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A Delicious Quiche for Mother’s Day Brunch

Want to really “WOW” Mom on Mother’s Day this year? You can never go wrong with breakfast in bed or a delightful brunch!

The chefs have been hard at work in the Jeff’s Naturals test kitchen creating new ways to enjoy our delicious all-natural line of olives, peppers, artichoke hearts, capers and sun-dried tomatoes.

Here’s a delicious quiche you can make this Mother’s Day with our Roasted Bell Pepper Strips and our new Marinated Artichoke Hearts! As an added bonus, Mom will love the fact this quiche is made with our certified non-GMO ingredients with no preservatives, additives, sulfites, artificial colors or flavors. Just pure & delicious food for the woman who deserves it the most!

Serve this with a tasty fruit salad and a flavorful Bloody Mary for a knock-out Mother’s Day Brunch she’ll appreciate for years to come.

Roasted Red Bell Pepper & Artichoke Quiche

Roasted Red Bell Pepper & Artichoke Quiche

Prep Time: 30 min.
Total Time: 1 hr. 40 min.
Serves: 6-8

2 ready-made pie crusts
1/2 jar Jeff’s Naturals Marinated Artichoke Hearts
1/2 jar Jeff’s Naturals Roasted Bell Pepper Strips
8 large eggs
1 shallot, grated
2 Tbsp. crushed garlic
1/2 c. whole milk
1/2 c. Mascarpone cheese, softened (here’s a quick recipe to substitute if you can’t find it in your store)
1 c. Fontina cheese, grated
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. pepper
3 oz. frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained
1 c. Mozzarella cheese, grated

PREPARATION

Preheat oven to 375°F. Bake pie crusts for 12 minutes.

Chop artichoke hearts and brown lightly in a pan on medium heat for 5-7 minutes. Set aside to cool. Cut roasted red bell peppers into ¼ inch by 1 inch long slices. Set aside.

Whisk eggs in a large bowl. Add shallot, garlic, milk, Mascarpone, Fontina, salt and pepper. Add spinach and artichokes. Mix well.

Pour mixture carefully into pie pans. Sprinkle red peppers into mixture, then top with Mozzarella cheese.

Bake for 55 minutes. Center will seem slightly underdone, but will continue cooking as it cools. Cool quiche for 20 minutes before serving.

Time Saving Tip: Make the evening before and warm it up the next morning for a delicious and lovely Mother’s Day surprise! When you are ready to re-heat the quiche, preheat your oven to 350 degrees F. Place the quiche in the oven for about 15 -20 minutes or until the center is warmed through.

Antipasto Skewers with Jeff's Naturals Marinated Artichoke Hearts

Fresh from Jeff’s Kitchen: Easy Antipasto Skewers

When we unveiled our new additions to our all-natural line of Mediterranean olives, peppers, capers and sun-dried tomatoes at Natrual Products Expo West last month, we were thrilled to hear a wide range of praise from members of the natural foods community from all over the world!  They couldn’t get enough of our new Sunshine Mix Mild Banana Pepper Rings, Pitted Castelvetrano Olives and Marinated Artichoke Hearts.

The bold Mediterranean flavor of these artichokes have inspired our chefs at to create new dishes and serving ideas to help you eat and live better! Hand picked and marinated with a perfectly seasoned family recipe, these Artichoke Hearts do not disappoint.

Our newest recipe, Antipasto Skewers, are an elegant yet easy appetizer to make ahead for any party or get together. You can make the antipasto skewers ahead of time and drizzle with balsamic and olive oil just before serving. Get creative and add any of your favorite Jeff’s Naturals pitted or stuffed olives (like Feta or Garlic) and Whole Golden Greek Peperoncini.

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 10 minutes
Serves: 4 (2 skewers per person)

INGREDIENTS
1 jar (6.5 oz) Jeff’s Naturals Marinated Artichoke Hearts, drained
½ (12 oz.) container of marinated mozzarella balls
¼ c. Jeff’s Naturals Organic Pitted Whole Greek Kalamata Olives
1 pt. grape or cherry tomatoes
4 oz. sliced salami
6 fresh basil leaves, large leaves can be torn in half
Balsamic glaze (store-bought in vinegar isle) and extra virgin olive oil to garnish
Skewers or long tooth picks

PREPARATION
In any order, skewer a variety of the ingredients onto each skewer. Drizzle the finished skewers with balsamic glaze and olive oil and serve.

How Do I Make My Favorite Soup or Stew Even Better?

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Is it possible to make your favorite soup even better?  We say yes. With so much flavor and variety, you can pretty much count on Jeff’s Naturals olives and peppers to pair perfectly with most of your favorite soup!

Here are some delicious ideas to get you started:

  • Transform ordinary Tomato or Vegetable Soup into something extraordinary by adding diced Roasted Bell Pepper Strips and a dollop of basil pesto.

