Hug A Vegetarian Day

On Saturday September 24th, the world celebrates Hug A Vegetarian Day! There are many people all over the world who believe that there’s no reason we should continue eating animals, and there’s plenty of arguments to support this stance. Both the environment and our health can benefit from excluding meat and animal products from our diets. There’s also a lot of cruelty in today’s meat industry, and this amount of suffering can be alleviated by fewer people choosing to eat meat. Hug A Vegetarian Day was created to honour those who have taken this step to live a cruelty free life by removing meat from their diet.

 

The history of Hug a Vegetarian Day is tied to the history of PETA, the organization that founded it. The day was established to show recognition and appreciation for those that have made the difficult transition to a meat free and animal-product free lifestyle. Being a vegetarian isn’t always easy, your food options tend to be limited at restaurants, and there’s a strange social hostility against those who choose to not consume animals. Since vegetarianism first started becoming a popular dietary move, there have been a lot of vegetarian options entering the market and today it’s relatively easy to find an alternative to anything left behind in the transition. So give these brave souls a hug to thank them for the animal lives they save, and the difficulties they sometimes face in their race to save our animal friends.

 

Want to celebrate Hug A Vegetarian Day? Invite your vegetarian friends over and whip up some of these delicious meat-free appetizers using our fresh produce:

 

Grilled Pineapple & Tomato Salsa

Grab your favourite chips and get ready to dig into this tangy, fresh salsa made with Tango Pink Roma Tomatoes. With just the right balance of sweet, heat and citrus, it’s an easy crowd pleaser!

 

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Greek Cucumber Rolls

Enjoy the traditional greek flavours you love in these simple, bite-sized rolls. Super easy to make and super impressive to serve, these rolls make a great party appetizer or quick snack.

 

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Quinoa Stuffed Mini Peppers

Everyone loves a stuffed pepper! These tasty little bite-size versions are seasoned to perfection and very easy to prepare.

 

 

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Strawberry Basil Crostini

Our Smuccies Sweet Strawberries make this unique appetizer super sweet. Your guests will love the unexpected flavour combination and you’ll love how fast they get gobbled up!

 

 

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For more information about Hug A Vegetarian events and how you can get involved, visit the PETA website. Looking for vegetarian recipes and meal ideas? Be sure to like us on Facebook and follow us on InstagramTwitter and Pinterest.

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How To Build A Healthy Bento Box

Bento boxes have been all the rage when it comes to lunches but what exactly are they and how do you make them? Bento is a single-portion takeout or home-packed meal that’s common in Japanese cuisine. A traditional bento consists of rice, fish or meat and one or more pickled or cooked vegetables, usually in box shaped container. While the traditional version sounds a bit dicey for the average kid, there are plenty of ways to make your own bento boxes at home that are filled with fresh produce, healthy grains and protein. These lunches are not only easy to pack, they’re loaded with vitamins/minerals and they’re super fun to eat! Get creative with your combinations, incorporate tried-and-true foods and make it colourful.

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Packing healthy lunches doesn’t have to be a chore! Get the kids involved in building their own bento boxes and make room for this Japanese staple in your kitchen. For more back to school lunch ideas, tips and inspiration, be sure to like us on Facebook and follow us on Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest.

Summer Sangria Recipes To Beat The Heat

This Summer has been a scorcher and it doesn’t look like there’s any relief headed our way just yet. Stay cool by the pool (or anywhere really) with these refreshing Sangria recipes that use a combination of fresh produce to deliver a sweet, tangy and downright bubbly treat for your tastebuds. Our Smuccies Sweet Strawberries, crisp Seedless Cucumbers and vibrant Naked Leaf Living Herbs are exactly what you need to get the party started. Put on a hat, grab your favourite book, make a pitcher of Sangria and find the perfect place to spend the afternoon. You can thank us later!

 

 

Pink Strawberry Sangria

Our Smuccies Sweet Strawberries are the star of the show in this simple, carbonated sangria recipe. We also couldn’t help but notice that they make the perfect glass garnish!

 

Pink Strawberry Sangria

 

Click here for the full recipe from Simply Whisked.

