So You Got a New Appliance for Christmas… Now What?

By Sarah Hunt, AZFB Communications Intern



You just a new appliance for Christmas! Well, what are you going to do with it? Don’t let it gather dust in your pantry; use it! Here are some delicious recipes you can make with your new kitchen tool.


Instant Pot recipes

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Air Fryer recipes

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Food Processor recipes

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Food Processor Recipes


Kitchen Aid Mixer recipes

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Blender recipes

Yummy Summer Smoothies!

Don’t have time to make breakfast? Smoothies are the answer!

In-Season Smoothies

What’s In Season Smoothies

Favorite Recipes from Fill Your Plate Moms: Green Mango-Banana Smoothie

Homemade Strawberry Julius Recipe


Bosch recipes

Recipes from the official Bosch website

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Soft & Tender Rolls


Crockpot recipes

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Tomato Soup

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Check out Fill Your Plate’s recipe database for more recipes!

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Easiest Instant Pot Meatballs Recipe

By Sarah Hunt, AZFB Communications Intern



Are you looking for an easy recipe to make for dinner tonight? Then this is the blog for you! This is one of my favorite instant pot recipes; it’s super easy, delicious, and takes about 20 minutes to prep and cook. You can put these on pasta, rice, or sub sandwich bread with provolone cheese.


Easiest Instant Pot Meatballs

By Erika Walker



6-Quart Instant Pot Pressure Cooker



  • 1 1/2 lbs ground beef lean (or ground turkey. We use 1 lb)
  • 1/2 cup onion grated (optional)
  • 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese grated
  • 2 eggs (we use 1)
  • 2 cloves garlic crushed (or 1 tsp of garlic powder)
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt or to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 4 cup spaghetti sauce (see notes above)



Combine all ingredients (except spaghetti sauce) until well mixed. Mixing together with your hands works great.

Form into balls using hands or small ice cream scoop. You want them to be slightly smaller than a golf ball.

Spray bottom of Instant Pot with cooking spray and add spaghetti sauce.

Place meatballs over the sauce, layering them if necessary. It’s OK if they touch, just don’t squish them too much.

Place lid on Instant Pot and switch valve to “sealing”. Press “Manual” and set to high pressure for 7 minutes.

After you hear the timer go off, allow to slow release for another 5 minutes and then do the quick release (you do this by carefully switching the tab to “venting”).

Remove lid from Instant Pot, stir, and serve over cooked pasta noodles.


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Arugula Pesto Pasta

By Sarah Hunt, AZFB Communications Intern



Do you like pesto? I love it! So when this recipe came out from Blue Sky Organic Farms, I got excited. It is a delicious combination of pesto, peas, pasta, and parmesan. You can try it as  a side or an entrée. If you decide to make it as an entrée, I would add grilled chicken to it to give it the protein it needs to be a full meal. The pesto in this recipe is made from arugula, which has many benefits. Check them out below!



A member of the brassica family, wild arugula is a great source of fiber, vitamins A, C, K, folate, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium and manganese, as well as providing high levels of protein, riboflavin, B1, B2, B5, B6, zinc, copper. It’s flavonoids and these nutrients may lower inflammation, cholesterol, high blood pressure and increase heart health and immune system health overall. Brassicas are believed to be a cancer-fighting superfood as well. Being a green food and high in chlorophyll, arugula can even promote hair health. It has more zinc and calcium than kale.


Other Benefits

Some research suggests that bitter foods may help regulate hunger, improve gut health and quell cravings for sweets. Bitter foods may trigger the production of stomach acid, which benefits the digestive processes, and may increase the production of digestive enzymes, further aiding food absorption. According to Traditional Chinese Medicine, bitter foods can clear heat from the body, and may minimize symptoms associated with heat such ulcers in the mouth, red face, emotional, heart palpitations, anxiety, insomnia and dreaminess.



Use our wild arugula as you would any other leafy greens, in pasta, pesto, top a pizza or potato, add to sandwiches or smoothies! One of my favorite ways to eat arugula is a couple of large handfuls topped with either scrambled or fried eggs, some avocado, microgreens, and any other favorite breakfast additions.


Disclaimer Precautions

*These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. We make no claims to diagnose, prevent, reverse or cure disease. Our aim is to encourage you to do your own research on the vast benefits of eating real and organic food and the value of the live, bioavailable nutrients they provide. Sources include books written by doctors, nutritional researchers and the USDA’s nutritional information online.

The only precaution we are aware of to tell you of is if you use blood thinners, as wild arugula is very rich in  vitamin K, which could undo their effects since it promotes blood-clotting process.


Arugula Pesto Pasta

By Blue Sky Organic Farms

Serves 4-6




  • 16 oz uncooked rotini pasta
  • 1 c frozen peas-defrosted
  • ½ c walnuts
  • ½ c shredded parmesan cheese
  • 4 Tbsp of lemon juice
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 6 oz arugula
  • ½ c whole milk ricotta
  • ½ c olive oil




  1. Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain pasta and place in a large bowl with peas.
  2. While pasta is cooking combine walnuts, parmesan, lemon juice, garlic and salt in the bowl of your food processor.
  3. Pulse several times until the nuts are chopped.
  4. Add arugula and ricotta.
  5. With the food processor running drizzle in the olive oil.
  6. Toss pasta and peas with pesto and adjust seasoning if needed. Serve with additional parmesan cheese.


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Baked Zucchini Fries

By Sarah Hunt, AZFB Communications Intern



Have you tried zucchini fries before? Trust me, they are so good! The first time I had them was at Oreganos. They make a perfect appetizer. I’m excited to make this delicious side at home now with this Blue Sky Organic Farms recipe.


