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Videos 08 September 2022

Smashed Cucumber and Grape Salad

(Family Features) Your next snack or office lunch can get a boost of flavor from this Smashed Cucumber and Grape Salad, perfect for making ahead of time to pack along for whatever the day might bring your way.

As an easy, versatile ingredient that can be used in a wide variety of recipes, grapes offer delicious taste, texture and color – plus a healthy boost – that make them an appealing addition to snacks and meals.

To find more good-for-you recipe inspiration, visit GrapesFromCalifornia.com.

Watch video to see how to make this recipe!

Smashed Cucumber and Grape Salad

Servings: 6

  • 1 1/4    pounds English or Persian cucumbers, ends trimmed
  • 1          teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2          tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1          tablespoon reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 2          teaspoons granulated sugar
  • 1-2       teaspoons chili oil
  • 1          teaspoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1          cup halved Grapes from California
  • 2          scallions, thinly sliced
  • 2          teaspoons toasted sesame seeds
  1. Using rolling pin, lightly smash whole cucumbers to break open. Tear or cut cucumbers into 1 1/2-inch pieces and season with salt. Transfer to sieve and drain 10 minutes.
  2. In large bowl, whisk vinegar, soy sauce, sugar, chili oil and sesame oil; stir in grapes and scallions.
  3. When cucumbers are done draining, add to bowl with grape mixture and stir to combine. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and serve.

Nutritional analysis per serving: 70 calories; 1 g protein; 11 g carbohydrates; 2.5 g fat (32% calories from fat); 0 g saturated fat; 0 mg cholesterol; 170 mg sodium; 1 g fiber.

Source: California Table Grape Commission

Meal Ideas 13 July 2022

Flavorful Family Favorites for Hectic School Nights

(Family Features) Once the homework is finished and long days in the classroom and at the office are drawing to a close, you’re likely to find hungry loved ones waiting near the kitchen. When busy school nights have you feeling like you’re pinched for time, turn to recipes that are easy to make yet still delicious to enjoy.

For a kid-friendly way to put veggies on the table, look no further than familiar favorites like tacos. These Pickled Beet Tacos put Aunt Nellie’s Sliced Pickled Beets at the center of the meal combined with seasoned black beans and a creamy avocado sauce for a dinner that takes less than an hour to prepare.

An added bonus: This simple recipe makes 10 servings, meaning you can rely on leftovers for lunches throughout the week or a second dinner on an evening when after-school activities leave little time for cooking.

If dinner plans call for a low-stress side dish or lighter meal, serve up Italian Pasta and Bean Salad that requires just 15 minutes of prep and a handful of flavorful ingredients like READ 3 Bean Salad. It’s a perfect complement for a variety of main courses from burgers and grilled chicken to sandwiches and beyond.

Visit auntnellies.com and readsalads.com to find more meal solutions for busy school nights.

Pickled Beet Tacos

Recipe courtesy of 40Aprons.com
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 25 minutes
Servings: 10

  • 1          jar (16 ounces) Aunt Nellie’s Sliced Pickled Beets

Black Beans:

  • 1          can (15 ounces) black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 3          tablespoons water
  • 1          teaspoon paprika
  • 1          teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2       teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1          pinch salt

Quick Pickled Red Onions:

  • 1          cup pickling liquid from Aunt Nellie’s Sliced Pickled Beets jar
  • 1          small red onion, thinly sliced

Avocado Sauce:

  • 2          ripe avocados
  • 1          tablespoon lime juice
  • 1          pinch salt
  • 1/4       teaspoon garlic powder

Tacos:

  • 10        tortillas (8 inches)
  • fresh chopped cilantro (optional)
  1. Drain beets; reserve liquid and set aside.
  2. To make black beans: In saucepan over medium-low heat, combine black beans, water, paprika, garlic powder, cumin and salt. Cook 5-6 minutes, or until warm; taste and adjust seasoning as desired.
  3. To make quick pickled red onions: In small pot over medium-low heat, heat reserved pickling liquid. Once simmering, add sliced red onion and cook 3 minutes.
  4. To make avocado sauce: In food processor or blender, pulse avocados, lime juice, salt and garlic powder until smooth.
  5. Assemble tacos by filling tortillas with sliced beets, black beans, pickled red onions, avocado sauce and cilantro, if desired.

Italian Pasta and Bean Salad

Prep time: 15 minutes
Servings: 6

  • 2          cups uncooked rotini pasta
  • 1/2       cup prepared pesto
  • 1          can (15 ounces) READ 3 Bean Salad, drained
  • 1          cup grape or cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 3/4       cup fresh mozzarella bocconcini, cut in halves or quarters
  • 1/4       cup toasted walnuts (optional)
  • 1/4       cup (1 ounce) shredded fresh Parmesan cheese
  1. Cook pasta according to package directions; drain and rinse under cold running water. In bowl, combine pesto with pasta to coat well.
  2. Combine pasta with drained bean salad. Stir in tomatoes and mozzarella; refrigerate.
  3. To serve, sprinkle walnuts and Parmesan cheese over top.
  4. Substitution: 3/4 cup mozzarella may be substituted for bocconcini.

