Category: Real Food

Grilled White Pizza

Let’s Get Cheesy—it’s National Cheese Day!

Oh cheese—it’s National Cheese Day! We can’t find any better way to kick off June Dairy Month than with cheese. Cheese is the most popular dairy product of them all and in fact is one of the most consumed foods worldwide[1]. We can’t say we’re surprised 😉

Cool Food Panel May

Our Cool Food Panelists Dish Out May Celebration Worthy Dishes

As May comes to a close, we just aren’t ready to let go of all the celebrations that occurred this month. We celebrated both National Egg Month and National BBQ Month. We also highlighted important days from Cinco de Mayo to Mother’s Day to graduations to parties and picnics to kick off summer and all the in-betweens. We want to have one more celebration with you by sharing some of the most delicious dishes our Cool Food Panelists have prepared.

Eggs

What Makes Eggs so Eggstraordinary?

It is said that the 100 folds of a chef’s hat (known as a toque) symbolize the 100 ways to cook an egg.  Eggs are certainly a versatile food—great for every meal from breakfast to dessert and snacks in between—and they’re also a nutritious and affordable food, too.  Eggs are so outstanding that the month of May is National Egg Month, a whole month to celebrate eggs!

Chili Citrus Shrimp Nachos

Shrimp-tastic Recipes for National Shrimp Day!

Today is yet another awesome food holiday to celebrate—it’s National Shrimp Day! Did you know that Americans eat more shrimp than any other seafood? Of the 15.5 pounds of fish and shellfish eaten by the average American each year, shrimp accounts for 4 pounds, topping the entire list[1].

Pesto Tortellini

V is for Vegetarian and Veggie Recipe Favorites!

These days it’s all about veggies, veggies, veggies! Number one on Forbes’ list of the Top 5 Food Trends for 2017 is vegetarian comfort food. What is that you ask? Well, people are looking for new comfort foods that include mashed cauliflower and innovations such as vegetable crust pizza[1]. As plant-based diets gain popularity, certain vegetables are on the rise as well including eggplant, broccoli and squash[2]. (Bet you didn’t know plant-based bacon is a thing!) 😉

pasta

Mediterranean Cooking for One

There is a certain pride and sense of accomplishment that comes from making a nice meal for yourself. It’s an opportunity to experiment with new ingredients and flavor combinations, or to stick to your old favorites, without having to worry about impressing anyone. You get to make exactly what you feel like eating. Cooking for one is like meditating, or writing in a journal, or exercising: it’s a form of self-care that is not completely necessary, but makes life more enjoyable. 

Freezer Aisle

5 Surprising Things You Can Find in the Frozen Food Aisle

You do your best to balance all parts of your busy lifestyle including remembering to be active and keep a balanced diet. This is where frozen foods can be a reliable source for planning ahead and staying on track. Why? Frozen foods are real foods that just happen to be frozen retaining all the flavor, quality and nutrition as when they were made.

Turn That Bag of Frozen Vegetables Into Dinner!

It’s National Frozen Food Month, and it’s time to give a round of applause to the hard-working category of frozen vegetables. While many people may look down their noses at the frozen food aisle, frozen vegetables can be the star of your healthiest meals. It’s also National Nutrition Month, which means it’s time to “put your best fork forward” in order to make small, simple changes in your eating that can reap big rewards in your health. Here’s my top tip for a little change that yields great results: Just eat more vegetables—fresh, canned, or frozen.