Archive for August, 2017

Hectic Schedules Call for One-Pot Meals

Juggling after-school activities, homework sessions, work demands, and so much more during the week doesn’t leave a lot of time for cooking culinary masterpieces. Still, you want to ensure your family sits down together for a healthy dinner. Your perfect solution? One-pot meals. They’re a snap to throw together using lean proteins and fresh veggies. Plus, without all the pots, pans, and cooking utensils, post-dinner cleanup is a breeze. Chef Cathy Christensen shares three quick-and-easy entrées and one slow-cooked (but still easy!) recipe you’ll want to try this week. Bonus: To make meal-prep even easier, click on the Shop This Recipe link after each set of directions to easily drop ingredients into your cart. Pesto Orzo With Salmon and Zucchini […]

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Simple, Scrumptious Labor Day Side Dishes

Attending a friend or family member’s Labor Day festivities this year? Lucky you, that means a lot less labor than if you were hosting the bash. Now all you have to do is whip up a delicious dish to pass—you want to be a helpful, grateful guest after all. In the true spirit of this holiday, let’s keep your kitchen time minimal. Here, Chef Cathy Christiansen shares three quick-prep, stress-free sides that’ll delight any Labor Day crowd. Herbed Potato Salad What’s a cookout without potato salad? This tantalizing recipe is a bit healthier than many others, thanks to the Greek yogurt and fresh veggies and herbs. Ingredients: 6 cups small red potatoes, unpeeled and cubed ½ cup Greek yogurt ½ […]

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Healthy School Lunch and Snack Ideas They’ll Love

Well, summer sure flew by in a flash! Crazy enough, back-to-school time is upon us, and your kids will need nutritious meals and munchies to fuel their brains and bodies. Time to start planning packable lunches and after-school snacks that are both tasty and healthy—and won’t require too much prep work. We’ve got a few ideas for keeping your kids’ menu fresh, fun, and flavorful. Build better sandwiches. You can’t go wrong with the ol’ lunchbox standby—so long as you shake up the sandwich fillings and choose whole-grain breads, natural meats and cheeses, and other nutritious ingredients. Try turkey, tomato, and cheddar with a smidge of mustard on whole wheat. Or go all veggie with romaine lettuce, bell peppers, cucumbers, […]

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Savor Peaches All Day Long

Just as summer winds down, peaches hit their peak. Come August, these fuzzy-skinned fruits are a treat to bite right into, letting the juices drip down your chin. Plus, they’re flush with fiber, potassium, and vitamins A and C. But you can also turn peaches into delightful dishes and drinks perfect for morning, noon, or night. Chef Cathy Christiansen shares four peachy keen recipes. Breakfast: Peach Smoothie Start your day off right with a delicious drinkable serving of ripe, nutritious peaches. Makes 1 smoothie. Ingredients: 1 cup peaches 1 cup milk or nut milk 1 frozen banana 1 to 3 tsp honey to taste ½ cup ice Directions: 1. Combine all ingredients in a blender, process until smooth and creamy, […]

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Easy-Peasy Peach Ice Cream

Scorching August days call for a cool, creamy treat, and we’ve got just the thing. Peaches are at peak ripeness right now, so turn them into velvety homemade ice cream. Don’t worry—it’s much easier than you think. There’s no churning, no cooking, no fussing required. Just watch our quick how-to video, gather your ingredients, fire up your blender, and indulge.

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Easy Ways to Jazz up Taco Bundles

If you’ve bought any of our taco bundles, you’ve got all the makings for a delicious dinner. But to give your tacos a little extra oomph, check out the recipes below. Or use them for inspiration and swap in your favorite ingredients to make a meal your family will savor. PROTEIN PREPARATIONS Simple Skillet Ground Beef Tacos It’s a snap to spice up ground beef for tacos. Follow Chef Cathy Christiansen’s cooking instructions and then layer the meat in tortillas along with the other ingredients in the Ground Beef Taco Bundle. Ingredients: 1 lb ground beef ½ cup onion, chopped 1 to 2 cloves garlic, minced 1 tsp salt 1 tsp chili powder ½ tsp cumin ¼ tsp oregano Directions: […]

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