We could keep going but we want to hear your ideas!  Tell us on our Facebook page!

Eat Healthy with the Incomparable Vegetarian Mamma!

Vegetarian cooking can sometimes be a daunting task to people trying it for the first time; “how can it be tasty without meat,” they ask. Well, Vegetarian Mamma has shown just how fun and easy-to-prepare vegetarian dishes can be. Through her website, blog, and cookbooks, Cindy Gordon provides a bounty of recipes and techniques that the whole family can enjoy.

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Photo Source: Vegetarian Mamma

We’re proud to say that many of these mouth-watering meals make use of our very own Jeff’s Naturals line of all-natural non-GMO products, such as this Mediterranean Rice Bowl recipe (seen above) and a Roasted Tomato Sauce Pasta (see below- yummy!!).

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Trust us, you have to try these recipes for yourself.

All recipes featured on Vegetarian Mamma’s site are vegetarian, and the site offers giveaways of gluten-free, allergy-friendly products so you can test the delicious products she uses!

If you’re looking for a good place to pick up some vegetarian-friendly recipes, Vegetarian Mamma’s recipe page is of course the natural place to start. But why stop there? When you enter our 2017 Fresh Start Sweepstakes, you can win a copy of Vegetarian Mamma’s cookbook Gluten Free Fork!

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Photo Source Vegetarian Mamma

Vegetarian Mamma strives to create an atmosphere of positivity and helpfulness to welcome anyone looking to improve their diet. She says it best herself:

This website is meant for everybody! If you are seeking information on recipes, products or just want to be part of a community, this site is for YOU! While we do share some humor within our posts, we try to keep it classy and supportive of all who visit. We try to stay encouraging and welcoming. While some recipes and products may not fit for some, they may be perfect fits for others. At Vegetarian Mamma, we are here to encourage one another and to keep things positive.  We are not here to try to dictate what you should and shouldn’t consume. You know your body, you know your beliefs and you can act upon them.

Cooking is, at its core about love, both for the food itself and the people you are cooking for. This guiding principal is clear in Vegetarian Mamma’s site, blog, book, and recipes. The amount of care and consideration, both for the meal itself and the eater, is palpable and most importantly tasted in the recipes she provides. Be sure to visit her website often for the latest and best in vegetarian recipes and giveaways!

Ghostly Pizza Jeff's Naturals

Jeepers Capers! Is that a Ghost on My Pizza?

Yes, it’s that time of the year again! Time for some Halloween Fun! Halloween now-a-days is so much more than costumes and candy. Families everywhere are taking Halloween decorating to new heights around the house and in the kitchen. A simple search on sites like Pinterest will yield hundreds of clever Halloween themed dishes adults and kids can enjoy that range from adorable just to plain disturbing!

Here are a few fun ideas you can put into use with our Capers, Peppers, Olives and Sun-Ripened Dried Tomatoes. Enjoy!

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Ghostly Pizza

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Serves: 4

INGREDIENTS
1 store-bought, prepared pizza crust
1 jar store-bought pizza sauce
5 slices mozzarella cheese
10 Jeff’s Naturals Non-Pareil Capers

PREPARATION
Preheat oven per pizza crust instructions.
Spread an even layer of pizza sauce on top of the pizza crust. Next, using Halloween-shaped cookie cutters, cut out ghost cheese shapes from the mozzarella. Place cheese on top of the pizza sauce. Adorn the ghosts with capers for eyes. Bake until hot and bubbly and serve.

More Fun Ideas

Spider Bagel Pizza Bites 
These kid-friendly bites add a little extra fun to your next Halloween party. Click here for recipe and instructions.

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Bacon, Spinach, Sun-Dried Tomato, and Goat Cheese Skull Shaped Pizza
Great way to transform a plain pizza into special Halloween treat the whole family will enjoy in no time. Click here to view the post for full recipe.

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Photo courtesy of www.hungryhappenings.com

Sundried Tomato Spider Web Pesto Dip
This dip isn’t just fun, it is absolutely delicious! We think our Sun-Ripened Dried Tomatoes would work perfectly in this dish! Click here to get the recipe!

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Photo courtesy of www.rotisseriechickenqueen.com

Roasted Pumpkin Soup With Red Peppers and Caramelized Onions
We saw this recipe for this savory autumn soup and immediately thought this would be a wonderful way to enjoy our Roasted Bell Peppers & Caramelized Onions. As an added bonus, it would help save some preparation time so you can spend more time “Trick or Treating”. Click here for the full recipe.

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Photo courtesy of www.thethingswellmake.com

How to Prepare the Perfect Pasta Dish

Mama Mia! Since October is National Pasta Month, we wanted to give a salute to one of America’s favorite foods! In recent years, pasta has gotten a bad rap (think no carb diets) but we think that pasta dishes can actually be a healthy and filling meal, especially with some help from Jeff’s Naturals all natural line of olives, peppers, capers and sun ripened tomatoes.

