What consumers should know about dressings and sauces

Touchdowns, Tailgates and Tasty Treats!

Touchdowns, tackles and tailgating all signify that football season has arrived. Game days become intense when you’re forced to pick a team for the new season but selecting food options should be as easy as DOWN-SET-HUT. Here are a few starter and entrée selections that will make food choices easier this football season.    

Spicing Up School Lunches with Flavored Mayo

Packing lunches during the school year can cause complications on a daily basis. As children’s taste buds change their lunch choices become an open market.  Flavored mayonnaise has become a very popular go-to condiment 27 percent have tried it*. When you make your children’s daily lunches consider flavoring up their choices with a variety of mayonnaise flavors in their meals and snacks.

ImPRESS with this Chicken Salad Panini

Who doesn’t love a classic chicken salad sandwich? How about a panini? If either of those sound good to you, then you’ll love this chicken salad panini with bacon bits, ranch dressing and mayonnaise.

Find your flavor: traditional mayonnaise gets pumped up

We’ll bet you know the traditional mayonnaise, but did you know mayonnaise comes in a multitude of flavors? Those flavors are becoming increasingly popular among mayo lovers and in recipes and there are plenty of them to try out. 

Fuss Free Barbecue Sandwiches

What screams summer more than a perfect barbecue sandwich and a side of potato salad by the pool? If you answered “nothing,” this recipe is going to be right up your alley! All you need to do is throw a few ingredients into a slow cooker before you head outside and you’ll have this filling lunch ready when you get back.

Dressing Up Your Dinner

The results are in: Salad dressings are for more than just salads! According to a consumer usage survey conducted in January 2017 by the Association for Dressings & Sauces, dressings are for meats, sandwiches, vegetables, chips and a host of other foods. 

Welcome to the Island Life: Hawaiian Chicken Salad

Looking for a recipe to transport you to a tropical island? This Hawaiian Chicken Salad will make you wish you were sitting on the beach with your feet in the sand. Ingredients and instructions are simple.

Buffalo goes bleu

This dip recipe is perfect for a large group gathering. It definitely makes enough to feed a crowd so start calling your friends over now! Another plus, it’s super quick and easy to make.

Which wing will you bring?

Question one: What party is complete without a tasty platter of wings? Answer: NONE! Question two: What flavor of wings should you make? Answer: it’s a tough choice, but below are five of our favorite wing flavors along with their recipes.

Egg-stravagent Breakfast Bake

This breakfast bake makes a great brinner (breakfast for dinner) or you can prepare it on a Sunday night and have your breakfasts set for the week! You can also tailor this recipe to your favorite foods and really make it unique to you.

Score big at your parties with Salsa Ranch Dip

Grab a bowl and these four ingredients and get ready for a deliciously simple game day treat. If you’re looking for something for your favorite sports parties, this is it. It takes no more than 10 minutes to prepare and proved to be a HUGE hit among my friends.

Spicy or Sweet? You decide with this Cheddar-Green Onion Dip

Here’s a recipe you’ll want to make sure to bookmark for upcoming parties. It’s incredibly easy to make, but it does require about a day to set, so make sure to plan ahead. Making this dish is incredibly easy! First, chop up your pecans into pieces (or buy them pre chopped). Then, do the same with your green onions.

The South Meets Italy with Bacon and Barbecue Chicken Pizza

Alright, let’s just start by saying if this recipe didn’t catch your eye with just the name, stop reading now. I mean bacon and barbecue…? Come on, that’s a perfect combination! Then add pizza and can it even get better? No. So if you’ve made it this far, here’s what you need to make this delicious dinner

It’s In the Bag: Packaged Salad Kits

With more desire to eat healthy and seemingly less and less time to do so, a new trend has emerged: the healthy prepackaged meal. These range from delivery services that provide you fresh ingredients and a recipe on a weekly basis to prepared kits you can get at your local grocery store. In this case we’re going to be talking about salad kits.

Mexican stuffed peppers – a spicy twist on an American favorite

November’s Recipe of the Month is Mexican Stuffed Peppers. Your family is sure to love these soft bell peppers stuffed with rice, ground beef and salsa and topped with cheddar cheese and crushed tortilla chips. First, heat your oven to 400 degrees F. Next, prepare your ingredients by chopping your onion, cooking your rice and removing the tops and veins from your bell peppers. 

