A Straightforward Weekend Breakfast

Watch the video for a quick Caramel Sticky Buns recipe…….

(Culinary.net) There are no alarms set and you are cuddled up in bed after a good night’s sleep. It’s late morning and there is nowhere to go, no rushing around to do. No school bus, no work to be done, just relaxing at home with loved ones. However, breakfast is calling your name.

Your stomach rumbles as your stumble toward the kitchen. You need something quick and effortless. The kids will be up soon and you know food will be on their minds.

When you’re in a pinch, there is nearly nothing better to make than something sweet and filling for a weekend family breakfast.

Try these simple and delicious Caramel Sticky Rolls for an easy breakfast for all. The rolls are fluffy, a little crunchy and drizzled with caramel topping.

Start by sprinkling some flour on the countertop. Roll out one sheet of puff pastry. Drizzle and spread caramel sauce on the puff pastry.

Sprinkle 1/2 cup of chopped walnuts on top then roll up the puff pastry and cut it into about nine pieces to place inside a muffin tin.

Bake for 22 minutes and cool. If you like your rolls super sweet, drizzle with some extra caramel sauce.

The result is a pan full of warm, gooey and delightful rolls that are perfect for a large family or to save leftovers to enjoy throughout the week.

Next time you slept in a little too late or your family wants something more than the daily norm for breakfast, try this scrumptious and tasty recipe.

Your family will love it and don’t be surprised if you get a request or two for this breakfast again.

Find more quick weekend recipes at Culinary.net.

 Caramel Sticky Rolls

Servings: 9

  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • flour, for rolling pastry
  • 1          frozen puff pastry, thawed
  • caramel sauce, divided
  • 1/2       cup walnuts, chopped
  • powdered sugar
  1. Heat oven to 400 F.
  2. Spray muffin tin with nonstick cooking spray.
  3. Sprinkle flour on work surface. Flatten pastry sheet and roll into rectangle.
  4. Drizzle caramel sauce over pastry and spread within 1/2 inch of edges.
  5. Sprinkle chopped walnuts over caramel sauce.
  6. Starting on short end, evenly roll pastry with filling to other end.
  7. Cut pastry into nine pieces. Place pastries cut side up into muffin cups.
  8. Bake 22 minutes, or until golden brown. Immediately remove from pan to wire rack. Let cool 10 minutes. Drizzle with additional caramel sauce and dust with powdered sugar.

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Culinary.net

Chowline: Is it Food Poisoning?

It’s important to note that symptoms of food poisoning can range from mild to serious and that some of them can come on as quickly as 30 minutes after you eat….

I had stomach cramps not long after eating food I typically don’t eat. How do I know if I had food poisoning or if it was something else?

The symptoms of food poisoning vary depending on the type of germ to which you’ve been exposed, but there are some common signs that can indicate whether you’ve been exposed to a foodborne illness.

The most common signs include stomach cramps, upset stomach, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and fever. Some bacteria, such as Listeria can cause flu-like symptoms.

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It’s important to note that symptoms of food poisoning can range from mild to serious and that some of them can come on as quickly as 30 minutes after you eat or as long as four weeks after you’ve eaten something that contains a foodborne pathogen, according the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The time it takes for symptoms of a foodborne illness to manifest really depends on the germ. For example, according to the CDC, if you consume foods that are contaminated with

  • Staphylococcus aureus (staph), symptoms could appear as soon as 30 minutes to six hours later. 
  • Clostridium perfringens, symptoms could appear as soon as six to 24 hours later. 
  • Norovirus, symptoms could appear as soon as 12 to 48 hours later. 
  • Salmonella, symptoms could appear as soon as 12 to 72 hours later. 
  • Clostridium botulinum (botulism), symptoms could appear as soon as 18 to 36 hours later. 
  • Vibrio vulnificus, symptoms could appear as soon as one to four days later. 
  • Campylobacter, symptoms could appear as soon as two to five days later. 
  • E. coli, symptoms could appear three to four days later. 
  • Cyclospora, symptoms could appear one week later. 
  • Listeria monocytogenes, symptoms could appear one to four weeks later.