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What’s the secret to pasta perfection? It begins with cooking pasta itself. The National Pasta Association recommends the following steps to cook pasta perfectly every time:

1. Boil 4 to 6 quarts of water for one pound of dry pasta. (You can divide this recipe depending on how much pasta you are cooking.)

2. Add the pasta with a stir and return the water to a boil.

3. Stir the pasta occasionally during cooking.

4. Follow the package directions for cooking times. If the pasta is to be used as part of a dish that requires further cooking, undercook the pasta by 1/3 of the cooking time specified on the package.

5. Taste the pasta to determine if it is done. Perfectly cooked pasta should be “al dente,” or firm to the bite, yet cooked through.

6. Drain pasta immediately and follow the rest of the recipe.

Reheating Pasta

To reheat cooked pasta, portion out the amount you need and place in boiling water. For extra-easy draining, you can place the pasta in a stainless steel colander or strainer and then submerge in boiling water. Count 40 to 60 seconds of re-heating time for a four-ounce serving. Drain the pasta well, toss with sauce and serve immediately. Pasta can also be reheated in the microwave oven. Reheat single servings on high for 45 seconds at a time, checking between intervals for doneness.

To create the perfect pasta dish, you must also pair it with the right sauce. The National Pasta Association recommends pairing thin, delicate pastas (like angel hair or thin spaghetti)are better served with lighter, thin sauces. If it’s a heavier sauce you crave, it’s better to stick with thicker pasta shapes, like fettuccine. Pasta shapes with holes or ridges, like mostaccioli or radiatore, are perfect for chunkier sauces.

Now that you know the basics, grab a fork and dig into our newest pasta recipe using Jeff’s Naturals!

Jeff’s Naturals Mediterranean Pasta

Prep Time: 5 min.Total Time: 10 min.Serves: 4

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3 tablespoons Olive Oil
1 pound skinless boneless chicken breasts, sliced diagonally
1 cup Jeff’s Naturals Sun-Ripened Dried Tomatoes, drained, julienned
2 Tablespoons crushed garlic
1 pound angel hair pasta, fresh
1/4 cup fresh basil
1 jar (6.5 ounces) Artichoke Hearts, drained
1/2 cup Jeff’s Naturals Organic Sliced Greek Kalamata Olives, drained
6 ounce crumbled feta cheese
1/4 cup heavy cream
2 teaspoon dried oregano
Salt and pepper, to taste
PREPARATION

Boil water for pasta. Heat olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Brown chicken strips until no longer pink in the middle, about 3 minutes on each side. Add sun dried tomatoes and crushed garlic to skillet. Sauté for 2 minutes. In the meantime, add the fresh pasta to the boiling water, cook until al dente, about 5 minutes.

Add the basil, artichoke hearts, Kalamata olives and crumbled feta cheese to the skillet. Sauté 1 minute. Stir in cream. Strain pasta and transfer to a large pasta bowl. Add the chicken sauté to the pasta and toss.

Season with oregano, salt and pepper before serving.

Visit National Pasta Association to see these and other great pasta cooking tips!

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Shaken or Stirred? June 19th is National Martini Day

Did you know that National Martini Day is June 19th?  It’s the perfect excuse to break out some glasses, crack open a jar or two of your favorite Jeff’s Naturals olives and take a relaxing and well-deserved sip. National Martini Day comes only once a year, after all!

To honor the occasion, here are some helpful martini making tips and NEW martini recipe ideas!

Martini Making Tips

1. Ice
Be sure to keep your martini chilled with ice, however, you should not chill gin. The ideal combination is warm gin + cold ice.

2. Chill Your Glassware
Cold glassware is a must for keeping your martini chill. We also find it brings a certain degree of class to your drink!

3. Shaken or Stirred?
Forget what James Bond has to say, shaking a martini will create air bubbles that make the martini opaque. Consider stirring the martini instead if you want to keep it clear and see-through.

4. Enjoy
Enjoy your martini before it succumbs to room temperature (but don’t feel the need to rush)!

New! Bleu Cheese Olive Martini

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Prep Time: 5 min | Total Time: 5 min | Serves: 1

Ingredients

Directions

Place the martini glass into the freezer to chill. Pour liquor into a martini shaker with ice. Shake for at least 20 seconds and pour into the chilled martini glass. Garnish with Bleu Cheese Stuffed Olives and enjoy!

New! Hot Cherry Pepper Martini

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Prep Time: 5 min | Total Time: 5 min | Serves: 1

Ingredients

Directions

Fill a chilled martini shaker with ice. Add vodka or gin with a splash of pepper brine and shake well for about 30 seconds. Strain into a chilled glass and garnish with a hot cherry pepper or two.

