Earlier this month there was a secret Grainful photo shoot of some of the new things coming your way. We can't tell you much, but be sure to keep an eye out for Grainful Exclusives. What we can show you is a little about what these photo shoots look like behind-the-scenes!
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oats beyond breakfast
With summer in full swing and Independence day right around the corner, its time to fire up the grill and raid the farmer's market to prepare a meal that is a real crowd pleaser. There's nothing better than a fresh summer salad, dressed to impress-bonus points if you can include veggies from your own garden!
In just 10 minutes, you can make your own “Guac” and have your guests begging for the recipe. What's Chef Sacco's secret? Her homemade Cilantro Sofrito. This quick addition will transform your guacamole, or any dish for that matter!
Chef Sacco is back with another delicious original recipe! These yummy lettuce wraps are full of protein and flavor to keep you full and energized all day long, but are also light enough to serve as a quick snack if you are on the go. Give these quick-and-easy Chinese Five Spice Shrimp & Pork Lettuce Wraps a try and let us know how it goes!
With summer sneaking up on us, most swap out their chili pots for mac salad containers, but who says chili has to be a winter dish? Certainly not us! Did you know that spicy foods can actually cool you down in hot weather?
The reign of the apple might be coming to an end, avocados are now center stage as everyone's healthy secret! Proven to have cholesterol-lowering abilities by the Journal of the American Heart Association, avocados are also known to squash hunger and are full of B vitamins, which help fight off infection.
Avocados are a great addition to any dish: sandwiches, salads, dips- you name it! While using avocado to mix up meal time is easy, prepping this ingredient can be difficult. Chef Sacco is back to teach you what to AvocaDO and how to prevent your avocado's from oxidizing because brown guacamole is a major AvocaDON'T.
It’s almost Cinco De Mayo time again! Traditionally, this is a day full of tacos and enchiladas, but why not give your fiesta a little healthy twist this year with oats as your secret ingredient! You can serve Grainful's Vegetarian Chili over tortilla chips for a healthy, hearty nacho dish and the Unstuffed pepper goes great over a bed of spinach to make an all-natural Taco salad!
Check out Grainful's President, Jan Pajerski's first-hand account of the 2015 Natural Products Expo West, a natural, organic and healthy products event, which took place March 4-8, 2015 in Anaheim, California. Events like these showcase the newest and most innovative products in the natural-product business.
Need a little kitchen inspiration? Never fear! Grainful recipes to the rescue! Below Chef Sacco serves up an easy-to-follow guide to cooking her delicious baked chicken. Topped with a garlicy blend of mushrooms and spinach, covered with melted gruyere, and served with delicious cauliflower, this dish is perfect any night of the week! YUM!
In the Grainful kitchen, we like to make everything from scratch with fresh, healthy and delicious ingredients. Along with her Chef’s Corner recipes, our trusty CFO (Chief Food Officer), Chef Sacco, will be sharing some great cooking tips. Here are a few fowl tips that we love. Try them at home and let us know what you think!
As you can probably tell, we adore steel cut oats. And we also adore our Grainful fans! We love it when you share suggestions, recipes, photos and culinary inspiration with us.
Here in Ithaca, winter is upon us in full force. And nothing warms up the chilly days like a bowl of Jambalaya, a favorite meal of Grainful's President, Jan Pajerski. Hearty, spicy and soulful, this traditional Creole dish hails from the warmer climes of Louisiana, with both French and Spanish roots. Considered by some to be the cousin of paella, Jambalaya typically consists of 3 main parts: meat + veggies + rice (not to mention a medley of herbs & spices and a whole lotta love). For our own Grainful riff on this dish, we toss out the rice and substitute – you got it – OATS!
Check out the video and recipe below, or head to your local grocery store's freezer section and pick up our mouthwatering, ready-to-serve Andouille Sausage & Oats entrée.
When I'm home sick, all I want is some hot soup. Ready in 15 minutes, this Thai Noodle Soup is the perfect meal to nurse you back to health!
You can always play around and add any fresh or frozen veggies that you have on hand. The more nutrients, the quicker you'll get back to feeling your best.
Peter Piper picked a peck of pickled peppers...But did he know how to cut, julienne and dice them into beautiful, even shapes? In the video below, Chef Sacco shares more of her great kitchen insight and shows us how to prep the perfect pepper. Try this technique when making our Unstuffed Pepper Recipe!
White wine, butter, lemon, juicy chicken, locally grown kale…what’s not to love?! Check out Chef Sacco’s delicious Chicken and Kale recipe below. Yum!
Having a gluten allergy has forced me to become creative in the kitchen, especially when it comes to side dishes. Although rice is easy to prepare and gluten-free, it lacks significant nutritional benefits.
Cauliflower on the other hand is low in fat and carbohydrates and high in dietary fiber, folate, water and vitamin C - making it a great alternative to traditional starchy sides, just like steel cut oats!
Below is my basic riced cauliflower recipe and a few tasty variations. As always, I encourage you to experiment with new flavors and share your ideas with us!
As Part II of our series, we’re happy to introduce Grainful’s President, Jan Pajerski! After graduating from Cornell’s College of Engineering with a BSc in Mechanical Engineering, Jan purchased a one-way ‘around the world’ ticked and proceeded to explore the world. He later ended up in Western Canada where he furthered his engineering studies at the University of Calgary, started a career in the Oil and Gas industry, and skied the powder of the Rockies every chance he got. After a few years, an opportunity with Grainful arose, and Jan’s passion for entrepreneurship and his love of food led him back to Ithaca, NY.
Growing up, Stuffed Peppers were one of my favorite meals that my mom would make. The only problem was that I would only eat the delicious insides and leave the soggy outer pepper to the side.
When I began cooking for myself (and became gluten-free), I played around with my mom's classic Stuffed Pepper recipe and created my own version—Unstuffed Pepper made with steel cut oats.
Chock-full of red and green bell peppers, ground turkey meat and steel cut oats, this dish is the perfect blend of hearty and savory and has just the right amount of spice. I hope that you enjoy!
At Grainful, our team is like family. As the first in a multi-part series, we’re excited to introduce Chef Jeannine Sacco, Grainful’s CFO: Chief Food Officer. After 15 years in the food industry, Chef Sacco began collaborating with Ithaca-area entrepreneurs to develop a business focused on great tasting, healthy and convenient meals. Several delicious concepts later, Chef Sacco became the culinary genius behind our steel cut oat entrees!