Some people may experience symptoms that last several hours or several days, said Sanja Ilic, the state food safety specialist for Ohio State University Extension. OSU Extension is the outreach arm of The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences (CFAES).

“While most people experience only a mild illness, people with underlining conditions that weaken their immune system may experience severe outcomes that require them to be hospitalized,” she said.

So how do you know if you should see a doctor for your symptoms? The CDC advises people to seek medical attention for severe symptoms, including:

  • Blood in your stool.
  • A high fever, typically over 101.5 degrees Fahrenheit, measured with an oral thermometer.
  • Diarrhea that lasts more than three days.
  • Frequent vomiting that prevents you from keeping down liquids, as this can lead to dehydration.
  • Signs of dehydration, which can be marked by a decrease in urination, a very dry mouth and throat, or feeling dizzy upon standing.

Chow Line is a service of The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences and its outreach and research arms, Ohio State University Extension and the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center. Send questions to Chow Line author Tracy Turner, 364 W. Lane Ave., Suite B120, Columbus, OH 43201, or turner.490@osu.edu.

 

Only the Best for Brunch

Watch video to see how to make this delicious Cranberry (or Dried Cherry) Strata recipe!

(Culinary.net) Nearly nothing is better than a perfectly planned brunch. This delicious, sweet recipe could be the cherry on top of your brunch bash.

As you see your friends and family members take their first bites, you will see their faces light up with delight as they devour this Cranberry Strata. It’s made with fluffy, baked French bread, smooth cream cheese, sweet and tangy maple syrup and, of course, dried cranberries.

This recipe is easy to make and even easier to eat. With only a handful of ingredients and just a few simple steps, this dish is one you can quickly whip up when you’re in a pinch.

Plus, the end result will have you and brunch goers asking, “Why is this so good?” It’s wholesome, rich and delicious. With two layers of bread sandwiched around layers of cranberries and cream cheese, this dish is almost certain to be a new brunch favorite.

Start by mixing eggs, maple syrup and milk together in a bowl. Then in a baking dish, add a layer of French bread and top it with chunks of cream cheese. Spread the cranberries on top.

Then layer on your second sheet of French bread. Next pour your egg mixture over top of everything, making sure the bread is absorbing the flavors. Top with a dash of cinnamon and bake.

Pull it out of the oven and serve warm. You will have a gooey, creamy, melt-in-your-mouth strata on your hands.

This dish is wonderful for brunch, however, it is versatile enough to be served as a family dessert, scrumptious breakfast or treat on a cold day.

Between the dairy, grains and sprinkle of fruit, this dish is a star for any occasion throughout the year.

For more recipe ideas for any occasion, visit Culinary.net.

Watch video to see how to make this delicious recipe!


Cranberry Strata

  • 8 cups           French Bread (Crusty)
  • 1 8 oz           package of cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup         dried cranberries
  • 6                   eggs
  • 2 ¼ cups       milk
  • 1/3 cup         maple syrup
  • ½ tsp            ground cinnamon or nutmeg
  1. In a greased 2-quart rectangular baking dish, arrange half of the bread pieces, about 4 cups.
  2. Cut cream cheese into 8-10 slices and arrange over the bread chunks.
  3. Sprinkle cranberries over bread chunks.
  4. Top with remaining bread pieces (4 cups).
  5. In a medium bowl beat together eggs, milk and maple syrup.
  6. Pour over bread in dish.
  7. Sprinkle with ground cinnamon or nutmeg.
  8. With back of spoon or spatula, lightly press down to saturate bread with egg mixture.
  9. Cover and chill for up to 24 hours.
  10. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  11. Bake covered for 45 minutes.
  12. Uncover then bake for 20 minutes more.
  13. Let stand for 10 minutes before serving.
  14. Serve warm and topped with maple syrup, if desired.

