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Snacks 30 June 2023

Turn to Whole Grains for a Nutritional Boost

(Family Features) Nutritious eating, including smarter snacking, is an important way to protect your heart and maintain overall health and wellness. While many people understand the basics of healthy eating – avoiding too many sugary treats, for example – some are confused about important food categories that can impact nutrition.

According to a survey conducted by The Harris Poll on behalf of the American Heart Association, U.S. adults are least knowledgeable about refined vs. whole grains compared to other food categories like fruits, vegetables and proteins. Whole grains are, in fact, a key feature of the Association’s recommendations for a heart-healthy diet.

There are two types of grain products: whole grains, which contain the entire grain, and refined grains, which have been milled into a finer texture like flour or meal. Most adults, according to the survey, are able to distinguish whole vs. refined grains. However, there are a few misperceptions.

Most incorrectly believe multi-grain bread is a whole grain. Additionally, only 17% believe sorghum is an example of a whole grain when it is, in fact, a whole grain option. Whole grains like sorghum, oatmeal and brown rice are rich sources of dietary fiber, may improve blood cholesterol levels and provide nutrients that help the body form new cells, regulate the thyroid and maintain a healthy immune system.

These sweet, chewy Date Nut Granola Bars from the American Heart Association’s Healthy for Good initiative, supported by the Sorghum Checkoff, are a perfect go-to snack for enjoying throughout the week. Popped sorghum adds a surprise ingredient for crunchy texture while dry-roasted oats and nuts provide a delicious, toasted flavor.

To discover more whole-grain recipes that can support a healthy heart, visit Heart.org/healthyforgood.

Date Nut Granola Bars

Recipe courtesy of the American Heart Association and Sorghum Checkoff
Servings: 12 (1 bar per serving)

  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 1 1/2 cups rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup almond slices or whole almonds, coarsely chopped
  • 1/4 cup shelled pistachios, coarsely chopped
  • 1 cup pitted dates
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup uncooked whole-grain sorghum
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup low-sodium peanut butter
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. Line bottom and sides of 8-inch square baking pan with plastic wrap or parchment paper. Lightly spray with nonstick cooking spray.
  3. On large baking sheet, spread oats, almonds and pistachios in single layer. Bake 10-15 minutes, or until lightly brown, stirring occasionally. Let cool slightly.
  4. In food processor or blender, process dates and cranberries 1-1 1/2 minutes, or until chopped and clumpy. Transfer to large bowl.
  5. Put 2 tablespoons sorghum in silicone microwaveable bowl or clean, brown paper bag. If using microwaveable bowl, cover with lid. If using paper bag, roll shut and place on microwavable dinner plate with fold facing down. Microwave on high 2 minutes, or until there are more than 10 seconds between pops. Repeat with remaining sorghum, microwaving 1 1/2 minutes, or until more than 10 seconds between pops.
  6. Stir popped sorghum, oats, almonds and pistachios into date mixture.
  7. In small saucepan over low heat, heat honey and peanut butter 5 minutes, or until peanut butter is smooth and mixture is warmed, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat. Stir in vanilla and salt.
  8. Pour peanut butter mixture over date mixture, stirring to break into small clumps. Transfer half to baking pan. Using bottom of drinking glass or fingers lightly sprayed with nonstick cooking spray, press down firmly to flatten and pack tightly so clumps adhere to each other. Repeat with remaining half. Freeze, covered, about 1 hour, to firm.
  9. Place cutting board over pan. Turn pan over. Discard plastic wrap. Using knife, cut into 12 bars. Refrigerate leftovers in airtight container up to 1 week.

 

Snacks 06 June 2023

Save Time with Sweet, Savory, Salty Snacks

(Family Features) Work, social commitments, kids’ activities and the daily grind can take over schedules and wreak havoc on your opportunities to sit at the table for meals. As your calendar seems to fill up with meetings, family occasions and more, you might just find yourself skipping breakfast or lunch and opting for filling snacks instead.

In fact, according to the International Food Information Council’s 2022 Food and Health Survey, 75% of Americans snack at least once per day, which means 2023 could become the year of the snack. Whether it’s forgoing breakfast at home for a bite on the go or powering up with an afternoon morsel, one flavor favorite and nutritional powerhouse you can turn to is the pecan.

As pecans are used in an increasing number of snack innovations, they’re being hailed as the fastest growing nut in new snack applications, according to Information Resources Inc. They’re an ideal snack for punching up your routine with great taste, plant-based nutrition and an easy-to-pair profile.

