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Simplify dinnertime with convenient recipes and digital tools

(Family Features) While meals savored with loved ones are intended to produce smiles and shared moments, the process of grocery shopping, planning and cooking has become a chore for many families. Take the first step toward bringing back the joy and magic of making your favorite foods with tools that do the work for you.

For example, the all-in-one Albertsons Meal Plans and Recipes tool allows you to focus on what you want to eat rather than what you need to buy as it empowers everyday home cooks to plan, shop and prepare personalized recipes based on dietary preferences, allergies or family likes and dislikes. The app features a library of 9,000 exclusive recipes created by professional chefs (with new recipes added each month) and includes tasty dishes such as Sheet Pan Cajun Shrimp Fajitas with Bell Pepper, Onion and Spicy Ranch; Cheese Tortellini and Cauliflower with Creamy Spinach Marinara; and Garlic-Parmesan Chicken Tenders with Green Beans and Honey Mustard Dip.

The free digital tool also includes an artificial intelligence-powered “Scan Your Own Recipe” feature that allows you to snap a photo with your phone of grandma’s handwritten, not-so-secret recipe and transforms it into a digital version saved in the app. Recipes are instantly turned into shoppable ingredients and added to your cart for quick, convenient checkout. Now, you can turn all of your recipes into a digital library for quick and easy access in one place. No more flipping through cookbooks or recipe cards searching for your favorites.

Designed to provide culinary inspiration throughout the week while saving time and money, the app also features a budget tracker and hands-free cooking mode with a step-by-step timer.

“The Albertsons Meal Plans tool is the ultimate life hack,” said Jill Pavlovich, senior vice president of digital customer experience for Albertsons Cos. “This all-in-one app makes it simple for anyone to plan, shop and prepare inspiring recipes from anywhere – whether it is an old family favorite, a best-seller from a favorite food blogger or one of our 9,000 delicious recipes. Best of all, it’s completely free to use on our grocery app and website.”

The tool is available on the store apps and websites across the Albertsons Cos. banner of stores including Albertsons, Safeway, Vons, Jewel-Osco, Shaw’s, Acme, Tom Thumb, Randalls, United Supermarkets, Pavilions, Star Market, Haggen, Carrs, Kings Food Markets and Balducci’s Food Lovers Market.

Find more information and a seemingly endless collection of recipes at Albertsons.com.

Sheet Pan Cajun Shrimp Fajitas with Bell Pepper, Onion and Spicy Ranch

Recipe courtesy of Albertsons
Total time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4

  • 2 green bell peppers
  • 2 yellow bell peppers
  • 1 lime
  • 1 medium red onion
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 1/2 pounds raw, peeled shrimp, fresh or frozen
  • 5 teaspoons Cajun seasoning, divided
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2cup ranch dressing
  • 12 small flour tortillas
  1. Preheat oven to 450 F.
  2. Wash and dry green bell peppers, yellow bell peppers and lime.
  3. Trim, seed and slice bell peppers lengthwise into thin strips; transfer to large baking sheet.
  4. Peel, halve and slice onion lengthwise into thin pieces; add to baking sheet with bell peppers.
  5. Drizzle veggies with oil, toss to combine and spread in even layer. Bake until veggies have softened slightly, about 5 minutes.
  6. If using frozen shrimp, place them in colander and run under cold water to thaw slightly. Place shrimp on clean towel or paper towels and pat dry.
  7. Remove baking sheet from oven. Arrange shrimp over veggies then sprinkle with 4 teaspoons Cajun seasoning and salt; toss to combine and spread in even layer.
  8. Bake until veggies are tender and shrimp are cooked through, 5-7 minutes. Remove from oven.
  9. Cut lime into wedges.
  10. In small bowl, stir ranch dressing and remaining Cajun seasoning.
  11. Warm tortillas in skillet, oven or microwave, if desired.
  12. Divide tortillas between plates and fill with shrimp and veggies; drizzle with spicy ranch and serve with squeeze of lime.

