Ingredients: (Makes 4 servings)
1 head buttercrunch lettuce, washed and torn into bite-sized pieces
6 mandarin oranges
1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
3 tbsp crushed candied pecans
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tsp honey
1/2 tsp dried mustard powder
salt and freshly cracked black pepper
1 small avocado
Place the torn lettuce into a large bowl bowl.
Peel 4 mandarins and separate the segments. It's really not necessary to try to remove the membranes as the segments are quite small and it would probably be a pain to do so.
Add the mandarin segments, red onion and pecans to the salad bowl.
Juice the remaining two mandarins and combine the juice with the balsamic vinegar, olive oil, honey and mustard powder in a small bowl. Add salt and pepper to taste.
Cut the avocado in half and remove the pit. Scoop each half out of the peel and dice. Drop the avocado pieces into the dressing. The juice and vinegar will prevent the avocado from discoloring.
When you are ready to serve the salad, empty the avocado pieces and dressing over the salad mixture in the large bowl and toss until everything is evenly combined.
SKINNY BROCCOLI SALAD RECIPE
4 cups small broccoli florets (about 1½ pounds)
1-1/2 cups seedless red grapes, sliced in half
1 cup chopped celery
½ cup dried cranberries (optional)
¼ cup salted sunflower seed kernels (optional)
⅓ cup light mayonnaise
¼ cup plain fat-free yogurt
2 tablespoons sugar (or sweetener to taste)
1 tablespoon white vinegar
In a large bowl, stir together the broccoli, grapes, celery, cranberries and sunflower seeds.
In a small bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, yogurt, sugar and vinegar until well blended and creamy. Pour the dressing over the broccoli mixture and toss well to combine and coat everything. Chill for at least one hour.
Question: Is there anything more simply satisfying than a well-done grilled cheese made with quality ingredients? Answer: No. No, there is not. Add in avocado and tomato, and you will have an extra tasty sandwich.
– Your favorite bread
– 1 avocado, sliced
– 2 slices of mozzarella
– 1 tomato, sliced
– Olive oil
- Heat skillet over medium heat.
- Butter both slices of bread, each on one side only. Place one of the slices in the skillet, butter side down.
- Top the bread with the avocado, mozzarella cheese and tomato. Drizzle with olive oil and salt to taste.
- Top the sandwich with the second piece of bread, butter side up.
- Grill until the bread is golden brown, about 2 to 3 minutes. Flip the sandwich and grill the opposite side.
Simple and delicious! What are your favorite twists on grilled cheese?
We had just a handful of pumpkins left on display yesterday. We definitely could have sold them (there are always those dads who wait until the last minute!) but we thought it would be way more fun to share them with some amazing kiddos. Watch what happens....
We've got to be honest, for us part of the fun of being a little guy is being agile. We've had (waaay) more than our share of crazy ideas. Sending a percentage of every purchase in our store back to community non-profits and schools? Yep. Taking fresh fruits & veggies to hundreds of classrooms in the St. Louis area for kiddos to try? Done it. Delivering fruit to folks at work in convenient little Cubes? Affirmative.
You see when we come up with an idea we think can add value to our customers' busy lives, we don't consult a panel of [air quotes] industry experts [air quotes] for opinions. Rather, we live by the mantra of "Shut up and just ship it already!" We rely solely on the feedback of you the consumer as our guidepost for measuring the validity of our crazy concepts. After all, what better measuring stick is there than the folks who spend their hard-earned money on our products and rely on our service to feed their families? None!
Feedback is only worth the digital bits of the email they're shared in if we listen to it and then act on it. We've heard for some time that in many offices the novelty of having fresh fruits & veggies delivered right to your desk has worn thin. Oh sure, there was a time when it was like Christmas morning when the FMC delivery guy showed up, but now it's commonplace. It's just another one of those conveniences your office offers. It's barely distinguishable from the dry cleaning drop-off, or the mobile car wash that you occasionally see in the parking lot.
This is partly our fault. We don't have splashy billboards, there's nobody running around in a banana suit in FMC television ads (in fact there are no television ads!), We just quietly go about our business and don't attract much attention in many of the offices we've been delivering to for 4 years now. I guess we could put our delivery guys in neon tank tops, but I don't think anyone wants to see that on a Monday morning ಠ_ಠ Instead, our answer is to deliver even more value and convenience every week. If we can make your life easier, hopefully you'll tell your friends and co-workers. You do the advertising, and we can spend more time coming up with our next insane idea :)
With that as our goal, we've spent the last few months developing version 2.0 of FMC which lives here
for the moment. Gone soon are the days of being told what's in your Cube or Market Crate. With version 2.0, you browse from over 300 items in our Market (all in convenient, logical little collections) and we bring it fresh right to your desk! Tired of stocking up at the grocery store and then throwing half of your produce away? Don't stock up when we're bringing it every week with free delivery! Buy just what you need and keep it fresh.
We rolled version 2.0 out last week in a small test and the response was overwhelming! Only 10 of our Tuesday delivery points had the opportunity to break...or I mean test it for us. The test saw 50 people take delivery of over 200 unique SKU #'s. Every box is hand-packed, custom labeled with the buyers name, and shipped in a sturdy box for easy carry-out to your car at the end of the day. It's "Market fresh veggies & fruit...without the commute" and it's gonna make the big box stores unhappy with us yet again :)
With Labor Day pushing our deliveries back a day next week, (Monday offices on Tues and Tuesday offices on Weds
) we've got an extra day to build custom orders from version 2.0 of FMC. That gives us the opportunity (for better or for worse we're not sure just yet!) to open the new shopping experience up to nearly all of our offices who get their normal
deliveries on Tuesday. Click here
to see if your office is on the list and if not, stay tuned because it will be soon!
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