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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!

 


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!


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?

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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.

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


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Summer’s Bounty: Nectarine, Basil and Fried Mozzarella Salad

Posted by , August 29th, 2014

There are a few widely accepted harbingers of summer–the whimsical jingle of an ice cream’s truck tune, the full blooms of flowers signaling the reawakening of nature and of course the abundance of jewel-toned produce. Here on the east coast, this past winter was a rough one – brutal cold and several feet of snow made even the most devout lovers of cold weather long for the sunshine (and food) of summer. Read More »


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It’s Summertime and the Grilling is Easy

Posted by , August 15th, 2011

As soon as the warmth of summer arrives, the last thing I want to do after a full day is heat up the kitchen.  It’s just so much more fun to cook dinner out on the grill and enjoy the meal outside, too. Read More »


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