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Meal Ideas 20 October 2022

Serve Up Smiles with Favorite Holiday Sides

(Family Features) Turkey and ham may sit centerstage, but classic holiday sides can make the season truly special. You can bring smiles to your loved ones’ faces by dishing out those favorite recipes everyone asks for year after year.

Made with a delicious combination of rice, cheddar cheese, cream of mushroom soup and broccoli florets, this quick and easy version of Broccoli and Cheese Rice Casserole is an ideal one-pot dish to keep the holidays simple. With three easy steps and everyday ingredients, it comes together with minimal effort for traditional casserole taste.

When it comes to feeding a crowd, it’s often best to let your oven do the work. This Brussels Sprouts and Ham Rice Gratin recipe allows you to serve up a filling favorite with little effort using pantry staples. Plus, it’s a kid-friendly way to encourage veggies at this year’s holiday meal with gooey cheese providing tempting taste bud motivation.

These seasonal classics and more are made quick and easy with an option like Success Boil-in-Bag Rice, a pre-measured, mess-free way to make fluffy, high-quality rice. It’s cooked by simply dropping a bag of rice in a pot of water or broth then boiling it for 10 minutes. BPA-free and FDA-approved, the bags are safe to use and made to withstand high temperatures.

An added bonus: If you’re aiming to achieve a particular flavor, just season the rice by cooking in water infused with herbs, spices, broth, coconut milk or other liquids like juice for sweeter recipes.

Visit SuccessRice.com to find more holiday recipe inspiration.

Brussels Sprouts and Ham Rice Gratin

Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4

  • 1          bag Success White Rice
  • 1/2       pound Brussels sprouts, trimmed and halved
  • 1/3       cup diced ham
  • 1          clove garlic, minced
  • 1          tablespoon olive oil
  • 3/4       teaspoon salt, divided
  • 3/4       teaspoon black pepper, divided
  • 1          cup heavy cream
  • 2          tablespoons finely chopped fresh chives
  • 2          tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1          cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/2       cup grated Parmesan cheese, divided
  • 1/3       cup breadcrumbs
  • 2          tablespoons butter, melted
  1. Preheat oven to 450 F. Prepare rice according to package directions.
  2. In large bowl, toss Brussels sprouts, ham, garlic, olive oil, 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Place on parchment paper-lined baking tray and roast 12-15 minutes, or until caramelized. Decrease oven temperature to 425 F.
  3. In large bowl, toss rice, Brussels sprouts mixture, cream, chives, Dijon mustard, remaining salt and remaining pepper. Stir in cheddar and 1/3 cup Parmesan cheese. Transfer mixture to greased, 2-quart baking dish.
  4. In small bowl, stir breadcrumbs, remaining Parmesan and melted butter. Sprinkle over rice mixture.
  5. Bake 12-15 minutes, or until golden brown and bubbling.

Broccoli and Cheese Rice Casserole

Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4-6

  • 1          bag Success White Rice or Brown Rice
  • nonstick cooking spray
  • 1          can (10 3/4 ounces) condensed cream of mushroom soup
  • 2          cups frozen broccoli florets, thawed and drained
  • 1 1/2    cups shredded cheddar cheese, divided
  • 1/2       cup evaporated milk
  • 3          tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1          tablespoon grated onion
  • 1/2       teaspoon salt
  • 1/2       teaspoon black pepper
  1. Prepare rice according to package directions. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. Coat 2-quart casserole dish with nonstick cooking spray. In medium bowl, combine soup, broccoli, 1 cup cheddar cheese, evaporated milk, butter, onion, salt and pepper. Fold in rice.
  3. Pour mixture into prepared dish and top with remaining cheddar cheese. Bake 20 minutes.
Meal Ideas 22 September 2022

Make the Holidays Magical with Hearty Meals

(Family Features) Capturing the magic of the holidays often happens at the dinner table as loved ones toast the season with stunning meals worth celebrating. This year, call the entire family together and make your festive feast truly memorable with pairings that offer favorite flavors for all.

Starting with tender cuts of meat hand-trimmed by master butchers at Omaha Steaks, these dishes from chef David Rose call to mind the extravagant holiday gatherings of yesteryear with modern twists you can claim as your own.

Roasted Chateaubriand with Red Wine Gravy and Lemon-Garlic Asparagus offers classic taste while Pepper-Crusted Prime Rib with Creamy Horseradish Sauce and Crushed Potatoes brings some zing to the kitchen. For seafood lovers looking to make a splash at this year’s get-togethers, Crab Stuffed Lobster Tails with Dirty Rice provide a savory, succulent pairing worthy of the season.

Visit OmahaSteaks.com/Blog to find more recipes fit for the holidays.

