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Don’t Skip This Step When Grilling Your Isernio’s Sausages!

We love that smoky flavor and charred exterior as much as you do, but if you’re cooking Isernio’s sausages this summer, don’t just toss ’em on the grill. Our sausages are extremely lean, and in order to preserve the texture and ensure they’re cooked through, it’s best to use our tried-and-true boil method and then finish them on the grill to get that browned, flavorful exterior.

The result is a juicy sausage that’s perfectly cooked.

Here’s how the boil method works.

First, fill a pan with enough water to submerge your sausages and bring it to a boil.

Next, place the sausages in the pan, cover it, and turn off the heat. Allow the sausages to sit in the water for 7 minutes.

Finally, drain the sausages. At this point you can finish them by browning in a pan with oil or grill them for that flame-kissed flavor you love.

Frank Isernio even did a video demonstration of the whole process. Check it out below!

Build a Better Burger with Isernio’s Chicken Patties!

Your backyard barbecues have never been easier – or more delicious – than they will be this summer. That’s because Isernio’s chicken patties are BACK and ready to make your life easier than ever before.

Our classic seasoned chicken patties can be topped like a traditional burger, or leveled-up to make them a truly unique culinary experience. However you serve them, they’re guaranteed to be juicy and flavorful. You can’t go wrong!

We also offer a spinach & feta variety. All that flavor you love from our popular sausages, now in a patty. Top it with red onion and a pesto aioli, or get even more creative: skip the bun in favor of pita bread, and slather it with an olive tapenade.

Find our delicious chicken patties at Safeway and try them for your next backyard cookout. Use our product locator to find them in a store near you!

How to Cook Our Marinated Meats

Our marinated meats are here to make your life easier – and more delicious. These flavor-packed products cook up quickly, allowing you to get a meal on the table FAST.

So how do you cook them? Here’s everything you need to know!

How to Cook Chipotle Lime Chicken Thighs

Our Chipotle Lime Chicken Thighs are whole-muscle boneless chicken thighs that are ready to cook right out of the package – there’s no right or wrong way! Toss ’em in a skillet, throw ’em on the grill, or bake ’em in the oven. They’re done when the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees Fahrenheit.

When they’re cooked you can serve them as-is with a side dish, slice them to serve with salads or fajitas, or set out a variety of toppings and make burrito bowls!

How to Cook Al Pastor Diced Pork

Our Al Pastor Diced Pork is made of small pieces of chopped pork so it is best cooked stove-top. Heat some oil to medium heat in a wok or skillet, then add the meat. Break up the meat with a wooden spoon as it cooks. The pork is done when it reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees Fahrenheit, which will take about 5-7 minutes.

Our Al Pastor Diced Pork is great for street tacos, nachos, or salads. Or try our Isernio’s original recipe: Burrito Bowls with Cilantro-Lime Rice and Chipotle Crema!

Proud Sponsor of Kent Little League

Isernio’s is proudly sponsoring the 2022 Kent Little League as we have in years past. On April 30th we got to throw out the first pitch, and we set up a barbecue for the players and their families. {PNW-style, of course. A little spring rain can’t scare us away!} This is one of our favorite annual traditions; we love supporting Kent’s littlest {and – arguably – cutest} athletes!

 

Support Seattle Children’s Cancer Research with Your Isernio’s Purchase

From May 1 – June 15 you can “purchase a miracle” simply by buying some of Isernio’s most popular products. During that period you’ll see special hanging tags at grocers throughout the region; when you choose products with the “Purchase a Miracle” shelf tag you are helping support cancer research at Seattle Children’s.

Making a difference has never been so easy!

Volunteers have been busy this week installing tags on participating products. Everyone has their own reason for participating. At Isernio’s, we believe in the initiative and want to help any way we can. Others have personal stories about how their lives have been touched by childhood cancer or Seattle Children’s Hospital.

