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  • Your Guide for Going Meatless in March & April

    With many kicking off new healthy habits for the year and spring holidays starting this month, you might be scrambling to find meatless meals that the whole family will enjoy.

    Check out some of our top tips to go meatless this season that will make your mouth water!

    Substitute Fish

    While you can replace your tried-and-true weekday meals with fish fillets or tuna steaks, try substituting fish into your favorite recipes in place of meat. Love grilling burgers? Try salmon patties. Can’t get enough spaghetti and meatballs? Swap in shrimp in your spaghetti. Enjoy your chicken tacos? Experiment with scallop tacos. Using substitutions with fish, the world is your oyster.  

     

    Shrimp Pasta

    Give Tofu A Try

    Tofu might not conjure the most appetizing thoughts, but what is great about tofu is that it takes on a variety of flavors, depending on how you prepare it. We’re not saying you have should replace your Thanksgiving day turkey with a tofurky, but try incorporating tofu into rice dishes, stir fry dishes, soups, and salads for an added protein punch.

    Be Bold With Beans

    Beans are in fact a magical fruit, well…not a fruit but a legume anyway. They are wonderfully filling, and are packed with protein. For dinner ideas, crowd-pleaser recipes include Black Bean Burritos, Polenta with Beans or Falafel.

     

    Beet Salad

    Let Your Veggies Shine

    Spring is the season for a variety of vegetables to be at their peak of freshness. Veggies like artichokes, asparagus, avocado, beets, carrots, cherries, greens, oranges, strawberries, sweet onions and more are all in season in the March and April time. Tempt your taste buds with a Roasted Beet SaladQuinoa Stuffed Avocados or Spring Vegetable Stew.

    Need some more inspiration? Visit your local Grocery Outlet store and stock up on meatless staples to create your own recipe! 

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  • Breaking Out of the Dinner Rut: Greek-Style Turkey Burgers


     Guest Post from The Coupon Project

     

    When you get in a dinner rut of making the same meals over and over, one easy way to change things up is to simply reinvent one of those meals! For today's recipe, I thought I'd take a classic go-to dinner, hamburgers, and do a little something different with it drawing inspiration from the aisles of my local Grocery Outlet.

     

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    I found this 3-lb chub of Jennie-O Fresh Ground Turkey Meat priced at $5.99 at my Grocery Outlet - that works out to just $1.99 per pound!

     

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    Grocery Outlet always has amazing cheeses at ridiculously low prices, including Feta. That's when I got the idea to make Greek-style turkey burgers! I picked up some additional ingredients I thought would work well with this plan including Kalamata olives, sun dried tomatoes, and fresh cucumbers. Here's what you'll need:
    • 1 lb Ground Turkey
    • ¼ cup chopped Kalamata olives
    • ¼ cup crumbled Feta cheese
    • ¼ cup sun-dried tomatoes
    • 1 tsp minced garlic (about one clove)
    • ¼ tsp dried oregano
    • Salt & pepper, to taste
    • Lettuce, tomato, cucumber, Greek-style dressing - to top your burger
    • Hamburger buns

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    Start by mixing the olives, sun dried tomatoes, Feta, garlic, salt, pepper and oregano in a deep bowl.

     

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    Next, work in the turkey meat and press into patties using wax paper. Fry them up in a little olive oil in a skillet.

     

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    Once your turkey meat is cooked thoroughly, it's time to build your burger! There are so many ideas here, but I opted for lots of fresh veggies like spinach, tomatoes, and cucumbers - all from my Grocery Outlet! I also happened to have a Greek style dressing on hand so I used that in place of mayonnaise. Delicious! I hope today's recipe has given you some inspiration to break the dinner rut by making some simple tweaks to a meal you regularly make.

     

    Download a PDF of this recipe here: Greek-Style Turkey Burgers

     

    Like this post? You might want to read the others in this series:

    Make sure to come back next month for another fun installment!

    Angela Russell blogs at The Coupon Project, a site that encourages families to live well for less. She lives in Tacoma, Washington with her firefighter husband and two small kids. In her spare time, she likes to read, garden, and has recently taken up canning.

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  • Sam the Cooking Guy and Grocery Outlet

    We like to partner with local chefs and experts to illustrate how you can use the bargains you find at Grocery Outlet Bargain Market in your everyday life.  We've been honored to work with Sam the Cooking Guy, whose take on easy, affordable cuisine is one we greatly admire.

    A little about Sam
    Sam Zien, known as Sam the Cooking Guy, is a Canadian-born television cook (not a classically trained chef) and author, based in San Diego, California. His show, Sam the Cooking Guy, started on local television stations before moving to a Fox affiliate and thence to Discovery Health. He has won multiple Emmy awards, including one for an episode on Jewish cuisine. Zien started his television career doing travel shows, but reconsidered after the World Trade Center attack. in the decade following Zien has taken his television cooking show on the road, producing multiple shows across the world in places like Hong Kong, Fiji, New Zealand and Vancouver. (from Wikipedia.  For more about Sam, check out his bio here.)


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    Grocery Outlet
    Sam agreed to partner with us in launching our East Village San Diego location.  He cooked for a couple of events we hosted at that store, and in the process, created these five videos for us about the amazing values he found at Grocery Outlet, checking out the deals by scanning them on his phone.  He even made some spicy steak and corn soft tacos.  Check out our videos below for more.

