It’s not swimming weather yet, but we have a lot of diving happening right now with our prices. Stop in and check out dried cherries, flax seed, chia seed, raisins, quick oats, rolled oats, steel cut oats, GORP trail mix, yogurt covered raisins, couscous, demerara sugar, elbow spaghetti, coconut oil, sunflower seeds and banana chips. All these have lower prices. Look for the “new lower price” signs around the store and SAVE!
CHECK OUT OUR awesome MEAT & CHEESE $PECIALS
Colby – originally – $5.39 – now $3.79
Muenster – originally – $5.29 – now $3.59
Virginia Ham – originally – $5.69 – now $4.39
Honey Roasted Turkey – originally – $6.39 – now $4.59
Also special savings on “New Lower Price” items! See signs around the store.
The Breakfast Challenge!
Are you having the same problem I am? I need something full of protein and fat to keep me full all morning, plus give me some energy. Lately I’ve been tired of all my “usual” breakfast items: scrambled eggs, homemade granola bars, etc., so I decided to try a new recipe in my cookbook which called for buckwheat. I’ve never had buckwheat (groats, not flour) before and wanted to try it anyway since they are so “cute” looking (like little hearts). I picked up a bag at The Country Cupboard the other evening and made it the next morning. AWESOME was my response! Since it was so tasty, I decided to see what buckwheat really was nutrition-wise.
Buckwheat is a wonderful gluten-free seed (not a grain) and has an awesome amount of protein – 23g per cup! It also has a great amount of fiber – 17g! And in case you are wondering, here’s the other nutrition facts: 583 calories, 6g fat and 122g carbs (40%). It has almost all of your daily need of magnesium and here’s what else I found: “diets that contain buckwheat have been linked to lowered risk of developing high cholesterol and high blood pressure. The nutrients in buckwheat may contribute to blood sugar control. In a test that compared the effect on blood sugar of whole buckwheat groats to bread made from refined wheat flour, buckwheat groats significantly lowered blood glucose and insulin responses. Whole buckwheats also scored highest on their ability to satisfy hunger.” So stop by this week, pick up a bag of crunchy buckwheat groats and have a new easy breakfast item! (recipe below)
Gourmet Cranberry-Buckwheat Granola – most ingredients available at The Country Cupboard
Makes 8 cups
1 cup dried cransins
1/2 cup shelled pistachios (or other nut or seed)
1 cup flaked coconut, unsweetened
1/4 cup cacao nibs or mini chocolate chips (optional)
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 cup coconut oil
1/2 cup honey, melted
juice of 1 orange
rind of 1 orange
1. Combine all ingredients in a baking pan and place it in an oven on low-medium heat (approximately 250 Fahrenheit or 120 Celsius).
2. After 45 minutes give it a good stir and check to see how crunchy the buckwheat is. (If you are using sprouted buckwheat it may take up to two hours before it has fully dried out) Do check it frequently towards the end and stir the granola every so often.
3. Alternatively, spread the granola mix out on dehydrator sheets. It will take approximately 10-12 hours on a medium setting to become completely crisp.
How I made this: I used buckwheat, raisins, pecan pieces, unsweetened coconut, omitted the chocolate, added more cinnamon, used 1/2 c. oil and 1/4 c. honey. I didn’t want to mess with the orange juice or rind, so I added 5-6 drops of Wild Orange essential oil. I spread it on two jelly roll pans and baked it at 250º for 70 minutes. YUM! I plan to offer it to my upcoming overnight guests.
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