Add Color and Nutrition to Your Grill

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Ashley

Hey all- in my world- its grilling season already! We have had a few nice days and you can bet my grill was out cooking away! There is nothing more appetizing than the smell of freshly grilled food! Continue reading “Add Color and Nutrition to Your Grill”

Salad On A Stick

Salads on a Stick

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Lynell

Before we know it the snow will be melted, the air will be warm and it will be time to spend our weekends and evenings outside. With that happy thought in mind I created these salads in the hopes of fighting off a little bit of spring fever and to prepare for the warm months that are promised to follow the dreary months we are currently experiencing. Continue reading “Salad On A Stick”

6 Quick and Easy Salads in a Jar

Quick and Easy Salads in a Jar

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This fall the Coborn’s Support Center moved to a brand new building. The building, my workspace and the entire campus are absolutely beautiful and it creates a wonderful atmosphere to work at, but unfortunately I have to drive a little farther for my daily commute. With busy mornings where you are trying to get up and go quickly, I needed something that makes planning out lunches a little bit easier.

I suppose the easiest lunchtime solution is to go out to eat, which I’ll admit is nice occasionally, but it can be pricey to do everyday Kraft-Dressingand not always healthy for you. That’s why I’ve collected some delicious recipes to share with you all that I promise will spruce up any boring lunch routine!

Food Prep Freshness

Glass mason jars help to keep the salads very fresh, and by using wide mouth  jars I have created delicious salads that are perfect for anyone on the go or looking for a healthy and fun way to get their greens in- no salad bowl necessary. My mason jars were even chalkboard jars I picked up from a craft store for added lunchtime creativity!

Everything on my Facebook homepage lately seems to feature food recipes, clean eating blogs and meal prepping ideas. What better way to follow suit than to make my complete week of salads on Sunday evening and have them ready to go for the entire week.

I love the taste, freshness and most of all the convenience of these Mason Jar Salads. Best of all you can make so many different varieties, which means lunchtime doesn’t need to be boring, it can be as original as each day of the week!

Check out some of the recipes for these Mason Jar Salads below:

Dietitian’s Choice Salad

Dietitian's Choice Salad

Dietitian's Choice Salad
 
Ingredients
  • 2 T. Kraft Balsamic Vinaigrette
  • 4-6 Baby Carrots, chopped
  • ¼ Cup Peas
  • ¼ Cup Peppers, chopped
  • ¼ Cup Garbonzo Beans
  • ¼ Cup Reduced Fat Feta Cheese
  • ½ Cup Tomato, chopped
  • 2 Cups Spring Mix Salad Greens with Kale
Instructions
  1. Wash Jar.
  2. In the same order that is listed above add your ingredients to a wide mouthed mason jar.
  3. Shake jar when ready to be eaten and refrigerate if you are saving it for a later date.
Notes
Dietitian's Notes:
-This salad is great because the wide variety of vegetables are full of fiber, vitamins and minerals.
-Add dried cranberries to your salad to represent as many food groups as possible, but make sure no sugar is added!
-Make sure you always have beans or some sort of protein added to your meals, and if a salad is your full meal make extra sure they are added!
-Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar add a great flavor and provide healthy fats.
-Aside from the Feta Cheese (19) and the Balsamic Vinegar (18) all of these ingredients have a 100 on the NuVal Scoring System!

 

BLT Avocado Salad

BLT Avocado Salad

BLT Avocado Salad
 
Ingredients
  • 2 T. Kraft Bleu Cheese
  • ½ Cup Tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 Avocado, chopped
  • 6 Bacon Slices, cooked and chopped
  • 2 Cups Lettuce or Spinach Mix
Instructions
  1. Wash Mason Jar.
  2. Add ingredients in the order listed above.
  3. Keep refrigerated until ready to eat.
  4. Shake jar, add chips and enjoy!

 

Greek Salad

Greek Salad

Greek Salad
 
Ingredients
  • 2 T. Kraft Red Wine Vinaigrette Dressing
  • ½ Cup Cucumber, chopped
  • ½ Cup Tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 T. Red Onion
  • 4 Oz. Skinless Chicken Breast, cooked and chopped
  • 2 T. Reduced Fat Crumbled Feta Cheese
  • 1 T. Black Olives, chopped
  • 2 Cups Romaine Lettuce, chopped
Instructions
  1. Wash Mason Jar.
  2. Layer jar with dressing, cucumbers, tomatoes and onions.
  3. Add in chicken, feta cheese and olives.
  4. Top with lettuce.
  5. Refrigerate until ready to eat.
  6. When ready to eat shake jar.

