WinterLiteBlueSalad

Winter Lite Blue Salad

What makes the holidays better? Simple recipes. Well, I guess we have that mentality all year round here at Toby’s. Simple recipes just make life better. Of course, this Winter Lite Blue Salad is no different. Simple recipe, delicious food, life better.

It’s hard to go wrong with apple, candied pecans, blue cheese, and greens. Another new favorite winter ingredient for us: tangerines. Add that to the mix and impress your holiday eaters! We love this recipe – and we hope you will too.

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It’s really entirely unnecessary to walk you through the steps of making this salad, so we’ll make this quick. Start with your spinach greens. Thinly slice an apple (we recommend an apple like a gala or fuji – they have a nice sweet crunch).  Toss with candied pecans and a peeled and separated tangerine. Toss! Drizzle with Toby’s Lite Blue Cheese Dressing.

The Lite Blue Cheese is an important factor here because it drizzles just so much easier than the regular, thicker Blue Cheese. And, it’s an easy swap to make for a healthier holiday meal.

Winter Lite Blue Salad

This Winter Lite Blue Salad is a healthier holiday option without sacrificing any of the good stuff. Made with spinach, apples, pecans, tangerine and Toby’s Lite Blue. Go lite for dressing, and you’ll save half the calories and fat. Easy swap and same delicious taste!

Ingredients

  • 5 ounces spinach
  • 1 apple, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup candied pecans
  • 2 tangerines, peeled and separated
  • Toby’s Lite Blue Cheese Dressing

How-To:

  1. Combine ingredients, drizzle with dressing, serve immediately!

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Festive Mandarin Pomegranate Salad

Holiday meals call for festive salads. From easy to extravagant, there’s always room for another dish with veggies on the holiday table.

This Festive Mandarin Pomegranate Salad falls slightly to the more extravagant side and combines all the bright fall colors like pomegranate seeds, mandarin oranges,  and bright spinach greens. The best part is, it’s still really easy to throw together (no one needs to know that).

Festive Mandarin Pomegranate Salad

Personally, I like to use Toby’s lite dressings on salads when I’m using a blue cheese or a ranch. The lite dressings are made with yogurt instead of thicker sour cream and buttermilk, so they pour easier and coat the greens better. They’re also half the fat and calories (because of the yogurt swap) so they tend to be a little healthier when you’re dressing up a salad.

The Ranch and Blue Cheese Dressings I prefer for dipping or using as a condiment, but if you like a thicker dressing, you can definitely use the Ranch in place of Lite Ranch in this recipe.

Festive Mandarin Pomegranate Salad

This festive salad for those special holiday meals is easy to make, and combines the bright fall flavors of cranberries, orange, glazed walnuts, and blue cheese. Toby’s adds an elegant touch. And, this Festive Mandarin Pomegranate Salad comes together beautifully.

Festive Mandarin Pomegranate Salad

Ingredients:

  • 5 oz baby spinach
  • 2 mandarin oranges
  • 1 medium avocado
  • 1/2 cup pomegranate seeds
  • 1/2 cup walnut pieces
  • Toby’s Lite Ranch

How-To:

  1. Peel and segment the baby mandarin oranges. Dice the avocado. Combine all ingredients except dressing.
  2. When ready to serve, generously drizzle Toby’s Lite Ranch across the salad to make for a nice presentation!

 

 

 

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Sweet Potato Tots

Sweet potatoes offer a little more nutrition than your standard white potato, so we thought we’d try a twist on your regular tater tot. With an abundance of sweet potatoes laying around the kitchen we thought we would get creative and whip up a batch of some homemade Sweet Potato Tots!

Since these are oven-baked Sweet Potato Tots, you’re skimming down on all that extra oil and fat, so you could say they’re better for you, too. And, easier than dealing with all that deep fryer mess and hassle!

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These tots are easy enough that to make them as an after school snack for your kiddos, prep in advance for game day watch parties, or whenever you’re feeling like some yummy tots! After baking, you could also freeze them in batches and just toss into the oven – cook for slightly longer when reheating.

Sweet Potato Tots with Toby’s Lite Ranch Dressing

These sweet potato tots are an easy snack to throw together and absolutely irresistible when paired with and of Toby’s Ranch flavors (Regular, Lite or Jalapeño). Sometimes all you need is a little ranch & sweet potatoes – especially during game day watch parties!

