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6 Easy Ways to Have an Epic #WaffleWednesday - ShopRite Potluck Blog

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!

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

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

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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

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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

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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!

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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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Bella’s Blog – Happy National Pet Month and Hello to ShopRite Rx Pet Meds!

Posted by , April 15th, 2016

ShopRite Pet Rx Program

Happy National Pet Month, Pet Lovers!

I’m here to let you know that ShopRite is celebrating in a BIG way! My ShopRite Pharmacist wants me to spread the word about new ShopRite Rx Pet Meds! ShopRite wants to be there for your whole family, (four-legged family members included) so you can now fill your pet’s prescriptions at your local ShopRite pharmacy – all you need is the script from your vet!

Happy Pet Month and ShopRite Pets RX! - Bella Blog

Isn’t that pawwfect? Talk about convenience – and more time to play fetch!

I can’t think of a better way to celebrate National Pet Month than to pick me up some delicious treats, a new chew toy, and the medicine that keeps me feeling my best.

 

How are you celebrating National Pet Month? Share below in the comments, or on social media with the hashtag #ShopRiteBella

Bella

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Smoothie Bowls: The Latest Breakfast Trend

Posted by , April 13th, 2016

By Nina Rizzo

If you follow the foodie world, you’ve undoubtedly noticed the pages of most culinary bloggers are suddenly  filled with beautiful images of symmetrically placed fruit and veggies ensconced in large round bowls, accompanied by spoons, not straws.  What is this trendy new concoction and why is it so popular? It’s called a Smoothie Bowl – and it may be the most perfect breakfast meal ever created.

Smoothie Vs. Smoothie Bowl – What’s the Difference?

Build a Better Breakfast Part 3: Muesli Greek Yogurt Smoothie Bowl

Smoothie Bowls aren’t meant to be gulped down in seconds like a regular smoothie – which traditionally is made of pureed fruits and yogurt. But rather, a smoothie bowl is meant to feel like a real meal with layers of flavor, texture and color. Plus, you enjoy it with a spoon, not a straw.

Owing to their thick texture, smoothie bowls are designed for toppings, as their dense consistency holds up to hearty ingredients like nuts and granola, which add crunch and texture while providing sustained energy, healthy fats, and protein to keep you full throughout the day.

The best bowls mix plant-based fats with low glycemic fruits and nutrient-rich green vegetables. Foods like avocado, nuts, hemp and chia seeds add thickness and creaminess to your bowl’s base while providing healthy fats and anti-inflammatory omega-3’s to keep you filled up and fueled until lunchtime. Low glycemic fruits like berries, cherries, apricots, apples and pears offer fruity flavor and beneficial nutrients while promoting stable blood sugar levels.

Due to their overall consistency and healthy ingredients, smoothie bowls make a great choice for die-hard cereal eaters who are looking to transition into healthier breakfast habits.

How Do You Make A Smoothie Bowl?

To get started, add fresh or frozen fruit into a high-power blender. Throw in some nutrient-dense greens, such as spinach or kale, and thicken with plain Greek yogurt or healthy fats like almond butter, coconut oil, flax seed or avocado to create a thick, rich, creamy consistency – much like frozen yogurt.

You need a little liquid but the amount depends on the consistency you want. Generally, add enough milk or ice cubes to puree the ingredients, yet have enough heft for the spoon to stand in the center of the bowl.

Let the kids get creative with an array of toppings to “decorate” their bowls much like they would an ice cream sundae. Sliced fruits, chopped nuts, shredded coconut, pumpkin seeds, cinnamon and granola, plus maple syrup to drizzle, make a healthful – and fun – assortment.

One of my favorite smoothie bowls is a thick blend of frozen berries, bananas, kale, almond milk and agave, topped with slices of strawberries, granola and dried goji berries.  My kids, however, are partial to a chocolate, hazelnut, hemp smoothie. They don’t even know the hemp (a plant-based protein loaded with iron and omega-3 fats) is in there. Its earthy yet neutral taste pairs well with chocolate, bananas and hazelnuts.

Finally, adding a handful or two of leafy greens like spinach, kale, or Swiss chard into your base blend lets you “sneak in” a serving of vegetables into your first meal of the day, without changing the fruity flavor you expect from a smoothie.

For a striking presentation, use dragon fruit to produce a vibrant pink bowl. This frozen puree looks beautiful with a ring of toasted coconut flakes or an edible flower floating in the center. Dragon fruit tastes similar to melon and is a great source of antioxidants, fiber, magnesium and B vitamins.

Visit your local ShopRite in-store dietitian for more info, or more smoothie bowl recipes or visit ShopRite.com!

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Bloody Mary Pork Chops

Posted by , April 7th, 2016

Shake things up a bit with this fun twist on classic pork chops! All the flavors of a classic Bloody Mary combine to become the perfect marinade for prime cut pork chops that your family will ask for again and again.

