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Corn, cherries, cucumbers and grapes in a basket

July Produce Guide

Corn, cherries, cucumbers and grapes in a basket

July is the perfect season for backyard BBQs, pool parties and everything else fun in the sun. We have put together a basket full of perfect snacking and fresh fruits and veggies that will be ripe all month long.

Cherries are the superfood of summer. They contain vitamin c and a ton of fiber with no fat or cholesterol. Use them in your favorite cherry pie recipe or snack on them all by themselves.

Cucumbers contain nearly every vitamin you need on a daily basis. Because they are so vitamin rich, they are the perfect replacement for a caffeinated soda when you’re tired.

Corn is grown on every continent but one, Antarctica. It is an excellent source of vitamin C, magnesium, and vitamin B. Put corn right on the grill or add them into your favorite salsa.

Blackberries are an extremely versatile berry and contain high amounts of vitamin C and fiber. Add them to your perfect charcuterie or mash them into a jam.

Fresh cantaloupe

Fresh Produce Hacks

Fresh cantaloupe

Keeping produce as fresh as the day you got it proves to be a challenging task. Follow these 10 hacks to keep your produce the best and as fresh as it can be.

1- Freeze your produce
It’s important to keep only the produce you can consume during the week out or in the fridge. The rest can go in the freezer to enjoy later. With most fruits and veggies, it’s as simple as cutting and placing in freezer bags; however, for the fruits and veggies that require peeling (i.e. a banana) be sure to peel and cut so that it’s ready for a smoothie or stir fry.

2- Use vinegar
Vinegar is berries best friend. Use a couple of drops on your berries to make them last much longer than normal.

3- Store apples and onions together
Apples and onions that are stored together help both of them not sprout. This makes each of them edible for much longer.

4- Store onions in tights or panty hose
Keep your onions in cool, dry, and airy places, like panty hose, to keep them good for up to 8 months.

5- Put celery in water
Store celery in water, covered, and in the fridge to assure freshness and lock in the crunch.

6- Cover herbs in plastic
Herbs are similar to flower in the way that if you cover them with plastic and seal it, they will stay fresh for longer.

7- Wrap bottom of asparagus with wet paper towel
Keep your asparagus hydrated by wrapping a wet paper towel around the base and storing in room temperature. This doubles as a lovely kitchen decoration.

8- Store tomatoes based on ripeness
If you have perfectly ripe tomatoes that are ready to slice and eat, keep them on the counter. If you’re waiting for them to be a little bit more ripe, store them in the fridge.

9- Wrap top of bananas with plastic wrap
Keep bananas from going brown by wrapping the top of them in plastic wrap.

10- Refrigerate apples
Keep apples in an airy and cold environment to keep them crisp for longer.

Corn, cherries, cucumbers and grapes in a basket

July Produce Guide

Corn, cherries, cucumbers and grapes in a basket

July is the perfect season for backyard BBQs, pool parties and everything else fun in the sun. We have put together a basket full of perfect snacking and fresh fruits and veggies that will be ripe all month long.

Cherries

Cherries are the superfood of summer. They contain vitamin c and a ton of fiber with no fat or cholesterol. Use them in your favorite cherry pie recipe or snack on them all by themselves.

Cucumbers

Cucumbers contain nearly every vitamin you need on a daily basis. Because they are so vitamin rich, they are the perfect replacement for a caffeinated soda when you’re tired.

Corn

Corn is grown on every continent but one, Antarctica. It is an excellent source of vitamin C, magnesium, and vitamin B. Put corn right on the grill or add them into your favorite salsa.

Blackberries

Blackberries are an extremely versatile berry and contain high amounts of vitamin C and fiber. Add them to your perfect charcuterie or mash them into a jam.

Grilled Corn

Food Club® Grilled Corn

Grilled Corn

We know it’s corny, but this grilled corn recipe is the perfect blend of smokey, salty and buttery. Instead of blanching corn at your next BBQ, throw it on the grill.

Ingredients:

1 stick butter

2 tbs. chopped parsley or cilantro

1 tsp. salt

1 tsp. pepper

6 ears of corn, shucked

Instructions:

Melt butter and add herbs, salt and pepper.

Add the corn to a medium-high heat grill and evenly char (about 5-8 minutes).

baked zucchini fries

Food Club® Zucchini Fries

baked zucchini fries

Got a major fry craving? Substitute these baked zucchini fry for a healthier alternative. The crunchy flavor and bread crumb coating make for a perfect guilt-free snack!

Ingredients:

2 cups Food Club® Panko Bread Crumbs

2-3 Large Zucchini

1 cup Food Club® Parmesan Cheese

1 1/2 tsp Italian Seasoning

1 tsp Garlic Salt

3 Large Food Club® Eggs

1/2 Cup Melted Food Club® Butter

Instructions:

Preheat your oven to 450 degrees. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil or coat liberally with butter/cooking spray.

