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(Family Features) Capturing the magic of the holidays often happens at the dinner table as loved ones toast the season with stunning meals worth celebrating. This year, call the entire family together and make your festive feast truly memorable with pairings that offer favorite flavors for all.

Starting with tender cuts of meat hand-trimmed by master butchers at Omaha Steaks, these dishes from chef David Rose call to mind the extravagant holiday gatherings of yesteryear with modern twists you can claim as your own.

Roasted Chateaubriand with Red Wine Gravy and Lemon-Garlic Asparagus offers classic taste while Pepper-Crusted Prime Rib with Creamy Horseradish Sauce and Crushed Potatoes brings some zing to the kitchen. For seafood lovers looking to make a splash at this year’s get-togethers, Crab Stuffed Lobster Tails with Dirty Rice provide a savory, succulent pairing worthy of the season.

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Roasted Chateaubriand with Red Wine Gravy and Lemon-Garlic Asparagus

Recipe by Omaha Steaks Executive Chef David Rose
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: about 90 minutes

Chateaubriand:

  • 1 Omaha Steaks Chateaubriand (2-4 pounds)
  • kosher salt
  • ground black pepper
  • 1/4 cup grapeseed oil

Red Wine Gravy:

  • Reserved chateaubriand juices
  • 1 medium shallot, small diced
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 1/2 cups red wine
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter, divided
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/2 cups water
  • 2 beef bouillon cubes
  • 1 tablespoon stone ground mustard
  • kosher salt, to taste
  • ground black pepper, to tastePreheat smoker or pellet grill to 275 F.

Lemon-Garlic Asparagus:

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1 pound jumbo asparagus, stems trimmed and spears blanched in salted water
  • 1 pinch kosher salt, plus additional, to taste, divided
  • 1 pinch ground black pepper, plus additional, to taste, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/2 lemon, juice only
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  1. To make chateaubriand: Pat chateaubriand dry with paper towels. Season on all sides with salt and pepper; bring to room temperature, about 30 minutes.
  2. Preheat oven to 250 F.
  3. In large cast-iron pan, bring grapeseed oil to high heat.
  4. Sear chateaubriand on all sides until golden brown, 2-3 minutes per side.
  5. Remove chateaubriand from pan, reserving pan drippings; place chateaubriand on wire rack-lined baking sheet. Bake according to cooking chart for cook time and desired doneness. Use meat thermometer to ensure doneness.
  6. Rest chateaubriand 15-20 minutes. Slice to desired thickness.
  7. To make red wine gravy: Bring cast-iron pan with reserved chateaubriand drippings to high heat then add shallots and minced garlic. Brown 30 seconds.
  8. Add red wine and deglaze pan, cooking until reduced by half, about 3 minutes.
  9. Reduce heat to medium and whisk in 2 tablespoons butter and flour until all clumps have disappeared and mixture is well-incorporated, 3-4 minutes.
  10. Add water and bouillon cubes; bring to boil then whisk in stone ground mustard.
  11. Reduce to low heat and simmer until achieving sauce-like consistency, 7-8 minutes.
  12. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Turn off heat and whisk in remaining butter until fully melted and emulsified into sauce.
  13. To make lemon-garlic asparagus: In large saucepan, bring olive oil to medium-high heat.
  14. Add asparagus and season with salt, ground black pepper and crushed red pepper flakes. Sear undisturbed about 1 minute.
  15. Turn asparagus and add minced garlic, sauteing about 10 seconds. Add lemon juice and continue sauteing until reduced by two-thirds, about 1 minute.
  16. Turn off heat and add butter, stirring until emulsified into pan sauce. Season with salt and ground black pepper, to taste.
  17. Serve chateaubriand with lemon-garlic asparagus and red wine gravy.