 

 

Cucumber Sangria

Not only does it taste delicious, but it looks beautiful too! Use our fresh Seedless Cucumbers to make a jug of this refreshing cucumber sangria that’s the perfect combination of tangy and bubbly.

 

Cucumber Sangria

 

Click here for the full recipe from Bluegrass Bites.

 

 

Strawberry Rhubarb Rose Sangria

Take your sangria game to the next level with a homemade rhubarb simple syrup and our Smuccies Sweet Strawberries.

 

Strawberry Rhubarb Rose Sangria

 

Click here for the full recipe from Sweet Peas And Saffron.

 

 

Thai Basil Sangria

Have some fun with flavours! Explore a new exotic twist on Sangria with this sweet citrus infusion and our crisp, local Seedless Cucumbers.

 

Thai Basil Sangria

 

Click here for the full recipe from Prevention.

 

 

 

Staying cool this summer doesn’t have to be boring! Get creative with your fresh produce and herbs and put together your own unique sangria recipe. For more drink ideas, tips and inspiration, be sure to like us on Facebook and follow us on Instagram, Twitter and Pinterest.

Smuccies Were Made For S’mores

S’mores are a beloved, classic campfire treat and right now, their flavour combination is all the rage! The crunch of the graham crackers, the sweet melted chocolate and the sticky, gooey marshmallow makes for a super messy and super delicious snack….but did you know that our Smuccies Sweet Strawberries are the perfect addition? We dare you to pick up some Smuccies and try these s’mores recipes at home for a remix of the perfect rustic treat that you can make at home, no campfire required!

 

 

Skillet Strawberry S’mores

You will never look at your cast iron pan the same way again. If you have a few basic ingredients and five minutes, you can whip up a batch of delicious, juicy strawberry s’mores right in your oven!

 

Skillet Strawberry Smores

 

Click here for the full recipe from Begin With Nutrition.

 

 

S’mores Pizza

Dessert pizzas are truly incredible and this one is super easy to make. Grill it on the BBQ, heat it up over the campfire or bake it inside. No matter how you make it, the end result is a perfect slice or warm, gooey goodness.

 

Strawberry Smores Pizza

 

Click here for the full recipe from What’s Cooking Love.

 

 

S’mores Dipped Strawberries

Take your chocolate covered strawberries to a whole new level by adding ingredients from your favourite campfire treat. This dessert is the perfect combination of sweet, juicy and sticky!

 

Smores Strawberries

 

Click here for the full recipe from Your Cup Of Cake.

 

 

Chocolate Covered Strawberry S’mores

Add a layer of our Smuccies Sweet Strawberries to your s’mores and kick up this campfire classic. While they might be a little messy, the extra sweetness from the strawberries is totally worth it!

 

chocolate covered strawberry smores

 

Click here for the full recipe from Like Mother Like Daughter.

 

 

Popsicles are the perfect, nostalgic summer treat but they don’t have to come in a box to be delicious! Get creative with your flavour combinations, incorporate local produce and have fun making your own frozen treats at home this summer. For more refreshing summer recipes, be sure to like us on Facebook and follow us on TwitterInstagram and Pinterest.

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Fresh Fruit Popsicles

Beat the heat this Summer with a popsicle that’s healthy and delicious! These simple and super fun recipes featuring our Cucumbers and Smuccies Sweet Strawberries are the perfect way to cool off on a hot day. The best part? They’re made using real ingredients so the next time you have a craving, skip the trip to your grocery store and reach into your own freezer for a wholesome and refreshing treat.

 

 

Cool Summer Treats

These treats are kid-approved! Use our CuteCumbers™ to make these refreshing little pops that are loaded with some surprisingly healthy ingredients.

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Click here to see this cool Mucci Farms recipe and more.

 

 

Fresh Mango Strawberry Popsicle

Customize the look of these sweet treats by blending the mango and Smuccies Sweet Strawberries fruit purees together, or keeping them separate to create a fun striped effect.

Mango Strawberry Popsicle

Click here or this recipe from Oh Sweet Day.

 

Cucumber Coconut Lime Popsicle

Use our CuteCumbers™ to make these super refreshing popsicles. This flavour combination will help you beat the heat all summer long!

