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Quick and healthy mason jar meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Three Quick & Easy Mason Jar Meals to Grab on the Go

Life’s busy. Hungry for Truth has you covered with quick and easy Mason jar meals perfect for students, working moms and farmers taking a break in the field. Prep on Sundays to grab and go throughout the week or layer in leftovers as you go. Don’t be afraid to get creative with your favorite flavors. Here are three options for breakfast, lunch and dinner to help get you started.

You may notice we couldn’t help but include a dash of dairy in all three recipes. Not only does it taste amazing, it’s also a homegrown part of a balanced diet. Did you know South Dakota is home to approximately 117,000 dairy cows that eat 31,000 tons of soybean meal each year? That’s right! Protein-rich soy delivers important nutrients that fuel healthy cows to produce the nutritious dairy foods we enjoy around the table and on the go.

Make your Mason jar meals using the recipes below and watch the video for step-by-step instructions. Looking for other easy to prep meals? Try these Cuban Sliders!

Hungry for Truth is an initiative about food and farming funded by the South Dakota soybean checkoff. The goal is to connect South Dakotans with the farmers who grow and raise their food.

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Three Quick & Easy Mason Jar Meals to Grab on the Go
Quick and healthy mason jar meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Course Main Dish
Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Breakfast: Granola & Yogurt Parfait
  • Strawberry banana yogurt
  • Honey and almond granola
  • Blueberries
  • Raspberries
Lunch: Naked Burrito Jar
  • Pulled chicken
  • Black beans
  • Tomatoes
  • lettuce
  • shredded cheese
  • Salsa
  • sour cream
Dinner: Classic Chili and Cornbread
  • Leftover chili
  • Corn bread muffin chunks
  • shredded cheese
  • sour cream
  • Parsley
Course Main Dish
Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings
Ingredients
Breakfast: Granola & Yogurt Parfait
  • Strawberry banana yogurt
  • Honey and almond granola
  • Blueberries
  • Raspberries
Lunch: Naked Burrito Jar
  • Pulled chicken
  • Black beans
  • Tomatoes
  • lettuce
  • shredded cheese
  • Salsa
  • sour cream
Dinner: Classic Chili and Cornbread
  • Leftover chili
  • Corn bread muffin chunks
  • shredded cheese
  • sour cream
  • Parsley
Quick and healthy mason jar meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Instructions
  1. Layer ingredients into Mason jar.
  2. Seal with lid
  3. Enjoy!
One pan shrimp boil with corn, shrimp, potatoes and sausage.

Easy Sheet Pan Shrimp Boil Recipe

There’s nothing quite as satisfying as digging into a good ol’ fashioned shrimp boil. Veggies, shrimp and andouille sausage swimming in butter and seasonings create a hands-on feast that’s finger licking good. Our One Pan Shrimp Boil recipe brings it all together, giving you all the Cajun feels without the fuss.

The key to this recipe’s authentic flavor comes from andouille sausage, which is smoked pork blended with Creole seasonings. It’s a home-grown favorite with Southern flare. While you may know that the 1.2 million pigs raised in South Dakota annually eat a healthy diet that includes soybeans, you may not realize that shrimp and other fish enjoy soy too! In fact, a South Dakota-based company, Prairie AquaTech, uses soybeans to create protein-dense pellets to feed farm-raised fish.

Who knew soul food on the prairie could taste so good? Watch and learn how to create your own one pan shrimp boil for your next family meal. Scroll for full recipe below.

Curious about other foods that’s are grown and raised in South Dakota? Let’s take a look at a few that may surprise you.

Hungry for Truth is an initiative about food and farming funded by the South Dakota soybean checkoff. The goal is to connect South Dakotans with the farmers who grow and raise their food. 

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Easy Sheet Pan Shrimp Boil Recipe
One pan shrimp boil with corn, shrimp, potatoes and sausage.
Course Main Dish
Cook Time 35 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
  • 6 Yukon Gold baby potatoes cut into one-inch pieces
  • 3 ears Corn each cut into 6 pieces
  • 1/4 cup salted butter melted
  • 2 cloves Garlic minced
  • 2 tablespoons Old Bay Seasoning
  • 1 pound medium shrimp tail-on, peeled and deveined
  • 1 package smoked andouille sausage sliced
  • 1 Lemon cut into wedges
Course Main Dish
Cook Time 35 minutes
Servings
servings
Ingredients
  • 6 Yukon Gold baby potatoes cut into one-inch pieces
  • 3 ears Corn each cut into 6 pieces
  • 1/4 cup salted butter melted
  • 2 cloves Garlic minced
  • 2 tablespoons Old Bay Seasoning
  • 1 pound medium shrimp tail-on, peeled and deveined
  • 1 package smoked andouille sausage sliced
  • 1 Lemon cut into wedges
One pan shrimp boil with corn, shrimp, potatoes and sausage.
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 F. Spray baking sheet with nonstick spray.
  2. In large pot of water, cook potatoes about 10-15 minutes. Stir in corn during last 5 minutes of cooking time.
  3. In small bowl, combine butter, garlic and Old Bay Seasoning.
  4. Place potatoes, corn, shrimp and sausage in a single layer on baking sheet. Pour butter mixture over ingredients and gently toss.
  5. Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until shrimp are fully cooked.
  6. Serve while hot with lemon wedges.
Hungry for Truth Ice Cream Sandwiches

Cool Off with Sustainable Salted Caramel Ice Cream Sandwiches

No one can say no to an ice cream sandwich, especially if it’s drizzled with tasty salted caramel sauce! This frozen treat is the perfect dessert for your next gathering. Customize this recipe by switching up the flavor of ice cream or keep it classic with vanilla. 