 

Oven Baked Sweet Potato Tots - healthier spin on your standard, deep-fried tater tots

Ingredients:

  • 2 large sweet potatoes, peeled
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ cup flour
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon paprika
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder

How-To:

  1. Preheat oven to 425ºF.
  2. Add the peeled sweet potatoes to a large pot of boiling water and cook for 10-15 minutes, until just slightly softened (this makes them easier to grate). Drain and cool until you’re able to handle them.
  3. Grate the cooled sweet potatoes with a cheese grater or in a food processor with the grating blade.
  4. Combine the shredded potato and egg in a medium bowl. Add flour, salt, paprika and garlic powder and stir until just combined.
  5. Form the potato mixture into 1-inch balls and place on a baking sheet.
  6. Bake for approximately 10-15 minutes, turning the tots every 5 minutes to cook evenly.
  7. Remove from oven and let cool. Plate and serve with Toby’s Lite Ranch Dressing or other Toby’s Ranch of choice!
Honey Mustard Kale, Apple, and Carrot Salad!

Honey Mustard Apple Kale and Carrot Salad

This Honey Mustard Apple Kale and Carrot Salad is super easy to put together as a side to any main meal. It’s perfect for winter with these cold weather crops. I swear kale and carrots just taste better in the winter. I’ve heard that when carrots have a layer of snow when they’re growing they taste sweeter. I’m not sure how true that is, but somehow it makes sense. Cold weather carrots are just so much better for some reason! I really just love using carrots in the winter. Just so good!

Honey Mustard Kale, Apple, and Carrot Salad!

Just look at those cold weather veggies! It just wouldn’t be the same eating this salad in July.

To prepare, just slice up your carrots and apples into matchstick sized slivers and add to a bed of chopped kale. Drizzle with Honey Mustard. Done! Salad making is so easy with Toby’s dressing. Just rely on a few staple veggies, a leafy green and you’re set. Simple salads are the best ones.
Thick, creamy goodness in this Kale, Apple & Carrot Salad

Honey Mustard Apple Kale and Carrot Salad

This Honey Mustard Apple, Kale, and Carrot salad is perfect for any winter meal. Not to mention those beautiful winter veggies!

Ingredients:

This serves one – so, just multiply by how many salads you’re making to serve for a meal with others!

How-To:

  1. Prep veggies. Combine kale, carrot, and apple. Drizzle with Toby’s Honey Mustard. SIMPLE!

Honey Mustard Kale, Apple, and Carrot Salad!

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4th of July Recipes

The 4th of July is the perfect time of year for family barbecues and fun get-togethers. Being from the Midwest, a family tradition of mine is to head up to our cabin and enjoy food, friends and fireworks in honor of Independence Day.

Whether you are staying in town to celebrate or heading out for the holiday weekend, food is definitely something you will need for a successful 4th of July. If you are looking to show your red, white and blue pride and eat it, too, Toby’s Family Foods has the easiest 4th of July recipes for you!

Toby's 4th of July Recipes

Tofu Pinwheels

Pinwheels are a quick and easy snack for any occasion, and when made with Toby’s Tofu Spread they are sure to be delicious! Perfect as an appetizer or even as a light lunch, these tofu pinwheels will be a hit at any 4th of July gathering.

 

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Ingredients:

  • Tortillas
  • 1 8 0z. container of Toby’s Lite Tofu Dip & Spread
  • 1 Tomato, diced
  • Spring mix
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Sriracha sauce (optional)
  • Flag toothpicks – because who doesn’t love patriotic pinwheels!

How-to:

  • Spread Toby’s Lite Tofu Dip & Spread over your tortillas and sprinkle diced tomatoes and spring mix evenly over the top. Add sriracha sauce if you are looking for an extra kick – not kid friendly!
  • Roll up tortilla and cut into 1/2 inch slices. Add flag toothpicks and serve!

Wings and Toby’s Blue Cheese

Wings have always been a 4th of July favorite for my family and when you pair them with Toby’s Blue Cheese Dressing, how could you possibly go wrong. Whether you choose to prepare the wings yourself or to order out from your local wing joint, be sure to have Toby’s on hand for the perfect combination!

Looking for a vegetarian alternative? Try these Buffalo Cauliflower “Wings.”

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 Red, White and Blue Salad

Our red, white and blue salad is great for any 4th of July celebration! Even better than that, it is quick and easy to make. Just toss all of the ingredients together and serve!

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Ingredients:

  • 1 container of spring mix greens
  • ¾ cup fresh strawberries, diced
  • ½ cup fresh blueberries
  • ½ cup of Toby’s Chunky Feta dressing

What are your 4th of July staple recipes?