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Celebrate Father’s Day with a DIY Burger Bar!

Posted by , May 23rd, 2016

Father’s Day is swiftly approaching – do you know what you’re getting for dear old Dad?

Instead of getting him yet another tie, do something a little more fun this year – throw him a Beer and Burger Bash! Dad will love being behind the grill, and everyone can dive in to crazy toppings to make their own personalized and unique burger.

Here are 5 of our favorite burgers, but get creative! Customize toppings, buns, and even burgers according to your Dad’s preferences for a superb Father’s Day surprise!

BBQ Pulled Pork Burger

BBQ Burger

Combine Dad’s love for burgers AND BBQ into one glorious pulled pork masterpiece! Top your burger with slow-cooked pulled pork, his favorite BBQ sauce, cheddar cheese, bacon and sliced onions for the perfect pub burger.

Southwest Burger

Southwest Burger

If Tex-Mex is the way to your Dad’s heart, he’ll be head over heels for this Southwest burger. Toppings include bacon, sliced Pepper-Jack cheese, lettuce, salsa, guacamole and fresh queso crumbles. Sweet potato fries aren’t a required side, but are highly recommended!

All-American Burger

All American Burger

Maybe your dad isn’t big on crazy flavor combos or unique toppings. Have no fear – the All-American Burger is here! Top the perfectly seared burger with American cheese, bacon, sliced red onions, tomato, lettuce and pickle chips. Oh, and don’t forget the ketchup and mayo!

Buffalo Bacon Bleu Cheese Burger

Bacon Bleu Burger

Does Dad dive into wings during football season? Then’ll he’ll dive right into this Buffalo Bleu Burger! With both Swiss and Bleu cheese, sliced red onions, bacon, and buffalo hot sauce, this burger is a wing-lover’s dream come true!

Italian Burger

Caprese Burger

Last, but certainly not least, we have the Italian burger. If your Dad is a fan of Caprese salad, baked ziti, or fresh herbs, this is the burger for him. Top your burger with fresh mozzarella, freshly-sliced tomatoes, and basil leaves for an Italian-inspired burger that’s sure to impress. Oh, and don’t forget to add a little balsamic vinegar before serving!


4th of July DIY Hot Dog Bar

Posted by , May 23rd, 2016

Are you ready for the 4th of July? We know we are! Plenty of sunshine, good food and friends and family always make the 4th one of our favorite holidays here at ShopRite.

But maybe this year, you’re thinking you want to try something a little different? Instead of the classic run of hot dogs and hamburgers, why not set up your very own Hot Dog Bar?!

Classic hot dogs can become crazy new family favorites with fun toppings like guacamole, sriracha, bleu cheese and more!

Here are just 4 of our favorite hot dog combinations, but the possibilities are endless. Take a poll of what toppings people would like, or surprise them with interesting and unique toppings you can find at your local ShopRite.

The Tijuana Dog

Tijuana Dog

We went south of the border for the first dog in our DIY Hot Dog Bar, adding toppings like guacamole, fresh salsa, and cotija cheese. If you want to take it up a notch, feel free to add shredded taco cheese, diced jalapeno peppers, fresh cilantro, or roasted corn kernels.

The German Dog

German Dog

For our next hot dog, we sailed across the Atlantic to Germany. Top your dog with plenty of sauerkraut, and drizzle on spicy brown mustard. Looking for more? Beer cheese sauce, pickled red onions or cabbage or even sauteed potatoes would take this hot dog to a whole new level!

The Chili Cheese Dog

Chili Cheese Dog

Who doesn’t love a classic? Add a little personal flair with homemade chili, and don’t forget the melted cheese. Looking to mix things up? Top your dog with pickle chips, diced red onions, or bacon bits!

