Sunday, September 28, 2014

Mediterranean Bruschetta

These bite sized, ready made appetizers are a definite crowd pleaser. Thanks to for this deliciousness!
Mediterranean Bruschetta
Mediterranean Bruschetta

Yield: 4-8 servings (1-2 slices each person)
Time: 15 minutes


  1. Turn the broiler on to high.  Brush one side of each slice of bread with a light coating of  STAR Garlic Olive Oil.  Broil on high for about 6 minutes, until the bread is toasted and golden brown.
  2. While the bread toasts, coarsely chop the Cara Mia Artichoke Salad and set aside. 
  3. When the bread is toasted, spread on a layer of pesto.  Top the pesto with the chopped artichoke salad, and then sprinkle some feta on top.  
  4. Serve immediately and enjoy!

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Turkey Artichoke Spinach Meatloaf

Turkey Artichoke Spinach Meatloaf
This recipe for Turkey Artichoke Spinach Meatloaf is very tasty and the leftovers are great for sandwiches. We substituted oatmeal instead of breadcrumbs in this meatloaf because oatmeal has fewer calories and more nutrition than breadcrumbs.

  • 1 lb of ground turkey 
  • 3 handfuls of fresh spinach, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon STAR Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 14.75 oz can of Cara Mia Artichoke Hearts In Water, drained and chopped
  • 1/4 of Italian Parsley, chopped 
  • 1 tsp of dried oregano
  • 1/2 cup of Parmesan Cheese
  • 1 cup of oatmeal, we used quick oats
  • 2 egg, beaten
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup Marinara sauce 

Turkey Artichoke Spinach Meatloaf
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

Pour the oatmeal into a food processor and pulse for 30 seconds, to break up the oatmeal to a breadcrumb-like consistency.

Heat a large skillet with the STAR Extra Virgin Olive Oil.  Add the spinach and cook, stirring, until spinach is wilted.

Combine all of the ingredients in a large bowl, except the oatmeal and the marinara sauce.

Add about 3/4 cup of oatmeal to begin with and mix until all of the ingredients are evenly distributed throughout. If the mixture is still sticky or not holding together well, add the remaining oatmeal and mix again.

Form into one large loaf or into individual loaves. Place loaf on to a lightly greased baking dish or loaf pan.

Spoon marinara sauce over the meatloaf and bake in the oven for about 1 hour. Be sure to check the internal temperature to ensure that the meatloaf is 165 degrees and cooked all the way through. Let the meatloaf stand 5-10 minutes.  Slice and serve!
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Cara Mia brand was started by an artichoke grower co-op in 1955, in the “artichoke capital” of the world, Castroville, CA. The co-op opened as a freezer operator with the intent of providing consumers another means to enjoy the edible thistle all year around. The venture proved so successful that a marinating line was added in 1958. Soon sales of the marinated produce far surpassed the frozen line as consumers enjoyed the proprietary marinade that dressed the tender leaves. The Borges Group acquired Cara Mia and its proprietary spice mix/marinade recipe in 2001. Today Cara Mia is the #1 selling brand of marinated artichokes. Look for them, and the other Cara Mia marinated vegetable items, in the Produce Dept.
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