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Videos 10 January 2024

Boost Nutrition with a Tropical Treat

(Family Features) A smooth, fruity smoothie provides a delicious way to start your morning strong, add much-needed afternoon energy or cap off a successful day as a better-for-you dessert. The next time you crave a tasty treat, turn to this Tropical Boba Smoothie for a little sip of paradise.

Thicker than traditional boba tea, this tropical-inspired solution features a creamy blend of pineapple, mango, strawberries and coconut served over shiny black boba pearls. With a splash of milk and dollop of plain Greek yogurt, it also boasts the benefits of dairy that are fundamental to good nutrition.

In fact, a balanced diet includes a variety of foods – like dairy – to get essential nutrients and is important to maintain healthy gut and immune function and optimize overall wellness.

Visit MilkMeansMore.org to find more nutritious recipe ideas.

Watch video to see how to make this recipe!


Tropical Boba Smoothie


Recipe by Marcia Stanley, MS, RDN, culinary dietitian, on behalf of Milk Means More
Total time: 10 minutes
Servings: 1

 

  • 1          pack (2.12 ounces) instant brown sugar boba
  • 1 1/2    cups frozen mixed pineapple, mango and strawberries
  • 1/2       cup milk (whole or 2%)
  • 1/4       cup plain Greek yogurt (5%, 2% or fat free)
  • 1          tablespoon honey
  • 1/4       teaspoon coconut extract or vanilla
  1. Prepare boba according to package directions.
  2. In blender, combine fruit, milk, yogurt, honey and coconut extract. Cover and blend until nearly smooth.
  3. Place boba in 14-16-ounce glass. Pour fruit mixture over top. Serve.

Source: United Diary of Michigan

Snacks 29 December 2023

Warm, Pop-able Treats Perfect for Sharing

(Family Features) On a cold winter night, there’s nothing quite like the combination of playing games and indulging in delicious popcorn treats.

Fuzzy blankets and a roaring fire can create a warm, inviting ambiance that inspires loved ones to settle in for some time together on those blustery, cold days. The friendly competition of a classic board game or thrilling virtual reality battle can generate energy and excitement while the smell of freshly popped popcorn heightens the atmosphere. With each pop and crunch, the night is transformed into a cozy and memorable experience, creating cherished moments that will be remembered long after the snow has melted.

For added ambiance, pull out your cocktail glasses for a clever way to serve Old Fashioned Bourbon Maple Popcorn with Pecans. Accented with bourbon, orange and bitters, this maple-glazed popcorn is a fun cocktail-inspired snack for sharing with or without the alcohol.

If you’re one who favors spicy heat, this Spicy Korean Barbecue Popcorn won’t disappoint. This sweet and spicy snack delivers a delicious explosion of flavor in every bite, making it a perfect addition to a finger food buffet or self-serve snack station.

There’s nothing quite like coffee to warm up a winter day, and when combined with cocoa, it creates a perfect snack that’s both sweet and surprising in this Mocha Popcorn. For another easy treat that turns up the temperature, consider this Sugar and Spice Popcorn that combines sweet and heat in a craveable winter mix.

Explore more ideas to warm up your winter entertaining at popcorn.org.

Old Fashioned Bourbon Maple Popcorn with Pecans

Servings: 4-6

  • 8          cups popped popcorn
  • 1/2       cup chopped toasted pecans
  • 1/3       cup maple syrup
  • 1          tablespoon bourbon
  • 2          tablespoons butter
  • 1          tablespoon orange zest
  • 1          dash bitters
  1. Place popcorn and pecans in large bowl.
  2. In small saucepan over medium-high heat, combine maple syrup, bourbon and butter; bring to boil. Cook, swirling pan, 3-5 minutes, or until mixture thickens to corn syrup consistency. Stir in orange zest and bitters.
  3. Drizzle maple syrup mixture over popcorn; toss to evenly coat. Cool completely and serve.

Tips: Substitute bourbon with rye or whiskey. For “mocktail” popcorn, substitute with non-alcoholic bourbon or whiskey.

Spicy Korean Barbecue Popcorn

Servings: 4-6

  • 8          cups popcorn
  • 1/4       cup honey
  • 2          tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1          tablespoon butter
  • 1          tablespoon sesame oil
  • 1          tablespoon gochujang (Korean chili paste)
  • 1          tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1          teaspoon garlic powder
  • 4          teaspoons toasted sesame seeds
  • 1          tablespoon gochujaru (Korean chili flakes)
  • 1          green onion, thinly sliced (optional)
  1. Place popcorn in large bowl.
  2. In small saucepan, combine honey, brown sugar, butter, sesame oil, gochujang, soy sauce and garlic powder; bring to boil. Cook 3-5 minutes, or until mixture thickens to syrupy consistency.
  3. Drizzle honey mixture over popcorn and sprinkle with sesame seeds and gochujaru; toss to evenly coat. Garnish with green onion, if desired. Serve immediately or cool completely.

