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Tempt Your Taste Buds With Fresh Herbs

Fresh herbs are an opportunity to take flavor from bland to brilliant, without adding salt, sugar, or fat. In fact, a bunch of herbs contains a bunch of nutrients. In addition to vitamins and minerals, the oils in most herbs lend antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that can deliver impressive disease-fighting health benefits. Whether you're using a bunch or just a pinch, fresh herbs add aromatic flavors and an attractive pop of color to your plate. 

Unsure of how to use fresh herbs in the kitchen? Fresh herbs fit into just about any dish. Keep in mind that in most cases, heat destroys the flavor and nutrients of fresh herbs, so they're best when added at the end of the cooking process. Exceptions are hardy, woody herbs like rosemary and sage, which can stand up to some heat. Otherwise there are no "rules" when cooking with fresh herbs—only that you and your guests enjoy eating them. Use the table below as a guide, but don't be afraid to get creative and use herbs in innovative ways! 

 Flavor ProfilePerfect For...World Cuisines to Inspire YouRecipes to Try
Basil
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Bright, minty, and peppery with a bit of sweetnessAdd basil to salads, sandwiches, pizza, marinara sauce, and pasta. Pair with anything involving tomatoes. Or make homemade pesto. Italian
Greek
Thai

Summer Pasta with Figs, Pancetta, and Basil

Chives
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Refreshingly light onion tasteThinly slice and use as a garnish for any savory dish. Chives are great in dips, in quesadillas, with eggs, and atop baked potatoes. They can also balance the heaviness of rich foods like cream sauces and risotto. Chinese
French
Tri-Colored Penne, Argula, Cherry Tomatoes, Chives, and Fresh Mozzarella 
Cilantro
Cilantro
Bright and citrusy, sometimes soapyAdd it to salsa, guacamole, soups, stews, salads, tacos, fish, and chicken dishes. Pairs well with any Mexican-inspired dish. Mexican
Indian                 
MiddleEastern 

BBQ Chicken Sandwich with Jalapeno Cilantro Coleslaw

Jicama Salad with Pomegranate Lime Dressing

Dill
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Clean, grassy, tangy, and earthyPairs well with seafood (especially salmon) and anything involving cucumber. Add it to potato salad, omletes, yogurt dressing, and watery cheeses like cottage cheese, cream cheese, and goat cheese. FrenchBBQ Pork Ribs and Creamy Dill Potato Salad
Mint
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Refreshingly sweet flavor with a cooling aftertastePairs well with lamb, stone fruit, berries, and chocolate. Add it to ice cream, frozen yogurt, iced tea, and mojitos. Indian
Mexican
Moroccan
Thai

Greek Spinach Salad

Lemon Mint Freekeh Salad

Parsley
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Grassy and slightly peppery. Curly parsley is less assertive that flat-leaf parsley (which is also called Italian parsley)Use it as a garnish for just about any savory dish. Chop it up and sprinkle it over eggs, grilled steaks, fish, chicken, lamb, rice, or vegetables. French
Greek
Italian
Herb-Crusted Chicken Breasts with Lemon Pepper Green Beans 
Oregano
Oregano
A hint of earthiness combined with a slight spicenessChop it up and add it to vinaigrette, pizza, rice, or tomato sauce. Pairs well with poultry and wild game. French
Italian
Greek
Sun-Dried Tomato Soup
Rosemary
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A strong, sometimes pungent, pine-like earthy fragrance and flavorPairs well with garlic and olive oil. Add it to beef, lamb, chicken, turkey, pork, or potatoes. Simmer stews, soups, or sauces with a sprig on the surface; remove before serving. French
Italian
Greek
Roasted Lemon Chicken Sausages with Rosemary Garlic
Sage
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Mild to slightly peppery taste, with a touch of mint, eucalyptus, and cedarStands up well to bold, savory dishes, like cured meats, sausages, por dishes, rich and creamy dishes, and anything invovling brown butter. It's also an American staple in turky dishes and stuffing. Italian
French
Apple Sage Wild Rice Stuffing
Tarragon
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A delicate anise or licorice flavor that's more sweet than strongPairs well with white wine vinegar and mustard. Add it to omelets, fish, and chicken dishes. Add it to stews, rice dishes, dips, and sauces.FrenchYogurt-Herb Dressing
Thyme
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Lemony, slightly minty, piney, and earthyInlcude it in a bouquet garni to season stocks, soups, and sauces. Pairs well with pork, lamb, or duck, as well as with other herbs like rosemary, parsley, sage, and oregano. Add it to stews, rice dishes, dips, and sauces. 