Cheese Tortellini and Cauliflower with Creamy Spinach Marinara

Recipe courtesy of Albertsons
Total time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4

  • 2 bags (10 ounces each) cauliflower florets
  • 18 ounces cheese tortellini, fresh or frozen
  • 1/2 tablespoon salt
  • 1 jar (24 ounces) marinara sauce
  • 8 fluid ounces heavy whipping cream
  • 1/2 teaspoon basil, dried
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 packages (5 ounces each) baby spinach
  1. Fill large pot halfway with hot water, cover and bring to boil. Uncover then add cauliflower, tortellini and salt; stir for a few seconds. Cook, stirring occasionally, until just tender, about 5 minutes, or cook according to package instructions.
  2. In separate large pot over medium heat, stir marinara sauce, cream, basil and black pepper to combine and bring sauce to simmer. Once simmering, reduce heat to medium-low and cook until slightly thickened, 3-4 minutes.
  3. Wash and dry spinach.
  4. When sauce has thickened, add spinach to pot in handfuls, waiting for spinach to wilt slightly before adding next handful. Remove from heat and cover to keep warm.
  5. When cauliflower and tortellini are done, drain and add to pot with creamy marinara sauce; stir to combine.
  6. To serve, divide pasta between plates or bowls.

Garlic-Parmesan Chicken Tenders with Green Beans and Honey Mustard Dip

Recipe courtesy of Albertsons
Total time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 2/3 cup Parmesan cheese, shredded
  • 1/2 cup panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 1/2 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 1/2 pounds green beans
  • 1/2 cup honey mustard dressing
  1. Preheat oven to 450 F. Coat baking sheet with 2 teaspoons oil.
  2. In medium bowl, stir mayo, garlic powder and 1/2 teaspoon salt to combine.
  3. In separate medium bowl, stir Parmesan, breadcrumbs and paprika to combine.
  4. Pat chicken dry with paper towels and slice into 3/4-inch tenders. Add to bowl with mayo mixture and toss to coat.
  5. Working in batches, dredge tenders in breadcrumb coating, pressing to adhere. Transfer to baking sheet.
  6. Bake until tenders start to turn golden, about 10 minutes.
  7. On clean cutting board, wash, dry and trim green beans. Set aside.
  8. When chicken is golden, flip and bake until cooked through, 6-8 minutes. Remove from oven.
  9. Preheat large skillet over medium-high heat.
  10. Add remaining oil and swirl to coat bottom. Add green beans and remaining salt; cook, stirring occasionally, until tender-crisp, 4-5 minutes. Remove from heat.
  11. Divide chicken tenders and green beans between plates. Serve with dressing for dipping.


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United loved ones with a luscious dessert

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(Family Features) Celebration-worthy treats are perfect ways to cap off days spent with those you love, whether there’s a special occasion or you’re simply looking for creative ways to share more moments together. As a beloved staple in American households for generations, pie provides a sweet, delicious way to bring family and friends to the table.

By bringing some of the most popular pie flavors together, the Tart Cherry Unity Pie offers the familiar, distinct sweet-tart flavor of Montmorency tart cherries that pair well with pecans, apple and pumpkin pie spice for a sense of nostalgia representative of family, tradition and celebration.

In this unique recipe, the bold and vibrant flavors of tart cherries take center stage, complemented by the subtle sweetness of apples and crunch of pecans. With their burst of brightness and acidity, tart cherries perfectly balance the other flavors to create a pie fit for any occasion.

U.S.-grown tart cherries are a particularly versatile ingredient that makes them an ideal partner for other beloved ingredients and flavors. In fact, as the demand for sour, less sweet food and beverages continues to gain momentum, they provide a multi-faceted, sweet-tart profile for favorite foods and drinks. While tart cherries are increasingly featured in a wide array of recipes, they remain a favorite ingredient in confectionary items and baked goods like pies.

Slow down your fast-paced world and savor a slice of this timeless dessert alongside loved ones for a moment of respite. With its sweet and tangy filling, flaky crust and tart cherry topping, you can indulge in life’s simple pleasures for a sense of coziness and comfort.

Visit ChooseCherries.com to find more celebration-worthy tart cherry desserts.

Tart Cherry Unity Pie

Recipe courtesy of the U.S. Tart Cherry Industry
Prep time: 20 minutes
Cook time: 55 minutes
Servings: 8

Pie:

  • 1 pie crust (9 inches)
  • 2 cups canned tart cherry pie filling
  • 2 cups canned apple pie filling
  • 1 egg, beaten (for egg wash)

Streusel:

  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup pecans, roughly chopped
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted

Pumpkin Spice Whipped Cream:

  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • 2 tablespoons powdered sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin spice
  1. Preheat oven to 400 F.
  2. Fit pie crust to 9-inch pie dish. Crimp edges and use fork to poke holes in bottom. Place pie crust in freezer to chill.
  3. In large bowl, combine tart cherry pie filling and apple pie filling. Set aside.
  4. To make streusel: In bowl, use fork to mix flour, brown sugar, granulated sugar, pecans and salt. Pour butter over dry ingredients and mix until ingredients come together in clumps.
  5. To assemble pie: Pour cherry-apple filling into prepared pie crust and sprinkle streusel on top. Brush beaten egg onto exposed pie crust edges.
  6. Bake 25 minutes. At 10-minute mark, cover pie dish with foil to prevent crust from over-browning. After 25 minutes, lower oven temperature to 375 F and bake 30 minutes.
  7. To make pumpkin spice whipped cream: In large bowl or bowl of stand mixer, add heavy cream, powdered sugar and pumpkin spice. Use hand mixer or beater attachment on stand mixer to beat on medium-high speed 3-5 minutes until stiff peaks form. Refrigerate whipped cream until ready to serve.
  8. Let pie cool 2-3 hours then dollop pumpkin spice whipped cream on top, slice and serve.
  9. Substitution: Storebought whipped cream topped with pumpkin spice can be used in place of homemade pumpkin spice whipped cream.


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Sweet solutions to celebrate Cinco de Mayo

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(Family Features) From fajitas and tacos to everything in between, fueling your Cinco de Mayo fiesta starts with delicious food that brings everyone to the table. Traditional dishes and new twists on classics can be equally satisfying whether you’re feeding your nearest and dearest or hosting the entire neighborhood.

Start with these Vegan Apple and Black Bean Fajitas for a plant-forward spin on a popular dish that features sauteed apples, peppers, zucchini, jicama, onion and jalapeno. The craveable texture and crunch of Envy Apples – a leading apple variety available at Whole Foods and other major grocery stores – shine both in the mixture of sauteed produce and sliced raw into sticks for a crunchy finish with added sweetness. Plus, their flesh remains whiter longer, even after slicing, so this dish looks as good as it tastes.

For those seeking some added protein, turn to Crisp Apple Tacos featuring pork tenderloin topped with cabbage, apples, carrots and a honey-infused homemade dressing. Ideal for a crowd, you can split the sauteed tenderloin, sliced produce, dressing and other favorite toppings among serving bowls to let guests create their own Cinco-inspired masterpieces.

These moments among friends and family can be uplifted with the aroma and flavor of Envy Apples that offer an invitation to savor special occasions. Their balanced sweetness provides the ultimate apple experience from holidays and family gatherings to quiet evenings at home.

To find more recipes for family meals and beyond, visit EnvyApple.com.

Vegan Apple and Black Bean Fajitas

  • 1 bell pepper, sliced, seeds removed
  • 1 zucchini, sliced
  • 1 small jicama, sliced
  • 3 Envy Apples, sliced
  • 1 yellow onion, sliced
  • 1 jalapeno, sliced, seeds removed
  • 1 teaspoon garlic
  • 1teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 sprigs fresh oregano
  • 1 teaspoon chili pepper (optional)
  • salt, to taste (optional)
  • pepper, to taste (optional)
  • 1 cup cooked black beans
  • 1 lime
  • 3 sprigs fresh cilantro
  • 4 small flour tortillas
  1. In skillet over high heat, saute bell pepper, zucchini, jicama and half the apple slices. Set aside.
  2. In same hot skillet, saute onions, jalapenos and garlic until lightly caramelized. Combine with sauteed apple mixture. Season with cumin and oregano. Add chili powder and salt and pepper, to taste, if desired.
  3. Add cooked black beans to saute mixture. Top with squeeze of lime. Garnish with cilantro and remaining raw apple slices.
  4. Serve with tortillas.