Tip: Substitute green onion with 1 teaspoon freeze-dried chives, if preferred.

Mocha Popcorn

Yield: about 6 quarts

  • 6          quarts popped popcorn
  • nonstick cooking spray
  • 3          cups sugar
  • 1/3       cup unsweetened cocoa powder, sifted
  • 1          tablespoon espresso powder or instant coffee granules
  • 1          cup milk
  • 1/4       cup powdered sugar
  1. Place popcorn in large bowl sprayed with nonstick cooking spray; set aside.
  2. Line baking sheet or work surface with waxed paper or foil.
  3. In large saucepan, stir sugar, cocoa, instant coffee and milk. Cook until mixture registers 250 F on candy thermometer, stirring occasionally.
  4. Pour hot mixture over popcorn; stir to coat popcorn completely.
  5. Spread popcorn onto prepared surface and allow to cool. Sprinkle with powdered sugar.
  6. Break into pieces to serve. Store in airtight container.

Sugar and Spice Popcorn

  • 2          tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2          teaspoons chili powder
  • 2          teaspoons paprika
  • 2          teaspoons ground cumin
  • 2          quarts (8 cups) air-popped popcorn
  • butter-flavored nonstick cooking spray
  1. In small bowl, combine brown sugar, chili powder, paprika and cumin; mix well.
  2. Place cooked popcorn in separate bowl; spray lightly with nonstick cooking spray and sprinkle with spice mixture.
  3. Toss to mix until kernels are coated. Store in airtight container.

Source: Popcorn Board

Holiday 13 November 2023

Hosting Advice for a Perfect Holiday Ham

(Family Features) Bringing together loved ones with classic seasonal meals is a staple of the holiday season, and few centerpieces call to mind childhood memories like a tender ham cooked to perfection. A longtime hallmark of family meals during the holidays, ham can feed a crowd, complement a wide variety of side dishes and is easily elevated with glazes, spices and rubs of all kinds for those who want to take their hosting up a notch.

While ham can be the centerpiece of your holiday dinner, it’s also a versatile dish that can be served for any special occasion. Ham is also ideal for incorporating into holiday brunches, served as an hors d’oeuvre at cocktail parties and shared at office potlucks.

To help cook the perfect ham for your celebration, consider this advice for a festive feast from the experts at Coleman Natural Foods, which has produced high-quality, all-natural, humanely raised, no antibiotics ever, fresh and prepared meats sourced from American farmers since 1875.
Start with a tender and delicious spiral ham, which is pre-cut in one continuous swirl, allowing you to simply cut each piece from the one behind it for even, consistent slices.

Set the oven to 250-350 F, keeping in mind lower temperatures lead to longer cooking times but more tender meat. Bake 10-16 minutes per pound, adding glaze about 15 minutes prior to finishing, until the ham reaches an internal temperature of 145 F at its thickest part.

Make your guests’ mouths water with a sweet glaze that mingles with the ham’s natural saltiness, creating a balance of flavors. To achieve a unique taste, try flavors such as pineapple, honey or ginger. For a classic, delicious ham perfect for holiday gatherings and special occasions, try this Brown Sugar Honey Glazed Ham.

After enjoying as the centerpiece of your holiday dinner, it can be savored in the days following your celebrations to help make lunches and weeknight meals a breeze after a busy season.

Leftover ham can be enjoyed in sandwiches like a ham and cheese melt, mixed in a delicious salad, chopped up into an omelet for a hearty breakfast or added to macaroni and cheese for a protein-packed dinner.

Find more holiday ham recipes at ColemanNatural.com.

Brown Sugar Honey Glazed Ham

Prep time: 12 minutes
Cook time: 90 minutes
Servings: 32

  • 1 fully cooked Coleman Natural Applewood Smoked Bone-In Spiral Ham (7-9 pounds)
  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter
  • 1/4 cup Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  1. Preheat oven to 325 F.
  2. Remove ham from packaging and place in roasting pan with flat side down.
  3. Bake ham about 1 hour until heated through to internal temperature of 130 F with meat thermometer inserted into thickest part of ham.
  4. In medium saucepan, combine brown sugar, honey, butter, Dijon mustard, apple cider vinegar, cinnamon and cloves. Cook mixture over medium heat, stirring frequently, until butter is melted and ingredients are well combined.
  5. Brush about half of glaze over ham, making sure to fill crevices or scored cuts.
  6. Return ham to oven and bake 30-45 minutes, or until glaze is bubbly and caramelized with internal temperature of 145 F.
  7. Baste ham with pan juices and glaze every 10-15 minutes while baking.
  8. Remove from oven and let rest 10 minutes before slicing and serving.

