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(Family Features) Striking a balance between work and home life, friends and family, and hobbies and errands can contribute to a healthy lifestyle. As you look to rebalance certain aspects of your life during an opportunity like National Nutrition Month, don’t forget to take your diet into consideration as well.

Including grain-based foods as part of a balanced diet – along with proper exercise – can be an essential part of living a healthier lifestyle and can provide numerous health benefits. In fact, the Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend a 50-50 balance between whole and enriched grains per day for optimal health. Furthermore, research from the Grain Foods Foundation suggests whole and enriched grains supply a variety of key vitamins and minerals, like thiamin, niacin, riboflavin, zinc, selenium and magnesium, and important shortfall nutrients like dietary fiber, iron and folate.

Incorporating grains into meals throughout the day, including these under-500 calorie recipes for Grilled Cinnamon French Toast with Granola Crunch and Roast Beef and Arugula Sandwiches featuring whole and enriched grains, can aid in maintaining a healthy weight. Additional benefits of consuming grains include lowering cholesterol and supporting digestion, while also providing anti-inflammatory nutrients and fiber, which helps fight belly fat.

Find more nutritionist-developed, balanced and budget-friendly recipes for every meal at grainfoodsfoundation.org.

Grilled Cinnamon French Toast with Granola Crunch

Recipe courtesy of Oroweat on behalf of the Grain Foods Foundation

Prep time: 20 minutes

Servings: 2

 

1/2         cup orange juice

1/4         cup light brown sugar

2            tablespoons butter

1            teaspoon vanilla

1            cup strawberries, sliced

1            banana, thinly sliced

3/4         cup milk

1            egg

1            teaspoon cinnamon

4            slices whole-grain nut bread

1/4         cup granola, for garnish

 

To make sauce: In saucepan, stir together orange juice, brown sugar, butter, vanilla, strawberries and banana. Simmer over medium heat 5-6 minutes, or until flavors have combined, stirring occasionally.

To make French toast: In shallow bowl, whisk together milk, egg and cinnamon. Dip slices of bread into milk mixture and cook 2 minutes on each side over medium heat on flat griddle or grill, or until golden brown.

Serve French toast with strawberry-banana sauce and top with granola.

Roast Beef and Arugula Sandwiches

Recipe courtesy of Roman Meal on behalf of the Grain Foods Foundation

Prep time: 5 minutes

Servings: 2

1             tablespoon low-fat mayonnaise

2             teaspoons horseradish

4             slices whole- or multi-grain bread, toasted

4             slices tomato

4             ounces lean roast beef, thinly sliced

1             cup arugula or wild greens

Spread mayonnaise and horseradish evenly over two bread slices.

Layer tomato, roast beef and arugula on top of mayonnaise and horseradish. Top with remaining slices of bread.

 

Photo courtesy of Getty Images

May 2, 2018 |

Reimagine a Creative Breakfast

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(Family Features) Mornings for many people start with snoozing, scrubbing and hustling in a rush to get out the door on time, making it easy to fall into a rut when it comes to breakfast. From grabbing a cup of coffee or breakfast bar on-the-go to eating the same cereal every day, your morning meal could benefit from a little imagination.

Break from the mundane and reimagine breakfast for something a little more creative in the mornings. Upgrade bland breakfast toast with unique toppings and flavor combinations, like Peanut Butter, Bacon and Banana Toast. The smokiness of Smithfield bacon pairs perfectly with the sweetness of peanut butter and banana for a flavor-filled breakfast. Available in a wide variety of flavors and cuts, like Cherrywood, Thick Cut and classic Hometown Original, it’s smoked and cured to perfection so you can incorporate it into breakfast recipes all week long.

Better yet, you don’t have to wake up early or spend hours in the kitchen to have a scrumptious start to your day.

With an easy option like Smithfield Anytime Favorites Ham, the work is done for you so you’re well on your way to a wholesome breakfast in minutes. This Ham and Blueberry Toast can be the fresh take your morning needs.

For more creative and filling breakfast ideas, visit Smithfield.com.

Ham and Blueberry Toast

Servings: 4

3/4       cup cream cheese

1          cup blueberries, divided

4          slices sourdough bread

1          cup Smithfield Anytime Favorites Hickory Smoked 8-ounce Boneless Ham Steak, cooked and cut into cubes

1/4       cup pistachios

1/2       cup microgreens

In food processor, blend cream cheese and 1/2 cup blueberries until smooth.

Toast bread until brown. Spread with blueberry cream cheese mixture. Top with ham steak cubes, remaining blueberries, pistachios and microgreens.

Bacon, Peanut Butter and Banana Toast

Servings: 4

4          slices whole-wheat toast

3/4       cup peanut butter

2          medium bananas

1/3       cup shelled pistachios

4          slices Smithfield Cherrywood Bacon, cooked and cut into pieces

Toast bread until brown. Spread with peanut butter.

