Breakfast scramble sandwich, and oatmeal with fruit and yogurt

Rise and Shine: Breakfast Recipes to Keep the Family Happy & Healthy

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They say breakfast is the most important meal of the day, so it’s crucial to serve the family a healthy and enjoyable morning start. Here at Libby’s®, we know that spending quality family time together at the kitchen table is the best time of day. We also know that at times it can be difficult to get the kids to eat breakfast. It’s key for not only the young ones to get their morning power, but also for the whole gang.

Change up your normal breakfast menu and get everyone enthusiastic to begin the day with these family-friendly hearty recipes. Who could ask for more?

Sneak in Those Oats and Fruits!

Looking for a way to incorporate both oats and fruits in the morning? These baked Fruit & Oat Snack Bars made with Libby’s® Apricot Halves are the perfect nutritious whole grain breakfast recipe. If you’re in a rush, don’t freight because these are also perfect for on-the-go!

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Change Up Your Oatmeal Game

Whoever said that oatmeal is boring hasn’t tried this Overnight Pear Oatmeal. Made with Libby’s® Pear Halves, this recipe gives classic oatmeal a serious meal makeover. Delicious, simple, and quick – everyone will be asking for seconds, especially during the upcoming cold winter mornings!

http://www.getbacktothetable.com/recipes/overnight-refrigerator-pear-oatmeal-2-ways

Scramble It Up!

Not only are eggs packed with protein giving you the fuel to help power through your day – they also help satisfy those savory cravings. Get your veggies in while also enjoying a classic with this Scrambled Eggs with Peppers & Peas recipe. Serve on warm bread of your choice or simply on its own!

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Libby's Sweet Peas in Scrambled Egg Sandwich

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Heart Healthy Foods

Add Veggies for a Healthy Heart Boost

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According to the World Heart Federation, every year 17.9 million lives are taken due to Cardio Vascular Disease and at least 80% of these deaths could be avoided. So how can this astonishing number of deaths each year be prevented? Well, looking after your heart consists mainly of eating well, exercising, and reducing your use of alcohol and tobacco.

Eating well and exercising are at the top of the list of things to keep your heart healthy. It is vital that we eat the right foods; foods that keep us full and energized so that our hearts remain strong and fit.

A balanced diet is key to a healthy heart, and a healthy heart is the key to a healthy body. At Libby’s® Canned Fruit and Vegetables we have an array of recipes that can contribute to a balanced overall diet. Libby’s® products are the perfect staple ingredient to buy.  They will save you money, time, and can help you slot vegetables into all your meals, therefore contributing to a well-adjusted lifestyle.

We have selected some of our favorite vegetable-packed meals to get you on your way to a healthy heart.

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https://getbacktothetable.com/index.php/recipes/quick-and-healthy-fried-quinoa-mixed-vegetables

https://getbacktothetable.com/recipes/loaded-beet-hummus

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Bob's Red Mill Breakfast

The Importance of Fiber in Breakfast

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Many of us know that a high fiber diet keeps your system running smoothly, but how about the importance of fiber in your breakfast?

Fiber stays in your stomach longer than other foods and when paired with other ingredients helps to keep you full. It also can help to maintain your blood sugar, lower your cholesterol and aid in maintaining a healthy weight. Integrating foods high in fiber and protein into your morning routine is one way to keep yourself on track and feeling good for the remainder of the day.

From breakfast cereals high in fiber to high-fiber bread and fruit, there are lots of different (and tasty) ways to consume fiber for breakfast.

Let’s dive into reasons for eating fiber in the morning and explore some delicious fiber-filled breakfast recipes.

5 Reasons to Eat Fiber in the Morning

  1. Digestion

Fiber aids in digestion and ensures that your system runs smoothly throughout the day.

  1. Blood Sugar

Fiber maintains your blood sugar levels (so you don’t crash later on in the day).

  1. Weight

Fiber stays in your stomach longer than other foods, meaning you’ll feel full throughout the morning and may be less likely to overeat. With fiber in your breakfast, you’re more likely to bid farewell to the midday snack attack!

  1. Heart Health

Fiber can improve cholesterol levels by lowering LDL (or bad cholesterol).

Soluble Fiber vs. Insoluble Fiber

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There are two types of fiber your body needs, soluble and insoluble, and many sources of fiber contain both of these.