Source: Aunt Nellie's, Read Salads

Videos 01 July 2022

Sweetpotato Wedge & Purple Cabbage Salad with Poppyseed Dressing

(Family Features) The fresh flavor of favorite foods pulled hot off the grill makes summer cookouts a treasured pastime for families across the country. This year, you can make new memories at those backyard barbecues by keeping in mind that grilling isn’t only about charred burgers and steaks – delicious, grilled vegetables can be just as enjoyable.

Nutritious and full of antioxidants, sweetpotatoes are a perfect option for summer recipes as they’re easy to grill in a recipe like Sweetpotato Wedge & Purple Cabbage Salad with Poppyseed Dressing. Hearty yet light for a tasty side dish, this salad is effortlessly simple and combines crispy purple cabbage, juicy tomato, velvety feta and poppyseed dressing around sweetpotato wedges as the star of the show.

With nearly 70% of the nation’s sweetpotatoes produced in North Carolina, the state is the largest producer in the country of the year-round veggie ideal for grilling on those hot summer days. As a versatile superfood, their rich nutritional value and ease of use in a variety of dishes make them an ideal ingredient in recipes ranging from breakfasts and salads to protein bowls, tacos and more.

In addition to cooking on a classic grill, sweetpotatoes can also be prepared using a griddle. Until Sept. 30, you can enter the North Carolina Sweetpotato Commission’s Blazin’ Blackstone Giveaway to win one of 14 prize packages including the grand prize: a 28-inch XL Culinary Pro with Rangetop Bundle. Join fellow “griddlers” by sharing a photo of your favorite sweetpotato recipe and encouraging friends, family and online followers to do the same.

Learn how to enter the giveaway and find more information at ncsweetpotatoes.com.

Watch video to see how to make this recipe!

Sweetpotato Wedge & Purple Cabbage Salad with Poppyseed Dressing

Recipe courtesy of the North Carolina SweetPotato Commission
Servings: 4

  • 2          North Carolina sweetpotatoes
  • 1/2       head purple cabbage
  • 1          tablespoon olive oil
  • salt, to taste
  • pepper, to taste
  • 6          tablespoons poppyseed dressing, divided
  • 1          tablespoon chopped parsley
  • 2          cups grape tomatoes, halved
  • 3          tablespoons feta cheese, crumbled
  1. Preheat grill to 400 F.
  2. Scrub and wash sweetpotatoes. Cut each into six wedges. (If sweetpotatoes are long, consider cutting wedges in half.) Parboil sweetpotatoes 5 minutes, drain and cool 5 minutes.
  3. Shred cabbage into thin slices.
  4. Toss sweetpotatoes with olive oil and salt and pepper, to taste.
  5. Place sweetpotato wedges on grill perpendicular to grates over direct heat; grill about 3 minutes on each side, or until tender-crisp with grill marks on each side. Remove from grill and set aside.
  6. In zip-top bag or large bowl, toss cabbage with 4 tablespoons poppyseed dressing until coated. Add parsley and tomatoes; toss.
  7. To serve, place sweetpotato wedges on bed of dressed cabbage and drizzle with remaining poppyseed dressing then sprinkle with cheese.
  8. Serve warm or cold.

Source: North Carolina SweetPotato Commission

Meal Ideas 01 July 2022

Celebrate Caesar Salad Season

(Family Features) Light bites and summer just seem to go hand-in-hand, especially when the temperature outside means turning on the oven is out of the question. Whether you’re trying to put a meal on the table quickly or serving a crowd at your next summer get-together, putting a few small twists on seasonal favorites, such as Caesar salad kits, can be a perfect solution when you want to kick back and relax instead of spending extra time in the kitchen.

With more than 100 varieties of fresh, healthy and convenient ready-to-eat salads – including nine Caesar salad varieties – Fresh Express offers tasty and versatile salad kits that feature premium ingredients and can be eaten as a standalone salad or dressed up in next to no time to make mealtime a true celebration of the season.

For example, this Muffuletta Caesar Sandwich gets its flavor from the Caesar Chopped Salad Kit, which includes chopped romaine, Parmesan Caesar dressing and savory croutons topped with cracked pepper and grated Parmesan cheese. Simply fill two bread bowls with giardiniera, red peppers, green olives, celery, parsley, salami, cheese and salad then combine to meld the flavors for a tasty take on an Italian specialty sandwich.

Or add breaded calamari to the classic, restaurant-style Caesar Salad Kit featuring crisp romaine lettuce, rich and flavorful Caesar dressing, crunchy garlic croutons and Parmesan cheese for a perfect first-course salad, no trip to a restaurant needed.

Visit freshexpress.com for more mealtime inspiration and to find salad kits at a store near you.

