Dispensing Some Good Ol' Advice on Cooking and Life:

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.

A Little Neighborly Love for the Holidays

Posted By CookingBelle - December 5th, 2013

 

‘Tis the season for giving! And what better way to spread the holiday cheer than by making a batch of your favorite cookies for a neighbor or friend. I often purchase a festive dinner plate or tin from a favorite local store and wrap the cookies up with a colorful bow. Always be sure to include the recipe on a card, just in case they want to pass on the tradition and bake this scrumptious treat for a friend or loved one. Our favorite recipe is easy-to-make Iced Holiday Sugar Cookies (don’t worry, the vegetables are hiding in the cookies!) from Allens. Oops, maybe it’s not so secret anymore! Start your own family cookie tradition by visiting Allens.com for great cookie recipe ideas today … Happy Holiday baking!

 

Allens Iced Holiday Sugar Cookies

Allens Iced Holiday Sugar Cookies

Preparation and Cooking Time: 30 minutes

Ingredients

1 can (7 oz) Butterfield Potato Sticks, crushed
2 cups butter or margarine, softened
1 1/4 cups sugar
2 tsp vanilla
4 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup icing
Holiday cookie cutters

Directions

Preheat oven to 350°F. Place butter and sugar in large mixing bowl and beat until light and fluffy. Beat in vanilla. Beat in flour until dough is stiff. Gradually add potato sticks and stir until mixed well. Roll dough out and cut into holiday shapes. Place each cookie about 1 inch apart, on ungreased baking sheets. Bake 8 to 10 minutes until lightly browned. Remove from baking sheets, place on wire rack and cover with icing. Store in airtight container.

Gather Around the Table with Family Traditions!

Posted By CookingBelle - November 5th, 2013

 

The leaves have fallen, the pumpkins have been picked and Thanksgiving dinner has arrived! Since traditions play an important role in my house during the holidays, I’m sticking to the basics with some Southern recipes for my dinner table. My family loves all the classic dishes I make, including Turkey and Gravy, Sweet Potatoes, Stuffing, Mashed Potatoes; but the family favorite is a creamy Green Bean Casserole.

Bringing your family together around the dinner table is an important way to celebrate each other and what brought you together … a great tasting dinner! Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks; this year my family is giving thanks with a traditional holiday meal! What are some of your family’s holiday traditions you look forward to each year?  Send us your favorites to be featured in an upcoming blog! … Want more holiday recipes, click here!

Italian Green Bean Casserole - A perfect side dish for your Thanksgiving

Allens Italian Green Bean Casserole

Preparation and Cooking Time: 45 minutes

Ingredients

2 cans (14.5 oz) Allens Cut Italian Green Beans

1 can (10.75 oz) can Condensed cream of mushroom soup (low fat or fat free can be used)

1/2 Cup Milk

1 1/2 tsp Soy sauce

1 1/3 Cups French fried onions, divided

Pepper to taste

Directions

Preheat oven to 350°F. In a 1 1/2-quart casserole, mix together soup, milk, soy sauce, pepper, Italian green beans and 2/3 cup onions. Bake for 25 minutes, or until heated through. Stir, then sprinkle remaining onions on top. Bake 5 to 10 minutes, until onions are golden.



Spinach Triangles with Popeye & Freshlike

Posted By CookingBelle - September 23rd, 2013

 
After school snack? A new football tailgate specialty? Appetizer for the family holiday? Spinach Triangles are the easy go-to recipe that serves up a great taste in a flaky pastry filled with nutritious spinach. It’s the recipe that’ll set you apart at your next family gathering. So tasty it’ll make Popeye proud and your family wanting more!

Popeye Spinach Triangles

Popeye Spinach Triangles:

Preparation and Cooking Time:
45 minutes

Ingredients
Spinach

1 can (13.5 oz.) Popeye or Freshlike Spinach
1/4 to 1/2 lb. Butter, melted
6 Green onions, minced
1 Cup Feta cheese
2 Tbsp. fresh Breadcrumbs
1 Egg
1/4 Cup Parsley, minced
1 Tbsp. Dill weed, freshly chopped
Fresh ground pepper
8 or 12 Phyllo pastry sheets
1/2 Cup fresh Breadcrumbs (four slices)

Directions
Get the full directions and printout here here.

Click here to find some more spinach recipes from Allens.

Eat Vegetarian Just Once a Week

Posted By CookingBelle - August 29th, 2013

 

Ever wondered why you should eat vegetarian just once a week? I’m just like you and often question what the benefits of more vegetables could be – is it really worth it to go meat free once a week?

Did you know eating a completely vegetarian meal once a week can help you maintain a healthy weight, prevent disease and keep your heart and body in healthy working order! So I challenge you, give it a try, just once a week to make an all-vegetarian dinner. I’ve pulled out some of my favorites here.

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Now get those veggies cookin’!

Rootin’, Tootin’ Back Yard BBQ!

Posted By CookingBelle - August 23rd, 2013

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Summer is rolling along, and down South that means it’s BBQ season! If your family is anything like mine, they love a good BBQ during the hot summer months. Hosting a cookout is the perfect excuse to bring the family together for some good ol’ Southern hospitality and great food! Get in the BBQ spirit by picking up a can (or two) of Allens Black Beans and cooking up one of my favorite recipes, Creole Black Beans and Sausage. There are so many delicious recipes I love to make during the summer months that my whole family enjoys! Summer is the perfect time for easy salads, picnic lunches and even dessert. So which recipes are you decorating your picnic table with at your next BBQ?

Creole Black Beans and Sausage

Ingredients:

1 can (16 oz) Allens Black Beans or Allens Seasoned Black Beans

1 can (16 oz) Allens Baked Beans

2 Cups Red bell pepper, diced

2 Cups Bacon, smoked and diced

2 Cups Onion, diced

1 Cup Celery, diced

1 Tbsp. Garlic, diced

2 lbs. Smoked sausage

2 tsp. Oregano

1 tsp. Cayenne

Directions:

Reserve Baked Beans in large metal bowl. Drain Black Beans and diced red bell peppers. Add to reserved Baked Beans. Saute bacon in large heavy bottomed pot or brazier until barely crisp. Add onion, celery and garlic to bacon and cook for five minutes. Transfer bacon mixture to reserved beans with remaining ingredients. Transfer bacon mixture to reserved beans with remaining ingredients. Mix well. Transfer mixture to an 8 x 10 casserole dish prepped with non-stick spray. Bake in 375 F conventional oven (325 F convection) for about 1 hour.

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