When you treat yourself to ice cream, you can feel good about the impact you’re making on the environment. The dairy industry is getting more sustainable every day. Sustainable farming means doing what’s right for the environment and continuously improving practices for future generations. The industry has done just that by reducing its carbon footprint by 63 percent since 1960 and producing three times more milk with half the cows. By 2020, dairy farmers aim to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by another 25 percent, the equivalent to taking 1.25 million cars off the road.

Not only are farmers sustainable, they also focus on treating their animals right. Now more than ever, farmers understand what cows need to produce healthy milk. Building climate-controlled barns and feeding them a nutritious diet are just two ways farmers take care of their animals. Each year South Dakota dairy cows eat approximately 18,000 tons of soybean meal and we enjoy the benefits!

Now that you’ve learned more about the sustainable side of your ice cream, it’s time to create mouthwatering Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches. Watch the video below for step-by-step instructions.

Want to learn more about what happens on today’s dairy farms?  Visit the SDSU dairy with us and see how cheese is made in this episode of Across the Table.

Hungry for Truth is an initiative about food and farming funded by the South Dakota soybean checkoff. The goal is to connect South Dakotans with the farmers who grow and raise their food. 

 

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Salted Caramel Ice Cream Sandwiches
Hungry for Truth Ice Cream Sandwiches
Servings
sandwiches
Ingredients
  • 12 chocolate chip cookies
  • Nutella
  • Caramel Sauce
  • SDSU Vanilla Ice Cream
  • Sea Salt
Servings
sandwiches
Ingredients
  • 12 chocolate chip cookies
  • Nutella
  • Caramel Sauce
  • SDSU Vanilla Ice Cream
  • Sea Salt
Hungry for Truth Ice Cream Sandwiches
Instructions
  1. Spread Nutella onto 1 chocolate chip cookie.
  2. Drizzle with caramel sauce.
  3. Sprinkle sea salt onto caramel sauce.
  4. Spoon 1 scoop of SDSU vanilla ice cream onto caramel sauce side.
  5. Top with 1 chocolate chip cookie.
  6. Repeat.
Hungry for Truth Sloppy Joes and Farm Sustainability

Beef Up Meal Time With Quick and Easy Sloppy Joes

Sometimes farming and ranching can get a little sloppy, especially when spring storms dump a couple feet of snow on the ground and interrupt calving season. Good thing for quick, kid-friendly family meals like Sloppy Joes to make sure everyone has the energy to pull on their boots and keep the cows and crops healthy and safe.

Hungry for Truth Sloppy Joes and Farm Sustainability

Hungry for Truth Sloppy Joes and Farm Sustainability

Bradee Pazour, her husband Joel and their boys are big fans of any kind of beef. Sloppy Joes are a tried and true comfort food that are great for lunch or dinner and easy to freeze or reheat as leftovers. While it’s OK to get a little sloppy in the kitchen, the Pazour family and many other South Dakota farmers and ranchers are anything but messy when it comes to growing and raising food.

Hungry for Truth Sloppy Joes and Farm Sustainability

“Sustainability is all about improving our practices to take care of the land and water for our future because it’s the right thing to do. Farmers are constantly educating themselves and using technology to become more efficient,” said Bradee. “Thanks to the GPS capabilities in all of our equipment, precision planting, pesticide application and field mapping have helped farmers be more accurate than ever before.”

Hungry for Truth Sloppy Joes and Farm Sustainability

In addition to growing soybeans, corn and wheat, the Pazour family also raises cattle as part of a feedlot. The attention to detail they use to grow crops also translates to how they care for their cattle.

Hungry for Truth Sloppy Joes and Farm Sustainability

The Pazours work with nutritionists and veterinarians to ensure their cows are well-fed and cared for throughout their lives. It starts with a diet high in roughage like grass, hay and silage, and gradually steps up to more grain and protein-rich ingredients such as corn and soybean forage to help them thrive as they get older. They also maintain clean pens and pastures, and ensure cattle have ample water sources.

Hungry for Truth Sloppy Joes and Farm Sustainability

“Cows are such neat animals and play an important role in in keeping our food system balanced. They act as ‘upcyclers,’ meaning they take inedible food – grass, hay, silage – and turn it into something healthy and nutritious we can eat,” explained Bradee.

Hungry for Truth Sloppy Joes and Farm Sustainability

By working together as a family, the Pazours are carefully and sustainably raising healthy foods to beef up mealtimes everywhere. Get Bradee’s favorite Sloppy Joe recipe below. While it’s simmering, take a few minutes to read more about environmentally friendly cattle ranching on another South Dakota family farm.

