The Daily Southerner, Tarboro, NC

July 10, 2013

Grill Up Flavor

Bring big taste to the party with marinades, spices


FOR THE DAILY SOUTHERNER

TARBORO — Every big, juicy steak deserves to be seasoned with an equally big, bold flavor. Next time you fire up the grill, layer on savory goodness with spices and marinades. They bring out the natural flavor of steaks, ribs, roasts, burgers, chicken and fajitas.

Start with a tender, savory cut and there is no need to marinate. Simply rub on a few complementary herbs and spices then sear in the goodness on the grill. Come up with your own combination or let the professionals do the work. Prepared blends, such as those from Mrs. Dash, are a quick and easy way to give guests great-tasting dishes, salt-free. After all, salt has nothing on the smokin' flavor of Mrs. Dash Southwest Chipotle Seasoning Blend. A blend that includes sweet chili, cayenne and chipotle pepper, it gives a flavorful kick to ribs, chicken, rice or beans.

Herbs and spices aren't just for entrees. Shake some extra flavor on side dishes and appetizers. They can turn your backyard grilling into something grand and gourmet.

For more recipes and information, visit www.mrsdash.com.





Marinade for Tender, Tasty Meats

Marinades are sauces designed to flavor and tenderize meat, chicken, fish or vegetables. Building a great marinade is a matter of finding the perfect balance of oil, acid and seasonings. Some spend a great deal of time on trial and error in an effort to perfect their recipe. Others leave it to professionals and buy a prepared sauce, such as Mrs. Dash Spicy Teriyaki Marinade.

A blend of salt-free seasoning with a touch of pineapple, it adds a kick to beef, chicken, pork or vegetables. Prepared marinades make your entrees juicy, tender and downright delicious. They also make entertaining easy. Place your protein or vegetables in a zip-top bag, fill with your favorite marinade and let it hang out until the guests arrive.





Quick and Easy Chicken Dinner on the Grill

Servings: 4

Prep time: 5 minutes

Cook time: 12 minutes

    4     sheets non-stick aluminum

            foil, 12 x 18 inches

    4     (4-ounce) boneless chicken

            breasts

    1 1/3     cups instant rice

    12     thin slices red onion

    12     thin slices red pepper

    1     small zucchini, thinly sliced

    4     teaspoons natural butter

            flavor sprinkles

    4     teaspoons Mrs. Dash Original

            Blend

    1 1/3     cups low-sodium chicken

            broth

Preheat grill to medium high.

Place 4 sheets of non-stick aluminum foil on a flat surface. Turn up edges to form a lip. Place 1 chicken breast on each sheet of foil. Arrange 1/3 cup instant rice around chicken breasts. Arrange 1/4 of the red onion, red pepper and zucchini on top of each chicken breast. Sprinkle 1 teaspoon natural butter flavor sprinkles and 1/4 teaspoon of seasoning blend on each chicken breast. Add the balance of the seasoning blend to the chicken broth.

Double fold top on one end; pour 1/3 cup of the chicken broth into each package. Fold ends tightly, leaving room for heat to circulate and rice to expand.

Place on grill and cook for approximately 12 minutes.

Remove from heat; be careful of steam when opening foil.

Remove chicken breasts to serving plate. Stir instant rice and vegetables together, place on plate with chicken breasts and serve.





Crunchy Baked Fish

Servings: 2

Prep time: 10 minutes

Cook time: 19 minutes

        Cooking spray

    4     (4-ounce) tilapia or

            catfish fillets

    3     tablespoons Mrs. Dash

            Lemon Pepper

            Seasoning Blend

        Juice from 1/2 lemon

    1/2     cup corn flake crumbs

Preheat oven to 350∞F.

Spray cooking spray on 9 x 9 x 2-inch pan. Place fillets in pan. Evenly sprinkle tops of fish with 1 tablespoon seasoning blend. Squeeze lemon juice over fish.

Toss corn flake crumbs with remaining 2 tablespoons seasoning blend. Carefully top fillets with corn flake crumbs. Bake for 20 minutes or until fish is fork tender.





Carrot Salad

Servings: 6

Prep time: 5 minutes

    1     pound carrots, grated

    1/2     cup raisins

    1/2     cup chopped walnuts

    1     cup low-fat fruit-flavored

            yogurt (pineapple or lemon)

    2     tablespoons Mrs. Dash Onion

            & Herb Seasoning Blend

    1     tablespoon packed brown

            sugar

Combine carrots, raisins and walnuts in a medium bowl.

Stir yogurt, seasoning blend and brown sugar in small bowl until smooth and well combined. Stir into carrot mixture. Cover and refrigerate until chilled and ready to serve.





Fruity Couscous

Servings: 4

Prep time: 15 minutes

Cook time: 5 minutes

    1     cup water

    2     tablespoons natural

            butter flavor sprinkles

    1/2     cup uncooked whole

            wheat couscous

    1     teaspoon Mrs. Dash

            Original Blend

    1/2     cup dried apricots,

            chopped

    1/2     cup dried cranberries

    1/4     cup slivered almonds,

            toasted*

Combine water and natural butter flavor sprinkles in small saucepan; bring to a boil. Remove from heat. Stir in couscous and seasoning blend. Cover and let stand 15 minutes. Fluff couscous with a fork. Stir in apricots, cranberries and almonds just before serving.

*To toast almonds, spread in single layer in heavy-bottomed skillet. Cook over medium heat 1 to 2 minutes, stirring frequently, until nuts are lightly browned. Remove from skillet immediately. Cool before using.





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Quick and Easy Chicken Dinner on the Grill

Crunchy Baked Fish

Carrot Salad

Fruity Couscous



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Source: Mrs. Dash