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Archive | April, 2011

What’s for dinner, Mom? Healthy Family Meals!

Rigatoni with SausageThis article about family dinners caught our eye the other day.  Studies have shown that healthy family meals are important to healthy child development, and moms from different walks of life weighed in on how they try to achieve that family togetherness in their busy lives.

Anybody with kids – whether you’re Mom or Dad – is all too familiar with juggling schedules, work, school, sports, play, family time, etc.  Some days just getting a meal on the table is near impossible.  Trying to make it a healthy, balanced meal (that ALL family members, including picky kids, will eat) can be just plain overwhelming.

So how do you do it?  At Isernio’s we are firm believers in offering healthy and tasty options to kids, and we actually have some very kid-friendly, easy to prepare recipes using our low fat, all-natural sausage.   Here are a few recipes we would recommend trying for low-stress, healthy family meals.  Many of these can even be made ahead and refrigerated or frozen to be reheated for a quick meal later:

Chicken Sausage Meatballs

Italian Sausage Burgers

Rigatoni with Sausage Sauce

We’d also love to hear from you!  Do you have any tips or tricks for fitting healthy family meals into your busy schedules?

ISERNIO’S CONTINUES NATIONWIDE ROLLOUT OF CHICKEN SAUSAGE ROLLS


ISERNIO’S CONTINUES NATIONWIDE ROLLOUT OF CHICKEN SAUSAGE ROLLS

SAFEWAY WILL CARRY ISERNIO’S FRESH ALL-NATURAL CHICKEN SAUSAGE ROLLS IN MORE THAN 575 WASHINGTON, OREGON AND NORTHERN CALIFORNIA STORES Isernio Chicken Sausage Roll

SEATTLE – April 25, 2011 – Isernio’s Sausage, producer of premium, lean, all-natural sausage, today announced the availability of Isernio’s All-Natural Chicken Sausage Rolls in more than 575 Safeway (NYSE: SWY) stores in Washington, Oregon and northern California. Isernio’s is the leading maker of fresh chicken sausage, one of the fastest growing food categories in America.

The select Safeway stores will carry Italian, Hot Italian and Breakfast Sausage chicken sausage roll varieties and will be carried in the fresh meat section, alongside other sausage items.

Safeway Inc. is a Fortune 100 company and one of the largest food and drug retailers in North America, based on sales. The company operates a total of 1,712 stores in the United States and western Canada. Safeway joins retailers like WalMart and Costco, who recently announced distribution deals with Isernio’s.

“We are proud to bring our products to Safeway customers throughout the northwest and northern California,” said Frank Isernio, founder and CEO of Isernio’s Sausage. “We encourage everyone to try our chicken sausage rolls and see for themselves how easy and versatile they are to cook with. Isernio’s has been focused on creating delicious, low-fat, no nitrate sausage varieties that offer cooks better ways to serve up their favorite meals for over 30 years.”

Packaged in easy-to-use and easy-to-store rolls, this bulk chicken sausage is an ideal lean protein to use in a wide variety of meals. Whether used as a healthy and delicious substitute for ground beef or pork in lasagna, spaghetti, chili, or tacos, or served in a breakfast omelet or as a burger patty, Isernio’s All-Natural Chicken Sausage Rolls can conveniently fit into any recipe that calls for ground beef.

Unlike most sausage products on the market, Isernio’s products contain no preservatives, hormones, growth steroids, fillers, nitrates, MSG, artificial colors, flavors or gluten.

Isernio’s high-quality line of products are available at SuperTarget, Kroger, Amazon Fresh, Albertson’s and local independent grocers nationwide. Isernio’s is available in 30 states across the country. A full list of retailers that carry Isernio’s can be found at: http://www.isernio.com/About/WhereToBuy .

Isernio’s expanded distribution and rollout of chicken sausage roll products across the country is lead by Michael Durand, general manager of Isernio’s. Mr.Durand was promoted in November 2010 to lead the company’s day-to-day operations as well as implement strategic plans across all development. Mr.Durand oversees Isernio’s direct and broker-driven sales organization and helps the company scale to meet the demands of future growth.

About Isernio’s Sausage

Founded in 1980 by Frank Isernio, Isernio’s Sausage products are hand-crafted daily at their facility in Seattle’s Georgetown neighborhood. All-natural and made with fresh, 95-percent-lean chicken or 80-percent-lean pork, Isernio’s Sausage provides a tasty and healthy choice for consumers. No additives, preservatives, fillers or artificial flavors are ever used, and a wide variety, including Italian, Chicken and Breakfast varieties, are offered in supermarkets across the U.S. Learn more about the company and find recipes at http://www.isernio.com
or on their blog, The Isernio’s Italian and Chicken Sausage Blog, at http://blog.isernio.com/.

