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Green Meals

Add a little green to your meals with a few St. Patrick’s Day recipes. Corned beef and cabbage is a meal that makes you think of the holiday like none other. Consider putting the beef in a crock pot or a Dutch oven to make it a bit more tender. Root vegetables also go well with the meal. A delicious Irish stew with potatoes, carrots and herbs is a comforting meal for the family. It’s filling, and you can freeze the leftovers for a meal for another day.

 

Shepherd’s Pie isn’t usually something that you would think of having for the holiday, but it’s an idea that you can make your own. Add a few green vegetables, such as green beans or peas, to give a green look to the meal for St. Patrick’s Day. Melted cheddar and butter on top looks like gold at the end of the rainbow. Irish soda bread is a staple for those who enjoy the holiday. The orange zest and currants in the bread give it a sweet taste. This is a bread that can be made ahead of time and shared with family and friends if you want to make several loaves. Spinach pancakes and eggs are a way to have a green day for St. Patrick’s. The spinach gives the pancakes moisture, making them fluffy instead of dry like you would find with flour or a pancake mix. Chop a few chives to put on top for a delicious breakfast that the family can enjoy.

 

How Fad Diets Impact Heart Health

Every year, there is a new diet trend. Gluten-free diets and juicing crazes are just a few of the many trends that people today are following. People follow a diet for a variety of reasons, such as weight loss and increased energy. Many people are confused because there are so many diet plans. They do not know which diet is best.

 

The Journal of American College of Cardiology has reviewed several peer-reviewed studies in order to determine which diet plan is the best. Dr. Andrew Freeman is one of the people who reviewed the studies. He is also the Director of Cardiovascular Prevention And Wellness At National Jewish Health.

 

He stated that when you take the time to look at the data, you will realize that people have not changed much over the years. Dr. Freeman also stated that an in-depth analysis of all of the studies revealed that the best diets are ones that are filled with leafy green vegetables, fruits, berries and extra virgin olive oil. Nuts should be eaten in moderation and consumption of animal protein should be limited.

 

Dr. Keith Ayoob does not believe that diet recommendations are black and white. He believes that people should consult with their physician in order to find a diet plan that is right for them. Dr. Ayoob believes that people should increase their fruit and vegetable intake. However, it may not be wise to tell everyone to avoid certain foods because many people cannot stick to strict diets. Dr. Ayoob was not involved in the study.

McDonalds Has A New Meatless Burger In Italy

A new burger has hit the order menu at McDonalds, a meatless burger aimed at the chocolate-loving crowds in Italy. It’s called the Nutella burger, though by traditional standards it might hardly be considered a burger. It does come packaged in a burger box just like the other main meal sandwiches do at McDonalds, and even has the regular buns surrounding it. But take one bite out of it and instead of being greeted by the expected rich beef flavor, you’d find a rich dark chocolate taste instead. This new sandwich is ordered as part or the McCafe menu, and is the second major chocolate experiment put out by McDonalds this year after they introduced chocolate-covered fries in Japan.

 

So how has this new dessert sandwich performed? Quite well considering McDonalds’ social media page blew up with over 60,000 Facebook shares, and certainly has trended over in Europe. What will the success of this burger mean for McDonalds and the chocolate market in the future? Could we possibly be seeing the start of a side McChocolate franchise? Who knows, but this novelty has certainly gained traction on a pretty large scale. It’s currently only available to order in Italy, but with all the likes and shares its gotten on social media, many are calling for it to make its way to the US.

 

Willy Wonka would probably have been proud to see the day that chocolate started becoming popular in the fast food markets. Nutella has long been a widely-craved product in Italy, with McDonalds even offering nutella jars for purchase. But one thing is for sure, dessert is just as important a menu as the main course, and soon enough we might see other fast food hubs like Wendy’s, Hardees, and Burger King explore the chocolate markets. But for those who might be planning to travel to Italy some time soon, stopping at McDonalds while there will not be quite the same as home.

 

Comfort For The Winter Months

When the weather is cold outside, you might feel like making a meal that has a little more substance to it, such as soup or chicken pot pie. Spaghetti is always a good meal to prepare when it’s cold outside. There’s just something about the smell of pasta sauce and garlic that makes you feel warm inside. Try your spaghetti with turkey chili instead of the traditional sauce as this is thicker and sticks to the noodles better.

 

Lemon chicken might sound like a summer meal, but if you make it with the right side items, then it’s the ideal winter meal. Bake the chicken with a bit of lemon juice and spices. Place the chicken on a bed of brown rice with a side of delicious vegetables, such as broccoli, sweet potatoes or squash. When you think of a warm meal for a Sunday dinner, you might think of Salisbury steak. When you prepare the sauce for the steak, add a few mushrooms and slivers of onions. Boil egg noodles with beef broth so that the flavors blend together.

 

Soup is always a good idea for the winter season, but consider stepping up the ingredients. A chicken chowder can easily be made in the crock pot, saving you time during the day to get the house in order. Dice potatoes, add corn and heavy cream, and make sure you have chunks of chicken on hand to complete the soup, combining everything in the crock pot with salt and pepper. Brown the chicken to lock in the flavor before adding it to the chowder.

