Slather-worthy Burger Sauces

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Burger with sauce and fries
When it comes to building a better burger, we think that what’s spread on the buns is just as important as what’s stacked inside. So, in our better-burger quest, we turned to the experts! We reached out to a few of our well-known blogger friends to whip up some seriously good burger sauce recipes. Whether you’re in the mood for something tangy, spicy or sweet, check out these slather-worthy sauces and get the biggest bang for your burger.

Big ‘n Smoky Five-alarm Sauce

From CakeNKnife

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup Sprouts Organic Bourbon Barbecue Sauce
  • 1/4 tsp. Cayenne pepper
  • 1 oz. Bourbon
  • 1/4 tsp. Black pepper

Instructions:

  1. Combine all ingredients into a dish and mix well. Enjoy this as a spread, or simply drizzled over top your burger.

Herbed Avocado Mayo Burger Sauce

From Foruitous Foodies

Ingredients:

  • A handful of chopped dill, basil, parsley and chives
  • 1 Avocado
  • 1 Lemon
  • 1 Tbsp. Horseradish mustard
  • 1/4 cup Light mayo
  • 1 Garlic clove
  • 1/2 tsp. Black pepper
  • 1 tsp. Salt

Instructions:

  1. In a blender, combine the herbs, mayo, avocado, lemon, mustard, garlic, pepper and salt.
  2. Pulse until everything is well combined. If it’s too thick, you can add a bit more lemon or a splash of water.
  3. When smooth, taste and adjust seasoning to your liking.
  4. Enjoy—this makes for an excellent spread for the Hawaiian Shrimp Burger, a turkey burger or even a black bean burger with colby jack cheese—yum!

Buffalo Blue Cheese Mayo

From The Defined Dish

Ingredients:

  • 3/4 cup Mayonnaise
  • 2 Tbsp. Hot sauce
  • 1/4 cup Blue cheese crumbles

Instructions:

  1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl, stir until well combined.

Chili-Lime Burger Sauce

From Denver Metro Moms Blog

Ingredients:

  • 1/4 cup Mayo
  • 1 Lime, juiced ( use amount to taste)
  • 3/4 tsp. Chile powder
  • 1 Tbsp. Sour cream

Instructions:

  1. Add all ingredients to a bowl and stir together.
  2. Refrigerate for an hour or more for the flavors to really open up.
  3. Serving suggestions: Sliced avocado, guacamole or pepper jack cheese.

Cucumber Dill Burger Sauce

From Foodie Fun

Ingredients:

  • 3 Tbsp. Cucumber, seeded and finely chopped
  • 2 Tbsp. Sprouts Light Sour Cream
  • 1 clove Garlic, minced
  • 1/2 tsp. Fresh flat-leaf parsley, snipped
  • 1/4 tsp. Fresh mint, snipped
  • 1/8 tsp. Kosher salt

Instructions:

  1. Add all ingredients to a bowl and stir together.

Creamy Sriracha Ketchup Burger Sauce

From Deep Fried Fit

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup Mayo
  • 2 Tbsp. Sprouts Sriracha Ketchup
  • Black pepper, to taste

Instructions:

  1. In a small bowl, mix all the ingredients until it’s well blended. You can definitely add more Sriracha ketchup to punch it up the taste! Some recipes suggested hot mustard to add a little more spice.
  2. Refrigerate and spread on your burger. Keeps well for a week.

Tangy Curry Burger Sauce

From Denver Metro Moms Blog

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1/8 cup Mayo
  • 1/2 tsp. Lime
  • 2 tsp. Lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. Curry
  • 1/2 tsp. Garlic powder
  • Salt, to taste

Instructions:

  1. Refrigerate for an hour or more for the flavors to really open up.
  2. Serve with fresh spinach and soft-baked sweet potato chips.