French
Italian
Greek
Moroccan
Caribbean

Leek and Goat Cheese Tart

Store Your Herbs Right
To keep fresh herbs from going to waste, treat them like fresh flowers. Place them in a small jar or glass with an inch of water at the bottom. Place a plastic bag loosely over the leaves. Store them in the fridge or on the counter top.Parsley bunch in a glass copy

 

OR freeze your herbs for later. Chop your herbs up and pack them into an ice cube tray. Fill each cell with olive oil and place them in the freezer until you're ready to up. Then simply add a cube to your dish, allow the oil to melt, and voila—a pop of herb flavor!

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Meet Your Farmer: Meyer Farms 
Sunset's selection of fine culinary herbs comes from Meyer Farms in Wauconda, IL. Vern Meyer is a pioneer in the packaged herb industry, and Sunset was his first customer back in 1990! His family-run organic farm continues to grow a superior product. 

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Click here to learn more about cooking with fresh herbs!

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Plant-Based Eating for Earth Month

Plant-based diets are best for our planet and our bodies. Research suggests that diets rich in plant foods have a significantly lower environmental impact compared to animal foods. Plant foods have also been shown to reduce risk of chronic diseases like diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and cancer.1

Earth appleRaising animals is taxing on our environment for many reasons. To put it simply, when we raise animals, we must feed and water them. Animals (especially cows) are quite inefficient at converting food and water into meat. This means it takes a lot of feed (usually in the form of grain) and water to produce small amounts of meat. For example, we must allocate a third of the Earth’s croplands to grow feed for livestock.2 Taking into account the water used to grow the grain fed to cattle, it takes over 1,845 gallons of water to produce one pound of beef.3 Rather than losing energy in the conversion from plants to animals, we could save resources by eating more plants.  

What about protein? While animal foods are a great source of protein, plant foods have protein, too. In fact, when we get our protein from plants, it is more affordable, has a smaller environmental impact, and doesn’t come with saturated fat and cholesterol like animal protein does. 

Beans and legumes—like chickpeas, black beans, and lentils—are an excellent source of plant-based protein. In addition to protein, beans and legumes are a great source of fiber. The combination of protein and fiber promotes a feeling of fullness—perfect for those trying to manage their weight. Beans also offer a host of other important nutrients like vitamin C, iron, vitamin B6, folate, copper, zinc, and manganese.

Banza boxDespite their superior nutrition profile, many people have a hard time adding more beans to their diet. Banza products can help break down those barriers to eating beans. Banza makes pasta from chickpeas. A cup of Banza pasta contains nearly half of one’s fiber needs for the whole day. It also contains a whopping 25g of protein—the same amount in a 4oz steak.
 
Still skeptical of pasta made from beans? Our Moroccan Chickpea Pasta salad will make you a believer. Featuring Banza chickpea pasta, fresh herbs and veggies, creamy feta cheese, and Moroccan spices, this pasta salad will satisfy even the most enthusiastic carnivore. Find it in our deli (and on sale for $6.98/lb through 4/12!)

Celebrate Earth Month by choosing nutrient-packed beans a few times a week. After all, if Americans were to reduce their meat consumption by just 20%, it would be as if we all switched from a standard sedan to a Prius. With a dish as delicious as Moroccan Chickpea Pasta, you won’t miss the meat one bit.

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For more tips about how to add beans to your diet, click here.