    Sam the Cooking Guy - Introduction

    Sam the Cooking Guy - Prices

    Sam the Cooking Guy - NOSH (Natural, Organic, Specialty, Healthy)

    Sam the Cooking Guy - Wine & Beer

    Sam the Cooking Guy - Sam Cooks Spicy Steak and Corn Soft Tacos

    Thank you Sam, for showing us you can make a healthy and delicious dinner easily and inexpensively, by shopping and saving at Grocery Outlet!

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  • Summer Freshtival

    This weekend, August 5th-7th, it will be Freshtival time again at Grocery Outlet! What’s Freshtival you ask? It’s our celebration of all things fresh and delicious. Right now at Grocery Outlet, 2 lb bags of Nectarines are only 99 cents! And nice big Cantaloupes are just 99 cents each! Plus, lots and lots more extreme bargains on fresh produce at Freshtival time at Grocery Outlet.

    So come in this weekend and check out Freshtival. See how you can save on all things fresh!

     

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  • Summer Food Safety

    Cooking outdoors is a summer activity best shared with family and friends. But in order to stay healthy, it's important to follow food safety guidelines to prevent harmful bacteria from multiplying and causing food borne illness. Use these simple guidelines for grilling food safely:

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    When shopping, buy cold food like meat and poultry last, right before checkout. Put packages of raw meat and poultry into plastic bags to guard against cross-contamination, which happens when raw meat juices drip onto other food packages.

     

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    Cook Thoroughly

    Cook food to a safe minimum temperature to destroy harmful bacteria. Meat & poultry cooked on a grill often browns very fast on the outside. Use a food thermometer to be sure the food has reached a safe minimum internal temperature.

    Safe Minimum Internal Temperatures
    Whole poultry: 165 °F
    Poultry breasts: 165 °F
    Ground poultry: 165 °F
    Hamburgers, beef: 160 °F
    Beef, veal, and lamb (steaks, roasts and chops): Medium rare 145 °F, Medium 160 °F
    All cuts of pork: 160 °F
    Source: USDA.gov

    Don't forget to check out your local Grocery Outlet store for great values on excellent cuts of meat!  Our meat is cut-to-order just for Grocery Outlet, then packed and delivered fresh several times a week. All of our fresh-cut meat is USDA Natural—minimally processed with no added ingredients.  So-called “sale” meat at regular stores is not well-trimmed, so you pay for parts you can’t eat, but Grocery Outlet trims extra-close, so you get the most for your money.

    We provide quality meat at great prices.  It’s just that simple.


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  • Fresh-tival is here!

    Our celebration of fresh fruits and vegetables has arrived!  Look for lots of fresh savings on fruits and veggies throughout the store, like a 1 lb package of Roma Tomatoes for just 99 cents!  Seedless Watermelons are only $1.99 each!

    Plus, we have tons of other extreme bargains on fresh produce! Get your 5 servings of savings at the Grocery Outlet Fresh-tival. Heck, get 12 servings of savings! It's good for you.

     

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  • Fresh-tival Coming this Weekend!

    Grocery Outlet's celebration of fresh fruits and veggies, Fresh-tival, is coming this weekend!  Look for great prices on some of your favorite produce items.  Chris, our resident bargain hero, shares all the details in his latest vlog.

     



    What's your favorite fruit? Vegetable? What do you like to make with fruits and veggies?

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  • Perfect Holiday Platter

    Celebrate the season with appetizers, cheeses, and other party platter staples from Grocery Outlet.  We have everything you need for your next holiday party!

    Want to start your party with something warm?  Claim Jumper buffalo chicken wings are only $4.99 for a 22 oz box.  You save $3.  El Monterey Taquitos are $2.99 for a 10 ct package, and you can choose from chicken or steak.  You save $2.  Or start off with a Tiger Bay shrimp ring, 10 oz for only $3.99!  You save $2.  President Brie is only $1.49 for a 6 oz wedge.  You save up to $3.50—pop out the crackers!

    For a quick and easy holiday dip, try this recipe.  You can find all the ingredients at Grocery Outlet.  The green spinach and red bell pepper make it super festive.

     

    Artichoke Spinach Dip

     

    Spinach Parmesan Holiday Dip
    Makes 3 cups

    1 (10 ounce) package frozen chopped spinach, thawed and drained
    1/2 cup red bell pepper, diced
    1 tablespoon minced garlic
    1 (6.5 ounce) jar artichoke hearts, drained and mashed
    1/2 cup sour cream
    1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
    Salt and ground black pepper to taste
    1/4 cup heavy cream

    Directions
    1.Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
    2.Mix together spinach, bell pepper, garlic, artichokes, sour cream, and parmesan cheese. Season with salt and pepper. Mixture will be thick, add cream to thin to dip consistency. Spoon into a 1 quart baking dish.
    3.Bake for 20 minutes, or until bubbly. Serve with crackers.

    Happy Holidays!  We wish you and your families a healthy, safe, and warm holiday season.

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  • Fresh-tival!

    I published a teaser post last week about Fresh-tival: our extreme bargain extravaganza on fresh produce.  And now, here are the details:

     

    Fresh-tival: Grocery Outlet's 72-hour Produce Sale
    When: Friday, July 30th—Sunday, August 1st
    Where: your local Grocery Outlet store

    And here are a couple of the fresh produce bargains that will be in every store:

    • Juicy Watermelons, $1.99 each!
    • Sweet Cantaloupes, $0.99 each!
    • 3 lb. Dole Bananas, $1.99!
    Come check out Fresh-tival and enjoy summer's best sun-ripened produce at exceptional prices!

     

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  • Sneak Peek!

    Psst!  Next week, I'll be posting details, but I wanted to give our readers a sneak peek of our upcoming event:

     

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    Will you be attending?  Leave a comment and let us know! 

     

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