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Do you skip your vegetables? Ask Celebrity Chef Gina Neely how to get more veggies in your family’s meals

 

PHOTO CREDIT: PRNewsFoto/Green Giant

PHOTO CREDIT: PRNewsFoto/Green Giant

Growing up my mom always made dinner, most of the time from scratch too. I did not grow up eating take out or ordering pizza. In fact, going to the pizza place or ordering a pizza was a special treat. Sadly for some families pizza and take out are a weekly occurrence.

Growing up dinner always consisted of a meat (protein), starch (such as potato, rice or pasta) and vegetables. We also had dessert after dinner which was usually canned fruit with a dollop of whip cream, Jell-O or pudding, and it was served in a tiny glass dish.

When I cook for my family I cook the same way my mom did, except not always from scratch. Times are different and many families are always on the go-go-go so cooking from scratch is not always an option.

Recently Green Giant put out he 2014 Fresh Takes with Green Giant Frozen Survey** for consumers about dinner time and it resulted in some interesting findings.

When it comes to dinnertime, the majority of parents (78%) would rather spend less time in the kitchen and more time enjoying dinnertime with their kids. Other finding show that parents run into many challenges at dinnertime, including:

  • Never having enough time to cook dinner leaves more than two-in-three (63%) parents falling back on the same tried-and-true, go-to meals, which most often include spaghetti (60%), sandwiches (39%) or chicken tenders (37%).
  • When genuinely trying to incorporate veggies into meals, 70% identify challenges, including getting kids excited about eating them (42%), not having vegetables on hand (32%) or not knowing how to prepare them (20%).
  • Learning to cook new and different meals comes with its own set of challenges. Nearly half (44%) of parents are worried their families won’t like new recipes, 27% don’t want to spend the time or money trying to hunt down unfamiliar ingredients and 21% say there are so many recipe resources available that they just don’t know where to start.

To be honest with you these results don’t surprise me. Maybe the percentages are a bit higher then I would expect, but the challenges that families face at meal time seem to be common.

PHOTO CREDIT: PRNewsFoto/Green Giant

PHOTO CREDIT: PRNewsFoto/Green Giant

I am grateful (oh so grateful) that my kids love vegetables. And not just a handful – they enjoy a large variety of vegetables including ones that most kids try to avoid like broccoli, Brussels sprouts and spinach. They snack on veggies (we go through A LOT of baby carrots each week) too. My daughter also prefers her vegetables raw (I always steam vegetables).

When I hear other parents talking about how their child won’t eat vegetables it makes me sad. Not only are they missing out on the nutrients that vegetables provide for our bodies, but they are also missing out on a lot of tasty foods.

Green Giants wants to help families get more vegetables into their diets. To help consumers they’ve created the Fresh Take on What to Make campaign.

“The ‘Fresh Takes’ survey highlights real dinnertime challenges facing parents today who are balancing a lot – work, kids’ school and after-school activities, house chores and pets’ needs, to name a few,” said John Stockman, Associate Marketing Director for Green Giant. “We want to help make dinnertime exciting again by showing families how to transform their go-to meals in simple ways that let the veggies shine and bring families together.”

PHOTO CREDIT: PRNewsFoto/Green Giant

PHOTO CREDIT: PRNewsFoto/Green Giant

Green Giant has teamed up with Celebrity Chef Gina Neely to show families just how easy it can be to eat more vegetables.

As a mom, I know parents have the best of intentions and want to prepare exciting and nutritious dinners every night, but hectic schedules lead to falling back on those go-to meals – spaghetti, anyone?” says Gina Neely. “Easy steps, like preparing your grocery list and stocking up on simple ingredients like Green Giant Steamers, can make a big difference in the kitchen.”

This campaign aims to teach busy on the go families helpful tips and ideas to reinvent dinner time and to show consumers how simply and easy just adding something like Green Giant Steamers into your family’s favorite “go to” dishes can get vegetables into your diet.

I actually use Green Giant Steamers with my family. They offer 25 different (and delicious!) steam-in-the-bag varieties. Plus I love that I don’t have to break out my steamer, pots or pans to cook them. Simply pop the bag the microwave.