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Bloody Mary Pork Chops

Prep Time (Inactive): 9 hours | Cook Time: 15 | Minutes Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • 4 Smithfield® Prime Bone In Thick Cut Pork Chop (1-inch thick)
  • 1 cup bloody Mary mix, divided usage
  • 1/4 cup citrus vodka
  • 1 small jar marinated garlic stuffed olives, divided usage
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sriracha sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon celery salt
  • 1 tablespoon celery seed
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons garlic salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Directions:

  1. Place pork chops in resealable food storage bag. Combine ¾ cup bloody Mary mix, vodka, 3 tablespoons marinade from stuffed olives, Worcestershire sauce, sriracha sauce, and celery salt; pour over chops.  Seal bag and refrigerate 8 to 24 hours.
  2. Heat charcoal or gas grill to medium. Remove chops from marinade; discard marinade. Combine celery seed, pepper, garlic salt and cayenne; mix well; roll edges of chops in seasonings.
  3. Grill chops 7 to 9 minutes per side until internal temperature reaches 150o Serve topped with skewered stuffed olives
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Braised Garlic Ginger Chops

Posted by , April 7th, 2016

Hectic weeknights beware! This recipe for Braised Garlic Ginger Chops only involves 2 steps and is ready and on the table in under 20 minutes! Pair the Asian flavors in the braising sauce with steamed rice and stir fry vegetables or Chinese broccoli to satisfy those takeout cravings too!
Braised Garlic Ginger Chops


Braised Garlic Ginger Chops

Prep Time: 2 min | Cook Time: 15 min | Serves 4

Ingredients:

  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 4 Smithfield® Prime Bone In Thick Cut Pork Chop (3/4-inch thick)
  • 1/4 cup hoisin sauce
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons grated fresh ginger
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder

Directions:

  1. Heat oil in large skillet over medium-high. Add chops and brown 2 to 3 minutes on each side.
  2. Stir in remaining ingredients. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover and simmer 8 minutes until internal temperature reaches 150o
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Cranberry Glazed Pork Chops

Posted by , April 7th, 2016

Feel like your weeknight meals need a little “something” to take them from ordinary to extraordinary? We’ve got just the thing! Classic prime pork chops get a punch of flavor from a quick and easy cranberry sauce that’s ready in under 30 minutes. Serve with your favorite veggies and roasted potatoes or rice pilaf for a new weeknight favorite!

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Cranberry Glazed Pork Chops

Prep Time: 3 min | Cook Time: 22 Min | Serves 6

Ingredients:

1 teaspoon butter
1 teaspoon oil
6 Smithfield® Prime Bone In Thick Cut Pork Chop
1/2 cup finely chopped onions
1 1/4 cups chicken broth
3 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
3/4 cup fresh or frozen cranberries

Directions:

  1. Heat butter and oil in large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Brown chops on both sides; remove from skillet.
  2. Sauté onions in same skillet until brown and tender, about 8 minutes.
  3. Return chops to skillet. Add chicken broth; cover and simmer 9 to 11 minutes, until internal temperature reaches 150oF. and pork is tender. Remove chops and keep warm.
  4. Add sugar, vinegar and cranberries to skillet; cook until cranberries pop. Heat chops in sauce before serving.

 

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Easy Cheesy Bean Dip

Posted by , April 6th, 2016

This dip will surely be a game day ‘go-to’ for friends and family; with only three ingredients, it also could not get any easier!

Easy Cheesy Bean Dip

We’re back with another super simple dip recipe for your Cinco de Mayo celebrations! If you’re planning a big bash with different courses and eating options for your friends and family, it never hurts to keep a super simple, minimal-effort but maximum-value recipe onhand.

That’s where this Easy cheesy bean dip comes in! You only need 3 ingredients and 20 minutes to get this dip ready from start to finish, and who doesn’t love a warm, bubbly, cheesy dip at a party?

Stay tuned for more Cinco de Mayo recipes as we continue our countdown!


Easy Cheesy Bean Dip

Prep Time: 5 Minutes | Start to Finish: 20 Minutes | Serves 8

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 can (16 oz) Old El Paso™ refried beans
  • 2 cans (4.5 oz each) Old El Paso™ chopped green chiles
  • 2 cups shredded Mexican cheese blend (8 oz)
  • Make it FRESH toppings, as desired (see below)
  • Food Should Taste Good™ cantina tortilla chips

 

Directions:

  1. Heat oven to 400°F.
  2. In 8-inch cast-iron skillet or ungreased pie plate, mix beans and green chiles. Top with cheese. Bake about 15 minutes or until cheese is melted and bubbly. Add toppings; serve immediately with chips.

 

Nutritional Info:

1 Serving: Calories 160 (Calories from Fat 90); Total Fat 10g (Saturated Fat 6g, Trans Fat 0g); Cholesterol 25mg; Sodium 490mg; Potassium 40mg; Total Carbohydrate 9g (Dietary Fiber 2g); Protein 8g

% Daily Value: Vitamin A 6%; Vitamin C 8%; Calcium 20%; Iron 4%

Exchanges: 1/2 Starch, 1 High-Fat Meat, 1/2 Fat

Carbohydrate Choices: 1/2

 

Notes:

Ideas for Make it FRESH toppings: chopped fresh cilantro leaves, chopped tomatoes, salsa.

 

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