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Meal Ideas 19 September 2022

Warm Up Fall with Filling Family Meals

(Family Features) Cooler fall months call for comforting, hearty meals that taste just as delicious as they look. Filling recipes like chili and pasta make the season a special time for spending quality moments with those you love.

This fall, turn to a time-saving ingredient like Newman’s Own Sockarooni Pasta Sauce with its blend of tomatoes, mushrooms and bell peppers plus a few signature spices. This versatile sauce made with high-quality ingredients is ready to be a new favorite at your home in recipes like Chili Con Carne, a satisfying dish that can simmer on the stove while you help little ones with homework.

If your family and friends love sharing pasta on those cool, crisp evenings, Lasagna a la Sockarooni can help you impress guests as a quick, easy recipe elevated by creamy and buttery bechamel sauce.

Along with comforting foods, fall is also a time for giving. You can put tasty food on your own table while helping nourish and transform the lives of children who face adversity with Newman’s Own’s radically good commitment to “giving it all away.” As with all of its products, 100% of profits from Sockarooni Pasta Sauce is donated to organizations that help kids.  

Learn more about supporting that commitment and find additional autumn recipes by visiting NewmansOwn.com.

Chili Con Carne

Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 2 hours
Servings: 8

  • 2 cups diced onion
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 green pepper, seeded and chopped
  • 2 tablespoons cooking oil
  • 2 pounds coarsely ground lean beef
  • 2 cups kidney beans, soaked overnight
  • 1 jar Newman's Own Sockarooni or Marinara Pasta Sauce
  • 2-3 cups water
  • 2-3 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • salt, to taste
  • pepper, to taste
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1 can (8 ounces) corn
  • sour cream, for garnish
  • lime wedges, for garnish
  1. Saute onion, garlic and green pepper in oil until soft. Add beef and brown. Add kidney beans, pasta sauce, water, chili powder, cumin and salt and pepper, to taste. Simmer, uncovered, 1 hour, stirring frequently.
  2. Add celery and corn; simmer 1 hour. Garnish with sour cream and lime wedges.

Substitution: Use 3 cups cooked rice for meat to make vegetarian chili.

Lasagna a la Sockarooni

Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 25 minutes
Servings: 9

  • Salted water
  • 1 package lasagna noodles
  • 1 jar Newman's Own Sockarooni Pasta Sauce
  • 2 cups Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, grated

Bechamel Sauce:

  • 4 tablespoons butter
  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups whole milk
  1. Over high heat, boil large pot of heavily salted water. Once boiling, add lasagna noodles and cook until al dente then drain and set aside.
  2. To make bechamel sauce: In saucepan over medium-low heat, melt butter. Add flour and stir with wooden spoon until paste forms. Add small amount of milk and stir until mixture loosens. Gradually add remaining milk and continue stirring with whisk. Cook sauce over low heat until thickened, about 10 minutes.
  3. Preheat oven to 375 F.
  4. In large, deep, oven-proof casserole dish, ladle small amount of pasta sauce followed by small amount of bechamel sauce. Sprinkle some Parmigiano Reggiano cheese over sauces and layer with three lasagna noodles. Continue pattern until dish is complete. Top final layer of noodles with remaining bechamel sauce and grated Parmigiano Reggiano.
  5. Bake 25-30 minutes until golden brown and bubbling. Cool prior to serving.

Source:

Newman’s Own

Meal Ideas 14 July 2022

Host a Hall of Fame Homegate

(Family Features) From kickoff to the final whistle, taking your game day party to the next level starts with serving an all-star lineup of menu items. From starting-caliber appetizers to MVP-level main courses and a supporting cast of side dishes, dips like salsa and hummus can play the role of superstar when it comes to serving up game day grub.

One of the benefits of cheering on your favorite teams from the couch and bringing the tailgate to your literal home field is the availability of appliances you may not otherwise have access to at the stadium like the oven or air fryer. However, that doesn’t mean missing out on the action and being sidelined in the kitchen all game or that these recipes won’t travel to a tailgate.

With a flavor-packed, vibrant recipe, the lineup of Fresh Cravings Salsa offers a homemade-tasting alternative to softer, duller blends of jarred salsa. Made with high-quality ingredients like vine-ripened tomatoes, crisp vegetables, zesty peppers and spices, the salsas make a perfect addition to these recipes from celebrity chef and entertainer George Duran, author of “Take This Dish and Twist It” and host of Food Network’s “Ham on the Street” and TLC’s “Ultimate Cake Off.”

Kickoff your menu with an app like these Jalapeno Bacon and Salsa Biscuit Bites that meld together traditional tailgate tastes. Then put a Tex-Mex twist on a traditional favorite with this Enchilada Lasagna, perfect for feeding a crowd of hungry fans.

To round out the playbook, this Layered Mediterranean Hummus Salad can make for an accompaniment to a variety of main courses. The cucumbers, olives, cherry tomatoes and other veggies are balanced by the savory taste of Fresh Cravings Hummus. Made with a short list of high-quality ingredients like chickpeas, tahini and Chilean extra-virgin olive oil, it has a smooth, creamy mouthfeel.

Find more game-winning recipes made for homegating and tailgating at FreshCravings.com.

