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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

Videos 02 November 2023

Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

(Culinary.net) Don’t throw out your seeds after this year’s pumpkin carving. This healthy snack is easy to make at home and a fun project to get the kids involved.

Plus, this versatile Roasted Pumpkin Seeds recipe can be modified with any of your favorite seasonings or spices.

Visit Culinary.net to find more quick, simple snacks.

Watch video to see how to make this recipe!


Roasted Pumpkin Seeds

  •             Water
  • 1 1/2    cups raw pumpkin seeds
  • 2          teaspoons sea salt, plus additional for seasoning (optional)
  • 2          teaspoons salted butter, melted
  • 1          teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1          teaspoon paprika
  1. In pot over high heat, bring water to boil. Add pumpkin seeds and 2 teaspoons salt; boil 15 minutes. Drain water and spread seeds evenly on paper towels to dry.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 F. Line baking sheet with foil or parchment paper.
  3. In medium bowl, toss seeds and butter until coated well. Sprinkle with garlic powder, paprika and additional salt, if desired. Spread seeds evenly on baking sheet.
  4. Bake 25-30 minutes, or until golden brown and lightly toasted. Stir every 10 minutes.

Source: Culinary.net

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.

Watch video to see how to make this recipe!


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

Meal Ideas 25 September 2023

Quick, Easy Recipes to Add to Your Dinner Rotation: Simple, nutritious meals to make more time for family

(Family Features) Making time for meals together can have a positive impact on the well-being of families, including children and adolescents. In fact, regular meals at home can help reduce stress and boost self-esteem, according to research published in “Canadian Family Physician.”

Mealtime conversations are also a perfect opportunity to connect with your loved ones. A study published in “New Directions for Child and Adolescent Development” showed these conversations help improve children’s vocabularies more than being read aloud to.

Making time for meals together shouldn’t require spending all night in the kitchen, however. A simple-to-prepare ingredient like eggs can help you spend less time cooking and more time with family.

For example, these heart-healthy recipes for Poached Egg Tostadas with Avocado-Tomatillo Salsa, Sweet Potato Hash with Eggs and Poblano Frittata from the Healthy for Good Eat Smart initiative, nationally supported by Eggland’s Best, are ready in 15 minutes or less. They include a wide variety of vegetables, fruit, whole grains and healthy protein sources, which are recommended by the American Heart Association to help prevent heart disease and stroke.

To find more tips for family mealtimes and recipe inspiration, visit heart.org/eatsmart.

Poached Egg Tostadas with Avocado-Tomatillo Salsa

Servings: 4 (1 egg and 1/2 cup salsa per serving)

  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 4          corn tortillas (6 inches each)
  • 4          cups water
  • 1          tablespoon white vinegar
  • 4          large eggs

Salsa:

  • 1          medium avocado, diced
  • 1          medium Anaheim or poblano pepper, seeds and ribs discarded, diced
  • 1          medium tomatillo, papery husk discarded, washed and diced
  • 1/2       medium tomato, diced
  • 1/4       cup diced red onion
  • 1/4       cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2          tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1          medium garlic clove, minced
  • 1/8       teaspoon salt
  1. Preheat oven to 400 F. Line baking sheet with aluminum foil. Lightly spray foil with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Arrange tortillas in single layer on foil. Lightly spray tortillas with nonstick cooking spray. Using fork, pierce tortillas to prevent from filling with air. Bake 5-6 minutes on each side, or until golden brown. Transfer to serving plates.
  3. In large skillet over high heat, bring water and vinegar to boil.
  4. Once water is boiling, reduce heat and simmer. Break egg into cup then carefully slip egg into simmering water. Repeat with remaining eggs, avoiding eggs touching in water. Simmer 3-5 minutes, or until egg whites are completely set and yolks are beginning to set but aren’t hard. Using slotted spoon, drain eggs. Place each egg on tostada.
  5. To make salsa: In medium bowl, gently stir together avocado, pepper, tomatillo, tomato, red onion, cilantro, lime juice, garlic and salt. Serve with tostadas.