 

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Bradee's Sloppy Joes
Hungry for Truth Sloppy Joes and Farm Sustainability
Course Main Dish
Servings
people
Ingredients
  • 2 lbs ground beef
  • 1 Onion chopped
  • 1 can chicken gumbo soup
  • 1 can tomato soup
  • 2 tablespoons mustard
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons vinegar
  • 1/4 generous cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 12 Hamburger Buns
Course Main Dish
Servings
people
Ingredients
  • 2 lbs ground beef
  • 1 Onion chopped
  • 1 can chicken gumbo soup
  • 1 can tomato soup
  • 2 tablespoons mustard
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons vinegar
  • 1/4 generous cup brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 12 Hamburger Buns
Hungry for Truth Sloppy Joes and Farm Sustainability
Instructions
  1. Brown ground beef and onion. Drain any excess fat.
    Hungry for Truth Sloppy Joes and Farm Sustainability
  2. Stir in remaining ingredients.
    Hungry for Truth Sloppy Joes and Farm Sustainability
  3. Simmer on stove top for 30-45 minutes.
    Hungry for Truth Sloppy Joes and Farm Sustainability
  4. Spoon onto hamburger buns. Enjoy!
    Hungry for Truth Sloppy Joes and Farm Sustainability
Hungry for Truth Cuban Slider Recipe

Fuel Up in the Field With Cuban Sliders

Whether you work in a tractor or at a desk, everyone needs a quick, easy meal to ward off midday hunger. This easy Cuban slider fits the bill. Make a big batch on Sunday evening, and you’ll have delicious, hearty ham sandwiches to fill your lunchbox for the whole week.

Not only does ham provide high-quality protein, it also is one of the most sustainable meats available. Sustainability means doing what’s right for the environment and continuously improving the land. Pork farmers have done just that by reducing their carbon footprint by 35 percent in the last 50 years. Feeding pigs a nutrient-rich diet of sustainably-grown soybean meal allows farmers to raise delicious meat while leaving the land better than they found it.

Now, it’s sandwich time! Follow along with this video to see step-by-step instructions for this quick lunchtime hit. Need a dinner recipe? Try these Pork Chops With Rosemary Apple Butter.


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Fuel Up in the Field With Cuban Sliders
Hungry for Truth Cuban Slider Recipe
Prep Time 30 Minutes
Servings
Sandwiches
Ingredients
  • 1 package Hawaiian rolls
  • 1 package ham lunch meat sliced
  • 8 slices swiss cheese
  • Dill sandwich pickles
  • 1 stick Butter melted
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons Onion minced
Prep Time 30 Minutes
Servings
Sandwiches
Ingredients
  • 1 package Hawaiian rolls
  • 1 package ham lunch meat sliced
  • 8 slices swiss cheese
  • Dill sandwich pickles
  • 1 stick Butter melted
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 tablespoons Onion minced
Hungry for Truth Cuban Slider Recipe
Instructions
  1. Heat oven to 325 degrees.
  2. Grease a 9x13 baking pan.
  3. Cut the tops off the Hawaiian rolls and place the bottoms in the baking pan.
  4. Layer the ham, Swiss cheese and pickles. Place the tops of the rolls on top.
  5. Whisk together the butter and Dijon mustard in a small bowl. Stir in the minced onion.
  6. Pour the Dijon spread over the top of the rolls.
  7. Cover the baking pan with foil and bake for 15 minutes.
  8. Remove the foil and continue to bake for an additional 10 minutes until the rolls are toasted brown.
  9. Cut and separate the sliders into the meal boxes. Enjoy warm or chilled.
Hungry for Truth Cheesy Tater Tot Hotdish

Cheesy Tater Tot Hotdish From a South Dakota Dairy Farm

Just a few miles north of Sioux Falls lies Lynn Boadwine’s dairy farm. Homesteaded in 1874, Boadwine Farms is home to more than 2,000 dairy cows and 2,000 acres of corn, alfalfa and sorghum. Lynn is the fourth generation to farm this land, along with his employees who keep the family-owned operation running smoothly.

Hungry For Truth SD Boadwine Dairy Farm

Heidi Zwinger is one of those employees. She’s worked on the farm as a herd manager for 16 years, helping care for the dairy cows and managing the other farmworkers. Heidi, who grew up on a dairy farm, is passionate about producing great milk while taking great care of the animals.

Hungry For Truth SD Boadwine Dairy Farm Hungry For Truth SD Boadwine Dairy Farm

“Even though I’m not the farm owner, I still call it my farm because I take pride in it,” Heidi explained. “I love working with our cows and helping them grow and produce milk. I also love working with my coworkers to make sure we’re doing what’s right for the animals.”

On farms large and small, everyone who works together is passionate about ensuring the animals are well cared for so they can create delicious, high-quality food.

Hungry For Truth SD Boadwine Dairy Farm

“There are real, passionate people behind large farm operations,” Heidi said. “I’m a member of the Boadwine farm family and so are my coworkers, who are just as dedicated as I am.”

Hungry For Truth SD Boadwine Dairy Farm

One way Heidi and her coworkers take care of the cows is by feeding them a high-quality diet. Dairy cows need a protein-rich diet to produce delicious, nutritious milk. The cows at Boadwine Farm are fed hay and silage grown right on the farm, supplemented with soybean and corn meal from the local grain elevator. Soybeans are a great source of protein so dairy cows across South Dakota enjoy eating approximately 18,000 tons of soybean meal annually.

Hungry For Truth SD Boadwine Dairy Farm Hungry For Truth SD Boadwine Dairy Farm

“We harvest everything we plant as feed for the cows, so nothing is wasted,” Heidi said. “Our cows eat locally,” she added with a laugh.