Crab Stuffed Lobster Tails with Dirty Rice

Recipe by Omaha Steaks Executive Chef David Rose
Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4

Dirty Rice:

  • 2 cups jasmine rice
  • water
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 pound Omaha Steaks Ultra-Premium Ground Beef
  • 1 tablespoon kosher salt, plus additional, to taste, divided
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper, plus additional, to taste, divided
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 medium red bell pepper, small diced
  • 2 green onions, minced
  • 1 cup small diced yellow onion
  • 1/2 cup tomato-based sofrito
  • 3 1/2 cups chicken broth

Crab Stuffing:

  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons seafood seasoning
  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 lemon, juice only
  • 20 butter crackers, finely crushed
  • 1 pound jumbo lump crab meat

Crab Stuffed Lobster:

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 4 Omaha Steaks Cold Water Lobster Tails (5 ounces each), halved lengthwise
  1. To make dirty rice: Rinse jasmine rice with water until water is clear. Drain.
  2. In large saucepot, bring vegetable oil to medium-high heat.
  3. Add ground beef, 1 tablespoon salt, 1 teaspoon black pepper, garlic powder and smoked paprika; saute 5 minutes until browned.
  4. Using slotted spoon, remove browned beef and set aside.
  5. Add butter to pot then add red bell pepper, green onions and yellow onions. Saute 2 minutes until lightly caramelized.
  6. Add sofrito and jasmine rice to pot; saute 1 minute. Add cooked ground beef and chicken stock; bring to boil. Once mixture boils, reduce heat to simmer 10 minutes. Turn off heat and leave lid on pot 5 minutes. Fluff rice with fork and season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  7. To make crab stuffing: In medium bowl, whisk mayonnaise, seafood seasoning, Dijon mustard, Worcestershire sauce and lemon juice.
  8. Gently fold in crushed butter crackers and crab meat. Set aside.
  9. To make crab stuffed lobster: Preheat oven to 425 F.
  10. Stir melted butter, salt and lemon juice. Brush lobster tails with butter mixture.
  11. Divide crab stuffing into eight portions. Stuff each lobster tail half with crab stuffing, pressing stuffing into lobster. Place stuffed lobster tails on aluminum foil-lined sheet pan and bake 10-12 minutes, or until golden brown. Serve with dirty rice.

Pepper-Crusted Prime Rib with Creamy Horseradish Sauce and Crushed Potatoes

Recipe by Omaha Steaks Executive Chef David Rose
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: about 2 1/2 hours
Servings: 4-6

Creamy Horseradish Sauce:

  • 15 ounces crema or sour cream
  • 1/3 cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons horseradish
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh chives
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, plus additional, to taste, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon white pepper, plus additional, to taste, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika

Pepper Rub:

  • 3 tablespoons kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon ground peppercorn medley
  • 2 teaspoons ground guajillo chili
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves

Prime Rib:

  • 1 Omaha Steaks Boneless Heart of Prime Rib Roast (4 pounds)
  • pepper rub
  • 1/4 cup grapeseed oil

Crushed Potatoes:

  • 1 pound baby red skin potatoes
  • cold water
  • 1 pinch kosher salt, plus additional, to taste, divided
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons finely minced Italian parsley
  • ground black pepper
  1. To make creamy horseradish sauce: In medium bowl, whisk crema, mayonnaise, horseradish, vinegar, chives, Worcestershire sauce, lemon juice, hot sauce, 1/2 teaspoon salt, 1/2 teaspoon pepper, onion powder, garlic powder and paprika until well-incorporated. Season with additional salt and white pepper, to taste.
  2. To make pepper rub: In small bowl, stir salt, peppercorns, chili and thyme.
  3. To make prime rib: Pat prime rib dry with paper towels. Season on all sides with pepper rub and bring to room temperature, about 30 minutes.
  4. Preheat oven to 250 F.
  5. In large cast-iron pan, bring grapeseed oil to medium-high heat.
  6. Sear prime rib on all sides until golden brown, 2-3 minutes per side.
  7. Place seared prime rib on wire rack-lined baking sheet. Bake according to cooking chart for cook time and desired doneness. Use meat thermometer to ensure doneness. Cook until internal temperature is 10 F below desired doneness.
  8. Rest prime rib 15-20 minutes. Slice to desired thickness.
  9. To make crushed potatoes: Preheat oven to 425 F.
  10. Add potatoes to stockpot. Cover with cold water by about 1 inch and add 1 pinch salt. Over high heat, boil 8-10 minutes, or until fork tender. Drain and completely cool with running cold water.
  11. Once cool, carefully crush potatoes with palms until skin breaks and potatoes are slightly crushed.
  12. In medium bowl, whisk olive oil, garlic and parsley.
  13. Place crushed potatoes on aluminum foil-lined baking sheet and toss lightly with olive oil mixture. Season potatoes on both sides with kosher salt and ground black pepper, to taste. Roast potatoes until crisped and golden brown, 15-17 minutes.
  14. Serve prime rib with crushed potatoes and creamy horseradish sauce.


