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Stack of pancakes with strawberries, blueberries, and syrup drizzled on top

Greek Yogurt Pancakes

Stack of pancakes with strawberries, blueberries, and syrup drizzled on top

Add Greek yogurt to this breakfast staple – pancakes. The creamy, smooth yogurt adds the missing feature to complete your ideal breakfast.

Ingredients: ​

1 cup plain Greek yogurt

1 tsp baking soda ​

1 ¼ cup flour ​

½ cup quick oats ​

3 tbsp brown sugar ​

1 ½ tsp baking powder ​

¾ cup milk ​

2 large eggs ​

1 tbsp vegetable oil ​

Instructions: ​

Mix yogurt with baking soda into a medium bowl and wait for it to start and foam. ​

Next, in a large bowl mix together all dry ingredients. ​

After yogurt mixture has foamed, mix in milk and eggs. Then add wet ingredients to the dry and mix it all together. Be sure to not overmix, the lumps help the texture of the pancake as it cooks. Add more milk if you find your batter to be too thick. ​

Lastly, add a tbsp of oil to your batter and mix lightly. Then, it’s time to cook! ​

Set pan or griddle over medium heat. Add oil and a gracious amount of butter to the pan as it warms. ​

Add pancake mixture to the pan and cook on medium heat for about 2-3 minutes or until bubbles form. Flip and repeat. ​

Keep your cooked pancakes warm in the oven while you finish the rest of your batch. ​

Top your cooked pancakes with fresh fruit, butter and syrup to complete the meal. Serve and enjoy!​

Rainbow colored pieces of toast with fruit

Rainbow Toast

Rainbow toast with sliced fruit to make the colors

Toast the rainbow and add some color to your morning with this impressive spread.

Ingredients:

Loaf of French bread (sliced), or pre-sliced bread of your choice

Cream cheese (we used mixed berry to add some additional color and flavor)

Pick from your favorite fruit to make your version of the rainbow. We used:

  • Strawberries, bananas, mangoes, kiwi, and blueberries

Toppings of your choice. We used:

  • Honey, cinnamon, paprika, coconut flakes, and powdered sugar

Instructions:

Take your chosen loaf, or pre-sliced pieces and spread your cream cheese evenly across all five pieces.

Thinly slice your chosen fruits and add them over the top of the cream cheese.

Sprinkle the toppings as a final touch. These are the combinations we loved and highly recommend:

  • Strawberry and honey
  • Banana and cinnamon
  • Mango and paprika
  • Kiwi and coconut flakes
  • Blueberry and powdered sugar

Plate your rainbow toast and take a moment to appreciate your artistry. Serve, and enjoy!

Basket with produce

February Produce Guide

Produce in basket

February Produce Guide

We are pretty sure February has some of the best fruits and vegetables in season! We have tips for picking out the best produce from the store and then some fun ways to use them.

Apples

Apples –

Honeycrisp, Pink Lady, Gala, Fuji, Granny Smith, Golden Delicious…just to name a few, we love apples all kinds. When picking your apples from the store notice the fragrance, ready to eat apples often have a yummy aroma. Sliced apples and peanut butter are a perfect go to snack. If you want a fun apple flavored sauce, try this Slower Cooker Apple Butter. 

Cauliflower

Cauliflower –

Cauliflower has been getting a lot of attention lately because it it so easy to use as a substitute. Think cauliflower pizza crust, cauliflower tator (but not tator…) tots, cauliflower rice and so one. Cauliflower in a salad with some bacon, cheese and creamy dressing is a wonderful option. However you choose to use your cauliflower, you want to make sure you are buying the freshest option. Look for a cauliflower with even colored florets and bright, fresh looking leaves that feels heavy. 

Grapes

Grapes –

Everyone has their favorite between red and green grapes, but whether you’re red grape team or green grape team it is hard to turn down nice big, firm and plump grapes. When you are buying your grapes make sure the fruit have nice color (either yellow-green or mostly red). Sometimes you will notice a white, waxy coating on grapes; this is called bloom. Bloom is safe to eat, it forms to help grapes with moisture loss, however it is always a good idea to rinse any produce before eating. Grape salad is always a favorite – mix together some sour cream, cream cheese with some brown sugar and grapes and any other add ins.

