New Gluten Free M&M Cookies in the Bakery!

New: Gluten Free M&M Cookies

Since the Coborn’s Gluten Free Bakery launched this past August 2015, dozens of new, delicious and fresh products have been released from the facility located in the heart of Minnesota. This St. Cloud facility is in a completely separate bakery from Coborn’s conventional bakery to ensure zero cross contamination with gluten containing ingredients. This spring the Gluten Free Bakery staff has been hard at it again, and this time they have a new mouthwatering cookie to show for their efforts.

Brand new to the Gluten Free Bakery scene are Coborn’s first ever Gluten Free M&M Cookies. Not only are these cookies entirely Gluten Free to ensure safety of guests, they also feature hand dipped M&M’s and are made fresh to ensure guests are purchasing the best tasting cookies possible. Want to know the best part? After being tested by multiple M&M Cookie fanatics, there is virtually no taste difference between these Gluten Free M&M Cookies and the traditional Gluten Containing M&M Cookies from the Coborn’s Bakery.

After research and feedback from guests, Coborn’s realized the growing need for a Gluten Free facility in the central Minnesota area thatNew: Gluten Free M&M Cookies offers products that are fresh, and not frozen like the majority of Gluten Free products on the market. Once Coborn’s realized the great need in the area for Gluten Free Bakery goods, they went hard to work crafting the products that tens of thousands of Midwestern families now know, love and purchase on a consistent basis. Ensuring the products taste good is just half the battle for the Coborn’s Gluten Free Bakery, because in addition to fresh and great tasting products, they also want to ensure the safety of their guests. Coborn’s recognizes the detrimental effects that even the slightest level of gluten can be for guests. For that reason they are taking additional safety precautions to ensure that the Gluten Free title holds true for each and every product that leaves the bakery facility and ships to all Coborn’s locations throughout the midwest each and every morning.

Not Gluten Intolerant, but still want to try the great products? Choose from decadent sugared cake, donuts or muffins in a variety of flavors, hamburger and hotdog buns to accompany grilling season favorites, and delightful bars, cupcakes and cookies for all occasions. The Coborn’s Gluten Free Bakery section has something to delight all taste buds – whether you have a Gluten Intolerance or not. As the kickoff to summer takes place there are multiple picnics, graduation parties and other family or friend get togethers that you are sure to be attending. Before heading out for your weekend getaway pick up a package of our brand new and delicious Gluten Free M&M Cookies. Not only are they safe for Gluten Intolerant guests, but they are also truly delicious!

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 Recipe – Garlic & Herb Rainbow Trout

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This was the first time I have ever tried Rainbow Trout and I was pleasantly surprised! I never realized how easy it was to prepare trout and how tasty it really is. Grab a great glass of wine and you will have a wonderful entrée! Enjoy….I did!

Jayne,
Coborn’s Inc. Meat and Seafood Merchandiser

Garlic & Herb Rainbow Trout
Serves: 4
 
Ingredients
  • 4 Rainbow Trout, ¼ to ½ inch thick (about 1 pound)
  • 2 T. Lime Juice
  • ⅔ Cup Soft Bread Crumbs
  • 1 tsp. Italian Seasoning
  • 2 tsp. Canola Oil
  • ½ tsp. Garlic Powder
  • ¼ tsp. Pepper
Instructions
  1. Set oven control to broil.
  2. Spray broiler pan rack with cooking spray.
  3. Place fish on rack in broiler pan.
  4. Brush with lime juice.
  5. Broil with tops about 4 inches from heat for 3 minutes.
  6. While fish is broiling, mix remaining ingredients.
  7. Spoon bread crumb mixture on top of fish.
  8. Broil about 1 minute long or until internal temperature of fish reaches at least 145 degrees.
Notes
Suggested Wine Pairing Red Diamond Chardonnay

 

The Queen of Almonds

The Queen of Almonds - Marcona Almonds

Marcona Almonds are considered the “Queen of Almonds.” This is due in fact to their sweetness, roundness, texture and softer feel than that of their sister almond from California, which most of us are use to. Marcona Almonds derive from Spain, and are imported to the United States as a special product that is adored among chefs, cuisine writers and other foodies alike. Best of all: Marcona Almonds have all of the same excellent healthy benefits that all Almonds have. They are a rich source for protein, antioxidants, iron, and calcium and are a cholesterol-lowering food. Yet most foodies agree, Marcona Almonds are the best tasting Almonds available to purchase!