Source: Coleman Natural

Dessert 26 October 2023

4 Savvy Steps Toward Grocery Store Savings

(Family Features) Whether you live alone or have multiple mouths to feed each day, grocery bills can add up. It’s an inevitable expense for everyone, but there are tried-and-true ways to limit your spending and put money back in your pocket.

It all starts by considering the number of meals you need to make each week and creating a flexible menu. Ask family members to help brainstorm recipe ideas for the week then take inventory of ingredients you already have on hand. When it’s time to head to the store, consider these financially savvy tips to avoid overspending.

Stick to Your List
It may sound obvious, but avoiding impulse purchases is one of the easiest ways to save at the store. Creating a menu and buying only what you need keeps the bill lower when you head to the checkout counter. As an added bonus, this helps limit food waste at home by avoiding buying more than what your family can actually eat.

Sign Up for Loyalty Programs
Many grocery stores and chains offer the opportunity to join free loyalty programs. Oftentimes, these programs include savings provided only to members without having to sift through coupons. Alternately, some provide cash back rewards or additional savings once you accrue a certain level of points, while others include partnerships with other retailers, like gas stations, that provide savings at the pump based on your grocery spending.

Shop for Seasonal Produce
While it’s easy to get caught up buying specific items for specific recipes, remember to keep seasonality in mind. Oftentimes, in-season produce is more readily available and, therefore, cheaper. Take fall for example, when Envy Apples – a cross between Braeburn and Royal Gala apples – can help your favorite autumnal recipes pop and allow you take full advantage of the best nature has to offer. Enjoy seasonal classics like apple pies, crumbles and tarts, and consider adding this Baked Apples with Coconut and Crumble Topping recipe to your dessert rotation.

Saving additional money this year can be as simple as scanning your Walmart receipt using the Fetch app, where you can accrue points with every purchase of Envy Apples. It’s as easy as snapping your receipt, earning points to shop available offers then redeeming those points for rewards like gift cards.

Stretch Your Meals at Home
While it may not show a direct impact on your receipt, taking recipes further at home can limit how often you head to the store. For example, leftovers from one evening’s rotisserie chicken dinner can be repurposed for the following day’s lunches. Or you can turn steak night scraps into a memorable weekend steak-and-egg brunch. When you cook a large meal for guests, don’t let all the extra food go to waste; freeze portions separately then enjoy them later as a family dinner.

Find more fall recipe inspiration that helps you stretch your grocery budget at EnvyApple.com.

Baked Apples with Coconut and Crumble Topping

Servings: 8

  • 6 Envy Apples
  • 3/4 cup dark chocolate
  • 1/2 cup chopped roasted hazelnuts
  • 1 cup instant or rolled oats
  • 1/2 cup dried coconut
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • maple syrup or honey, for serving
  1. Core apples then score skin around apple a few times. Cut small slice from top and bottom to make apple more stable and give room for crumble topping.
  2. Finely chop chocolate and combine with hazelnuts.
  3. Arrange apple slices in lined baking dish.
  4. Fill center of each apple generously with chocolate and hazelnut mixture (reserve about 2 tablespoons for topping).
  5. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  6. Combine oats, coconut, flour, butter and brown sugar; mix well.
  7. Top each apple generously with crumble mixture, creating small mound on top of each apple; sprinkle with reserved chocolate and hazelnut mixture.
  8. Bake apples 20-25 minutes, or until crumble is golden and apples start to soften.
  9. Serve with drizzle of maple syrup or honey.

Source:

Envy Apples

Videos 16 October 2023

Honey Mustard Crunch Salmon

(Family Features) Quick and easy family dinners often feel few and far between, but you can make them a more frequent occurrence by depending on seafood as a flavorful, easy-to-prepare protein.

Today, more than half of all seafood consumed in the U.S. is raised by aquaculture, also known as seafood farming. While this industry has made strides throughout the last few decades, from increasingly sustainable farming practices to technological advancements, not all seafood farms are equal and neither are the certifications you see on the packaging.

Aquaculture helps meet the ever-growing popularity of seafood and provides people in developing countries with healthy protein. It also aids in rebuilding populations of threatened and endangered species along with boosting wild stocks of freshwater and seawater species. By ensuring supply chain integrity from farm to the store, the Aquaculture Stewardship Council’s (ASC) Sea Green certification label lets shoppers know they’re protecting oceans, coasts and wildlife while also investing in restoring them.

