Fatherly Stuff: Two Holiday Recipes with Price Chopper

Nov 30, 2013

Two Holiday Recipes with Price Chopper

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The holidays mean so much to so many different people. It's a time for traditions, both old and new. It's a time for love, family and reflection of all of the positive things in life. It is also a time for food. For most us, it wouldn't be a holiday if we weren't coming together with our loved ones for the preparation and/or consuming of an amazing meal.

In the spirit of this, I have two great Holiday Recipes that I am excited to share with you. To make them, I visited my local Price Chopper and picked up some of the freshest and high quality ingredients.

 The first recipe is a Portuguese kale soup. I discovered this soup for the first time when I ordered it from a local restaurant. My wife and I liked it so much, we decided to try it on our own from scratch and had so much fun figuring it out. What I love about this recipe is it's simplicity as well as it's versatility. Virtually all of the ingredients are interchangeable and can be altered based on your preference. Either way, this recipe is sure to keep you and your family warm during those frightfully cold holiday nights.

Recipe #1: Portuguese Kale Soup
Makes 6-8 servings

Here's what you'll need:

2 tablespoons of  extra-virgin olive oil
2-3 medium potatoes (peeled and diced)
2 medium onions, chopped
4 to 6 cloves garlic, finely chopped
1 pound kale (chopped, preferably fresh but frozen works fine)
Salt and pepper
1 (12-15-ounce) can of red kidney beans
1 can diced tomatoes
1 cup of salsa
2 bay leaves, fresh or dried
1 pound diced chorizo or kielbasa
2 Knorr Chicken Flavored Bouillon Cubes
1 quart of water  

To create the broth: Boil water in large pot and add two Knorr Bouillon Cubes

Heat oil in a pan over medium high heat. Add potatoes, onions and garlic, cover and cook 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.

Add garlic, bay leaves, and kale to the pot. Cover pot and wilt greens 2-5 minutes. Season with salt and pepper. Add kidney beans, salsa, tomatoes, chorizo (or kielbasa), and  pour ingredients into the  pot of broth and bring to a full boil. Reduce heat back to medium and cook 5 to 10 minutes longer or until potatoes are tender.

If you prefer a spicier taste, add pepper flakes or hot sauce to the pot and/or individual serving

The second recipe is a family tradition that we like to call Holiday Pancake Skewers. This particular recipe is kid-friendly because it is easy, healthy, as well as really fun to make. My son and I enjoyed the process from start to finish, as we make messes and memories that will not be wiped away so easily.

Recipe #2: Mini Holiday Pancake Skewers
Makes approx 10 skewers

2 Cups of Bisquick Pancake and Baking Mix
1 Egg
1 1/4 Cups of milk
3 Bananas (Or pancake friendly fruit of your choice)
1 pkg of Blueberries (Or pancake friendly fruit of your choice)
1 Tablespoon of Vanilla Extract
A few sprinkles of cinnamon
Red and Green food coloring 
Approx 20-30 mini skewers (You can cut the pointy ends when working with smaller children) 
1 Can of cooking spray

and most importantly...

1 mischievous assistant!

Using a medium mixing bowl you can easily follow the recipe for pancakes that can be found on the side of the Bisquick box.

First pour in 2 cups of Bisquick mix, then add 1 1/4 cup milk and 1 egg.

Add a few sprinkles, about a teaspoon, of cinnamon and 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract.

Stir until smooth

Place half of batter into an additional bowl (This step will allow you to make two colors of pancakes)

Place 2-3 drops of red food coloring in one bowl, then stir; do the same with the second bowl, only this time, use the green food coloring

Dice one banana into small pieces

Distribute and gently stir 1/4 cup blueberries and 1/2 of the diced bananas each bowl.

Preheat your pan at about medium heat, then apply cooking spray

Pour tiny, silver dollar sized drops of your green and/or red batter into pan. Flip after about a couple of minutes, or until you see bubbles rise. Repeat this step until all batter is used.

While cooking, take two remaining bananas and slice into small circles placing aside for skewers. 


When placing mini pancakes and fruit on the skewer you could use the following patten: Pancake, banana, blueberry, pancake, banana blueberry on each individual skewer  or allow your little one to create their own fun pattern until all pancakes have been used

Serve with a side of  maple syrup, jam or all by itself!

With all of this great food, whether it's with family or entertaining guests, I have a feeling that this holiday will be one of the most memorable yet!

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