RECIPES:
Enchiladas Spaghetti "I Heart" Mango Tart Roasted Potatoes

Salmon en Papillote

Adding Zest And Nutrition To Mealtime

(NAPSI)-If you're looking for a healthful way to spice up your family's next meal, it's tough to top salsa. Authentic Mexican salsa is made with the finest vegetables and can add zest to favorites like enchiladas, tacos and tostadas but also enhance the flavors of many mealtime classics like chicken dishes or burgers. You can even use it on top of eggs to give your family an eye-opening burst of taste in the morning.

Beating The Heat

Whether you enjoy spicy foods or prefer mellow flavors, there's likely a Mexican salsa to please your palate. For instance, long known for its authentic refried beans, Rosarita now offers salsa in three flavors: Mild Salsa Mexicana, Medium Salsa Verde and Hot Salsa Taquera. The salsas, made in Mexico, are a versatile ingredient and are new to the U.S. You can try them with your favorite foods or as part of this recipe:

Recipe for Enchiladas Verdes-Green Enchiladas

Ingredients
  • PAM® Original No-Stick Cooking Spray
  • 1 jar (16.75 oz) Rosarita® Medium Salsa Verde, divided
  • 3 cups shredded cooked chicken
  • 1 cup shredded Monterey Jack cheese, divided
  • 12 corn tortillas (6 inch)

 

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 375ºF. Spray 13x9-inch baking dish with cooking spray. Spread ¼ cup of the salsa over bottom of dish; set aside.
  • Combine chicken, ½ cup of the salsa and ½ cup of the cheese in a medium bowl; mix well. Set aside.
  • Spray both sides of each tortilla with cooking spray. Heat one at a time in skillet over medium-high heat on both sides until slightly puffy and softened.
  • Top each tortilla evenly with about ¼ cup chicken mixture; roll up. Place seam-side down in prepared baking dish. Cover with the remaining salsa; sprinkle with remaining cheese. Cover baking dish with aluminum foil.
  • Bake 30 minutes or until cheese melts and sauce is bubbly.

The salsas are available at Walmart and select Kroger and Safeway grocery stores.

Note to Editors: The salsa is only available in the Western and Southwestern U.S.

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Pecorino Romano PDO: Say "Cheese" For Your Good Health

(NAPSI)-Universities in Italy and a team of doctors in the United States have some health news you may find easy to swallow.

Their ongoing, long-term study found that Pecorino Romano Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) cheese contains high amounts of omega-3 and conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), unsaturated fatty acids naturally found in certain food groups that can be very good for humans.

According to Dr. Anna Nudda of the University of Sassari (Italy); Professor Sebastiano Banni, University of Cagliari (Italy); Dr. Mark McGuire, University of Idaho; and Dr. Shelley McGuire, Washington State University, the study suggests omega-3's are beneficial in preventing cardiovascular diseases, improving immune function, reducing inflammation, improving vision and learning, and retarding mental deterioration, while CLA-the "good" fat-confirming previous studies, helps prevent arteriosclerosis, is beneficial in improving bone formation and reducing body fat, and also has important antioxidant and anti-diabetic (type 2 diabetes) properties, in addition to stimulating the immune function and fighting tumors.

CLA is found primarily in dairy products and in the meat of ruminants (sheep, goats). Results are highest when the animals eat fresh grass. Most Pecorino Romano PDO cheese, which comes from sheep raised on the pastures of the Sardinia region of Italy (counting 22 centenarians for every 100,000 inhabitants, 90 percent of whom have eaten pecorino cheese regularly during their long life!), has much more CLA than has cheese made from cows' milk.

Research shows that eating this cheese as part of a balanced diet can significantly reduce risk factors associated with cardiovascular diseases and cancer while enhancing the immune system.

Pecorino Romano PDO cheese can be eaten even by many people who are lactose intolerant.

Here's a great way to enjoy the many benefits of Pecorino Romano PDO cheese:

Spaghetti with Pecorino Romano PDO Cheese

Ingredients:
  • 1 lb. spaghetti
  • 3 oz. grated Pecorino Romano PDO cheese
  • 1 tablespoon peppercorns
  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • Salt to taste (very little)

Serves 4

Directions:

Cook the spaghetti in a large pot of salted boiling water, until firm, or "al dente." Stir from time to time and add a touch of olive oil to stop the strands from sticking together. While the pasta is cooking, crush the peppercorns in a mortar or place in a plastic baggie and crush with the flat side of a chef's knife. Drain the spaghetti and put in a pan with the heated olive oil. Over a high flame, toss in the Pecorino Romano PDO cheese and the peppercorns. Serve piping hot.

Learn More

You can find more information and advice at www.tasteandhealth.info.

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Don't Skip A Beat With The “I Heart” Mango Tart

(NAPSI)-When cooking up a romantic dinner for two, reach for the fruit that is revered as a symbol of love in some countries-the luscious mango. With its intense fruity flavor and aroma, the mango is a perfect partner to help you celebrate with your special someone.

For a sweet yet sultry end to your meal, try Ingrid Hoffmann's "I Heart" Mango Tart, which shines with a flaky crust, fresh mango and a crumbly cinnamon and coconut topping. The tropical flavors will transport you to a paradise for your senses and create a memorable evening for two.

Need more reasons to keep mangos near and dear to your heart? Not only do versatile mangos bring an essence of the tropics to an array of dishes and beverages, but they are available year-round and are an excellent source of vitamins A and C and a good source of fiber, making them a healthy way to tempt the taste buds anytime of year.