Avocado Pesto Burger Sauce

From Nashville Moms Blog

Ingredients:

  • 1 bunch Fresh basil
  • 1 Ripe avocado
  • 1/4 cup Walnuts or pine nuts (toasted for best flavor)
  • 1 Tbsp. Lemon juice (lime juice will work too!)
  • 3 Garlic cloves
  • 2 Tbsp. Freshly grated Parmesan
  • 1/4 tsp. Fine sea salt
  • 1/4 cup Extra virgin olive oil

Instructions:

  1. In a food processor, combine basil leaves, cheese, walnuts (or pine nuts), lemon/lime juice, garlic and salt; pulse until finely chopped.
  2. Add oil and avocado and process until it becomes a creamy paste.
Make Ahead Tip: Press a piece of plastic wrap directly on the surface of sauce to prevent browning, and refrigerate for up to 3 days. Alternatively, you can use prepared pesto and combine with avocado using a fork.  

Pantry-approved Rubs and Marinades

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Spices, fruit and herbs

Spice it up!

With summer heating things up, it’s the perfect time to get outdoors and fire up the grill! That’s why we’ve compiled the perfect rubs and marinades to complement your deliciously grilled foods. From beef, poultry, fish and—yes, fruit, we’ve got the most delicious flavor profiles to fire up those taste buds!

Beef

Zesty Lime Rub
This zesty rub goes delicious on any beef cut and is easy to make, too. Spice up your meal by wrapping it in warm tortillas for a flavorful taco or on its own in a steamy bed of rice.

Ingredients:
  • 3 lrg. Garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 Lime, zested
  • 2 Tbsp. Olive oil
  • 1 tsp. Cumin
  • 1 tsp. Kosher salt
  • 1/2 tsp. Ground black pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. Red pepper flakes, crushed
How to: In a small bowl, combine the garlic, lime zest, cumin, salt, pepper and red pepper flakes. Add the olive oil and stir to combine. 

Grapefruit Marinade
This grapefruit marinade brings out the best of any beef cut—though we recommend a flank steak! These bright and tangy notes will have your mouth bursting with flavor all summer long.

Ingredients:
  • 1/2 Grapefruit, juiced
  • 1 Garlic clove, minced
  • 2 Tbsp. Sprouts Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1 Tbsp. Green onion, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp. Sprouts Brown Sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. Rice Vinegar
  • 1 tsp. Fresh ginger, grated
How to: In a small bowl, combine and whisk ingredients. 

Poultry

BBQ Spice Rub
Straight from your pantry comes this BBQ spice rub! This recipe is deliciously savory and uses only eight of your everyday spices.

Ingredients:
  • 1/2 cup Brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup Paprika
  • 1 Tbsp. Salt
  • 1 Tbsp. Chili powder
  • 1 Tbsp. Garlic powder
  • 1 Tbsp. Onion powder
  • 2 tsp. Ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp. Cayenne pepper
How to: In a small bowl, combine and mix ingredients. Tip: Store rub in an airtight, glass container for up to one year.

Citrus-tang Marinade
Summer just got sweeter—and tangier! Try out this delicious orange-inspired marinade using simple ingredients to upgrade chicken skewers, breasts, thighs or wings.

Ingredients:
  • 2 Scallions, white and green parts only, thinly sliced
  • 1 Garlic clove, minced
  • 3/4 cup Soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup Orange juice
  • 1/4 cup Rice vinegar
  • 2 Tbsp. Olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp. Salt
How to: In a large bowl, whisk together ingredients. 

Fish

Honey Soy Marinade
The ideal pairing of sweet and salty. Whether you’re grilling up some shrimp or a salmon fillet, complement it with this honey soy marinade for a refreshing twist.

Ingredients:
  • 3 Garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 cup Sprouts Organic Raw Honey
  • 3 Tbsp. Low sodium soy sauce
  • 2 Tbsp. Sprouts Extra Virgin Olive Oil
  • 1/4 tsp. Black pepper
  • 1 Tbsp. Onion powder
  • 2 tsp. Ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp. Cayenne pepper
How to: In a medium bowl, mix ingredients.