Slice the ends off the zucchini, then cut them in half. Take each half and slice them into 1/2 inch thick wedges.

Combine panko bread crumbs, parmesan cheese, Italian seasoning, and garlic salt into a large plastic seal-able bag. Melt butter in a bowl, and combine with three large eggs. Dip zucchini pieces into the mixture and place three to four pieces into seasoning bag mixture.

Shake them in the bag until they are well coated. Then transfer them to the baking sheet and set aside. Repeat the steps until all your pieces are prepped for baking.

Bake for 18-20 minutes, until they are golden brown and crisp. Keep an eye to keep them from getting too mushy. Rotate pieces midway to ensure both sides evenly brown.

Add additional seasoning after they are finished cooking for more flavor. And pair with your favorite dipping sauce.

Preheat the oven to 450°F and line a large baking sheet with aluminum foil.

May Produce Guide

May Produce Guide

Gone are the days of winter citrus and other chilly-season produce, and on to the days of fresh greens and tropical fruits. The freshest produce in May may seem like a strange combination, but it’s the best time to blend the sweet and tart flavors of more tropical fruits with home-style items like snap peas and squash. Try your hand at combining these fresh-as-can-be produce items in your weekday meals.

Pineapple

Pineapple

True-to-fruit-form, dried, or juiced, pineapples are a great source for magnesium and potassium. According to a variety of research, pineapple contributes to fantastic hair and increased energy.

Mango

Mango

Mangoes are a great fruit to add to nearly any fish-based dish. The acidity brings out the buttery goodness inside. Mangoes also decrease obesity and heart disease. It’s a #winwin. Check out our mango sticky rice recipe.

Snap Pea

Snap Peas

Snap peas are an excellent source of fiber, not to mention they are free of gluten, cholesterol and fat. Add these delicious peas to a stir fry or salad for all of these added benefits.

Squash

Summer Squash

Full of magnesium and fiber, summer squash is a great addition to any meal. Whether it is simply steamed and salted or baked with cheese, it’s the perfect addition to any summer meal.

strawberry arugula and quinoa salad with asparagus in a bowl

Strawberry, Arugula & Quinoa Salad

strawberry arugula and quinoa salad in a white bowl with a side bowl of fresh strawberries

Enjoy celebrating the fresh produce of summer with this delicious strawberry, arugula, and quinoa salad.

Shop our Weekly Ad to get a deal on strawberries and throw together this delicious meal! For the recipe video click here.

Ingredients:

½ bunch asparagus, ends trimmed, cut into 2-inch pieces

¼ cup fresh lemon juice

2 tablespoons honey

1 teaspoon salt

1½ teaspoons fresh ground black pepper

¼ cup extra virgin olive oil

1 package (8.8 ounces) ready to serve white & red quinoa

2 cups loosely packed arugula

2 cups halved fresh strawberries

1 cup crumbled feta cheese

Instructions:

Heat large saucepot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add asparagus; cook 1½ minutes. Transfer asparagus to bowl filled with ice water; once cooled, drain and pat dry.

In large bowl, whisk lemon juice, honey, salt and pepper; whisking constantly, slowly drizzle in oil until emulsified. Add quinoa, arugula and asparagus; toss to combine. Fold in strawberries and cheese. Makes about 7 cups.

Approximate nutritional values per serving: 185 Calories, 12g Fat (4g Saturated), 17mg Cholesterol, 517mg Sodium, 18g Carbohydrates, 3g Fiber, 7g Sugars, 4g Added Sugars, 5g Protein

roasted guacamole with onions and tomatoes in a white bowl

Roasted Guacamole

roasted guacamole with tomatoes and onions in a white bowl

Bravocado for homemade guacamole! Fresh and in-season avocados make the perfect excuse to guac out. Make this delicious recipe today.

Click here for the recipe video.

Ingredients:

Nonstick cooking spray

3 teaspoons olive oil

2 garlic cloves, unpeeled

½ small red onion, cut into ¼-inch-thick slices (about 1 cup)

½ teaspoon plus 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt

1 pinch ground black pepper

4 medium ripe avocados

1 small jalapeño pepper, stem end trimmed

3 tablespoons fresh lime juice

1 medium tomato, diced (about 1 cup)

1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro leaves

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 400°; spray rimmed baking pan with nonstick cooking spray. From 1 teaspoon oil, coat garlic with oil and place on prepared baking pan; in small bowl, toss onion with remainder of 1 teaspoon oil, 1/8 teaspoon salt and pepper. Spread onion in single layer on prepared baking pan and roast 10 minutes; stir onions.

Cut each avocado lengthwise in half around seed. Twist halves in opposite directions to separate. Slip spoon under seed to remove and discard. With large spoon, remove avocado flesh in whole pieces; cut each piece lengthwise in half and add to baking pan, cut side up. Drizzle avocado and coat jalapeño pepper with remaining 2 teaspoons oil; add jalapeño to baking pan. Roast 15 minutes longer, turning jalapeño and rotating baking pan halfway through roasting.

