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These are three of our favorite smoothie recipes that we can’t get enough of. They’re the perfect exclamation point to the start of the spring season. Enjoy!

Blueberry Smoothies 

Sweet blueberries plus tangy lemon yogurt—what a tasty treat any time of the day! This recipe features our Cascadian Farm organic frozen blueberries!

 

Creamy Peach Smoothies 

It takes just four ingredients to make these luscious yogurt-peach smoothies. Try them with our Cascadian Farm organic frozen peaches!

 

Spa Smoothies 

Wonderfully sweet and creamy describes these smoothies that you will make again and again. (They feature our Cascadian Farm organic frozen strawberries.)

 

Do you have a favorite smoothie recipe? Feel free to share it in the comments box below or on our Facebook wall!

The sun has finally been showing its face in my neighborhood, and slowly but surely, the snow is starting to melt. While the temperatures are nowhere near the shoulder-baring variety, they are warm enough to allow us to spend a few hours outside, even if it is only to pick up the debris from a long winter and get started cleaning out long dormant gardens.

With spring underway and summer around the corner, it's time to start thinking about picnics and summertime entertaining, and what better way to do it than with a few finger food dessert options, like mini cheesecakes with a hint of honey and the burst of summer blueberries

 

Blueberry Lemon Cheesecake with Blueberry Cream

8 ounces cream cheese, softened

¼ cup honey

1 teaspoon grated lemon rind

1 egg

2 tablespoons sour cream

1 cup Cascadian Farm Frozen Blueberries

2 teaspoons honey

24 mini phyllo shells

1 cup heavy cream

 

Preheat oven to 350º F. Beat softened cream cheese until light and fluffy. Add in ¼ cup honey, lemon rind and egg and beat. Stir in sour cream. Set aside. Over medium heat, warm blueberries and 2 teaspoons of honey in a saucepan until soft and juicy. Using an immersion blender, blend into a lumpy syrup. Add in ½ cup of the mixture to the cheesecake batter and stir to combine. Reserve remaining blueberry sauce.

Fill phyllo shells with cheesecake batter, just slightly below the top. Bake at 350º F for 15- 0 minutes until centers are set. Remove from oven and cool.

Just before serving, beat together 2 tablespoons blueberry sauce with the heavy cream until stiff peaks form. Pipe onto the mini cheesecakes and garnish with a single blueberry and grated lemon rind.

Makes 24 mini cheesecake bites.

Photo by Shaina Olmanson

Here are five delicious organic appetizer recipes to try at your next gathering. Best of all, they won’t break the bank! After you’ve tried them, come back and let us know what you think. We’d love to hear from you!

Blackberry-Almond Bruschetta

Blue Cheese Quesadillas with Peach Salsa

Spinach-Artichoke Dip

Asian Green Beans with Almonds

Corn and Black Bean Salad

Hi friends! Our cereal is one of our most popular selling products, and although it’s great right out of the box, or with a little milk, there are many other delicious ways to enjoy it. Whether you’re looking for a snack to munch on at school, or to enhance a desert, there are endless uses for our organic cereal. Here are a few of our favorite recipes. Enjoy!

Honey-Nut Marshmallow Bars

These gooey cereal bars combine marshmallows and honey nut cereal to make an after-school treat the kids will love.

Raspberry-Granola Bars

These old-fashioned layered crumb bars are simply irresistible!

Maple Brown Sugar Granola Cookies

Mmm! Filled with goodies like raisins and nuts, these chewy maple granola cookies are a must-try.

Triple-Berry Granola Crisp

Warm mixed berries topped with a crispy granola topping—it's simply delicious!

Honey Nut Snack Mix


Honey nut cereal, peanut butter, banana chips and chocolate-covered raisins—this snack mix has it all.

Multi Grain Snack Mix

Perfect for a party or everyday snacking—you'll love this crunchy mix.

Spiced Cereal Trail Mix

Cereal and dried fruit mixed with a touch of honey and spice makes a great afternoon snack.

