Did Someone Say Bacon? Pumpkin Goat Cheese Bacon Appetizers

I had you at bacon, right?  A dietitian talking about bacon?  Yes.  Occasionally we will indulge in some bacon- all things in moderation!  Pumpkin is also a favorite and I was looking for a new way to use it.  I found it in this appetizer.  This is an easy recipe that is great to serve or take to your next holiday gathering.  This can also be served in a variety of ways.  You can spread it on crackers, pita chips, bagel toasts, sliced baguettes, or celery.  You can even use this as a spread on your sandwich or bagel.  Now that I have your mouth watering, here's how to prepare the recipe:

For the spread, gather chopped bacon, honey, a Granny Smith apple, cream cheese, goat cheese, pumpkin, and pecans. 

Begin by mixing together the goat cheese, cream cheese and pumpkin; stir in pepper and 3/4 of the bacon.  Spread on crackers, bread or veggie.  I used pita chips this time.  Next, dice the apple; sprinkle over the chips with the spread and follow with the pecans.  Drizzle with honey.  Enjoy!!


Pumpkin Goat Cheese Appetizer

       8 oz.  Light Cream Cheese
       4 oz. Goat Cheese
       ¾ cup Pureed Pumpkin
       5 slices of bacon cooked and crumbled or 1/3 real bacon bits
       ⅛ teaspoon black pepper
       ½ cup of chopped walnuts or pecans
       ½ cup chopped granny smith apples
       ¼ cup honey for drizzling
       Crackers, pita chips, baguette slices, or celery
1.    Mix cream cheese, goat cheese and pumpkin in a small bowl.
2.    Add pepper and ¾ of the crumbled bacon to the mixture. Save some bacon for garnish.
3.    Spread the dip onto a cracker or toasted baguette slice.
4.    Sprinkle with nuts, apples, bits of bacon then drizzle with honey before serving.

Adapted form LivingLocurto.com


Stuff You Gotta Try at Market Street: Tarte Asian Yogurt

Today we have a new product for you to try: Tarte Asian yogurt! I can already hear your first question. Asian yogurt? What makes a yogurt Asian and how is that different from Greek? Good question. According to the Tarte website, here are some difference between Asian and Greek yogurt:

  • Lighter subtly sweet taste compared to most flavored yogurts, yet it is still very smooth and creamy for a high protein yogurt
  • It is made by gently cooking milk to caramelize the natural sugars, while the key nutrients are retained by not straining, giving Tarté 2x calcium of Greek yogurt as well as a higher concentration of other essential electrolytes such as Potassium & Phosphorus.
  • Asian yogurt is a new alternative to Greek yogurt with just as much protein but without the thick chalky texture or off-putting sour taste. 
But what does it taste like? I knew that'd be your next question. Asian yogurt definitely does not have that thick chalky, almost dry texture of thick Greek Yogurts. It is more sweet than sour. This particular flavor mostly tasted like strawberry. I'm not sure what a guanabana tastes like but it was hard to taste anything but strawberry and yogurt.

Here are some pros and cons:
  • Nice, sweet taste, very much like original yogurts
  • Lots of protein, calcium and potassium
  • Only 110 calories
  • Contains probiotics
  • No weird colorings, flavorings, etc 
  • Sweetened with both sugar and rebiana (stevia)
  • Tastes like most other (non-Greek) yogurts
  • Slightly higher price point. Likely because of the novelty and uniqueness
  • Some people don't like the taste of stevia

It's definitely worth a try. Look for it in the dairy case at Market Street.


Spooktacular Treats

The season of ghosts and goblins, treats and goodies is upon us.  And while a treat is something we all enjoy, we thought we would give you some healthier treat options.  Here are some fun ideas to take to a party or just to share with someone special.  If you have kids around, let them help!  These don't have to be perfect, just yummy!

Let's start with some "candycorn".  This is simple to make.  Just grab some pineapple (you can even grab some of our Fresh Cut Pineapple in the produce section), add some clementine oranges, and top with whipped cream!  You could also use vanilla yogurt and call it breakfast.

Using those clementine oranges, peel and separtate into sections.  Dip each section in some melted dark chocolate and serve.  Easy and delicious!

Want some even easier ideas? 
1. Leave the peeled oranges whole and stick a small stick of celery in the top to make cute little "pumpkins". 
2. Or, leave the peel on and let everyone have fun drawing a jack-o-lantern face. 
3. For a little variety, you can make apricot spiders.  Take a dried apricot, use a bamboo skewer to make holes on each side to insert the legs.  For the legs, take one fruit strip and cut into 8 slices along the length of the strip (a pizza cutter works well for this); cut the strip in half.  Insert a strip into each of the holes on the apricots to make the legs.  For the eyes, dip the end of the skewer into melted chocolate and dot onto the apricot.
4. While you have the skewer and the melted chocolate out, you can make some banana ghosts.  Peel a banana and cut in half.  Dot the chocolate onto the banana to make the eyes.  Take a chocolate chip and insert into the banana to make the mouth. 

 Hope you enjoy these treats.  Do you have any special treats you make?  We'd love to hear your ideas!