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No one runs faster from “healthy” recipes than kids, but you’ll be able to sway any youngster with one of these 12 delicious recipes we’re posting in honor of today’s very important holiday, National Healthy Kids Day. Celebrate with us every April 25th as we help you make meals for  a healthier and happier generation.

Crunchy Baked Chicken Tenders

Crunchy Baked Cheddar Cheese Chicken Tenders from @hamiltonbeach

 

Grilled Maple Glazed Salmon

Grilled Maple Glazed Salmon

Chicken Fajitas with Grilled Peppers and Onions

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Slow Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup

Slow Cooker Chicken Noodle Soup

Sweet Potato Chips

Sweet Potato Chips Recipe from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of !HamiltonBeach

Slow Cooker Turkey Tortilla Soup

Turkey Tortilla Soup from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @HamiltonBeach #Thanksgiving #leftovers

Watermelon Lime Mint Sorbet

Perfect for summer! Watermelon Lime Mint Sorbet from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

Marinated Grilled Vegetable Kabobs

Marinated Grilled Veggie Kabobs from Everyday Good Thinking by @hamiltonbeach

Deviled Eggs

Classic Deviled Eggs | Everyday Good Thinking - @hamiltonbeach

Hummus

Homemade hummus

Grilled Chicken with Basil Pesto

Grilled Chicken with Pesto from Everyday Good Thinking by @hamiltonbeach

Grilled Greek Turkey Burgers with Cucumber Sauce

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Perfect Southern Pimento Cheese Spread from Everyday Good Thinking by @hamiltonbeach - perfect for sandwiches, snacks, bridal showers, baby showers and quick lunches

This orange spread is ubiquitous in the South, but offer it to someone who’s never been below the Mason-Dixon line and you’re sure to get a little side-eye. Known as “the caviar of the South,” but resembling nothing of the sort in mere appearances, pimento cheese is a mixture of shredded cheddar cheese, mayonnaise, pimento peppers and salt and pepper. Southerners swoon over the stuff and nearly faint when they find out their consummate loyalties don’t exist outside the region.

Perfect Southern Pimento Cheese Spread from Everyday Good Thinking by @hamiltonbeach - perfect for sandwiches, snacks, bridal showers, baby showers and quick lunches

But what is pimento cheese? How do you serve it? How do you make pimento cheese? What are its origins? And does it really taste as good as everyone says? How did cheese, mayo and these weird jarred peppers cause such a stir? There are, as it goes with pimento cheese, many answers to each of these questions and some of them are hotly debated.

Pimento cheese is most often served as a spread alongside crackers. Some people prefer chips or celery, but some of us (the good ones) will fight for buttery Ritz crackers as the optimal accompaniment. It’s no surprise to see crustless pimento cheese sandwiches served at tea time or bridal showers, and it’s equally at home slathered on top of a hotdog or hamburger for a greasy indulgence. One can easily find it mixed into grits, mashed potatoes or deviled egg filling.

Perfect Southern Pimento Cheese Spread from Everyday Good Thinking by @hamiltonbeach - perfect for sandwiches, snacks, bridal showers, baby showers and quick lunches

Depending on what region you visit or in whose home you dine, you can find anything from cayenne pepper to cream cheese to onions in your spread. In supermarkets, the list of potential additives is endless. In fact, there are as many possible additions as there are people to disagree, so you may want to try a few styles before declaring your favorite (if you haven’t done so already).

Perfect Southern Pimento Cheese Spread from Everyday Good Thinking by @hamiltonbeach - perfect for sandwiches, snacks, bridal showers, baby showers and quick lunches

The best way to prepare pimento cheese is one thing on which most Southern chefs and cooks agree. At least so far as that homemade is better than store bought and freshly shredded is better than pre-packaged cheese shreds. Reasoning differs, but every chef I questioned about pimento cheese dutifully shreds their own cheese from large blocks of their favorite cheddar. Some still shred by hand, but most use a food processor. Freshness is key; pre-packaged shredded cheese isn’t as pliable as fresh and doesn’t mix as easily into spread. It doesn’t get as sticky, and the seasoned chefs swear they can tell the difference in blind taste tests. Pride in the prep work seems to be a popular reason, too, but you truly can tell the difference in the end product when you shred the cheese yourself.