With a mission to help the industry feed a growing global population while respecting the planet and its people, the council aims to minimize the industry’s impact on climate change and protect fish welfare. To achieve these goals, the certification label helps shoppers identify products that meet strict standards for responsibly farmed seafood, raising the bar for farm performance, verification and traceability.

With increased demand from the culinary community for alternative seafood sources that preserve wild populations without compromising farm-to-fork flavor or freshness, ASC’s certification helps ensure the seafood you’re buying is what it claims to be. That way, you can enjoy make-at-home recipes like Honey Mustard Crunch Salmon.

Visit SeaGreenBeGreen.org to find family-friendly recipes and certification information.

Watch video to see how to make this recipe!


Honey Mustard Crunch Salmon

  • 1          bag (1 pound, three 6-ounce portions) ASC-certified North Coast Seafoods Naked Norwegian Salmon
  • salt, to taste
  • pepper, to taste

Honey Mustard Glaze:

  • 1/3       cup honey
  • 1/4       cup whole-grain mustard
  • 2          tablespoons smooth Dijon mustard
  • 2          tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 2          teaspoons horseradish
  • 1          teaspoon smoked paprika

Crunch:

  • 3/4       cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 2          tablespoons dried parsley
  • 2          tablespoons olive oil
  1. Thaw salmon and pat dry. Arrange on oiled baking tray. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  2. To make glaze: In small bowl, combine honey, mustard, Dijon mustard, mayonnaise, horseradish and paprika; mix until well combined. Chill glaze until ready to use.
  3. To make crunch: In bowl, combine breadcrumbs, parsley and oil; mix well. Reserve.
  4. Preheat oven to 400 F.
  5. Top each salmon portion with 1 tablespoon glaze and spread evenly over fish. Press crunch evenly onto glaze.
  6. Bake 15-17 minutes until fish is cooked through.
  7. Serve with drizzle of remaining glaze.

Source: Aquaculture Stewardship Council

Videos 05 October 2023

Cowboy Caviar

(Culinary.net) If you’re looking for a new dip for your next get-together and tired of the same boring salsas and layered dips, this Cowboy Caviar may quickly become a family favorite.

Also known as Texas Caviar, this bean salad can be a hit with loved ones at birthdays, holidays, graduations, reunions and more. It serves well with tortilla chips but can be enjoyed in a variety of ways. Plus, it’s a breeze to make and can be even simpler when prepared the night before your big event.

Visit Culinary.net to find more quick and simple appetizer recipes.

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Cowboy Caviar

  • 1          can (15 ounces) sweet corn
  • 1          can (15 ounces) black beans
  • 1          bunch cilantro
  • 3          Roma tomatoes
  • 2          jalapenos
  • 1/2       red onion
  • bell peppers (mix of green, red, orange and yellow, as desired)
  • tortilla chips, for serving

Dressing:

  • 1/3       cup olive oil
  • 1/3       cup red wine vinegar
  • 1          tablespoon honey
  • 1          tablespoon paprika
  • 1          lime, juice only
  • salt, to taste
  • pepper, to taste
  1. Drain and rinse corn and black beans; dry well.
  2. Finely chop and dice cilantro, tomatoes, jalapenos, onion and bell peppers.
  3. To make dressing: Combine olive oil, red wine vinegar, honey, paprika and lime juice. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  4. Mix vegetables with dressing. Serve with tortilla chips.

Source: Culinary.net

Dessert 02 October 2023

Sweeten the Holiday Season with Deliciously Creamy Desserts

(Family Features) Once the table is cleared and gifts are put away, it’s often time for one of the favorite moments of holiday gatherings. The taste (and smell) of those divine desserts you may only make once a year is enough to keep guests hungry even after the main course.

Put a new staple on holiday menus for years to come with this Cran-Raspberry Quinoa Pudding Trifle that combines fresh raspberries, vibrant cranberry sauce, orange juice and orange zest for a unique dessert. Ready in 30 minutes, it can be an easy way to impress everyone at the table with a creamy pudding base inspired by favorite winter flavors.

As a tasty treat that’s ideal for just about any occasion, this take on rice pudding is made using Success Boil-in-Bag Tri-Color Quinoa, which offers a heat-safe, BPA-free and FDA-approved bag and is easily prepared in just 10 minutes. Its light, nutty flavor and versatility creates a pudding that’s perfect for a wide range of pairings, from satisfying chocoholics or pumpkin-spice fanatics to whipping up a sweet, simple dessert.

For a comforting dish full of familiar cold-weather flavors, serve Pumpkin Pecan Rice Pudding Bars. Pumpkin-spice fanatics can enjoy their favorite ingredient mixed into a rice pudding base sweetened with coconut milk, brown sugar, vanilla extract, whipping cream and maple syrup.

