Monday, November 19, 2012

Enjoy Life More with Del Monte $100 Sweepstakes


 

During this hectic time of the year, when I am preparing for the holidays and enjoying the special festivities of New York City, I still like to prepare a nutritious homemade meal packed with quality ingredients. This will be my last Christmas in New York for a while, as I am packing for a move out West.

Although I'm very busy I also want to find the time to enjoy life more each day. What better way to fulfill that goal than having quick, fuss free, and delicious meals to prepare, with the help of Del Monte canned Fruits, Vegetables and Tomatoes, such as the pizza seen above?


Or a meal that almost cooks itself, such as chicken and vegetables in the crock pot ...


... or a side of hearty cornbread, fresh from my oven?


That is why I always have Del Monte canned products in my pantry! Did you know that Del Monte canned Fruits, Vegetables and Tomatoes contain similar essential nutrients to fresh, with no artificial colors or flavors? That they are grown in the best regions for a consistently high-quality product? That the majority of Del Monte canned Fruits, Vegetables and Tomatoes are grown in the United States, and are packed at the peak of ripeness, with nearly 90% canned the same day to lock in nutrients and flavors?

Adding Del Monte canned Fruits, Vegetables and Tomatoes to your meals is an excellent way of adding more garden fresh versatility, along with ease of preparation.

Here are the recipes for some of the ways I add Del Monte canned Fruits, Vegetables and Tomatoes to my meals:

Quick and Easy Pizza

Press a store bought pizza dough in your pizza pan to form a 14 - 16 inch circle.

Spread one 14 1/2 oz. can, drained, of Del Monte Diced Tomatoes with Basil, Garlic, and Oregano on top.

Spread 1/2 pound of sliced mozzarella cheese over the tomatoes

Add whatever other condiments your family enjoys to the pizza toppings. For this pizza I added some jarred artichoke hearts, sliced roasted red peppers and one small can of anchovies. I also added a few basil leaves that came from my garden that I have frozen for just such use.

Bake the pizza in a pre-heated 500 degree Fahrenheit oven for 15 minutes, or until the crust is crisp and slightly browned and the toppings are hot, and the cheese is bubbly.

Slice and enjoy!

Del Monte Diced tomatoes with Basil, Garlic and Oregano makes the perfectly flavored pizza sauce, and they are a natural source of vitamins A and C and the powerful antioxidant, Lycopene.


Chicken and Vegetables in the Crock Pot

Two pounds of chicken thighs, skin and fat removed

One medium sized onion, sliced

One 14 1/12 oz can of Del Monte Diced Tomatoes with Basil, Garlic, and Oregano (or substitute plain Del Monte Diced tomatoes and add your own blend of seasonings)

Add chicken to the pot, followed by sliced onions and the diced tomatoes on top. Cover and cook on crock pot low setting, 7 hours.

Open and drain one can Del Monte Fresh Cut Green Beans, one can drained Fresh Cut Sliced Carrots, and one can drained Fresh Cut Sweet Peas. Pour drained vegetables over the chicken and tomatoes in the crock pot, cover, and turn crock pot to high for the last hour of cooking.

Prepare rice or pasta as a side. Remove chicken from the crock pot and place on a platter to serve. Add the rice or pasta to your dish and ladle sauce and vegetables on top. Serve.

 
The Del Monte Diced Tomatoes with Basil, Garlic and Oregano adds the perfect amount of seasoning to the chicken and sauce, and the added Del Monte vegetables makes this meal a snap to make, as all the preparation work is done for you. They are also a wonderful way to add more vegetables to your diet.
 