Muffuletta Caesar Sandwich

Prep time: 20 minutes
Servings: 8

  • 1          jar (16 ounces) mild or hot giardiniera, drained, liquid reserved
  • 1          jar (12 ounces) roasted red peppers, drained and chopped
  • 1          can (6 ounces) chopped green olives, drained and diced
  • 1/2       cup celery, diced
  • 1/4       cup minced fresh parsley
  • 1          round loaf Italian bread (2 pounds)
  • 8          ounces sliced provolone cheese
  • 8          ounces sliced Genoa salami
  • 8          ounces sliced mozzarella cheese
  • 3          packages (9.4 ounces each) Fresh Express Caesar Chopped Salad Kits
  • 8          ounces sliced mortadella
  1. In bowl, combine giardiniera, red peppers, olives, celery, parsley and 2 tablespoons reserved giardiniera liquid; mix well.
  2. Cut bread in half horizontally; tear out some bread, leaving about 1/2-inch to create bowl. Fill bottom bread bowl with olive salad. Layer with provolone cheese, salami and mozzarella cheese.
  3. Place greens from one salad kit into bowl; toss with salad dressing. Add toppings; toss to combine. Place in top bread bowl; layer with mortadella.
  4. Carefully flip top half of bread over and place on top of fillings in bottom half. Wrap tightly with plastic wrap; press down to compress. Let sit 15 minutes to blend flavors.
  5. Cut sandwich into eight wedges.
  6. Make remaining two salad kits to serve as side dish.

Calamari Caesar Salad

Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4

  • 1          package (10 ounces) breaded calamari
  • 1          package (9.8 ounces) Fresh Express Caesar Salad Kit
  • 8          Campari tomatoes, sliced
  • 4          lemon wedges
  1. Bake calamari according to package directions.
  2. In large bowl, toss greens from salad kit with salad dressing. Add toppings; toss to combine.
  3. Divide salad evenly among four plates. Top each with calamari, tomatoes and lemon wedge. Serve with sauce from calamari package.

 

Source: Fresh Express

Meal Ideas 07 June 2022

Make Healthy Easy with Grapes

(Family Features) If you’re like many Americans who put a priority on well-being, choosing simple yet healthy snacks and ingredients is an easy first step. For example, grapes are a popular and convenient fruit that can also be an ally in wellness, offering an abundance of health benefits that can help you get (and stay) on the right track.

The next time you enjoy an outdoor adventure, pack along a healthy snack such as California grapes. They can go with you on hikes and bike rides or to the gym as a healthy and hydrating source of energy. Heart-healthy grapes also deliver beneficial antioxidants and other polyphenols and are a good source of vitamin K, which supports bone and heart health. With no need to peel, cut, core or slice, grapes are perfectly portable when you’re on the go.

As an easy, versatile ingredient that can be used in a wide variety of recipes, grapes offer delicious taste, texture and color – plus a healthy boost – that make them an appealing addition to snacks and meals. An added bonus: Grapes help support heart, brain, colon and skin health.

Crunchy Salad Pizza on Cauliflower Crust is a simple way to get your fruits and veggies in a fun, tasty recipe. When it’s time for a filling yet nutritional dinner, Warm-Spiced Chickpeas and Couscous with Grapes and Arugula makes for an ideal vegetarian meal. Plus, this easy-to-make dish includes 8 grams of fiber to help support colon health.

Grapes and seafood are a classic combination, and this Roasted Salmon and Grapes with Pistachios Over Fresh Greens is no exception. A perfect dish for family dinners or inviting guests for a meal, it offers antioxidants and other polyphenols from grapes along with healthy omega-3 fats from fish.

Whatever your path to health, eating well and encouraging healthy habits can be deliciously easy with the benefits of grapes. Find more health benefits and good-for-you recipe ideas at GrapesFromCalifornia.com.

Grapes and Your Skin

While naturally hydrating and delivering beneficial antioxidants and other polyphenols, grapes also offer more: they may help support healthy skin even when exposed to UV light. In a study conducted by the University of Alabama, subjects consuming 2 1/4 cups of grapes every day for two weeks showed increased resistance to sunburn and reduced markers of UV damage in skin cells.

Crunchy Salad Pizza on Cauliflower Crust

Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes
Servings: 4

  • 1 frozen cauliflower pizza crust (11 ounces)
  • 1 tablespoon, plus 4 teaspoons, extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 2 medium carrots, peeled and trimmed
  • 1 medium fennel bulb, quartered and trimmed
  • 1 medium yellow bell pepper, halved and trimmed
  • 1/2 medium red onion
  • 16 black California grapes, halved
  • 1 cup canned or cooked chickpeas, drained and rinsed, divided
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 tablespoons pesto
  • salt, to taste
  • freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 ounce fresh goat cheese, crumbled
  1. Heat oven to 400 F. Place frozen crust on large, parchment-lined baking sheet and brush top lightly with 2 teaspoons olive oil. Bake until crust is lightly golden, about 10 minutes. Transfer to cutting board and cut into quarters.
  2. Using mandolin, peeler or large, sharp knife and cutting board, thinly slice carrots, fennel, bell pepper and onion. Transfer to mixing bowl and add grapes and 1/2 cup chickpeas. Add parsley, pesto and 1 tablespoon olive oil; toss well. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  3. Using fork, coarsely mash remaining chickpeas and remaining oil; spread among pieces of crust. Mound grape-vegetable mixture on top. Dot with goat cheese and serve

Nutritional information per serving: 490 calories; 9 g protein; 66 g carbohydrates; 22 g fat (40% calories from fat); 4 g saturated fat (7% calories from saturated fat); 30 mg cholesterol; 380 mg sodium; 4 g fiber.

