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Happy Trails!
Wednesday August 28th 2013, 6:24 pm
Filed under: Apothecary,Grocery

Today is National Trail Mix Day, which is awesome because it’s nearly impossible to mess up Trail Mix! Summer is nearing an end, but there is still plenty of time to get out there and enjoy nature and hit the trails with your favorite mix! Trail Mix is perfect for a boost of energy, and keeps you energized for the long haul. Bonus – it’s delicious!  We’ve got a couple of great recipes for you, but don’t be afraid to get creative within our YouScoop bulk section.  Of course, if you want animal crackers in your Trail Mix, who are we to stop you!?

Paleo Trail Mix

Ingredients:
1 Cup Whole Almonds
½ Cup Whole Cashews
½ Cup Raw Pumpkin Seeds
½ Cup Raisins
½ Cup Dried Currants
½ Cup Dried Blueberries
½ Cup Coconut Flakes

Instructions:
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Toast the nuts for 10 minutes until golden brown. Let the nuts cool and then combine all ingredients.  Store in an air tight container.

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Back To School Trail Mix

Ingredients:
1 Cup Granola
1 Cup Crispy Rice Cereal
½ Cup Pecan Halves
½ Cup Banana Chips
¼ Cup Raisins
Handful of Diced Dried Fruit
Chocolate Chips (if it needs some sweetening)

Instructions:
Combine all ingredients and store in an air tight container. Seriously. That’s it.

Now, go take a hike!



Back to School With Taste
Thursday August 08th 2013, 3:09 pm
Filed under: Grocery,Meat & Seafood,Plum Kitchen,Produce

We’re hooking you up with Back to School Tips, Recipes, and Tastefest Events!

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Don’t miss our Back to School Tastefests coming up in Old Town and West Bloomfield!  Check out these kid-friendly recipes, compliments of our Executive Chef, Randy Weed:

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Baked Sweet Potato Tots

Makes 24 tots

Ingredients

1 lb sweet potatoes

1/4 cup Bobs brown rice flour

1 tsp kosher salt

2 eggs beaten

2 cups Panko bread Crumbs

Safflower oil in a spritzer, or pan release spray

Method

  1. Boil a large pot of water & preheat oven to 375.
  2. Add the potatoes to the water and boil for 20 minutes.
  3. Remove from the water and allow to cool.
  4. Once cool enough to handle, peel the potatoes.
  5. Shred the peeled potatoes with a box grater.
  6. Add the grated sweet potatoes to a large bowl with the flour and salt. Combine well.
  7. Roll and squish the potatoes into tot shapes.
  8. Place tot in egg wash, then bread crumbs, shaking off excess, then
  9. Place them on a greased baking sheet and into a 375° oven for 30 minutes.

Serve immediately, a good dipping sauce can be made with non- fat yogurt, pinch of cinnamon, pinch of ground coriander, teaspoon of honey, and a little fresh lime juice.

 

Fresh, Healthy Fruit Kebabs

Organic Mango, Banana, & Strawberry “K-Bobs”

Makes 8 “k-Bobs”

Ingredients:

2 ea. Organic Banana, peeled, cut into 1 inch sections

1 ea. Organic mango, ripe, peeled, pit removed, cut in to 1 inch cubes

16 Organic strawberries, washed, stem removed

8 each 5” bamboo skewers

2 Tbsp. clover Honey

1 Tbsp. fresh squeezed lemon juice (1/2 a lemon)

Method:

Include other fruit varieties as desired. Always make sure the fruit is washed before starting any preparation.  Place all the cut fruit in a large bowl with honey and lemon juice.  Lightly toss to get all the pieces of fruit coated.  Build fruit on skewers and arrange on platter and serve immediately, drizzle juice over “k-bobs,” can be kept under refrigeration for a few hours.

 

 quinoa-meatballs

Turkey Quinoa Meat balls with Citrus BBQ sauce

Makes 24 meat balls

Ingredients:

1 lbs. Ground Turkey

1/2 cups.  Cooked Quinoa

1 tbsp. Minced garlic

1 tbsp.  Soy sauce

Pinch Salt

Pinch Pepper

Pinch Dried Oregano

Pinch Dried Thyme

3 Eggs

½ cup Bob’s brown rice flour

Method:

Mix together all ingredients until well combined.  Refrigerate for one hour. Form mix into balls.  (Trick: rub a little oil in your hands before forming balls to get a smooth sphere shape).  If the mix is to loose, add a little more rice flour to stabilize.  Place balls on parchment lined sheet pan and bake in 350 degree oven, turn them every few minutes, they will take about 15 minutes to cook. 

Sauce:

2 cups of your favorite BBQ sauce (I prefer all natural–avoid high fructose corn syrup.)

2 tbsp. Orange Juice

1 tbsp. lime juice

1 tbsp toasted sesame seeds

Mix all the ingredients together and coat the hot meatballs, serve immediately.



Learn. Drink. Repeat.
Monday August 05th 2013, 4:18 pm
Filed under: Mad Picks | Wine, Beer, & Spirits

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Let’s talk about Imperial IPA, also referred to as Double IPA.  The term Imperial comes from the strong stout brewed in England for the Russian Imperial Court of the late 1700s.  Expect a robust, malty, alcoholic flavor with a hop profile that has potential to be very aggressive. Perfect for hopheads, or anyone who generally appreciates a big, strong glass of beer.

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Check out the Beer Style of the Month display in Plum Market Ann Arbor in the corner of the beverage department:

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