Orange Marinade
Knock, knock, who’s there? Your fish dinner asking you to use this marinade! This recipe is bursting with flavor and pairs perfectly with a juicy tuna steak. Orange you glad you can try this recipe?

Ingredients:
  • 1 Garlic clove, peeled and minced
  • 1/4 cup Orange juice
  • 2 Tbsp. Fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 Tbsp. Soy sauce
  • 1 Tbsp. Lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp. Olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp. Fresh oregano, chopped
  • 2 tsp. Ground black pepper
How to: In a medium bowl, mix ingredients.   

Fruit

Now that you’ve got your protein underway, why not grill up some sides? Grilled fruit can enrich any dish and yes—we’ve got marinades for that too! Try these deliciously, unique sides to top off your perfect summer meal.

Grilled Apricot Flatbread

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Grilled mint pineapple with strawberries

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Grilled mango, kiwi, pineapple and strawberries on a kabob

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Tacos Five Ways

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Enchilada Tacos on a Plate

What’s better than a taco? Five of them! These easy recipes will satisfy any fiesta craving and are made with simple, delicious ingredients. Cinco de Mayo may look a little different this year, but that doesn’t mean you can’t celebrate at home with good food and a little creativity.

Give these recipes a try …


Boab Fish Taco with Cabbage


Baobab Fish Tacos

Colorful and bursting with flavor, each refreshing fish taco is topped with crunchy carrot and bright lemon.

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Lentil Tacos on a Plate With Avocado and Lime


Lentil Tacos

Plant-based tacos will be your new Taco Tuesday favorite! Lentils are a hearty taco filling complete with protein and fiber.

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Enchilada Tacos on a plate with mango and lime


Enchilada Chicken Tacos

Slow cooker enchilada chicken tacos make the perfect meal prep–use the filling for tacos one night, then again throughout the week as a salad topper!

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Shrimp Tacos on a Plate with Lime and Cabbage


Chili-lime Shrimp Plantain Tacos

Homemade plantain shells give these tacos a crunchy twist on the classic corn tortilla.

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Steak Tacos on a Plate with Lime


Grass-fed Steak Carnitas with Grilled Avocados

Revamp your classic steak taco with grass-fed sirloin steak marinated in cumin, garlic and lime for maximum flavor.

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10 At-Home Baking Substitutes

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Baking substitutes

Try These Simple Swaps

Short on ingredients for your favorite recipes? No problem! Try these 10 common baking substitutions next time you’re in a pinch. You’d be surprised at what ingredients can be swapped to create the same, tasty recipes.

Staple: Eggs

Simple swap:
  • 1 whole banana per 1 egg
  • 1 Tbsp. applesauce per 1 egg


  • Staple: Butter

    Simple swap:
  • 3/4 cup coconut oil per 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup avocado, mashed per 1 cup butter


  • Staple: Sugar

    Simple swap:
  • 3/4 cup maple syrup per 1 cup sugar


  • Staple: Buttermilk

    Simple swap:
  • 1 cup whole milk + 1 Tbsp. lemon juice per 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup plain yogurt per 1 cup buttermilk


  • Staple: Bakers Chocolate

    Simple swap:
  • 3 Tbsp. cocoa powder plus 1 Tbsp. oil per 1 oz. baking chocolate


  • Staple: Vanilla Bean

    Simple swap:
  • 1 Tbsp. vanilla extract per 1 whole vanilla bean


  • Staple: Vegetable Shortening

    Simple swap:
  • 1 cup plus 2 Tbsp. butter per 1 cup shortening


  • Staple: Breadcrumbs

    Simple swap:
  • 1 cup rolled oats per 1 cup breadcrumbs


  • Staple: Vinegar

    Simple swap:
  • 2 Tbsp. lemon juice per 1 Tbsp. vinegar


  • Staple: Powdered Sugar

    Simple swap:
  • 1 cup granulated sugar + 1 Tbsp. cornstarch per 1 cup powdered sugar
  • Combine in a food processor for 10 minutes or until a powder-like consistency is formed.