 

Mom’s Salad

Mom's Salad Jar

Mom's Salad
 
Ingredients
  • 2 T. Kraft Bleu Cheese Dressing
  • 4-6 Baby Carrots, chopped
  • ¼ Cup Cauliflower, chopped
  • 2 Oz. Bacon Real Bites
  • 2 Cups Romaine Lettuce
Instructions
  1. Wash Mason Jar.
  2. Add ingredients in the order as listed above.
  3. When ready to eat shake jar and enjoy.
  4. Be sure to refrigerate if salad is going to be eaten at a later date.

 

Taco Salad

Taco Salad Jar

Taco Salad
 
Ingredients
  • 2 T. Kraft Classic Catalina Dressing
  • 1 T. Salsa
  • 2 T. Sour Cream
  • ¼ Cup Taco Meat
  • ½ Cup Tomatoes, chopped
  • ¼ Cup Kidney Beans
  • ⅛ Cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • ½ Cup Tortilla Chips, crushed
  • 2 Lettuce, shredded
Instructions
  1. Wash Jar.
  2. Add ingredients in same order as listed above.
  3. Refrigerate until ready to eat.
  4. When ready to eat shake jar.

 

Strawberry Poppyseed Salad

Strawberry Poppyseed Salad

Strawberry Poppyseed Salad
 
Ingredients
  • 2 T. Kraft Creamy Poppyseed Dressing
  • ½ Cup Strawberries, sliced
  • ¼ Cup Blueberries
  • ¼ Cup Almonds
  • 2 Cups Romaine and Spinach to Brim of Jar
Instructions
  1. Wash Jar.
  2. Wash produce.
  3. Add ingredients in order to above and keep refrigerated.
  4. When ready to eat shake jar and enjoy.
Notes
Additional optional topping:
Mandrain Oranges

 

Tips & Tricks

The number one most important rule to remember when making these salads is to always keep the dressing at the bottom and the salad greens at the top of the jar. Keep the two layers as far away from one another as possible by having them separated with your hard veggies, protein and soft veggies. If you do that, your greens will stay crispy and fresh with no problems.

Follow this Layer List:

  •  Layer 1 (Bottom of Jar): 2-4 T. Dressing of Choice
  • Layer 2: Hard Veggies- This is where you add in carrots, bell peppers, celery, cucumbers, broccoli, cauliflower, etc.
  • Layer 3: Protein- This is where you will add the cheese, meats, beans, hard-boiled eggs, etc.
  • Layer 4: Soft Veggies- In this section you will add tomatoes, onions, corn, avocado, etc.
  • Layer 5 (Top of Jar): Greens to the Brim- Add in your lettuce and/or spinach.

Try to keep the ratio of each jar about half-and-half. That means half of the jar holds the toppings, dressing, grains, proteins and half of the jar holds the greens.

As I mentioned I like to make several of these jars on Sunday evening so I’m prepared for speedy grab and go lunches later on in the week. Luckily these salads last a week in the refrigerator!

Because these jars are so full to the brim you might have to eat off a layer or two of greens (yum!), then replace the lid, shake the heck out of it to distribute the dressing, and then dig right in with a fork.

Hope you enjoy my creations and they make meal planning a success!

Lynell
Coborn’s, Inc. Graphic Designer

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Layered Taco Dip

Layered Taco Dip

As I am adding the details to this blog, it is a dreary Wednesday. It’s already been a long week of work and I am ready to relax, but of course my day doesn’t end at the 5:00pm hour- we have a potluck to go to tonight. You know I love a good potluck, but I’m burnt out, have a case of the mid-week blues and need an easy recipe. For tonight, I decided to make a taco dip to share. It’s easy, quick, you don’t need a lot of ingredients and it’s always sure to be a hit.

In my recipe I simply top my sour cream, cream cheese, taco seasoning mixture with shredded lettuce, green onions, chopped tomatoes and shredded cheese. That is only because I have a picky family, you could add many more ingredients to this for some extra flavor. For example I’ve tried things like sliced black olives, black beans, chopped jalapeños, sliced avocado, salsa, taco sauce, diced chilies, etc. You get the idea. So be creative, add what you like and serve with your favorite tortilla chips. I hope you enjoy this yummy dish and that you keep calm and carry on through the rest of your work week. Stay strong- the weekend is in sight!

