medium heat, combine chicken broth, soy sauce, honey, garlic and ginger. Bring to simmer.  In small bowl, combine cornstarch and water; stir into honey soy sauce and let cook approximately 1 minute, stirring occasionally, until sauce thickens.
  2. In large skillet or wok over medium-high heat, heat oil. Add onion, pepper and zucchini; cook 2-3 minutes. Add snow peas and mushrooms; cook 2 minutes until vegetables are crisp tender but maintain texture. 
  3. Add broccoli and chicken to pan; stir all but 3 tablespoons sauce; cook 1 minute, stirring frequently. Drizzle with remaining sauce and garnish with sesame seeds.

Source: Wayne Farms

Healthy 02 February 2021

Eat and Drink Your Way to Daily Wellness

(Family Features) Committing to a daily wellness routine may include many components from eating healthy and exercising to meditating and achieving quality sleep. For some, the most difficult of these goals is changing eating habits to consume more nutritious foods.

However, rethinking the way you eat (and drink) doesn’t have to mean a colossal shift in your diet. According to Healthline, clean eating and the addition of a small amount of apple cider vinegar to your daily routine can help support healthy digestion, weight range maintenance, healthy glucose levels and a functioning immune system. In fact, some experts recommend consuming 1 ounce of apple cider vinegar each day as a shot or part of a recipe.

Consider an apple cider vinegar option from Marukan, which has brewed premium vinegars for 370 years, to create dishes from breakfast to dinner. Start your day by enjoying this Blueberry Apple Cider Vinegar Smoothie that takes just 5 minutes to make so it doesn’t throw off your morning routine.

A quick, nutritious and easy weeknight dinner is what many families strive for, and you can accomplish that feat with Apple Cider Vinegar Beef and Broccoli. Cooked broccoli florets and beef strips are combined with an apple cider vinegar and ponzu soy dressing-based sauce and served over cooked rice for a 20-minute meal your loved ones can savor together while simultaneously enhancing your nutrition.

These recipes can help you participate in the Marukan Apple Cider Vinegar 24-Day Challenge, which encourages entrants to consume 1 ounce of apple cider vinegar each day and share the benefits they experience while creating daily wellness habits on their journeys to healthier routines.

Find more information about participating in the challenge along with nutritious recipes at MarukanACV.com.

Blueberry Apple Cider Vinegar Smoothie

Total time: 5 minutes
Servings: 2

  • 1          cup spinach
  • 1/2       cup water
  • 2          tablespoons Marukan Organic Apple Cider & Rice Vinegar Drink Blend
  • 1          tablespoon almond butter
  • 1/2       cup bananas, frozen
  • 1/2       cup blueberries, frozen
  • 1          tablespoon chia seeds
  • 1/4       teaspoon cinnamon, ground
  • 1/4       teaspoon ginger, minced
  • 1/2       cup almond milk yogurt, plain
  • fresh blueberries, for garnish
  1. In blender, blend spinach, water, organic apple cider, almond butter, frozen bananas, frozen blueberries, chia seeds, cinnamon, ginger and yogurt until smooth. Pour into two glasses and garnish with fresh blueberries.

Apple Cider Vinegar Beef and Broccoli

Total time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4

  • 1          tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1          pound broccoli florets
  • 1          pound beef strips
  • 1          tablespoon garlic, minced
  • 1/2       cup Marukan Ponzu Premium Soy Dressing with Sudachi Citrus
  • 1/2       cup low-sodium beef broth
  • 1          tablespoon sesame oil
  • 2          tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/4       cup honey
  • 3          tablespoons Marukan Organic Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1          tablespoon cornstarch
  • cooked rice
  • sliced green onions, for garnish
  • cilantro, for garnish
  • sesame seeds, for garnish
  1. In skillet over medium heat, heat vegetable oil. Cook broccoli 3 minutes until slightly softened; set aside. Add beef to pan and cook 3 minutes until browned. Add garlic and cook 30 seconds until fragrant.
  2. In bowl, mix ponzu soy dressing, beef broth, sesame oil, brown sugar, honey, apple cider vinegar and cornstarch. Add sauce mixture to beef in skillet and cook 10 minutes until sauce mixture cooks down. Toss in broccoli and cook 2 minutes. Serve over rice and garnish with green onions, cilantro and sesame seeds.

