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Highlight on American Heart Association-Healthy Diet Goals

Posted on June 30th, 2010 | Posted in Healthy Tips, Recipes

The American Heart Association has set the goal that by 2020 they want to improve the cardiovascular health of all Americans by 20 percent while reducing deaths from cardiovascular diseases and stroke by 20 percent.

In an effort to reach this goal they highlight what an adult consuming 2,000 calories daily diet should consist of:

  • Fruits and vegetables: At least 4.5 cups a day
  • Fish (preferably oily fish): At least two 3.5-ounce servings a week
  • Fiber-rich whole grains: At least three 1-ounce-equivalent servings a day
  • Sodium: Less than 1,500 mg a day
  • Sugar-sweetened beverages: No more than 450 calories (36 ounces) a week

Other Dietary Measures:

  • Nuts, legumes and seeds: At least 4 servings a week
  • Processed meats: No more than 2 servings a week
  • Saturated fat: Less than 7% of total energy intake

The American Heart Association recommends that you eat a wide variety of nutritious foods daily.  We post this in an effort to assist restaurants and consumers to make healthy dining choices and to evaluate how your current diet aligns with the recommended daily diet.  Remember, even simple, small changes can make a big difference in living a better life.

Here is a recipe of a heart healthy salad that you can enjoy at a summer picnic or as a side dish in your packed lunch!

Edamame Penne Salad with Feta

Serves 4


4-ounce Penne Pasta (991533)
2 cups frozen shelled Edamame (green soybeans), thawed (559654)
1/2 15-ounce can no-salt-added Black Beans, rinsed and drained (991645)
1/2 cup chopped Green Onions
2 tablespoons snipped fresh Parsley
1 tablespoon grated Lemon zest
2 tablespoons fresh Lemon juice (990323)
1 tablespoon Extra Virgin Olive Oil (992055)
2 medium Garlic Cloves, whole/chopped (991057/991058)
1/2 teaspoon dried Rosemary, crushed (CQR039)
1/4 teaspoon Salt (CQS030)
3 ounces Feta Cheese, crumbled (774395)


Prepare the pasta using the package directions, omitting the salt and oil. Drain in a colander. Run the pasta under cold water for about 20 seconds to stop the cooking process. Drain well in a colander.

Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, stir together the remaining ingredients except the feta. Using a rubber scraper, fold the pasta and feta into the mixture.

If you make this salad to enjoy the next day or have leftovers, squeeze lemon wedges over it just before serving to “brighten” the flavors.

Visit American Heart Association’s website for more healthy lifestyle recommendations.

Featured Product-Roasted Corn Salad

Posted on June 28th, 2010 | Posted in Featured Product

Now that Summer has officially begun, I immediately shift my meals to include sides with fresh flavorful ingredients. Here is a salad that we sell and I had the delight of enjoying this past weekend.

Isabelle’s Roasted Corn Salad-5#-Item #IS8006    Price-$15.99

This salad is a great complement to grilled foods such as steak, ribs, chicken or burgers. The unique flavors of smoky chipotle and cilantro-lime marinade are combined with roasted corn, black beans, onions, green & red peppers.

I took the liberty of making this salad my own, and making the 5# go a bit further! I added roughly 2 cups-black beans-991645, sliced 2 cups-Isabelle’s Roasted Red Peppers-IS4002, and halved 2 cups-Fresh Grape Tomatoes. I served this salad as a side to Carne Asada Tacos and Grilled Fish Tacos.

New Products

Posted on June 25th, 2010 | Posted in New Products

Here are the products that we have added over the last two weeks.


Recipe Thursday-Cuban Sandwich

Posted on June 24th, 2010 | Posted in Recipes, Sandwich

Who can resist a Cuban Sandwich?  I don’t know about you, but I’ve fallen in love with this sandwich over the past  two years. If this sandwich fits your Restaurant’s menu, Farmer’s Market Stand or Grocery Store’s to-go section, I’d highly recommend adding it!

I purchased this particular Cuban Style Sandwich from Whole Foods Market. It was delicious, but you may be able to tell that they added a few extra ingredients (red roasted peppers, red onion and baby spinach) to make the sandwich their own!

I call this recipe a Cuban Style Sandwich, to give myself a little leeway since people are very particular as to what defines a Cuban Sandwich.

Serves 1


1 8-12″ Cuban Bread or French Baguette
Butter or Olive Oil (880000/992055)
4 thin slices Butcher Wagon Seasoned Roast Pork (HTF6290)
4 thin slices Freda Ham (FRD105-2)
4 thin slices Great Lakes Swiss (774507)
1 large Patriot Dill Pickle or Dill Pickle Chips (990109/990110)
French’s Yellow Mustard (991253)


Cut bread in half horizontally and lightly butter or brush with olive oil, on the crust, spread yellow mustard on both sides.   Then layer roast pork, ham, Swiss cheese, and thinly-sliced dill pickles between layers of meat. Heat a cast iron skillet, griddle, or double-sided sandwich maker. Place sandwich on the hot skillet or griddle.  Lay a heavy skillet on top of the sandwich to flatten it to about one-quarter of its original size, grilling for about 2 to 3 minutes on each side. If using a double-sided sandwich maker, grill for 3 to 4 minutes. Cut sandwich diagonally and serve hot.

New Products

Posted on June 11th, 2010 | Posted in New Products

Here is a list of some of the products that we have added over the last two months.


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