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It’s a great time of year to break out the grill and spend more time outdoors enjoying a meal.  Kabobs are a quick and easy meal to make and are very customizable; you can add any meat, vegetable, or seasoning of your choice.  We make kabobs more often than I want to admit because they are so simple! Today I want to share with you 2 recipes for vegetarian/vegan kabobs.  The first is Grilled Jackfruit & Vegetable Kabobs and the second is Grilled Vegetable Kabobs.  Both are packed with tender vegetables, are healthy for you, and incredibly tasty to eat.  Even if you aren’t vegetarian or vegan, you will enjoy these kabobs.  They also make a great side dish for any other grilled meal; pair a vegetable kabob with a juicy hamburger or chicken breast. For the Grilled Jackfruit & Vegetable Kabobs, I chose to use bell peppers (in multiple … Continue reading

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Ratatouille (pronounced rat-tuh-too-ee) is an incredibly colorful and healthy dish!  Ratatouille is typically a stewed vegetable dish that’s packed with fresh product; anything from tomatoes, eggplant, zucchini, squash, bell pepper, onions, etc.  You can include all of the vegetables listed above or just a few.  Personally, I like to use onion, zucchini, yellow squash, and tomatoes. The recipe can be found here. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Lightly spray a 6×9 baking dish with olive oil spray and set aside.  You can also use an 8×8 baking dish if you don’t have a 6×9 baking dish.  The shape of the pan really doesn’t matter, just pay attention to cooking times because it will vary by a few minutes if you use a larger pan that listed in the recipe. Slice the tomatoes, zucchini, squash, onion, and basil (and whatever additional vegetables you are using).  You want the sliced to … Continue reading

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With the cold weather approaching, I thought it would be fun to make a Mediterranean based meal, and imagine I’m in warmer weather, perhaps sitting on a beach somewhere 🙂  I made Chicken Gyros with Tzatziki Sauce for the main course and served Mediterranean Layered Hummus on the side.  Both are easy to make, flavorful, and healthy! Chicken Gyros with Tzatziki Sauce are filled with spiced chicken, fresh veggies, and a tangy homemade sauce, and are served on warm pita bread.  The tangy homemade sauce is Tzatziki Sauce, which is a Greek yogurt-based sauce with cucumber and fresh herbs added.  These gyros are incredibly tasty! Start by preheating the oven.  While the oven preheats, prep the chicken.  Place the chicken in a small baking dish and drizzle with olive oil.  Use your hands to rub the olive oil over both sides of the chicken.  Then sprinkle fresh minced garlic, paprika, … Continue reading

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Lemon Orzo with Roasted Vegetables is not your typical pasta salad.  It’s packed with texture and flavor yet is very light and refreshing.  It works well as a side dish or as a standalone meal.  I think it’s best served warm but room temp or chilled is also fine, it’s all about your preference. The vegetables are delicious when roasted because they are slightly caramelized.  I like to use bell pepper, asparagus, cherry tomatoes, and red onion but you can substitute any veggies you like – eggplant, zucchini, squash, mushrooms, etc.  You can really make this your own by using the veggies you crave. You can also top this salad with pine nuts for a little crunch or some crumbled feta cheese.  If you choose to skip the cheese, this is a great vegan based dish. Start by preheating the oven to 425 degrees and lining a baking sheet (or … Continue reading

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Chicken Gnocchi Soup is the perfect comfort food!  It’s creamy, hearty, and delicious with lots of veggies and chicken in every bite.  This soup is wonderful on a cool night or when you’re looking for something a little more filling. The recipe can be found here. Gnocchi is basically a mini dumpling made from potato and flour.  They are dense, soft, and small in size.  They are yummy in soup and add great texture.  You can typically find gnocchi in the pasta section of the grocery store and sometimes in the freezer section by other frozen pasta. This soup is pretty simple to make.  Start by melting the butter with the olive oil in a large Dutch oven or stock pot. Add the onions, carrots, and garlic, and cook until translucent.  I like to buy matchstick carrots, so I don’t have to chop them.  It makes prep work much easier. … Continue reading

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Most Minnesotans are familiar with kabobs because we love to grill when the weather is warm.    However, if you aren’t familiar with kabobs you are in for a treat!  Kabobs are basically cubes of meat, fish, vegetables, fruit, and other foods placed on a skewer and grilled to perfection.  And with the MN State Fair recently ending all I can think of is food on a stick so blogging about kabobs seemed like the perfect fit! I have 4 different kabobs to share with you today. Chicken Breast Kabobs (available from the meat counter) Black Angus Beef Sirloin Kabobs (available from the meat counter) Salmon Kabobs with Rainbow Veggies Ham and Pineapple Kabobs   The Chicken Breast Kabobs and Black Angus Beef Sirloin Kabobs are available from the meat counter at your local Festival Foods.  The veggies are fresh, including green pepper, red pepper, and red onion, and the meat is thick cut.  Each skewer … Continue reading

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Any good American holiday, like the Fourth of July revolves around food and our favorite on the center of the plate for summer is the burger! First up is a trifecta of flavors with our Black Angus Premium Choice ground beef, Tickler Cheddar cheese and our own Festival Foods smokehouse bacon. We call it the Tickler Bacon Burger, easy to prepare but mouth-watering, big flavor. The Cheese Sauce can be made the day before, chilled and then reheated and served, making this entertaining-friendly. For those looking for some options other than beef burgers we have a few ground chicken burger recipes that are very tasty, our latest ground chicken recipe is a Mexican Chicken Burger. A colorful chopped salad recipe that tastes like summer is our Mexican Chopped Salad with Cilantro Lime Dressing and we think it’s a perfect salad to accompany  the Mexican Chicken Burger. The Fourth of July … Continue reading

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