This holiday-inspired dessert relies on the fluffiness of Success Boil-in-Bag White Rice as a high-quality, precooked solution. The boil-in-bag rice is quick and easy with no measuring and no mess, and it’s ready in 10 minutes to make seasonal recipes a cinch.

Find more sweet holiday recipe inspiration at SuccessRice.com.

Cran-Raspberry Quinoa Pudding Truffle

Prep time: 25 minutes
Cook time: 5 minutes
Servings: 6

Quinoa Pudding:

  • 2 bags Success Tri-Color Quinoa
  • 4 cups almond milk
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Creamy Yogurt Layer:

  • 2 cups plain Greek yogurt
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream

Cran-Raspberry Layer:

  • 1/2 cup cranberry sauce
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon orange zest
  • 2 cups fresh raspberries
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds, toasted
  • 2 cups gluten-free vanilla cookies, chopped
  • 1/2 cup fresh raspberries
  1. To make quinoa pudding: Prepare quinoa according to package directions, substituting almond milk for water. Drain, reserving almond milk.
  2. Remove quinoa from bags and stir into almond milk in saucepan over medium heat. Stir in honey, vanilla and cinnamon. Bring to simmer. Cook, stirring constantly, 5-8 minutes, or until thickened slightly. Refrigerate 45-60 minutes, or until well chilled.
  3. To make creamy yogurt layer: In large bowl, stir yogurt, honey and vanilla. In separate bowl, beat cream until stiff peaks form. Stir whipped cream into yogurt mixture until blended. Refrigerate until ready to use.
  4. To make cran-raspberry layer: In medium bowl, stir cranberry sauce, orange juice and orange zest. Gently fold in raspberries.
  5. To assemble: In 10-cup trifle dish, layer 1/3 quinoa mixture, 2 tablespoons almonds, 1/3 cran-raspberry mixture, 1/3 vanilla cookies and 1/3 yogurt mixture. Repeat layers twice. Garnish with remaining raspberries and almonds.

Pumpkin Pecan Rice Pudding Bars

Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 40 minutes
Servings: 4-6

  • 1 bag Success White Rice
  • 1 cup pecans
  • 4 cups coconut milk
  • 1 can (15 ounces) pumpkin puree
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  1. Prepare rice according to package directions. Preheat oven to 350 F. Spread pecans on baking sheet and toast 8-10 minutes. Cool then chop.
  2. In large saucepan over medium-high heat, combine milk, pumpkin, brown sugar, pumpkin pie spice and salt. Bring to boil, stirring constantly. Slowly add about 1/2 cup hot liquid to eggs and beat well. Stir egg mixture back into saucepan and cook over medium-high heat 2 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in cooked rice, vanilla and pecans.
  3. Pour mixture into greased 13-by-9-inch baking dish. Bake, uncovered, 30 minutes, or until knife inserted near center comes out clean.
  4. Whip heavy cream to soft peaks then add maple syrup and continue beating until peaks form. Serve with warm pudding.

Tip: For sweeter pudding, increase brown sugar to 1 1/2 cups.

Source:

Success Rice

Meal Ideas 31 July 2023

Simplify School Nights with Easy, Cheesy Meals

(Family Features) Putting a delicious, kid-friendly meal on the table in an hour or less is goal No. 1 for many families. When the hectic schedules of back-to-school season are in full effect, saving some precious time in the kitchen can make all the difference.

Take a homework timeout and bring loved ones running to the dining room for family favorites like Sweet Heat Pickled Beet Grilled Cheese. This modern take on a childhood classic pairs sourdough bread with brie cheese, a spicy-sweet hit of hot honey and juicy Aunt Nellie’s Diced Pickled Beets.

If letting your oven do the work is an even more appealing solution, try an easy recipe like Bacon Wrapped Potato Stuffed Chicken. As a meal and side dish all in one, this simple weeknight dinner starts with cutting a pocket into boneless, skinless chicken breasts before filling with cheesy goodness.

Layer cheddar cheese slices inside the chicken then spoon in READ German Potato Salad made with thinly sliced potatoes, bacon and a sweet-piquant dressing. Finally, fold the chicken breasts closed, wrap with bacon slices and bake 40 minutes to tender, juicy perfection with a final broil to crisp the bacon.

To find more family-friendly meals fit for busy weeknights, visit AuntNellies.com and READSalads.com.

