Grill Up a Heart-Healthy Meal With Tasty Veggie Sliders

Grilling season is here, and there is an easy way to put a healthy twist on your summertime cookouts – without sacrificing taste.

For a healthy alternative to the American grilling classic, the burger, consider adding unique ingredients such as California Raisins to add flavor and nutrition.

A good source of potassium and fiber, raisins are an all-natural, no-sugar-added ingredient and are fat- and cholesterol-free. As if that weren’t enough, raisins may support heart health according to new research.

A study at the Louisville Metabolic and Atherosclerosis Center suggests that eating raisins three times daily may significantly lower blood pressure for adults with prehypertension.

Stop After-School Hunger by Reaching for California Raisins

A new study from the University of Toronto suggests that not all snacks are created equal when it comes to filling up kids’ rumbling tummies. The new research found that California raisins, when compared with other snacks such as grapes and potato chips, helped kids feel more full off of fewer calories.

“We found eating raisins as a snack prevented excessive calorie intake, increased the feeling of fullness and thereby may help contribute to the maintenance of a healthy weight in school-age children,” said lead researcher G. Harvey Anderson, a professor of nutritional sciences and physiology at the University of Toronto.

White Bean Chili Recipe Will Warm the Heart

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Hearty stews and belly-warming soups are coming out of the kitchens; frost is sparkling, and winter jackets are coming out of hiding. Families are craving slow-cooked, savory meals that yield health benefits and leftovers.
Delicious, savory winter-recipe ingredients that will surely satisfy are white beans and Oso Sweet Onions, an onion grown at the foot of the Andes Mountains. Onions are not only believed to be a cancer preventative, their low-salt, low-fat health benefits are the proactive equivalent to superhero powers. Onions have 25 compounds that lower blood pressure and cholesterol, prevent thrombosis, inhibit strokes and battle heart disease, says the American Heart Association.
Plus, the antioxidants and flavonoids found in onions don’t lose their potency once cooked. This makes them ideal for slow-cooked recipes. They add a punch of flavor and a whopping serving size, making them an affordable luxury during the chilly winter months.
Use the following recipe for a tasty detour from your typical red chili.

Easy, Elegant Entertaining With a French Touch

(NewsUSA) – Elegant entertaining is easy with help from Wini Moranville, author of "The Bonne Femme Cookbook." The title, meaning "the good wife" in French, refers to fresh and delicious cuisine served at home, no matter who does the cooking. Breeze through the hectic holiday season with a touch of French flair by following these simple suggestions.Welcome guests with bowls of salted almonds and olives. Add a touch of vintage glamour with a classic cocktail like the Sidecar, made with Cognac, fresh lemon juice and triple sec. Moranville’s time-saving tip: whip up a pitcher of drinks before friends arrive. Landy Cognac V.S. has delightful floral and orange aromas. From renowned spirits producer Cognac-Ferrand, its friendly price is also easy on the budget.Create a show-stopping yet fuss-free course for the main event. Even Julia Child would approve of the updated classic French dish, Chicken Véronique — chicken breasts with grapes in a white wine sauce. Wondering which wine to use? Ch?teau Bonnet Blanc, a crisp, dry Sauvignon Blanc blend from Bordeaux, works beautifully in recipes, and you can enjoy the rest of the bottle with dinner.For more tips and recipes, visit chezbonnefemme.com. Chicken VéroniqueServes 44 boneless skinless chicken breast halvesSalt and freshly ground black pepper1/4 cup flour2 tablespoons unsalted butter1 tablespoon olive oil2 garlic cloves, minced3/4 cup low-sodium chicken broth3/4 cup dry white wine1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar1 tablespoon honey1 cup seedless red grapes, halved 1. Place each chicken breast between sheets of plastic wrap, pound until 1/4 inch thick. Season both sides with salt and pepper; dredge in flour, shake off excess.2. In large skillet, melt 1 T. of butter and heat olive oil over medium-high heat. Add chicken, cook for 6 to 8 minutes, or until no longer pink inside, turning once (reduce heat if chicken browns too quickly). Transfer chicken to platter; cover with foil, keep warm.3. Add garlic to skillet; sauté briefly. Carefully add chicken broth, white wine, balsamic vinegar. Boil until liquid reduces to 1/2 cup. Whisk in honey. Whisk in 1 tablespoon of butter until melted. Sauce should be slightly syrupy (boil a little longer if not).Add grapes and heat through.To serve, spoon grapes and sauce over chicken.