Nutritional information per serving: 185 calories; 11 g total fat; 2.5 g saturated fat; 3 g polyunsaturated fat; 5 g monounsaturated fat; 186 mg cholesterol; 169 mg sodium; 15 g carbohydrates; 3 g fiber; 2 g total sugars; 9 g protein.

Poblano Frittata

Servings: 4 (2 wedges per serving)

  • 4          large eggs
  • 1/4       cup fat-free milk
  • 2          tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1          teaspoon olive oil
  • 2          medium poblano peppers, seeds and ribs discarded, chopped
  • 2          cups frozen whole-kernel corn, thawed
  • 2          medium green onions, chopped
  • 1/4       cup finely shredded Cotija cheese or crumbled queso fresco
  • 1          medium tomato, chopped
  • 1/4       cup fat-free sour cream
  1. In medium bowl, whisk eggs, milk and cilantro.
  2. In medium skillet over medium heat, heat oil, swirling to coat bottom of skillet. Cook poblano peppers 3 minutes, or until browning on edges, stirring frequently.
  3. Stir in corn and green onion. Reduce heat to medium-low and carefully pour in egg mixture. Cook, covered, 10 minutes, or until mixture is just set on edges and still soft in center. Avoid overcooking. Remove from heat.
  4. Sprinkle with cheese. Cut into eight wedges. Place two wedges on each plate. Top with tomatoes and sour cream.

Nutritional information per serving: 244 calories; 8.5 g total fat; 2.5 g saturated fat; 1.5 g polyunsaturated fat; 3 g monounsaturated fat; 192 mg cholesterol; 177 mg sodium; 27 g carbohydrates; 4 g fiber; 8 g total sugars; 13 g protein.

Sweet Potato Hash with Eggs

Servings: 4 (1 cup per serving)

  • 2          teaspoons canola or corn oil
  • 1/2       medium onion, chopped
  • 4          medium sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch cubes
  • 1/2       medium red or green bell pepper, chopped
  • 2/3       cup fat-free, low-sodium vegetable broth
  • 2          teaspoons minced garlic
  • 2          teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1          teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2       teaspoon dried thyme, crumbled
  • 1/2       teaspoon coarsely ground pepper
  • 1/8       teaspoon salt
  • 4          large eggs
  • hot pepper sauce (optional)
  1. In pressure cooker set on saute, heat oil. Cook onion 3 minutes, or until soft, stirring frequently. Turn off pressure cooker.
  2. Stir in potatoes, bell pepper, broth, garlic, paprika, cumin, thyme, pepper and salt. Secure lid. Cook on high pressure 3 minutes. Quickly release pressure. Turn off pressure cooker.
  3. Remove pressure cooker lid. Crack one egg into small bowl. Using back of spoon, make small well in potatoes. Slip egg into well. Repeat with remaining eggs, making separate well for each egg. Secure lid with pressure vent open. Saute 2 minutes. Let stand on “keep warm” setting 2 minutes, or until eggs are cooked to desired consistency.
  4. Serve hash sprinkled with dash of hot pepper sauce, if desired.

Nutritional information per serving: 258 calories; 7.5 g total fat; 2 g saturated fat; 1.5 g polyunsaturated fat; 3 g monounsaturated fat; 186 mg cholesterol; 244 mg sodium; 39 g carbohydrates; 6 g fiber; 9 g total sugars; 10 g protein.

Source: American Heart Association

Meal Ideas 22 September 2023

Serve Flavorful, Sustainable Seafood

(Family Features) Whether seafood night at your house means sauteed shrimp, baked fish or anything in between, it’s an exciting excuse to bring the family together for favorite meals. Delicious recipes abound when seafood is on the menu.