Pears

Pears –

While pears are loved for their amazing flavor and juicy texture, sometimes knowing how to choose them at the store can be a deterrent in buying them. When purchasing a pear to enjoy immediately you want to buy one that is a little soft near the stem. If you plan to wait a few days, buy a pear that is firm. You can speed up the ripening process of pears by placing them in a brown bag with an apple or banana, or you can simply wait a few days and let it ripe on the counter.  While fresh pears are delicious on their own, you can substitute pears in an apple cobbler or add some to a butternut soup for a fun variation.

Tangerines

Tangerines –

Tangerines are the perfect little package of goodness! You want to choose firm to semi-soft ones that are heavy and have a beautiful orange color. Store them in the fridge in order to keep them fresher for longer.  A warm tangerine cake with a yummy glaze will become a family favorite. Tangerines are also fun to add to a chicken stir fry to give it a fresh, citrus flavor.

Dish of blueberry crumble

Blueberry Crumble

Dish of blueberry crumble
Fruit desserts are good the whole year but there is something about a warm blueberry crumble on a chilly autumn evening that just feels right. The yummy, gooey taste of blueberries paired with a generous amount of brown sugar topping, served with vanilla ice cream is a favorite. You can either use fresh or frozen blueberries which makes this dessert super easy to plan and make! The brown sugar topping is amazing – if you want to make this treat a little extra special, double the topping part. So, invite some friends over, turn on the fire place and have a good time!
Ingredients
Filling
4 cups of fresh blueberries or a 16 oz package of frozen blueberries
2 tablespoons lemon juice
½ cup light brown sugar
2 teaspoons cornstarch
Topping
¾ cup quick-cooking oats
½ cup all-purpose flour
½ cup packed light brown sugar
1 dash of salt
1/3 cup of butter, cubed
Directions
Preheat oven to 350°
Filling
In an ungreased 1 ½ quart casserole dish, mix together the lemon juice and blueberries
In a small bowl, stir together brown sugar and cornstarch. Add mixture to blueberries.
Topping
Combine oats, flour, brown sugar and salt in a bowl and then cut in butter. Spread topping over the blueberries.
Bake for 40 minutes, or until topping is light brown and the blueberry mixture is bubbling.
We love this served warm with a scoop of ice cream!

Thankful Box with November Produce, Apples, Kale, Fennel, Beets, Brussels Sprouts, and Cauliflower

November Produce Guide

Thankful Box with November Produce, Apples, Kale, Fennel, Beets, Brussels Sprouts, and Cauliflower

November is the last month of fall. Which means it is the last month to take advantage of warm weather before December comes and winter sets in. Luckily even with the cold weather there is still a lot of produce available! We appreciate fresh so at our stores we strive to have plenty of fresh produce available all year! We’ve created a guide to some November produce along with  fun recipe ideas you are going to want to try ASAP!

red and green apples on table

Apples are an easy fresh ingredient to add to your November table! Tart apples like Fuji and Granny Smith are perfect for your caramel apples. Fuji and Golden Delicious make yummy homemade applesauce. For apple crisp, you are going to want to use both sweet and tart apples, like Granny Smith with Honey Crisp. For a quick snack, the Gala has a nice sweet, somewhat tart flavor that always tastes amazingly fresh!

kale on table

Kale is harvested after the frost in the fall, so November is the perfect month to take advantage of this healthy green and there are many ways to use it besides throwing it into your morning smoothie. Kale salads are becoming very popular.  We recommend massaging your raw kale leaves for about 30 seconds to make them a little less tough and more enjoyable in your salad. Kale can also be thrown in a pot of soup, just simmer until the kale is wilted. Sautéed kale with garlic and red chili flakes is an easy dish.

