food – The Fine Print Blog //wp.readers.com/blog by Readers.com™ Thu, 15 Nov 2018 22:08:53 +0000 en-US hourly 1 //wordpress.org/?v=4.8.3 //wp.readers.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2016/06/cropped-Rea-newFavicon-2016-Final-32x32.png food – The Fine Print Blog //wp.readers.com/blog 32 32 6 Slow Cooker Soup Recipes To Try This Winter //wp.readers.com/blog/6-slow-cooker-soup-recipes-to-try-this-winter/ //wp.readers.com/blog/6-slow-cooker-soup-recipes-to-try-this-winter/#respond Wed, 27 Dec 2017 18:48:04 +0000 //wp.readers.com/blog/?p=14569   The cold weather is here to stay for awhile which means it’s officially “soup season”!  When it’s cold outside, there is nothing better than warming up with your favorite soup. Slow cooker meals are easy yet so tasty and perfect for chilly nights in. Here are some hearty slow cooker soup recipes from a […]

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The cold weather is here to stay for awhile which means it’s officially “soup season”!  When it’s cold outside, there is nothing better than warming up with your favorite soup. Slow cooker meals are easy yet so tasty and perfect for chilly nights in. Here are some hearty slow cooker soup recipes from a few of our favorite food blogs that you should try this season.

Slow-Cooked Loaded Potato Soup

A bowl of potato soup is perfect on a cold day. This loaded potato soup from Taste of Home is a great slow cooker recipe to add to your line up. A grilled cheese pairs well with this soup.

 

Crockpot Beef Stew

Looking for a comfort food that is perfect during the winter months? This Crockpot beef stew recipe is an easy and yummy way to enjoy a night in. With only 10 minutes of prep time, let the crockpot do the work while you spend time with loved ones.

 

Slow Cooker Chili

Sometimes nothing beats a classic! Try this traditional family favorite slow cooker chili. Adding pasta to your chili is also very tasty.

 

Creamy Chicken Dumpling Soup

Chicken and dumplings make for the perfect nostalgic comfort food. With this simple Chicken Dumpling Soup recipe from The Taylor House , you can have them anytime.

 

Crockpot Lasagna Soup

Put a little twist on a classic! Try this Crockpot Lasagna Soup from Family Fresh Meals for a tasty, savory dinner the whole family will enjoy. It is also easy to make this a vegetarian option as well.

 

Crockpot Taco Soup

Spice up your ‘Taco Tuesday’ with this Taco Soup recipe from Life in the Lofthouse. This delicious and unique dinner will be loved by all.

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5 Stress Free Recipes For This Holiday Season //wp.readers.com/blog/5-stress-free-recipes-for-this-holiday-season/ //wp.readers.com/blog/5-stress-free-recipes-for-this-holiday-season/#respond Tue, 21 Nov 2017 14:21:39 +0000 //wp.readers.com/blog/?p=14526 Tis the season for holiday dinner parties. This time of year our calendars begin to fill up with holiday festivities, and while we love reconnecting with friends and family who we may not have seen in a while, the multitude of events and errands that come with the holidays can certainly add an element of […]

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Tis the season for holiday dinner parties. This time of year our calendars begin to fill up with holiday festivities, and while we love reconnecting with friends and family who we may not have seen in a while, the multitude of events and errands that come with the holidays can certainly add an element of stress. This holiday season we want you to be able to deck the halls with jolly and not stress about what you are going to bring to your sister’s white elephant gift exchange.

 

To help you start planning those festive dishes, here are five simple recipes that will dazzle dinner guests while saving you precious time.

 

Gingerbread Brownie Cutouts

These gingerbread brownie cutouts will become your go-to party dessert. Everyone loves brownies, and when they are in the form of a cute gingerbread man, no one will be able to resist. Simply make your favorite brownie box mix and use a gingerbread cutout to get the gingerbread shape, and finish by using icing and m&m’s for garnish.

 

If you find yourself as the host of the Christmas party, save yourself the time of decorating and plan for everyone to decorate their own gingerbread man. This can be a fun decorating competition or simply an easy way to keep the kiddos entertained.

Grinch Santas

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


How cute are these grinch Santa snacks? All you need for these festive treats are green grapes, bananas, strawberries, mini marshmallows, and a toothpick to place your ingredients on. These snacks will not only be a crowd pleaser, but will take you no time at all to whip up.

 

Pigs In A Blanket Wreath

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Heading to an ugly Christmas sweater party? Add to the fun with this pigs in a blanket wreath. All you need to do is wrap a small smoked sausage link or hot dog in a crescent roll and bake it in the oven. Then place the pigs in a blanket in a circle on a tray and garnish with a ribbon to give it the festive feel you’re looking for.

 

Charcuterie Christmas Tree

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prepare the perfect Christmas appetizer by arranging your meat, veggies, crackers, and cheese in the form of a Christmas tree. Charcuterie is always a guest favorite and guests will love seeing the unique arrangement.

