Fresh and Fun Family Recipes

Rachael Ray's FreshOver Recipe Guide offers delicious, healthier meal options

Stretch a Buck Turkey and Bean Burrito Burgers
Broccoli and Cauliflower Gratin Mac 'n Cheese
The Only Pizza You'll Ever Want Again

(Family Features) To help families transform ordinary meals into fresher versions that the whole family will feel good about eating, Ziploc Brand has partnered with best-selling author and TV personality Rachael Ray to bring healthier food choices to tables with the Great American FreshOver Project, a fresh food makeover made easy.

Rachael is an expert at creating quick meals. She aims to motivate families to swap their traditional recipes for versions that contain healthier ingredients and taste just as good.

"According to a Ziploc Fresh Eating Survey, 72 percent of Americans feel like a good parent when their family eats fresh food, but only 47 percent eat fresh foods on a daily basis. To make eating fresh easier, Ziploc and I are sharing recipes and tips on how to incorporate fresh ingredients into favorites like pizza and mac 'n cheese," said Ray. "Anyone can get started on their FreshOver Projects in their own kitchen."

For more recipes from the Ziploc Brand and Rachael Ray, visit the Ziploc Brand Facebook Page at

Stretch a Buck Turkey and Bean Burrito Burgers


  • 1 cup cold leftover white or brown rice
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1 (15-ounce) can pinto beans, rinsed and drained
  • Palmful chili powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cumin, half a palmful
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons coriander, half a palmful
  • 1 tablespoon grill seasoning, (recommended: Montreal Seasoning by McCormick)
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 ripe avocado
  • 1 clove garlic, grated or finely chopped
  • 1 lime, zested and juiced
  • 1jalapeño or serrano pepper, seeded and finely chopped
  • 1/2 small red onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 4 red leaf lettuce leaves
  • 1 ripe tomato, sliced
  • 4 crusty rolls, split


  1. Combine rice, meat and beans with spices and grill seasoning. Form 4 big patties, then heat 1 tablespoon oil (a turn of the pan) in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  2. Cook patties 7 to 8 minutes on each side.
  3. While burgers cook, combine avocado with garlic, lime zest and juice, jalapeño and red onion.
  4. Mash to roughly combine, then stir in the sour cream.
  5. Place burgers on buns with lettuce and tomato, and top with sour cream guacamole.

Serves: Yield 4 servings

Notes, Tips & Suggestions
Tip: To keep leftovers fresh, store in reusable dishes like Ziploc Twist n' Loc Containers.

Preparation Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 16 minutes

Broccoli and Cauliflower Gratin Mac 'n Cheese


  • 1 small head or bundle broccoli, trimmed into florets
  • 1 small head cauliflower or half a large head, trimmed and cut into florets
  • 1 pound whole-wheat macaroni or penne or other short cut pasta
  • 2 cups sour cream or reduced-fat sour cream
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped chives
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and grated or crushed into paste
  • A few drops hot sauce
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 1/2 cups grated extra-sharp cheddar


  1. Bring large pot of water to a boil over medium heat. Salt water and add broccoli and cauliflower florets. Boil vegetables for 5 minutes, then remove with a spider or a strainer and drain.
  2. Add pasta to water and undercook by about 2 minutes, drain.
  3. Meanwhile, combine sour cream in large bowl along with mustard, chives, garlic, hot sauce, salt and pepper, to taste.
  4. Add pasta and cauliflower and 2/3 of the cheese. Stir to combine, then transfer to a casserole dish or Ziploc VersaGlass container and cover with remaining cheese. Cool and chill for a make-ahead meal.
  5. To heat and eat, put casserole on baking sheet and bake in the middle of a preheated 375°F oven until deeply golden and bubbly, about 40 to 45 minutes.

Serves: Yield 6 servings

Notes, Tips & Suggestions
Tip: Make a double batch and freeze for a later date.

Preparation Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour

The Only Pizza You'll Ever Want Again


  • 1 16-ounce package pizza dough, brought to room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
  • 1/3 pound broccoli from trimmed broccoli bin in produce section, 1/3 head
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil, 1 turn of the pan
  • 3 cloves cracked garlic
  • 1/2 pound chicken breast cut for stir fry, or chicken tenders
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup part skim ricotta cheese
  • 10 sun dried tomatoes in oil, drained and sliced
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese, available on dairy aisle
  • 12 to 15 leaves fresh basil, torn or stacked and thinly sliced


  1. Preheat oven to 500°F.
  2. On 12-inch nonstick pizza pan, stretch out dough and form pizza crust. Drizzle olive oil on crust and spread it with a pastry brush over the dough to the edges.
  3. Sprinkle crust with grated Parmigiano-Reggiano.
  4. In a small covered saucepan, bring 2 inches water to a boil. Separate broccoli tops into florets, discarding lower stalks or reserving for soup. Salt water and add broccoli florets. Cook, covered, 3 to 5 minutes. Drain broccoli and set on cutting board. Chop broccoli florets into small pieces.
  5. Heat a small nonstick pan over medium high to high heat. Add oil, cracked garlic and chicken. Season with salt and pepper.
  6. Brown chicken until lightly golden all over, 3 to 5 minutes.
  7. Chop sautéed chicken and garlic on a cutting board into small pieces.
  8. To assemble pizza, dot crust with broccoli and chicken. Dot crust with spoonfuls of ricotta, spreading gently with the back of spoon. Add sliced sun-dried tomatoes, scattering around pizza to edges. Complete assembly with a thin layer of shredded mozzarella.
  9. Place pizza in oven on middle rack and lower heat to 450°F.
  10. Bake 12 minutes, until cheese is deep golden in color and crust is brown and crisp at the edges.
  11. Remove from oven and let stand 5 minutes. Top with lots of torn or shredded basil.
  12. Cut pizza into 8 slices using pizza wheel and serve.

Serves: Yield 4 servings

Notes, Tips & Suggestions
Tip: Put an individual serving size of chicken in Ziploc Brand Perfect Portions Bags right after purchasing and freeze in a Ziploc Brand Freezer Bag. That way you don't have to defrost more chicken than you need for a meal.

Preparation Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes

SOURCE: Ziploc

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