Source: Marukan Apple Cider Vinegar

Meal Ideas 27 January 2021

Family-Friendly Foods Fit for Lent

(Family Features) As families ponder Lenten recipes fit for the season with flavorful seafood as a filling protein, one important aspect to take into account is the kid-friendliness of the dish. Offer up a dinnertime delight the whole family can enjoy with shrimp-based options that provide familiar flavors in appetizing ways.

For example, you can take your taste buds on an international trip with tasty Cuban Shrimp and Rice Tacos for an easy-to-prepare meal bursting with the flavors of citrus and herbs for a winning weeknight dinner. You can even increase the fun by serving with toppings like salsa, guacamole, sour cream, shredded cheese and shredded lettuce to allow kids to garnish their tacos however they’d like.

Lime-Ginger Shrimp Fried Rice is an Asian-inspired option with additions of bok choy, lime juice, fresh ginger root and mango for zesty flavor. Both dishes require half an hour or less in the kitchen, leaving more time for family fun in the evenings.

Plus, you can add to the convenience of these meals by incorporating an option like Success Rice with its taste, texture and quality that help make mealtime a cinch. With its “Boil-in-Bag” cooking process that provides a satisfying shortcut, simply add water to a saucepan, drop the BPA-free bag into the water, boil for 10 minutes and remove with a fork for a no measure, no mess timesaver that pairs perfectly with sauteed shrimp for Lent-inspired dinners.

Find more family-friendly Lenten meal ideas at SuccessRice.com.

Lime-Ginger Shrimp Fried Rice

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

  • 2          bags Success Jasmine Rice
  • 2          tablespoons canola oil
  • 1          pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined, tails removed
  • 8          baby bok choy, trimmed and quartered
  • 1/2       cup diced fresh mango
  • 1          tablespoon minced fresh ginger root
  • 1/4       teaspoon salt
  • 3          tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2          tablespoons lime juice
  1. Prepare rice according to package directions. Let cool completely.
  2. In wok or large skillet over medium-high heat, heat oil. Cook shrimp, bok choy, mango, ginger and salt, stirring, 3-5 minutes, or until shrimp start to curl and bok choy starts to wilt.
  3. Stir in rice. Cook 2-3 minutes, or until well coated. Stir in soy sauce and lime juice. Cook 2-3 minutes, or until rice is heated through.

 

Cuban Shrimp and Rice Tacos

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

  • 1          bag Success Jasmine Rice
  • 2          tablespoons olive oil
  • 1          pound large shrimp, peeled and deveined, tails removed
  • 2          cloves garlic, minced
  • 1          teaspoon chili powder
  • 1          teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2       teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2       teaspoon salt
  • 1/4       teaspoon black pepper
  • 1          can (15 ounces) black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2       cup orange juice
  • 3          tablespoons lime juice
  • 8          corn tortillas, warmed
  • 1          ripe avocado, halved, pitted, peeled and sliced
  • 1/4       cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves
  1. Prepare rice according to package directions.
  2. In large skillet over medium heat, heat oil. Add shrimp, garlic, chili powder, cumin, oregano, salt and pepper; saute 2-3 minutes, or until shrimp start to curl.
  3. Stir in rice, black beans, orange juice and lime juice. Cook 5-8 minutes, or until shrimp are cooked through and liquid is mostly absorbed.
  4. Serve shrimp and rice in warm tortillas garnished with avocado and cilantro.