Cucumber Coconut Lime Popsicle

Click here or this recipe from The Kitchen McCabe.

 

Strawberry Red Wine Popsicles

Use a cup of your favourite red wine and our Smuccies Sweet Strawberries to make these boozy adult popsicles that are guaranteed to make your friends jealous.

Strawberry Red Wine Popsicles

Click here or this recipe from Spoonful of Flavor.

 

Popsicles are the perfect, nostalgic summer treat but they don’t have to come in a box to be delicious! Get creative with your flavour combinations, incorporate local produce and have fun making your own frozen treats at home this summer. For more refreshing summer recipes, be sure to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.

Stay Refreshed & Celebrate Iced Tea Month

Fresh produce is the perfect addition to refreshing summer iced tea recipes. Whether you prefer rooibos, green tea, black tea, oolong or herbal blends, there are countless flavour combinations to explore and enjoy. Our Smuccies Sweet Strawberries pair really well with other flavours like pineapple, our Naked Leaf Living Basil and grapefruit while our Seedless Cucumbers are the perfect match for mint. Curb your craving for sugary beverages and stay hydrated with these infused iced tea recipes that will have you sipping in the sunshine all summer!

 

 

Cucumber Mint White Iced Tea

Use our fresh, local cucumbers to make this delicious iced tea blend that’s perfect for afternoon caffeine fixes, unexpected guests and lazy summer days.

 

Cucumber Mint Tea

Click here for this recipe. 

 

Strawberry Iced Tea Cooler

Our Smuccies Strawberries are sweet on their own but when you pair them with lime and Naked Leaf Living Basil, they take your tea experience to a whole new level!

 

Strawberry Iced Tea Cooler

Click here for this recipe.

 

Spicy Ginger Iced Tea

Looking for something less sweet? Our Seedless Cucumbers are the perfect addition to this spicy iced tea that’s guaranteed to tease your taste buds.

 

Spicy Ginger Iced Tea

Click here for this recipe.

 

Strawberry Orange Mint Iced Tea

Fresh orange and lemon juice make the perfect pairing for our Smuccies Sweet Strawberries and the citrus flavour is always refreshing on a hot day!

 

Strawberry Orange Mint Iced Tea

Click here for this recipe.

 

Iced Tea is such a refreshing summer drink and customizing it to suit your taste is so easy! Have fun with it by adding fresh fruit, vegetables, herbs, juice and your favourite sweetener/sugar to make a unique blend that’ll last all summer. For more refreshing summer drink recipes, be sure to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest

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Mucci’s Best Barbecue Recipes


In honour of National Barbecue Month, we’ve put together some or our favourite Mucci Farms Barbecue recipes that are sure to be crowd pleasers. We’ve always been inspired by how much creativity you can inject into your meals using such a simplistic cooking method. There is so much you can do on a Barbecue so what are you waiting for? Pick up some fresh produce, plan out your menu and get grilling!

 

 

Mucci Burger

There’s nothing like a homemade burger on the barbecue! Use our simple recipe to make a delicious, juicy burger and top it with our fresh Beefsteak Tomatoes and Naked Leaf Living Arugula.

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Get this recipe and more here.

 

Fresh Roasted Red Peppers

Delicious on their own, in sandwiches, on salads or as the base for a delicious hummus, our roasted Sweet Bell Peppers can’t be beat!

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Get this recipe and more here.

 

Turkey Stuffed Sweet Peppers

Grilled to perfection and filled with a savoury turkey filling, these peppers are sure to become a family favourite. Serve family style or pair with a light summer salad.

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Strawberry Basil Crostini

This delicious and super simple appetizer is loaded with our Smuccies Sweet Strawberries. It truly is the perfect combination of texture and flavour!

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Get this recipe and more here.

 

Cooking on the barbecue is a classic summer activity. Whether you’re grilling vegetables on their own or creating a unique menu using our fresh produce, there’s always an advantage to cooking your meal outside in the sunshine. For more delicious barbecue recipes and helpful grilling tips, be sure to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest

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Six Tips That Will Change The Way You Grill

Celebrating barbecue month is about cooking your food in a different way and enjoying the new possibilities, techniques and flavours you create in the process. While it may seem like second nature for some people to start up a barbecue, for other’s it can be a little daunting. Being prepared, understanding how your grill works and taking the proper precautions can help you maximize your grilling experience and minimize any serious causes for concern. Check out this infographic for the top six grill tips that can take you from good food to great food, regardless of how much barbecue experience you have.

