Benefits of Colorful Eating

Colorful Eating

There’s no question that eating fruits and vegetables is good for your health, but did you know that the colors of the foods you eat can tell you a lot about their benefits? Eating right isn’t always easy, especially since we live in a time where eating quick means fast, cheap, and typically fried, monochromatic meals. Eating the recommended amount of fruits and veggies can be a real challenge, especially when you consider, for example, that the recommended amount of red and orange foods each week is 5.5 cups, and for dark green foods it’s 1.5 cups.

It’s important to make an effort to add some color to your diet, and a great way to do just that is to give Passanante’s Home Food Service an opportunity to impress you and your family with our delicious assortment of organic produce. A food delivery service like Passanante’s takes the inconvenience out of the process by stocking your home with a huge variety of colorful foods that you can feel good about preparing for your family.

Check out the explanations below to learn more about what foods you should be eating, and what foods can help you accomplish your health and nutrition goals.

Red – Red foods are heart healthy and improve joint strength. Additionally, most red foods contain lycopene, which may help protect against prostate and breast cancers.

Orange – Orange foods are rich in vitamins A and C which help keep your eyes, bones and immune system healthy. These foods are usually packed with antioxidants to help clean up our systems and reduce free radicals.

Yellow – Yellow vegetables improve skin, support our digestive system, and even help to prevent vision degeneration… a triple threat!

Green – Green foods including broccoli and kale help the body to produce more enzymes to clear toxins from the body. In addition to their potential to prevent cancer, green foods increase our immune system, and strengthen the entire body.

Blue/Purple/Dark Red – Blue, purple and dark red foods are wonderful for the heart and help to ensure the optimal functionality of the brain. These foods have been shown to improve memory and prevent some cancers.

Passanante’s would love to help you and your family maintain a healthy lifestyle. If you’re interested in a free food sample to see what we’re all about click here and we’ll send you a full-sized sample of all-natural meats and organic veggies!

Featured Recipe: Herb Roasted Chicken

Herb Roasted Chicken

If you don’t receive the Passanante’s Home Food Service email updates you’re missing out on exciting announcements about new menu items, contests, and some incredibly simple recipes that you and your family would love! This recipe for Herb Roasted Chicken is one of our favorites because it only had a few simple ingredients and it’s ready in five easy steps. Such a great recipe to have on hand for those busy days!

Ingredients:

  • 1 Roasting Chicken, about 4 to 5 pounds
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 Small onion, peeled and quartered
  • 1 Rib celery, cut in large chunks
  • 1/4 Tsp dried rosemary
  • 1/2 Tsp dried leaf thyme
  • 3 Tbsp coarsely chopped fresh parsley
  • 4 Tbsp melted butter

Method:

1. Preheat oven to 350°.

2. Rub inside of chicken with lemon juice; sprinkle with salt and pepper.

3. Add the onion quarters, celery, dried herbs, and parsley to chicken cavity.

4. Place chicken in a shallow roasting pan and roast at 350° for about 20 minutes per pound.

5. Baste with melted butter several times. Internal temperature should register at least 165° on a meat thermometer inserted into the meaty part of the thigh.

Are you a fan of us on Facebook? We’re excited to announce a new contest that we’d love you to participate in. All you have to do is take a picture of your meal at your favorite restaurant and submit it to our Facebook contest app for a chance to win a $100 gift card to that restaurant ($50 for second place)!  It’s so easy to enter and we’d love for you to share some great grub-spots with your fellow Passanante’s customers. 🙂

Happy Eating!

Family Recipe: Lemonade Cheese Cake

New Year 2013

Happy 2013 food lovers! We hope you all had a fantastic holiday season and new year filled with friends, family, and phenomenal food (of course).  So tell us, what is your resolution for 2013? Trying to branch our and try new foods? Eat healthier? Pass on pesticides?  Go organic? Or maybe your resolution is to indulge yourself with delights! Passanante’s Home Food Service would love to hear about your new years resolutions on our Facebook page so we can cater our blog content to YOU and provide even more exciting recipes, food news, kitchen tips and more!

Today we thought we’d mix it up and throw out an awesome dessert recipe from a close friend’s family cookbook. This recipe for Lemonade Cheese Cake is a nice departure from the standard chocolate sheet cake, and we have nothing but good things to say about it!

What you need for the lemonade cheese cake filling:

  • 1 package of pillsbury white cake mix
  • 1 cup of sour cream
  • 6 ounce can of frozen lemonade concentrate, thawed
  • 3 ounce package cream cheese, softened
  • 1 cup sour cream
  • 3 eggs

What you need for the topping:

  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 cup sour cream

How to prepare Lemonade Cheese Cake:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Using solid shortening or margarine (not oil) grease and flour a 12-cup fluted pan (non-stick finish)
  3. In a large bowl, combine all of the ingredients for the filling
  4. Blend at low speed until moist
  5. Beat at high speed for 4 minutes
  6. Bake for 50-60 minutes or until toothpick comes out clean when dipped into the filling
  7. Completely cool upright in pan for 45 minutes
  8. In a small bowl, mix sugar and four cream, spread on cake
  9. Refrigerate and serve when cold!

Happy eating!

Grilled Pork Chops with Apple Compote

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Featured Recipe: Grilled Pork Chops with Apple Compote

Grilled Pork Chops with Apple Compote

For Compote:

1 small sweet onion, finely diced
2 small green apples peeled, cored and diced
1 Tbsp brown sugar
1 Tbsp butter
1/4 tsp each of cinnamon and nutmeg
Juice and zest of 1 lemon

1. In small saucepan, mix all ingredients and set over medium heat.
2. Cook for 15-20 minutes, or until apples and onions are softened.
3. Keep warm in a separate dish.

For Chops:

4 Bone-in Pork Loin chops, about 1″ thick
Canola oil
Salt & pepper

1. Preheat grill to medium high
2. Rub each chop with a small amount of oil, then season generously with salt and pepper.
3. Grill chops for 3-4 minutes per side or until a medium degree of doneness (about 145 degrees)
4. Remove from grill and set on plate for 5 minutes to rest.
5. Serve chops with a dollop of apple compote on top and a side of apple.

COMING SOON: FIlet Mignon and Sweet Pepper Skewers

Filet Mignon and Sweet Pepper Skewers

These mouth-watering meat treats feature tender filet mignon threaded onto a bamboo skewer and topped with a gently marinated mushroom cap.
Perfect on the grill!