The Buffalo Bleu Dog

Buffalo Bleu Dog

Are you a fan of buffalo wings? How about buffalo chicken pizza? Then this hot dog is just for you! Top your freshly grilled hot dog with a dose of hot sauce and bleu cheese crumbles. Want more? Opt for bacon bits, popcorn chicken bites, caramelized onions, or ranch dressing!

The Sriracha Avocado Dog

Sriracha Avocado Dog

If ketchup is just not doing it for you – we highly recommend spicing things up with sriracha! Top your dog with freshly diced avocado for a spicy, creamy combo that’s sure to be a new family favorite! Want to take it a step further? Add any/all of the following: diced green onions, raw red pepper slices, matchstick carrots or sliced radish.

What are your favorite hot dog flavor combinations? Let us know in the comments below!

 


Keep it, Toss it or Cook it? Handy Tips to Help You Declutter Your Kitchen

Posted by , May 16th, 2016

By Nina Rizzo

Tips to Declutter Your Kitchen - ShopRite Potluck Blog

If your pantry is so stuffed with half-eaten cereal boxes and stale bags of pretzels that your cookies, cakes and other munchies are sitting in plain view on the counter, it’s time to declutter your kitchen.

A recent study found that women with messy kitchens mindlessly snacked on twice as much junk food as those with clean ones. Why? A cluttered, chaotic environment creates a vulnerability to make unhealthy food choices and, consequently, unwanted weight gain.

As part of your spring cleaning, dig deep into the refrigerator, freezer and pantry to make room for foods that are better off tucked away.

  1. Start with the refrigerator. Toss any foods with an expired use-by date, unpleasant smell, questionable appearance or visible mold. Condiments can take up a great deal of real estate in the frig so make sure they are worth saving. If the mustard from your last July Fourth barbecue is still in there, it’s probably still good. The ketchup from the same party, however, should have been tossed by Christmas. Opened jars of mayonnaise and salad dressing last up to two months, while jams and jellies can stay for up to six months. Pickles and olives have a much shorter shelf life (2 weeks), while chutney can spoil within in one or two months.
  2. If your carrots and celery are starting to look limp and your onions are a bit withered, make a quick vegetable soup for dinner. Many fruits in danger of getting overripe can be frozen and used in smoothies or margaritas weeks later. Most fruits and veggies will last longer if kept in the frig, but you may want to keep some apples and oranges in a bowl on the kitchen table so everyone has a healthy snack in plain sight.
  3. Just how long do meats and cheese stay fresh in the refrigerator? A rotisserie chicken should be picked clean in three or four days, while shredded cheddar cheese should be consumed in a month. Don’t think you can finish it by then? No worries. Cooked chicken will keep for 12 months in the freezer and the cheese will last another three or four months. Breads and cakes also will stay fresh for another three or four months in the freezer.
  4. Most pantry items have more staying power. Sugar never spoils, tea bags can last for up to 18 months, and most unopened bottles of spices will last up to four years. Open bags of chips, pretzels and crackers can go stale pretty quickly unless you store them in resealable bags or airtight containers.

Tips to Declutter Your Kitchen - ShopRite Potluck Blog

The USDA’s FoodKeeper app will help you maximize the storage life of the foods and beverages in your kitchen by letting you know what should be safe to eat and what’s got to go. A handy printout of The Food Keeper guidelines can be found HERE.

For more helpful hints, talk to your local ShopRite dietitian!

Easy Vegetable Soup

Ingredients:

  • 1 teaspoon vegetable oil
  • 1/4 cup onion
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon parsley flakes
  • 1/4 teaspoon thyme leaves
  • 3 1/2 cups beef broth
  • 2 medium carrots
  • 1 medium potato
  • 1 cup green beans

Directions:

  1. Heat the oil in a 3-quart saucepan over medium-high heat. Add the onion, garlic, parsley and thyme and cook until the onion is tender-crisp.
  2. Add the broth, carrots, potato and beans to the saucepan and heat to a boil. Reduce the heat to low. Cover and cook for 15 minutes or until the vegetables are tender.