Source: Success Rice

Healthy 25 January 2021

Hearty, Wholesome Dishes to Support Immune Systems

(Family Features) If feeding your family wholesome meals is a daily goal, keep in mind you can serve up tasty foods that also feed your immune system by including ingredients like mushrooms. With their earthy flavor, mushrooms – like many other fruits and vegetables – can also play a positive role in supporting a healthy immune system.

Studies at Oregon State University concluded there are a variety of micronutrients important for supporting a healthy immune system. Consider that three of these nutrients (vitamin D, selenium and B vitamins) can be found in mushrooms, meaning these family-friendly recipes for Roasted Chicken Thighs and Veggies with Mushroom Orzo Risotto; Grilled Portobello Gyros with Yogurt Dill Sauce; Creamy Spinach, Mushroom and Lasagna Soup; and Asian Barbecue Sesame Salmon with Noodles and Veggies can help you add all-important nutrients to your family’s menu.

Find more ways to add mushrooms to family meals at mushroomcouncil.com.

Grilled Portobello Gyros with Yogurt Dill Sauce

Recipe courtesy of Emily Weeks of “Zen and Spice”
Cook time: 15 minutes
Total time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4

  • 4          portobello mushrooms
  • 1          tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2       teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4       teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 2          yellow bell peppers, sliced

Yogurt Dill Sauce:

  • 1          English cucumber, grated
  • 1          cup whole-milk

Greek yogurt

  • 1/2       cup sour cream
  • 2          tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/2       small lemon, juice only
  • 2          cloves garlic, minced
  • 1          teaspoon salt
  • 1          tablespoon minced fresh dill
  • 4          pita breads or naan
  • 2          tomatoes, thinly sliced
  • 1/2       red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/2       head green lettuce
  • crumbled feta cheese (optional)
  1. Remove stems from mushrooms and brush caps with wet towel. Using spoon, carefully scrape out gills. Slice mushrooms into 1/4-inch pieces and place in medium bowl with olive oil, oregano and smoked paprika.
  2. Preheat indoor grill pan over medium-high heat. Add mushrooms and peppers; grill, tossing occasionally, until tender, 5-7 minutes.
  3. To make yogurt dill sauce: Squeeze grated cucumber in clean towel to remove excess liquid. Add to large bowl with yogurt, sour cream, olive oil, lemon juice, garlic, salt and dill. Stir to combine.
  4. To serve, place mushrooms and peppers in middle of pita bread. Top with tomatoes, onion, lettuce, feta, if desired, and big dollop of yogurt dill sauce.

Creamy Spinach, Mushroom and Lasagna Soup

Recipe courtesy of Emily Weeks of “Zen and Spice”
Cook time: 30 minutes
Total time: 40 minutes
Servings: 4

  • 1          tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2          cloves garlic, minced
  • 1          medium onion, small diced
  • 8          ounces crimini mushrooms, sliced
  • 1          jar (24 ounces) marinara sauce
  • 1          can (15 ounces) diced tomatoes
  • 2          tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2          teaspoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1          teaspoon granulated sugar
  • 1          tablespoon dried basil
  • 1/2       teaspoon salt
  • 1          teaspoon oregano
  • 1/2       teaspoon black pepper
  • 1          bay leaf
  • 3          cups vegetable broth
  • 6          lasagna noodles, broken into pieces
  • 1/2       cup heavy cream
  • 5          ounces fresh baby spinach
  • 1          cup whole-milk ricotta cheese
  • 1/2       cup shredded mozzarella cheese, for topping
  1. Heat large pot over medium heat.
  2. Add olive oil, garlic, onion and mushrooms. Cook, stirring occasionally, until onions and mushrooms soften, 4-5 minutes.
  3. Add marinara, diced tomatoes, tomato paste, vinegar, sugar, basil, salt, oregano, pepper, bay leaf and broth. Bring to boil over high heat then reduce heat to low and simmer.
  4. Add lasagna noodles and cook, stirring often, until softened, about 15 minutes. Remove from heat and remove bay leaf.
  5. Stir in heavy cream and spinach until wilted, 2-3 minutes.
  6. Divide between bowls and top with dollop of ricotta and sprinkle of mozzarella.