Roasted Chateaubriand with Red Wine Gravy and Lemon-Garlic Asparagus

Recipe by Omaha Steaks Executive Chef David Rose
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: about 90 minutes

Chateaubriand:

  • 1 Omaha Steaks Chateaubriand (2-4 pounds)
  • kosher salt
  • ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup grapeseed oil

Red Wine Gravy:

  • Reserved chateaubriand juices
  • 1 medium shallot, small diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 1/2 cups red wine
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • 2 beef bouillon cubes
  • 1 tablespoon stone ground mustard
  • kosher salt, to taste
  • ground black pepper, to tastePreheat smoker or pellet grill to 275 F.

Lemon-Garlic Asparagus:

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 pound jumbo asparagus, stems trimmed and spears blanched in salted water
  • 1 pinch kosher salt, plus additional, to taste, divided
  • 1 pinch ground black pepper, plus additional, to taste, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 lemon, juice only
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  1. To make chateaubriand: Pat chateaubriand dry with paper towels. Season on all sides with salt and pepper; bring to room temperature, about 30 minutes.
  2. Preheat oven to 250 F.
  3. In large cast-iron pan, bring grapeseed oil to high heat.
  4. Sear chateaubriand on all sides until golden brown, 2-3 minutes per side.
  5. Remove chateaubriand from pan, reserving pan drippings; place chateaubriand on wire rack-lined baking sheet. Bake according to cooking chart for cook time and desired doneness. Use meat thermometer to ensure doneness.
  6. Rest chateaubriand 15-20 minutes. Slice to desired thickness.
  7. To make red wine gravy: Bring cast-iron pan with reserved chateaubriand drippings to high heat then add shallots and minced garlic. Brown 30 seconds.
  8. Add red wine and deglaze pan, cooking until reduced by half, about 3 minutes.
  9. Reduce heat to medium and whisk in 2 tablespoons butter and flour until all clumps have disappeared and mixture is well-incorporated, 3-4 minutes.
  10. Add water and bouillon cubes; bring to boil then whisk in stone ground mustard.
  11. Reduce to low heat and simmer until achieving sauce-like consistency, 7-8 minutes.
  12. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Turn off heat and whisk in remaining butter until fully melted and emulsified into sauce.
  13. To make lemon-garlic asparagus: In large saucepan, bring olive oil to medium-high heat.
  14. Add asparagus and season with salt, ground black pepper and crushed red pepper flakes. Sear undisturbed about 1 minute.
  15. Turn asparagus and add minced garlic, sauteing about 10 seconds. Add lemon juice and continue sauteing until reduced by two-thirds, about 1 minute.
  16. Turn off heat and add butter, stirring until emulsified into pan sauce. Season with salt and ground black pepper, to taste.
  17. Serve chateaubriand with lemon-garlic asparagus and red wine gravy.

Crab Stuffed Lobster Tails with Dirty Rice

Recipe by Omaha Steaks Executive Chef David Rose
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4

Dirty Rice:

  • 2 cups jasmine rice
  • water
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 pound Omaha Steaks Ultra-Premium Ground Beef
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt, plus additional, to taste, divided
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper, plus additional, to taste, divided
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 medium red bell pepper, small diced
  • 2 green onions, minced
  • 1 cup small diced yellow onion
  • 1/2 cup tomato-based sofrito
  • 3 1/2 cups chicken broth

Crab Stuffing:

  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons seafood seasoning
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 lemon, juice only
  • 20 butter crackers, finely crushed
  • 1 pound jumbo lump crab meat

Crab Stuffed Lobster:

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 4 Omaha Steaks Cold Water Lobster Tails (5 ounces each), halved lengthwise
  1. To make dirty rice: Rinse jasmine rice with water until water is clear. Drain.
  2. In large saucepot, bring vegetable oil to medium-high heat.
  3. Add ground beef, 1 tablespoon salt, 1 teaspoon black pepper, garlic powder and smoked paprika; saute 5 minutes until browned.
  4. Using slotted spoon, remove browned beef and set aside.
  5. Add butter to pot then add red bell pepper, green onions and yellow onions. Saute 2 minutes until lightly caramelized.
  6. Add sofrito and jasmine rice to pot; saute 1 minute. Add cooked ground beef and chicken stock; bring to boil. Once mixture boils, reduce heat to simmer 10 minutes. Turn off heat and leave lid on pot 5 minutes. Fluff rice with fork and season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  7. To make crab stuffing: In medium bowl, whisk mayonnaise, seafood seasoning, Dijon mustard, Worcestershire sauce and lemon juice.
  8. Gently fold in crushed butter crackers and crab meat. Set aside.
  9. To make crab stuffed lobster: Preheat oven to 425 F.
  10. Stir melted butter, salt and lemon juice. Brush lobster tails with butter mixture.
  11. Divide crab stuffing into eight portions. Stuff each lobster tail half with crab stuffing, pressing stuffing into lobster. Place stuffed lobster tails on aluminum foil-lined sheet pan and bake 10-12 minutes, or until golden brown. Serve with dirty rice.

