Chocolate Covered Smuccies Make Easter Sweeter

Chocolate covered strawberries are a simple, delicious and beautiful treat just about any time of the year. If you use your imagination, they make the perfect canvas for edible Easter art that you can use for hostess gifts, brightening up the dessert table or even filling Easter baskets. Let us show you how easy it is to take our Smuccies Sweet Strawberries and turn them into a fun, creative and yummy Easter treat the whole family will love!

 

“Carrot” Easter Pudding Cups

These pudding cups make a great snack for the kids. Surprisingly, chocolate covered strawberries look a lot like carrots. Who knew?!

 

Carrot Pudding Cups

 

Click here for the full recipe from My Recipe Magic.

  

Easter Egg Chocolate Covered Strawberries

It’s easy to fill a jar full of these colourful, yummy treats. You can customize them and use whichever colours you like to make the perfect edible Easter gift for someone special.

 

Strawberry Easter Eggs

 

Click here for the full recipe from Joyful Healthy Eats With A Side Of Sweet.

 

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Pie

This delicious pie shines a spotlight on our Smuccies Sweet Strawberries and brings an element of surprise to your Easter dessert table. Prepare to blow your guests away!

 

Strawberry Covered Strawberry Pie

 

Click here for the full recipe from The Gunny Sack.

 

Chocolate Covered Bunny Berries

It’s surprisingly easy to make these adorable bunnies with our Smuccies Sweet Strawberries. They’re the perfect addition to your Easter celebration!

 

Strawberry Easter Bunnies

 

Click here for the full recipe from Sweet Pea’s Kitchen.

 

Our Smuccies Sweet Strawberries are delicious on their own but they take on a whole new level of sweetness when you cover them in chocolate. Pick up a pint this weekend and get creative with your Easter treats. Regardless of how you celebrate, or who you celebrate with, spend the long weekend surrounded by those who matter most. For more Smuccies treats and Easter recipes, be sure to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.

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Go Naturally Green This St. Patrick’s Day

Green clothing, party supplies and drinks are a staple for every St Patrick’s Day celebration but what about green food? Whether you’re hosting a party, staying home with family or hitting the town with your friends, fill up with these hearty St Patrick’s-inspired snacks that will keep you on track to celebrate into the early hours. You can count your lucky shamrocks because we’ve got you covered for finger foods, drinks and even dessert!

 

Green Goddess Smoothie

Try our delicious Green Goddess Smoothie, made with Mucci Farms Seedless Cucumbers and Naked Leaf Living Basil it’s a refreshing and energizing smoothie made special with the addition of fragrant basil.

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Cucumber Mint Lemonade

Use our Seedless or Mini Cucumbers to hydrate with this festive and refreshing lemonade. Make a big pitcher and drink the rest over the weekend!

Cucumber Mint Lemonade

Click here for the full recipe from Rachel Phipps.

 

Rainbow Veggie Pinwheels & Sesame Lime Quinoa Salad

Everyone loves rainbows. This recipe makes it easy to whip up a balanced meal that looks beautiful and tastes delicious. Loaded with vegetables and protein, these pinwheels served with a side of quinoa salad are the perfect way to celebrate St Patrick’s Day!

Rainbow Veggie Pinwheel

Click here for the full recipe from Dinner At The Zoo.

 

Green Goddess Hummus

Dips are perfect for entertaining and awesome for snacking. This hummus is loaded with fresh herbs and green vegetables so when you dunk in our Sweet Bell Peppers, you can feel confident that you’re making a healthy, hearty (and appropriately green) choice this St Patrick’s Day.

Green Goddess Hummus

Click here for the full recipe from Are You Kitchen Me?!

 

 

Skinny Shamrock Shake

The Shamrock Shake is an iconic St Patrick’s Day treat but let’s be honest, the nutrition facts make it difficult to commit. Try this vegan and gluten free alternative with our fresh Seedless Cucumbers and you’ll never have to feel guilty about enjoying this St Patrick’s Day treat ever again!

Healthy Shamrock Shake

Click here for the full recipe from The Honour System.

 

St Patrick’s Day is truly a day to embrace green! Now you can celebrate in your own kitchen with healthier alternatives that won’t leave you with regrets and a sore tummy the next day. For more fresh green recipes and St Patrick’s Day inspiration, be sure to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.

