Banana Nutella Sushi

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Not a fan of sushi? This one might change your mind. No seafood, no wasabi, no soy sauce… just ripe banana, smooth Nutella and crispy rice cereal. There are tricks to making this treat without getting Nutella everywhere – check out the video below, courtesy of BuzzFeed.

South Sea Spritzers for a Crowd

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SouthSeaSpritzerHosting an end-of-summer adult gathering? Here’s a drink that will please your thirsty partygoers.

South Sea Spritzer

Ingredients
1 cup pineapple juice
1 cup guava juice
1/2 cup sugar
1/2 cup brandy
1/2 cup lemon juice
1 (750-ml.) bottle Champagne or sparkling wine
1 liter club soda

Directions
Prep: 10 to 15 minutes, Serves: 16

1. Simmer pineapple and guava juices with sugar for 10 minutes, stirring to dissolve sugar; cool.
2. Transfer juice mixture to a large pitcher. Add brandy and lemon juice. May be prepared ahead of time and refrigerated overnight. At serving, add Champagne and club soda.

Nutritional Information
80 calories, 0 g protein, 0 g total fat (0 g sat.), 17 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 16 g sugar, 0 mg cholesterol, 0 mg sodium, 2 points

California Fresh! Avocado with Arugula Lemon Drizzle

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AvocadoArugulaHaving friends over for dinner? Try this fresh and sophisticated but easy salad with slices of creamy California avocado, peppery arugula leaves and garlicky-lemon olive oil.

Avocado with Arugula Lemon Drizzle

Ingredients
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
1/4 cup coarsely chopped arugula
1 tbsp. coarsely chopped fresh basil
2 large cloves garlic, crushed
3 tbsp. fresh lemon juice
1/4 tsp. sugar
Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
1 cup arugula leaves
2 firm but ripe avocados, pitted, peeled and sliced
1/4 cup thinly sliced red onion

Directions
Prep: 20 minutes, Cook: 5 minutes, Stand: 1 hour, Serves: 4

1. Combine oil, chopped arugula, basil and garlic in a small saucepan; simmer over very low heat for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and let stand for 1 hour.
2. Pour through a mesh sieve, pressing to remove all oil. Whisk lemon juice, sugar, salt and pepper into oil.
3. Divide arugula leaves equally between 4 salad plates and top with avocado and onion slices; drizzle with seasoned oil.

Peach and Pancetta Pizza on the Grill

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PeachPancettaPizzaMmm mmm, peaches! Combine their sweet juiciness with savory pancetta, Italy’s version of bacon, and you have a sophisticated blend of flavors. Perfect for a cocktail party!

Peach and Pancetta Pizza

Ingredients
1 (14-oz.) ball Raley’s Pizza Dough (in our Deli)
1 (4-oz.) package Volpi Sliced Pancetta (in our Deli)
8 oz. fresh mozzarella cheese
1 large ripe peach, pitted and thinly sliced
1/2 cup chopped walnuts
Snipped fresh basil

Directions
Prep: 15 minutes, Cook: 12 to 16 minutes, Serves: 6

1. Place pizza grilling stone on grill and preheat for 15 minutes over medium heat.

2. Roll pizza dough into a 12-inch circle on a lightly floured board and place on a piece of parchment paper, trimming paper to just slightly larger than dough.

3. Separate pancetta slices and place in a single layer between paper towels on a large microwave-safe plate. Microwave on HIGH for 5 minutes or until very crisp. Let cool slightly and break into 1/2-inch pieces.

4. Tear cheese into 1/2-inch pieces and place equal amounts on dough. Top with equal amounts of peaches, pancetta and walnuts.

5. Slide pizza and parchment onto hot pizza stone. Cover grill and cook for 5 to 7 minutes or until cheese is melted and crust is puffed and cooked through. Sprinkle with basil.

Nutritional Information:
305 calories, 14 g protein, 14 g total fat (6 g sat., 0 g trans), 31 g carbohydrate, 0 g fiber, 0 g sugar, 38 mg cholesterol, 497 mg sodium, 8 points

How Much Sugar is Too Much?

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 Dave Fluitt

 

 

 

Dave Fluitt, Pharmacy Supervisor, Raley’s
Learn more about what makes Dave an expert.

Sugar itself isn’t bad – added sugar is what we should limit. The key is to consume less than 50 grams of sugar per day. How can you do this? Limit processed foods, especially drinks like sodas, sweet teas and fruit juices, which tend to be a source of excessive added sugar. For me, consuming a moderate amount of sugar pays off – I feel better and I have more energy. Try limiting your own sugar intake and make note of how you feel as a result.

Learn more by listening to the radio broadcast below.

Simple Steps to Fight Hunger

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Jennie Teel-Wolter
Food for Families Development Officer

Like most moms, I’ve had my share of mealtime battles around the kitchen table. I worry if my children are eating healthfully enough, or if their picky palettes will prevent them from getting the nutrients they need to grow and thrive.

Nevertheless, I’m continually reminded how truly blessed my two sons are to be able to turn their noses up at beets because millions of children across California and Nevada don’t get that chance.

Up to 30% of children locally are facing hunger. Of those, only 10% will eat enough vegetables today. And for many, the only fruit they will consume comes in the form of juice.