New! “Perfect” Martini

 

Savory MartiniPrep Time: 3 min | Total Time: 5 min | Serves: 1

Ingredients

Directions

Fill a chilled martini shaker with ice. Add gin and vermouth. Shake well, about 45 seconds. Using a cocktail strainer, pour into a chilled glass. Thread three olives (representing health, love and wealth) onto a cocktail stirrer or rosemary sprig and serve.

 

Mother's Day Brunch Recipes

Tips and Recipes to Surprise Mom this Mother’s Day

Mothering is a full-time job, there’s no question about it. They help you grow, they educate you, and they love you unconditionally without asking for anything in return. Mother’s Day is the perfect opportunity to show them just how much they mean to you and how much you appreciate everything they’ve done.

If you ask us, there’s no show of love quite as thoughtful as a delicious home cooked meal. So sit back, have a read, and plan that Mother’s Day brunch that will leave them smiling from cheek to cheek.

Brunch Tips!

  1. Set up everything the night before – You don’t want to be in a mad rush to do this the following morning, trust us!
  2. Plan your menu – Don’t wait until the last minute to plan your meal. That said, if you’re reading this post you’re already ahead of the game!
  3. If you can cook it ahead of time, do it! – If you have anything on your menu that can be prepared ahead of time, do so. This can be bloody mary mixes, mimosas, sausages, and so forth.
  4. Offer a mix of sweet and savory – That’s the magic of brunch, after all! A nice balanced meal will leave everybody satisfied.
  5. You can’t go wrong with fresh breads and/or scones – I mean… what’s brunch without delicious breads?

A brunch would be nothing without food, so  feast your eyes on these recipes guaranteed to really impress mom!

New! Baked Eggs with Olives

Prep Time: 5 min | Total Time: 11 min | Serves: 2

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Ingredients

  • 4 eggs
  • Salt and freshly cracked black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons heavy cream
  • ¼ cup Jeff’s Naturals Whole Castelvetrano Olives, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
  • 1 sprig fresh thyme leaves
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil, for drizzling
  • Serve with a crusty baguette

Directions

Preheat oven to 375°F.

Crack 2 eggs into 2 individual-sized baking dishes. Season with salt and pepper.  Drizzle a tablespoon of heavy cream into each dish, and distribute the olives and herbs into each dish. Bake about 6 minutes, until the whites are set and yolks are very loose. Once removed from the oven, the eggs will continue to cook for a few minutes.

Drizzle eggs with olive oil and serve hot with warm crusty bread for dipping.

New! Ultimate Bloody Mary

Bloody Mary Party

 

Prep Time: 5 min  |  Total Time: 5 min  | Serves: 1

Delicious paired with any of these recipes along with Smoked Salmon with Dilled Crème Fraiche on Bagels, Frittata with Roasted Red Peppers and Sun-Dried Tomatoes, Ricotta Cheese & Meyer Lemon Blintzes, etc.

Ingredients

Directions:

Stir together Bloody Mary mix and vodka. Add a few dashes of hot sauce, squeeze of lemon, and a splash of Jeff’s Naturals Olive or Pepper brine.

Pour over ice in a highball glass.

Garnish with your favorite Bloody Mary ingredients including Jeff’s Naturals Olives and Peppers.  Finish with a dash of pepper and enjoy!

 

Baja Fruit Salad

Baja Fruit Salad

Prep Time:  10min | Total Time: 45min | Serves: 2-4

Ingredients

  • 2 cans (20 oz.) juiced packed pineapple chunks, drained
  • 1 can (15 oz.) mandarin oranges, drained
  • 1/2 c. Jeff’s Naturals Roasted Bell Pepper Strips, chopped
  • 1/2 c. jicama, chopped
  • 1 tsp. brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. fresh lime juice
  • 1 tsp. chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 Tbsp. shredded coconuts

Directions:

Combine all ingredients except coconut in a large bowl and toss well to mix. Top with coconut just before serving. Makes about 4 servings.

Breakfast Panini

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Prep Time: 5 min Total Time: 10 min Serves: 2

Ingredients

Directions

Preheat panini press.

If adding pancetta to your sandwich, place pancetta slices in panini press and cook about 3 minutes or until crispy. Remove from press and set aside.

To assemble the paninis, add a tablespoon of pesto on the top inside slice of each sandwich. Add the eggs to the bottom slice of bread. Top the egg with arugula, pancetta, and a layer of roasted red pepper. Top the sandwich with the pesto bread slice and place into the panini press for about 5 minutes or until slightly crispy and golden.

Vegetarian Recipes

Two Vegetarian Recipes You Will Actually Want to Make

Summer is coming and that means our selection of seasonal fruits and vegetables are even better! We all know there is overwhelming evidence that people who follow a diet high in fruits and vegetables tend to enjoy benefits such as lower blood pressure, lower risk of death, lower chance of life threatening disease (i.e. cancer, heart disease, diabetes), and a much lower risk of obesity.

The more simple and delicious meat-free recipes you can learn the better off your diet will be in the long run.