Perfect Southern Pimento Cheese Spread from Everyday Good Thinking by @hamiltonbeach - perfect for sandwiches, snacks, bridal showers, baby showers and quick lunches

The origins of pimento cheese are a bit murky, but it’s actually rumored to have gotten its roots in New York in the late 1800s from the introduction of the mass manufacturing of cheese and Spanish pimento peppers. They were combined in the early 1900s in Eva Green Fuller’s Up-to-Date Sandwich Book where she suggests combining pimentos with Neufchatel and seasoning it with salt before spreading the mixture onto a sandwich. Eventually, manufacturers produced this blend themselves and marketed it as “pimento cheese,” making it available from Minnesota to Oregon to Alabama.

Perfect Southern Pimento Cheese Spread from Everyday Good Thinking by @hamiltonbeach - perfect for sandwiches, snacks, bridal showers, baby showers and quick lunches

Pimento cheese grew to become associated with Southern cuisine after the manufactured spread fell out of favor and disappeared from the supermarket shelves. Southern cooks decided to start recreating what originated as a manufactured food product in their home kitchens and somehow created the delicious spread we know today. It didn’t hurt that Duke’s mayonnaise was being made by C.F. Sauer’s (out of Richmond, Virginia) and farmers grew pimiento peppers in the South. And it took years, of course, for the spread to evolve into what it is now.

Perfect Southern Pimento Cheese Spread from Everyday Good Thinking by @hamiltonbeach - perfect for sandwiches, snacks, bridal showers, baby showers and quick lunches

But is pimento cheese as good as everyone claims it to be? Well, that’s something you’ll have to decide for yourself. Head to the market and grab yourself a block of cheese, good mayonnaise and a jar of pimentos. All it takes is a few turns of the food processor and a stir of the spoon; soon you’ll know for yourself just what all the fuss is about. They didn’t make a documentary about it for nothing.

Perfect Southern Pimento Cheese Spread from Everyday Good Thinking by @hamiltonbeach - perfect for sandwiches, snacks, bridal showers, baby showers and quick lunches


Pimento Cheese
SERVES: 8

Ingredients
3/4 cup mayonnaise
1 jar (4 oz.) chopped pimentos, drained
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 package (8 oz.) block Vermont sharp white cheddar cheese
4 ounce piece sharp cheddar cheese
Instructions
Using shredding blade with processor running, add cheeses through the food chute until shredded.
In a large bowl, stir mayonnaise, pimentos, salt and pepper until combined.
Stir in cheeses until well blended.
Cover and refrigerate overnight.
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Stack & Snap Food Processor - Hamilton Beach

Whether you are cooking for two or prepping a large family meal, the Hamilton Beach® Stack & Snap™ 10 Cup Food Processor takes the guesswork out of food processing with a simple function guide that shows you which blade to use and which button to press. Designed to be uniquely simple – there’s no twisting, turning or locking required when assembling the food processor.

 

References:
“Pimento Cheese: It’s A Southern Thing”. NPR, Wright Brian, January 17, 2007.
Pimento Cheese, Please!”. Southern Foodways Alliance Symposium, Nicole Lang and Cristophile Konstas, 2011.
“From Scientific Cuisine to Southern Icon: The Real History of Pimento Cheese”. Serious Eats, Moss Robert, Sept 4, 2014.
Special thanks to Travis Milton of Comfort in Richmond, VA and all the chefs and home cooks who shared their stories for this article.



Slow Cooker Sloppy Joes from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

There’s nothing like fresh, homemade sloppy joes to make the family come running to the dinner table. This flavorful recipe requires very little effort, uses your slow cooker and makes a  satisfying meal. The beef and sloppy joe sauce cook simultaneously, so it is hot and ready to serve before you know it.

Slow Cooker Sloppy Joes from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

The beauty of the slow cooker is you can get a hot, fresh meal on the table but spend virtually no time in the kitchen. This sloppy joe recipe is no exception. Whether you throw it in the crock before work or on a Sunday morning, it will be ready to eat when you are. Even better, you can get creative with this shredded beef. Not only is it great on a bun, but it also goes well on a tortilla or pita for a unique twist on this barbecue classic.

