Fuel Your Morning with Protein-Packed Recipes

Overnight oats are popular for breakfast………….

(Family Features) As you prepare to take on the day, one of the most beneficial ways to energize yourself each morning is by fueling your body with the proper nutrients, including protein.

U.S. Ski & Snowboard Team High-Performance Dietitian Allen Tran works with top athletes and recognizes the key role protein plays in their diets. Developed by Tran, these breakfast recipes can provide the nutrition necessary for journeying through your day with energy and verve. Protein Waffles include Rockin’ Protein Builder for an easy boost of protein. The 12-ounce shakes, which are low in carbs and sugar, are made with fresh milk and have 30 grams of high-quality protein to help build muscle without a chalky after-taste.

If you’re looking to make healthier choices or live an active lifestyle and are short on time, a premade recipe may allow for additional productivity. Recipes that can be made in advance – like the night before – may aid your goal to consume necessary nutrients without putting a rush on your morning routine.

Chocolate Cherry and Banana Overnight Oats are made with Shamrock Farms Chocolate Milk and are a source of protein, calcium and vitamin D. Plus, they can be made in advance, allowing you to grab a healthy, ready-made breakfast to take on the go. Adding milk to your diet helps serve as a source of energy while building and repairing muscles.

Find more tips and recipes to help enhance your nutrition at shamrockfarms.net.

Chocolate Cherry and Banana Overnight Oats

Yield: 2 jars

  • 1/2       cup frozen dark sweet cherries
  • 1 1/2    cups old-fashioned rolled oats
  • 1          container (12 ounces) Shamrock Farms Chocolate Milk
  • 1          ripe banana, sliced
  • 1          pinch salt
  1. In two mason jars, add 1/4 cup frozen cherries in each. In microwave, thaw 30 seconds.
  2. Divide rolled oats, milk, banana and salt between jars. Cover with lids and shake until combined.
  3. Store in refrigerator overnight or at least several hours.
  4. Serve cold or warm in microwave.

Protein Waffles

Yield: 8-10 waffles

  • 2          cups pancake mix
  • 2          large eggs
  • 1          container (12 ounces) Vanilla or Chocolate Rockin’ Protein Builder
  • 1/4       cup canola oil
  • 1/2       teaspoon cinnamon
  1. Heat waffle iron.
  2. Place pancake mix in bowl. In separate bowl, whisk eggs, protein shake and oil. Stir into pancake mix until just combined.
  3. Bake in waffle iron according to manufacturer’s directions until golden brown.

Tip: To freeze for later consumption, cool waffles on wire racks. Freeze between layers of waxed paper in re-sealable plastic freezer bag. In toaster oven or microwave, heat waffles until heated through.

SOURCE:
Shamrock Farms

Tomato-Tortellini Soup

There are only 4 ingredients in this soup……

When the weather is frightfully cold and you need something quick to warm you up, try this recipe for Tomato-Tortellini soup. With only 4 ingredients, you’ll be warm and cozy in no time.

For more comfort food ideas, go to www.culinary.net.

Watch video to see how to make this delicious recipe!




Tomato-Tortellini Soup

  • 2              14 ounce cans reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1              9 ounce package of refrigerated tortellini
  • 1              8 ounce tub cream cheese spread with chive and onion
  • 1              can tomato soup
  • Fresh chives (optional)
  1. In a medium sauce pan bring broth to a boil.  Add tortellini then reduce heat to simmer uncovered for 5 minutes.
  2. In a bowl whisk 1/3 cup of hot broth into the cream cheese spread.  Whisk until smooth.  Pour contents into sauce pan.
  3. Stir in tomato soup and heat through.
  4. Serve with fresh chives, if desired.

Recipe adapted from Better Homes and Gardens.

SOURCE:
Culinary.net

Wing It for Game Day

We love wings at our house but never have too much success making them at home, maybe because we don’t have a deep fryer. I think we will give this recipe a try…..

