Celebrate the Sweet Things in Life
(Family Features) Day-to-day life is filled with one activity after another, from work meetings and school functions to play dates and sporting events. Schedules are busy, to-do lists are long, and life starts flying by all too quickly.
There are moments when it's time to block out all the distractions, to slow things down and enjoy the sweet, simple occurrences of everyday life. Even for just a little while.
"There are countless moments in life worth celebrating - from big events like birthdays to small successes, such as an A-plus report card," said Courtney Erickson, Associate Marketing Manager for Shopper Marketing at Rich Products Corporation. "Enjoying those 'everyday' moments is what makes life extra sweet."
Try these celebration tips from Rich's to help create lasting memories:
Keep It Simple - A celebration of a certain occasion doesn't have to be an elaborate party. Something special, but ordinary - like a movie night or extra hour of playtime outside - can make for some of the best memories.
Serve Up Sweet Treats - Nothing says "congratulations," "good job," or "happy birthday" like a delicious dessert. A tasty (and adorable) option is the Peanuts Everyday Ice Cream Cake created by Peanuts and Rich's. The cake, which is especially relevant thanks to the release of "The Peanuts Movie," is a fun ode to the iconic comic strip that ignites nostalgia among adults and excites young children. The rich chocolate ice cream is layered with vanilla crunchies and topped with creamy icing - a triple threat of ingredients that will serve up sweetness in every bite. Plus, young and old alike can't help but smile at the familiar scene depicted on top: Snoopy as the famous World War I Flying Ace - wearing his iconic red scarf and aviator's hat - perched atop his dog house, with his pal Woodstock at his side.
Together Is Better - It's who you're with, not what you do, that makes celebrating extra special. Everyday moments are made sweeter thanks to those you enjoy them with.
The Peanuts Everyday Ice Cream Cake can be found in freezer aisles and in-store bakery freezer cases across the country. To find a store near you, visit iloveicecreamcakes.com.
Dinner Done Easy
(Family Features) Walking in the door from a hectic day to the heady, fragrant smells of a meal ready to enjoy may seem like a far-fetched fantasy. With the right ingredients and cookware, you can delight your busy family with dinners that taste like you spent a day hard at work in the kitchen.
These easy, time-saving slow cooker recipes are fast on prep time and big on unique flavors. The seasonings, made by Orrington Farms with natural ingredients and no added MSG or gluten, blend perfectly with your fresh additions for a homemade taste.
For more delicious dinner ideas, visit Orrington Farms on Facebook.
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Wake Up the Weekend with Brunch
(Family Features) Brunch is the leisurely and festive way to start a weekend day, no special occasion needed. The main requirement is simple: great food to share with family and friends.
We’re all familiar with the traditional brunch fare of strata, quiche, eggs Benedict, omelets and the like, all of which are delicious choices. But if it’s time for a brunch reboot to wow your guests and their taste buds, Aunt Nellie’s has the perfect suggestion: Baby Beet and Potato Hash with Chorizo. One skillet … one delicious brunch dish.
Chopped red-skinned potatoes and chorizo seasoned with thyme, cumin and chili powder cook into a tasty, hearty hash, but that’s just the beginning. Bite-sized baby whole pickled beets top the hash; their homemade tangy-sweetness adding an unexpected but complementary punch of flavor and color to the subtly spicy dish.
Serve straight from the skillet for a rustic yet impressive presentation, accompanied by juice, coffee and seasonal fruit to finish.
Visit auntnellies.com for more brunch ideas, as well as recipes for other meal occasions from soup to supper, even dessert.
Baby Beet and Potato Hash with Chorizo
Nearly one-third of adults have high LDL-cholesterol levels, which is also known as bad cholesterol, a key risk factor for heart disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. And, unfortunately, about 70 percent of adults with high LDL-cholesterol don’t have the condition under control.
For the many people working to manage their cholesterol levels with the help of their diet, including corn oil may provide important heart-health benefits. Recent research in the Journal of Clinical Lipidology shows that a diet with corn oil, like Mazola, helps lower LDL-cholesterol and total cholesterol more than extra virgin olive oil. Additionally, corn oil has four times more cholesterol-blocking plant sterols than olive oil and 40 percent more than canola oil. Plant sterols are plant-based compounds naturally present in fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds, cereals, legumes and vegetable oils. When consumed as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol, plant sterols can help reduce the absorption of cholesterol in the gut, which, in turn, can lower LDL-cholesterol.
And, when it comes to heart health, the type of fat in the diet matters. In fact, in the newly released 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, the emphasis is no longer on eating a low-fat diet but instead choosing quality fats. This includes replacing saturated fats that are known to contribute to heart disease with unsaturated fats, including polyunsaturated fats, like those in Mazola Corn Oil. Corn oil has more than five times the amount of polyunsaturated fats compared to olive oil. Replacing saturated fat with heart-healthy polyunsaturated fats can reduce the risk of heart disease.
