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April Produce Guide

April Produce Guide

April showers bring extremely delicious and fresh produce items. For the most optimal and fresh produce of the month, shop our April produce guide. Throughout the month, we recommend eating fresh or cooking with strawberries, avocado, beets and carrots.

Strawberries

Perfectly sweet strawberries don’t even need a chocolate drizzle (however, we certainly don’t judge if you decide to do that with your fresh strawberries). Buy these perfect berries in bulk and make and freeze jam to use for the rest of the year, make a strawberry crisp, or simply eat them as is.

Avocado

The creamy avocado is the best alternative to butter you can find, especially when it’s in season. Try spreading on toast, making brownies, or tossing in an avocado salad for optimal enjoyment.

Beets

Beets- what more can we say? They are great canned, but even better fresh! You can enjoy these as hummus, in hummus, in a salad, or juiced (as well as hundreds of other amazing ways to enjoy beets). P.S. they make excellent natural dye for shirts and Easter eggs.

Carrots

Carrots are ideal for nearly every meal that includes a mirepoix as well as all on their own. Hold on to the last chill of the fading winter or

Mixed Vegetable Gratin

Prep time: 5 minutes Cook time: 40 minutes Total time: 45 minutes Serves: 10

Ingredients

  • 2 (16-ounce) bags Food Club California Blend Vegetables, thawed
  • 5 tablespoons butter, divided
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 3 cups milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 1/2 cups Food Club Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 (6-ounce) box Food Club Cornbread Stuffing Mix
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley

Method

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F and coat a baking dish with nonstick cooking spray. Pat thawed vegetables dry with paper towels and set aside.
  2. In a large pot over medium heat melt 3 tablespoons butter. Add flour and whisk until completely incorporated. Cook, stirring frequently, for 1 minute.
  3. Add milk, whisking constantly, and bring to a boil. Add salt, pepper, mustard, cheddar and parmesan cheeses. Mix until combined and remove from heat. Fold in vegetables until thoroughly combined. Transfer to prepared baking dish.
  4. In a medium bowl, melt butter in the microwave. Add cornbread stuffing and toss to combine. Sprinkle mixture evenly over vegetable gratin and bake for 30 minutes, or until the center is hot and the top is golden-brown. Garnish with chopped parsley.

Ham-Stuffed Mushrooms

Prep time: 15 minutes Cook time: 45 minutes Total time: 60 minutes Serves: 16

Ingredients:

  • 16 large cremini mushrooms
  • 1 cup Food Club Panko Bread Crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 small yellow onion, minced
  • 1 small red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 small green bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon Food Club Italian Seasoning
  • 1 cup Food Club Shredded Mozzarella Cheese
  • 1 cup cooked ham, chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped parsley, plus more for garnish

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Remove mushroom stems and use a spoon to scoop out dark mushroom gills, being careful not to break mushroom caps. Place mushrooms cup-side-up on a rimmed baking sheet and set aside
  2. Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add bread crumbs and cook, stirring frequently until golden brown, about 10 minutes. Transfer to a bowl to cool and wipe out skillet. Add remaining olive oil and onion, red pepper, green pepper, salt, and Italian seasoning. Cook until vegetables have softened, about 7 minutes. Transfer mixture to a large bowl and let cool 5 minutes. Add mozzarella cheese, ham, and parsley. Stir to combine.
  3. Generously stuff each mushroom with filling mixture. Top with bread crumbs and bake for 25 minutes, or until mushrooms are tender. Garnish with fresh parsley.
Food Club Chocolate Chips Bag and Bowl of Pretzels with Marshmallow Bottoms that look like bunnies

Cotton Tails

Food Club Chocolate Chips Bag and Bowl of Pretzels with Marshmallow Bottoms that look like bunnies

It’s a Hoppy Easter with these marshmallow cotton tails. What’s better than a tasty and adorable treat?

Ingredients

  • Food Club® Pretzels
  • Marshmallows
  • Food Club® White Chocolate Chips
  • Pink Food Coloring

Method

  1. Start by grabbing a baking sheet and lining it with wax/parchment paper. Layout desired amounts of pretzels and place marshmallows on top.
  2. Broil for 2-3 minutes or until marshmallows are cooked to your liking. Set aside.
  3. Separate 1/4 of the white chocolate chips out. Put both portions into microwave-safe bowls and heat until melted. Color the smaller portion with pink food coloring. Add your melted chocolate into a plastic baggie. Cut the corner off for piping.
  4. Layout a separate piece of wax paper and pipe the shape of the bunny feet with the white chocolate. Let it dry and then follow with the pink colored chocolate to create the pads of the feet.
  5. Take a piece of the large marshmallow and make into a small ball for the tail (you could also use mini marshmallows for this).
  6. Plate your cottontails and enjoy your adorable treat!

