Deliver Flavor and Nutrition Despite Busy Schedules

These recipes require minimal prep….

(Family Features) As kids and parents return to busy schedules full of sports, homework and weeknight activities, building a plan for nutritious and easy meals can be challenging. Piecing together a menu that fuels active minds without spending hours in the kitchen is a common goal for many families.

These recipes require minimal prep and call for on-hand ingredients like dairy food favorites that provide nutrients people of all ages need to grow and maintain strong bodies and minds.

Whether you enjoy it together in the morning before getting the day started or mix it up with breakfast for dinner, this Sustainable Frittata is called “sustainable” because you can use leftover cheeses, veggies, ham, sausage and more to recycle ingredients you already have on hand.

For a customizable kid-pleaser, turn to Chopped Chicken Taco Salad and garnish with your family’s favorite toppings. When it’s time to put a twist on a classic while changing up your dinner routine, Roasted Red Pepper and Pesto Grilled Cheese Sandwiches are perfect for putting something new on the table. Make supper a cinch with Slow Cooker Macaroni and Cheese, which lets you put the work in the hands of your slow cooker for a versatile dish that can be served when homework is finished.

Visit milkmeansmore.org to find more recipes perfect for bringing loved ones together.

Chopped Chicken Taco Salad

Recipe courtesy of Megan Gundy of “What Megan’s Making” on behalf of Milk Means More
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4

Dressing:

  • 1          cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/3       cup buttermilk, plus additional (optional)
  • 1          tablespoon fresh-squeezed lime juice, plus additional (optional)
  • 3          tablespoons chopped cilantro
  • 2          tablespoons taco seasoning

Salad:

  • 2          pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 2          tablespoons taco seasoning
  • 2          tablespoons olive oil
  • 1          head leaf lettuce, chopped
  • 1          avocado, chopped into bite- sized pieces
  • 1          cup black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1          cup corn
  • 1          pint grape or cherry tomatoes, chopped
  • 1          cup shredded cheese (Monterey Jack or Mexican)
  • tortilla strips or crushed tortilla chips, for topping
  1. To make dressing: In small bowl, stir yogurt, buttermilk, lime juice, cilantro and taco seasoning until combined. Taste and adjust lime juice and cilantro as needed. If dressing is too thick, add buttermilk 1 teaspoon at a time until desired consistency is reached. Refrigerate until ready to serve.
  2. To make salad: Season chicken on both sides with taco seasoning. Heat large skillet over medium-high heat and add olive oil. Add chicken to pan and cook on both sides until outside is golden brown and chicken is cooked through. Remove to cutting board and slice into strips.
  3. On large platter, heap chopped lettuce. Sprinkle chicken over top. Add avocado, beans, corn, tomatoes and shredded cheese. Drizzle dressing on top and sprinkle with tortilla strips or crushed tortilla chips.

Sustainable Frittata

Recipe courtesy of Jenn Fillenworth of “Jenny With the Good Eats” on behalf of Milk Means More
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes
Servings: 8

  • 12        eggs, beaten
  • 1/4       cup whole milk, half and half or heavy cream
  • 1/2       teaspoon salt
  • 2          cups shredded cheese, any variety
  • 3          cups assorted cooked vegetables and pre-cooked meats
  • fresh herbs, for garnish (optional)
  1. Preheat oven to 450 F.
  2. Preheat cast-iron pan or oven-safe skillet over medium heat.
  3. In large bowl, mix eggs, milk and salt then add shredded cheese.
  4. Add cooked vegetables and meats to pan to reheat. Once vegetables have softened, add egg mixture to pan and scramble. Let sit over medium heat 1 minute.
  5. Carefully transfer to oven and bake 10-15 minutes. Frittata is done when eggs have set. Remove from oven and top with fresh herbs.

Slow Cooker Macaroni and Cheese

Recipe courtesy of Rachel Gurk of “Rachel Cooks” on behalf of Milk Means More
Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 2 hours
Servings: 8

  • 16        ounces elbow pasta
  • 4          tablespoons butter
  • 3          ounces reduced-fat cream cheese
  • 2          cups whole milk
  • 12        ounces evaporated milk
  • 1/2       cup light sour cream
  • 2          large eggs, beaten
  • 3/4       teaspoon ground mustard
  • pepper, to taste
  • 8          ounces shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 8          ounces grated provolone cheese
  1. Cook pasta al dente according to package directions. Drain and pour into large slow cooker.
  2. In small saucepan over medium heat, whisk butter and cream cheese until melted. Stir in milk, evaporated milk and sour cream; whisk until combined. Remove from heat; whisk in eggs, ground mustard and pepper, to taste. Stir in cheeses. Pour mixture over cooked macaroni and stir to combine cheese and pasta.
  3. Cover and cook 2 hours on low. Switch to warm until ready to serve.