However, this is no longer your grandparents’ seafood. Today, more than half of all seafood consumed in the U.S. is farm-raised – a practice known as aquaculture. While the industry has made strides throughout the last few decades, from increasingly sustainable farming practices to technological advancements that can help feed a growing population, not all farmed seafood is equal and neither are the certifications you see on its packaging.

For more than a decade, the global nonprofit Aquaculture Stewardship Council (ASC) has created and enforced the world’s strictest standards for farmed seafood. Its sea green ASC certification label is only found on farmed seafood that meets these high standards – helping seafood shoppers make informed purchasing decisions.

It’s a movement some of the nation’s leading seafood grocers and chefs are getting behind.

“About 2/3 of our seafood offerings are raised on farms, which reflects both growing supply and demand,” said Abe Ng, CEO of the Sushi Maki restaurant chain and market stations. “There’s a much broader customer understanding and appreciation of aquaculture than, say, 10 years ago. However, not all farmed seafood is equal in terms of quality, environmental sustainability and social responsibility.”

A unique combination of standards help ensure supply chain integrity from the farm to the store while protecting the environment, workers and communities. ASC’s sea green label only appears on seafood from farms that have been independently assessed and certified as environmentally and socially responsible.

“Whether your seafood is wild-caught or farmed, what matters to today’s shoppers is that it’s high-quality, flavorful and was fished or farmed in a responsible way that’s good for you and the planet,” said Roger O’Brien, president and CEO of the Santa Monica Seafood market and cafe. “Farm-raised seafood that’s been responsibly certified by the ASC delivers on the assurance that the seafood you’re buying is what it claims to be, which is a key commitment we make to our customers.”

With a trusted certification like the ASC, you can confidently enjoy make-at-home recipes like Honey Mustard Crunch Salmon, Blackened Shrimp Tacos with Creole Remoulade Slaw and Almond Stuffed Rainbow Trout without sacrificing taste or sustainability.

To find more certification information and discover family-friendly seafood recipes, visit SeaGreenBeGreen.org.

Honey Mustard Crunch Salmon

Recipe courtesy of North Coast Seafoods

  • 1          bag (1 pound, three 6-ounce portions) North Coast Seafoods ASC-certified 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:

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

Blackened Shrimp Tacos with Creole Remoulade Slaw

Recipe courtesy of Coastal Seafoods and Fortune Fish & Gourmet
Prep time: 30 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes

Coleslaw:

  • 1/3       cup mayonnaise
  • 1          tablespoon capers, chopped
  • 1          teaspoon stone ground mustard
  • 1/3       cup parsley, chopped
  • 1/2       teaspoon horseradish
  • 1/3       cup red onion, diced
  • 1          tablespoon Cajun seasoning
  • 1/2       bag coleslaw mix

Tacos:

  • 6          small corn tortillas
  • 1          tablespoon Cajun seasoning
  • 1/2       pound peeled and deveined ASC-certified shrimp, thawed
  • 3          green onions, sliced
  • fresh salsa or pico de gallo (optional)
  • 1          lime, sliced (optional)
  1. To make coleslaw: In bowl, mix mayonnaise, capers, mustard, parsley, horseradish, red onion and Cajun seasoning. Mix coleslaw and about 3/4 of dressing. Stir until coated then add more dressing, if desired. Refrigerate coleslaw until ready to serve.
  2. To make tacos: Heat grill to medium heat. Once hot, toast tortillas on each side until browned on edges. Stack toasted tortillas on plate and cover with towel until ready to serve.
  3. Pour Cajun seasoning over shrimp and stir until shrimp are coated.
  4. Cook shrimp 3-5 minutes per side, or until shrimp are firm and Cajun seasoning is blackened. Remove shrimp from grill to prevent overcooking.
  5. To serve, place about 1/4 cup coleslaw in each tortilla then top with 3-5 shrimp and green onions. Top with salsa or pico de gallo, if desired. Squeeze wedge of fresh lime over top, if desired.

