Fiesta, Anyone?! Add Some Fun to Your Summer Parties with Flavorful Mexican Recipes

Apr 18, 2001, 01:00 ET from Canned Food Alliance

    PITTSBURGH, April 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Break out the maracas and dust off
 the sombrero - it's time to add some spice to your summer parties.
     (Photo:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20010418/PHWFNS1 )
     If you're tired of the typical hot dogs and burgers, try some hot and
 tangy summer fun - Mexican style!  Just in time for Cinco de Mayo, the Canned
 Food Alliance (CFA) is offering a great recipe to help throw the ultimate
 fiesta.  The delicious Hearty Party Pozole recipe, courtesy of the CFA, is
 quick, fun and perfect for Cinco de Mayo or anytime you want to celebrate.
 Packed with nutritious and hearty canned food, this dish will really take your
 taste buds south of the border.  For more great Mexican recipes, be sure to
 visit www.mealtime.org.
     "Mexican foods scream out for fun - and I'm not even talking about the
 jalapenos and chilies!" said Ellie Krieger, registered dietitian, lifestyle
 counselor and television host of "Living Better."  "All you need is sunshine
 and your favorite summer beverage and you've got everything you need for a
 really super fiesta."
     For a variety of authentic Mexican foods, there's no need to buy a plane
 ticket - simply visit your local grocery store.  While you're there, pick up
 traditional Mexican favorites such as canned beans, canned chilies, refried
 beans and of course, tortillas.  Add chips and salsa, a pinata and some lively
 salsa or merengue music, and you've got all the makings of a true Mexican
 fiesta.
     For a variety of delicious and healthy meals, try quick and easy canned
 food.  With the healthy benefits and timesaving convenience of canned food,
 great appetizers, entrees and desserts can be prepared quickly and easily
 during the spring and summer months.
     In fact, a recent nutrition study conducted by the University of
 Massachusetts (UMass) found that canned ingredients are just as nutritious and
 good tasting as their fresh and frozen counterparts when prepared as part of a
 recipe.  The study compared the nutritional content and sensory appeal of
 recipes made with canned ingredients versus the same recipes made with fresh
 or frozen ingredients.
     The Canned Food Alliance is a partnership of the American Iron and Steel
 Institute's Steel Packaging Council, the Can Manufacturers Institute and
 selected food processors.  The primary mission of the Canned Food Alliance is
 to serve as a resource for information on the convenience, contemporary
 appeal, nutrition and versatility of canned food, more than 90 percent of
 which is packaged in recyclable steel cans.  For dozens of mealtime solutions,
 be sure to visit the Canned Food Alliance online at www.mealtime.org.
 
                              HEARTY PARTY POZOLE
                      Courtesy of the Canned Food Alliance
 
      Ingredients:
 
       1 lb. lean boneless pork loin, diced in 1/2-inch pieces
       1/4 teaspoon pepper
       2 tablespoons vegetable oil
       1 large onion, chopped
       4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
       1 tablespoon chili powder
       1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
       4 cans (15-1/2 ounces) or 2 cans (29 ounces) white hominy (mote
         blanco), drained and rinsed
       1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes
       1 can (14-1/2 ounces) chicken broth
       1 can (4-1/2 ounces) chopped green chilies
       Finely-sliced scallions or green onions (for garnish)
 
      Preparation:
 
       Season pork with pepper.
 
       Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large saucepan (4 quart) over high heat.
       Add pork to pot and cook, stirring until no longer pink (about
       5 minutes).  Transfer meat to a clean plate.
 
       Reduce heat to medium, add remaining tablespoon oil, the onion and
       garlic and cook, stirring until softened and golden (about 5 minutes).
 
       Stir in chili powder and cumin and cook for one minute.  Add hominy,
       tomato, chicken broth and green chilies and bring to a boil.
 
       Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes to develop flavors.  Stir in
       reserved pork, season with salt and pepper to taste and cook one minute
       longer.  For a garnish, serve with finely-sliced scallions.
 
      Preparation Time:  10 minutes
      Cook Time:  25 minutes
 
      Servings:  6
 
      Nutritional Information Per Serving:  407 calories; 12 g fat;
      51 mg cholesterol; 861 mg sodium; 52 g carbohydrate; 10 g fiber;
      22 g protein.
 
