Taste of Home Best Loved Recipes

Taste of Home is putting out an even more exciting and comprehensive cookbook, Taste of Home Best Loved Recipes. This is possibly the last cookbook you’ll need for a while because it has over 1,400 recipes in it! This hard-bound collection commemorates 20 years of the best submitted recipes. Each recipe has a very personal story of what it has meant to those who submitted it and their families. You’ll find everything from Saturday night appetizers to weeknight dinners to secret family recipes to potluck favorites. Chapters also include some of the most cherished magazine features including: Mom Made it Best, Our Favorite Contributor’s Meals, Mealtime Express, Cooking for One or Two, Grand Prize Winners, and more. Each recipe has been evaluated and selected by the Taste of Home test kitchen as the best of the best and can be recreated in your kitchen with readily accessible ingredients. Plus, there is practical, proven tips, storage charts, how-to photo’s, and at-a-glance prep and cook times.

This is the biggest cookbook I own. It is also one of my favorite ones too! The pictures in here are mouthwatering (I recommend NOT looking at this cookbook if you are hungry!). If you can’t find something in here to make, there is something wrong with you! The ingredients are easy to find, and the directions are easy to follow (which is why I am a fan of Taste Of Home). One of my favorite recipes in here is the “Low Country Grill”. You can make your entire meal on the grill with that recipe! My husband like the Firecracker Burgers and the Jalapeno Popper Burgers (can you see a theme here?).

If you can only have one cookbook in your kitchen, Taste of Home Best Loved Recipes is the one you want. If you order it before September 13, you can get it on the Taste Of Home website. You’ll get an exclusive Taste of Home Baking Guide Free and free shipping. After, September 13, all of your favorite retailers should carry Taste of Home Best Loved Recipes.

 

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Get Your Plate In Shape

As many of you may or may not know, I have been making a lifestyle change in my home. I have been losing weight (about 17lbs in 6 weeks!). I have been slowly making changes for my entire family like skim milk (instead of 2%) and whole wheat bread (instead of white bread). The cool thing is that my kid haven’t really even noticed (my husband is another story for another post). That all being said, I never thought of swapping out mushrooms for meat, but you can! Plus, for people like me trying to lose weight, I can definitely use meals with the lower calorie count! Increasing the intake of lower calorie foods, specifically mushrooms, in place of those higher in calories, like ground beef, can be an effective method for reducing calories and fat while still feeling full and satisfied after a meal. This approach of replacing some ground beef, turkey or other meat with mushrooms is known as “swapability.” It works because mushrooms’ hearty texture and rich flavor allow them to blend seamlessly with meats. The mushroom and meat “swapability” technique is an economical way to make family meals more nutritious and works great in family favorites like lasagna, burgers, tacos or chili. This simple three-step “swapability” strategy is perfect for family favorites like burgers, lasagna, pizza, chili – or any dish that calls for ground meat:

o Chop up your favorite mushroom variety to match the consistency of the ground beef or turkey;

o Cook and season mushrooms the same way you would meat;

o Combine the cooked meat and mushrooms and use the mix to complete your recipe.

Who doesn’t want to eat better and save money?

The other question I have gotten is why mushrooms. Mushrooms are low in calories and fat-free. Their flavorful umami content allows for less salt to be used in a dish, without compromising taste. Mushrooms are the only fresh fruit or vegetable with vitamin D. Within the produce aisle, mushrooms are a leading source of the antioxidants selenium and ergothioneine; these antioxidants help maintain a healthy immune system. Mushrooms also provide B vitamins, including riboflavin, niacin, and pantothenic acid; B vitamins help to provide energy by breaking down proteins, fats and carbohydrates.

If this sounds pretty cool, there will be a Twitter party  on Monday, March 12th at 8:00 PM EST. The event hashtag is #Mushrooms and there will be prizes awarded. (US and Canada, 18+). You can RSVP at: http://resourcefulmommy.com/8634/mushroom-channel-twitter-party/

Hopefully, I have inspired you to look at mushrooms a little different and have given you some new ideas in the kitchen!

FunBites

FunBites is the first state of the art kitchen tool that instantly cuts food into fun-shaped bites. It’s made of high- performance material designed for strength, sharpness and durability to create bite-sized meals in less than 10 seconds. This goes beyond bread and sandwich cutters! It’s great for pancakes, burgers, fish ,deli, quesadilla, grilled cheese, pizza and more.

There are 3 easy steps to use these. First, place it on your food. Next, rock it firmly back & forth. Lastly, pop out bite-sized pieces! Yes, it is really that easy. Best of all, FunBites is BPA free, works on any surface, and is top shelf dishwasher safe.

Madison loves the heart cutter while Will likes the square cutter. I love that this is so easy to use that Madison (my seven year old) is able to use this without any help from me. She loved that she could make her snacks and sandwiches into hearts. I loved that it made it fun for her to eat.

If you have a picky eater or one who just wants to have “fun” food, I definitely recommend FunBites. My kids love them, so I have arranged for one lucky reader to win one of their own! Here’s what you need to do:…continue reading