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Culinary.net

5 ways America’s most loved vegetable loves you back

It’s not just America that has enjoyed a long-lasting love affair with the potato….

(BPT) – You don’t have to choose between foods that taste good and foods that are good for you. In fact, America’s most loved vegetable — the potato — loves you right back. Whether you’re fixing a romantic dinner for two, a family meal or a tasty snack, this versatile nutrient-dense vegetable brings a lot to the table.

For home cooks inspired by plant-based ingredients, potatoes add so much to an array of recipes, ranging from special occasion entrees to globally inspired dishes and more.

Here are the top five ways potatoes love you back:

1. Potatoes show your body love.

As a nutrient-dense vegetable, potatoes can stay at the top of your grocery list in February and beyond. A 110-calorie, skin-on medium (5.3 ounces) potato delivers:

  • 26 grams of good carbs to fuel you — whether you’re working out or just running errands.
  • 3 grams of protein, as an affordable and plant-based protein option.
  • More potassium than a banana: Potassium is an important mineral for an overall heart-healthy eating pattern. Potatoes are a food with one of the highest levels of potassium and are considered a good source, providing 15% of your recommended daily value per serving (620 mg).
  • 30% of your daily recommended vitamin C requirement, especially top of mind this winter season.
  • ZERO fat, cholesterol, gluten or sodium, to suit your health goals.

2. Potatoes have good carbs that love you back.

The fact is, not all carbs are created equal. Some emerging research suggests the starch in potatoes that’s greatly increased through heating and cooling them, called resistant starch, may deliver similar health benefits to dietary fiber. Dietary fiber, like the 2 grams found in a skin-on medium potato, has been shown to have numerous health benefits, including leaving you feeling satisfied and not hungry again for a while.

Registered Dietitian Cara Harbstreet, MS, RD, LD, advises including foods you love, like potatoes, in your daily diet and that all foods — yes, including your favorites — belong in your diet.

“Carbs should have a place on your plate every day. Not all carbs are created equal, so whenever possible, reach for an option that provides key nutrients too,” said Harbstreet. “Potatoes deliver a nutritional punch and are easy to incorporate into special occasion meals and everyday eating.”

3. Potatoes show your wallet some love, too.

Not only do potatoes taste great, they’re also an affordable, nutrient-dense vegetable that provides more nutrients per penny than most other vegetables. And, if you are looking to amp up the fiber content of your daily diet, potatoes are one of the least expensive sources of fiber out there.

4. Potatoes are beloved the world over.

It’s not just America that has enjoyed a long-lasting love affair with the potato. Potatoes are a staple in nearly every cultural cuisine, so they’re uniquely suited to deliver today’s most on-trend and craveable global flavors. Using the familiar potato as your base, you can honor and explore plenty of tantalizing cuisines from around the globe.

5. Potatoes create dishes you and your loved ones will love.

From the classic fluffy baked potato to the nutty and buttery fingerling, the many varieties of the potato have inspired — and continue to inspire — endless recipes using fresh, frozen or dehydrated potatoes. From the simple to the complex, potatoes elevate any dish with amazing taste and good nutrition.

No matter your nutrition goals or eating preferences, all foods fit within a balanced diet and you don’t have to sacrifice those you love. By creating your meals around whole foods you already enjoy, like potatoes, you can sprinkle in some fun. For example, for a romantic meal, pair Chimichurri Twice Baked Potatoes with a steak and leafy greens. Or enjoy Salt and Pepper Air Fryer Chips with a whole food-based dip — like guacamole or hummus.

No matter how you slice it, potatoes are a good carb and nutrient-dense vegetable that loves you back in so many ways. For more amazing recipe ideas using nutritious, delicious potatoes, visit PotatoGoodness.com.

Better-for-You Family Breakfasts

About 90% of the U.S. population does not meet dairy recommendations outlined in the Dietary Guidelines for Americans…..