For example, they’re poised to remix your snack mix mentality as they complement sweet, savory, spicy and buttery combinations. Ready in less than half an hour, you can add some sweetness to your workday with this Pecan Snack Mix with Cranberries and Chocolate for a fruity, nutty, chocolatey twist on traditional trail mix.

If a saltier treat is more your speed, consider this Salty Pecan Snack Mix for a grab-and-go breakfast as you head out the door or an easy way to keep hunger at bay in the afternoon. Because pecans pair with a variety of ingredients and flavors, they’re a perfect partner for this combination of rolled oats, coconut, honey, cinnamon and more.

Find more sweet and savory recipe inspiration at EatPecans.com.

Pecan Snack Mix with Cranberries and Chocolate

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

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

Salty Pecan Snack Mix

Recipe courtesy of Mallory Oniki and the American Pecan Promotion Board
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes
Servings: 15

  • 2 cups rice squares cereal
  • 1 cup rolled oats
  • 1 cup unsweetened coconut
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 2 cups chopped pecans
  • 1 cup oyster crackers
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. In bowl, add rice squares cereal, oats and unsweetened coconut.
  3. In small saucepan over medium heat, add honey, coconut oil, cinnamon and salt. Stir until mixture starts to boil then pour over snack mix and stir until well combined.
  4. Transfer to baking sheet and bake 8-10 minutes.
  5. In saucepan over medium heat, add butter. Stir until butter browns then add chopped pecans and oyster crackers. Turn heat to low and stir while pecans roast.
  6. Remove snack mix from oven and add brown butter pecan and cracker mixture; stir to combine.

 

Videos 17 April 2023

Asparagus, Bacon and Egg Salad

(Family Features) Nothing makes family time special quite like a homemade meal, especially one made with locally sourced ingredients that are as fresh and flavorful as they are thoughtfully prepared.

Whether your gatherings with loved ones take place in the family kitchen, on the patio or at a picnic area, this Asparagus, Bacon and Egg Salad makes for a perfect brunch or appetizer that leans on local ingredients like Michigan asparagus, which takes just about three days to get from the field to your table. Grown by more than 100 family farmers, it can be found in your local store at 1-4 days old, compared to 10-20 days old for imported asparagus.

Local means fresh, which makes for an especially delicious meal, but it also means sustainability. Because the Michigan asparagus season relies on the weather and uses rainwater instead of irrigation, it makes for a sustainable product that’s environmentally friendly.

As a nutrient-dense, low-calorie vegetable with no fat, no cholesterol and little sodium, it’s also easy to prepare – just don’t overcook it. Look for thicker spears at the store, as they tend to have greater texture and more flavor and tenderness because the fiber is less concentrated.

Visit michiganasparagus.org to find more flavorful recipes to share with your nearest and dearest.

Watch video to see how to make this recipe!

Asparagus, Bacon and Egg Salad

Recipe courtesy of Ashley from “Cheesecurd in Paradise” on behalf of the Michigan Asparagus Advisory Board

  • 6          bacon slices
  • 1          pound fresh Michigan asparagus, ends trimmed
  • 1/3       cup olive oil
  • 2          tablespoons champagne vinegar
  • 1          tablespoon honey
  • 1          tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/4       teaspoon salt
  • 1/2       teaspoon black pepper
  • 4          hard-boiled eggs, peeled and quartered
  • 2/3       cup halved cherry tomatoes
  • 1/4       cup sliced green onion
  1. In skillet, cook bacon until crisp. Remove from pan. Set aside.
  2. Cut asparagus into four pieces. Add asparagus to same skillet used to cook bacon. Cook until fork tender, about 4 minutes, depending on thickness of asparagus.
  3. While asparagus cooks, prepare dressing. Whisk oil, vinegar, honey, mustard, salt and pepper. Set aside.
  4. Chop bacon.
  5. Remove asparagus from pan and place on platter. Top with chopped bacon, eggs, tomatoes and green onion. Pour dressing over top.

Source: Michigan Asparagus Advisory Board

Meal Ideas 17 March 2023

Dishing Out the Facts on Good Fats

(Family Features) For those seeking to be more health-conscious, the idea of eating nutritiously seems simple. However, understanding what’s truly “good for you” can sometimes be confusing.

