Make a Meal with Artizone this September

Summer sure was fun, wasn’t it? Ready or not, it is time to move on.

September means it is time to get back into a routine – whether that means back to school, back to healthy eating or back to regular family meals. This transitional month calls for meal planning made easy. Each week, we are going to share recipes that are simple to prepare and get on the table featuring artisan products that will ensure that your meals are crowd pleasers.

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We’ve got recipes for lunch, entrees, sides, desserts and snacks. And we’ve got plenty of creative ideas for gluten-free, vegetarian and kid-friendly options too.

Lunches: Don’t skip (or scrimp) on your lunch! We have ideas for healthy, tasty (and gluten-free) lunches you can prepare in minutes. Incorporating items like ready-to-eat empanadas from Cassava and farinatas from The Farinata Project into your meal planning saves time without sacrificing quality or taste. Add your own twist by creating a quick sauce or salad to accompany these light meals. Perfect eats for busy days on the go.

Sides: Looking for ideas for flavorful accompaniments to round out your meal? Skip the tired old side dishes (who wants mashed potatoes again any way?). Bacon from Mr. Spanky’s Artisanal Foods and Spicemode sauces both infuse big flavor into our veggie-based side dish recipes.

Entrees: Our recipe section is brimming with big, bold ideas for fall entrees featuring Red Meat Market proteins and The Flavor, Stephanie Izard’s new line of rubs and sauces.

On those nights when cooking dinner just isn’t an option (yes, we get that you are busy), rely on the nutritious and delicious ready-to-eat meals from new vendor Factor 75. The folks behind this personal chef service have taken your favorite dishes and reengineered them with healthier ingredients without sacrificing any of the taste. We can deliver single meals or specially packaged meal bundles to you each week.

Desserts: We understand that you are busy, but everyone has time for dessert, right? We’ve got recipe inspiration to satisfy every sweet tooth. Keep ready-to-eat items like Jaafer baklava and other sweets on hand for the perfect ending to your meal. Pair with a cup of Ipsento coffee on chilly fall evenings.

Snacks: Looking for a convenient and healthy post workout or afterschool snack? We can help with that too! We have a selection of healthy options that will fuel you up so you can go, go go. Both Twofold and Simple Squares offer portable, healthy snack options with exception taste and nutritional value. Grab and go or incorporate these products into your snack routine at home.

It is going to be a delicious month here at Artizone! Our goal is to make getting delicious and healthy meals on the table for your family easier. We can’t wait to share our recipes and ideas with you. Follow along at #artizonemakeameal.

 

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A Bruschetta Recipe for Every Palate

Is there anything better than bruschetta? Crispy grilled bread, smooth and buttery olive oil, boldly fragrant garlic, the very freshest tomatoes—we’re not talking Olive Garden fare here. And while tomato bruschetta is definitely a classic, there’s more than one way to crown those crostini. Here, Artizone offers six. Perfect for a party, a variety of toppings ensures each guest gets his or her favorite flavor combo.

Bruschetta Six Ways

SONY DSC(serves 6-8)

You’ll need:

For crostini:

SONY DSCFirst, preheat the oven to 450 F with a rack in the top slot of the oven. Slice a baguette on the diagonal, making ½” to 1” slices, depending on how thick you’d like the slices. Brush one side with olive oil and place oil-side down on baking sheet or roasting pan. Toast in the oven for four minutes or until lightly browned around the edges.

Arrange the toasted bread on a platter, olive oil side facing up.

For tomato basil:

Finely chop a handful of fresh basil. In a medium bowl, mix in cherry tomatoes, garlic and chopped basil. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

For crab and shrimp salad:

Break apart crabmeat and dice the shrimp, then place in a medium bowl. Add in mayo, mustard and 1 tsp lemon juice and mix thoroughly. Season to taste with salt and pepper.

For sautéed mushrooms:

Take a few sprigs of thyme and remove leaves. Roughly chop and set aside. In a medium saucepan, melt 2 Tbsp butter over medium-high heat. Add sliced mushrooms and sauté for five minutes. Add thyme and taste with salt and pepper. Set aside until ready to serve.

To assemble bruschettas: 

SONY DSCSimply set out ingredients and allow guests to put together their own creations. Here are six fantastic foodie combos to try:

  • avocado slices + crab and shrimp salad + fennel
  • ricotta + lemon zest + fresh basil
  • ricotta + pear + prosciutto
  • mascarpone + strawberries + balsamic
  • burrata + mushrooms + thyme + Milton’s Truffle Salt
  • tomato basil + olive oil + sea salt

And just like that, you’re ready to feed a crowd. Bon appetit!  

 

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Artizone & Labor Day

Labor Day is the official last hurrah of summer, but with Artizone, the livin’s always easy. No matter your plans for the three-day weekend, we’re here to make sure they go without a hitch and that everything is delish.