Layered Mediterranean Hummus Salad

Recipe courtesy of chef George Duran
Servings: 4-6

  • 2          containers (10 ounces each) Fresh Cravings Hummus, any flavor
  • 1          cup sliced cucumbers
  • 1/2       cup Kalamata olives, seeded and roughly chopped
  • 1/2       cup canned garbanzo beans, drained
  • 1/4       cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 3/4       cup cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • 1/4       red onion, finely chopped
  • 2          tablespoons finely chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/2       lemon, juice only
  • extra-virgin olive oil
  • zaatar, for sprinkling (optional)
  • pita bread or tortilla chips
  1. On bottom of large, flat serving dish or platter, use spoon to evenly spread hummus.
  2. Layer cucumbers, olives, garbanzo beans, feta cheese, cherry tomatoes, red onion and parsley throughout hummus. Squeeze lemon juice over top.
  3. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with Zaatar, if desired.  Serve immediately with pita bread or tortilla chips.

Enchilada Lasagna

Recipe courtesy of chef George Duran
Servings: 4-6

  • 2          tablespoons olive oil
  • 1          large onion, chopped (1 cup)
  • 1          deli roasted chicken, skin and bones removed, shredded
  • 2          tablespoons taco seasoning
  • 1          cup chicken stock or broth
  • 8          ounces cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 2          cups shredded Tex-Mex cheese blend
  • 16        ounces Fresh Cravings Chunky Salsa, plus additional for serving
  • 1          cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • nonstick cooking spray
  • 6          flour tortillas (9 inches each)
  • 1          cup tortilla chips, crushed
  • 1          cup shredded cheddar cheese
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. In large skillet over medium-high heat, add olive oil. Add onions and cook until soft and translucent, 4-5 minutes.
  3. Add shredded chicken and stir in taco seasoning. Add chicken broth and bring to simmer, about 5 minutes.
  4. Add cream cheese, Tex-Mex cheese, salsa and cilantro. Stir until cream cheese is melted and simmer 3-4 minutes until slightly thickened.
  5. Spray square baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Place two tortillas in bottom of pan, folding over or trimming sides of tortillas to fit.
  6. Spoon half chicken mixture over tortillas. Repeat then place remaining tortillas over top. Mix crushed tortilla chips with cheddar cheese and sprinkle over top. Bake 30 minutes, or until lasagna is bubbling and lightly browned.
  7. Let stand 10 minutes then top with additional salsa before serving.

Jalapeno Bacon and Salsa Biscuit Bites

Recipe courtesy of chef George Duran
Yield: 16 biscuit bites

  • 1          tube biscuit dough (8 biscuits total)
  • 7          ounces grated mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4       cup jarred jalapenos, chopped
  • 8          slices cooked bacon, chopped
  • 1          cup Fresh Cravings Restaurant Style Salsa
  • nonstick cooking spray
  1. Preheat air fryer to 350-360 F.
  2. Divide each biscuit in half by pulling apart in centers. Use hands to flatten each biscuit into circles. Set aside.
  3. In bowl, mix mozzarella cheese with chopped jalapenos, bacon and salsa.
  4. Add heaping spoonful into each flattened biscuit and pinch each together tightly to form balls. Top each with small amount of salsa mixture.
  5. Spray nonstick cooking spray in air fryer and, working in batches, cook biscuit bites 6-9 minutes until golden brown.
  6. Serve warm.
  7. Note: If air fryer access is unavailable, biscuit bites can be baked 8-10 minutes at 400 F in oven, or until golden brown.
Meal Ideas 22 August 2022

A Savory Solution to Stretch Your Grocery Budget

(Family Features) In today’s world, grocery shopping can seem more like a burden than an opportunity to gather supplies for your family’s favorite meals. With prices of everyday ingredients fluctuating almost daily, it’s important for many families to make their dollars go further at the store.

Easy ways to stretch your grocery budget, like using versatile ingredients, can make the checkout experience a little less impactful on your household’s finances. Consider the benefits of mushrooms, which provide a delicious option to enhance flavor in favorite recipes while extending portions in an affordable way.

Save Money

Stretch your dollars by stretching your meals using a process called “The Blend.” Blending finely chopped mushrooms with ground meat can extend portion sizes of your favorite meaty recipes and help your bottom line. Chop your favorite mushroom variety to match the consistency of ground meat, blend the chopped mushrooms and meat together then cook to complete the recipe. For burgers, use a blend of 25% finely chopped mushrooms and 75% ground meat. For tacos or chili, use 50% mushrooms and 50% meat or an even higher mushroom-to-meat ratio.

Savor the Flavor

The savory umami taste of mushrooms means a flavorful experience in blended recipes like burgers, where the chopped mushrooms help hold in the juiciness. Or, you can chop, quarter, slice or enjoy them whole in recipes like Garlic-Rosemary Butter Roasted Chicken Thighs and Veggies with Mushroom Orzo Risotto, Creamy Spinach, Mushroom and Lasagna Soup or Blended Pasta Sauce paired with your favorite pasta.

One Carton, Multiple Dishes

Thanks to mushrooms’ versatility, you can buy one large carton of mushrooms to chop up then bulk up multiple dishes, from a morning omelet to hearty soups to blended burgers.

Serve Up Nutrition

Low-calorie, low-sodium, fat-free and cholesterol-free, mushrooms are nutrient rich and can play a starring role in a variety of meals. With an array of fresh varieties and nearly endless ways to prepare them, they can be your powerhouse from the produce department.

