A Day in the Life of a Dietitian During the Holidays

Amy

Yes, we’re real people too. I promise I’m not the girl walking into my parent’s house for Thanksgiving carrying kale and carrot sticks. I love this time of year because it brings together my three most favorite things in the world: Family + Friends & Food. Continue reading “A Day in the Life of a Dietitian During the Holidays”

Easy Entertaining

It’s November, people. You know what that means. Tune in your favorite holiday music station, sign up for the best shopping alerts, get your best Little Black Dress ready, and make your list (and check it twice).

The weeks ahead are going to be busybusybusy, and time will be in short supply. We’ll do what we can do here at Coborn’s to make the weeks ahead a little less frantic: try our deli for quick takeout meals on those extra busy nights, flip through the recipe section on our website for our meal planner, if you’re in St. Cloud or the Twin Cities use CobornsDelivers.com to bring your groceries right to your door, and check this blog often. We’ll have tips for Easy Entertaining all week, along with links and recipes for everything from Christmas cookies to casseroles to crafts.

To kick things off, here’s a handy–and free–printable set of appetizer label cards for your next buffet. Snap a pic if you use them and show us your table!

Download here:  CobornsPrintable_AppetizerLabels

Trick or Treat! Or Bubbles!

credit: Mint.com

Halloween is right around the corner, and if you’re like many American households, you’re bracing yourself for an onslaught of CANDY! Each year, 90 million pounds of chocolate and $2 billion in candy is sold during Halloween week. Not only are these staggering numbers for our children, who are the primary consumers of a massive stash, but also for 90% of parents who admit to sneaking from their kids (and the 10% who do it, but won’t admit it).

Even if you’re not willing to say that candy is bad for you, most people are at least willing to admit that it’s not good for you. We’ve put our heads together here at Coborns and CobornsDelivers come up with a few alternatives to traditional Halloween treats to help nip the candy epidemic in the bud.

Non-Food Options

  • Crayons
  • Play-Doh
  • Bubbles
  • Stickers
  • Temporary Tattoos
  • Glow Bracelets/Necklaces
  • Superballs

Healthier Food Options

  • Juice Boxes
  • Sugar-Free Gum
  • Pretzels
  • Fruit Leather
  • Granola Bars
  • Cereal Bars

Another fun and healthy option for Halloween is this adorable Snack-O-Lantern. Although you may not be able to hand them out to the eager trick-or-treaters, they make for a delicious post-dinner, pre-trick-or-treat snack to fill up the kiddos before they head out for the evening!

You Will Need:

Navel Oranges
Fresh Pineapple
Fresh Strawberries
Fresh Blueberries
Fresh Kiwi
Clear Plastic Forks
Green Marker
Paring Knife

Directions:

Use a paring knife to slice the top off of the orange and cut around its
interior to hollow out.
Scoop out orange flesh. (You may save this to put back into your lantern
when it is finished)
Carve small facial features in one side of the orange. Cut a slit in the
lid to accommodate the handle of the fork. Cut your fruit into small pieces
and mix together. Fill the lantern with the cut fruit.
Color the handle of the clear plastic forks with green marker to make it
look like a stem.
Insert the fork and set the lid in place.

Candy is as much a part of Halloween as pumpkins, but it’s always fine to add a new twist to the traditions. Along with your dose of chocolate, we hope your family will enjoy healthy and fun alternatives. What have you given out in past years? What are you going to give out this year?

Pumpkin Tips

photo credit: Taste of Home

What’s your favorite holiday? If you’re like most adults, Christmas, Thanksgiving, and the Fourth of July probably top your list. There are far fewer surveys of kids, but any elementary teacher will tell you that Halloween is right up there. Costumes, candy, and spoooooky decorations—so much to love!

And then there’s the pumpkin. At our house, every member of the family gets to choose a pumpkin theme, and the decision is given LOTS of thought and consideration. As Halloween traditions go, choosing your pumpkin theme is right up there with choosing your costume. Thank goodness for stencils. They’ve opened a goldmine of creative carving options. Do you have a little pirate?  A deer hunter? An Elmo lover?  There’s a stencil for that!

A few tips on safe carving—

Patience, grasshopper. We all want to kick off the season, but the clock starts ticking once you make that first cut. Depending on the weather (both frost and heat will speed decay), you’ll only have about  a week before your work of art starts to sag.

It’s not for the littles. It goes without saying, but if your kiddo can’t cut his own steak, he’s not ready for DIY carving. Put younger kids in charge of scooping or stencil selection.

Get your tools right. The first year I carved, I had a paring knife. That’s all. Disastrous! To make your work easier, you’ll want a rigid, narrow, serrated blade for the fine cuts, an awl for tracing the stencil, and a sturdy serrated scooper. If you really take your work seriously, you’ll eventually assemble a carving collection like this.

Prepare, prepare, prepare. Spread newspapers on the table and an inexpensive painting drop cloth on the floor. Have a plastic bag on hand to hold the pumpkin “guts” when you scoop the out. But don’t throw away the seeds—put them in a colander; we’ll talk more about that later.

Make a chimney. Once your masterpiece is carved and the candle is placed, light it for minute and then blow out the flame. Look for the spot where the pumpkin is getting charred on the inside, and cut a small hole in that spot to vent the heat and smoke. The candle will burn cleaner with less smoke and smell.

Or, flip a switch. For the safest light—and one that won’t blow out on a windy Minnesota night—use an battery-powered light rather than a candle

Save your seeds.  If you’re looking for an easy recipe for kids, roasted pumpkin seeds will become your post-carving tradition in both sweet and savory.

There are endless patterns and ideas to spark your Halloween creativity. We’ll get you started on the Coborn’s All Hallows Eve Pinterest board.

Weekly Ad Recipe – Cinco De Mayo Taco Fiesta

Cinco De Mayo Taco Fiesta

Just to give tacos an extra fun twist I have spread each warmed soft tortilla with 2 Tablespoons refried beans and placed a crisp taco shell on the beans, then fold the soft tortilla over the taco shell. I also add sour cream, nacho cheese and chopped avocados, to my taco to give it even a better flavor.

Ingredients

Lean Ground Beef
Tortillas
Taco Seasoning
Shredded Lettuce
Optional Ingredients
Taco Shells
Refried Beans
Sour Cream
Nacho Cheese
Avocado