  • SHOP BAKING STAPLES


    14-Day Homemade at Home Challenge

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    Homemade recipes

    Make it homemade while you’re at home

    Let’s use this extra time at home to try something new! This 14-day list will not only spark your creativity, but will show you how to use simple ingredients around the house to help you save a little, too. You’ll be surprised at what you can create using common household items. From homemade dry shampoo to delicious no-bake cookies, there’s something for everyone to enjoy!

    Day 1:  Homemade Salad Dressing

    Running low on your favorite salad dressings? Don’t worry–they’re simple to make. Give this citrus vinaigrette a try!
    Ingredients:
    • 1/4 tsp. Italian seasoning
    • 3/4 cup Fresh orange juice
    • 1/4 cup Extra virgin olive oil
    • 1/4 tsp. Sea salt
    • 1/2 tsp. Orange zest
    • 2 whole Garlic cloves, crushed or pressed
    How to: Combine all the ingredients in a jar with a tight-fitting lid, shake well and pour over your favorite greens, or use as a zesty marinade for poultry and fish.
    Homemade colorful playdough

    Day 2: DIY Play Dough

    Keep the kids busy with simple, homemade play dough. Here’s how:
    Ingredients:
    • 2 cups All-purpose flour
    • 3/4 cup Salt
    • 4 tsp. Cream of tartar
    • 2 Tbsp. Coconut oil
    • Food coloring of choice
    How to: Combine ingredients in a large pot and cook over medium heat until dough has thickened. Remove from heat, placing the dough in a large bowl to cool slightly. Once cooled, knead dough until smooth and divide into six balls. Add food coloring of choice to each ball and store in a bag or jar.

    Day 3: At-home Cleaning Spray

    Freshen up your home with a natural, homemade cleaning spray. Not only is it free from harsh chemicals, the essential oils will leave your home smelling like a relaxing, spa retreat.
    Ingredients:
    • 1 Empty spray bottle
    • 1/2 cup White vinegar
    • 1/2 cup Rubbing alcohol (70% or more)
    • 1 cup Distilled water
    • 3-5 drops Essential oil or citrus rinds of choice
    How to: Combine all ingredients into an empty spray bottle and use to wipe down or freshen up surfaces around your home.
    Oat and Banana Pancakes

    Day 4: Three Ingredient Pancakes

    Tied for ingredients while you’re at home? No worries! This easy, kid-friendly pancake recipe only requires three ingredients: bananas, oats and eggs.
    Ingredients:
    • 2 Bananas, ripe
    • 2 Eggs
    • 1/2 cup Oats
    How to: Mash bananas thoroughly in a medium-sized bowl. Add the eggs and oats, stirring until the mixture is combined. Heat a medium skillet over medium heat, adding a non-stick cooking spray or coconut oil—whichever is available. Pour the mixture onto the skillet, letting cook until the sides are firm and golden (about four minutes), then flip the pancake, cooking until golden brown (about 2 minutes). Repeat with the remaining batter. Tip: If you have the ingredients, try serving with fresh fruit, creamy peanut butter or sweet-spicy cinnamon for a fun take!

    Day 5: No-bake  Cookies

    Satisfy your sweet tooth cravings without the bake-time! No-bake cookies are a delicious blend of nutty peanut butter and rich cocoa—perfect for making your day a little better.
    Ingredients:
    • 2 cups Granulated sugar
    • 1/2 cup Butter
    • 1/2 cup Milk
    • 1/4 cup Unsweetened cocoa powder
    • 1 tsp. Vanilla extract
    • 3 cups Quick oats
    • 1/2 cup Peanut butter, creamy or crunchy
    How to: Combine the butter, sugar, cocoa powder and milk in a medium-sized saucepan. Cooking on medium heat, stir the mixture frequently until all ingredients are blended, bringing the mixture to a boil. Once boiling, let sit for seventy-five seconds, refraining from stirring. Remove from heat, adding in peanut butter, oats and vanilla extract, combining completely. On a baking sheet with parchment paper, drop two tablespoons of mixture at a time. Let cool until hardened (about 20-30 minutes).
    Homemade Essential Oil Bath Soak

