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One of my missions as The Produce Mom is to help increase the brand awareness in my favorite section of the grocery store.  The Produce Department is no different than your Shoe or Clothing Department.  You are probably a faithful consumer of New Balance or Nike or Brooks sneakers.  And I know you have a favorite brand of jeans, as well!  But do you have a favorite brand of apples?  Why NOT?! I love all produce.... let's get that straight right now!  You should love all produce, too.  It's all good for you & it's always an excellent choice for your family. Working at Indianapolis Fruit Company, I'm exposed to nothing but trusted brands/labels from our produce industry vendors.  Since we've been talking about Sage Fruit's co-branded Biggest Loser Apples, I thought I would use this opportunity to explain why Sage Fruit is a label that I trust & recommend for your household. Sage's mission is to deliver the highest quality fruit and foster long-term relationships with customers, employees and growers.  Their website boasts company values of Integrity, Teamwork, Innovation, Passion, Respect and Pride... those are some of the same characteristics that I seek out in my friendships & work partnerships!  So I'm not surprised that I love doing business with Sage Fruit & I love bringing their products into my home!  Prior to working in this industry, I had never heard of Sage Fruit.  I'm sure I was exposed to it - I've always been a consumer of produce - but I couldn't tell you what brand of apples I was buying.  Now I pay attention to that kind of thing.  And as the push for "field to fork" awareness continues, I'm sure you have started to play closer attention to the labels & brands that you are bringing into your home kitchen as well. Sage Fruit is based in Yakima, Washington - a notorious growing region for Apples, Pears & Cherries.  They utilize some of the top technology to make sure the fruit is sized appropriately & firm.... that's key for someone like me who lives in the Midwest & loves a crisp Washington Apple.  That apple has to be firm at picking & packed in the appropriate size tray if it's going to eat well & taste fresh at my home, thousands of miles away from the field.  Furthermore, Sage Fruit Company has a comprehensive food safety plan in place at each of its packing facilities.  This is a biggie for me & I hope it is a biggie for you, as well.  Food Safety is no joke & should be the highest priority of every outlet in the supply chain.  Each Sage facility undergoes extensive audits by third party companies to ensure compliance to their plan/applicable regulations - which means an outsider comes in & evaluates how Sage Fruit is doing and if they are meeting the food safety benchmarks they have established for themselves.  Furthermore, Sage Fruit is Safe Quality Food (SQF) Certified... which means they also meet the food safety benchmarks of Safe Quality Food, which is administered by the Food Marketing Institute (FMI).  I know how rigorous it is to achieve the SQF certification as we recently went through the process at Indianapolis Fruit.   The Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) was founded in 2000 with the mission to create an international food safety standard.  There is a very small number of certifications available to those of us in the food supply chain that fall under the umbrella of GFSI certifications: SQF is one of these certifications. So when you see the Sage Label you can take pride in knowing that you are getting some of the best Apples, Pears & Cherries grown in the Northwest United States.  Sage is dedicated to Food Safety & Quality Assurance.  I smile when I see their label. You have your favorite brand of mascara, shoes, toothpaste & more... Now, go find your favorite brands in the produce department!  And use me as a resource if you have any questions along the way. xoxo Produce Mom [post_title] => Sage Fruit - A Brand I Trust [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => sage-fruit-a-brand-i-trust [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2013-01-18 14:08:30 [post_modified_gmt] => 2013-01-18 14:08:30 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://theproducemom.com/?p=1649 [menu_order] => 503 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [3] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 1625 [post_author] => 2 [post_date] => 2013-01-14 10:59:48 [post_date_gmt] => 2013-01-14 15:59:48 [post_content] => I love my juicer!  I use it almost every day.  One of my favorite juice recipes is the simple and classic "ABC Juice". ABC Juice (Apples, Beets, Carrots) [recipe] Apples, Beets & Carrots are full of nutrition - check out the nutrition facts & visit the nutrition database on Fruits & Veggies More Matters website for more recipes & information about the benefits of produce. [caption id="attachment_1628" align="aligncenter" width="165"]apple APPLES[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1626" align="aligncenter" width="138"]BEETS BEETS[/caption] [caption id="attachment_1627" align="aligncenter" width="164"]CARROTS CARROTS[/caption]   Enjoy! xoxo Produce Mom  [wpurp-searchable-recipe]ABC Juice - - apple, beet root, carrot, Wash all produce with cold, running water. ; Slice as needed to fit in your juicer.; Juice & Serve over ice.; - Any variety of apple will work—I love to juice tart Granny Smith apples![/wpurp-searchable-recipe] [post_title] => ABC Juice [post_excerpt] => Apples, Beets, and Carrots... that's all you need to make ABC juice. Apples, Beets & Carrots are full of nutrition and are delicious too! [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => abc-juice [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2017-10-26 02:21:18 [post_modified_gmt] => 2017-10-26 02:21:18 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://theproducemom.com/?p=1625 [menu_order] => 491 [post_type] => recipe [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 1 [filter] => raw ) [4] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 1562 [post_author] => 2 [post_date] => 2013-01-01 22:33:17 [post_date_gmt] => 2013-01-01 22:33:17 [post_content] => Cabbage.  The "Good Luck" Vegetable. Served in many households on New Year's Day and St. Patrick's Day. Which is lovely, but this delicious, nutritious veggie really deserves a spot at the table all year long! Try this easy, oven roasted method and experience just how tasty Good Luck Cabbage can be... Cabbage is super affordable & full of nutrition: thiamin, calcium, iron, Dietary fiber, folate, vitamin K and more.  We enjoy this roasted cabbage recipe often in my home. You can really dress it up and spice it up anyway you want.  One of my favorite (and most indulgent) ways to enjoy oven roasted cabbage is to top it with avocado slices and crispy crumbled bacon --> Ridiculous.

