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Date Night Recipes

Easy But Impressive Date Night Recipes

At Mama Flasch, we’re all about family meals, but every now and then parents need a date night to strengthen their relationship. Whether you’re cooking for your spouse or preparing your meal as a couple, we’re betting you’d rather spend time enjoying the date instead of prepping for it. Here’s an impressive menu that tastes delicious without spending hours in the kitchen.  Bacon-Wrapped Dates Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Slice 8 pitted dates in half and stuff with blue cheese crumbles. Take 4 slices of thick-cut brown sugar bacon (you can order this exact amount at your local grocery store’s butcher counter) and cut each slice into halves. Wrap bacon around dates, securing each with a toothpick. Place on a cooling rack, and place the cooling rack on a foil-lined cooking sheet. This makes for easier clean-up! Bake for 20 minutes, remove and turn over. Bake for an additional 20 minutes. Remove and serve. Caprese Salad Elegant and easy, this salad is the hit of any dinner. Wash 8 Roma tomatoes and pat dry. Slice each tomato into 1-inch thick pieces. Arrange on a salad plate. Add a few balls of Bocconcini or Ciliegine mozzarella. Roll three leaves of fresh basil. Slice into tiny pieces and add to the top of salad without unrolling. Top with Sturkey’s creamy balsamic dressing, or your favorite vinaigrette. Baked Sea Bass and Salsa Coat a baking dish with olive oil and preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Place two 6-ounce sea bass filets in the dish, and season with coarse salt. After 15 minutes, gently press on the filets to ensure they’re fully cooked. Remove from oven and add 4 tablespoons of Mama Flasch’s Gourmet Salsa to the top of each filet. Since it’s date night, we’d suggest Scottsome Heat, but the heat level is completely up to your preferences. Serve with steamed asparagus, broccoli or your favorite vegetable. Ricotta Stuffed Strawberries Wash 4-6 strawberries and pat dry. Slice off the tops and use a small spoon or paring knife to empty the insides. Spoon in about a teaspoon of ricotta cheese, and top with a dash of crushed pecans. If the mood strikes you, top with a drizzle of balsamic dressing or honey. Add in your favorite bottle of white wine and your perfect date-night dinner is ready with less than 30 minutes of prep time. Impressive and oh so easy! For more ideas and recipes, check us out on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn, and Instagram!
Guide to a low-stress family picnic

Guide To A Low-Stress Family Picnic

It’s a nice day and you’re thinking about taking the kids and the dogs to the park, but you’re not sure if you should go before lunch or after. Why delay the fun? Family picnics are a ton of fun and shouldn’t require any more time than it takes to make lunch at home. With just a little bit of planning one time, you’ll be ready for a low-key day of fun the next time the mood hits. Prep Your Go-Bag First, grab any kind of sturdy bag you don’t mind getting dirty, and that you won’t miss all spring and summer. Bonus points if it is water resistant. Pack your bag with items you would need while you’re at any park, including a blanket or two. Most parks offer water fountains, so be sure to pack a bowl for Fido. This COMSUN collapsible dog bowl from Amazon is inexpensive but durable, and it folds up easily. As a parent, you know you’re never fully dressed without a backup, so throw in a full set of play clothes for each child. Add in a few toys like a jump rope, Frisbee, basic water guns and sidewalk chalk as back-up in case the park’s usual attractions fail to inspire. Finish the bag with sunscreen, a pack of paper plates, hand sanitizer and a pack of wet wipes. Place your go-bag in the trunk of your car so it’s on-hand whether you’re driving or walking to the park. Menu Planning Sure, a gingham-lined picnic basket with real silverware and plates is great, but the fun for kids is getting to do something different. That PB&J you were planning to serve for lunch tastes a lot better during a quick break from the playing with friends on the swing set. Grab some apples and baby carrots and that’s a lunch any parent can live with. And the best part? No clean-up is necessary. Need more options? Try the kid-approved ants on a log. Wash and slice a few celery stalks, then add peanut butter and top with raisins. Celery also makes a great conduit for Mama Flasch’s Gourmet Salsa and is a lot healthier than chips. Our salsa is also delicious with sliced peppers or cucumber. With no added preservatives or sugar and made in small batches with fresh ingredients, our salsa is a great way to sneak veggies into your child’s diet. It’s important to stay hydrated, especially when you’re playing outdoors, so don’t forget to pack plenty of water and your reusable bottles.  We hope you’ll look at picnics as easier outings now that your go-bag will help reduce day-of planning time. Check us out on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn and Instagram for more great ideas!
Vegan Protein Sources