What’s more, corn oil’s neutral taste complements the natural flavors of foods, making it perfect for stir-frying, sautéing, grilling and even baking. Get more delicious recipes at Mazola.com.
WARM TOMATO & KALE PASTA
Yield: 8 servings
Prep Time: 25 minutes
12 ounces uncooked whole grain rotini pasta
2 tablespoons Mazola Corn Oil
1/3 cup chopped onion
2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
2 cups chopped kale
1/2 cup no-salt or reduced sodium vegetable broth
1/4 cup lime juice
2 teaspoons chili powder
1 teaspoon garlic salt
1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
4 ounces feta cheese, crumbled
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
1. Cook and drain pasta according to package directions. Set aside.
2. Heat oil in large skillet over medium heat until hot. Add onion; cook and stir until tender, about 3 minutes. Stir in tomatoes, kale, vegetable broth, lime juice, chili powder, garlic salt and crushed red pepper. Cook 7 to 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
3. Combine hot pasta, tomato mixture, feta cheese and cilantro in a large serving bowl. Toss lightly and serve.
QUINOA & SWEET POTATO CHILI
Yield: 3 quarts
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 40 minutes
1 tablespoon Mazola Corn Oil
1 cup chopped onions
1/2 cup chopped bell pepper
1 jalapeño, seeded and finely diced
3 tablespoons chili powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 quart unsalted chicken OR vegetable broth
4 cups sweet potatoes, peeled and cubed
2 teaspoons minced garlic
2 cans (15 ounces each) no salt added diced tomatoes
1/2 cup quinoa
1 can (15 ounces) no salt added OR reduced salt black beans, rinsed and drained
2 cups frozen corn
Garnish with green onions, chopped cilantro or sliced jalapeños
1. Heat Dutch oven or large pot over medium-high heat and add oil. Add onion, bell and jalapeño peppers and cook for 2 to 3 minutes until vegetables are softened. Add chili powder and cumin and cook for 1 to 2 minutes until spices are aromatic.
2. Add chicken broth, sweet potatoes and garlic. Bring soup to a boil; reduce heat to medium and cover. Cook for 15 minutes. Add tomatoes, quinoa, black beans and corn and cook an additional 15 to 20 minutes until potatoes and quinoa are tender.
3. Serve with fresh green onion, cilantro or jalapeños for garnish.
(BPT) - If you think of oatmeal as part of your average, boring breakfast, it's time to think again. As a morning staple, oatmeal gives you the get-up-and go you need to start the day.
The demand for non-GMO products continues to rise as people become aware of the benefits and desire transparency on the ingredients they consume. In fact, many oat brands now offer non-GMO products. McCann's Steel Cut Irish Oatmeal(R) offers three products - Steel Cut Irish Oatmeal in the 28oz. Tin, Quick & Easy Steel Cut Irish Oatmeal(R) in the 24 oz. Canister, and Quick Cooking Rolled Oats in the 16 oz. Box - that are certified non-GMO.
Whichever oatmeal product you choose for breakfast, there are many unique and delicious ways - beyond your plain, traditional oatmeal - to enjoy the oats. Power up the first meal of your day with any of these ideas:
Baked oatmeal: If you prefer an on-the-go breakfast bar, baked oatmeal is for you. Add in your favorite fruit combination and you'll feel like you're biting into a delicious oatmeal cookie every morning.
Oatmeal breakfast smoothie: Smoothies are the perfect breakfast solution for a busy morning. Add McCann's Steel Cut Irish Oatmeal(R) before you blend to provide a delicious, nutty taste. With no processing or artificial ingredients, these certified non-GMO oats add rich texture and the benefits of 100 percent whole grain.
On-the-go oat bars: Whip up a pan of protein packed oat bars and you'll have a better-for-you breakfast for days. With ingredients like protein powder, peanut butter and coconut oil, it's a quick and easy breakfast that will help fuel you for the day ahead.
Oat flour muffins or pancakes: Did you know you can easily make oat flour at home? Simply grind up oats in a blender or food processor. Use it in place of regular flour for your baked goods and breakfast favorites.
Easy overnight oats: Put your oatmeal together the night before and let the oats soak in a mixture of almond milk, Greek yogurt and fruit. The next morning, the flavors will have deliciously combined to create a creamy on-the-go breakfast, no cooking required.
Oatmeal banana bread: Bananas and oats always create a winning combination of flavors to provide energy for the day. And better yet, adding oats to the recipe keeps your banana bread from getting mushy.
Get more out of your breakfast with any of these delightful breakfast options. For more recipes and ideas, visit mccanns.ie.