 

SOURCE Canned Food Alliance
    PITTSBURGH, April 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Break out the maracas and dust off
 the sombrero - it's time to add some spice to your summer parties.
     (Photo:  http://www.newscom.com/cgi-bin/prnh/20010418/PHWFNS1 )
     If you're tired of the typical hot dogs and burgers, try some hot and
 tangy summer fun - Mexican style!  Just in time for Cinco de Mayo, the Canned
 Food Alliance (CFA) is offering a great recipe to help throw the ultimate
 fiesta.  The delicious Hearty Party Pozole recipe, courtesy of the CFA, is
 quick, fun and perfect for Cinco de Mayo or anytime you want to celebrate.
 Packed with nutritious and hearty canned food, this dish will really take your
 taste buds south of the border.  For more great Mexican recipes, be sure to
 visit www.mealtime.org.
     "Mexican foods scream out for fun - and I'm not even talking about the
 jalapenos and chilies!" said Ellie Krieger, registered dietitian, lifestyle
 counselor and television host of "Living Better."  "All you need is sunshine
 and your favorite summer beverage and you've got everything you need for a
 really super fiesta."
     For a variety of authentic Mexican foods, there's no need to buy a plane
 ticket - simply visit your local grocery store.  While you're there, pick up
 traditional Mexican favorites such as canned beans, canned chilies, refried
 beans and of course, tortillas.  Add chips and salsa, a pinata and some lively
 salsa or merengue music, and you've got all the makings of a true Mexican
 fiesta.
     For a variety of delicious and healthy meals, try quick and easy canned
 food.  With the healthy benefits and timesaving convenience of canned food,
 great appetizers, entrees and desserts can be prepared quickly and easily
 during the spring and summer months.
     In fact, a recent nutrition study conducted by the University of
 Massachusetts (UMass) found that canned ingredients are just as nutritious and
 good tasting as their fresh and frozen counterparts when prepared as part of a
 recipe.  The study compared the nutritional content and sensory appeal of
 recipes made with canned ingredients versus the same recipes made with fresh
 or frozen ingredients.
     The Canned Food Alliance is a partnership of the American Iron and Steel
 Institute's Steel Packaging Council, the Can Manufacturers Institute and
 selected food processors.  The primary mission of the Canned Food Alliance is
 to serve as a resource for information on the convenience, contemporary
 appeal, nutrition and versatility of canned food, more than 90 percent of
 which is packaged in recyclable steel cans.  For dozens of mealtime solutions,
 be sure to visit the Canned Food Alliance online at www.mealtime.org.
 
                              HEARTY PARTY POZOLE
                      Courtesy of the Canned Food Alliance
 
      Ingredients:
 
       1 lb. lean boneless pork loin, diced in 1/2-inch pieces
       1/4 teaspoon pepper
       2 tablespoons vegetable oil
       1 large onion, chopped
       4 garlic cloves, finely chopped
       1 tablespoon chili powder
       1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
       4 cans (15-1/2 ounces) or 2 cans (29 ounces) white hominy (mote
         blanco), drained and rinsed
       1 can (14-1/2 ounces) diced tomatoes
       1 can (14-1/2 ounces) chicken broth
       1 can (4-1/2 ounces) chopped green chilies
       Finely-sliced scallions or green onions (for garnish)
 
      Preparation:
 
       Season pork with pepper.
 
       Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large saucepan (4 quart) over high heat.
       Add pork to pot and cook, stirring until no longer pink (about
       5 minutes).  Transfer meat to a clean plate.
 
       Reduce heat to medium, add remaining tablespoon oil, the onion and
       garlic and cook, stirring until softened and golden (about 5 minutes).
 
       Stir in chili powder and cumin and cook for one minute.  Add hominy,
       tomato, chicken broth and green chilies and bring to a boil.
 
       Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes to develop flavors.  Stir in
       reserved pork, season with salt and pepper to taste and cook one minute
       longer.  For a garnish, serve with finely-sliced scallions.
 
      Preparation Time:  10 minutes
      Cook Time:  25 minutes
 
      Servings:  6
 
      Nutritional Information Per Serving:  407 calories; 12 g fat;
      51 mg cholesterol; 861 mg sodium; 52 g carbohydrate; 10 g fiber;
      22 g protein.
 
 SOURCE  Canned Food Alliance