Marcona Almond’s Taste

These Almonds are far more decadent than the average Almond. They have an ultra-sweet aroma and flavor that smells similar to Almond extract, which is used many times in baking. This makes it the ultimate ingredient for the best-flavored desserts and sweets. In addition, Marcona Almonds are extremely savory, moist, smooth and juicy. Marcona Almonds also have a somewhat buttery flavor from their natural oil and moisture. This makes them extremely popular, all over the globe!

Storing Marcona Almonds

Marcona Almonds are so delicious because of their high oil and moisture content; however, this can make them susceptible to going bad quicker if they are not stored correctly. Be sure to always store your Marcona’s in a sealed container and place them in a cool and dry place. Proper storage will assure your goodies will stay good for as long as possible and help you get the most out of your Almond purchase.

Pairings with Marcona Almonds

• Addition to a fresh salad
• Sprinkled atop Fat Free Yogurt for an ultra healthy breakfast or snack
• Topping of baked goods or desserts
• On a plate with Spanish cheeses and a glass (or two!) of wine
• By themselves plain or toasted for a few minutes with sea salt, rosemary, and olive oil.

Other Recipes

Marcona Almonds are added to many French inspired recipes. Below are a few recipes you can try at home that contain the exquisite flavor of the Marcona Almond. Try them out and let us prove to you that Marcona Almonds are the best Almonds money can buy!

Fig and Almond Spread

Fig and Marcona Almond Spread

This spread is simple and has delicious contrasting flavors that compliment one another perfectly. Use it to top crackers or breads at your next holiday party.

Fig and Almond Spread
Author: 
 
Ingredients
  • Brie
  • Fig Spread
  • Marcona Almonds
Instructions
  1. Apply Fig Spread to the top of a wedge of brie.
  2. Put Marcona Almonds on the top for an added crunch and extra flavor.
  3. Serve with crackers and a small cheese knife.

Fig and Almond Spread

Baked Apple Brie with Marconas

This simple recipe is fancy and perfect for a holiday dinner party. It features hot, melted cheese and baked apples topped with Marcona Almonds to combine a sweet and salty combination of flavors. This easy baked apple Brie recipe takes less than 15 minutes to throw together, yet its elegance will make your efforts well worthwhile.

Baked Apple Brie with Marconas.
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 6-8
 
Ingredients
  • 1 round of Brie
  • 1 Apple, cut into thin wedges
  • 1 T. Brown Sugar
  • 2 T. Maple Syrup
  • Marcona Almonds as a garnish
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
  2. Place the Brie on an ovenproof serving plate.
  3. Arrange the apple wedges over and around the cheese. Sprinkle the apples and Brie with the brown sugar and drizzle the maple syrup over it.
  4. Bake the apples and Brie for 10 to 12 minutes, until the apples are just tender and the cheese is hot throughout. Garnish the baked apples and Brie with Marcona Almonds to taste.

 

Smoked Almonds with Paprika

Creating the perfect flavor of smoked Almond is essential. This recipe is flavorful and easy- The best combination!

Smoked Almonds With Paprika
 
Ingredients
  • 2 Cups Marcona almonds
  • 1 T. Olive Oil
  • 1 tsp. Smoked Paprika
  • Sea Salt
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Toss almonds, oil, and paprika on a rimmed baking sheet to coat; spread out in a single layer and toast, tossing occasionally, until dark golden brown, 8-10 minutes.
  3. Transfer to a bowl, sprinkle with salt, and toss to coat.
  4. Let cool.
  5. MAKE AHEAD: Nuts can be toasted 1 week ahead. Store airtight at room temperature.

 

Roasted Red Pepper Almond Dip

This Spanish inspired cuisine has a kick… There’s only one problem, it’s a little bit addictive. If you don’t see an issue with that then this dish is for you. Enjoy with your favorite crackers or vegetables as a dip, on your morning toast with avocado as a spread or alongside your chicken dish as a sauce. We promise this dip won’t disappoint!

Roasted Red Pepper Almond Dip
Prep time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 15
 
Ingredients
  • 1 Jar Roasted Bell Peppers
  • 6 Oz. Marcona Almonds (Equals about ¾ Cup)
  • 5 T. Olive Oil
  • 1 T. Red Wine Vinegar
  • ¾ tsp. Smoked Paprika
  • 3 Garlic Cloves
  • ½ Cup Italian Parsley, roughly chopped
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Combine all ingredients in a food processor or blender.
  2. Process until smooth.
  3. Add more salt or freshly ground pepper to taste.

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