(Family Features) When bringing your friends and family together to watch the game, you’ll likely want to avoid any fumbles in the kitchen. Fret not and opt for a big batch of easy-to-make wings while incorporating these stress-free tips into your game plan to help ensure a resounding success:

  • Delegate responsibilities. The best gatherings are a team sport. Tackle this recipe for Crispy Baked Wings and let your friends help with snacks, dips and drinks.
  • Prep what you can the day before. Reduce the time needed to make these wings on game day by prepping some steps in advance. The seasoning blend and sauces can be prepped up to two days in advance and chicken wings can be separated into drums and flats the day before.
  • Veggies are underrated. It’s usually a good plan to have a snack that can be easily replenished for grazers attending your party. Stock up on vegetables that are easy to slice such as carrots and celery. Place some of the cut vegetables out with dips like blue cheese dressing or ranch, both of which can double as classic pairings for your wings.
  • Redefine “homemade.” The Crispy Baked Wings can serve as a versatile base for just about any sauce you might be craving. Instead of making a sauce entirely from scratch, consider making some quick alterations to premade ones. For example, add an ingredient like Tabasco Chipotle Sauce to store-bought barbecue sauce to impart a smoky flavor and lime juice for added brightness. Small changes can add that special, homemade quality without all the work. Recipes like Chipotle Barbecue Sauce or Nashville-Style Sauce can complement wings for true crowd-pleasers – pick your favorite or try both.

Find more flavorful recipes and game day tips at Tabasco.com/wings.

Crispy Baked Wings with Chipotle Barbecue Sauce or Nashville-Style Sauce

Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 40 minutes
Servings: 4-6

Wings:

  • 2          tablespoons baking powder
  • 1          teaspoon salt
  • 1          teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4       teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 1/2    pounds chicken wings, drums and flats separated, tips removed

Chipotle Barbecue Sauce:

  • 1          cup barbecue sauce
  • 3          tablespoons Tabasco Chipotle Sauce
  • 2          tablespoons lime juice

Nashville-Style Sauce:

  • 6          tablespoons Tabasco Sauce
  • 8          tablespoons butter, softened
  • 1          tablespoon light brown sugar
  • 1          teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2       teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2       teaspoon salt
  1. Heat oven to 425° F.
  2. In bowl, combine baking powder, salt, paprika and black pepper. Shake over both sides of wings.
  3. Place seasoned wings on rack over foil-lined sheet pan.
  4. Bake 20 minutes, turn wings over and continue cooking additional 20 minutes in convection oven or 30 minutes in conventional oven. Cooked wings should reach at least 180° F internal temperature with crispy texture.
  5. To make Chipotle Barbecue Sauce: In bowl, mix barbecue sauce, Tabasco Chipotle Sauce and lime juice.
  6. Alternatively, to make Nashville-Style Wing Sauce: In bowl, mix Tabasco Sauce, butter, brown sugar, paprika, garlic powder and salt. Set aside.
  7. Remove wings from oven. Toss wings with preferred sauce and serve.

SOURCE:
Tabasco

Breakfast Stacks

Check out the video for this tasty breakfast treat….

Start your morning with these delicious and simple Breakfast Stacks made with eggs, pancake batter and sausage. Your family will be begging for more! See video below of how to make this quick and easy recipe.

For more recipes, go to www.culinary.net.

Breakfast Stacks

  • Crisco® Original No-Stick Cooking Spray
  • 6 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 12 fully cooked sausage patties OR
  • 12 vegetable sausage patties
  • 1 1/2 cup Buttermilk Pancake & Waffle Mix
  • 1 cup water
  • Shredded sharp cheddar or pepper jack cheese (optional)
  • Maple Syrup
  1. HEAT oven to 375°F. Coat 12 muffin cups or glass custard cups generously with no-stick cooking spray.
  2. DIVIDE beaten eggs evenly into prepared muffin cups. Top with sausage patty.
  3. Whisk pancake mix and water together in medium bowl until smooth. Pour evenly over sausage.
  4. BAKE 14 to 16 minutes or until toothpick inserted in center comes out clean. Cool 2 minutes.
  5. Sprinkle immediately with cheese, if desired. Serve warm with syrup.

SOURCE:
Culinary.net

Kick Off the New Year with 8 Better-for-You Recipes

Harvest Breakfast Skillet, Crunchy Fish Bites, Cauliflower-Quinoa Pizza, Fresh Avocado Pasta, Oven-Baked Zucchini Fries, Soft-Baked Granola Cups, Cocoa Mocha Oatmeal Cookies and Chocolate Mug Cake…..

(Family Features) A commitment to eating better-for-you foods and living a healthier lifestyle in the new year doesn’t need to break the bank.

To help achieve a more nutritious routine without blowing your budget, consider a one-stop shop like ALDI for high-quality, affordable ingredients to incorporate into better-for-you recipes. Plus, it carries the foods and ingredients to fit nearly any dietary lifestyle and budget – including a wide variety of options for plant-based, dairy-free and gluten-free diets.

Start the year with a clean slate and make practical, better-for-you eating goals with these recipes for main courses, sides, desserts and kid-friendly meals and snacks. Find more nutritious eating solutions and recipes at ALDI.us.