Here are two recipes that you will actually enjoy vegging out on:

Zucchini Ribbons with Kalamata Olives & Sundried Tomatoes

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INGREDIENTS
2/3 cup fresh ricotta
1 fresh lemon, zested and juiced
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
3 garlic cloves, thinly sliced on mandolin
2 shallots, thinly sliced on mandolin
¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper chili flake
5 medium zucchini, thinly sliced on mandolin
½ cup julienned Jeff’s Naturals Sun-Ripened Dried Tomatoes, drained with some oil reserved.
½ cup Jeff’s Naturals Organic Pitted Whole Greek Kalamata Olives, drained and rough chopped
Salt and freshly ground pepper

PREPARATION
In a small mixing bowl, combine the ricotta with the lemon juice and zest and set aside.

In a large skillet on medium high heat, add the olive oil and heat until hot. Add the garlic, shallots and chili flake and cook 5-7 minutes or until onions and garlic are softened.

Add the zucchini, season with salt and pepper, and toss frequently for about 5 minutes until zucchini is tender. Turn heat off and add the ricotta, sundried tomatoes and kalamata olives. Toss to mix.

Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve with a little sundried tomato oil drizzled over the top.

Roasted Cauliflower with Tahini, Capers & Peppers

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1 large cauliflower, trimmed and cut into florets
3 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
Salt and freshly cracked black pepper
2 tablespoons Jeff’s Naturals Imported Non-Pareil Capers, drained
½ cup diced Jeff’s Naturals Roasted Bell Pepper Strips, drained
Tahini sauce
½ cup tahini
3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1 clove garlic, pressed or minced
½ cup water
PREPARATION
Preheat oven to 500ºF

Toss cauliflower with olive oil. Season with S & P, toss again. Roast at 500ºF for about 15 minutes or until slightly charred and tender. Check the cauliflower frequently and stir on the sheet tray to get even roasting.

Remove cauliflower from oven, and place in a mixing bowl. Toss with capers, red peppers and add enough tahini sauce to thoroughly coat the cauliflower. Season with salt and pepper to taste and serve.

Great served hot or room temperature.

Three Recipes for a Delicious Easter Dinner

Easter’s the perfect time of the year to spend a moment together with loved ones and converse over a delicious, well-cooked meal. When you’re hosting, however, it can be very easy to feel overwhelmed with preparations.

Let us take some of the weight off your shoulders with these easy-to-prepare, healthy, succulent recipes made with Jeff’s Naturals line of all natural Mediterranean products).

Encrusted Salmon with Olive Pesto

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Prep Time: 10 min  |  Total Time: 25 min  |  Serves: 4-6

Ingredients

For the Pesto:

  • 3/4 c. Jeff’s Naturals™ Whole Pitted Kalamata Olives
  • 1 c. Italian fresh parsley leaves
  • 1/3 c. basil leaves
  • 2 tsp. crushed garlic
  • 1/2 c. + 1 tsp. extra virgin olive oil (divided)
  • 1 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 1/3 c. toasted pine nuts
  • Salt and pepper to taste

For the Salmon:

  • 6 salmon 5 oz. each
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • Lemon wedges for garnish

Directions:

Place all pesto ingredients in food processor and blend until thoroughly mixed into a textured pesto sauce.

Season 5 oz. salmon with salt and pepper. Drizzle roasting pan with olive oil and place salmon over it.

Spread pesto on the salmon and roast in oven at 375° F for about 10 to 12 minutes.

Squeeze fresh lemon on salmon just before serving.

Chef Notes: Also very good for sea bass, grilled steak, grilled shrimp and grilled chicken. Use as a spread on toasted bread topped with Jeff’s Naturals Roasted Bell Peppers Strips and goat cheese.

Peperoncini Potato Salad

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Prep Time:  5min | Total Time: 25min | Serves: 4

Ingredients

Directions:

Place washed potatoes into a pot with cold water, season with salt so it tastes “salty like the sea” and bring water to a boil on high heat. Cook potatoes until they are easily pierced with the tip of a knife, about 15 minutes.

Drain and rinse under cool water. Cut potatoes into bite size pieces and place into a medium sized mixing bowl. Add the peperoncini, capers, zest and parsley. Drizzle on the olive oil and gently toss to combine. Add a tablespoon or two of the peperoncini brine for some added “zing”. Season with salt and pepper to taste and serve.

Spring Spinach Salad with Blue Cheese Stuffed Olives

Recipe: Spring Spinach Salad with Blue Cheese Stuffed Olives

Prep Time: 20 min | Total Time: 30 min | Serves: 4-6

Ingredients

For the Salad:

For the Dressing:

  • 2/3 c. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp. crushed garlic
  • 1 tsp. Dijon mustard
  • 3 Tbsp. red wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp. lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

Cook bacon, drain and set aside to cool. Chop blue cheese stuffed olives crosswise, into rounds. Slice apple into 1/2-inch by 1/2-inch pieces. Chop bacon. Combine all ingredients with spinach.