Soluble fiber works to bind with water in your system and create a gel to slow digestion. It’s in foods like oranges, apples and oats, and can also be found in the skin of fruit and seeds. It helps you to feel full and gives the feeling of long-lasting energy throughout the day.

Insoluble fiber can be found in wheat bran, veggies and whole grains. It helps food pass through the stomach and intestines and (for lack of another phrase) adds bulk to the stool. Work to incorporate both of these types of fiber into your breakfast to get the full range of fiber benefits.

Inspiration for Fiber-Filled Breakfasts

From pancakes to granolas, here are some of our favorite ways to enjoy fiber in the morning.

Buckwheat Pancake and Waffle Whole Grain Mix

Making the switch to a hearty pancake and waffle mix like this Buckwheat Pancake and Waffle Whole Grain Mix is a good way to incorporate fiber into your morning. It’s made with Organic Whole Grain Buckwheat Flour and Organic Stone Ground Whole Wheat Pastry Flour. The buckwheat contains a good amount of fiber and adds a unique and delicious taste. It’s also a good source of protein and calcium. Although it’s commonly thought of as a cereal grain, buckwheat is a fruit seed related to rhubarb and sorrel. It’s a good choice for people who might be sensitive to wheat or grain. Top your buckwheat pancakes with sliced apple and a bit of pure maple syrup.

Gluten Free Honey Oat Granola

Our Gluten Free Honey Oat Granola is a high-fiber whole grain cereal made with gluten free oats. You can enjoy it over yogurt or with milk and milk alternatives. You can even eat it just as is! This recipe for Honey Oat Granola Pancakes combines our Gluten Free Honey Oat Granola with almond milk, eggs and oil to create a beautiful and delicious pancake. Try serving these pancakes with oranges or figs for a morning treat.

Bob’s High Fiber Bran Muffins

These Bob’s High Fiber Bran Muffins are high in fiber and include wheat bran, whole wheat flour, raisins, milk, oil and egg. For a bit of extra protein, serve them with peanut or almond butter and a good Greek yogurt. They’re made with wheat bran, whole wheat flour, raisins, milk, molasses or honey, oil and egg. If you’d like, you can also add applesauce and nuts to the mix. These muffins are great to keep on hand for a fiber-filled breakfast on the go.

Moist Molasses Bran Muffins

These Moist Molasses Bran Muffins are made with wheat bran, whole wheat flour and applesauce. You can sweeten them with molasses or honey (or a mix of both) and even add chopped nuts into the mix. Like Bob’s High Fiber Bran Muffins, they taste good with a dollop of nut butter and a mug of hot coffee.

Organic Whole Oat Groats

Bob’s Organic Whole Groats are both hearty and chewy and are an amazing source of fiber. This basic preparation for oat groats can be fine-tuned for breakfast by adding fresh fruits like pears and bananas for an extra fiber boost.

Tart Cherry and Chocolate Covered Almond Muesli Energy Poppers

Our Chocolate Protein Powder is made from pea protein powder, chicory root fiber, chia seeds and beneficial probiotics. It’s sweetened with monk fruit extract and is vegan, gluten free and a great source of iron, protein and fiber. Try using it in this recipe for Tart Cherry and Chocolate Covered Almond Muesli Energy Poppers. Packed with fiber, these poppers are great for a morning treat or an afternoon snack. But like the recipe headnote states, with their delicious yet sophisticated flavor, they’re truly good anytime.

Cottage Cheese Breakfast Parfait

Inspired by our grandmother’s pairings of pear and cottage cheese, this beautiful Cottage Cheese Breakfast Parfait is filled with everything you need for a nutritious start. From protein to healthy fats to fiber, this parfait will get you going and keep you energized throughout the morning.

Whole Grain Fruit Muffins

These Whole Grain Fruit Muffins are filled with fiber and flavor. They’re a great way to feature seasonal fruit like peaches or apples and taste yummy when served with warm butter or jam. They’re made with ingredients like Quick Cooking Rolled Oats, Unbleached White All-Purpose Flour, wheat bran and 7 Grain Hot Cereal. With a hint of cinnamon and honey, they smell incredible when wafting through the kitchen (especially on an autumn morning).

