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Locally owned and operated with 34 Long Island locations, King Kullen is Long Island's own supermarket.
Locally owned and operated with 34 Long Island locations, King Kullen is Long Island's own supermarket.

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King Kullen Recommends Eating More Seasonal Vegetables for Thanksgiving

November 2016

The local grocer shares healthy seasonal recipes to try this autumn.

‘Tis the season to discover a new Thanksgiving favorite and add some variety to weekly meal preparation. November is National Squash Month and Sweet Potato Awareness Month, making it the perfect time to cut down on carbs and fill up on healthy alternatives that are just as tasty as the classics– if not more.

With that in mind, King Kullen is offering some seasonally-inspired recipes to try. All of the necessary ingredients can be found at any of the local grocer’s locations.

Acorn Squash

With cold and flu season around the corner, a healthy, balanced diet is even more important. King Kullen’s Nutritionist, Michele Tonner, explains that this popular autumn squash contains vitamins A and C, dietary fiber and potassium.
Increased servings of this seasonal vegetable helps people stay fuller longer, can boost the immune system, regulate the digestive system and lower and regulate blood pressure.
Acorn squash can be prepared many different ways, whether it’s baked, roasted or stuffed with added protein, like quinoa and chicken sausage, macaroni and cheese, or turkey stuffing. Acorn squash can also be pureed and used in soups, sauces, pies and dips.
For a snack that’s vegan, vegetarian and low-calorie, try this yummy recipe for Acorn Squash Hummus (https://www.pinterest.com/pin/199917670938366804/).

Butternut Squash

With only 82 calories per cup, baked butternut squash is healthy and contains vitamins A, C and B6 as well as magnesium, according to Tonner. Plus, King Kullen’s Director of Produce, Rich Conger, explains that butternut squash is easy to prepare – cube and roast in the oven, season with favorite spices, such as maple cinnamon, garlic parmesan and rosemary.

Pureed butternut squash can be incorporated into all kinds of meals, including baked mac and cheese, oatmeal, muffins, pies and dips.
Tracey Cullen, Director of Pricing and Social Media, notes that pureed butternut squash is a great vegetable to “sneak” into a picky toddler’s meals – it’s very easy to add to pasta, macaroni and cheese, or sneak into a quesadilla instead of or in addition to cheese.

Stay warm with this simple, healthy recipe for Roasted Butternut Squash Soup (https://www.pinterest.com/pin/199917670938438832/). Despite containing no cream, milk or butter, this seasonal soup is very tasty and full of flavor.

King Kullen carries butternut squash noodles, which can be prepared just like pasta with sauce, browned butter or spices. Try Creamy Butternut Squash Noodles with Bacon and Spinach (https://www.pinterest.com/pin/199917670938477212/) for a healthy, but delicious alternative to traditional pasta dishes.

Spaghetti Squash

Swap pasta noodles in favor of spaghetti squash for a low-calorie alternative–only 41 calories per cup– that contains vitamin C, several B vitamins, potassium and magnesium. This Spaghetti Squash recipe (https://www.pinterest.com/pin/199917670934666625/) creates long noodles that actually look like pasta noodles.

Pumpkins

Pumpkins are much more than a festive fall decoration; they are also a good source of dietary fiber, vitamin A, vitamin C and potassium. Pumpkin puree can easily be added to morning smoothies, bowls of oatmeal and fall desserts for added festive flavor.
Don’t forget pumpkin spice lattes. Skip the line at the local coffee shop by trying this Pumpkin Spice Latte (https://www.pinterest.com/pin/199917670938395917/) recipe at home, made with real pumpkin puree.

Sweet Potatoes

Sweet potatoes are a very versatile vegetable, as they can be baked, roasted, pureed, mashed, steamed or grilled. Plus, they are high in vitamins B6, C and D as well as iron, magnesium and potassium, offering benefits such as reduced risk of heart attack, a healthier immune system and increased energy levels.

Sweet potatoes can be used in all kinds of recipes, including soups, salads or as standalone side dishes.
Stray from the buttery classic with this recipe for Black Bean Stuffed Sweet Potatoes (https://www.pinterest.com/pin/199917670938118056/). This unique combination is vegan, gluten-free and packed with healthy proteins.
For a healthy dish that’s still rich and creamy, try this recipe for Sweet Potato Pasta with Kale Pesto (https://www.pinterest.com/pin/199917670938477241/).

Traditional seasonings get old. Instead, try garlic parmesan, BBQ, Cajun or Greek feta on sweet potato fries for added flavor. For added flavor, serve with different dips such as avocado, chipotle, sriracha or pesto mayo. Start with this easy recipe for Greek Feta Sweet Potato Fries (https://www.pinterest.com/pin/199917670938477223/) that makes for a crispy and delicious side dish.