Layered Taco Dip
 
Ingredients
  • 2 - 1 Oz. Packages Taco Seasoning Mix
  • Shredded Lettuce
  • 16 Oz. Cream Cheese
  • 16 Oz. Sour Cream
  • Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • 1 Cup Tomatoes, chopped
  • 6 Green Onions, chopped
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl mix together cream cheese and sour cream. Use electric mixer to obtain a less lumpy texture, or stir by hand to create a cottage cheese texture.
  2. Add both packages of taco seasoning mix.
  3. Spread evenly onto a serving platter.
  4. Evenly layer shredded lettuce, onions, cheese and tomatoes on top of cheese mixture.
Notes
Add more layers by using black olives, black beans, chopped jalapenos, sliced avocado, salsa, taco sauce, diced chilies, etc.
You can also season the top of the dip with a Mexican seasoning mix.

 

 

Mini Meatball Meal Solutions

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A meatball so versatile, you can incorporate it into meals, morning – noon – or night! With back to school time here, this is music to the ears! Simek’s Mini Meatballs are designed to deliver you quality, convenience and delicious taste that can be served for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Knowing that this time of year can be just as stressful as it is fun – with juggling getting the kids on the bus to fitting in homework time after a busy night of after school activities – and serving tasty meals to our families is something we always want to get an A+ in, or even a straight A will do!

We really mean it when we say you can keep your “Dinner Hero” status because mini meatballs can be added to everything from eggs to skillet meals. And when those tummies are grumbling – which seems at times, is all the time – you don’t have to worry about finding a snack to get them through till dinner. Mini meatballs are precooked, so by simply heating them in the microwave, you can add them to your nachos, pizzas, and hoagies in no time – goodbye to the dreaded dinner wait! With a quarter-ounce size, little ones to adults find them perfectly portioned for even items like egg bakes, pizza, nachos, and many more items like the recipes shared below!

While you’re enjoying your Simek’s Mini Meatballs, also check out the Simek’s BIG Mini Giveaway. You could WIN an Mini iPad and Simek’s Mini Meatballs! Click Here for our contest on Twitter from September 6 through September 20, 2014!

Buffalo Mini Meatball Lettuce Wraps

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Buffalo Mini Meatball Lettuce Wraps
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Serves: 8
 
Ingredients
  • 1 pkg. Simek's Mini Turkey Meatballs
  • ½ Cup Frank’s Red Hot Sauce
  • ¼ Cup Onions, chopped
  • 4 Celery Stalks, chopped
  • 3 Oz. Crumbled Blue Cheese
  • 12 Iceberg lettuce leafs (Romaine and Boston/Bibb lettuce are also good options)
  • 1 Cup Shredded Carrots
Instructions
  1. Cook Simek’s Mini Turkey Meatballs and chopped onions on stovetop until warmed all the way through.
  2. Add a ½ cup of Frank’s Red Hot Sauce and stir until mini meatballs are coated.
  3. Prepare lettuce leafs and place heated meatballs and onions in center of each leaf, followed with crumbled blue cheese, shredded carrots, and chopped celery as garnishes.

 

Grilled Cheese Mini Meatball Rollups

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Grilled Cheese Mini Meatball Rollups
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Serves: 2
 
Ingredients
  • 1 Pkg. Simek's Mini Beef Meatballs
  • 6 Slices White Bread
  • 6 Slices American cheese
  • 1 T. Butter, melted
Instructions
  1. Heat Simek’s Turkey Mini Meatballs in a pan until warmed all the way through.
  2. Cut crusts off of bread and roll with rolling-pin to flatten bread.
  3. Place 1 slice of American cheese on each piece of flattened bread, followed by 4 mini meatballs aligned in center.
  4. Roll sides of bread to center to create rollup.
  5. In frying pan place 1 tablespoon of butter and once melted add rollup.
  6. Heat for 5-10 minutes and turn regularly to brown all sides.

 

Mini Meatball Tortellini Soup

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Mini Meatball Tortellini Soup
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Serves: 6
 
Ingredients
  • 1 Pkg. Simek's Mini Beef Meatballs
  • 1 Bag Frozen Tortellini
  • 4 Cups Chicken Broth
  • 2 Can Italian Diced Tomatoes
  • 1 Block Cream Cheese
  • 3 Cups Baby Spinach
  • Parmesan Cheese Garnish (optional)
Instructions
  1. In a large crock-pot combine meatballs, tortellini, chicken broth, diced tomatoes, cream cheese, and baby spinach.
  2. Cover and set on low for 5 hours, stirring occasionally.

 

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