 

References

  1. Dietary Patterns and Sustainability: Modified NEL systematic review. Scientific Report of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee. Retrieved April 4, 2017, from https://health.gov/dietaryguidelines/2015-scientific-report/10-chapter-5/d5-3.asp.
  2. Livestock and Landscapes [PDF]. (2012). Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations.
  3. Water Footprint Network. Product gallery: Beef. Retrieved April 4, 2017, from http://waterfootprint.org/en/resources/interactive-tools/product-gallery/
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Celebrating Allen "Totto" Perin's 60 Years at Sunset

 ALLEN.TOTTO.PERINThe owners and staff of Sunset Foods are honored to congratulate Allen “Totto” Perin, our Vice-President of Consumer Affairs, on his 60th year of service with Sunset. Totto's career began in 1957 as a bagger in the Highland Park store. He was quickly promoted to Meat Department Manager in the early 1960s at the newly opened Northbrook location. It was from behind the meat counter that Totto fully realized his passion for customer service and his ability to form lasting connections with customers. Totto attributes Sunset’s success to always putting the customer first. Throughout his lengthy career, this adage has always been at the heart of Totto’s work philosophy.

Promoted to store manager at the Libertyville location in 1998 and then to Vice-President of Operations in 2003, Totto's career is marked with personal achievement and profound dedication to our customers. Totto lives in Deerfield with his wife Ronny. He has three sons, Scott, Jeff, and Mark. If ever there was an employee who epitomizes the values that have made Sunset a North Shore institution, it is Allen "Totto" Perin. With a tremendous debt of gratitude, we recognize Totto’s milestone moment of 60 years (and counting) of faithful service to Sunset customers.

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Tossed Treasures - How to Curb Food Waste for Earth Month

As Earth Day approaches, let’s be reminded that the foods we eat have an impact on our planet. Getting food from farm to fork spends 10% of the total U.S. energy budget1, uses 50% of our land2, and swallows 80% of all freshwater consumed in the United States3. Yet, 40% of food produced in the U.S. goes uneaten4.

Food waste

Food is too good to waste. When we throw away food, we also waste the energy, land, and water that was needed to produce, package, and transport it. Wasted food is the single largest component of municipal solid waste in the U.S.5 What’s more, when wasted food sits in a landfill, it produces methane—a greenhouse gas about 30 times more potent that carbon dioxide6. Even the most sustainably farmed food does us no good if no one eats it.

If you’re interested in doing something good for the planet this Earth Month, curbing your food waste is an excellent place to start. In addition to reducing your carbon footprint, you’ll save money. The average American household tosses 25% of the food they buy. For a family of four, this amounts to about $2,275 each year7.

Below are some simple ways to waste less food. Commit to two or three (or more!) of these strategies this Earth Month. Even small changes make a big difference over time. 

Shop Wisely

  • Make a list (and remember to bring it with you!). Stick to your list to avoid impulse buys, which often go unused.
  • Buy only what you need. Opt for by-the-pound pricing in the produce, seafood, and deli departments. If a perishable item is packaged in a larger container than you need (for example, you’d prefer to buy only a few basil leaves rather than a whole container), one of our employees would be happy to break it down for you.
  • Make smaller, more frequent shopping trips. You’ll have access to more fresh foods and you’ll trim waste. 
  • Purchase a combination of delicate produce items (like berries, greens, tomatoes, and avocadoes) and more durable items (like broccoli, oranges, cabbage, and potatoes). Eat the delicate items first—they’ll spoil faster.
  • Don’t shop on an empty stomach. Everything looks appetizing when you’re hungry, and you’ll probably buy too much food. Keep a snack in your bag and tear into it if needed.
  • Head home after your shopping trip. Try to make food shopping your last errand of the day. If it’s a long ride home or you must make a stop after shopping, keep a cooler in your trunk. 

Store Properly

  • Conquer clutter. Out of sight is out of mind (and usually, wasted), so avoid overstuffing your fridge and freezer.
  • Practice FIFO—or “first in, first out”. When you buy fresh groceries, move older items to the front and place the newer items near the back.
  • Designate an “eat me soon” area of your fridge, and place items there are nearing expiration.
  • Move fruits and vegetables out of the crisper drawer—it’s too easy to forget they’re in there. Keep them in the center of your fridge instead.
  • Choose transparent storage containers. Knowing what’s inside a container will help you remember to eat it.
  • Avoid washing your fruits and vegetables until you’re ready to eat them. Too much moisture will cause these items to rot faster.
  • Treat fresh herbs like fresh flowers. Store them in a jar or small vase with an inch or two of water at the bottom. Cover the top with a plastic produce bag. They’ll stay fresh for weeks this way.
  • Remove milk from the refrigerator door. The door is the warmest area of the fridge, so keep more perishable items in the interior. And remember, the lower the shelf, the cooler the temperature.
  • Store uncut avocadoes, bananas, cantaloupe, garlic, kiwi, onions, pineapple, potatoes, and tomatoes at room temperature. Citrus fruits can be stored at either room temperature or in the fridge, but never in a plastic bag. 

