Strawberry Watermelon Frozen Slush

Strawberry Watermelon Frozen Slush

Ingredients

  • 1 cup strawberries, halved
  • 1 cup watermelon, cubed
  • 1 cup diet lemon-lime soda
  • 1 cup ice

Instructions

  1. Combined all ingredients into a blender & blend until smooth.
http://celebratemore.com/home/strawberry-watermelon-frozen-slush/

Watermelon Feta Salad

Watermelon Feta Salad

Yield: 6-10

Ingredients

  • 1 seedless watermelon, chilled
  • 1/2 Cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 limes, juiced
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 Cup fresh mint leaves, chopped
  • 1 1/2 Cups crumbled feta cheese

Instructions

  1. Cut rind from watermelon, then chop into 1 inch chunks. Place them in a colander to drain extra fluid.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together extra virgin olive oil, lime, salt and pepper to create a dressing.
  3. Place watermelon in large salad bowl. Pour dressing and chopped mint over watermelon and toss gently to coat.
  4. Pour crumbled feta into salad bowl and stir gently.
http://celebratemore.com/home/watermelon-feta-salad/

DIY Watermelon Bouquet

Summer is in full bloom and there are so many great flowers available this time of year. If you’ve ever wanted to try your hand at designing your own floral centerpiece, this watermelon bouquet is a great place to start! 

You’ll need:

  • 1/2 Watermelon, scooped out
  • Floral Foam, presoaked in water
  • Floral Tape or Skinny Duct Tape
  • Floral Knife or Shears 
  • Floral Greenery – I used Leather Leaf and Salal (Lemon Leaf) in my arrangement! 
  • 1 Dozen Red Roses
  • 5 Pink Carnations
  • 5 Stems Kermit Button Mums
  • 3-5 Stems Baby’s Breath

You can use any colors of the flowers that you prefer, make it your own and have fun with it! Here’s a few tips to keep in mind as you’re creating your masterpiece. 

  1. Determine where the front of your centerpiece will be. Although you’ll push the stems into the center of the foam, you’ll want to angle the leaves or flowers slightly towards the front of the design to get the best view. 
  2. When you’re putting the stems in the foam, remember it’s not very forgiving! So once you stick it in, leave it there. Be mindful of where you’re putting it beforehand. 
  3. Strip away the extra leaves on the stems of the flowers. Those tend to die off first and grow bacteria making them mushy. By removing them you’ll allow for more air flow and your design will last much longer! 
  4. If you have extra baby’s breath left over, you can put that in a vase with water and they’ll stay good for a long time so you could use them in a future arrangement as well. 
  5. You can also use any left over items by creating a second, smaller version of your bouquet!  Repeat the same process using a green pepper, just use much smaller pieces of greenery and the smallest mum buds so it’s proportional to the pepper. 

I hope these tips will help you succeed with your DIY floral projects! They’re the perfect addition to summertime parties and will get you LOTS of compliments from your friends and family! 

Ashley 
Floral Manager, Sauk Rapids

Practice Sun Safety

Summer is here in full force! We have already had several days over 90 degrees with multiple heat advisories being issued as well. We wait a long time for this weather, and put up with some pretty ridiculous winter weather as well, but it is important to protect yourself from the powerful effects of the sun.

As great as the sunshine feels, there are two types of light from the sun that can harm your skin, UVA and UVB. The UVA rays can prematurely “age” your skin, they cause wrinkling and age spots. The UVB rays are what cause the “sunburn” effect. The main reason we want to protect our skin from the sun is that excessive exposure to either UVA or UVB rays can cause skin cancer.

There are three main strategies to focus on sun safety;

  • Avoid the sun during its’ strongest hours – 10am to 2pm
  • Wear protective clothing – Pants, shirts with long sleeves, sunglasses, hats.
  • Use sunscreen – Apply generously and reapply often.

Most questions around sun safety come from sunscreen. Make sure you are using a sunscreen that protects from both UVA and UVB rays, it will usually say that it covers both types or it will be labeled as a broad spectrum or full spectrum sunscreen. Also, use a sunscreen with an appropriate SPF rating. SPF stands for sun protection factor, which is a measure of how well it protects against the UVB rays. The SPF rating is calculated on how long it takes to sunburn skin that has been treated with sunscreen compared to skin with no sunscreen protection. Of note since we live in the land of 10,000 lakes, water resistant sunscreen will maintain the SPF for up to 40 minutes while swimming, very water resistant means the SPF is maintained for up to 80 minutes. You can apply sunscreen to children as young as age 6 months. Keep younger children in the shade as much as possible.