Pepper-Crusted Prime Rib with Creamy Horseradish Sauce and Crushed Potatoes

Recipe by Omaha Steaks Executive Chef David Rose
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: about 2 1/2 hours
Servings: 4-6

Creamy Horseradish Sauce:

  • 15 ounces crema or sour cream
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons horseradish
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh chives
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, plus additional, to taste, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon white pepper, plus additional, to taste, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika

Pepper Rub:

  • 3 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon ground peppercorn medley
  • 2 teaspoons ground guajillo chili
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves

Prime Rib:

  • 1 Omaha Steaks Boneless Heart of Prime Rib Roast (4 pounds)
  • pepper rub
  • 1/4 cup grapeseed oil

Crushed Potatoes:

  • 1 pound baby red skin potatoes
  • cold water
  • 1 pinch kosher salt, plus additional, to taste, divided
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons finely minced Italian parsley
  • ground black pepper
  1. To make creamy horseradish sauce: In medium bowl, whisk crema, mayonnaise, horseradish, vinegar, chives, Worcestershire sauce, lemon juice, hot sauce, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon pepper, onion powder, garlic powder and paprika until well-incorporated. Season with additional salt and white pepper, to taste.
  2. To make pepper rub: In small bowl, stir salt, peppercorns, chili and thyme.
  3. To make prime rib: Pat prime rib dry with paper towels. Season on all sides with pepper rub and bring to room temperature, about 30 minutes.
  4. Preheat oven to 250 F.
  5. In large cast-iron pan, bring grapeseed oil to medium-high heat.
  6. Sear prime rib on all sides until golden brown, 2-3 minutes per side.
  7. Place seared prime rib on wire rack-lined baking sheet. Bake according to cooking chart for cook time and desired doneness. Use meat thermometer to ensure doneness. Cook until internal temperature is 10 F below desired doneness.
  8. Rest prime rib 15-20 minutes. Slice to desired thickness.
  9. To make crushed potatoes: Preheat oven to 425 F.
  10. Add potatoes to stockpot. Cover with cold water by about 1 inch and add 1 pinch salt. Over high heat, boil 8-10 minutes, or until fork tender. Drain and completely cool with running cold water.
  11. Once cool, carefully crush potatoes with palms until skin breaks and potatoes are slightly crushed.
  12. In medium bowl, whisk olive oil, garlic and parsley.
  13. Place crushed potatoes on aluminum foil-lined baking sheet and toss lightly with olive oil mixture. Season potatoes on both sides with kosher salt and ground black pepper, to taste. Roast potatoes until crisped and golden brown, 15-17 minutes.
  14. Serve prime rib with crushed potatoes and creamy horseradish sauce.

 Source: Omaha Steaks

 
Videos 20 July 2022

Create Mouthwatering Meals in Minutes

(Family Features) Quick and easy yet delicious meals make time spent in the kitchen effective and enjoyable. Next time you’re in a time crunch for lunch or a simple dinner at home, lean on recipes that require five ingredients or less and can be ready in a snap.

These Creamy Chicken Risotto and Chile Verde recipes are perfect in a pinch to satisfy hunger without requiring complicated prep or cooking steps. Just heat rice and add ingredients like cheese and seasonings for flavorful meals you can cook in mere minutes.

With a main ingredient like Minute Chicken & Herb Seasoned Rice Cups, you can have the base of your recipe ready in only 1 minute. Featuring a new and improved recipe, the cups offer a homestyle taste with carrots, onion and garlic, making them a perfect addition to salads, soup or as an easy side.

Find more fast, flavorful meal ideas at MinuteRice.com.

Watch videos to see how to make these recipes!

Creamy Chicken Risotto

  • 1          Minute Chicken & Herb Seasoned Rice Cup
  • 2          tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1          tablespoon shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 2          teaspoons chopped basil
  • 1          pinch garlic powder
  1. Microwave rice according to package instructions.
  2. Add heavy cream, Parmesan cheese, basil and garlic powder; mix to combine.

Chile Verde

  1. Microwave rice according to package instructions.
  2. Add salsa verde, shredded cheese and ground cumin; mix to combine.

Source: Minute Rice

Videos 14 July 2022

Greek Chicken Fried Rice

(Family Features) Taking the stress out of family meals at home can be as simple as turning your attention toward recipes that pack plenty of flavor without complicated prep. In fact, you can even turn an easy, everyday side dish into a full-blown dinner by simply adding your favorite protein.