Know Your Dates

  • “Use by” and “best by” dates are manufacturers’ suggestions for peak quality. Because manufacturers aim to preserve their brand’s reputation, these dates are often overly conservative.
  • Label dates do not indicate food safety. Eggs or yogurt, for example, are often safe to consume for weeks past the “best by” date. Use your senses to determine if something is safe enough to eat.
  • Label dates are not regulated (except in the case of infant formula). 

Use It Up

  • Love your leftovers. Have a leftover night, or box them up and eat them for lunch the next day.
  • Make a “clean the fridge” stew. Throw in whatever you’ve got on hand, like vegetables, fresh herbs, last night’s stir-fry, potatoes or onions that are beginning to sprout, and half-used containers of broth.
  • Can’t finish your greens before they get slimy? Opt for baby kale or baby spinach. These greens are tender enough to make fresh salads, yet hearty enough to stand up to some heat. Sauté them or add them to stew when they begin to wilt.
  • Can’t finish a loaf of bread before it turns moldy? Store it in the fridge or freezer instead of on the counter top. Frozen slices of bread can go right from the freezer into the toaster.
  • Repurpose stale bread or bagels into breadcrumbs, bread pudding, croutons, or crostini. 

Serve Smart

  • Use smaller plates and bowls. Opt for no larger than 9-inch dinner plates and 12-ounce cereal bowls. In addition to curbing waste, research suggests that we eat fewer calories when we use smaller dinnerware—and we don’t even notice! Good for the environment and your waistline.
  • Enable seconds rather than over-portioning firsts. Make it easy for family and guests to help themselves to more food by serving family-style.
  • If children are prone to over-serve themselves, portion their meals for them.
  • When dining out, ask your server about portion sizes before ordering. Inquire if half sizes are available, or have your leftovers boxed up (it’s not faux-pas!) if you’re unable to finish a whole portion. 

Look out for more sustainable-eating strategies throughout Earth Month! 

 

 

References

  1. M. Webber, "How to Make the Food System More Energy Efficient," Scientific American, Decemeber 29, 2011. 
  2. USDA Economic Research Service, “Major Uses of Land in the United States,” Pub. 2002/eIB-14, 2002, http://www.ers.usda.gov/ publications/eIB14/eib14a.pdf.
  3. United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), economic Research Service, economic Bulletin No. (eIB-16), “Agricultural Resources and environmental Indicators,” Chapter 2.1, July 2006, http://www.ers. usda.gov/publications/arei/eib16/.
  4. K.D. Hall, J. Guo, M. Dore, C.C. Chow, National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases, “The Progressive Increase of Food Waste in America and Its environmental Impact,” PLoS ONe 4(11):e7940, 2009. 
  5. Gunders, D. (2012). Wasted: How America Is Losing Up to 40 Percent of Its Food from Farm to Fork to Landfill. Natural Resources Defense Council.
  6. Understanding Global Warming Potentials. (2017, February 14). Retrieved March 29, 2017, from https://www.epa.gov/ghgemissions/understanding-global-warming-potentials
  7. Bloom, J. (2010). Home Is Where the Waste Is. In American Wasteland: How America Throws Away Nearly Half of Its Food (and What We Can Do About It) (p. 187). Philadelphia, PA: First Da Capo Press.

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Sweet Nothings: Facts on Added Sugar

The Nutrition Facts label is getting a face-lift. Among other changes, such as updated servings sizes and more prominent calorie and percent daily values, a major change to the label involves added sugars. On the new label, added sugars will be listed separately from natural sugars. 


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Manufacturers have until July of 2018 to adopt the new label and declare added sugars. However, you may notice that some food labels are already beginning to adopt the new label.

What are added sugars? Added sugars are sugars and syrups that are added to foods and beverages when they are processed or prepared. This includes sugars that are added by manufacturers, as well as sugars you may add at home. Added sugars are linked with a rise in chronic diseases like obesity, heart disease, cancer, and diabetes. 