Growing up I loved what we here called "bars." Maybe it's a Midwest thing, but cereal bars, cookie bars, bars with pretzels crusts and raspberry toppings, 7-layer bars were all things you'd see at a church basement potluck or even off to the side during Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner.

My mom would melt chocolate and mix marshmallows and scoop peanut butter, and pretty soon there'd be a chewy snack for after school or sitting around on a lazy Saturday afternoon. These bars are modeled after some of my favorites, but I've swapped corn syrup for honey and almond butter in place of peanut.

Almond Butter Honey Nut O's Bars

3 cups Cascadian Farm Honey Nut O's

½ cup sugar

½ cup honey

2/3 cup almond butter

4 ounces of dark chocolate

Measure cereal into a large mixing bowl. In a small saucepan heat sugar and honey just until sugar is dissolved. Remove from heat and stir in the almond butter. Pour over cereal and stir to combine. Press into an 8" square dish. Allow to cool.

In a double boiler, melt the chocolate. Drizzle over the top of the bars. Allow to set. Cut into 2" squares.

Makes 16 bars.

Photos by Shaina Olmanso

Hello friends! We hope you had a great Fourth of July weekend! We wanted to share some exciting news we found out last week. We knew our granola bars were good, but the best? Well, we are excited to announce that Cascadian Farm Fruit and Nut Granola Bars were voted Best Granola Bar by SELF magazine in their 2010 Healthy Food Awards. If you haven’t tried one yet, you’re in for a treat. Click here to find out what store in your area carries them. A big thanks to SELF magazine for the support.

Happy Friday friends! Do you have any plans for the weekend? Well, now that the weather is getting nicer, hopefully you’ll be able to get outside and enjoy nature. If you’re like us, there’s no better way to enjoy the outdoors than going for a hike. And there’s no better way to enjoy your hike than with a tasty snack to munch on while you’re on the trails.

Here are some great snack recipes that are easy to prepare and perfect to bag up and bring with you on a hike. Or anywhere else you’re going. Enjoy!

 

Spiced Cereal Trail Mix

Multi Grain Snack Mix

Honey Nut Snack Mix

Family meals are more than just the act of sharing food. Meal time is the perfect time for families to reconnect with each other. It strengthens families, and makes your relationships with each other stronger, healthier and happier. It isn't surprising to hear that families that eat meals together have children with better grades, more of a positive outlook on life and a healthier diet.

How does one prepare meals that are healthy, vegetable based and something that everyone in the family will enjoy? It's actually really simple with a few creative tricks up your sleeve. Here are my favorite three ways you can create meals that everyone in your family will enjoy so much that they will be asking for seconds.

 

Photo via Flickr

 1- Spice It Up: It is amazing how a little bit of spice, can take a meal to a whole new level. If you are serving organic baked potatoes with sour cream as a side dish, add a little fresh cut dill from the herb garden. Having family pizza night? Add fresh oregano and basil from your herb garden. By drizzling your favorite steamed and sauteed vegetables with organic extra virgin olive oil and a pinch of sea salt, fresh cracked pepper and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice, you can give take veggies a whole new taste. A tad of organic brown sugar and a dash of cinnamon can turn a sweet potato from ho hum to yum yum.

Photo Via Flickr

2- Get Saucy: People enjoy food that tastes good. If your family isn't crazy about eating steamed veggies, it's time to get creative. You can add a homemade light cheese or teriyaki sauce, to get anyone craving those goodies from the garden. If you having raw veggies with your afternoon meal, add a little dip. Children especially love to dip their foods. Some excellent options are homemade ranch, strawberry vinaigrette, peanut butter, hummus, sour cream, soy sauce or tzatziki.

 

 3- Dress Up a Salad: Many children and some adults may not be too excited to find a salad on their dinner plate. The ingredients that you put in the salad and the dressings that you use, can have a huge positive impact. Try adding fresh organic strawberries, grapes and apple slices to a salad and then drizzling with a sweet strawberry vinaigrette dressing. Another favorite at our home is a salad dressed with organic green apple slices, almond slivers and a homemade honey Dijon dressing. These salads always have everyone asking for more.

