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Mini 7 Layer Dips for Cinco de Mayo

Posted by , March 30th, 2016

Try this new twist on the traditional Seven Layer Dip: a new mini size!

Mini 7 Layer Dips

Our countdown continues with this recipe for Mini 7 Layer Dips! Everyone loves to see this classic appetizer at a party, but it’s high time we make it easier for everyone to enjoy. No more long lines waiting to get at the dip, no more wrestling with a ladling spoon to get at every single delicious layer only to have it spill onto the table (or worse, the floor), just let everyone enjoy their own personal serving of this fantastic 7 layer dip!

Trust us; your guests will thank you.


 

Mini 7 Layer Dips

Prep Time: 30 Minutes | Start to Finish: 30 Minutes | Serves: 10

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 can (16 oz) Old El Paso™ refried beans
  • 2 tablespoons Old El Paso™ taco seasoning mix (from 1-oz package)
  • 1 container (8 oz) sour cream
  • 1 can (4.5 oz) Old El Paso™ chopped green chiles, drained
  • 1 1/4 cups homemade guacamole, using Avocados from Mexico™ (see tip below)
  • 1 1/4 cups Old El Paso™ Thick ‘n Chunky salsa (from 16-oz jar)
  • 1 cup shredded Cheddar or Colby-Monterey Jack cheese blend (4 oz)
  • 1 cup shredded lettuce
  • 2 tablespoons sliced ripe olives

 

Directions:

  1. In small bowl, mix refried beans and 2 tablespoons taco seasoning mix. Spread about 3 tablespoons mixture in bottom of each of ten 6-oz custard cups or 9-oz clear plastic cups.
  2. Mix sour cream and green chiles; divide evenly among cups (about 2 tablespoons per cup). Top each with about 2 tablespoons each guacamole and salsa, slightly less than 1 tablespoon each cheese and lettuce, and a few olive slices.

 

Nutritional Info:

1 Serving: Calories 170 (Calories from Fat 90); Total Fat 10g (Saturated Fat 5g, Trans Fat 0g); Cholesterol 25mg; Sodium 810mg; Total Carbohydrate 13g (Dietary Fiber 3g, Sugars 1g); Protein 6g

% Daily Value: Vitamin A 15%; Vitamin C 10%; Calcium 10%; Iron 4%

Exchanges: 1 Starch, 2 Fat

Carbohydrate Choices: 1

 

Notes:

For great tasting homemade guacamole, try this easy version. In medium bowl, mix 3 pitted, peeled and diced ripe Avocados from Mexico™ with 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves, 1/2 teaspoon salt and the juice of 1 lime. Smash with a potato masher or fork, and serve!

This dip is delicious with veggies dipped in it as well; try celery, carrots, jicama, etc.

Save remaining taco seasoning mix for another use.

 

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Grilled Steak Fajita Boats

Posted by , March 29th, 2016

Try a twist on the traditional fajita using Old El Paso® Stand ‘N Stuff® soft shell tortillas!  These ‘boats’ make eating your Mexican creation even easier.

Grilled Steak Fajita Boats

Welcome to our Countdown to Cinco de Mayo! We’ve got seven superb recipes to share with you over the next few days to ensure that your Cinco de Mayo Celebration is one to remember.

Fajitas are always a major crowd pleaser, but why not switch things up and serve them to your guests in these simple, grab and go “boats”? They make for a stunning presentation, and they’re ready in just 30 minutes!


 

Grilled Steak Fajita Boats

Prep Time: 15 Minutes | Start to Finish: 30 Minutes

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 flank steak (2 to 3 lb)
  • 1 package (1 oz) Old El Paso™ fajita seasoning mix
  • 1 small onion, cut into thick slices
  • 1 red bell pepper, halved
  • 1 green bell pepper, halved
  • 1 Old El Paso™ Taco Boats™ Soft Flour Tortillas
  • Make it FRESH toppings, if desired (see below)

 

Directions:

  1. Heat gas or charcoal grill. Sprinkle steak generously with seasoning on both sides; press into steak.
  2. Place steak on direct heat of grill over medium heat; place vegetables (onion and bell peppers) on indirect heat of grill. Cover grill; cook 12 to 14 minutes for medium doneness. Remove from grill and let steak rest 10 minutes; cut into slices diagonally across the grain. Cut bell peppers into slices for serving.
  3. Spoon grilled steak and vegetables into tortillas. Serve with desired toppings.

 

Nutritional Info:

1 Taco Boat: Calories 280 (Calories from Fat 70); Total Fat 8g (Saturated Fat 2.5g, Trans Fat 0g); Cholesterol 85mg; Sodium 460mg; Total Carbohydrate 17g (Dietary Fiber 0g, Sugars 1g); Protein 35g

% Daily Value: Vitamin A 10%; Vitamin C 25%; Calcium 2%; Iron 20%

Exchanges: 1 Starch, 1/2 Vegetable, 4 1/2 Very Lean Meat, 1 Fat

Carbohydrate Choices: 1

 

Notes:

Flank steak is used in this recipe, but several other cuts of beef would work well. Both sirloin and top round would be delicious. Both can be purchased in 1-lb increments. Grill as directed in recipe, and let rest before slicing.

Make it FRESH toppings ideas: diced avocado, fresh lime wedges, sour cream or crema

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Bella Blog – Easter Pet Safety Tips

Posted by , March 24th, 2016

Easter Pet Safety Tips from Bella the Dog! - ShopRite Potluck Blog

Happy Easter, pet moms & dads!

Here’s a few helpful tips to make sure your holiday is fun and safe for your four-legged friends.