Added sugars are found in processed foods. The largest sources of added sugars in Americans’ diet include: 

  • Soda, soft drinks, energy drinks, and sports drinks
  • Candy
  • Cakes
  • Cookies
  • Pies and cobblers
  • Pastries, sweet rolls, and donuts
  • Fruit drinks, such as fruitades and fruit punch 
  • Dairy desserts, such as ice cream

Added sugar goes by many names on ingredient lists. Pseudonyms for added sugar include: 

  • Agave nectar
  • Anhydrous dextrose
  • Brown sugar
  • Brown rice syrup
  • Beet sugar
  • Cane juice
  • Cane sugar
  • Corn sweetener
  • Corn syrup
  • Corn syrup solids
  • Crystal dextrose
  • Dextrose
  • Evaporated corn sweetener 
  • Fructose
  • Fruit juice concentrates
  • Glucose
  • High fructose corn syrup (HFCS)
  • Honey
  • Invert sugar 
  • Lactose
  • Liquid fructose
  • Malt syrup 
  • Maple syrup
  • Molasses
  • Nectar (e.g. peach nectar, pear nectar)
  • Pancake syrup
  • Raw sugar
  • Sucrose 
  • Sugar cane juice
  • White granulated sugar


Some of these different forms of sugar may seem more wholesome than others, but our bodies generally do not differentiate between them. 

How are added sugars different from natural sugars? Natural sugars occur naturally in fruits and dairy products like milk, yogurt, and cheese. Natural sugars are found in smaller amounts in vegetables, beans, and some grains. 

Our bodies process all sugars, no matter the source, in very similar ways. However, there are big differences in the nutritional value of the foods in which those sugars are found. Foods with natural sugars are healthy foods that contain important nutrients. Besides sugars, fruits contain vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and fiber. Dairy products contain calcium, vitamin D, and protein. 

So gram for gram, the sugar content of a candy bar may be similar to that of a couple oranges. However, the sugars in the candy bar are “empty calories” (i.e. calories that don’t offer any benefit besides energy), whereas the oranges provide vitamin C, fiber, and other health-promoting pytonutrients. It’s also important to note that the fiber in fruits and the protein in dairy products slow the digestion of sugars, leading to a healthier blood sugar response. 

natural versus added sugar

Why bother to declare added sugars? According to the FDA, the decision to declare added sugars “reflects our greater understanding of nutritional science…including the link between diet and chronic diseases such as obesity and heart disease.” A key recommendation of the 2015 Dietary Guidelines for Americans is to reduce intake from solid fats, sodium, and added sugars because all have been linked to chronic disease. Solid fats and sodium are indicated on the nutrition label, whereas added sugars are not. The FDA recognizes that consumers are better able to make informed choices about added sugars when they know how much they normally eat. 

The FDA also notes that mandatory declaration of added sugars may also prompt reformulation of foods high in added sugars. A similar situation occurred with trans fats; once the labeling trans fats became required, manufacturers voluntarily began removing them from their products. 

How much is too much added sugar?
American Heart Association recommends no more than:

  • 6 teaspoons, or 24 grams, of added sugars for women
  • 9 teaspoons, or 36 grams, of added sugars for men

To put that in perspective, one 12-ounce can of soda contains about 38 grams of added sugars. Most Americans far exceed added sugar recommendations.

How can you reduce your added sugar intake? 
In light of National Nutrition Month, try replacing a source of added sugar with a natural sugar. For example:

  • For snacking on the go, swap out a granola bar for a banana or a handful of dried fruit
  • Sweeten plain yogurt with berries in lieu of pre-sweetened yogurt. 
  • Beverages account for almost half of all added sugars consumed by Americans. Switch to a non-caloric beverage, like water, unsweetened tea, black coffee, or carbonated water. 

Remember, our Registered Dietitian is here to help you satisfy your sweet tooth the healthy way. If you have a question about added sugar or the new Nutrition Facts label, contact Courtney at courtney@sunsetfoods.com or 847.681.5513. 

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Hawaiian Seafood - Safe, Sustainable, Tested, Traceable

While Sunset carries fresh, sustainably-caught Hawaiian seafood year-round, this week we celebrate the flavors of the islands by overnight air-expressing an expanded assortment of freshly caught fish direct from Hawaii.