When you use sunscreen:

  • Apply generous amounts of sunscreen to dry skin before you go outdoors.
  • Use sunscreen on all skin that will be exposed to the sun; face, ears, hands, arms and lips. If you’re like me and you don’t have much hair on your head, apply sunscreen to the top of your head or wear a hat.
  • Reapply sunscreen every two hours — and immediately after swimming or heavy sweating even if you’re using a product that’s water resistant or very water resistant.
  • You can still get sunburned on cloudy days, use sunscreen even when it’s overcast.

Have fun out there, practice good sun safety, and have a great summer!

Jason Miller, Pharm. D.
Pharmacy Clinical Program Manager

Strawberry and Spinach Salad

Strawberry and Spinach Salad

Ingredients

    Salad
  • 1 Lb. Fresh Baby Spinach
  • 2 Cups Strawberries, sliced
  • 3/4 Cup red onion, sliced
  • 2 Tbsp. Walnuts (optional)
    Dressing
  • 1/4 Cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 2 Tbsp. Vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp. Sugar
  • 2 tsp Poppy Seeds

Instructions

  1. Wash and dry the baby spinach.
  2. In a large bowl, blend together the spinach, sliced strawberries, and red onion.
  3. In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, vinegar, sugar and poppy seeds.
  4. Pour the dressing over the spinach blend just before serving. Toss gently to coat evenly. Top with walnuts if desired.

Notes

Dietitian's Tip: If you are looking to add protein, try adding garbanzo beans or grilled chicken! Feel free to add other fruits such as blueberries, blackberries, or fresh raspberries for a refreshing summer salad!

Recipe provided by Reach Up Head Start Early Head Start. Get more recipes here.

http://celebratemore.com/home/strawberry-and-spinach-salad/

Caribbean Jerk Sauce Marinade

Caribbean Jerk Sauce Marinade

Ingredients: 

  • 6 green onions, chopped
  • 1 jalapeno, seeded
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil

Directions: 

  1. Combine all ingredients in blender until smooth.
  2. For marinade, place 4 chicken breasts in baking dish. Pour contents of blender over chicken and cover. Place in refrigerator for 1 hour before grilling. 

*Recipe adapted from Smart Chicken

The Blend

Amy

I love summers up here in the Midwest because of the weather and of course the food! Today we are featuring a couple recipes for The Blend, which is perfect timing for grilling over the 4th of July!

What is The Blend you ask!? Well, it’s a blend of ground meat (or poultry) + mushrooms! Yes, mushrooms! It’s such a great way to sneak in some great nutrition without sacrificing great flavor. I look forward to grilling up some good ol’ burgers using The Blend all summer long! 

You can’t go wrong with the Classic California Burger, but I’d love it if you tried out the Fiesta Burger, too! You won’t be disappointed! This is a perfect fit for upcoming meals with family and friends over the 4th of July. 

Try The Blend in other recipes as well including meatballs, lasagna, tacos, spaghetti, and so many more! Let us know how you like it! Check out the video above for tips and tricks for making a delicious (as well as nutritious!) Blend!

Happy Blending! 
Amy, RD, LD
A proud #blenditarian

4th Of July

It’s so close to the 4th of July and I am so excited! This has got to be my most favorite holiday! I love having my family and friends get together at the lake to play games, go boating, swimming and enjoying all day in the hot sun!! The best part is at the end of the night getting on the pontoon and heading down to the bay for a show of the most beautiful fireworks under the stars. You couldn’t ask for a better summer. This year I am way ahead of the game and have my menu planned for the 4th of July and I just have to share it with you.

This year I want to make it easy for me since I am the head cook at our event! It’s going to be Four Brothers Burgers all the way. They have so many flavors including Bacon and Cheddar Burger, Bleu Cheese Burger, Buffalo Bleu, Mushroom and Swiss and Hot Pepper Burgers and they are all so yummy. Just pick up your favorite flavor at anyone of our Meat Departments.

Every good get together, especially if it’s a hot day, needs some refreshing fruit. This recipe is easy to prep ahead of time if needed! 

Mixed Berry Salad

 

While the burgers are on the grill and the salad is in the fridge, there’s no better way to relax and enjoy the sunshine than with a nice tropical drink. Here’s a new favorite of mine! It’s called Island Living, and trust me, once you have a taste of this, you’ll feel like you’re on an island! 

