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On Saturday, July 19, Harmons was very excited to sponsor a Dutch Oven Cookoff with the Storm Mountain Chapter of the International Dutch Oven Society (IDOS). Six very talented teams competed for prizes–plus, the winner goes to the 2015 IDOS World Championship!
Each team, several of which have won previous world championships, prepared three courses: Dessert, Main Dish, and Bread.
Wow! Each team’s dishes were gorgeous and delicious. Who knew a cake made in a Dutch oven could look like it came from a fancy French bakery? All six teams created impressive, delicious dishes.
And the winning team is…Matt Pelton and Doug Martin!
Special thanks to Mary’s Chicken for donating whole chickens, Farmland for donating pork butts–and a very large thanks to all the wonderful participants for sharing their fantastic recipes below.
And because life is short, we’ll start with desserts first.
*Need some Dutch Oven Basics? Check out Basic Dutch Oven Cooking Items for Beginners from the International Dutch Oven Society.
It’s National Hot Dog Day today… and let’s be “frank,” the best way to celebrate is with our amazing recipes! Bob and Randy Harmon and Chef Johnny McAdams went to ABC 4′s Good Morning Utah this morning to show them how to make a “Chicago Dog” and a “Bacon Wrapped Dog.”
Click HERE if you want to watch the segment or simply check out the recipes below!
A hot dog will never be a dietitian’s first choice, but as with all less-than-healthy foods they can fit into a healthy diet by enjoying them in moderation and making a better choice when choosing these summer favorites. Use the following tips to make a better choice:
- 3 grams or less would be best
- Aim for 400 mg or less sodium per hot dog
Better Choices at Harmons:
Applegate’s uncured beef, chicken or turkey hot dogs
This week is melon mania at Harmons. For the last couple weeks, we’ve been going strong with cantaloupe and watermelon from Sterling Farms in Hurricane, Utah. They are better than ever! I dare you to walk past the cantaloupes and resist their sweet aroma. Look for the sign at the bottom of this page in the store.
Not only are these melons delicious, but they are fresh and local, which means more nutrients for you! The moment fruit is picked from the vine, it starts to lose some of its precious vitamins. Since these melons only need to travel a few hours up to our stores, they are at their peak potential.
Cantaloupe is packed with vitamin A. Just one cup provides all you need for an entire day plus a healthy dose of vitamin C.
You probably don’t need another reason to love the iconic sweet, juicy watermelon, but just in case you do, know that one cup of watermelon has more lycopene than a fresh tomato. Lycopene is a strong antioxidant that may decrease risk of prostate cancer and heart disease. Lycopene is what gives watermelon its pink tint.
Stop by Harmons this week for killer deals on local melon!
Need to liven it up a bit?
Ever tried making Australian Pavlova? Why not try it out by using this recipe from Chef Kimberly Larsen. You can also watch her make this recipe on ABC 4′s Good Things Utah by clicking HERE.
With temperatures nearing the 100s, it’s no wonder that many of us in Utah don’t want to be heating up our ovens to make dinner. Drive thrus seem to beckon us with ready-prepared meals, and the promise of not having to heat up the kitchen (and the house!). However, eating well is still important even when it’s hot outside, and it can be just as easy, convenient and delicious to eat well as it is to eat “junk food.” Here are a few tips to help you stay cool and healthfully filled up during this hot summer season.
When it’s hot outside, grilling is an excellent way to make delicious food that is healthy, and also won’t heat up your house. Grab a couple of our pre-made chicken or beef kabobs in our meat case for an easy, quick meal, or get some of our fresh ground turkey to make turkey burgers.
Vegetables are easy to eat in the summer since they are light and refreshing. I love keeping a container of already cleaned and chopped veggies in my refrigerator to munch on, or to quickly top a salad. If you need a dip for your veggies, I recommend mixing a 16 ounce container of nonfat plain Greek yogurt with a packet of dry ranch dressing mix; it makes a perfect ranch dip, and no one can ever tell that it’s actually made with Greek yogurt!
It’s important to eat fruits and vegetables all year long, but summer is the perfect time to fill up your cart with produce. Plenty of fruits are in season, making them less expensive, more nutritious, and tastier. Keep your fruits in the fridge for a tasty, cold snack. For a fun twist, try freezing your fruit to create popsicle-like healthy treats. Have you ever tried frozen grapes? Freezing grapes creates a sorbet-like texture, and a sweeter taste. However, almost any fruit tastes delicious when frozen. Grab a bag of frozen pineapple for a sweet treat, or cut up your favorite fruit and pop it in the freezer for a couple of hours.