A Healthier Autumn Season

Conger notes that King Kullen’s produce department offers are diced butternut squash, diced butternut for soup and butternut squash for roasting – these items are pre-cut and packaged for easy grab-and-go meals or side dishes. Customers can also find sweet potato fries, sweet potato noodles and sweet potatoes ready for roasting.

The holiday season is just the right time to give new recipes a try. Stop by a local King Kullen Grocery store to pick up everything needed to make these recipes for friends and family this season.

#november #pressrelease #fall #thanksgiving #produce #squash #spaghettisquash #butternutsquash #pumpkins #sweetpotato #recipe


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King Kullen Observes Breast Cancer Awareness Month
October 2016

King Kullen to prominently display products that benefit breast cancer research.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. According to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime. The goal of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, founded in 1991 by breast cancer survivor Janelle Hail, is to educate women of the importance of early detection and the availability of support services. Read more about the National Breast Cancer Foundation here http://www.nationalbreastcancer.org/about-nbcf/nbcf-story.

This October, Boar’s Head is demonstrating their support for the Breast Cancer Research Foundation by donating to breast cancer research with the help of two of their flagship delicatessen products, EverRoast® Oven Roasted Chicken Breast and Ovengold® Roasted Turkey Breast. Find both of these products in the Deli Department of any King Kullen location. Pink ribbons will be featured on the labels of both of these products throughout the month of October.

Both EverRoast® Oven Roasted Chicken Breast and Ovengold® Roasted Turkey Breast are certified by the American Heart Association as heart-healthy products. When selecting Boar’s Head Premium meats and cheeses, these are the options to reach for. King Kullen’s Director of Deli, Al Spinazzola, explains that Boar’s Head meats are great for sandwiches, like this Turkey and Swiss Club (https://www.pinterest.com/pin/199917670938230692/), products such as Ovengold® Roasted Turkey Breast, they can be used for so much more.

Spinazzola suggests the following options:
- Use Boar’s Head EverRoast® Oven Roasted Chicken Breast in a soup like the autumn-inspired Pulled EverRoast® Chicken and Vegetable Soup recipe (https://www.pinterest.com/pin/199917670938230650
- Pair Boar’s Head EverRoast® Chicken Breast with butternut squash for a sweet and savory salad (https://www.pinterest.com/pin/199917670938230672)
- Whip up fajitas with Ovengold® Roasted Turkey Breast, peppers and onions for a quick and easy weeknight meal that’s packed with flavor (https://www.pinterest.com/pin/199917670938230681/).

In addition to these two products, all Boar’s Head 8 oz. and 10 oz. Hummus containers feature temporary packaging with pink lids and labels, sharing the brand’s commitment to supporting Breast Cancer Research. Participating varieties available in King Kullen’s Deli Department include Traditional, Roasted Pine Nut, Roasted Garlic, Roasted Red Pepper, Fiery Chipotle, Southwest Style Black Bean, Tuscan Style White Bean, Fire Roasted Artichoke and Spinach and Kalamata Olive Tapenade.

Enjoy Boar’s Head Hummus with crackers, chips and fresh vegetables like carrots and celery. Hummus is filling, and it is a great source of protein and fiber. Tracey Cullen, King Kullen’s Director of Pricing and Social Media, suggests getting the most out of hummus by spreading it on a sandwich as a substitute for mayonnaise or mustard. It can also take the place in pasta salad, chicken salad, and tuna salad recipes. Try topping a chicken or fish dish with hummus to add some healthy flavor. Add creaminess to a soup with hummus like this Vegetable Hummus Soup (https://www.pinterest.com/pin/199917670938230742/).

#october #breastcancerawarenessmonth #breastcancerresearch #breastcancer #boarshead #kingkullen
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King Kullen Celebrates Family Meals Month
September 2016

The local grocer shares some of the benefits of eating more home-cooked family meals.

King Kullen is proud to celebrate National Family Meals Month this September. National Family Meals Month is a movement started by the Food Marketing Institute Foundation in 2015, encouraging families to share one more meal together each week. The goal is to raise awareness of the positive benefits that sharing family meals provides. According to the Food Marketing Institute, home-cooked meals nourish the spirit, brain and health of all family members. Not to mention, people who frequently cook at home eat fewer, healthier calories.

Some of the benefits of eating more home-cooked family meals include the following:

- Improves health and wellness of children and adolescents
- Heavily influences children’s long-term health
- Decreases consumption of carbohydrates, sugar and fat
- Establishes healthier dietary and eating patterns
- Fights obesity
- Strengthens families

Regular family meals are also linked to outcomes that everyone wants for their children, such as higher grades and self-esteem, healthier eating habits and less risky behavior. A recent study* shows that children who grow up sharing meals as a family are more likely to exhibit positive behavior as adults, such as sharing, fairness and respect.

