Archive for November, 2018

Bring a savory twist to the classic holiday potato salad

Thursday, November 29th, 2018

The potato salad is a classic American side dish that dates as far back as the mid-1800s, when German immigrants brought this simple but tasty recipe to the United States.

Today, potato salads are a staple at any dinner table, complementing virtually any occasion and cuisine. As scrumptious as they are in their traditional form, we’re always looking for novel new ways to spice things up here at Pacific Merchants.

This flavorful twist by Dani Meyer of The Inspired Home incorporates turmeric to elevate the taste and color of the salad, while at the same time reaping the health benefits of the spice such as its pain-relieving and anti-inflammatory properties. We love this unique recipe and we’re sure you’ll fall in love with this sprightly potato salad too!


Turmeric Potato Salad

Photo credit: @theinspiredhome_com

Ingredients

  • 1 pound yellow potatoes
  • ½ onion, minced finely
  • 5 slices bacon, crumbled
  • 4 hard boiled eggs, sliced
  • ½ cup diced pickles
  • ½ cup mayonnaise
  • 2 tablespoons pickle Juice
  • ½ tablespoon turmeric powder
  • 1 tablespoon brown mustard
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Boil potatoes. Chop into ½ inch cubes. Cool.
  2. Combine all ingredients.
  3. Serve immediately or store for up to 2 days. Note: If storing be aware that potatoes will continue to absorb liquid and may need an additional addition of sauce ingredients and salt and pepper to taste properly seasoned

 

Kick off holiday mornings with a healthy hearty breakfast!

Thursday, November 29th, 2018

Big, sinfully delicious meals are the core of the holiday season. Whether you have a large glazed turkey or a flavorful pasta on the agenda, the holidays are without a doubt the best time to eat your heart out.

In the midst of the holiday frenzy, it’s always good to strike a nutritious balance to keep your body in check and upkeep your health. As the most important meal of the day, eating a healthy nutritious breakfast can set your day off to a great start, supply you with increased energy to participate in holiday festivities, and allow you to eat hearty holiday dinners with reduced guilt.

Our friends at Mindful Morsels put together this delicious family-sized muesli recipe that we’re excited to share with you. It combines raw nuts, seeds, fruits, and spices to create a breakfast bowl as appetizing as it is nourishing. Happy holidays, and bon appétit!


Raw Sprouted Muesli

Ingredients

Nuts and Seeds:

  • ½ cup raw hazelnuts
  • ½ cup raw almonds
  • ½ cup raw sunflower seeds
  • ½ cup raw pumpkin seeds
  • ½ cup unsweetened coconut ribbons (or shredded)
  • ½ cup sesame seeds
  • ½ cup hemp hearts
  • ½ cup chia seeds

Dried Fruit:

  • ½ cup dried white mulberries
  • ½ cup dried chopped apple
  • ½ cup chopped pitted dates
  • ½ cup dried berries (blueberries and raspberries)

Whole Grains:

  • 3 cups rolled old fashioned oats
  • ½ cup oat flour (if you have a high powered blender you can blend ½ cup rolled oats)

Spices:

  • 1 tablespoon cinnamon

Directions

  1. Add hazelnuts, almonds, sunflower and pumpkin seeds to a jar or bowl and cover with water until the water is approximately an inch above nuts (as they will soak in some of the water) .
  2. Let soak overnight. Drain and rinse.
  3. Add to dehydrator on a mesh sheet, spread evenly so they are not overlapping and dehydrate for a few hours (or until dry) at 115°F.
  4. Add all ingredients to a medium-sized mixing bowl and stir until thoroughly mixed.
  5. Store in the fridge in an airtight jar or container. Enjoy!


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