This Greek Chicken Fried Rice, for example, transforms a traditional side dish into a filling meal for four in less than 30 minutes. Plus, it requires just one wok or skillet, leaving hardly any cleanup on those busy weeknights when homework, after-school activities and social calendars fill your schedule.

Find more weeknight meal solutions at MilkMeansMore.org.

Watch video to see how to make this recipe!

Greek Chicken Fried Rice

Recipe courtesy of Lori Yates of “Foxes Love Lemons” on behalf of Milk Means More
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 13 minutes
Servings: 4

  • 2          tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1          large chicken breast, finely chopped
  • 1/2       cup chopped onion
  • 3          cups prepared white rice
  • 2          eggs
  • 1          cup chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2       cup roughly chopped fresh parsley leaves
  • 1/2       cup crumbled cow’s milk feta cheese
  • 1/2       cup grape tomatoes, quartered
  • 1/3       cup Kalamata olives, halved
  • 2          tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1/4       teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4       teaspoon ground black pepper
  1. In wok or large skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add chicken; cook until almost cooked through, stirring frequently, about 5 minutes.
  2. Add onion; cook 1 minute, stirring frequently.
  3. Add rice; cook 3 minutes, stirring constantly. Push rice to sides of wok, creating well in center of wok. Crack eggs into well and scramble vigorously with wooden spoon; cook 2 minutes, keeping eggs in well, or until eggs are fully cooked.
  4. Add chickpeas, parsley, cheese, tomatoes, olives, lemon juice, salt and pepper; cook 2 minutes, or until warmed through, stirring frequently.

Source: United Dairy Industry of Michigan

Meal Ideas 05 July 2022

Back-to-School Solutions that Save Time in the Kitchen

(Family Features) When the back-to-school season brings jam-packed schedules full of learning and homework, every minute counts for the parents who make those school days possible. Create some extra time for special moments with the special people in your life by prioritizing easy yet delicious dinners that can help refuel parents and students.

In just five minutes, you can prepare a spicy take on chicken and rice with this family favorite Buffalo and Blue Cheese Chicken recipe. Making some extra time for yourself is as simple as starting with Minute White Rice Cups packed conveniently in single-serving BPA-free cups you can finish preparing in just 1 minute.

When you’re looking for a fun way to introduce your little learner to the kitchen, try creating your own homemade Buffalo sauce for this dish by mixing hot sauce, butter, white vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, cayenne pepper and garlic powder. Heat in a saucepan until the butter melts and the mixture simmers, then turn down the heat and wait for it to cool.

If your loved ones aren’t big fans of spice, turn to a tamer take on a kid-friendly classic with “Mac” and Cheese in a Cup, a creamy rice version of the familiar favorite made with milk, cheddar and cream cheese. Just because you may not have a lot of time to spend in the kitchen doesn’t have to mean suffering through boring meals – simply use the microwave to enjoy this speedy yet tasty option.

It’s easy to enjoy the buttery taste and aromatic scent of jasmine rice – regardless of how packed your schedule is – by using Minute Jasmine Rice Cups to make quick dinners a reality. This taste bud-tingling take on mac and cheese made in a microwaveable cup saves you from clean-up duty and leaves more time for homework, after-school activities, school projects and all the excitement that comes with a new school year.

To find more quick yet satisfying and delicious dinner ideas for busy school nights, visit MinuteRice.com.

Buffalo and Blue Cheese Chicken Recipe

Prep time: 2 minutes
Cook time: 3 minutes
Servings: 1

  • 1 cup Minute White Rice
  • 1 breaded chicken tender, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons Buffalo sauce
  • 1 tablespoon crumbled blue cheese, for garnish
  • 1 green onion, sliced, for garnish
  1. Heat rice according to package directions.
  2. In a small, microwave-safe bowl, combine chicken and sauce. Microwave on high 2-3 minutes.
  3. Serve chicken over rice. Garnish with blue cheese and green onion.

"Mac" and Cheese in a Cup Recipe

Prep time: 2 minutes
Cook time: 3 minutes
Servings: 1

  • 1 cup Minute Jasmine Rice
  • 1/3 cup 2% milk
  • 1/3 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 tablespoon cream cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 pinch dry mustard powder (optional)
  1. Heat rice according to package directions.
  2. In a microwave-safe cup, stir rice, milk, cheddar cheese, cream cheese, garlic powder and mustard powder, if desired.
  3. Microwave on high, stirring occasionally, 2 minutes, or until heated through and cheese is melted and saucy.

Tips: For extra-cheesy rice, add 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese.

Substitute garlic powder with 1/2 clove minced, fresh garlic.