Harvest Breakfast Skillet – This hearty meal can be enjoyed any time of day. Combining fresh vegetables, eggs and sweet potatoes with diced quinoa crunch veggie burgers, this skillet puts a new spin on breakfast for dinner.

Crunchy Fish Bites – For a kid-friendly dish adults can enjoy as well, these crunchy fish bites feature breaded tilapia with a flavorful mustard-yogurt sauce that can win over nearly any crowd – including picky eaters.

Cauliflower-Quinoa PizzaWith the right ingredients, even pizza can help you attain your health goals in the new year. To create a healthier pizza option the whole family can enjoy, swap out the standard crust for a cauliflower-based version to cut down on carbs without sacrificing flavor.

Fresh Avocado Pasta – This pasta requires just four ingredients along with an easy-to-make, creamy sauce perfect for the entire family to enjoy. Avocado lends a colorful hue to this kid-friendly main course.

Oven-Baked Zucchini Fries – Skip the fried snacks and go for this better-for-you version of breaded veggies. A simple breading and just 15 minutes in the oven put a crunchy, guilt-free, crispy side dish on the table.

Soft-Baked Granola Cups – Topped with a dollop of strawberry yogurt and fresh berries, these granola cups are ideal for breakfast or as an after-school snack. They’re perfect to make ahead of time – just store the premade cups in an airtight container and add toppings before serving. Fun tip: Let your child decorate his or her own cups.

Cocoa Mocha Oatmeal Cookies – A mocha drizzle makes these oatmeal cookies stand out among healthier dessert options. After 15 minutes in the oven, you’re left with a delightful treat that doesn’t send your diet down the drain.

Chocolate Mug CakeA better-for-you dessert, these miniature cakes made in mugs can be on the table in just 3 1/2 minutes. Simply combine a short list of ingredients, mix in your microwave-safe mug and pop it in the microwave for a quick, chocolaty snack.

Cinnamon-Apple Crostata

Watch video to see how to make this delicious dessert!….

Need a dessert that is not only delicious but easy to make?  Try this recipe for Cinnamon-Apple Crostata.

You’ll have a hard time waiting to sink your teeth in to the flaky crust with a burst of cinnamon and apples. Find more delicious dessert recipes at Culinary.net.

Watch video to see how to make this delicious dessert!


Cinnamon-Apple Crostata

  • Pie Pastry (we used Pillsbury Refrigerated Pie Crusts)

Filling

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 4 tsp. cornstarch
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 4 cups peeled and thinly sliced apples (4-5 medium sized)
  • 1 tsp. sugar (for sprinkling)
  • 2 tbs. chopped pecans
  1. Heat oven to 450°.
  2. In medium bowl mix together 1/2 cup sugar, cornstarch and cinnamon.  Stir in peeled and sliced apples until well combined.
  3. Place flattened pie crust on an ungreased cookie or pizza sheet.
  4. Spoon apple mixture onto the center of the crust, spreading the mixture to about 2 inches from the edge of the crust.
  5. Fold crust over mixture, pleating along the way.
  6. Brush edges of crust with water.
  7. Sprinkle sugar over crust and apple mixture.
  8. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until crust is a golden brown.
  9. Sprinkle pecans over apple mixture.
  10. Serve with a dollop of whipped cream.

Recipe adapted from Pillsbury.

SOURCE:
Culinary.net

Fight the Cold with Tomato Soup

Put a grown-up twist on grilled cheese and tomato soup with this recipe for Creamy Tomato and Roasted Pepper Soup with Cheddar Cracker Melts.

Fight the Cold with Better-for-You Comfort Foods–Like Tomato Soup

We LOVE tomato soup at our house, but honestly have NEVER made it from “scratch”. Want to share your Tomato soup recipe with the readers of TheNBXpress? email it to: editor@theNBXpress.com

(Family Features) Few things go together quite like cold weather and comfort foods. However, those hearty dishes that are typically craved on blustery days are usually not classified as “healthy.”

With the right approach, though, you can put a better-for-you twist on some of your favorite dishes that can keep you cozy and satiated during the winter season. For example, you can put a grown-up twist on grilled cheese and tomato soup with this recipe for Creamy Tomato and Roasted Pepper Soup with Cheddar Cracker Melts.

Pairing flavorful seasonal dishes like soups and stews with a wholesome snack cracker like gluten-free, non-GMO Crunchmaster Tuscan Peasant Crackers can help satisfy those comfort food cravings while also contributing to a healthy lifestyle. With 20 grams of whole grains per serving, these crunchy, robust baked crackers are also cholesterol-free, allowing you to take a back-to-basics approach to your diet using simple ingredients and no artificial flavors or colors.

