Cheese Of The Month: Jarlsberg

Cheese of the month: Jarlsberg

Jarlsberg has grown in popularity since its international launch. Its success lies in the secret recipe used to manufacture the cheese, the people who make it and their pride in always delivering a product with the same consistent high quality and unique taste. Continue reading “Cheese Of The Month: Jarlsberg”

3 Garden Fresh Tomato Salad Recipes

3 Garden Fresh Tomato Salad Recipes

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Jayne

It’s August and the tomatoes are growing like weeds in my garden. This year I think I went overboard and planted way too many tomatoes, so here are some new and unique salad recipes that I wanted to share with you that might help you out if the tomatoes seem to be coming out of your ears and you don’t want to waste them. Continue reading “3 Garden Fresh Tomato Salad Recipes”

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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Jayne's Favorite Things!

The Holidays are here and it’s time to entertain! So for this month’s blog I have decided to introduce you to “Jayne’s Favorite Things”. When I say they are my favorite I really do mean it, not only for the taste but also for the convenience. These are some great items to serve when you are entertaining during the holidays.

I thought I should start with a couple appetizers. My first favorite is Simek’s Meatballs. These meatballs are so convenient especially when you do not have time to make homemade. You can find them in the frozen area of the Meat Department. I also have to mention that Simek’s has a “new” mini size meatball and these are awesome when making homemade pizza or for egg bakes when you have to prepare breakfast for your family on Christmas Day. These meatballs are so easy to prepare, just toss into a slow cooker and add my 2nd favorite item which is Ol’ West Barbecue Sauce. Once you have tried this sauce I doubt if you will ever try any others. You can find the BBQ Sauce in the condiment aisle in the Grocery Department. I also have one of my favorite dips that I make using Ol’ West BBQ Sauce and I also use our Rotisserie Chicken from the Deli Department. Make this dip and you will be the hit of the party and trust me there will be no leftovers. Don’t forget to serve with Nabisco’s “new” Triscuit Balsamic Vinegar & Basil.

BBQ Chicken Spread
 
Ingredients
  • 8 Oz. Cream Cheese
  • 8 Oz. Sour Cream
  • Rotisserie Chicken, shredded
  • 8 Oz. Mozzarella Cheese, finely shredded
  • BBQ Sauce
  • Snack Crackers
Instructions
  1. Mix together the cream cheese and sour cream and spread on a platter.
  2. Pour BBQ sauce over cream cheese mixture and then put chicken over BBQ sauce.
  3. Sprinkle finely shredded mozzarella cheese over the top and serve with snack crackers.
Notes
You can dice tomatoes and place that on top of the cheese.
Suggested wine pairing: Beringer Chenin Blanc.

Another “new” item to our stores is the Four Brothers Positively Parmesan Dressing, which you can find in our Produce Department. Wow! This is awesome. Just pour it over your favorite salad and you have a great quick and easy salad. If you are serving a vegetable tray at your next party consider using this dressing for the vegetable dip.

Now it’s time to move onto the main entrée. My family loves ribs and the only time they get them is on weekends because they take so long to make. Not anymore!! We now have Four Brothers Flame Seared Ribs and they are scrumptious!! You can find them in the Full Service Meat Case. They are fully cooked, so all you have to do is pour some BBQ Sauce over the top of them (yes only O’l West) and place in a glass dish in a 350 degree oven and heat for about 20 to 30 minutes. Since they take less than a half hour to heat I can pop these in the oven right after work and we are ready to eat in less than an hour. What a great convenience especially on a weeknight.