Find more recipe ideas and ways to make the most of your grocery store dollars at MushroomCouncil.com.

Garlic-Rosemary Butter Roasted Chicken Thighs and Veggies with Mushroom Orzo Risotto

Recipe courtesy of Emily Weeks, MS, RD, on behalf of the Mushroom Council
Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 50 minutes
Servings: 4

Chicken:

  • 8 boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • salt, to taste
  • pepper, to taste
  • 6 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 16 ounces mushrooms, such as white button, crimini or portabella, quartered
  • 3 zucchinis, 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 mushrooms, such as white button, crimini or portabella, 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 brown on both sides, 4-5 minutes on each side.
  3. In large bowl, toss mushrooms, zucchinis and carrots with rosemary and garlic.
  4. On large baking sheet, spread vegetables. Nestle chicken into vegetables. Drizzle with butter and juices from pan.
  5. Bake 20 minutes until chicken is cooked through and vegetables are tender.
  6. To make orzo: In small pot over medium-low heat, warm broth.
  7. Using skillet from chicken over medium heat, add butter and olive oil. Add onion, garlic and mushrooms. Cook, stirring occasionally, until onions soften, 3-4 minutes.
  8. Add orzo and black pepper. Stir and cook orzo 2 minutes. Add white wine and cook until evaporated, about 1 minute.
  9. Add 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 next. Remove from heat and stir in Parmesan.
  10. Serve in individual bowls with chicken and roasted vegetables atop mushroom orzo risotto.

Blended Pasta Sauce

Recipe courtesy of the Mushroom Council

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium yellow onion, finely chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 pound mushrooms (such as white button, crimini or portabella), finely chopped
  • 1 pound 80% lean ground beef
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 jar (24 ounces) marinara sauce
  • cooked pasta
  • salt, to taste
  • pepper, to taste
  • grated Parmesan cheese
  1. In large pot over medium heat, add oil and cook onions, stirring occasionally, until just soft, about 3 minutes. Add garlic and cook 1 minute.
  2. Add mushrooms and cook 5 minutes, or until mushrooms are soft and reduced in size.
  3. Add ground beef, Italian seasoning and salt; cook until browned throughout, about 6 minutes, stirring and breaking up lumps. Skim off fat, leaving about 2 tablespoons.
  4. Stir in marinara sauce and reduce heat to low. Cook 10 minutes.
  5. Serve over cooked pasta, season with salt and pepper, to taste, and top with grated Parmesan.

Creamy Spinach, Mushroom and Lasagna Soup

Recipe courtesy of Emily Weeks, MS, RD, on behalf of the Mushroom Council
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4

  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 medium onion, small diced
  • 8 ounces mushrooms, such as white button, crimini or portabella, 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
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese, for topping
  1. Heat large pot over medium heat. Add olive oil, garlic, onion and mushrooms. Cook, stirring occasionally, until onions and mushrooms soften, 4-5 minutes.
  2. 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. Add lasagna noodles and cook, stirring often, until softened, about 15 minutes.
  3. Remove from heat and remove bay leaf. Stir in heavy cream and spinach until wilted, 2-3 minutes.
  4. Divide between bowls and top each with dollop of ricotta and sprinkle of mozzarella.

Source: Mushroom Council

Meal Ideas 31 October 2019

Frozen Family Fun

Kid-friendly, make-ahead meals

(Family Features) As families look to incorporate more nutritious dishes into meals from morning to night, using kid-friendly recipes can help make the process easier and more fun.
To help make it easier for busy parents to plan and serve healthier meals, registered dietitian Melanie Marcus, Dole’s nutrition and health communications manager, created a series of enchanted frozen fruit- and vegetable-based dishes including main courses, smoothies, desserts, sides and more. Because these recipes can be made in advance and frozen for later use, they’re perfect for on-the-go families and busy lifestyles.

For example, these frozen sandwiches make for an easy grab-and-go breakfast while make-ahead lasagna simplifies busy evenings and banana split cups can appease those dessert cravings.

These and other family-friendly recipes are part of Dole’s healthy-living alliance with Disney’s Frozen 2.  For details, visit dole.com/Disney. Follow Dole at #Dole and #DoleRecipes.

Royal Frozen Sweet Potato Lasagna

Prep time: 45 minutes
Cook time: 1 hour, 5 minutes
Servings: 8

  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 1          tablespoon olive oil
  • 1          medium DOLE® White Onion, chopped
  • 1          package (8 ounces) Dole Mushrooms, sliced
  • 2          garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 1/2    pounds 99% fat-free lean ground turkey
  • 5          cups Dole Baby Spinach
  • 1          teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 1/4       teaspoon salt
  • 1          cup marinara sauce
  • 1          cup raw cashews
  • 2          cups fat-free cottage cheese, strained
  • 4          medium Dole Sweet Potatoes, peeled and sliced 1/8-inch thick crosswise
  • 1       cup low-moisture part-skim mozzarella cheese
  1. Heat oven to 375° F. Spray 13-by-9-inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In large skillet over medium-high heat, heat olive oil; add onion and cook 5 minutes, or until tender, stirring occasionally. Add mushrooms; cook 4 minutes, or until tender, stirring occasionally. Add garlic; cook 1 minute, stirring frequently. Add turkey; cook 8 minutes, or until browned, breaking up turkey with side of wooden spoon. Add spinach, Italian seasoning and salt; cook 3 minutes, or until spinach wilts. Stir in marinara; cook 1 minute.
  3. In food processor, pulse cashews 20 times, or until small crumbs form. In medium bowl, stir cottage cheese and cashews.
  4. Shingle 1/3 of sweet potato slices in bottom of prepared dish; top with 1 cup cottage cheese mixture followed by 1 1/2 cups turkey mixture. Repeat layers twice; sprinkle with mozzarella cheese and cover tightly with foil. Bake 45 minutes; remove foil. Bake 20 minutes, or until top is golden brown.

