ConAgra Foods is adding to its Orville Redenbacher line with Spicy Nacho microwaveable popcorn. The company also has begun a color-coded packaging system for its microwave popcorns: Buttery and Select White remaining in red packages, Smart Pop and other lighter fare in green, and flavored popcorn such as Spicy Nacho in yellow packages.
Bravo's documentary about the 2004 Pillsbury Bake-Off highlights amateur cooks using ready-made dough to create simple, easy-bake dishes. Competitors for the $1 million prize also can make use of other General Mills products in their recipes.
With studies indicating consumers have less time to shop for groceries, supermarkets are offering more convenience foods, such as take-home "meal solutions" and ready-to-go-meals from local restaurants. Food makers also are getting in on the act, with Banquet expanding its Crock Pot classics line and Menu Fresh offering ready-to-eat fajita kits.
Scientists at a meeting of the American Heart Association released a study Monday saying the types of fish that are typically fried generally offer few or no health benefits. They compared items such as fish sticks and other fried fish to salmon and tuna. The salmon and tuna contain higher amounts of omega-3 fatty acids, which are thought to increase "good" cholesterol and lower unhealthy triglycerides, and are more often baked or broiled.