Roasted Red Pepper and Pesto Grilled Cheese Sandwiches

Recipe courtesy of Katie Serbinski of “Mom to Mom Nutrition” on behalf of Milk Means More
Prep time: 5 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes
Servings: 2

  • 4          slices French or Italian bread
  • 3          tablespoons prepared pesto
  • 2          large roasted red peppers
  • 4          slices mozzarella cheese
  • 2          tablespoons butter, softened
  1. Preheat skillet or grill pan over medium-low heat.
  2. Spread insides of bread slices evenly with pesto. Stack red peppers and mozzarella cheese.
  3. Spread outer sides of bread with softened butter and grill until toasted and cheese is melted, about 5 minutes per side.
  4. Rest 1 minute before cutting.


SOURCE:
United Dairy Industry of Michigan

A Weeknight Meal Solution

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(Family Features) During the hustle and bustle of the school year, it can be difficult to find time to sit down for dinner together as a family. However, on weeknights filled with extracurricular activities, homework, meetings and more, it’s still important to put delicious and nutritious meals on the table that can be served whenever your family members can find a few minutes to grab a plate.

Dairy foods like milk, yogurt and cheese are on hand in many kitchens and provide nutrients people of all ages need to grow and maintain strong bodies and minds. These Slow Cooker Chicken Burrito Bowls combine dairy with chicken, beans, corn and rice plus colorful garnishes for a meal you can set in the slow cooker at the beginning of the day and serve whenever hunger strikes that evening.

Find more weeknight meal ideas at milkmeansmore.org.

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Slow Cooker Chicken Burrito Bowls

Recipe courtesy of Lori Yates of Foxes Love Lemons on behalf of Milk Means More
Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 4-8 hours
Servings: 6

  • 1          jar (16 ounces) chunky salsa
  • 1          pound boneless, skinless chicken thighs
  • 2 1/2    cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 2          teaspoons chili powder
  • 1          can (15 1/2 ounces) black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 2          cups instant brown rice
  • 1          cup corn kernels, fresh or frozen
  • chopped avocado, for garnish
  • chopped cilantro, for garnish
  • chopped red onion, for garnish
  • chopped tomatoes, for garnish
  • lime wedges, for garnish
  • sour cream or Greek yogurt, for garnish
  • shredded colby jack cheese, for garnish
  1. In slow cooker, stir together salsa, chicken, broth and chili powder. Cook 3 1/2 hours on high or 7 1/2 hours on low.
  2. Transfer chicken to cutting board and coarsely shred; return to slow cooker. Stir in beans, rice and corn. Cook 30 minutes on high, or until rice is cooked through.
  3. Serve garnished with avocado, cilantro, onion, tomatoes, limes, sour cream and cheese.

SOURCE:
United Dairy Industry of Michigan

A Simply Sweet Dessert Bar

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(Culinary.net) Finding a unique dessert to impress others can be a tall task. Cakes, brownies and cookies are classics but can be boring and repetitive. When you want something easy, delicious and made to impress, think outside the sweet treat box.

Next time you’re in a pinch for something sweet, try these Sopapilla Bars. They have a sugary, crunchy exterior, but on the inside, they are creamy and delicious.

Great for gatherings of all kinds, they’re cut into perfect portions and rare enough to give partygoers something to talk about.

The prep is simple and they can be made in advance then stored in the fridge overnight so there is no last-minute rushing around the kitchen.

To start, in a large bowl, beat cream cheese until soft. Add sugar and cornstarch then combine. Add vanilla extract and one egg then beat until combined.

Place one can of unrolled crescent rolls in the bottom of a lightly greased pan and pinch together the seams.

Add cream cheese mixture to the pan and spread out smooth. Then add remaining unrolled crescent rolls on top before spreading with melted butter.

Mix together sugar and cinnamon to sprinkle over the top of the bars.

Bake for 35-40 minutes. Cool to room temperature and chill in the fridge for at least 3 hours or overnight.

