No-Bake Super Snacks

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups Full Circle Organic Quick Oats
  • 1 cup Full Circle Organic Almond Butter, stirred
  • 2/3 cup Full Circle Honey
  • ½ teaspoon Full Circle Cinnamon
  • 1 cup Full Circle Roasted Salted Almonds, chopped, divided
  • ½ cup dried cranberries
  • ½ cup Full Circle Organic Raisins

Directions:

Combine oats, almond butter, honey and cinnamon in food processor bowl, pulse until blended and holding together. Remove mixture to a large bowl and stir in ½ cup almonds, cranberries and raisins. Cover and refrigerate 30 minutes.

Line a large baking sheet with parchment or waxed paper and shape mixture into 1½-inch balls. Finely chop remaining almonds; roll balls in almonds. Cover and refrigerate another 30 minutes before serving.

Preparation Time: 20 minutes

Cooking Time: 1 hour

Yields: 3 dozen

Healthy Food Sampling at Macey’s Tooele

Saturday April 14th, Utah State University Extension Food $ense will be sampling veggies with a healthy ranch dip. Stop by the Tooele Macey’s between 10:00 am and noon to try this delicious recipe and discover how easy it is to make a healthy veggie dip.

This is part of a monthly healthy food sampling program that occurs the second Saturday of each month. The program is a partnership with Utah State University Food $ense and Live Fit Tooele County, a program of the Tooele County Health Department.

Making Your Bouquet Last Longer

Nothing quite brings the feeling of spring like a bouquet of  fresh, fragrant flowers in your home. From grand arrangements to a simple rose, we can assist with all of your floral needs. Check out these tips on how you can get that beautiful bouquet to last a little longer.

  1. When buying flowers make sure that they are at the optimum condition. Look for flowers where the bud shows some color.
  2. Flowers should be carefully packed when they are taken home, as this prevents damage to flowers or stems.
  3. Make sure the vase is clean.
  4. Cut flowers will last longer if you use the provided flower food. Make sure you use the correct amount. If you are not sure, ask your florist.
  5. Before arranging the flowers in a vase, cut off approximately an inch from each stem at an angle. If you have roses, cut them with the stems underwater.
  6. Stems should never be broken off or flattened – not even “woody” stems. Scraping off the bark will also shorten the flower life.
  7. Remove all leaves on the lower portion of the stems. Leaves should never be covered with water as this will decrease the longevity of the flowers.
  8. Regularly top off the vase with clean water.
  9. Keep out of direct sunlight, keep away from heat and breezes. Keep away from fruit.
  10. At night, flowers prefer to be kept cool and benefit from a lower thermostat setting.
  11. Daffodils can be deadly to other flowers because they secrete a poison in the water. After trimming, leave them on their own for a whole day and do not cut again before combining them with other flowers. However, a special cut flower food is available for daffodils and this enables them to be mixed with other cut flowers immediately.
  12. If your flowers start to droop, cut off at least an inch underwater, to prolong their life. Remember, flowers are thirsty!

Simple Strawberry Shortcake

Enjoy this delicious, light, and simple Strawberry Shortcake.

Ingredients:

  • Angel food cake
  • 1 lb. fresh strawberries
  • 1 pt. heavy whipping cream
  • 2 tbs. powdered sugar
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract

Directions:

  1. Add whipping cream to a large bowl and use an electric or stand mixer to beat to stiff peaks. Add powdered sugar and vanilla extract and mix until combined.
  2. Using a serrated knife or cake leveler, slice the angel food cake in half as to end with 2 layers of cake.
  3. Core and half the strawberries.
  4. Spread 1/3 of the whipping cream onto the base layer of the angel food cake. Layer strawberries on top of the whipping cream and place the second layer of cake on top.
  5. Spread the remaining whipping cream on the top and side of the angel food cake. Add the rest of the strawberries to the top of the cake.
  6. Enjoy!

Plan the Perfect Picnic

Picnics are a must now that the weather is warming up and the grass is greening. Everyone loves a good picnic because it involves food, family & friends and fresh spring air.

Plan the perfect picnic with five tips that will ensure everyone has a good time.