Combine all dressing ingredients and whisk until combined, and drizzle over salad. Serve immediately.

Kick Off!

Kick Off Game Day With These Delicious Dishes

The “Big Game” is coming!  Are you ready? Football fan or not, it’s always a blast to gather with friends and enjoy unbeatable food!

If you’re playing host then you’re probably already forming a game plan to tackle the menu for the big day. Be this year’s MVP with these three mouth-watering dishes, all made with Jeff’s Naturals non-GMO products:

Loaded Pepper Potato Skins

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Prep Time: 10 min | Total Time: 60 min | Serves: 6

  • 6 medium sized russet potatoes, washed and scrubbed clean
  • Extra virgin olive oil for drizzling
  • 3 ounces pancetta, (can substitute bacon)
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella
  • 1/3 cup feta crumbles
  • ½ cup Jeff’s Naturals Sliced Golden Greek Peperoncini, plus 2 tablespoons brine reserved
  • ½ cup Jeff’s Naturals Roasted Red Pepper Strips roughly chopped and squeezed with a paper towel
  • ¼ cup sliced green onion
  • 1/3 cup Greek yogurt
  • Salt and freshly cracked black pepper

Preheat oven to 400°F.
Place potatoes on a sheet tray and drizzle with olive oil.  Rub oil all over potatoes to thoroughly coat. Bake for about 40 minutes, turning over half way through, and remove from oven when a knife is easily inserted into the potato.

Once the potatoes are cool enough to touch, cut in half lengthwise and scoop out most of the potato.  If skin is not as crispy as desired, place the skins, cut side down, back on the sheet tray and broil in the oven for a few minutes until crispy. Remove from oven and set aside.

Place the sliced pancetta on a foil lined sheet tray and bake about 10 minutes or until desired crispiness. Remove from oven, place pancetta on a paper towel lined plate and set aside.

Next, season the inside of the potatoes with salt and pepper.  Sprinkle the cheeses into the potato skins, add the peperoncini and roasted bell peppers.  Place back into the oven until cheese is melted, about 5 minutes.

Sprinkle potatoes with green onion and crumble the crispy pancetta over the top.

In a small mixing bowl, stir the Greek yogurt with two tablespoons of peperoncini brine and drizzle over the loaded potatoes.  Serve immediately.

Greek Nachos

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Prep Time: 10 min | Total Time: 20 min | Serves: 2

Pre-heat oven to 475° F.
In an oven safe dish, add the chips on the bottom.  Next, sprinkle on the cheeses.

Crush the oregano in-between your fingers before sprinkling evenly over the nachos. Layer on the red onion, olives and peppers, and bake for about 5-7 minutes, or until the cheese is melted.

In a small mixing bowl, add some peperoncini brine to the Greek yogurt and mix well.

Remove nachos from the oven, top with Greek yogurt mixture and hummus and serve hot!

Olive & Sun-Ripened Dried Tomato Ricotta Dip

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Prep Time: 6 min | Total Time: 18 min | Serves: 6

Preheat oven to 400°F.

In a medium mixing bowl, add the ricotta, parsley and garlic and combine well. Season with salt and pepper.  Gently mix in the tomatoes and olives, until just incorporated.

Spread the ricotta in a shallow medium baking dish in a 3/4-inch-thick layer.   Bake about 12 minutes or until slightly browned along the edges and hot.

Remove from oven, let rest a few minutes and serve warm.

 

 

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Farro Salad

Five “Farr-Out” Reasons to Love Farro + Three Great Recipes to Try!

Farro Recipes Jeff's Naturals

As you plan your next meal, why not try cooking with farro, the ancient grain with tremendous health benefits?

Farro is a whole grain wheat, larger than barley grain and possessing a similar taste. It’s very simple to cook on a stovetop, also great when prepared in a rice maker or a pressure cooker. It’s often used as an alternative to rice or pasta for all the nutritious qualities it contains.

Interested yet? Check out our top five reasons to love farro:

#1 Great Way to Up Your Vitamin B3 & Magnesium Intake
Farro is an excellent source of Vitamin B3, instrumental in improving your body’s metabolism. It’s also a great choice for your daily dose of Magnesium, which strengthens your blood pressure, bone strength, and overall cardiac health.

#2- This Supergrain is Rich in Anti-Oxidants
The anti-oxidants present in farro help prevent degenerative diseases and general cardiovascular problems.

#3 Great Source of Protein
Yes, it’s true! Farro contains about 15% protein, with 7 grams of protein found in a single serving!

#4 Cholesterol-Free
Not only is farro cholesterol-free, a full bowl has 8 grams of cholesterol-lowering fiber in it! An excellent choice for anyone watching their weight.

#5 Contains Complex Carbohydrates
The complex carbohydrates present in farro extend its digestion time, thus leaving you with more energy throughout the day.