In honor of National Nutrition Month and Healthy Fats Day, Avocados From Mexico is sharing how avocados – a delicious food and source of good fats and several vitamins – make everything better. Avocados From Mexico conducted a survey and found that while 76% of respondents believe fat is an essential component of a healthy diet, less than one-third are confident they know why it’s important to have “good fats” in their diets.

For starters, according to the survey, nearly half of Americans didn’t realize foods with good fats, like avocados, can help with weight management. However, monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats found in avocados can lower the risk of becoming overweight, according to research published in “Nutrients.”

“Most people are aware of the Mediterranean Diet, but nearly half (40%) of survey respondents didn’t realize that this eating pattern does not limit fat coming from plantsources like avocados,” said nutrition expert and registered dietitianBarbara Ruhs. “These types of unsaturated good fats are also recommended by the American Heart Association for heart health. Eating avocados in place of foods containing saturated fat is an easy and delicious way to approach healthy eating.”

Virtually the only fresh fruit with good fats, avocados can help people meet both good fat and fruit and vegetable recommendations in the same bite with approximately 6 grams of good fats per serving (one-third of a medium avocado). They are nutrient-dense, making avocados a delicious food with super benefits. Avocados are also free of cholesterol and sodium and have nearly 20 vitamins and minerals.

Another finding from the survey is that while people believe fat is essential to a healthy diet, one-third of survey respondents believe saturated and trans fats are associated with health benefits, indicating confusion about the various types of fats. Many Americans need to balance their overall fat intake by reducing “bad” or saturated fat intake and increasing “good” or unsaturated (monounsaturated and polyunsaturated) fat intake. Replacing saturated fats with unsaturated fats can help reduce LDL, or bad cholesterol levels.

Dietary fat helps the body absorb vitamins A, D, E, and K. These vitamins are fat soluble, which means they can only be absorbed by the body with the help of fats. Per one-third of a medium avocado (50 grams), avocados contribute 6 grams of unsaturated fats, which are known to be essential for normal growth and development of the central nervous system and brain.

Make good fats a part of your next trip to the grocery store with this avocado-inspired Harvest Bowl Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette certified by the American Heart Association’s Heart-Check Food Certification Program.

To find more nutritional facts and figures, along with recipes, visit AvocadosFromMexico.com.

Harvest Bowl Salad with Balsamic Vinaigrette

Servings: 8

Balsamic Vinaigrette:

  • 1/2 Avocado From Mexico, diced
  • 1 tablespoon avocado oil
  • 2 tablespoons shallots, minced
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 3 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 3 tablespoons water

Salad:

  • 2 Avocados From Mexico, diced
  • 2 sweet potatoes, roasted and diced
  • 2 cups quinoa, cooked
  • 2 cups arugula
  • 2 cups kale
  • 1 cup Brussels sprouts petals, roasted
  • 2 Honeycrisp apples, diced
  • 2 tablespoons roasted pecans, unsalted
  • 2 tablespoons roasted pepitas, unsalted
  • 2 tablespoons dried cranberries
  1. To make balsamic vinaigrette: In food processor, process avocado, avocado oil, shallots, Dijon mustard, balsamic vinegar, honey and water to smooth consistency. Set aside.
  2. To make salad: In large bowl, combine avocados, sweet potatoes, quinoa, arugula, kale, Brussels sprouts petals, apples, pecans, pepitas and dried cranberries. Pour balsamic vinaigrette over salad mixture.
  3. Toss salad to coat. Keep refrigerated until ready to serve.

Nutritional information per serving: 390 calories; 16 g total fat; 0 g saturated fat; 0 g cholesterol; 370 mg sodium; 55 g total carbohydrates; 11 g dietary fiber; 12 g sugar; 15 g protein.

 

Vegetarian 06 March 2023

Plant-Forward Picnic Recipes Perfect for Spring

(Family Features) Between the welcome warmth of the sun’s rays and a nearly universal desire to get outdoors, springtime is a beloved season for enjoying an al fresco meal. Add in fresh produce to heighten the flavors of family favorites and the table is set for a delicious picnic.

Whether your warm-weather adventures take you to a nearby park, a neighbor’s patio or simply your own backyard, satisfying those spring cravings often starts with plant-forward dishes. From tomatoes and onions to mushrooms, Brussels sprouts and other fruits and veggies, you can rely on Mother Nature to give picnic recipes a boost.

For example, these fresh ideas from Aramark’s Feed Your Potential program offer easy solutions to take your loved ones outdoors for a meal all can enjoy. As a popular springtime lunch, sandwiches provide the opportunity to customize servings according to each person’s preferences.