Vegan Protein Sources

For those new to veganism, finding new sources of protein after cutting meat and dairy out of your diet can be difficult, but it doesn’t have to be. Here at Mama Flasch’s Gourmet Kitchen, we’re all about promoting delicious, healthy eating and since all of our salsas are vegan-friendly, we wanted to share our favorite vegan protein sources. What is Veganism? Much like vegetarians, veganism is a dietary choice that refrains from eating animal-based products. While dairy products like milk and eggs provide alternative sources of protein for many vegetarians, a vegan lifestyle is entirely plant-based. Because of their dietary restrictions, one of the common misconceptions about veganism is it lacks sources of protein commonly found in meat and dairy, but many plants and legumes are not only packed with protein but other health benefits as well. So whether you’re looking to try a vegan lifestyle or simply looking for new ways to eat better, try adding one of these plant-based protein sources to your next meal. Beans Although they come in a variety of shapes and flavors, beans are a great source of nutrients. Not only are they a great source of protein, but they also provide nutrients like iron and potassium. Try them in meatless chili or give roasted chickpeas a try for an easy, healthy snack. Tofu What meat-free menu would be complete without tofu? This soy product is popular with vegetarians and vegans because just 3.5 ounces of tofu contains 8 grams of protein, is low in calories and contains essential vitamins and minerals. Since it absorbs flavor so well, it’s the perfect substitute for meat. Lentils Featuring 18 grams of protein per cup, lentils are one of the healthiest foods available for vegans. They’re also high in fiber, helping promote digestive health as well. Delicious in stews, curries or other dishes, this versatile ingredient is a great addition to any vegan dish. Green Peas It may surprise you but this common side dish features 9 grams of protein per cooked cup. In addition, they’re also a great source of vitamins A, C, and K along with other important minerals. Enjoy them as a side or add them to your favorite dish for a complete, healthy meal. Almonds Looking for a protein source that makes a great snack? One ounce of almonds features 6 grams of protein. Enjoy them raw or try it as a spread on an almond butter and jelly sandwich. Spice Up Your Dishes with Mama Flasch’s Salsa Whether it’s on top of a black bean burger or flavoring a pot of vegan chili, Mama Flasch’s salsa is the perfect addition to any dish. Our small-batch salsas use only all natural fresh ingredients to deliver you great tasting salsa that’s vegetarian and vegan-friendly. So try some today or pick some up at a store near you. Check us out on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn, and Instagram!
Get Creative with Your Herb Garden!

Get Creative with Your Herb Garden!

You don’t need to be an experienced chef or gardener to have your own herb garden. Herb gardens can be started and maintained in both indoor and outdoor settings and add some flair to your recipes. If you aren’t sure where to start, here are a few tips for growing your own herbs and getting creative in the kitchen. Choose your herbs When deciding on which herbs are right for you, consider if you want to grow indoors or outdoors based on the climate of your region. If you reside in a cold location, keeping herbs indoors might be best. Also, consider how much time and attention you have to make your herb garden a success. Some of the easiest and most popular herbs to grow are basil, rosemary, chives, parsley, tarragon, lavender, dill, and mint. Starting and Maintaining Your Garden Once you have chosen your space and which herbs you are going to grow, the gardening process is fairly simple. Herbs need to be planted, watered and harvested frequently for the best results. Many herbs like oregano, chives, and parsley can be grown in pots or containers indoors or planted in a well-lit soiled area outside. Deciding when to harvest depends on the herb, but they generally should be harvested before they flower. Removing approximately 1/3 of the growth with scissors will keep herbs growing at a more bountiful rate and better quality. Get cooking Once you have your herb garden up and running, it’s time to head into the kitchen to put your homegrown herbs to use. Knowing which herbs to pair with certain foods can be tricky, but some of our favorites are using basil for making homemade pesto, rosemary herbs for grilled pork loin and dill for salmon. Some other options include using parsley, chives and tarragon for making herb butter to grill steaks or sea bass. More than just food Your homegrown herbs can be used for other household items in addition to food. Get creative outside of the kitchen by using lavender and cilantro to make bath bombs, soap, baking soda or decorations, or rosemary to make fresh herbal hair rinses. Mint can be used as an insect and mice repellent to keep unwanted pests out of your kitchen, or even as garnishments in your favorite teas and cocktails. We hope you have some great ideas to take with you from your garden to the kitchen or your household! To make your meals with your homegrown herbs complete, be sure to order Mama Flasch’s Gourmet Salsa. Share your own herb garden tips with us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn or Instagram!
4 Games to Turn Mealtimes Into Family Time

