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Please Pass the Yacon!
Wednesday January 15th 2014, 10:07 pm
Filed under: Grocery

Peruvian yacon syrup. That’s yacon with a “Y.”

Yacon Syrup

Two months ago, this dark brown syrup similar to molasses was relatively unknown outside of South America. Thanks to a famous television doctor, who we will refer to as “Dr. O” for anonymity’s sake, yacon syrup is now receiving the respect and reverence it justly deserves. This all natural sweetener contains about half the calories of honey and it barely impacts blood glucose levels, making it a great sugar-substitute for diabetics and people looking to cut calories and lose weight.

It all starts in the Andes Mountains in Peru where the yacon plant is grown. Unlike many tubers and rooty plants which store carbohydrates as a starch or glucose, the yacon plant stores carbohydrates as a “Fructo-Oligo-Saccharrides” (FOS) or fructose. The small difference in this plant makes a big difference in the human body: because our digestive systems have no way to break down FOS, it goes through our bodies with minimal caloric and blood sugar level impact. Luckily, the high amount of potassium and moderate levels of calcium and antioxidants yacon also contains do get absorbed. It is also thought that yacon syrup encourages the growth of healthy bacteria in the colon while eliminating bad bacteria, which can lead to dramatic weight loss in some people.

The best news is that you can use yacon syrup in nearly the same way that you’ve been using honey, agave syrup, maple syrup, and plain or raw sugar.  Depending on how it’s made, yacon syrup ranges in color and flavor from darker and molasses-like to lighter and caramel-like.  The varieties from Essential Living Foods and SunFood, for example, are 100% organic and minimally processed and pasteurized, so they are lighter in color and have a sweeter than other brands. We highly recommend drizzling yacon syrup on your morning oatmeal and using a few drops of it in a homemade yacon salad dressing for dinner.

Be sure to check out the Get Fit Guide in your state to see other great products and recipe ideas that will nourish you, motivate you, and help you perform at your peak level!



Holiday Tips you can Really Use
Monday November 25th 2013, 7:22 pm
Filed under: Grocery,Plum Bakehouse,Produce

Let’s be honest, getting ready for Thanksgiving is always a challenge. Certain celebrities try to sugarcoat by suggesting you play fun music while you prep the bird, have a few drinks while you’re cooking, or maybe even start a few days early by chopping up vegetables and setting out silverware. Who has the time for that?!

Plum Market does. It’s why we are here. And while we enjoy listening to good music around the holidays (we recommend a heavy dose of Motown classics) and having a few drinks with friends and family (responsibly, of course), we have a few tips for the holidays that you can actually use.

First, use good ingredients! The better your ingredients, the less you have to do to them. We pride ourselves on our selection of natural and organic foods not only because we believe they are better for you, but also because they need less preparation. When you eat pumpkin pie this Thanksgiving, for example, top it with fresh whipped cream made with Horizon Organic Heavy Whipping Cream. Just whip it by hand or in a mixer, adding only a few sprinkles of powdered sugar and a drop of organic vanilla extract, and add a dollop right on top of your pie. 16oz containers are 25% OFF through December 31st, so you can enjoy delicious whipped cream all season long.

How about cranberry sauce? For fans of the canned variety, it doesn’t get any easier or more delicious than Woodstock Organic Whole Cranberry Sauce. 15oz cans are 2 for $7, so you’ll have another for the holidays in December!

Here’s another tip: buy local. The holidays are a time for friends and family, but they also mean a lot of traveling. When people come home, they want to be home, so buy them treats that remind them where they are. For our Michigan guests, we recommend Germack pistachios, which is as local and delicious as it gets. The pistachios are the most iconic treat, but we have other Germack items on sale in our Holiday Guide that everyone will enjoy. For our Illinois guests, indulge your friends and yourself on Lucila’s Homemade Alfajores. Six packs of these delicious confections made in Highland Park are on sale for $15.99, a savings of 20% off our regular price.

One last tip: If you want to host a holiday event, but don’t want the stress of preparing all the food, consider hiring Plum Market Catering to handle your event. Our team will work with you to create a custom menu that will be as delicious as it will be unforgettable. Please take a look at our reheating instructions for catered holiday events. For everyone else, please check our Holiday Guide for more great deals!

Happy Thanksgiving!