Redefining “French” Fries

This recipe is perfect if you’re looking for something to tide over a hungry group of kids or for a potluck. The best part is, it’s super easy to make. No measuring is required and it’s done in less than 20 minutes! First, cook your French fries based on the package instructions

Festive Fall Fare: Roasted Corn Pudding

Fall is here and that means it’s time for recipes featuring your favorite fall veggies! In this case, some tasty corn on the cob for your Roasted Corn Pudding. The first thing you want to do is to prepare and measure out all of your ingredients. It’ll make the rest of the recipe so much easier. Go ahead and start roasting your corn and red bell pepper while you chop and dice the remaining ingredients.

Spreading the Word About Mayonnaise

Traditionally mayonnaise is thought of as something to spread on sandwiches or burgers. It turns out this creamy condiment has more uses and cooking appeal than you may have imagined.  Now, more people are realizing its health-friendly ingredients and versatility as something other than a condiment.

"Thai" this simple pasta salad

This is a recipe you’ll love if you’re a novice cook like me, but still want to enjoy an amazing Asian inspired dish on a time crunch! While there are measurements involved, you can really use as much or as little of everything as you want. (It also makes it really difficult to mess up!) 

Spicy Summer Sausage

Grilling and summer are synonymous and this recipe is perfect for both. It has the perfect amount of kick to satisfy your need for a little heat. First, heat up your grill (or in my case, my stove-top grill). Next, finely dice the onion and jalapeños. Heat a pan on your stove and add in half of your garlic French fry sauce and your onion and pepper mixture that you just chopped. Leave those to sauté for a few minutes.

Salad on a Stick? Here's How and Why

We all know that salads can sometimes be difficult to take with you during the summer, but we also all want to eat healthier. So what can you do? We’ve talked about Mason jars as great travel companions, but you can also use something you probably have on hand from your last barbecue: skewers. A salad skewer makes a great hors d’oeuvre for a party or a side for a summer picnic and they’re super easy to make.

Get ready for grilling season with Balsamic Chicken Kabobs

Grilling season is officially under way and these Balsamic Chicken Kabobs are a dish that the whole family will love. First, take your wooden skewers (I used a few more than 6) and put them in water to soak while you prepare the remaining ingredients. I like to start with the non-meat ingredients so I can save myself some hassle and don’t have to worry about using several cutting boards and knives. 

Spice up your salad with Cajun chicken

Take your salad to the next level with Cajun chicken and bleu cheese dressing. This salad is also a great way to hit most of your major food groups with just one meal. It’s as easy as it gets to make and only takes about 15 minutes including prep time.

Mix up a new kind of salad this National Salad Month

Salad comes in all shapes, sizes, color and textures, but we’re going to share a few of our favorites and how to make them both healthy and delicious. Varieties in salads can date all the way back to the Roman Empire. As the Romans expanded their empire they took with them the salad. As they reached new regions with different types of lettuce and dressings available to them, what constituted a salad varied greatly. 

That’s a wrap! Now make it a Southwestern one

This is by far the easiest lunch you can make! The kick of salsa with the creaminess of the mayonnaise is irresistible and will make even the pickiest of eaters wanting more. First, combine your mayonnaise and salsa in a small bowl and stir until they are well incorporated. Next, take one of your large tortillas and spread the mixture on ¾ of it. 

Get your Game On with these Winning Recipes

Championship games mean top of the line get togethers with friends and family and ultimately, fantastic food options. While gorging on your favorite game-day snacks is easy, being responsible for bringing a dish that everyone will love can prove more challenging. That’s why we’ve put together this game day guide to help you impress your friends with your culinary skill and basketball knowledge!

Just winging it – first attempt at making Cocktail Wings

I’ll start by saying, this recipe is not for someone looking for a quick meal. While delicious, these wings take time to prepare and more time to cook properly, but you will not be disappointed at the end of it. The process is relatively simple despite the time it takes. First, gather the ingredients below:

Spice up your Big Game Party with Buffalo Chicken Wonton Cups

If you’re looking for a way to add some variety to your Big Game party, then look no further! This recipe for Buffalo Chicken Wonton Cups is a must have and while, yes, it sounds like it was made for people who can handle a lot of spice, it really is delicious for all palates.

Get healthy with the help of a salad a day and the USDA Dietary Guidelines

Every five years, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) releases their Dietary Guidelines for Americans. In January of 2016, they released the guidelines for 2015-2020 to guide people towards a healthier lifestyle and to help reduce the risk of chronic diseases. Here are a few ways the USDA suggests bettering your diet.

