recipes

Kids 09 August 2017

Smart Choices

Fueling kids for back to school

(Family Features) As kids head back to school, it’s a good time to refocus on nutritious food and beverage choices to make sure kids are properly fueled and ready to learn. Making the best choices for her family is every mom’s priority, but it can be confusing to navigate all the options available.

For example, many celebrity websites, diet books, blogs and popular social media feeds make it appear trendy to ditch dairy. Yet experts say going dairy-free has significant downfalls, especially for kids and young adults. A survey from the National Osteoporosis Foundation (NOF) found 6 in 10 moms have tried restricting their dairy intake, and fewer moms encourage their kids to drink milk today compared to how many were encouraged to drink milk themselves as children – in fact, some are even restricting their children’s intake of dairy.

It can be hard to get enough nutrients without milk in your diet. Drinking dairy milk during childhood through early adulthood is important to help achieve maximum bone strength. It’s also important to drink milk as an adult to help maintain bone strength and density. Most dairy alternatives don’t have the same nutrients as dairy milk and kids may not eat enough kale, spinach or sardines to replace the calcium in milk.

However, many moms know how important milk is for their kids. According to the NOF survey, more than 80 percent of moms know milk is nutrient-rich. In fact, milk is the top food source for three of the four nutrients of concern identified by the Dietary Guidelines for Americans: calcium, vitamin D and potassium.

Incorporating farm-fresh milk into your diet can be fun for the whole family. Try making your own flavored milk or smoothie at home with these recipes for Vanilla Cinnamon Milk or a Rainbow Unicorn Smoothie.

Find more information and nutritious recipes to pair with milk at milklife.com.

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Vanilla Cinnamon Milk

  • 8          ounces milk
  • 1/2       teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4       teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2          teaspoons honey
  1. In glass, combine milk with vanilla extract, ground cinnamon and honey.  Stir until well mixed.

Nutritional information per serving: 130 calories; 5 mg cholesterol; 8 g protein; 24 g carbohydrates; 105 mg sodium; 308 mg calcium (30% of daily value).

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Rainbow Unicorn Smoothie

  • 1 1/2    cups low-fat or fat-free milk, plus additional (optional)
  • 1/2       cup low-fat vanilla yogurt
  • 2          cups (about 10 large) frozen strawberries
  • 1          cup frozen blueberries
  • 1          cup frozen mango chunks

Optional toppings:

  • 6          tablespoons whipped cream
  • 4          teaspoons sprinkles
  • horn candles, wicks trimmed
  1. Blend milk, yogurt and fruit until smooth, adding additional milk or water to thin, if needed.
  2. Divide smoothie into four glasses and, if desired, top each with whipped cream, sprinkles and horn candles.

Nutritional information per serving: 120 calories; 1 g fat; 5 mg cholesterol; 5 g protein; 25 g carbohydrates; 3 g fiber; 60 mg sodium;  175 mg calcium (20% of daily value). Nutrition figures based on using fat-free milk.  

Breakfast & Brunch 28 April 2017

Bring Brunch Home

(Family Features) There’s no denying that brunch is a popular favorite, but you don’t have to leave the comfort of your own home to enjoy a delicious spread with family and friends.

Enjoy this weekend luxury every day and bring brunch home with premium ingredients like Smithfield’s Hometown Original Bacon, Anytime Favorites Diced Ham and Fresh Breakfast Sausage.

Delight friends and family with a full spread of mouthwatering recipes like Sausage and Egg Tarts dressed with Asparagus and Tomatoes, Cheesy Bacon Jalapeno Corn Muffins, Cinnamon French Toast Sausage Roll-Ups and Scrambled Eggs and Ham in a Waffle Cup. Then enhance your menu with options for customization like jams, butters and toppings to make brunch at home unique and unforgettable.

Boost Brunch with a Bloody Mary Bar
Premium ingredients and worthwhile recipes are a great way to make brunch at home, and adding a Bloody Mary bar to the mix is one way to give your spread extra flair. Provide your guests multiple options for toppings so they can perfectly customize their adult beverages with garnishes like these:

  • Salt (plain or flavored)
  • Pepper
  • Horseradish
  • Smithfield Hometown Original Bacon
  • Celery stalks
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Lemons
  • Limes
  • Hot sauces
  • Stuffed olives
  • Pickled green beans
  • Pickle spears
  • Onions
  • Cheese cubes
  • Cherry tomatoes

For more brunch and entertaining recipe inspiration, visit Smithfield.com.