These Portobello Mozzarella Sandwiches are a plant-forward version loaded with grilled mushrooms, fresh mozzarella, pesto mayo, arugula and a balsamic glaze on ciabatta rolls. For an added touch of freshness, a homemade tomato bruschetta topping combines tomatoes, red onions, basil and more to capitalize on a peak produce season.

No picnic is complete without a side that perfectly complements the main course. For a delicious solution that’s fast and easy to make, try a new twist on an al fresco classic: coleslaw. A healthy accompaniment to the sandwiches, this Apricot Brussels Sprouts Coleslaw is an ideal spring dish that calls for less than 10 ingredients and requires simple prep so you can make it fresh before heading out the door.

Visit Aramark’s Feed Your Potential website, fyp365.com, to find more picnic-worthy recipe ideas.

Portobello Mozzarella Sandwiches

Recipe courtesy of Aramark
Servings: 4

Tomato Bruschetta Topping:

  • 1/4 pound fresh plum tomatoes, cored and diced
  • 2 tablespoons red onion, peeled and minced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh basil leaves, thinly sliced
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 pinch ground black pepper
  • 1 pinch fresh garlic, peeled and finely minced

Sandwiches:

  • 1 pound fresh portobello mushrooms, cleaned, stems removed, sliced thin
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons prepared basil pesto
  • 4 ciabatta rolls (4-by-4 inches), split in half
  • 4 ounces fresh mozzarella cheese, sliced small
  • 4 ounces tomato bruschetta topping
  • 2 ounces fresh baby arugula
  • 1/4 cup balsamic glaze
  1. To make tomato bruschetta topping: In bowl, combine tomatoes, onion, basil, olive oil, salt, pepper and garlic. Set aside.
  2. To make sandwiches: Preheat grill pan or grill to medium heat.
  3. Toss sliced mushrooms with olive oil, garlic powder, salt and pepper.
  4. Grill mushrooms until fork-tender, 3-4 minutes on each side. Let cool.
  5. Mix mayonnaise with pesto until combined. Spread 2 tablespoons pesto mayonnaise on cut sides of each roll.
  6. For each sandwich, layer 1/4 of grilled mushrooms, mozzarella slices, tomato bruschetta topping, arugula and balsamic glaze.
  7. Top with other roll halves. Cut diagonally in half to serve.

Apricot Brussels Sprouts Coleslaw

Recipe courtesy of Aramark
Servings: 4

  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 2 cups trimmed and shredded Brussels sprouts
  • 1 cup dried apricot, diced
  • 1 cup red onion, trimmed and diced
  1. Combine mustard, honey, sugar, salt and pepper. Mix well.
  2. Add Brussels sprouts, apricot and onion; toss to coat.

Source: Aramark

Meal Ideas 01 October 2022

Infuse Holiday Gatherings with Fresh Grape Flavor

(Family Features) The elegance of the holidays starts at the table with meals, desserts and drinks shared among loved ones. This year, let grapes add easy elegance to seasonal recipes as a signature ingredient perfect for special occasions.

As a highly versatile addition to appetizers, snacks, main courses, sides and desserts, grapes are an essential ingredient to keep on hand. Thanks to their delicate sweetness and juicy texture, Grapes from California can be the star at the center of the meal in unique and tasty Braised Pork Chops with Spiced Honey and Grapes served with Spiked Grape Cider for a cozy adult beverage.

Finish the celebration by sharing Grape Basque-Style Cheesecake, where delicious, fresh grape juice is used in the cheesecake batter to lend natural sweetness and enhance flavor. Decorate the top with fresh, juicy grapes for a final festive touch.

Find more sweet ideas to celebrate the holidays at GrapesfromCalifornia.com.

A Sweet Party Starter

Set the stage for a delicious get-together by serving an easy, attractive appetizer like this Grape Party Tray with fresh grapes, prosciutto, cheeses, pistachios and more holiday favorites. Grapes are easy to include as they offer variety – different colors, shapes, sizes and textures – which makes them an ideal healthy snack or ingredient in tasty recipes.