Irish Oatmeal Muffins
* 1 cup McCann's Quick & Easy Steel Cut Irish Oatmeal(R)
* 1 cup all-purpose flour
* 1 cup sunflower seeds
* 1 1/2 cup 2 percent milk
* 1/2 cup honey
* 1 cup raisins
* 2 teaspoons baking powder
* 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
* 1/2 teaspoon salt
* 2 teaspoons cinnamon
* 2 eggs, slightly beaten
* 1/2 cup butter, melted
* Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Grease the muffin pan or line with paper baking cups.
* Lightly toast sunflower seeds for about five minutes. But take care, they burn easily.
* Combine the toasted sunflower seeds, the flour, oatmeal, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and raisins in a large mixing bowl and stir them together with a fork. In another bowl, mix the milk, eggs, honey and butter. Then add the combined dry ingredients. Stir with a fork until just blended.
* Spoon the batter into the prepared muffin pans, filling each about two-thirds full. Bake for about 20 minutes. Remove from the oven and cool on a rack.
Simply Tasty Time-Saving Dinners
(Family Features) If another busy night has you stressed about what to put on the table, it may be time to broaden your dinnertime repertoire. There are options in the frozen food aisle that can help you prepare a real, nutritious meal even when you're pressed for time.
With more and more companies listening to consumers and finding ways to make their products with simpler ingredients while still maintaining a great, family-pleasing taste, you can find prepared food in the frozen section that you can feel good about serving to your family. And one of the simplest, healthier proteins that is found in the freezer aisle is seafood.
Fresh from the sea and available in several varieties - including fish sticks, fillets and shrimp as well as a range of styles, such as breaded, battered, sauced or grilled - there are frozen options for every taste, lifestyle and occasion. Seafood not only cooks quickly compared to other proteins, but numerous health agencies recommend eating seafood at least twice a week due to its health benefits. Seafood contains natural omega-3 fatty acids, lean protein and critical vitamins and minerals that can aid brain development, promote heart health, help fight obesity and improve overall health.
These health benefits, combined with the convenience and simple goodness of prepared seafood products, such as Gorton's Seafood, make it easy to serve a better-for-you meal for the family in no time at all. Gorton's also listened to consumers and made its ingredients even simpler and ingredient labels easier to read and understand.
"Delicious, quality seafood isn't just about the seafood," said Mary Beth Gangloff, who is leading the simplification charge at Gorton's. "This effort is about doing everything we can possibly do to ensure that nothing gets in the way of our real, authentic ingredients and great taste. Our goal is to ensure that the goodness of our seafood reaches our consumers in every single bite."
Cooking with seafood also lets you keep other ingredients simple, so you can let the distinct flavor of the seafood be the star. Keep it simple and pair seafood with a salad or easy side dish, or check out one of these family-friendly recipes that require just five ingredients and less than 30 minutes to prepare and cook.
Find more simple, time-saving recipes your busy family will love at gortons.com.
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A Winning Strategy
Sensible tips for healthy eating
(Family Features) With so many social events that revolve around food, it’s not easy to get a fresh start on making healthy food choices. However, with a little thought and planning, you can prevent taking your body on a roller coaster ride – without having to choose between food deprivation and satisfaction.
“Whether you are hosting an event or attending someone else’s celebration, planning ahead can help you stay on track,” said Mitzi Dulan, a registered dietitian and nationally recognized nutrition and wellness expert. “Having quick and simple strategies and recipes on hand makes it easy to eat well and keep you feeling great.”
Put a winning plan in place to take a new look at your approach to eating smart with these tips from Dulan, who is the team nutritionist for the World Series champion Kansas City Royals.
Don’t skip meals.
Love what you eat.
Eat smaller portions.
Get your fill in healthy ways.
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A Leafy Superfood Worth Learning About
(Family Features) For people who manage their health through nutrition or use food as a medicinal replacement, few products offer the power of “superfoods.” Kale is one leafy green commonly recognized as a superfood, but watercress is a tastier superfood option worth considering.
Watercress has more flavor, is more versatile and is healthier than its leafy cousins. It’s also easier to digest with a more pleasing texture. In fact, according to an independent research study published last spring by the Centers for Disease Control, it is the most nutrient-dense food available today.
For a high concentration of phytonutrients, antioxidants and vitamins, look to options such as those available through hydroponic greenhouse grower Hollandia Produce, which raises two cress varieties: Live Gourmet Living Upland Cress and Grower Pete’s Living Organic Watercress. Both varieties also deliver up to twice the vitamin C of an orange; more calcium than milk; and high levels of magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, iron, beta-carotene and vitamins A, B1, B6, K and E.
Visit hollandiaproduce.com to find more recipes and learn more about this flavorful superfood.
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