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!


Stuff You Gotta Try at Market Street: Swirl Instant Tea

I'm really excited about this new product in our stores. I hope it does well. We've all seen the individual Crystal Lights, the Mio drink flavorings and the other individual flavor add-ins for water; but I haven't seen plain, unsweetened tea bags for individual bottles of water.

Swirl is literally a tiny tea bag meant for 1 16 oz bottle of water. You simply add the tea bag, shake and let it sit for a bit. You can drink it plain or add your own sweetener.

Here are some pros and cons of Swirl Tea:
  • Portable
  • You can make fresh tea anytime and anyplace!
  • No calories or sweeteners
  • The peach tea was flavored enough that it didn't need any sweetener
  • You have to let the tea sit for about 10-30 minutes. I got so thirsty waiting for it to be done
  • There's no caffeine free version of Swirl yet


Beer Braised Pulled Pork

A warm oven with delicious smells drifing out of it is a welcome sign of the arrival of fall around our house.  Sometimes there is time to cook a roast all afternoon.  Other times, it's a quick 15 minutes to get dinner on the table.  This recipe can help you do both.  Grab a large roast and let it cook all afternoon on a day you have time.  Shred it, have if for dinner that night, then freeze the rest for future quick meals.  But instead of serving it the same way each time you eat it, how about using the meat in different ways to create a new and different meal?  Let's start with the recipe for the roast.


Beer Braised Pork Roast
·         2 tablespoons of olive oil
·         4-6 pound boneless pork butt roast
·         12 ounces beer
·         3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
·         1 1/2 teaspoons salt
·         1 teaspoon black pepper
·         2 teaspoon garlic powder
·         2 teaspoons onion powder
·         1 teaspoon oregano

1.    Preheat oven to 450-degrees F.
2.    In a dutch oven or oven safe pan with lid, heat oil over medium-medium high heat.
3.    When oil is hot, brown pork roast a couple of minutes on each side.
4.    Whisk together beer, balsamic vinegar, salt, pepper, garlic powder, oregano, and; pour over pork roast.  Pour beer over roast. 
5.    Cover and bake in 450-degree F oven for 15 minutes, then lower oven temperature to 300 degrees F and continue to bake for another 2 hours and 45 minutes- 3 hours.
6.   Remove from oven.  Skim fat from juices.  Shred pork with two forks and stir meat with juices.

 At this point, you can serve the meat over a bed of brown rice with a side of roasted veggies.  You can also mix some of the meat with your favorite salsa and make tacos.

Or, how about mixing some of that meat with a good barbeque sauce.  Put that meat on a whole grain bun and serve with fruit.  Dinner in an instant!

Want a healthier version?  Top a salad with some of the pork.  You can mix Ranch dressing with some salsa or barbeque sauce to top the salad. 
There are several possiblitites on ways to use the pork.  You could also make a pizza with it or how about a delicious soup?  Let your imagination be your guide!

Click here to watch our Registed Dietitian, Brenda Duby, prepare the roast and the meals to go with it.