Three Ways To Celebrate National Nutritional Month

Nutrition Month is celebrated every March and is sponsored by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The entire month is focused on helping people make better food choices as well as giving them the information necessary to help them develop good eating and exercising habits. Spend the month of March eating well and living healthy, and carry on what you learn through the rest of the year to build strong and sensible habits that will have a profound impact on how you live your life. Not sure how to get involved? Try some of these simple suggestions to kickstart a healthier year for yourself and your whole family:

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  1. Plan family meals so you can eat together

Making time for family meals is so important. Pre-schedule and plan to eat dinner together as a family as many times as you can throughout the month. Use that time to catch up on your day, ask questions, share stories and talk about healthy eating habits. Go a step further by involving the whole family in the kitchen and delegating tasks to each person so they can see their hard work pay off at the dinner table.

 

 

  1. Explore a new fruit/vegetable every week

Habits may be easy to form, but they’re hard to break! Change up your routine and start a fun tradition by introducing new fruits/vegetables to your family each week. Make it a challenge to utilize the weekly feature in all meals and get everyone involved with the meal planning, grocery shopping and cooking. Step outside of your comfort zone to try new and exotic fruits/vegetables or learn how to change up your go-to choices with new recipes/techniques.

 

 

  1. Visit local farms or farmers markets

Take some time to research farmers markets and local farms in your area. Spend a day visiting different farms, asking questions, getting to know the owners and learning more about which crops they grow and what type of growing procedures they follow. be sure to stop by the market and test your vegetable/fruit knowledge before picking up some of your favourites as inspiration for your meal that night.

 

Focusing on nutrition, having discussions about healthy eating and making necessary lifestyle changes can greatly impact every aspect of your life. Expand your horizons with new fruits/vegetables, learn new cooking techniques, explore your local produce offerings and get your family excited about eating healthy!

For more fresh recipes and healthy living tips, be sure to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.

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Heart Healthy Breakfasts

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day so why not use it to fuel your heart health? No drastic changes necessary, just a new ingredient to incorporate. Keeping your heart healthy may be a big job but luckily for us, tomatoes are always up to the task. Roasted, baked, stuffed, sliced or chopped, they make the perfect addition to just about any breakfast so whether you have 5 minutes or 45 minutes in the morning, it’s easy to make heart-healthy choices. Find a new recipe, adjust an old favourite or invent your own using our fresh, greenhouse-grown tomatoes!

 

 

  1. Tomato & Avocado Omelette

Grab some of our grape tomatoes and whip up this easy omelette that’s loaded with goodness. Serve with a handful of our Smuccies Sweet Strawberries on the side.

Tomato Avocado Omelette

Click here for the full recipe from BuzzFeed.

 

 

  1. Tomato Basil Breakfast Tarts
    Breakfast meets dessert. These fresh, filling tarts are perfect for breakfast on the go or on the couch!

Tomato Basil Tarts

Click here for the full recipe from Kalyn’s Kitchen.

 

 

  1. Roasted Tomato-Basil Oatmeal

If you’ve never tried a savoury oatmeal, you’re missing out! Use our fresh Roma Tomatoes and explore a whole new flavour combination in the morning.

Roasted Tomato-Basil Oatmeal

Click here for the full recipe from Girl Makes Food.

 

 

  1. Baked Eggs On A Bed Of Roasted Tomatoes

Sometimes simple really is best. Load up a skillet with our Sweet Cherry Tomatoes and you’ve got the perfect bed for your baked eggs.

Eggs On Tomatoes

Click here for the full recipe from A Cup Of Jo.

 

 

  1. Baked Egg Stuffed Tomatoes

Have some fun with your breakfast by cracking your eggs into our delicious Beefsteak Tomatoes! Easy to prep and even easier to eat, these will be a hit at the table any morning.

Baked Egg Stuffed Tomatoes

Click here for the full recipe from MyFitnessPal.

 

There are hundreds of ways to incorporate more tomatoes into your breakfast routine so you’ll never get bored of improving your heart health! Start small with breakfast and before you know it, your love of tomatoes will spill over into all of your meals each day. For more heart healthy tomato recipes, be sure to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.

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Treat Your Valentine With Tomatoes

February is heart month and there’s much more to it then sending out heart-shaped valentines or chocolates! February is a chance to shine the spotlight on one of the top killers in North America by providing the necessary information to prevent and treat the disease. Luckily there are many ways to fight back against heart disease, and some of them relate directly to the foods you eat. At Mucci Farms, we grow one of the best foods for your heart and it just so happens that incorporating it into your daily routine at any time of the year couldn’t be easier!

 

Tomatoes are high in heart-healthy potassium and they’re a good source of the antioxidant lycopene. Lycopene is a carotenoid that may help get rid of “bad” cholesterol, keep blood vessels open, and lower heart attack risk. Plus, because they’re low in calories and low in sugar, they don’t detract from an already-healthy diet so it’s easy to incorporate them into your regular routine without adding in any unwanted extras. The best part? Cooking might actually increase the health benefits of a tomato because even though cooked tomatoes have less vitamin C, their lycopene is more available and antioxidant activity is undiminished by cooking so you don’t always have to eat them raw to enjoy their health benefits.