After a long day tending to animals, there’s nothing like curling up with a hearty plate of Cheesy Tater Tot Hotdish, an upper Midwest specialty.

Hungry For Truth SD Tater Tot Hotdish

“For me, tater tot hotdish is an old standby, something my mom used to make. Every family does it a little differently,” Heidi said. “Ours is simple, made with browned ground beef, green beans, cream of mushroom soup and some cheese to add a little gooiness. You can mix it up by experimenting with different kinds of cheese and seeing what your family likes.”

Dig into Heidi’s cheesy tater tot hotdish! Need another classic dinner option? Try this  classic meatloaf.

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Cheesy Tater Tot Hotdish
Hungry for Truth Cheesy Tater Tot Hot Dish
Course Main Dish
Servings
people
Ingredients
  • 2 lbs ground beef
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 2 cans cream of mushroom soup
  • 10 oz Mushrooms chopped
  • 10-12 slices American cheese divided
  • salt to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon Pepper
  • 1 bag frozen tater tots
Course Main Dish
Servings
people
Ingredients
  • 2 lbs ground beef
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 2 cans cream of mushroom soup
  • 10 oz Mushrooms chopped
  • 10-12 slices American cheese divided
  • salt to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon Pepper
  • 1 bag frozen tater tots
Hungry for Truth Cheesy Tater Tot Hot Dish
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Brown beef with onion powder over medium heat and drain.
    Hungry For Truth SD Tater Tot Hotdish
  3. In a casserole dish, mix browned beef, soup, green beans, mushrooms and 4 slices of cheese torn into small pieces, salt and pepper.
    Hungry For Truth SD Tater Tot Hotdish
  4. Layer remaining cheese slices over mixture, then layer tater tots over cheese.
    Hungry For Truth SD Tater Tot Hotdish
  5. Cover with lid or tinfoil and bake for 45 minutes.
  6. Remove covering and bake for another 15 minutes to crisp tots.
    Hungry for Truth Cheesy Tater Tot Hot Dish
Recipe Notes

Variations:

Substitute 1-1/2 cups shredded colby Jack cheese for the American cheese.

Substitute chopped cauliflower for tater tots.

Hungry for Truth Potato Chicken Noodle Soup + Oksana Silchuk

Cozy Up with Oksana Silchuk + Potato Chicken Noodle Soup

During snowy South Dakota winters, sometimes it just feels good to snuggle in at home with our favorite comfort foods. When blogger and designer Oksana Silchuk needs to take time for herself, she recharges by spending time in the kitchen. Cooking comforting meals, like this Potato Chicken Noodle Soup, takes her back to her Ukrainian roots and fuels cozy days at home with her husband and two toddlers.

Shopping for the ingredients for her Potato Chicken Noodle Soup reminds her of the impact farmers have on her family.  

“My appreciation for farmers runs so deep,” Oksana said. “Every time I am at the grocery store, I am reminded that the produce and meat I purchase is there because of their labor and care. It’s humbling.”  

 

That’s one of the reasons why she’s a fan of Hungry for Truth. It’s an opportunity to get to know the farm families behind the food she enjoys. Though she grew up in town, she understands the work that goes into growing crops and raising animals. Her family even raised a few chickens in their backyard.

“I recall feeding them, chasing them, taking care of them and, ultimately, my mom making us delicious meals with them,” said Oksana.

Oksana is thankful that Hungry for Truth gives her the chance to teach her children about how South Dakota farmers care for their animals, crops and the environment. Oksana’s kids even get a chance to learn about how crops like soybeans are used for so many different things like animal feed, cooking oil and even the crayons they color with. Not bad for two Sioux Falls city kids.

Who knows? Her children might get the chance to call themselves farm kids one day.

“I’ve always lived in the city but am a total farm girl at heart,” she said. “I dream of one day owning some livestock and living on a farm.”

Wherever the Silchuk family winds up, they’re sure to have many more cozy days gathered around the table, sharing soup and each other’s company.

“This is the one meal my babes can’t get enough of. They can easily gobble up a few bowls and ask for more,” Oksana said. “Hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we do.” 

Snuggle up to Oksana’s soup recipe below. Looking for more comfort food? Try this Crockpot Turkey and Edamame Chili recipe to warm your winter days.

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Potato Chicken Noodle Soup
Hungry for Truth Potato Chicken Noodle Soup + Oksana Silchuk
Servings
Bowls
Ingredients
  • 3-1/2 quarts Water
  • 1 medium Onion finely chopped
  • 5 tablespoons chicken flavored "Better Than Bullion"
  • 2 tablespoons Butter
  • 2-3 medium carrots grated
  • 3-4 chicken tenders (fresh or thawed) cut into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 1 cup elbow macaroni noodles
  • 2-3 Potatoes peeled and sliced
  • 3 tablespoons dill fresh or frozen
  • salt and pepper to taste
Servings
Bowls
Ingredients
  • 3-1/2 quarts Water
  • 1 medium Onion finely chopped
  • 5 tablespoons chicken flavored "Better Than Bullion"
  • 2 tablespoons Butter
  • 2-3 medium carrots grated
  • 3-4 chicken tenders (fresh or thawed) cut into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 1 cup elbow macaroni noodles
  • 2-3 Potatoes peeled and sliced
  • 3 tablespoons dill fresh or frozen
  • salt and pepper to taste
Hungry for Truth Potato Chicken Noodle Soup + Oksana Silchuk
Instructions
  1. Add water to large pot. While water is cold, add in onion and bullion. Bring to a gentle boil.
  2. In a skillet, melt butter and sauté carrots until they are soft and golden.
  3. Combine sautéed carrots with bullion and onion mixture. Use a few spoonfuls of broth to rinse the butter into the soup.
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  4. While water is gently boiling, add chicken, noodles and potatoes. Cook until soft, about 15 minutes. Add fresh or frozen dill and salt and pepper to taste.
hungry for truth south dakota serrano popper crescent ring easy super bowl recipes easy to make game day healthy