Braised Pork Chops with Spiced Honey and Grapes

Servings: 4

  • 4 thick pork chops (about 3 pounds)
  • 4 tablespoons flour
  • 2 tablespoons butter or margarine, melted
  • 1 1/2 cups whole red or black Grapes from California
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 2 small cinnamon sticks, broken
  • 3-5 whole cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh mint (optional)
  1. Preheat oven to 325 F.
  2. Heat heavy, lidded saute pan or casserole dish over medium-high heat. Dust pork chops with flour and brown slowly in melted butter. Do not let flour burn.
  3. Remove pan from heat and add grapes, honey, cinnamon, cloves, ginger, salt and pepper. Cover and place in oven. Braise slowly 50-60 minutes, or until pork is tender. Remove pork from pan and keep warm. Skim pan sauce of excess fat. Arrange pork chops on serving platter, spoon with sauce and sprinkle with chopped mint, if desired.

Nutritional information per serving: 569 calories; 54 g protein; 41 g carbohydrates; 21 g fat (33% calories from fat); 9 g saturated fat (14% calories from saturated fat); 33% calories from fat; 165 mg cholesterol; 407 mg sodium; 1.6 g fiber.

Grape Basque-Style Cheesecake

Prep time: 15 minutes, plus cooling and chilling
Bake time: 40 minutes
Servings: 12

  • 2 cups green Grapes from California, divided
  • 1/4 cup, plus 2/3 cup, granulated sugar, divided
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 large pinches kosher salt
  • 21 ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 1 cup cold heavy cream
  • 4 large eggs, at room temperature
  • 2 tablespoons orange-flavored liqueur (optional)
  1. Heat oven to 425 F with rack in center. Use 12-by-16-inch sheet of parchment paper to line 9-inch springform pan in center. Press paper into bottom edge of pan and flatten creases around sides. Place pan on shallow baking sheet.
  2. In mini blender or food processor, blend 1 cup grapes, 1/4 cup sugar, cornstarch and salt on high until smooth, about 1 minute.
  3. In bowl of electric mixer fitted with paddle, beat cream cheese and remaining sugar until fluffy, 1-2 minutes. With mixer on medium speed, gradually pour in heavy cream; scrape down and beat on high speed until mixture resembles soft whipped cream, about 1 minute. Beat in eggs, one at a time, scraping down between additions. At medium speed, gradually add grape puree mixture; scrape and mix until well blended, 1 minute.
  4. Pour batter into prepared pan, transfer to oven and bake 38-40 minutes until cake is puffed and top is caramel brown. Cracks will appear around edges and cake will be wobbly when touched gently with finger. Set cake pan on baking sheet on rack to cool. Cake will sink to half its height. Cool to room temperature, 1-2 hours, then refrigerate uncovered. Do not unmold cake from pan until well chilled, at least 5 hours or overnight.
  5. Slice remaining grapes in halves or rounds. In small bowl, combine grapes with orange liqueur, if desired, and set aside.
  6. When ready to serve, remove side of pan. Carefully pull creased parchment away from side of cheesecake then transfer to serving platter by peeling parchment away from bottom of cake and underneath pan while gently tugging cake toward platter and off parchment.
  7. Garnish top of cheesecake with grape-liqueur mixture, if desired, or fresh grapes. Cut cake into wedges with thin, sharp knife.
  8. Note: Cheesecake can be made up to 2 days ahead. Once cake is well chilled, cover pan with plastic wrap until ready to serve

Nutritional information per serving: 350 calories; 6 g protein; 25 g carbohydrates; 26 g fat (67% calories from fat); 15 g saturated fat (39% calories from saturated fat); 135 mg cholesterol; 200 mg sodium; 0 g fiber.

Hot Spiked Grape Cider

Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: about 1 hour
Servings: 4

  • 5 cups red Grapes from California, plus additional for garnish, divided
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 2 star anise (optional)
  • 1 large navel orange
  • 6 ounces amber rum
  1. In large saucepan, combine 5 cups grapes with water, honey, cinnamon and star anise, if desired. Bring mixture to boil over medium-high heat, reduce heat to medium-low, cover and simmer until grapes are tender, 50-60 minutes. Let cool 15 minutes.
  2. Lay medium mesh strainer over bowl and pour grape mixture through. Gently press on solids to remove juice from fruit for about 2 cups grape cider.
  3. With peeler, peel off large strip orange zest and add to warm juice. Let cool, cover and refrigerate.
  4. When ready to serve, gently warm cider over medium heat. Pour 1/2 cup cider into each cup. Add 1 1/2 ounces rum and garnish with twist of orange and small skewer of grapes.