Sweet Heat Pickled Beet Grilled Cheese

Recipe courtesy of MacKenzie Smith of “Grilled Cheese Social”
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 12 minutes
Yield: 2 sandwiches

  • 4          slices (3 ounces each) sourdough bread
  • 2          tablespoons hot honey
  • 1          small wheel (8 ounces) brie, at room temperature, cut into thin strips
  • 8          ounces Aunt Nellie’s Diced Pickled Beets (1/2 jar or 2 individual diced pickled beet cups)
  • 2          tablespoons fresh basil, cut into thin strips
  • 2          tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/2       teaspoon garlic salt, or to taste
  1. Place two bread slices on cutting board. Drizzle with hot honey then add 4 ounces brie evenly across bread.
  2. Drain beets and pat dry. Add evenly on top of brie followed by basil and remaining brie.
  3. Spread 1 tablespoon butter on one side of remaining bread slices. Sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon garlic salt. Place top piece of bread on each sandwich.
  4. Heat cast-iron or frying pan over medium-low heat then add sandwiches butter sides down. Butter top sides and add remaining garlic salt.
  5. Cook about 5 minutes on each side, or until bread is golden brown and cheese has melted, flipping halfway through.
  6. Once sandwiches have cooked on both sides, remove from heat and serve.

 

Bacon Wrapped Potato Stuffed Chicken

Recipe courtesy of “EZPZMealz”
Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 40 minutes
Yield: 8 servings

  • 2          pounds (approximately 4 large) boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 8          slices sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1          can READ German Potato Salad with sauce
  • 8-12     bacon slices
  • nonstick cooking spray
  • freshly ground pepper, to taste
  1. Preheat oven to 400 F.
  2. Using sharp knife, slice pocket or slit into each chicken breast and fold open.
  3. Place two slices sharp cheddar cheese in pockets then spoon 4 ounces potato salad onto cheese.
  4. Fold chicken over and close so cheese and potatoes are inside pockets.
  5. Take 2-3 bacon slices and completely wrap stuffed chicken breasts, tucking loose ends of bacon on undersides of chicken.
  6. Spray baking dish with nonstick cooking spray then place bacon wrapped chicken on tray. Season chicken with pepper, to taste.
  7. Bake approximately 40 minutes until internal temperature of chicken reaches 160 F.
  8. Turn oven to broil on high (500 F) and broil 2-3 minutes to crisp bacon until chicken reaches 165 F.
  9. Remove from the oven and rest 5 minutes then serve.

Source: Aunt Nellie’s, READ

Meal Ideas 17 July 2023

Fight Hunger with Family Meals

(Family Features) With hectic day-to-day schedules and varying dietary needs, many families face the dreaded daily question: “What sounds good for dinner?” In contrast, millions struggle to put food on the table each night, impacting about 1 in 8 children, according to Feeding America.

You can help support those in need through Safeway and Albertsons’ “Fight Hunger, Serve Hope” cause program – an initiative to fight hunger in local communities during summer months when households with school-aged children face higher rates of food insecurity. The company’s private label will donate one meal for every O Organics® product purchased, up to $7 million and the equivalent of 28 million meals. Donations will be made to Nourishing Neighbors, a program of Albertsons Companies Foundation, to fund grants dedicated to providing healthy meals for at-risk youth throughout the summer.

“While summertime sparks excitement for countless students, it also marks the unfortunate reality that millions of children face when they lose access to school cafeteria lunches and breakfasts they depend on throughout the school year,” said Jennifer Saenz, EVP and chief merchandising officer at Albertsons Companies. “As a company, we are committed to making a difference in the lives of children in need. For the first time, we are making it easier than ever for our customers to support this mission by connecting each purchase of our O Organics brand to hunger relief efforts in the communities we serve.”

Following the campaign period, families looking to help in their communities can give back in a variety of ways.

Donate Canned Goods
Once school is in session, many classrooms participate in canned food drives for a variety of causes while serving a dual purpose: feeding those in need and teaching children the importance of giving back. Sending your students to school with canned goods can show them the value of helping others and instill a sense of responsibility.

Volunteer at a Food Pantry
Sharing valuable resources like canned goods helps make a difference in communities, but local food pantries also need willing volunteers to sort and distribute food, among other duties. It can provide a unique sense of perspective as you meet other volunteers, improve the lives of people in your community and gain new skills.

Promote the Power of Family Meals
Whether it’s breakfast, lunch, dinner or all three, sharing a meal with neighbors can be a powerful moment. It provides an opportunity to connect while enjoying easy-to-make recipes like Ribeye Steak, Grape Tomato and Mushroom Kebabs; Grilled Chicken Salad with Goat Cheese, Fresh Raspberries and Pecans; and Mixed Berry-Lime Smoothie Bowl with Banana and Granola.

Find more meal ideas by visiting Safeway.com and Albertsons.com.

