Monthly Archives: April 2018

Creamy Black Bean & Rice Soup

Three ingredients make this creamy and delicious Augason Farms soup.

  • 1 cup Augason Black Bean Burger Mix
  • 1 pouch Creamy Chicken Flavored Rice from Super Can (2 2/3 cups)
  • 8 cups water

Prepare black bean burger crumbles: In a bowl combine black bean burger mix with 1 cup water. Mix well and let sit for 10-15 minutes. Crumble the prepared black bean burger mix into a lightly oiled skillet over medium heat until cooked through (about 3 minutes).

Prepare soup: In a sauce pan, combine contents of Creamy Chicken Flavored Rice pouch with 7 cups of water. Bring to boil. Stir in black bean burger crumbles. Reduce heat to medium and simmer for 20-25 minutes.

Makes approximately 8 servings.

Campfire Safety Tips

Campfire in the open woods

With summer camping trips just around the corner, it’s important to know how to build and maintain a safe campfire. Follow these tips to keep you and your family safe this camping season.

  • If your campsite does not have a built-in campfire pit, be sure to dig a pit at least 15 feet away from your campsite and keep out of range from flammable overhanging branches and surrounding foliage.
  • Build your fire gradually starting with small sticks and twigs. As your fire gets stronger, add larger logs.
  • Keep your children and pets at a safe distance from the open flames.
  • In case of emergency, have a fire extinguisher or bucket of water close by.
  • Never leave the campfire unattended.

Grilled Veggies Roll Ups

Preparation time: 30 minutes
Grilling time: 11 minutes
Cooling time: 45 minutes

Ingredients:

1 large Full Circle Organic Eggplant, sliced 1/2-inch thick

1 large Full Circle Organic Red Pepper, seeded, quartered

1 medium Full circle Organic Onion, sliced 1/2-inch thick

3 tablespoons Full Circle Organic Extra Virgin Olive Oil

1 cup Full Circle Organic Hummus

1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese

2 tablespoons Full Circle Organic Parsley, minced

4 large (9 to 10-inch) soft spinach burritos or wraps

4 large leaves Full Circle Organic Romaine Lettuce

1 large avocado

1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

Directions:

Preheat grill to 400 degrees or an indoor grill pan over medium heat. Brush vegetables with oil on all sides. Grill vegetables about 5 to 7 minutes, turn and continue cooking 3 to 4 minutes. Remove vegetables to a cutting board and chop coarsely.

Combine hummus, feta and parsley; spread evenly over 1 side of each wrap; top each with 1 lettuce leaf and 1/4 of the grilled vegetables, spreading into an even layer 1 inch from all edges. Cut avocado and remove pit; cut each half into 4 pieces and remove peel then cut each piece into 3 thin slices. Place lemon juice on a shallow plate and dip avocado slices into lemon juice on both sides.

Arrange 6 avocado slices over vegetables on each wrap; roll up wraps. Cover each roll with plastic wrap and refrigerate 30 to 45 minutes. To serve, cut each roll into 6 thick slices and secure with a wooden pick. 24 appetizer servings.

 

Compost Bin Tips

In honor of Earth Day, think about starting a compost bin. They are a great way to reduce waste and save you from purchasing chemical fertilizers. Follow these tips for a worthwhile compost bin.

  • Insulation is important for the compost process. Keep your compost in a black plastic bin in a sunny area for the most ideal process.
  • Feed your compost bin a healthy amount of grass, food leftovers, wood chips, and shredded newspaper to keep the nitrogen and carbon levels up.
  • If you would like to deposit animal products into your compost bin, make sure it is animal proof.
  • To boost your compost bin’s efficiency, add coffee grounds.
  • Be sure to shred or chop any deposits into your compost bin into small pieces. This will speed up the process.

Lee’s Lifehack: Weddings at Lee’s

5 Reasons Lee’s is your one-stop wedding shop!

It’s the biggest, most important day of your life, or at least that’s what the stories say. You are getting married! And you are ecstatic and constantly shifting your ring so it hits the light just right.

 

Yes, it’s an exciting place to be in. Your entire future ahead of you, big decisions to make, and the biggest party you will ever host, still needing to be planned. Now, don’t get overwhelmed.

 

Picking vendors, designers, and others can seem to be a huge undertaking. And by all means, once you have them picked, you still have to coordinate details before you order. And once that is done, you have to coordinate pick up or delivery, and more.