For other seasonal recipes, coupons, tips and nutritional information, visit crunchmaster.com.

Creamy Tomato and Roasted Pepper Soup with Cheddar Cracker Melts

Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 25 minutes
Servings: 6

Creamy Tomato and Roasted Pepper Soup:

  • 2          tablespoons olive oil
  • 1          onion, chopped
  • 1          carrot, chopped
  • 3          cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1          teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1/2       teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2       teaspoon paprika
  • 1          pinch chili flakes
  • 4          cups organic no-salt-added vegetable broth
  • 1          can (28 ounces) no-salt-added diced tomatoes
  • 1          cup chopped prepared roasted red peppers
  • 2          bay leaves
  • 1/3       cup 35 percent heavy cream
  • 2          tablespoons finely chopped fresh chives, divided
  • 1          teaspoon cider vinegar

Cheddar Cracker Melts:

  • 24        Crunchmaster Tuscan Peasant Fire Roasted Tomato Basil Crackers
  • 3/4       cup shredded cheddar cheese
  1. In Dutch oven or large saucepan over medium heat, heat oil. Cook onion, carrot, garlic, 1/2 teaspoon salt, pepper, paprika and chili flakes about 5 minutes, or until vegetables are slightly softened.
  2. Stir in broth, tomatoes, roasted red peppers and bay leaves; bring to boil. Reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer 15-20 minutes, or until vegetables are tender. Discard bay leaves. Let cool slightly. Transfer to blender; puree in batches until smooth. Stir in cream, remaining salt, 1 tablespoon chives and vinegar.
  3. To make Cheddar Cracker Melts: Heat broiler to high and position rack in center of oven. Arrange crackers on parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Sprinkle with cheese. Broil 1-2 minutes, or until cheese is melted.
  4. Divide soup among six bowls. Sprinkle with remaining chives and serve with Cheddar Cracker Melts.

Tip: Use mild, medium or aged cheddar cheese. Smoked mozzarella can be substituted, if desired.

Nutrition information per serving: 250 calories; 15 g fat; 7 g saturated fat; 30 mg cholesterol; 730 mg sodium; 22 g carbohydrates; 2 g fiber; 11 g sugar; 6 g protein.

SOURCE:
Crunchmaster

Twice-As-Nice Holiday Treats

Gingerbread, peppermint, cinnamon treats and more…..

(Family Features) With 334 days leading up to December, make the most of the season by enjoying the holiday’s quintessential flavors like gingerbread, peppermint and cinnamon – with double the festive treats to please every taste.

Transform one vibrant holiday flavor into two festive treats that family and friends are sure to love. Nothing signals the holiday season like the sweet and spicy snap of gingerbread. Enjoy this must-have flavor in freshly baked Gingerbread Men Cookies or a Triple Chocolate Gingerbread cake.

Peppermint offers a refreshing, sweet taste that’s perfect for gifted treats like Peppermint Crunch Popcorn and Peppermint Bars. Also, cinnamon stars twice as nice in a Peanut Butter Snickerdoodle Tart with Cinnamon Peanut Crust and decadent Cinnamon Caramel Swirl Bars.

Find more gingerbread, peppermint and cinnamon treats at McCormick.com.

Gingerbread Men Cookies

Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 8 minutes
Servings: 24

  • 3          cups flour
  • 2          teaspoons McCormick Ground Ginger
  • 1          teaspoon McCormick Ground Cinnamon
  • 1          teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4       teaspoon McCormick Ground Nutmeg
  • 1/4       teaspoon salt
  • 3/4       cup (1 1/2 sticks) butter, softened
  • 3/4       cup firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/2       cup molasses
  • 1          egg
  • 1          teaspoon McCormick Pure Vanilla Extract
  1. In large bowl, mix flour, ginger, cinnamon, baking soda, nutmeg and salt. Set aside.
  2. In separate large bowl, using electric mixer on medium speed, beat butter and brown sugar until light and fluffy. Add molasses, egg and vanilla; mix well. Gradually beat in flour mixture on low speed until well mixed. Press dough into thick, flat disk. Wrap in plastic wrap. Refrigerate 4 hours or overnight.
  3. Heat oven to 350° F. Roll out dough to 1/4-inch thickness on lightly floured work surface. Cut into gingerbread men shapes with 5-inch cookie cutter. Place 1 inch apart on ungreased baking sheets.
  4. Bake 8-10 minutes, or until edges of cookies are set and just begin to brown. Cool on baking sheets 1-2 minutes. Remove to wire racks; cool completely. Decorate as desired.

