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4 Easy to Make Sweets for Halloween

Written by: Famous Foods | 2020-10-15 | no comments

Halloween is a time for tasty treats and childlike fun, and you can make this Halloween even more special by making some homemade edibles that are sure to satisfy your sweet tooth. Many of the best homemade Halloween treats can be made with only a few simple ingredients and can be shared with kids and adults alike. You can try making any of these four treats at home to give your Halloween more pizzazz.

1. Sugar Cookies with Halloween Icing

By following your favorite sugar cookie recipe, you can easily make cookies with Halloween icing. After baking the cookies, you can top them with orange icing to look like pumpkins or make witches’ hats out of chocolate frosting. If you don’t want to have to bake your own cookies, you can buy some premade plain sugar cookies and add the frosting of your choice to them to create Halloween-themed cookies.

2. Rice Krispies Treats

Rice Krispies treats are especially great for Halloween, and you can make your own by melting some butter and marshmallows in a saucepan and then mixing it with some Rice Krispies or a similar cereal. You can then create individual Rice Krispies treat bars from the mixture to serve to your family and guests. To give your treats more of a Halloween theme, try mixing them with some candy pieces or topping them with Halloween-themed icing.

3. Banana Ghosts

If you are looking for ways on how to celebrate Halloween in a healthy way, these treats can give you an extra boost of nutrition along with the sweetness you crave. Simply cut a banana into four pieces and freeze each piece on a popsicle stick. After the banana pieces have frozen to the sticks, you can heat some white chocolate to coat each treat and add some chocolate chips to create eyes and mouths for the banana ghosts.

4. Halloween Trail Mix

Another way to make your Halloween a little more healthy for yourself and others is to make a Halloween-themed trail mix using crispy corn-and-rice cereal, dried banana chips and honey-roasted peanuts. Raisins that are covered in chocolate or yogurt along with candy corn pieces can be added to your trail mix for additional sweetness. Your trail mix can be served in cupcake liners with black, orange or other classic Halloween colours.

If you are thinking of how to celebrate Halloween with greater joy this season, preparing any of these homemade treats can do the trick. Check out our bulk foods list available on our website for what Famous Foods has to offer this Halloween!

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New and Traditional Dishes to Cook for Thanksgiving

Written by: Famous Foods | 2020-10-09 | no comments

Hosting a Thanksgiving dinner at your home presents an opportunity to add your personal flair to a traditional holiday gathering. The holiday certainly offers you a good excuse to try a new recipe or two. As you plan your menu, you may wish to balance traditional dishes that some people have to come expect with one or two new dishes.

The Turkey

Most households choose to prepare a fine turkey for Thanksgiving. If you’re hosting a large crowd, you might add ham, roast beef or vegan roast to the menu. Even if a single turkey will do, you still need to make decisions about how to cook it. Will you roast it with dressing? Deep fry it? Smoke it?

When you opt to roast it, you’ll want to stuff the turkey to produce a fine dressing. Stuffing helps to keep your turkey moist. Although it may require some extra cooking time, it is an added step that will make your turkey that much tastier!

You have many options for Thanksgiving dressing recipes:

  • Bread and sage dressing
  • Cornbread dressing
  • Giblet dressing
  • Chestnut dressing
  • Wild rice dressing

After you’ve decided on the main dish or dishes for your Thanksgiving dinner, now you can focus on sides. You have so many recipes to consider beyond a big pot of mashed potatoes, although you should probably make that too. Cooking sides can be your place to experiment and have fun. Side dishes also give you a way to include vegetarian choices.

Here are some great side dish recommendations:

  • Squash and quinoa pilaf
  • Au gratin butternut squash
  • Honey-glazed carrots
  • Sweet potatoes sprinkled with pecans
  • Kale salad with cranberries
  • Red cabbage salad with walnuts and cranberries
  • Brussels sprouts with bacon and maple syrup
  • Loaded potatoes
  • Roasted cauliflower
  • Bannock
  • Cheddar biscuits
  • Parker house rolls

Although everybody’s waist lines will be bulging by the time you soak up the last bits of gravy, holidays demand desserts. You and your guests can take a break and play some cards or go for a walk before stepping up to your dessert buffet.

Let your sweet tooth celebrate the holiday with:

  • Pumpkin pie (Of course!)
  • Apple pie
  • Butter tarts
  • Nanaimo bars
  • Sugar pie
  • Bread pudding
  • Saskatoon berry pie

Whether you’re a skilled holiday cooking veteran or this is your first time making Thanksgiving dinner, Famous Foods has the finest natural ingredients that will help you succeed. Make us your first stop for all of your holiday grocery shopping.

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5 Foods to Boost Your Immune System this Fall

Written by: Famous Foods | 2020-09-15 | no comments

As the days begin to shorten for fall, it is a great idea to boost your immune system with some extra nutrition! Reduced exposure to sunlight cuts down on your natural access to vitamin D, an important nutrient for immune function. Healthy eating can go a long way toward strengthening your body’s resistance to infection. Let’s take a look at some of the top foods for promoting a strong immune response.

 

1.Salmon

The delicate flavour of salmon does more for you than make a tasty dinner. A 3-ounce serving of wild salmon has 570 IU of vitamin D and is a natural source of this vitamin. Vitamin D is also often found in dairy and non-dairy products that have been fortified during processing.

2. Citrus Fruits

As fall turns to winter, citrus fruits loaded with vitamin C come into season. Vitamin C empowers white blood cells to do their job of attacking pathogens. This fall, make sure to add oranges, grapefruit, tangerines and clementines to your weekly shopping list. 

3. Almonds

You may hardly ever hear about vitamin E, but it is an antioxidant that your immune system will appreciate. Almonds offer a great plant-based source of this vitamin, and you can fulfill your daily need for it by eating only one-half cup of these popular nuts.

4. Sweet Potatoes

Look for produce packed with beta-carotene, like sweet potatoes, to boost your immune system this fall. As an antioxidant, beta-carotene gives your body what it needs to battle inflammation and resist getting sick. A warm and hearty serving of sweet potatoes matches your cravings for comfort food as the weather turns cooler.

5. Green Leafy Vegetables

You knew this would have to be on the list for healthy eating. Broccoli, spinach, kale, cabbage and other cruciferous vegetables are packed with folate, beta-carotene, calcium, vitamin K and iron. Nutrition researchers are also discovering an important relationship between this class of vegetable and immune system stimulation within the gut.

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