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Food Club® Pumpkin Bread

Don’t miss out on the classic dessert of the season. Make this easy pumpkin bread any day of the week and eat it on its own or make into a luxurious french toast.

Ingredients:

1 (15 oz.) can Food Club® pumpkin puree

4 Food Club® eggs

1 cup Food Club® vegetable oil

2/3 cup water

3 cups Food Club® white sugar

3 1/2 cups Food Club® flour

2 tsp. Food Club® baking soda

1 1/2 tsp. salt

1 tsp. cinnamon

1 tsp. nutmeg

1 tsp. ground cloves

1/4 tsp. ground ginger

Instructions:

Heat oven to 350 degrees and grease loaf pan well.

In a large mixing bowl, mix the pumpkin puree, eggs, vegetable oil, water, and sugar. Mix until all ingredients are incorporated. In a separate medium mixing bowl, add the flour, baking soda and all seasonings. Add the dry ingredients mix to the wet ingredients in 3 parts. Mix well and evenly distribute into 2 loaf pans.

Bake for 45-50 minutes and serve.

Brussel Sprout Bake

Though brussel sprouts are commonly thought to be the grossest vegetable, this simple recipe will convince you otherwise. Simply half the brussels, season them, bake them in the oven and voila! You have the perfect vegetable side-dish to any meal.

Ingredients:

1/2 lb. Brussel Sprouts

1 tbs. Olive oil

Pinch of Salt and Pepper

Instructions:

Line a baking sheet with tin fol and set oven to 350 degrees.

Wash, remove bitter outside and cut each brussel sprout in half. Add olive oil and salt and pepper- mix thoroughly.

Bake for 15-20 minutes until crisp and tender.

Beet & Apple Salad

Freshen up your meal with these beet and apple salad. The peppery arugula paired with the earthy beets and sweet apples makes for the perfect side dish or lunch!

Ingredients:

*all of the below is to your liking

Fresh arugula, washed

Food Club® canned beets

Sliced gala apples

Balsamic dressing

Optional: slivered almonds

November Produce Guide

Bring on the comfort produce. As the chill of November sets in, I find myself craving hearty soups, casseroles, and roasts to warm me, body and soul. My produce needs to be just as hearty and comforting. Luckily, the best produce available right now at your local grocery store makes for perfect winter eating.

Pop ‘em in your oven to transform those crisp, juicy apples into tender, sweet comfort food. Perfectly caramelized apples on a warm winter salad; savory skillet pork chops with apples and cabbage; baked apples filled with crisp and gooey oats; ice cream warmed to the perfect silky consistency atop fresh-from-the-oven, crisp apple pie… I could go on and on but you get the idea. Honeycrisp, braeburn, and jonagold are traditionally the best baking apples but follow your recipe’s directions if they call for a specific apple.

Earthy and slightly bitter when raw but, properly cooked, beets become decadently rich. Due to their deep color, beets have become increasingly popular in chocolate desserts, adding to the rich taste and color of the chocolate. More traditionally, try beets in a soup like a warm borscht, atop a salad, or simply roasted and seasoned as a side. Roast beets also make a wonderful addition to cheese or charcuterie boards and pair especially well with creamy white cheeses, like feta or goat. Don’t forget, if your beet comes with a healthy set of greens on the top, sauté them for a delicious addition to any meal.

You can eat them raw, boiled, steamed, roasted, or grilled but my favorite way to prepare Brussels sprouts is stir-fried. Golden brown with that perfect crisp and just a hint of smoky flavor, stir-fried Brussels sprouts are easy to prepare. Start by trimming the stems (but not too high or the sprout will fall apart) and remove any damaged outer leaves. Next, I half my Brussels sprouts lengthwise and toss in oil, then adding salt and pepper (along with any other spices you like). To cook, heat a pan over medium or medium-high heat, placing the Brussels sprouts, cut side down, in a single layer on the pan when warm. Cook until the cut side turn golden brown and slightly charred (about five minutes). Finally, add a tablespoon of water and stir-fry until the sprouts are tender (about two minutes).

Few things nourish quite like creamy, naturally-sweet pumpkin or squash. Pumpkin is more than just an ingredient in indulgent pies and cookies or the caramelized, melt-in-your-mouth roasted variety. Pumpkin is incredibly versatile and can add seasonal flavor and nutrition to a variety of dishes. This week, we’re dedicating an entire post to prepping and cooking your pumpkin, along with creative ideas like pumpkin mac and cheese. Mac and Cheese with pumpkin? Seriously!?! Yep! For my blue box fans out there, prepare according to the instructions and stir in a half cup of puree at the end. For a more gourmet option, you can find scratch recipes that incorporate ingredients like nutmeg or sage to enhance the seasonal flavors.  

Culinary Tours® Butter Chicken

Bring the world to your kitchen with Culinary Tours®. Create the classic Indian dish, Butter Chicken, in three easy steps.

Ingredients:

1/4 lb. chicken breast, cubed

2 cups white rice

1 jar Culinary Tours® Butter Chicken sauce

Instructions:

Cook rice according to package.

In a medium pan over medium heat, cook cubed chicken until browned and cooked through. Toss chicken with full jar of Culinary Tours® butter chicken sauce.

Serve chicken/sauce combo with rice and enjoy!

Food Club® Hot Dog Mummies

Roll into Halloween with these perfect appetizers- mummy inspired hot dogs.

Ingredients:

1 package hot dogs

1 package Food Club® crescent rolls

Instructions:

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line a cookie sheet with tin foil.

Cut the crescent rolls into long strips and place them in a mummy pattern. Roll the hotdog up in the crescent roll strips and repeat until hot dogs are gone.

Bake for 12-15 minutes until golden brown and serve with favorite dipping sauces.