Roasted Chicken Thighs and Veggies with Mushroom Orzo Risotto

Recipe courtesy of Emily Weeks of “Zen and Spice”
Cook time: 50 minutes
Total time: 1 hour, 10 minutes
Servings: 4

Chicken:

  • 8          boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • salt, to taste
  • pepper, to taste
  • 6          tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 16        ounces crimini mushrooms, quartered
  • 3          zucchini, sliced in half moons
  • 3          large carrots, thinly sliced
  • 4          sprigs fresh rosemary, leaves removed and roughly chopped
  • 4          cloves garlic, minced

Orzo:

  • 4          cups chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1          tablespoon unsalted butter
  • 1          tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1          small yellow onion, diced
  • 2          garlic cloves, minced
  • 16        ounces crimini mushrooms, finely chopped
  • 1          cup uncooked orzo pasta
  • 1/8       teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/3       cup white wine
  • 1/3       cup shredded Parmesan cheese
  1. To make chicken: Preheat oven to 450 F.
  2. Pat chicken dry. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. In large skillet over medium-high heat, melt butter. Sear chicken until browned, 4-5 minutes on each side.
  3. In large bowl, toss mushrooms, zucchini, carrots, garlic and rosemary. On large baking sheet, spread vegetables. Nestle chicken into vegetables. Drizzle with butter and juices from pan.
  4. Bake 20 minutes until chicken is cooked through and vegetables are tender.
  5. To make orzo: In small pot over medium-low heat, warm broth.
  6. Using skillet from chicken, add butter and olive oil over medium heat. Add onion, garlic and mushrooms. Cook, stirring occasionally, until onions soften, 3-4 minutes.
  7. Add orzo and black pepper. Stir and cook 2 minutes. Add white wine and cook until evaporated, about 1 minute.
  8. Add warm broth to orzo 2/3 cup at a time, stirring until liquid is absorbed. Repeat with remaining broth, waiting until last batch is absorbed before adding more. Remove from heat and stir in Parmesan.
  9. Serve in individual bowls with chicken and roasted vegetables atop mushroom orzo risotto.

Asian Barbecue Sesame Salmon with Noodles and Veggies

Recipe courtesy of Emily Weeks of “Zen and Spice”
Cook time: 30 minutes
Total time: 40 minutes
Servings: 4

Sauce:

  • 1/2       cup soy sauce
  • 2          tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1          tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 2          cloves garlic, minced
  • 1          teaspoon fresh ginger, minced
  • 1          teaspoon chili garlic sauce (optional)
  • 1          tablespoon toasted sesame oil
  • 2          tablespoons barbecue sauce
  • 2          tablespoons water
  • 2          teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 1/2    pounds salmon (4 filets)
  • 12        ounces stir-fry (pad thai) rice noodles
  • 1          tablespoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1          pound white mushrooms, sliced
  • 1          cup sugar snap peas
  • 1          large broccoli head, cut into bite-size florets
  • 2-3       green onions, thinly sliced, for garnish
  • sesame seeds, for garnish
  1. Preheat oven to 400 F.
  2. In small saucepan, whisk soy sauce; brown sugar; rice vinegar; garlic; ginger; chili garlic sauce, if desired; sesame oil; and barbecue sauce. Bring to boil over high heat then reduce heat to simmer.
  3. In small bowl, whisk water and cornstarch. Pour into pan and cook on low, whisking often, until sauce thickens, 3-5 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.
  4. Pour 3 tablespoons sauce into small bowl. Brush salmon filets with reserved sauce and place on baking sheet. Bake 15 minutes, or until salmon is flaky. Discard small bowl sauce if any remains.
  5. Cook stir-fry noodles according to package directions. Drain, rinse and set aside.
  6. Heat large skillet over medium heat. Add sesame oil. Add mushrooms, snap peas and broccoli. Cook, stirring often, until veggies are tender-crisp, 7-8 minutes. Add noodles and remaining sauce from pan; toss to combine.
  7. To serve, divide noodles, veggies and salmon between plates.
  8. Top with sliced green onions and sesame seeds.