Roasted Salmon and Grapes with Pistachios Over Fresh Greens

Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 7-8 minutes
Servings: 4

  • 4 wild sockeye or coho salmon fillets (about 5 ounces each)
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • salt, to taste
  • freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1/3 cup dry white wine
  • 1 cup green California grapes
  • 1/4 cup shelled, unsalted pistachios, coarsely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped Italian parsley
  • 5 ounces baby spinach
  • 1/4 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon white wine vinegar
  1. Heat oven to 400 F. Lightly oil shallow, 9-by-13-inch baking dish.
  2. Pat fish dry and place skin side down in pan. Brush fillets lightly with 1 tablespoon olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper, to taste. Pour wine in pan, scatter grapes around and sprinkle pistachios and parsley on fish.
  3. Roast salmon 7 minutes for medium-rare; 8 minutes for medium.
  4. In large bowl, toss spinach, onion, remaining oil and vinegar. Season with salt and pepper, to taste; toss again and divide among four plates.
  5. Place fish on top of greens. Spoon roasted grapes around fish.

Nutritional information per serving: 360 calories; 31 g protein; 12 g carbohydrates; 19 g fat (48% calories from fat); 3 g saturated fat (8% calories from saturated fat); 65 mg cholesterol; 105 mg sodium; 2 g fiber.

Warm-Spiced Chickpeas and Couscous with Grapes and Arugula

Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, plus additional, to taste, divided
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1 cup Israeli pearl couscous
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 can (15 ounces) no-salt-added chickpeas, drained
  • 1 cup red California grapes, halved
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro or parsley
  • freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 4 cups lightly packed baby arugula
  • lemon wedges
  1. In large saucepan over medium heat, heat oil. Add onion, cumin, 1/2 teaspoon salt and allspice; cook, stirring, until onion is softened, about 3 minutes. Add couscous and stir 1 minute to toast lightly. Add turmeric and water; bring to boil. Reduce heat, cover and simmer until couscous is tender, about 15 minutes.
  2. Stir chickpeas, grapes and cilantro into couscous then season with salt and pepper, to taste. Transfer couscous-grape mixture to large bowl, add arugula and toss well. Serve warm or at room temperature with lemon wedges.

Nutritional information per serving: 370 calories; 12 g protein; 61 g carbohydrates; 9 g fat (17% calories from fat); 1 g saturated fat (2% calories from saturated fat); 0 mg cholesterol; 160 mg sodium; 8 g fiber.

Source: California Table Grape Commission

Meal Ideas 06 June 2022

5 Reasons to Add Lobster to Summer Meals

(Family Features) The arrival of summer means favorites like fresh seafood are back on the menu for many families. This year, as you explore new and inventive ways to add variety to weeknight dinners and backyard barbecues, consider including lobster as a versatile, indulgent ingredient.

Throughout the summer months, lobstermen up and down the Maine coast set off before dawn in pursuit of one of the most beloved crustaceans in the world. As one of the oldest fisheries in the country, the industry boasts a rich history with an unparalleled commitment to sustainability and environmental stewardship that has allowed it to thrive for generations.

In addition to its distinctly sweet flavor, consider these reasons to add Maine lobster to your menu this summer:

Sustainability
To help protect the lobster population and the livelihood of those in the fishery, the lobstermen pioneered sustainability and traceability practices before it was fashionable. The sustainability measures developed and adapted over generations, such as protecting egg-bearing females and releasing juvenile lobsters, have preserved the fishery and produced abundant lobster stocks.

Small Business Support
Unlike many commercial fisheries, the Maine Lobster industry consists of more than 5,000 independent lobstermen who own and operate small day boats. Many lobstermen are from multi-generational lobstering families, which, along with a mandatory apprenticeship program, ensure its continued survival.

Front Lines of Science
Mother Nature and science guide the fishery, meaning ongoing collaboration between scientists and fishermen to research the health of the lobster population and adapt to the effects of climate change to help protect the oceans.

Protection of Endangered Species
Sustainability for the industry means taking care of the larger marine environment and the species that rely on it. Since the 1990s, Maine lobstermen have taken proactive steps to protect endangered North Atlantic right whales by eliminating surface float rope, incorporating weak links to allow whales to break free in the event they encounter gear and marking rope to ensure traceability.

Community Engagement
The lobster industry goes well beyond the fishermen on the water; including the dealers, processors, restaurant owners, trap and boat builders and more. The fishery is part of the identity of Maine, which means enjoying lobster rolls, grilled tails or steamed lobsters this summer directly supports the community and the lobstermen who call it home.

To find more ways to support the industry and recipes to enjoy this summer, visit lobsterfrommaine.com.

Chilled Lobster with Orange and Basil Vinaigrette

Recipe courtesy of Erin Lynch on behalf of the Maine Lobster Marketing Collaborative
Servings: 4

Dressing:

  • 1 tablespoon minced shallots
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons fresh orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, plus additional, to taste, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • pepper, to taste
  • 1 pound cooked Maine Lobster meat, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 head butter lettuce, torn
  • 1 ripe avocado, peeled and diced
  • 3 radishes, thinly sliced
  • kosher salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  1. To make dressing: In medium bowl, whisk shallots, olive oil, orange juice, lime juice, basil, parsley, salt and Dijon mustard. Season with additional salt and pepper, to taste.
  2. Add lobster to bowl; toss to coat. Chill at least 1 hour, or up to one day.
  3. To serve: Arrange lettuce on serving plate and place lobster on top. Sprinkle with avocado, radishes, kosher salt and ground black pepper.