    Day 6: Essential  Oil  Bath  Soak

    Make the most of your time at home by investing in some R&R time. Using this DIY bath soak can give you some much-needed me-time before tackling the day–just use 2-3 scoops!
    Ingredients: For Lavender Bath Salts:
    • 1/2–1 cup Kosher Salt
    • 1/2 cup Baking soda
    • 2 sprigs Fresh rosemary, minced
    • 10 drops Lavender essential oil
    For Lemon and Rosemary Bath Salts:
    • 3/4 cup Coconut oil
    • 2 cups Sprouts Epsom Salt
    • 2 sprigs Fresh rosemary, minced
    • 10 drops Lemon essential oil
    How to: Combine all ingredients in a medium sized mixing bowl. Blend well and store in an airtight container. Tip: a mason jar makes the perfect storage container for up to six months!

    Day 7: Simple Lemonade

    Spring is here and what better way to feel refreshed than with a tangy pitcher of lemonade made straight from the comfort of your home!
    Ingredients:
    • 1 cup Lemon juice (about 6 lemons)
    • 2 cups Sugar
    • 1 Fresh lemon
    • 3-4 cups Cold water
    How to: In a small saucepan, combine 1 cup sugar and 1 cup water. Heat, stirring frequently until sugar is completely dissolved to create a simple syrup. Let cool. In a large pitcher, combine simple syrup, lemon juice and water, until desired strength is achieved. Chill in the refrigerator for at least thirty minutes. Garnish with fresh lemon slices. Tip: To jazz up this simple lemonade, try adding apple and ginger, blackberry and basil, lavender and berry or fresh kale!
    Homemade overnight oats in a jar with fruit

    Day 8: Easy Overnight  Oats

    Breakfast is easy when you make it the night before! Simply combine oats, milk of choice and toppings for a quick breakfast or snack. Give this recipe a try or get creative with whatever you may have in your pantry.
    Ingredients:
    • 1/2 Banana, ripe
    • 1/3 cup Rolled oats
    • 2/3 cup Almond milk
    • 1 Tbsp. Almond butter
    • 1 tsp. Honey
    • Fruit for topping
    How to: Mash the almond butter, honey and banana into a jar or bowl. Once combined, add the milk and oats. Stir well to combine. Cover your jar or bowl and refrigerate overnight. Tip: If you don’t like cold oats, you can still pop it in the microwave for a warm treat.

    Day 9: DIY Dry Shampoo

    One of the best self-care tips for when you’re staying home is to still get ready in the morning. It can help you feel refreshed and promote a daily routine. If you find yourself running low on your favorite beauty essentials, you may be able to create them from scratch–like this homemade dry shampoo!
    Ingredients:
    • 1/2 cup Cornstarch
    • 1/2 cup Baking soda
    • 1-2 drops Essential oil of choice
    • Cocoa powder as needed to match your hair color
    How to: Combine ingredients in a bowl, slowly adding cocoa powder 1 Tablespoon at a time until the color begins to match your roots. Blonde hair without dark roots may not need any cocoa powder at all. Very dark hair, such as black, can forego the cornstarch and just use cocoa powder and baking soda. Apply mixture with an old makeup brush to your roots and brush through hair to blend.
    One-pan Trail Mix with nuts and fruit

    Day 10: One-pan Trail  Mix

    Do you have a pantry full of half-used nuts, chocolate chips, or dried fruits leftover from other recipes? Well, you’re in luck! Create a trail mix choc-full of nutrients using a variety of items. No matter what you have, aim for a hearty variety of salty and sweet.
    Ingredients:
    • 2 cups Unsweetened coconut flakes
    • 1 cup Raw or salted almonds
    • 1 cup Raw or salted cashews
    • 1 cup Raw or salted pecans
    • 1 cup Dark chocolate chips
    • 1 cup Dried cranberries
    How to: On a rimmed baking sheet, combine the coconut flakes, almonds, cashews and pecans. Toss to mix, then bake at 350°F for 15 minutes. Once cooled, add the dark chocolate chips and cranberries. Mix well and enjoy!