Transfer avocado to same bowl; add lime juice and remaining ½ teaspoon salt. When cool enough to handle, squeeze garlic from skins into bowl. With fork, mash avocado until mixture is slightly chunky. Dice onion and finely chop jalapeño; fold tomato, cilantro, onion and jalapeño into avocado mixture. Refrigerate at least 1 hour or up to overnight before serving.

Approximate nutritional values per serving (¼ cup): 125 Calories, 11g Fat (2g Saturated), 0mg Cholesterol, 106mg Sodium, 7g Carbohydrates, 2g Fiber, 2g Protein

roasted guacamole with onions and tomatoes in a white bowl

Roasted Guacamole

roasted guacamole with tomatoes and onions in a white bowl

Bravocado for homemade guacamole! Fresh and in-season avocados make the perfect excuse to guac out. Make this delicious recipe today.

Click here for the recipe video.

Ingredients:

Nonstick cooking spray

3 teaspoons olive oil

2 garlic cloves, unpeeled

½ small red onion, cut into ¼-inch-thick slices (about 1 cup)

½ teaspoon plus 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt

1 pinch ground black pepper

4 medium ripe avocados

1 small jalapeño pepper, stem end trimmed

3 tablespoons fresh lime juice

1 medium tomato, diced (about 1 cup)

1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro leaves

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 400°; spray rimmed baking pan with nonstick cooking spray. From 1 teaspoon oil, coat garlic with oil and place on prepared baking pan; in small bowl, toss onion with remainder of 1 teaspoon oil, 1/8 teaspoon salt and pepper. Spread onion in single layer on prepared baking pan and roast 10 minutes; stir onions.

Cut each avocado lengthwise in half around seed. Twist halves in opposite directions to separate. Slip spoon under seed to remove and discard. With large spoon, remove avocado flesh in whole pieces; cut each piece lengthwise in half and add to baking pan, cut side up. Drizzle avocado and coat jalapeño pepper with remaining 2 teaspoons oil; add jalapeño to baking pan. Roast 15 minutes longer, turning jalapeño and rotating baking pan halfway through roasting.

Transfer avocado to same bowl; add lime juice and remaining ½ teaspoon salt. When cool enough to handle, squeeze garlic from skins into bowl. With fork, mash avocado until mixture is slightly chunky. Dice onion and finely chop jalapeño; fold tomato, cilantro, onion and jalapeño into avocado mixture. Refrigerate at least 1 hour or up to overnight before serving.

Approximate nutritional values per serving (¼ cup): 125 Calories, 11g Fat (2g Saturated), 0mg Cholesterol, 106mg Sodium, 7g Carbohydrates, 2g Fiber, 2g Protein

roasted guacamole with onions and tomatoes in a white bowl

Roasted Guacamole

roasted guacamole with tomatoes and onions in a white bowl

Bravocado for homemade guacamole! Fresh and in-season avocados make the perfect excuse to guac out. Make this delicious recipe today.

Click here for the recipe video.

Ingredients:

Nonstick cooking spray

3 teaspoons olive oil

2 garlic cloves, unpeeled

½ small red onion, cut into ¼-inch-thick slices (about 1 cup)

½ teaspoon plus 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt

1 pinch ground black pepper

4 medium ripe avocados

1 small jalapeño pepper, stem end trimmed

3 tablespoons fresh lime juice

1 medium tomato, diced (about 1 cup)

1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro leaves

Instructions:

Preheat oven to 400°; spray rimmed baking pan with nonstick cooking spray. From 1 teaspoon oil, coat garlic with oil and place on prepared baking pan; in small bowl, toss onion with remainder of 1 teaspoon oil, 1/8 teaspoon salt and pepper. Spread onion in single layer on prepared baking pan and roast 10 minutes; stir onions.

Cut each avocado lengthwise in half around seed. Twist halves in opposite directions to separate. Slip spoon under seed to remove and discard. With large spoon, remove avocado flesh in whole pieces; cut each piece lengthwise in half and add to baking pan, cut side up. Drizzle avocado and coat jalapeño pepper with remaining 2 teaspoons oil; add jalapeño to baking pan. Roast 15 minutes longer, turning jalapeño and rotating baking pan halfway through roasting.

Transfer avocado to same bowl; add lime juice and remaining ½ teaspoon salt. When cool enough to handle, squeeze garlic from skins into bowl. With fork, mash avocado until mixture is slightly chunky. Dice onion and finely chop jalapeño; fold tomato, cilantro, onion and jalapeño into avocado mixture. Refrigerate at least 1 hour or up to overnight before serving.

Approximate nutritional values per serving (¼ cup): 125 Calories, 11g Fat (2g Saturated), 0mg Cholesterol, 106mg Sodium, 7g Carbohydrates, 2g Fiber, 2g Protein