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River Watch Week – Memphis District Munchies

River Watch Week – Memphis District Munchies

With the Army Corps of Engineers taking the Flood Fight 2011 – Operation Watershed downriver we will take a culinary tour of the affected areas:

Monday – Memphis District Munchies – Elvis Meatloaf
Tuesday – Vicksburg District Vittles – Mississippi River Chicken & Dumplings
Wednesday – New Orleans District Nosh
Thursday – BBQ Byway
Fishy Friday River Style

Elvis Meatloaf Lunch

Elvis meatloaf with a Paula Dean twist for a light and cheesy lunch.

From Cairo, Illinois in the North to the mouth of the White River in Arkansas the Army Corps of Engineers Memphis District is the center of  as levees are blasted and the Mississippi spills from its banks.  Here are some suggestions on local fare you might find as you travel the Great River Road.

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Regional Recipe Guides

Southern Illinois Outdoor Magazine

Elvis Recipe Postcard Collection – 13 recipes published as a series.  There are other places on the web that the recipes are easier to read, but this is the only place that may have all of them in one place.

Entrée

Cheeseburger Meatloaf and Sauce – Paula Dean’s spin on Elvis’ recipe.

Slow Cooker Rotisserie Style Memphis Chicken – Spiced whole chicken cooked dry on aluminum foil balls in a slow cooker.

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Posted by on 9 May 2011 in United States of America

 

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Snacking Saturday – Sweet Potato Blueberry Bar

Basket of Bars

Basket of Bars to Begin the Picnic Season

As the weather turns warm our picnic basket is starting to call. My taste buds have wandered back to my post on healthy school lunches for an addition to a gluten-free brownie recipe I stumbled on this week. This recipe went together quickly and makes for a sweet new combination of flavors to ride along in the picnic basket with gluten-free brownies!

Recipes for Healthy Kids

Voting is still open through the month of May

The USDA is hosting a contest for school lunch programs around the country to encourage healthier options that can fit within school district budgets. 340 recipes were submitted ranging from bean soups to whole grain pasta salads to tasty tater tot alternatives.

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10 March 2011 Dinner News – School Lunch

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Healthy Kids Recipe Website Front Page

Popular Choice voting is now open

To promote economical healthier options in US school lunches the USDA is hosting a recipe competition for programs that participate in the National School Lunch Program.  Teams consist of at least 4 people (school nutrition professional, chef, student, and a community member) and submit recipes that can be made in a commercial school kitchen following NSLP guidelines in one of three categories – Whole Grains, Dark Green and Orange vegetables, or Dry Beans and Peas.

The top 30 will be used in a cookbook to be published in December 2011. The top 15 semi-finalist will be visited by the judging panel for an on site presentation of their recipe(s) as part of a regular food service.  The finalist will compete head to head in a cook off at a date to be announced.

Voting is now open for the popular choice at – Recipes for Healthy Kids – until May 15, 2011.

The USDA has also created the Chefs Move to School program helping Chef’s and schools connect for a better school lunch.

Give a change a chance!

300+ submission are listed in addition to the semi-finalists.  All recipes provide both 6 and 50 serving ingredient lists. Here are some suggestions for substitutes of some American classics that both adults and kids can enjoy:

Legumes

Eagle Pizza (Oklahoma) – Tostada, bean and veggie “pie”.
Panelle Fries (Florida) – Baked bean flour alternative to french fries.
7 Bean Veggie Chili (Connecticut) –  Served with pita and sour cream.

Vegetable

Berry Delicious Salad (Wisconsin) – In season fruit, chicken, and poppyseed dressing.
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Posted by on 10 March 2011 in United States of America

 

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