Keep all chocolate out of my reach

You probably know that chocolate can be dangerous to pups like me! Easter baskets are often full of tasty looking items that I may try to sneak away with if no one is paying attention. Be sure to keep your children’s Easter baskets out of paw’s reach.

Avoid Easter grass, especially the plastic kind!

To pups, grass is grass: it’s fun to roll around in, and even eat on occasion. But Easter grass can cause some serious stomach issues for furry friends like me, so try to avoid it or stick with the paper kind.

Attention Cat Lovers:Watch out for lilies! 

Did you know lilies are toxic to cats? They make for a very pretty centerpiece on your Easter table, but try to stick to other spring varieties if you have a curious kitten around the house!

Finally: Find ALL the eggs.

You know what a forgotten plastic egg looks like to adorable dogs like me? A new toy! Make sure to keep track of where any hidden eggs are left after the kids are done hunting for them, so I don’t accidentally find one and try to eat it.

Wishing you all a very Happy Easter! Share Easter photos of your family pets with me on social media with the hashtag #ShopRiteBella – because I love making new friends :) !

Bella

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Lighten Up Your Holiday Meals

Posted by , March 22nd, 2016

In just a few weeks, many of us will be gathered around our tables, celebrating the holidays with traditional foods that have been passed down from generation to generation. Although there is something wonderful about indulging in beloved family recipes, there’s also something special about updating these recipes to make them healthier — thereby ensuring that future generations will be able to use and enjoy them for decades to come.

So how can you lighten up your holiday meals while still keeping them delicious?

One easy way is to reduce sodium. For instance, while some hams and turkey rubs are high in salt, you can balance out the amount of salt that’s served in your “main course” by serving side dishes with little or no salt added.

Another suggestion is to make your dishes from scratch. Prepared foods have their advantages, but you’ll always have more control in the salt department when you know exactly how your food has been prepared.

Lastly, if you crave flavor but not sodium, try swapping salt for herbs and spices. Sage, thyme, oregano, basil and other savory herbs work wonders – and they are guaranteed to make your healthier recipe a “new” family tradition.

And remember you can always visit one of our in-store registered dietitians for a free consultation or for help adding healthier options to your family meals. For a list of stores near you visit us at Shoprite.com.

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Stepping Up Our Game With Bento Box-Style Lunches!

Posted by , March 18th, 2016

My son (and my husband, believe it or not) loves to eat those pre-packaged lunch meals. They usually contain cheese, meat, crackers, and some kind of dessert-y treat, but I just can not with those. They are expensive, full of sodium, and the meat is always sweaty for some reason. Read More »

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Spiced Apricot Ginger Wild Salmon

Posted by , March 16th, 2016

One of our family’s favorite fun holidays is Saint Patrick’s Day, yes even though we are not Irish. My best friend Liz told me once, that everyone can be Irish on Saint Patrick’s day, and she is Irish, so I’ll take it!! Read More »

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Founders Breakfast Stout Braised Short Ribs

Posted by , March 15th, 2016

As a kid, our house always smelled like delicious food. Once breakfast was done, my grandmother would start sautéing garlic or julienning carrots for the next meal. It was an ongoing cycle, and one that we all enjoyed. Looking back, I consider myself lucky to have had the luxury of home-cooked meals all day, every day. Read More »

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Slow Cooker Beef Ravioli Soup

Posted by , March 14th, 2016

Most really good soups are an all-day affair with some babysitting here and there. This one cooks for 6 hours all by itself before it needs any tending. It’s hearty enough for a full meal on its own and uses frozen ravioli, one of the most versatile ingredients in a busy family’s pantry. Read More »

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One Pot Meal: Pan Fried Gnocchi with Sausage and Sautéed Kale

Posted by , March 14th, 2016

Can you feel it? Spring is in the air! With daylight savings upon us, the days will get longer allowing us more time to pack extra activities into our already busy lives. Read More »

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Can a Registered Dietitian Help You?

Posted by , March 14th, 2016

Can a Registered Dietitian Help You?

It’s dinner time. You’ve just arrived home after a long day. So now you’re staring into your fridge, or maybe your pantry, and although it’s filled with all kinds of wonderful groceries, you’re still wondering – what am I going to make for dinner? How can I make it healthy? How can I make it fast? How can I make something that my whole family with enjoy?

Luckily, we have an answer. Why not visit a ShopRite Dietitian and get some ideas, help or assistance with your meal planning and recipes? They can work with you to schedule a FREE one-on-one counseling session to help create shopping lists, menus and recipe options that not only meet your dietary needs, but can help you achieve your health and nutrition goals.

Whether you want to lose weight, feel more energetic, eat healthier, or “lighten up” the traditional meals and snacks that you and your family enjoy, our team of nearly 120 dietitians are here at your disposal, ready and willing to help you (and your family) eat well and be happy.

Perhaps you are dealing with a specific medical condition such as diabetes, cardiovascular issues or high blood pressure, or perhaps you are just curious about buzz words such as “organics” or “gluten free” – our dietitians are happy to provide clarity. They’ll even go shopping with you to teach you how to read labels and understand what foods are best for you.

Plus, if you want to improve your cooking skills, each month our dietitians offer informational Culinary Classes (you can check out the schedule online at ShopRite.com), where you can learn to cook and then sample your creations right at the store, and even better, there’s no clean up afterwards.

These services don’t just stop at adults, they even work with kids! Our team of dietitians are available to do tours, scavenger hunts or other kinds of kid-friendly events all year round.

To find a dietitian near you, search our store locater HERE.  Plus, you can always check out your local retail dietitian events calendar (also available online at ShopRite.com), to see what programs and events are happening each month.

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