ZAYCON FRESH – RIBS!

How about Zaycon Fresh Ribs complimented with Chicken Soup for the Soul Honey Mustard BBQ sauce? It’s National Grilling Month! I really cant think of a better way to celebrate.

Pin this recipe from http://brokenteepee.com here: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/515802963549429883/ribs (8)Chicken Soup for the Soul Honey Mustard Barbecue Sauce

“Since Zaycon Fresh has teamed up with Chicken Soup for the Soul I used their Honey Mustard Barbecue Sauce on the ribs. I started them in an oven preheated to 250°.”cooked ribs

So what are you grilling next?

BBQ Chicken Kebabs

It’s National BBQ Month!  Kick off the season with some BBQ Chicken Kebobs from our friends at fabulesslyfrugal.com!

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Monte Cristo w/ Zaycon ham

DSC_6000 bWhile making WAY too much french toast for my family this morning, I decided there had to be some way I could use the extra slices. I love a good monte cristo sandwich, and well, this is a quick cheater version. DSC_5941 b With a few ingredients I had in my fridge and cupboard and the leftover french toast, I was able to pull off a sandwich that even my kids loved. With the Zaycon ham deliveries happening right now, this is a great option to change-up just eating ham next to a vegetable and side dish. Since Zaycon ham is boneless, you can slice it thin and its perfect for this recipe. DSC_5912 b I used some ham, swiss cheese, a little mayo, some powdered sugar and/or jam.DSC_5943 bSpread a little mayo on both sides of the french toast, then add your swiss cheese and sliced ham. I heated a skillet just hot enough to melt the cheese and warm up the monte cristo.  DSC_5957 bI didn’t think the sandwich needed the jam since I sprinkled it with powdered sugar, but either way, its so good. Its great for a breakfast, brunch or lunch! DSC_5989 bThere is a little sweet and salty action going on here. The mayo gives it a bit of a creamy and delicious flavor as well. For some other recipes using our ham, check out these blog post here, here and here! You can go here to order any of our great products. What is your favorite ham recipe? If you tag @zayconfresh on any social media, we might just share your photo!

Chicken and Lentil Bowl with Collard Greens Recipe & Giveaway | Chicken Soup for the Soul and Zaycon Fresh

Thanks to artscrackers.com we have a new healthy option for your family table! Chicken and Lentil Bowl with Collard Greens have two of our favorite ingredients! Chicken Soup for the Soul broth and Zaycon Fresh Chicken Breast!

Pin it here: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/515802963549199036/

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Chicken and Lentil Bowl. Click the picture to get the recipe.

Jamaican Dr. Pepper Glazed Ham by Spiceologist

Easter is here! If you’re still looking for a ham recipe that will knock everyones socks off, then look no further than this creative recipe from our friends at Spiceologist!  This Jamaican Dr Pepper Glazed Ham is easy and oh my goodness is it delicious.  Spicologist used Rasta Rub which is packed with cinnamon, clove and allspice – all perfect accompaniments to ham.  Add in some spicy Dr. Pepper and well, you just need to make it.  A few hours in the oven going low and slow and this ham will have your house smelling amazing.

Check it out: https://www.pinterest.com/pin/515802963549092651

Easter is HERE! That Means Leftover Ham In Your Fridge.

Easter time may leave you wondering what to do with all of the leftover ham from your family gatherings? We’re excited about all of the potential our Carvemaster ham has for the main course and leftovers too. We have curated some recipes from some of the best bloggers in the country on our “Ham” Pinterest board.

What is your favorite “leftover ham” recipe? Share them with us on our Facebook page or tag us on Twitter!


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.

#ZayconLive Recipe: Italian Meatballs

Thank you for stopping by! Just a reminder, you can win $1,500 of Zaycon Foods products, a new freezer and a Chicken Soup for the Soul gift pack: http://bit.ly/1u8ECsf

See a recorded version of #ZayconLive here: http://zayconfoods.yourbrandlive.com/c/groundbeef/ Below you’ll find the recipe and photos from our very own CSO, Matt Hinckley. Every time I think of meatballs, I am reminded of the scene in Lady and the Tramp where they are sharing a meatball and spaghetti dinner. It makes the meal so romantic and the meatball wasn’t just meatball, it became a sign of affection. Anyway, I didn’t grow up eating meatballs. My mom didn’t have time for that, she had an army of 6 kids to feed! It was ground beef in red sauce. I grew up thinking meatballs were hard to make. I know now that they are easy, makes a ton and are great for freezing. Zaycon Foods- meatlballs And so, without further ado, I give the easiest meatball recipe from our awesome in-house food man, Matt H: Meatballs are a great thing to keep in the fridge. Super versatile, fast, easy and well, dern it, people like them. What I don’t like is the list of ingredients on store bought meatballs. When I was at the market, the package listed no fewer than 21 ingredients. 21! These have 8 including Salt & Pepper AND they are 93/7 Zaycon Ground Beef, but the best part is that YOU decide what goes into them for your family. Zaycon Foods-meatballsIngredients: – 2 lbs of 93/7 Zaycon Ground Beef – 2 Eggs – 3/4 cup Breadcrumbs – 1 Tablespoon Italian Seasoning – 1 teaspoon Garlic powder -1 teaspoon Onion powder – 1 teaspoon Salt – 1/2 teaspoon Pepper Zaycon Foods- meatballsZaycon Foods- meatballs Zaycon Foods- meatballsYour hands are your best tool, so scrub them up and get all up in it. Mix all the ingredients until smooth consistency.Zaycon Foods- meatballs Zaycon Foods- meatballsI used a medium sized portion scoop then smoothed them into balls, then onto a baking sheet lined with parchment for easy cleanup with a cooling rack on top. Zaycon foods-meatballsZaycon foods-meatballsZaycon foods-meatballsBake in a 375 oven until done about 20 minutes. If you’re going to make a large quantity, allow them to cool, then freeze in a single layer on a sheet, then after they are frozen, put into large freezer bags. Zaycon Foods-meatballsTIP! If you’re wanting to stretch your ground beef and nobody in the family is sensitive to soy products, you can extend the beef by adding textured soy product, available in either the bulk section or health food section of your market. I think next time I get a case, I’ll turn one full 10 pound chub into meatballs. They freeze great and are ready in seconds. Zaycon Foods-meatballs Matt H. You can head over to the Zaycon Foods website for information on our ground beef and many of our other beef products!

