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    • A Twist on Traditional Burgers

      28 January 2022

      (Family Features) Warm weather and grilling go hand-in-hand, and few dishes say summer like burgers. While traditional beef patties come to mind for many, there are also healthy protein options to satisfy that burger craving without sacrificing flavor.

      For example, salmon is a nutritionally well-rounded alternative that offers a variety of health benefits, and an option like gluten-free Trident Seafoods Alaska Salmon Burgers are made with wild, sustainable, ocean-caught whole filets with no fillers and are lightly seasoned with a “just-off-the-grill,” smoky flavor. Topped with melted cheddar then piled on top of fresh arugula, peppered bacon and zesty mayo, these Alaskan Salmon Burgers with Peppered Bacon are a twist on tradition that can help you put a protein-packed, flavorful meal on the table in minutes.

      Find more healthy seafood recipes at tridentseafoods.com.

      Alaskan Salmon Burgers with Peppered Bacon
      Prep time: 13 minutes
      Servings: 4
       
      1/2 cup mayonnaise
      1 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice
      1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
      salt
      pepper
      1 box (11.2 ounces) Trident Seafoods Alaska Salmon Burgers
      4 cheddar cheese slices
      4 seeded burger buns, split and toasted
      4 cups arugula
      6 strips peppered bacon, cooked
      12 bread-and-butter pickles, drained

      In a small bowl, combine mayonnaise, lemon juice and lemon zest. Season with salt and pepper. Set aside.

      Cook salmon burgers according to package directions. When almost cooked through, top each with a slice of cheese, cover and cook until melted.

      Spread cut sides of buns with mayonnaise and top bottom buns with arugula. Cover with salmon burgers, bacon, pickles and top buns.

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    • Essentials for a Successful Home Office

      28 January 2022

      When working from home—whether it’s once in a while, one day a week or your daily routine—your workspace should reflect the quality of work you put out. To create an effective home office, you need the right tools to keep you organized and ready for whatever work comes your way. 

      Get ready to work in your new home office with these essentials. 

      Natural Light
      When you work in an office building, natural light can be hard to come by. When it comes to designing your home office or desk space, you give yourself an opportunity to situate yourself close to windows or in a room that has plenty of natural light. Being able to connect to nature and enjoy the views can keep your mind clear and your workflow productive. 

      Artificial Light
      Whether or not you can surround yourself with natural light, a desk lamp can be just as important to your productivity. Since you don’t have to settle for fluorescent lighting that can cause headaches or strain your eyes, you can bring in the right type of light. Utilize ambient lighting to create a peaceful environment. Even put lighting behind your monitor to help reduce glare from your screen. 

      Plants 
      Bringing nature inside your home office will provide stress relief, activate the mind and spark inspiration. Not only is this decorative, but plants are healthy for the human mind and body. Caring for your plants adds another level of brain power and creativity. And for those who don’t have a green thumb, artificial plants can still do the trick. 

      Equipment
      Possibly the most important part of your home office is the equipment you work with. Whether you’re a writer who only needs a laptop or a lawyer who may need a bit more, you need to make sure you’re prepared. Aside from your computer and possibly a spare monitor, you may also want to have the following: wireless mouse, wireless keyboard, printer, shredder and file cabinet. 

      Organization
      With all of your lighting, decor and equipment on top of your workload, things can get cluttered quickly. Be sure to bring in bookshelves and bins to hold notebooks, reference materials and any other items you desire in your work space. Display a calendar or dry erase board to keep your schedule organized. 

      Creating an efficient work space for your home office doesn’t have to be difficult. With these essentials, you’ll become more productive and ready for your next day of hard work.

      Published with permission from RISMedia.

    • Why You Should Deep-Clean Your Carpets

      28 January 2022

      Even if you vacuum frequently, your carpets may be dirtier than you realize. Periodically deep-cleaning them can remove dirt, dust and allergens, which can make the carpets last longer and help your family stay healthy.

      How Dirty are Your Carpets?
      All sorts of toxic particles can be carried into your home on people’s shoes and pets’ feet, and some household products release volatile organic compounds. When carpet fibers are dirty and people and pets walk on the carpets, the dirt and grime get ground in.

      Even if you vacuum regularly and clean up spills immediately, you’re only cleaning the surface. A lot more toxins are farther down, attached to the carpet fibers. If carpets aren’t deep-cleaned, those substances can lead to poor indoor air quality that can affect your family’s health. Dirt and allergens in carpets can be particularly troublesome if you have young children who play on the floor.