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Meatless meals made easy

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(Family Features) Regardless of your motivation, opting for meatless meals regularly provides plenty of benefits that extend from the health of you and your loved ones to your wallet and the environment. 

Whether you’re a vegetarian, vegan, considering making some lifestyle changes or just want to give an on-trend meal prep strategy a try, going meatless can help reduce your intake of red and processed meats, decrease greenhouse gas emissions that cause climate change and save money on substitute ingredients like grains, vegetables, fruits and legumes that are often cheaper than meat.

For example, starting with a versatile pantry staple like Success Brown Rice can make mealtimes quick and easy. Ready in just 10 minutes without measuring or the mess, the fluffy, nutty, non-GMO rice is free of MSG and preservatives, lending itself perfectly to satisfying and hearty meals like these Baked Vegetarian Taquitos. Or for a twist on a classic dish, Tri-Color Quinoa can be layered with traditional flavors in this Mushroom Spinach “Lasagna.” Packed with protein and all nine essential amino acids, the quinoa is a good source of fiber.

To find more meatless meal inspiration, visit SuccessRice.com.

Baked Vegetarian Taquitos

Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4

  • 1 bag Success Brown Rice
  • 1 cup shredded collard greens, packed
  • 1/4 cup frozen corn
  • 1 cup canned black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 2/3 cup canned pumpkin puree
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons taco seasoning
  • 8 flour tortillas (6 inches each)
  • 1 cup Monterey Jack cheese, shredded
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • sour cream, for dipping
  • salsa, for dipping
  • guacamole, for dipping
  • fresh cilantro, for garnish
  1. Prepare rice according to package directions; add collard greens and corn to water during last 5 minutes.
  2. Preheat oven to 450 F. Drain rice and vegetables; transfer to saucepan. Stir in black beans, pumpkin puree and taco seasoning.
  3. Spoon 1/3 cup rice mixture into center of one tortilla; sprinkle with 2 tablespoons Monterey Jack cheese. Roll up tightly. Place seam side down on parchment paper-lined baking sheet. Repeat with remaining tortillas, filling and cheese. Brush taquitos with olive oil; sprinkle with remaining cheese.
  4. Bake 10-15 minutes, or until tortillas are crisp and cheese is melted.
  5. Serve taquitos with sour cream, salsa and guacamole for dipping. Garnish with fresh cilantro.

Mushroom Spinach “Lasagna”

Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 30 minutes
Servings: 6

  • 2 bags Success Tri-Color Quinoa
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 1/2 cup onion, chopped
  • 1 cup mushrooms, sliced
  • 4 cups baby spinach leaves
  • 3 cups tomato sauce
  • 2 cups ricotta cheese
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese, divided
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
  1. Prepare quinoa according to package directions.
  2. Preheat oven to 375 F.
  3. In large skillet, heat oil over medium heat. Add garlic and onions; saute 1 minute. Add mushrooms and cook 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add spinach and stir until wilted, about 2 minutes. Stir in tomato sauce and keep warm.
  4. In medium bowl, combine ricotta, egg, 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese and Italian seasoning.
  5. Place 1 cup sauce in bottom of 2-quart baking dish. Spread half of quinoa evenly over sauce. Top with half of ricotta mixture. Top with 1 cup sauce. Sprinkle with 1 cup mozzarella. Repeat layers, finishing with remaining mozzarella and Parmesan cheese.
  6. Bake uncovered 30 minutes. Serve warm.


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Enjoy better-for-you foods focused on flavor

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(Family Features) From salads and snacks to breakfast, lunch and dinner, rounding out a full menu of healthy meals shouldn’t be a chore. In fact, you can still enjoy your favorite flavors and tickle your taste buds with nutritious recipes that capitalize on powerful ingredients you actually want to eat.