Cut bananas into thin slices and place on top of peanut butter. Sprinkle with pistachios and bacon pieces.

 

 

April 25, 2018 |

Reserve the Rind

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(Family Features) Watermelon rinds make for more than just attractive containers for serving cold dishes and beverages. The rind can also be used in creative, edible ways and is good for your heart.

Watermelon, both the flesh and the rind, is a good source of a compound called citrulline, an amino acid that raises levels of arginine in the blood, which in turn helps maintain blood flow, healthy blood vessels and heart health.

Whether you’re eating for good health or good taste (or both), you can use the rind to make pickles and relishes, grate into salads and slaws, toss into stir-fry and add to smoothies and juice. The key to chowing down on watermelon rind is knowing how to prepare it. These three preparation methods can help you put that rind to good use:

Pickled: Watermelon rind is similar to a cucumber, which is why it’s no surprise that pickled watermelon rind is a popular option.

Juiced: Most people know you can enjoy juice from red flesh of the melon, but you can juice the rind, too. Just like the watermelon flesh, the rind is loaded with water and nutrients.

Stir-Fried: When it’s cut up, watermelon rind is just like a vegetable, which means it can be tossed in a pan and stir-fried right alongside broccoli and carrots.

Look for more creative ways to use your watermelon rind at watermelon.org.

Watermelon Rind Pickles

4          cups water

1          tablespoon coarse salt

2          cups peeled watermelon rind, cut into 1-1/2-by-2-inch pieces (leave thin layer of pink)

3/4       cup granulated sugar

1          allspice berry

1/2       cup cider vinegar

4          peppercorns

4          whole cloves

1/2       teaspoon pickling spice

1          long slice of fresh gingerroot

1/4       teaspoon celery seeds

In large pot over medium-high heat, bring water and salt to boil. Add rind pieces and boil until tender, about 5 minutes. Strain. Transfer rinds to large metal bowl.

In saucepan, combine watermelon rind, sugar, berries, vinegar, peppercorns, cloves, pickling spice, gingerroot and celery seeds. Bring to boil over medium-high heat, stirring until sugar dissolves. Simmer 15 minutes until slightly reduced. Pour over watermelon rinds in bowl. Place plate over top to keep rinds submerged in liquid.

Cover and refrigerate 1 day. Transfer to glass jar and keep sealed in refrigerator up to 2 weeks.

Watermelon Rind Stir-Fry

2          teaspoons sesame oil

2          cups watermelon rind, julienned (white part only, from about 1/2 of seedless watermelon)

1          cup julienned carrots

1/2       cup chives, cut into 3-inch pieces

1          tablespoon honey

1          tablespoon soy sauce

1          tablespoon fish sauce

1          clove garlic, minced

1          piece (about 1 inch) ginger, minced

1/2       cup fresh basil leaves, torn

1/4       cup cilantro leaves

1/4       cup mint leaves

crushed red pepper flakes (optional)

 

In wok over high heat, heat sesame oil. Add watermelon rind and carrots and fry, stirring constantly, 1-2 minutes. Let sit over high heat 1 additional minute without stirring. Add chives and stir to combine.

In small bowl, whisk together honey, soy sauce, fish sauce, garlic and ginger. Pour sauce over watermelon rind and cook, stirring, 30 seconds-1 minute, until fragrant.

Transfer to serving dish. Add basil, cilantro and mint, tossing to combine. Sprinkle with red pepper flakes, if desired, and serve.

 

April 18, 2018 |

Shake Up Your Dinner Routine

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(Family Features) If you find yourself stuck in a rut with the same recipes, remember a little change can add a lot of flavor. By simply using fresh pork in dishes that usually consist of chicken or beef, there are countless ways to switch up your dinner routine.

Whether grilled, roasted, slow-cooked or sautéed, Smithfield Fresh Pork is available in a wide variety of cuts as well as pre-marinated flavors, making it versatile and convenient for any night of the week. Try out these recipes for Smoked Bacon Pork Alfredo and Grilled Pork Loin Fajitas to shake up your next meal.

Find more recipe ideas at Smithfield.com/ShakeItUp.

Smoked Bacon Pork Alfredo

Prep time: 8 minutes

Cook time: 22 minutes

Servings: 6-8

1          Smithfield Applewood Smoked Bacon Marinated Fresh Pork Loin Filet

3          tablespoons olive oil, divided

1          pound penne pasta

1          package (8 ounces) sliced mushrooms

salt, to taste

2          jars (15 ounces each) Alfredo sauce

pepper, to taste

1/4       cup finely chopped green onion (optional)

grated Parmesan cheese (optional)

Cut pork loin into 1/2-inch thick slices then into 1/4-inch wide strips. In large skillet over medium-high heat, heat 1 tablespoon oil. Stir-fry half the pork loin 7-8 minutes until well browned. Set aside on separate plate and repeat with 1 tablespoon oil and remaining pork.

