Ready Chef Go: Freshness From Your Microwave!

Ready Chef Go: Freshness From Your Microwave! - Family, Friends & Food with Jayne

It’s the start of 2016, new resolutions and of course diet season. A year ago I started mine and I’m excited to say I have lost a total of 33 pounds and am still going strong by maintaining my healthy diet. I have never felt this good and so healthy in my life. I know sometimes when we start diets it is difficult to make sure you are eating the right food for each specific diet. That is why I am so excited to share a new program that we have in our Meat Department at Coborn’s. It is called “Ready Chef Go” and the best part is that you don’t have to be a Chef to prepare these meals. They are beyond awesome and have totally made my life so much easier, especially at dinnertime.

Even though I do two blogs a month for Coborn’s and have a million and one recipes, I struggle sometimes, and after a day at work I walk into the house and ask myself the dreaded question, “What am I going to make for dinner?” Well not anymore!

The Ready Chef Go program is a microwavable bag and also an oven ready bag. You can find these prepackaged bags in the Meat Department between the Meat and Pork sections of the self-service case. Each bag has 6 oz. of meat or seafood and 4 oz. of vegetables. The attributes of these bags are….

  • It steam cooks the food to perfection.
  • All the flavors and juices are retained inside the bag.
  • The sealed bag reduces seafood odor at home when cooking and enhances the flavor of the additional ingredients.

All I need to do is stop at Coborn’s on the way home and pick up a couple of these bags and follow the directions on the back of the package. The Salmon Ready Chef Gopackages are heated in the microwave for about 4 to 5 minutes depending on the item, and just like that I have dinner ready to eat in about 10 minutes. The packaging is so awesome that even after you cook them and open the bag if you feel they are not completely done you can reseal the package and cook them a little longer. Most microwave packages can’t be re-sealed. These Ready Chef Go meals are also great for lunch at the office, just pop them in the microwave in the lunchroom and I’m eating in about 5 minutes. I travel a lot with my job and don’t want to eat fast food all of the time when I am traveling, so they are great to take back to the hotel, pop it in the microwave and I have as close to a home cooked meal as you can get when you are on the road at a very affordable cost.

Ready Chef Go meals come in several varieties (chicken, ribs, pork chops, fajita’s, stir fry, salmon, and even fish tacos) along with a variety of vegetables (fresh asparagus, broccoli, cauliflower or green beans). What I really like about them is that there is no seasoning on the fish, which makes the seafood very healthy, and that way I can add seasoning of my choice to them if I like. However, I’ve found out that they are so great tasting that you don’t need seasoning! The flavors are locked into the bag and make the meat and seafood ultra tender and moist. You couldn’t get better vegetables like these with absolutely no seasoning added anywhere else!

I hope you stop by and try one of these AWESOME meals and see how they make your life easier and save you so much time. Comment on Facebook and let me know which one is your favorite. I hope you enjoy… I know I did!

Jayne, Coborn’s Inc. Meat and Seafood Merchandiser

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Last Minute Homemade Christmas Gifts

Last Minute Homemade Christmas Gifts


Ashley Maurer
Ashley Maurer



Last Minute Homemade Christmas Gifts

With Christmas right around the corner, it is officially time to stop procrastinating. Let’s face it, those gifts aren’t going to buy themselves! There always seems to be a last minute party to attend or an extra person coming to spend the day with the family that you weren’t planning on. Not to worry though! I’ve got a few last minute ideas that will make those last minute plans feel like they had been planned all along. The best thing is that you can get most, if not all of the things you need at your local Coborn’s!


Snowman Chocolate Bars
Snowman Chocolate Bars
This is my personal favorite and a good craft to make with the kids. I picked up some extra large candy bars and a couple pairs of gloves from Coborn’s. I used plain computer paper to wrap them in, pulled the open glove over one end of the wrapped chocolate bar and tie some ribbon around it to tighten the top together. Then use crayons to draw the snowman features on. Add one more ribbon to make the scarf and that’s all there is to it. It’s quick, easy and fun to make. Plus they make great stocking stuffers or would even be cute as place settings for the kids’ table!

Snowman Hot Chocolate
Snowman Hot Chocolate
Who doesn’t love hot chocolate on those cold winter nights? Make hot chocolate even more fun by building a snowman to give it in. This is a great project to make with the kids and I love being able to reuse baby food jars to make it. You can mix and match jar sizes too! Don’t have any baby food jars laying around? A quick visit to Coborn’s can solve that. That’s what I had to do. Don’t worry, I didn’t waste the food, my sweet niece ate it up for me!

Make sure to peel the labels off, wash and sanitize the jars. Paint the lids black and use paint to make the face and buttons of the snowman on the outside of the jars. Use hot glue to hold the jars together in a stack. Fill each of the jars, one with mini marshmallows, one with hot chocolate (or cappuccino mix works too) put peppermint candies in the last one. I had scrap fabric laying around that I used to make the scarfs but you could use ribbon for that too. Simply adorable!