 

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Making a Valentines Day meal for your special someone? Incorporate our fresh tomatoes for a gift that’s not only from the heart, but for the heart:

  1. Make fresh salsa instead of using store-bought jars. The end result is loaded with tomatoes and you can control the level of heat.
  2. Love breakfast? Throw some fresh tomatoes into your scrambled eggs to make a delicious frittata or add a handful into your homemade omelette for a burst of flavour and health benefits!
  3. Try your hand at oven roasted tomatoes! Halve ripe tomatoes lengthwise and scoop out the seeds. Place on a rimmed baking sheet lined with foil; drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place the sheet in the oven on the lowest temperature (150 to 170 degrees) and let the tomatoes dry for 8 hours, until they’re shrunken but still a little plump. Store in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks, or freeze for up to 6 months.
  4. Stuff your favourite meats with a handful of fresh tomatoes for an unexpected burst of flavour!
  5. Whip up a batch of fresh tomato sauce at home in no time. Chop several tomatoes and put into a bowl. Add salt and let sit for 30 minutes while the juices are drawn out. Strain into a sauté Simmer and whisk in butter. Spoon over pasta, fish, or chicken.
  6. Use them as inspiration to build a better grilled cheese sandwich
  7. Pickle them! Stuff a canning jar with salt, pickling spices, dill sprigs, garlic cloves, red hot chiles, and plenty of quartered green tomatoes. Fill with hot, but not boiling, water. Screw lid on tightly. Refrigerate for a month.
  8. Slice the top off of a beefsteak tomato and stuff it! Try a Mexican or Mediterranean flare and have fun with different flavour combinations.
  9. Slice up a few tomatoes and drizzle them with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Add a pinch of salt and serve with fresh herbs for garnish.
  10. Make a bed for grilled chicken, fish, or steak. Chop tomatoes and marinate in olive oil and salt for a few hours. Spread on plates and top with your favourite protein.

 

Sometimes small steps can make a big difference. Incorporating more heart-healthy foods like tomatoes will help you fight back against this disease and keep your heart healthy and strong for years to come. For more heart healthy tips and Valentines Day recipes, be sure to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Pinterest.

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Can You Fill Half Your Plate?

If you’ve ever thought “I should really eat more vegetables but I just don’t have time” or “I don’t know how to cook with that ingredient so I’ll just stick to my usual routine”, you’re not alone. Canadians should definitely be eating more fruits and vegetables and there’s stats to prove it. Statistics Canada reported that in 2011 only 40.4% of Canadians aged 12 and older consumed fruit and vegetables five or more times per day. Consumption rose gradually from 2001-2009, where it peaked at 45.6% of the population reaching the level of five or more daily servings, but ever since then it’s been on the decline and Half Your Plate wants to change that.

 

The initiative aims to show Canadians how easy it is to incorporate fruits and vegetables into every meal while also providing all the tips, tricks and recipes they need to make it happen on a regular basis. Whether you’re looking for healthy school lunch ideas or smart shopping tips, Half Your Plate is a fantastic resource!

 

Chef Michael Smith is the Half Your Plate culinary ambassador and he’s committed to empowering Canadian’s in the kitchen. He knows that many Canadians have a hard time including fruits and vegetables in their daily routine because it seems like a difficult task. It’s easy to confuse the unfamiliar with the difficult which is why he focuses on teaching real-world skills and reminding us all that at heart, healthy cooking is simple cooking.

 

 

Healthy habits are for life but we know they can be difficult to build and maintain. Keep things simple and make a commitment to the #HalfYourPlate initiative. Visit the website, watch Chef Michael Smith’s video and get inspired to eat more fruits and vegetables today! Be sure to like us on Facebook and follow us on TwitterInstagram and Pinterest.

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Take The #PulsePledge

The United Nations has officially declared 2016 the Year Of The Pulses and Celebrity Chef Michael Smith has jumped on board as Canada’s ambassador by encouraging everyone to take the #PulsePledge. Pulses are the little superfood that’s big on flavour! Also known as grain legumes, they’re a group of 12 crops that includes dry beans, dry peas, chickpeas, and lentils. They’re high in protein, fibre, and various vitamins, provide amino acids, and are hearty crops. With the price of groceries beginning to rise, pulses are a nutritious, versatile, tasty, sustainable and affordable option for any family. Start your year off right by learning how to incorporate pulses into your meal routine and take the #PulsePledge today!

