Family Meals Benefit
It’s a fact – families that eat together often have stronger family bonds and better communication skills. The research is really significant for teens – they experience less depression and improved nutrition and coping skills for that particularly challenging time of life when they eat meals and snacks with families. Set the stage for better connections by creating a “Phone Bowl” where devices must stay during meals – preferably in a separate room. Consider having ringers turned down so notifications don’t interrupt your meal time.
Buffalo Rotisserie Chicken with frozen PICS Steamed Veggies
MEAL TIP: Eat twice – Buffalo Rotisserie Chicken leftovers with Fresh Express Salad Blend and Stella Blue Cheese Crumbles
Harvest Chili – Enjoy Market 32 80% Lean Ground Beef, and PICS Canned Tomatoes.
Watch how to make it here!
MEAL TIP: Leftover love – Enjoy Harvest Chili nachos or soft Tacos! Chi Chi’s Flour Tortillas (BOGO) or Frito-Lay Tostitos corn chips and PICS Shredded Cheddar make it fast and fresh
Halloween Helper – Corner to Corner Pizza with a fresh Veggie Platter energizes this busy night!
MEAL TIP: Grab some Sabra Hummus and enjoy the rest of the Veggie Platter for lunch or snacks.
Moon Drop Grapes are a super snack for little ghosts – they will be “goblin” them up! Trick or Sweet!
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Easy Time Saving Meals!
Slow Cooker Apple Cider Pulled Pork Grilled Cheese
Slow Cooker Expert Tips
- Defrost meat or poultry before placing in a slow cooker
- Keep perishable foods refrigerated until preparation time to assure that bacteria, which multiply rapidly at room temperature, won’t get a “head start” during the first few hours of cooking
- Cook ground meats in a skillet before placing in a slow cooker
- Add vegetables first if using, as they cook more slowly in a slow cooker, followed by meat and desired amount of liquid i.e. broth, water or barbecue sauce
- Fill slow cooker no less than half full and no more than two-thirds full
- Cook on low setting if cooking all day or for less-tender cuts of meat
- – Cook on high the first hour and then turn down to low if time permits to bring foods to the recommended safety zone temperature of 140ºF (although it is safe to cook foods on low the entire time if preparation time is limited
- Avoid removing the cover to sneak a peek as each time it’s removed adds another 20 to 30 minutes to the total cooking time
- – Remove only to stir the food or check for doneness
- Thicken liquids if desired by removing the cover of the slow cooker the last 30 minutes to one hour and cook on high
- Throw away food in the event of a power outage and you aren’t home (even if it looks done)
- – If you are at home, finish cooking the ingredients immediately on a gas stove, grill or house with power
- Don’t reheat leftovers in the slow cooker
- – Reheat cooked food on the stove, in a microwave, or in a conventional oven until it reaches 165 °F, and once heated it can be placed in a preheated slow cooker to keep hot for serving—at least 140 °F as measured with a food thermometer
Check out food safety tips below.
Be food safe. Separate.
USE one cutting board for raw meat, poultry, and seafood and another for salads and ready-to-eat food.
KEEP raw meat, poultry, and seafood and their juices apart from other food items in your grocery cart.
STORE raw meat, poultry, and seafood in a container or on a plate so juices can’t drip on other foods.
Cross-contamination is how bacteria spreads. Keep raw meat, poultry, and seafood and their juices away from ready-to-eat food. The four easy lessons of Clean, Separate, Cook, and Chill can help prevent harmful bacteria from making your family sick. To find out more about food safey, visit befoodsafe.gov