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Cheesy Bacon Jalapeno Corn Muffins

  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 1 package (16 ounces) Smithfield Hometown Original Bacon
  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup yellow cornmeal
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 2 eggs
  • 6 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/3 cup honey
  • 3/4 cup milk or buttermilk
  • 1 can corn kernels, drained
  • 2 medium jalapeno peppers, seeded and diced
  • 1 medium jalapeno pepper, thinly sliced
  1. Heat oven to 375° F.
  2. Line rimmed baking pan with foil and set lightly sprayed baking rack in pan. Cut bacon crosswise into thirds and lay out bacon strips on rack, being careful not to overlap slices. Bake 10-12 minutes, or until bacon has just begun to crisp. Remove from oven and drain on paper towels. Increase oven temperature to 400 F.
  3. In large bowl, stir together flour, cornmeal, baking powder, salt and cheese until well mixed.
  4. In small bowl, whisk eggs until frothy and stir in melted butter, honey and milk. Add milk mixture to dry ingredients and stir until combined. Fold in corn and diced jalapeno and reserve.
  5. Lightly spray or butter 12-cup muffin tin and line each cup with two slices of bacon. Evenly divide muffin batter into cups, filling about three-fourths full and top with remaining bacon and sliced jalapeno. Bake muffins 20 minutes, or until golden brown, using toothpick to test doneness. Let cool briefly, remove muffins from tin and serve while still warm.

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Sausage and Egg Tarts with Asparagus and Tomatoes

  • Flour, for dusting
  • 1 package (about 1 pound) frozen prepared puff pastry, thawed
  • 9 eggs, brought to room temperature for 30 minutes, divided
  • 1 teaspoon water
  • 1 Smithfield Hometown Original Fresh Sausage Roll, sliced into 8 patties, cooked and halved
  • 1 pound fresh asparagus spears, cut into pieces
  • 1 pint grape tomatoes, halved lengthwise
  • salt, to taste
  • freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 cup shredded Parmesan cheese (optional)
  1. Heat oven to 400° F.
  2. On lightly floured surface, roll out pastry and cut into eight 4-5-inch squares and transfer to greased or parchment-lined baking sheets spaced about 1 inch apart. Using small knife, lightly score line 1/2-inch inside edges of squares to create framed border. With fork, prick several holes in center of pastry squares.
  3. Bake squares 7-8 minutes, or until pastry has puffed substantially yet not begun to brown. Remove from oven and immediately tamp down centers inside of scored line carefully with back of fork.
  4. Lightly beat 1 egg with water and brush outside frames of pastry with egg wash. Slightly overlapping framed pastry borders, equally divide and arrange sausage, asparagus and tomatoes in pastry squares, leaving centers open for eggs. Top each with cracked egg, seasoning with salt and pepper and sprinkling with cheese, if desired.
  5. Return to oven and bake 8-10 minutes, or until puff pastry is golden brown and eggs have just set. Let cool slightly and transfer tarts with spatula to serving plate and serve warm.

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Cinnamon French Toast Sausage Roll-Ups

  • 12 Smithfield Fresh Sausage Links
  • 2 eggs
  • 2/3 cup milk
  • 3 tablespoons almond liquor (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 6 slices whole-wheat bread, crust removed and cut in half
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  1. Cook sausage according to package directions; keep warm.
  2. Beat together eggs, milk, almond liquor and cinnamon. Dip one bread slice half in egg mixture and wrap around one sausage link. Press bread edges together where they overlap to keep from unrolling. Repeat with remaining bread and sausage links.
  3. Heat large skillet over medium heat; add butter and let melt. Place French toast-wrapped sausages in skillet, seam-side down. Cook until browned on all sides, about 10 minutes total.

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Scrambled Eggs and Ham in a Waffle Cup

  • 6 eggs
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup sharp cheddar cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 cups Smithfield Honey Cured Boneless Ham Steak, diced
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 8 waffle cups (4 ounces each)
  • 4 teaspoons maple syrup, warm, divided
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme, chopped
  1. In bowl, whisk together eggs, milk, cheese, salt and pepper; stir in ham.
  2. In 10-inch, nonstick skillet, melt butter over medium-high heat. Add egg mixture; reduce heat to medium-low.
  3. Using wooden spoon, scrape eggs from edges of pan to center. Continue stirring eggs 3-5 minutes, or until fluffy.
  4. Scoop 1/2 cup warm scrambled eggs into waffle cup and drizzle with 1/2 teaspoon maple syrup. Garnish with fresh thyme leaves. Repeat for each waffle cup.

