Recipe: Italian Summer Salad

Organic Produce

Thanks very much for giving us your input on our Facebook Page as to what you would like to read more of on our blog. Everyone at Passanante’s Home Food Service was so delighted recipes were at the top of the list, and we are excited to share this simple and delicious Italian Summer Salad Recipe with you!

Step 1: Homemade Croutons

  • 3+ T. olive oil
  • 1 loaf french bread cubed (or can you can use sourdough, Italian or anything that looks good
  • 1 t. kosher salt

Heat olive oil in a large saute pan. Add bread. Cook on low heat for 10 minutes or until browned. Toss croutons during cooking for even browning, add more oil as needed.

Step 2: Fresh and Colorful Salad

  • 1 cucumber
  • 2 C. grape tomatoes, halved
  • 1 red bell pepper, seeded and cut to size of tomatoes
  • 1 yellow or orange bell pepper, seeded and cut to size of tomatoes
  • 1/2 red onion, thinly sliced
  • 15-20 basil leaves, julienne large
  • 1/4 C. capers, drained (optional)

Step 3: Homemade Vinaigrette Dressing

  • 1/2 C. extra virgin olive oil
  • 3 T. balsamic vinegar or white wine vinegar (both taste good)
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced (you can also use a jar of minced garlic- it’s easier and lasts longer)
  • 1/2 t. dijon mustard
  • 1/2 t. kosher salt
  • 1/4 t. ground pepper
  • 1/2 packet splenda or 1/2 t. sugar

Mix all salad ingredients in large bowl. Add croutons. Toss with vinaigrette. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Let stand for 30 minutes before serving.

We hope you enjoy this tasty treat at much as we do! Passanante’s Home Food Service delivers all the fresh and organic produce you could ask for in addition to name brand groceries — which helps make any recipe quick and easy!

What’s In Your Food?

Did you know the average person may have up to 700 harmful chemicals in their body at any given time? Whether it’s exposure to high levels of carbon monoxide or ozone in busy cities or increased exposure to pesticides in rural America, the truth about these common toxins may surprise you.

Dr. Jeffrey Morrison, among other health professionals, agrees that common toxins found in our foods could be the catalyst behind feelings of exhaustion, joint and muscle pain, weight gain, and even rapid aging. Pesticides found in non-organic foods are absorbed into our bodies and affect the way our cells work which can leave us feeling tired and sick.

Pesticides are used in mass produced foods to diminish damage to the crop from bugs as well as other pesky plants like weeds. One common misconception is that simply washing foods prior to eating or preparing them will protect the consumer when in reality even cooking or boiling the food is often not enough to eliminate the health risks.

Food pesticides leave residue on produce that, despite your best efforts, may impact the health and over all well-being of you and your family. In the Food Quality Protection Act the EPA describes what is considered to be a tolerable amount of pesticide residue as foods with “reasonable certainty of no harm”.

When it comes to the health of you and your family, “reasonable certainty” simply doesn’t pass the Passanante’s Home Food Service quality test. Choosing clean, wholesome and organic foods is the only way to eliminate these harmful chemicals from your diet.

Passanante’s delivers pesticide and hormone-free produce and meats to thousands of families across New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland and Virginia. To find out how to get delicious food delivered to your home give us a call at 1-800-772-7786 today!

Want to know more? Check out this video for more information about pesticides and toxins in your food.

Announcing Our New Office in Raleigh, NC!

Passanante's open in Raleigh, NC

We are so excited to announce the opening of the new Passanante’s Home Food Service office in Raleigh, North Carolina! With this new office we will be able to offer our restaurant-quality food delivery service to thousands of new families and expand the Passanante’s family!

The first orders of delicious meats and organic veggies were delivered to a ton of happy new customers over the last week, and we have high hopes for many more North Carolina deliveries to come.

In celebration of our new office, we’re offering 4 FREE JUMBO filet mignons to anyone who refers a new customer in the North Carolina area.

Now, we know we could stop there, but where’s the fun in that?! 

In addition to the 4 jumbo filet mignons we will also send you $100 CASH for each new customer that you refer! This offer is only valid until April 15 so HURRY and submit your referral here:

Click Here to submit a referral today! 

Thank you so much for being a loyal customer and helping us continue to grow. Without your support we simply would not be where we are today or where we’re headed in the future!

Recipe: Southwest Salmon and Pasta

This next recipe is certainly a change of pace from some of our other more recent postings. Southwest Salmon and Pasta is a delicious meal jam-packed with vibrant colors which is great since we all know the value of eating colorfully. The recipe below is enough to serve four so feel free to double it and invite the neighbors over for a surprisingly irresistible twist on pasta with salmon.

Fresh Salmon

As much as we all love seafood, there is nothing worse than spending your afternoon preparing a fabulous recipe for your family only to find that the seafood you picked up at the grocery is less than fresh. Not only does it ruin your appetite, low quality seafood can make you and your guests seriously sick. We hope you’ll depend on Passanante’s Home Food Service to deliver the highest quality and always fresh ingredients you need to feed your family. Our food delivery service can stock your home with everything from lobster tails to organic veggies and melt in your mouth filets. If you’re interested in a free sample let us know by filling out this form on our Facebook page.

First up, the salmon. What you will need:

  • 2 Salmon filets
  • Dried oregano
  • Dried basil
  • Olive oil
  • Salt & pepper

Simply rub the salmon with olive oil, sprinkle with seasonings, and toss on the grill. That was easy!

Now for the colorful part! You’ll need:

  • 1 Green bell pepper
  • 1 Red bell pepper
  • 1 Orange or yellow bell pepper
  • 1 Bunch of green onions including green stems
  • 1 Bunch of fresh basil
  • 1 Bunch of fresh arugula
  • 4 Cloves (or more) of garlic
  • Salt & pepper
  • Olive oil
  • 1 Package of cooked pasta (penne or linguini)
  • Parmesan cheese

How to prepare the pasta and southwest veggies:

  1. Chop peppers, onions, basil, and arugula.
  2. Heat oil in a large skillet. Once the oil is hot, add minced garlic, peppers, and onions.
  3. Season with salt and pepper.
  4. Stir frequently. When almost soft, add basil and arugula. Cook about 2 more minutes.
  5. Turn off heat and let sit for several hours to meld flavors.
  6. When ready to serve, cook pasta according to package directions and strain in colander.
  7. Add 1 tablespoon of olive oil and stir.
  8. Cut salmon into bite-sized pieces and add to vegetables in skillet.
  9. Heat until hot adding a few tablespoons of butter to give the mixture a saucy consistency.
  10. Put helpings of pasta on individual plates, top with salmon mixture and sprinkle with parmesan cheese.

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!