Get Up And Go Sandwiches Remain Favorite Meal For Most In 2017

Let’s be frank here; busy Americans really want to eat healthier every time a new year swings around. We might not have tons of time to chow down, especially for breakfast and lunch.

 

That’s why the humble sandwich remains the delicious, quick and easy meal to make within five minutes or less. It can get fancy or stay truly basic; whatever you desire, the sandwich is the original portable meal and perfect for 2017.

 

Trendy restaurants like Egg Slut in Los Angeles have patrons waiting in long lines, just to buy the favorite gourmet Bacon Egg and Cheese Sandwich.

 

This ain’t your mama’s fried egg sandwich, boys and girls. The ingredients are sensual-sounding and make for the ultimate sexy egg sandwich.

 

Consider Egg Slut’s hardwood smoked bacon over medium egg, cheddar cheese and chipotle ketchup in a warm brioche bun.

 

Of course, you could make your own version of Egg Slut’s Bacon, Egg and Cheese sandwich. It’s quick, simple to make and a filling, healthy meal.

 

Here’s our spin on the classic sandwich:

 

2 slices smoked bacon

1 egg

2 slices bread

2 slices cheese

ketchup

chipotle

butter

 

As bacon is frying on medium low, crack egg and slowly pour onto middle of bacon, as close to center as possible. Crack fresh pepper on top. Continue cooking until bacon becomes crisp and egg white opaque. When done, remove to plate.

 

Spread ketchup and chipotle on to one slice of bread and add cheese slices on top. Cover with remaining slice and spread butter on both sides. Begin grilling sandwich in pan in bacon fat at same medium low heat. Grill both sides until golden brown. Then remove, and carefully open sandwich, so you can place bacon and fried egg onto bread. Cover sandwich and slice in half.

 

Enjoy.

 

Good Tips for Epcot

One of the most popular culinary events of the year in Florida is the Epcot International Wine and Food festival. While the event is a lot of fun, it can be easy to be overwhelmed by the amount of food, amount of calories, and costs. Fortunately, a recent news article (http://www.mypalmbeachpost.com/news/entertainment/10-tips-for-enjoying-epcot-food-wine-festival-the-/nscx5/) provided a number of tips that can help to make the event more enjoyable.

 

One tip that they suggested to find the right day to go. While the Epcot festival is a great time, it can be pretty crowded. This can make it tough to navigate the festival. If you decide to go on a day that is either a weekday or on a day that is cooler and cloudy, it is much more likely to have a smaller crowd. If you do go on a crowded day, there are still more peaceful spots around the fairgrounds that can give you a more comfortable place to sit and enjoy the food.

 

 

Another tip that you should follow is to try new food. When you go to the festival, you will likely find plenty of food options that you are familiar with. While they may be delicious and comfortable, the point of going to the festival is to try new dishes. It would be a good idea to walk the grounds first and find a number of items that appear foreign. Then spend time enjoying small taster samples of each one.

 

 

Since going to Epcot and the rest of Disney World is a special experience, it would be a good idea to sign up for a special experience at the food festival as well. The food festival has a number of different special experiences that can be had for under $100. These experiences can include a behind the scenes tour of how food is made in certain regions, access to food that is not available to the general public, and even a full course meal. This is ideal for a booth or country that has a number of different items or themes that you are interested in.

 

The Best Turkey Recipe

One of the best parts about life, in my opinion, is food and eating. Food and eating brings a feeling of euphoria. The best part about food is the taste of the best dishes around. If you are looking for an easy turkey recipe for the holidays, this is the place to be.

 

The Best Turkey Recipe

 

The total time for this recipe is approximately 3 hours and 10 minutes. The prep only takes 10 minutes while the cooking takes 3 hours. You first need to preheat your oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Next, you need to pull the neck and giblets out of the cavity of the turkey. Be sure to get rid of the liver and save the giblets for the gravy. Next, take a paper towel and be sure that the bird is dry before you season the turkey up with seasoning salt and pepper for a flavorful taste. Next, you will want to fill the cavity with a combination of herbs and vegetables of your choice. The best to use are chopped onions and herbs to give it an extra kick of flavor. After you complete all of these steps, you will need to place the turkey breast-side up in a roasting pan. Be sure to cover the turkey with melted butter to keep it nice and moist. After you complete these steps, cover the turkey with tin foil and place in the oven for approximately 2 hours depending on the size of your bird. For a 10 to 12 pound turkey it would be 2 hours. You will need to add an extra 15 minutes for every pound after that. After the 2 hours are finished, take the turkey out of the oven and cover it with more melting butter and heat your oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit. Cook the turkey for another hour. Now, pull your turkey out of the oven and let it cool off for a few minutes while making your gravy. There are several recipes that you can find about how to make the best gravy at Food Network. Food Network is a great place to visit for a variety of recipes ranging from main dishes to desserts.

 

Happy Thanksgiving!