Triple Chocolate Gingerbread

Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 50 minutes
Servings: 16

  • 1          package (2-layer size) chocolate cake mix
  • 1          package (4-serving size) chocolate instant pudding mix
  • 4          eggs
  • 1          tablespoon McCormick Ground Ginger
  • 1          teaspoon McCormick Ground Cinnamon
  • 1/2       teaspoon McCormick Ground Allspice
  • 1/2       cup sour cream
  • 1/2       cup vegetable oil
  • 1/2       cup molasses
  • 1/2       cup water
  • 1          cup miniature chocolate chips
  • nonstick baking spray with flour
  1. Heat oven to 350° F. In large bowl, using electric mixer on low speed, beat cake mix, pudding mix, eggs, ginger, cinnamon, allspice, sour cream, vegetable oil, molasses and water until moistened, scraping sides of bowl frequently. Beat on medium speed 2 minutes until well blended. Stir in chocolate chips.
  2. Pour into 10-cup Bundt pan prepared with nonstick spray.
  3. Bake 50 minutes, or until cake pulls away from sides of pan and springs back when touched lightly. Cool in pan 15 minutes. Invert cake onto wire rack. Cool completely.

Peppermint Bars

Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes
Servings: 36

Brownies:

  • 1          family-size package fudge brownie mix

Peppermint Filling:

  • 5          cups confectioners’ sugar
  • 14        tablespoons butter, melted
  • 2          tablespoons heavy cream
  • 1          teaspoon McCormick Pure Peppermint Extract
  • 1/8       teaspoon McCormick Food Color & Egg Dye, Red

Chocolate Glaze:

  • 12        ounces semi-sweet baking chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • 1/2       cup (1 stick) butter
  • crushed peppermint candies (optional)
  1. To make Brownies: Heat oven to 350° F. Prepare brownie mix according to package instructions. Spread on greased, foil-lined, 15-by-10-by-1-inch baking pan.
  2. Bake 15 minutes, or until toothpick inserted in center comes out almost clean. Cool in pan on wire rack.
  3. To make Peppermint Filling: In large bowl, using electric mixer on medium speed, beat confectioners’ sugar, melted butter, cream, peppermint extract and food coloring until well blended and smooth. Spread evenly over cooled brownies. Refrigerate 30 minutes.
  4. To make Chocolate Glaze: In large, microwavable bowl, microwave chocolate and butter on high 2 minutes, until butter is melted. Stir until chocolate is completely melted. Spread over top of chilled brownies. Sprinkle with crushed peppermint candies, if desired. Cut into bars.

Peppermint Crunch Popcorn

Prep time: 10 minutes
Servings: 16

  • 6          cups plain popped popcorn
  • 1          bag (12 ounces) candy-coated chocolate pieces
  • 12        ounces white baking chocolate, chopped
  • 1          teaspoon McCormick Pure Peppermint Extract
  • 1 tablespoon red and green sprinkles
  1. In large bowl, mix popcorn and candy-coated pieces. Line large, shallow baking pan with wax paper. Set aside.
  2. Melt white chocolate according to package instructions. Stir in peppermint extract. Pour over popcorn mixture. Toss to coat evenly. Spread in single layer on prepared pan. Sprinkle evenly with red and green sprinkles.
  3. Let chocolate cool and harden completely. Gently break into clusters. Package in cellophane bags with ribbons for holiday gifting.

Peanut Butter Snickerdoodle Tart with Cinnamon Peanut Crust

Prep time: 30 minutes
Cook time: 8 minutes
Servings: 8

  • 1 1/2    cups lightly salted roasted peanuts, lightly crushed
  • 3          tablespoons packed brown sugar
  • 3          tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1          teaspoon McCormick Ground Cinnamon, divided
  • 3          tablespoons chocolate milk
  • 4          ounces semi-sweet chocolate, coarsely chopped
  • 1/2       cup creamy peanut butter
  • 2          tablespoons sweetened condensed milk
  • 1          teaspoon McCormick Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1/2       cup heavy cream
  1. Heat oven to 350° F. In medium bowl, mix peanuts, sugar, butter and 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon. Remove 1/4 cup and spread on small baking sheet. Divide remaining peanut mixture among four (4-inch) tart pans with removable bottoms. Press firmly onto bottom and sides of each pan.
  2. Bake tart crusts and peanut mixture together 8 minutes. Cool on wire racks.
  3. In medium microwavable bowl, microwave chocolate milk on high 45 seconds. Add chocolate; stir until completely melted and smooth. Set aside.
  4. In large bowl, using electric mixer on medium speed, beat peanut butter, sweetened condensed milk, vanilla and remaining cinnamon until smooth. Add heavy cream; beat until soft peaks form. Spread in prepared tart crusts. Spread chocolate mixture over top.
  5. Refrigerate at least 1 hour, or until ready to serve. Cut each tart in half. Sprinkle with toasted peanut crumble.