Volunteer Shane shared, “I got interested because I was a patient at Seattle Children’s and I feel like I have so much to give. They helped me through cancer, and that made a big part of who I am today. Doing this is another way I can give back for how they helped me.”

Krista said,  “When you are in the middle of the fight it is hard to see beyond the moment. But there comes a time when you are on the other side of the battle, and finding ways to help others is healing. We are never in this alone.”

And YOU can help by keeping an eye out for “Purchase a Miracle” tags at your local grocer and buying participating items. Isernio’s participating products will include all varieties of our ground chicken, and all varieties of our breakfast & dinner links. So stock up on your favorites and help us “purchase a miracle” for Seattle Children’s Hospital!

How to Create the Perfect Easter Tablescape

photo credit: iStock/Kristen Prahl

A beautiful table sets the mood for a holiday gathering. A breathtaking tabletop arrangement means little else needs to be done to decorate and helps your guests feel swept up in the festivities. But a good tablescape can be difficult to put together if you’re not decor-minded. Here are some simple tips to pull together a beautiful table that will “wow” your guests and create a festive ambiance for your Easter brunch or dinner.

Decide on a color scheme. Do you want to go with bright spring shades? Classic pastels? Rustic naturals? Decide on your desired look and feel before designing your tablescape to avoid getting overwhelmed with options.

Add a table runner. A table runner on top of your solid tablecloth is an easy way to add visual interest.

Go natural. Nothing is more beautiful than nature! Flowers, palm fronds, tree branches, and potted grass are beautiful additions to an Easter tabletop.

Focus on the food. Food is gorgeous and enticing! You don’t need to go overboard with decor when you have bright and colorful salads, fruits, veggies, and meats on display. {And don’t get us started on how simply displaying colorful desserts or dyed eggs could effectively serve as your only decor.} Plan ahead and display your food on beautiful serveware; if you don’t have enough pieces, visit your local thrift store for some fun and budget-friendly pieces.

Watch the height. A high centerpiece has a dramatic effect, but can act as a visual barrier between cross-table guests while eating. If you choose to include towering flower arrangements on your table, consider removing them when you sit down for your meal. If you opt for a lower-height tablescape, use bud vases, elongated dough bowls, wood rounds, tiered trays, or decorated serving platters.

Decorate individual place settings. Simply decorating individual place settings with coordinating placemats, chargers, napkins, and napkin rings can take your tablescape to the next level.

Less is more. If you’re torn between over- or under-decorating, always lean toward less. The bright colors of spring will speak for themselves, and the beauty of the food you set out will make up for any perceived “lack.”

Don’t be afraid to use other table displays as inspo. Struggling to coordinate individual pieces? Don’t have time to piece together the perfect tablescape? Simply recreate an in-store display! No shame in the replica game; you’re guaranteed to have a beautiful and effortless Easter tabletop!

Ready to plan your Easter menu? Isernio’s offers some of the freshest and highest-quality products around. Check out our collection of Easter Brunch Ideas, show-stopping alternatives to the traditional Easter ham, and a dish-by-dish breakdown of a traditional Italian Easter dinner.

Find Isernio’s products in a store near you!

Five Fast & Fresh Dinner Ideas

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The pace of life picks up this time of year; it pays to have some quick meals in your arsenal to make dinnertime simple on busy evenings. But having easy meals at the ready doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice quality. We’ve rounded up five fast & fresh dinner ideas to fuel your lifestyle on even the most hectic of days!

1. Skillet Orange Chicken: Our Isernio’s ground chicken requires no advanced prep and cooks up in minutes, which means this restaurant-quality dish comes together in less time than it takes to grab take-out.

2. Spicy Chicken Lettuce Wraps: Our lean ground chicken is cooked with fresh Asian-inspired flavors and peppers for a little bit of heat. Serve it in lettuce wraps or endive cups!

3. Baja Chicken Tacos: Who doesn’t love Taco Night? Skip the seasoning packet and use this fresh-flavored blend of spices instead. Prep your slaw topping in advance to make this weeknight wonder come together even faster!