These bars are also the perfect sweet treat for kids. They will love the sugar-coated top and you will love they are expanding their palates by trying something new.

Whether it’s a birthday party, a barbecue or any celebration, this dessert is the way to go. It’s sweet, it’s got texture and it’s a home run when it comes to a simple sweet.

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Sopapilla Bars

Servings: 15

  •             Nonstick cooking spray
  • 2          packages (8 ounces each) crescent rolls
  • 24        ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1 1/4    cups sugar, divided
  • 1          tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1          teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1          large egg
  • 1/4       cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 2          teaspoons cinnamon
  1. Heat oven to 350 F.
  2. Lightly grease 9-by-13-inch glass baking pan with nonstick cooking spray. Place one package unrolled crescent rolls in bottom of dish. Pinch seams together.
  3. In large bowl, beat cream cheese until soft. Add 1 cup sugar and cornstarch. Beat mixture until combined. Add vanilla extract and egg. Beat until combined.
  4. Pour batter onto crescent roll dough. Smooth with spatula.
  5. On floured surface, unroll second package crescent roll dough. Pinch seams and roll dough to 1/2 inch longer and wider.
  6. Place rolled sheet on top of cheesecake layer. Spread melted butter over top.
  7. In small bowl, whisk remaining sugar and cinnamon. Sprinkle over top of bars.
  8. Bake 35-40 minutes, or until golden brown.
  9. Cool to room temperature. Chill in refrigerator 3 hours or overnight.

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Culinary.net

Add Freshness to Your Summer

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(Family Features) For many parts of the country, warmer weather comes with more options for fresh produce, which is why it’s a perfect time to add fruits and vegetables to recipes.

These easy-to-make Fresh Vegetable Summer Rolls are a vegetarian version of a classic dish – made with tofu coupled with lettuce, carrots, cucumber, sprouts and mint leaves.

A healthy eating plan is especially important for the 34 million people in the U.S. living with diabetes. People living with diabetes are twice as likely to develop and die from cardiovascular disease, such as heart attacks, heart failure and strokes, than people who do not have diabetes, according to the American Heart Association and American Diabetes Association. Through eating healthy, getting regular physical activity and making a plan with their health care professionals, people can manage their type 2 diabetes and lower their risk for heart disease and stroke.

Find more recipes for supporting a healthy lifestyle at KnowDiabetesbyHeart.org.

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Fresh Vegetable Summer Rolls

Prep time: 25 minutes
Serves: 12 (1 roll per serving)

  • Water
  • 1          head Boston or oak leaf lettuce, ribs discarded (12 leaves)
  • 1          pound firm tofu, drained and cut lengthwise into 1/2-inch thick planks
  • 1          large carrot, peeled and shredded
  • 1/2       English or hothouse cucumber, peeled, seeded and cut into 2-inch long matchsticks
  • 2          cups mung bean or clover sprouts, blanched
  • 24        medium-large mint leaves
  • 12        round (8 inches) rice papers
  1. Fill flat, round cake pan with water. Place clean, smooth kitchen towel on work surface. On plate, arrange lettuce, tofu, carrots, cucumber, sprouts and mint in individual piles.
  2. Put one rice paper in water. Soak until pliable. Place rice paper on top of kitchen towel. Blot dry. Paper should be sticky, not slippery. Stack ingredients on side of rice paper closest to you as follows: one lettuce leaf, one tofu plank, carrot, cucumber, sprouts and two mint leaves next to each other.
  3. Fold farther side of paper tightly over filling. Be careful not to tear it. Fold in sides and roll to end. Repeat with remaining ingredients.

Nutritional information per serving: 85 calories; 20 calories from fat; 2 g total fat; 0.5 g saturated fat; 0 g trans fat; 1 g polyunsaturated fat; 0.5 g monounsaturated fat; 0 mg cholesterol; 55 mg sodium; 155 mg potassium; 13 g total carbohydrates; 1 g dietary fiber; 2 g total sugar; 0 g added sugar; 5 g protein; 75 mg phosphorus. Choices/Exchanges: 1 starch

SOURCE:
American Heart Association and American Diabetes Association

An Elevated Sandwich for Any Occasion

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(Culinary.net) They might not be the fanciest of foods, but when you eat a filling, protein-packed sandwich, you are usually left satisfied and full of energy. From ham and turkey to mayo and mustard, the possibilities are nearly endless when sandwiches are on the menu.