King Kullen knows that juggling jobs, kids and the demands of a busy, modern life often come at the expense of family mealtime at home. As the area’s local grocer, King Kullen offers the solution to mealtime dilemmas.

According to the Food Marketing Institute Foundation, 90 percent of families wish they could have more meals together and 81 percent of parents buy food with minimal prep time and less clean-up because time is limited. King Kullen provides a solution, in offering an ever-expanding assortment of products that take the stress out of planning and preparing family meals: pre-prepped fresh ingredients, delicious ready-made entrees, wholesome heat-and-eat dishes and more. They make it easy for their customers to enjoy more family meals together, even on busy weeknights.

According to Hartman Group, 63 percent of Americans decide what to eat less than an hour before eating. Take a trip to King Kullen on the way home from work and visit the deli department for a fresh and warm rotisserie chicken (available in three flavors), a slice of traditional or turkey meatloaf, baked ziti or vegetable lasagna. Serve with any one of their salads or pre-prepped side dishes. Deli Director Al Spinazzola explains that side dish options include lemon-roasted carrots, Brussels sprouts with bacon, and herb-roasted potatoes. The Deli Department is also offering more nutritious grain-based salads, as a healthy alternative to traditional mayonnaise-based salads. These new salads include Pesto Farro, Citrus Tabouleh, and Harvest Wheatberry. King Kullen also has pre-diced vegetables in the Produce Department, such as pre-cut sweet potatoes, pre-cut squash, peppers, onions and more, to throw together a quick side dish or stir fry.

Meat and Seafood Director Al Gerrity explains that both departments are offering pre-marinated or pre-seasoned meat and seafood options. Flavors include garlic and herb, mojito lime, Montreal seasoning, honey mustard, rotisserie, chipotle cinnamon and many more. These flavors are offered on any cut of beef, poultry or pork, as well as any piece of seafood. The Meat Department also offers other pre-prepared entrees, such as boneless stuffed pork chops, Chicken Valentino, kabobs and more.

The “Meals to Go” option is ever expanding, with grab-and-go options such as Poached Salmon with Dill, Linguini with Clam Sauce, Balsamic Grilled Chicken Caprese, Penne ala Vodka, Chicken Parmigiana, Lobster Rigatoni, Vegetable Lasagna and more packaged and ready to go in containers that are safe for both the oven and microwave.

A final easy grab-and-go option for Family Meal Month is King Kullen’s expanded line of private label soups, with flavors including Broccoli Cheddar, Lobster Bisque, Lentil, Chicken Noodle and Shrimp and Corn Chowder. They pair deliciously with store-baked signature baguettes, and are perfect to share around the family dinner table.

#September #FamilyMealsMonth #KingKullen #LongIsland #Deli #Meat #Seafood #Dinner #EasyDinner #Weeknight #Family 
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Hello, fall! What are you most excited for this season?

Although we're sad to see summer go, we can't wait for all things pumpkin, new recipes to try with seasonal produce (we're looking at you, butternut squash) and the cooler weather.

Since we're talking about fall on throwback thursday, here's a picture of last fall's beautiful view from our main office.

#firstdayoffall #happyfall #fall #foliage #tbt #throwbackthursday #butternutsquash #cooking

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Throwin' it back to a look at our Produce department in the '70s!

#TBT #ThrowbackThursday #Produce #KingKullen #LongIsland #NassauCounty #SuffolkCounty
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How do you make your cupcakes more summer friendly? Decorate them with little teddy grahams sun bathing on a sea of icing, obviously.

Use Pillsbury Cake Mix ($1.00) to make Teddy at the Beach Cupcakes! Try it this weekend for a party or save the the recipe for a rainy day.

Sale ends 8/11.

‪#‎baking‬ ‪#‎cupcakes‬ ‪#‎beach‬ ‪#‎summer‬ ‪#‎dessert‬ ‪#‎recipe‬ ‪#‎fun‬

https://www.pinterest.com/pin/199917670937872346/

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King Kullen Celebrates the Last Week of National Picnic Month

July 2016

The local grocer offers tips and easy recipes to take on the go.

July is National Picnic Month, and King Kullen wants to celebrate the last week of this national recognition and keep it going throughout the rest of the summer season. To keep things as simple as possible, King Kullen not only offers great ideas and easy recipes to take out on a picnic, but they also keep their shelves stocked in every aisle with all of the picnic and summer essentials.

Pack Smart
When packing a picnic, think ahead! Pack heavy objects first and soft items last so nothing is squished. Be sure to package food in re-sealable plastic containers so they stack easier and can be packaged back up afterward quickly and cleanly. (No one wants to deal with leaks and spills!) Mason jars work great, as well. Keep fresh food chilled by freezing water bottles; this way, when they melt, they can couble as a refreshing beverage. And to be sure everyone is comfortable for the entire picnic, try attaching a shower curtain underneath the picnic blanket to prevent any moisture from the ground seeping through.

