Hummus: A Healthy Snack for a Busy Life

Hummus: A Healthy Snack for a Busy Life

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Cheryl

As my son, Alex, and I sat in a bustling auditorium waiting for my granddaughter’s spring program to begin, I mentioned that I needed a subject for this blog. His immediate response, “Hummus! I eat it every day, it’s an easy go-to snack.”

Alex’s life is one of the busiest I know of. He goes to school in St. Paul during the day, works as a bartender in a high end restaurant downtown Minneapolis at night, drives his daughter to school in Roseville, plays Lego’s with his son at home in Lino Lakes and his wife is exactly nine months pregnant with their third child. If he finds hummus an easy, go-to snack I believe him! Continue reading “Hummus: A Healthy Snack for a Busy Life”

6 Quick and Easy Salads in a Jar

Quick and Easy Salads in a Jar

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Lynell

This fall the Coborn’s Support Center moved to a brand new building. The building, my workspace and the entire campus are absolutely beautiful and it creates a wonderful atmosphere to work at, but unfortunately I have to drive a little farther for my daily commute. With busy mornings where you are trying to get up and go quickly, I needed something that makes planning out lunches a little bit easier.

I suppose the easiest lunchtime solution is to go out to eat, which I’ll admit is nice occasionally, but it can be pricey to do everyday Kraft-Dressingand not always healthy for you. That’s why I’ve collected some delicious recipes to share with you all that I promise will spruce up any boring lunch routine!

Food Prep Freshness

Glass mason jars help to keep the salads very fresh, and by using wide mouth  jars I have created delicious salads that are perfect for anyone on the go or looking for a healthy and fun way to get their greens in- no salad bowl necessary. My mason jars were even chalkboard jars I picked up from a craft store for added lunchtime creativity!

Everything on my Facebook homepage lately seems to feature food recipes, clean eating blogs and meal prepping ideas. What better way to follow suit than to make my complete week of salads on Sunday evening and have them ready to go for the entire week.

I love the taste, freshness and most of all the convenience of these Mason Jar Salads. Best of all you can make so many different varieties, which means lunchtime doesn’t need to be boring, it can be as original as each day of the week!

Check out some of the recipes for these Mason Jar Salads below:

Dietitian’s Choice Salad

Dietitian's Choice Salad

Dietitian's Choice Salad
 
Ingredients
  • 2 T. Kraft Balsamic Vinaigrette
  • 4-6 Baby Carrots, chopped
  • ¼ Cup Peas
  • ¼ Cup Peppers, chopped
  • ¼ Cup Garbonzo Beans
  • ¼ Cup Reduced Fat Feta Cheese
  • ½ Cup Tomato, chopped
  • 2 Cups Spring Mix Salad Greens with Kale
Instructions
  1. Wash Jar.
  2. In the same order that is listed above add your ingredients to a wide mouthed mason jar.
  3. Shake jar when ready to be eaten and refrigerate if you are saving it for a later date.
Notes
Dietitian's Notes:
-This salad is great because the wide variety of vegetables are full of fiber, vitamins and minerals.
-Add dried cranberries to your salad to represent as many food groups as possible, but make sure no sugar is added!
-Make sure you always have beans or some sort of protein added to your meals, and if a salad is your full meal make extra sure they are added!
-Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar add a great flavor and provide healthy fats.
-Aside from the Feta Cheese (19) and the Balsamic Vinegar (18) all of these ingredients have a 100 on the NuVal Scoring System!

 

BLT Avocado Salad

BLT Avocado Salad

BLT Avocado Salad
 
Ingredients
  • 2 T. Kraft Bleu Cheese
  • ½ Cup Tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 Avocado, chopped
  • 6 Bacon Slices, cooked and chopped
  • 2 Cups Lettuce or Spinach Mix
Instructions
  1. Wash Mason Jar.
  2. Add ingredients in the order listed above.
  3. Keep refrigerated until ready to eat.
  4. Shake jar, add chips and enjoy!

 

Greek Salad

Greek Salad

Greek Salad
 
Ingredients
  • 2 T. Kraft Red Wine Vinaigrette Dressing
  • ½ Cup Cucumber, chopped
  • ½ Cup Tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 T. Red Onion
  • 4 Oz. Skinless Chicken Breast, cooked and chopped
  • 2 T. Reduced Fat Crumbled Feta Cheese
  • 1 T. Black Olives, chopped
  • 2 Cups Romaine Lettuce, chopped
Instructions
  1. Wash Mason Jar.
  2. Layer jar with dressing, cucumbers, tomatoes and onions.
  3. Add in chicken, feta cheese and olives.
  4. Top with lettuce.
  5. Refrigerate until ready to eat.
  6. When ready to eat shake jar.

