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Snacks 21 July 2017

Snack Smarter with Dairy

(Family Features) Americans are snacking more and more these days, with the average person consuming 25 percent of daily calories in the form of snacks. This school year, aim for an A-plus in nutrition by snacking smarter on nutrient-rich dairy products.

Snacking goes hand-in-hand with dairy products since they are a tasty, convenient and cost-effective way to fuel up throughout the day. There are a variety of grab-and-go milk, cheese and yogurt products that provide portable nutrition.

What’s more, dairy packs a nutritious punch. Together, milk, cheese and yogurt provide nine essential nutrients, including high-quality protein, an important nutrient to include in snacks since it helps you feel fuller longer. 

Boost your snacking IQ with these smart tips:

  • Add dairy to your favorite treats for a well-rounded snack. Pair cheese sticks with fresh fruit, such as an apple, pear or grapes. Reach for cheese cubes and whole-grain crackers when you want something savory. Or dip strawberries in yogurt for a tasty, sweet treat. For a kid-friendly snack, make it hands-on fun by creating colorful fruit and cheese kabobs.
  • Flavored milk provides the same nine essential nutrients as unflavored milk. The only difference is the addition of flavorings and minimal amounts of sugar, which can lead to improved consumption, especially among children.
  • Whip up a dairy-based smoothie made for an on-the-go snack or create your own yogurt parfait, such as this flavorful recipe that combines favorites like peanut butter and bananas in a deliciously refreshing treat.

For more tips and recipes to help you snack smarter, and for stories about dairy farm families and where dairy foods come from, visit MidwestDairy.com.

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Peanut Butter Banana Crunch Yogurt Parfait

Recipe courtesy of the Midwest Dairy Council
Prep time: 10 minutes
Servings: 1

  • 1          cup nonfat, light vanilla yogurt
  • 1          tablespoon creamy peanut butter
  • 1          tablespoon chopped walnuts
  • 4          pretzel twists, crumbled (about 1 tablespoon)
  • 1          banana, sliced
  1. In small bowl, mix yogurt and peanut butter together. In separate bowl, toss walnuts and pretzels together.
  2. In tall glass, build parfait. Layer 1/2 cup yogurt, half of banana slices and 1 tablespoon of walnut/pretzel mixture. Repeat layers. Serve immediately.

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Rainbow Fruit and Cheese Kabobs

Recipe courtesy of the Midwest Dairy Council
Prep time: 15 minutes
Servings: 6

  • 8          wooden skewers
  • 6          ounces Monterey Jack cheese, cut into 18 cubes
  • 1/2       cup strawberries, halved
  • 1/2       cup cantaloupe, cut into 3/4-inch cubes
  • 1/2       cup pineapple, cut into 3/4-inch cubes
  • 1          kiwi, peeled and cut into 6 pieces
  • 1/4       cup blueberries
  • 6          purple grapes
  1. Thread each skewer with one piece of cheese, one strawberry half, one cantaloupe cube, one pineapple cube, another piece of cheese, one piece of kiwi, two blueberries, one grape and another piece of cheese. Repeat pattern with remaining skewers.
Dessert 12 June 2017

Cool Down with Patriotic Frozen Pops

The perfect treat to celebrate and escape the heat this summer

(Family Features) With backyard barbecues, pool parties and patriotic celebrations in full swing leading up to the Fourth of July, kids are constantly on the go with summertime activities. For long summer days in the sun, a cool treat is the perfect way to help keep kids energized for all of their summertime activities.

These homemade red, white and blueberry frozen pops are the perfect patriotic summer snack for active kids. Made with wholesome ingredients like fruit and milk, they’re a great way for moms to add quality nutrition to snack time with flavors their kids already love. Plus, with milk as an ingredient, this delicious recipe is a creative way to help the whole family get added nutrients they need, like calcium and protein.

Whether celebrating Independence Day or relaxing following an afternoon in the sun, this tasty and nutritious summertime snack is one the whole family can enjoy together. For more inspiration and recipes to serve up summer fun, visit milklife.com.