Add a Serrano Popper Crescent Ring to Your Big Game Menu

Game day is a great time to show off your snack making skills. Whip up a Serrano Popper Crescent Ring to impress football fans and foodies alike. Filled with chicken, ham, cheese and spicy peppers, this crescent roll recipe guarantees everyone is a winner. Just don’t forget the ranch and blue cheese for dipping.

While planning your football party menu, remember South Dakota soybean farmers are fans of putting healthy and safe food on your table. They also contribute to enhancing your football experience in some pretty surprising ways. Here’s a fun fact to share with your party guests: Soybeans can be used to create athletic turf. The turf in the Dana J. Dykhouse Stadium at South Dakota State University is just one example of a football field covered with innovative BioCel® technology, which is more sustainable than typical petroleum-based polymers.

Create your Serrano Popper Crescent Ring by watching the video below. We also recommend trying these past game day favorites Chef Jeni’s meatballs, prosciutto cheese bites and jalapeño bacon cheeseball.


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Serrano Popper Crescent Ring
hungry for truth south dakota serrano popper crescent ring easy super bowl recipes easy to make game day healthy
Course Appetizer
Servings
servings
Ingredients
  • 8 oz Cream Cheese softened
  • 1 cup cooked chicken diced
  • 1 cup ham diced
  • 1-1/2 cups cheddar cheese grated
  • 3 small serrano peppers diced
  • 2 tbsp smoked paprika
  • 2 8-oz cans Pillsbury crescent rolls
  • Ranch and Bleu Cheese for Dipping optional
Course Appetizer
Servings
servings
Ingredients
  • 8 oz Cream Cheese softened
  • 1 cup cooked chicken diced
  • 1 cup ham diced
  • 1-1/2 cups cheddar cheese grated
  • 3 small serrano peppers diced
  • 2 tbsp smoked paprika
  • 2 8-oz cans Pillsbury crescent rolls
  • Ranch and Bleu Cheese for Dipping optional
hungry for truth south dakota serrano popper crescent ring easy super bowl recipes easy to make game day healthy
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375 F. Spray a large baking sheet with oil.
  2. Add cream cheese, chicken, ham, cheese, serrano peppers and paprika to a bowl. Mix to combine well.
  3. Take the crescent rolls and lay the long end out in a ring, overlapping them to form the base. The center circle should be about 5 in. in diameter.
  4. Spoon filling mixture around the crescent ring.
  5. Pull each dough triangle up and over mixture and make sure to secure edges.
  6. Bake for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.
  7. Serve hot with blue cheese and/or ranch dressing
hungry for truth south dakota recipe pumpkin streusel muffins easy to make dessert pumpkin spice gmo non gmo conventional organic agriculture farming production practices family friendly holiday recipes

Spice Up Your Dessert Table With Pumpkin-Apple Streusel Muffins

Skip the pie and spice up your holiday dessert table with fluffy pumpkin-apple streusel muffins. We suggest pairing with a scoop of caramel apple ice cream from our friends at Stensland Family Farms. This treat is totally worth the calories and will have your guests raving. Find the recipe and step-by-step video instructions below.

hungry for truth south dakota recipe pumpkin streusel muffins easy to make dessert pumpkin spice gmo non gmo conventional organic agriculture farming production practices family friendly holiday recipes

Just like other South Dakota families, farmers look forward to gathering with their loved ones to enjoy a delicious holiday meal. By this time, the soybeans, corn and other crops they spent the summer carefully nurturing have been harvested and are making their way across the state and around the world to feed animals and people. It’s time to celebrate their successes and think about ways to improve their family farms for the next growing season and beyond.

Being environmentally friendly is part of planning for the future. Farms of all sizes plant cover crops and reduce tillage to prevent soil erosion. They also carefully monitor the amount of pesticides they spray with precision technology and use just the right amount for crop protection. South Dakota farmers are especially conservation minded. They lead the nation in enrollment in the Conservation Stewardship Program with a total of 7 million acres! By making improvements now, farmers preserve their family businesses to feed your family for future generations.

For fun facts to add even more spice to your dessert conversations, read about ways local farmers protect the land, water and wildlife.