7 Superb Salads for Summer BBQ Season!

Posted by , May 11th, 2016

Summer is just around the corner, and with it comes BBQs, cookouts, and plenty of parties. Whether you’re throwing a Memorial Day BBQ, celebrating a graduation, or just enjoying the great outdoors, here are seven delicious salad combos to shake things up this season!

Citrus + Watercress

Citrus Watercress Salad

The combination of freshly cut citrus with bright, crisp Watercress will make this salad a new household favorite!

Arugula + Shrimp

Shrimp Arugula Salad

Arugula provides just enough bitter to complement the fresh flavors of grilled shrimp in this Grilled Shrimp Salad.

Watermelon + Feta

Watermelon Salad

Nothing says summer like fresh watermelon! Keep to the classics with this Watermelon Salad or opt for a little more flair with this version that includes Thai Basil.

Grilled Caesar

Grilled Caesar Salad

Who says the grill is only for hot dogs and hamburgers? Shake up your classic Caesar by grilling romaine hearts for a super savory Grilled Caesar Salad.

Tomato + Mozzarella

Caprese Salad Recipe

No party would be complete without this classic flavor pairing. Stick with a simple, no frills Caprese Salad, or get a little adventurous and try this quinoa version!


Quinoa Strawberry Salad for #WellnessWednesday!

Posted by , April 28th, 2016

WellnessWednesday Quinoa Strawberry Salad FB

Fill up on gluten free whole grains! Quinoa is a great side dish that can be eaten on its own as a substitute for rice or can be used on salads, in a breakfast smoothie, or used as breadcrumbs. Try this delicious salad, a great, gluten-free side dish for a summer BBQ!

Quinoa Strawberry Salad

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup cooked (cooled) tri-colored quinoa
  • 1 cup baby arugula
  • 1 ½ cup kale
  • 16 ounces strawberries, sliced
  • 16 ounces grilled chicken, chopped in small pieces
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 4 tablespoons goat cheese

Directions:

  1. Mix all ingredients together in a bowl and toss.
  2. Serve with ShopRite Organic Balsamic Vinaigrette
  3. Enjoy!

White Bean Sage Dip and a #WellnessWednesday Tip!

Posted by , April 28th, 2016

 

Wellness Wednesday Bean Dip

For those following a gluten-free diet, it can often be difficult to find healthy snacks and appetizers. With the summer quickly approaching, one thing for sure is that there will be a ton of barbecues on our schedules! Navigating your way around a cook-out when trying to stay healthy can be hard enough, but it’s that much harder if you happen to be gluten-free as well! Beans are a GREAT gluten-free option that are not only affordable, but also a wonderful source of protein.  I threw together this tasty white bean sage dip that could be a perfect take-along to any upcoming event. Serve this alongside some fresh veggies for a delicious and nutritious snack!

Don’t like sage? Feel free to switch it up and add in some roasted red peppers for a different take on this recipe!

White Bean Sage Dip

Ingredients:

  • 2 (15 oz) cans cannellini beans
  • 2 gloves of garlic
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 3 Tbsp. Olive Oil
  • 1 tsp. fresh sage

Directions:

  1. Add ingredients into a food processor ( I used my Nutribullet) and blend until smooth.
  2. Serve and ENJOY!

6 Easy Ways to Have an Epic #WaffleWednesday

Posted by , April 20th, 2016

When was the last time you celebrated #WaffleWednesday ? Whether it’s for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or even dessert, waffles are the perfect foundation for all your flavor cravings.

We’ve created six legendary waffle combos you can create in a jiffy thanks to our line of frozen organic waffles!
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#Didyouknow these 10 Cat Facts?

Posted by , April 20th, 2016

In celebration of #NationalPetMonth , we’re sharing these 10 facts about our furry feline friends! How many of these did you know before reading the list? Let us know in the comments below!