Cinnamon Caramel Swirl Bars

Prep time: 25 minutes
Cook time: 35 minutes
Servings: 24

  • 1 1/2    cups flour
  • 2          teaspoons baking powder
  • 2          teaspoons McCormick Ground Cinnamon
  • 1/4       teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2    cups firmly packed brown sugar
  • 1/2       cup (1 stick) butter, melted
  • 2          eggs
  • 1          tablespoon McCormick Pure Vanilla Extract
  • 1          cup coarsely chopped pecans
  • 1          package (14 ounces) caramels, unwrapped
  • 1/4       cup milk
  1. Heat oven to 350° F. In medium bowl, mix flour, baking powder, cinnamon and salt. Set aside.
  2. In large bowl, mix brown sugar, butter, eggs, vanilla and pecans until well blended. Add flour mixture; mix well. Reserve 1 cup batter. Spread remaining batter into lightly greased, foil-lined, 13-by-9-inch baking pan. Bake 15 minutes, or until firm.
  3. In microwavable bowl, microwave caramels and milk on high 2-3 minutes, or until caramels are completely melted, stirring after each minute. Cool 5 minutes, or until slightly thickened. Pour over baked layer in pan, spreading to within 1/2 inch of edges. Drop reserved batter by spoonfuls over caramel layer. With knife, cut through batter several times for marble effect.
  4. Bake 15-20 minutes, or until center is set. Cool in pan on wire rack. Lift from pan. Cut into bars.

SOURCE:
McCormick

Holiday Foods with Heightened Flavor

Watch video to see how to make this delicious recipe: Pan Roasted Pork Tenderloin…..

(Family Features) Holiday hosting is all about providing guests a cozy atmosphere, good company and, quite often most importantly, food that tastes as good as it looks. While mixing and matching quality ingredients for dishes that appeal to the crowd is key to achieving successful seasonal flavors, you can take it a step further with the kitchen equipment used to craft those crave-worthy meals.

Cookware that boosts the flavor profiles of holiday dishes can take your hosting to the next level, and these recipes from chef Chris Scott of soul food restaurant Butterfunk Kitchen highlight the importance of the tools you use.

Served as the main course, Pan-Roasted Pork Tenderloin with Roasted Vegetables and Apples combines the savory taste of pork with sweet apples for classic complementary flavors. Paired with Scott’s Cauliflower Rice and Beans, this menu offers flavors that both comfort and surprise. That enjoyment can be heightened by the cook’s experience when he or she uses equipment like Anolon Accolade Cookware to bring the dishes to life. Made with metal strategically placed where it’s most needed for efficient heat distribution and optimized cooking results, the cookware’s triple-layer nonstick coating inside and out translates to easy food release and cleanup, ensuring the delight lasts from cooking to clean-up.

Whether enjoyed as dessert or a morning treat, Cinnamon Rolls with Dried Cranberries and Pecans serve up a combination of soft, warm dough with a pecan crunch to satisfy each guest’s sweet tooth.

For those holiday delights that require time in the oven, an option like the Anolon Eminence Bakeware line provides heavy-duty steel construction and rolled rims for even heating, durability and warp resistance for an elegant and sophisticated look that’s as practical as it is appealing.

Find more holiday recipes and kitchen solutions at anolon.com.

Pan-Roasted Pork Tenderloin with Roasted Vegetables and Apples

Recipe courtesy of Chris Scott on behalf of Anolon Cookware
Yield: 4 servings

  • Anolon Accolade Saute Pan
  • 1          tablespoon olive oil
  • 1          pork tenderloin (8 ounces), cleaned
  • salt, to taste
  • pepper, to taste
  • 3          carrots, peeled and cut into pieces
  • 2          apples, cut into wedges
  • 4          baby bliss potatoes, halved
  • 1          leek, cleaned and halved
  • 3          cups apple cider
  • 1/4       cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4       cup brown sugar
  1. Heat oven to 400° F. Heat saute pan over medium-high heat; add olive oil. Season pork tenderloin with salt and pepper, to taste, and sear on all sides until brown.
  2. In same pan, add carrots, apples, potatoes and leek. Reduce heat to medium and cook 3 minutes until vegetables have some color.
  3. Deglaze pan with apple cider, apple cider vinegar and brown sugar.
  4. Put pan in oven and cook 15 minutes. Remove pan from oven.
  5. Remove pork from pan and let rest on cutting board. Put saute pan with vegetables and liquid back in oven 3 minutes until liquid is reduced and syrupy. Vegetables should be well glazed when finished.
  6. Slice pork and plate. To serve, place glazed vegetables and pan drippings over meat.