Source: Mushroom Council

Healthy 25 January 2021

Protect Your Health with a Heart-Smart Eating Plan

(Family Features) As people have spent more time at home, many have rediscovered the simple joy of home-cooking and stumbled upon a secret weapon for health at the same time. By making smart, intentional decisions from breakfast to dinner and every meal (and drink) in-between, they are supporting strong bodies.

A heart-smart eating plan is especially important for more than 30 million people in the U.S. living with type 2 diabetes who are at double the risk for heart disease and stroke compared to those without diabetes, according to the American Heart Association and American Diabetes Association’s Know Diabetes by Heart initiative. When managing diabetes and heart health, building a consistent eating plan with the right balance can be a powerful tool.

Healthy eating provides benefits for the whole family whether members are managing existing health conditions or not. This recipe for Baked Parmesan Chicken is packed with 30 grams of protein in each serving yet delivers only 280 calories. For a tasty way to increase vegetable intake, try pairing the no-sugar chicken dish with Green Beans with Mushrooms and Onions.

A key to feeling your best begins with the first meal of the day. Start the morning on a nutritious note with this Ham and Broccoli Frittata – a low-sugar, low-fat, low-calorie alternative to traditional fat- and sugar-laden breakfast foods. With this recipe, you’re setting yourself up for a healthy day and getting the energy you need to live it to the fullest.

Find more recipes and learn more about managing the connection between diabetes and heart health at KnowDiabetesbyHeart.org/Recipes.

Baked Parmesan Chicken

Recipe courtesy of Know Diabetes by Heart
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 18 minutes
Servings: 4 (3 ounces chicken per serving)

  • Cooking spray
  • 1          large egg
  • 1          tablespoon water
  • 2          teaspoons olive oil
  • 1/3       cup finely crushed, low-sodium, whole-grain crispbread
  • 1/3       cup shredded or grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2          tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • 1/2       teaspoon ground oregano
  • 1/4       teaspoon pepper
  • 4          boneless, skinless chicken breasts (about 4 ounces each), all visible fat discarded, flattened to 1/4-inch thickness
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 F. Lightly spray a 13-by-9-by-2-inch baking dish with cooking spray.
  2. In a shallow dish, whisk the egg, water and oil. In a separate shallow dish or pie pan, stir together the crispbread, Parmesan cheese, parsley, oregano and pepper. Dip the chicken in the egg mixture then in crumb mixture, turning to coat at each step and gently shaking off any excess. Using fingertips, gently press the coating mixture so it adheres to the chicken. Arrange the chicken in a single layer in the baking dish. Lightly spray the chicken with cooking spray.
  3. Bake for 15-18 minutes, or until chicken is no longer pink in the center and the top coating is golden brown.

Nutritional information per serving: 280 calories; 80 calories from fat; 9 g total fat; 2.5 g saturated fat; 0 g trans fat; 1 g polyunsaturated fat; 4 g monounsaturated fat; 125 mg cholesterol; 340 mg sodium; 530 mg potassium; 18 g total carbohydrate; 4 g dietary fiber; 0 g sugar; 0 g added sugar; 30 g protein; 370 mg phosphorus. Choices/Exchanges: 1 starch, 4 lean protein.