Candy Whisk
Candy Whisk
Making a candy filled whisk is very fast and easy. Plus it can be made for less than $10! Buy the candy and whisk, fill the whisk with candy. It’s really that simple. Click here for a free printable tag to add to it as well.

Pot Holder Bouquet
Pot Holder Bouquet
This is also a super easy gift to put together. All it takes is one trip to your local Coborn’s store and you can get everything you need. Spend some time going through the kitchen aisle and mix and match to your liking. Grab a pot holder and make sure all the utensils you picked out will fit inside. When you get home you can add some tissue paper, bows or ribbons to top it off. This works great to give as a hostess gift for those last minute Holiday parties.

Giving homemade gifts can be fun, personalized and meaningful. These were just a few of my favorite gift ideas. If you want to see some more crafty creations check out Lynell’s blog for more fun ideas you can make yourself.

Happy Holidays!
Ashley Maurer
Coborn’s Inc. Graphic Designer
Homemade Made Easy

Weekly Ad Recipe – Fried Cabbage And Sausage

Weekly Ad Recipe Fried Cabbage And Sausage

I tried this recipe the other night because it was so fast to put together after work and it was great! I have always loved cabbage and I decided to add the Rotel tomatoes to this to give it an awesome little zing. Since the first of this year I really have been watching my carb intake. If you have been too, then this recipe is perfect because it’s low carb. Enjoy… I did!

Coborn’s Inc. Meat and Seafood Merchandiser

Fried Cabbage And Sausage
Serves: 8
  • ¼ Cup Butter Or Margarine
  • 1 Head Cabbage, chopped
  • 1 Small Onion, chopped
  • 1 Lb. Smoked Sausage, sliced in round pieces
  • 1 Can Diced Tomatoes Or (15 oz.) Rotel Tomatoes
  • ½ tsp. Salt
  • ½ tsp. Pepper
  1. Melt butter in large skillet.
  2. Add cabbage and onions and cook on medium high heat for about 5 minutes stirring to keep the cabbage from sticking to pan.
  3. Add remaining ingredients, cover and simmer for 20-25 minutes.
Suggested Wine Pairing Casillero del Diablo Carmenere


Weekly Ad Recipe – Dill and Cheese Shrimp Appetizers

Weekly Ad Recipe - Dill and Cheese Shrimp Appetizers

These are the perfect appetizers to add to your next holiday cocktail party. If you can’t find the dill flavored Havarti cheese you can use the regular flavor and it will work just as good. Extremely easy to make and finished in less than 15 minutes. Enjoy….I did!

Coborn’s Inc. Meat and Seafood Merchandiser

Dill and Cheese Shrimp Appetizers
Serves: 24
  • 24 Cocktail Bread Slices, pumpernickel
  • 3 T. Dijon Mustard
  • 1 T. Honey
  • 6 Havarti Cheese Slices, dill
  • 24 Medium or Large Fully Cooked Shrimp, thawed if frozen and tails removed
  • 2 T. Red Bell Pepper, finely chopped
  • 2 T. Fresh Dill Weed, chopped
  1. Heat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Place bread slices in jelly roll pan.
  3. Bake 4 to 6 minutes or until crisp.
  4. Mix mustard and honey; spread over bread slices.
  5. Cut cheese into 2” squares.
  6. Top each bread slice with cheese, shrimp and bell pepper.
  7. Sprinkle with dill weed.
  8. Bake 3 to 5 minutes or until cheese is melted.
Suggested Wine Pairing 14 Hands Riesling


Weekly Ad Recipe – Ranch Chicken Tenders


Weekly Ad Recipe - Ranch Chicken Tenders
Serves: 4
  • ⅓ Cup Ranch dressing
  • 1 tsp. Basil Leaves, dried
  • 1 Cup Panko Crispy Bread Crumbs, plain
  • 1 Pkg. Chicken Tenders, uncooked fresh boneless skinless
  1. Heat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Spray large cookie sheet with cooking spray.
  3. In small bowl, mix ⅓-cup ranch dressing and the basil.
  4. In large re-sealable plastic bag, place bread crumbs.
  5. Dip chicken into ranch dressing mixture.
  6. Place chicken in bread crumb bag; seal and shake to coat.
  7. Place chicken on cookie sheet.
  8. Bake 15 to 20 minutes, turning once, until chicken reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees.
  9. Serve with additional ranch dressing.

If you want to be a hit with the kids, just serve this recipe. This is the perfect recipe to make when they get home from all the after school activities and you don’t have a lot of time. This is one of the quickest and easiest recipes for chicken and the taste is oh so good. Enjoy….I did!

Coborn’s, Inc. Meat and Seafood Merchandiser