Upcycle containers when preparing food for a picnic, like egg cartons and other plastic cartons. Egg cartons can be used to serve condiments or dips. To make serving food even easier, prep food that can be eaten with just a fork, or even better, with no hands. Serving food on skewers and toothpicks eliminates all utensils, which makes packing and cleanup even easier. Just don’t forget plastic bags to collect garbage in.

Try Antipasto skewers using tortellini, salami, pepperoni, provolone, olives, tomatoes and onions. Or keep it even simpler with caprese skewers of fresh mozzarella, cherry tomatoes and basil stacked high on a skewer or bite-sized on a toothpick. Try a sandwich on a stick by putting a choice of meat, tomato, lettuce, cheese and cubes of sandwich bread on either end of the skewer. Take the traditional fruit salad to kabob form by stacking sliced fruit or even frozen grapes on a skewer, which can make for a healthy and refreshing dessert.

What’s Cookin’?
King Kullen offers tips and supplies to prepare the perfect picnic with ease. For juice, fill up mason jars with fruit-infused water or brewed iced tea with lemon for a refreshing drink on the go.

Bring a pasta salad like Veggie Macaroni and Cheese (https://www.pinterest.com/pin/AQkqlGPzs1EKTJwECFgJnzeMbPYhXtaBViLEu31qTg5dk4EJoOA-vKE/) or Italian Pasta Salad with Balsamic Vinegar (https://www.pinterest.com/pin/199917670937682584/).

Salads can go quite a while without having to be refrigerated, so try personalized garden salads in a jar. Choose from these 15 Mason Jar Salads That Will Transform Lunchtime (via Popsugar) (https://www.pinterest.com/pin/199917670937682432/).

Don’t forget dessert! For something healthy and refreshing, keep it simple with diced fruit like watermelon, berries, cantaloupe, and honeydew; which can also be kept fresh in a mason jar. Or get that chocolate fix with an Oreo Chocolate Cheesecake Parfait (https://www.pinterest.com/pin/199917670937682612/). Plus, Buzzfeed features 22 Desserts in Jars for Summer Picnics, like blueberry pies, banana split parfaits, chocolate pudding, éclairs and red velvet cupcakes… just to name a few (https://www.pinterest.com/pin/199917670937682613/).

Stay Entertained
It’s best to plan some activities before heading out for the picnic. Depending on the location, plan a hike before or after lunch or simply bring a Frisbee or ball to play catch with in the park. If it’s an open area, a kite can be the perfect activity for the whole crew to get involved with too. Board games, a deck of cards or music are all great things to pack, as well.

Stop by a local King Kullen Grocery store to pick up everything to put together a great picnic for friends and family to enjoy!

#kingkullen   #nationalpicnicmonth   #picnic   #summer   #longisland  

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Visit any one of our King Kullen locations for the chance to WIN a Gas Grill and Cooler from Sparkling Ice!

See store for details. Contest ends 9/29/16.

‪#‎sparklingice‬ ‪#‎contest‬ ‪#‎longisland‬
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Blow Out Special

Use Pretty Lady Red and Green Seedless Grapes ($1.99/lb) for this light and refreshing summer dessert. Make the crust from scratch and bake for about 25 minutes. Whisk homemade pastry cream until smooth and creamy, then spread evenly over crust and add grapes. Get creative with the pattern/colors of grapes on top! Refrigerate for at least 2 hours before serving or overnight.
https://www.pinterest.com/pin/199917670937752282/

Here's an easier recipe to prepare: Fruit Dip! Low-fat vanilla yogurt, lite Cool Whip and instant vanilla pudding mix are all you need for this sweet snack. Use Strawberries (2/$5.00), grapes, berries, oranges and apples to dip!

Sale ends 7/28.
‪#‎grapes‬ ‪#‎strawberries‬ ‪#‎apples‬ ‪#‎berries‬ ‪#‎dessert‬ ‪#‎produce‬ ‪#‎recipe‬

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Blow Out Special

Top Round London Broil, fresh cut in store everyday by our Butchers, is featured for the low price of $2.79/lb. in our Meat department and is the perfect choice for your Fourth of July Weekend Barbeque! Grab McCormick Grill Mates Marinade ($0.99) for a quick and easy marinade.

Prepare Bi-Color Corn (5/$1.99) to throw on the grill alongside your London Broil - corn can be grilled in the husk, wrapped in foil, or naked. Season with a plain or flavored butter and your favorite spices.

Check out this wikiHow we found on How to Grill a London Broil, complete with simple marinades to try!

http://www.wikihow.com/Grill-a-London-Broil

Sale ends 7/7.

#LondonBroil   #HowTo   #Grilling   #BBQ   #Summer  
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