4. Skillet Lasagna with Herbed Ricotta: This one-pot meal gives you all the traditional flavors of lasagna with a fraction of the work. Using Isernio’s Garlic & Herb Chicken Sausage Meal Starter and fresh, high-quality ingredients means you need very little in the way of extra seasonings so this dish comes together in a flash!

5. Vietnamese-Style Noodle Bowls: The prep on this one can be a little more time-consuming, but this made the cut because it’s best served cold. So make this in advance, pop it in the fridge, and pull it out whenever you need a lightning-fast meal on the go!

Ready to whip up a fantastic weeknight meal? Our ground chicken cooks up in minutes, and our meal starters are pre-seasoned, making dinnertime even easier. Find them in a store near you!

February is American Heart Month

The National Institutes of Health has declared February “American Heart Month.” Heart disease is a leading cause of death in the United States for both men and women, but there are lots of things you can do to protect your heart and stay healthy.

One of the best things you can do to promote heart health is to eat a heart-healthy diet which includes lean meats, minimally processed foods, and foods low in saturated and trans fats. Isernio’s ground chicken, ground chicken breast, and chicken sausage products are great options to include in your diet for many reasons, including:

  • Isernio’s Ground Chicken is 96% lean.
  • Isernio’s Ground Chicken Breast is 98% lean.
  • Isernio’s Ground Chicken is minimally processed and made only from whole muscle skinless chicken with no fillers.
  • Isernio’s Chicken Sausage is low in saturated fats and contains no trans fats.
  • Isernio’s Chicken Sausage contains no fillers or preservatives and is extra lean, containing 82% less fat than traditional pork sausage.
  • A standard 4-ounce serving of Isernio’s ground chicken is lower in fat and calories than ground turkey, and has just as much protein as ground beef.

Start making heart-healthy swaps this month by choosing Isernio’s lean chicken products and pairing them with other heart-healthy veggies, fruits, and whole grains. Use our product locator to find them in a store near you!

Meal Prep 101

Are you new to meal prepping? This popular practice involves carving out time to prepare and portion out several meals in advance. It’s commonly used by health-conscious individuals to plan out their meals and keep their nutrition on track, but it’s also helpful for the budget-conscious person who wants to cut down on restaurant or take-out expenses, or the time-strapped individual who wants grab-and-go meals at their fingertips.

Isernio’s protein-packed products make them well-suited for any meal prep recipe. Our pork and chicken sausages and lean ground chicken options deliver flavor-packed nutrition and stand up well to reheating. Plus, our commitment to filler-free recipes mean they fit perfectly into a clean-eating diet.

Ready to get started? Here’s what you need to know about living the meal prep lifestyle.

1. Have the right containers. You’ll need a good supply of right-sized containers with leak-proof lids for easy travel. It’s ideal if you have stackable containers for easy fridge storage. If you plan to take items like salads, make sure you have smaller containers for salad dressing and other toppings.

2. Choose the right recipes. Not every recipe is well-suited for meal prep. Grains, beans, nuts, hearty vegetables, and most types of meat work well. So do casseroles and soups. Soft fruits and vegetables that may become mushy while stored aren’t the best choice. Neither are crunchy or crispy items like croutons, fried foods, or chips/crackers. These should always be packaged and stored separately.

3. Consider reheating. If you’re taking an item that needs reheating, remember that all items in your meal prep container will be reheated together and for the same amount of time. You may want to undercook steamed vegetables by a minute or two to account for the additional cook time during the reheating process.

Recipe Ideas for Meal Prep

Ready to get cooking? Here are some of our favorite Isernio’s recipes to use for meal prep.

Check out our complete product line to find nutrition information on individual items and identify the products that best fit your macros or other dietary needs. Use our product locator to find them in a store near you, and enjoy the variety of delicious and healthy meal-prepped dishes you’ll make!