(Family Features) Making sure your family members get a nutritious start to the day is an important job, and by focusing on a few wholesome ingredients, such as real milk, simple and healthful dishes can quickly become family favorites.

Each day should begin with a balanced breakfast, so when mornings get hectic and meal prepping isn’t possible, you can still start strong with a convenient, iconic pairing – cereal and real milk. Enjoyable on their own, real milk and General Mills Big G Cereals, like Honey Nut Cheerios, are even better together, delivering essential nutrients to help fuel the morning with the taste kids – and adults – can call a daily favorite.

In fact, dairy milk is the top food source of calcium, vitamin D and potassium, and cereal is the top food source of fiber – which are four nutrients of public health concern identified by the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. This nutritious breakfast combination costs only around 50 cents per serving – so parents can give their children nutrients they need without breaking the bank.

Another delicious breakfast option is a Cheesy Bacon-Broccoli Quiche, which offers 11 grams of protein per serving while introducing picky eaters to veggies in an appetizing way. If a busy schedule calls for an on-the-go option, real milk provides essential nutrients and can be blended into a Banana Breakfast Shake for a tasty and portable way to start the day.

About 90% of the U.S. population does not meet dairy recommendations outlined in the Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Most individuals would benefit by increasing intake of nutrient-dense, calcium-rich dairy milk. One 8-ounce glass of dairy milk contains almost as much calcium as six cups of kale and the same amount of protein found in 1 1/2 medium eggs, making real milk an easy and delicious way for your little ones to get important nutrients they need.

Visit milklife.com for more health-focused, simple and delicious family meal inspiration.

Cheesy Bacon-Broccoli Quiche

Servings: 6

  • 1          package (10 ounces) frozen broccoli with cheese sauce
  • 3          slices turkey bacon, chopped
  • 1/2       cup white mushrooms, sliced
  • 1/2       cup green onions, chopped
  • 1          frozen prepared pie shell (9 inches)
  • 4          eggs
  • 1          cup fat free or low fat dairy milk
  • 1/2       cup cheddar cheese, shredded
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. In microwave, prepare broccoli and cheese sauce according to package directions; set aside to cool slightly.
  3. In nonstick skillet over medium heat, cook bacon, mushrooms and green onions until bacon is cooked through and mushrooms are tender. Scatter bacon mixture in bottom of pie shell; place pie shell on baking sheet.
  4. In bowl, whisk eggs and dairy milk then stir in broccoli and cheese sauce along with cheddar cheese. Pour custard into pie shell and bake 35-45 minutes, or until center is just set and knife blade comes out clean when inserted into center of quiche.
  5. Let cool at least 10 minutes before cutting into wedges and serving.

Nutritional information per serving: 280 calories; 16 g fat; 6 g saturated fat; 160 mg cholesterol; 11 g protein; 22 g carbohydrates; 2 g fiber; 510 mg sodium; 150 mg calcium. Nutrition figures based on using fat free milk.

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Banana Breakfast Shake

Servings: 2 (6 ounces milk per serving)

  • 1 1/2    cups fat free or low fat dairy milk
  • 1          frozen medium banana, peeled and sliced
  • 1/2       teaspoon vanilla extract (optional)
  • 1/4       teaspoon almond extract (optional)
  • cinnamon, for garnish (optional)
  1. In blender container, combine dairy milk, banana, vanilla extract and almond extract. Blend until smooth, about 20 seconds.
  2. Pour into two glasses and garnish with sprinkle of ground cinnamon, if desired.

Nutritional information per serving: 120 calories; 0 g fat; 0 g saturated fat; 0 mg cholesterol; 7 g protein; 23 g carbohydrates; 2 g fiber; 100 mg sodium; 190 mg calcium. Nutrition figures based on using fat free milk.

SOURCE:
MilkPEP

6 Things to Know About GMOs

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) provides science-based information to help consumers better understand GMOs…

(Family Features) You may have heard of “GMO” foods before, but what you may not know is the science and purpose behind them.