4 Games to Turn Mealtimes Into Family Time

Some of our favorite memories involve the dinner table and family. But with the ever-present lure of screen-time, it can be a challenge to keep the conversations going during meals. (Teenagers anyone?) Here are four games for all ages you can play to keep the attention on the family instead of the screens. 20 Questions It’s probably been a while since you’ve played, but this is a great game that needs nothing except your imagination. One player comes up with a person, place or thing and the other one-to-10 players try to guess the answer within 20 questions by asking yes or no questions. If more than two people are playing, the person who guesses correctly determines the next subject. Depending on the ages of the players, the answers could be anything from a favorite stuffed animal to the theory of relativity. This is a great game for children because it encourages their natural inquisitiveness and improves their critical-thinking skills. Geography We like this game for the sense of teamwork it inspires. One player says the name of a place, such as a continent, country or state. The next player has to say another place or destination that begins with the same letter as the last letter of the previously mentioned place. The object of this game is to keep naming places to build a series longer than the ones you’ve built before. I Packed My Grandma’s Trunk This one uses the alphabet also, but instills some friendly competition among the family by challenging each person’s memory skills. The first player begins the game by filling in the blank at the end of: “I packed my grandma’s trunk and in it I put_______.” The chosen word must begin with the letter A. The next player has to repeat the sentence, including the first player’s chosen word and add a new word that begins with the letter B. Keep the chain going as long as you can. You can even award a small prize, like the player who correctly keeps the chain going until the person after them breaks it doesn’t have to help with dishes. Categories This game is a brainstorming session that sparks creativity. One player chooses a category for the group to name items that would be found within that category. A category can be as anything from Disney princesses to types of flowers. Once you’ve come up with all the answers you can, the next player selects a category. The round ends once all players have had a turn choosing their category. We hope these ideas bring out the fun and conversation in your family! Be sure to remember to order Mama Flasch’s Gourmet Salsa for your next game night, and share your game tips with us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn, and Instagram!
Tips To Make The Best Fish by Mama Flasch