How to Oven Roast Cabbage:

Step 1: Slice cabbage into 1" thick rounds.

Oven Roasted Cabbage

Step 2: Brush cabbage rounds with olive oil.

Oven Roasted Cabbage Recipe

Step 3: Arrange cabbage rounds on foil-lined baking sheet. Season with salt and pepper.

How to oven roast cabbage

Step 4: Roast cabbage in the oven at 400ºF for 35-45 minutes. Cabbage is done when a slight char has developed.

Oven roasted cabbage recipe

Step 5: Your oven roasted cabbage is ready to eat. Top it with your favorite seasoning or try my favorite toppings: avocado and bacon crumbles. Then eat and enjoy!

Oven Roasted Cabbage

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I hope you enjoy this oven roasted cabbage recipe on New Year's Day, St. Patty's Day or any day of the year! xoxo Produce Mom[wpurp-searchable-recipe]Oven Roasted Cabbage - - cabbage, olive oil, salt and pepper (to taste), Preheat oven to 400 F. ; Slice the cabbage into 1″ thick rounds. Don’t worry about coring the cabbage – the core will get soft in the oven & you can either eat it or discard it after the cabbage rounds roast. ; Spray a foil-lined baking sheet with olive oil or your nonstick spray of choice. ; Brush the tops of the cabbage rounds with Olive Oil. Season with Salt & Pepper. ; Roast at 400 degrees for approximately 35 minutes. Cabbage will be slightly browned when finished. And delicious! ; - [/wpurp-searchable-recipe] [post_title] => "Good Luck" Oven Roasted Cabbage [post_excerpt] => Enjoy this oven roasted cabbage recipe on New Year's Day, St. Patty's Day or any day of the year! [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => oven-roasted-cabbage [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2013-01-01 22:33:17 [post_modified_gmt] => 2013-01-01 22:33:17 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://theproducemom.com/?p=1562 [menu_order] => 492 [post_type] => recipe [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 1 [filter] => raw ) [5] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 1535 [post_author] => 2 [post_date] => 2012-12-26 13:10:56 [post_date_gmt] => 2012-12-26 18:10:56 [post_content] =>

Attention Avocado Lovers: Meet your new favorite soup! 