 

White Chocolate Reindeer Popcorn

This white chocolate reindeer popcorn is super quick to whip up and will be a tasty treat to munch on throughout your party. All you need is one bag of white popcorn, red and green m&m’s, pretzels, and Christmas sprinkles.

 

Now that you have your Christmas party dishes planned, you can focus on finding the perfect Christmas gifts. We might be biased, but we think eyewear makes for a pretty great gift.

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10 Tips For Eating Healthy At The Fair //wp.readers.com/blog/10-tips-for-eating-healthy-at-the-fair/ //wp.readers.com/blog/10-tips-for-eating-healthy-at-the-fair/#respond Thu, 27 Jul 2017 14:26:16 +0000 //wp.readers.com/blog/?p=14367   It is hard to envision a summer season without picturing a visit to your county or state fair. Although the fair is known for deep fried everything and oversized portions, it is possible to indulge in your favorite treats while still maintaining healthy habits. If you are considering a visit to your county or […]

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It is hard to envision a summer season without picturing a visit to your county or state fair. Although the fair is known for deep fried everything and oversized portions, it is possible to indulge in your favorite treats while still maintaining healthy habits.


If you are considering a visit to your county or state fair, here are 10 tips for eating healthy while you are there:

 

1. Bring along a healthy snack 


Packing a healthy snack for your trip to the fair is a good way to ensure you add nutritional value to whichever meal you choose. Snacks such as fruits and veggies are easy to pack and will pair well with almost any food item you are in the mood for.


2. Snack before you go


Don’t want to worry about taking your snack with you? No problem! Give yourself time before you head for the fair to sit down and enjoy a snack. Having a healthy snack before you go to the fair will take the edge off of your appetite, and you will be less tempted to opt for larger portions.


3. Don’t drink your calories


The fair is notorious for sugary lemonades, delicious milkshakes made from whole milk, and sweet slushies. These are all tasty options, but if you are planning to enjoy a meal while you’re at the fair, and are wanting to keep it on the healthy side as much as possible, try to avoid calorie heavy beverages.

Consider low calorie beverages to pair with your meal such as water, unsweetened tea, or iced coffee.

 

4. Make substitutions


Yes, the fair is known for all of its deep fried foods. However, you can still have delicious meals that aren’t fried and won’t make you feel guilty later. Try substituting grilled or roasted meat, such as chicken kabobs, in for the fried tenderloin.

The fair also offers vegetable options that make for great sides, such as roasted corn on the cob–a much lighter option than a fried onion blossom.


5. Go easy on the condiments


A simple way to keep keep your fair food on the healthy side is to take it easy on the condiments. Condiments such as ketchup and mayonnaise are high in added sugar and do not add much in the way of nutritional value.

Pickles and/or salsa are good options for dressing up your meal without adding empty calories.

6. Sit down to eat


Sitting down to eat may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think about healthy eating habits. However, when you sit down to eat, you instantly cut out the temptation to graze your way through the various food vendors, and you are able to enjoy your meal in a mindful way.

7. Sharing


There’s no better way to practice portion control than sharing your favorite fair food with your friends. Sharing allows everyone to sample fair favorites without overdoing it.

8. Make a food wishlist


It’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the high volume of food vendors that line the fair, and jump in line at the first vendor you come across. Try making a list of the types of food you know you want to eat before you go, and then give yourself time to scope out vendors who offer the type of food you desire.

Most vendors have their menus posted outside of their food truck making it easier to find the food you are looking for.

9. Go early


Since our appetites tend to be lower in the morning, it can be beneficial to attend the fair of a morning when you are less likely to be tempted by food.

10. Drink plenty of water


Drinking water while you are at the fair will help to keep you energized as you peruse through the various vendor stands. Water will also help your caloric intake as it keeps you feeling full and is a good substitute for higher caloric beverages.  

 

 

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3 Garden Salad Recipes For A Flavorful Summer //wp.readers.com/blog/3-garden-salad-recipes-for-a-flavorful-summer/ //wp.readers.com/blog/3-garden-salad-recipes-for-a-flavorful-summer/#respond Wed, 24 May 2017 20:40:33 +0000 //wp.readers.com/blog/?p=14310 A great way to put your farmers market produce to work is to create a delicious garden salad. With the summer heat, comes those summer flavors that you crave — sweet corn, savory peppers, and juicy tomatoes. The best thing about salads is that they only take a few minutes to prepare and will keep […]

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A great way to put your farmers market produce to work is to create a delicious garden salad. With the summer heat, comes those summer flavors that you crave — sweet corn, savory peppers, and juicy tomatoes. The best thing about salads is that they only take a few minutes to prepare and will keep you full all day.

Here are three tasty salad recipes you’ll want to try this summer:

 

Spinach salad with gorgonzola, pistachios, and pepper jelly vinaigrette

Salad 1.

Red pepper jelly adds the light tangy flavor you desire in the summer heat.