 

 

My Top 10 Most Popular Thanksgiving Sides

Thanksgiving is right around the corner. Along with your main dish, you will also want to have a few sides for your guests to choose from for the best Thanksgiving feast. You can visit this Food Network webpage to get all of the recipes for the side dishes included in this blog post.

 

#10: Giada’s Roasted Potatoes, Carrots, Parsnips and Brussels Sprouts

 

This recipe is simply delicious. For those who dislike vegetables, they will even like this dish with the way Giada seasons up this side dish!

 

#9: Creamed Corn Cornbread

 

One of my favorite side dishes of all time is cornbread. This recipe is the best cornbread that I have ever tasted. This recipe delivers moist cornbread right at your fingertips.

 

#8: The Deen Brothers’ Baked Hush Puppies

 

Another favorite food of mine is baked hush puppies. These baked hush puppies are simple to prepare and your guests will be begging for more.

 

#7: Perfect Cranberry Sauce

 

This recipe on Food Network is one of the best cranberry sauce recipes to date.

 

#6: Mashed Potatoes with Roasted Garlic and Mascarpone Cheese

 

This classic recipe is delivered to you from Bobby Flay. This is definitely one of the top mashed potato recipes around.

 

#5: Gluten-Free Feather-Light Potato Buttermilk Buns

 

If you are looking for the best gluten-free buttermilk buns, you have found the right place. These buttermilk buns are so fluffy and simply melt in your mouth.

 

#4: Roasted Brussels Sprouts

 

One of the best brussels sprouts recipes that I have come across is this one on Food Network. The dish gives a kick of flavor with the seasonings that are used.

 

#3: Sunny’s Sage and Pecan Sweet Potato Casserole

 

This recipe is simply delicious. The topping adds more sweetness to the potatoes.

 

#2: Brussels Sprouts Gratin

 

Another great brussels sprouts recipe is this one. This dish is easy and simple to make and your guests will love it!

 

#1: Parker House Rolls

 

I saved the best for last! One of the best roll recipes I have come across is this one produced by Alex. These rolls just melt in your mouth and they are just so good. Add a little butter to them and they are the bomb.

 

Meals In The Slow Cooker

The slow cooker can be your best friend in the kitchen. All you have to do is add ingredients to the cooker, turn it on and leave it for a designated amount of time according to the recipe. There are several kinds of recipes that are available for the slow cooker. Many use at least one kind of meat, but there are some that only call for a few simple ingredients, such as pasta and sauce.

If you’re family enjoys nachos or tacos, then consider making chicken nacho soup. Put small pieces of chicken in the slow cooker, add salsa or tomato soup, and set the cooker on medium heat. When the chicken is almost done, top the soup with shredded cheese and tortilla strips.

Take a trip to your favorite sub sandwich restaurant by making meatball subs from the slow cooker. Add homemade meatballs and spaghetti sauce to the cooker before setting it on a high heat. When the meatballs are done, turn the heat on low, adding various spices and herbs that include salt, pepper and a bit of chili powder for a kick. Top French bread with the meatballs for a delicious meal.

Baby back ribs are a delicious meal that offers a bit of southern comfort. Put the ribs in the slow cooker with a bottle of your favorite BBQ sauce. Let the ribs cook all day before enjoying them with macaroni and cheese, mashed potatoes or potato salad. Another option if you like beef is to put a skirt steak in the slow cooker with fajita seasonings. When the steak is done, cut it into thin slices to make beef tacos.

Sliced roast beef is easy to make in a slow cooker. Make a delicious dip to go with it for an appetizing French dip sandwich. You want to add scallions, garlic and allspice to the beef while it’s cooking to give it the decadent flavors that you would get with a sandwich that you would order at a restaurant.

Fun Snacks After School

When kids get home from school, they are usually ready for a snack before doing homework and getting settled for bed. There are a few snacks that you can make during the day that will be ready for your children to enjoy when they walk in the door.

A fruit smoothie is easy to make as all you have to do is add ingredients to a blender. The base is simple. All you need is milk and ice. Add the kinds of fruit that your children like and maybe even a vegetable or two, but make sure the color of the fruit hides that of the vegetable because your child might not drink the smoothie if it’s green or resembles a vegetable drink. Strawberries and bananas work well together along with blueberries and raspberries. Try to use fresh fruits instead of those that are frozen. Add a bit of vanilla ice cream to make the smoothie a little sweeter.

Instead of serving chips and junk food, slice bagels into thin pieces, baking them until they are crisp. Sprinkle with a bit of cinnamon for a healthy snack. Garlic and Parmesan cheese can also be used on bagels for a treat that’s a little more savory.

If your child is like many others, then eating with the hands is always preferred instead of using a fork or spoon. Put small pieces of fruits on a pretzel stick that can be dipped in yogurt or another dip, such as sour cream and brown sugar. Another fun snack idea is a cheesy Chex mix. Combine three kinds of Chex cereal with 2 tablespoons of butter in a sauce pan. Add mini pretzels and cheese crackers just before removing the pan from the heat. If you want to add a little kick to the snack, then consider using Worcestershire sauce or hot sauce. A hint of garlic powder can also be added along with grated Parmesan cheese for a delicious and healthy treat.