Island Living

Now you can’t forget dessert on the 4th of the July and I love to serve something that ties in with the holiday. We have a new Cream Cake flavor that has just arrived in our Bakery Departments and it’s so decedent and scrumptious you just have to check it out. It will be perfect for your holiday table. It has beautiful fresh blueberries sprinkled all over the top and drizzled with icing. On the inside it has those large tart cranberries that put this dessert over the top. 

This is a fun celebration and it’s time to enjoy these summer months so make sure you are serving something easy so you can have fun in the sun! Have a safe and Happy 4th of July!!!

Jayne,
Coborn’s, Inc. Merchandising Specialist Team Manager – Bakery & Deli

The Blend Classic California Burger

The Blend Classic California Burger

Yield: 4

Ingredients

  • 1 lb of lean ground beef 93/7
  • 8 oz of mushrooms (white button and/or crimini mushrooms)
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • ½ tsp garlic powder
  • ½ tsp onion powder
  • ½ tsp ground cayenne pepper
  • 1 Tbsp worchestire sauce
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 avocado, sliced
  • Sliced cheese
  • Lettuce
  • Tomato slices
  • Onion slices
  • mayo
  • Whole wheat buns

Instructions

  1. Thoroughly wash the mushrooms. Pat dry and place in a food processor. Plus slowly to make the mushrooms similar in texture to cooked ground beef.
  2. In a medium skillet, sauté onion with 1 Tbsp. of oil over medium heat for 3-4 minutes. Remove from pan and set aside to let cool.
  3. In a large bowl, combine the lean ground beef and cooled mushrooms. Add in paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, cayenne pepper, as well as a dash salt & pepper.
  4. Once well blended, divide the mixture into 4 patties.
  5. Grill until the center has reached proper internal temperature of 160 degrees Fahrenheit. Just before removing from the grill, add on cheese and let melt.
  6. Place each patty onto a whole wheat bun and add on the toppings: mayo, lettuce, tomato, onions and avocado.
http://celebratemore.com/home/the-blend-classic-california-burger/

Grilled Pineapple

Grilled Pineapple 

Ingredients:

  • Fresh Pineapple, cored and sliced into rings
  • Honey

Directions: 

  1. Preheat grill to medium heat.
  2. Slice pineapple into 8 rings. Place rings onto the grill grates and grill until slightly charred on both sides, about 2 to 3 minutes per side.
  3. Drizzle with a tablespoon of honey and serve immediately. 

Find full version of this recipe plus awesome beer pairings at Pints & Plates! 

Blueberry Mojito

Blueberry Mojito

Ingredients

  • 12 oz. Zevia Ginger Ale
  • 2 oz. fresh lime juice (1/2 lime)
  • Handful of fresh mint leaves
  • Handful of fresh blueberries

Instructions

  1. In tumble, muddle mint leaves, leave some fresh for garnish
  2. Toss in some blueberries and smash gently, leaving some for garnish
  3. Pour Zevia ginger ale over the blueberries and mint, and mix gently
  4. Top with whole mint leaves and blueberries, along with a lime wedge for garnish, if desired.
http://celebratemore.com/home/blueberry-mojito/

Frozen Raspberry Lemonade

Frozen Raspberry Lemonade

Ingredients

  • 4 cups water
  • 1 2Liter packet lemonade water enhancer
  • 2 cups frozen raspberries
  • 1 cup ice
  • Blender
  • Lemon slices, if desired

Instructions

  1. Combined all ingredients into blender & blend until smooth
  2. Pour into glasses and garnish with lemon slices, if desired
http://celebratemore.com/home/frozen-raspberry-lemonade/

Pineapple Banana Smoothie

Pineapple Banana Smoothie

Ingredients

  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 banana
  • 1 cup frozen pineapple
  • ¼ tsp. vanilla extract

Instructions

  1. Combined all ingredients into a blender and blend until smooth.
http://celebratemore.com/home/pineapple-banana-smoothie/

Keep Food Fresh With a Vacuum Sealer

www.cobornsblog.com - Family, Friends & Food with Jayne

Jayne

Hi everyone!!
It’s official… our summer is over and we are full steam ahead into fall and harvest time. If you are like me, we are right in the middle of trying to use up all our vegetables out of the garden so they don’t go to waste.  Continue reading