Ribeye Steak, Grape Tomato and Mushroom Kebabs

Recipe courtesy of Safeway and Albertsons
Total time: 30 minutes

  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 small bunch Italian (flat-leaf) parsley
  • 1/4 cup O Organics extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/8 cup red wine vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons O Organics Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 3/4 pound O Organics ribeye steak
  • 1/2 pint O Organics grape tomatoes
  • 1/4 pound O Organics white mushrooms
  • green pepper, sliced (optional)
  • 1/2 medium red onion
  • 6 skewers
  1. Peel and mince garlic. Wash and dry parsley. Shave leaves off stems; discard stems and mince leaves.
  2. In large bowl, whisk minced garlic, half the minced parsley (reserve remainder for garnish), olive oil, vinegar, Dijon mustard, salt and pepper.
  3. Cut steak into cubes; transfer to marinade bowl and toss to coat.
  4. Wash tomatoes, mushrooms and green pepper. Halve mushrooms. Add tomatoes, mushrooms and green pepper to marinade. Peel onion and cut into chunks; add to marinade. Toss beef and vegetables until well coated.
  5. Heat grill pan, outdoor grill or skillet to medium-high heat.
  6. Thread steak and vegetables onto six skewers.
  7. Cook kebabs in batches until steak is browned and vegetables are tender, 3-5 minutes per side. Transfer to plate and repeat with remaining kebabs.
  8. To serve, plate kebabs and sprinkle with remaining minced parsley.

Grilled Chicken Salad with Goat Cheese, Fresh Blueberries and Pecans

Recipe courtesy of Safeway and Albertsons
Total time: 20 minutes

  • 3/4 pound boneless, skinless O Organics chicken breasts
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons O Organics extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 package (5 ounces) O Organics spring mix
  • 1 package (6 ounces) O Organics blueberries (or desired berry)
  • 1/4 cup O Organics pecan halves
  • 3 tablespoons O Organics olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon O Organics balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 log (4 ounces) O Organics goat cheese
  1. Pat chicken dry with paper towels and place on cutting board. Cut chicken in half horizontally to form thin cutlets. Season with salt and pepper on both sides.
  2. Preheat grill pan, outdoor grill or skillet to medium-high heat.
  3. Once pan is hot, coat with oil. Add chicken to pan and grill, turning once, until cooked through, 3-4 minutes per side.
  4. Wash and dry spring mix. Place in medium bowl.
  5. Wash and dry blueberries. Add to bowl with mixed greens. Using clean cutting board, roughly chop pecans. Add to bowl.
  6. Transfer cooked chicken to cutting board and cut into thin strips.
  7. In bowl, mix olive oil and balsamic vinegar to create dressing.
  8. Add chicken and dressing to salad bowl; toss to combine.
  9. To serve, divide salad between plates or bowls and crumble goat cheese over top.

Mixed Berry-Lime Smoothie Bowl with Banana and Granola

Recipe courtesy of Safeway and Albertsons
Total time: 10 minutes
Yield: 3 cups

  • 1 banana
  • 1/2 package (6 ounces) O Organics blackberries
  • 1/2 lime
  • 2 cups O Organics frozen mixed berries
  • 1 cup plain O Organics Greek yogurt
  • 4 fluid ounces O Organics whole milk
  • 1/8 cup O Organics honey
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2/3 cup O Organics granola of choice
  1. Wash and dry banana and blackberries.
  2. Peel and thinly slice banana; set aside.
  3. Zest and juice lime into blender. Add frozen mixed berries, yogurt, milk, honey and cinnamon. Blend on high speed until smooth, 1-2 minutes.
  4. To serve, divide smoothie between bowls and top with banana, blackberries and granola.

 

Photo courtesy of Getty Images (kebabs)

Source: Albertsons

Source: Safeway

Main Dishes 13 July 2023

Flavorful Grape Recipes to Take Summer Gatherings to the Next Level

(Family Features) Summertime celebrations with friends, family and neighbors are a perfect way to enjoy the sunshine, warm weather and camaraderie. To satisfy a hungry crowd, though, you’ll need recipes fit for the occasion.

Turn to a versatile signature ingredient like Grapes from California, which can be used in dishes of all kinds from refreshing salads and entrees to flavorful condiments and sweet desserts. Grapes are crisp, juicy and sweet, making them a fantastic addition of flavor and texture for a wide range of recipes. Whether fresh, sauteed, roasted, grilled or even pickled, grapes make it easy to take meals to the next level.

For example, you can start the festivities with grapes as an easy, portable and healthy snack perfect for summer days or use them as a juicy addition to this all-in-one Honey-Lime Quinoa and Grape Salad that’s ideal as a light appetizer or a meal all on its own. Follow it up (or pair it) with a summertime staple – hot dogs – given a sweet-tart twist from pickled grape relish that takes these Sweet and Tangy Pickled Grape Hot Dogs to new heights.