So now you know why you should be cooking with farro but you may be wondering how to cook with it?

Consider these easy-to-make recipes below using Jeff’s Naturals line of certified non-GMO olives & peppers as an entry point into the delicious world of farro.

Farr-Out Recipe #1: Italian Farro Minestrone

Recipe: Italian Farro Minestrone
Prep Time: 15 min | Total Time: 45 min | Serves: 6

Ingredients

  • ¾ c. farro
  • 2 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 shallot, or ½ small onion, diced
  • 2 carrots, peeled and diced
  • 2 celery stalks, diced
  • 2 sprigs thyme
  • 1 ½ Tbsp. crushed garlic
  • 1 bunch kale, stems removed and leaves chopped
  • 1/3 c. parsley, fine chopped
  • 1-14 oz. can cannellini beans, drained and rinsed
  • ¾ c. Marinara Sauce
  • ¾ c. Jeff’s Naturals™ Roasted Red Peppers and Caramelized Onions, drained and rough chopped
  • 6-8 c. chicken broth
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Grated parmesan to garnish

Directions:

In a large saucepan, bring salted water to a boil. Add farro and cook for 10-15 minutes or until tender. Drain and set aside.

In a soup stockpot on medium heat, add olive oil, chopped shallot, carrot, and celery. Cook for 5 minutes until vegetables start to soften. Next add thyme sprigs, crushed garlic and kale. Stir for 2 minutes to wilt kale. Add the remaining ingredients with the reserved farro and let soup simmer 30 minutes.
Serve hot with parmesan cheese on top and enjoy.

Farr-Out Recipe #2: Castelvetrano Spring Farro Salad

Recipe: Castelvetrano Spring Farro Salad
Prep Time: 10 min   Total Time: 25 min   Serves: 4-6

Ingredients

  • 1 c. farro
  • 1 c. shelled edamame
  • 1 c. peas, (we used frozen)
  • 1 c. broccolini, blanched and chopped
  • ¼ c. green onions, thin sliced
  • ½ c. Jeff’s Naturals™ Whole Castelvetrano Olives, cut off pit with paring knife
  • 3 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 lemon, zested and juiced
  • 1 Tbsp. tarragon, fine chopped
  • 2 Tbsp. parsley, fine chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

Bring 6 cups of salted water to a boil.  Add farro and cook uncovered for 10-15 minutes or until tender to bite.  Farro has a natural bite and chewiness to it when it’s cooked through. Drain farro in a colander and set aside until slightly cooled.

In the meantime, in a large mixing bowl, add the edamame, peas, broccolini, green onions, olives, olive oil, lemon juice and zest.

Add farro to large mixing bowl and toss all ingredients together.  Add the herbs, season with salt and pepper to taste and serve!

Chefs Note:  Feel free to play with this recipe and use any vegetable or herb in season.  Asparagus, green beans, thyme or basil would all be wonderful. It will taste the best when the produce is the freshest!

Farr-Out Recipe #3: Farro Salad with Blue Cheese Stuffed Olives

Farro Salad with Blue Cheese-Stuffed Olives, Apples and Roasted Garlic
Prep Time: 5 min | Total Time: 20 min | Serves: 4-6

Ingredients

  • 1 c. farro
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 2 ½ Tbsp. balsamic vinegar
  • 2 ½ Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp. chopped parsley
  • ½. dried cranberries or cherries
  • ½ c. Jeff’s Naturals™ Blue Cheese Stuffed Olives, sliced
  • 1/3 c. slivered almonds, toasted
  • ½ c. roasted garlic cloves (can purchase in most specialty food stores)
  • 1 apple, diced and coated with lemon juice to prevent oxidization
  • ½ c. smoked mozzarella, cut into small cubes
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

Bring 6 cups of water to a boil and add farro. Let cook about 10 minutes until tender to bite. Drain farro in a colander and set aside.

While faro is cooking, add the minced shallot, balsamic, olive oil, parsley with some salt and pepper to taste, in a large mixing bowl. Add the cooked faro and mix to coat. Add the rest of the ingredients and stir to combine.

Great served room temp or cold.

For more delicious and healthy recipes head on over to our Recipes page.

Jeff's Spiked Apple Cider

Featured Recipe: Jeff’s Naturals Spiked Hot Apple Cider

Holiday Cider

 

Keep warm and toasty this holiday season with this delicious cider cocktails with a kick! The secret ingredient? Jeff’s Naturals Sliced Hot Cherry Peppers!

Spiked Hot Apple Cider

Prep Time: 3 min.Total Time: 25 min.Serves: 8-10

Simple Syrup:

1 cup sugar
1 cup water
¼ cup Jeff’s Naturals Deli-Sliced Hot Cherry Peppers, plus some to garnish

Spiked Cider:

8 cups Apple Cider
1 orange, cut into slices
3 whole cloves
2 cups spiced rum
Cinnamon sticks to garnish each drink

In a small saucepan over medium-high heat, combine 1 cup of the water with the sugar in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil. Add the hot cherry peppers, lower the heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside.

