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Samuel Adams Boston Lager Marinated Sirloin  Tomato and Basil Pasta Salad Healthful Tasty Twists For Frozen Fries Aloha Salmon Burger Thai-Style Lettuce Wraps Golden Grain Muffins

 

Quick And Healthful Breakfast Ideas

(NAPSI)-If you're looking for simple ways to add a burst of nutrition to your family's breakfasts, it could pay to get the facts on flax.

Flax is an oil-rich seed brimming with healthful omega-3 fatty acids, fiber and protein. Research to date indicates that approximately 1 to 2 tablespoons of milled or ground flaxseed daily may provide adequate supplementation of omega-3's. You can buy whole flaxseed-which has a nutty flavor when roasted-in stores and then use a coffee grinder or food processor at home to grind the seed and help release its nutritional value. From there, flax can be sprinkled into orange juice, on cereal or spread with peanut butter to provide a quick nutritional boost. It's also great for baking.

For instance, muffins made with flaxseed can be served warm immediately after baking for a family weekend meal, or cooled and stored in the freezer and then thawed in the microwave for a healthful breakfast on the go.

Try these satisfying Golden Grain Muffins, full of whole grains, fiber and sweet dried fruit.

Golden Grain Muffins

Ingredients :
  • 1 cup quick-cooking oats
  • ½ cup natural bran
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 cup buttermilk*
  • ½ cup honey
  • 1 whole egg
  • 1 egg white, beaten
  • ¼ cup canola oil
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • ¾ cup ground flaxseed
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • ½ cup golden raisins, chopped

Preparation :

Preheat oven to 375° F. In a large bowl, combine oats, bran, salt, cinnamon and buttermilk. Mix well and let stand 15 minutes. Add honey, egg mixture and oil. Mix well.

In another bowl, combine flour, ground flaxseed, baking powder and baking soda. Add to oat mixture and stir just until moistened. Stir in raisins. Spray muffin tins with a nonstick cooking spray. Using a 1/3 cup measure, scoop batter into tins. Bake 18 to 20 minutes or until wooden pick inserted in center of muffin comes out clean. Remove from oven and let cool 5 minutes. Remove muffins from tins and place on rack to cool. Yield: 12.

*Buttermilk substitute: 1 cup plain yogurt or 1 Tbsp. lemon juice or vinegar, plus enough milk to equal 1 cup. Let stand 5 minutes.

For more information and recipes using flax, visit www.ameriflax.com.

Golden Grain Muffins are made with healthful flaxseed and are bursting with taste.

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Quick And Easy Salads For Busy Families
This light and flavorful tomato and basil salad takes minutes to prepare and contains tasty, nutritious vegetables.

(NAPSI)-Salads can be a tasty way to add more vegetables into your family's diet and get closer to the five to seven daily servings recommended by the USDA.

Tomato and Basil Pasta Salad is a healthful and delicious recipe to serve your active family; a light, flavorful salad packed with nutritious vegetables and drizzled with a canola oil vinaigrette.

It's easy to improvise on this basic recipe. You can substitute other vegetables that your family loves and use a different vinegar or other seasonings. For a heartier meal, add chopped, cooked chicken or cubes of cheese.

Versatile canola oil is great in salads like this because it allows the flavor of other ingredients to come through. High in omega-3s yet free of cholesterol and trans fat, canola oil is the lowest of all vegetable oils in saturated fats.

Prepare this salad the night before and store undressed until dinner. Just add the vinaigrette before serving.

Tomato and Basil Pasta Salad

Ingredients :
  • 2 cups cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 2 medium cucumbers, peeled, seeded and chopped
  • 1 broccoli top, cut into bite-size pieces
  • 1 medium red onion, thinly sliced
  • 3 yellow squashes, blanched and sliced (or 2 small zucchini, chopped)
  • 1 cup fresh basil, torn
  • 1 pound penne pasta, cooked according to package directions
  • 1/4 cup canola oil
  • 1/4 cup good red wine vinegar
  • Salt and pepper to taste

 

Preparation :
Toss all the ingredients with the pasta. Refrigerate 1 to 2 hours before serving.
Yield: 8 servings

For more recipes, visit www.northerncanola.com.

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Thai-Style Lettuce Wraps Made Easy

(NAPSI)-The right recipes can help add an unexpected flair to your next get-together.