Slow Cooker Sloppy Joes from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach


Slow Cooker Sloppy Joes
SERVES: 10

Ingredients
3 1/2 lbs boneless beef chuck roast
1 cup onion, chopped
1 teaspoon fresh garlic, minced
1 1/4 cups ketchup
1/3 cup Dijon mustard
1/4 cup soy sauce
3 Tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
3 Tablespoons brown sugar
Sandwich buns
Instructions
Cut beef into 4-inch chunks. Place in crock.
Combine remaining ingredients and pour over beef. Stir to thoroughly coat beef chunks. Cover. Cook on LOW 8 hours or HIGH 4 to 5 hours.
Remove beef and shred meat. Discard any fat. Place the remaining sauce from crock into blender and puree. Use caution when blending hot liquids.
Serve meat on hamburger buns and spoon on extra sauce as desired.
Notes
Try wrapping this meat in tortillas or putting it into pita pockets for a different barbecue twist!
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Basic Slow Cooker Shredded Chicken from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

In the Hamilton Beach test kitchen, we pride ourselves on coming up with great ideas to make cooking healthy, delicious meals for your family as effortless as possible. This recipe for basic, all-purpose shredded chicken is one of our favorite examples of easy and adaptable recipes. You can make it on Sunday and use the chicken in meals all week.

Basic Slow Cooker Shredded Chicken from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

Basic shredded chicken can be easily made in a slow cooker while you prep other foods for the week, and all it takes is a family pack of chicken breasts, an onion and a little seasoning. In a couple hours, you can remove the cooked chicken from the slow cooker to either slice or shred for use later. Our favorite way to shred warm, cooked chicken breast is in a stand mixer with the paddle attachment. Just add the chicken to the bowl and turn it on low until the chicken separates into shredded pieces. We work in batches and then divvy it up into labeled storage bags for use all week.

Basic Slow Cooker Shredded Chicken from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach

The storage bags go into the fridge or freezer, and we pull from them to make Buffalo Chicken Sliders, Chicken and Wild Rice Soup, Chicken Noodle Soup, Chicken Enchiladas, Curried Chicken Salad, Chicken Sandwiches, Chicken Fajitas and Chipotle Burrito Bowls. You could also try topping a Caesar salad or making quick and easy tacos with it. The next time you think about weekly meal prep-made-easy, add this quick and delicious recipe to the mix.

Basic Slow Cooker Shredded Chicken from Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeach


Basic Slow Cooker Shredded Chicken
YIELDS: 8 servings

Ingredients
1 large onion, sliced
4 pounds boneless, skinless chicken breast halves
1 Tablespoon roasted garlic and herbs seasoning blend
Instructions
Place sliced onion in bottom of slow cooker crock.
Sprinkle chicken with seasoning.
Cover and cook on HIGH 2 to 3 hours or LOW 4 to 5 hours.
To shred chicken with a stand mixer, place half of cooked, hot chicken in bowl of mixer. Start on low and beat until chicken is broken up. Increase speed and mix on HIGH until chicken is evenly shredded. Repeat with second half of chicken.
Notes
Use the shredded chicken for salads, enchiladas, casseroles or sandwiches. Can be frozen for future use.
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Crunchy Baked Cheddar Cheese Chicken Tenders from @hamiltonbeach

In this easy chicken tender recipe, an otherwise unhealthy kid favorite gets a fit-friendly makeover to please moms and children alike. Instead of deep fried chicken fingers dripping with fatty oil, these healthier baked chicken tenders are coated in cheesy cracker crumbs and baked to create a tender and crunchy bite. Most kids probably won’t know the difference between this trimmed recipe and the deep-fried version, and the recipe is so easy they can actually help you make it. Dinner will be on the table in minutes when everyone wants a quick, kid-friendly dinner option.

Crunchy Baked Cheddar Cheese Chicken Tenders from @hamiltonbeach


Crunchy Baked Cheese Chicken Tenders
SERVES: 3

Ingredients
2/3 cup seasoned Panko breadcrumbs
2/3 cup cheese crackers, crushed
2 teaspoons melted butter
2 large eggs, beaten
Salt and pepper
1 pound chicken tenders
Barbecue sauce
Instructions
Preheat toaster oven to 450°F.
Combine breadcrumbs, cheese cracker crumbs and butter. Stir to coat evenly. Place crumb mixture on a plate.
Mix eggs, salt and pepper in a medium bowl.
Dip chicken tenders in eggs and dredge in breadcrumb mixture.
Place on greased pan.
Bake 15 to 18 minutes, turning once. Serve with barbecue sauce for dipping.
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Baked Coconut Shrimp with Curried Chutney Dipping Sauce is a healthier spin on a fried classic! From Everyday Good Thinking, the official blog of @hamiltonbeachThe Easy Reach™ 4-Slice Toaster Oven can help you in countless ways around the kitchen while saving space and time. The removable Easy Reach™ roll-top door offers better access to food and easy cleaning, while the front-access crumb tray slides out for quick cleanup. Toast, bake or broil, and you’ll be thrilled with the results.