The easiest way to impress your guests: Ranch Veggie Bruschetta

Are you hosting a holiday party this year? Attending one? What about just entertaining some family? No matter what your holiday plans are, this recipe is sure to please. With only 6 ingredients and a dash of salt, you can awe your family and friends with a combination of two party favorites: ranch and vegetables + bruschetta = Ranch Vegetable Bruschetta (and yes, it is as good as it sounds).

Dress up your green beans and be the perfect holiday guest

This recipe is definitely the simplest one that I have made in a long time. It’s an easy green beans recipe and is perfect to take along as your contribution to any holiday party. It only requires six ingredients and a pot and bowl of water. Get a big pot and fill it with water and place it over medium heat. I learned on Worst Cooks in America to add a dash of salt to the water for more flavor. 

Bring the heat to your salad this winter

With the weather getting chilly and the blankets coming out, it’s only fitting that your food starts to warm up to counteract the cold. You start heading for the soup and chili more than the salad, but that doesn’t have to be the case. You can warm yourself up and still enjoy a tasty salad; all you need is a warm salad.

7 more ways to use salad dressings this holiday season

According to research by the Association for Dressings & Sauces and conducted by Turner Research Network, Americans use pourable salad dressings in far more ways than you would expect. A study of 866 respondents, aged 18-65, who purchased pourable salad dressings in the past 12 months found that aside from the traditional use on a green salad, pourable dressings are commonly used in 7 other ways.

Simplify your Friendsgiving with a bottle of salad dressing

Have you ever heard the saying “friends are the family you choose for yourself?” I have. I’ve also found myself hundreds of miles away from my family during the holidays. It can be lonely, yes, but it can also be exciting. It leads to opportunities to try new things and create new memories and traditions, one of which is far from unique to me, but something I believe everyone should try nonetheless. 

Start your metabolism and your day with a salad

Although breakfast may be the most difficult meal to fit into your schedule, the old adage of it being “the most important meal of the day” rings true according to researchers at Michigan State University. A study performed at the University found that the consumption of a well-rounded breakfast can decrease a persons’ risk for diabetes and heart disease.

A new Fall favorite: Roasted Sweet Potato Salad

If you’re looking for a new recipe to spice up your holiday meals, or any fall meal for that matter, then this one is for you. Its key ingredient has also been named as one of CNN’s superfoods for fall so you can feel good about indulging. This roasted sweet potato salad is a new twist on a couple of classics. I’m sure we’ve all had plenty of sweet potato casseroles and sweet potato fries, but sweet potato salad? 

Mason jar salads, for healthy on-the-go

Between working, taking care of yourself and your family, leisure activities like sports or dance classes, eating and sleeping, it never seems like there are enough hours in the day. Sometimes things have to give and usually that’s eating healthy, but that’s the last thing you should give up because there’s a simple solution ­– Mason jar salads.

Barbecue sauce meets rice and the results are delicious

Right off the bat I did things a little differently. I bought raw chicken, cut it into bit sized chunks and cooked those in a pan. I would definitely recommend using precooked chicken (possibly some leftovers or rotisserie chicken) or at least adding a little seasoning to your chicken. I cooked mine plain and it was fine, but I would have loved a little extra kick.

Giving a New Meaning to Dressing on the Side -- Sandwich Dippers

Happy National Picnic Month! That’s right folks, August is National Picnic Month and for that reason we’re going to share our best on-the-go meal: sandwich dippers. Get your picnic baskets and blankets ready! The idea behind these sandwiches is simple and doesn’t even require a recipe because you can do just about whatever you want with it. All you need is a sandwich and your favorite sauce or dressing.

A Little History and a Lot of Flavor

I was in my grandmother’s kitchen one Sunday morning thinking to myself, why did I agree to do this? I was hunched over the counter, attempting to slice both bread and a cucumber while also mixing this strange concoction of mayonnaise and salad dressing as a spread for cucumber sandwiches? What are we, British dignitaries?

Green or Grain?

According to the Food Channel, one of the top salad trends of 2015 skips the green all together and instead has grains? Have you ever heard of freekeh? What about spelt, faro or most recognizably, quinoa? If you’re like me, you probably don’t even know how to begin trying to say those, let alone know what they are.

Touchdowns, Tailgates and Tasty Treats!

Touchdowns, tackles and tailgating all signify that football season has arrived. Game days become intense when you’re forced to pick a team for the new season but selecting food options should be as easy as DOWN-SET-HUT. Here are a few starter and entrée selections that will make food choices easier this football season.