Nutritional information per serving: 170 calories; 0 g protein; 18 g carbohydrates; 0 g fat (0% calories from fat); 0 g saturated fat (0% calories from saturated fat); 0 mg cholesterol; 5 mg sodium; 0 g fiber.

Source: California Table Grape Commission

 
Videos 21 September 2022

Sumac-Crusted Filet Mignon with Honey-Lemon Glazed Carrots and Garlic Mashed Potatoes

(Family Features) Creating traditions is a festive focal point for many families throughout the holiday season, and a timeless way to bring your nearest and dearest back year after year is with an exquisite meal.

With a combination of savory, salty and sweet bites, Sumac-Crusted Filet Mignon with Honey-Lemon Glazed Carrots and Garlic Mashed Potatoes provides a little something for everyone. At the center of this seasonal feast is tender, flavorful cuts of filet mignon, hand-cut by master butchers at Omaha Steaks to make your family’s holiday truly special.

To find more holiday recipe inspiration, visit OmahaSteaks.com/Blog.

Watch video to see how to make this recipe!

Sumac-Crusted Filet Mignon with Honey-Lemon Glazed Carrots and Garlic Mashed Potatoes

Recipe by Omaha Steaks Executive Chef David Rose
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: about 20 minutes
Servings: 4

Garlic Mashed Potatoes:

  • 2          pounds russet potatoes, medium diced, skin on
  • cold water
  • 1          teaspoon kosher salt, plus 1 pinch, plus additional, to taste, divided
  • 1/2       pound unsalted butter
  • 4          cloves garlic, minced
  • 1          cup heavy cream
  • 1/2       teaspoon ground white pepper, plus additional, to taste, divided

Honey-Lemon Glazed Carrots:

  • 2/3       cup honey
  • 1/4       cup fresh-squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/2       teaspoon sumac
  • 1/4       teaspoon lemon zest
  • 2          pinches kosher salt, plus additional, to taste, divided
  • 1          pinch ground black pepper, plus additional, to taste, divided
  • water
  • 1          pound baby rainbow carrots
  • 1/3       cup olive oil
  • 1          tablespoon unsalted butter

Sumac-Crusted Filet Mignon:

  • 4          Omaha Steaks Private Reserve Filet Mignons (7 ounces each)
  • 2          tablespoons kosher salt
  • 1          tablespoon sumac
  • 2          teaspoons ground black pepper
  • 1          teaspoon dried thyme leaves
  • 1/3       cup grapeseed oil
  • 3          tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
  1. To make garlic mashed potatoes: Add potatoes to stockpot. Cover with cold water by about 1 inch and add 1 pinch salt. Turn on high heat and bring to boil 12-15 minutes, or until fork tender. Drain and place potatoes in large mixing bowl.
  2. In saucepan over medium heat, melt butter. Add garlic and simmer 5 minutes. Add heavy cream, 1 teaspoon kosher salt and 1/2 teaspoon white pepper; bring to boil. When mixture boils, reduce to simmer 3 minutes then remove from heat.
  3. Mash hot potatoes until most lumps are gone. Using hand mixer on low speed, slowly add butter and cream mixture until desired smoothness and taste.
  4. Season with salt and white pepper, to taste.
  5. To make honey-lemon glazed carrots: In small bowl, whisk honey, lemon juice, sumac, lemon zest, 1 pinch salt and 1 pinch pepper.
  6. Preheat oven to 425 F.
  7. Fill stockpot 2/3 full with water. Bring to boil and add 1 pinch salt. Blanch carrots in boiling water 5 minutes. Drain and shock with cold water. When cool enough to handle, halve carrots lengthwise.
  8. In large saute pan over medium-high heat, add oil and butter.
  9. Add carrots to pan, flat sides down, and season with salt and pepper, to taste. Sear until browned, about 2 minutes.
  10. Flip carrots and season with salt and pepper, to taste. Add half of glaze to pan and glaze generously. Bake 3 minutes. Add remaining glaze to carrots and bake 2 minutes. Remove glazed carrots from oven.
  11. To make sumac-crusted filet mignon: Thaw filet mignons in refrigerator overnight, pat dry with paper towels then bring to room temperature 30 minutes.
  12. In small bowl, whisk kosher salt, sumac, black pepper and dried thyme. Season steaks on all sides.
  13. In cast-iron pan over high heat, add grapeseed oil.
  14. Place filets in pan and cook 4 minutes until browned and seared. Add 1 tablespoon butter to pan. 
  15. Flip filets and butter baste about 20 seconds. Cook filets 3 minutes for medium-rare.
  16. Remove filets from pan and top each with 1/2 tablespoon butter. Rest steaks 7-8 minutes.
  17. Place garlic mashed potatoes on plate and top with sumac-crusted filet mignon. Place honey-lemon glazed carrots next to filet mignon and mashed potatoes.

