Greek Yogurt Ambrosia Salad

There are a lot of nostalgic hot dishes, casseroles and salads that I grew up eating that are delicious but not so good for you.  One of the dishes I love is ambrosia fruit salad which usually consists of canned fruits, whipped topping (not even real whipped cream) and coconut.  While fruit is healthy, traditional ambrosia fruit salad is not the healthiest way to consume fruit.  If you’re like me though a family gathering just doesn’t seem the same without it.  Here’s a recipe that substitutes the not so healthy ingredients for much better-for-you options (keeping the marshmallows though).  This is a Greek yogurt ambrosia salad with all the nostalgia and less of the guilt. 

greek yogurt ambrosia salad

Here’s what you need:

½ package  Golden Fruit Blend (thawed)

1 can Mandarin oranges

1 c. Plain Greek yogurt

2 c. fruit flavored miniature marshmallows

1 c. Dark sweet cherries (thawed)

2 c. shredded unsweetened coconut

½ c pecans chopped

Make sure all the fruit is thawed and drained.  Miss all ingredients except pecans in a large bowl and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes before serving.  Garnish with pecans just before serving.  You can also toast the pecans in a dry sauté pan over medium high heat for 4-6 minutes stirring constantly to prevent burning.

Cranberry Citrus Green Bean Casserole

Easter is fast approaching and I was looking for some great side dishes for the holiday.  I found this great option in the recipe section on schwans.com.  Since it’s been nice out and swim suit season is quickly approaching everyone in my family is trying to eat as healthy as possible.  This cranberry citrus green bean side dish is a great alternative to traditional high-calorie, condensed soup, green bean casserole. 

cranberry green beans

Here’s what you need:

2 Tbsp butter

¼ medium red onion, thinly sliced

2 bags Microsteam Whole Green Beans

¼ cup orange and lemon zest

1 cup dried cranberries

2 Tbsp cider vinegar

1 Tbsp brown sugar

Salt and pepper to taste

 

Steps

1. Preheat skillet over medium heat.

2. Add butter and onions and sauté for 2-3 minutes.

3. Stir in beans, zest, and cranberries. Cook 6-8 minutes

4. Add vinegar and brown sugar. Cook an additional 2-3 minutes.

Tip: Use dried cherries or apricots in place of the cranberries. Add sliced almonds for some extra crunch.  Stay tuned for more great holiday recipes coming soon!

Throw Back Tuesday? A Little Schwan’s History

I know it’s technically Throw Back “Thursday” but I found this great little infomercial today and couldn’t resist sharing it with you.  I’m a little jaded to find out we used to carry coffee (which would make me a happy camper!) but we still carry most the other products shown in the video, imagine that?  It’s fun to see how rich Schwan’s history is and how close Schwan’s comes to its roots, even today over 60 years later. 

Check it out!

Schwan’s Infomercial

What can Schwan’s do for your business?

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I’m sure you’re used to seeing Schwan’s deliver in your neighborhood, but did you know Schwan’s offers many different solutions for businesses as well?  To learn more about any of these options or to schedule a service at your business just call, text or e-mail us….

kelli.larsen@schwans.com, 612-387-0565

kim.hansen@schwans.com, 612-310-8759

· Workplace Deliveries As a service to your employees we can set up a convenient time to have our Schwan’s truck deliver to your business on a consistent two week schedule.  All employees can pre-order online to save time and earn Schwan’s Rewards.  This great incentive will save your employees shopping time and won’t cost you a thing!  In addition we will set up a time (usually over a lunch or break time) to give your employees a brief introduction to how Schwan’s works, answer any questions they may have, and taste some of the products we have to offer. 

· Company picnics, parties / celebrations We can provide ice cream or other treats for all your workplace celebrations.  You don’t have to worry about picking anything up or finding freezer space to keep it in.  We deliver at a time that is convenient for you.  As an added benefit, you only pay for what gets opened so there is no guessing on exactly how much you will need.

· Holiday Gifts Looking to give a great holiday gift to your employees?  We offer several different options including hams, pies and gift cards which we will deliver at a convenient time to every employee on your staff, no wrapping required

· Employee Recognition/Birthday Celebrations Looking to recognize an outstanding Employee of the Month or celebrate all your employees birthdays each month?  Let us provide the treats.  As always, we deliver at a time that is most convenient for your business and you only pay for what you open. 

· Corporate Fundraising Raising money for your favorite 501(c)3 charity?  Let Schwan’s organize your company fundraising this year.  We offer the option of both gift cards as well as our full line of Schwan’s Frozen Foods.  You can earn up to 20% of all purchases to give to the charity of your choice.  Please contact us 2 to 3 weeks in advance to organize your event. 

Don’t see what you are looking for?  Give us a call and we will do our best to accommodate you!

 

 

Happy Appetizer Day

Zesty Jalapeno Bites

Zesty Jalapeno Bites

In honor of National Appetizer Day we thought we would take the opportunity to share with you some fantastic Schwan’s appetizers that would be perfect for Super Bowl Sunday.  Schwan’s offers over 30 different products from hot wings to tempura shrimp (my personal favorite) and everything in between!  Check out all our delicious appetizers at schwans.com.  The best part is all of these appetizers are bake and serve or thaw and serve so you don’t have to spend hours making food for the big day or hundreds of dollars on food delivery.  Be sure and check out our coupons for extra savings!

