Sweet Takes On Your Favorite Fruits

It’s time to incorporate more fruit into your diet. Luckily, there are a ton of different recipe and meal planning options based around all types of fruit. Check out some of our favorite fruity recipes to add to your menu this year!

Grilled Fruit Pizza: This fruit pizza features your favorites piled high on cream cheese, ricotta cheese, pizza dough, and more.

Grilled Fruit Tacos: These fruit tacos are bursting with flavor. From the mangos and strawberries to almonds and cinnamon that accompany them, there’s not a bad bite in this awesome taco.

Fruit & Baby Kale Smoothie: Add baby kale and unsweetened almond milk to this fruity smoothie. Featuring blueberries, cherries, strawberries and more.

Fresh Fruit Kabobs with Key Lime-Coconut Dip: This key-lime coconut dip is made of coconut flakes, light key lime yogurt, and cream cheese for a creamy and delicious dip to your fresh fruit kabobs.

Watermelon-Blueberry Pops: These watermelon-blueberry pops are a wonderful frozen treat for the warm weather.

Quick Apple Crisp Bowl: This apple crisp features a heavenly combo of apple, cinnamon, and granola. Mouthwatering!

Hawaiian Smoothie Bowl: If you’re on the search for a refreshing smoothie bowl look no further, this Hawaiian Smoothie Bowl is the answer. Featuring mango, macadamia nuts, toasted coconut and more, it’s a tropical vacation for your taste buds.

Grilled Peaches with Shortbread Crumble: Grill some peaches and top them with this shortbread crumble. Amazing!

Fruit is great all year round but especially when the weather starts to warm up. It adds a light, refreshing element to our diets that mixes great with sunshine. Add these recipes to your at-home menu this year, and visit us online or at your local store for everything you need.

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Meal Planning: Week of President's Day (2/21 - 2/25)

As parents already know, Monday is President’s Day which means the kiddos are home from school. Meal planning for the week is hard enough, but when a wrench of a Monday holiday is thrown into the mix it can become even more stressful. That’s why we did the meal planning for you. Check out these meals to try for the week of 2/21 – 2/25!

Monday, 2/21 (President’s Day)

Mondays at work tend to be long and tiring. Coming home to hungry kids doesn’t make it any easier. Might be a good night for a rotisserie chicken to save the day.

Tuesday, 2/22

Feels like a good week for a Taco Tuesday. Let’s give it a go with these Chipotle Ground Beef Street Tacos.

Wednesday, 2/23

Wednesday could be a good pasta night. We recommend our recipe for Easy Shrimp Alfredo Pasta.

Thursday, 2/24

Thursday’s forecast looks a little chillier than the early part of next week. And when things get chilly, we adjust with a nice bowl of Pork & Navy Bean Soup.

Friday, 2/25

Friday is always a great night for pizza. Give our Pepperoni, Olive, & Feta Pan Pizza a try. Or if you’re taking it easy on your Friday evening, relax with one of our pizza meal solutions.

This is our plan going into this new week. Follow along with us all week or stop in when you’re stuck. We’re looking forward to enjoying these tasty recipes.

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Magic Peanut Butter Sesame Sauce – 3 Great Meals!

Peanut Butter! The king of staple foods, it is tasty, versatile and good for you, and the power ingredient in a delicious sauce that brings huge flavor to some typical pantry items.  Peanut Butter Sesame Sauce can be sweet or spicy, and be used for noodle bowls, stir fry, veggie dip – even tacos! The basic recipe, adapted from the National Peanut Board, www.nationalpeanutboard.org) makes enough for four servings – you will want to double the recipe and store (airtight container in the refrigerator, up to 4 days) for a second delectable dinner! Check out the 10/$10 on Peter Pan Peanut Butter this week, or dive into your pantry for the PICS Peanut Butter you have on hand.

Peanut Sesame Noodle Bowls

Use any noodles in the pantry – traditional rice noodles or whatever pasta is in the cupboard! Plan for serving up to four people with these recipes.

About 7 oz. of PICS Pasta (e.g., 1/2 box of thin spaghetti) OR PICS Egg Noodles OR 7 oz. pkt rice noodles

  • 2 Tbsp PICS Canola Oil
  • 4 green onions, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 handfuls of fresh cilantro OR 2 Tbsp freeze-dried cilantro
  • 2 cups fresh veggies of choice
  • 6 Tbsp PICS Creamy or PICS Chunky Peanut Butter
  • 4 Tbsp PICS Soy Sauce
  • 4 Tsp Sesame Oil
  • 2 Tbsp PICS Maple Syrup
  • 4 Tsp Siracha hot sauce (or to taste)
  • 4 Tbsp Water
  • Sesame Seeds – garnish

Peanut Sesame Noodle Bowl: Cook pasta according to directions. Divide into 4 bowls, set aside. Heat oil in a sauté pan. Add green onions and garlic, sauté for 3 minutes, and move to side of pan. Add any fresh veggies you like – fresh sliced peppers, snow or sugar peas, mushrooms, broccoli, julienne carrots – all work in this dish. Sauté until crisp tender. Toss in cilantro, stir for 1 minute until fragrant. Turn off heat.  Place peanut butter, soy sauce, sesame oil, maple syrup, and water in a microwavable bowl – heat mixture on high for one minute, stir, and heat/stir again until peanut butter melts and sauce is combined. Add Siracha to taste. Add vegetables to noodle bowl, and top with sauce and sprinkle of sesame seeds. Bonus – this noodle bowl can be served hot or cold!

Chicken Stir Fry – Heat 2 Tbsp PICS Canola Oil in saucepan, and sauté (1.5 lbs./6 Oz. serving) sliced chicken breast, thighs or shrimp until done. Set aside, add 1 Tbsp of oil if needed. Sauté fresh chopped vegetables OR a bag of  frozen PICS Grilled Peppers and Onions for a quick fix stir fry – serve with (shelf-stable or cooked/frozen) PICS Brown Rice.

Peanut Sesame Slaw Tacos – Stir fry (1.5 lbs.) chicken or shrimp, same as above. Keep some cilantro aside for garnish. Combine sliced cabbage and julienne carrots (such as bagged cole slaw mix) with chicken or shrimp in a bowl, toss with peanut sesame sauce to coat. Use as taco filling in flour tortillas with cabbage, sliced red peppers and peanut sesame sauce.

Peanuts have more protein than any other nut, and good fats to support satiety and overall health. Learn more about peanuts at the National Peanut Board website. Check out some more peanut butter recipes here and on our website!

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