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Pumpkin-Apple Streusel Muffins
hungry for truth south dakota recipe pumpkin streusel muffins easy to make dessert pumpkin spice gmo non gmo conventional organic agriculture farming production practices family friendly holiday recipes
Course Desserts
Cook Time 60 minutes
Servings
muffins
Ingredients
Pumpkin Streusel Muffins
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups Granulated Sugar
  • 1 tbsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1 tbsp Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • 2 eggs lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup Vegetable Oil
  • 1 cup pumpkin pie filling
  • 2 cups apples chopped
Streusel Topping
  • 2 tsps all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1/2 tsp Cinnamon ground
  • 2 tbsp Butter
Course Desserts
Cook Time 60 minutes
Servings
muffins
Ingredients
Pumpkin Streusel Muffins
  • 2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups Granulated Sugar
  • 1 tbsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • 1 tbsp Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • 2 eggs lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup Vegetable Oil
  • 1 cup pumpkin pie filling
  • 2 cups apples chopped
Streusel Topping
  • 2 tsps all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup Granulated Sugar
  • 1/2 tsp Cinnamon ground
  • 2 tbsp Butter
hungry for truth south dakota recipe pumpkin streusel muffins easy to make dessert pumpkin spice gmo non gmo conventional organic agriculture farming production practices family friendly holiday recipes
Instructions
For muffins:
  1. Preheat oven at 350ºF.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the flour, sugar, pumpkin pie spice, baking soda and salt.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine the eggs, pumpkin and oil.
  4. Add the liquid ingredients to the dry ingredients; stir just until moistened.
  5. Stir in apples.
  6. Spoon batter into lightly greased and paper-lined muffin cups, filling 3/4 full. There should be about 18 muffins.
  7. Sprinkle streusel topping evenly over the filled muffin cups.
  8. Bake for 35-40 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.
For streusel topping:
  1. In a small bowl, combine the flour, sugar and ground cinnamon.
  2. Cut in butter until mixture is crumbly.
Hungry for Truth Pork Recipe

Celebrate Pork With Rosemary Apple Butter Pork Chops

Did you know October is Pork Month? We’re celebrating by making our favorite pork dishes, including Rosemary Apple Butter Pork Chops. Plus, local pig farmer and registered dietitian Charlotte Rommereim gives us the scoop on how she raises pigs, the truth about hormones in pork and the many nutritional benefits of the other white meat.

Hungry for Truth Pork Farmer + dietitian

Tell us about your family farm.

My husband Steve and I are the fifth generation on our farm near Alcester. Our farm has been in my family since my great-great grandfather, Gustav Nilson, emigrated from Sweden in 1874. Our family farm has raised pigs for more than 100 years. We also grow corn and soybeans. My husband operates the farm, and I work as a registered dietitian.

How do you keep your pigs comfortable and safe?

Our farm operation uses many types of housing to keep our pigs safe and comfortable. Steve and I choose to raise our pigs indoors in a barn where we can control the environment and protect them from the weather. Our pigs have food and water available at all times, and we visit them daily to monitor them.

What do you feed your pigs to keep them healthy?

Swine nutritionists formulate our pigs’ diets to make sure they have the optimal nutrients for each stage of their growth. This includes eating some of the soybeans we grow on our farm. As a dietitian, I compare it to how our children’s diets change as they grow to adulthood. Pigs require different feed formulations for each stage of growth.

Do you ever use hormones to help them grow?

The truth is hormones are never allowed in raising pigs or poultry. The federal government prohibits it and actually states this on the meat packaging labeled “hormone-free” in the grocery. We never give our pigs hormones because it is against the law.

How does pork fit into a healthy diet?

Protein is a very important nutrient and many are trying to include more of it in their diets. Pork provides high quality, nutritious protein at a reasonable price that fits into a healthy dietary pattern. As a dietitian, I recommend Pork’s Slim 7, which is a list of lean pork cuts. This includes my favorite, the pork tenderloin, which is leaner than a skinless chicken breast. Pork is also an excellent source of thiamine, selenium, niacin, phosphorus and vitamin B6.

Time to sizzle up some delicious and hormone-free pork chops for dinner. Just watch this video to learn how. Looking for another pork option? We also have a pork tenderloin recipe that’s sure to please.


Print Recipe
Rosemary Apple Butter Pork Chops
Hungry for Truth Pork Recipe
Course Main Dish
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
  • 2 pork chop fillets
  • salt and pepper
  • 4 tbsps Butter divided
  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 2 red apples cored and sliced
  • 1 29-oz. jar apple butter
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 2 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 1/3 cup Heavy Whipping Cream
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • 4 tbsp brown sugar
Course Main Dish
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Servings
people
Ingredients
  • 2 pork chop fillets
  • salt and pepper
  • 4 tbsps Butter divided
  • 1 tbsp Olive Oil
  • 2 red apples cored and sliced
  • 1 29-oz. jar apple butter
  • 1 tsp smoked paprika
  • 2 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • 1/3 cup Heavy Whipping Cream
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • 4 tbsp brown sugar
Hungry for Truth Pork Recipe
Instructions
  1. Season both sides of each pork chop with salt and pepper.
  2. Melt 2 tablespoons butter and 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium high heat in a large skillet.
  3. Place seasoned pork chops into skillet and cook each side for 3 minutes.
  4. Place pork onto a plate and allow to rest while you cook the apples.
  5. Using the same skillet, melt remaining butter.
  6. Add apple slices and allow to cook until soft, about 5 minutes.
  7. Pour jar of apple butter, brown sugar, apple cider vinegar, cinnamon, smoked paprika and rosemary sprigs into skillet. Stir to combine.
  8. Add in the whipping cream and continue to stir. Bring to a light boil.
  9. Add pork chops back to skillet making sure the bottoms touch the skillet.
  10. Spoon apple butter mixture onto pork chops.
  11. Cook each pork chop for about 5 more minutes on each side to an internal temperature of 145 degrees F. Continue spooning apple butter over pork.
  12. Plate meal when done and enjoy!
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Iversons Enjoy Sustainable Harvest + Coconut Curry Chili Recipe

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Did you know South Dakota farmers will join others across the U.S. this fall to harvest more than 4 billion bushels of soybeans? While most of those soybeans will be used to feed animals, they eventually end up on your table in the form of farm-fresh foods like meat, eggs, milk and cheese. South Dakota farmers David and Miriam Iverson look forward to each fall as an opportunity to continue the family tradition of sustainably harvesting food and cooking meals like Coconut Curry Chili to warm up after cool days in the field.