Some of the Green Giant Steamers are made with unique sauces, seasons and blends which add more “pizzazz” to your meal.

PHOTO CREDIT: PRNewsFoto/Green Giant

PHOTO CREDIT: PRNewsFoto/Green Giant

Green Giant Steamers offer families a convenient and simple way for families to enjoy their vegetables.

Gina came up with some delicious recipes using Green Giant Steamers that take about 20 minutes to make and use just five ingredients. Any family could easily whip these up, even on a busy weeknight.

If you would like more information, tips and delicious recipes please visit GreenGiant.com/EasyMeals.  You’ll even find money savings coupons on the site.

You can also connect with Gina Neely and Green Giant and ask questions during a Twitter Chat on September 16 at 8pm ET and during a Google+ Hangout on September 23 at 8pm ET.

Do you have any questions for Gian Neely and/or Green Giant that you’d like me to ask for you? I should be at the Google Hangout and I’d be happy to ask questions for you and post the replies. Simply leave your questions in the comments section of this post.

PHOTO CREDIT: PRNewsFoto/Green Giant

PHOTO CREDIT: PRNewsFoto/Green Giant

Kimberly

**The 2014 Fresh Takes with Green Giant Frozen Survey presents the findings of an online survey conducted by ORC International from August 5-8, 2014 among a sample of 986 American parents of children under the age of 18, comprising 487 men and 499 women.

*I have partnered with Green Giant to bring you this information. Although compensated the opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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I’m participating in Frito-Lay’s Nacho Throwdown!

 

Football

Football season is already in full swing. I don’t mind. I actually love football, although I can’t watch it for 16+ hours straight like my husband does on Sundays.

My husband is a diehard Dallas Cowboys fan. I grew up watching the Oakland Raiders with my dad. I liked the Kansas City Chiefs too (not sure why – I just did).

My husband has always been a big time Cowboys fan. So much so our son is named after the team (Dallas is one of his middle names). My husband was so thrilled to have a child named after his favorite football team that he carried his Social Security card around with him for a long time. Ha Ha.

When you are enjoying an exciting football game you need delicious foods. Football and food go hand-in-hand. Whether its chips and dip or a full out tailgating party with barbecue ribs, food is part of the football experience.

Game-day snacks and recipes are as traditional as team chants and lucky jerseys. Don’t get me started on my husband’s game day traditions. Personally I think he’s a bit nutty. Ha Ha.

I was asked if I wanted to participate in the Frito-Lay’s Nacho Throwdown! Frito-Lay is an official NFL partner for the 2014-2015 NFL season.

The challenge is to create a nacho recipe that will go head-to-head with another blogger (just like a football game). After the campaign is over a winning recipe will be chosen based on votes by consumers.

Normally I shy away from these types of competitions. I’m not really a “foodie” and I’m not as creative as other bloggers, however it did sound like a fun challenge so I accepted it.

My recipe is inspired by the Dallas Cowboys and the state of Texas. When I think about Texas I think about barbecues and Tex-Mex foods. I wanted to create something that would incorporate both ideas so I came up with a Barbecue Chicken recipe.

Recipe ingredients

Ingredients:

  • 1 large rotisserie chicken
  • 1 bottle of your favorite barbecue sauce
  • 1 block of your favorite cream cheese
  • 1 can of kidney beans
  • 2 cans of Mexican corn
  • Mexican flavored shredded cheese (or your favorite shredded cheese)
  • Assorted vegetables (onions, peppers…).

*I made mine in a crock pot. You can use a pot on your stove top to melt the cream cheese and warm up the other ingredients if you don’t have a crock pot.

Directions:

  1. Remove the chicken from the bone and shred it by hand into small pieces.
  2. Place the chicken in the crock pot (or pot)
  3. Add in the bottle of barbecue sauce (I used the whole bottle), corn (drain out the water first), cream cheese, chopped onions and chopped red and green peppers (I used pre-cut vegetables to make this recipe easier).
  4. Before adding in the kidney beans be sure to rinse them off a few times.
  5. Once everything is in the crock pot (pot) let the ingredients warm up until the cream cheese is fully melted and the recipe has a creamy consistency. Make sure you still often so it doesn’t burn.
  6. Serve on top of nachos or in serving bowls to let guests scoop it up.