Source: Omaha Steaks

Appetizers & Sides 20 May 2022

Sweet Ideas for Celebrating Parents All Year Round

(Family Features) Regardless of the occasion, any excuse to celebrate moms and dads is a worthy one. From birthdays and holidays to regular weekends at home, one of the best gifts you can give them is time spent together.

The entire family – including little ones – can get involved when the celebration calls for easy yet delicious recipes. Start a day of celebrating on a high note with these Apple Cinnamon Waffles for a sweet breakfast in bed. As the day goes on, keep everyone energized with Apple, Peanut Butter and Honey Sandwiches or Apple Berry Salsa served with chips, apples or graham crackers. Finally, as the day winds to a close, finish off the festivities with Apple Blondie Cupcakes for one last reminder of how much Mom and Dad mean to you.

These recipes and more family-friendly breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert and snack ideas are enhanced by the satisfying texture and taste of Envy Apples for a consistently balanced, refreshing sweetness coupled with crisp, elegant crunch. Easy to spot by their large, sharable size and crimson red skin that sometimes features a golden blush, they offer a fresh flavor perfect for snacking.

Try serving them as a tasty snack next time your loved ones gather for time together to watch an exciting family-friendly show like “Strawberry Shortcake.” Enjoy seasonal stories about her and her pals discovering hidden treasures while on vacation, encountering mysterious monsters and tangling with out-of-control spring flowers as she’s ready to “bake the world to a better place” all year round.

Visit EnvyApple.com to find more recipes the entire family can enjoy together.

Apple Berry Salsa

Prep time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4-6

  • 2 Envy Apples, cored and chopped
  • 1 pound strawberries, hulled and chopped
  • 1 pint blueberries
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • tortilla chips, pita chips, apple chips or graham crackers, for serving
  1. In medium bowl, combine apples, strawberries, blueberries and salt.
  2. In small bowl, whisk honey and lime juice. Pour honey and lime juice over fruit mixture. Stir together to combine.
  3. Serve immediately with tortilla chips, pita chips, apple chips or graham crackers, or refrigerate until ready to serve.

Apple Blondie Cupcakes

Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes
Servings: 12

  • 1 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 cup unsalted butter (1 stick), melted and cooled
  • 1 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg, at room temperature
  • 2 Envy Apples, peeled, cored and 1/4-inch diced
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Line 12-count muffin pan with cupcake liners and set aside.
  2. In medium bowl, whisk flour, baking powder, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg.
  3. In large bowl, whisk butter and brown sugar 2 minutes, or until well combined. Add vanilla and egg; whisk until incorporated.
  4. Add flour mixture to large bowl of wet ingredients. Stir until just combined; be careful to not overmix.
  5. Fold in diced apples.
  6. Spoon batter evenly into cupcake liners.
  7. Bake 18-22 minutes, or until toothpick inserted into center of cupcake comes out clean. Let cool and serve.

Apple, Peanut Butter and Honey Sandwiches

Prep time: 5 minutes
Servings: 2 (1 sandwich per serving)

  • 1 Envy Apple
  • 6 tablespoons peanut butter
  • 4 slices of bread
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  1. Core apple and thinly slice.
  2. Spread 3 tablespoons peanut butter on two slices of bread, reserving two slices of bread for sandwich tops.
  3. Layer apple slices on top of peanut butter.
  4. Drizzle 1 tablespoon honey over apple slices on each sandwich half.
  5. Top each sandwich half with reserved slice of bread.

Apple Cinnamon Waffles

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

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter (1/2 stick), melted
  • 1 Envy Apple, peeled and cored
  • nonstick cooking spray
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter (1/2 stick), at room temperature
  • maple syrup, to taste
  1. In large bowl, whisk flour, salt, cinnamon, baking powder and brown sugar.
  2. In smaller bowl, whisk eggs, milk and melted butter.
  3. Make well in dry ingredients then mix in wet ingredient mixture until just combined.
  4. Using cheese grater, grate apple. Fold grated apple into batter.
  5. Prepare waffle iron with nonstick cooking spray.
  6. Ladle 1/4 of batter mixture into waffle iron and cook according to manufacturer's instructions. Repeat with remaining batter.
  7. Top each waffle with 1 tablespoon room temperature butter and maple syrup, to taste.