Hearty Skillet Corn Bread
 
One 15 1/2 oz Del Monte Fresh Cut, Golden Sweet, Whole Kernel Corn, drained
One cup all purpose flour
One cup cornmeal
One tablespoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
Two beaten eggs
One cup milk
1/4 cup cooking oil or shortening, melted
2 - 4 tablespoons sugar
Pre-heat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit
Grease the bottom and 1/2 inch up the sides of a 12 inch cast iron skillet, set aside.
In a medium mixing bowl stir together the flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Make a well in the center of the dry mixture; set aside.
In another bowl combine the eggs, milk, and cooking oil or melted shortening.
Add egg mixture all at once to dry mixture. Add drained corn. Stir just until moistened.
Spoon batter into the prepared pan.
Bake in a 425 degree Fahrenheit oven for 20 to 25 minutes or until a wooden toothpick inserted near the center comes out clean.
Cool on a wire rack.
The addition of Del Monte Whole Kernel Corn adds more fiber, nutrition and a sweet delicious taste to my favorite corn bread recipe, making it an extra special treat. I love to serve it as a side dish for a soup or stew, or as an accompaniment for a holiday meal.
Last, but not least, one of my favorite desserts as a child remains one of my favorite comfort desserts of today -- a scoop of cottage cheese covered with a few Del Monte Sliced Peaches in Extra Light Syrup. It has just the right amount of coolness and sweetness to bring a smile to my face every time I eat it!
I hope you'll try one of my recipes or find one you'd like to try at www.delmonte.com. Also, visit Del Monte's "Add Some Garden™" campaign Facebook page for more delicious recipe ideas.
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86 comments:

From the Kitchen said...

This must be a very nostalgic time for you. Being with your family during the holidays will be special and, hopefully, you can gather back in NYC to celebrate in the future.

It's always good to have "help" from Del Monte in the kitchen.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Best,
Bonnie

Kris said...

I hope your Christmas season in NYC is the best ever! That pizza looked good!! I am hungry now.
Ta ta.
Kris

Mami2jcn said...

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Snap said...

Hope you are ready for Thanksgiving. I know it will be a very special one for you. Love Del Monte!!!

ellen b. said...

These recipes look great Pat! Blessings on your remaining time living in New York!

Melissa said...

Homemade spaghetti sauce

Nellie said...

Absolutely LOVE Del Monte - my first brand of choice! I use Del Monte tomatoes with basil and oregano, Del Monte Zucchini with tomatoes, Del Monte sliced carrots (drained), Del Monte cubed potatoes (drained), and a can of vegetable broth to make the BEST pot of vegetable soup ever! If desired, ground meat could be browned and added to the soup, in which case beef broth would be tasty rather than vegetable broth. LOVE using their fruits in salads and desserts, too. Crushed pineapple with apricot gelatin, buttermilk, and whipped topping is a favorite, and peaches with cottage cheese as well. A peach crisp can also be made with their canned peaches!

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Elena said...

I like making smoothies with fresh fruits, veggies and organic yogurt. It's delicious and healthy

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akronugurl said...

i love to make Homemade spaghetti sauce!

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Paula's Postings said...

Your post has certainly made my mouth water Pat.

Lisa Brown said...

A meal that is good and good for you is the chicken pot pies I make that use vegetarian "faux" chicken, organic veggies, and other organic ingredients. So good!
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ellie said...

I love slow cooker spicy chicken stew. It's delicious and healthy.

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SavoringTime in the Kitchen said...

I can so relate to the cottage cheese and peaches! It's something I've always loved from a little girl to today.

eileeninmd said...

You have featured two of my favorites, the pizza and the cornbread. YUMMY! Have a great day and a Happy Thanksgiving!

Riet said...

Dear Pat.
Thank you so much for the recipies. I also always have Delmonte goodies in store, they are the best. I love the chicken in the crockpot recipe oh and the pizza and that desert makes me smile now that I read it.
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving my friend.

Lisa @ Grandmas Briefs said...

Yum! I mostly stopped by just to tell you Happy Thanksgiving, but what the heck, I'll share that I love to use Del Monte tomatoes to make my all-time fave comfort food: macaroni & tomatoes. Yep, simple as that. Make some macaroni, throw in a can of tomatoes (maybe a smidgen of butter, too), lots of salt (I know, I know), heat and eat.

Your corn bread looks delicious! Love corn bread...as well as corn bread masquerading as Johnny Cake with some butter and syrup on top.

Enough about food. I'm here to tell you to have a lovely Thanksgiving, your last in NYC for a while. :-D

karenmed409 said...

With holidays one of our comfort foods to make are Turkey Pot pies loaded with veggies.

Tiffany Winner said...

meals made with ingredients picked fresh from my garden make me feel good and are good for me
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kellyr78 said...

Veggie Soup makes me feel good & is good for me since I add lots of fresh veggies.
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Annesphamily said...