With so many customizable options for bread, meats, toppings and more, it’s easy to create the perfect sandwich. For example, this Croissant Chicken Salad Sandwich with Sprouts is served on a fluffy, light, mouthwatering croissant and features a hearty mixture of chicken, bacon and veggies to give you that boost you have been craving.

To make the sandwich, line six slices of bacon in a skillet. Cook until slightly crispy. Drain over a paper towel and crush into pieces.

On a cutting board, cut cherry tomatoes in half and chop green onions.

In a mixing bowl, combine chicken, mayonnaise, chopped green onions, pepper, bacon crumbles and halved cherry tomatoes.

Cut croissants in half and scoop a generous amount of chicken salad onto the bottom of the croissant. Top with sprouts and replace top croissant.

The chicken is creamy, the bacon crumbles are crispy and the green onions give it crunch, making this sandwich perfect for nearly any occasion. Whether it’s a bridal shower, picnic at the park with family or just lunch on a weekend afternoon, it can give you the energy to go forward and finish your day strong.

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Croissant Chicken Salad Sandwich with Sprouts

Servings: 6

  • 6          strips bacon
  • 1          rotisserie chicken, shredded
  • 1/2       cup mayonnaise
  • 1/4       cup green onions, chopped
  • 1/2       teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2       cup cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • sprouts
  1. In skillet, arrange bacon and cook until slightly crispy. Drain bacon over paper towel; allow to dry. Crush into pieces.
  2. In large bowl, stir chicken, mayonnaise, green onions and pepper until combined. Add bacon and tomatoes; stir until combined.
  3. Cut croissants in half. Spoon generous portion of chicken salad over bottom croissant. Top with sprouts. Replace top croissant.

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Culinary.net

Better-for-You Summer Snacking

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(Family Features) For many families, the summer months offer a break in routine, and that extra time around the house or gathering with loved ones can lead to increased snacking opportunities. However, that warmer weather can also be accompanied by a desire for sweet treats.

To satisfy that sweet tooth without sacrificing nutrition, consider an option like Crunchmaster Protein Brownie Thins. The bite-size snacks – available in Dark Chocolate, Homestyle Milk Chocolate and Salted Caramel – pack the warm and gooey taste of baked brownies with a boost of 8 grams of protein per serving plus black bean and quinoa nutrition. Plus, they are free of gluten, artificial flavors, colors, cholesterol and trans-fat, and are non-GMO and kosher.

You can elevate your summer snacks by pairing them with this Peanut Butter Chocolate Chickpea Cookie Dip. Made using only eight ingredients, including chickpeas and peanut butter, it’s a healthier alternative to help satisfy those warm weather cravings.

Find more nutritious summer snack recipes that pack a crunch at crunchmaster.com.

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Peanut Butter Chocolate Chickpea Cookie Dip

  • 1          can (19 ounces) chickpeas, drained and rinsed
  • 1/2       cup peanut butter
  • 1/4       cup packed brown sugar
  • 2          tablespoons maple syrup
  • 2          tablespoons olive oil
  • 2          teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1/4       teaspoon salt
  • 1/2       cup chocolate chips
  • 1          package (4 ounces) Crunchmaster Protein Brownie Thins Homestyle Milk Chocolate
  1. In food processor or blender, puree chickpeas, peanut butter, brown sugar, maple syrup, olive oil, vanilla and salt until smooth.
  2. Stir in chocolate chips. Spoon into serving dish. Serve dip with brownie thins.

Substitution: Nut butter or nut-free butter can be used in place of peanut butter.

SOURCE:
Crunchmaster

3 Grilling Hacks for Delicious, Plant-Based Summer Menus

Food brings people together….

(Family Features) Cooking and entertaining outdoors can bring friends and family back together, but it doesn’t have to be complicated. Simple, flavorful recipes can be easy on the home chef yet still tasty and enjoyable for those at the table.

One of the best parts of the season is grilled fare like burgers, hot dogs and fresh vegetables. This year, consider adding a plant-based option to your menu. Made with simple, recognizable ingredients, Lightlife offers vegan, non-GMO options that are made for the grill, like Plant-Based Burgers, Smart Dogs and Italian Smart Sausage. These products can help satisfy the craving for protein and are made with ingredients you can feel good about serving your friends and family.

