Dispensing Some Good Ol' Advice on Cooking and Life:

6 Back-to-School Tips

Posted By CookingBelle - August 18th, 2014

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Back to school can be exciting and exhausting at the same time. Between shopping for new clothes and a bright new lunch box, you may need a few “reminders” for you as school fast approaches. We’ve put together a few tips to help you ace getting your family back on track for school!

1. Visit the doctor

Making sure your child is healthy can help them be successful and start the year off strong.

2. Get their minds back in shape

You may feel like you’re out of summer activities for the kids with the dog days of summer, but keep encouraging them to go outside, play games and do puzzles. Throw in a few math, geography and history questions across the dinner table; let it be a fun conversation to inspire curiosity and learning!

3. Get their sleeping on track

Start putting your kids back on a disciplined bed times so that adjusting to waking up for school is easier.

4. Setup their “homework office”

Involve your kids in preparing a study area that they can do homework. Take them shopping to pick out supplies that get them excited about being back in school. While your out, have them help you pick out ingredients for nutritious recipes that are packed full of veggies!

Veg-All Almond Chicken Salad

5. Keep everyone accountable

Create a calendar so that everyone is on the same page. And when it comes to meal planning, get your kids excited by picking out recipes for them to help with.

6. Plan for leftovers

As school starts, begin planning dinners that can be used in lunches the next day, like this Veg-All Almond Chicken Salad that can be easily kept for a lunch sandwich the next day.

6 Easy Ways to Add Veggies

Posted By CookingBelle - July 14th, 2014

 
Recently I was reminded that we all should be eating 2 1/2 cups of vegetables each day! Sometimes eating your veggies is easier said than done. This summer, with the help of Sager Creek, I’m trying 6 different ways to incorporate more veggies into my family’s diet !

Chunky Veg-All Salsa

1. Salsa. You may love salsa but not always think of it as a way to get your veggies. It’s easy when you use mixed vegetables in this Chunky Veg-All Salsa … your family will say Olè to the tastes!

Freshlike Spring Pasta Salad

2. Eat a veggie side at every meal. Canned vegetables can make a quick and easy side to any recipe this summer. Check out Allens Cut Green Beans, heat and eat!

3. Wake up to vegetables. These Breakfast Veg-All Burritos include eggs, sausage and mixed vegetables for a full morning of nutrition!

4. Kick up your pastas! When making pasta, dice up a can of Italian Green Beans or toss in Freshlike Sweet Peas to your sauce! Don’t forget to include canned vegetables in other pasta recipes, like this delicious Freshlike Spring Pasta Salad recipe!

5. Add canned vegetables to dishes you already enjoy! Try this Veg-All Pizza recipe … it packs in the nutrition and flavor!

6. Make your vegetables easily accessible to remind yourself to use them. Put your canned vegetables at eye level and in the front of your pantry so that you’re more likely to use them at mealtime.

 

A Salad Fit for Zeus!

Posted By CookingBelle - July 13th, 2014

 
Finding healthy recipes packed with nutrients that please the whole family is a challenge for any vegetarian. Sager Creek Vegetable Company has taken out the guesswork in preparing a delicious vegetarian recipe that incorporates the entire color wheel. This vegetarian recipe is sure to satisfy everyone, and your family will forget about the meat that didn’t make it into the dish! As an added bonus, the olive oil in this recipe helps prevent against heart disease!

Veg-All Lemon Pepper Salad

Veg-All Lemon Pepper Salad

Veg-All Lemon Pepper Salad

Preparation and Cooking Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients

1 (15 oz) can Veg-All Original Mixed Vegetables, drained
1/4 cup pine nuts
3 cups water
1/2 cup orzo pasta, uncooked
1/2 cup red pepper, diced
1/2 cup green pepper, diced
1/2 cup feta cheese, crumbled
1/4 cup black olives, quartered
2 scallions (or green onions), thinly sliced
1 tsp whole cumin seeds
1/4 tsp dried dill weed
Lettuce

Dressing:
1/4 cup olive oil
1 Tbsp. lemon juice
1/2 tsp. lemon pepper
1/2 tsp salt

Granish:
1 medium Cucumber, peeled and sliced
10-20 grape tomatoes

Directions

Preheat oven to 400°F. Bake pine nuts for 4 minutes; set aside. In 3 cups boiling water, cook orzo pasta for 9 minutes. Drain and rinse with cold water. Let stand in strainer. In medium mixing bowl, mix all ingredients for dressing; set aside. In large salad bowl, toss all ingredients for salad. Add dressing; mix well. Serve on bed of lettuce and garnish with cucumber slices and grape tomatoes.

Celebrate 4th of July with a Nutrition-Packed Burger

Posted By CookingBelle - June 26th, 2014

 

Buddy’s Black Bean Burger

With the Fourth of July fast approaching, I’m starting to think about recipes that will be great for our celebration! And you know me, I am always looking for vegetable recipes that are convenient and delicious for my family. Since I’ll be grilling on the 4th, there’s no better veggie burger than Buddy’s Black Bean Burger, using Allens Seasoned Black Beans!

By cooking with black beans I pack these burgers with fiber and protein, which have been shown to decrease the risk of heart attack and coronary heart disease … mmm, healthy and delicious! I found this easy vegetarian burger recipe on our Fourth of July Planner. As you plan for Independence Day, don’t forget other convenient canned vegetable recipes, like Italian Veg-All Salad and Southern BBQ Green Beans, both are great additions to any summer BBQ.