 

Mini Beef Pot Roast Street Tacos

Awhile back I was introduced to a true Mexican street taco and I immediately fell in love.  Like most Americans in the Midwest I grew up eating those seasoned ground beef tacos with lettuce, sour cream, cheese, tomatoes… you know what I’m talking about.  But a true Mexican street taco is a completely different (and completely delicious) concoction.  A street taco has a soft corn tortilla, pulled chicken or pulled beef, onions, cilantro, maybe some queso blanco and squeezed lime.  As I was rummaging through my kitchen trying to scrounge up something for a quick lunch yesterday I got the inspiration to recreate my favorite street tacos.  The result was delicious, under 350 calories and only took about five minutes.  Here’s what you need for a single serving (two) mini beef pot roast street tacos:

Mini Beef Pot Roast Tacos

1 Mini Beef Pot Roast

2 small corn tortillas

2 Tbs diced onion

2 tsp diced cilantro

Lime wedge

Schwan’s mini beef pot roasts come individually wrapped in single serving sizes so all you have to do is cut the end off the package to vent, place it in a microwave safe bowl and microwave for 3 ½ minutes.  While the meat is heating dice onions and cilantro and heat tortillas.  I have a gas stove so I heat my tortillas directly over the flame on high, flipping constantly.  If you don’t have a gas stove you can wrap tortillas in a damp paper towel and microwave for 20 seconds.  Drain the gravy off the pot roast and shred the meat.  These little roasts are so tender I literally just mashed mine with a fork and it was shredded.  Assemble your tacos and squeeze lime juice over the top of each.  You can also add queso blanco, I added tomatoes to these just because I had some left over but both are totally optional.  If you are cooking for more than one person you can also use our family sized slow roasted beef pot roast with gravy for a great dinner option to feed multiple people.

Black Friday Schwan’s Sales

Black Friday Schwan’s Sales

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Looking for some great Black Friday deals but don’t want to leave your house?  Check out these great offers from schwans.com or on the Schwan’s app.

On Thursday November 29th SAVE:

  • $7 off Meat Sampler Pack (also a great gift idea)
  • $5 off Popcorn Chicken
  • $3 off Popcorn Shrimp
  • $7 off Fully Cooked Beef Pot Roast with Gravy
  • $4 off Beer Battered Alaskan Cod
  • $8 off USDA Choice Bone-in New York Strip Steak

 

On Cyber Monday, December 2nd SAVE:

  • 15% off orders of $100 or more
  • 10% off orders of $60-$100
  • 5% off orders less than $60

Great Gifts for the One who has Everything

We all have those people on our shopping list that have everything.  You’re racking your brain trying to figure out what to buy them that doesn’t involve another tie or an as seen on TV gizmo they’ll use once out of curiosity and re-gift as a white elephant present the next year.  Why not get them something delicious the whole family can love?  Schwan’s allows you to send the gift of delicious frozen food to all your friends and family including amazing holiday deserts, scrumptious sides and fully cooked hams.  Perfect gifts for the one who has everything, students who can’t make it home for the holidays, or as an amazing host gift. 

There are two great options:

  1. Purchase a gift card online and let them pick out their own Schwan’s favorites.
  2. Pick out your favorite Schwan’s products and send them through the mail in a cooler packed with dry ice that ships through the mail. 

Want to sweeten the pot a little bit?  If you are a new Schwan’s customer you can save $5 off $25 or $10 off $50 using coupon code KELLIL2 at checkout.  (or) Save $15 off $75 using coupon KIMH15 at checkout.  These coupons can be used in addition to our great Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales.  The best part is you don’t have to wrap anything!

 

Cheese and Herb Chicken Pot Pie

I got home earlier than usual last night and was in the mood to do a little more intensive baking than usual.  I have a bunch of vegetables left from the tail end of my garden and I’ve been trying to find creative ways to use them up before they spoil.  I found this great little recipe on schwans.com and modified it to use as many vegetables as possible and I added chicken for some protein as well.  The best part is the whole thing took less than an hour from start to finish and it’s much healthier then our traditional chicken pot pie. 

pot pie

Here’s what you need:

¼ c. butter

1 large onion, diced

1 c. carrots diced

1 c. celery diced

1 c. frozen green peas

(you can use 3 cups of frozen mixed vegetables instead of carrots, celery and peas)

2 c. diced chicken breast meat

1/3 c. flour

2 ½ c. chicken stock

2 T parsley, chopped

Salt and pepper to taste

4 cheese and herb biscuits thawed

Preheat oven to 375°.  Saute onions, carrots and celery in butter over medium heat until tender.  If you are using mixed vegetables, just sauté onions at this point.  Stir in flour until mixed thoroughly.  Add the rest of the vegetables and chicken breast (still frozen).  Mix in chicken stock, season and cook until thickened and vegetables and chicken are heated through.  Divide the mixture between four individual ramekins.  Knead thawed biscuits until large enough to cover the top of each ramekin.  Place ramekins on a foil lined baking sheet and bake at 375° for 15-20 min or until golden brown.

Macadamia Encrusted Mahi Mahi Fillets

I found this recipe over the weekend on Schwans.com and I had to try it.  The Mahi Mahi has easily become my favorite fish because it’s so versatile.  You can literally use it for anything and it turns out amazing.  This recipe for Macadamia Encrusted Mahi Mahi was no exception.  The coconut adds a slight sweetness and the macadamias a great crunch.  The best part is it’s quick and easy!

macadamia mahi

Here’s what you need:

1 can coconut milk

1 ¼ c. coarsely chopped macadamia nuts

½ c. panko bread crumbs

¼ c. melted butter

1/3 c. shredded coconut

1 box (4 filets) Mahi Mahi (thawed)

Salt and pepper to taste

Start by covering thawed filets in coconut milk and refrigerate 30-40 minutes (I left mine overnight).  In the meantime mix together nuts, panko crumbs, butter and coconut.  Place Mahi Mahi in a 9×13 in. baking dish and top with nut mixture.  Bake at 425° for 20 min or until crust is golden brown and filets are cooked through.