 

Yes, it still sounds like a massive hassle to tackle when all you want to do is wallow in excitement and daydreams. Well, lucky for you, Lee’s Marketplace has a lot of experience taking on the planning details for big days. This means you can turn it over to the professionals, and relax and enjoy the ride.

 

Now, when you think of Lee’s you think of good food, groceries, well… a grocery store. What you may not realize, is that there are a few secrets Lee’s is dying to share about weddings.

 

1- Lee’s Corner Floral Shop: Something you may not have noticed about Lee’s floral department, is that they run exactly like a floral shop. Essentially that is what they are, a fully-functioning floral shop located within a grocery store. Which also means, that pricing can be more competitive, because it doesn’t have to lease its own building. So your dollar goes further at Lee’s.

 

Lee’s hires on florists with plenty of event and designer experience. On top of that, Lee’s trains all floral clerks thoroughly giving them the experience they need to have that professional touch in any event order. As a company, Lee’s Floral does hundreds of weddings a year. These orders can be small & simple with just a bouquet and boutonniere, to large centerpiece and archway orders.

 

All of the flowers are purchased through the same vendors and brokers that other floral shops use. These flowers come from growers across the globe: Columbia, Holland, Hawaii, California and more.

 

2-Cake Decorators: Lee’s Scratch Bakery has amazing cake decorators. These decorators have years of experience on their side, making meticulously gorgeous wedding cakes. They get a lot of experience on all of the trends each year. There are some weeks where they are designing multiple wedding cakes with completely different styles.

 

The great thing about these decorators is that they understand that how the cake tastes are sometimes more important than even how it looks. Who wants the most beautiful cake in the world if cardboard and sponge get shoved into your face at the end of the night? No, one!

 

That means that these decorators have become skilled at using buttercream frosting instead or pairing it with the fondant for a flavorful cake. Now, all of this is on top of Lee’s amazing cakes. Lee’s cakes are moist and chock full of wonderful flavors. So you will get a tasty cake, that looks gorgeous, and a price you won’t choke on!

 

3-Catering: Okay, now to the subject we all really care about, it’s near and dear to each of us. Food. Okay, but really, trying to find the food that both the bride and groom can agree on, as well as the entire wedding party can be a touchy subject. Wouldn’t it be fantastic if you could customize a dinner selection and build it from the entree up?

 

Good thing you can. Lee’s Deli offers a large variety of catering options, and many more unique offerings available. These are paired with made-from-scratch bread from the bakery department and make an amazing assortment. You can get anything catered.

 

From party trays to assorted veggies and fruits. There are dinner options such as lasagna, prime rib, chicken, and more. You can do a nice simple sandwich available in a party sub, or a sandwich tray. Bottom line is, Lee’s Deli, has you covered.

 

4-Desserts, Popcorn Bars and More: Okay, treats, snacks, and stuff you can nibble on will be lifesavers at your wedding. Hiding a bag of popcorn behind your dress is much easier than hiding an entire sandwich, and at some weddings, that’s all you will have time for.

 

If you want desserts that taste amazing and are made from scratch in-store every day, Lee’s bakery has it. A popcorn bar is a cute and trendy and a light way to feed all of your amazing friends and family. There are quite a few delectable flavors for you, sweet, savory and salty.

 

#Leeslifehack: Depending on your colors, you can even tailor the popcorn to match your decor.

 

Try a donut bar if you want to really impress your guests.  What can smooth over any stress or drama better than savory, melt in your mouth, made from scratch donuts? And sometimes, it is actually to reward yourself, your bridesmaids, groomsmen and parents with a delicious ‘thank you!’ at the end of the night.

 

5- Completely Customizable: Here is the great thing about having Lee’s be your one-stop shop for everything, is that all of what you order will be made fresh in the store. This also means that you can include specific preferences, requests, etc.

 

You aren’t trapped by a package order and barred with ‘that’s not included in this package’. If you have 16 groomsmen and 3 bridesmaids, done! If you really want your deserts decorated with gold and to sparkle, done!

 

Your wedding can be as unique as you, and your love story. Bring your personality, favorites, and perspective to your wedding. Make it a day to remember!

 

#LeesLifehack: Schedule a free consultation in advance to ensure a designer is ready and prepped to meet you, the cake is ready for tasting, and a list of seasonal catering options are ready for your choosing.

 

Bring in your Pinterest pictures (we know you have them) and those color samples (yep, we know you have those too). It helps as well if you have quantities you are expecting and totals ready. This will make the quote you get at the end of your consult as accurate as possible!