Source: Smithfield Foods

Healthy 12 April 2017

Get Foiled

Learn why foil-packet cooking is hot, hot, hot

(Family Features) As the saying goes, big things come in small packages and that may explain the burgeoning popularity of foil-packet recipes. Minimal preparation and cleanup are easy trade-offs for the immense flavors you can create in these tiny containers, whether you prepare them in the oven, on the grill or over an open flame.

The secret to successful foil cooking is locking in the layers of flavor from each ingredient. It’s surprisingly simple to create delicious, healthy dishes when cooking with foil. An ingredient like seasoned rice vinegar offers a wholesome alternative to many condiments and flavorings while giving your packet a big flavor boost.

With no artificial preservatives, flavors or ingredients and no high-fructose corn syrup, Nakano® Rice Vinegars are the perfect solution for building better-for-you foil-packet meals. With organic varieties and easy-to-read labels featuring real, recognizable ingredients, you can feel great about layering delicious flavor into your next foil-packet meal with rice vinegar.

Garlic seasoned rice vinegar delivers a boost of flavor to this Asian-inspired chicken, creating a sensational main dish. Add crisp fresh veggies tossed with organic rice vinegar and garlic as a side then finish the meal with a sweet take on a juicy fruit crisp.

Find more inspired ideas for healthy meals at Mizkan.com/Recipes.

7 Steps to the Perfect Foil Pouch

  1. A 12-inch square piece of foil is a good starting point, but you may need to adjust depending on the recipe. Remember you’ll need plenty of extra room around the ingredients for the heat to build up and cook the contents to perfection.
  2. Use heavy-duty foil to avoid tears or poor seals that can spill ingredients and precious seasonings and juices.
  3. Spread foil on a flat surface and add a light nonstick spray, if needed.
  4. Place ingredients and seasonings in the center of the foil.
  5. Bring long sides of the foil together over the food. Pinch together and make 1/2-inch folds straight across at least twice for a strong seal. Remember to leave plenty of open space between the foil and food.
  6. Make 1/2-inch folds on each short end, folding toward food but leaving at least 1 1/2-2 inches between the seam and food.
  7. Handle pouch with care to avoid piercing or tearing, and always use tongs to remove pouches from heat.

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Gochujang-Glazed Chicken

Servings: 4
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 45 minutes

  • 4 tablespoons Nakano Seasoned Rice Vinegar – Roasted Garlic
  • 2 teaspoons gochujang (chile bean paste)
  • 6 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 4 teaspoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons, plus 2 teaspoons, olive oil
  • 4 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 8 chicken thighs
  • 4 cups fresh cauliflower, riced (use grater or food processer so cauliflower resembles rice)
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh scallions, sliced
  • 2 cups fresh sugar snap peas
  • 3 sprigs fresh cilantro, for garnish
  1. Heat oven or grill to 375° F.
  2. In large bowl, mix together vinegar, gochujang, maple syrup, soy sauce, olive oil, mustard, salt and pepper to form marinade. Dip chicken in marinade and toss lightly until coated.
  3. Lightly oil foil pouch and layer base of pouch with cauliflower. Add scallions and sugar snap peas then place chicken on top. Carefully pour remaining marinade over pouch contents (ensuring that liquid stays inside foil).
  4. Seal foil packet and bake or grill 30 minutes. Open foil to create 2-inch long vent then bake or grill another 15 minutes, or until completely cooked. Garnish with cilantro before serving.

Chef’s tip: For best results and added flavor, marinate chicken 30 minutes before preparing pouches.

Substitutions: In place of gochujang, red pepper flake paste can be made by mixing 1 tablespoon red pepper flakes with a few dashes soy sauce and 1 dash sugar. Alternatively, substitute 2 teaspoons sriracha for gochujang.

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Bartlett Pear and Oat Crisp

Servings: 4
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 30 minutes

  • 4 cups fresh pears, medium diced
  • 4 tablespoons Nakano Seasoned Rice Vinegar – Mango
  • 3/4 cup quick oats
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup, plus 2 teaspoons, all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 6 tablespoons butter, diced into 1/4-inch squares
  1. Heat oven to 375° F.
  2. Toss pears in rice vinegar and set into lightly greased foil pouch.
  3. Combine remaining ingredients in bowl and use two forks to combine ingredients until mixture becomes crumbly.
  4. Pour mixture evenly over pears, seal pouch and bake 20 minutes.
  5. Open top of foil and bake another 10 minutes, or until crisp and golden.

Chef’s tips: For crispier crust, refrigerate crumbly mixture 30 minutes before baking. Serve with scoop of vanilla bean ice cream.