Traditional Lobster Rolls

Recipe courtesy of the Maine Lobster Marketing Collaborative
Yield: 4 rolls

  • 1 pound cooked Maine lobster meat
  • mayonnaise, to taste, for binding
  • freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • salt, to taste
  • fresh lemon juice, to taste
  • 4 buttered, toasted rolls or preferred bread
  • sliced chives, for garnish
  1. In bowl, combine lobster meat; mayonnaise, to taste; pepper, to taste; salt, to taste; and lemon juice, to taste.
  2. Place 3-4 ounces lobster salad on each roll.
  3. Garnish with chives and serve.

Source: Maine Lobster Marketing Collaborative

Meal Ideas 02 June 2022

Savor the Flavors of Summer

(Family Features) Bringing your family together for a meal that tastes like summer is what the season is all about. If you’re spending an evening firing up the grill, flipping on the oven, forming a homemade salad or anything in-between, the time spent together enjoying warm weather flavors is what everyone truly craves.

Your next backyard meal can start with a flavor infusion from Newman’s Own Garlic Vinaigrette & Marinade, a versatile option that can be tossed with salads or added to proteins before cooking. Made with premium ingredients and a special blend of herbs and spices, it sets itself apart by mixing garlic into the dressing in four different forms – minced, powder, granulated and chopped – to deliver a delightfully bold and zesty flavor with every bite.

Take advantage of its mouthwatering taste with these Summer Shrimp and Squash Kebabs, an easy way to bring loved ones together both before and during the meal. Put an adult in charge of heating the grill while the entire family works together to marinate a concoction of shrimp, tomatoes, corn, red onion, squash and zucchini before threading onto skewers that are ready to hit the grates.

If hot weather means lighter fare is on the menu, this Mediterranean Orzo Salad can be ready in mere minutes. Just toss together a handful of tantalizing ingredients for a simple bite of summer that’s perfect as a meatless meal or al fresco side dish. Or you can turn it into a quick weeknight dinner by adding cooked chicken, shrimp or a protein of your choice.

After a day of fun in the sun, some nights call for a quick and easy solution that lets the oven do the work for you. When pizza cravings strike, consider an option like Newman’s Own Stone-Fired Crust Pizzas that bring authentic, Italian pizza with lightly blistered crusts to your kitchen table. Available in three authentic flavors – Margherita, Quattro Formaggi (Four Cheese) and Spinaci & Formaggi (Spinach & Cheese) – the light, airy, slightly crispy crust is ready to devour after just 10 minutes in the oven.

Find more summer meal solutions at NewmansOwn.com.

Mediterranean Orzo Salad

Servings: 4

  • 2 cups cooked orzo
  • 2 mini cucumbers, thinly sliced
  • 3/4 cup cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • 1/2 cup canned chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2 cup arugula
  • 1/4 cup pitted Kalamata and green olives, cut in half
  • 1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1/3 cup Newman’s Own Garlic Vinaigrette & Marinade, plus additional for serving (optional)
  1. In large bowl, combine orzo, cucumbers, tomatoes, chickpeas, arugula, olives and feta cheese. Toss with vinaigrette.
  2. Serve with additional vinaigrette, if desired.

Summer Shrimp and Squash Kebabs

Servings: 4 (2 skewers per serving)

  • 8 wooden skewers (12 inches each)
  • 1 cup Newman’s Own Garlic Vinaigrette & Marinade, plus additional for serving
  • 16 large shrimp, peeled and deveined
  • 16 cherry tomatoes
  • 2 ears fresh corn, each cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 large red onion, cut into 1-inch wedges
  • 2 yellow squash, sliced 1/2-inch thick
  • 2 zucchini, sliced 1/2-inch thick
  1. Soak skewers in water at least 30 minutes.
  2. In large bowl, combine vinaigrette, shrimp, cherry tomatoes, corn, red onion, yellow squash and zucchini; marinate 30 minutes-1 hour.
  3. Preheat grill to medium heat. Skewer pieces of cherry tomato, shrimp, corn, zucchini, red onion and yellow squash on wooden skewer. Repeat with remaining ingredients and skewers. Grill kebabs about 8 minutes, turning frequently until shrimp and veggies are cooked. Serve with additional vinaigrette.

Source: Newman’s Own

Meal Ideas 19 April 2022

Pack a Perfect Al Fresco Pairing

(Family Features) Heading outdoors for a fresh, homemade meal is an alluring activity when warm weather and sunshine provide a perfect opportunity for dining on the patio. Or, if some time away from the house is calling your name, packing a lunch and taking off for the park can be an ideal getaway without getting too far from home.

Next time the sun’s rays call your name, invite friends and family for a delicious picnic loaded with warm-weather flavors. Just lay out your favorite blanket on the grass or don an outdoor table with a classic checkered tablecloth then share recipes that make al fresco meals truly memorable.

