Light Comfort Foods

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Light Comfort Foods

baked oatmeal

There’s something about sub-freezing temperatures and blustery winds during this time of year that brings out the seemingly undeniable craving for carbohydrate-dense and fatty foods. While there are legitimate medical conditions that, for some people, are to blame for such cravings, most experience this as a natural biological occurrence after a change in seasons.

Regardless of how or why a person might be craving a massive baked potato piled with sour cream, cheese and bacon bits, there is still a growing trend of attentive healthfulness among consumers. Believe it or not, there are loopholes to satisfy those cravings while still maintaining ideal health status with each bite; and that is exactly what calorie conscious guests are looking for.

ACP Corporate Chef Sandy Gibilisco formulated a recipe for delicious breakfast casserole using the MXP that is both indulgent and a great source of nutrients. The trick is found in the replacement of ingredients. Chef Sandy minimizes the inclusion of sugar and uses other ingredients high in protein and antioxidants to enhance flavor, such as raw coconut, almonds and blueberries.


• 2 Tbsp. light brown sugar
• 1/3 cup old fashioned oats
• 1 egg
• 1 handful fresh blueberries – 2 oz.
• 1/3 cup 2% milk
• 1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
• 1 Tbsp. sliced almonds
• 1 Tbsp. shredded coconut
• Additional 6 fresh blueberries

MXP oven
Oven paddle
• Mixing bowl
• Rubber spatula
• Ceramic oval bowl
• 1/4 size metal sheet pan

1. Place all ingredients except almonds and coconut in a mixing bowl and mix evenly for 20 seconds. Make sure egg is well beaten.
2. Pour into ceramic bowl and place on 1/4 sheet pan covered with parchment paper.
3. Place in MXP oven and cook at the following settings:

Stage 1: 1 minute      50% MW      0% AIR      100% IR
Stage 2: 40 sec         40% MW    40% AIR      100% IR

4. Remove from oven and sprinkle with almonds and coconut flakes.
5. Place berries on top of baked casserole.

Fruit and Oat Breakfast Cassrole

January Industry Tid-Bits

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January Industry Tid-Bits

NPD Group Predicts Rise in Restaurant Traffic

After a significant decline in restaurant consumer traffic due to the economic recession, the NPD Group forecasts an increase of 1% for 2015. Researchers believe that signals of positive economic growth , such as the massive drop in gas prices, play an important role in the predicted consumer activity. Click here to learn more.

Fast-Casual Chain Growth 

Technomic, Inc. recently reported an increase of third quarter sales in fast-casual chain corporations, putting them ahead of many competitor chain foodservice operations. Researchers predict that the plunge in gas prices could also indicate a successful fourth quarter. Click here for more information.

FE&S Names 2015 Chain Innovators

The ability to think outside the box with continuous innovation has become a crucial aspect of maintaining success for foodservice operations. However, “…this has become standard operating procedure,” reports FE&S. With that said, the publication has recognized 10 innovative restaurant chains who continue to excessively raise the bar on a regular basis. Click here for more information.

Ali Group Acquires New Executive V.P.

Kevin Fink accepted a position as the executive vice president of the Ali Group based in Milan, Italy. Previously the president of Ice-O-Matic, Fink will report to Massimo Giussani, COO of Ali Group, starting March 2nd. Click here for more details.