Tip: To freeze lasagna, wrap tightly once cooled with layer of plastic wrap then foil. Freeze up to 3 months. Remove plastic wrap; bake lasagna from frozen, covered with foil, at 375° F 1 hour. Uncover and bake 15 minutes, or until top is golden brown and internal temperature reaches 165° F.

Approximate nutritional information per serving (1 1/2 cups): 315 calories; 110 calories from fat; 12 g fat; 0 g trans fat; 2 g polyunsaturated fat; 6 g monounsaturated fat; 45 mg cholesterol; 570 mg sodium; 661 mg potassium; 22 g carbohydrates; 3 g fiber; 9 g sugars; 29 g protein; vitamin A 50%; vitamin C 10%; calcium 20%; iron 15%; vitamin E 10%; thiamin 8%; vitamin B6 15%; phosphorus 10%; magnesium 8%; manganese 20%.

Frozen Banana Split Cups

Prep time: 15 minutes, plus freezing time
Servings: 12

  • 2/3       cup gluten-free dark chocolate chips
  • 2          teaspoons grapeseed oil
  • 3          DOLE® Strawberries, hulled and thinly sliced
  • 1          ripe Dole Banana, peeled and thinly sliced
  • 2 tablespoons chopped roasted unsalted peanuts
  1. Line 12-cup mini muffin tin with mini cupcake liners.
  2. In small, microwave-safe bowl, heat chocolate chips in microwave oven on high 1 minute, or until melted, stirring every 20 seconds; stir in oil.
  3. Fill cupcake liners with half of chocolate mixture; top with strawberries, banana, remaining chocolate mixture and peanuts.
  4. Freeze in airtight container at least 1 hour, or up to 2 weeks.

Approximate nutritional information per serving (1 cup): 92 calories; 65 calories from fat; 7 g fat; 0 g trans fat; 1 g polyunsaturated fat; 1 g monounsaturated fat; 0 mg cholesterol; 0 mg sodium; 54 mg potassium; 10 g carbohydrates; 2 g fiber; 6 g sugars; 2 g protein; vitamin A 0%; vitamin C 2%; calcium 0%; iron 15%; vitamin E 2%; thiamin 0%; vitamin B6 2%; phosphorus 0%; magnesium 2%; manganese 4%.

Make-Ahead Frozen Brrr-eakfast Bites

Prep time: 15 minutes, plus cooling time
Cook time: 25 minutes
Servings: 8

  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 8          eggs
  • 1          tablespoon olive oil
  • 1          package (8 ounces) DOLE® Mushrooms, sliced
  • 1          Dole Red Onion, chopped
  • 1          medium red bell pepper, chopped
  • 4          cups Dole Baby Spinach
  • 1          cup fat-free milk
  • 1/4       teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2       teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 8          100% whole-grain English muffins, split
  • 8          frozen chicken breakfast sausage patties
  1. Heat oven to 375° F. Spray 13-by-9-inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In large bowl, whisk eggs. In large skillet over medium heat, heat oil. Add mushrooms, onion and bell pepper; cook 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add spinach; cook 3 minutes, or until spinach wilts, stirring occasionally. Stir milk, salt, pepper and vegetables into eggs; transfer to prepared dish. Bake 25 minutes, or until set and internal temperature reaches 160° F; cool and cut into eight equal pieces.
  3. Assemble sandwiches with muffins, sausage patties and egg mixture; wrap tightly with plastic wrap and freeze up to 2 weeks.
  4. Unwrap one sandwich; wrap loosely with paper towel. Heat in microwave oven on high 2 1/2-3 minutes, or until completely heated through and internal temperature of sausage and egg mixture reaches 165° F.

Approximate nutritional information per serving (1 sandwich): 317 calories (114 calories from fat); 13 g fat; 0 g trans fat; 2 g polyunsaturated fat; 4 g monounsaturated fat; 212 mg cholesterol; 572 mg sodium; 33 g carbohydrates; 334 g potassium; 4 g fiber; 6 g sugars; 19 g protein; vitamin A 25%; vitamin C 35%; calcium 15%; iron 20%; vitamin E 8%; thiamin 25%; vitamin B6 10%; phosphorus 15%; magnesium 15%; manganese 15%.

Source: Dole/Disney

Meal Ideas 21 February 2019

Fresh, Filling Family Dinners

(Family Features) When busy mornings give way to a hectic workday followed by homework and after-school activities, a fresh, simple meal is often the only option. Before you hit the drive-thru or settle for an equally unhealthy alternative, check out these delicious dishes you can prepare and serve without the hassle.

Find more ideas to make your busy weeknights easy at Culinary.net.