This recipe was super easy to make from start to finish. The only time consuming part was waiting for the cream cheese to fully melt. Using pre-cut vegetables made it quick and easy too (my kids snacked on the carrots and zucchini that came with the pack).

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Shredded chicken in the crock pot

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All the ingredients in the crock pot

Of course once you have something as yummy as this recipe you need some tasty chips to go with it. I picked up some RUFFLES® Original Potato Chips, TOSTITOS® SCOOPS!® Tortilla Chips (this is a “scoop-worthy” topping) and TOSTITOS® Cantina Thin & Crispy Tortilla Chips.

The TOSTITOS Cantina Thin & Crispy Tortilla Chips had information on it about the NFL sweepstakes Frito-Lay is hosting. More on that later.

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Once I had everything ready it’s time to lay it out for family and friends to enjoy, along with a great football game (or two).

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The thing poking out is an onion I neglected to cut up.

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I used a patriotic basket because football is as American as hot dogs and apple pie. Plus the Cowboys are often called "America's Team".

I used a patriotic basket because football is as American as hot dogs and apple pie. Plus the Cowboys are often called “America’s Team”.

Was it good? YES IT WAS!!! My whole family enjoyed it – even my nitpicky kids.

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Here is a photo of the finished product. I neglected to add the cheese before serving it so I had to retrieve one of the bowls to add the cheese.

Dallas Cowboys Dip

What do you think of my recipe? Does it sound like something you’ll want to try at your next football gathering?

My recipe will go head-to-head against other blogger’s recipes. The recipe contest will be held on Frito-Lay’s Facebook page, Facebook.com/FritoLay. I hope you’ll consider voting for me and my recipe.

In addition you can check out Frito-Lay on Twitter (@FritoLay), Instagram and Pinterest (there are a lot of great recipes on the Pinterest page). The brand’s official website is FritoLay.com (also check out Snacks.com).

Frito-Lay is also hosting an Instagram Sweepstakes. Consumers are encouraged to submit their own nacho recipe on Instagram using the hashtag #FritoLayKickoffEntry. Each week one person will be randomly selected to win a prize package from Frito-Lay. So show your team pride by celebrating and making America’s Favorite Snacks part of your tradition plus enter to win a great prize pack from Frito-Lay.

In addition, consumers who vote for their favorite blogger recipe (like mine :-) ) will also be randomly selected to win a Frito-Lay prize package.

Bring game-day party and traditions to life this season with TOSTITOS® brand products.

What is your favorite recipe to create and enjoy while watching football?

Which is your favorite NFL team?

I hope you’ll consider entering the Instagram Sweepstakes and please consider voting for my recipe. I would appreciate that a lot.

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Kimberly

*Although compensated for my participation the opinions expressed are entirely my own and not influenced in any way.

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Take the Ultimate Chili Challenge – Win a “Big Game” Prize Package

 

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The 2014/2015 NFL season has finally started. Technically it started on Thursday, September 4, 2014, but September 7th is the first full day of football. My husband has been counting the days until football’s triumphant return.

The one thing that goes great with football is delicious food. Sometimes I think the football games are just an excuse for people to go all out and cook a scrumptious assortment of foods.

One food you might find at a tailgating party is chili. Just like football, some people take their chili seriously.

There are plenty of chili recipes, each with its own secret ingredient. When I make chili my secret ingredient is sugar. That’s right – I add sugar to my chili. Ideally brown sugar but I have made it with white sugar with an equally delicious result.

My chili served over rice and with a glass of Riunite Lam

My chili served over rice and with a glass of Riunite Lambrusco.

If your chili is legendary and you have people begging for me you might want to consider entering Riunite’s Ultimate Chili Challenge.

Riunite offers consumer’s Italian wines.

I haven’t heard of Riunite until recently when the company sent me a bottle of their Lambrusco wine and some goodies to make my favorite chili recipe.