Ingredients: ¼ c. red pepper jelly, 2 tbsp cider vinegar, 1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil, ⅛ tsp kosher salt, ⅛ tsp freshly ground black pepper, 8 c. fresh baby spinach, ¼ c. (1 oz.) crumbled gorgonzola cheese, ¼ c. dry roasted pistachios

Directions: 

1. Place pepper jelly in a 1 c. glass measure. Microwave on high 30 seconds. Add cider vinegar, oil, salt, and black pepper, stirring with a whisk until blended. Cool to room temperature.

2. Combine spinach and cheese in a large bowl. Drizzle vinegar mixture over spinach mixture; toss well. Sprinkle with nuts. Serve immediately.

 

Heirloom Tomato and Chicken Toss

Salad 2.

Summertime usually means lots of time spent outdoors, which also means bigger appetites in the evening. For a warm and flavorful meal that won’t leave you overly stuffed, try this heirloom tomato and chicken toss salad.

Tip: Serve this salad with an abundance of crusty bread to soak up the flavorful tomato juices.

Ingredients: 4 tbsp white vinegar, 3 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil, 2 ½ tbsp granulated sugar, 1 ½ tsp kosher salt, ½ tsp black pepper, 3 c. shredded cooked chicken, 2 lbs heirloom tomatoes cut into ½ to 1 inch wedges, 1/2 cup thinly sliced red onion, 2 tablespoons chopped fresh basil, 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh chives, 2 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves, 1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme

Directions: 

Whisk together vinegar, olive oil, sugar, salt, and pepper in a small bowl. Gently toss together chicken, tomatoes, onion, basil, chives, parsley, and thyme in a large bowl. Add vinegar mixture, and gently toss until thoroughly combined. Serve immediately, or cover and let stand at room temperature for up to 1 hour.

 

Fresh corn salad

Salad 3.

For those who like to add a little heat to your meals, you will enjoy how this salad blends hot jalapeños with sweet flavorful corn.

Ingredients: ½ c. cider vinegar, ¼-⅓ c. sugar, 1 tsp. Kosher salt, ½ tsp coarsely ground black pepper, 4 ears fresh corn, ½ c. finely diced red onion, soaked in ice water for 20 minutes and patted dry, ½ c. cucumber, seeded, not peeled if unwaxed, then diced to same size of onions, ½ c. red or orange sweet pepper, diced to same size as onions, ½ c. cherry or pear tomatoes, halved or quartered, 3 tbsp parsley, finely torn, 1 tbsp basil leaves or buds, pulled apart, 1 tbsp fresh jalapeno, seeds and pith removed, very finely diced*, ½ tsp sea salt or kosher salt, 1 – 2 c. small arugula leaves

Directions:

1. For dressing, in a glass bowl whisk together vinegar, sugar, the 1 teaspoon kosher salt, and black pepper until sugar is dissolved. Let dressing stand while preparing salad.

2. For salad, cut corn kernels from cobs. In a large bowl toss corn and remaining ingredients except sea salt and arugula leaves.

3. To serve, transfer salad to large serving bowl. Season with the 1/2 tsp. sea salt. Add the dressing; gently weave in arugula leaves. Serve immediately. (Cucumbers and tomatoes will begin to break down.)

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5 Simple Ways To Spruce Up Your Easter Get Together //wp.readers.com/blog/5-simple-ways-to-spruce-up-your-easter-get-together/ //wp.readers.com/blog/5-simple-ways-to-spruce-up-your-easter-get-together/#respond Wed, 05 Apr 2017 14:22:25 +0000 //wp.readers.com/blog/?p=14265 With the arrival of April, many of us are beginning to plan our Easter meals and get togethers. As we begin to plan our menus and decor, it is tempting to turn to our tried and true recipes and decorations. However, this Easter switch things up at your table with one of these simple recipes […]

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With the arrival of April, many of us are beginning to plan our Easter meals and get togethers. As we begin to plan our menus and decor, it is tempting to turn to our tried and true recipes and decorations. However, this Easter switch things up at your table with one of these simple recipes or festive DIY decorations. Your guests are sure to be impressed and, who knows, you might just end up having a new staple decoration or recipe!

1. An eye catching place setting

Supplies: Colored napkin, coordinating ribbon, tulip

Directions: To create this warm and welcoming place setting, simply fold the napkin and place the tulip or decoration in the center. Finish by loosely tying the ribbon around the tulip and napkin. Not only will guests love being greeted by this piece, but they will also enjoy having a sweet flower to take home.

 

2. Easter bunny dessert platter


3. Festive centerpiece

4. Strawberry cream mimosa

 

5. Slow cooker pineapple glazed carrots

For the perfect Easter side dish that adds a punch of flavor, try pineapple glazed carrots.  

Ingredients: 2 lbs carrots peeled and sliced, 1 (540ml) can pineapple tidbits with juice (or about 2 cups), ½ cups brown sugar, 3 Tbsp balsamic vinegar, ¾ tsp. salt, 2 tbsp. cornstarch

Directions:

  • In a medium bowl, combine pineapple with juice, sugar, vinegar, salt, and cornstarch until combined.
  • Add carrots to slow cooker. Pour pineapple over top and stir well.
  • Cover and cook on low for 5-6 hours or high for 3-4 hours until tender. Serve.

 

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