Good For You Meals with Grape Taste

  (Family Features) When it comes to balancing heart-healthy meals with appealing flavors, it’s important to lean on nutritious ingredients that pack mouthwatering taste. For example, grapes are a delicious yet subtle way to incorporate a little something extra into your diet while adding a juicy burst of flavor. Grapes of all colors – red, green and black – can be enjoyed as a ready-to-eat, on-the-go food anytime and anywhere. Grapes are also a healthy choice, as they’re a natural source of antioxidants and other polyphenols, and contain no fat and virtually no sodium. Because of their versatility, heart-healthy grapes …

Pop Up Sweet Treats

(Family Features) When the weather is warm and it’s time for a sweet treat, look for seasonal goodies that complement summertime fun. For example, reach for an option like whole-grain, fluffy and crisp popcorn which can be an easy, DIY snack. Combine sweet and salty flavors to create something delicious to devour like Coconut Popcorn Crunch Pie or delightful Down Home Apple Pie Popcorn. To better serve a crowd, try these Perfect Picnic Popcorn Squares, Popcorn S’mores or Key Lime Popcorn Clusters at your next family pool party or summertime barbecue with friends. For more creative, DIY popcorn recipe ideas, …

Brighten and Awaken Summer Flavors

  (Family Features) Summer provides an abundance of delicious, fresh-picked flavors, giving home chefs plenty of opportunities to use them in both classic recipes and newfound favorites. From sides to salads to smoothies and everything in between, summer is all about creating dishes that taste tempting, bright and balanced. Using seasonal ingredients, like peaches and other sun-ripened fruits, can help play up the bounty of summer for all types of eating occasions. However, with a wide variety of available choices, it can be a dizzying task to select recipes you’ll want to make again and again. This summer, Nature’s Intent …

Smoke and Spice

  6 flavor pairings to amp up summer grilling (Family Features) The grill is often the star of summer gatherings, from weeknight meals to backyard barbecues and family reunions. Impress your guests and add an extra layer of smoky flavor to backyard favorites with the help of rich and aromatic woodchips. Add to your gas or charcoal grill and create big flavor. Adding wood chips to your favorite recipes can help highlight distinct flavors for your mains and sides in one simple step. For rich dishes like steak and beef, pair with an intense hickory flavored woodchip. For lighter meats …

Smart Ways to Fuel Kids This Summer

Pediatrician-approved solutions with essential nutrients for active kids (Family Features) Parents may be wondering how to ensure their children are staying hydrated, maintaining healthy diets and getting the nutrients they need during the summer months. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the reality is one out of two kids ages 9 and up are missing out on key nutrients like calcium, vitamin D, and potassium – putting them at risk for serious health issues. Pediatrician and best-selling author Dr. Tanya Altmann suggests moms can help fill that gap by making …

Serve Up Some Love This Fourth of July

Grill with your children for an exciting shared experience (Family Features) Many of today’s families have something in the kitchen that previous generations didn’t – more men involved in meal preparation. On the Fourth of July, that trend will likely continue as men, especially fathers, take to the grill to prepare popular summer fare for the family. As millennials shatter stereotypes and share household tasks, fathers are using cooking as a way of bonding with their children by making their favorite family meals together. According to a study conducted by Men’s Health, more men are helping out in the kitchen …

5 ways to up your summer get-together game

(BPT) – Neighborhood cookouts are quintessentially summer, and totally fun. Because of that, it’s no surprise that you may want to host them as often as possible, even every weekend if you could. But that introduces a new challenge — how do you keep your events fresh and interesting for your guests? Multiple events allow you the opportunity to switch things up and make your individual get-togethers more special. So with that in mind, here’s a list of five ways you can up your game and take your cookouts to the next level this year. * Smoke your meat … …

Great grilling tips and tricks of the pros

(BPT) – Across the country, as the weather heats up, so do the grills. You don’t need to be a pitmaster to enjoy the fresh flavors that only come from grilling. A few simple tips and creative tricks will help you perfectly grill foods so juicy and delicious, you’ll impress even the pickiest of palates. Keep it closed: If you’re looking, it’s not cooking! When grilling, it’s tempting to constantly check your foods, but this mistake can cause items to cook unevenly. While some parts may be overdone, others could be dangerously underdone. A grill does its best work when closed, …

Strawberry Spritzer

  When it’s summertime, you crave for something cold and fruity.  Combine frozen strawberries with frozen pink lemonade concentrate and you have a recipe for deliciousness.  This fizzy summertime strawberry treat will delight your taste buds and keep you quenched while basking in the sun. Find more drink recipes at culinary.net. Strawberry Spritzer 1 package (10 oz) frozen sliced strawberries, sweetened and thawed 2 liters lemon-lime soda, chilled (may substitute for ginger ale) 1 can (12oz) frozen pink lemonade concentrate, thawed Pour strawberries in a blender and process until blended thoroughly. Pour strawberries into a large pitcher; stir in soda and …

Boston Cream Pie Crepes

Turn your morning breakfast crepe into a delicious and totally satisfying dessert with creamy custard filling and decadent chocolate sauce. To make filling: 1/2 cup sugar 1/4 cup cornstarch 1/2 tsp salt 1 1/2 cups milk 4 egg whites 1 tsp vanilla extract 1/2 cup heavy whipping cream In a saucepan mix milk, sugar, cornstarch and salt over a medium heat. Stir until mixture thickens. Pour 1/3 of sugar mixture into egg whites and stir, return to saucepan and heat for 1 minute. Remove saucepan from heat and pour in vanilla. Transfer filling to medium bowl, cover and press plastic wrap to …