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“I’m the fourth generation on our operation. I’ve been farming for 37 years here in northern Brookings County,” David said. “My family has been here for 120 years. My dad still actively helps out.”

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It’s vital to keep things moving during busy seasons, especially on the Iverson’s 1,500-acre farm. The drought this summer has taken its toll on yields across South Dakota, and extra attention is needed to ensure the crops are harvested with care. Using sustainable practices throughout the growing season pays off when it’s time to combine.

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The Iversons plant a rotation of soybeans and corn every other year. David says they rotate their crops for many reasons, but ultimately it protects their plants from being affected by plant-specific pests.

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“Corn and soybeans have different weeds, diseases and insects that affect yields,” he said. “By rotating the crops, we keep those numbers low and, hopefully, our yields high.”

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David uses other sustainable practices to grow food, like applying fertilizer at a rate that matches soil and plant needs, and implementing minimal and no-till practices in their fields.  

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“Our sustainability methods improve soil health immensely and prevent soil erosion,” he said.

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With harvest just around the corner, we’ll see how their efforts pay off. Since family time can be pretty limited in the fall, meals are important to bring people together. Coconut Curry Chili is one of David and Miriam’s favorites to help warm up after a long day in the combine.

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Read the Story of Soybean Harvest to learn more about what farmers are thinking this time of year.

Print Recipe
Coconut Curry Chili
Course Main Dish
Servings
people
Ingredients
  • 1/2 lb Ground Turkey
  • 1 (10.75 oz) can tomato soup
  • 1 (15 oz) can tomato sauce
  • 1 tbsp Garlic minced
  • 2 cups low-sodium chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1 can no-salt-added chickpeas drained and rinsed
  • 1 can no-salt-added red kidney beans drained and rinsed
  • 1-1/2 cups sweet potatoes cubed
  • 1/4 cup mango chutney
  • 2-3 tbsp curry powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2/3 cup light coconut milk, divided
Course Main Dish
Servings
people
Ingredients
  • 1/2 lb Ground Turkey
  • 1 (10.75 oz) can tomato soup
  • 1 (15 oz) can tomato sauce
  • 1 tbsp Garlic minced
  • 2 cups low-sodium chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1 can no-salt-added chickpeas drained and rinsed
  • 1 can no-salt-added red kidney beans drained and rinsed
  • 1-1/2 cups sweet potatoes cubed
  • 1/4 cup mango chutney
  • 2-3 tbsp curry powder
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2/3 cup light coconut milk, divided
Instructions
  1. Cook ground turkey in medium skillet. Drain, set aside.
  2. In a large pot, combine tomato soup, tomato sauce and garlic. Bring to boil over medium heat.
  3. Reduce heat. Add turkey and remaining ingredients, except the coconut milk, to pot. Cover and simmer for 15 minutes.
  4. Stir in 1/3 cup coconut milk to mixture. Cover and simmer 15 minutes.
  5. Stir in remaining coconut milk, cover and simmer for 30 more minutes.
  6. Serve over rice or in a bowl. Enjoy!
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Make Family Memories with Country Apple Orchard

If one thing is true about South Dakotans, we love making memories outside with our families. One of our favorite places to visit in the fall is the Country Apple Orchard in Harrisburg. Kevin Kroger, general manager, knows exactly what that’s like since he’s been working at the orchard with his own family for 12 years.

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“All of my eight children pitch in, even my youngest,” said Kevin. Kevin’s stepfather and grandmother are the primary owners, making it a true family affair.

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“The first year was a little sticky, but every year it gets easier,” he said. “We learn more and get better. We know we are investing in success with 100 acres of prime South Dakota farmland.”

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Running a farming business has been a trial-and-error process. Kevin’s family felt that firsthand when they began maintaining their trees. “We were hit with a hard frost right off the bat. It was hardly the optimal season to start with an orchard,” he chuckled. “We almost went without enough apples that season. Now we can’t grow enough of them!”

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That’s great news for Americans everywhere, who eat an average of 55 pounds of apples annually. In addition to pruning their 4,500 trees, the Country Apple Orchard sprays their apples with linseed oil before they blossom to ensure a plentiful harvest of healthy apples for families to pick and enjoy.

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“No one likes biting into an apple with insects in it,” Kevin said. “Like other farmers, we only spray pesticides when the apples need it.”

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While the Kroger family doesn’t have a typical South Dakota farming background, Kevin did walk beans as a child. That means walking through soybean fields and picking weeds for Sioux Falls area farmers. It’s a chore many seasoned farmers remember, but is no longer needed on most farms thanks to technology.

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“I was exposed to hard work in the older days of farming, and I didn’t think I wanted anything to do with it,” Kevin said. “Now, with technology, it’s so much easier and much more enjoyable.”