 

Mom’s Salad

Mom's Salad Jar

Mom's Salad
 
Ingredients
  • 2 T. Kraft Bleu Cheese Dressing
  • 4-6 Baby Carrots, chopped
  • ¼ Cup Cauliflower, chopped
  • 2 Oz. Bacon Real Bites
  • 2 Cups Romaine Lettuce
Instructions
  1. Wash Mason Jar.
  2. Add ingredients in the order as listed above.
  3. When ready to eat shake jar and enjoy.
  4. Be sure to refrigerate if salad is going to be eaten at a later date.

 

Taco Salad

Taco Salad Jar

Taco Salad
 
Ingredients
  • 2 T. Kraft Classic Catalina Dressing
  • 1 T. Salsa
  • 2 T. Sour Cream
  • ¼ Cup Taco Meat
  • ½ Cup Tomatoes, chopped
  • ¼ Cup Kidney Beans
  • ⅛ Cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • ½ Cup Tortilla Chips, crushed
  • 2 Lettuce, shredded
Instructions
  1. Wash Jar.
  2. Add ingredients in same order as listed above.
  3. Refrigerate until ready to eat.
  4. When ready to eat shake jar.

 

Strawberry Poppyseed Salad

Strawberry Poppyseed Salad

Strawberry Poppyseed Salad
 
Ingredients
  • 2 T. Kraft Creamy Poppyseed Dressing
  • ½ Cup Strawberries, sliced
  • ¼ Cup Blueberries
  • ¼ Cup Almonds
  • 2 Cups Romaine and Spinach to Brim of Jar
Instructions
  1. Wash Jar.
  2. Wash produce.
  3. Add ingredients in order to above and keep refrigerated.
  4. When ready to eat shake jar and enjoy.
Notes
Additional optional topping:
Mandrain Oranges

 

Tips & Tricks

The number one most important rule to remember when making these salads is to always keep the dressing at the bottom and the salad greens at the top of the jar. Keep the two layers as far away from one another as possible by having them separated with your hard veggies, protein and soft veggies. If you do that, your greens will stay crispy and fresh with no problems.

Follow this Layer List:

  •  Layer 1 (Bottom of Jar): 2-4 T. Dressing of Choice
  • Layer 2: Hard Veggies- This is where you add in carrots, bell peppers, celery, cucumbers, broccoli, cauliflower, etc.
  • Layer 3: Protein- This is where you will add the cheese, meats, beans, hard-boiled eggs, etc.
  • Layer 4: Soft Veggies- In this section you will add tomatoes, onions, corn, avocado, etc.
  • Layer 5 (Top of Jar): Greens to the Brim- Add in your lettuce and/or spinach.

Try to keep the ratio of each jar about half-and-half. That means half of the jar holds the toppings, dressing, grains, proteins and half of the jar holds the greens.

As I mentioned I like to make several of these jars on Sunday evening so I’m prepared for speedy grab and go lunches later on in the week. Luckily these salads last a week in the refrigerator!

Because these jars are so full to the brim you might have to eat off a layer or two of greens (yum!), then replace the lid, shake the heck out of it to distribute the dressing, and then dig right in with a fork.

Hope you enjoy my creations and they make meal planning a success!

Lynell
Coborn’s, Inc. Graphic Designer

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Ready Chef Go: Freshness From Your Microwave!

Ready Chef Go: Freshness From Your Microwave!

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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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Weekly Ad : Mini Yogurt Parfaits

Weekly Ad: Mini Yogurt Parfaits

These grab-n-go Mini Yogurt Parfaits are too good to resist. With a delicious homemade graham cracker crust, your favorite yogurt flavor, plus a delicious topping of your choice we promise you won’t be able to eat just one!

Although these treats can make a perfect handout at a holiday party, you can also freeze these tasty treats and place them in Ziploc Freezer bags until you’re ready to eat them! Your friends and coworkers will be jealous when they see you snacking on these beautiful Mini Yogurt Parfaits!

Mini Yogurt Parfaits
 
Ingredients
  • Graham Cracker Crust
  • 1½ Cups Graham Crackers, crushed
  • ⅓ Cup Sugar
  • 6 T. Butter, melted
  • ½ tsp. Cinnamon
  • Yogurt cups, your choice of flavors
  • Toppings: Examples: Berries, banana slices, mint leaves, chocolates, etc.
Instructions
  1. Mix graham cracker crumbs, sugar, melted butter and cinnamon until well blended.
  2. Place mixture in muffin tin or mini-muffin tin liners.
  3. Using a spoon, add yogurt to each cup until they are about ¾ of the way full.
  4. Add fresh berries, mint leaves, candies, chocolates or other combinations to decorate your parfaits.
  5. Freeze your cups until yogurt is firm (about 1-2 hours.)