New Orleans Po’ Boy

In our last post, we encouraged you to prepare the Spicy Maryland Crab Dip so you could serve it as an appetizer for your family and friends while watching the upcoming Super Bowl game. But if you want to make your stomach happy, you will also need to cook a tasteful main course. Since the Super Bowl game will take place in New Orleans, why not celebrate it by enjoying one of New Orleans most traditional dishes? In just 30 minutes, you will be able to taste a real flavorful New Orleans dish by preparing a Chicken Po’ Boy from CDKitchen.com:

Ingredients:

  • 12 ounces skinless, boneless, chicken breasts, cut into 3/4 inch cubes
  • 1/4 cup dried bread crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 loaf (8 ounce size) Italian bread split in half vertically
  • 4 tablespoons tartar sauce, recipe follows
  • 2 cups (4 ounces) shredded iceberg lettuce
  • 8 ounces ripe tomatoes, cut into 1/4 inch slices

Ingredients for the Tartar Sauce:

  • 1 scallion (green onion) trimmed of 2 inches of green
  • 1 small sour dill pickle
  • 1/4 cup (packed) washed parsley leaves
  • 2 cups mayonnaise, low fat or regular
  • 1 teaspoon Creole or Dijon mustard
  • salt to taste
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Directions:

  1. Dredge the chicken in bread crumbs. In a large skillet heat the butter. When the foaming subsides, brown the chicken on all sides for about 10 minutes or until cooked through. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  2. While the chicken is cooking, slice the bread in half vertically and then in half again horizontally and pull out all of the soft bread crumbs to create boat-like shells.
  3. Spread each “bread boat” with tartar sauce, top with chicken nuggets, then with shredded lettuce and tomato slices. Slice each piece in half again.

*TARTAR SAUCE: In a food processor or blender mince the scallion, pickle and parsley, then puree with mayonnaise and mustard and season with salt and cayenne pepper.

Super Bowl’s Spicy Crab Dip

The most expected game of the year is getting closer with each day that goes by. On Sunday, February 3, most of us will take a break from our busy schedules to watch the Baltimore Ravens play with the San Francisco 49ers at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, Louisiana. This will be a time not only to socialize and enjoy sports, but also taste delicious meals that you can prepare for you and your family. Let’s get ready and learn how to do a delicious spicy Maryland Crab Dip from AllRecipes.com that every Super Bowl lover can’t resist:

Ingredients:

  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese, softened
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 2 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 1 ½ tablespoons lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • Garlic powder to taste
  • ½ cup shredded Cheddar cheese
  • ¾ pound fresh crabmeat
  • 3 dashes hot sauce
  • Old Bay Seasoning TM to taste

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C). Lightly grease a 1 quart baking dish.
  2. In a medium bowl, mix cream cheese, sour cream, mayonnaise, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, dry mustard, garlic powder and about 2 tablespoons of the Cheddar cheese. Fold in crabmeat, hot sauce and 2 tablespoons seafood seasoning.
  3. Transfer the mixture to the prepared baking dish. Top with remaining Cheddar cheese and seafood seasoning. Bake in the preheated oven 30 minutes, or until bubbly and lightly browned.

To make this meal you will need to dedicate 15 minutes for the preparation and 30 minutes for the cooking.

Less Food Ads, Healthier Kids

Obesity has become a major concern in the US. A total of 16.9 percent of children age 2 to 19 are obese, according to a report published in 2012 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). As stated on the Charity Sub website, 1 in 5 children age 6 to 11 are obese. These alarming numbers have caught the food industry’s attention and now many food firms have decided to limit their TV ads to reduce obesity in children.

The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) has been encouraging food companies to “make further progress in using its marketing ingenuity and product portfolio to address childhood obesity.” As a result, most of the major food and beverage companies that advertise to children have joined the Children’s Food and Beverage Advertising Initiative (CFBAI), which encourages the food industry to promote healthier dietary choices and healthy lifestyles.

As food ads have decreased, children and teens have increased the number of occasions in which they eat healthier foods and their daily total intake of necessary nutrients like calcium. However, the best way to make sure that your kid is eating healthy food is by controlling what he or she has for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. In other words, if you dedicate some time to eat at home with your family at least once a day you will make sure that your children are eating the adequate amount of nutrients and vitamins they need to stay healthy. This is, in our opinion, the best way to fight back against obesity.

