Photos: Food Network Host Robin Miller and Tyson Foods(R) Ease Family Dinner Preparation With Tips for Making Lighter, Budget-Friendly Versions of Favorite Wintertime Dishes in Half the Time

December 30, 2008

SPRINGDALE, Ark., Dec. 30 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — With 30 percent of today’s families choosing to eat at home more often*, Food Network host Robin Miller and Tyson Foods have teamed up to provide strategies and shortcuts to help home cooks create fast, light and budget-friendly meals perfect for winter that will warm families from the inside out.

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“As a busy mom of a very busy family, I know how challenging it can be to prepare family-favorite wintertime meals without spending hours in the kitchen,” said Robin Miller, chef and host of Food Network’s Quick Fix Meals with Robin Miller. “But with simple planning and the help of the recipe-ready protein line of Tyson(R) Fully Cooked Chicken Strips and Tyson(R) Fully Cooked Steak Strips, home cooks can put lighter versions of their family’s dinnertime favorites on the table in roughly half the time.”

Available frozen, refrigerated or shelf-stable and in a variety of flavors and seasonings, Tyson(R) Fully Cooked Chicken and Steak Strips can go right into favorite wintertime recipes, like Chicken Cacciatore and Chicken Parmesan Casserole, helping to dramatically cut down on preparation time. And because they are not breaded and are an excellent source of lean protein, they can be a key tool when combined with other strategies and seasonal ingredients to create lighter versions of favorite dishes that also go light on the pocketbook.

Following are just a few of Robin Miller’s simple dinnertime shortcuts and tips to help busy families put deliciously light, budget-friendly meals on the table in no time:

  • Bank a Batch: Stock items in your freezer or refrigerator “bank” to withdraw as necessary to help you during the busiest of days. When you’re making a dish, cook double the servings and stash the rest in your freezer or fridge for another day. When you’re starved for time and you’re family is just starved, you can pull out your dinner of choice, pop it in the microwave and put a quick and delicious dish on the table.
  • Swap This for That: Ease your mind about the meals you serve to your family by swapping out unhealthy ingredients for lighter, better-for-you options. When making a classic dish like a Chicken Parmesan Casserole, swap out regular cheese and pasta sauce for part skim mozzarella and low-sodium marinara sauce. Use lean, non-breaded Tyson(R) Fully Cooked Grilled Chicken Breast Strips, and put the entire meal over a bed of whole-wheat pasta versus regular spaghetti. Not only will you be serving a lighter, more nutritious meal, but it will still taste like the classic dish your family has grown to love!
  • Stick to the List: Create and stick to a detailed grocery list that will make your shopping trip more efficient and help you avoid impulse purchases. Divide your list into organized sections (e.g., pantry items and snack foods, fruits and veggies, frozen items, etc.) and check off each item as it goes in your cart. Try sticking to only what’s on your list to help keep your grocery bill low, but don’t let it prevent you from trying new food items that may help you save time in the kitchen.

“Generations of families have looked to the Tyson brand for high-quality chicken and beef, and it’s increasingly important that our protein options can be prepared quickly and easily by today’s busy families,” said Dave Hogberg, senior vice president of consumer products for Tyson Foods, Inc. “We’re thrilled to be working with Robin Miller. Her expertise, tips and recipes, combined with our Tyson(R) Fully Cooked Chicken and Steak Strips, create the perfect pairing for fast, home cooked dinnertime solutions.”

About Tyson(R) Fully Cooked Chicken and Steak Strips

  • Available in your grocer’s frozen meat aisle, Tyson(R) Fully Cooked Chicken and Beef Strips can be stocked in your freezer for quick dishes during any week night.
  • Available in your grocer’s refrigerated meat/deli section, Tyson(R) Fully Cooked Chicken and Steak Strips are ready in minutes, cutting your preparation time roughly in half.
  • Available in your grocer’s canned meat aisle, Tyson(R) Fully Cooked Premium Chunk Chicken is s great tasting chicken ready when you are at a great value.

For more information on Tyson(R) Fully Cooked Chicken and Steak Strips and other recipe-ready ingredients, or to learn more about Robin Miller’s tips for quick, light and budget-friendly meals, please visit www.tyson.com.

About Tyson Foods, Inc.

Tyson Foods, Inc. (NYSE: TSN), founded in 1935 with headquarters in Springdale, Arkansas, is the world’s largest processor and marketer of chicken, beef, and pork, the second-largest food production company in the Fortune 500 and a member of the S&P 500. The company produces a wide variety of protein-based and prepared food products and is the recognized market leader in the retail and foodservice markets it serves. Tyson provides products and service to customers throughout the United States and more than 90 countries. The company has approximately 107,000 Team Members employed at more than 300 facilities and offices in the United States and around the world. Through its Core Values, Code of Conduct and Team Member Bill of Rights, Tyson strives to operate with integrity and trust and is committed to creating value for its shareholders, customers and Team Members. The company also strives to be faith-friendly, provide a safe work environment and serve as stewards of the animals, land and environment entrusted to it.

*Supermarket News 2008 Study: Consumers Increasingly Eating at Home

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    Gary Mickelson
    Tyson Foods, Inc.
    Jamie Zimmerman
    GolinHarris for Tyson Foods, Inc.

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