Screen Shot 2014-08-26 at 12.58.00 PMThrowing a Labor Day party? Let us do the heavy lifting. Sides are a snap with our artisans’ delicious pre-made nibbles. Try the Festive Kitchen’s Bacon Apricot Zingers or Sundried Tomato Basil Torte, the Famous Cocktail Shrimp from TJ’s Seafood Market and any of the salads and dips from Merlin’s Baking & Catering. This leaves you free to plan the perfect entrée.

If you’re grilling, pick up some grass-fed steaks and burgers from Burgundy Pasture Beef. For dessert, you’ll want something sweet that still tastes like summer. We recommend kulfi from Karina’s Kulfi and Ice Creams, the Fresh Fruit Tart from Bisous Bisous Patisserie or the Rum Cupcakes from La Duni. Don’t forget something from Dallas Fine Wine & Spirits. Done, done, done and done!

If you’re road tripping to your favorite beach or camping spot, you’ll want to make sure you have a cooler of healthful but yummy nosh. HANK Dessert Bars are the perfect sweet treat, and Chef Milton’s chili-honey roasted mixed nuts are a surefire hit. For protein, pack some beef jerky from Burgundy Pasture Beef.

Screen Shot 2014-08-26 at 1.28.53 PMIf you’re attending a party as a guest, we’ve got you covered with the perfect hostess gift.
Try a luxuriously scented soy candle from Dylan & Co., an assortment of truffles from Isabelly’s Sweet Treats or a beautiful bouquet from Dr. Delphinium.

And if you’re heading to your lake or ranch house for the weekend, it just makes sense to stock up on easy heat-and-eat meals such as the chicken spaghetti casserole from Kuby’s Sausage House or the lasagna from Mozzarella Company. TJ’s Seafood Market, we should note, has sample boxes that include everything you need to make a seafood dinner for a couple of people. Pop into a local grocery store to grab what you need to round out these meals and you’re good to go.

Enjoy your break!

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The Definition of Heirloom

Have you ever wondered exactly what ‘heirloom’ means? This week’s blog is written by Lee Greene, Owner of Scrumptious Pantry, purveyors of heirloom pickles, ketchup, tomato sauce, and much more!

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Heirlooms go far beyond tomatoes. Heirlooms are old fruit and vegetable varieties that have pure, unadulterated seed stock. Fortunately, those seeds have been passed down through generations of seed savers and family farms, so we have a world of flavors, textures and colors on our plates to enjoy.

The produce widely available in the stores today has been bred and their seedstock manipulated, so they are easier to handle in the field so that they can be picked green and ripen on a truck so that they have a shelf life of three weeks once they hit the distribution center. We have bred uniformly looking and tasting food around logistical and distribution needs – and have lost the amazing variety of flavors along the way.

Heirlooms have many flavors. Many different varieties mean many different colors, flavors and textures. They have their natural flavor and taste like nature wanted them to taste.

Preserving ancient flavors means keeping food clean. Heirloom fruit and vegetables are clean food by definition. They’re old varieties that have never entered industrial food production, never undergone hybridization or genetic modification. In short: they’re as non-GMO as it gets!

Check out all the heirloom products sold on our site!

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One Week of artizone Back-to-School Lunches

Back-to-school means back to a daily routine. For many families, part of that day-to-day routine includes packing healthy lunches. This task can sometimes feel more like a chore than a welcome opportunity to send our kids off with a nutritious meal to refuel them mid-day.

But with a little planning (and a weekly recurring order with Artizone), packing healthy and delicious school lunches doesn’t have to be a time-consuming part of each week. Make a plan. Stock up on lots of delicious options. And the lunches will basically make themselves (well, almost).

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Start with a smart shopping list that includes fresh fruits and veggies, grab-and-go options, snacks and sides as well as some hearty main courses.

Shopping list:

With all of these healthy and delicious supplies on hand, whipping up creative lunches will be a snap.

Sample weekly lunch menu: 

Monday: Strawberry preserve and almond butter sandwich, Quackers Crackers, Healthy Snack Packs sliced pineapple, CaveDoodle Vegan Cookie

Tuesday: Karl’s Turkey and Black Bean Chili (heated and stored in a thermos), Healthy Snack Pack sliced pears, Lifeway Organics Probug and string cheese

Wednesday: Turkey and cheddar cheese tortillas roll ups, Simple Squares bar, Healthy Snack Pack cherry tomatoes, banana

Thursday: Cassava empanada (heated and stored in foil), Healthy Snack Pack sliced apples, pretzel chips and hummus

Friday: Yogurt parfait (Fage yogurt with Jolly Oak Granola), Healthy Snack Pack carrots and jicama,  Earth’s Best Snack Bar, a macaron (because it is Friday!)

These are just a couple of ideas to inspire your packed lunch routine (because nobody wants to eat the same sandwich day after day!). We’d love to hear what’s on the lunch menu at your house for the upcoming school year.

 

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