The Gluten Free Lifestyle

skillet with sausageWe recently read an article about gluten free diets, and whether they can improve your health.  It was interesting to read about the broad spectrum of gluten intolerance, including celiac disease, and how eliminating gluten can really make a difference in the lives of people who have these issues.

We hear from a lot of folks who enjoy our sausage because it is gluten free and fits into their or their family’s gluten free diets.  Especially in the past few years as public awareness over celiac disease, gluten intolerance and gluten free diets has grown.  We get a lot of questions about our products and whether they contain gluten or any “hidden” forms of gluten, and it always makes us feel good to answer with a resounding “no” to all of those questions.

What’s kind of funny is we actually didn’t set out to make gluten free foods – our products have always been that way!  When you start with wholesome ingredients and don’t include any unnecessary additives or fillers, it’s easy to keep a clean label like ours.  Our chicken sausages, Italian sausages, Breakfast sausages and other products are made from fresh ground natural meats and premium spices, and that’s pretty much it! 

(one exception: our British Bangers do contain gluten in the form of bread crumbs, and we label them with that information so there isn’t any room for confusion!).

Do you stick to a gluten free diet?  If so, we’d love to hear your thoughts on the gluten free lifestyle and how it has changed your life!

Spice up your brunch with Eggs Veracruzana

If you like things on the spicier side, we have a fantastic brunch dish for you – Baked Eggs Veracruzana.  This would be a great recipe for a festive Easter brunch dish this weekend, or pretty much any day you want to kick up your regular breakfast or brunch a few notches!  (Special thanks to our front desk guru, Curtis, for making and photographing this recipe.  He gives it two thumbs up!)

Here’s what you’ll need:

Eggs Veracruzana

    • 2 Tb. Butter
    • 8 eggs, large
    • 6 Tb. half n’ half
    • 3/4 tsp. salt
    • 1/4 tsp. pepper
    • 1 cup sharp cheddar cheese, shredded (or other cheese of choice – Curtis used a mixture of cheddar and pepper jack)
    • 4 oz. can green chiles, drained and chopped
    • Salsa for garnish
    • Tortillas for serving

 

Here’s how to make it:

Heat a nonstick 12″ skillet over medium heat.  Slice sausage roll open (or remove casings if using sausage links) and place in skillet.  Break up and crumble sausage with a flat wooden spoon.  Cook sausage until it just loses its pinkness.  Don’t over cook or brown sausage.  Set aside.

Place butter in an 8”- square baking dish, preferably one that is suitable for bringing to the table. Set in a pre-heated 350 degree oven to melt the butter. Shake the pan to distribute the butter evenly.

Slightly beat the eggs, half n’ half, salt and pepper. Pour into the pan and bake at 350 degrees for 10 minutes, or just until the eggs begin to set.

Eggs Veracruzana Sausage

Remove from oven and sprinkle the cooked sausage, shredded cheese and chopped chilies on top of the eggs. Draw a wide metal spatula across the bottom of the pan several times to break up the mixture and incorporate the ingredients.

Place back in oven and bake, breaking the mixture up again several times, for 5 more minutes, or until desired doneness is achieved.

Eggs Veracruzana Sausage dish

Remove from oven and take directly to table, offering salsa and warm flour tortillas as accompaniments.

Freezer Meals – Cook ahead for easy weeknight dinners!

describe the imageA growing trend amongst busy families and working moms is the freezer meal – shop in bulk, cook or assemble recipes in larger quantities, and portion out into meals just the right size for your family.  Pop them in the freezer, and just defrost and do some quick cooking or assembly for a super quick and easy meal.   It’s a bit of work up front, but it pays off on those busy weeknights (or mornings) when there’s just no time to cook a whole meal from scratch! 

There are a ton of options for different types of freezer entrees for breakfast, lunch or dinner, including plenty that use our favorite protein – sausage!   Here are some recipes we found interesting:

Sausage and Peppers

Roasted Red Pepper and Italian Sausage Baked Penne

Sausage and Spinach Quiche

Italian Sausage and Spinach Stuffed Shells

Spicy Sausage Breakfast Casserole

Collections of freezer recipes can be found online or in several books.  Here are a few:

Don’t Panic, Dinner’s in the Freezer

Fix, Freeze, Feast

http://www.freezermealsrecipes.com/

Do you cook in bulk for freezing?  We’d love to hear your tips and tricks, and of course any recipes you would like to share!