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“GMO” is a common term used to describe foods that have been created through genetic engineering. A GMO (genetically modified organism) is a plant, animal or microorganism that has had its genetic material (DNA) changed using technology that generally involves the transfer of specific DNA from one organism to another.

Although GMO foods are widely available to consumers, there is sometimes confusion around what GMOs are and how they are used in the United States’ food supply. As part of the Feed Your Mind education initiative, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) provides science-based information to help consumers better understand GMOs:

  1. Only a few types of GMO foods are sold in the United States.Soybeans, cotton, corn, alfalfa, apples, canola, papaya, potatoes, summer squash, sugar beets, pineapple and AquAdvantage salmon complete the list of GMO foods currently sold in the U.S. Only a few of these are available in the produce sections of grocery stores. Most are instead used to make ingredients that are then used in other food products like cereals and snack chips.
  1. GMOs can help farmers grow crops that are resistant to diseases and insects. Humans have used traditional ways to modify crops and animals to suit their needs and tastes for more than 10,000 years. Genetic engineering lets scientists take a beneficial gene, like insect resistance, and transfer it into a plant. Results can include higher crop yields, less crop loss, longer storage life, better appearance, better nutrition or some combination of these traits.
  1. GMO foods are as safe to eat as their non-GMO counterparts. The FDA, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Department of Agriculture work together to make sure GMOs are safe for human, plant and animal health. GMO foods are carefully studied before being sold to the public to make sure they are safe. Some GMO plants have even been modified to improve their nutritional value. For example, some GMO soybeans contain healthier oils, which can replace oils containing trans fat.
  1. GMO foods are no more likely to cause allergies than non-GMOs. You will not be allergic to a GMO food unless you’re allergic to the non-GMO version of that food. For example, if you’re not allergic to foods made with non-GMO soy, you won’t be allergic to foods made with GMO soy. When developing GMOs, scientists run tests to make sure allergens aren’t transferred from one food to another.
  1. GMOs can reduce farmers’ use of pesticides. Some GMO plants contain plant-incorporated protectants to make them resistant to insects. This lowers farmers’ need for and use of spray pesticides.
  1. A “bioengineered” disclosure will be on some of the foods you eat. The National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard requires bioengineered foods to be labeled by 2022 with text on the packages that reads “bioengineered food,” the bioengineered food symbol or directions for using your phone to find the disclosure. Sometimes the terms “bioengineered,” “GMO” and “genetic engineering” are used interchangeably, but labels required under the Standard use the term “bioengineered.”

Find more answers to your questions about GMOs at fda.gov/feedyourmind .

SOURCE:
Food and Drug Administration

Findlay Restaurant Week 2021 is set for February 22-28

Both for in-person dining and takeout!………

(FINDLAY, OH, February 17, 2021) Restaurant Week is back – this year, both for in-person dining and takeout!  Area restaurants are offering three-course meals on a prix-fixe menu at different price points.  Diners are encouraged to try something new or support their favorite restaurants during this special week.

This year Restaurant Week is set for February 22-28.  Price points for the participating restaurants are $10, $20, $30, and $40 per diner, and vary per restaurant.

Those interested in taking part in Restaurant Week simply need to visit the restaurant of their choice during dinner hours and ask for the Restaurant Week Menu.  Diners will then select one option per course and be charged the restaurant’s set price.  Those who will be ordering takeout over the phone should indicate they’re ordering from the Restaurant Week menu and have the menu available to reference, if ordering online please be sure to order from the Restaurant Week section.

Prices do not include tax, gratuity, or drinks; however, many locations are running drink specials.  Restaurants will also be serving their regular menu.  No tickets are necessary, but reservations are suggested at many locations and takeout time slots will be limited to avoid long waits. Menus and hours are subject to change without notice.