“Food brings people together, and now more than ever, grilling season and dining al fresco is one of the best ways to do that,” said Tommy McDonald, executive chef at Greenleaf Foods. “Think of the grill as an additional seasoning element – a zero-fuss way to add miles of flavor. One of my favorite products is Lightlife’s Smart Dogs, which have been reformulated to taste better than ever. Try topping them with a freshly made onion jam or quick-pickled relish.”

Consider these tips from McDonald to properly grill plant-based variations of your favorite meals:

Be mindful of cook times. Plant-based protein products typically taste best when cooked properly, usually over a low, open flame. When you’re almost ready to dish them out in recipes like Grilled Pineapple Burgers with Honey Garlic Barbecue Sauce or Avocado Toast Dogs, give them a quick sear. If you’re unsure, reference the recommended cook times on the packaging.

Keep it separate. During these seasonal celebrations, there’s often some people who want traditional meat and others who crave plant-based options. To satisfy your group, drop a cast-iron skillet on the grill and allow it to heat up. Put your favorite plant-based proteins in the skillet, along with veggies, to keep the grill organized.

Top it off. Don’t skimp on the toppings. The next time you’re looking to jazz up burgers, sausages or hot dogs, make an easy DIY onion jam to spread on top. While the burgers and dogs are on the grates, prepare some extra coals; once they’ve burned down a bit, bury foil-wrapped onions in the coals. After the onions are soft and warmed through, pull them out and enjoy a smokey onion jam.

For more simple summer recipes, visit Lightlife.com/Recipes.

Grilled Pineapple Burgers with Honey Garlic Barbecue Sauce

Total time: 30 minutes
Serving: 2

  • 2          rings freshly cored pineapple
  • 2          Lightlife Plant-Based Burger patties
  • salt, to taste
  • pepper, to taste
  • 2          sesame seed burger buns, lightly toasted
  • 1          cup baby arugula
  • 1/4       cup crispy fried onions
  • 2          tablespoons honey garlic barbecue sauce
  1. Heat grill to medium. Grill pineapple slices 4-5 minutes per side until grill-marked and slightly caramelized. Cut slices in half and set aside. Wipe down grill.
  2. Season burger patties with salt and pepper, to taste. To grill burgers from refrigerator, grill 4-5 minutes per side until evenly browned with internal temperature of 165 F.
  3. To assemble burgers, layer toasted bottom buns with arugula then top each with burger patty and two slices grilled pineapple. Sprinkle with crispy fried onions and drizzle with barbecue sauce. Top each with top bun.
Grilled Pineapple Burger

Avocado Toast Dogs

Total time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4

  •             Oil
  • 2          medium avocados
  • 1/2       lemon, juice only
  • 1/4       teaspoon salt
  • 1/4       teaspoon pepper
  • 4          Lightlife Smart Dogs
  • 4          hot dog buns
  • 1/2       teaspoon everything bagel seasoning
  • sriracha
  1. Lightly coat grill grates with oil and preheat to medium heat.
  2. In small bowl, mash avocados, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Cover and rest in refrigerator.
  3. Grill dogs 6-7 minutes, turning frequently.
  4. While dogs are grilling, lightly toast buns.
  5. Spread avocado mixture on one side of toasted buns. Sprinkle each with everything bagel seasoning. Add dogs and drizzle with sriracha.

    Avocado Toast Dogs

SOURCE:
Lightlife

Ricotta with Four-Berry Compote, Pistachios and Granola

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(Family Features) Get out your ramekins and fill them up with layers of ricotta cheese, four-berry compote and pistachios topped with granola.  This tasty treat is perfect for breakfast or even as a sweet ending to dinner.

Either way you serve it can leave your taste buds feeling happy.

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Ricotta with Four-Berry Compote, Pistachios and Granola

  • 1/8      cup water
  • 1/4      cup granulated sugar
  • 2         cups fresh or frozen strawberries
  • 2         cups fresh or frozen blueberries
  • 2         cups fresh or frozen raspberries
  • 2         cups fresh or frozen blackberries
  • 1         teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1/8      teaspoon salt
  • ricotta cheese
  • pistachios, chopped
  • granola
  1. In small sauce-pan, combine water, sugar, berries, lemon juice and salt. Bring to boil then simmer 20 minutes or until compote reduces and coats spoon. Cool to room temperature.
  2. Layer bowl with ricotta cheese, berry compote and pistachios. Repeat layers then top with granola. Serve immediately.

Note: If making ahead, add granola before serving.