Healthy Chocolate Protein Pancakes

These pancakes might be light and fluffy, but they’re a nutritional powerhouse. Packed with plant-based protein and fiber, our Healthy Chocolate Protein Pancakes make for a decadent and delightful breakfast. They’re served with a chocolate syrup made from fiber-filled ingredients like dark chocolate and bananas. Drizzle your pancakes with the syrup and indulge happily in this healthy breakfast treat.

High Fiber Cinnamon Apple Muffins

These High Fiber Cinnamon Apple Muffins are kid-friendly and fiber-filled. They’re made with cane sugar, unsweetened applesauce, vanilla extract, oil, ground cinnamon, milk, Organic High Fiber Pancake Mix and diced apples. After whisking together the cane sugar, applesauce, vanilla and oil, slowly stir in the milk. Add pancake mix, cinnamon, and dried apples and stir in until just combined. Fill your muffin tin, bake and after 30 minutes, enjoy your warm, wonderful breakfast!

PB&J Crumble

Our Extra Thick Rolled Oats are known for their protein and fiber goodness. One of our favorite ways to eat them is in this PB&J crumble. Although it can also be a dessert, this crumble works well for breakfast when paired with almond milk or yogurt. The filling is made from grapes and the crumble incorporates ingredients like coconut oil, crunchy peanut butter, coconut milk, Gluten Free Organic Thick Rolled Oats, sorghum flour, organic coconut sugar and salt.

Organic High Fiber Pancake Mix

Get your fiber the extra fun Bob’s Red Mill way with a big stack of high fiber pancakes! Our Organic High Fiber Pancake Mix includes stone ground whole wheat pastry flour, Scottish oatmeal, flaxseed meal, oat bran, wheat germ and a bit of pure cane sugar. It’s filled with 7 grams of fiber and 7 grams of protein per serving, so it’s the perfect way to start your day with an energizing boost.

Now that you know about the importance of fiber in a diet—especially a breakfast diet—we hope you’ll start to integrate it into your morning routine.

Fiber in the morning helps with everything from digestion to maintaining a healthy weight. Luckily, many Bob’s Red Mill products contain fiber to get you going and leaving you feeling great throughout the day.

Have any favorite recipes you like to make to get your fiber in the morning? Feel free to share them with us in the comments below. From muffins and granolas to pancakes, we’re always on the lookout for the next fun (and fiber-filled) recipe.

Paleo vs. Keto

Keto vs. Paleo: What’s the Difference?

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When it comes to paleo vs. keto diets, the details and differences between the two can at first seem confusing. 

Overall, the paleo diet tends to emphasize whole foods and eliminate grains, legumes and processed foods. The keto, or ketogenic, diet tends to be more calculated in the way it handles the adjustment of carbs, proteins and fats (with a big emphasis on the fats).

Let’s take a closer look at the keto vs. paleo diet and see which plan is right for you!

Basics of the Paleo Diet

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Sometimes referred to as the “caveman diet,” paleo eaters avoid legumes, sugar, dairy, processed foods and grains. Instead, they enjoy grass-fed meat, vegetables, seafood, eggs, fruit, nuts (like almonds), almond and olive oil, coconut and tubers. They believe that following a pre-agriculture diet helps with increased energy and weight loss. Get in with the hunter-gatherers that came before us and thrive.

At Bob’s Red Mill, we have a whole line of paleo-friendly foods, like Paleo Style Muesli, Paleo Baking Mix, Almond and Coconut Flours, seeds and more. 

Paleo Recipes

From brownies to energy bites, here are a handful of our favorite paleo Bob’s Red Mill recipes. 

Paleo Brownies 

These Paleo Brownies are rich, fudgy, moist and delicious! They’re made with just eight ingredients: honey, unsweetened chocolate, coconut oil, vanilla extract, eggs, cocoa powder, salt and our Paleo Baking Flour. This brilliant multi-purpose flour is a wonderfully unique blend of almond flour, arrowroot starch, coconut flour and tapioca flour. These ingredients are combined in perfect proportions, which makes it ideal for grain free baking and cooking. Not only can you use it to create delectable brownies, but it’s also good for grain free pizza, flatbread, crackers, cookies, muffins, cakes and pancakes. 

Paleo Muffins

If you’re looking for a tasty paleo breakfast, these Paleo Muffins are the way to go! They’re made with Paleo Baking Flour and burst with flavors of lemon and blueberry. We love that they’re so easily customizable. You can mix in anything like fruits, nuts, seeds and dark chocolate. This particular recipe makes 12 muffins, so you can double it and keep them on hand for the week ahead. If you’d like a little extra paleo-friendly protein, consider a dollop of almond butter on top and a smoothie on the side.