 

  1. One Pot Tomato Lentil Pasta

Incorporate lentils with foods you already know and love to make the transition easier. Use Mucci Farms Beefsteak Tomatoes to make this one-pot wonder that’s perfect for any night of the week!

Tomato Lentil Pasta

Click here for the full recipe from Emma’s Little Kitchen.

 

  1. Loaded Falafel Salad

Use Mucci Farms Naked Leaf Living Lettuce, Seedless Cucumbers and Sweet Cherry Tomatoes to build this giant salad that’s sure to fill you up! Loaded with fresh produce, herbs and lentils, this salad is a powerhouse of nutrients and is perfect for sharing at the dinner table or portioning into takeaway meals for a busy work week.

Loaded Falafel Salad

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

 

  1. Lentil Tacos With Tomato Radish Salsa

Just like regular tacos, lentils are great wrapped up in a tortilla and pilled high with your favourite toppings. Take this concept to a whole new level by using our sweet cherry tomatoes to make this incredible salsa! Want a gluten-free meal? Use Mucci Farms’ Naked Leaf Living Lettuce instead of a taco shell.

Lentil Tacos With Tomato Salsa

Click here for the full recipe from Chez Us.

 

  1. Lentil Loaf

Meatloaf is the ultimate comfort food so why not make healthier and more affordable by replacing the protein with lentils? Use Mucci Farms Sweet Bell Peppers to make your own loaf at home and pile high on a sandwich for lunch or serve with your favourite sides for dinner.

Lentil Loaf

Click here for the full recipe from Ambitious Kitchen.

 

  1. Greek Salad Dip

Use Mucci Farms Sweet Bell Peppers, Seedless Cucumbers and Roma Tomatoes to make this healthy and hearty dip that’s great for a snack, weekday lunch or potluck party. You can also add quinoa and double the dressing recipe for an instant BBQ side dish.

Greek Salad Dip

Click here for the full recipe from Sprouted Kitchen

 

Incorporating more lentils into your diet will help you lessen your dependance on meat and explore your creativity in the kitchen. It’s never too late to make a change so take the #PulsePledge today and start working towards a healthier body and mind in 2016. For more Pulse recipes, tips and inspiration, be sure to like us on Facebook and follow us on InstagramTwitter and Pinterest.

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Five Salad Recipes To Lighten Up Your January

January can be a tough time of the year for many people. Resolutions weigh heavy upon us as we start the new year and often times our busy schedules and routines don’t make change easy. Take things one step at a time with this collection of Mucci Farms salads that will give you the boost you need to make it through. Load up on fresh, crisp vegetables and fill your January with healthy salads that are hearty enough to be mains!

 

  1. Citrus Shrimp Salad
    This salad is packed with flavour and perfect for a main dish! The sweet, light dressing and the combination of shrimp and citrus will give you the boost of energy you need to power through your day! Use our Naked Leaf Living Watercress, Naked Leaf Living Lettuce and snack-sized CuteCumbers™ to whip this up at home.

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  1. Strawberry Hemp Salad
    This salad is the perfect mix of sweet and savoury! The tangy red onions pair perfectly with our super sweet Smuccies Strawberries and crisp Naked Leaf Living Lettuce! Hemp hearts ensure you get the protein you need and the candied pecans make for the perfect crunch.

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  1. Sweet Peppers & Steak Salad
    Satisfy your taste buds with this hearty and delicious salad! The rosemary dijon vinaigrette has a great kick and the steak adds a whole new element of flavour and texture to the fresh greens. Try it at home with our Bella Sweets™ Super Sweet Mini Peppers, Sapori™ Sweet Cocktail Tomatoes, Naked Leaf Living Lettuce and Naked Leaf Living Arugula.

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  1. Village Style Salad
    Looking for something a bit lighter? This salad is loaded with fresh raw vegetables and drizzled with a simple oil and vinegar dressing. Easy prep makes it the perfect lunch or meal on the go. Use our Beefsteak Tomatoes, Mini Cucumbers and Bella Sweets™ Super Sweet Mini Peppers to make this at home.

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  1. Cucumber Noodle Salad
    Prepare a classic vegetable in a new way with this spiralized salad! Our fresh cucumbers pair perfectly with the sweet dressing, tangy red onions and asian-inspired flavour. Make this at home with our Seedless Cucumbers and Hot Shots Mixed Hot Peppers.

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January can be a tough time juggling new routines, habits and resolutions. Fuel your body and mind with healthy, hearty foods that will help kickstart feeling better and living better in the new year. For more healthy recipes, tips and inspiration, be sure to like us on Facebook and follow us on InstagramTwitter and Pinterest.