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Mediterranean Vegetables

Servings: 4
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 25 minutes

  • 3 tablespoons Nakano Organic Rice Vinegar – Seasoned
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt, plus extra, to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper, plus extra, to taste
  • 1 tablespoon, plus 1 1/2 teaspoons, fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons fresh garlic, minced
  • 1 cup fresh zucchini, sliced into 1 3/4-inch long, 1/4-inch thick planks
  • 1 cup fresh green pepper strips
  • 1 cup fresh red pepper strips
  • 8 fresh stalks asparagus, slicing off 1/4 inch from bottom of stalk
  • 1 fresh portobello mushroom, sliced into 1/2-inch squares
  • 1 cup fresh eggplant, diced into 1/2-inch squares
  1. Heat oven or grill to 375° F.
  2. In large bowl, mix together rice vinegar, olive oil, salt, pepper, parsley and garlic to create marinade.
  3. Clean vegetables then place them in marinade in small batches. Toss to coat then place in foil pouch. Pour remaining marinade over vegetables and seal pouch.
  4. Bake in oven or over indirect heat on grill 25 minutes. Add salt and pepper, to taste, after removing pouch from heat.

Chef’s tip: Open pouch after 20 minutes of cooking and allow vegetables to crisp slightly under direct heat for remaining 5 minutes.

Source: Nakano

Dessert 06 April 2017

Impressive Fruit Pies and Tarts Made Easy

(Family Features) Berry season means colors, tastes and aromas that are sure to please. With a variety of gorgeous fresh fruits at your fingertips, why not whip up a fabulous fruit pie or tart to surprise family or share with friends? From family dinners to spur-of-the-moment picnics, pies are easy to make and easy for family and friends to appreciate.

To save time in the kitchen, start with Pillsbury Refrigerated Pie Crusts for a flaky, tender base. Just unroll it into your favorite pie plate or tart pan, spoon in a delicious fruit filling, bake and enjoy. Pillsbury has updated the packaging with a fresh, contemporary look and features a recipe for Perfect Apple Pie. For more delicious recipes, visit www.pillsbury.com/pie.

Make Crusts Extra Special

When making a top crust for pies, these tips can help you make them look extra special.
Glossy Upper Crust: Brush the dough with slightly beaten egg white (if desired, sprinkle with sugar, too) before baking.

Sweet Glazed Top: Brush the top pastry with a small amount of water, and sprinkle with granulated or coarse sugar before baking.

Pretty Cutouts: Cut shapes from the top crust with a canapé cutter or a knife before placing the top crust over the filling. With water or beaten egg, moisten the back of each cutout and set the design, moistened side down, on the crust.

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Perfect Apple Pie

8 servings
Prep time: 30 minutes
Ready in: 3 hours

Crust

  • 1 box (14.1 ounces) Pillsbury refrigerated pie crusts, softened as directed on box

Filling

  • 6 cups thinly sliced, peeled apples (6 medium)
  • 3/4 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  1. Heat oven to 425°F. Place 1 pie crust in ungreased 9-inch glass pie plate. Press firmly against side and bottom.
  2. In large bowl, gently mix filling ingredients; spoon into crust-lined pie plate. Top with second crust. Wrap excess top crust under bottom crust edge, pressing edges together to seal; flute. Cut slits or shapes in several places in top crust.
  3. Bake 40 to 45 minutes or until apples are tender and crust is golden brown. Cover edge of crust with 2- to 3-inch-wide strips of foil after first 15 to 20 minutes of baking to prevent excessive browning. Cool on cooling rack at least 2 hours before serving.

Tip: Two cans (21 ounces each) apple pie filling can be substituted for the filling.

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Lemon Raspberry Pie

8 servings
Prep time: 45 minutes
Start to finish: 3 hours 45 minutes


Crust

  • 1 Pillsbury refrigerated pie crust (from 14.1-ounce box), softened as directed on box
  • 1 teaspoon flour
  • 2 tablespoons finely chopped pecans

Filling

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons margarine or butter
  • 1 egg yolk, beaten
  • 1/4 to 1/3 cup lemon juice

