Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Meat Solutions: Buy Some Bison!

Loaded Grilled Hotdog
There are two problems that the majority of people have with cooking and serving beef. They are fat content and sourcing. Market beef tends to be fatty, which adds to the expense. It also tends to trigger less than positive reactions when it comes to how meat makes its way to market. A fantastically tasteful and healthful solution is bison meat.

Bison Aren't Only Found In Wildlife Preserves

Yes, that's right! The mysterious native North American bovine is becoming more and more popular in your favorite supermarket. Though the price per pound is a little higher than what most bargain shoppers are used to, the benefits of using this wonderful meat in recipes far outweighs budgetary concerns.

Any processed meat containing beef products that is sold in stores, likely has an array of byproducts added to make the product profitable for producers. These byproducts and additives include grains like corn and soy, waste meats, and copious amounts of fat. Typical beef burger is an 80/20 mixture of meat and fat. This means at least 20 percent of what you buy will eventually be cooked away.

Though some beef purchased in stores is classified as extra lean, the meat itself can have questionable origins. Market cattle are raised on GMO grains, are regularly exposed to chemicals, and come from unnamed international sources. This doesn't mean that all beef purchased in supermarkets is unhealthy. It just means that there are far better sources for red meat available.

The Bison Meat Difference

Bison meat is growing in popularity because it has wonderful food properties. The meat is extremely lean and flavorful, which means it doesn't need to be mixed with bovine fats to work well in recipes. Market bison are also raised on farms that promote natural life cycles through untainted feeds, grass feeding, low stress environments, and natural breeding procedures. For anyone worried about ethical considerations when it comes to their meat sources, bison farming techniques are some of the purest and most humane in the world.

Bison Meat Versatility

When it comes to cooking bison meat, there is little to adjust in recipes for weight and volume. Bison is regularly packaged without added fats, fillers, nitrites, and colors. It is a “get what you see” meat. Bison meat also shrinks very little during cooking, so it is preferred in dishes where presentation is important.

Bison is now being used to make seasonal favorites. As an example, bison hotdogs are taking the market by storm. Normally, beef hotdogs represent an exercise in eating something unhealthy because the dogs are full of fillers, fats, and meat from unidentified sources. Bison dogs are pure meat, do not change volumes when cooking, and have vetted origins like any other select cut. As a result, bison dogs are more appetizing, more appropriate as meal centerpieces, and truer to the original intent of a great hotdog. That intent is great meat in a convenient package.

Instead of serving guests low quality dogs this summer, try lighting their taste buds with an authentic red meat that is free of everything unwanted in a diet. Bison meat hotdogs are easy to prepare, have a vibrant taste, and are made with great care.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Cheddar Folios Crispy Bowl of Avocado Cream Recipe

Lotito Foods, the family owned, four generation cheese and specialty food company, wants to add a special treat in your Easter basket: the roll out to ALL Shoprite stores of the newest addition to their iconic imported Italian and domestic cheese line: Folios™. The delicious Folios product is lightly baked sheets of cheese that are made from Parmesan, Cheddar or Jarlsberg® cheese. Folios are a first of its kind cheese product as no other company has ever created a product made of all natural, part-skim cheese, that is carb and gluten free and high in protein.

Folios can be crisped in the microwave or oven and crumbled for use on salads and soups, or eaten alone as a crunchy cheese snack. They can be molded into an edible bowl for salads or pasta or melted over omelets or soups and they can come straight out of the package as a perfect no-carb, high protein wrap option.
Cheddar Folios Crispy Bowl of Avocado Cream Recipe

Cheddar Folios Crispy Bowl of Avocado Cream with Cheddar Folios Chips Recipe

4 Cheddar Folios™
1 Avocado - ripe, pitted, and skin removed
3 Green Onions - chopped
8 oz. Cream Cheese
1 tsp. Salt
1 tsp. Fresh Lime Juice
1 Serrano Chili Pepper - stemmed, seeded, and chopped
2 tsp. Fresh Cilantro - diced

Make 1 Cheddar Folios™ bowl as instructed on package. Then, make Cheddar Folios™ chips by placing 1 Folios™ in the microwave for 1 ½ minutes. As soon as removed, use a pizza cutter or sharp knife and immediately cut into triangle pieces before turning into crisps (about 30 seconds). Place on a dry paper towel and repeat for the other 2 Folios™. Set aside.

Now, make the avocado cream by placing all remaining ingredients in a food processor (minus 1 tsp. cilantro and 1 tsp. of green onions). Blend until smooth and creamy. Place the Cheddar Folios™ bowl on a serving platter and surround by the Cheddar Folios™ chips. Fill the Folios™ bowl with the avocado cream and top with remaining onions and cilantro. Serves 4 – 6.

Folios is available in three delicious flavors: Parmesan Folios, taken from the authentic most famous cheese of Italy, with a nutty, fruity blast of flavor; Cheddar Folios, impart a rich, Vermont buttery cheese taste and Folios made with Jarlsberg cheese offer the classic mellow yet slightly nutty deliciousness in every bite.