Recipe adapted from MilkMeansMore.org

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Master Summer with an Apple and Mandarin Macaroni Salad

More than a salad–it’s a meal…….

(Family Features) Skip boring dishes and instead dive into a sweet, satisfying macaroni salad that’s perfect for enjoying al fresco.

With fresh ingredients and appetizing flavor, this Apple and Mandarin Macaroni Salad is more than just a side – it’s a meal on its own. Grilled chicken breast is complemented by mandarin oranges and the sophisticated sweetness and crisp texture of Envy apples. Named America’s No. 1 apple for taste, crispness, aroma and appearance, according to an independent sensory test by Forward Agency, the apples are a delightful way to enhance your favorite dishes.

This recipe calls for firing up the grill to cook chicken to juicy perfection, mixing your own homemade macaroni salad and dicing up a beautiful apple, making it an ideal dinner option for summer evenings at home.

Visit EnvyApple.com to find apples at a grocer near you.

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Apple and Mandarin Macaroni Salad

  • 2          thinly sliced chicken breasts
  • 1/2       package cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4       cup Greek yogurt
  • 1          tablespoon finely chopped shallot
  • 1          lemon, zest only
  • 1          tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1          can (10.7 ounces) mandarin oranges, drained, juice reserved
  • 2          tablespoons finely chopped parsley
  • 1          teaspoon kosher salt, plus additional, to taste, divided
  • 20        turns fresh cracked pepper, plus additional, to taste, divided
  • water
  • 1/2       pound macaroni
  • 1          Envy apple, diced
  1. Allow chicken breasts to sit at room temperature 20 minutes.
  2. Mash softened cream cheese, Greek yogurt, chopped shallot, lemon zest, lemon juice, 3 tablespoons reserved mandarin juice, chopped parsley, salt and pepper. Set aside.
  3. Preheat grill or saute pan to high heat. Season chicken breasts with drizzle of olive oil, salt and pepper, to taste.
  4. Grill chicken breasts until internal temperature reaches 165 F. If using saute pan, cook 2 minutes on each side then finish in 400 F oven 5-10 minutes. Allow chicken to cool then dice into small chunks.
  5. Bring medium or large pot of salted water to boil. Add macaroni and cook until tender. Drain and pour hot noodles into large mixing bowl.
  6. Gently stir in cream cheese mixture until noodles are well coated. Let cool slightly.
  7. Add diced chicken, apples and mandarin oranges; stir to combine. Serve warm or chill in refrigerator to serve cold.


SOURCE:
Envy Apples

The Perfect Summertime Pie

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(Culinary.net) Summer is the time to relax, refresh and indulge in sweet and heavenly treats. While you’re lounging poolside and watching the kids play, enjoy a cool, creamy and absolutely divine dessert that’s perfect on a hot day.

This luscious Coconut Key Lime Cream Pie has a smooth texture with toasted shredded coconut on top. It’s sweet, but not too sweet, and will leave your taste buds wanting more as soon as you take your first bite.

Fresh out of the refrigerator, it’s ideal for everyone to share on those days when it’s just too warm outside to not have a chilled snack.

Also topped with lime zest and maraschino cherries, visually this pie is a winner with fun pops of color that will leave your mouth watering.

To make this cool, creamy creation, add vanilla wafers to a blender to make crumbs. Add melted butter and blend. Add crumb mixture to the bottom of a pie pan and press against the sides. Refrigerate to make crust.

In another large bowl, beat cream cheese, condensed milk and coconut extract.

In a different large bowl, beat whipping cream until it starts to thicken. Add powdered sugar and lime juice. Reserve 1 cup of the whipped topping.

Add lime juice, coconut flakes and the reserved whipped topping to the cream cheese mixture then stir to combine.

Add cream cheese mixture to the pie crust and smooth it out. Top with whipped topping then garnish with toasted coconut, lime zest and maraschino cherries.

It’s the perfect pie to enjoy whether you’re outside enjoying some sunshine or inside, taking a break from the summer fun. After being chilled, all of the flavors combine to leave you with a delicious, one of a kind treat.