Tips To Make The Best Fish

Fish, especially wild caught, can be good for our skin and heart because of its protein, minerals, and vitamins. When it’s cooked just right our taste buds love it, too! It’s not uncommon to be wary of cooking fish, but with a few tips, you’ll be fish master before you know it! Before you’re ready to cook though, here’s a list of seasoning pairings that work well. Cod: lemon, pepper, thyme, paprika, ground cumin, ground coriander, turmeric, Cajun seasoning, parsley, basil Halibut: lemon, dill, honey, paprika, oregano, thyme, onion powder, garlic powder, black peppercorn, cayenne pepper, sage Salmon: dill, fennel, tarragon, chili powder, parsley, basil, bay leaves, garlic, ground coriander, ground turmeric, thyme Sea Bass: garlic, onion, dill, orange zest, curry powder, cayenne pepper, oregano, thyme, paprika, lemon zest, ground cumin, sage Tilapia: parsley, paprika, garlic powder, cayenne, oregano, thyme, celery seed, Cajun seasoning, cilantro, sage Trout: thyme, garlic, lemon zest, oregano, bay leaves, cayenne pepper, ground turmeric, ground cumin, pink peppercorns, curry powder, orange zest, shallots, Cajun seasoning, marjoram Baked Fish Some of the best fish for baking are cod, salmon, trout, halibut and sea bass. Cook times can vary depending on the size of the fish, but a good rule of thumb is to cook a thawed, 6-ounce piece of fish at 400 degrees for 15 minutes. Frozen fish requires about 30 minutes. Gently press on the filet and if it starts to flake, it’s good to go. If it’s too firm, it needs more time. If you start to see white excretions, get it out of the oven immediately. Prefer a little more zest with your fish? Try adding a layer of breadcrumbs or some of our salsa as a topping. Grilled Fish Fish that go great on the grill are salmon, halibut, trout, and cod. Thicker filets do best when marinated in citrus juices, such as lemon or lime, for at least 15 minutes before grilling. Be sure to prime the grill, making it nice and hot before starting. Also, avoid overcooking by estimating 10 minutes of cook time for every inch of thickness at the thickest part of the fish. You can put a layer of lemon slices in between the fish and the grill. This helps prevent the fish from sticking plus it adds a great flavor. Be sure to turn fish just once to allow a nice sear on each side. Steamed Fish Steaming is a great way to keep the integrity of the fish’s natural flavors. Great candidates to steam are sea bass, halibut, salmon, tilapia and cod. It’s best to start with room-temperature fish. Pierce with tooth-pick size holes to allow the heat to distribute evenly. In general, it takes 6-10 minutes to steam a 6-ounce piece of fish. The fish will turn more opaque in color and become flaky when it’s ready. Be careful not to drop the temperature rapidly by removing the lid during steaming. This can affect the flavor of the fish drastically. We enjoy rotating our cooking methods to enjoy a variety of flavors. That said, of course, we don’t eat our fish without one of our delicious salsas. Order your Mama Flasch’s Gourmet Kitchen salsa and email us with questions at support@mamaflasch.com! Share your tips and recipes with us on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn, and Instagram!
Mama Flasch Salsa Beyond The Chips

Salsa Beyond The Chips!

Chips and salsa. They go together like chocolate and peanut butter. Although it’s undeniable they make a great combination, there are many ways to enjoy salsa beyond the chips. Snack Time with Mama Flasch Salsa Beyond the Chips When eating salsa as a snack, there are several alternatives for dipping beyond chips. Any sturdy vegetable will work and have fun experimenting! For example, common options are celery, sliced peppers, carrots, cucumber or zucchini. Other unique dipping vegetables include jicama, radicchio, broccoli or snap peas. If you’re craving that extra crunch, but don’t want the salt and fat from nacho chips – try unsalted pretzels, pita slices or pita chips. You could even make your own chipsfrom kale, sweet potatoes or turnips. Top it with Mama Flasch Want more than a snack? Maybe you just finished a workout and need to refuel. Or you’ve hit that midday slump and need a pick me up. Our salsa can be added to almost anything, but here’s a few ideas to get you started. Instead of cocktail sauce, dip shrimp into salsa. It’s a zestier and healthier option. Like baked potatoes? Top one with salsa! It adds nutrition and color to an otherwise plain food. And because our salsa is packed with flavor, you can skip the butter and salt. We know eggs are rich in protein. Top with Mama Flash Salsa and you’ve added vitamins A and C for a well-rounded meal. Another idea is to cook up a bowl of whole-wheat pasta and mix in salsa. Sprinkle shredded cheese on top. Mama Flasch’s Gourmet Salsa is chock full of nutritious ingredients. Each of our salsas are made from a special combination of roma tomatoes, bell peppers, jalapeno peppers, garlic, cilantro, onions and habanero peppers. We source vegetables from a local produce company and make our salsa in small batches. This means you get the finest, freshest ingredients and superior taste! In addition to being delicious, our salsas are all natural, heart healthy, low sodium, low calorie, fat free, diet friendly and contain no added sugar. Whether eaten as a snack, used in cooking, or as a topping, Mama Flasch’s salsas are full of color and flavor. And with only 15 calories and 2 grams of sugar per serving, it’s a guilt-free food. Enjoy! Enhance Recipes with Mama Flasch Salsa can be used to kick up recipes. Depending on how much spice you like, choose from our Gregular™ Mild Salsa, Scottsome Heat™ Medium Salsaor InCindyary™ Hot Salsa™. Visit our website for a list of recipes using salsa. We pulled one here that’s low fat but high flavor. Turkey Lettuce Boats Brown 1 pound of ground turkey. Drain and add 1 jar of Mama’s salsa. Heat up for a few minutes to let the turkey absorb the salsa. Then take a head of lettuce, remove large lettuce leaves and fill with mixture. Add some low-fat sour cream and shredded cheese and serve. Easy! As you can see, there are many ways to enjoy salsa. Mama Flasch’s salsas are loaded with flavor and nutrients, so if you’re wanting healthier options for enjoying salsa – think beyond the chips! Buy Mama Flasch's salsa on our websiteor find Mama Flasch at a store near you! Questions about our products? Email us at support@mamaflasch.com. Check us out on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn and Instagram!
Meatless Monday Meals