#Didyouknow these 10 Cat Facts? - ShopRite Potluck Blog

  1. Cats can be trained to walk on a leash.
  2. Cats have scent glands on the forehead, cheeks, around the mouth and along the tail. When a cat rubs these areas against an object—or you—a scent is left behind. To other cats the message is clear—this is my property.
  3. When a cat is scared, angry or excited, the hairs all over his body—especially along the spine—puff out. This makes him look larger to predators.
  4. In order for a cat to be solid black, both of its parents need to have the black color gene.  The color gene — called an allele — for black is known as B. It is dominant to other variations of the gene, known as b and b’, which produce chocolate and cinnamon colors. Keep in mind, though, the ultimately dominant cat fur color pattern is tabby. So for a cat to be solid black, it must also carry a recessive gene known as a non-agouti (a), so that the tabby pattern doesn’t appear. Cats who have the dominant agouti gene will retain the tabby pattern. Which brings us to our next point.
  5. Black cats’ fur can fade or “rust”Heavy exposure to sun can cause a black cat’s fur to change to a rusty brownish color. Another reason your cat might look rusty in normal lighting conditions is a deficiency in an enzyme called tyrosine. Tyrosine is required for the creation of eumelanin, the pigment that makes your cat’s fur black. If your black cat is rusty, talk to your vet about this possibility and whether it would be safe to give your cat a tyrosine supplement to see if she blackens up again.
  6. Black cats can go gray as they age Like humans, all cats sprout white hairs as they age, but it’s more obvious in black cats. This is a natural phenomenon and nothing to be worried about. Some cats start going gray earlier than others, but it’s very unlikely that your cat will go completely gray.
  7. Cats are nearsighted, but not close-sighted. Because their eyes are so large, cats can’t focus on anything less than a foot in front of them — but their whiskers can swing forward to feel what they can’t clearly see.
  8. Did you know that a cat’s whiskers are normally as long as the cat is wide, helping it determine if it can fit into certain spaces!
  9. Cats can make over 100 vocal sounds, while dogs can only make 10!
  10. While cats are amazing in many ways, their sense of taste isn’t one of them. According to a 2006 study they’re one of the few mammals that lack taste receptors for sweetness.

4 Lovely Breakfast in Bed Spreads to Make for Mom this Mother’s Day

Posted by , April 20th, 2016

Mother’s Day is just around the corner, and you’re probably wondering how to take your gift to the next level. Sure, flowers are nice, and chocolates are lovely, but breakfast in bed is the quintessential treat that your Mom is sure to love.

Is Mom gluten-free? No problem! We’ve pulled out all the stops and whipped up these four spectacular pancake breakfasts with her in mind!

Don’t worry; no chef degree required with these recipes! These sweet spreads came together in just minutes thanks to their foundation: ShopRite Gluten Free Frozen Pancakes! If you’re not gluten-free, feel free to switch in our classic home style or blueberry pancakes for any of the gluten-free ones listed in these recipes.

Strawberry and Nutella

4 Lovely Breakfast in Bed Spreads for Mom this Mother's Day - ShopRite Potluck Blog

The classic flavor combo of strawberries and chocolate gets just a little tweak with the introduction of hazelnut spread. Drizzle the spread over our classic home style pancakes and top with freshly sliced strawberries for the decadent breakfast your mom deserves.

Blueberry, White Chocolate, and Almond

4 Lovely Breakfast in Bed Spreads for Mom this Mother's Day - ShopRite Potluck Blog

Top blueberry pancakes with a drizzle of melted white chocolate and a sprinkle of sliced almonds to transform them into a blueberry almond tart-inspired breakfast!

Tropical Oasis

4 Lovely Breakfast in Bed Spreads for Mom this Mother's Day - ShopRite Potluck Blog

What mom wouldn’t want to be transported to sunny, sandy shores for Mother’s Day? This stack of pancakes is the next best thing! Top classic pancakes with a drizzle of coconut cream, tropical fruit like berries, mango, and pineapple, and a sprinkle of shredded coconut for the perfect island getaway.