Avocado Brownies

Sneak a little bit of healthy into a delicious chocolate treat! These avocado brownies are sure to be a hit dessert at any house.

Ingredients

  • 1 large avocado- peeled, pitted, and sliced
  • 2 Food Club eggs
  • 1/3 cup Food Club light brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 3 tbs Food Club butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • salt to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and grease an 8×8 pan.
  2. In a food processor, blend avocado, eggs, sugar, maple syrup, butter, and vanilla until completely smooth. Scrape down the sides and add flour, cocoa powder, baking soda, and salt. Again, blend until completely smooth.
  3. Transfer mixture into greased pan and bake for 30 minutes. Enjoy by themselves or with ice cream.
Naturally dyed Easter eggs

Naturally Dyed Easter Eggs

Naturally dyed Easter eggs

Naturally dye Eater eggs for an eggcelent science experiment. We have compiled our favorite dying agents below and quick instructions to give you the best colors around. If you don’t see your favorite color, try out any type of produce and let us know the result.

To get all of the colors below, simply bring water, chopped veggie, and vinegar to a boil, strain into a container and add hard-boiled eggs. Let sit in the refrigerator for 24 hours.

Beet

2 cups water
2 roughly chopped beets
2 tbs. white vinegar

Onion

2 cups water
2 onion skins
2 tbs. white vinegar

Turmeric

2 cups water
2 tbs. turmeric
2 tbs. white vinegar

Spinach

2 cups water
2 cups spinach
2 tbs. white vinegar

Purple Cabbage

2 cups water
2 cups purple cabbage
2 tbs. white vinegar

Easter Basket

Build Your Own Easter Basket

Easter Basket

It’s time to give you a sneak peep of our favorite Easter goodies. We have put together our favorite Easter themed items to build the best Easter basket of the season for yourself or loved ones.

Begin by selecting the items you would like to build your basket with. Here we have selected

  • festive basket
  • classic green grass
  • assorted eggs
  • clip on bunny ears
  • egg dying kit

All of these items make for a great Eater basket base as well as excellent head ware for the the great egg hunt.

Next, sort through the great amount of options you have with Easter exclusive candy. Whether it be Cadbury mini eggs or Reese’s eggs, be sure to fill the basket full of Easter treats. We recommend purchasing three different types of treats:

  • Smaller filler treats that can be used to fill the bottom of the basket.
  • Box and feature items like large chocolate bunnies.
  • Tall items that give the basket height. Peeps on a stick or Pez packages make for great options.

Now that you know exactly what you need to build the best Easter basket for the hoppiest Easter.

Easter Bingo

Plan a family game night with this Easter bingo pack. Break out the Easter candy for prizes and enjoy a night with your family. This pack will allow up to 8 at a time to play and includes bingo card cutouts.

sugar cookies with chocolate candy eggs on top

Food Club® Bird’s Nest Sugar Cookies

sugar cookies with chocolate candy eggs on top

These bird’s nest sugar cookies are sure to be the hit of your Easter themed treats. They’re easy to make, and even easier to eat. Happy baking!

Ingredients:

Food Club® Sugar Cookie Chub

Candy Coated Chocolate Eggs

Instructions:

Follow the Food Club® sugar cookie instructions and preheat your oven to required degree.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Slice and shape the cookie dough to create the nest.

Bake for 5-7 minutes until cooked about halfway through. Take them out of the oven and carefully press the chocolate eggs into each cookie.

Bake for remaining 3-5 minutes until golden brown. When finished, let them cool before eating.

Serve, and enjoy!

Spring ham

Savory Easter Ham

Looking for a perfectly moist and savory ham? We have your cure! Try this extremely easy ham recipe to be the center of attention for your Easter feast.

Ingredients

  • Butt or Shank Ham
  • Tin Foil

Instructions

  1. Heat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Wrap ham tightly in 2-3 layers of tin foil and put in baking dish or on baking sheet. Bake in oven for 30 minutes per pound. Let rest for 30 minutes before removing tin foil and carving. Serve warm or cold and enjoy!
  3. Get our favorite cheesy potato recipe here.