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Red, White and Blueberry Frozen Pops

Servings: 10

  • 1/2 cup granola
  • 2 teaspoons brown rice syrup
  • 3/4 cup reduced fat milk
  • 6 ounces fat free vanilla Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup whole strawberries, tops removed
  • water
  • 1 1/4 cup blueberries, divided
  1. In small bowl, stir granola and brown rice syrup until combined. Using end of wooden spoon, press approximately 3/4 tablespoon granola into each frozen pop mold. Granola should be packed tightly into bottom of molds.
  2. In another small bowl, stir together milk and yogurt; set aside.
  3. Using small food processor or high-powered blender, puree strawberries until smooth. Stir water into each puree so they are pourable, about 2 tablespoons each, more if necessary.
  4. Set aside 30 blueberries and puree remainder. Add water, as needed, to make pourable.
  5. To layer pops, start by pouring, piping or syringing 1 tablespoon milk and yogurt mixture into each mold, covering granola layer. Put each mold in freezer until firm, at least 1 hour.
  6. Layer 1 tablespoon strawberry puree on top of frozen yogurt layer in each mold. Cover top of molds with foil, insert sticks and freeze again until solid. Remove foil, add another layer of yogurt and freeze again.
  7. For final layer, add 1 tablespoon blueberry puree and 3 blueberries to each mold. Freeze until solid. Keep frozen pops in molds until ready to eat. Run each mold under lukewarm water for approximately 10 seconds to loosen and remove frozen pops. Pops can be made 1 day in advance.

Tip: For clean lines between frozen yogurt layers, use small syringe.

Nutritional information per serving: 70 calories; 2 g fat; 0.5 g saturated fat; 3 g protein; 11 g carbohydrates; 1 g fiber; 20 mg sodium; 48 mg calcium (4% of daily value). Nutrition figures based on using reduced fat milk.

Source: MilkPEP

Meal Ideas 06 April 2017

Treat Mom on Her Special Day

(Family Features) What can family members do special this year for Mom? Most Moms dream of a fine meal they don’t have to shop for, cook or clean up afterwards. Often going out for breakfast on Mother’s Day can mean dealing with long lines and slow service. But Dad and the kids can rise to the occasion and prepare a meal themselves at home that can be a real treat.

Even the dad who only makes breakfast on weekends can cater a fine restaurant meal at home, with kids as willing sous chefs. It’s easy when your family shops where the pros shop, such as Sam’s Club for frozen appe­tizers, readymade pastry, organic produce, fine wines, quality meats, great breads and fabulous cheesecake ready to thaw and serve. For a crowning touch, add an unexpected and affordable luxury gift and Mom just might decide to sign on for another year.

Check out www.samsclub.com — or the Sam’s Club nearest you — for more great Mother’s Day ideas.

Mother’s Day Game Plan

Here’s the game plan for catering a Mother’s Day meal at home.

  • Chill the champagne or make a deli­cious punch a few hours before the meal.
  • Read the instructions on the box, then pop those frozen appetizers in the oven.
  • Prepare and cook the salmon.
  • Slice up some fresh fruit or bread.
  • Finish with a deliciously moist cheese­cake - a Mom favorite. (Remember to thaw it beforehand.)
  • Serve Mom in bed - let her relax and enjoy the meal and her day.
  • Have the kids clean up the kitchen.
  • Watch Mom smile.

Mom’s Secret Wish List

Mom usually puts the needs of her family first. But if she were really honest, she would say she’d love to have something from this list. And, Dads, when you shop smart, these become affordable luxuries.

  1. Diamonds. They’re always a girl’s best friend. Diamond solitaire earrings go with everything — jeans on the soccer field, a suit at the office or workout clothes at the gym.
  2. Designer Fragrances. Perfume and cologne in her special scent makes Mom feel pampered and special.
  3. Furniture. Surprise her with something she’s been wanting, whether it’s the armoire for the great room, a new desk for the home office or even a new leather sofa.
  4. Chocolate. Always a treat, especially now that health experts have declared that dark chocolate is actually good for us. Now, will it be Godiva or Ghirardelli?
  5. Culinary Ware. If Mom has been trying to make culinary masterpieces from a mismatched set of cookware from her early married days, it’s time for an upgrade. Or, maybe she’d love a stand mixer or a great platter.