There are few things in life as comforting as a warm bowl of soup. Today, we're sharing a unique and flavorful soup that features one of everyone's favorite produce items... avocado! If you are an avocado lover, you'll go wild for Avocado and Tortilla Soup. Avocado and Tortilla Soup The base of this soup is a puréed blend of sautéed onions, garlic, tomatoes, and chicken broth. The star is the avocado! Simply cube or slice a fresh avocado and place it in the soup base. Then, garnish with homemade tortilla strips, cilantro, and lime juice. Feel free to also add a sprinkle of queso fresco cheese. Produce Mom Tip: Substitute vegetable broth for chicken broth and this soup becomes vegetarian! This soup makes a great lunch or first course. We love to serve it before this Stuffed Bell Pepper Casserole. If you love avocado, we guarantee you'll love this soup! Avocado and Tortilla Soup [recipe] Learn How to Select and Store Avocados  Have you tried eating avocado in soup? Are you ready to give it a try? Add avocado to this week's shopping list and pin this recipe so you have it on hand. Avocado and Tortilla Soup
[wpurp-searchable-recipe]Avocado & Tortilla Soup - - onion (minced), garlic (roasted), olive oil, tomatoes in juice (diced), chicken broth, cilantro (coarsely chopped), seasoned salt with red pepper, frying oil, corn tortilla (day old, cut into strips), avocado (peeled & seeded, cubed or sliced), queso fresco cheese (crumbled), lime (quartered), , In a skillet sauté onion and garlic in oil 1 to 2 minutes or until onion is transparent. ; Place sautéed onion and garlic mixture with tomatoes in juice in a blender and blend for 30 to 45 seconds. ; In a stockpot combine puree mixture, chicken broth, cilantro, and seasoned salt. ; Bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer 10 minutes longer. ; Meanwhile, heat 1/2-inch oil in a small saucepan. ; When hot, add tortilla strips a few at a time and fry, turn at least once; cook 1 to 2 minutes or until golden brown. ; Remove from oil with tongs. Drain on paper towels. ; Place equal portions of cooked tortilla strips in shallow soup bowls. ; Ladle hot soup over, garnish with avocado, cheese and lime juice to taste. ; ; - <a href="http://www.avocadocentral.com/avocado-recipes/view/21892/Avocado-and-Tortilla-Soup" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Recipe courtesy of the Hass Avocado™ Board</a> - Soups - Gluten-Free - Kid-Friendly - Recipes - Avocado - featured - quick and easy recipe[/wpurp-searchable-recipe] [post_title] => Avocado and Tortilla Soup [post_excerpt] => Purée sautéed onions, garlic, tomatoes, & chicken broth. Add avocado. Top with homemade tortilla strips, cilantro, lime juice, and queso fresco cheese. [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => avocado-tortilla-soup [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2019-03-11 15:52:46 [post_modified_gmt] => 2019-03-11 15:52:46 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://theproducemom.com/?p=1535 [menu_order] => 493 [post_type] => recipe [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [6] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 1431 [post_author] => 2 [post_date] => 2012-12-07 15:03:54 [post_date_gmt] => 2012-12-07 20:03:54 [post_content] => On Tuesday I named my Produce Mom Picks™ for a Wisconsin retailer's upcoming ad.  I named Hass Avocados as my primary Pick & the co-stars for this ad included some of the Avocado's classic compliments - namely, limes! Avocado is often used for guacamole dips, salad toppings, etc.  Not so often, however, Avocados are used in desserts... but they should be!  Avocados are a healthy substitute for butter or cream!  Avocados offer the same creamy texture as butter & while they do have a high fat content, avocado fat is the "good fat" aka monosaturated fat aka the kind that lowers cholesterol.  I'm often experimenting in my kitchen & exploring ways to incorporate more produce into my recipes and avocado substitution/addition is becoming more & more popular at my home! Your typical custard pie would include cream or half-and-half & a bunch of eggs.  That same velvety decadence can be achieved with avocados.  Enjoy this recipe that showcases 2 of my upcoming Picks: Hass Avocados & Limes. Avocado Pie

 My avocado pie is so easy and super unique!

Avocado Pie

 Give this simple pie the professional's touch—use a piping bag & tip to decoratively apply the whipped cream.

Avocado Pie

 Piping the edges takes 2 minutes & makes a huge difference in presentation.

Avocado Pie

 So pretty...and tastes great too!