Savory and Scrumptious

Take a nutritious dish to the family table that still brings a flavorful bite. This savory lasagna recipe boasts meaty eggplant, fresh zucchini and lycopene-rich tomatoes. Whole-wheat noodles pack fiber and natural plant compounds, called phytochemicals. Find more better-for-you recipe ideas at AICR.org.

Roasted Vegetable Lasagna

Reprinted with permission from the American Institute for Cancer Research.
Servings: 12

  • 2          eggplants (about 3 pounds), quartered lengthwise
  • 6          medium zucchini (about 3 pounds)
  • canola oil cooking spray
  • 1          pound whole-wheat lasagna noodles
  • 15        ounces low-fat ricotta or low-fat cottage cheese
  • 2          eggs
  • 1/2       cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1/2       teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2       teaspoon garlic powder
  • 3          cups low-fat mozzarella cheese
  • 4          cups low-sodium tomato sauce, divided
  1. Heat oven to 450° F. Grease 13-by-9-by-2-inch baking pan; set aside.
  2. Slice eggplant and zucchini in 1/2-inch slices. Layer on two baking sheets and coat both sides of vegetables with cooking spray. Roast 20 minutes. Toss vegetables and continue roasting until well browned and soft, about 20 minutes more. Transfer vegetables to large bowl.
  3. Reduce oven temperature to 375° F.
  4. Cook lasagna noodles according to package directions. Separate noodles and let cool slightly.
  5. In medium bowl, mix together cheese, eggs, Parmesan, nutmeg and garlic powder.
  6. To assemble: Spread thin layer of sauce over bottom of prepared pan. Cover with layer of pasta (noodle strips slightly overlapping). Spread with one-third of ricotta mixture.
  7. Sprinkle 1/4 of the mozzarella over ricotta. Spoon 1/3 of roasted vegetables on top. Top with 1/2 cup tomato sauce and continue assembly as directed until there are four layers of pasta and three layers of filling. Spread remaining sauce on top and sprinkle with remaining mozzarella.
  8. Cover pan with aluminum foil and bake 30 minutes. Uncover and continue baking until golden and bubbly, about 15 minutes more. Let stand 15 minutes before serving.

Quick, Flavorful Meal Idea

It’s not always easy to make healthy food choices. When time is of the essence, look for delicious recipe ingredients that are convenient and easy to prepare while also offering great taste and health benefits.

In fact, 40 percent of American consumers said shorter cooking times are especially important when buying grocery items such as rice, grains and pasta, according to research from Statista, and 83 percent said taste is an important factor when purchasing food.

Ready in 10 minutes with flavor infused in every grain, Uncle Ben’s Flavor Infusions rice is ideal for those looking for quick and healthy meal options. With its one-step cooking process, it makes it easy for families to cook with their kids and quickly get dinner on the table. The resealable pouches ensure freshness for multiple uses, and any of the five flavors can be combined with fresh vegetables, proteins and herbs for a simple meal that’s ready in less than 20 minutes.

Simple recipe options using Flavor Infusions, such as Easy Thai Chicken Satay and Rice Salad, are quick meals the entire family can enjoy, even when short on time. Find more meal ideas at UncleBens.com.

Easy Thai Chicken Satay and Rice Salad

Servings: 4-6

Dressing:

  • 1/4       cup canned, unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1/4       cup creamy peanut butter
  • 1          tablespoon rice wine vinegar
  • 1          tablespoon soy sauce
  • 2          teaspoons red curry paste
  • 1/8       teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
  • 1-2       tablespoons hot water

Salad:

  • 1          cup Uncle Ben’s Flavor Infusions Roasted Chicken
  • 1 1/2    cups shredded rotisserie chicken
  • 1          cup shredded carrots
  • 1          cup sliced pea pods
  • 1          cup sliced red pepper
  • 1          avocado, pitted and sliced
  • 4-6       red radishes, thinly sliced
  • 2          tablespoons chopped peanuts
  • 2          tablespoons chopped green onions
  1. To make dressing: In small glass bowl, stir together coconut milk, peanut butter, rice wine vinegar, soy sauce, red curry paste, cayenne pepper and hot water; set aside.
  2. Cook rice according to package instructions. Makes about 3 1/2 cups.
  3. In center of individual plates, place about 1 cup rice. Arrange chicken, carrots, pea pods, red pepper, avocado, radishes, peanuts and green onions around rice then drizzle with dressing.

Fish with a Twist

Add a little variety to your dinnertime protein with a smart, heart-healthy option like fish. Fillets cook quickly and a slightly sweet white fish like farm-raised catfish has a mild enough flavor to entice picky young eaters. White fish is also quite versatile; it can take on other flavors such as this citrusy topping with ease. Find more family-friendly fish recipes at USCatfish.com.

