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Savory Dinner with Apples

September 4th, 2015 · 1 Comment

We found this recipe at Good Life Eats that uses apples in a sweet and savory pork chop recipe. Using 8 trays of Dippin’ Stix Sweet Gala Apples & Caramel, you could substitute out the recipe’s apples, butter & brown sugar. As fall is around corner and warm, savory meals abound, let us know if you try this recipe & how you like it!

Apple Cider Sage Pork Chops with Caramelized Apples

YIELD: serves 4 – 6

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Ingredients:

4 bone-in pork loin chops
2 Garlic Herb Sauté Express® Sauté Starter squares
1–2 tablespoons fresh sage chopped, according to preference
1 pound apples (I used Pink Lady) peeled, cored and sliced in ¼-inch slices
3 tablespoons butter
4 tablespoons brown sugar
1/2 cup apple cider
1/3 cup heavy cream
salt and pepper, to taste

Directions:

In a large sauté pan or cast iron skillet, melt the Sauté Express® Sauté Starter over medium heat until it begins to bubble. Pat the pork chops dry on both sides. Add the meat and cook for 3–5 minutes, or until browned. Turn and cook the other side until browned and the pork is cooked through (minimum internal temperature of 145 degrees F). While cooking, brush some of the Sauté Express® Sauté Starter on the side of the pork facing up.

In another skillet melt the butter over medium heat. Add the sugar to the butter and cook for 1 minute, or until it begins to melt. Add the apples and sauté over medium heat until the apples are browned and tender. This should take about 10–15 minutes.

In the pan with the pork chops, add the apple cider and cook over medium heat until the liquid is reduced by about half. Add the cream, bring to a boil and allow it to bubble for a few minutes until the sauce is slightly thickened. Sprinkle with fresh sage and season with salt and pepper if desired.

If serving immediately, spoon the caramelized apples on top of the pork in the pan. Alternatively, you can pass the apples separately at the table and portion them out directly on the dinner plates.

 

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Healthy Snacks and Eating– It’s All About Being Fun

August 31st, 2015 · No Comments

For some of us, eating healthy really is a chore. We love the thought of digging into a deep dish pizza, opening a cold can of soda and saving a tiny bit of room for a scrumptious piece of chocolate pie. What if someone told you that eating healthy could also be fun? If you are looking for a healthy, yet fun, snack, Dippin’ Stix has just what you are looking for.

If you really aren’t sure where to begin or if your kids are begging you for something “different” and “fun” in their lunch and you wish to lean toward the healthy, wholesome side, it need not be so difficult. With obesity rates continually rising in the United States, making the change and educating others to eat healthy is more important than ever. If the thought that eating healthy is a diet without taste, you just may be mistaken.

Many snacks today are filled with salt, fat, and many calories. However, choosing snack options that are healthy and nutritious can help you eat a balanced diet, increase your immunity, reduce blood pressure, and give you an overall feeling of happiness and well-being. Fruits and vegetables rank high in the healthy category and, coupled with an enticing fruit or vegetable dip, become even more attractive.

Dippin’ Stix carries a line of nutritious, delicious and fun snacks that are perfect for lunches, traveling, sporting events, or just a snack on the go. Apples, carrots, and celery packs along with dips of caramel, peanuts, yogurt, peanut butter and ranch dressing are sure to keep your picky eaters happy and healthy. It’s nearing back-to-school time, which makes it the perfect opportunity to begin the healthy eating routine you desire!

Dippin’ Stix are craved by kids and adults alike! They’re the perfect snack while doing homework, taking a short break at work, traveling, or relaxing while reading or watching TV. Pick up a few varieties today. Dippin’ Stix now has bulk five pack cartons available for your convenience. Check out Dippin’ Stix today to help in obtaining a healthy diet, a fun snack, and a way to forget about the cookies, pizza, and potato chips that we have all come to love. Healthy snacks and healthy eating is all about being fun.

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Healthy Snacks and Eating– It’s All About Being Fun

August 28th, 2015 · No Comments

For some of us, eating healthy really is a chore. We love the thought of digging into a deep dish pizza, opening a cold can of soda, and saving a tiny bit of room for a scrumptious piece of chocolate pie or even a smooth and rich candy treat. What if someone told you that eating healthy could also be fun as in crispy, sweet, and filled with a little bit of protein? If you are looking for a healthy, yet fun, snack, Dippin’ Stix has just what you are looking for.