Almond Stuffed Rainbow Trout

Recipe courtesy of Riverence Provisions

  • 2          ASC-certified Riverence Steelhead Trout fillets (8 ounces each)
  • nonstick cooking spray
  • 1/2       cup sliced almonds, toasted and coarsely chopped
  • 2          tablespoons lemon zest
  • 2          tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/4       cup chives, chopped
  • 1 1/2    cups breadcrumbs
  • 1/4       cup Italian parsley
  • salt, to taste
  • pepper, to taste
  • 1          egg, beaten
  • kitchen twine (6-inch lengths)
  • 1          tablespoon olive oil
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. Rinse steelhead trout fillets and pat dry with paper towel. Line baking pan with parchment paper and spray with nonstick cooking spray.
  3. Mix almonds, lemon zest, lemon juice, chives, breadcrumbs and parsley. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  4. Add beaten egg to breadcrumb mixture and stir until well incorporated.
  5. Lay first trout fillet skin side down on baking pan. Place twine pieces underneath fish, spacing 1 1/2 inches apart; leave untied.
  6. Place breading mixture over trout fillet and remaining trout fillet on top of breadcrumb mixture, skin side up.
  7. Secure trout fillets together using kitchen twine. Brush olive oil on trout and sprinkle with salt and pepper, to taste.
  8. Bake 15-20 minutes, or until fish is cooked through. Slice into portions to serve.

Source: Aquaculture Stewardship Council

Appetizers & Sides 15 August 2023

Kickoff Cravings: Win your tailgate with MVP-level appetizers

(Family Features) Before the end zone dances and sideline celebrations, settling in for a winning game day experience starts with delicious foods. Whether your football parties take place at home, in the backyard or right outside the stadium, kicking it off with savory appetizers can get the crowd on its feet.

Keep your game plan simple this season and light up the scoreboard with fan favorites like dips and wings. These versions are both easy to prepare and can be enjoyed fresh or made in advance and kept warm or reheated to energize your fellow diehards.

Visit Culinary.net to find more touchdown-worthy tailgate recipes.

Add Savory Spice to Game Day Celebrations

Powering up for a successful game day starts with a pregame spread, and no tailgate or homegate is complete without a spicy dip that brings the heat.

This Game Day Buffalo Chicken Dip is a perfect solution for firing up your crowd as it requires little preparation so you save precious time before kickoff. Whether you bake shortly before the game begins or make it ahead of time for a parking lot party, simply keep it warm and serve with chips or veggie sticks for a quick, shareable appetizer.

Game Day Buffalo Chicken Dip

Servings: 3-4

  • 2 cups shredded chicken
  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 1 1/2 cups sharp cheddar cheese, plus additional for topping, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 heavy pinch dried dill
  • 1/2 cup hot sauce
  • 2 green onions, chopped
  • blue cheese crumbles
  • chips
  • vegetable sticks
  1. Heat oven to 400 F.
  2. In bowl, mix shredded chicken, cream cheese, sour cream, 1 1/2 cups shredded cheese, onion powder, garlic powder and dried dill until combined. Add hot sauce; mix until combined.
  3. Transfer mixture from bowl to oven-safe dish. Top with additional shredded cheese, to taste.
  4. Bake until cheese is melted, approximately 15 minutes.
  5. Top with blue cheese crumbles and chopped green onion.
  6. Serve warm with chips and vegetable sticks.

Score a Touchdown with a Game Day Dip

One of the best ways to take tailgating to the next level this season is by making healthier versions of classic game day fare. For example, you can be the MVP of your game day gathering with a delicious, hall-of-fame-worthy appetizer. Call an audible by using fresh, easy and healthy ingredients to make it better for you and score extra points with family and friends.

This Game Day Taco Dip takes fan-favorite flavors – beef, refried beans, salsa, guacamole, sour cream, cheese, tomatoes and black olives – and adds a twist with the Fresh Express Butter Supreme Salad kit. This tasty, colorful blend of green butter lettuce, red butter lettuce, radicchio and baby chard is available in the refrigerated produce department and is perfect for creating healthier versions of beloved tailgating dips, snacks, finger foods and more.