For a complete list of participating restaurants and their menus, go to VisitFindlay.com/RestaurantWeek.  For more information, call 419-422-3315 or email info@visitfindlay.com

Those interested in taking part in Restaurant Week simply need to visit the restaurant of their choice during dinner hours and ask for the Restaurant Week Menu.  Diners will then select one option per course and be charged the restaurant’s set price.  Those who will be ordering takeout over the phone should indicate they’re ordering from the Restaurant Week menu and have the menu available to reference, if ordering online please be sure to order from the Restaurant Week section.

Prices do not include tax, gratuity, or drinks; however, many locations are running drink specials.  Restaurants will also be serving their regular menu.  No tickets are necessary, but reservations are suggested at many locations and takeout time slots will be limited to avoid long waits. Menus and hours are subject to change without notice.

For a complete list of participating restaurants and their menus, go to VisitFindlay.com/RestaurantWeek.  For more information, call 419-422-3315 or email info@visitfindlay.com

A Protein Twist for Tasty Family Meals

Watch video to see how to make this recipe for Crunchy Buffalo Baked Veal Cutlet Sandwiches !

(Family Features) On those busy evenings when brainstorming a meal the whole family agrees on seems like a tall task, turning to a versatile protein can open a bevy of options. The next time your loved ones are stuck in a dinnertime rut, discover the versatility of veal to present a list of new meal possibilities.

Pairing your favorite traditional mealtime flavors with veal can allow you to uncover family-friendly dishes with familiar taste. Add excitement to the weekly menu with a recipe like these Crunchy Buffalo Baked Veal Cutlet Sandwiches, which offers the classic combination of Buffalo sauce and blue cheese in a dish that requires less than an hour in the kitchen.

Thin veal cutlets are dredged in flour, hot sauce and breadcrumbs before hitting the oven. Once baked, the cutlets are added to your favorite type of roll and topped with blue cheese broccoli slaw and as much additional Buffalo sauce as you desire for a flavor-packed meal your loved ones can savor together.

Find more ways to discover veal’s versatility at Veal.org.

Watch video to see how to make this recipe!

Crunchy Buffalo Baked Veal Cutlet Sandwiches

Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4

  • 1          package broccoli slaw
  • 1/2       cup blue cheese dressing
  • 1          teaspoon salt
  • 1          teaspoon black pepper
  • 1          cup flour
  • 4-6       tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1/3       cup Buffalo-style hot sauce, plus additional for serving, divided
  • 1          cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 3/4       cup blue cheese crumbles
  • 8          veal cutlets, pounded about 1/8-inch thick
  • 4          sub rolls
  1. Preheat oven to 400 F.  Line rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper; set aside.
  2. In medium bowl, using tongs, lightly toss broccoli slaw and blue cheese dressing.
  3. In shallow bowl, stir together salt, pepper and flour.
  4. In separate shallow bowl, whisk melted butter and hot sauce until combined.
  5. In bowl of food processor, pulse panko and blue cheese crumbles until combined. Transfer mixture to plate.
  6. Pat veal cutlets dry with paper towels. Dredge one veal cutlet in seasoned flour then coat with hot sauce and butter mixture. Place cutlet on top of panko blue cheese crumbs and gently press down to coat one side. Turn cutlet over and press down again gently to coat, including edges. Place on prepared baking sheet. Repeat with remaining cutlets
  7. Bake 10-15 minutes, or until internal temperature reaches 160 F.
  8. Cut rolls in half, add two cutlets per roll, top each with broccoli slaw mixture and drizzle lightly with Buffalo-style hot sauce.

Substitution: Ranch may be used for blue cheese.

SOURCE:
Veal.org

Chowline: Can Sweet Treats be Healthy?

Yes, dark chocolate can be a healthy choice for Valentine’s Day….

Can I celebrate Valentine’s Day with chocolate in a healthy way? 

If you want to celebrate Valentine’s Day with sweet treats while keeping your health in mind, consider having some chocolate. However, make sure you choose a dark chocolate, with which you can both enjoy and gain some heart-healthy advantages.