A selection of the fresh Hawaiian fish you can get at your local Sunset Foods includes: Ahi Tuna, Shutome, Mahi Mahi, Onaga, Ono, Monchong, and Opah. These fish are all line-caught in the open ocean off the Hawaiian Islands.

Ahi Tuna

Ahi Tuna

Also known as Yellowfin Tuna, this exceptional fish can be served raw as sashimi or sushi, offers a distinctive yet mild flavor, and has a pleasantly firm texture. Ahi is also delicious lightly seared and will absorb the flavor of whatever it’s cooked in.

Opah

Opah

Also known as Moonfish, this distinctive tropical fish combines a rich flavor with a firm and hearty texture. Opah’s pinkish orange flesh, is easy to prepare, and is as delicious raw, steamed, or smoked as it is baked, broiled, or sautéed.

Mahi Mahi

Mahi Mahi

Also known as Dorado, this deliciously sweet and perfectly mild fish offers a crowd-pleasing flaky texture without being dry. Mahi Mahi is wonderfully versatile and is well suited for any recipe that calls for white fish.                             

Ono

Ono

Ono means “good to eat” in Hawaiian, and for good reason! This exceptionally sweet and buttery fish is appealing to many and can be used in a variety of dishes. Like Ahi Tuna, Ono is especially delicious when served grilled or raw.

Onaga

Onaga

Also known as Hawaiian Red Snapper, this world-renowned fish combines a mildly sweet flavor with an exquisite texture. Onaga can be served raw, but also becomes sweeter and delicately flaky when cooked.                                     

Shutome

Shutome

Also known as Broadbill Swordfish, this versatile and premium fish is easy to prepare and offers rich flavor as well as a smooth and tender texture. Shutome is ideal for grilling and is packed with lean protein, omega-3s, and vitamin B6.

Monchong

Monchong

Monchong is a versatile white-fleshed fish that can only befound in Hawaii. This unique fish is tender and moist and has a fantastic buttery flavor. Monchong is well suited to sautéing, baking, and poaching and is also firm enough for the grill.

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13

Introducing Free Store Nutrition Tours

Many consumers plan to eat healthier, only to find their plans derailed at the supermarket. Sunset is here to help.

Your neighborhood Sunset Foods is hosting free store nutrition tours to help customers ‘shop for health.’ Designed to engage, educate, and empower shoppers, our interactive tours transform supermarket aisles into learning laboratories. The goal of the tours is to help participants do three things: identify the healthiest foods in the market, plan meals and snacks to meet nutrition goals, and evaluate products for nutritional value.

Our resident Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, Courtney Mayszak, leads these nutrition tours. As Courtney guides shoppers through the aisles, she points out specific products that pack a nutritional punch and discusses strategies for smarter shopping. Shoppers will leave the tour knowing how to navigate the Nutrition Facts label, ingredient statements, and label claims.

Tours are personalized to meet the unique needs of each shopper. Customers with conditions such as diabetes, hypertension, or a gluten-related disorder are highly encouraged to take a tour. Choosing foods that help keep blood sugar or blood pressure in check, for example, requires a keen eye in the aisles. The information presented in our tours can be the first line of defense when it comes to preventing and managing chronic disease.

Tours are also ideal for those who normally do household shopping or cooking, such as parents or caretakers. Anyone seeking fresh ideas for meals or snacks would benefit from one of our tours.

While speaking with a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist usually comes at a price, these tours are now free for Sunset customers.* This is an excellent opportunity to bring questions about nutrition to an expert who can answer them.

Nutrition tours are offered at all Sunset locations on a per-appointment basis. To schedule a tour, call 847.681.5513 or email courtney@sunsetfoods.com. Individuals or groups are welcome.

*Restrictions may apply. Inquire for more details.

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Fall Festival: Pumpkin Carving ~ Apple Dipping

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Fall is finally here and Sunset Foods is celebrating the season in style! On Saturday, October 22, the store is hosting its community Fall Festival Weekend with a multiple fun, educational, and delicious seasonal events. With so many events happening in one weekend, Sunset’s Fall Festival is sure to have something for the whole family. Sunset encourages you to mark your calendars, because this is one celebration you won’t want to miss.