Cook pasta according to package directions.

In skillet over medium-high heat, heat remaining oil; add mushrooms and sprinkle with salt, to taste. Cook 3 minutes, or until tender, stirring occasionally.

Drain pasta and return to pot; stir in pork, mushrooms and Alfredo sauce. Stir over medium heat about 4 minutes until heated through. Season with salt and pepper.

Sprinkle with green onions and Parmesan cheese, if desired.

Grilled Pork Loin Fajitas

Prep time: 20 minutes, plus 30 minutes marinade time

Cook time: 30 minutes

Servings: 4-6

1          Smithfield Prime Boneless Fresh Pork Loin, cut into 1-inch thick steaks

1 1/2    cups water, divided

1          cup soy sauce

1          can (6 ounces) pineapple juice

6          cloves garlic

1/4       cup white wine

1          teaspoon salt

1          cup unsalted butter, at room temperature

2          large onions, cut into 1/2-inch wide strips

1          tablespoon corn oil

salt, to taste

pepper, to taste

12        tortillas

guacamole (optional)

sour cream (optional)

pico de gallo (optional)

shredded cheese (optional)

Using meat mallet, pound pork steaks until 1/2-inch thick; place in 1-gallon re-sealable plastic bag. Pour 1 cup water, soy sauce and pineapple juice over pork; seal bag and lay flat in refrigerator 30 minutes, turning occasionally.

In blender, pulse garlic, white wine and salt until thoroughly blended. Whisk butter and slowly incorporate garlic and wine mixture. Reserve at room temperature.

In large skillet over high heat, saute onions in corn oil 2 minutes until they turn deep brown. Add remaining water to skillet and lower heat to medium-low. Cook and stir, scraping bits from bottom of pan, 15 minutes until water has evaporated and onions are caramelized. Season with salt and pepper.

Heat grill to 300 F for indirect cooking. Lightly grease grates.

Remove pork from marinade and place on grill over indirect heat 4-6 minutes per side, until internal temperature reaches 145 F. Remove pork and brush garlic butter on both sides. Let stand 5 minutes; slice into 3-inch long, thin strips.

While grill is hot, grill tortillas individually. Wrap four tortillas at a time in aluminum foil with a little garlic butter.

In skillet, reheat caramelized onions and serve with fajitas. Top with guacamole, sour cream, pico de gallo and shredded cheese, if desired.

 

 

April 11, 2018 |

Brighten Up Your Brunch Menu

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(Family Features) Waking up early is hardly anyone’s favorite thing to do, especially on the weekends. Instead of planning an elaborate menu for brunch with family and friends, keep your plans simple and hit that snooze button. Transform a favorite recipe with new, inspired ingredients instead of traditional brunch fare.

Try putting a twist on a classic breakfast by opting for Maple Leaf Farms Duck Bacon instead of pork bacon. It’s thick-cut, ready to cook and perfect for pairing with eggs, pastries or fruit. With a hearty taste and texture and 57 percent less fat than traditional pork bacon, duck bacon can satisfy hungry, waiting guests and give them a tasty start to their weekend.

This brunch recipe for Duck Bacon and Brie Cheese Stuffed French Toast can be thrown together in an instant with mouthwatering ingredients. The addition of duck bacon adds a unique flavor and wow-factor that can leave guests asking for more.

Find more brunch recipes and information about cooking with duck at mapleleaffarms.com.

Duck Bacon and Brie Cheese Stuffed French Toast

Recipe courtesy of Chef Ben Vaughn on behalf of Maple Leaf Farms

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 20 minutes

Servings: 4

Butter, for coating pan

4         large eggs

dash of salt

2        tablespoons sugar

1/2     cup milk

1⁄2       teaspoon vanilla extract

1         ounce bourbon

8         slices day-old sourdough bread

8         ounces Brie cheese

12        slices Maple Leaf Farms Duck Bacon, cooked crispy

8         tablespoons melted butter, for topping

maple syrup, for topping

powdered sugar, for topping

Heat oven to 375 F. Butter baking sheet well.

In small bowl, beat eggs with salt, sugar, milk, vanilla and bourbon. Pour into flat-bottomed dish.

Submerge all bread slices in dish to soak up some of egg mixture. Work in batches, if necessary. Turn with spatula and soak other side. Do not soak too long or bread will be too saturated and difficult to handle. Gently transfer four soaked bread slices to prepared baking sheet.

Place 2 ounces cheese on each slice. Add three slices crispy bacon on top of each cheese portion.