Red, White and Blueberry

4 Lovely Breakfast in Bed Spreads for Mom this Mother's Day - ShopRite Potluck Blog

Spring is here, summer is on the way, and we took our inspiration for this final breakfast from our stars and stripes! Top our blueberry pancakes with a dollop of whipped cream and freshly sliced strawberries for a fruity, patriotic pancake spread!

How do you plan on treating your mom this Mother’s Day? Let us know in the comments below!


10 Simple Weight Loss Tips & Tricks!

Posted by , April 20th, 2016

Did you know cutting out just 100 calories a day can help you to lose 10 pounds a year? While that may not seem like much, it can be all it takes to kick start a healthier daily routine!

By Diana Fransis, Retail Dietitian Supervisor

Here are some easy tricks to cut calories daily.

1. Choose popcorn over chips. A single serving of chips has over 150 calories, but you can have five cups of air-popped popcorn for only 100 calories!
2. Try swapping egg whites instead of a whole egg in the morning. Three eggs (egg whites only) comes in at 100 calories, whereas three large eggs can come up to 215 calories.
3. Instead of a bagel (300 calories and up) go for a whole grain English muffin, which has only 130 calories.
4. Use nonstick spray instead of oil. One tablespoon of oil can pack up to 120 calories, while nonstick cooking spray is practically calorie free.
5. Say no to sugary beverages and choose water or seltzer when possible.
6. Swap out whole milk with skim for your coffee or cereal in the morning.
7. Craving chocolate? Swap out chocolate ice cream for a low-fat chocolate pudding to save upwards of 70 calories or more.
8. Love the taste of peanut butter? Try the powdered version! It provides the same taste without all the calories. Stir it into a smoothie or add to muffins, pancakes, pretty much anything.
9. Decrease alcohol intake by one drink and there goes 100 calories right there.
10. Use cauliflower! Cauliflower is a great swap in recipes that need a creamy texture or a doughy feel. Did you know you can blend up the veggie and swap it for rice or even pizza dough? Here is a delicious recipe provided by our culinary dietitian!


10 Simple Weight Loss Tips & Tricks!

Mediterranean Cauliflower Crust Pizza

Servings: 8 (1-slice) servings
Preparation Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 36 minutes

Ingredients

Crust:

1/2 cup egg substitute
1/4 tsp kosher salt
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 Tbs finely chopped fresh oregano
2 Tbs finely chopped fresh basil
1/4 cup finely shredded Parmesan
1/2 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella

Topping:

1/2 cup reduced-sodium marinara or pizza sauce
2 cups shredded part-skim mozzarella
1/2 medium red bell pepper, diced
1/2 medium green bell pepper, diced
3/4 cup sliced baby bella mushrooms
1/2 cup chopped onion
2 Tbs finely chopped fresh basil

Directions

1. Preheat oven to 425°F. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper; set aside. Place cauliflower in a food processor; pulse until finely chopped. Transfer to a large microwave-safe dish; cover and microwave on HIGH 6 minutes or until softened. Let stand to cool completely.
2. For the crust: In a large bowl combine cauliflower, egg substitute, salt, garlic, oregano, 2 tablespoons basil, Parmesan and 1/2 cup mozzarella; mix until combined. Transfer dough to center of baking sheet; press into a 10-inch round. Bake 20 minutes. Remove from oven.
3. Spread crust with marinara; sprinkle evenly with 2 cups mozzarella. Top evenly with bell peppers, mushrooms and onion. Bake 10 minutes or until cheese melts and crust edges are golden brown. Sprinkle with 2 tablespoons basil, cut into slices, and serve.
Per Serving:155 calories, 8g fat, 5g saturated fat, 25mg cholesterol, 425mg sodium, 8g carbohydrate, 2g fiber, 13g protein


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