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5 Steps to Make the Perfect Salad

Cool, crisp and healthy salads are the perfect snack, starter or complete meal. When you get a salad right it is a colorful meal full of flavor, texture and nutrients. Follow these five steps to make every salad taste amazing!

  • Step 1: Choose a base- Decide what kind of salad you are going to make and then figure out the perfect leafy green. Remember the darker the green the greater it is in nutritional value.  Some great options: Romaine, arugula, butterhead lettuce, red leaf, green leaf, spinach, cress, cabbage, collard green, etc.
  • Step 2: Add produce- This is where you add color, texture and flavor to your salad. The more color you add to your salad the more variety of nutrients you get. Put at least two types of produce into your salad for a total of 2 cups produce. Some great produce options: bell peppers, brocolli, carrots, cucumber, green beans, radishes, corn, tomato, cauliflower, beets, onions, mushrooms, etc.
  • Step 3: Make it filling with protein- A salad turns into a meal when you add protein. Choose lean sources of protein to keep your salad good and healthy. Some great protein options: black beans, chicken, ham, turkey, eggs, salmon, lentils, kidney beans, tuna, garbanzo beans, edamame, tofu, peas, pork,etc.
  • Step 4: Boost with flavor- Make your salad spectacular with salad toppings that add crunch and flavor. You don’t need much to boost your salad. Some great flavor boosters: bacon bits, chia seeds, cranberries, olives, raisins, salsa, almonds, blue cheese, feta cheese,etc.
  • Step 5: Dress it up- No salad is complete with dressing. Pick a salad dressing that will compliment the flavors. You don’t want to drown out your salad–you don’t need more than 2 tablespoons of dressing.  Try out low calorie options or try a recipe to make your own.

Pick the Perfect Watermelon

It’s watermelon season! The perfect refreshing  snack, barbecue side dish or treat for sunny days. Watermelon is a summertime essential. Make sure your watermelon is ripe and delicious by following these FOUR steps while selecting your perfect melon.

  1. Look for field spot: The field spot is the yellow spot where the melon rested on the ground. Ripe melons have a creamy yellow or orangish spots, not white.
  2. Look for webbing: The brown web-like spots on the melon mean that bees touched the melon several times. The more pollination, the sweeter the watermelon will be.
  3. Look for a round melon: Oblong melons often have a watery taste. Round melons typically are sweeter.
  4. Choose an average size: It’s best to choose neither the largest or smallest melons. Choose a melon that is average in size and feels heavy.

Pick the Perfect Watermelon

It’s watermelon season! The perfect refreshing  snack, barbecue side dish or treat for sunny days. Watermelon is a summertime essential. Make sure your watermelon is ripe and delicious by following these FOUR steps while selecting your perfect melon.

  1. Look for field spot: The field spot is the yellow spot where the melon rested on the ground. Ripe melons have a creamy yellow or orangish spots, not white.
  2. Look for webbing: The brown web-like spots on the melon mean that bees touched the melon several times. The more pollination, the sweeter the watermelon will be.
  3. Look for a round melon: Oblong melons often have a watery taste. Round melons typically are sweeter.
  4. Choose an average size: It’s best to choose neither the largest or smallest melons. Choose a melon that is average in size and feels heavy.

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.

Cook the Perfect Steak

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How to cook the perfect steak

Have you ever wondered how the experts make their experts make their steaks taste so good?

A big part of it is choosing the right cuts and the right quality. Certified Angus Beef ® always has lots of delicious marbling, which provides flavor, tenderness and juiciness so you know you are getting the very best at Macey’s with Certified Angus Beef®.

As far as cooking goes, there are a few simple secrets that will help make you the king (or queen!) of the grill!

Follow these easy steps to sizzling success:

S – Start with a hot grill (500-550˚F. is ideal). Searing beef helps lock in its delicious juices.

T – Turn steaks gently with tongs or a spatula; never pierce them with a fork.

E – Ensure juiciness by flipping steaks only once.

A – Assess doneness with an instant-read thermometer.

K – Keep food safety in mind. Thoroughly wash anything that comes in contact with raw meat.

S – Set steaks aside to rest a few minutes before serving, to keep the juices inside.

That’s it – six easy steps to steak perfection!

Happy Shopping® and happy grilling.