Top with another soaked bread slice. Press filled bread together firmly.

Place baking sheet in oven; bake 15-20 minutes, turning after 8-10 minutes to brown both sides.

Serve immediately with melted butter, maple syrup and powdered sugar.

 

 

 

 

April 4, 2018 |

Sweet Ways to Welcome Warmer Days

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(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.

Fruity treats are hard to resist, especially when paired with tasty, complementary flavors and textures. If you’re looking for a treat that travels a bit off the beaten path, this pie may be just the answer. A crushed pretzel crust and creamy peanut butter filling provide a salty, savory background for plump, sweet strawberries. Or serve up a taste of the tropics with a cream pie that celebrates a medley of textures and flavors from lively blueberries to toasted coconut.

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

 

1 1/4    cups crushed pretzels

1/4       cup granulated sugar

1/2       cup butter, melted

1          cup creamy peanut butter

1          package (8 ounces) cream cheese

1/2       cup powdered sugar

1 1/2    cups frozen whipped dessert topping, thawed

1          can (21 ounces) Lucky Leaf Premium Strawberry Fruit Filling and Topping

Combine pretzels and granulated sugar then stir in butter. Press crumb mixture onto bottom and sides of 10-inch pie plate. Cover and chill.

With electric mixer on medium speed, beat together peanut butter, cream cheese and powdered sugar. Fold in whipped dessert topping.

Spoon 1/2 cup pie filling into crust-lined pie plate. Carefully spread peanut butter filling over top. Top with remaining pie filling. Cover and chill 2 hours before serving.

 

Fluffy Blueberry Cream Pie with Toasted Coconut

1          package (8 ounces) cream cheese, softened

1/3       cup sugar

1          tablespoon milk

2          cups frozen whipped topping, thawed

1          can (21 ounces) Lucky Leaf Premium or Organic Blueberry Fruit Filling or Topping

1/2       cup toasted coconut flakes, plus additional for topping, if desired

1          graham cracker crust (9 inches)

In large bowl, beat together cream cheese, sugar and milk until creamy, about 1-2 minutes. Add whipped topping, pie filling and coconut; carefully fold together until no streaks remain.

Spoon filling mixture into graham cracker crust. Sprinkle top with additional coconut flakes, if desired. Cover and chill 2 hours, or until firm.

 

 

 

 

March 28, 2018 |

Heart-Smart Eating Can Be Delicious and Nutritious

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(Family Features) Keeping your heart in good shape starts at mealtime. Fortunately, there’s no reason to skimp on flavor to spread the love to your heart.

For example, homegrown American Pecans are a naturally sweet, heart-smart ingredient you can add to salads, vegetable side dishes, oatmeal and other whole grains – or enjoy on their own as a snack. Their unique mix of “good” unsaturated fats, fiber, plant sterols and flavonoids add up to make pecans a powerful, heart-healthy food.

Each 1-ounce serving provides 18 grams of unsaturated fat with zero cholesterol or sodium. In fact, American Pecans are certified as a heart-healthy food by the American Heart Association’s® Heart-Check Certification Program. According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, scientific evidence suggests but does not prove that eating 1.5 ounces per day of most nuts, such as pecans, as part of a diet low in saturated fat and cholesterol may reduce the risk of heart disease.

Try adding a colorful, flavorful twist to a simple salad by combining crunchy kale with fresh pecans, pomegranate seeds and pears for a tasty, heart-healthy meal you can feel good about.

For more recipes, nutrition information and cooking tips, visit americanpecan.com.

 

Pecan, Pear, Pomegranate Kale Salad

Prep time: 20 minutes

Servings: 8

 

1          bunch kale, stems removed

1/3       cup extra-virgin olive oil, plus 3 tablespoons, divided

2          small pears, sliced

3/4       cup fresh pecan halves

1/2       cup pomegranate seeds

1/3       cup apple cider vinegar

2          tablespoons course grain mustard

pinch of kosher salt

pinch of cracked black pepper

Chop or shred kale into small pieces and transfer to large bowl. Drizzle 3 tablespoons olive oil on kale. Massage kale about 3-5 minutes, or until kale becomes glossy, deep green and begins to tenderize.

Add pear slices, pecan halves and pomegranate seeds; toss with kale.

Add remaining olive oil, apple cider vinegar, mustard, salt and pepper to canning jar and secure lid. Shake for several seconds until dressing comes together. Drizzle over salad and toss to coat.

Serve immediately, or allow salad to marinate in dressing up to 30 minutes before serving.

Note: Heart-Check certification does not apply to recipes or information unless expressly stated.

Nutritional information per serving: 230 calories; 21 g fat; 2.5 g saturated fat; 75 mg sodium; 11 g carbohydrates; 3 g fiber; 2 g protein.

 

 

March 21, 2018 |
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