    Day 11: DIY Tea Blend

    Practice a little self-care and sip on a homemade tea. Your spice cabinet is full of aromatic ingredients to create the perfect drink for unwinding.
    Ingredients:
    • 1 cup Boiling water
    • 1 Tbsp. Dried peppermint leaves
    • 1/2 Tbsp. Ground ginger
    • Fresh lemon juice to taste
    How to: Combine the dried ingredients into a tea infuser or create your own using a paper coffee filter and string. Allow to steep in hot water for two-three minutes. Serve with a squeeze of fresh lemon juice and enjoy!
    No Bake Energy Bites with Rolled Oats and Fruit

    Day 12: No-bake  Energy  Bites

    Give yourself a boost of energy and nutrients with these tasty, no-bake energy bites!
    Ingredients:
    • 1/4 cup Old fashioned oats
    • 1/4 cup Nut butter of choice
    • 1/4 cup Raisins or dried fruit of choice
    • 1/8 tsp. Dried cinnamon
    • 1/8 cup Maple syrup
    • 1/2 tsp. Vanilla extract
    How to: Mix all the ingredients in a large bowl until well combined. Using a spoon, scoop 1 Tablespoon into your hands and roll into a ball. Place on a tray or plate and refrigerate for 30-45 minutes, then enjoy!

    Day 13: One-pot  Pasta

    Calling all pasta-lovers! This one’s for you–make a simple one-pot pasta dish you and the whole family will love.
    Ingredients:
    • 16 oz. Spaghetti
    • 1 tsp. Oregano
    • 2 tsp. Salt
    • 2 1/2 cups Sprouts Organic Vegetable Broth
    • 4 Garlic cloves, sliced
    • 1 tsp. Black pepper
    • 1 14.5oz. can Muir Glen Organic Diced Tomatoes
    • Grated Parmigiano-Reggiano Cheese
    • 1/2 lrg. Onion, chopped
    • 20 Basil Leaves
    How to: Combine all ingredients except grated cheese into a large pot. Bring to a boil. When boiling, reduce to a simmer until pasta is fully cooked. You may need to drain some excess liquid and re-season to taste. Add grated cheese and serve.
    Yogurt Pizza dough

    Day 14: Yogurt  Pizza Dough

    Homemade pizza dough isn’t as hard as it may seem. Our friend, Danny Seo, gave us a simple, two-ingredient recipe that anyone can make!
    Ingredients:
    • 2 cups Self-rising flour
    • 1 cup Organic Greek plain whole milk yogurt
    • Pizza toppings of choice
    How to: Combine flour and yogurt on a cutting board or in a bowl, mix with hands until dough forms. Once dough is formed, sprinkle some flour on countertop or cutting board and roll dough into pizza shape with a rolling pin. Place dough on baking sheet. Add toppings of choice (Danny used tomato sauce, shredded mozzarella balls and added fresh basil once cooked). Fold in edges of dough to form a crust, cook 8 to 10 minutes or until crust is golden and cheese is melted at 450°F. Tip: If the dough feels too dry, add water a tablespoon at a time while pushing the dough down and out, stretching it flat in front of you with the heels of your hands.

    Pantry Essentials–Download Your Shopping List

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    Stock your pantry with ease!

    Stocking your pantry with the right ingredients is essential when it comes to creating healthy and delicious meals at home. We know you have a lot going on, so we’ve compiled three simple lists to help you prepare your pantry … no matter your dietary preferences!

    Plant-based Pantry Essentials


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    Find a meal plan made just for you! Complete with delicious recipes for all your breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacking needs.

    Freezing Fresh Foods the Right Way

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    Frozen Fruit in BagWe’re all spending more time at home these days, so why not spend some of it learning to extend the life of your produce? Freezing food is one of the best ways to combat food waste and allows you to have plenty of food on hand for an extended period of time.