Get Creative With Your Christmas Veggie Trays

Sometimes it’s hard to incorporate more vegetables and healthy snacks into your routine, especially around the holidays when desserts and treats are in abundance everywhere you turn! Have some fun in the kitchen and get creative with your healthy snacks this season. Vegetables come in a wide range of hues, textures and shapes that make the perfect canvas for a fun and festive alternative to a boring tray that’s bound to get overlooked. Recreate your favourite character or decoration, incorporate other finger foods like cheese and be prepared to wow your guests!

 

 

Joy Vegetable Tray

Spell out your favourite holiday words with Mucci Farms Sweet Grape or Sweet Cherry Tomatoes and a little imagination!

Joy Veggie Tray

Click here for the full recipe from Modern Parents Messy Kids.

 

 

Christmas Tree Tray

Use Mucci Farms Sweet Bell Peppers and Sweet Cherry Tomatoes to decorate your very own vegetable Christmas tree tray!

Christmas Tree Tray

Click here for the full recipe from Yum Food & Fun.

 

 

Caprese Wreath

It’s no secret that our Sun Drops™ Sweet Grape Tomatoes pair perfectly with mozzarella. Take this flavour combination to a whole new holiday level by creating your own edible wreath!

Caprese Wreath

Click here for the full recipe from VeggieWala.

 

 

Veggie Lodge

If you want to take your healthy holiday celebrations to the next level, try this alternative gingerbread house made entirely out of fresh vegetables!

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Click here for the full instructions from Green Giant.

 

This month, make it your mission to make vegetables fun again! Gather the family, take a trip to your favourite grocery store, pick up a variety of fresh produce and spend some time together in the kitchen creating your favourite holiday items, scenes and characters. For more holiday recipes and seasonal decor inspiration, be sure to like us on Facebook and follow us on TwitterInstagram and Pinterest.

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Smuccies Make Christmas Sweeter

The countdown to Christmas has officially begun! Whether you’re entertaining a crowd or making finger foods for a few friends, Mucci Farms’ Smuccies Sweet Strawberries are the perfect canvas for your creativity. Incorporate more fruit into your holiday menu with this fun and delicious collection of sweet Strawberry snacks! Perfect for potlucks and picky eaters, these snacks are simple to prepare, fun to make and guaranteed to put you in the Christmas spirit.

 

Strawberry Christmas Tree Brownie Bites

Jazz up a basic brownie bite by topping it with a strawberry covered in homemade frosting. You can use a simple brownie mix for the batter and get the kids to help decorate the mini trees with your favourite candy!

Strawberry Tree Brownie

Click here for the full recipe from Tasty Kitchen.

 

Santa Hat Strawberry Marshmallow Snacks

A simple piping bag is the key to making these extra cute and seriously yummy Santas. Create a bunch to decorate your dessert table and take your fruit tray to a whole new level this year!

Strawberry Santa Hat

Click here for the full recipe from Tablespoon.

 

Grinch Kabobs

Getting kids to eat healthy around the holidays can be a challenge but these Grinch kabobs are sure to please even the pickiest eaters! They’re simple to make, easy to carry and a welcome change from heavier (and much less healthy) holiday snacks.

Grinch Kabob

Click here for the full recipe from Raining Hot Coupons.

 

Santa Claus Pancakes

Treat your family and friends to a holiday breakfast they’ll love! Make your favourite pancakes and use our Smuccies Super Sweet Strawberries, whipped cream and chocolate sauce to turn them into cute and delicious Santas.

Santa Pancakes

Click here for the full recipe from Taste Of Japan.

 

Chocolate Covered Strawberry Reindeer

Put a holiday twist on the classic chocolate covered strawberry with these adorable reindeer bites! They’re fun to make, easy to customize and guaranteed to make everyone smile.

Strawberry Reindeer

Click here for the full recipe from Party City.

 

Strawberry Santas

Looking for a lighter treat this holiday season? Use our Smuccie’s Sweet Strawberries to whip up these easy and delicious Strawberry Santas. Make them for a snack, dessert or just because!

Strawberry Santa

Click here for the full recipe from Stay At Home Mum.

 

Christmas will be here before you know it, and so will the seasonal parties, meals and gatherings. Prep in advance, stay organized and don’t be afraid to use your imagination in the kitchen! Our Smuccies Sweet Strawberries are the perfect canvas to create fun, adorable holiday treats that everyone will love. For more festive recipes and holiday inspiration, be sure to like us on Facebook and follow us on TwitterInstagram and Pinterest.