According to the Riunite website the Lambrusco is…

…an Emilian wine, bright red in color, sparkling, made from the grape variety of the same name.” In fact it would be more accurate to state “grape varieties of the same name,” because at least six different types of Lambrusco are cultivated, in addition to all the grape varieties such as Lancellotta which are traditionally an integral part of the Lambrusco blend.

The wine is very flavorful. It has a deep, rich, fruity taste. Its sweeter then other red wines that I have have experienced.

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Although the wine is made from a variety of grapes you can also sense other types of berries in both the scent and the flavor. I can’t pinpoint exactly what it is that I taste and smell but there is more to it then just grapes.

The Lambrusco also has a bit of a fizz to it. I was surprised when I opened the bottle and heard it fizz. There is also a light effervescence that tickles your tongue as you drink it.

Because of it’s bold taste this wine could go with a lot of bold, flavorful foods – like chili. I think that is why Rinute has created the Ultimate Chili Challenge.

Rinute is asking cooks across the country to whip up their favorite chili recipe then snap a photo and fill out the information on the contest’s website for their chance to win the ultimate prize – a trip the the Super Bowl, aka, “The Big Game”.

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You can find out more about the contest and upload your enter at www.RiuniteTailgate.com. You have until September 20th to enter.

The reason why I didn’t post my personal chili recipe here is because I am entering the contest and I didn’t want anyone to copy my recipe. I would LOVE to win the grand prize and take my hubby to the Super Bowl. That would be a dream come true for him, especially if his team makes it to the Super Bowl.

In addition the brand will be hosting regional chili cook offs too.

Throughout the campaign you’ll find coupons attached to Riunite bottles in retail stores that can sae you up to $4 on Riunite, Del Monte Tomatoes, and Louisiana Hot Sauce, ingredients you might need to create your ultimate chili.

Honestly, I wouldn’t think to pair red wine with chili but I tired the Riunite Lambrusco with my chili and it actually went very well together. My chili is both hot and sweet and the wine has a bold, fruity taste.

Up until now I would never think about serving wine at a tailgating party or get together but now that I’ve tried it I think I’ll do it again. After all, not everyone likes beer or soda. Sometimes  you just want a sweet, fruity glass of wine.

You can check out Riunite on the social media sites – Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. The official hashtag for the contest is #RiuniteChili.

Do you think you’ll be entering the contest? Feel free to share your thoughts.

Riunite Chili Challenge

Kimberly

*I received a free product sample and other goodies in order to do this review/post. There was no other compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.      

 

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Are you ready for some football? (giveaway ends 9/19/14)

 

Football

 

Football is back! For die hard football fans it’s been a very long wait. My husband has been counting the days the same way a child would count the days leading up to Christmas. LOL!

Football is one of those sports where people love to come together and enjoy a game (or two) with family and friends. What makes it even better is the food. It’s not a football game or a tailgating party without some delicious foods.

Some people enjoy going all out with burgers, hot dogs and wings. Others prefer to offer their guests lighter fare like chips, dips, pizza and snack foods.

Usually when people come to our house to watch a game I like to keep it simple with snack foods. If it was a big game, like the playoffs or the Super Bowl I would opt for more “meal like” foods (burgers, hot dogs…).

My husband loves to snack when we’re watching football. Football and food go hand-in-hand. Its funny because when football is not on he doesn’t usually snack watching television. The moment football season kicks in he’s always looking for something yummy to nosh on while he’s watching the games (I say “games” because we have the DirecTV Sunday Ticket so he can watch ALL of the NFL games – lucky me! Ha Ha).

ChexMix

 

One of our favorite “go-to” snacks is Chex Mix. What I like about Chex Mix is that it’s a combination of favors and textures including corn Chex cereal, wheat Chex creal, mini breadsticks, rye chips and pretzels. It’s like several snacks in one.

Did you know that Chex Mix comes in other varieties too like Cheddar, Bold Party Blend, Hot and Spicy, Trail Mix, Sour Cream and Onion, Honey Nut, Dark Chocolate and one personal favorite, Chocolate Peanut Butter.

My family also enjoys Chex cereals (my kids are crazy for Vanilla Chex).