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In moderation, dark chocolate is believed to provide multiple health benefits. This is because of its high levels of flavonoids, which are antioxidants that protect cells from damage caused by free radicals. Free radicals are unstable molecules that can alter and weaken cells, according to the Cleveland Clinic.

Research has found that flavanols, which are the main type of flavonoid found in cocoa and chocolate, have potential influences on vascular health, including lowering blood pressure, improving blood flow to the brain and heart, and making blood platelets less sticky and less likely to clot, the Cleveland Clinic says.

Milk chocolate, on the other hand, doesn’t provide the same health benefits. Generally speaking, dark chocolate has more cocoa than milk chocolate. Dark chocolate also has fewer unhealthy sugars and saturated fats than milk chocolate. Researchers at Harvard University Medical School suggest choosing chocolate that has at least 70% cocoa or more.

If you’d prefer to choose something other than sweets for Valentine’s Day, opt for red wine, which is also rich in flavonoids.

If you choose the red wine option, remember, it needs to be consumed in moderation, which generally, for men, means no more than two drinks per day, and no more than one drink per day for women, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The CDC offers these other tips for heart-healthy Valentine’s Day treats:

  • Limit your sodium intake. Spice up your romantic dinner with seasonings such as fresh or dried herbs and spices, and avoid prepackaged mixes that may contain a lot of salt.
  • Opt for healthy substitutions for saturated fats, trans fats, and cholesterol in your baked treats. For example, swap the butter for olive or canola oil instead.
  • When preparing your romantic dinner, choose to bake, broil, or grill your food rather than fry it.
  • When able, use fresh ingredients instead of prepared ones. For example, choose fresh lemons over lemon juice concentrate or fresh garlic cloves instead of garlic powder.

Remember, in addition to Valentine’s Day, February is also host to American Heart Month. Show yourself some love by getting active and eating healthier, maintaining a healthy weight, and controlling your cholesterol and blood pressure. And if you smoke, try quitting.

Chow Line is a service of The Ohio State University College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences and its outreach and research arms, Ohio State University Extension and the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center. Send questions to Chow Line author Tracy Turner, 364 W. Lane Ave., Suite B120, Columbus, OH 43201, or turner.490@osu.edu.

A Budget-Friendly Family Dish

Made with Parmesan cheese, this recipe provides an excellent source of calcium. (Watch video to see how to make this recipe!)….

(Family Features) Creating family meals with nutrition in mind adds another consideration to a daily task that is often stressful enough. However, making health-conscious decisions each evening at the dinner table doesn’t have to mean turning away from your loved ones’ favorite dishes.

Simple swaps to more nutritious ingredients paired with healthier preparation methods, such as baking chicken rather than frying it, can help you make more nutrition-based choices. This Baked Chicken Parmesan offers the best of both worlds, providing a 30-minute meal that allows you to spend less time in the kitchen without forgoing healthy habits.

Made with Parmesan cheese, this recipe provides an excellent source of calcium. Dairy foods, such as cheese, are an irreplaceable part of a balanced diet that offers a valuable source of essential nutrients. Plus, because it’s made using just a handful of ingredients, it’s a budget-friendly option that doesn’t break the bank and doesn’t call for seldom-used spices or seasonings you may never use again.

Find more family meal inspiration at milkmeansmore.org.

Watch video to see how to make this recipe!