Topping

  • 2 3-ounce packages cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon extract
  • 1 8-ounce carton frozen whipped topping, thawed
  • 1 tablespoon milk
  • 3 cups fresh raspberries or frozen raspberries without syrup, thawed, dried on paper towels
  • Mint sprigs, if desired
  1. Heat oven to 450°F. Prepare crust according to package directions for unfilled one-crust pie using 9-inch pie pan. Press pecans into bottom of pie crust-lined pan. Generously prick crust with fork. Bake for 9 to 11 minutes or until light golden brown. Cool completely.
  2. In small saucepan, combine sugar and cornstarch; blend well. Stir in water, margarine and egg yolk. Cook over medium heat until mixture boils and thickens, stirring constantly. Boil 1 minute. Remove from heat. Stir in lemon juice. Pour into cooled crust. Refrigerate 1 hour.
  3. In small bowl, beat cream cheese, powdered sugar and lemon extract until smooth. Beat in whipped topping at low speed until well blended. Add milk; mix until smooth and of spreading consistency. Spread thin layer of topping mixture around edge of crust. Reserve 4 raspberries for garnish. Arrange remaining raspberries over top of filling. Spread remaining topping over raspberries. Garnish with mint sprigs and reserved raspberries. Refrigerate 2 hours before serving. Store in refrigerator.

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Fresh Berry Cream Tart

8 servings
Prep time: 15 minutes
Start to finish: 2 hours 55 minutes

Crust

  • 1 Pillsbury refrigerated pie crust (from 14.1-ounce box), softened as directed on box

Filling

  • 1 8-ounce package cream cheese, softened
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon orange-flavored liqueur or orange juice
  • 4 cups assorted fresh whole berries (small strawberries, blueberries, raspberries, and/or blackberries)
  • 1/3 cup red currant jelly, melted
  1. Heat oven to 450°F. Prepare pie crust as directed on package for one-crust baked shell using 9-inch tart pan with removable bottom. Bake for 9 to 11 minutes or until light golden brown. Cool completely.
  2. In small bowl, combine cream cheese, sugar and liqueur; beat until smooth and well blended. Spread cream cheese mixture evenly in cooled baked shell. Top with berries; brush berries with melted jelly to glaze. Refrigerate at least 2 hours before serving. Store in refrigerator.

Source: Pillsbury

Dessert 06 April 2017

Heart-Smart Recipes You’ll Love

(Family Features) Eating for heart health is actually easier — and more delicious — than you might think. When you have a good plan and plenty of mouthwatering recipes, you’ll enjoy taking care of your heart.

According to the FDA, diets rich in whole grain foods and other plant foods, and low in saturated fat and cholesterol, may help reduce the risk of heart disease. Here are some tips to help you make these kinds of heart-smart choices:

  • Choose leaner cuts of meat. You can find plenty of delicious options such as skinless chicken, lean pork and beef. And you can make smart substitutions, too — use ground turkey instead of ground beef to make meatloaf or burgers even leaner.
  • Add fruits and veggies to every meal. Strawberries in yogurt, blueberries on a salad, carrots and hummus as a snack, roasted sweet potatoes with dinner — it’s easier than you think to add nutrient-dense produce to your diet. Eat plenty of different colored produce for variety and a wider range of health benefits.
  • Enjoy more whole grains. Whole grains add carbohydrates for energy, fiber to fill you up, and nutrients important for good health. And, according to a recent national survey, 4 out of 5 doctors recommend Post Shredded Wheat as part of a healthy, low-sodium diet, to maintain a healthy heart, reduce the risk of heart disease, and support healthy blood pressure levels.

These recipes are a great start to adding more whole grains — and they’re so good, you might forget they are heart smart. Get more tips and heart-smart recipes at www.PostShreddedWheat.com.

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Apple Crisp

Total Time: 65 minutes
Makes: 6 servings

  • 5 cups peeled apple slices
  • 1/2 cup firmly packed light brown sugar, divided
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon tapioca
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 cups Post Original Shredded Wheat Spoon Size Cereal, finely crushed
  • 1/4 cup (1/2 stick) margarine, melted
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Mix apples, 1/4 cup sugar, lemon juice, tapioca and cinnamon in large bowl. Let stand 10 minutes.
  3. To make topping: stir crushed cereal, remaining 1/4 cup sugar and margarine in medium bowl until well blended.
  4. Spread apple mixture in ungreased 1 1/2-quart baking dish. Sprinkle evenly with cereal topping.
  5. Bake for 45 minutes or until topping is browned and apples are tender when pierced with fork.

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Savory Meatloaf

Total Time: 75 minutes
Makes: 12 servings

  • 2 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 3 biscuits Post Original Shredded Wheat Cereal, crushed
  • 1 can (8 ounces) stewed tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped green pepper
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  1. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  2. Beat eggs and milk in large bowl with wire whisk until well blended. Add remaining ingredients; mix well.
  3. Shape meat mixture into oval loaf in shallow baking pan.
  4. Bake 1 hour or until cooked through (160°F).