Did you know you can make a lot of recipes using Chex Mix products?

My kids especially love it when I make Muddy Buddies. Or shall I say “Messy Buddies” since we end up getting powdered sugar all over the place. But I don’t mind – I love making them and eating them. Thankfully Chex Mix makes pre-made Muddy Buddies, however I do enjoy making them myself too.

Muddy Buddies

Muddy Buddies

Muddy Buddies might be a bit messy for watching football, but are many other great recipe ideas would go great with a football game. Here are just a few ideas.

Bacon Blooming Onion – Because who doesn’t love bacon?

Kentucky Bourbon Bacon– Americans are buying more bourbon now than ever before so the trendy flavor is sure to be a hit.

Seattle Grunge– Celebrate the love of the game and NFL season kick-off by commemorating the 2014 Super Bowl Champions!

Seattle Grunge Recipe Ingredients

Recipe Seattle Grunge Chex

Chex Recipe

I made the Seattle Grunge recipe (pictured above) for my family. Not only is it great for snacking on during a football game it also makes a great any time snack and school lunch/after school snack. It’s made with dried blueberries, dried apples, oats and honey granola, sunflower seeds and of course Chex Mix (in this case it’s Chocolate Peanut Butter Chex Mix). It’s so good! I’ve taken some to work with me to snack on too. The sweet and tart flavor from the fruit goes very well with the chocolate and peanut butter.

If you really want to go all out why not try and recreate the Chex Mix Snackadium. This would be PERFECT for a Super Bowl party.

Chex Mix Snackadium

One day I would love to try and make something like this. Of course I’d probably be too tempted to eat it as I was assembling it.

If you would like to see more Chex Mix recipes visit BettyCrocker.com. You can also check out Chex Mix on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest (links are found on their home page).

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Chex would like to give THREE (3) winners two (2) bags of Chex Mix (Traditional and Chocolate Peanut Butter) so that you can enjoy them while you watch football (or any other time).

This giveaway is open to U.S. residents only and will end on September 15, 2014 at 11:59 PM (EST). The winner will be chosen at random using a random number generator from all eligible entries. The winner will be notified via e-mail and will have three days to reply or a new winner will be chosen in their place.

To enter please comment on this post and tell me what your favorite football snack is OR your favorite Chex Mix recipe.

For Extra entries you can use the Rafflecopter widget (below) but you must complete the initial entry requirement or the additional entries wont’ qualify (I do check). Extra entries are optional.

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Kimberly

*I received free product samples in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way.

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Add some “zing” this football season with Florida Orange Juice

I participated in an Influencer Activation Program on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for the Florida Department of Citrus. I received promotional item to thank me for participating.

Football

It’s officially football season. I know a lot of fans are super excited about the.

My husband counted down to the start of football season like children count down to Christmas. LOL!

We’re such big NFL fans that our daughter knew various hand signals when she was just a toddler. If we said “holding” or “off sides” to her (as an example) she would do the appropriate hand signal. LOL!

Our daughter as a toddler doing the signal for "Holding". LOL!

Our daughter as a toddler doing the signal for “Holding”. LOL!

To say we’re fans is an understatement. Our son’s middle name is after my husband’s favorite team. It was going to be his first name but at the last minute (literally the moment he was removed from my womb) we changed it to his middle name. My mother in law was not keen on the name and my husband (the “mama’s boy”) decided maybe it was best if we changed it.

We also attended Super Bowl Boulevard last year when the Super Bowl was held in New Jersey. Super Bowl Boulevard was held on the streets of Manhattan. WOW! What at that insane! I think it was more crowded then Times Square on New Year’s Eve. It was so crowded that we had to leave. We couldn’t enjoy ourselves.

I was able to get some good photos including the Vince Lombardi trophy.

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When it comes to football nothing goes better then great food with great friends. Look at tailgating parties for example. I think sometimes they are just as fun as the football game it’s self.

When it comes to foods traditionally served at football get togethers most people probably think of chips, dips, pizza, burgers, wings and beer. Something that might not come to mind is Florida orange juice. That’s right, I said Florida orange juice.

