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Thanksgiving's Number 1 Side Dish

November 23, 2011

Southern Apple Pecan Dressing

Ingredients:

•10 cups oven-dried white bread, torn into pieces

•1 sleeve crackers, crumbled (recommended: Saltines)
•1/2 cup butter
•3 stalks, roughly chopped
•1 large onion, roughly chopped
•2 large red apples, skins left on and cut into large dice
•4 cups chicken stock
•2 teaspoon salt
•Freshly ground black pepper
•1 teaspoon ground sage
•1 teaspoon poultry seasoning
•4 eggs, beaten
•1 cup pecan halves, toasted and roughly chopped


Instructions:

In an extra large mixing bowl, toss together white bread and crackers. Set aside.

In a large skillet over medium heat, melt butter. Stir in celery, onion, apples, sage and poultry seasoning. Cook until onion is translucent.
Pour vegetable mixture over bread mixture. Add stock, salt and pepper. Stir to coat. Add beaten eggs and mix well. Stir in nuts.
Pour mixture in a prepared 9×13 baking pan.

Bake until golden on the top and cooked through with a slight jiggle. 45-60 minutes.

Source:  Jamie and Bobby Deen via The Grain Foodd Foundation's Progress Report, Nov. 2011   www.gowiththegrain.org

Perfect Turkey Sandwich

November 20, 2011

Perfect Turkey Sandwich by Jamie & Bobby Deen

Ingredients:

•8 slices multi-grain bread
•2 tablespoons olive oil
•Sliced, leftover roasted turkey
•8 thin slices Gruyere cheese
•1/3 cup mayonnaise
•6 basil leaves, finely chopped
•zest and juice of 1 lemon
•salt and pepper

Instructions:  In a small mixing bowl, stir together mayonnaise, basil, Lemon zest and juice. Salt and pepper to taste. Brush one side of each slice of bread. Spread basil mayonnaise on the opposite side of each slice. Top four of the slices of bread (olive oil side down) with turkey. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Add two slices of cheese over turkey and top with remaining four pieces of bread (olive oil side up).

Heat sandwich press and cook sandwiches until golden and cheese has melted. Lemon basil mayonnaise and leftover roasted turkey make this the perfect pressed sandwich!

Source:  The Grain Foods Foundation Progress Report, Nov. 2011   www.gowiththegrain.org

Are You a Waist-Watcher?

September 23, 2011

Harvest Pride Lite, Reduced Calorie Products are available daily from H&S Bakery to assist in your weight loss and maintenance programs...

Losing the Weight-Loss Battle
Excerpts from Jeff Wells April 13th, 2010 - Refresh - a Whole Health Blog
Here’s one thing we know: The weight-loss products industry is booming.  Here’s one thing we don’t know: How to actually lose weight.

According the latest industry snapshot from CPG research firm Packaged Facts, Americans spent $26 billion on weight-loss and weight management products last year — yet the prevalence of obesity in this country over the past ten years increased 48% amongst adults, and 72% amongst children. It’s projected that by the year 2018 obesity-related medical expenses will more than triple from their current rate.  You can’t blame people for not trying. The report states that 39% of adults are working to lose or maintain weight. Nearly three fourths of sales go to diet foods and drinks, while 18% goes to weight loss programs and services like Jenny Craig and Nutrisystem. The bottom 10% belongs to over-the-counter drugs, therapies and (shudder) surgical intervention.

So who’s to blame here, the products or the consumer? Perhaps both. People want their diets to be quick and easy, and companies help them maintain that illusion..... Ask any dietitian or nutritionist worth her salt, and she’ll tell you losing weight is hard work, requiring a combination of exercise, planning, and smaller, more wholesome portions.....

Is This You?

September 08, 2011

Is This You???

As consumers become more aware of the health benefits associated with eating well, a recent survey of US shoppers revealed the following:

55% of US shoppers report eating more whole-grain products in the last year.
73% of US consumers are searching for foods that improve heart health.
71% seek out foods that increase energy levels.
66% look for foods to improve digestive health.
65% are looking to improve mind health through their diets.

Source:  www.bakingbusiness.com

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