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RECIPE: National Great American Pot Pie Day

September 23rd, 2015 · No Comments

There’s no better way to kick off Autumn than to begin with National Great American Pot Pie Day! Held every year on September 23, we’ve whipped up an easy and delicious recipe using Dippin’ Stix Celery Stix! Throw this in the crockpot and have something nice & warm for dinner tonight.

What You’ll Need:

  • 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 3 trays Dippin’ Stix Celery Stix & Peanut Butter; celery stalks, diced
  • Two 10.5-ounce cans Condensed Cream of Chicken Soup
  • 1 cup skim milk
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • 16-oz bag frozen mixed vegetables
  • 2 Tbsp fresh parsley
  • 12-oz can Flaky Biscuits

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1. Place chicken breasts in the bottom of the slow cooker.

2. Top the chicken with the diced onions & celery.

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3. In a small bowl, combine the chicken soup, milk, garlic powder, thyme, salt & black pepper. Whisk until mixed well. Pour the mixture into the slow cooker.
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4. Cover and cook on low for 8 hours, or high for 4 hours.

5. About 30 minutes before serving, remove the chicken from the slow cooker and shred. Place the shredded chicken back into the slow cooker and add the frozen vegetables and parsley. Stir well. Cook for an additional 30 minutes.

6. Bake the biscuits according to package instructions.

7. To serve, fill a small bowl with about 1 cup of the chicken mixture and top with a freshly baked biscuit.
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Enjoy this recipe and the start to a new season!

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Back to School Doesn’t Mean Stressful Mornings – Dippin’ Stix Makes Back to School Lunches Easy

September 10th, 2015 · No Comments

Back to school equals stressful mornings. Really? Does it have to be that way? We all know that back to school can be stressful with the setting of alarm clocks, nervousness of a new bus schedule, finding the correct classroom, and thinking of something healthy to pack for our picky eater’s lunch. However, going back to school doesn’t need to be stressful if you follow a few simple steps to organize yourself, your children, and your home. Dippin’ Stix can help with the healthy lunch portion of your organizational tasks.

Your back to school mornings can be just as carefree as a summer morning if you follow these simple steps:

  • Do homework in the evenings, sign all parental forms, and pack backpacks.
  • Choose and set out clothes the night before. By doing this, if you or your child oversleep by a few minutes, finding clothes or making sure clothes are clean will not be an issue.
  • Have a set bedtime and be certain your child is getting enough rest to be attentive during the school day.
  • If your child is eating a cold lunch, prepare it the night before so you can simply grab it from the fridge and put it straight into the backpack.

Preparing lunches can often times be a real struggle. The monotonous chore of packing daily lunches and being certain the lunches are healthy really is a tough assignment. Dippin’ Stix can help with that. We all know that the obesity rate in the United States is at an all-time high. One of the biggest reasons for this increase is unhealthy foods such as those filled with saturated fats and carbohydrates. But when you include a Dippin’ Stix snack in your child’s lunchbox, you have the perfect solution to this problem.

Dippin’ Stix has a variety of healthy, flavorful snacks that are perfect for kids going back to school. Whether it is for lunches, sporting events, or even to get the proper serving of fruits and veggies throughout the day with meals, Dippin’ Stix will help you achieve those extra servings that are tasty, inexpensive, and healthy. Our snacks come in different varieties of apples, carrots, and celery with tasty dips such as ranch, caramel, yogurt, peanut butter, peanuts. Who can turn down a fun and healthy snack such as that? We also offer family and variety packs for your convenience and to fit your needs. Visit our website to learn more and to find a store near you so you can stock up for your kid’s lunches. Let Dippin’ Stix take the stress out of your back-to-school mornings.

 

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Apple S’mores

September 7th, 2015 · No Comments

Happy Labor Day! Fall activities are on the way and one of our favorite outdoor activities to do before the snow flies here in Minnesota, is to have a bonfire! And you can’t have a bonfire without s’mores! We’ve found a few different recipes that would work great with Dippin’ Stix Apple trays (caramel, peanut butter or peanut butter with chocolate). Give them a try & let us know how they turn out!

Get Sweet Smart : Caramel Apple S’mores

The Clever Pink Pirate : Apple S’mores

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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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