  1. Simple Menu: Picnics are enjoyed when the food is equally delicious and simple. Pack all your family favorite foods like sandwiches, chips, fresh fruit, drinks and treats.
  2. Location: Location is just as important as the food. Make sure you pick a picnic spot that is shaded for eating but also sunny for when the food is gone and it’s time to play. A neighborhood park is perfect for kids so they can eat and then burn off energy on the playground or in the fields of green. Make sure your picnic spot has on-site amenities (restrooms).
  3. Seating Needs: Depending on location you will need to figure out your seating needs. If your location has tables don’t forget a tablecloth. If your planning on a more traditional picnic remember blankets, lawn chairs or mats for your family to sit on.
  4. Keep it cool: Make sure your food stays cool for the warm spring & summer days with an insulated cooler. No one likes warm sandwiches or fruit 🙂
  5. Have fun: Picnics are a great way to make memories during the warm months of the year. Plan fun games to play while the family is eating or after. And don’t forget your camera to capture these happy moments.

Spring Cleaning Checklist

Spring has finally arrived! I don’t know about but some days it felt like winter would stay forever. But sunny days, spring breeze and fresh greens are in the current and upcoming forecast.

Now that the winter blues have gone away and spring is here to stay it is time to start your spring cleaning. Spring cleaning is a great way to get rid of items that are not needed and give your house a fresh start for the spring and summer months ahead.

We are here to make your spring cleaning a little easier and a little more fun with a spring cleaning checklist. To download our FREE Spring Cleaning Checklist printable click here.

Once you have your checklist printed, head into one of our stores for all your spring cleaning needs.

Food Storage for Beginners

Is your food storage neglected or non-existent?  Have you been thinking about starting a food storage, but don’t know where to begin? Well, you’re in luck! We know that starting a food storage can be a daunting task, but with these tips, you should have a 3-week supply in no time!

  1. Determine where you are going to keep your food storage. It is suggested that you keep it in a cool, dark, and low-light area so that the food stays fresh for as long as possible.
  2. Figure out what your family likes to eat in the dried and canned section. It is important to purchase storage options that your family can enjoy and items that can easily be incorporated into simple recipes.
  3. Start setting aside $5 of your weekly grocery budget to use towards growing your food storage. This amount a week will allow you to grab a couple of canned or bulk goods each week.
  4. Grab the essentials first. Start with flour, sugar, eggs, oats and dried milk. The options are endless as to what you can make with these staple items
  5. It is important to have clean and purified water for drinking and cooking. . It is recommended by FEMA to store at least one gallon per person per day and to store enough for a two-week supply. You may also want to consider purchasing a purification straw or bottle.
  6. Label everything. It is crucial to know when goods expire so that you can use them before they expire and replace them during your next shop.

Dress Up Your Asparagus

Spruce up your favorite side veggies with these delicious recipes.

Bacon Wrapper Asparagus

Ingredients:

2lb fresh asparagus, ends trimmed

12 slices bacon, uncooked

1/2 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup butter

1 tbsp soy sauce

1/2 tsp garlic powder

1/4 tsp freshly ground pepper

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees
  2. Wrap one piece of bacon around 3 to 4 asparagus spears. Place in shallow baking dish. Repeat with remaining asparagus and bacon.
  3. In a small saucepan over medium-high heat, combine brown sugar, butter, soy sauce, garlic powder, and pepper. Bring to a boil.
  4. Reduce heat to medium-low and stir until sugar is dissolved. Pour mixture over asparagus bundles.
  5. Bake 25 to 30 minutes, until asparagus begins to wilt and bacon is cooked.

 

Asparagus with Balsamic Vinaigrette

Ingredients:

2 pounds asparagus stalks, washed and trimmed

3 tbsp good-quality balsamic vinegar

2 tbsp minced red onion

2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil

1 clove garlic, minced

1/4 tsp coarsely ground black pepper

Coarse salt to taste

Directions:

  1. Blanch the asparagus in lightly salted boiling water for about three minutes or until crisp-tender; do not overcook. Remove from heat and refresh under cold water; drain well. Arrange asparagus on serving platter or individual serving plates.
  2. In a bowl or jar, whisk together balsamic vinegar, red onion, olive oil, garlic, and pepper.
  3. Spoon the vinaigrette over the asparagus, allowing a little to puddle on either side. Sprinkle lightly with coarse salt.

Spring Bucket List

We all know that time goes by WAY TOO FAST! But why does it seem like the warm spring and summer months go by way faster?

Don’t let springtime pass you by without getting outside, enjoying the spring weather and trying new things.