Ham and Broccoli Frittata

Recipe courtesy of Know Diabetes by Heart
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4 (1/4 frittata per serving)

  • Cooking spray
  • 2          cups frozen fat-free potatoes O’Brien, thawed
  • 6          ounces small broccoli florets, rinsed in cold water, drained but not dried
  • 8          large egg whites
  • 1          large egg
  • 4          ounces lower-sodium, low-fat ham (uncured, nitrate/nitrite-free), cut into 1/4-inch cubes
  • 1/4       cup fat-free milk
  • 1/4       teaspoon pepper
  1. Preheat the oven to 400 F.
  2. Lightly spray a medium ovenproof skillet with cooking spray. Heat over medium heat. Remove from the heat. Put the potatoes in the skillet. Lightly spray with cooking spray. Cook for 4-5 minutes, or until potatoes are golden brown, stirring occasionally.
  3. In a microwaveable bowl, microwave the broccoli, covered, on high for 3-4 minutes, or until tender-crisp. Drain in a colander. Stir the broccoli into the potatoes.
  4. In a medium bowl, whisk the egg whites and egg. Whisk in the ham, milk and pepper. Pour the mixture over the potatoes and broccoli; stir well.
  5. Bake for 15-18 minutes, or until the eggs are set.

Nutritional information per serving: 180 calories; 30 calories from fat; 3 g total fat; 1 g saturated fat; 0 g trans fat; 0.5 g polyunsaturated fat; 1.5 g monounsaturated fat; 60 mg cholesterol; 460 mg sodium; 570 mg potassium; 17 g total carbohydrate; 2 g dietary fiber; 4 g sugar; 1 g added sugar; 18 g protein; 210 mg phosphorus. Choices/Exchanges: 1 carbohydrate, 2 lean protein.

Green Beans with Mushrooms and Onions

Recipe courtesy of Know Diabetes by Heart
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes
Servings: 4 (1/2 cup per serving)

  • Water
  • 8          ounces green beans, trimmed
  • 2          teaspoons olive oil
  • 4          ounces sliced mushrooms, stems discarded
  • 1/2       cup thinly sliced onion
  • 1          medium garlic clove, minced
  • 1/8       teaspoon salt
  • 2          teaspoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1          pinch pepper
  1. Fill a medium saucepan 3/4 full of water. Bring to a boil, covered, over high heat. Cook the green beans, uncovered, 5 minutes, or until tender-crisp. Drain well in a colander.
  2. In a medium nonstick skillet, heat the oil over medium-high heat, swirling to coat the bottom. Cook the mushrooms, onion, garlic and salt 5 minutes, or until the mushrooms are soft and lightly browned, stirring frequently. Stir in the lemon juice, pepper and cooked green beans.

Nutritional information per serving: 60 calories; 25 calories from fat; 2.5 g total fat; 0.5 g saturated fat; 0 g trans fat; 0.5 g polyunsaturated fat; 1.5 g monounsaturated fat; 0 mg cholesterol; 60 mg sodium; 300 mg potassium; 9 g total carbohydrate; 2 g dietary fiber; 4 g sugar; 0 g added sugar; 2 g protein; 70 mg phosphorus. Choices/Exchanges: 2 vegetable, 1/2 fat.

Source: American Heart Association and American Diabetes Association

Meal Ideas 19 January 2021

Easy Ways to Eat More Plants This Year

(Family Features) Plant-forward eating should be easy and delicious – and it can be. Rather than follow strict rules, simply add plant foods like fruits, vegetables, nuts, beans and grains to more meals throughout the day.

Walnuts, for example, are a kitchen multi-tasker with uses well beyond baked goods. In fact, walnuts can be used as a simple, whole-food meat alternative. One ounce of walnuts contains important nutrients including 4 grams of protein, 2 grams of fiber, 2.5 grams of monounsaturated fat, 13 grams of polyunsaturated fat and 2.5 grams of essential omega-3 alpha-linolenic acid.

Try walnuts as an alternative to meat in recipes like Walnut Meatless Meatballs or Pizza with Plant-Based Walnut Crumble, and find more plant-forward recipes at walnuts.org/plantrecipes.