If you really aren’t sure where to begin or if your kids are begging you for something “different” and “fun” in their lunch and you wish to lean toward the healthy, wholesome side, it need not be so difficult. With obesity rates continually rising in the United States, making the change and educating others to eat healthy is more important than ever. If the thought that eating healthy is a diet without taste, you just may be mistaken.

Many snacks today are filled with salt, fat, and many calories. However, choosing snack options that lean toward healthy and nutritious can help you eat a balanced diet, increase your immunity, reduce blood pressure, and give you an overall feeling of happiness and well-being. Fruits and vegetables rank high in the healthy category and, coupled with an enticing fruit or vegetable dip, become even more attractive.

Dippin’ Stix carries a line of nutritious, delicious and fun snacks that are perfect for lunches, traveling, sporting events, or just a snack on the go. Apples, carrots, and celery packs along with dips of caramel, peanuts, yogurt, peanut butter, chocolate, hummus, pickles, and ranch dressing are sure to keep your picky eaters happy and healthy. It’s nearing back-to-school time, which makes it the perfect opportunity to begin the healthy eating routine you desire!

Dippin’ Stix are craved by kids and adults alike!They’re the perfect snack while doing homework, taking a short break at work, traveling, or relaxing while reading or watching TV. Pick up a few varieties today. Dippin’ Stix now has bulk five pack cartons available for your convenience. Check out Dippin’ Stix today to help in obtaining a healthy diet, a fun snack, and a way to forget about the double stuffed Oreos, pizza, and potato chips that we have all come to love. Healthy snacks and healthy eating is all about being fun.

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RECIPE: Apple Peanut Butter Sandwiches on a Stick

August 27th, 2015 · 1 Comment

Dippin’ Stix are manufactured in Minnesota and the world-renowned Minnesota State Fair starts today. The MN State Fair is famous for food “on-a-stick” such as “Cheese-on-a-stick” or “Walleye-on-a-stick” and even a Minnesota classic “Hotdish-on-a-stick,” so we thought it would be fun to do our own version of something-on-a-stick to celebrate our great state fair!

What You’ll Need:
5 trays of Dippin’ Stix Sliced Apples & Peanut Butter
6 slices of bread
Toothpicks
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1. Spread the peanut butter on to each slice of bread. Determine how large you want your sandwiches to be and slice the bread & apples accordingly. We ended up cutting our bread into diagonal quarters and leaving the apple slices intact.
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2. Assemble the sandwiches and stick a toothpick through to hold together. Enjoy these tasty little Sandwiches-on-a-Stick!
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Simplifying, Self Esteem, and Healthy Snacks Have a Lot in Common – Dippin’ Stix Can Help

August 17th, 2015 · No Comments

We’ve all read or heard the ongoing news and reports about the obesity rate in the nation, the need for increasing self-esteem in our youth and young adults, and simplifying our lives to decrease stress. Have you ever wondered what these have in common? Simplifying our lives will decrease the amount of daily stress we endure, which in turn will have us snacking less, losing weight, feeling better, increasing our self-esteem, and eating much, much healthier. Many a healthy snack can be found at Dippin’ Stix. 

 

Researchers have proven over and over again that stress causes one to eat more food at a sitting and snack more often. Many of these snacks are unhealthy, high in calories and fat, and quite costly. Having a fresh snack that also fits into the healthy category is quite difficult to find, let alone a snack that is convenient for our on-the-go society.

 

Life is complicated, and being overweight makes it even more difficult with a culture and media that judge and perceive people who are thin are more successful and socially valuable. With that being said, only you can determine your value. You have the power to choose whether to live a healthy life through diet, exercise, and a strong positive attitude. No one can take that choice away from you.

 

Dippin’ Stix has a variety of single serve snacks with premium dips. Our healthy and nutritious offerings include peeled baby carrots, fresh-sliced apples, and crisp celery sticks.  They’re convenient and ready to eat, and the single serve portions are perfect for the young and the old, lunches, school, sporting events, traveling, or for a mid-afternoon snack.

 

Make your choice to simplify your life, decrease the amount of stress you endure, eat healthy, feel better, and have fun, all while increasing your self-esteem. Simplifying, self-esteem, and healthy snacks do have something in common.  Together they work to make your life a whole lot better, all while having fun and enjoying who we are in a perfectly healthy sort of way! Visit our website to learn more and find a store near you!

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RECIPE: Creamsicle Fruit Dip

August 7th, 2015 · No Comments

Remember the ice cream trucks that sold those amazingly delicious orange creamsicle treats? Well get ready to re-live that experience as a fruit dip! We couldn’t believe the nostalgia and taste when we tried this recipe. Enjoy!