    What You’ll Need

    • Veggies and fruit of choice
    • A pot of water
    • Salt
    • An ice bath (a bowl or bucket of water with ice in it)
    • Colander
    • Large sheet pan
    • Freezer bags or resealable plastic containers
    • Freezer set to 0˚ F or colder
    • Freezing Fresh Produce

      The best way to freeze fresh vegetables is to blanch them first. Blanching is a simple cooking technique that prepares the food to preserve freshness. First, you want to prepare the food as you would if you were getting ready to eat it (e.g. trim stems from green beans, cut cauliflower or broccoli into florets, peel and slice carrots and so on).

      Next, boil a pot of water and just before adding the vegetables, add a couple of teaspoons of salt to the water. Salt helps to maintain color and improve flavor, but it may be omitted if you wish. Add the vegetables to the pot in small batches so that the water continues to boil and cook them for a minute or two. Using a colander, immediately drain and transfer the vegetables to an ice-water bath to halt the cooking process. After draining, spread them out onto a large sheet pan to dry thoroughly (wet veggies will develop frost), spread onto a sheet pan, freeze, then transfer to freezer bags and store in your freezer.

      Freezing fruits is similar, but you can skip the blanching step.

      Freezing Fresh Herbs

      You can freeze fresh herbs by chopping them, mixing them with a small amount of water or olive oil and then freezing the mixture in ice cube trays. Once frozen, transfer the cubes to freezer bags for storage.

    DIY Natural Spring Cleaners

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    Need spring cleaning inspiration?

    Many products we use to clean our homes have harsh chemicals that can be harmful to our children and pets. Revamp your spring cleaning routine with these natural, DIY cleaning products from our friends at Fresh Mommy Blog, Recipes to Nourish and Root + Revel! These homemade natural cleaners are created with ingredients from Sprouts that are natural and chemical-free. And the best part is, you may already have some of the items in your home.

    Chemical-free Stainless-steel Cleaner by Fresh Mommy Blog

    This DIY glass and stainless steel cleaner is streak-free with the addition of a simple surprise ingredient. It’s natural, chemical-free and easy to make with items you probably already have around the house!

    Ingredients:DIY Natural Cleaners: Stainless-steel cleaner with at-home ingredients

    • Glass bottle in a 16 oz. size at least (stainless steel is also safe.)
    • Spray top
    • 1 cup of Distilled water
    • ½ cup Alcohol
    • ½ cup Sprouts White Vinegar
    • 1 Tbsp. Corn starch
    • 6 drops Pure orange essential oil (optional)
    • 6 drops Pure lemon essential oil (optional)

    Instructions:

    1. Using a funnel, add ½ cup of vinegar to the glass bottle.
    2. Add ½ cup rubbing alcohol. (Optional: remove from recipe or replace with vodka.)
    3. Pour 1 tablespoon cornstarch in through the funnel.
    4. Top with 1 cup distilled water. This will also help to get the rest of the cornstarch out of the funnel.
    5. Optional: add 10–12 drops of essential oil for extra disinfecting power and scent.
    6. Assemble spray top on the bottle and shake well before each use.

    Non-toxic Toilet Bowl Cleaner by Root + Revel

    Looking for a safe and non-toxic way to clean your bathroom? This DIY Toilet Cleaner recipe is a natural and effective way to clean and deodorize your toilet. To make fizzy homemade toilet bombs, pods or tablets, all you need is five natural ingredients for a deep cleaning you won’t believe (no scrubbing required)!

    Ingredients:

    • 1 cup Sprouts Baking Soda
    • 1/4 cup Citric acid
    • 1 Tbsp. Dr. Bronner’s Sal Suds
    • 1 tsp. Hydrogen peroxide
    • 25 drops Essential oils (I recommend peppermint)

    diy toilet cleanerInstructions:

    1. In a large glass bowl, whisk baking soda and citric acid together until blended.
    2. Very slowly, add Sal Suds, hydrogen peroxide and essential oils, mixing slowly as you go to ensure you don’t activate the dry ingredients. The mixture should be dry enough that you can mold it into balls, but wet enough that it doesn’t fall apart.
    3. Fill a silicone mold with cleaning mixture, or you can form small balls (about the size of golf balls) with your hands and place on a sheet pan lined with parchment paper to avoid sticking.
    4. Allow the toilet bombs to air dry about 6–8 hours or overnight.
    5. Transfer to a glass jar and store in the bathroom.