Celebrate “Eat Your Veggies Day” All Month!

Posted By CookingBelle - June 5th, 2014

 
As a mom, from time to time I have to remind my family why eating vegetables is so good for them. What better time for a healthy nudge than to celebrate Eat Your Veggies Day on June 17th! However, because canned vegetables are so delicious, I’m not celebrating just one day, I’m celebrating all month long with easy vegetable recipes from Allens. One of my favorite recipes is the Five Bean Salad … so full of color and flavor! Your family will love this easy dinner recipe!

Speaking of color, I also found that each color of vegetable has a unique nutritional benefit. Below you’ll see a few fun facts about some veggies dear to my heart. Enjoy!

Five Bean Salad

Green vegetables, like Allens Lima Beans, are high in lutein, a powerful antioxidant that can reduce cardiovascular disease!

Red vegetables can help keep your heart healthy, your brain functioning all while lowering the risk of cancer. Allens Red Kidney Beans are perfect for this.

Yellow and Orange veggies supply your body with Vitamin C and several antioxidants that help maintain a healthy heart and fight harmful free radicals. Mmm… try Allens Cream Style Sweet Corn or Sliced Carrots.

Purple vegetables are rich with antioxidants that support your immune system. Give Freshlike Select Sliced Pickled Beets a try!

 
 

Say Bonjour to the Fresh Taste of Spring

Posted By CookingBelle - May 19th, 2014

 

Spring Salad in Paris

Each spring, my family gets excited about being back outside with friends, in the park for picnics and in the yard for grilling. For me, spring means the return of fresh recipes (using Allens vegetables of course!) and the chance to try something new! It’s actually a fun tradition in our home to try at least a handful of different veggie recipes to kick off the season. This year we’re loving Allens Spring Salad in Paris … it’s an easy salad recipe that is as good as a side as it is as a main course. I know your family will love it too.

Here are some other recipes to try get you started on your new tradition:

 
 

Allens Love Letter

Posted By CookingBelle - April 2nd, 2014

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Thanks for taking me home again!

 
I just tried your Turnip Greens and I just cried. I know this might sound silly but I lost my grandmother two years ago and thought no one made them like her. You guys are spot on and I am in love with this! Thanks so much for taking me home again.

From: Ashley A. of Portland TN

 

Do you have a love letter of your own? Send it to us, we love to hear how you enjoy Allens Vegetables!

 

 

 

Allens Vegetable Nutrition Comes in All Colors

Posted By CookingBelle - February 28th, 2014

No one in my family gets as excited about March as I do. It’s not because I love the ‘madness’ in basketball, it’s not just that Spring is just around the corner, it’s because of National Nutrition Month and Allens makes it so easy to eat nutritious! With kids on-the-go, Allens makes it simple … reach into the pantry for a can of Allens Vegetables and I’m on my way to an easy and healthy meal that’s light, colorful and delicious!

Classic Veg-All Chicken Stir Fry

Within each color of vegetables lies a unique nutrient that helps to keep my family healthy. And by making recipes with a variety of colors ensures balanced nutrition for my family! The challenge for me is scoring big at the dinner table against some pretty picky eaters. Thankfully, I’ve found using Allens Veg-All Mixed Vegetables is an easy way to add color and taste to family favorites, like Classic Veg-All Chicken Stir Fry or Easy Allens Orzo.  No need to jump through hoops, these Allens recipes are a winner for me and the kids.

Celebrate Canned Food Month … With Recycling Fun!

Posted By CookingBelle - February 4th, 2014

6 Easy Tips to Get Your Kids Started

1. Keep it simple.  There’s no need to begin with an overwhelming recycling plan. Start out by only recycling cans and bottles. Kids will see how fun – and easy – it can be and will naturally want to move on to a more comprehensive list.

2. Nothing fancy. There’s no need to buy recycling bins. Start with sturdy boxes or old trash containers. By personalizing each bin with colorful paper or stickers, children will feel more involved in the beginning process.Pencil Holder

3. Get crafty. It’s not only about throwing an item in a recycling bin. There are a number of helpful websites and Pinterest boards to let your creativity shine.  Decorate an Allens vegetable can with craft items to make a pencil holder or an old coffee can for a drum. The possibilities are as endless as your child’s imagination.

4. Try setting up a reward system that encourages kids to recycle. Set a goal on how many items can be recycled in a week or a month. Create a fun chart with stickers to encourage daily interaction.

5. Visit your local recycling center. Kids have the opportunity to see how recycling works. From the sorting and separating process all the way to the bundling stage.

6. Can it be recycled? Use this handy tool to get started.

A Healthy New Year!

Posted By CookingBelle - January 13th, 2014

Southern Hoppin’ John

January is one of my most favorite months! Not only is it my family’s long standing tradition to ring in the new year with good luck foods – Southern Hoppin’ John with Trappey’s Black Eye Peas and a big pot of Allens Collard Greens and Tomatoes – but it’s also the promise of a new beginning of eating healthier. Hey, don’t stop reading just yet … eating healthier doesn’t have to be boring.  For example, by slipping in just one can of Allens vegetables to your favorite recipe, you’ll be adding a super boost of nutrition. How about a can of Veg-All to your biscuit mix? Or a can of Princella Sweet Potatoes to your ordinary mashed potato recipe?  The possibilities (and nutritional benefits) are endless.

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