Source: Minute Rice

Meal Ideas 20 June 2022

Time-Saving Weeknight Meal Solutions

(Family Features) Whether it’s long days at the office, calendars full of social commitments or evenings spent enjoying your little ones’ extracurricular activities, it’s easy to find yourself short on time to spend in the kitchen. Calling on quick and easy mealtime solutions can be just what your family needs to ensure dinners together are always on the menu.

Start with a versatile base ingredient that can be used in a variety of recipes from snacks and appetizers to main courses and sides. For example, you can add protein-packed Success Boil-in-Bag Tri-Color Quinoa to your pantry for a good source of fiber in meals to keep your family moving.

Enjoy its light, nutty flavor in a twist on Taco Tuesdays with these Baja Fish Taco Bowls, a deconstructed take on classic fish tacos that swap out the tortilla for quick-cooking quinoa mixed with nutrient-dense kale and drizzled with a zesty lime and yogurt crema. As a tasty way to encourage kiddos to eat fish and veggies, it can also help you add hearty whole grains to the weekly menu while savoring a lighter version of traditional Baja sauce.

These delicious, bite-sized Beef and Quinoa Meatballs provide a perfect meal prep option for families as they can be mixed and matched with your loved ones’ favorite sides from rice to steamed veggies. Adding quinoa to your meatballs is a quick upgrade of plant-based protein that adds flavor to every bite.

Baked in marinara sauce and topped with mozzarella cheese, they’re simple to put together before tossing in the oven for an easy weeknight solution. Another tasty hack: turn this dish into kid-friendly sliders by warming dinner rolls right alongside the meatballs.

Find more quick yet flavorful family meal ideas at SuccessRice.com.

Baja Fish Taco Bowls Recipe

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

  • 2 bags Success Tri-Color Quinoa
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 4 white-fleshed fish fillets (5-6 ounces each)
  • 1 teaspoon Cajun seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon lime zest
  • 1 teaspoon lime juice
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 4 cups packed baby kale
  • 1 ripe avocado, halved, pitted, peeled and thinly sliced
  1. Prepare quinoa according to package directions.
  2. In large skillet over medium heat, heat oil. Season fish with Cajun seasoning and salt. Cook 2-3 minutes per side, or until fish is lightly browned and starts to flake. Set aside.
  3. In small bowl, stir yogurt, lime zest, lime juice and cumin.
  4. In medium bowl, toss quinoa with kale. Divide between four bowls. Top each with fish, sliced avocado and dollop of yogurt and lime crema.
  5. Substitutions: Use taco seasoning or chili powder in place of Cajun seasoning. Use arugula or baby spinach instead of kale.

Beef and Quinoa Meatballs Recipe

Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4

  • 1 bag Success Tri-Color Quinoa
  • nonstick cooking spray
  • 1 pound extra-lean ground beef
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup grated carrot
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano leaves
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
  • 1 1/2 cups marinara sauce
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 2 tablespoons chopped parsley
  1. Prepare quinoa according to package directions.
  2. Preheat oven to 400 F. Coat large baking dish with nonstick cooking spray; set aside.
  3. In large bowl, mix quinoa, ground beef, egg, carrot, onion, ketchup, garlic, soy sauce, salt, pepper, oregano and thyme.
  4. Form mixture into walnut-sized meatballs and arrange on prepared baking sheet.
  5. Bake approximately 20 minutes, or until cooked through and golden brown.
  6. Spoon marinara sauce over top then sprinkle with cheese; bake 5 minutes, or until sauce is hot and cheese is melted.
  7. Remove from oven and sprinkle with parsley.

Tip: Make sliders by slicing dinner rolls in half and placing meatballs on bottom halves. Cover with top halves of rolls and serve.

Source: Success Rice

Meal Ideas 02 May 2022

Celebrate Spring Moments with a Taco Feast for the Senses

(Family Features) Busy calendars loaded with holidays, celebrations, parties and reunions make spring a perfect time for gathering with family and friends. Plus, springtime itself is worth celebrating thanks to warmer temperatures and longer days. Making the most of those joyous occasions calls for a menu filled with variety to keep everyone coming back for more.

Few options say “variety” quite like this Epic Taco Party Feast from Ericka Sanchez, creator of “Nibbles and Feasts.” Pay homage to Hispanic-style culinary and cultural traditions by loading your table with an array of family favorites like taquitos, tacos, rice, guacamole, pico de gallo and more. Add in the wholesomeness of Real California dairy like Cotija and Queso Fresco cheeses and cremas for a top-notch feast.

Elevating your dishes starts with these delicious options, but freestyling the menu is what truly makes it your own. Mix up proteins based on your loved ones’ preferences from carne asada and carnitas to shredded chicken and meatless options. Sprinkle, drizzle and layer cheeses according to your own cravings then finish with a range of toppings for customized classics.