No picnic is complete without sandwiches loaded with all your favorite toppings, and these Picnic-wiches with Greek Artichoke Beet Salad provide the freshness that outdoor meals are made of. This recipe starts with a homemade relish loaded with Aunt Nellie’s Pickled Beets, artichoke hearts, olives and green onions that complements the winning combination of turkey, feta and ciabatta.

Pair your party tray of sandwiches with a perfect partner like Bean, Tortellini and Pesto Salad made with READ Bean Salad for a complete spread that’ll leave you waiting for the next opportunity to take mealtime outdoors. With just a handful of ingredients and customizable with your desired stir-ins like tomatoes, peppers and green onions, it’s ready in next to no time.

To find more picnic-worthy appetizers, meals, sides and more, visit readsalads.com and auntnellies.com.

Picnic-wiches with Greek Artichoke Beet Salad

Servings: 6

  • 1 jar (16 ounces) Aunt Nellie's Sliced Pickled Beets
  • 1 jar (about 6 ounces) marinated artichoke hearts
  • 1/2 cup pitted kalamata or ripe olives, sliced
  • 3 tablespoons sliced green onions
  • freshly ground black pepper, to taste (optional)
  • 6 romaine lettuce leaves
  • 1 pound thinly sliced deli turkey
  • 6 ciabatta or sandwich rolls, sliced horizontally
  • 1/3 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1/4 cup pine nuts, toasted
  1. Drain beets and artichoke hearts, reserving 1/4 cup liquid from each. Coarsely chop beets and artichoke hearts. In medium bowl, combine beets, artichokes, olives and green onions; set aside.
  2. In small bowl, whisk reserved beet and artichoke liquids. Pour over beet mixture; toss gently to coat. Season with black pepper, to taste, if desired.
  3. Layer lettuce and turkey on bottom halves of rolls. Top with relish, as desired; feta cheese; and pine nuts. Top with remaining halves of rolls. Wrap tightly; chill up to 4 hours. Serve with remaining relish.

Bean, Tortellini and Pesto Salad

Servings: 6

  • 2 cans (15 ounces each) READ 3 or 4 Bean Salad
  • 1/4 cup prepared basil pesto
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt (optional)
  • 1 package (9 ounces) refrigerated tortellini
  • grape tomatoes (optional)
  • halved cherry tomatoes (optional)
  • chopped bell pepper (optional)
  • thinly sliced green onions (optional)
  1. Drain bean salad, reserving 1/2 cup liquid. In bowl, combine reserved liquid, pesto and salt, if desired; set aside.
  2. Cook tortellini according to package directions; drain, rinse in cold water and drain again. Add pesto dressing; toss to coat. Add grape tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, bell pepper and green onion, as desired. Toss with bean salad.
  3. Serve at room temperature or chilled.

Source: READ Salads
Aunt Nellie’s 

Meal Ideas 21 March 2022

A Savory Meal for Spring Celebrations

(Family Features) From picnics and family reunions to al fresco meals on the patio, flavor and freshness can make springtime dishes truly mouthwatering. As you plan your spring menu for time with loved ones, think outside the box with recipes that can feed a crowd.

One easy way to elevate your warm weather entertaining is with a lean, delicate protein like grass-fed lamb available at Whole Foods Market from Atkins Ranch, a leader in environmental stewardship and one of the first members of Land to Market, which advocates for regenerative agriculture – a type of outcomes-based land management that seeks to heal landscapes instead of degrading them. In fact, many of the lamb ranchers set aside areas for conservation purposes to focus on regenerating land and water to keep the environment as pristine as possible.

The lambs are raised just as nature intended: 100% grass-fed and free to roam on pastures in fresh air and sunshine, culminating in a result that’s better for you, the animals and the planet.

As the first lamb producer in the world to achieve Non-GMO Project verification, Atkins Ranch is also the first to achieve Global Animal Partnership Step-4 certification for farm animal welfare. If you’re unfamiliar with lamb, consider these cooking tips and pairing options for a deliciously divine spread at your next springtime soiree.

How to Cook Lamb
For cuts like legs, shanks, shoulder roasts and stew meat, slow cooking is the answer. This Herb Crusted Bone-In Leg of Lamb, for example, is roasted for about 3 hours to reach a juicy tenderness complemented by fresh herbs and a mint sauce.

Turn to the grill or stovetop for a quicker cooking method with cuts such as chops, rack and ground lamb. Cooking over an open fire allows the smokiness to meld with lamb’s naturally rich flavor.

What to Pair with Lamb
With its rich, meaty flavor, lamb is a perfect main course for spring meals. Try balancing it out with these sides:

  • Salad – Like many proteins, lamb is complemented well by fresh greens. Toss baby spinach with a light vinaigrette and fresh fruit, like strawberries, for a true springtime salad.
  • Sweet Potatoes – The subtlety of a sweet potato dish is nearly a must to pair with lamb. Sweeten the meal even further by mashing with orange juice and zest for a lightly tangy side.
  • Asparagus – A classic side for many spring meals, roasted asparagus is easy to prepare whether in the oven or on the grill.

Find more grass-fed lamb cooking tips and recipes at AtkinsRanch.com.