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Coconut Key Lime Cream Pie

Servings: 6-8

  • 1          package (11 ounces) vanilla wafers
  • 1/3       cup butter, melted
  • 2          cups heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4       cup confectioners’ sugar
  • 1/2       cup Key lime juice, divided
  • 1          package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened
  • 1          can (14 ounces) sweetened condensed milk
  • 1          teaspoon coconut extract
  • 1          cup shredded coconut
  • 1/4       cup toasted shredded coconut
  • lime zest
  • maraschino cherries
  1. In blender, pulse vanilla wafers into crumbs. Add melted butter and pulse until combined. Press crumbs into bottom and up sides of greased 9 1/2-inch deep-dish pie plate. Refrigerate 30 minutes.
  2. In large bowl, beat whipping cream until it thickens. Add confectioners’ sugar and 1 tablespoon lime juice; beat until stiff peaks form. Remove 1 cup; set aside.
  3. In separate large bowl, beat cream cheese until smooth. Add sweetened condensed milk and coconut extract; beat until blended. Add remaining lime juice and shredded coconut; stir until combined. Add reserved whipped cream. Stir until combined. Pour into crust.
  4. Refrigerate 4 hours.
  5. Before serving, garnish with toasted coconut, lime zest and maraschino cherries.

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Culinary.net

A Perfect Pairing for Summer Supper

Center dinner around the flavors of the season….

(Family Features) Few moments make summers quite as special as family meals, whether you’re soaking up the sun’s rays on the patio or beating the heat at the dining room table. You can make evenings the highlight of the day with loved ones by centering dinner around the flavors of the season.

Fish, for example, is a popular choice for many with its lighter texture and a flavor profile that’s easily paired with a variety of veggies. These Blackened Salmon Sliders with Pickled Beet Relish can feed a family in a fun, handheld way with Aunt Nellie’s Pickled Beets serving as a perfect partner for the fish fillets.

No summer dinner is complete without a side dish like this BLT Potato Salad. A trio of classic warm-weather ingredients – bacon, lettuce, tomato – blend together with READ German Potato Salad and a homemade vinegar-based dressing for a delightful spin on a family favorite.

To find more summer-inspired meal ideas perfect for sharing with family and friends, visit readsalads.com and auntnellies.com.

Blackened Salmon Sliders with Pickled Beet Relish

Recipe courtesy of tarateaspoon.com
Prep time: 40 minutes
Yield: 12 sliders (2 per serving)

  • 4 single-serve cups Aunt Nellie’s Diced Pickled Beets
  • 1 finely chopped scallion (about 2 tablespoons)
  • 1/2 cup shredded radishes
  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1/2 cup finely crumbled feta cheese
  • 2 tablespoons chopped flat-leaf parsley
  • 2 teaspoons chopped oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt, plus additional, to taste, divided
  • 1 pinch ground black pepper
  • 2 pounds salmon fillets, skinless
  • 3 tablespoons blackened seasoning
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 12 slider buns
  • 1 cup baby arugula
  1. Drain beets well. In medium bowl, combine diced beets, scallions and radishes. Set aside.
  2. In small bowl, combine yogurt, feta, parsley and oregano. Stir in 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt and black pepper. Set aside.
  3. Cut salmon into 12 roughly 2 1/2-inch squares, about 1/2-inch thick. Slice thick parts of fillets in half to make thinner, if needed.
  4. Sprinkle fillets with salt, to taste, on both sides. Sprinkle evenly with blackened seasoning until well coated.
  5. Heat nonstick skillet or cast-iron pan over medium heat and add oil. Add salmon, in batches if needed, and cook, turning once, until salmon is crisped and almost cooked through, about 1 1/2 minutes per side. Remove and let rest.
  6. Spread each slider bun with about 1 tablespoon yogurt sauce. Layer arugula, salmon and beet relish on each slider and serve.

BLT Potato Salad

Recipe courtesy of eazypeazymealz.com
Prep time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4

  • 1 can (15 ounces) READ German Potato Salad
  • 3 Roma tomatoes, diced
  • 1/4 cup finely diced red onion
  • 2 cups baby arugula
  • 6 slices crisp-cooked bacon, crumbled

Dressing:

  • 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  1. Place potato salad in large bowl. Gently stir in diced tomatoes and onion.
  2. Add arugula; stir gently to combine. Sprinkle with crumbled bacon.
  3. To make dressing: In bowl, combine apple cider vinegar, olive oil, salt, garlic powder and black pepper. Drizzle over potato salad to serve.

SOURCE:
Seneca Foods
Aunt Nellie’s

Fun, On-the-Go Health Hacks

Make every bite count with whole-grain popcorn snacks, like Crunchy Popcorn Trail Mix……

(Family Features) As many people start getting back into normal routines, they’re returning to familiar on-the-go lifestyles by heading back to work, traveling to new destinations and enjoying time with loved ones.

