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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

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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.

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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!

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 them 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.

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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

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.

 


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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