Variation: Prepare as directed, using fat-free milk and substituting 1/2 cup cholesterol-free egg product for the eggs and 2 pounds thawed frozen ground turkey for the ground beef.

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Grab ’n Go Peanut Butter Bars

Total Time: 10 minutes
Makes: 16 servings (1 bar per serving)

  • 1/2 cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/2 cup reduced fat peanut butter
  • 3 cups Post Original Shredded Wheat Spoon Size Cereal, coarsely crushed
  • 3/4 cup raisins
  1. Mix sugar, honey and peanut butter in large microwavable bowl. Microwave on high 1 1/2 to 2 minutes or until bubbly at edge; stir until well blended.
  2. Stir in cereal and raisins.
  3. Press firmly into 8-inch square pan sprayed with cooking spray. Cool. Cut into bars.
  4. Store in airtight container.

Take Along Tip: After completely cooled, wrap bars individually in plastic wrap. Leave in bowl on kitchen counter for a great grab-and-go snack.

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Banana Bread

Total Time: 65 minutes
Makes: 16 servings (1 slice per serving)

  • 1 3/4 cups flour
  • 1 cup Post Original Shredded Wheat Spoon Size Cereal, finely crushed
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) margarine
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup fat-free milk
  • 1 cup mashed ripe bananas (about 2 large bananas)
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Mix flour, cereal, spice, baking powder and baking soda in medium bowl; set aside.
  2. Beat sugar and margarine in large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until light and fluffy. Add eggs; mix well. Add flour mixture alternately with milk, beating well after each addition. Blend in bananas.
  3. Pour into greased 9x5-inch loaf pan. Bake 1 hour to 1 hour 5 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan 10 minutes on wire rack; remove from pan.
  4. Cool completely.

Special Extra: Toast the bread slices and top each with a scoop of vanilla or chocolate sorbet and a drizzle of strawberry sauce for a different kind of banana split.

Source: Post Foods, LLC

Holiday 01 November 2016

Family Holiday Tradition — Homemade Pumpkin Pie

(Family Features) What’s that warm and wonderful fragrance wafting through the air? Homemade pumpkin pie! Since 1929, Libby’s pumpkin has helped make that sweet ending to the holiday feast. Whether you use a traditional single crust or create a signature pie crust edging, you’ll be proud you made it yourself. Serve your homemade pumpkin pie warm or cold, topped with whipped cream or not. What’s your family tradition?

Tips for Delicious Pumpkin Pie

Like the classic recipe on the back of the can says, all it takes is “Mix, Pour and Bake.” Here are a few more tips from Libby’s, the pumpkin pie experts:

Before you bake. Make the batter ahead, if you wish, but pour it into the pie shell just before baking to keep the crust crisp.
During baking. The baking instructions start with a high oven temperature and then direct you to turn the temperature down part way through baking. Remember this important step which allows the crust time to crisp.
Is it done? Insert a knife near the center of the pie to test for doneness, as the center will still cook after you take the pie out of the oven.

Put a Crimp In It!

Give your homemade pumpkin pie a signature style. Line the bottom of the pie plate with homemade or refrigerated pie dough (before you add the filling) and trim around the perimeter for a 1-inch overhang. Then, create one of these decorative edges:

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Simple Fork Edge

  1. Fold overhang under and press down with your fingers.
  2. Using the tines of a lightly floured fork, press the edge of the pastry to the rim of the pie pan.

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Fluted Edge

  1. Fold overhang under and pinch to make the edge stand up.
  2. With the thumb and forefinger of one hand, pinch the outside edge of the pastry while pressing from the inside with the forefinger of your other hand.

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Rope Edge

  1. Fold overhang under and pinch to make the edge stand up.
  2. Press the pastry along the edge of the pie plate between the side of your thumb at an angle, pinch and slightly twist.

Find more recipes at VeryBestBaking.com.

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Libby’s Famous Pumpkin Pie

Makes: 8 servings

  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 can (15 ounces) Libby’s 100% Pure Pumpkin
  • 1 can (12 fluid ounces) Nestlé Carnation Evaporated Milk
  • 1 unbaked 9-inch (4-cup volume) deep-dish pie shell
  • Whipped cream
  1. MIX sugar, salt, cinnamon, ginger and cloves in small bowl. Beat eggs in large bowl; stir in pumpkin and sugar-spice mixture. Gradually stir in evaporated milk.
  2. POUR into pie shell.
  3. BAKE in preheated 425°F oven 15 minutes. Reduce temperature to 350°F; bake 40 to 50 minutes or until knife inserted near center comes out clean. Cool on wire rack 2 hours.
  4. SERVE immediately or refrigerate. Top with whipped cream before serving.