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Salmon Wellington

Puff pastry encloses flavorful salmon, spinach and herbs in a main dish fit for a special occasion. Wellington prepara­tions are thought to take a great deal of time and skill to make. However, with the time saver of purchased puff pastry, it’s a breeze. The bundles can be pre­pared up to a week in advance and then frozen. Just pop them in the oven when needed.

Note: Puff pastry must be cold (but not frozen) when placed into a hot oven in order for the pastry to become light and flaky.

Makes: 4 servings

  • 1 tablespoon sweet butter
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons shallots or onion, minced
  • 1/2 cup frozen spinach, defrosted and well drained
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 1 teaspoon thyme or dill
  • minced Kosher salt and cracked black pepper
  • 1-1/2 tablespoons crumbled feta cheese
  • 4 thick, skinless fillets of salmon (about 6 ounces each)
  • 2 packages puff pastry (defrosted in refrigerator)
  • 1 lightly beaten egg
  • 1 teaspoon milk
  1. Heat sauté pan with butter over medium heat. Add shallots and sauté 3 to 4 minutes until softened. Reduce heat to medium-low and add spinach, nutmeg, lemon zest, thyme, salt and pepper. Sauté 2 to 3 minutes; remove from heat and stir in feta. Taste for seasoning and let cool.
  2. Lightly salt and pepper each piece of salmon and top with 2 tablespoons of spinach mixture.
  3. Roll out pastry sheets on lightly floured board. Cut 1 piece of pastry for bottom of each fillet — about 1 inch larger than the salmon. Cut a second piece large enough to drape over fillet and touch counter, plus 1 inch to spare all the way around.
  4. Brush edge of smaller sheet with lightly beaten egg mixed with milk. Place 1 piece of salmon in center of pastry. Drape larger piece over salmon and seal the two pieces of dough together by folding and pleat­ing like a pie crust. Repeat for each “package.” Chill at least 30 minutes or freeze up to 1 week before baking.
  5. Preheat oven to 425°F. Brush top of each package with a small amount of egg/milk mixture. Put on sheet pan lined with parchment paper and a dusting of corn meal. Bake in pre­heated oven for 18 to 23 minutes, until golden. Let rest 5 to 10 minutes before serving.

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Cranberry Splash Punch

Makes: 8 servings

  • 4 cups cranberry juice
  • 3 cups pineapple juice
  • 1/2 cup cherry juice
  • 2 cups puréed strawberries or raspberries (fresh or frozen)
  • 6 cups ice cubes
  • 2 lemons, sliced
  • 2 limes, sliced
  • 3 cups orange soda or ginger ale
  1. Mix all juices and puréed berries and chill thoroughly.
  2. To serve, put punch in handsome container and add ice and fruit. Slowly stir in orange soda.

Source: Sam's Club

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.

Dessert 07 June 2016

Refreshing Summer Desserts

(Family Features) When cool and creamy meets tangy and fruity, what do you get? Sweet endings to a porch supper, a backyard barbecue or a meal under the stars.

Try new twists on old favorites — Strawberries and Cream Shortcake or Lemon Raspberry Ribbon Pie. Or slurp a Fruit Smoothie, which you can make with bananas, strawberries, peaches or key lime. Combine pineapple, lime and coconut for a cool taste of the tropics in Piña Colada Cream Dessert. Or make up the Classic Banana Cream Pie to take on a weekend getaway.

After all, it’s summertime. And the livin’ — and the eatin’ — should be refreshingly easy. Find more summer recipe inspiration at eaglebrand.com.

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Strawberries and Cream Shortcake

Prep Time: 20 minutes   Bake Time: according to package directions
Makes 8 to 10 servings

  • 1          (18 1/4 or 18 1/2-ounce) package pound cake mix
  • 1          (14-ounce) can Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk (NOT evaporated milk)
  • 1/2       cup cold water
  • 1          (4-serving size) package instant vanilla flavor pudding mix
  • 1          (4-ounce) container frozen non-dairy whipped topping, thawed (1 3/4 cups)
  • 1          quart fresh strawberries, cleaned, hulled and halved (about 1 1/2 pounds)
  1. Prepare pound cake mix as package directs; pour into prepared 9-inch round pans. Bake according to package directions. Cool.
  2. In large bowl, mix sweetened condensed milk and water; beat in pudding mix. Chill 5 minutes. Fold in whipped topping. Place 1 cake layer on serving plate. Top with half each of pudding mixture and strawberries. Repeat layers. Refrigerate leftovers.