I just bought all my canned veggies from Del Monte for our Thanksgiving dinner! I love their products. I make my mothers chicken and rice and del Monte carries the full line of tomatos with different seasoning, and the addition of of some mild chilies makes this dish pop! My phamily loves it! I alsos made Corn Casserole for the first time and used my Del Monte Cream corn as well as whole kernel corn. My hubby makes red chili with hamburger and uses a variety of canned products to make this dish taste delicious. Thanks for the giveaway share!

chambanachik said...

I love eating homemade- homemade chicken noodle soup sounds amazing right now!

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June L said...

Oatmeal with blueberries, almonds, cinnamon, and a bit of maple syrup.

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♡♥♬ Carolsue ♡♥♬ said...

I like to make Senate Bean Soup -- and I always use Del Monte Stewed or diced tomaotes in it!
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Heather said...

I like to make 15 bean soups in my crockpot, then make a green salad and fruit salad as side dishes. A mixture of healthy servings!

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cw said...

your cornbread sounds yummy.
Veggie quesadillas are yummy and make me feel good

sy said...

The pizza looks so good, thanks for the recipe. I like to make an arugula salad with vinaigrette dressing and dried figs.
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JC said...

I like Kale Salad with Quinoa and salmon.
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Rebecca Graham said...

Homemade soup is easy and good for you and I make it often.

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ms-texas said...

I recently got a Vita Mix blender and I'm starting to eat a lot healthier by making soups and fruit smoothies

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Judy B. said...

I like to stay close to vegan so I use a lot of fruits & veggies.

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Amy said...

It would be my Mixed veggies pasta. Easy to prepare and delicious...makes me feel good and good for me.

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MCantu1019 said...

I like salad with chicken or fruit.
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bdiane34 said...


I love a good chicken salad

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Melissa O. said...

Jambalaya with lots of veggies and cornbread!

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Tina said...

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Jeanne said...

Mmmmmm, Pat. I always have canned food in my pantry. Del Monte is my favorite brand. Their canned goods are better than most. Your recipes are simple and easy. Are you finished with your packing for the most part?

I did a bit of decorating around the house. Even though we won't be home for Christmas I need some Christmas cheer. I am using things that are not stored in the attic.

I hope your last Christmas in NYC is a good one. There has to be some thoughts of sadness as you leave your home after all these years. However, the joy of being close to your darling family is very exciting.

Wishing you happy days ahead.
Hugs, Jeanne

agatewood1 said...

I love spinach salad with a piece of baked fish or chicken! Thanks!
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Kerry said...

I make a hamburger vegetable soup that is really good this time of year.
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Gina Wildorchid said...

I love making soup! I can load it up with veggies and it is super comforting.

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Chelsey - The Paper Mama said...

My favorite good for me food: kale sautéed with garlic! Yuuuum!

Christina said...

The meal that makes me feel good and good for me is mixed veggie omelet.

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Courtney B said...

i would make a greek pita with fresh tazazti sauce

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Tj and Amy said...

I love my baked lemon chicken. i feel so much better when I am eating healthy!

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LAMusing said...

Chinese Salad with Chicken - veggies, fruit, lo cal chinese dressing and a little lean chicken - tasty and healthy!
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Anash said...

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rachel said...

Making Chinese stir-frys full of veggies!

Madeline Brubaker said...

I like to eat salmon (or even herring) with vegetables.
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angie lilly said...

I make a pizza with a whole wheat crust, homemade basil pine-nut pesto, and organic smoked light mozzarella cheese that is stupid delicious and very healthy!
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Thomas Murphy said...

I like to make chicken soup with veggies it always makes me feel better.

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Carmen Nuland said...

My husband makes delicious homemade pizza - we can control how healthy it is (lots of veggies)!

Betty C said...

My family loves our vegetable beef soup. It started as an accident when I was first married and trying to make beef stew. I wasn't liking the way it was going so I kept experimenting and came up with a family favorite.

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Angel Jacklyn said...

SPAGHETTI & MEATBALLS- COMES WITH FOLIC ACID, PROTEIN, SELENIUM, VITAMIN B6... AND DID I MENTION, YOU COULD ALWAYS TOP THAT WITH A CAN OF DEL MONTE FRESH CUT TOMATOES???? HAHA. NOW BEAT THAT!

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greaterexp said...

Soups are my favorite flavorful, easy, low-fat dishes to make.

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Tabathia said...


I love homemade chicken noodle soup

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