NOTE: 1 3/4 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice may be substituted for the cinnamon, ginger and cloves; however, the taste will be slightly different.

 

Homemade Pie Crust Recipe

This quick pastry is a no-fail recipe made easily with ingredients usually found in most kitchens. Be sure to use cold water and keep well-wrapped until ready to use.
Makes: 1 9-inch (4-cup volume)

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup vegetable shortening
  • 2 tablespoons cold water*
  1. COMBINE flour and salt in medium bowl; cut in vegetable shortening with pastry blender or two knives until mixture is crumbly. Sprinkle with water; blend until mixture holds together.
  2. SHAPE dough into ball; place on lightly floured surface. Roll out dough to 1/8-inch thickness. Line pie plate with pastry. Trim around perimeter for 1-inch overhang to fold under and crimp as desired.

NOTE: To make two crusts, double all ingredients, follow procedure above, and divide dough in half.
*Add 1 additional tablespoon water as needed.

Source: Libby's Pumpkin

Beverages 30 March 2017

Refresh Your Routine with Protein-Packed Smoothies

(Family Features) Spring brings warmer weather and a fresh start, making it the perfect time to reinvigorate your workout routine and healthy habits by starting with fresh ingredients. Whether you’re training for an upcoming event or simply looking for new and easy nutritious meal options, these protein-packed recipes prepared by U.S. Ski and Snowboard Association’s chef and registered dietician Megan Chacosky are perfect for casual fitness enthusiasts and elite athletes alike.

Few people understand the nutritional needs of athletes during their spring training period better than Chacosky. She stresses the importance of protein to all athletes. Boosting a simple smoothie recipe with a tasty solution like Rockin’ Refuel is an easy way to add a high-quality source of protein.

Made from pure, fresh milk, Rockin’ Refuel is a healthy option to start your day or recover after a workout. Chacosky typically uses one full bottle, which contains up to 30 grams of protein, as the base ingredient in smoothie recipes and adds fresh, seasonal fruits and vegetables.

For example, Chacosky’s Spicy Chocolate Avocado Smoothie can be your solution following intense workouts to help repair and replenish muscles, or you can prepare for a big race with a Berry Cherry Blend Smoothie with its full serving of antioxidants. For athletes looking to maintain or lose weight while still taking in a daily dose of protein, her Lean Chai Latte Smoothie makes for a nutritious mid-day snack.

Find tips to optimize your nutrition at rockinrefuel.com.

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Lean Chai Latte Smoothie

Recipe courtesy of Megan Chacosky on behalf of Rockin’ Refuel

  • 1 bottle (12 ounces) Rockin’ Refuel Vanilla Lean Builder
  • 1 tablespoon loose chai tea or contents of 1 tea bag
  • 1/4 cup plain, nonfat Greek yogurt
  • 1-2 cups ice
  1. Place all ingredients in blender and blend to desired consistency.

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Berry Cherry Blend

Recipe courtesy of Megan Chacosky on behalf of Rockin’ Refuel

  • 1 bottle (12 ounces) Rockin’ Refuel Strawberry Muscle Builder
  • 1/4 cup plain, whole milk Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup frozen blueberries
  • 1 cup frozen tart cherries
  • 1 cup spinach
  1. Place all ingredients in blender and blend to desired consistency.

Tip: Use as morning meal replacement by adding 1-2 teaspoons chia seeds or 1-2 tablespoons oats for added fiber.

 

Spicy Chocolate Avocado Smoothie

Recipe courtesy of Megan Chacosky on behalf of Rockin’ Refuel

  • 1 bottle (12 ounces) Rockin’ Refuel Chocolate Muscle Recovery
  • 1/4 cup plain, whole milk Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 2 teaspoons cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1 cup ice
  1. Place all ingredients in blender and blend to desired consistency.

Tip: Add 1-2 teaspoons chia seeds or 1-2 tablespoons oats to add fiber.