Catfish Quesadilla with Cilantro-Lime Sour Cream

Recipe courtesy of The Catfish Institute
Servings: 4

  • 4          U.S. Farm-Raised Catfish Fillets, grilled or baked
  • 2 1/2    tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • salt, to taste
  • freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • smoked paprika or chili powder
  • 1          small red bell pepper, diced
  • 1/2       red onion, diced
  • 3/4       cup whole corn kernels
  • 1          teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1          teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2       cup fresh cilantro leaves, chopped
  • 4          flour or wheat tortillas (10 inches each)
  • 1          can (16 ounces) refried black beans
  • 2          cups grated pepper jack cheese

Cilantro-Lime Sour Cream:

  • 1/2       cup sour cream
  • 1/4       cup fresh cilantro leaves, chopped
  • 1/2       lime, juiced
  • lime zest
  • salt, to taste
  1. Lightly brush fish with 1 tablespoon olive oil. Season with salt, pepper and smoked paprika or chili powder. Prepare fish on grill or bake until done. Place in refrigerator to cool. When cool, cut into bite-size pieces.
  2. In large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon oil over medium-high heat. Saute red pepper and onion until soft, about 5 minutes. Add corn, red pepper flakes, cumin and salt and pepper, to taste. Toss to incorporate and saute 3 minutes. Transfer to bowl and add cilantro.
  3. Heat pan large enough to hold flat tortilla to medium heat. Lightly brush pan with remaining olive oil.
  4. Spread tortilla on work surface. On half of each tortilla, spread refried beans and vegetables; top with fish.
  5. Place in heated pan and sprinkle 1/2 cup cheese on other half of tortilla. Heat until cheese is melted and tortilla is lightly crispy. Fold cheese side over vegetable side and remove to plate.
  6. Using serrated knife, cut each tortilla into four pieces. Serve with Cilantro-Lime Sour Cream.
  7. To make Cilantro-Lime Sour Cream: In small bowl, mix all ingredients until combined.

Photo courtesy of Getty Images (Roasted Vegetable Lasagna and Catfish Quesadilla with Cilantro-Lime Sour Cream)

Photo courtesy of Uncle Ben’s (Easy Thai Chicken Satay and Rice Salad)

Source: Culinary.net

Meal Ideas 01 November 2016

Gather Around Hearty, Comforting Foods

(Family Features) Keep warm with hearty dishes that satisfy appetites and comfort food cravings. From russets to reds, fingerlings to purples, the hearty potato comes in many beautiful varieties that add color and texture to beloved comfort dishes. Bring out the flavors of your down-home creation by pairing it with a perfectly suited wine.

Comforting Complements
A spicy red with raspberry and peppery flavors, Zinfandel pairs particularly well with the flavors of winter — the season where comfort food is king. When searching for the perfect complement to your hearty, comfort fare, go for wines that deliver on quality at a fair price.
Discover Amador County, an up-and-coming wine region nestled in the rolling Sierra Foothills of California, through the wines of Renwood Winery. The winery runs under the direction of Joe Shebl, a talented winemaker whose artistic vision and passion for both Zinfandel and Amador County shows in every bottle.
For more information, visit www.renwood.com.

One Healthy Spud
Beyond their appearance in some of the most beloved dishes, potatoes also boast many benefits to your diet. Here are few reasons to add this versatile vegetable into meals:
Potassium — Potatoes are a great source of potassium, which may help lower high blood pressure, making them a heart-healthy choice. In fact, potatoes contain more potassium than a banana or spinach.
Vitamins — A spud a day may keep the cold germs away. One medium-sized spud has nearly half the recommended daily value of vitamin C and is also a good source of vitamin B6.
Dietary fiber — Potatoes are also a source of dietary fiber, a complex carbohydrate, which is known to increase satiety and help with weight loss.
Gluten free — Potatoes are a naturally gluten-free food, so those with gluten sensitivity can enjoy this flavorful vegetable.

For more on potatoes and healthy recipe ideas, visit www.eatwisconsinpotatoes.com.

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Country Stew

Pair with Renwood Zinfandel, California
Yield: 6 servings

  • 5 pounds bone-in short ribs, trimmed and cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 1/3 cups Renwood Zinfandel
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 beef bouillon cubes
  • 6 large Wisconsin potatoes, washed, peeled and quartered
  • 1/2 pound small fresh mushrooms, cleaned and trimmed
  • 1 package (10 ounces) frozen whole green beans
  • 1 can (16 ounces) peeled whole tomatoes, undrained
  1. Dredge ribs in flour to coat; reserve leftover flour.
  2. Heat oil in 8-quart Dutch oven on moderate heat.
  3. Add half of ribs and brown on all sides. Once browned, remove ribs. Repeat instructions for remaining ribs.
  4. Stir in the reserved flour. While stirring, add 1 cup water and wine and stir until thickened.
  5. Return ribs to the pan.
  6. Add onion, garlic, salt, pepper and bouillon and bring to a boil.
  7. Cover and lower heat to simmer for about 1 hour, or until ribs are tender.
  8. Remove ribs with slotted spoon and cover with foil to keep warm.
  9. Add potatoes, mushrooms and beans. Simmer 20 to 30 minutes, or until vegetables are tender.
  10. Add ribs and tomatoes with liquid, and heat through.
  11. Use slotted spoon to remove meat and vegetables to large serving platter.
  12. Remove gravy to serving container and serve with ribs.