As a parent, this breaks my heart. As a community member, I’m moved to action. If you want to help end hunger, here are 6 simple steps we can all take this summer:

• Help stock up your local food bank. See a great deal on a nonperishable food item? Grab an extra box of pasta or can of vegetables for your food bank.

• Grow a row for the hungry. If you’re a gardener, plant a few extra veggies for your local food bank. To find a list of programs near you that will accept homegrown donations, visit ampleharvest.org

• Glean and harvest. The bounty from many neighborhood fruit trees goes to waste, simply because there is no one to pick it. Why not grab a basket and make a difference? To find an organization that helps harvest local trees for the hungry, check out villageharvest.org

• Spread the word. The more our community knows about food insecurity, the better we can work to end it. Our Food For Families Facebook page is a great source of information to share.

• Give your time. Many food assistance programs rely on volunteers to pack, sort, and distribute groceries to individuals in need. Give an hour or two a month to your local food bank and lend a hand.

• Give FRESH. When you donate to our Food For Families Fresh Drive, Raley’s will match your gift – up to $25,000. It’s a great way to help fill our food banks with fresh, healthful food for those who need it most. You can give in our stores or on the Food For Families site.

The issue of hunger may be a challenging one, but together we can make a difference. I hope you’ll join me in taking these small steps toward building a fresher future.

Smoked Steaks with Herb Roasted Garlic

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SmokedSteaksIt’s time for the Gilroy Garlic Festival! In honor of Northern California’s annual gathering of garlic-worshippers, we’ve picked this delectable smoked steak recipe served with roasted and smashed garlic. You’ve gotta try this masterpiece!

Smoked Steaks with Herb Roasted Garlic

Ingredients
Wood chips or chunks soaked in water and drained
1 head garlic
2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
2 tbsp. chopped fresh herbs (such as basil, rosemary, thyme, oregano)
Sea salt and black pepper
4 Raley’s Beef New York steaks

Directions
Prep time: 10 minutes, Cook time: 15 to 20 minutes, Serves: 4

1. Preheat the grill to medium. Place wood chips or chunks in smoker box and set on top of the coals.
2. Cut the top off the garlic bulb and remove the papery coating. Place on a square of foil and drizzle with olive oil. Sprinkle with herbs, salt and pepper and seal the edges of the foil. Place on the grill and cook for 15 to 20 minutes or until garlic is soft when squeezed.
3. When the wood chips start to smoke, season steaks with salt and pepper and cook for 5 to 7 minutes per side or until steaks are cooked to desired doneness. To serve, squeeze the garlic out of its skin onto the steaks and drizzle with some of the garlic and herb oil.

Nutritional Information
410 calories, 49 g protein, 21 g total fat (6 g sat.), 2 g carbohydrate, 0 g fiber, 0 g sugar, 130 mg cholesterol, 115 mg sodium

Grill Chicken Drumsticks Like a Pro

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Photo courtesy of Dr Dan at 101cookingfortwo.com

If you love chicken drumsticks, you may have thought about the best way to grill them. There are some tricks to getting the perfect result. First, pat the “drummies” dry after rinsing them and second, you’ll need two thermometers – a meat thermometer and an oven thermometer that sits on the grill grates.

Once you have those basics down, check out Dr Dan’s preferred method of grilling drumsticks:

Grilling Chicken Drumsticks – The Art of Drummies

What’s the Buzz? This Peach of a Sparkling Drink

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PeachBuzzNow’s the perfect time for peaches – fresh, sweet and juicy, they naturally taste like summer. Capture the flavor in this refreshing grown-up drink from the Summer 2015 issue of Something Extra magazine, now available at the checkstand in your neighborhood store. Then kick back to watch the sun go down.

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Ingredients
2 peaches, peeled and chopped
2 large sprigs thyme
2 tsp. honey
2 oz. Hendrick’s Gin
Lemon sparkling water

Directions
Prep: 5 minutes, Serves: 2

1. Muddle peaches, thyme and honey in a cocktail shaker. Add gin and ice.
2. Shake and divide evenly into two 8 oz. glasses. Top each glass with lemon sparkling water.

Super Cool Cukes

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CucumberYou know the phrase “cool as a cucumber”? It’s true – cucumbers are super cool. They’re 95% water so they can help you stay hydrated during hot weather. They’re also very low calorie and contain several antioxidants and lignans that may protect you from heart disease, cancer and allergies. In addition, they’re a great source of B vitamins and fiber.

Here’s a little trivia for you: Did you know cucumbers are actually fruits?

Cukes can help you lose weight because their insoluble fiber fills you up and helps you feel full longer. Slices of cuke can be used to cool the skin after sunburn or to decrease eye puffiness. Have friends or family that don’t drink enough water? Infusing a pitcher of water with sliced cucumber can encourage them to sip more.

Cucumbers make a great snack. They go well with hummus, avocado, fresh and sun-dried tomatoes, strongly-flavored cheeses like feta or parmesan, canned tuna and spices like dill, cayenne and fresh basil.

Check out these five cucumber snack ideas that make a sophisticated (and easy) presentation for a dinner party:

Five Healthy Cucumber Snacks on The Chriselle Factor