Five Ways to Upcycle

It’s plain and simple; upcycling makes a positive impact on the environment. But do you know what upcycling actually is? Upcycling is the process of converting old or discarded materials into something new or useful.

Each time you shop at the grocery store, you are sure to get boxes, cartons, jars, and other  containers that are easily upcycled. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

  1. Baby Food Jar Grass BuddyThis is the perfect project for kids. They love to watch things grow and making a friend out of it is fun too. All you need is a baby food jar, dirt, grass seeds, glue and some decorations (googly eyes, buttons, etc.) then follow these easy steps: 1) Fill about ¾ of the jar with dirt and then add the grass seeds. 2) Water the seeds and then place a little more dirt over them. 3) Create a face on the jar with the googly eyes, buttons and other decorations. 4) Watch the grass grow (and don’t forget to water it, when the dirt is dry).Wipe Canister
  2. Wipe Canister/Grocery Bag Dispenser
    Grocery bags are great to reuse for trash can liners, dirty diapers, wet clothes, etc. but storing those bags can often be a challenge. Our solution is to put all of the bags in a wipe canister, which makes them easy to pull out one at a time. If you are feeling ambitious you can also decorate the canister with fabric or paper.
    Decorative Jar
  3. Decorative Jar
    Take a pickle or pasta jar and create a cute jar to hold snacks for your kids, q-tips or any other items that need a jar. To create this  jar you will need a jar, sand paper, a drill, a knob, a washer and paint. Then follow these steps: 1) Sand the lid of your jar until the paint or writing on the jar is gone. 2) Paint the lid. 3) Very carefully drill a whole in the center of the lid. 4) Place the knob through the whole and twist the washer in place.
    Mint Container
  4. Mint Container Organizer
    Small things like poppy pins and paper clips can easily get lost in a drawer or purse. Use a mint container to easily organize these items and keep them together. You can also use them to store your head phone, this keeps them from getting tangled and makes them easy to find in your purse or back back.
  5. Tin Can Lantern
    Create a rustic tin can lantern for holiday decor, wedding or party. To get started find a tin can, remove the label and fill it with water. Then put the can in the freezer until the water is completely frozen. Then follow these steps: 1) Draw your desired design on a peice of paper. 2) Tape your paper to the outside of your can. 3) Use a small nail and a hammer to get each hole started. 4) Use your drill to complete the holes. Be sure to go very slowly, as the can is not very thick.  5) Cut five inch piece off a wire hanger and bend the wire to create a half circle for the handle. 6) use needle nose pliers to bend a small “c” at each end of wire. 7) Slide the wire in the hole on each side of your latern to create a handle.

Hopefully, this will inspire you to take another look at items you might consider trash and find a practical way to upcycle them.

Mango Banana Smoothie

The perfect tropical combination of mango and banana blended together.

  • 2 mangoes, cut into cubes
  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 1 cup vanilla yogurt, greek yogurt if preferred
  • 1 cup ice

Add all ingredients except ice to blender. Blend until smooth. Add ice and blend for 2 minutes until smooth.

Watermelon Cucumber Feta Salad

A tasty trio mixed together in this simply delicious spring salad.

What you’ll need:

  • 4 cups watermelon, cubed
  • 2 cucumbers, peeled and sliced
  • 1 1/2 cups feta, crumbled
  • 2 tbsp mint, chopped

Cut the watermelon and cucumbers. Combine into bowl with mint. Make dressing.

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • juice of 1 lime
  • 1 tsp honey

Pour dressing over watermelon, cucumber, mint mixture and lightly stir. Add in feta and gently stir to combine.

 

Where does our Garbage Go?

Earth Day 2018 has set the goal to end plastic pollution. As consumers, we acquire and use a lot of plastic containers and products. It is important for us to know what to do with plastic after it has been used so that it can be recycled and reused, eliminating plastic waste.

Here in Utah, we use a single-stream collection system. This allows us to throw all our non-recyclable materials in one bin, and our recyclable materials in another. Once collected and delivered to the facility, the recyclable material is hand sorted and the non-recyclable material is placed in the landfill.

To do our part in reducing plastic pollution and overall waste, here are a few tips on how to recycle in Utah:

  • Take care to put aluminum cans, plastic bottles, and non-shredded paper in the blue recycling bin.
  • Do not put glass, shredded paper, or plastic bags in your home recycling bin. In Utah, you can take your non-curbside recyclable materials to various drop off locations.
  • Make sure that all recyclable materials are clean before disposing of them.