What tricks do you use to spice up family meal time?

Smoothies can be a great way to start your day. Nutrient dense and portable, they can come with you in the car, and are a much better alternative to a donut or fast food breakfast sandwich on the go.

At our house they're not just for breakfast, though. Sometimes I sneak a smoothie in with lunch to accompany a small plate of my homemade macaroni and cheese or a grilled cheese sandwich or any other food that is delicious but lacking in the "eat the rainbow" side of things. Grains and cheese a balanced diet does not make, especially not for the little mouths I'm feeding. 

I like to make mine with 100% juices and yogurt. I also add in almond milk (best if you make your own by soaking almonds and blending with water), but soymilk and regular milk work just as well. For a sweetener, I go for honey, agave syrup or pure maple syrup. Rather than adding frozen yogurt or ice cream, I add a frozen banana. The texture is very much the same without all the added calories and sugar. And for the fruit? Organic frozen fruit works best.

Below are three of our family favorite smoothies, whether they're for mornings on the go, supplementing a delicious meal or just hanging out in the yard on a lovely spring day. Do you have a favorite flavor combination when it comes to smoothies?

 

 

Super Berry Smoothie

½ cup acai berry or pomegranate juice

½ cup almond milk, soymilk or milk

2 tablespoons honey

1 whole ripe banana (frozen or not)

½ cup frozen blueberries

½ cup frozen strawberries

Raspberry Peach Smoothie

½ cup white grape juice

½ cup almond milk, soymilk or milk

2 tablespoons honey

1 cup frozen raspberries

1 cup frozen peaches

Tropical Smoothie

½ cup apple juice

½ cup plain Greek yogurt

¼ cup almond milk, soymilk or milk

2 tablespoons honey

1 whole banana (frozen or not)

1 whole kiwi

½ cup frozen mangoes

½ cup frozen pineapple chunks

Add-Ins:

Wheatgrass

Wheat germ

Flax seeds

Chia seeds

Hemp seeds

Sesame seeds

Coconut

Spinach

Swiss chard

Kale

In a blender add first the juice, almond milk and the honey (and yogurt, if applicable). Top with fruit and any add-ins you choose. Start with blender on a low speed and raise the speed. If the blender gets stopped up, turn off, wait, stir if necessary, re-cover and turn back on. Continue to blend until a small cyclone forms and then allow to blend about one minute more. Turn the blender off, pour and enjoy.

Makes 2 small (kid-sized) or 1 large (adult-sized) smoothie.

Frozen Organic Spinach

Prevention Magazine has a list called "Packaged Foods We Love" and Cascadian Farm's Organic Spinach made the list!

They asked their experts to recommend their favorite packaged foods - the foods they grab off supermarket shelves when they don't have time to cook from scratch. They chose our organic frozen spinach because "The only ingredient here is certified organically grown spinach, unlike frozen veggies packed in high-sugar or high-sodium sauces or glazes." Check out it over at prevention.com.

So go grab a box of spinach and tell us what you think? Megan recently used it in a Pizza recipe and shared it with us on our Facebook Wall.

Thanks for the nod Prevention Mag. Our spinach loves you too!

Brad Bailie is one of Cascadian Farm's important farming partners. Brad grows organic potatoes in Conell, Washington. These organic potatoes go into some of our tasty frozen potato products like wedge cut oven fries, and organic hash browns.

Brad is featured in this month's Potato Country Magazine. Below are a couple highlights from the article:

Brad has an appreciation for nature and wants to preserve the land he farms. And, like all farmers, he wants to make a good living in the process. Through organic farming and conservation methods, he is able to accomplish both he says.

"I believe organic farming and conservation just go hand in hand. That's why a lot of the projects that I implament on my farm make sense -- not just financially. It's the health of the entire environment I'm farming in," Brad says.

Brad talks about everything from organic pest controll to planting legumes as cover crops as a natural source of nitrogen. You can read the full article here: Brad Bailie in Potato Country Magazine.

Quotes from this story and photos are from Denise Keller, Potato Country magazine