Believe it or not there are plenty of great football foods you can make and serve to guests that feature Florida orange juice as one of the main ingredients.

Florida orange juice (regardless of the brand) is overseen by the Florida Department of Citrus.

The Florida Department of Citrus (FDOC) is an executive agency of the Florida government charged with the marketing, research and regulation of the Florida citrus industry. Its mission is to maximize demand for Florida citrus products in order to ensure the sustainability and economic well-being of the Florida citrus grower, the citrus industry and the State of Florida. 

Incorporating 100 percent orange juice in your daily diet, either by enjoying an 8-ounce glass a day or by including  OJ in your favorite recipes, can help you maintain a healthy diet and lifestyle and may help reduce the risk of certain diseases.

As a mom I want to make sure my family is getting enough of the vital vitamins and nutrients their bodies, and mine, need to stay healthy. Florida orange juice provides you vitamin C which is important for your immune system as well as other essential nutrients like folate, potassium and thiamin.

An 8-ounce glass of Florida OJ:

  • Is an excellent source of vitamin C, delivering more than 100 percent of the Daily Value
  • Counts as one cup of fruit, according to the USDA MyPlate Fruit Group recommendations
  • Serves as a good source of folate, thiamin and also potassium, a mineral important for muscle function and nerve transmission
  • Is free of fat, sodium, cholesterol and added sugar

Not only is Florida orange juice good for you it also tastes great.

There is so much more to Florida orange juice then just a beverage you have in the morning with your cereal.

Florida orange juice is a great ingredient to add into your favorite recipes to add a little “zing” to your dish.

I often make an “Orange Julius” (or as my kids refer to it as a creamsicle drink) by adding two parts Florida orange juice to one part milk in the blender along with a little sugar (optional) and some ice. It makes a great smoothie.

Florida orange juice also makes a fabulous marinade. Here is one that I tried recently with my family.

Ingredients

Ingredients:

  • ¼ C 100% Florida Orange Juice
  • 1T lime juice
  • 1T jerk seasoning (I used Italian seasoning)
  • 1t ginger, minced

*Recipe credit: Florida Department of Citrus

Ideally you should let the chicken marinade in the fridge overnight. If you don’t have that much time at least marinade it for three hours.

I put the marinade ingredients and chicken in a Ziploc bag for easy clean up.

I put the marinade ingredients and chicken in a Ziploc bag for easy clean up.

I cooked our marinated chicken on an indoor grill. This could easily be cut up into chunks and used as part of a Kabob or perhaps to make chicken sandwiches (Focaccia or Ciabatta bread would go great with this chicken). 

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It looks messy but it tasted oh so good!

Florida Orange Juice Marinade

Marinated chicken cut up into chunks.

Recently the Florida Department of Citrus hosted a Florida style tailgating party in Herald Square in New York City. Sport announcer and Dancing with the Stars co-host Erin Andrews is a partner with the Florida Department of Citrus and she was on hand for the festivities. She also handed out samples of sweet and delicious Florida orange juice.

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The official hashtags for the event was #OJSelfie and #OJTailgate.

I wish I had the opportunity to attend.

You can easily incorporate Florida orange juice into your favorite tailgating recipes or football fan favorite snacks. In addition to making a great marinade for chicken (recipe above), Florida orange juice can be used in beef, turkey and pork recipes, desserts, snacks and side dishes. You can even add Florida orange juice to other beverages too. You can find recipes for things like Orange Herbed Veggie Burgers, Orange Black Bean Burritos, Citrus Shrimp Summer Rolls with Florida Orange-Sriracha Dipping Sauce and Florida Orange Molasses Baked Beans, to name a few. All of which would be a delicious addition to your tailgating party or football gathering.

If you would like to learn more about wonderful Florida orange juice please visit FloridaCitrus.org. You can also check them out on the various social media sites like Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest. Be sure to check out social media sites for more recipes, tips and news.

What is your favorite football party/tailgating party recipe/food?

How do you incorporate Florida orange juice into your family’s favorite recipes?

Feel free to comment and share your thoughts. I always love to hear from my readers.