Walnut Meatless Meatballs

Total time: 42 minutes
Servings: 4

  • 1          tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4       cup minced onion
  • 1          teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1          tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1/2       cup California Walnuts, chopped
  • 1/4       cup cooked brown rice
  • 1/4       cup chopped roasted red peppers
  • 1/4       cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/4       cup Parmesan cheese
  • 1          tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 2          tablespoons chopped Italian parsley
  • 1          egg, beaten
  1. Preheat oven to 375 F and line baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In small skillet over medium heat, heat oil. Add onion and garlic; saute 1 minute. Add tomato paste and cook 1 minute. Transfer to food processor with walnuts, rice, roasted red peppers, breadcrumbs, Parmesan, Italian seasoning, parsley and egg. Pulse until combined but not mushy.
  3. Form into eight equal balls and place on prepared baking sheet. Cook 12 minutes, or until firm to touch. Serve with sauce of choice.

Pizza with Plant-Based Walnut Crumble

Total time: 38 minutes
Servings: 4

Walnut Sausage Crumble:

  • 1          cup California Walnuts
  • 1/2       cup cannellini beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1          tablespoon coconut aminos
  • 1          tablespoon olive oil
  • 2          teaspoons fennel seeds
  • 2          teaspoons Italian seasoning
  • 1          teaspoon onion powder
  • 1          teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1          teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/4       teaspoon celery salt

Walnut Sausage Pizza:

  • 1          pound pizza dough
  • 6          tablespoons pizza sauce
  • 2/3       cup mozzarella cheese, divided
  • Walnut Sausage Crumble, divided
  • 6          tablespoons pesto
  • 1/4       cup sliced small tomatoes
  • fresh basil leaves
  • shaved Parmesan cheese
  1. To make Walnut Sausage Crumble: In food processor, pulse walnuts, cannellini beans, coconut aminos, olive oil, fennel seeds, seasoning, onion powder, garlic powder, paprika and salt to sausage like consistency.
  2. To make Walnut Sausage Pizza: Preheat oven to 500 F and line two large baking sheets with parchment paper. Divide dough into four pieces and roll out into thin ovals; place on baking sheets.
  3. Spread two dough pieces with equal amounts pizza sauce, 1/3 cup mozzarella cheese and half of Walnut Sausage Crumble.
  4. Spread remaining dough pieces with pesto, remaining cheese, remaining Walnut Sausage Crumble and tomatoes.
  5. Bake 8 minutes, or until pizza edges are golden brown. Garnish with basil leaves and shaved Parmesan.

Source: California Walnuts

Meal Ideas 06 January 2021

Power Family Meals with Protein-Packed Peanuts

(Family Features) Starting fresh with a new year is a chance to hit the reset button for many people, and your family can use this opportunity to rethink homemade meals while striving for nutritious (and still delicious) dishes. From snacks to the main course each evening, the options are nearly endless for planning a revamped menu with healthier ingredients.

Dinnertime can be a cinch with Peanut Butter Chicken, a simple dish that takes less than 20 minutes to make when busy evenings call for a quick solution. If a veggie-based option aligns better with your family's desires, try Veggie Sammies with Peanut Butter Satay Sauce or go full-on comfort food with Very Vegan Peanut Butter Jackfruit Chili. Snacking doesn't have to mean forgoing your dedication to nutritious choices either - these Peanut Granola Bars can be your made-at-home masterpiece for adults and children to enjoy.

These recipes from the Georgia Peanut Commission are powered by peanuts, a nutrient-rich superfood that delivers 19 vitamins and 7 grams of protein per serving for a health benefit punch in each bite.

Discover more nutritious recipe ideas at gapeanuts.com.