Watch video to see how to make this delicious recipe!

Cinnamon Rolls with Dried Cranberries and Pecans

Recipe courtesy of Chris Scott on behalf of Anolon Cookware
Yield: 24 cinnamon rolls

Cinnamon Rolls:

  • Anolon Accolade Saucepan
  • 2          cups milk
  • 1/2       cup water
  • 1/2       cup butter
  • 1/3       cup cornmeal
  • 2          teaspoons salt
  • 7          cups all-purpose flour, divided
  • 2          packages (4 1/2 teaspoons) active dry yeast
  • 2          eggs

Topping:

  • 2          cups packed brown sugar
  • 1/2       cup butter
  • 1/2       cup milk
  • 1          cup chopped pecans

Filling:

  • 1/4       cup butter, softened
  • 2          tablespoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2       cup sugar
  • 1          cup dried cranberries
  • 1          cup chopped pecans
  1. To make Cinnamon Rolls: In saucepan, combine milk, water, butter, cornmeal and salt; bring to boil, stirring frequently. Set aside to cool to 120-130° F.
  2. In separate bowl, combine 2 cups flour and yeast. Add cooled cornmeal mixture and, using mixer, beat on low until smooth. Add eggs and 1 cup flour; mix 1 minute. Stir in remaining flour, as necessary, to form soft dough.
  3. Turn dough onto floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic. Place in greased bowl, cover and let rise until doubled in size, about 1 hour.
  4. To make Topping: In saucepan, combine brown sugar, butter and milk; bring to boil, stirring occasionally. Pour into greased baking pan. Sprinkle with pecans; set aside.
  5. Heat oven to 375° F.
  6. To make Filling: Punch dough down, divide in half. Roll each half into rectangle; spread with softened butter. Combine cinnamon and sugar; sprinkle heavily over butter. Sprinkle cranberries and pecans over top. Roll up dough from one side. Pinch seams and turn ends under. Cut each roll into 12 slices. Place slices cut-side down in baking pan. Cover and let rise until nearly doubled in size, about 30 minutes.
  7. Bake 25 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove from oven and let cool about 1 minute. Invert onto serving platter.

Holiday Cauliflower Rice and Beans

Recipe courtesy of Chris Scott on behalf of Anolon Cookware
Yield: 8 servings

  • Large Anolon Accolade Skillet
  • 1          large head cauliflower
  • 1/4       cup butter
  • 1/2       cup black eyed peas, drained and rinsed
  • 1          tablespoon Cajun seasoning
  • 2          tablespoons parsley, chopped
  • 1/3       cup dried cranberries
  • 1          cup roasted butternut squash, diced
  • 1          tablespoon fresh chopped sage
  1. Wash and thoroughly dry cauliflower; remove all greens.
  2. Use box grater and grate into “rice.”
  3. Using skillet, heat butter until melted and beginning to become toasty. Add cauliflower rice and cook until soft, constantly stirring. Add black eyed peas, Cajun seasoning and parsley; stir and cover with lid. Reduce heat to low and cook 5 minutes. Add dried cranberries, roasted butternut squash and sage.

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8 Recipes to Help Ring in the Holiday Season

Festive dishes and drinks to get in the holiday spirit….

(Family Features) Whether you’re getting together with family or throwing a party with friends, holiday festivities are intended to be merry and bright. And one of the best ways to celebrate the spirit of the season is to share simple, wholesome food with the ones you love.

When you use real dairy milk in your favorite holiday recipes, you can feel good knowing it provides a unique nutrient package that is hard to match in any other single food or beverage. During this holiday season, bring family and friends together to enjoy savory comfort foods and sweet holiday treats – all made with nutrient-rich milk.

These eight easy-to-make recipes make it simple to create special moments around nourishing meals and homemade treats, leaving ample time to relax and make family memories that last a lifetime. For more seasonal inspiration and recipe ideas, visit milklife.com .

Milk PunchToast to the holiday season with this classic New Orleans-inspired cocktail. When you use milk as the base of your cocktails, you’re serving a wholesome, quality beverage that will impress your guests.

