Zaycon Foods and Chicken Soup for the Soul is a win for everyone!

kaylabbqZaycon Foods™, announced the launch of their relationship with Chicken Soup for the Soul Foods December 2014. It is now time for us to offer for sale several of Chicken Soup for the Soul’s food products including broths and meal builder sauces. They are available through Zaycon Foods’ unique direct-to-consumer model which emphasizes freshness, wholesomeness, and significant value by uniquely offering food that bypasses traditional retail channels.

The partnership was facilitated by Edward Martin, CMO of Zaycon Foods.“I’m excited to be able to put these two companies together and foresee the development of a valuable and long-term relationship.”

“We are working  with Chicken Soup for the Soul because it is a trusted company that shares our philosophy of offering quality, delicious food that’s premium quality at a significant value,” said Zaycon co-founder and CEO Mike Conrad. “It’s a beloved brand through its massive number of book titles and other products, and we look forward to expanding the reach of its food products by presenting them to our more than 400,000 registered users.”

“We were intrigued by Zaycon Foods’ unique business model of combining online ordering with farm-fresh foods that are delivered direct to consumers,” said Scott Seaton, CEO of Chicken Soup for the Soul Foods. “It fits perfectly with our philosophy on freshness and quality combined to promote good health and wellness.  We look forward to our products reaching a large user base through Zaycon and a long-term beneficial partnership.”

Zaycon Foods customers looking to craft a delicious and convenient meal can use the Chicken Soup for the Soul Chili Meal Builders Cooking Sauce, Sloppy Joe Meal Builders Cooking Sauce, Meat Loaf Meal Builders Cooking Sauce, or Sesame-Ginger Meal Builders Cooking Sauce which are also available through Zaycon. Other Chicken Soup for the Soul food products will soon be available through Zaycon include a variety of delicious broths and meal builders.

To explore the lineup of delicious Chicken Soup for the Soul products, please visit http://www.zayconfoods.com/products/.

About Chicken Soup for the Soul

Chicken Soup for the Soul, the world’s favorite and most recognized storyteller, publishes the famous Chicken Soup for the Soul book series. With over 100 million books sold to date in the U.S. and Canada alone, more than 250 titles, and translations into more than 40 languages, “chicken soup for the soul” is one of the world’s best-known phrases and is regularly referenced in pop culture. Today, 21 years after it first began sharing happiness, inspiration and wellness through its books, this socially conscious company continues to publish new titles, but has also evolved beyond the bookstore with super premium pet food, a line of high quality food to bring people together for healthy meals, and a variety of licensed products and digital offerings, all inspired by stories. Chicken Soup for the Soul has recently expanded into visual storytelling through movies, television and a YouTube channel. Chicken Soup for the Soul is “changing the world one story at a time®.”

About Zaycon Foods

Now delivering to nearly 400,000 registered users at more than 1,400 locations across 48 states, Zaycon Foods is “How Smart Families Buy Big & Save Big.” The innovative company offers families a better way to save on fresh meat, fish, produce, and dairy items by selling in bulk directly from refrigerated trucks. The trucks make local deliveries in the parking lots of churches, businesses and schools, enabling consumers to save an average of 35% when compared to standard retail prices. Customers are alerted to upcoming delivery dates in their area by email and social media, and place orders online via a fast and simple process. Founded in 2009, Zaycon Foods is headquartered in Spokane Valley, Washington. For more information, visit www.zayconfoods.com.

Greek Freak Zaycon Foods Ground Beef Empanadas

Greek Freak Zaycon Ground Beef Empanadas

A couple of weeks ago I had the pleasure of traveling over to Spokane, Washington to visit the Zaycon Foods offices and meet the Zaycon team! The weather was beautiful, and I was even sitting on the mountain side of the plane and had such a beautiful view. There’s really nothing like snow covered mountains.

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It was such an awesome trip, and I had such a great time. I knew I loved Zaycon Food’s product before this trip. After, I’m fully on board with the whole team and the business. Everyone was really warm, welcoming, and friendly! Thanks to the entire team for an awesome couple of days. I can’t wait to come back!

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While I was there we got together in the Zaycon kitchens to prepare a little meal for the crew, and share this awesome recipe for Easy Greek Freak Zaycon Ground Beef Empanadas.

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There was much debate over just what to call these little pockets of fusion. Zaycon Ground Beef is seasoned and combined with onion, garlic, some awesome Spiceologist Greek Freak seasoning, olives, and feta cheese.

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Then we stuffed it into puff pastry pockets, baked it, and served it up with some homemade tzatziki whipped up by the talented CSO (Chief Snack Officer) Matt!