In a large pot, combine apple cider, orange slices, and whole cloves. Bring to a boil over high; reduce to a simmer and cook 5 minutes. Remove from heat and strain orange slices and cloves out. Stir rum into cider. Add Hot Cherry Pepper simple syrup until desired heat level and sweetness is achieved. Serve warm with a cinnamon stick to garnish each drink and a slice of hot cherry pepper.

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One Full Year of Jeff’s Naturals Products?!? Yes Please!

Win a One Year Supply of Jeff's Naturals

What if you received a package filled with your favorite all-natural Mediterranean products every month for ONE FULL YEAR?

What would you do with a bountiful supply of Hot Cherry Peppers, Blue Cheese Stuffed Olives, Imported Non-Pureil Capers, Tamed Jalapeño Peppers, Sun-Ripened Dried Tomatoes, Garlic Stuffed Olives, Kalamata Olives, Roasted Bell Pepper Strips, Sun-Ripened Dried Tomatoes, Castelvetrano Olives, Golden Greek Peperoncini, Jalapeño Stuffed Olives, Roasted Bell Peppers and Carmelized Onions and our Spicy Italian Olive Antipasto?

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Just think of all of the recipes you could make, salads, wine & cheese pairings, martinis, antipasto platters, hors d’oeuvres and other decadent snacks made with natural ingredients that are carefully monitored from farm to your table!

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Don’t have a Facebook profile?  No problem!  You can enter directly from this post below!

You have until December 30th to enter, and collect bonus entries by inviting your friends (follow instructions once you enter).  The winner will be announced in early January 2016.

Jalapeño Mangorita Madness & Natural Products Expo West

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Jeff greets Expo West attendees there to sample from our world famous olive bar.

 

Like all good things, Natural Products Expo West 2015 is history!  But the memories and the new friends we made will last a lifetime! With an estimated 60,000+ attendees and 3000+ exhibits, Natural Products Expo West is the world’s largest trade show for the natural, organic and healthy products industry.    The annual event showcases the newest products in natural and specialty foods, organic, health and beauty, natural living, supplements and pet products.

Jeff and the rest of our team had a magnificent time chatting with folks and sharing samples from our world famous olive bar and other delicious appetizers.

Expo West

Our Jalapeño Mangoritas made with Lakewood Organic Mango Blend Juice, and Tillen Farms Bada Bing Cherries, and of course Jeff’s Naturals sliced Tamed Jalapeños were a huge hit with the crowd!  To complement our cocktail we served hummus generously laced with Jeff’s Naturals Diced Tamed Jalapenos, and a blue corn tortilla chip to scoop it up.

Expo West

Expo West

We enjoyed seeing some of our favorite retailers including Whole Foods, Moscow Co-op, Natural Grocers, Sunrise Natural Foods, Vita Cost and many others. There were lots of new products to see and to try, foods, supplements, health and beauty products, you name it. We also loved visiting La Terra Fina for their chips, dips and beer bash, snacked on Bakery on Main’s new Granola Crunch, and enjoyed ice cream treats from the Double Rainbow booth across the aisle.

A special thanks goes to the great organizers from Natural Products Expo for making this event such a success!

Featured Natural Foods Store: Lamb’s Nature’s Choice Market

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We know that everyone loves to find a great sale or bargain, so we are happy to let you know that Jeff’s Naturals is part of the It’s Only Natural sale at Lamb’s Nature’s Choice Market stores during the month of February!

That means that this is the perfect time for consumers to stock up and save up to 25% off of their favorite Jeff’s Naturals items at all Lamb’s Markets!

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This is the time to stock up on Jeff’s Naturals!

Castelvetrano Olives

Lamb’s Nature’s Choice Market operates a number of independently managed food stores in the Pacific Northwest including

  • Nature’s Choice Market in Lake Oswego, OR
  • Garden Home in Portland, OR
  • Stroheckers in Portland, OR
  • Nature’s Choice Market in Wilsonville, OR

Our all-natural line of Mediterranean pantry staples can be found in all the above Lamb’s Market stores and in addition to Cutsforth Marketplace Thriftway in Canby, OR and Shop n Kart in Chehalis, WA.

Consumers with food sensitivities and allergies will appreciate “Free From” at Lamb’s, an Allergen Awareness Program developed to help their customers find appropriate foods for their special dietary needs. The store even offers a Gluten Free store tours with a local Gluten Free Lifestyle expert who offers suggestions for replacing old favorites with new ones. For more information on Lamb’s Market, please visit www.lambsmarkets.net.

Jeff’s Naturals can be found in natural food stores all over the country. To find a store near you, try our new store locator.  You never know when you’ll find a great sale! Happy Shopping!

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