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CHEF'S CORNER RECIPE: THE PERFECT SUMMER SALAD

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CHEF'S CORNER RECIPE: THE PERFECT SUMMER SALAD

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!

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RECIPE: CHINESE FIVE SPICE SHRIMP & PORK LETTUCE WRAPS

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RECIPE: CHINESE FIVE SPICE SHRIMP & PORK LETTUCE WRAPS

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!

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Grainful Video Tips: AvocaDos and AvocaDon'ts

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Grainful Video Tips: AvocaDos and AvocaDon'ts

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. 

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4 Oat-Based Recipes To Help You Celebrate Cinco De Mayo Grainful Style

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4 Oat-Based Recipes To Help You Celebrate Cinco De Mayo Grainful Style

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!

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Grainful goes coast-to-coast with Jan

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Grainful goes coast-to-coast with Jan

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.

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RECIPE: mushroom spinach baked Chicken with melted gruyere

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RECIPE: mushroom spinach baked Chicken with melted gruyere

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!

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Cooking Tips: Chicken

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Cooking Tips: Chicken

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! 

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Calling all Food Bloggers!

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Calling all Food Bloggers!

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.

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Jumpin' Jambalaya

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Jumpin' Jambalaya

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.

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Recipe: Healthy Thai Noodle Soup

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Recipe: Healthy Thai Noodle Soup

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.

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Chef Sacco's Riced Cauliflower Recipe

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Chef Sacco's Riced Cauliflower Recipe

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!

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Meet our Founders: Part II

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Meet our Founders: Part II

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.

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Unstuffed Pepper

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Unstuffed Pepper

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!

Happy cooking,
Chef Sacco

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Meet our Founders: Part I

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Meet our Founders: Part I

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!

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