What You’ll Need:
3 trays of Dippin’ Stix Apples with Yogurt Fruit Dip
2/3 cup light sour cream
1/2 cup Greek yogurt
3 Tbsp. orange marmalade
1.5 Tbsp. orange juice concentrate
1 tsp. honey
Orange food coloring
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1. Mix all ingredients except the apples & food coloring in a medium bowl.
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2. Add 5 drops of orange food coloring and stir until well mixed.

3. Serve with fruit and be amazed!
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Reichel Foods is Hiring!

July 29th, 2015 · No Comments

Reichel Foods is hiring Food Production, Sanitation, and Distribution Center/Warehouse employees at Reichel Foods Inc., Rochester, MN area. To apply go to http://corpmgmtgroup.com, call CMG at (507)923-4955, or apply in person at 3707 Commercial Drive SW Rochester, MN (Monday – Friday from 8:00 – 4:00).

 

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RECIPE: Roasted Carrot & Spinach Salad

July 16th, 2015 · 1 Comment

Today is National Fresh Spinach Day & we’ve got a fantastic recipe to accompany a fresh spinach salad.

What You’ll Need:
6 trays Dippin’ Stix Baby Carrots with Ranch Dip
1/2 cup slivered almonds
4 cloves garlic, minced
1/4 cup Olive Oil
salt & pepper to taste
1 tsp honey
1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup dried cranberries
2-4 cups fresh spinach
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1. Preheat oven to 400°F.

2. Chop carrots & combine with almonds, garlic, and olive oil. Season with salt & pepper. Stir to coat. Spread in a single layer on a cookie sheet.
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3. Bake for 20-30 minutes or until carrots are tender, not mushy.
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4. Allow to cool to room temperature.

5. Mix together honey & vinegar, drizzle over cooled carrots. Add in cranberries.
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6. Serve over a bed of fresh spinach.
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Eat your colors & enjoy!

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RECIPE: Caramel Apple Pecan Pie Smoothie

July 12th, 2015 · No Comments

Today is Pecan Pie Day! We’re putting a spin on Pecan Pie & turning it into a smoothie. Check out the recipe below.

What You’ll Need:
2 trays Dippin’ Stix Apples & Caramel
1 cup apple juice
3 scoops of vanilla ice cream
Chopped Pecans
Whipped Cream
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1. Blend apple cider, vanilla ice cream and caramel topping together.
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2. Pour in a large mason jar or in several smaller cups. Serve with whipped cream on top. Top with chopped pecans.
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RECIPE: Apple Caramel Nut Cookie Cup

July 9th, 2015 · No Comments

–It’s National Sugar Cookie Day and we’ve got a delicious recipe for Dippin’ Stix Apple Caramel & Peanuts.

What You’ll Need:
Cookie Cups
3/4 cups butter
1/2 cup brown sugar
1/2 cup sugar
1 egg
1 tsp vanilla extract
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp baking soda
2 tsp cornstarch

Cinnamon Apples
5 trays Dippin’ Stix Apples, Caramel & Peanuts
pinch of nutmeg
1 tsp cinnamon
4 Tbsp brown sugar
2 Tbsp butter
(Reserve the caramel & peanuts)
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1. Coat the cupcake pan with non-stick cooking spray & preheat the oven to 350°F.

2. Cream butter & sugars together for 5-7 minutes, until fluffy.

3. Add the egg & vanilla and beat until well combined.
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4. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until smooth. Dough will be thick.
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5. Makes balls of about 2 tbsp of dough. Press cookie dough in bottom and about 1/3-1/2 way up the sides of each cupcake cup, forming a cup shape.
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6. Bake for 10-12 minutes.

7. Remove from oven and allow to cool for about 5 minutes, then remove to cooling rack to finish cooling. If the centers aren’t cupped enough to add filling, use the end of a wooden spoon or the bottom of a tablespoon to press the center down a bit.

8. While the cookie cups are cooling, combine apples, nutmeg, cinnamon and brown sugar in a medium pan and toss to coat.
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9. Add butter and cook apples for about 10-15 minutes, or until at preferred softness.
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10. Top cookie cups with caramel/peanut from the trays and then with the apple mixture.
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Cookie cups can be stored in the fridge or at room temperature for 2-3 days. Best served warm. After they’ve cooled, they can be warmed up in microwave for 5-10 seconds.

Enjoy!

 

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