Herb Crusted Bone-In Leg of Lamb

Prep time: 3 hours
Cook time: about 3 hours (depending on size and doneness)
Servings: 15

  • 1 Atkins Ranch bone-in leg of lamb (about 8 pounds)
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 8 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup white wine

Herb Crust:

  • 2 large egg whites
  • 2 tablespoons minced rosemary leaves
  • 2 tablespoons minced thyme leaves
  • 2 tablespoons ground peppercorns
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt
  • fresh mint sauce, for serving
  1. About 2 hours before preparing, remove leg of lamb from fridge to ensure even cooking. Remove gland to prevent gaminess during cooking.
  2. Preheat oven to 325 F on convection setting. Score skin of both sides of leg of lamb.
  3. In bowl, whisk olive oil, garlic, Dijon mustard, salt and white wine. Brush onto both sides of lamb, pressing into scored crevices.
  4. Place leg in roasting pan on roasting rack. Insert cooking probe into thickest part of meat, not touching bone. Cook about 1 hour and 20 minutes, or until internal temperature reaches 95 F.
  5. Reduce oven temperature to 300 F and cook to desired doneness. For medium-rare doneness, remove lamb once probe reaches 125 F.
  6. To make herb curst: In bowl, whisk egg whites until evenly foamy with tiny bubbles. Brush onto both sides of lamb.
  7. In separate small bowl, mix rosemary, thyme, peppercorns and salt. Press herb crust mixture onto areas brushed with egg whites. Place back in pan and cook about 5-7 minutes until crust is formed and browned. Remove from oven and rest 30 minutes.
  8. Carve lamb, arrange on platter and serve with fresh mint sauce.

Source: Atkins Ranch

Meal Ideas 28 December 2021

Build a Better-for-You Menu in 2022

(Family Features) Committing to healthier habits in the new year often starts in the kitchen. Adding better-for-you recipes to your arsenal is the start of a more nutrition-focused lifestyle, and whether you’re a true home chef or just learning the basics, these dishes can be the gateway to a healthier you.

From fresh spins on family night and quick solutions in a pinch to homemade lunches and satisfying salads, consider these delicious and nutritious ways to enhance your homemade meals in 2022.

Visit Culinary.net to find more health-conscious recipe ideas.

A Fresh Take on Family Dinner

If your family gets stuck in a dinner routine rut, it can feel like you’re eating the same recipes over and over again.

However, this fresh and unique recipe for Cuban Chicken with Salsa Fresca might inspire you to think outside the culinary box and give your family members the satisfactory flavor they desire at dinnertime. With fresh ingredients and a wholesome flavor, this meal is perfect to add to your menu.

Find more recipes and family dinner ideas at Culinary.net.

Cuban Chicken with Salsa Fresca

Servings: 5

  • 1          cup grapefruit juice
  • 2          tablespoons olive oil
  • 2          teaspoons garlic powder
  • 2          teaspoons cumin
  • 2          teaspoons paprika
  • 1          teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 1 1/4    pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts

Salsa Fresca:

  • 1          cup grapefruit segments
  • 1/2       jicama, cubed
  • 1/2       red onion, chopped
  • 3/4       cup grapefruit juice
  • 4          tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2       cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1          jalapeno pepper, chopped
  1. Heat oven to 400 F.
  2. In large bowl, mix grapefruit juice, oil, garlic powder, cumin, paprika and red pepper until combined. Add chicken to bowl and turn to coat. Refrigerate 30 minutes or longer.
  3. To make salsa fresca: In medium bowl, mix grapefruit segments, jicama, red onion, grapefruit juice, olive oil, cilantro and jalapeno pepper until combined. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
  4. Remove chicken from marinade. Place chicken in baking dish. Bake 25-30 minutes until chicken is cooked through.
  5. Serve chicken with salsa fresca.

Take Your Salad from Bland to Bold

Step aside, boring salads. A new year and a healthier eating plan can include better-for-you greens and dressings that hit the spot.
Veggies roasted with aromatic spices served on Fresh Express 5-Lettuce Mix are drizzled with lemon tahini dressing in this Moroccan Roasted Vegetable Salad, a delicious vegetarian way to turn a bland meal into a bona fide delight. With green leaf lettuce, red leaf lettuce, butter lettuce, romaine and radicchio, the mix of greens offers a bold combination of textures and flavors for those who love variety and color.
Find more ways to enhance your at-home salads at FreshExpress.com.


Moroccan Roasted Vegetable Salad

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

Lemon Tahini Dressing:

  • 1/4       cup tahini
  • 1/4       cup olive oil
  • 3          tablespoons lemon juice
  • 3          teaspoons maple syrup
  • 2          teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1/4       teaspoon salt
  • 2          tablespoons cold water
  •             nonstick cooking spray
  • 6          tablespoons olive oil
  • 2          teaspoons ras el hanout or garam masala
  • 1/2       teaspoon salt
  • 1/4       teaspoon pepper
  • 4          sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into long wedges
  • 4          whole large carrots, chopped
  • 2          red bell peppers, cored and cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 2          packages (6 ounces each) Fresh Express 5-Lettuce Mix
  • 1          can (15 1/2 ounces) chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 1/3       cup dried apricots, sliced
  • 1/3       cup slivered almonds, toasted
  • 2          tablespoons Italian parsley, chopped
  1. To make lemon tahini dressing: In small bowl, whisk tahini, olive oil, lemon juice, maple syrup, Dijon mustard and salt. Add cold water; mix well. If dressing thickens, mix in more cold water.
  2. Heat oven to 400 F. Spray two baking sheets with nonstick cooking spray.
  3. In large bowl, mix olive oil, ras el hanout, salt and pepper. Add sweet potatoes; toss to coat. Transfer to first prepared baking sheet. Add carrots and peppers to leftover oil; toss to coat. Transfer to second prepared baking sheet. Bake 15-20 minutes, or until vegetables are tender. Let cool.
  4. Arrange lettuce mix on four plates. Top each with sweet potatoes, carrots, red pepper, chickpeas, apricots and almonds. Drizzle with dressing and sprinkle with parsley.

A Lean, Nutritious Lunch

Meal prepping is one of the most common strategies for improving eating habits, however, this tactic is often focused primarily on nutritious breakfasts and family dinners. Don’t let lunch go by the wayside; you can skip the fast food breaks by opting for a recipe you can make quickly at home.
Made with nutritious Wisconsin Potatoes loaded with goodness, low in calories, high in fiber and a good source of vitamin B6, potassium, vitamin C and antioxidants, a Turkey-Potato Wrap provides a simple solution for swapping out saltier foods for a lean lunch. By making four at a time in just half an hour, lunch is served for most of your work week to help save time on busy mornings while adding vitamins, nutrients and antioxidants to your afternoon meal.

Find more better-for-you recipe ideas at eatwisconsinpotatoes.com.


Turkey-Potato Wrap

Recipe courtesy of Wisconsin Potatoes

  • 3/4       pound Wisconsin russet potatoes, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 1          tablespoon water
  • 1          tablespoon canola oil
  • 3/4       pound ground lean turkey
  • 1          large carrot, shredded
  • 1/3       cup sliced green onions with tops
  • 1          can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 2/3       cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1          teaspoon dried Italian seasoning or basil
  • salt, to taste
  • pepper, to taste
  • 4          large whole-wheat or high-fiber tortillas
  • light sour cream (optional)
  1. Place potatoes in microwave-safe bowl; sprinkle with water. Cover, venting one corner. Microwave on high 5-8 minutes until potatoes are tender.
  2. In large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat, heat oil. Add and break up turkey; cook 5 minutes, tossing occasionally. Mix in carrot; cook 2 minutes. Add potatoes and onions; toss and cook 2 minutes. Reduce heat to medium; mix in tomato sauce, cheese and Italian seasoning.
  3. Cook, stirring occasionally, 4-5 minutes until mixture is hot and most sauce is absorbed. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. On work surface, lay out tortillas. Place 3/4 cup hot turkey mixture on each; fold and roll for burritos.
  4. Cut in halves. Serve each with sour cream, if desired.
  5. Eating Well When You’re Short on Time
  6. Committing to a better eating plan doesn’t change the fact there are simply times when a hectic schedule calls for a quick solution.
  7. When you need an easy-to-make lunch or dinner, opt for this Loaded Smoked Salmon Rice Bowl that takes just 5 minutes for a satisfying meal. With Minute’s fully cooked Ready to Serve Brown Rice, it’s easy to add whole grains to your diet even when you’re short on time. One cup of cooked brown rice is equal to two servings of whole grains, making it a nutritious option when time is of the essence.
  8. Packaged in convenient, single-serve, BPA-free cups, the brown rice cups provide a quick, easy solution for dishes from breakfast to dessert. Ready in just 1 minute, they’re non-GMO, gluten free and cholesterol free with no preservatives.

Find more easy-to-assemble recipes at MinuteRice.com.

Eating Well When You’re Short on Time

Committing to a better eating plan doesn’t change the fact there are simply times when a hectic schedule calls for a quick solution.
When you need an easy-to-make lunch or dinner, opt for this Loaded Smoked Salmon Rice Bowl that takes just 5 minutes for a satisfying meal. With Minute’s fully cooked Ready to Serve Brown Rice, it’s easy to add whole grains to your diet even when you’re short on time. One cup of cooked brown rice is equal to two servings of whole grains, making it a nutritious option when time is of the essence.
Packaged in convenient, single-serve, BPA-free cups, the brown rice cups provide a quick, easy solution for dishes from breakfast to dessert. Ready in just 1 minute, they’re non-GMO, gluten free and cholesterol free with no preservatives.

Find more easy-to-assemble recipes at MinuteRice.com.


Loaded Smoked Salmon Rice Bowl

Prep time: 4 minutes
Cook time: 1 minute
Servings: 1

  • 1          cup Minute Ready to Serve Brown Rice
  • 2          ounces smoked salmon
  • 1/2       cup julienned cucumber
  • 1          teaspoon soy sauce
  • 1          tablespoon everything bagel seasoning mix
  1. Heat rice according to package directions.
  2. Top rice with smoked salmon and cucumbers. Drizzle with soy sauce and sprinkle with seasoning mix.

Source: Fresh Express
Wisconsin Potatoes
Minute Rice

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