Veggie Sammies with Peanut Butter Satay Sauce

Prep time: 30 minutes
Servings: 2

  • 4 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
  • 3 tablespoons lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 4 teaspoons hoisin sauce
  • 2 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons sriracha
  • 2 French baguette rolls (6 inches each)
  • 1/2 cup cucumber, sliced
  • 1/2 cup white onion, sliced into thin strips
  • 1/2 cup red bell pepper, sliced into thin strips
  • 1/2 cup purple cabbage
  • 1/2 cup fresh cilantro
  1. In small bowl, combine peanut butter, lime juice, water, hoisin sauce, soy sauce and sriracha; mix well.
  2. Spread sauce on both sides of each roll then layer with cucumber, onion and bell pepper. Top with cabbage and cilantro.

Very Vegan Peanut Butter Jackfruit Chili

Recipe courtesy of the National Peanut Board
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 35 minutes
Servings: 8

  • 2 teaspoons oil
  • 1/2 large white onion, chopped
  • 1/2 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1 can crushed tomatoes
  • 1 can whole tomatoes
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 can red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can green jackfruit, drained and chopped
  • 1/4 cup peanut butter
  • cornbread (optional)
  • tortilla chips (optional)
  • cinnamon rolls (optional)
  1. eat large, heavy-bottomed pot over medium heat. Add oil, onion and peppers; cook 3 minutes, stirring often. Add garlic, salt, cumin, chili powder and tomato paste, stirring to coat. Cook 1-2 minutes, stirring constantly, then stir in crushed tomatoes, whole tomatoes, water, kidney beans and jackfruit; bring to boil then reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer 25-30 minutes. Stir in peanut butter and simmer 5 minutes.
  2. Serve with cornbread, tortilla chips or cinnamon rolls, if desired.

Peanut Granola Bars

Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 6 minutes, plus 30-45 minutes cooling time
Servings: 12-14

  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons creamy peanut butter
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar, firmly packed
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups rolled oats (quick or regular)
  • 1 cup bran flakes
  • 1 cup sweetened coconut flakes
  • 1 cup dried fruit (raisins, blueberries or cranberries)
  • 1 cup roasted peanuts, chopped
  1. In large, shallow, microwavable dish, combine honey, butter, peanut butter, brown sugar, vanilla and salt. Microwave at 50% power 2 minutes then whisk to combine and microwave at 50% power 2 minutes.
  2. Add oats, bran flakes, coconut flakes, dried fruit and peanuts; stir to combine. Microwave on high 1 minute. Stir and microwave 30 seconds.
  3. Press mixture into 13-by-9-inch baking dish lined with parchment or wax paper with some extra hanging over edges to easily lift bars out. Use bottom of glass wrapped with plastic wrap to press granola mixture firmly into pan. Allow to cool completely 30-45 minutes. Cut into 12-14 bars.

Peanut Butter Chicken

Recipe courtesy of "Unsophisticook"
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 12 minutes
Yield: 6 cups

Peanut Sauce:

  • 1/2 cup creamy natural peanut butter
  • 3 tablespoons sweet red chili sauce
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/8-1/4 cup hot water (optional)
  • chopped unsalted roasted peanuts (optional)
     
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil or avocado oil
  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless skinless chicken breasts, diced into 1-inch cubes
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 3/4 cup peanut sauce
  • cooked brown rice
  • assorted bell peppers, sliced
  • chopped unsalted roasted peanuts (optional)
  1. To make peanut sauce: In small glass bowl, whisk peanut butter, sweet red chili sauce, apple cider vinegar, soy sauce and honey until blended smoothly.
  2. Thin sauce with hot water to desired consistency. Garnish with chopped unsalted roasted peanuts, if desired.
  3. To make chicken: In large skillet over medium-high heat, drizzle oil. Add diced chicken then pour soy sauce over top. Saute about 10-12 minutes until chicken is fully cooked.
  4. Serve with peanut sauce, brown rice and colorful sliced veggies. Garnish with chopped unsalted roasted peanuts, if desired.

Source: Georgia Peanut Commission

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