For instance, Thai-Style Lettuce Wraps are an easy way to make finger food that's great for a brunch, a lunch or as an appetizer at an Asian-themed dinner.

The healthful, fun-to-eat treats are made with fat-free California golden raisins for just the right hint of sweetness and are sure to be a crowd-pleaser.

Thai-Style Lettuce Wraps

Ingredients :
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 11/4 pounds ground chicken
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 3/4 cup onion, finely chopped
  • 3/4 cup Sun-Maid Golden Raisins
  • 1/2 cup peanuts
  • 1/4 cup sweet red Thai chili sauce
  • 4 teaspoons lime juice
  • 1/4 cup cilantro, finely chopped
  • 24 Bibb lettuce leaves, rinsed and patted dry

Preparation :

Heat vegetable oil over medium-high heat in large skillet. Add ground chicken when oil is shiny, and season with salt and pepper. Brown chicken using a spatula to break into small pieces.

Add chopped onion and sauté until soft, about 2 minutes. Add Golden Raisins and peanuts. Stir in sweet Thai chili sauce and lime juice; heat through, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and stir in cilantro.

Form a single lettuce leaf into a cup and spoon 2 to 3 tablespoons of chicken mixture into lettuce cup to serve.

Makes 6 main-course servings or 12-18 appetizers.

You can find more information and recipes at www.sun-maid.com. Sun-Maid Golden Raisins are grown in the sunny vineyards of California, so they are golden amber in color with a naturally sweet and fruity flavor.

Fat-free California golden raisins give Thai-Style Lettuce Wraps a healthful and sweet kick.

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Spice Up Your Grill This Summer With A Secret Ingredient: A Flavorful Craft Beer!

(NAPSI)-This summer, at-home chefs are shifting their culinary focus from pricey gourmet to tried-and-true, all-American foods and are looking for creative ways to spice up backyard entertaining. Two pioneers of American craft brewing and food, Samuel Adams Founder and Brewer Jim Koch and Chef David Burke, are teaming up to offer their favorite beer pairing and grilling tips, so beer lovers can incorporate big, bold flavors into the classic grilled dishes they love.

It Starts With A Great American Brew

A classic, American craft beer like Samuel Adams Boston Lager is a staple at any summer cookout. Not only is it the ultimate patriotic brew, but it pairs perfectly with your favorite grilled meat and can easily enhance a trusted recipe with the layers of flavor it adds. Craft beer also offers great value. You can pick up a six-pack of one of the world's great beers, like Samuel Adams Boston Lager, for about $8. For that same price, you'd get a relatively mediocre bottle of wine.

"Full-flavored, high-quality beers like Samuel Adams Boston Lager are perfect to pair with the bold, hearty flavors of grilled foods. The up-front malt flavor matches the caramelized flavors of grilled meat, while the hop finish lifts away the heaviness from the palate," said Koch. "Like many guys, I shy away from recipes that have a lot of steps. I've found that substituting beer for other ingredients can introduce you to a whole new world of flavors. The brewer has already created a nice 'spice package' for you that's very adaptable as a grilling marinade or an ingredient."

Chef David Burke's Summer Grilling Tips

  • Start with a clean and oiled grill.
  • Avoid too-hot grilling temperatures, which may burn the outside of the meat before cooking through.
  • Shake off excess oil-based marinades before the meat goes on the grill to avoid smoky flare-ups.
  • Let cooked meat rest for 10 minutes before carving to let juices settle.
  • Serve your steak with a full-flavored craft beer like Samuel Adams Boston Lager.

Samuel Adams

"What's Brewing at the BBQ" National Recipe Contest

Calling all grillmasters! Samuel Adams wants your favorite simple, five-ingredient grilling recipe that incorporates Samuel Adams Boston Lager. The best recipe will win the ultimate backyard cookout this Labor Day.

For more recipes, pairings and tips and to enter the recipe contest, visit www.samueladams.com and click through to the "Food & Beer" page.

Chef David Burke's Samuel Adams Boston Lager
Marinated Sirloin

Ingredients :
  • 1 14-oz steak-trimmed Marinade:
  • 1 cup Samuel Adams Boston Lager
  • 2 cups canola oil
  • 3 cloves roasted garlic
  • 2 Tbsp. Dijon mustard
  • 1 Tbsp. Colman's mustard
  • 2 Tbsp. chili powder
  • 1 Tbsp. cayenne
  • 1 Tbsp. paprika
  • 1 Tbsp. black pepper

 

Preparation :  Marinate 4 hrs. Grill over medium heat approx. 5 min. on each side until medium rare. Slice steak crosswise against the grain.