Brussels sprouts on table

Brussels sprouts are in their peak season from September to February, this is the perfect time to change your mind about these infamous vegetables. Roasted in the oven with some Parmesan, olive oil and salt, Brussels sprouts make the perfect side dish. Or shred your Brussels sprouts and throw them in with apples, pomegranate seeds, feta cheese and walnuts and you have a fresh fall salad.

cauliflower on table

Cauliflower is one of the most versatile vegetables, making it extremely easy to find a way to incorporate into your meals. Cauliflower can be treated like a potato and mashed with garlic and butter. You can also use it to replace flour in many recipes such as pizza crust and tortillas. Roasted cauliflower is a great option to add to pasta dishes or eat on its own.

fennel on table

Fennel is a plant that can be used in many ways. The bulb, leaves and seeds can all be used in cooking. The bulb is yummy sliced and baked with carrots and other seasonings or shave the bulb and add the raw shavings to a salad. The seeds are great addition to salads, pasta sauces and meat marinades. Fennel leaves make a great salad or addition to another dish like an omelet.

Beets on table

Beets are an easy way to add color to your dish! Cooked beets with orange slices, greens and a balsamic dressing is a perfect winter salad. Pickled beets are a great way to store all of the fresh beets available. Beets can also be used in cookies, ice cream, cinnamon rolls and lots of other sweet treats. No matter what kind of dish you plan to use them in beets need to be on your shopping list!

 

Fruit Pizza

They say you can’t have it all, but they’re wrong when it comes to this Fruit Pizza.

Ingredients:

  • 1 package of ready-to-bake sugar cookies
  • 8 oz. cream cheese, softened
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 kiwi, peeled, halved, and sliced
  • 1 cup strawberries, halved
  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1/2 cup honey

Directions:

Spray 12-inch pizza pan with non-stick spray. Press cookie dough evenly onto pan. Bake according to package.

Mix cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla in a bowl until fluffy. Spread evenly over cooked and cooled cookie dough. Top with fruit and honey. Chill for 1 hour before serving.

Fruit Hacks

Fruits are absolutely delicious, but often tend to have some quirks that make eating them difficult. Here are a couple of hacks to make your fruit experience 10/10 every time.

Banana Ice Cream
Bananas are incredibly versatile- in fact, you can make healthy ice cream by blending the until smooth and freezing them.

Fresh Apple Slices
Keep apple slices from browning by soaking them in 2 tbs. of honey and 1 cup of water.

No Mess Pomegranates 
To easily remove the seeds from the pomegranates, cut the pom in half and place underwater in a bowl. From there, use your hands to easily remove the seeds. Strain, serve, and enjoy!

Hull Strawberries like a Champ
Making fresh strawberry jam? Hull the entire batch with a straw. Starting at the bottom, simply push the straw up the middle of the strawberry for the perfect hull every time.

Left over Fruit
Have a couple of mix-and-match berries left over from a fruit salad. Put them in an ice tray, fill with water, and freeze for a refreshing and infusing water.

 

 

Superhero Fruit Tray

A tray full of red, white and blue and super sweet fruit too!

What you’ll need:

  • 1 lb. strawberries, halved
  • 1 container blueberries
  • bag of mini marshmallows
  • large marshmallows

Wash and slice strawberries in half. Wash blueberries. Form star with mini marshmallows in the middle of the platter. Surround marshmallows with blueberries to form circle. Line blueberry circle with strawberries. Cut large marshmallows in half and place around strawberries to form circle. Add another row of sliced strawberries. Enjoy!

Peeps Fruit Kabobs

Sweeten up your day with these adorably tasty Peeps fruit kabobs.  They are the perfect snack, treat or appetizer for your Easter celebrations.

What you’ll need:

  • Bunny Peeps, any color desired
  • strawberries
  • grapes
  • pineapple
  • oranges
  • kabob sticks

Clean and cut fruit into 1″ squares and spear onto kabob stick. Top with a bunny Peeps and enjoy!

Try using other delicious fruits that are in season. Apples, blueberries, blackberries and raspberries would be a great option too.