Visit FreshExpress.com to discover more winning game day recipe ideas and find a retailer near you.

Game Day Taco Dip

Prep time: 25 minutes
Cook time: 5 minutes
Servings: 12

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 package (1 ounce) taco seasoning
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons minced cilantro
  • 1 can (16 ounces) refried beans, zesty salsa flavor
  • 1 jar (16 ounces) thick and chunky salsa, medium or hot
  • 2 cups guacamole
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 3 packages (5 ounces each) Fresh Express Butter Supreme
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1 cup tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 can (2 1/4 ounces) sliced black olives, drained
  • 1 package (14 ounces) tortilla chips
  1. In skillet over medium-high heat, cook beef 5 minutes, or until no longer pink. Sprinkle with taco seasoning; mix well. Add water; cook 2 minutes, or until water is absorbed. Transfer to bowl; cool to room temperature. Add cilantro; mix well.
  2. In 9-inch pie plate, evenly spread refried beans; top with seasoned ground beef and salsa. Add spoonfuls of guacamole across top of salsa then carefully spread to smooth.
  3. Place sour cream in small resealable bag; cut off corner. Pipe sour cream to create football shape on guacamole.
  4. Put pie plate in center of 15-by-18-inch tray. Arrange salad blend around pie plate. Top with cheddar cheese, tomatoes and olives. Serve with tortilla chips.

Just Wing It

Skip the silverware at your next homegate and dive right in with a fan favorite that requires just your hands and a heap of napkins: wings.

Whether you pick through your pieces or clean each wing to the bone, these Game Day Chicken Wings are perfect for eaters of all types. A simple flour-based coating keeps the recipe easy to make and baking in the oven means you can skip the messy fryer or firing up the grill.

Cook until crispy then corral your party’s favorite dipping sauces from ranch and blue cheese to barbecue and more. Once your spread is served, it’s time to sit back and enjoy the game.

Game Day Chicken Wings

Total time: 50 minutes
Servings: 4

  • 1/2 cup butter, cubed
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 10 chicken wingettes, thawed
  • dipping sauces (optional)
  • fresh parsley (optional)
  1. Preheat oven to 425 F.
  2. Line baking sheet with foil. Arrange butter cubes on foil.
  3. In medium bowl, combine flour, paprika, garlic powder, salt and pepper.
  4. Coat both sides of wings in flour mixture then evenly space among butter cubes on baking sheet.
  5. Bake wings 30 minutes.
  6. Turn wings over and bake 15 minutes, or until crispy and fully cooked.
  7. Serve with dipping sauces and sprinkle with fresh parsley, if desired.

Source: Fresh Express

Dessert 27 June 2023

Family Fun with a Pop: Kid-friendly snacks and treats perfect for sharing

(Family Features) When hunger strikes and family fun calls for a snack to keep the excitement going, take your kiddos to the kitchen to whip up a tasty treat for all to enjoy. Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion or watching favorite movies, turn to an ingredient like popcorn that encourages creativity. Plus, it’s a delicious way for adults to turn back the clock and recreate childhood memories while making new ones with the family.

Consider these popcorn-inspired snacks to serve during your next adventure:

  • Take yourself back in time to your own childhood with a classic pairing that never goes out of style: Peanut Butter and Jelly Popcorn. This version offers a fun way to jazz up popcorn for kids and adults alike with a sprinkling of strawberries and dried cranberries on top for added nutrition.
  • When it’s time for a little fun in the sun or a trip to the park, sweeten up the celebration with this Graham Cracker Picnic Mix that’s a flavorful, kid-favorite combination of popcorn, bear-shaped graham crackers, marshmallows, fudge-covered pretzels and miniature cookies.
  • Pizza is hard to beat as a snacking solution the whole family can enjoy, and this Grab and Go Pizza Popcorn is no exception. Ready in just minutes by mixing popcorn, Parmesan cheese and seasonings, little ones can help prepare a batch quickly before heading out the door.
  • Colorful and fun, these Minty Green Popcorn Clusters are simple to make and a perfect treat to share. Just melt together marshmallows, butter, salt, green food coloring and peppermint extract before tossing with popcorn and green candy-coated chocolates.