[recipe] Next week we will talk about Hass Avocados—and why I selected them as a Produce Mom Pick! Enjoy! xoxo Produce Mom  [wpurp-searchable-recipe]Avocado Pie - - avocado (peeled, pitted & pureed), lime juice (freshly squeezed), sweetened condensed milk, cream cheese (reduced-fat, softened), graham cracker pie crust ((9-inch)), whipped cream (for garnish), Bake your pre-made crust for 5 minutes at 350 degrees. Remove from oven & set aside. ; Blend together the avocado, lime juice, condensed milk & cream cheese until smooth. ; Pour filling into your browned pie crust. Chill for 6 hours before serving. Garnish with whipped cream & lime slices.; - [/wpurp-searchable-recipe] [post_title] => Avocado Pie [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => avocado-pie [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2012-12-07 15:03:54 [post_modified_gmt] => 2012-12-07 20:03:54 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://theproducemom.com/?p=1431 [menu_order] => 494 [post_type] => recipe [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [7] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 1401 [post_author] => 2 [post_date] => 2012-11-27 17:07:19 [post_date_gmt] => 2012-11-27 22:07:19 [post_content] => This recipe is simple, versatile, low-calorie, convenient & it tastes great, too!  I have made it with Chicken, Ham, Scallops, Steak - the options are literally endless!  If you are adding in a meat or seafood, I typically reduce the Mushrooms by 8oz  & add 1.5 pounds of the meat or seafood. [recipe] Enjoy! xoxo Produce Mom[wpurp-searchable-recipe]Crockpot Mushroom Tetrazzini - - mushroom (sliced), cream of mushroom soup (reduced-fat & reduced-sodium), evaporated milk (fat-free), white wine, horseradish ((use prepared horseradish)), garlic (minced), spaghetti (multi-grain), parsley (dried), parmesan cheese (grated), In a slow cooker, combine the mushrooms, soup, milk, wine, horseradish & garlic. Cover & cook on low for 4 hours.; Cook pasta according to the package instructions. Drain well. ; Add noodles, parsley & parmesan cheese to the slow cooker & stir well to incorporate.; - [/wpurp-searchable-recipe] [post_title] => Crockpot Mushroom Tetrazzini [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => crockpot-mushroom-tetrazzini [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2012-11-27 17:07:19 [post_modified_gmt] => 2012-11-27 22:07:19 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://theproducemom.com/?p=1401 [menu_order] => 495 [post_type] => recipe [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) [8] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 1237 [post_author] => 3 [post_date] => 2012-11-27 08:21:47 [post_date_gmt] => 2012-11-27 13:21:47 [post_content] => The Produce Mom has been working with Indianapolis Public Schools' Foodservice Division for the last 6 months.  Basically I have been serving as a community partner & produce industry liaison for the district.   As I toured IPS schools & learned more about their foodservice operation... the more impressed I became with their dedication to healthy choices & food safety.  It really is so impressive & like many school districts - IPS is highly-scrutinized and all too often, the press associated with my state's largest school district is negative.  I know a lot about foodservice operations & I know that IPS is leading the way with their priorities and the fact that they are self-supported/funded.  In other words, the foodservice division is not pulling funds away from the academic, administrative, and countless other budgets & divisions that exist in a school system.  They plan their meals carefully & fully abide by the USDA nutritional standards for school meal programs. They purchase a lot of their fruits & vegetables from Indy Fruit.  They prepare around 45,000 meals a day and each and every meal has a fruit or vegetable option.  It's a ton of produce and IPS is one of the many valued customers of IFC. As we all know- influences at school are important, but it all really begins & ends at home.  I have created a program that will inspire children to eat healthy & have structured it to have a strong take-home power & lasting impact.  I have an impressive pool of Indiana Heroes that are going to help me out with glamorizing and promoting fruits & vegetables.  Indy Fruit's incredible vendors are going to help out by providing the IPS community with fruit & vegetable coupons.  