Just in time for Halloween, Sunset is hosting a pumpkin carving at all stores from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. This family-friendly event is a great opportunity for customers to be creative while they practice their pumpkin carving skills for just $5 per pumpkin. Whether customers want their pumpkins to be cute or spooky, this event is for everyone who enjoys Halloween.

Nothing says fall quite like delicious caramel apples. Come watch how this seasonal sweet treat is made and enjoy one (or two) of your own! Sunset’s Bakery is hosting its Caramel Apple Dipping day from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. so be sure to stop by any of our stores to participate!

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What's For Dinner September Menu

You can try our Deli's ready-to-go chef-prepared What’s for Dinner meals before you buy them. These grab-and-go meals are available from 2pm-9pm with sampling taking place from 4pm-6pm.

 

If you are using a mobile device or need an accessible version of this menu, click here

 

What's For Dinner September Menu

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Barbecue, Rhythm, and Brews

If you love live music, craft beer, or great food, then mark your calendar for Saturday, September 17th, and don’t miss Sunset Food’s Barbecue, Rhythm, and Brews! This unique event will take place from 11 am to 4 pm at Sunset’s Libertyville location. Music and beer are each great on their own, but they are even better when enjoyed together!

This year’s exceptional beer selection will feature a variety of domestic and international brews and delicious foods from Sunset's Grill and Smokehouse

Live music for Rhythm and Brews will be provided by Phil Baron and the Dave Herrero Blues Band.

Admission for the Beer Tasting area of Rhythm and Brews is $10 per person. Guests must be 21 or older to consume alcohol and should be prepared to show ID.

Sunset Foods Libertyville is located at 1451 W. Peterson, Libertyville, IL, 60048

 

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09

Fall Cheese Tasting Events

We’re kicking off a new weekend cheese tasting series that offers the opportunity to learn about dozens of delectable cheeses while getting the chance to sample them all.

This series is much more than just a tasting event. It’s a grand tour with some of the best artisanal guides in the business. Guests are invited to explore Sunset’s wide range of high-quality cheeses and talk with cheese experts.

The wide array of cheeses showcased each week will include plenty of the best quality international and domestic varieties. We’ll have creamy and flavorful options from Ireland’s Kerrygold, France’s Champs-Élysées, Italy’s Isola, and Spain’s Manchego. Our experts will also feature savory local and domestic offerings including Wisconsin Artisan Cheese, La Bottega Di Belgioioso, and Sartori cheeses.

Join us Saturdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. to enjoy this free event! It all kicks off September 10 at Sunset’s Highland Park location, September 17 at our Northbrook location, September 24 at our Lake Forest location, October 8 at our Long Grove location, and October 22 at our Libertyville location.

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Pumpkin Brownies

 

Whole wheat pumpkin brownies

Fall is here and you know what that means- PUMPKIN RECIPES!! Everyone loves the classic pumpkin pie and pumpkin bread, but that's hardly all that pumpkin is good for. More adventurous than typical pumpkin desserts, these brownies are deliciously decadent and will most definitely put you and your family in the fall spirit.

This week's recipe: Whole Wheat Pumpkin Brownies

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22

Creamy Turkey and Wild Rice Soup

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Nothing hits the spot when it’s cold out quite like a hearty soup, and our Creamy Turkey and Wild Rice Soup fits the bill perfectly. This velvety soup is creamy without being too heavy and is loaded with savory flavor. Even better, the addition of wild rice turns this dish into a complete meal. This soup can also be easily modified to suit your needs. Have some beans or peas you need to use up? Go ahead and chuck them in the pot! Want the soup to be gluten-free? Just make sure to use gluten-free stock or bouillon, and you’re good to go!

This week's recipe: Creamy Turkey and Wild Rice Soup

Why We Like It
Let’s face it: no one want’s to put much effort into cooking right after Thanksgiving, but no one really wants to eat reheated leftovers for a week either. That’s where this soup comes in! Our Creamy Turkey and Wild Rice Soup is a great way to use up some of that leftover turkey without spending your whole evening making dinner. Since the turkey is already cooked, just about all you have to do to prepare this soup is chop a few vegetables and throw them in a pot.

