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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

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.

Spinach & Artichoke Dip

Spinach and artichoke dip is always a good idea. Throw together this recipe favorite that never goes out of style!

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Ingredients

  • 8 oz. cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 2 cups Italian cheese blend, shredded (mozzarella/parmesan)
  • 14 oz. can artichoke
  • 1 cup frozen spinach, thawed
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • Salt and pepper

Recipe

  1. In a medium saucepan, mix together cream cheese, sour cream, mozzarella and parmesan until they are all melted together.
  2. Remove spinach from package and drain by applying pressure.
  3. Next, drain artichokes and chop to the size of your liking.
  4. Add the spinach and artichoke to your cheese mixture and cook for several minutes until everything is combined and heated through. Add in minced garlic, and combine once more.
  5. Remove from heat and serve with your choice of bread, crackers, etc.

Healthy Smoothies 3 Ways

Smoothies are a great and easy way to sneak fruits and veggies into your diet. Try these 3 different smoothie options- each loaded with great sources nutrients and vitamins.​

Spinach Smoothie
3 cups packed spinach
1 banana
1 cup frozen strawberries
¼ cup frozen pineapple
1 cup milk

Strawberry Banana Smoothie
2 cups frozen strawberries
1 banana
1 cup milK
1 cup ice
1 tablespoon honey

Vitamin C Smoothie
1/2 orange peeled and de-segmented
2 regular carrots
1 apple chopped
1 cup ice optional