While you get out to explore and gather with family and friends again, remember you’ll need fuel for your adventures. According to a National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey, most Americans fail to get enough whole grains each day, opting instead for mostly refined grains.

Foods like tasty whole-grain popcorn offer an easy health hack so you can make every bite count. Try getting in the habit of popping 9 cups of popcorn in the morning and dividing it into two containers. Season one container with salt and herbs, the other with a pinch of sugar and cinnamon so you can alternate between sweet and salty throughout the day. Bringing delicious options like these while on the go can help satisfy hunger pangs while adding the fiber your body needs.

Because mouthwatering whole-grain popcorn is versatile and 3 cups is equal to one serving of whole grains, it’s a simple yet flavorful option for meeting dietary recommendations. It can be a breeze to add it to snacks like Blueberry and Pomegranate Power Bars, Crunchy Popcorn Trail Mix or Sweet and Savory Curried Popcorn. You can even satisfy kids’ cravings with Grab and Go Pizza Popcorn, a six-ingredient recipe made in a matter of minutes.

Visit popcorn.org to find more nutritious snack ideas.

Sweet and Savory Curried Popcorn

Yield: 8 cups

  • 8          cups unsalted, unbuttered popped popcorn
  • 1/3       cup ghee (clarified butter) or coconut oil
  • 2          tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1          tablespoon honey
  • 1          teaspoon curry powder
  • 1/2       teaspoon cumin
  • 2          teaspoons flaked sea salt
  1. Place popcorn in large mixing bowl.
  2. In saucepan over medium heat, melt ghee, brown sugar, honey, curry powder and cumin; stir until dissolved. Bring to light boil; remove from heat.
  3. Toss ghee mixture and salt with popcorn; transfer to serving bowl.

Crunchy Popcorn Trail Mix

Yield: 9 cups

  • 5          cups popped popcorn
  • 3          cups whole-grain oat cereal
  • 1/3       cup raisins
  • 1/3       cup peanuts or other nuts
  • 1/3       cup sunflower seeds
  • 1/4       cup (1/2 stick) butter or margarine
  • 6          tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2          tablespoons light corn syrup
  1. In large, microwavable bowl, stir popcorn, cereal, raisins, nuts and seeds; set aside.
  2. In small saucepan, heat butter, brown sugar and corn syrup until boiling; cook 3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Pour over popcorn mixture, stirring to coat evenly.
  3. Microwave 3-4 minutes, stirring and scraping bowl after each minute.
  4. Spread onto greased cookie sheet; cool. Break into pieces and store in airtight container.

Blueberry and Pomegranate Power Bars

Yield: 12 bars

  • Nonstick cooking spray
  • 8          cups popped popcorn
  • 1 1/2    cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1          cup dried blueberries
  • 1/2       cup pomegranate seeds
  • 1/2       cup whole natural almonds, toasted and coarsely chopped
  • 2/3       cup honey
  • 2/3       cup light brown sugar
  • 2          tablespoons butter or margarine
  • 6          ounces bittersweet chocolate, melted
  1. Line 13-by-9-inch pan with foil; spray with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. In large bowl, combine popcorn, oats, blueberries, pomegranate seeds and almonds.
  3. In small saucepan over low heat, boil honey, brown sugar and butter 2 minutes. Pour over popcorn mixture and mix thoroughly.
  4. Using damp hands, press mixture firmly into prepared pan. Refrigerate until firm, about 2 hours. Cut into 12 bars.
  5. Dip bottoms of bars into melted chocolate. Place on wax paper-lined pan; refrigerate until ready to serve. Store in tight covered container in refrigerator.

Grab and Go Pizza Popcorn

Yield: 6 quarts

  • 6          quarts popped popcorn
  • olive oil cooking spray
  • 1          cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2          teaspoons garlic salt
  • 2          teaspoons paprika
  • 1          tablespoon Italian seasoning
  1. Place popcorn in large, sealable plastic container or 2 1/2-gallon plastic sealable bag.
  2. Spray popcorn lightly with olive oil cooking spray.
  3. Sprinkle cheese, garlic salt, paprika and Italian seasoning over popcorn and shake to distribute evenly.
  4. To serve, scoop popcorn into reusable plastic cups.

SOURCE:
Popcorn Board