wing’n it.

Zaycon Foods chicken wingsI hadn’t ever had a hot wing until I met my husband and now I’ve had my share of them. I love a good hot wing, but I’ve not ventured far from the typical buffalo sauce. It wasn’t until recently that I’ve even dared try to make them myself.

I was able to get a sample of the wings Zaycon is delivering in June. I experimented with them, tried baking (ick) and then browning and baking but they just weren’t coming out crunchy on the outside. So lightly coating the outside in flour and frying them up the old fashioned way seems to be the best option. Now once you have cooking your wings down, you’ve got to have a good stick-to-your-wings sauce, and this is a super easy recipe that can be made with ingredients you probably already have in your cupboard.

Zaycon Foods wing sauceBrown sugar, Franks hot sauce, garlic salt and a little worcestershire sauce. I don’t measure the ingredients when making this. But I would guess that you use double the brown sugar to your hot sauce. So we will go with 1 cup brown sugar and 1/2 cup of Franks hot sauce. Then about a teaspoon of garlic salt and a tablespoon of worcestershire sauce. The trick to this is to heat it up in a pan on the stove until its warm and the flavors melt together, but don’t boil it. You can add more sugar or hot sauce as you like yours to taste. This particular sauce came out sweet and not too hot or spicy.  DSC_0736 copy copyIts a bit thick and a really nice dark caramel color. My girls love this sauce and like to dip their chicken rather than me coat the wing. It can be sticky. Zaycon Foods wing sauce

It coats the wings well and we had leftover sauce to use this weekend for our BBQ with family. Zaycon Foods chicken wings

 

from scratch

A week or so ago, I was lucky enough to get Kelsey Nixon‘s new recipe book. I even got to meet her and make some of her recipes with a small group of awesome people. Sweetest lady ever and, oh my, she has some awesome recipes in this book.

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I love being in the kitchen with my kids. Whether its making toast or a fancy dinner, I let my girls experience food. The textures, flavors, colors and aromas are useful tools. I love that they can experiment and be creative.

My girls and I were flipping through her book and they saw the picture of her “birthday cake” recipe. A birthday doesn’t have to be an excuse to bake a cake, right? So yesterday, when the snow was falling and it was too cold to go anywhere, we baked a cake…from scratch. It was delicious.

Also, I am a photographer at heart, and who doesn’t like a post with pictures?
DSC_2882 aSo here you go…my girls and I baking a cake, in pictures.
DSC_2896We used pink sea salt, because that was all I had in my cupboard and I had to grind it too.
DSC_2911These are my little 5 year olds hands mixing the dry ingredients. This could have ended in a huge mess all over the table, but she gets bored easily and wanted to do the next step.
DSC_2925DSC_2933Mix the wet ingredients together before you add the dry. My 10 year old is pretty good at cracking an egg.
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In the summer of 2012, my oldest daughter and I made enough vanilla to last us a lifetime. Easiest thing ever to make and great use of old root beer bottles. DSC_2950Add your dry ingredients and, easy peasy, you have your cake batter.
DSC_2959this cake is a bit more dense and reminded me of corm bread batter.
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bake. cool. frost. DSC_2979Kelsey has a recipe for frosting too. I don’t recommend adding salt if you are using salted butter…I wouldn’t know from experience or anything…
DSC_2989This frosting is thick and covers pretty well.
DSC_3001I have girls. Girls love pink sprinkles. “We have to have pink sprinkles on our cake,” said the 5 year old. You can find the measuring spoons here.
DSC_3041Pink sprinkles we did have and a lot of them. A. Lot. But it made the cake pretty.
DSC_3088And it was pretty tasty. We gave it a thumbs up. My girls keep picking at it with a fork, so it doesn’t look so appetizing anymore.
DSC_3061I really like the photos in this cookbook. I also can’t wait to try some of the recipes that I can use the 40 lbs of Zaycon chicken I just got this past weekend. I plan to post more recipes.

*I am in no way being compensated for this post or for promoting Kelsey Nixon’s  new cookbook, although she has some fantastic recipes in there. I do recommend getting in the kitchen and making memories with your family.

If you have any ideas or products you think we would like to try, please feel free to email me at arah@zayconfoods.com