Source: Rockin' Refuel

Dessert 24 March 2017

Carrot Cake Swirled Cream Cheese Bars

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Carrot Cake Swirled Cream Cheese Bars

Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 40 minutes
Servings: 24

  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons flour, divided
  • 2 cups sugar, divided
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons McCormick Ground Cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon McCormick Ground Nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 eggs, divided
  • 2 teaspoons McCormick Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1 1/2 cups finely grated carrots
  • 3 packages (8 ounces each) cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon McCormick Pure Lemon Extract
  1. Preheat oven to 325°F. Mix 1 cup each of flour and sugar, cinnamon, baking soda, nutmeg and salt in large bowl. Add oil, 2 eggs, vanilla extract and carrots; mix well. Spread 1/2 of the batter into greased and floured 13x9-inch baking pan. Reserve remaining batter. Set aside.
  2. Beat cream cheese and remaining 1 cup sugar in another large bowl with electric mixer on medium speed until well blended. Add milk, remaining 2 tablespoons flour and lemon extract; beat until well blended. Add remaining 2 eggs, 1 at a time, beating on low speed after each addition just until blended.
  3. Drop spoonfuls of cream cheese mixture and reserved carrot cake batter, alternately, over carrot cake batter in pan. Cut through several times with knife for marble effect.
  4. Bake 40 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in pan on wire rack.

Source: McCormick Spice

Dessert 14 March 2017

Mucho Choco Tacos

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Mucho Choco Tacos

Prep Time: 20 Minutes
Start to Finish: 40 Minutes
Makes: 8 tacos

  • 8 Old El Paso Stand 'N Stuff taco shells (from 4.7-oz box)
  • 1 (24-ounce) package chocolate-flavored candy coating (almond bark)
  • 2 cups sliced fresh strawberries
  • 2 cups sliced bananas
  • 3/4 cup hot fudge ice cream topping
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 aerosol can whipped cream topping
  • 8 mint leaves, if desired
  1. Heat oven to 325°F. Heat taco shells as directed on box. Meanwhile, melt chocolate candy coating as directed on package.
  2. Carefully dip each taco shell into melted chocolate, using spoon to get chocolate on inside of shell; hold shells above bowl to let excess chocolate drip off. Stand shells upright on waxed paper; let stand until chocolate hardens, 10 to 15 minutes.
  3. In medium bowl, mix strawberries and bananas. Divide fruit evenly into taco shells.
  4. In small microwavable bowl, microwave fudge topping on High 30 to 45 seconds or until soft. Stir in cinnamon and vanilla. Drizzle topping over fruit in shells. Top with whipped cream; garnish with mint leaves. Serve immediately.

Source: General Mills Inc.

Healthy 09 February 2017

Go Tart for Your Heart

(Family Features) Eating with heart health on your mind has never tasted so good. While many aspects of life can impact heart health, opting for nutritious foods plays an especially important role.

“Heart-healthy eating can be delicious and on-trend with vibrant colors and sweet-tart flavors. There are simple ways to add nutrient-rich ingredients to your favorite recipes that add depth of flavor and texture, too,” said Michelle Dudash, registered dietitian. “Packed with beneficial phytonutrients, including anthocyanins, research shows Montmorency tart cherries may help lower levels of cholesterol and triglycerides, reduce blood pressure, reduce inflammation and reduce belly fat – all factors linked to heart disease risk.”

Start the day off by blending frozen tart cherries into a Tart Cherry Granola Smoothie Bowl or incorporating dried tart cherries into your favorite trail mix when it’s time for a snack. This heart-healthy, ruby-red fruit has a distinct sweet-tart taste that makes an easy addition to a variety of dishes and is available year-round in dried, frozen, juice and concentrate forms.

To learn more about the health benefits of Montmorency tart cherries and find more delicious recipes, visit ChooseCherries.com.

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Tart Cherry Granola Smoothie Bowls

Recipe courtesy of Sonja Overhiser of A Couple Cooks on behalf of the Cherry Marketing Institute
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 45 minutes
Servings: 2

Granola:

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 cup sliced almonds
  • 1 cup dried Montmorency tart cherries
  • 1/2 cup pepitas

Smoothie Bowl:

  • 2 1/2 cups frozen Montmorency tart cherries
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (1 lemon)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1 cup almond milk, plus additional (optional)
  1. Heat oven to 325° F.
  2. In small bowl, whisk together olive oil, maple syrup and vanilla.
  3. In separate bowl, stir together oats, salt, cinnamon and almonds. Pour in mixture. Bake about 45 minutes until golden brown, stirring every 15 minutes and watching carefully near end of baking, stirring more, if necessary.
  4. Roughly chop dried cherries.
  5. When granola is baked, cool slightly then stir in cherries and pepitas.

Note: Granola can be stored in air-tight container up to 1 month.

To make smoothie bowl: Blend together tart cherries, lemon juice, maple syrup, banana and almond milk. If necessary, add additional milk for a smoother consistency.

Serve smoothie in bowl with 1/4 cup tart cherry granola.

Source: Cherry Marketing Institute

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