When we’re hot, our bodies release water (aka sweat) to help cool us down. While this is effective for cooling us off, it does make us lose water and can cause you to become dehydrated, if you don’t replace the water you’ve lost. Be sure to keep a water bottle with you when you leave the house; if you have it with you, you’ll be much more likely to actually drink water. A good way to tell if you’re well hydrated is by taking a look at the color of your urine. Clear to pale yellow urine is ideal; the darker your urine, the less hydrated you are.
There’s nothing worse than feeling hot and bloated. Fast food tends to be packed with bloat causing salt, and is also usually high in empty calories that don’t provide a lot of nutrition. Eating healthier foods will make you feel cooler, and will also give you more energy. If you’re crunched for time, try grabbing some of our pre-made Dietitian’s Choice deli options. Our chipotle turkey salad makes a fabulous sandwich when put on a 7 Grain Roll from our bakery; serve with some cold, raw veggies, and you have a balanced and cool meal.
If you’ve never tried bison, this is the time! Fire up the grill and enjoy bison for a change. It is pretty similar in taste to beef and a little more lean (less fat) and lower in calories. It’s a touch higher in iron, too! Harmons offers a variety of bison, including bison burgers, steaks (sirloin, ribeye, NY strip), ground bison, and even bison dogs (with no added nitrates and nitrites!) As with beef, it’s best to stick with the leanest cuts, like sirloin.
Grill a bison steak just as you would beef (cook to a minimum internal temperature of 145F). They are great marinated or cooked with just a little salt and pepper to season.
Here’s a comparison of beef and bison:
Chef Aaron Ballard shared a Chimichurri Patagonia Salmon recipe with KUTV to celebrate the fact that Harmons is bringing the only sustainable salmon to Utah. See it all by clicking HERE.
I don’t think there are many worse feelings in the world than the nagging hunger that comes so often in the afternoon. I remember distinctly my first week as a college freshman when around 3:00 every day it would come and I would waste the next 20 minutes removing everything from my backpack in search of any form of nourishment. I can’t tell you the excitement that a piece of hard candy or maybe a few chopped carrots left over from lunch would bring. It didn’t take long for me to realize that I just wasn’t the “I can wait until I get home to eat something” kind of a person. Instead, I now suffer from what I like to refer to as CSP, Compulsive Snack Packing! Since then, my faithful Nike shoe bag, purse, backpack and pockets have all served as great vehicles for my snack-packing habit. My friends and family have taken to calling me Miss Poppins and often take advantage of my stash and generosity.
For those of you who have someone like me in your lives, you are among the lucky. For the rest of you, the task of being prepared is falling on your shoulders. Since most people are at work, school, or running errands in the afternoon, snacks that are portable, filling and quick are usually necessary. The following are my top seven on-the-go snacks to keep in your desk or backpack to keep you going when the time between lunch and dinner seems a little too long:
Oatmeal is often touted as being a heart-healthy breakfast option but there is no reason that it can’t also be a great snack. The individual packets are already portioned and often the package it comes in can act as a built-in measuring cup for water. Be sure to look for those that are lower in sugar.
Cheese and crackers is a staple snack for many people and for good reason . . . it’s such a great combo! Triscuits are a great choice for a nutrient-dense cracker.
Popcorn is most definitely my favorite food in the entire world, but that is not the only reason I added it to this list. It is also a whole grain and provides fiber to make you feel full longer. Look for those varieties that are lightly salted and buttered. If you want a sweeter snack, try Angie’s Boomchickapop Lightly Sweet Popcorn . . . you seriously won’t regret it!
This may seem odd but I like to think of it as my own simplified trail mix. I usually buy raisins and lightly salted almonds separately then mix them together and pack them in an air-tight container. I feel like this gives the perfect mix of sweetness with a touch of salt from the almonds. Really you can do any dried fruit/nut mix. Be creative!
The great thing about granola bars is that there are so many different varieties that you could seriously never get bored. Some are obviously more nutrient-dense than others but they are usually far better than grabbing a candy bar out of the vending machine in a quick rush. Some of my more recent favorites are Cascadian Farm’s Dark Chocolate Almond Chewy Bars and Kashi’s Peanut Peanut Butter Chewy Granola Bars (fyi, this is not a typo . . . that really is their name).
I am so grateful to nature for making a lot of fruits inherently portable. They can seriously be taken anywhere with no prep work included. By adding a little nut butter, you not only add to the deliciousness (I realize this is my opinion), but it also provides a dose of protein. I have recently discovered Justin’s single-serve Honey Almond Butter and love them, especially when I am trying to pack snacks in a hurry.
I know a refrigerator is needed when packing this snack but there usually is one available in most work and school settings. Yogurt has many health benefits including being a source of calcium, vitamin D and probiotics. Get the most benefit by choosing those yogurts with low amounts of added sugar.
Written by Harmons Dietetic Intern Billie Jean Reed