My next favorite entrée is our Norwegian Salmon. If you haven’t had a chance to try this salmon in the Meat Department you haven’t had the experience of awesome salmon. This salmon is so fresh and cuts like butter and has such a mild flavor. Seriously I can’t eat enough of it. Here is how I prepare it:

I always leave the skin on because that has all the good Omega 3’s that I’m looking for in my diet. Next I place it in a glass dish and spread my most favorite item on my list “Smude’s Sunflower Oil”. Let me tell you a little bit about this product. First it is locally made in Pierz, MN and I’m all about local! It is the only oil that I use when cooking or baking. Sunflower oil is high in Vitamin E and low in saturated fat. One of my favorite snacks is popcorn and if it is yours you just have to try using this oil when popping homemade popcorn. Its buttery flavor is wonderful and I don’t even have to put butter over the top of my popcorn because the flavor is already there. When using Sunflower Oil for baking cakes I have noticed that the cake becomes moister each day as it sits. What is really great is Coborn’s carries several flavors of the Sunflower Oil and I use them as toppings over salads, when cooking chicken, fish or anything else that calls for oil.

The next step to preparing the salmon is to pour a little of the Sunflower Oil over the top of the salmon and sprinkle our Four Brothers Prime Rib Seasoning. This is my favorite seasoning and I use it over everything. Skip the salt and pepper when you have this flavorful seasoning. Then let the salmon rest for about 15 to 20 minutes with the oil and seasoning on the fish. Then place the salmon in a 400 degree oven and heat until the internal temperature reaches at least 145 degrees. This salmon is so good I usually eat it as an entrée but it is fabulous on crackers as an appetizer or with leftover I serve it over a salad. Oh how yummy!!

Now my next move is towards the sweets because we can’t forget those. Earlier I told you that popcorn is one of my favorite’s and Angie’s Popcorn has so many flavors you just can’t imagine. Again this is a local company made right here in the great state of Minnesota and I love to promote them because they are local. The two flavors that I like at Christmas time are White Chocolate & Peppermint and Frosted Sugar Cookie. Check this company out because they have so many festive flavors especially during holiday time. Once you start eating their popcorn you’ll never be able to stop. Mmmmm so good!

Found in the Frozen Department is Kemps Pink Peppermint Bark Moosetracks Frozen Yogurt, another one of my favorite desserts and this is to die for. It’s loaded with peppermint flavored frozen yogurt, with crunchy peppermint bark, and famous Moose Tracks Fudge. What a great dessert to serve to your guests!

Now last but not least the beverage category. I want to talk about Kemps/JR Watkins Hazelnut Egg Nog. Again another local company right here in Minnesota. They have so many other flavors of Egg Nog that you just have to try. Try using it in your next glass of chocolate milk or in your coffee or even in an Egg Nog Cake. I’ve loved Egg Nog since I was a kid and especially love it added to my chocolate milk. Other flavors they have are Vanilla, Vanilla Almond and Buttered Rum, which you will find in the Dairy Department.

Now I know the next item is not a beverage but it pairs so good with wine I just had to pass it on to you. One of my favorite cheeses is Flagship cheese, which is located in the Deli Department. It is unbelievably good and goes so well with one of my favorite wines called Covey Run, which is a Riesling out of Washington. Serve these two items anytime as an appetizer or with dinner and you will have a hit on your hands.

So now that you know some of my very favorite things and in the spirit of the holidays I want to give a basket of “Jayne’s Favorite Things” away to one lucky winner. So like & share the video to qualify for a chance to win this gift. Have a Safe & Happy Holiday Season.

Weekly Ad Recipe – Strawberry and Chicken Salad

Strawberry & Chicken Salad

Wow, I love this recipe. Probably one of the best recipes that I have ever tasted. The combination of the strawberries, mandarin oranges, red onions and poppyseed dressing go together so well. I used the Fresh Express Green & Crisp for this recipe and was very pleased with this variety. I know once you serve this recipe it will become one of your family favorites.

Ingredients

10 Oz. Romaine Lettuce, torn
1 Cup Rotisserie Chicken, chopped
15 Oz. Mandarin Orange Segments, drained
2 Cups Fresh Strawberries, sliced
1/2 Cup Red Onions, sliced
1/2 Cup Almonds, sliced (Opt.)
1/2 Cup Creamy Poppyseed Dressing

Directions

Combine first 5 ingredients in a large bowl. Top with nuts; drizzle with dressing. Serve immediately. Makes 4 Servings

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