Enjoy!

Pumpkin Snack Tray

Don’t settle for a sub-par snack tray this Halloween. Spook it up with a delightful jack-o-lantern inspired tray.

Top of pumpkin:
Broccoli
Pretzels
Cauliflower

Eyes, nose, and mouth:
Blueberries
Blackberries
Grapes

Body:
Carrots
Popcorn
Cheddar Cheese

Food Club® Monster Brownies

We are creeping it real this season with these monster inspired brownies. Serve these at your next Halloween party for a spooktacular dessert.

Ingredients:

Food Club® chocolate brownie mix

2 Food Club® eggs

1/2 cup vegetable oil

1/4 cup water

1 package Food Club® cream cheese frosting

Purple and green food coloring

Instructions:

Mix brownie mix, eggs, vegetable oil and water together and bake according to package.

While the brownies are baking, split the frosting into thirds. Color one-third purple and one-third green.

Once the brownies have cooled, dollop each color around the brownies and swirl with toothpick.

Dietician Ron- Lower Sugar Treats for Trick-or-Treaters

The Halloween season is here and kids are bursting with delight. The thrill of a scary story, the spooky décor transforming our homes and neighborhoods into macabre fantasy lands, becoming anything you want with the aid of a simple costume, going door-to-door and filling your bucket with candies like a pirate fills a chest with treasure, and doing it all surrounded by friends and family…what’s not to love? There’s still that child in me that tries to discover that Halloween magic anew each year. Now that I’m an adult, however, there’s also a pragmatic dietitian in me and these two parts struggle to get along. The child in me says give the trick or treaters the full-size candy bar (because those were always my favorite houses) but the dietitian in me recognizes that most kids already get too much sugar (causing or increasing the risk of numerous health problems).

As the argument rages inside me, I remind myself that Halloween has redefined itself nearly every generation. When trick or treating first started in the 30’s, the most common treats were homemade confections, fruit, nuts, or toys. By the 50’s, candy manufacturers were beginning to capitalize on the holiday and Bazooka Bubble Gum, M&M’s, and Almond Joys found their way into children’s buckets. In the 70’s the homemade sweets that started the tradition were now labeled as taboo and individually wrapped candies were almost exclusively given to trick or treaters. Since then, the candy selection has changed, with new flavors and brands coming and going, but we’re long overdue for a significant shift. It’s my hope (and I think both the kid and dietitian in me agree) that better-for-you snacks can be that next shift – foods that are still treats for children (get those raisins and toothbrushes out of the lineup) but aren’t loaded with sugar like traditional candy.

As you incorporate better-for-you snacks (non-food items can work great too) remember that variety is key. There isn’t one universally appealing option (one of the reasons for variety packs even among candy). To help you find the perfect treats, we’ve compiled a list of less-sugary snacks and non-food items you can find at your local grocery store. While none are quite as affordable as a fun-sized candy bar, there are many options that won’t break the bank and you can have the satisfaction of knowing you’re contributing to the health of our children (while still pleasing them with a treat).

Treats for under $1

  • Halloween Toys – the seasonal aisle has a wide range of Halloween toys for less than a dollar (selection varies by store, while supplies last).
  • Blue Diamond 100 Calorie Packs – nothing but good, nutritious almonds here in a small convenient package.
  • Kind Kids Granola Bars – roughly half the sugar of a fun-sized candy with whole grains and fun packaging, this is my pick for best bar.
  • Kind Bar Minis – your favorite fruit and nut bars in a small (and affordable) package with a quarter the added sugar of a typical fun-sized candy.
  • Z Bar Protein – not my first recommendation due to the higher sugar content (about the same as a fun-sized candy) but it is balanced with a fair amount of protein and fiber.
  • Goldfish Crackers – 0 g sugar and a fair amount of protein, goldfish are a good option and available in single-serve bags.
  • Clementines – more fun than raisins especially if you decorate them like pumpkins; while clementines might be viewed as a treat by some, be sure to offer other options.
  • Treetop Applesauce Pouches – with no fruit juice concentrate added, these one of the healthiest fruit squeeze pouches.

Treats for under 50¢

  • Halloween toys – while options are more limited in the sub 50¢ range, you will find a few items like spooky pens or vampire fangs (selection varies by store, while supplies last).
  • Stickers – check out the greeting card aisle where you’ll find a variety of sticker packs that you can break into individual sheets to give away.
  • Stretch Island Fruit Leather – boasting no added sugar and 100% real fruit ingredients, they also have a low price tag when you buy them in multipacks.
  • Smartfood Popcorn –single-serve packs are available, providing a fair amount of fiber and protein with no added sugar and a reasonable amount of fat and sodium.
  • Corn Nuts – another good whole-grain corn option with no added sugar and a reasonable amount of fat and sodium.

Food Club® Apple Crisp

We love this recipe to the core! Enjoy this crunchy and sweet apple crisp all Fall long.

Ingredients:

6-8 apple peeled and chopped (golden delicious is recommended)

2 tbs. Food Club® sugar

1 3/4 tbs. ground cinnamon

1 1/2 tsp. lemon juice

1 cup Food Club® brown sugar

3/4 cup Food Club® old fashioned oats

1/2 cup cold Food Club® butter, cubed

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 450 degrees.

Mix apples with sugar, cinnamon, and lemon juice. Pour mixture into a greased 8×8 inch dish.

In a large bowl, mix brown sugar, oats and butter. Use your hands or a pastry cutter until mixture is the texture of corn meal and the butter is dispersed throughout. Place on top of apple mixture.

Bake for 30-40 minutes until apples are softened and topping is browned. Serve with ice cream and a caramel drizzle.

See more Food Club® recipes at www.foodclubsavings.com.