"I Heart" Mango Tart

Ingredients:
  • 6 frozen 3-inch individual tart shells
  • 3 ripe mangos, peeled, pitted and diced
  • ½ cup sugar, divided
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup sweetened flaked coconut
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ cup (1 stick) butter, at room temperature

Makes 6 Servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 to 12 minutes

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375°F. Spray a cookie sheet with nonstick spray and place tart shells on sheet.

To make the topping: Combine the flour, coconut, cinnamon and the remaining ¼ cup sugar in a large bowl. Add butter, squeezing mixture together to form a loose ball, then break into small pieces and sprinkle evenly over each tart. Bake until filling is bubbly and topping is golden, about 10 to 12 minutes.

To make the filling: Combine the mangos, ¼ cup sugar, lemon juice and salt in a large bowl; spoon into the tart shells.

Serve with whipped cream and diced mango.

To see a video of Ingrid Hoffmann preparing her "I Heart" Mango Tart, visit www.mango.org/loveyourmango. For more recipes and instructions on how to select and cut a mango, visit www.mango.org.

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An Extra Delicious Helping Of Real Food Solutions

(NAPSI)-Parents having trouble getting kids to eat the holiday turkey with all the trimmings are not alone.

The "Real Holiday Helpings" survey, commissioned by Hellmann's® and Best Foods® Mayonnaise revealed that, although parents spend an average of six hours on holiday dinner preparation, kids would just as soon select pizza, chicken fingers or macaroni and cheese over traditional holiday fare.

What's more, even though kids recognize the time that goes into the family dinner, 49 percent still don't eat everything on their dinner plate.

Fortunately, preparing food to please the whole family does not have to be complicated.

"With a few simple tips and recipe ideas, it is easy to prepare a delicious holiday meal that both kids and adults will love," said critically acclaimed chef, author and TV personality Bobby Flay. "It is possible to create one great meal for all your holiday guests, no matter how old or picky the palate."

Flay is a celebrated chef, restaurateur, cookbook author, television personality and the recipient of the 2008 Bon Appetit "Cooking Teacher of the Year" award but he gained a widespread following by showing people how to prepare delicious meals that are made from simple and fresh ingredients.

To help busy parents avoid double duty in the kitchen, Flay has created an online program with recipes and tips on how to prepare simple, real food.

The Real Holiday Helpings program at www.Hellmanns.com or www.BestFoods.com lets you view holiday recipe video demonstrations that showcase standout holiday starters and sides in addition to "extra helpings," such as what to do with post-feast leftovers.

Roasted New Potatoes with Blue Cheese Ranch Dressing and Green Onions

Serves: 4

Ingredients:

  • 2 pounds new red or yellow potatoes, halved
  • Canola oil
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • ¾ cup buttermilk
  • ¼ cup Hellmann's® or Best Foods® Real Mayonnaise
  • 2 cloves finely chopped fresh garlic
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • ¼ pound crumbled blue cheese
  • 4 green onions, thinly sliced

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375°F. Toss potatoes on a baking sheet with the oil and season with salt and pepper. Roast until golden brown and tender, about 25 minutes. Transfer potatoes to a platter.

Whisk together buttermilk, mayonnaise, mustard and garlic in a bowl and season with salt and pepper. Fold in blue cheese and green onions. Spoon sauce over potatoes and serve.

With real, simple ingredients including eggs, oil and vinegar, Hellmann's® or Best Foods® Real Mayonnaise is a great complement to many holiday appetizers and sides.

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Healthy Cooking Made Easy 

(NAPSI)--Eating healthy doesn't have to be bland or boring.

To add fun and nutrition to your plate, just brush up on some simple French such as "en papillote," a method of cooking where food is wrapped in a packet made from parchment paper. Because you're cooking right on the parchment paper, there is no need to add any extra grease. En papillote allows food to steam in its own juices, capturing flavor and nutrients. Plus, cleanup is a breeze.

Surprisingly simple, en papillote is an easy way to keep fish from drying out and vegetables perfectly cooked. What's more, you can serve the parchment packets right out of the oven for an elegant and aromatic table presentation.

Try this easy, delicious salmon recipe and visit www.reynoldsparchment.com for more recipes and step-by-step instructions for en papillote cooking.

Salmon en Papillote (Serves 4)

Ingredients:

  • Reynolds Parchment Paper
  • 1 tsp. tarragon leaves
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp. grated lemon peel
  • ½ tsp. seasoned salt
  • ¼ tsp. pepper
  • 1 pound fresh asparagus
  • 4 salmon fillets (4 to 6 oz. each)
  • 4 lemon slices

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400°F.

Mix tarragon, garlic, lemon peel, seasoned salt and pepper in a small bowl.

Tear off four 15-inch sheets of Reynolds Parchment Paper. Fold each sheet in half and crease it in the center. Unfold.

Place ¼ of asparagus evenly on ½ of each sheet near crease. Place salmon fillet on top of asparagus. Spread each fillet with ¼ of herb mixture. Top each fillet with a lemon slice. Drizzle ¼ tsp. olive oil over fish, if desired, for more intense flavor.

Fold over other half of sheet to enclose ingredients. Starting at top corner, make small overlapping folds down entire length of packet to seal edges together. Twist the last fold several times to make a tight seal. Repeat to make 4 packets. Place parchment packets on a large cookie sheet.

Bake 18 to 20 minutes. Place packets on plates. Carefully cut an X in top of each packet to allow steam to escape. Serve immediately.

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