Cassava Pasta

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Cassava flour is an excellent choice for paleo pasta! If you’re intrigued by the idea and looking to experiment, try this Cassava Pasta recipe from Bob’s Red Mill. The pasta itself is made from our Cassava Flour, egg and turmeric, though there’s also an option for an egg-free version of the pasta. The end result is tender with a mild flavor due to the flour. If love the taste of the flour, you can use it to bread meat and seafood, too, or even use it to replace the breadcrumbs in meatballs and veggie burgers. 

Paleo Pineapple Upside Down Cake

Escape to the tropics with this Paleo Pineapple Upside Down Cake. It’s paleo, vegan and a beautiful addition to gatherings of all sorts. After the pineapple slices and maraschino cherries have been arranged to your liking, pour the batter over the fruit and let it bake. Once it cools, you can top it with whipped cream or coconut cream or fresh fruit. Pair this cake with some tropical tea and tropical tunes and melt into the ultimate mode of relaxation!

Paleo Cashew Vanilla Energy Bites

These Paleo Cashew Vanilla Energy Bites from Kelly of Tasting Page are a great snack when you’re on-the-go. Whip up a batch and pop them in your mouth before or after the gym, on your way to work or in between breaks at school. There are lots of variations for paleo energy bites, but the flavor of these ones is just delicious! With just organic cashews, unsweetened coconut, dates, vanilla, coconut oil and our Vanilla Protein Powder Nutritional Booster, you’ll be good to go for the afternoon ahead!

Basics of the Keto Diet

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When it comes to keto vs. paleo diet, the keto diet is low in carbohydrates and rich in fat. Also known as the ketogenic diet, this diet has become known as a popular potential way to lose weight.

Although it’s similar to the paleo diet, the keto diet is known for its high intake in fat content and moderate intake in protein content. Paleo, in contrast, is known to be high in protein and moderate in fat. 

Keto Recipes

If it’s something keto-inspired you’re searching for, try one of these delightful recipes below!

Allspice Keto Muffins

These Allspice Keto Muffins from The Keto Diet by Leanne Vogel are chock full of nutritious ingredients. They’re filled with ingredients like almond flour, flax seeds, coconut oil and raw walnut pieces. One of the main differences you’ll notice in keto vs. paleo is that keto encourages alternative sweeteners, like the confectioners’ style Erythritol that’s used in this particular recipe. Slather some coconut oil on top to give these muffins an additional boost of fat and enjoy! 

Avocado Lime Smoothie 

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This Avocado Lime Smoothie was developed by superfood chef Julie Morris and features the flavors of creamy avocado and bright lime. Not only does it taste great, but it’s entirely gorgeous and vibrant, too! Simply add Protein & Fiber Nutritional Booster to your blender alongside avocado, baby spinach, lime juice, fresh mint leaves, coconut water and ice, then sit back and sip!

BBQ Chicken Pizza

It’s true, you can still eat pizza even when you’re trying out a new diet or lifestyle! At Bob’s Red Mill, we love pizza and we think it’s so fun to experiment with different crusts and flavors. This BBQ Chicken Pizza is made with a paleo pizza crust created from our Paleo Baking Flour. Topped with barbecue sauce (make sure it’s keto friendly), creamy cashew sauce, red onion and cilantro, this pizza is perfect for a quick and easy lunch or dinner. It’s a good one to make for a gathering where some folks are keto or paleo and some aren’t, as you can customize the crust to fit your taste!

Coconut Crusted Mahi Mahi

Seafood is a large component of both the paleo and keto diet. This Coconut Crusted Mahi Mahi is gluten free, lactose free, soy free and high in fiber. The beautiful mahi-mahi fillets are crusted with our Organic Coconut Flour, Shredded Coconut, minced ginger, sea salt, garlic powder and lime. Honey is also incorporated, though if you’d prefer to leave out the sweetener, you can omit that. Pair this fish with a side of leafy green sautéed in coconut oil for an extratropical flavor. 