Dessert can’t be much easier than Creamy Vegan Grape Ice Cream as a dairy-free alternative to traditional summer sweets. Oat coffee creamer and pureed grapes are all you need to create this delicious frozen treat. Simply freezing whole grapes also makes for an easy and healthy frozen dessert.

Visit GrapesFromCalifornia.com to discover more summer entertaining inspiration.

Honey-Lime Quinoa and Grape Salad

Prep time: 15 minutes, plus at least 1 hour chill time
Cook time: 22 minutes
Servings: 6 (1 1/3 cups per serving)

Lime Vinaigrette:

  • 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/3 cup lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 3/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • freshly ground pepper, to taste

Salad:

  • 1 1/2 cups quinoa
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 2 cups halved Grapes from California
  • 1/2 cup minced red onion
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons minced jalapeno pepper
  • 1 large firm, ripe avocado, peeled, pitted and cut into bite-size pieces
  • 1/2 cup chopped peanuts (optional)
  1. To make lime vinaigrette: In medium bowl, whisk olive oil, lime juice, honey, sea salt and pepper, to taste.
  2. To make salad: In fine mesh strainer, rinse quinoa; drain well. In medium saucepan, bring broth and quinoa to boil; reduce heat and simmer, covered, 12 minutes. Remove from heat and let stand 10 minutes then fluff with fork and let cool. Transfer to large bowl.
  3. Pour vinaigrette over quinoa; stir well to coat. Add grapes, onion, cilantro and jalapeno pepper; cover and chill at least 1 hour.
  4. Lightly stir in avocado and transfer to decorative bowl. Sprinkle with nuts, if desired.

Notes: Salad may be prepared and refrigerated up to 2 days ahead without avocado and peanuts. Add avocado and peanuts just before serving.

Nutritional information per serving: 520 calories; 10 g protein; 52 g carbohydrates; 32 g fat (55% calories from fat); 4 1/2 g saturated fat (8% calories from saturated fat); 0 mg cholesterol; 490 mg sodium; 7 g fiber.

Sweet and Tangy Pickled Grape Dogs

Prep time: 15 minutes, plus 1 hour marinating time
Cook time: 5 minutes
Servings: 8 (1/4 cup relish per serving)

  • 1/2 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon coriander seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon black peppercorns
  • 1/2 cup wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 1/4 cups quartered or coarsely chopped Grapes from California (red, green, black or combination)
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced red onion
  • 8 turkey or chicken hot dogs
  • 8 hot dog buns, lightly toasted
  1. Place mustard seeds, coriander seeds and black peppercorns in small resealable bag. Using meat mallet or rolling pin, crush seeds and peppercorns.
  2. In small saucepan, stir vinegar, sugar, seeds and peppercorns; bring to boil. Remove from heat and stir to dissolve sugar; let cool. Stir in grapes and onion; set aside to cool and marinate 1 hour, stirring occasionally.
  3. Heat grill to medium heat.
  4. Grill hot dogs 5 minutes, turning occasionally, or until charred and heated through.
  5. Place hot dogs in buns. Using slotted spoon, top with pickled grapes.

Nutritional information per serving: 280 calories; 10 g protein; 39 g carbohydrates; 10 g fat (32% calories from fat); 2 g saturated fat (6% calories from saturated fat); 35 mg cholesterol; 630 mg sodium; 1 g fiber.

Creamy Vegan Grape Ice Cream

Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 10-15 minutes
Servings: 8 (1/2 cup per serving)

  • 1 pound stemmed black Grapes from California
  • 12 ounces vanilla oat coffee creamer, well chilled
  • 12 ounces unsweetened oat coffee creamer, well chilled
  1. In high-speed blender, puree grapes until smooth. Transfer to medium saucepan and bring to simmer. Reduce heat to low and cook 10-15 minutes, or until reduced to 1 cup. Cover and refrigerate until well chilled.
  2. Stir creamer into pureed grapes and pour into bowl of ice cream maker. Freeze according to manufacturer's directions. Transfer to freezer-safe container; cover and freeze until firm.

Substitution: For lighter color, use 3/4 pound black grapes and 1/4 pound red.

Note: Make sure ice cream maker bowl is well chilled or frozen before making ice cream.

Nutritional information per serving: 140 calories; 0 g protein; 22 g carbohydrates; 6 g fat (39% calories from fat); 0 g saturated fat; 0 mg cholesterol; 45 mg sodium; 1 g fiber.

Source: California Table Grape Commission

 

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