The produce industry commissions & boards, organizations that represent the farmers, are helping out with funds & educational materials for both the classroom and at-home education.  Our goal is to show everyone that fruits & vegetables are delicious, nutritious, convenient & affordable... and glamorous, cool, popular & fun! The campaign is called FIND YOUR FAVORITE™.  Our goal is to do just that - inspire & empower people to find their favorite fruit and vegetable. Stay tuned as we talk more about school meal programs & Find Your Favorite.... and join me in welcoming the following Indiana Heroes to this campaign:   ATHLETICS David Boudia, Team USA Graham Rahal, IndyCar Series Dwight Freeney & Coby Fleener, Indianapolis Colts Paul George & George Hill, Indiana Pacers Tamika Catchings & Katie Douglas, Indiana Fever Robbie Bailargeon, Indiana Ice Rowdie, Indianapolis Indians Mascot Boomer, Indiana Pacers Mascot Blue, Indianapolis Colts Mascot   ARTS Anila Agha, Arts Council of Indianapolis Emily Dyson, Dance Kaleidoscope Emily Glover, Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra   PUBLIC SAFETY Gus Chavez, Indianapolis Fire Department Christopher Wuensch, Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department   What fruit or vegetable is YOUR favorite? xoxo Produce Mom   [post_title] => Find Your Favorite [post_excerpt] => The Produce Mom has been working with Indianapolis Public Schools' Foodservice Division for the last 6 months. Basically I have been serving as a community partner & produce industry liaison for the district. [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => find-your-favorite [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2012-11-27 08:21:47 [post_modified_gmt] => 2012-11-27 13:21:47 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://theproducemom.com/?p=1237 [menu_order] => 507 [post_type] => post [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 3 [filter] => raw ) [9] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 1395 [post_author] => 2 [post_date] => 2012-11-23 18:21:01 [post_date_gmt] => 2012-11-23 18:21:01 [post_content] => Leftover turkey?  No problem.  Try my version of Waldorf Salad... where leftover Thanksgiving Turkey is the star! [recipe] Turkey Waldorf Salad I hope you & your family had a fantastic Thanksgiving. xoxo Produce Mom[wpurp-searchable-recipe]Turkey Waldorf Salad - - turkey (cubed or shredded), celery (diced), apple (cored and diced), grape (halved), mayonnaise (low-fat), parmesan cheese (grated), cardamon, salt and pepper (to taste), Mix together all ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Season with salt & pepper to taste. ; - This salad is delicious with some baby greens or spinach in a wrap![/wpurp-searchable-recipe] [post_title] => Turkey Waldorf Salad [post_excerpt] => [post_status] => publish [comment_status] => open [ping_status] => closed [post_password] => [post_name] => turkey-waldorf [to_ping] => [pinged] => [post_modified] => 2012-11-23 18:21:01 [post_modified_gmt] => 2012-11-23 18:21:01 [post_content_filtered] => [post_parent] => 0 [guid] => http://theproducemom.com/?p=1395 [menu_order] => 496 [post_type] => recipe [post_mime_type] => [comment_count] => 0 [filter] => raw ) ) [post_count] => 10 [current_post] => -1 [in_the_loop] => [post] => WP_Post Object ( [ID] => 1693 [post_author] => 2 [post_date] => 2013-01-27 21:16:23 [post_date_gmt] => 2013-01-28 02:16:23 [post_content] => 1 week until THE BIG GAME! Chef Concetta & I had so much fun putting together some tailgate recipes for you.  These poppers have a kick like Pat McAfee - doesn't matter if your game day guests cheer for the 49ers, the Ravens or someone else... everyone will like this appetizer! [recipe] GO COLTS! xoxo Produce Mom  [wpurp-searchable-recipe]Jalapeño Poppers - - jalapeno (sliced in half lengthwise with seeds & ribs removed), cream cheese (softened), salt, paprika, cumin, garlic powder, panko bread crumbs, Preheat oven to 450 degrees. ; Place sliced jalapenos on a foil-lined baking sheet, open side down. Bake 8 minutes. Carefully remove & flip the jalapenos over to their serving position. ; Mix together the cream cheese, salt & spices. ; Stuff each jalapeno half with the cream cheese mixture. Sprinkle with panko breadcrumbs. 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Jalapeño Poppers
Sage Fruit – A Brand I Trust
ABC Juice (Apples, Beets, Carrots)
Avocado and Tortilla Soup
Avocado Pie
Crockpot Mushroom Tetrazzini