      How Deep-Cleaning can Help
      The most commonly used carpet-cleaning method is hot water extraction, often referred to as steam cleaning. Water and a cleaning solution are sprayed on carpets, then water and dirt from the carpets are sucked back into the machine.

      This process can get rid of ingrained debris. The hot water breaks down and removes substances stuck to carpet fibers and kills germs, bacteria and dust mites. Deep-cleaning can also reduce the risk of mold. In addition, shampoo lubricates carpet fibers and reduces the possibility of breakage, which can extend the life of the carpet.

      When and How to Clean Your Carpets
      How often you should deep-clean your carpets depends on your family’s lifestyle, how frequently you vacuum and the amount of foot traffic the carpets receive. Every 12 to 18 months is recommended, but you may need to clean your carpets more often if you have kids or pets, if your carpets get a lot of foot traffic or if they have experienced frequent or particularly messy spills. 

      The color of the carpets can also influence your cleaning schedule. Lighter carpets will show dirt more than darker colors. Don’t wait until your carpets look dirty and dingy or the color is significantly darker than it was when you bought them. The carpets will be hard to clean and may not fully recover from the effects of all that accumulated dirt.

      You can buy or rent a machine to clean your carpets yourself, but the machines that professionals use heat water to a higher temperature and have more powerful suction and therefore do a better job of cleaning. If you clean your own carpets on a regular basis, you should still schedule an occasional professional cleaning.

      Do Your Carpets Need to Be Cleaned?
      Even if your carpets are in good condition overall, trapped-in dirt can detract from their appearance. Deep-cleaning can make carpets look like new and help them last longer. Clean carpets look and smell better, feel softer and more pleasant to walk on and can make your home feel more inviting to guests.

      Published with permission from RISMedia.

    • Build a Better-for-You Menu in 2022

      27 January 2022

      (Family Features) Committing to healthier habits in the new year often starts in the kitchen. Adding better-for-you recipes to your arsenal is the start of a more nutrition-focused lifestyle, and whether you’re a true home chef or just learning the basics, these dishes can be the gateway to a healthier you.

      From fresh spins on family night and quick solutions in a pinch to homemade lunches and satisfying salads, consider these delicious and nutritious ways to enhance your homemade meals in 2022.

      Visit Culinary.net to find more health-conscious recipe ideas.

      Take Your Salad from Bland to Bold
      Step aside, boring salads. A new year and a healthier eating plan can include better-for-you greens and dressings that hit the spot.

      Veggies roasted with aromatic spices served on Fresh Express 5-Lettuce Mix are drizzled with lemon tahini dressing in this Moroccan Roasted Vegetable Salad, a delicious vegetarian way to turn a bland meal into a bona fide delight. With green leaf lettuce, red leaf lettuce, butter lettuce, romaine and radicchio, the mix of greens offers a bold combination of textures and flavors for those who love variety and color.

      Find more ways to enhance your at-home salads at FreshExpress.com.

      Moroccan Roasted Vegetable Salad
      Prep time: 20 minutes
      Cook time: 20 minutes
      Servings: 4

      Lemon Tahini Dressing:
      1/4 cup tahini
      1/4 cup olive oil
      3 tablespoons lemon juice
      3 teaspoons maple syrup
      2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
      1/4 teaspoon salt
      2 tablespoons cold water
      nonstick cooking spray
      6 tablespoons olive oil
      2 teaspoons ras el hanout or garam masala
      1/2 teaspoon salt
      1/4 teaspoon pepper
      4 sweet potatoes, peeled and cut into long wedges
      4 whole large carrots, chopped
      2 red bell peppers, cored and cut into 1-inch pieces
      2 packages (6 ounces each) Fresh Express 5-Lettuce Mix
      1 can (15 1/2 ounces) chickpeas, rinsed and drained
      1/3 cup dried apricots, sliced
      1/3 cup slivered almonds, toasted
      2 tablespoons Italian parsley, chopped

      To make lemon tahini dressing: In a small bowl, whisk tahini, olive oil, lemon juice, maple syrup, Dijon mustard and salt. Add cold water; mix well. If dressing thickens, mix in more cold water.

      Heat oven to 400 F. Spray two baking sheets with nonstick cooking spray.