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Lemon Raspberry Ribbon Pie

Prep Time: 20 minutes Cook Time: 10 minutes
Makes one 9-inch pie

  • 1 (10-ounce) package frozen red raspberries, thawed
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 (14-ounce) can Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk (NOT evaporated milk)
  • 1/2 cup lemon juice from concentrate
  • Yellow food coloring if desired
  • 2 cups (1 pint) whipping cream, stiffly whipped
  • 1 (9-inch) pastry shell, baked
  • Fresh raspberries for garnish, optional
  1. In small saucepan, combine raspberries and cornstarch; cook and stir until thickened and clear. Cool 10 minutes. Chill thoroughly, about 20 minutes.
  2. In large bowl, combine sweetened condensed milk, lemon juice and food coloring if desired. Fold in whipped cream. Spread one-third lemon mixture into prepared pastry shell; top with raspberry mixture then remaining lemon mixture.
  3. Chill thoroughly. Garnish as desired. Refrigerate leftovers.

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Fruit Smoothies

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Makes 5 servings

  • 1          (14-ounce) can Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk (NOT evaporated milk), chilled
  • 1          (8-ounce) carton plain yogurt
  • 1          small banana, cut up
  • 1          cup frozen or fresh whole strawberries
  • 1          (8-ounce) can crushed pineapple packed with juice, chilled
  • 2          tablespoons lemon juice from concentrate
  • 1          cup ice cubes
  • Halved fresh strawberries, optional
  1. In blender, combine sweetened condensed milk, yogurt, banana, whole strawberries, pineapple with its juice and lemon juice; cover and blend until smooth.
    With blender running, gradually add ice cubes; blend until smooth. Garnish with halved strawberries if desired. Serve immediately.

Variations
Peach Smoothies: Omit strawberries and pineapple. Add 2 cups frozen or fresh sliced peaches. Proceed as above.
Key Lime Smoothies: Omit strawberries, pineapple and lemon juice. Add 1/3 cup Key lime juice. Proceed as above. Tint with green food coloring if desired. Garnish with lime slices if desired.

 

Piña Colada Cream Dessert

Prep Time: 10 minutes   Freezing Time: 2 hours + 6 hours
Makes 6 to 8 servings

  • 1          (14-ounce) can Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk (NOT evaporated milk)
  • 1          cup milk
  • 1/2       cup frozen pineapple juice concentrate, thawed
  • 2          tablespoons lime juice from concentrate
  • 3/4       cup toasted flaked coconut
  • Edible flowers, optional
  1. Combine sweetened condensed milk, milk, pineapple juice concentrate and lime juice concentrate. Transfer to 9 x 9-inch baking pan. Cover; freeze 2 hours or until almost firm.
    Break frozen mixture into small chunks; transfer to chilled large bowl. With mixer, beat until smooth but not melted. Stir in coconut. Return to pan. Cover; freeze 6 hours or until firm. To serve, scoop into dessert dishes. Garnish with flowers if desired.

 

Classic Banana Cream Pie

Prep Time: 15 minutes   Cook Time: 10 minutes
Makes one 9-inch pie

  • 3          tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1 1/3    cups water
  • 1          (14-ounce) can Eagle Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk (NOT evaporated milk)
  • 3          egg yolks, beaten
  • 2          tablespoons butter or margarine
  • 1          teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3          medium bananas, sliced and dipped in lemon juice from concentrate and drained
  • 1          (9-inch) baked pastry shell or 1 (9-inch)
  • graham cracker crust
  • Whipping cream, whipped
  1. In heavy saucepan, dissolve cornstarch in water; stir in sweetened condensed milk and egg yolks. Cook and stir until thickened and bubbly.
    Remove from heat; add margarine and vanilla. Cool slightly. Arrange 2 sliced bananas on bottom of prepared pastry shell. Pour filling over bananas; cover.
  2. Chill 4 hours or until set. Spread top with whipped cream; garnish with remaining banana slices. Refrigerate leftovers.

Source: Eagle® Brand Sweetened Condensed Milk

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