Blackberry Vanilla Protein Pops

If you thought you weren’t allowed to have popsicles while following a diet, think again! These Blackberry Vanilla Protein Pops are ideal for warm-weather days spent in the sunshine. They’re made with fresh blackberries, lemon zest, hep milk and Vanilla Protein Powder Nutritional Booster. The recipe calls for agave nectar but again, you can keep out that sweetener to stay more closely in line with a strict keto diet. 

Pumpkin Seed Butter

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Whether you’re throwing them into your salads or making your own butter, seeds are a fantastic addition to the keto diet. This Pumpkin Seed Butter calls for just two ingredients (pumpkin seeds and salt) and is so easy to whip up. You can keep it in the fridge and let it come to room temperature before your snack attack arises. Spread it across celery sticks and top it unsweetened dried cherries to stay in line with all things keto. 

When it comes to paleo vs. ketogenic diet, the main differences are the contrasts of fats to proteins. Keto tends to be higher in fat, whereas paleo tends to be higher in protein. 

Of course, as with any diet or lifestyle change, so much of it is up to how it makes you, the eater, feel! At Bob’s Red Mill, we love the idea of moderation and incorporating whole ingredients that make you feel good from the inside out.

After all, is there anything more blissful than a slice of chocolate cake or a Saturday morning donut? The real beauty lies within the fact that foods are so easily customizable! Your cake can be made paleo and your donut can be made keto.

The options truly are endless and for that, we’re thankful!

From all of us at Bob’s Red Mill, thank you for reading!

Recipes with fruits and vegetables

Balanced Meals with Libby’s® Fruits & Vegetables

What exactly is a balanced meal? There are so many factors that help define a meal – there are seasonal, cultural and holiday considerations and occasions, time of day differences, dietary preferences, allergy restrictions, and more. Even the size and frequency of your meals is up for personal interpretation.

While what you prefer for breakfast during the work week is going to be different than what you eat at a family holiday party, both are considered meals, and there are ways to create a something nutritious and balanced in both scenarios.

There are two, fairly easy questions you can ask yourself when making a meal:

    What is my source of protein?

    What is my source of carbohydrates?

These two questions will help you balance out your meal to make sure you are getting enough of the right nutrients. The best part? These two questions work for gut-checking what you’re preparing at any time and for any occasion.

Here is why you should focus on your sources of protein and carbohydrates:

Protein is needed for growth, repair, and maintenance.  This includes muscle tissues, bones, nails, hair, skin, blood, and cartilage. Food sources: Meat, fish, seafood, beans, eggs, nuts, soy.

Carbohydrates provide your body with fuel for energy.  The fiber from carbs promotes good digestion, blood sugar decrease, and heart health benefits. Food sources: Potatoes, rice, bread, vegetables, fruits, sugar.

Libby’s® Canned Fruit & Vegetables are a source of carbohydrates that can provide your body some of the nutrients it needs. You can easily open a can of Libby’s® fruits or vegetables, add a protein of your choice, and just like that you have an easy balanced meal covering your nutrition basics.

Below are some recipes showing you how Libby’s® can be incorporated into a balanced meal.

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http://www.getbacktothetable.com/recipes/easy-vegetable-beef-soup

http://www.getbacktothetable.com/recipes/skillet-chicken-pot-pie-pasta

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Pumpkin Spice Baked Oatmeal

Pumpkin Spice Baked Oatmeal

Choose Pumpkins for Vitamin A, Antioxidants and potassium

Ingredients:

3 cups Old Fashioned Oats

1/3 cup Clearly Brown Sugar

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon salt

1 1/2 teaspoons Clearly Cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon nutmeg

1/4 teaspoon all spice

1/2 cup Clearly Raisins

3 eggs

1/2 cup pumpkin purée

1/4 cup Clearly Olive Oil

1 1/2 cups Clearly Milk (or almond milk)

1 teaspoon Clearly Vanilla

Directions:

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Coat an 8×8 baking dish with Clearly cooking spray then set aside. Add all the dry ingredients to a mixing bowl then gently toss to combine. Add eggs, pumpkin, olive oil, milk and vanilla. Stir to evenly distribute contents. Add oatmeal mixture to the greased baking dish and bake in preheated oven for 40 to 45 minutes or until knife inserted in the middle comes out clean. Let cool for 10 minutes and serve. This baked oatmeal goes great topped with a little vanilla yogurt.