Creating a taco and taquito table in your own style doesn’t just give your crowd what they crave; it also celebrates the people, culture and delicious dairy that goes into favorite foods while encouraging guests to connect through food and flavor. Make your own memories this spring by looking for the Real California Milk seal on cheese and dairy brands, which means you’re supporting family farmers by using quality, sustainably sourced dairy to foster family moments.

Find the full recipes, instructions and more ways to celebrate with food at RealCaliforniaMilk.com.

Epic Taco Party Feast

Recipe courtesy of Ericka Sanchez (@nibblesnfeasts) on behalf of Real California Milk

Top Row, Left to Right:

  • Cheese taquitos
  • Salsa verde
  • Real California Cotija Cheese, crumbled
  • Pico de gallo
  • Potato taquitos
  • Real California Queso Fresco, crumbled
  • Real California Crema
  • Tequila with chili salt (optional)

Middle Row, Left to Right:

  • Carne asada tacos
  • Real California Queso Fresco, crumbled
  • Chicken street tacos
  • Real California Chipotle Crema
  • Carnitas tacos with hard shells

Bottom Row, Left to Right:

  • Real California Cotija Cheese, crumbled
  • Real California Crema
  • Mexican rice
  • Carne asada tacos
  • Guacamole
  1. To assemble top row: Place cheese taquitos in pan, salsa verde in bowl, Cotija cheese in bowl, pico de gallo in bowl, potato taquitos on plate and Queso Fresco in bowl. Garnish potato taqitos with pico de gallo, guacamole, Queso Fresco and crema. Optional: Add tray with tequila, cups and chili salt.
  2. To assemble middle row: Place carne asada tacos on plate, queso fresco in bowl, chicken street tacos on plate, chipotle crema in bowl and carnitas tacos on serving tray.
  3. To assemble bottom row: Place Cotija cheese and crema in bowls, potato taquitos on serving tray, Mexican rice in bowl, carne asada tacos on plate and guacamole in bowl.

Photo courtesy of Ericka Sanchez (@nibblesnfeasts)

Source: Real California Milk

Meal Ideas 21 April 2022

Put Sustainability on the Family Menu

(Family Features) Cooking delicious family meals is surely the focus of many home chefs, from quick dishes on busy weeknights to homestyle favorites on the weekend. Equally important, however, is dishing up foods and ingredients you can feel good about serving to your loved ones.

The next time seafood is on the menu, consider the source of your main course. Available fresh, frozen, smoked and canned year-round and nationwide, seafood from Alaska is sustainably harvested, and you can trust it comes from a responsibly managed fishery. Utilizing a science-based approach, the state sustains the long-term vitality of species and their natural habitats, as well as the fishing communities that rely on them.

Fishermen and scientists work together to ensure they only harvest what science tells them the ecosystem can support, so that fish stocks, communities and the marine environment can thrive for generations to come.

Wild, sustainable and harvested in the USA, Alaska seafood is full of flavor and high-quality protein, vitamins, minerals and oils essential to good health, including omega-3s and vitamin D. You can feel good serving your loved ones these Blackened Alaska Cod Tacos as a classic way to spice up your dinner table, or give a sweet heat kick to Spicy Alaska Sablefish in Lettuce Cups with Korean chili paste, miso and honey.

Visit alaskaseafood.org to find more information and family-friendly recipes.

Spicy Alaska Sablefish in Lettuce Cups

Recipe courtesy of the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute
Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes
Servings: 4 (2 lettuce cups each)

  • 1/4 cup yellow or white miso
  • 1 tablespoon Korean chili paste
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 pound Alaska sablefish (black cod), cut into 2-ounce portions
  • nonstick cooking spray
  • 1 small avocado, pitted, peeled and chopped
  • 1-1 1/4 cups cooked sushi rice or quinoa
  • 1/2 cup chopped English cucumber
  • 1/4 cup thinly sliced halved radish
  • 1/2 cup pickled ginger, chopped
  • 1/2 cup bottled Asian-style salad dressing with wasabi and ginger
  • 8 medium-large butter lettuce leaves
  • 1/2 cup cilantro leaves
  1. Blend miso, chili paste and honey; spread onto Alaska sablefish portions. Place portions on nonstick cooking spray-coated, foil-lined baking sheet. Roast 5-7 minutes, or until fish is opaque throughout and deep golden brown; cool slightly.
  2. In mixing bowl, combine avocado, rice or quinoa, cucumber, radishes and ginger; pour in dressing. Toss to coat.
  3. To serve, place about 1/3 cup vegetable-rice mixture in each lettuce leaf. Top with one sablefish portion. Sprinkle each lettuce cup with 1 tablespoon cilantro leaves.