An all-American craft beer like Samuel Adams Boston Lager pairs perfectly with grilled foods like this juicy, crowd-pleasing steak.

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Sustainable Seafood Is Making A Splash

(NAPSI)-Some say seafood and summer were meant for each other. As more families enjoy the simple pleasures of summer seafood meals at home, a growing number of people are becoming aware that the oceans' bounty may not last forever. They are starting to look for ways to make responsible seafood choices and preserve the oceans.

One practical solution, some believe, is to support sustainably sourced seafood. Sustainable seafood is fished or farmed in ways designed to protect the existence and health of the species and the surrounding ecosystem.

One way consumers can determine if seafood is sustainable is by looking for sustainability seals on the fresh or packaged seafood that they purchase in grocery stores. When these seals are present, they can be assured that they are making responsible seafood choices.

WorldCatch, an all-natural brand of ready-to-cook frozen seafood found in natural-food stores, features two seals on its sustainably certified products.

The first seal, from the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC), is a blue oval featuring the outline of a fish. It identifies sustainable wild-caught seafood.

The second seal, from the Aquaculture Certification Council (ACC), is a blue circle containing images of three swimming fish and is found on farmed seafood that conforms to the "Best Aquacultural Practices."

In honor of summer fun everywhere, here's a delicious recipe courtesy of WorldCatch. For more information, visit www.WorldCatch.com.

Aloha Salmon Burgers

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Makes: 4 servings

Ingredients:
  • 1 package MSC-certified WorldCatch Wild Alaskan Salmon Burgers
  • ¼ cup teriyaki sauce
  • 1 small can pineapple slices, drained
  • 4 slices red onion
  • 4 slices Swiss cheese (if desired)
  • 4 leaves green leaf lettuce
  • 4 hamburger buns

 

Directions:

PREHEAT grill to medium-high heat.

GRILL salmon burgers according to package directions, brushing periodically with teriyaki sauce. Grill pineapple slices until slightly browned and warmed through. Remove both from grill. Lightly toast hamburger buns on grill.

PLATE by placing salmon burger on toasted bun and topping with pineapple slice, lettuce, onion and Swiss cheese.

SERVE immediately.

Sustainable seafood is fished or farmed in ways designed to protect the existence and health of the species and the surrounding ecosystem.

 

Healthful Tasty Twists For Frozen Fries

(NAPSI)-Whether you like them with ketchup, dipping sauce or even mayonnaise, when it comes to favorite foods, few things top French fries. Plus, when bought frozen and then baked, the fries can be a nutritious, affordable and convenient treat.

You can help ensure the fries you buy are made from quality potatoes by looking for the "Grown in Idaho®" seal on the bag. Then, simply prepare the fries according to package instructions. Just remember to spread the fries in a single layer on a sheet pan when you bake them, and sprinkle with salt or other seasonings when they first come out of the oven to maximize flavor.

You might also try these ideas for flavorful and nutritious dipping sauces. They come from the Idaho Potato Commission and can be a delectable way to tantalize the taste buds:

Horseradish Cream Sauce

  • 3 tablespoons prepared horseradish with beets
  • 1 cup (8-ounce container) light sour cream

Combine ingredients in a medium mixing bowl. Stir together well. Season to taste with salt if desired.

Pureed Squash and Ginger Sauce

  • 12-ounce package frozen, cooked and pureed squash (thawed)
  • 1½ teaspoons freshly grated ginger root
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 2 teaspoons honey

Combine ingredients in a medium mixing bowl. Stir together well.

Roasted Pepper and Herb Sauce

  • 12-ounce jar roasted red peppers, drained
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • ½ teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder

Combine ingredients in a medium mixing bowl. Stir together well. Transfer mixture to a blender or food processor and process until smooth. Season to taste with salt if desired.

Barbecue Sauce

  • ¾ cup bottled chili sauce
  • ¼ cup steak sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon dry mustard

Combine ingredients in a medium mixing bowl. Stir together well.

For more delicious, nutritious Idaho potato recipes, please visit www.IdahoPotato.com/recipes.

French fries with gourmet dipping sauce can make a delightful and nutritious treat.

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