Healified Mac & Cheese

1 box Clearly Organic Shells and Cheese

3/4 cup cauliflower rice (finely chopped cauliflower)

2 Tablespoons Clearly Organic Butter

1/4 cup milk

1 cup fresh baby spinach, chopped

3 slices cooked bacon, crumbled

2 Tablespoons tomato chucks for garnish

In a medium size sauce pot bring 6 cups of water to a boil. Add pasta shells and cauliflower rice to boiling water. Boil rapidly for 8 minutes. Drain and add two Tablespoons butter, baby spinach, 1/4 cup milk and contents of sauce packet. Stir well and allow spinach to slightly wilt. Portion mac and cheese into serving bowls and top with crumbled bacon and tomato.

Strawberry Spinach Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing

Strawberry Spinach Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing

Strawberry Spinach Salad with Poppy Seed Dressing

Choose Strawberries for vitamin C, potassium, folic acid and fiber.

Salad:

  • 1 pound fresh strawberries, sliced
  • 2 cups fresh baby spinach leaves
  • 2 cups spring mix greens
  • 1/3 cup Clearly Organic Mixed Nuts, chopped

Dressing:

  • 1/3 cup Clearly Organic Olive Oil
  • 2 Tablespoons Clearly Organic Sugar
  • 3 Tablespoons white vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoons Clearly Organic Sesame Seeds
  • 1 Tablespoon poppy seeds
  • 2 Tablespoons onion, chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon Clearly Organic Paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • In a large bowl combine mixed greens, spinach, and berries.

In a jar with a lid add olive oil, sugar, vinegar, sesame seeds, poppy seeds, chopped onion, paprika and Worcestershire sauce. Secure lid to the jar and shake dressing until contents are evenly distributed. Just before serving top salad with the desired amount of dressing.

Olive Hummus

Olive Hummus

Olive Hummus
  • 1 can Clearly Organic Garbanzo Beans, drained
  • 1/4 cup tahini
  • 3 Tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 Tablespoon Clearly Organic Olive Oil
  • 1/2 cup kalamata olives, pitted
  • 3/4 cup green olives with pimento
  • 1/8 teaspoon Clearly Organic Paprika
  • 1 Tablespoon Clearly Organic Olive Oil

In a food processor or blender add garbanzo beans, tahini, lemon juice, garlic and 1 tablespoon Olive Oil. Pulse blend the contents until smooth. Stop to scrape sides as needed. Add kalamata and green olives. Pulse blend again until smooth. Scoop contents into a serving bowl. Top with paprika and olive oil. Add additional sliced olives if desired. The mixture can be stored in the refrigerator for up to a week if covered or in an airtight container.

Olive hummus goes great with seasonal sliced vegetables and Clearly Organic corn chips.

Mandarin Orange Rice and Shrimp Lettuce Wraps

Mandarin Orange Rice & Shrimp Lettuce Wraps

Mandarin Orange Rice and Shrimp Lettuce Wraps

Canned fruits can add flavor and nutrition to any meal! Choose can fruits that are packed in 100% juice or water. 

Ingredients:
11oz can Best Choice mandarin oranges, drained, juice reserved
Water (amount according to rice package directions)
1 Tbsp Best Choice vegetable oil, divided
1 tsp Best Choice salt
1 cup Best Choice brown rice
2 Tbsp bottled Thai sweet chili sauce plus additional for topping
1 pound medium Best Choice shrimp, peeled and deveined
12 whole large leaves of bibb or iceberg lettuce
1 cup matchstick cut or shredded carrots

Marinated
¼ cup Best Choice olive oil
¼ cup Thai chili sauce
Juice of ½ lime and some lime zest
Mix all marinate ingredients and shrimp together is a zip lock bag. Refrigerate for 1 hour.

Preparation
Follow package directions to cook the rice, substituting the reserved mandarin oranges juice for part of the water. Stir mandarin oranges and sweet chili sauce into cooked rice. Meanwhile, heat remaining 2 teaspoons oil in large skillet over medium heat. Add shrimp and sauté just until cooked though, about 4-5 minutes. Arrange lettuce leaves on large platter. Spoon rice mixture into center of each lettuce leaf. Top with carrots and shrimp. Drizzle with additional sauce.Serve with Mango Salsa
1 mango diced
½ lime juice
1 tsp chives
1 Tbls cilantro
salt and pepper to taste
Mix all ingredients together in a bowl. Chill and serve.