Crisp Apple Tacos

  • 1/2 pound pork tenderloin
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt, plus additional, to taste, divided
  • 1 teaspoon pepper, plus additional, to taste, divided
  • 2 Envy Apples, divided
  • 3 sprigs rosemary
  • 1/2 cup shredded carrots
  • 1/2 cup shredded red cabbage
  • 1 cup shredded green cabbage
  • 4 tablespoons honey
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • 1 tablespoon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 12 soft taco shells
  • 2 tablespoons sour cream
  • 1 lime, cut into wedges
  1. Cut pork crosswise into 1-inch medallions.
  2. Coat pork medallions with olive oil, 1 teaspoon salt and 1 teaspoon pepper then add to saucepan over medium heat.
  3. Slice half of one apple into thick wedges and add to saucepan. Slice remaining half into thin wedges and set aside.
  4. Add rosemary to saucepan and heat 2-3 minutes. Flip pork and heat 2-3 minutes until pork is slightly golden and cooked through.
  5. Let pork rest 3 minutes then slice into strips.
  6. Thinly slice half of remaining apple into thin sticks around same size of shredded cabbage. Reserve remaining half.
  7. In serving bowl, toss apple sticks, carrots, red cabbage and green cabbage.
  8. In bowl, mix honey, mayonnaise, mustard and vinegar into dressing. Add additional salt and pepper, to taste.
  9. Mix dressing and cabbage; refrigerate at least 1 hour prior to serving.
  10. Cut remaining apple half into thin wedges.
  11. Top taco shells with pork, slaw, sour cream and squeeze of lime juice. Top with apple wedges.


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Make Mom’s day a craveable brunch

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(Family Features) There’s perhaps no better occasion to show off your kitchen skills than Mother’s Day, a perfect opportunity to turn the tables on mom and let her relax while you handle cooking duties. A homemade breakfast – or better yet, letting her sleep in for brunch – is a sure way to win her over and show how much you care.

Show your delicate side by working up a batch of Apple Ricotta Crepes, which require a soft touch to cook the light, silky batter to golden perfection. This rendition of the beloved thin pancakes calls for a ricotta spread and apple-cinnamon topping for a delightful pairing of savory and sweet.

If a full Mother’s Day celebration is on the menu, something a bit heartier may be required. A frittata provides the best of both worlds, as it’s a filling meal that’s also easy to make – just let the oven do the work. This Apple, Tomato and Goat Cheese Frittata is no exception as it calls for a handful of everyday ingredients you can whisk together in a cinch. While it’s in the oven (about 30 minutes, give or take) you can put the finishing touches on your last-minute decorations and handwritten cards.

Special occasions with those you love can be uplifted with the aroma and flavor Envy Apples that offer an invitation to savor small moments around the table. Available at Whole Foods and other major grocery stores, the craveable texture and crunch of this leading apple variety provides balanced sweetness as the ultimate apple experience for Mother’s Day gatherings. Along with their delicious flavor, the flesh remains whiter longer, even after cutting, slicing, dicing or cubing, so that homemade meals look as good as they taste.

Visit EnvyApple.com to find more Mother’s Day brunch inspiration.

Apple Ricotta Crepes

Crepes:

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1cup whole milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • butter, for cooking

Apple Topping:

  • butter
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • Envy Apples, sliced or cubed
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
  • salt, to taste
  • maple syrup

Ricotta Filling:

  • 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • 1 lemon, zest and juice only
  • 2-3 tablespoons sugar, or to taste
  1. To make crepes: In bowl, combine flour, sugar and salt. Add milk, eggs and vanilla then, using whisk, combine thoroughly. Mixture should be silky smooth. Refrigerate.
  2. To make apple topping: In pan over medium heat, heat butter and brown sugar until bubbly and golden.
  3. Add apples, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt, to taste; cook over medium-low heat until apples are soft. Turn off heat and finish with maple syrup.
  4. To make ricotta filling: Combine ricotta, lemon zest, lemon juice and sugar, mix well and set aside.
  5. In nonstick pan over medium-low heat, melt small amount of butter.
  6. Add one ladle crepe batter, cook until bubbles form, flip and cook until golden. Repeat with remaining batter. Stack crepes to keep warm and soft.
  7. Spread ricotta mixture thinly onto crepes and fold into quarters. Top with apple mixture and serve.

Apple, Tomato and Goat Cheese Frittata

  • 6 eggs
  • 1 teaspoon hot pepper sauce
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 20 turns fresh cracked pepper
  • 1/4 cup whole milk
  • 1 Envy Apple, small diced
  • 1/2 cup sundried tomatoes, chopped
  • 4 ounces goat cheese, crumbled
  • 2 tablespoons thinly sliced chives
  1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
  2. In large mixing bowl, whisk eggs, hot pepper sauce, salt, pepper and milk until well combined.
  3. Stir in apples, tomatoes, goat cheese and chives until well combined.
  4. Using 1/3 measuring cup, spoon frittata mixture into oven-safe large skillet or 9-by-9-inch pan.
  5. Bake 25-30 minutes, or until eggs are set.
  6. Let cool slightly then serve.


SOURCE:
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