Brown Rice and Mushrooms Make Formidable Combo

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Did you know a single portobello mushroom has more potassium than a banana or a glass of orange juice? Or that brown rice has four times as much fiber as white rice? Nutrition secrets like these are your golden ticket to healthy living. Here’s another — brown rice and mushrooms form a formidable health combination.
Brown rice has more magnesium, selenium and fiber than its white counterpart. Magnesium is important for bone, nerve and muscle health, while fiber boosts each meal by making you feel fuller, longer. A good dose of fiber also helps keep blood sugar steady.
To maximize the health properties of brown rice, dietitians recommend pairing it with other vitamin-stacked ingredients, such as mushrooms.
From studies at Penn State University to findings backed by the American Society for Nutrition, the extensive body of research agrees — mushrooms are overflowing with essential vitamins, nutrients and minerals.
White button mushrooms promote immune support by upping the production of antiviral proteins and immune system cells while crimini and shiitake mushrooms have nearly half the recommended daily intake of selenium, a vital antioxidant.
Fungi of all kinds are loaded with the following other nutrients: vitamin D, iron, potassium, B vitamins and copper. The effects of vitamin-packed mushrooms are just as plentiful — they increase your metabolism, lower blood pressure and promote bladder health.
Adding mushrooms to a dish with brown rice is an easy way to increase the health value of any meal. Try the following delicious recipe from www.riceselect.com:

Get Heart-Healthy With White Bean Chili

Hearty stews and belly-warming soups are coming out of the kitchens; frost is sparkling, and winter jackets are coming out of hiding. Families are craving slow-cooked, savory meals that yield health benefits and leftovers.

A delicious savory ingredient is the Oso Sweet Onion, grown at the foot of the Andes Mountains. Onions are not only believed to be a cancer preventative, their low-salt, low-fat health benefits are the proactive equivalent to superhero powers. Onions have 25 compounds that lower blood pressure and cholesterol, prevent thrombosis, inhibit strokes and battle heart disease, says the American Heart Association.

Easy, Elegant Entertaining With a French Flair

Elegant entertaining is easy with help from Wini Moranville, author of “The Bonne Femme Cookbook.” The title, meaning “the good wife” in French, refers to fresh and delicious cuisine served at home, no matter who does the cooking. Breeze through the hectic holiday season with a touch of French flair by following these simple suggestions.

Welcome guests with bowls of salted almonds and olives. Add a touch of vintage glamour with a classic cocktail like the Sidecar, made with Cognac, fresh lemon juice and triple sec. Moranville’s time-saving tip: whip up a pitcher of drinks before friends arrive. Landy Cognac V.S. has delightful floral and orange aromas. From renowned spirits producer Cognac-Ferrand, its friendly price ($25) is also easy on the budget.

Recipes to Bring Home for the Holidays

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – Coming home for the holidays gives busy adults an excuse to celebrate with their families and show their national pride. National pride signifies something different for everyone. Some might take the time to send holiday care packages to U.S. troops overseas, some may volunteer in homeless shelters, while others may simply whisper a prayer of thanks.
However you express your national appreciation, holidays and patriotism go hand-in-hand. So, what better way to share tidings of liberty and peace than by serving American-grown food during the holidays?
Delight family and friends with these two delicious holiday recipes using American-grown RiceSelect rice as you give thanks this season.

5 Tasty Tips for Healthy Snacking

When family schedules go into overload, healthy eating is easily overlooked. And when time is tight, it’s even more important for snacks to pack a nutritional punch. For busy families on the go, try these healthy snacking tips from chef and registered dietitian Michelle Dudash.

1. Plan Ahead. Carrying family snacks in your purse, car or gym bag while out and about can prevent vending machine and drive-through slip-ups. Apples, California Raisins, nuts and whole-grain crackers serve as great portable options.

2. Find the Perfect Snack Pairings. A blend of nutritious fats, complex carbs and lean proteins can help curb appetites. Consider a cheese stick and pear slices, fruited Greek yogurt or trail mix.

A Refreshing Twist on Traditional Guacamole

Five words or less(NewsUSA) – In America, the most typical way to use avocados is in guacamole, which is frequently eaten as an appetizer and served with tortilla chips.
Mexican Chef Roberto Santibanez explains that guacamole is rarely served like that in his home country, and encourages people to explore other usages, such as adding guacamole to soups, eating with rice, serving it alongside grilled meats or on top of tacos. Not only is guacamole versatile, but a one-ounce serving of avocado contributes nearly 20 vitamins and minerals as well as mono- and polyunsaturated fats — the “good” fats.
For a refreshing twist on this traditional Mexican dish, Santibanez recommends jazzing up the classic guacamole with pineapple and cucumbers. He describes that “the soft crunch of cucumber, the sweet-tart flavor of pineapple and the creaminess of the avocado give each bite a flavorful punch perfect for pairing with grilled salmon, shrimp, steak and more.”