Meatless Monday Meals

Do you practice Meatless Monday? Or maybe you’re just looking for new meal ideas? Either way, we know that incorporating more fruits, vegetables and whole grains into our diets helps us be healthier. Although it’s recently grown in popularity, the Meatless Monday movement began as a way to conserve food during WWI and WWII. According to the Meatless Monday website, it was reintroduced in 2003 as a public health awareness campaign. “With the average American eating as much as 75 more pounds of meat each year than in generations past, our message of ‘one day a week, cut out meat’ is a way for individuals to do something good for themselves and the planet.” Meatless Monday Recipes We’ve gathered a few recipes for a meatless day that are centered around vegetables, whole grains and other types of protein. And of course we’ve included Mama Flasch’s salsa in each recipe. Depending on how much spice you like, choose from our Gregular™ Mild Salsa, Scottsome Heat™ Medium Salsaor InCindyary™ Hot Salsa™. Adding our salsa into meatless dishes adds color, texture and flavor! Breakfast Burrito The great thing about burritos is that you can fill them with the foods that most appeal to you. They’re also nutritious and delicious. Start with a flour or corn tortilla. Choose one or more proteins such as scrambled eggs or beans, then add a variety of ingredients. Top with Mama Flasch’s salsa and you have the perfect meat-free start to your day! Here are some ideas for filling your burrito: Quinoa Rice Potato chunks Spinach Cheese Mushrooms Hash browns Peppers Onions Beans Sour cream Tomato Avocado Jalapenos Corn   Here are two recipes that would be a great addition to your Meatless Mondays, submitted from our readers! Cabbage Carrot Stew Ingredients: 1 jar of Mama Flasch’s Gourmet Salsa (your choice on spice level!) 8 oz chicken stock, vegetable stock or water carrots mushrooms parsley garlic powder ½ head of cabbage Add jar of Mama’s salsa to a large crock pot. Add 8 oz of chicken stock (vegetable stock or water can be substituted), mushrooms, carrots, parsley and garlic powder. Mix together. Place on stove on low heat. Cut half hear of cabbage in 1” or 2” squares and add to mixture. Cook and stir about every 15-20 minutes for at least 2 hours. The longer it sits, the better it tastes!  - Chris D.   Taco Chili Ingredients: 1 small onion, chopped 1 (15.5 oz) can black beans 1 (15.5 oz) can kidney beans 1 (8 oz) can tomato sauce 10 oz package frozen corn kernels 1 (10 oz) can diced tomatoes w/chilies 4 oz can chopped green chili peppers, chopped 1 jar of Mama Flasch’s Gourmet Salsa (your choice on spice level!) 1 packet reduced sodium taco seasoning 1 tbsp chili powder Directions: Combine beans, onion, chili peppers, corn, tomato sauce, diced tomato, Mama Flasch salsa, chili powder and taco seasoning in a slow cooker and mix well. Cook on LOW for 8 to 10 hours or on HIGH for 4 to 6 hours. Top with your favorite toppings such as shredded cheese or tortilla strips.  – Lisa M.   Whether you want to dedicate one day to eating meat free or add more healthy foods into your cooking, our salsas are all-natural, heart healthy, low sodium, low calorie, fat free, diet friendly, no sugar added and naturally packed with vitamins A and C! Purchase on our website or find Mama Flasch Salsa at a store near you! Questions about our products? Email us at support@mamaflasch.com. Check us out on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn and Instagram!
Tomatoes on Wooden Surface