As parents, we want what is best for our kids. The food industry has started to take some steps in order to reduce those alarming numbers of obese children in America. So the question is, what are you doing as a parent?

Technological Moms in the Kitchen

Turn your TV on and log on to the Internet. It is time to take advantage of the different media platforms to learn new recipes and benefits of eating at home in a faster way.

The media is constantly evolving. Not only companies are taking advantage of this phenomenon, but also individuals who want to be informed without wasting a second of their time. Moms aren’t the exception. They want to learn new recipes and the benefits of a particular food by doing just one click on the mouse.

A study conducted by Fleishman-Hillard and TheMotherhood.com, which surveyed more than 1,000 moms, discovered that ninety-six percent of American mothers have planned to make changes to their food buying habits in 2013. Three-fourths of the moms that were surveyed believe that technology is a tool one must use when being in the kitchen. According to the study, sites such as AllRecipes.com, Pinterest, and FoodNetwork.com are the most used by moms when cooking. Besides this, several food companies are also creating mobile apps to make the cooking job easier.

Additionally, moms also want to learn new ways to prepare food by watching food-based programs and reading online food magazines. Based in the study mentioned above, around three-quarters of moms are watching food programs on TV and reading food media Web sites. Also, many moms have signed up for food brand emails to learn more about everyday meal preparation.  Besides learning how to prepare new and delicious dishes online, moms are also reading more information regarding food labels and looking for healthier ingredients on the products they buy.

If you want to become a technological mom and save a lot of time learning how to prepare exquisite and healthy dishes, visit our website www.EatAtHomeMissouri.com. We provide you a list of helpful resources and up-to-date information about the benefits of eating at home.

Predictions for 2013

Predictions for 2013: More Cooking and Buying Benefits for You

Many factors have influenced the way we eat and buy food nowadays. Not only weather conditions have changed during the last years, but also we, as consumers, have modified our eating and purchasing habits. Nothing is static, everything is constantly changing. For this reason, we want to share with you some of the major trends that some analysts predict will happen in terms of who is doing the shopping and how consumers are eating.

The top 5 trends in the food industry for this coming year are:

More daddies are cookers and grocery shoppers

A study published in Forbes Magazine concludes that 51% of the men surveyed considered themselves the primary grocery shopper in their household. This means that, now more than ever before, men feel comfortable being the ones who go to the supermarket. Also, some studies suggest that more dads than moms are planning meals and cooking for the family. So if you are a male and you like cooking, this is good news for you because the food industry is now paying attention to your needs in terms of types of food, recipes, and promotions.

More meals, smaller portions

Several doctors and nutritionists recommend that, if you don’t want to gain some extra pounds, include in your daily diet more quality snacks and mini-meals. By doing so, you will not only reduce eating big portions of food in just three meals but you can also increase variety of food.

More breakfast meals for a better performance

A pilot study conducted to all students in four elementary schools in Minnesota revealed that breakfast drastically increases student attention, reduces behavioral problems and visits to the nurse, and improves their overall learning process in subjects like math. Now, people are focusing on not only having breakfast every single day, but also choosing higher quality-food that is high in protein—like eggs, yogurt, and milk—at cheaper prices.

More Frozen Foods

A survey conducted in 2010 by the market research company Packaged Facts revealed that 72% if Americans eat frozen prepared foods. Instead of decreasing, this percentage has increased in the last two years. Not only the FDA has proven that there is no nutritional difference between fresh and frozen foods, but also Americans don’t have enough time to cook. Frozen foods are great options if both you and your partners have jobs that demand more than 40 hours a week.

More food consciousness

According to The National Resource Defense Council, 40% of the food in the US goes uneaten each month. This means that almost half of the food we buy at the grocery stores goes directly to the trashcan. Since we are going through rough times, many people have started to realize the importance of using leftovers as a second meal. Also, Americans are now more responsible with the environment; as a result, they are recycling more.

Finally, if you want to save money and live healthier, all you need to do is make these five trends part of your habits in the new year to come!