Today’s farmers use different types of technology, including GPS, drones and computer-generated soil maps to grow healthy food more efficiently. Over the past 30 years, soybean farmers grew 46 percent more soybeans using 35 percent less energy thanks to technology and more sustainable farm practices.

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Being more efficient means farm families might have a little extra time to enjoy an afternoon at the Country Apple Orchard. Kevin and family pack weekdays with school field trips and weekends with festivals. Even Santa takes a break from his work at the North Pole to stop by and say hi before the busy holiday season.

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“In today’s world, it can be really hard to slow things down,” he said. “Here, families go on wagon rides, pick apples and pumpkins, and enjoy delicious local foods. Slowing down to take in the outdoors makes family time more memorable.”

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Cooking together is another way to create memorable moments. Try out one of these recipes with your family this fall.

Snow Day Activities and Grandma’s Peanut Butter Cookie Recipe

S’mores Bar + Ice Cream From Stensland Family Farms = A Sweet Celebration

Farmer Recipe: Banana Nut Bread

 

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How to Host an Outdoor Movie Night + Greek Chicken Kabobs

Whether it’s date night at the theater or a cozy family night on the couch, movies have a way of bringing us together. When it’s warm in South Dakota, it can be fun to take the movie magic outdoors and gather under the stars. Here are our tips for planning a night that’s sure to please family and friends.

Hungry for Truth Outdoor Movie Night

 

Easy Essentials

A projector, audio speakers and computer are essential technology. A free projector might be tough to track down, but they are available at most rental companies and easy to purchase. Need a portable screen? No worries. Just hang a white sheet or painter’s drop cloth. You could also skip it and project onto the side of a building if it’s clean and light colored. Don’t forget extension cords.

Sunset Savvy

Pay attention to sunset and plan your festivities accordingly. You want to start the movie when it’s dark, so this could be 9 p.m. or 7:30 p.m., depending on the time of year. Starting later gives you time to host dinner and play yard games. Starting early may mean you can squeeze in two movies; family-friendly first for the kiddos and then one for the adults after they go to bed.

Comfy and Cozy

Keep your audience comfy by providing blankets and pillows for lounging or ask them to bring their own. Hang bistro lights to set the mood, segment food from the theater seating and make sure your guests can see where they’re going. Set out mosquito repellent spray and fire up citronella candles to protect your guests against bugs and other pests.

Snack Stylishly  

The best part of any movie night is the food. Snack stylishly by creating a buffet table out of pallets or cement blocks and plywood. Cover with a cute tablecloth and add a flower centerpiece for a touch of greenery.

When it comes to the menu, keep it simple. Finger foods like kabobs or meats and cheeses paired with crackers work well for flexible dining. A popcorn bar with butter and assorted toppings transforms the traditional snack into a bold, salty or tangy mix. If you’re in the mood for something sweet, a selection of classic movie candies or toasty s’mores are two of our favorites. In fact, we have the perfect recipe for campfire ice cream s’mores.

No matter what’s on the menu, South Dakota soybean farmers have you covered. Pigs, cows, chickens and turkeys love to eat protein-packed soybeans as part of a balanced diet. Healthy animals mean you’re serving up quality milk, eggs, cheese and meats for your guests.

Movie Magic

Select your movie based on your guest list. The classics or a comedy are always a great bet. Depending on who’s there, it might be “Grease,” “8 Seconds” or “The Goonies.” When it comes to kids, you can’t go wrong with anything Pixar or Disney. “Jurassic Park” or “Jaws” might be fun if you’re feeling adventurous, but watch out. Your backyard may never feel the same again.

Now that you have the basics for hosting an outdoor movie night, it’s time to get the invites out and start planning the menu. Here’s a recipe for Green Chicken Souvlaki Kabobs that’s sure to please. See our recipes for more ideas.

Print Recipe
Greek Chicken Souvlaki Kabobs
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Course Main Dish
Servings
Ingredients
The kabobs
  • 4 large chicken breasts
  • 1 Red Onion chopped into large pieces
  • 10 ounces grape or cherry tomatoes
  • kabob skewers
The marinade
  • 3 lemons
  • 1/3 cup Olive Oil
  • 4 tbsp fresh dill
  • 2 tbsp dried oregano
  • fresh ground pepper to taste
Course Main Dish
Servings
Ingredients
The kabobs
  • 4 large chicken breasts
  • 1 Red Onion chopped into large pieces
  • 10 ounces grape or cherry tomatoes
  • kabob skewers
The marinade
  • 3 lemons
  • 1/3 cup Olive Oil
  • 4 tbsp fresh dill
  • 2 tbsp dried oregano
  • fresh ground pepper to taste
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Instructions
  1. Cut lemons in half and squeeze juice into medium-sized container.
  2. Mix in olive oil, fresh dill, oregano and pepper. Set aside.
  3. Cube chicken breasts into large chunks for kabobs.
  4. Marinate chicken in lemon and olive oil mixture overnight or for 6-8 hours prior to serving.
  5. If using wooden kabob sticks, soak in water for about one hour prior to assembling kabobs.
  6. Assemble kabobs alternating between chicken, onion and tomatoes.
  7. Grill on medium heat until internal temperature of chicken reaches 165 degrees F.
  8. Flip kabobs halfway through grilling. Roughly 4-6 minutes per side. Enjoy!