      In a large bowl, mix olive oil, ras el hanout, salt and pepper. Add sweet potatoes; toss to coat. Transfer to the first prepared baking sheet. Add carrots and peppers to leftover oil; toss to coat. Transfer to a second prepared baking sheet. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until vegetables are tender. Let cool.

      Arrange lettuce mix on four plates. Top each with sweet potatoes, carrots, red pepper, chickpeas, apricots and almonds. Drizzle with dressing and sprinkle with parsley.

      A Lean, Nutritious Lunch 
      Meal prepping is one of the most common strategies for improving eating habits, however, this tactic is often focused primarily on nutritious breakfasts and family dinners. Don’t let lunch go by the wayside; you can skip the fast food breaks by opting for a recipe you can make quickly at home.

      Made with nutritious Wisconsin Potatoes loaded with goodness, low in calories, high in fiber and a good source of vitamin B6, potassium, vitamin C and antioxidants, a Turkey-Potato Wrap provides a simple solution for swapping out saltier foods for a lean lunch. By making four at a time in just half an hour, lunch is served for most of your work week to help save time on busy mornings while adding vitamins, nutrients and antioxidants to your afternoon meal.

      Find more better-for-you recipe ideas at eatwisconsinpotatoes.com.

      Turkey-Potato Wrap
      Recipe courtesy of Wisconsin Potatoes
       
      3/4 pound Wisconsin russet potatoes, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
      1 tablespoon water
      1 tablespoon canola oil
      3/4 pound ground lean turkey
      1 large carrot, shredded
      1/3 cup sliced green onions with tops
      1 can (8 ounces) tomato sauce
      2/3 cup shredded cheddar cheese
      1 teaspoon dried Italian seasoning or basil
      salt, to taste
      pepper, to taste
      4 large whole-wheat or high-fiber tortillas
      light sour cream (optional)

      Place potatoes in a microwave-safe bowl; sprinkle with water. Cover, venting one corner. Microwave on high for 5-8 minutes until potatoes are tender.

      In a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat, heat oil. Add and break up the turkey; cook for 5 minutes, tossing occasionally. Mix in carrot; cook for 2 minutes. Add potatoes and onions; toss and cook for 2 minutes. Reduce heat to medium; mix in tomato sauce, cheese and Italian seasoning.

      Cook, stirring occasionally, 4-5 minutes until mixture is hot and most sauce is absorbed. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. On the work surface, lay out tortillas. Place 3/4 cup hot turkey mixture on each; fold and roll for burritos.

      Cut in halves. Serve each with sour cream, if desired.

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    • The Right Way to Load Your Dishwasher

      27 January 2022

      As for home appliances, your dishwasher is one of the most hard working and utilized. When the cycle is finished, it’s nice to see your dishes, glasses and silverware sparkling clean. But in some cases, when the time comes to empty, residue is stuck and you’re left wondering how a plate, glass or pan is still dirty after an entire wash cycle.

      This can happen simply because the dishes weren't properly loaded. Here, you’ll find a guide to loading your dishwasher the right way to ensure the best clean. 

      Top Rack
      Designed for your smaller items, the top rack is perfect for glasses and cups, bowls and plastic containers. To ensure that plastics don’t get warped, keeping them on the top rack, away from direct heat is the safest bet. Don’t over fill, as it can cause dishes to break or limit the water and detergent from thoroughly washing. 

      Bottom Rack
      Larger items, like plates, serving bowls, pots and pans and cutting boards belong on the bottom rack of your dishwasher. Just make sure that the item isn’t too tall, as it can block water and detergent as well as cause the center spray arms to stop rotating. Remember to remove as much residue as you can before loading, especially on pots and pans. 

      Silverware Basket
      Most dishwashers have utensil baskets, however some have a rack above the top rack to lay down silverware. For baskets, place forks and spoons handle-side down, exposing the top where it’s mostly dirty. Knives should be placed handle-side up to avoid injury when unloading.

      Other Tips
      For larger utensils, like cutting knives or wooden spoons, it’s smart to lay them down on the top rack. In some dishwashers, they can catch the center spray arms and stop movement, disturbing the cycle for the rest of the load. 

      When loading bowls or large spoons, be sure to load them face down to avoid catching large pools of water. Also, always start with the bottom rack. If there is any residual water on items from the top rack, pulling it out first will spill water onto the dishes below.

      Published with permission from RISMedia.