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Winning recipes pictured. Starting in the top left and moving clockwise: Bernard (Lake Grove), Kim (Macadam),  Eli (Burnside), Robin (Belmont)

Winning recipes pictured. Starting in the top left and moving clockwise: Bernard (Lake Grove), Kim (Macadam), Eli (Burnside), Robin (Belmont)

Did you know it’s estimated that 8 million pounds of guacamole is consumed during the Super Bowl? With that much green goodness being smashed up, Zupan’s Markets decided to hold a competition this week among its store associates for the best recipe. With 32 different entries the decision was a hard one for store associates, who were the judges. Unique ingredients included pomegranate seeds, bacon and curry. But in the end there could only be one champion per store.


Below we have included the 4 winning recipes for you to try. Have a guacamole secret of your own? Share it with us!

Lake Grove Champion – Bernard, Produce
4 avocados
1 lime
6 garlic cloves
1/2 cup cilantro
1 sweet onion
2 jalapenos
1 container pico de gallo
salt and pepper to taste

Macadam Champion, Kim, Service Deli
1 jalapeno, diced
4 oz green chiles
6 avocados
6 green onions, chopped
2 oz lemon grass, chopped
Juice from 1 lemon
1 tomato, chopped
4 T chopped garlic
1 T pepper
1 T smoked sea salt
4 T cilantro, chopped

Burnside Champion, Eli, Meat
Jícama Classic Guacamole
5 avocados
2 shallots
1 large lime
¼ lb jícama
1 T sea salt
1 t granulated garlic
1 t black pepper
1 bunch greek oregano, chopped

Belmont Champion, Robin, Service Deli
6 avocados
Juice from 5 limes
1/3 c sour cream
2 t salt
2 t cumin
1 t dry oregano
4 roasted jalapenos
2 t granulated garlic
1/4 t red pepper flakes
Smash with whisk

Top with roasted corn, four roasted, peeled & chopped poblano chiles, crumbled queso fresco, chopped cilantro and a squeeze of lime.


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For many of you, some early memories of your mom involve seeing her hands in the rich, earthy soil, helping cultivate delicious fruits & veggies for your dinner table.  If she’s one that loves gardening and appreciates the simplicity and wholeness of fresh food, we’ve got a simple, yet stunning fresh salad that is sure to leave a big impact.  Her taste buds will sing for joy and she might even want seconds. 

Heirloom Caprese with Arugula & Walnut Pesto
*recipe courtesy of Executive Chef Katherine Haycox-Case
3 Heirloom Tomatoes – remove brown stem with a jagged edged strawberry huller and slice 1/8″ to 1/4″ thick (choose different colors for a visual treat!)
1 Mozzarella Ovoline – sliced 1/8″ thick top to bottom
1 8 oz. container AG Ferrari Arugula Walnut Pesto
2 T Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1/2 t Maldon’s Smoked Sea Salt

1) Layer tomatoes and ovoline onto a white platter or onto individual salad plates.  You can lay down a bed of fresh arugula first if you want some greens in there!
2)  Spoon pesto directly onto plate.  Drizzle EVOO over tomatoes.
3) Sprinkle Maldon onto tomatoes and serve.

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Do you want to strengthen your immune system, keeping it strong and able to fight off those nasty bacteria that creep around your homes and offices?  Germs that cause sickness and infection are always threatening to invade, so finding ways to keep your immune system healthy and strong is very important.  

In addition to eliminating stress, exercising regularly,  keeping your hands washed, and getting lots of adequate sleep, eating foods rich in vitamins and minerals will keep you feeling strong and virus-free. We’ve compiled a list of some of the yummiest immune system-boosting foods out there.

-Grapefruit: We have lots of these in our stores right now. Did you know that grapefruit can help you fight off damages of free-radicals that can cause cancer? Grapefruit juice also has huge amount of antioxidants that can help keep your immunity up while fighting off disease.

Oranges:  These little beauties are known for high vitamin C content and also contain anti-inflammatory properties that can help reduce inflammatory health conditions like arthritis or asthma.  There are also studies that show a reduction in hypertension and a reduced risk of death associated with cardiovascular disease.   Oranges are also full of other minerals, vitamins and nutrients that your body needs to help itself stay strong and healthy. 

Garlic: If citrus isn’t your thing, then boost your garlic intake. It helps increase anti-body production and helps multiply virus-fighting white blood cells!

Omega-3 Foods:  Foods rich in omega 3 are great ways to keep you strong and healthy.  Fish, walnuts, cauliflower, cabbage, and brussels sprouts are all foods to incorporate into your daily diet.

So if staying healthy is on your to-do list, be sure to stop into your local Zupan’s and check out our selection of fresh fruits and veggies! Your immune system and your taste buds will thank you for it!

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We have an abundance of fresh heirloom tomatoes in our stores right now.  Not only are their colors beautiful to look at, they’re also good for you.  If you’re looking for a way to keep your 2012 resolution of eating more veggies, we have the perfect recipe for you. 

Heirloom Tomato Salad
Serves 6 to 8

8-10 Heirloom tomatoes
2 cloves garlic, finely minced
1/4 C diced sweet onion or purple onion
1 T chopped fresh parsley
1 T chopped fresh basil
2 T red wine vinegar
3 T extra virgin olive oil
1/2 to 1 t salt, or to taste
1/4 t fresh ground pepper

To prepare, cut cores from tomatoes, then slice each tomato into 8 to 10 wedges.  Combine with remaining ingredients in a large bowl, then toss to blend well. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour before serving.  Serve on salad greens if desired.

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Fresh apple slices and Fresh Express coleslaw are perfect partners.  With a freshly-whisked dressing, this hearty coleslaw will leave you craving more. 

Apple Coleslaw

Serves 6

1 pkg Fresh Express Angel Hair Coleslaw
1 C green apples, chopped
1 stalk celery, chopped
1 carrot, grated
1 medium red onion, thinly sliced
1/2 C sour cream
1/4 C mayonnaise
3/4 t. celery salt

To make the dressing, combine sour cream, mayonnaise, and salt.  Whisk until smooth, let sit for 10 minutes.  Place coleslaw, apples, and veggies in a large salad bowl.  Toss with dressing and serve.

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These appealing “mini-cabbages” are at the top of our list of favorite veggies.  If you’re looking for big flavor in a small package, Zupan’s always has a fresh crop of Brussels sprouts to choose from for your holiday cooking needs.  They’ll bring color to your table and delight to your palate.

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The months of November and December are all about holiday entertaining. For the next several weeks, we will post some of our favorite recipes and share others’ festive ideas, all of which will suit this cheerful season—and your discerning appetite—perfectly.


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