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The hardest part about these was stuffing the pockets, and that was actually simple. Just stuff them, crimp the edges, bake on parchment paper, and you are DONE.

Greek Freak Zaycon Empanadas

If you are like me and like to pre-brown a bunch of your Zaycon Foods Ground Beef when you pick it up before you freeze it, these will be even faster. I LOVE freezing some pre-portioned pre-browned ground beef to pull out of the freezer and add to spaghetti sauce, mix up into sloppy joes, make a quick beefy noodles, or tacos on busy nights. It also works really well to toss into crock pot soups and stews. You can even add in some onions and garlic while you are browning it so you don’t need to saute those while you are whipping up your quick and easy dinners.

These greek freak zaycon ground beef empanadas would also be fantastic stuffed, and then frozen so you can toss them right into the oven.

Greek Freak Zaycon Empanadas

Greek Freak Zaycon Ground Beef Empanadas
Author: Nicole Johnson
Prep time: 30 mins
Cook time: 20 mins
Total time: 50 mins
Serves: 3-4
Ingredients
  • 1 pound Zaycon ground beef
  • 1 medium onion, diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons Spiceologist Greek Freak Seasoning Rub
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup crumbled feta cheese
  • 1 cup of chopped olives – we used a mix of black olives and kalamata
  • 1 package of frozen puff pastry – thawed according to package directions
  • 1 egg beaten with 1 tablespoon water
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 375.
  2. Place ground beef, onion, garlic, and seasonings in a large frying pan and brown well. After the meat is browned, remove from pan and mix in the olives and feta.
  3. Unfold your puff pastry sheet on a lightly floured surface, and roll out slightly to enlarge. Cut 3-4″ circles out of the sheet, and place a few heaping tablespoons on one side. Brush one half lightly with the egg wash, and fold over and pinch shut. Repeat with the remaining filling and pastry circles. Crimp edges completely shut with a fork. Brush lightly with egg wash.
  4. Bake at 375 for about 15-20 minutes, or until golden brown and puffed.

Need more ideas of things to make with your Zaycon Ground Beef order? Check out this awesome ground beef round-up!

What should I make with ground beef?

Nicole Johnson is a Zaycon Foods Ambassador and blogs at Or Whatever You Do. You can also find her on Pinterest, Facebook, Twitter, G+, and Instagram.

Bacon Ranch Chicken Recipe

2 Zaycon Foods products to absolutely love? Bacon and Chicken! Well how about both at one time?! See the whole recipe from our friend Jamie at someofthisandthat.com

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For Zaycon Foods orders: http://bit.ly/17cwdvw

Mike Conrad, CEO of Zaycon Foods on The Tom Roten Morning Show

LISTEN: Mike Conrad, CEO of Zaycon Foods on The Tom Roten Morning Show!

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Thanks to you we’re helping others!

Thanks to you we’re helping others! We wanted to take a few minutes to share some photos some of our drivers got while dropping some foods off at some of our nations local food banks.

Our driver Terry Couron delivered meat to Eight day’s of hope & Hope Reigns from Zaycon Fresh to feed volunteers helping families that where affected by last Mother’s Day Tornado in Van, Texas.0515151259a

Our driver John Dowell dropped off 240 lbs of Zaycon Foods Pullled Pork and donated to the Good News Rescue Mission in Reddiing California. They’re on Facebook and Twitter too…please help them out by spreading the word!

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Ty Carey dropped off 140 lbs of Zaycon Foods Pullled pork and donated to the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank. You’ll find them on Facebook and Twitter as well!

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Jason Fletcher dropped off 130 lbs of Zaycon Foods Pullled Pork and 30lbs of Patio Steak and donated to the Lancaster County Council of Churches who also gets donations from Central Pennsylvania Food Bank. You’ll find them on Facebook and Twitter as well!

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SLOW COOKER BBQ CHICKEN SANDWICHES {ZAYCON FRESH NATURAL CHICKEN}

Oh wow! Here’s a mouth watering way to use our chicken! Get photos and the recipe for Slow Cooker BBQ Chicken Sandwiches from our friend Jessica at butterwithasideofbread.com 

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For Zaycon Foods Chicken orders: http://bit.ly/17cwdvw

Paleo Ham, Egg and Cauliflower Egg Muffins

Here’s a fantastic recipe for Paleo Ham, Egg and Cauliflower Egg Muffins! See more photos and the whole recipe at Foodfaithfitness.com  – A healthy protein packed portable breakfast that is ready in under 30 mins!

For Zaycon Foods Ham orders: http://bit.ly/17cwdvw

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