Roasted Brussels Sprouts Quiche – If you’re looking for a new twist on those post-holiday leftovers, turn your roasted Brussels sprouts into this savory quiche to enjoy during breakfast, and pair each serving with an 8-ounce glass of milk for added nutrition. With deliciously sweet and nutty flavors, this recipe is sure to be a crowd-favorite.

Slow Cooker Mashed Potato and Cauliflower with Cheese – This simple slow cooker recipe elevates mashed potatoes, a holiday staple, with cauliflower, brown butter and fresh sage, made even more satisfying with milk.

Mushroom, Fennel and Camembert Pot Pie – With the winter months bringing cold weather, few dishes provide a warm-up quite like pot pie. A vegetarian twist on a British classic, this recipe combines wild mushrooms and fennel in a creamy milk and Camembert sauce to create a mouthwatering puff pastry perfect for dinner parties.

Frozen Hot Chocolate – Put a twist on an ordinary drink this holiday season by simply combining cocoa mix, chocolate syrup, milk and ice cubes for a creamy, extra chocolatey treat.

Green Bean and Shallot Casserole – For a reimagined side dish, combine fresh green beans with cremini mushrooms, shallots and nutrient-rich milk.

Eggnog Bread Pudding – It’s simply not the holidays without eggnog, which makes this recipe a perfect choice for dessert. Combine cinnamon bread, milk, eggnog and warm spices to create this treat for your gatherings.

Gingerbread Whoopie Pies – For a simple dessert to bake with your kids, these homemade whoopie pies make the ideal wintertime treat. With light, airy cookies and fluffy cream cheese filling, these gingerbread goodies are a must-make around the holidays.

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Spiced Pumpkin Bars

Watch the video and then warm up your chilly day with a cozy blanket, a mug of hot chocolate and a plate of some of these incredible Spiced Pumpkin Bars…..

Cold winter weather calls for comfort food like these delicious and moist pumpkin bars.  Start your favorite movie and warm up your chilly day with a cozy blanket, a mug of hot chocolate and a plate of some of these incredible Spiced Pumpkin Bars.

Find more dessert recipes at Culinary.net.

Spiced Pumpkin Bars

  • 2  cups flour
  • 2  tsp baking powder
  • 2  tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1  tsp baking soda
  • 1/4  tsp salt
  • 4  eggs
  • 15 oz can of pumpkin
  • 1 2/3  cups sugar
  • 1  cup cooking oil
  • 3/4  cup chopped pecans (optional)
  • 8 ounce package cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4  cup butter, softened
  • 1  tsp vanilla
  • 2  cups powdered sugar (sifted)
  • Pecan halves (optional)
  1. In a medium bowl stir together flour, baking powder, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt; set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl beat together eggs, pumpkin, sugar, and oil on medium speed. Add the flour mixture; beat until well combined. If desired, stir in chopped pecans.
  3. Spread batter into an ungreased 15x10x1-inch baking pan.
  4. Bake in a 350° F oven for 25 to 30 minutes or until  the center comes out clean. Cool completely in pan on a wire rack.
  5. In a medium mixing bowl beat together cream cheese, butter, and vanilla until fluffy. Gradually add sifted powdered sugar, beating until smooth.
  6. Frost pumpkin bars. If desired, top with pecan halves. Cut into squares. Store, covered, in refrigerator up to 3 days.

Recipe adapted from Better Homes and Gardens.

Watch video to see how to make this delicious recipe!

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White Hot Chocolate

Wrap up in a warm blanket and snuggle on the couch with this delicious White Hot Chocolate. Watch the video!…………

When it’s cold outside, start up the fireplace, get your favorite slippers on, wrap up in a warm blanket and snuggle on the couch with this delicious White Hot Chocolate. Find more recipes at Culinary.net.

White Hot Chocolate

  • 3 cups Half & Half
  • 2/3 cup white chocolate baking pieces
  • 1 3 inch cinnamon stick
  • 1/8 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 tsp almond extract
  • Ground Cinnamon (optional)
  • Whipped Cream (optional)
  1. In a medium saucepan combine 1/4 of the half & half, white chocolate baking pieces, cinnamon stick and nutmeg. Stir over low to medium heat until white chocolate is melted.
  2. Add remaining half & half. Stir and cook until heated through. Remove from heat. Discard cinnamon stick.
  3. Add in vanilla and almond extract. Stir until mixed through.
  4. Pour into your favorite mug(s). Top with whipped cream and sprinkle with ground cinnamon.

Watch video to see how to make this delicious recipe!

Recipe adapted from Better Homes and Gardens Cookbook.

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Culinary.net