A fruit-forward breakfast is a nutritious way to start your morning, and a fresh twist on pasta salad can make lunches or your evening side an enjoyable way to stay on track. Bowls filled with grains, veggies and a favorite protein are all the rage, and this seafood-fueled version is no exception when you’re craving a combination of your personal favorites.

Take your better-for-you eating plan from bland and boring to delightfully delicious by visiting Culinary.net for more recipe inspiration.

Eat Smart with Seafood

No matter if you’re searching for a healthy family dinner, a quick lunch at home or an easy idea to meal prep for the week ahead, these Orange Shrimp Quinoa Bowls are perfect for seafood lovers who also enjoy a hint of spice. Fresh, healthy and full of deliciously prepared shrimp, these bowls are also loaded with mushrooms, peppers and cucumbers.

The homemade sauce is light with a sweet yet spicy vibe. Resting over a cup of steamy quinoa for a filling base of healthy grains, it’s a quick and easy recipe you can customize with favorite toppings like sesame seeds and cilantro.

Find more wholesome, health-forward recipes at Culinary.net.

Orange Shrimp Quinoa Bowls

Servings: 2

  • 1 cup quinoa
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1 tablespoon hot sauce
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 4 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon white miso
  • 1 1/2 pounds shrimp, peeled, deveined and tails removed
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 cucumber, sliced into half moons
  • 5 green onions, sliced
  • 1 avocado, sliced
  • 1 teaspoon sesame seeds
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro, chopped
  1. Cook quinoa according to package instructions. Set aside.
  2. In medium bowl, whisk orange juice, hot sauce, honey, soy sauce, vegetable oil, lime juice and miso until combined. Pour 1/4 of liquid into separate bowl. Set aside.
  3. Add shrimp to remaining mixture and marinate 15 minutes.
  4. Heat large skillet over medium heat with butter. Add shrimp, salt and pepper. Cook 2 minutes on each side until pink. Add mushrooms and cook until tender.
  5. In two serving bowls, divide quinoa, bell pepper, cucumber, onions, avocado and shrimp. Sprinkle sesame seeds and cilantro over both bowls.
  6. Drizzle with reserved dressing.

Start the New Year with a Savory Salad

Starting the new year with fresh intentions, whether you’re trying to reset for 2023 or simply add more greens to your meals, begins with delicious, nutritious and easy recipes.

With more than 100 varieties of fresh, healthy and convenient ready-to-eat salads, Fresh Express provides plenty of inspiration, information and incentives to help you achieve your goals. For example, this Pesto Pasta Salad features red lentil rotini and Twisted Pesto Caesar Chopped Salad Kits loaded with a fresh blend of crisp iceberg and green leaf lettuces, crunchy garlic brioche croutons, Parmesan cheese and creamy pesto dressing. Add fresh grape tomatoes and toasted walnuts for a simple side or easy lunch that can be made ahead of time.

Discover more fresh recipe ideas at FreshExpress.com.

Pesto Pasta Salad

Prep time: 15 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes
Servings: 6

  • 1 quart cooked red lentil rotini
  • 2 packages (9 1/2 ounces each) Fresh Express Twisted Pesto Caesar Chopped Salad Kits
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 cup grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1/2 cup walnuts, toasted
  1. Prepare red lentil rotini according to package directions; cool 15 minutes.
  2. In bowl, mix rotini and one dressing packet from salad kits. Sprinkle with salt and pepper; mix well. Refrigerate, covered, 30 minutes, or until rotini is cold.
  3. In large bowl, mix lettuce from both salad kits with remaining salad dressing package. Add rotini and tomatoes; toss to combine. Sprinkle with garlic brioche croutons and shredded Parmesan cheese from salad kits and walnuts.

Substitution: Traditional rotini can be used for red lentil rotini.

A Fruity Twist on Breakfast

Whether it’s a weekend celebration or a simple morning bite on the go, it’s often said breakfast is the most important meal. Starting off your day with some fruity nutrition is a sweet way to add vitamin C to your diet without skimping on flavor.

With a tasty granola crust and yogurt filling, this Brunch Fruit Tart is an easy way to impress guests or fuel your morning at the office. Balanced and easy to make, the crunchy crust and smooth center make it an enjoyable addition to at-home menus. This version calls for strawberries, blueberries and kiwi, but you can get creative with your own favorite fruits for a different flavor each time you make it.

