Quick and easy meals can be hard to come by, especially ones that don’t sacrifice flavor. Some creative and convenient options, such as this BALCMT Sandwich or Baked Pita Crisps, can serve as the starting point for an on-the-go snack or a full-blown meal.
Simple, Healthy Snacks and Sandwiches
(Family Features) Quick and easy meals can be hard to come by, especially ones that don’t sacrifice flavor. You don’t have to eat bland foods to provide your family a healthy and hearty, nutrient-filled diet. Some creative and convenient options can serve as the starting point for an on-the-go snack or a full-blown meal.
Sandwiches, like this recipe for a BALCMT Sandwich, can be one of the easiest ways to incorporate grains, which deliver shortfall nutrients like dietary fiber, iron and folate into your diet. Research from the Grain Foods Foundation shows about 95 percent of Americans do not meet dietary fiber intake recommendations. Whole grain foods, like bread, buns, rolls, pita and tortillas, can help supply your dietary fiber needs and aid in maintaining a healthy weight and lower cholesterol.
Additionally, enriched grains can play a key role in metabolism by helping the body release energy from protein, fat and carbohydrates, and are also essential for a healthy nervous system, productivity and cognitive development. The vitamins and minerals in enriched grains like folic acid are also critical for reducing the incidence of some birth defects while also promoting cell function and tissue growth.
Some healthier ways to build a snack include using leaner meats and lower sodium cheeses for a sandwich or adding more vegetables to your overall snacking habits. Another nutritious option, Baked Pita Crisps accompanied by Southwest Bean Dip, can help you curb hunger without blowing past your daily calorie count.
Find more recipes and tips for quick and flavorful meals at grainfoodsfoundation.org.
Recipe courtesy of Franz Bakery on behalf of the Grain Foods Foundation
Baked Pita Crisps
Recipe courtesy of the Grain Foods Foundation
Southwest Bean Dip:
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Grain Foods Foundation
Whether you want to step up your hosting game or just plan to contribute to the game day spread, it’s easy to create the perfect plan with an array of foods like this Buffalo Chicken Dip.
Game Plan for Game Day
(Family Features) Whether you want to step up your hosting game or just plan to contribute to the game day spread, it’s easy to create the perfect plan with an array of premium food, without the premium price tags.
Make it buffet style: Let your guests serve themselves on game day. Buffets showcase a wide variety of dips, chips and snacks and are an affordable, fun option to please all your guests. This party trick also makes it easy to grab a quick bite between plays or during commercial breaks.
Get out of the kitchen: Just because you’re hosting should not mean you don’t get to enjoy yourself. Avoid spending hours in the kitchen with this crowd-pleasing Buffalo Chicken Dip recipe. Mix the ingredients in a slow cooker, turn it on high and then you’re ready to kick off the party.
Find more ideas and recipes for game day at ALDI.com.
Buffalo Chicken DipRecipe courtesy of Chef Leigh An, ALDI Test Kitchen
Tip: For easy shredding, place cooked chicken breasts in stand mixer with paddle attachment and turn on low until shredded.
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(BPT) - Savvy hosts and hostesses know that the keys to a successful holiday soiree are when the room is filled with laughter and guests leave satisfied from all the yummy treats served. If you’re hosting a holiday get together or special event with friends and family, impress and delight your guests with fresh, new takes on the classic foods everyone serves.
A chip buffet is a simple, delicious and perfect way to indulge during the holidays and into the New Year. Here are some ideas to help get started:
* Vary the chip choices. It’s hard to beat the classic potato chip at any snacking occasion. Make your snacks special by adding crispy kettle cooked chips to the mix. Lay’s Kettle Cooked Chips are cooked in small batches to create extra crunch. They are delicious to enjoy on their own but also stand up well to dips. To make sure everyone leaves satisfied, serve a variety of Lay’s Kettle Cooked Chips' 11 flavors, from classic Original to a better-for-you Lightly Salted Olive Oil & Herbs or a spicy Jalapeno.
* Play with presentation. Bowls are a tried-and-true way to serve chips, but the holidays are a great opportunity to innovate your setup. A quick search can yield plenty of inspiring ideas like glass jars for guests to see all the delicious flavors, mini apple baskets with metal scoops for a rustic look or individual take-out boxes for your guests to quickly grab.
* Do it up with dip. Dips and spreads are a great way to dress up a potato chip and when you’re entertaining a crowd, the more the merrier! Serve the holiday classics like French onion, spinach and artichoke and baked brie, all of which are simple to prepare and can even be prepped a day ahead of time. To really impress your guests, mix in a few out-of-the-ordinary recipes such as a Jalapeño Pimento Cheese dip. Pair with classic Lay’s Kettle Cooked Original Chips, or 40% Less Fat Jalapeño Cheddar to get a kick out of this spicy dip!
Jalapeño Pimento Cheese
Give the gift of dairy with a tasty appetizer like Mozzarella Pepper Salsa, perfect for holding over hungry guests.
Give the Gift of Dairy
Give the gift of dairy with a tasty appetizer like Mozzarella Pepper Salsa, perfect for curbing guests’ appetites while waiting for the main course. Incorporating dairy foods like milk, cheese and yogurt into your pre-dinner dining can help provide flavor and nutritional value. Since they’re readily available in many family kitchens, dairy foods are ideal for creating recipes for last-minute snacks and starters. With just a few ingredients, this salsa recipe takes next to no time to make when family and friends are craving a quick bite. Find other nutritious appetizer ideas at midwestdairy.com.
Midwest Dairy Council
Although you may share a passion for a favorite sports team, not everyone has the same taste when it comes to the tailgating menu. Enter these seven dips: from a yogurt turmeric dip to spicy buffalo chicken dip, you’re sure to please nearly every game-day guest.
Dig Into 7 Game-Winning Dips
(Family Features) Although you may share a passion for a favorite sports team, not everyone has the same taste when it comes to the tailgating menu. Enter these seven dips: from a yogurt turmeric dip to spicy buffalo chicken dip, you’re sure to please nearly every game-day guest.
Texas Trash Dip
Easy Buffalo Chicken Dip
Sweet Georgia Peach and Pecan Dip
Creamy Turmeric and Cinnamon Dip
Roasted Carrot Yogurt Dip
Spinach Artichoke and Dill Dip
Spicy Black Bean Dip
Some foods just seem to evoke the smell, taste and feel of chilly weather. As a beloved flavor, maple syrup can be much more than a breakfast condiment or pancake topping – it can be an impressive way to transform simple, seasonal snacks like with these recipes for New England Maple Apple Dip and Homemade Maple Cream Soda.
A Perfect Cool-Weather Pairing
(Family Features) Some foods just seem to evoke the smell, taste and feel of chilly weather.
As a beloved flavor, maple syrup can be much more than a breakfast condiment or pancake topping – it can be an impressive way to transform simple, seasonal snacks.
A delicious beverage or dessert can be enhanced with the flavor of maple. For example, chef Megan Miller, of Baker Miller in Chicago, recommends the crisp, fresh taste of Homemade Maple Cream Soda as a beverage that pairs perfectly with the smoky kick of Stacy’s® Fire Roasted Jalapeno Pita Chips – a pantry staple in her home.
For a sweet treat, chef Joanne Chang, of Flour in Boston, suggests New England Maple Apple Dip. This dip delivers the flavors of the season with maple syrup, fresh apples and cinnamon as another delectable accompaniment to pita chips.
By combining these seasonal ingredients, you can create delicious pairings and mouthwatering desserts. Find more chef selections and featured pairings at stacyssnacks.com.
New England Maple Apple Dip
Homemade Maple Cream Soda
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