If you follow us over on Instagram (@themealplanningmethod) you'll commonly see Kroger pop-up in our posts, stories, and meal plans. Being a nutrition nerd, I could truly shop at ANY grocery store, but for us Kroger is our typical one-stop-shop place to get all our ingredient needs week-to-week. And it doesn't hurt that's it's so close to home!
Kroger, of course, has their own line of products, including Private Selection, so I thought I'd share our very favorite buys that you can find in our fridge and pantry on any given day. Check 'em all our top picks from Kroger below!
OUR 6 FAVORITE PRODUCTS FROM KROGER
What are you're favorite products to buy at Kroger? Tell us what we missed in the comments below!
3-CHEESE SPINACH & MUSHROOM FARRO
This week I made a dish inspired by my recent travels. My husband and I spent our 5th anniversary in Asheville, North Carolina in November and we visited a local farm-to-table restaurant, Haywood Common. Their menu is "seasonal", which means it changes often. Whenever I visit a new restaurant I try to order something that is (1) a little familiar (i.e. something I know I like), but (2) also brand new to me. Enter: Salmon and Farro Salad. I know salmon, I love salmon, and I will always eat salmon, but farro - what does that taste like!? I knew what farro was, but I had never eaten it. I decided this was the meal for me and oh man I am so glad I ordered it! The salmon was brought to our table on a bed of farro and the farro was mixed with a delicious concoction of goat cheese, microgreens, mushrooms, curried peanuts, and pickled raisins. The entire plate was drizzled in a creamy, dream-worthy chipotle and red pepper harissa and avocado sauce. I basically wanted to bathe in this sauce, it was THAT good. Since devouring this meal from Haywood Common, I have been thinking about how to recreate this yummy drool worthy farro ever since! Keep reading for a super simple farro-filled recipe that will make you a farro fan for life.
What is farro?
Farro is an ancient whole-grain that dates back to ancient Rome. Farro is used often in many modern kitchens and is loved by many. On top of its delicious flavor and versatile character, this grain is packed with fiber and plant-based protein. It is very similar to barley, but has a nuttier, chewier texture when cooked. Farro is a great source of magnesium, iron and B vitamins. And is also a great heart-healthy choice as it is low in fat and cholesterol. Half a cup of farro provides about 7 grams of protein so it is a great choice for vegans and/or vegetarians!
Farro is great because it requires no prep work! All you have to do is rinse it and stick it in a pot of boiling liquid. That’s it! (You could do this blindfolded - although I don’t recommend blindfolding yourself near a pot of hot water :P)
Keep scrolling for my recipe inspired by my eats in Asheville!
3-Cheese Spinach + Mushroom Farro Recipe
SERVINGS: 4-5 (this recipes makes ~4 cups)
**NOTE: There is no such thing as too much cheese so... top with a little bit of extra cheese if you’re feeling adventurous!
Happy #HeartMonth everyone!
February seems to be the time of year when we focus on all matters of the heart. So, in honor of this season of love, I wanted to give you a little guidance on how you can make a heart-healthier meal plan. Keep reading for heart-healthy meal planning tips and a sample 1-week heart-healthy meal plan!
Why meal plan for a healthier heart?
The truth is that everyone could benefit from heart-healthier eating, no matter if you're in your 20's, 40's, or living that retired life. Here's why...
Fast facts on Heart Disease from the CDC:
Despite these alarming statistics, you CAN do you part in preventing heart disease as much as possible.
What does a heart-healthy meal plan look like?
There are a couple of recommendations to keep in mind that are key to heart-healthier meal planning. Meals (and snacks) are...
All of these qualities can help reduce your risk of developing heart disease and are excellent key words to use when searching for recipes that support heart health! Here's a sample 1-week heart-healthy meal plan for you:
You can see, eating heart-healthfully doesn't mean eating bland, boring foods! Here's a breakdown of the meals mentioned in this sample Heart-Healthy Meal Plan:
Let us know if you tried out this heart-healthy mean plan, or found some different recipes to enjoy! Be sure to tag us @themealplanningmethod.
P.S. Do you like these sample meal plans? Check out our Prediabetes Meal Plan too!
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