The season of warm summer nights and bright sunny days calls for equally vibrant meals. When the hotter summer weather calls for light, fresh snackable fare, give Asian small plates a try with recipes like Chinese Shrimp Potstickers, Thai Chicken Satay and Light Cucumber Salad, or Korean Beef Bulgogi and Kimchi over Sticky Rice.
Add a Splash of Flavor to Your Summer
Asian-inspired small plates for the entire family
(Family Features) The season of warm summer nights and bright sunny days calls for equally vibrant meals. As the season of entertaining continues, many at-home chefs are searching for exciting and flavorful meals to feed their family and friends.
According to Mintel’s 2018 US Flavor Trends Report, consumers continually seek to be more adventurous with their palates by trying ethnic flavors, such as those found in Asian cooking. When the hotter summer weather calls for light, fresh snackable fare, give Asian small plates a try.
Have a go at a variety of flavorful appetizers like dippable Chinese Shrimp Potstickers, which pair perfectly with a savory Thai Chicken Satay and Light Cucumber Salad. Round out your meal with a satisfying Korean Beef Bulgogi and Kimchi over Sticky Rice, featuring irresistible and exotic flavors that can have your guests coming back for more.
To create impressive meals with a variety of ingredients, incorporate an option such as Nakano clean-labeled rice vinegars, which are available in seven varieties and feature easy-to-read labels showing no more than six real, recognizable ingredients to help enhance the flavors of summertime dishes.
For more fresh and flavorful summer dishes, visit NakanoOrganic.com.
Thai Chicken Satay with Light Cucumber Salad
Prep time: 25 minutes, plus marinating
Korean Beef Bulgogi and Kimchi over Sticky Rice
Prep time: 15 minutes, plus marinating
Chinese Shrimp Potstickers
Prep time: 25 minutes
Warmer, longer days are made for quality time with friends and family. There’s no better way to cap off an afternoon in the sun than a good meal followed by a great dessert, such as Strawberry Peanut Butter Pie or Fluffy Blueberry Cream Pie with Toasted Coconut.
Sweet Ways to Welcome Warmer Days
(Family Features) Warmer, longer days are made for quality time with friends and family. There’s no better way to cap off an afternoon in the sun than a good meal followed by a great dessert. Plan to end your next gathering on a sweet note with these fruity desserts to conclude a day spent with loved ones.
When you make fruit the star of the dessert, there’s no question you need top-quality ingredients. Each of these desserts features Lucky Leaf Fruit Fillings, which are made from fresh fruit, contain no high-fructose corn syrup and are GMO-free, for a delicious dessert every time. With a variety of flavors to choose from, including apple, blueberry, cherry, peach and strawberry, there are plenty of convenient, versatile dessert options for any occasion.
Find more tasty treats for entertaining and beyond at luckyleaf.com.
Strawberry Peanut Butter Pie
Fluffy Blueberry Cream Pie with Toasted Coconut
If you’re looking for a fresh way to pack more nutritious protein into this summer’s family cookouts, consider cooking with a plant-based protein such as peanuts or peanut butter. The whole family can enjoy cookout-friendly dishes, such as Asian Peanut Slaw, Beef Kabobs with Peanut Sauce, Peach Peanut Salsa and No Bake Peanut Butter Pie, which showcase how simple it is to create delicious meals using peanuts.
A Protein Punch
Add fun, flavorful variety to your summer cookout
(Family Features) If you’re looking for a fresh way to pack more nutritious protein into this summer’s family cookouts, consider cooking with a plant-based protein such as peanuts or peanut butter.
In fact, peanuts and peanut butter have more protein than any other nut and are rich in healthy oils, fiber, many important vitamins, minerals and phyto-nutrients. The latest Dietary Guidelines for Americans suggest eating at least two servings of peanuts a week as part of a healthy diet.
Getting your weekly servings is easy when you explore the variety of ways you can cook with peanuts and peanut butter. The unique flavor of peanuts and peanut butter adds depth and fulfillment, in addition to quality nutrients.
The whole family can enjoy these cookout-friendly dishes showcasing how simple it is to create delicious meals using peanuts in everything from sides to main dishes to desserts. Find more recipes featuring protein-rich peanuts and peanut butter at gapeanuts.com.
Asian Peanut Slaw
Peach Peanut Salsa
Beef Kabobs with Peanut Sauce
No Bake Peanut Butter Pie
Photo courtesy of The Peanut Institute (Peach Peanut Salsa)
Choosing smart snacks – such as Tart Cherry Mojito Pops, or Tart Cherry, Dark Chocolate and Cashew Granola Bars – can help power you up without slowing you down. Montmorency tart cherries are packed with anthocyanins – natural compounds that provide the ruby-red color, distinctive tart taste and potential health benefits.
Make Summertime Snacking Nutritious, Delicious
(Family Features) For many, summertime is synonymous with outdoor adventures and on-the-go activities, ranging from biking and hiking to swimming and tennis. Choosing smart snacks that are simple to make, packed with nutrition and taste great can help power you up without slowing you down.
“Creating DIY snacks with real foods, like Montmorency tart cherries, nuts and seeds, gives your snacking habits an upgrade. Not only do ingredients like these offer endless variety in flavor and texture; their nutrient density will also make your snacks work harder for you,” said Matthew Kadey, registered dietitian and author of “Rocket Fuel: Power Packed Foods for Sports and Adventure.”
Montmorency tart cherries, which are grown in North America, are packed with anthocyanins – natural compounds that provide the ruby-red color, distinctive tart taste and potential health benefits. For those bolstering their exercise regimens this summer, there are added reasons to take a look at tart cherries. Studies have shown that Montmorency tart cherry juice may help reduce strength loss and aid recovery after extensive exercise.
“Try whipping up a batch of Cherry Mojito Pops,” Kadey said. “These cocktail-inspired pops are a refreshing way to work both recovery-boosting tart cherry juice and protein-laced Greek yogurt into your post-workout routine.”
For more recipes and to find out more about Montmorency tart cherries, visit ChooseCherries.com.
Tart Cherry Mojito Pops
Prep time: 15 minutes
Tart Cherry, Dark Chocolate and Cashew Granola Bars
Prep time: 10 minutes
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