Visit Culinary.net to find more nutritious breakfast ideas.

Brunch Fruit Tart

Recipe adapted from homemadeinterest.com

Crust:

  • 4 cups granola mixture
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 4 1/2 tablespoons honey
  • nonstick cooking spray

Filling:

  • 2 1/4 cups vanilla Greek yogurt
  • 8 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 package gelatin

Toppings:

  • strawberries, sliced
  • blueberries
  • kiwis, sliced
  1. To make crust: Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. In large bowl, combine granola, butter and honey. Grease 11-inch tart pan with nonstick cooking spray. Line bottom of tart pan with parchment paper.
  3. Press granola mixture into tart pan. Place tart pan on baking sheet and bake 10 minutes. Cool completely.
  4. To make filling: Using mixer, combine yogurt, cream cheese, sugar, vanilla extract and gelatin until whipped completely.
  5. Pour yogurt mixture into tart crust. Refrigerate at least 1 hour.
  6. Top with strawberries, blueberries and kiwis.


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Give quick and easy meals a fun spin

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(Family Features) Work, school, extracurricular activities, social events and more can make the winter months feel frantic and it can often seem like you’re running out of time. This seasonal time crunch makes it even more difficult to answer the age-old, mealtime question kids are always asking: “What are we having?”

To help solve that daily meal dilemma and discover family-pleasing recipes that take 35 minutes or less, the RAGÚ Meal Wheel lets the entire family take an active role in choosing what’s on the menu. Simply ask one of your kids to click the “spin” button to find delicious, quick-and-easy recipes like Chicken and Broccoli Alfredo with Fettuccine and Mini Turkey Sloppy Joes.

Both easy-to-make recipes take 35 minutes or less and feature RAGÚ sauces, which come in a variety of taste-tempting classic flavors and styles, perfect for any mealtime occasion. Created 85 years ago by an Italian mother using a family recipe she brought to the United States from Naples, Italy, the sauces are made from quality ingredients like vine-ripened tomatoes, hearty vegetables, Italian cheeses, herbs and spices, allowing home cooks to “Cook Like a Mother” and quickly create affordable, crowd-pleasing meals for their busy families.

To find more quick and mouthwatering recipes to feed your family during the chilly winter months, visit RAGU.com/meal-wheel.

Chicken and Broccoli Alfredo with Fettuccine

Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts, cut into strips
  • 1 jar RAGÚ Classic Alfredo Sauce
  • 1 package (12 ounces) frozen broccoli florets, thawed
  • 1 package (12 ounces) fettuccine pasta
  • grated Parmesan cheese, for topping (optional)
  1. In large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat, melt butter. Cook chicken, in batches if necessary, stirring occasionally, until chicken is thoroughly cooked. Remove chicken and set aside.
  2. In same skillet, add sauce and broccoli; stir. Bring to boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to low and simmer, covered, stirring occasionally, until broccoli is heated through, about 5 minutes. Stir in chicken and cook, stirring occasionally, until cooked through, about 2 minutes.
  3. In separate pan, cook fettuccine according to package instructions.
  4. Serve chicken, broccoli and sauce over hot fettuccine and sprinkle grated Parmesan cheese on top, if desired.

Mini Turkey Sloppy Joes

Recipe courtesy of “Honey and Birch” on behalf of RAGÚ
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4

  • 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup diced onion
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1 cup finely diced carrots
  • 1 medium green pepper, diced
  • 1 medium red pepper, diced
  • 1 jar RAGÚ Simply Chunky Marinara Sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 4 mini buns
  1. In large skillet over medium heat, heat extra-virgin olive oil. When hot, add onion and garlic; sauté until onion is translucent.
  2. Add ground turkey. Break up meat and stir frequently until browned. Add carrots, green pepper and red pepper. Cook 5 minutes until vegetables begin to soften.
  3. Add marinara sauce, Worcestershire sauce, ground mustard, salt and pepper. Stir and bring to boil. Reduce heat to simmer and partially cover pan. Cook 10 minutes.
  4. Serve on mini buns.


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