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Healthy Potato Lasagna

Pair with Renwood Premier Old Vine Zinfandel, Amador County
Yield: 4 servings

  • 2 links Italian turkey sausage (3 1/2 ounces each)
  • 1 1/2 cups chopped onion
  • 1 cup fat-free ricotta cheese
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil or Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 egg white
  • 2 cups marinara sauce, divided
  • 1 1/4 pounds Wisconsin Yukon gold potatoes, peeled and thinly sliced, divided
  • 1 cup part-skim shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
  1. Remove sausage from casing and crumble into medium skillet with onion.
  2. Cook for 10 minutes or until both are browned, breaking up sausage with back of spoon.
  3. Stir together ricotta, basil, garlic powder and egg white in small bowl.
  4. Spread 1/2 cup marinara sauce in bottom of 9-inch square baking dish.
  5. Place 1/3 of the potatoes in the bottom of the dish, forming solid layer with no gaps.
  6. Drop 1/2 ricotta mixture in spoonfuls over top and spread out just a little.
  7. Sprinkle with 1/3 of mozzarella and 1/2 sausage mixture.
  8. Add 1/2 cup more sauce then repeat potato, cheese and meat layers.
  9. Top with last layer of potatoes, remaining sauce and mozzarella.
  10. Cover with plastic wrap and make small slit to vent.
  11. Microwave on high for 30 minutes or until potatoes are tender.

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Quick & Healthy Slow Cooker Chicken & Potatoes

Pair with Renwood Zinfandel, Fiddletown

  • 2 teaspoons Herbs de Provence (or combination of dried thyme, fennel, basil and savory)
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • Freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 4 small (2 pounds) bone-in-chicken breasts, skin removed
  • 1 1/4 pounds small Wisconsin red potatoes
  • 3/4 cup frozen, thawed pearl onions
  • 1 cup small baby carrots
  • 3/4 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 8 ounces small baby bella or white mushrooms
  • Chopped fresh thyme (optional)
  1. Combine Herbs de Provence, garlic salt, and pepper on a dinner plate.
  2. Spoon flour onto a second dinner plate.
  3. Coat each chicken breast with herb mixture; then dredge in flour.
  4. Heat oil in a large skillet.
  5. Add chicken and cook over medium-high heat until chicken is golden brown on both sides (approximately 3 to 4 minutes per side). If necessary, cook chicken in two batches so as not to crowd the pan.
  6. Once browned, place chicken in large slow cooker and add all remaining ingredients, except fresh thyme.
  7. Cover slow cooker and cook on high for 4 hours or on low for 8 hours.
  8. Sprinkle with fresh thyme before serving, if desired.

Source: Renwood Winery / Wisconsin Potatoes

Main Dishes 13 March 2017

Easy-to-Make Italian Meals

(Family Features) In an effort to squeeze in valuable time together, more families are zooming past the drive-thru and heading home to the table for simpler, satisfying and more wholesome dinners.

Busy schedules can make dinnertime a challenge for many families. With sports practices, dance rehearsals and after-school activities galore, many parents are doing well by just getting their little ones to the right place at the right time. These days, with so much time spent outside of the home, the time spent around the dinner table is priceless.

Bring everyone together with an Italian feast
With its savory blend of cheeses, sweet garlic and rich sauces, it’s hard to deny the delicious flavors of Italian cuisine. By combining a few simple, scrumptious elements, you’ll find it’s quite easy to bring the taste of Italy into your own home. Gather the family together with the many flavorful options available at your local grocery store, such as Michael Angelo’s Gourmet Foods, which offers prepared Italian meals boasting homemade flavor without the fuss.

Here are a few authentic Italian meal ideas to incorporate into your next weeknight routine, so you can deliver a dinner that satisfies every family member.

Serve up a salad
A crispy, crunchy salad is the perfect starter for an Italian meal and can be tossed together in a matter of minutes. For a simple take on salad, just combine fresh greens – such as chopped romaine hearts – thinly sliced red onions and croutons. To add more flavor and texture, throw in fresh mozzarella, chopped radicchio, cherry tomatoes and pepperoncini. Don’t forget to finish with a generous splash of savory Italian dressing.

Fuss-free entrees
There’s nothing more comforting than a warm dish of flavorful pasta at the end of a long day. When such flavorful dishes can be created with the touch of a button, everyone wins. Serve up the delicious combination of vine-ripened tomatoes, sautéed onions, 100 percent semolina lasagna pasta, ground beef and premium cheeses in Michael Angelo’s Meat Lasagna. Or, try their Eggplant Parmesan, made with farm-fresh eggplant, imported olive oil, Italian spices and a blend of imported Pecorino and Parmesan cheeses.

Warm, garlic goodness
A plate of hearty, wholesome Italian food would not be complete without a side of fragrant, warm garlic bread. Heat up an easy, pre-made variety in the oven, or make your own by simply topping your favorite variety of sliced bread with butter, garlic, Parmesan cheese and oregano.

Fill your kitchen with ingredients and products that allow you to fix easy meals that bring the whole family together. They’re the perfect dinnertime solution for busy parents who want to serve a wholesome, better-for-you meal to their family, but don’t always have the time or skills to cook from scratch.

For more information and meal ideas, visit www.michaelangelos.com.

Source: Michael Angelo's Gourmet Foods

Pasta 10 August 2015

Big Flavor, Little Time

(Family Features) You don’t have to be a master chef to create great meals that your family will love. Simple yet flavorful and warming dishes are the perfect solution for busy cooks with hungry families to feed.

Using high-quality ingredients helps guarantee you’re serving meals you can be proud of, even when you’re short on time. For delicious dinners, look for ingredients such as Hunt’s® tomatoes and KRAFT® Parmesan cheese. Hunt’s diced, stewed and whole tomatoes are peeled using only steam and their sauce is 100 percent natural with no preservatives.