Baked Chicken Parmesan

Recipe by Kirsten Kubert of “Comfortably Domestic” on behalf of Milk Means More
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes
Servings: 6

  • 2/3       cup whole-wheat panko breadcrumbs
  • 1          teaspoon Italian seasoning medley with garlic
  • 3/4       cup finely grated Parmesan cheese, divided
  • 5          tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 1/2    pounds boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 3          cups prepared tomato and basil sauce, warmed, divided
  • 1          pound thick spaghetti, prepared according to package directions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 F. Line rimmed half sheet pan with parchment paper; set aside.
  2. In shallow dish or pie plate, combine breadcrumbs, Italian seasoning and 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, stirring with fork until blended. Pour melted butter in separate shallow dish or pie plate.
  3. Working with one chicken thigh at a time, dip each side in melted butter to coat. Press butter-soaked chicken into breadcrumbs, turning to coat well on both sides. Place breaded chicken on prepared baking sheet. Repeat with remaining chicken thighs.
  4. Drizzle remaining melted butter over breaded chicken. Bake 8 minutes. Turn chicken over and bake 7 minutes to crisp other side.
  5. Briefly remove chicken from oven. Spoon two tablespoons pasta sauce over each chicken thigh. Sprinkle remaining Parmesan cheese evenly over chicken. Return chicken to oven and continue baking 5 minutes, or until cooked through.
  6. Serve Baked Parmesan Chicken over cooked spaghetti topped with additional pasta sauce.

SOURCE:
Milk Means More

Don’t miss these seafood trends you can try at home

What sea-inspired cuisine will you whip up this week?

(BPT) – Are you spending more time cooking at home due to quarantine and social distancing? Perhaps you’re indulging your inner foodie by trying new foods and recipes. These days, many people are flexing their culinary muscles and testing out different trends as a way to brighten up their every day.

For your next meal or snack, consider adding these must-try seafood styles and flavors to your menu.

Everything bagel seasoning seafood

It all started with the bagel, and now the popular seasoning that mixes poppy seeds, sesame seeds, onion and garlic is being used in new and inventive ways. You can buy the seasoning to sprinkle on favorite dishes, but perhaps where these flavors really shine is when they’re combined with delicious seafood such as Everything Bagel Butterfly Shrimp from SeaPak.

These crispy butterfly shrimp are covered in everything bagel seasoning and paired with a cool cream cheese chive dipping sauce. It’s specially designed for conventional ovens, toaster ovens and air fryers, so you get to indulge in a delicious new food craze without extensive kitchen time. Whether it’s a savory snack or a scrumptious main course, Everything Bagel Butterfly Shrimp are versatile and delicious.

Creative “sea-cuterie” boards

Traditional charcuterie boards have been around for centuries, featuring classics such as cured meats, olives, pickled vegetables, crackers and nuts. However, being at home has inspired people to take their charcuterie to new heights and many seafood lovers are designing platters around their favorite protein: seafood.

Known by some as “sea-cuterie,” this new take on the classic shared appetizer can feature shrimp and cocktail sauce for dipping or smoked salmon and herbed cream cheese with sliced baguettes for a classy date night. You can take your taste buds on a trip to the Mediterranean by complementing a spread of olives, artichokes and cherry tomatoes with deliciously salty sardines or anchovies — or even a smoked fish dip. It’s tons of fun to customize your offering in unconventional ways — particularly when it involves adding seafood to the mix.

Baked seafood dishes

Want a satisfying crowd-pleaser for dinner? Baked seafood dishes are surging in popularity and are easy to make at home. Thanks to their low-maintenance nature, casseroles, lasagnas and oven-to-table recipes are getting the seafood treatment from home cooks everywhere.

Many types of fish bake well and are incredible paired with breading or spices and sauce. Salmon with ginger? Stuffed sole with breadcrumbs? Seafood and pasta are an unforgettable dynamic duo.

Baked seafood recipes, like this fan-favorite parmesan shrimp ziti bake, are typically simple, so why not make extra? Leftovers tend to reheat well, and one baking session can provide you with lunches all week long.

Seafood remixes

We’ve all had to get a little more creative in the kitchen this year. For a twist on the traditional, try swapping the protein in your favorite dishes for salmon, shrimp or your favorite kind of seafood.

If you’re feeling extra adventurous, you can recreate an entire land-based dish by reimagining it. Tired: Bacon-wrapped sausage bites. Wired: Seaweed-wrapped cod nuggets.

What sea-inspired cuisine will you whip up tonight?