Grab the Germack for a Great Holiday
Friday November 22nd 2013, 10:11 pm
Filed under: Grocery

Whether you’re at the bar, celebrating with friends and family, or just loafing around the house, one thing will always hold true: sooner or later you’ll want a salty snack. And when that craving hits, The Germack Pistachio Company has exactly what you need. This Detroit-based company has been roasting pistachios and other nuts since 1924, making them the oldest roaster of pistachios in the United States. Germack continues to thrive because they only use the highest quality ingredients, they roast everything in small batches, and they consistently put out the freshest products on the market.

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Germack has come a long way since 1924–they now make dried fruits and coffee, too–but they still use the same iconic paper-bag packaging and logo. “Paper bag?” you ask. “Yes!” we say. Similar to a sack of flour, the legendary Germack bag allows them to package up to three pounds of nuts at a time, which comes in handy around the holidays because these tasty snacks tend to go quickly!

If you have not had the pleasure of enjoying Germack products, please let us invite you the party. 3lb bags of Germack Mixed Nuts are currently on sale for $35.99/ea (20% off the regular price); 2.5lb bags of Pistachios are on sale for $19.99/ea (30% off the regular price); Assorted Nut Party Trays are on sale for $14.99 (25% off and a great way to try everything!); and 11-13oz bags of Germack Mixed Nuts, Cashews and Pistachios are on sale for $7.99/ea (saving you over 35%). These products can be seen on Page 8 of our Holiday Guide, just be sure to select the right guide for your state. Sale prices are good through December 31, 2013.

We also want to recommend Germack’s Motown Mix. A delicious blend of nuts, dried fruits, and chocolate chips, The Motown Mix is a definite crowd pleaser! Part of the proceeds from this product will also go to charity. Be sure to watch the new television ad for the Motown Mix online, too.

For our guests with nut allergies, please take a look through our Holiday Guide for your state. We have tons of other great foods, beverages and gift ideas on sale for you to enjoy.



Deep and Delicious Brown Rice Vinegar
Wednesday November 06th 2013, 7:37 pm
Filed under: Grocery

Please allow us to introduce you to our new favorite organic grocery product: Eden Foods Organic Brown Rice Vinegar.

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This vinegar is unlike anything we have ever had before. It is sweet and sharp, tangy and complex, crisp and bright. It works perfectly as a finishing touch on all of our favorite Asian foods to give them added zip and depth—everything from plain rice to beef and veggie stir fries.  We also use it in place of balsamic vinegar for a lighter, less sugary variation of oil and vinegar, or in this quick vinaigrette recipe:

In a medium bowl, combine 1 minced clove of garlic, 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard, a drizzle of honey, 3 Tablespoons brown rice vinegar, and one-third to one-half  Cup of olive oil. Add salt and pepper to taste, plus a pinch of red pepper flakes if you like it spicy. Whisk ingredients until combined, then pour it over your salad just before eating.

Brown rice vinegar is believed to promote healthy liver function, aid in colon health, and improve blood sugar control for diabetics. It’s also less acidic than other vinegars and made using a centuries-old natural process. We’re confident that once you try this product from our international foods aisle, you’ll add it to your list of everyday grocery staples. And did we mention it’s organic? That’s right, this vinegar will definitely help you Live Well, with Taste.



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Ch…Ch…Ch…Chia
Monday October 28th 2013, 6:31 pm
Filed under: Grocery

Did you know…

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Chia Pods contain one full serving of sun ripened Chia seeds, mixed with coconut milk, and real fruit. Each Chia Pod provides 100% of your recommended daily intake of Omega 3 and 25% of your fiber.  The lid, cup and spoon are all recyclable and are made from 30% recycled content.  Plum Market carries all four Chia Pod flavors, Blueberry, Mango, Vanilla Bean and Banana.



Choose Organic. Here’s Why…
Friday September 06th 2013, 8:37 pm
Filed under: Apothecary,Grocery,Meat & Seafood,Plum Bakehouse,Produce

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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.

 

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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.



OMG, Have you tried Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream?!
Friday July 19th 2013, 6:04 pm
Filed under: Grocery

Well, if you haven’t, you’ve been missing out…

*Attention Ice Cream Connoisseurs: Jeni’s flavors are seasonal, and are not all available at each of our locations. Call ahead if you are looking for a specific variety.