Check out our FREE Spring Bucket List printable that will ensure you and your family enjoy and remember this spring season.

Click here to download or click image below.

Lee’s Lifehack: Lunch at Lee’s

#LeesLifehack

Everyone has had those days, the days where you are looking at the clock seeing lunch time ticking closer and wondering what on earth you should eat. Are you in a healthy mood? A comfort food mood? Snacky and light or hearty and flavorful?

Thinking of a grocery store at this point in the day, wouldn’t normally be the first thing that pops into your head, but here are 10 reasons why it should.

1- Daily Lunch Specials:  All of the 5 Lee’s locations have a daily lunch special available between 11-2. These delicious lunch specials vary day to day. With delicious entrees from chicken fried steak and meatloaf to lasagna, there is always a delicious warm meal available. Mondays through Thursdays, lunch specials are $5.99 for an entree, two sides, and a drink. Plenty of food for even the hungriest of days.

On Fridays, Lee’s has a Foodie Friday perfect for the celebratory, treat-yourself day of the week. These include delicious options such as battered halibut, roasted turkey, and savory new york roast. Foodie Fridays are $9.99 for a drink, entree, two sides, and a delicious beehive roll.

2-  Deli Lunch Options: On top of the daily lunch specials, Lee’s has everyday lunch options starting at $1.99. There is an option for everyone on any day.

Buddy’s Special is simple including either a pizza stick, corn dog, chicken tender, or mozzarella stick with a side of tater tots or wedges.

There is also the option of 3 chicken tenders, 2 pieces of fried or baked chicken, or orange chicken in a meal with two sides and a drink.

3- Lee’s Delicious Made to Order Burgers: It may not be a well-known fact that Lee’s Marketplace has juicy and tasty burgers, but they are worth a try. These burgers come with fries and both are made fresh to each order, so you get fresh hot fries, and a juicy, fresh burger every time.

4- Made to order Sandwiches: Lee’s also has customizable sandwich options. Their sandwiches are made with their high-quality ingredients from the deli and are made to order right in front of you.  With fresh ingredients, this makes a tasty, light lunch for those sunny days.

5- Ready. Chef. Go.: These are pre-packed meals made fresh in the meat department daily. This is a treat, especially when you are looking for that healthy, hearty option. These meals are currently made in these different options: Salmon, Pork, Chicken, and Fajita mix. Each is fresh, high-quality meats from the meat department paired with perfectly selected seasonings and fresh produce to make the perfect meal for you.

These meals are microwavable in minutes and cook everything using steam in the innovatively designed package. This helps both meat and vegetables retain their delicious texture, and keep them from getting rubbery and overcooked.

Call ahead to ensure one is fresh and ready for you every day!

6- Cut Produce & Salsas: There is a large assortment of cut produce options available for those days when you want a light option. This produce is cut in-house using only the highest quality and freshest produce available. Pick up a fruit bowl or a veggie cup and pair it with one of Lee’s freshly squeezed juices, lemonades, and smoothies.

Don’t forget the many varieties of Lee’s Salsas available. You can pair them with crackers or chips for a delicious, snacky lunch.

7- Seasonal Soups: For those cold, rainy days nothing warms you up faster than a warm soup in the deli. The soup of the day is available seasonally so it will be the perfect option for the days you want it.

8- Grab and Go Sandwiches and Salads: If you are in a hurry or picking up a lunch you will eat later in the day, these options are great for you. The sandwiches, salads and other options are made in the deli every morning with the freshest ingredients around.

9- Sushi: Sushi, at a grocery store? Really though, it is delicious high-quality sushi with so many choices for you. This sushi is created by the in-house sushi chefs who spend their entire day prepping and rolling each individual offerings. You can even make a custom order if you have a preference for your sushi roll.

10- Endless options: It is a grocery store, the place where all food is located for every meal of the day. Every year new shelf-stable microwavable options of your favorite foods hit the shelves. From pasta, sauces, beans, rice, soups, dried meals, tuna salad, to a massive assortment of microwavable meals found in the freezer section, you will find an endless array of options for any of your cravings.

Make Lee’s your lunchtime stop for a different option every day.

#LeesLifehack: Order your Lee’s Online Grocery Pick-Up order or Pharmacy Curbside Order for your lunch break. You can be productive and feel like a pro!