Florida Department of Citrus

Kimberly

 

 

 

 

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A-M-A-Z-I-N-G burger recipes from Ohmaha Steak’s Chef Karl Marsh

 

Pork and Bacon burger from Omaha Steaks.

Pork and Bacon burger from Omaha Steaks.

Summer is not summer without hamburgers. They go “hand-in-hand” with backyard barbecues. My family and I LOVE barbecued burgers.

To be honest with you, when I think of burgers I think ground beef, a slice of cheese and our favorite toppings like ketchup, pickles and onions. We’re missing out because there are so many great recipes available to create gourmet quality burgers quickly and easily.

Are you familiar with Omaha Steaks? Ohmaha Steaks is an online retailer of quality meats, seafood, appetizers, desserts and more.

My mom used to order from Omaha Steaks often. She was in love with their steaks. I have to laugh when I think about it because I rarely had a chance to enjoy the steaks. My mom considered them food for the grown-ups. Kids were given hamburgers. Now that I’m an adult I can enjoy Omaha Steaks too. :-)

Hamburgers are easy to prepare and require few ingredients, but sometimes you want to offer your family or guests something a little “more”. Ohmaha Steaks has a nice variety of burgers worth checking out.

My family had the opportunity to try out some mouth watering burgers from Ohmaha Steaks. They grill up perfectly on the barbecue or you can enjoy them pan fried in your kitchen. We tried them both ways (on the grill and in a pan  on the stove). Personally I enjoy the barbecue method.

I received to review the following burgers.

Omaha Steak Burgers

Aztec Salmon Burgers

To be honest I was very curious about these burgers. I love salmon, as does my daughter. I couldn’t imagine a salmon burger. I just had to try these.

The Aztec Salmon Burgers are made from Wild Alaskan Salmon with black beans, sharp cheddar, fire-roasted corn and peppers. They are very colorful!

These burgers are SO GOOD! I love the combination of ingredients. Salmon is great “as is” with just a dash of lemon juice. The addition of the beans, cheddar and other ingredients really make the flavor of these burgers “pop”.

You don’t have to eat these like a regular burger. You could put on on top of a salad or with a side of wild rice.

My daughter loved these so much she asked me to get more. She wants to be able to make one for a light lunch.

If you love salmon you must try these delicious burgers.

Pork and Bacon Burgers

Most people love bacon. There are some people out there that are bacon obsessed (I know a few people who love anything and everything bacon). I like bacon too. I would never think to include it inside a burger.

These are not your typical burgers. These are made out of pork, not beef. You can tell when you cook them too. They smell like pork. They even taste like pork (of course!).

Whomever thought to pair pork and bacon in a burger form is genius! The flavor combination is amazing.

Normally I like ketchup on top of my burgers. You don’t need to add anything extra to these burgers. They are packed with flavor just as they are.

Your family and guests will rave about these mouth-watering burgers.

Brisket Burgers

If you love big, juicy, hearty burgers then the Omaha Steaks Brisket Burgers are for you. These thick and juicy burgers are very satisfying. They are thicker then the other burgers. They are quite the mouthful. True burger lovers will flip for these yummy burgers.

The burgers are available in multi packs ranging from 4 burgers upwards to 16 burger packs. Each one is individually sealed so you can make a few and save the rest for another occasion. They are frozen solid when they arrive at your door. You’ll need to let them defrost a bit before cooking them.

Burgers

These burgers are packed with flavor and convenient. They are available year round too.

Regular ground beef burgers are great but the gourmet burgers from Omaha Steaks are extraordinary.

Speaking of extraordinary burgers, Omaha Steak’s Chef Karl Marsh has some burger recipes that are sure to make you drool just by reading them.

Burger 1

Mediterranean Lamb Burger with Feta Cheese and Tzatziki Sauce

Ingredients:

4 Omaha Steaks Lamb Burgers
2 tsp. Omaha Steaks Seasoning
4 oz Feta Cheese Crumbles
4 Ciabatta Buns
1/2 cup Tzatziki Sauce
4 Large Beef Steak Tomato Slices
4 Green Leaves

Directions:

1. Prepare the Tzatziki Sauce ahead of time.
2. Clean and preheat grill to high. Season burgers as desired with Omaha Steaks All Natural Seasoning. Grill for 4-5 minutes per side until internal temperature reads 160°F. Sprinkle crumbled Feta Cheese on each burger before removing from the grill.
3. Lightly toast the Ciabatta Buns on the grill. Then spread 1 Tbsp of Tzatziki Sauce on each half of bun.
4. Place burgers on buns and top with green leaf and tomato slices.