Source: Envy Apples

 

Videos 16 May 2022

Pina Colada Sweetpotato Ice Pops

(Family Features) Whether you spend your summer afternoons sitting by the pool, splashing in the shallow end or just soaking up the sun’s rays, part of the fun is beating the heat with a cool, refreshing snack. Heading to the freezer for a fruity ice pop can transport you from your own backyard to a tropical island, and the experience can be even more rewarding when the tasty treat is homemade.

Cool down after fun in the sun with these kid-friendly Pina Colada Sweetpotato Ice Pops, a tropical-inspired dessert made with coconut cream, sweetpotatoes, fresh pineapple, lime juice and honey.

Sure to please kids and adults alike, they’re a better-for-you option when a cold snack calls your name. As a “diabetes superfood,” according to the American Diabetes Association, sweetpotatoes provide a main ingredient that’s rich in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and fiber along with a “sweet” flavor without the added sugar.

The ease of this summer snack means kids can help in the kitchen, and while you wait for the sweet concoction to freeze, you can share this fun fact with them: The one-word spelling of “sweetpotato” was adopted by the National Sweetpotato Collaborators in 1989 in an effort to avoid confusion with the potato and yam among shippers, distributors, warehouse workers and consumers. To add to the fun facts, a sweetpotato is not even botanically related to a white potato; they are two entirely different species from one another.

Visit ncsweetpotatoes.com to find more delicious summer recipe ideas.

Watch video to see how to make this recipe!

Pina Colada Sweetpotato Ice Pops

Prep time: 5 minutes
Freeze time: 3-4 hours
Yield: 8 small ice pops

  • 1/2       cup coconut cream
  • 3/4       cup mashed and cooked sweetpotato
  • 3/4       cup diced pineapple
  • 2          tablespoons honey
  • 1          tablespoon lime juice
  • coconut flakes (optional)
  1. In food processor or high-speed blender, mix coconut cream, sweetpotato, pineapple, honey and lime juice. Transfer batter to freezer molds.
  2. Place in freezer 3-4 hours. Top with coconut flakes, if desired.

Source: North Carolina Sweetpotato Commission

Meal Ideas 09 May 2022

A Grilled Take on a Traditional Italian Meal

(Family Features) Warm weather means grilling season is back, but evenings spent around the grill are no longer just for hot dogs and burgers. This summer, impress family and friends with creative new recipes that put a spin on your traditional go-to meals.

To start, try bringing other cultural influences to the table. Get inspired by this Sweet Italian Sausage Polenta, starring flavor-packed Carando Sweet Italian Sausage and vinegar-laced peppers over soft, creamy polenta. Simple and satisfying, this recipe may just earn a permanent spot on your summer menu.

Whether you’re grilling for neighbors or gathering the family for a weeknight meal, the sausage is convenient, easy to prepare and can help turn any occasion into a memorable one. Made from 100% pork and loaded with traditional Italian herbs and spices, it pairs perfectly with this creamy polenta, as well as pizzas, sandwiches, kebabs and more.

Find more ways to put your own spin on summer grilling at Carando.com.

Sweet Italian Sausage Polenta

Total time: 35 minutes
Servings: 4

  • 1 package Carando Sweet Italian Sausage
  • 8 cups chicken stock
  • 2 cups dry polenta
  • 8 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, grated
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 red bell pepper, julienned
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, julienned
  • 1 medium yellow onion, julienned
  • 1 tablespoon fresh garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup white wine
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 teaspoons oregano
  1. Heat grill to medium-low. Grill sausages 15-20 minutes, using tongs to turn frequently; reserve.
  2. In heavy-bottomed pot, whisk stock and polenta; bring to boil. Cook, stirring frequently, about 15 minutes, or until thick and creamy.
  3. Remove polenta from heat and whisk in butter and cheese. Reserve until ready to serve.
  4. Heat pan over medium-high heat. Add olive oil, peppers, onions and garlic; and saute until vegetables soften and just begin to color.
  5. Deglaze pan with white wine and reduce by half. Add vinegar, honey and oregano; cook until reduced by half.
  6. Add sausages to pan to warm.
  7. When sausages are warm, place polenta on large platter then top with sausages, peppers and onions.

Source: Carando

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