Common Questions and Answers About Mama Flasch’s Salsa

Here at Mama Flasch’s Gourmet Kitchen, we get asked all the time about what makes our salsas taste so delicious.  From quality ingredients to small batch production, we take great care every step of the way to ensure that you receive a great tasting salsa made with farm fresh produce. That’s why we wanted to take the time to provide some common questions and answers about Mama Flasch’s Salsa. What goes into your salsa? Our salsas are made from only the freshest all-natural ingredients. We source our produce locally to make sure that the tomatoes, onions, and other vegetables that go into our salsas are selected with the greatest care to ensure a quality product. Our salsas are low in sodium, low in calories, and with no added sugar, are great tasting and healthy.   Fresh all-natural ingredients. What makes you different from other salsas? Along with using farm fresh vegetables, we craft our salsas in small batches. What does that mean? It means that every batch we make is perfectly proportioned to not only maximize flavor but that our ingredients don’t go to waste. Because we don’t mass produce our product, we make sure you receive great tasting salsa made with the greatest care. I’m out of chips, can I use salsa for more than just dip? Absolutely! We offer great ideas for great tasting healthy snacks you can make with salsa. From lettuce wraps to burgers, we’ll show you different ways to incorporate Mama Flasch’s Salsa into your next meal. Great tasting healthy snacks! Are your salsas vegan and vegetarian-friendly? Yes, they are. Because we take great care with what goes into our salsas, we make sure the ingredients we use are able to be enjoyed by everyone. What kind of salsas do you make? From chiliheads to those who prefer to take a walk on the mild side, we offer three delicious salsas perfect for any palate. For those who enjoy a flavorful salsa that won’t set your mouth on fire, our Gregular mild salsa is perfect for you. If you want to kick it up a notch, our Scottsome Heat medium and InCindyary hot salsas are sure to wake up your taste buds. We offer three delicious salsas perfect for any palate. Where can I buy Mama Flasch’s Salsa? We’ve partnered with retailers who believe in our mission to provide high-quality products made with fresh ingredients. That’s why you can find Mama Flasch’s Salsa in Ohio at Jungle Jim’s, Mackie Meats, The Meat Store; and in Kentucky at the Party Source. You can also buy our salsas on our website, which are available individually or in a combo pack featuring all three of our delicious salsas. Can’t get enough of our salsa? Try a monthly subscription, available in 2, 3, 6, and 12, jar options. For more great recipes and dinner ideas don’t forget to follow us on Facebook and twitter.
Family Holiday Traditions

Mama Flasch’s Favorite Family Holiday Traditions

Mama Flasch’s Gourmet Kitchen is ALL about family and tiny tots with their eyes all a glow. Rather than the traditional caroling or new-wave traditions like dressing in matching holiday pj’s, we prefer to stick with the classics. We hope Mama Flasch’s favorite family holiday traditions will inspire you to start some for yourselves or try something new! Long before and especially during the holiday season, we go fanatic for football. We gather around the TVs strategically placed in the usual viewing rooms, we rock around the rooms like we were rockin’ around the Christmas tree, eating, rooting (or booing) at the TV in unison or catching up with each other’s lives. Sometimes, the kids even give the teams’ cheerleaders a run for their money! Another family holiday tradition is giving back. Nothing fills our hearts with joy more than providing fresh, tasty salsa to support fundraisers! We especially love supporting our community and schools. Though we love giving back all year long, the holiday season presents us with more opportunities and seems to give us that sentimental feeling. Last but certainly not the least of our favorite family holiday traditions is baking. From Rudolph to wreaths or gingerbreads to teddy bears, we love to bake cookies, pies and all sorts of sweets. Growing up in a family where we’d spend Sundays together carefully chopping fresh vegetables and creating salsa delights, you could say creating food for the holidays is naturally one of our favorite things. With a twinkle in our eyes and laughter in the air, we always seem to sleep in heavenly peace afterward. Check us out on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, LinkedIn and Instagram!