Tzatziki Sauce (Makes 2 cups)

Ingredients:

1 cup Plain Yogurt
1 each Large Cucumbers (Peeled, Seeded and Diced)
1/4 cup Red Onion (Minced)
1 teaspoon Kosher Salt
1 teaspoon Garlic, Minced
1 Tablespoon Red Wine Vinegar
1 Tablespoon Lemon Juice (Fresh)
1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
1/4 teaspoon Ground Pepper

Directions:

1. Combine all and mix well.
2. Store up to 1 week in fridge.

Burger 2

Pork Bacon Burger with Bourbon Onion Mayonnaise

Ingredients:

4 each Omaha Steaks Pork & Bacon Burgers
4 each Onion Buns
2 tsp. Omaha Steaks All Natural Seasoning
1/2 Cup Bourbon Onion Mayonnaise
4 Green Leaves
4 Beefsteak Tomato Slices

Directions:

1. Clean and preheat grill to high (600°F). Season burgers as desired with Omaha Steaks All Natural Seasoning. Grill for 5-6 minutes per side until internal temperature reads 160°F
2. Lightly toast the Kaiser Rolls and spread 1 Tbsp. of Bourbon Onion Mayonnaise on each half of buns.
3.Place burgers on buns and top with green leaf and tomato slice.

Bourbon Onion Mayonnaise (Makes 2 cups)

Ingredients:

2 Tbsp. Canola Oil
1 Tbsp. Butter
1 large Yellow Onion, Sliced
1/4 cup Brown Sugar
1/2 tsp. Sea Salt
1/8 tsp. Black Pepper
1/4 cup Beef Au jus*
1/2 cup Bourbon
1 Cup Mayonnaise

Directions:

1. Heat oil over medium heat.
2. Add butter and brown slightly.
3. Add sliced onions and cook while stirring for about 10 minutes or until onions just begin to caramelize.
4. Add Brown Sugar, Salt and Pepper. Stir well, reduce heat to medium low and continue cooking for 20-30 minutes.
5. When onions are caramelized, add the Beef Au Jus and Jim Beam Black Bourbon
6. Cook until onions have a nice brown color.
7. Remove from heat and cool slightly.
8. Place onions in food processor and pulse until smooth.
9. Combine in mixing bowl with mayonnaise and mix until smooth

hamburgers

Reuben Burger

Ingredients:

2 slices Rye Bread
1 tsp. Mayo
1 slice Swiss Cheese
6oz Omaha Steaks Brisket Burgers
Sprinkle All Natural Seasoning
1 oz Corned Beef Brisket Sliced
2 Tbsp. Thousand Islands
1/4 cup. Sauerkraut

Garnish:

Green Leaf
Cole Slaw
Pickle
Omaha Steaks Steakhouse Fries

Directions:

1. Sprinkle burger with Omaha Steaks All Natural Seasoning and grill to desired doneness.
2. Spread mayonnaise on rye bread and place on medium grill with mayonnaise side down.
3. Place a slice of Swiss cheese on one slice of bread.
4. Place corned beef and sauerkraut on the other slice.
5. Grill bread until toasted and cheese is melted.
6. Place cooked burger on top of sauerkraut and top with the other piece of toasted rye.

What do you think about these recipes? I have more but it’s hard for me to copy/paste them into a post.

Have you tried Omaha Steaks burgers before? If so, what did you think about them?

Have you ever purchased from Omaha Steaks? Do you have a favorite product?

Feel free to share your thoughts.

For more information please visit www.OmahaSteaks.com. You can also find the brand on the various social media sites (links can be found on top of the brand’s home page).

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Kimberly

*I received free product samples in order to do this review. There was no compensation. The opinions expressed are my own and not influenced in any way. 

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