To find more family-friendly snack time favorites, visit Popcorn.org.

Peanut Butter and Jelly Popcorn

Servings: 4-6

  • 8 cups popcorn
  • 2 tablespoons raspberry jam
  • 1/2 cup white chocolate chips
  • 3 tablespoons smooth natural peanut butter
  • 1/4 cup freeze-dried strawberries
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  1. In large bowl, stir popcorn and jam until evenly coated. Transfer to parchment paper-lined baking sheet.
  2. In small heatproof bowl over small saucepan of barely simmering water, add white chocolate chips and peanut butter. Cook, stirring occasionally, 3-5 minutes, or until smooth and melted.
  3. Drizzle peanut butter mixture over popcorn mixture. Sprinkle with strawberries and cranberries.
  4. Refrigerate 10 minutes, or until peanut butter mixture is set; break into pieces to serve. Store in airtight container in refrigerator up to 1 week.

Graham Cracker Picnic Mix

Yield: About 12 cups

  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 5-6 drops pink neon liquid food color or desired color
  • 1/2 cup unpopped popcorn kernels
  • 1 package mini pastel marshmallows
  • 1 cup bear-shaped graham crackers
  • 1 package white fudge-covered pretzels
  • 1 cup mini cookies
  1. In large pot over medium heat, stir oil, sugar and food coloring.
  2. Stir in popcorn kernels; cover. Cook until popcorn begins to pop. Shake pot over heat until popping slows.
  3. Remove pan from heat and pour popcorn into large bowl.
  4. Add marshmallows, graham crackers, pretzels and cookies then toss lightly.

Grab and Go Pizza Popcorn

Yield: 6 quarts

  • 6 quarts popped popcorn
  • olive oil cooking spray
  • 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2 teaspoons garlic salt
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  1. Place popcorn in large, sealable plastic container or 2 1/2-gallon plastic sealable bag.
  2. Spray popcorn lightly with cooking spray.
  3. Sprinkle cheese, garlic salt, paprika and Italian seasoning over popcorn and shake to distribute evenly.
  4. To serve, scoop popcorn into reusable plastic cups.

Minty Green Popcorn Clusters

Yield: 32 clusters

  • 12 cups unsalted, unbuttered, popped popcorn
  • 4 cups mini marshmallows
  • 2 tablespoons butter or light olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon green food coloring
  • 1/4 teaspoon peppermint extract
  • 1 cup green candy-coated chocolate candies
  1. Place popcorn in large mixing bowl.
  2. In saucepan over medium heat, melt marshmallows, butter and salt, stirring occasionally, until smooth. Remove from heat; stir in food coloring and peppermint extract.
  3. Toss marshmallow mixture with popcorn; cool 2-3 minutes, or until cool enough to handle. Toss with chocolate candies.
  4. Shape 3 tablespoons of popcorn mixture into small cluster; repeat with remaining popcorn mixture. Place on wax paper-lined baking sheet; cool completely.

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Popcorn Board

Videos 13 October 2022

Barbecue Corn and Potato Chowder

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

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

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

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Watch video to see how to make this recipe!

Barbecue Corn and Potato Chowder

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

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

Source: Dole

 
Meal Ideas 04 October 2022

Cooler Weather Means Cozy Family Food

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

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

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

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

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

Plant-Based Meatloaf Sandwiches

Recipe courtesy of Aramark
Servings: 6

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

Tip: Pairs well with potato salad.

Chicken Souse

Recipe courtesy of Aramark
Servings: 6

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

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

Source:

Aramark

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