    Notes: I place these in the bowl of my toilet every 5–10 flushes to keep the toilet bowl clean and smelling great!

     

    Refrigerator Cleaner with At-home Ingredients by Recipes to Nourish

    It’s so easy to make your own DIY refrigerator cleaner with three common ingredients. This lemon-herb vinegar mixture is money-saving, chemical-free and very effective for cleaning.

    Ingredients:Natural fridge cleaner

    To Make the Lemon-Herb Vinegar

    • 4 cups Sprouts Organic Distilled White Vinegar
    • 5 Lemon peels – yellow rind and white pith only, not the inside flesh
    • 1 lg. sprig Fresh rosemary or thyme
    • 1 quart or ½ gallon Mason jar with lid

    To Make the Refrigerator Cleaner

    • 1 cup Lemon-herb vinegar
    • 1 cup Water, very hot
    • 1 Dish sponge or cloth rag
    • 1 Spray bottle – preferably glass OR large glass bowl

    Instructions:

    To Make the Lemon-Herb Vinegar

    1. Add the lemon peels and rosemary or thyme to a ½ gallon (8-cup) Mason jar.
    2. Pour 4 cups of vinegar over the lemon peels and herbs, making sure they are covered and submerged.
    3. Cover with a lid and let sit on the counter, out of direct sunlight, for 1 week or up to 2 weeks.
    4. Strain the lemon-herb vinegar through a fine-mesh strainer into a quart (4-cup) Mason jar.

    To Clean the Refrigerator

    1. Add the lemon-herb vinegar and hot water to a spray bottle or a large glass bowl.
    2. If using a spray bottle, spray the mixture onto all refrigerator surfaces like the walls, drawers and shelves and use a dish sponge or cloth rag to wipe down and clean the surfaces.
    3. If using a glass bowl, soak and ring out a dish sponge or cloth rag in the lemon-herb vinegar water solution and wipe down and clean all of the refrigerator surfaces.
    4. Repeat steps as needed until the inside of the refrigerator is clean.

    Notes:

    • Advance preparation is required.
    • Yield: 1-quart lemon-herb vinegar
    • Storage: Can be stored in a covered glass container for up to a year.
    • Uses: Save leftover mixture for weekly refrigerator spot-treatment maintenance or for monthly deep-cleaning. Alternatively, you can add the remaining lemon-herb vinegar to a spray bottle with filtered water using a 1:1 ratio and use as an all-purpose natural cleaner for cleaning most surfaces. [Note: Vinegar is known to kill up to 80 percent of bacteria, mold and most germs.]
    • Tip: If you have some stubborn spills in your refrigerator you can sprinkle a little baking soda over the stubborn spill and do a light spray of the cleaning mixture, then put a little elbow grease into it. Baking soda is one of the best natural cleaners when you need something a bit more abrasive.

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    • 1/2 oz. Lavender castile soap
    • 6 drops Organic tea tree oil

    Instructions:

    1. In a large glass bowl, combine all 3 ingredients and stir to combine.
    2. Swirl your makeup brushes in the cleaning solution until thoroughly coated.
    3. In a second glass or bowl filled with clean water, swirl the coated brush until rinsed through. (You can go back and forth between the cleaning solution and the water as many times as you need to until the brush is completely clean and all color is gone. Sometimes it helps to rinse under the faucet, as well.)
    4. When you’re done, simply pat the brush on a clean microfiber cloth and lay flat to dry. (I like to let my brushes dry overnight, but it usually takes about 6–8 hours to dry naturally.)

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