Blackened Alaska Cod Tacos

Recipe courtesy of the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute and Sari Diskin
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes
Servings: 2-3

  • 2 cups slaw mix
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce, plus additional for serving
  • 1 lime, divided
  • salt, to taste
  • pepper, to taste
  • nonstick cooking spray
  • 1/2 pound Alaska cod
  • olive oil
  • blackening seasoning, to taste, plus additional, divided
  • sea salt, to taste
  • 4 small flour tortillas
  • 1 avocado, sliced
  1. Preheat oven to 400 F.
  2. In bowl, mix slaw with mayonnaise, hot sauce, juice from 1/2 lime and salt and pepper, to taste; set aside.
  3. Line baking dish with parchment paper and spray with nonstick cooking spray. Place Alaska cod on top and coat lightly with olive oil. Generously season with blackening seasoning and sea salt, to taste.
  4. Bake 5 minutes, set oven to broil and broil 3-5 minutes. When fish is done (when it flakes easily with fork and is opaque throughout), remove from oven and break into small chunks with fork.
  5. In flour tortillas, add avocado and slaw. Top with chunks of cod and drizzle with additional hot sauce, squeeze of lime juice from remaining 1/2 lime and additional blackening seasoning.

Photo courtesy of Sari Diskin (Blackened Alaska Cod Tacos)

Source: Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute

Meal Ideas 05 April 2022

A Fiesta Fusion of Worldwide Flavors

Family Features) If you’re seeking inspiration to take mealtime from bland and boring to new and vibrant, look no further than these at-home fiesta recipes. With options ranging from tongue-tingling spice to smooth, creamy and simply delicious, you can call on global flavors to bring life to your kitchen.

This menu from “The New York Times” bestselling cookbook author and recipe developer Stephanie Banyas offers delightful flavor fusions from around the world. The lively tastes of the Spicy Shrimp Remoulade in Lettuce Leaves and Mexican Style Paella with Chicken and Sausage pop with the high-quality ingredients of Fresh Cravings Salsas.

These boldly flavored salsas are made with vine-ripened tomatoes, crisp onions, zesty peppers and spices. Plus, they’re never cooked or pasteurized, meaning you’re enjoying a vibrant dip that’s never soggy or dull. Available in a range of heat levels among restaurant style, chunky and pico de gallo, they complement any at-home fiesta.

For a fiery, zesty twist, this Red Pepper Chickpea Soup with Gazpacho Relish and Tortilla Croutons calls for Fresh Cravings Hummus, as its ideal creamy texture and savory taste balances out the spice. Made with a short list of high-quality ingredients like chickpeas, tahini and Chilean extra-virgin olive oil, this hummus has a smooth, creamy mouthfeel.

“The hummus adds loads of flavor and makes this thick, rich soup totally dairy and gluten free, so there is no need for heavy cream, cornstarch or flour,” Banyas said. “It’s as beautiful to look at as it is delicious to eat.”

To find more fiesta-worthy recipe ideas, visit freshcravings.com.

Red Pepper Chickpea Soup with Gazpacho Relish and Tortilla Croutons

Recipe courtesy of Stephanie Banyas
Servings: 2

  • 1/4 cup finely diced seeded English cucumbers
  • 1/4 cup finely diced seeded Roma tomato
  • 2 tablespoons finely diced red onion
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1 lime, juice only, divided
  • salt, to taste
  • pepper, to taste
  • 2 cups canned low-sodium vegetable stock, divided
  • 1/2 cup Fresh Cravings Restaurant Style Salsa (mild or medium)
  • 1 container (10 ounces) Fresh Cravings Roasted Red Pepper Hummus
  • tri-color fried tortilla strips
  1. In small bowl, combine cucumber, tomato, onion and cilantro. Add half the lime juice and season with salt and pepper, to taste. Let sit at room temperature.
  2. In blender or food processor, process 1 cup stock and salsa until smooth.
  3. Pour mixture into medium saucepan. Add remaining stock and hummus, season with salt and pepper, to taste, and bring to boil over high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until slightly thickened, about 15 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in remaining lime juice.
  4. Divide soup between two bowls and top with relish and tortilla strips.

Spicy Shrimp Remoulade in Lettuce Leaves

Recipe courtesy of Stephanie Banyas
Yield: 8 leaves

Shrimp:

  • 1/2 cup Fresh Cravings Chunky Salsa (mild or medium)
  • 9 cups water, divided
  • ice water
  • 1 lime, sliced
  • 12 sprigs cilantro
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 pound fresh shrimp (31-35), peeled and deveined

Remoulade Sauce:

  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon whole-grain mustard
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon chile powder or smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 cup Fresh Cravings Chunky Salsa (mild or medium), drained well
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1/4 cup green onion, thinly sliced, plus additional for garnish
  • 8 butter or Boston lettuce leaves
  • cilantro leaves, for garnish
  • lime wedges, for garnish
  • chopped black olives, for garnish (optional)
  • chopped hard-cooked eggs, for garnish (optional)
  1. To make shrimp: In food processor or blender, blend salsa with 1 cup water until smooth.
  2. Fill large bowl with ice water; set aside. Transfer salsa mixture to large saucepan and add remaining water, lime slices, cilantro sprigs and salt. Bring to boil over high heat; stir in shrimp, cover, turn off heat and let shrimp poach off heat in liquid 10 minutes.
  3. Drain in colander. Transfer shrimp to ice bath and let sit 5 minutes. Drain again.
  4. To make remoulade sauce: In large bowl, whisk mayonnaise, mustard, lime juice, chile powder, sugar, salt and pepper until combined; fold in salsa.
  5. Put half of remoulade sauce in large bowl. Fold in shrimp and cilantro, adding remoulade as needed to make mixture creamier; taste for seasoning. Cover and refrigerate at least 30 minutes, or up to 6 hours.
  6. Arrange lettuce cups on platter. Spoon equal portions shrimp mixture into lettuce cups. Garnish with cilantro leaves; lime wedges; black olives, if desired; and eggs, if desired.

Mexican Style Paella with Chicken and Sausage

Recipe courtesy of Stephanie Banyas
Servings: 4-6

  • 1 container (16 ounces) Fresh Cravings Chunky Salsa (mild or medium)
  • 12 ounces chicken tenders, patted dry
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, plus additional, to taste, divided
  • freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
  • 12 ounces fully cooked chicken sausage or pork sausage links
  • 3 cups low-sodium canned chicken stock, water or combination
  • 2 cups long-grain rice
  • 1 cup frozen peas
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro or parsley
  • lime wedges
  1. Remove 1/2 cup salsa and set aside. In blender or food processor, process remaining salsa until smooth.
  2. Put chicken in bowl, add 1/2 cup pureed salsa and toss to coat. Cover and marinate at least 30 minutes, or up to 2 hours in refrigerator.
  3. In large, high-sided saute pan over high heat, heat 2 tablespoons oil until it begins to shimmer. Season chicken with salt and pepper, to taste, and cook until both sides are golden brown and just cooked through, about 3 minutes per side. Remove to plate, loosely tent with foil and let rest 10 minutes then slice into 2-inch pieces.
  4. Add remaining oil to pan and heat until shimmering; cook sausage until golden brown on both sides, about 3 minutes per side. Remove to plate, loosely tent with foil and let rest 10 minutes. Slice on bias into 2-inch pieces.
  5. Wipe out pan with paper towels. Add remaining pureed salsa and stock; bring to boil. Add rice and 1 teaspoon salt. Bring mixture to boil, cover and reduce heat to medium-low; cook until liquid is absorbed and rice is tender, about 18 minutes.
  6. Remove from heat and sprinkle peas on top. Let sit, covered with lid, 5 minutes. Fluff with fork then stir in chicken, sausage, peas and cilantro. Spoon remaining salsa on top.

Source: Fresh Cravings

Videos 08 March 2022

Cheesy Baked Cod

(Culinary.net) During the spring months, fish can be a popular food for at-home meals. It’s a perfect nutritious option during Lent, and it’s flaky and delicious for seafood lovers and families of all kinds throughout the year.  

This Cheesy Basil Cod has a light crust and a glistening center, which creates a delicious bite of texture. Serve it with rice and vegetables to complete a better-for-you dinner that’s packed with nutrients as well as flavor.

This recipe, rich with cheese and seafood delight, serves four but is easy to double for a larger crowd. It requires just a few kitchen utensils and bakes for less than 15 minutes for a quick meal that’s easy to clean up.

For more seafood recipes, visit Culinary.net.

Watch video to see how to make this recipe!

Cheesy Baked Cod

Recipe adapted from Laurenslatest.com
Servings: 4

  • 3          cod fillets (12 ounces each)
  • 1/2       cup mayonnaise
  • 1/2       cup freshly grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese
  • 1          tablespoon parsley flakes
  • 2          tablespoons basil leaves
  • 2          cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4       teaspoon salt
  • 1/4       teaspoon pepper
  • rice, for serving (optional)
  • steamed vegetables, for serving (optional)
  1. Preheat oven to 450 F.
  2. Line baking sheet with parchment paper. Place fish fillets on baking sheet and set aside.
  3. In small bowl, stir mayonnaise with cheese, parsley, basil, garlic, salt and pepper. Spread evenly over fillets. Bake 10-12 minutes, or until fish starts looking flaky.
  4. Switch oven to broil and brown tops of fish until lightly golden. Remove from oven; cool 3-5 minutes.
  5. Serve with rice and fresh steamed vegetables, if desired.

Source: Culinary.net

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