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Connect with us on social media or leave a comment below to share your best grilling tips. We’d love to hear from you! For more delicious barbecue recipes and helpful grilling tips, be sure to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.

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Celebrate National Barbecue Month

May is National Barbecue month so it’s time to get out the grill, stock up on seasonal vegetables and enjoy the great outdoors! Our tomatoes, eggplant and bell peppers are perfect for the barbecue and with a little practice, you’ll be seasoned grill master. Use these tips as your guide and add your own custom flare with spices, rubs and oils. We guarantee you’ll be eating more vegetables in no time!

 

 

Tomatoes

Cut out the stem of any Mucci Farms’ tomato and then cut the tomato in half and brush with olive oil. Grill them at 400-425°F face side down for 2-3 minutes and the flip them over and top with garlic, cheese, nuts or anything else you like and let them cook for another minute. Serve them as a fresh side dish or cook them a bit longer with no toppings and use them in a fresh salsa or sauce.

Grilled Tomatoes

Click here for the full recipe from Simply Recipes.

 

 

Eggplant

Cut our Mini Eggplants in half length-wise or into circle about 1/4 inch thick and brush with olive oil and lightly season with salt if desired. Grill at 400-425°F for 4-5 minutes per side. Use as a side dish, in sandwiches or to make a fresh batch of Baba Ghanoush.

grilled eggplants

Click here for the full recipe from Kitchen Ware Direct.

 

 

Bell Peppers

Cut our Sweet Bell Peppers in half length-wise (through the stem) and clean out the seeds. Brush with olive oil and lightly season with salt/pepper is desired. Grill at 400-425°F for 6-10 minutes skin side down and 3-4 minutes on the other side. Serve them as a side dish, stuff them with your favourite meat/grains or peel them to make hummus.

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Click here for the full recipe from Heart Beet Kitchen.

 

Grilling season is about so much more than meat! Use our fresh produce to serve healthy, seasonal side dishes and get creative with your grilling techniques. For more delicious barbecue recipes and helpful grilling tips, be sure to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.

Delicious Handmade Gifts For Mom

Mother’s Day is fast approaching and we know that sometimes it’s difficult to find the right gift to express exactly how you feel. Say it best with a homemade gift from the heart. Use our fresh produce to make all the mother’s in your life a unique and delicious gift they’ll put to good use in the kitchen. If you’re lucky, they may even share it with you!

 

 

Slow Roasted Cherry Tomatoes In Olive Oil

Skip the gourmet grocer and use our Sweet Cherry Tomatoes to make this impressive handmade gift that’s almost too beautiful to eat.

Slow Roasted Tomatoes

Click here for the full recipe from Heart Beet Kitchen.

 

 

Strawberry Basil Jam

Use our Smuccies Sweet Strawberries and Naked Leaf Living Basil to make this classic jam with a fresh twist. Perfect on toast in the morning, served with cheese for a simple appetizer or warmed up and poured over ice-cream for a unique dessert.

Strawberry Basil Jam

Click here for the full recipe from The Taste Of Home.

 

 

Roasted Red Pepper Salsa

Everyone loves salsa! Put a unique twist on this classic condiment by using our bell peppers and package it up with her favourite chips for the perfect night-in snack.

Roasted Red Pepper Salsa

Click here for the full recipe from The View From Great Island.

 

Spicy Garlic Dill Pickles

Gourmet homemade pickles are impressive and super simple to make with our CuteCumbers™ Snack-Sized Cucumbers. Pack them in a cute jar and decorate with fancy ribbon and a homemade tag for a deliciously crunchy gift.

Spicy Garlic Dill Pickles

Click here for the full recipe from The Sustainable Sweet & Savoury Gourmet.

 

Our produce makes it super simple to make a homemade gift this Mother’s Day that’s sure to impress. For more delicious handmade gift ideas and Mother’s Day recipes, be sure to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.