Baked Zucchini Fries

By Danielle of Blue Sky Organic Farms

Serves 4-6




  • ½ c flour
  • 1 egg – beaten with 1 tsp water
  • ¾ c panko
  • ½ c shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 lb. zucchini




  1. Pre-heat oven to 425* and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Place flour in a shallow bowl.
  3. Place beaten egg in a shallow bowl.
  4. Combine remaining ingredients except zucchini in a shallow bowl.
  5. Cut ends off zucchini and slice in half lengthwise and the cut each in half widthwise.
  6. Cut each piece into 6 fries.
  7. Dip each fry into flour, then egg wash and the dredge into panko mixture pressing to coat.
  8. Place onto baking sheet and repeat with remaining fries.
  9. Bake for 18 minutes or until golden brown.
  10. Serve warm with your favorite dipping sauce.


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Benefits of Flaxseed

By Sarah Hunt, AZFB Communications Intern



Flaxseed has several benefits, and it is easy to incorporate into the food you eat every day. Read this article, 5 Science-Backed Health Benefits of Flaxseeds and How to Add Them to Your Diet, to learn more. This article originally appeared on the Insider website. It can be found here.

“ Flaxseeds are small gold or brown seeds that come from flax plants. These tiny seeds can be purchased at most grocery stores and are packed with health benefits. Here are five reasons why you should be eating flaxseeds and how to add them to your diet.


  1. Flaxseeds are high in omega-3 fatty acids


Flaxseeds are one of the richest plant-based sources of omega-3s. Omega-3s are essential fatty acids that can reduce the risk of heart disease, fight inflammation, and decrease liver fat. Omega-3 fatty acids come in three forms: alpha-linolenic acid (ALA), eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). Flaxseeds are rich in ALA — one tablespoon of flaxseed oil has 7.26 grams. Your body cannot produce ALA on its own, making it an essential component of anyone’s diet.


  1. Flaxseeds are high in fiber


Flaxseeds have insoluble and soluble fiber — both of which are important for maintaining overall health. One tablespoon of ground flaxseed has about 2 grams of fiber. “Insoluble fiber can help regulate bowel movements and prevent constipation, while soluble fiber dissolves in water to form a gel, which slows digestion,” says Hannah Magee, RD, a registered dietitian-nutritionist based on the East Coast of Canada. These properties are what make fiber integral for good digestive health, says Tracy Lockwood Beckerman, RD, MS, CDN, a registered dietitian based in New York City.


  1. Flaxseeds may improve cholesterol levels

Flaxseeds may help lower total cholesterol levels and LDL cholesterol levels. Lowering LDL cholesterol, or “bad cholesterol,” levels can reduce your risk of heart disease. A small 2015 study examined how flaxseed altered cholesterol levels in people with peripheral artery disease — a heart condition that causes reduced blood flow around the body. About half the study participants consumed 30 grams of ground flaxseed daily for one year and the remaining consumed a placebo. LDL cholesterol levels in the group who ate flaxseeds decreased by 15% and total cholesterol levels decreased by 11% after one month of supplementation.


  1. Flaxseeds contain high amounts of lignans


Lignans are a type of plant nutrient called a phytoestrogen. These compounds have similar chemical structures to estrogen, the female sex hormone, and produce similar responses in the body. “Lignans can alter the activity of estrogen and testosterone in our bodies and may help reduce the risk of hormone-related cancers like breast and prostate cancers,” says Magee. Flaxseeds are the richest dietary source of lignans. One tablespoon of flaxseeds contains about 31.5mg of lignans.

Lignans also have antioxidant properties, meaning they prevent cells from becoming damaged through a process known as oxidative stress. Oxidative stress occurs when too many free radicals accumulate in the body, and can lead to chronic diseases such as heart disease. Free radicals come from both natural bodily processes like metabolism and outside sources like smoking or pollution. “[Lignans’] robust antioxidant content has shown promise in reducing the risk of diabetes and cardiovascular disease,” says Beckerman.


  1. Flaxseeds help regulate blood sugar


Flaxseeds are loaded with fiber, which helps regulate blood sugar levels by slowing the absorption of sugar into the body. Eating fiber-rich foods helps reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes thanks to its ability to regulate blood sugar. A small 2011 study found flaxseeds reduced blood sugar levels in people with type 2 diabetes. Participants either consumed 10g of flaxseeds daily or received a placebo. After one month, those who consumed flaxseeds saw a 19.7% average reduction in blood glucose levels.


How to add flaxseeds to your diet

To reap the full health benefits of flaxseeds, it’s best to eat them ground. This is because your body can’t break down whole flaxseeds to absorb their nutrients. You should also choose ground flaxseeds over flaxseed oil as the latter does not contain lignans. A 2008 study compared how much ALA participants ingested from eating ground flaxseeds, flaxseed oil, and whole flaxseeds. It found participants in the study who ate ground flaxseeds had higher levels of ALA and experienced the least amount of adverse side effects from supplementation. If you do have whole flaxseeds, you can grind them up in a coffee grinder, blender, or food processor.


Here are some suggestions from Magee about ways to add ground flaxseeds into your diet:


Mix them into smoothies, oatmeal, or yogurt.

Add them to baked goods, pancakes, or French toast.

Sprinkle them on top of salads, sandwiches, pasta dishes, and soups.

Use ground flaxseeds in place of breadcrumbs in cooking.

If you do start adding flaxseeds to your diet, start small. Because of its high fiber content, eating too many flaxseeds can cause uncomfortable side effects such as bloating, gas, or diarrhea.

Overall, Magee recommends eating no more than two to five tablespoons per day to “reap the nutrition benefits and avoid any uncomfortable side effects” — and to also drink plenty of water.”

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