Ranging from a Latin-inspired Chorizo Bolognese to easy Italian lasagna in a skillet, these recipes combine carefully chosen ingredients, so you can serve meals rich with flavor and quality.

Look for more great recipe ideas at Hunts.com.

chicken parmesan

 Easy Chicken Parmesan

  • 1 can (15 ounces) Hunt’s Tomato Sauce
  • 1 can (14.5 ounces) Hunt’s Diced Tomatoes with Basil, Garlic and Oregano, undrained
  • 6 tablespoons KRAFT® Grated Parmesan Cheese, divided
  • 6 small boneless skinless chicken breasts (6 breasts = 1 1/2 pounds)
  • 3/4 pound spaghetti, uncooked
  • 1 1/2 cups KRAFT Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
  1. Heat oven to 375°F.
  2. Pour tomato sauce and undrained tomatoes into 13-inch-by-9-inch baking dish. Stir in 1/4 cup (4 tablespoons) Parmesan. Add chicken; turn to coat evenly both sides of each breast with sauce. Cover.
  3. Bake 30 minutes or until chicken is done (165°F). Meanwhile, cook spaghetti as directed on package, omitting salt.
  4. Top chicken with remaining cheeses; bake, uncovered, 5 minutes or until mozzarella is melted.
  5. Drain spaghetti. Serve topped with chicken and sauce.
Preparation Time

10 minutes

Total Time

45 minutes

Serves

6

spaghetti and meat balls

Classic Spaghetti and Parmesan Meatballs

  • 1 pound ground round beef (85 percent lean)
  • 3/4 cup KRAFT® Grated Parmesan Cheese, divided
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh Italian (flat-leaf) parsley
  • 1 egg, slightly beaten
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped garlic, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 3/4 cup finely chopped yellow onion
  • 1 can (14.5 ounces) Hunt’s® Diced Tomatoes, undrained
  • 2 cups Hunt’s Tomato Sauce
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 12 ounces dry spaghetti, uncooked
  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  2. Combine beef, 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, parsley, egg, 1 teaspoon garlic and salt in medium bowl. Divide mixture into 12 portions; shape into meatballs and place on aluminum foil-lined shallow baking pan. Bake 15 minutes or until done (160°F).
  3. Heat oil in large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion; cook 4 minutes or until tender, stirring occasionally. Add remaining 2 teaspoons garlic, cook 1 minute more or until fragrant. Stir in undrained tomatoes, tomato sauce, remaining 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, basil and sugar. Bring to a boil.
  4. Add meatballs to sauce; gently stir to coat. Reduce heat and simmer 10 minutes or until sauce has thickened slightly, stirring occasionally.
  5. Meanwhile, cook spaghetti according to package directions. Drain spaghetti; top with sauce and meatballs. Top with extra KRAFT Grated Parmesan Cheese, if desired.
Preparation Time

40 minutes

Total Time

55 minutes

Serves

6

Chorizo Bolognese

Chorizo Bolognese

  • 8 ounces dry fettuccine pasta, uncooked
  • 1/2 pound ground chuck beef (80 percent lean)
  • 6 ounces fresh pork chorizo (Mexican-style)
  • 1/4 teaspoon adobo seasoning blend
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup chopped yellow onion
  • 1/4 cup sliced stuffed green olives
  • 1 can (15 ounces) Hunt’s® Tomato Sauce KRAFT® Grated Parmesan Cheese (optional)
  1. Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt.
  2. Meanwhile, heat large skillet over medium-high heat. Add beef, chorizo, adobo seasoning and pepper to skillet; cook 3 minutes or until meat begins to brown, stirring once.
  3. Add onion and olives; cook 2–3 minutes more or until meat is crumbled and no longer pink. Drain.
  4. Stir in tomato sauce; reduce heat and simmer 5–7 minutes, stirring occasionally. Serve sauce over pasta.
  5. Sprinkle with KRAFT Grated Parmesan Cheese, if desired.
Preparation Time

25 minutes

Total Time

25 minutes

Serves

6

Classic Skillet Lasagna

Classic Skillet Lasagna

  • 8 ounces dry bowtie (farfalle) pasta, uncooked
  • 1 cup part-skim ricotta cheese
  • 1/3 cup KRAFT® Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 12 ounces Italian pork sausage
  • 1/3 cup chopped yellow onion
  • 2 cans (14.5 ounces each) or 1 can (28 ounces) Hunt’s® Diced Tomatoes with Basil, Garlic and Oregano, undrained
  • 1 can (6 ounces) Hunt’s Tomato Paste
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded part- skim mozzarella cheese, divided.
  1. Cook pasta according to package directions, omitting salt.
  2. Meanwhile, combine ricotta cheese, Parmesan cheese, water and pepper in small bowl; set aside.
  3. Heat large skillet over medium-high heat. Add sausage and onion; cook 3–5 minutes or until sausage is crumbled and onion is tender, stirring occasionally. Drain.
  4. Add tomatoes (undrained), tomato paste, 3/4 cup mozzarella cheese and cooked pasta to skillet; stir to combine.
  5. Dollop spoonfuls of ricotta mixture on top of pasta mixture. Sprinkle with remaining mozzarella cheese.
  6. Reduce heat to low; cover and cook 2–3 minutes or until ricotta mixture is hot and mozzarella cheese melts.
Preparation Time

30 minutes

Total Time

30 minutes

Serves

6

SOURCE: Hunts

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