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How To Prepare A Turkey

 

Preparing a turkey

Thanksgiving is a holiday steeped in tradition. It’s a day filled with family and with delicious dishes that have been handed down for generations. In most households, turkey is the entrée of choice on this special, festive, and food-centric holiday. In fact, for many, it’s not really Thanksgiving if there isn’t a freshly roasted turkey on the table. That said, turkey is a dish that intimidates many; even those with a considerable amount of culinary experience may not be confident in their ability to cook a turkey to perfection. In this article, we’ve put together plenty of tips for preparing the perfect Thanksgiving turkey. The information below is based on the considerable experience of Sunset’s skilled staff, and is sure to make your holiday easier and more delicious than ever.

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This week’s recipe: Fall Quinoa Salad with Apples, Pecans, and Cranberries

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The weekly events, held from 11 AM to 3 PM Saturdays at every Sunset Foods’ location will provide barbeque lovers the chance to sample the latest in all-natural meats, including brats, bacon sausage, chicken, beef, and ribs. Selected artisan food producers will be on hand to discuss the latest in grilling techniques, and not only will attendees be able to sample succulent grilled fare, but they can also find the perfect marinade, condiments, and sides.

Learn about the latest all-natural, nitrate and nitrite-free innovations in sausage with samples from Big Fork and Gilbert’s Craft Sausages, create the perfect steak with Certified Angus Beef, or pick up some Farmland All-Natural Smoked Ribs, which will be smoked on site. Poultry lovers can sample Miller Amish Country Chicken, or Bliniski’s casing-free chicken sausage.

Grill enthusiasts can enter to win a one of five Weber Genesis grills and $200 worth of Certified Angus Beef at Sunset’s Highland Park, Lake Forest, Libertyville, Long Grove, or Northbrook locations, where the Thrill of the Grill events are being held.

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Whether you’re preparing your own Seder dinner this Passover or attending one elsewhere, you might just start a new dessert tradition with this sweet matzo treat.  Crunchy toffee coated matzo and almonds are layered with rich semi-sweet chocolate to create a truly delectable and unique addition to your traditional Passover meal.

 

This week’s recipe: Chocolate Matzo Toffee Crunch

 

Why we like it:

 

This dessert is incredibly simple and requires just a few ingredients, so it doesn’t take a lot of time or effort, but will definitely become a new Passover favorite!

 

Ingredients:

 

2 cups coarsely crumbled matzo (approx. 4 sheets)

1 ¾ cups sliced almonds

½ cup unsalted butter

½ cup packed brown sugar

1 tsp vanilla extract

½ tsp salt

2 tbsp water

2 cups semi-sweet chocolate chips

 

Preheat the oven to 325 degrees and line a large, rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.  Crumble your matzo into a large bowl (about 4 sheets for 2 cups).

 

Add your sliced almonds and mix them together.  Set the bowl aside for later.

Crumbled Matzos

 

To a medium-sized saucepan, add your butter, brown sugar, vanilla extract, salt, and water.  Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly.  The color should turn golden brown, and the syrup will start to look frothy and bubbly.  Keep stirring for 1-2 minutes and then remove from the heat.

 

Heating the Brown Sugar

 

Immediately drizzle over the matzo and almond mixture in the bowl, stirring together as you go to incorporate all the syrup.

 

Mixing together the ingredients

 

Spread the matzo mixture evenly onto your parchment-lined baking sheet.  Bake for 25-30 minutes, until golden and smelling like toffee.  Be careful to not let it brown too much.

 

Take the baking sheet out of the oven and turn off the heat.  Sprinkle the chocolate chips all over the toffee crunch.

 

Place the baking sheet back in the oven with the heat off and let sit for 1-2 minutes, until the chocolate chips look glossy and soft.

 

mixing the chocolate chips

 

Remove the baking sheet and, using a heatproof spatula, spread the chocolate chips into an even layer of chocolate on top of the toffee crunch.

 

Place the tray in the refrigerator and leave until the chocolate hardens completely.

 

Refrigerating the matzo

 

Break the chocolate matzo toffee crunch into pieces by hand.  Don’t go smaller than bite-size or it’ll just be messy to eat.

 

Breaking apart the toffee

 

Enjoy this delectable Passover treat; no utensils needed!

 

Pieces of delicious matzo toffee!

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This week’s recipe: Spiced Butternut Squash Soup

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