Check out these easy and quick-to-make Easter themed pretzel rods (using Neal Brothers Organic Pretzels, of course!)

Easter Pretzel Treats

Check out these easy and quick-to-make Easter themed pretzel rods (using Neal Brothers Organic Pretzels, of course!)

Check out these easy and quick-to-make Easter themed pretzel rods (using Neal Brothers Organic Pretzels, of course!)

The Easter Bunny is coming! How about whipping up these easy, but super tasty pretzel treats for him and everyone else you will be seeing this weekend!? Or hey, these are also a great lunch treat idea for yourself, your husband, your kids, or your co-workers (they will all appreciate you for them). These little rods of flavour use our super yummy and thick (holds chocolate better) organic pretzels.

These can be made for various holidays (using various colour combinations) or just using the classic dark and milk chocolate! Now, write down these ingredients, pick them up, and create this sure-to-please dessert or snack item.

Makes: 30 rods

Time: 30-40 minutes

Ingredients (Left to Right): Rainbow sprinkles, dark chocolate wafers, candy covered chocolate eggs, white chocolate wafers, milk chocolate wafers, spring coloured sprinkles, spring coloured chocolate wafers, Neal Brothers Foods Organic Pretzel Rods.

Ingredients (Left to Right): Rainbow sprinkles, dark chocolate wafers, candy covered chocolate eggs, white chocolate wafers, milk chocolate wafers, spring coloured sprinkles, spring coloured chocolate wafers, Neal Brothers Foods Organic Pretzel Rods.

Pantry

  • Neal Brothers Organic Pretzel Rods- 30 Rods
  • Dark Chocolate Wafers- 1/2 cup
  • Milk Chocolate Wafers- 1/2 cup
  • White Chocolate Wafers- 1/2 cup
  • Candy Covered Chocolate Eggs- 1 tbsp, crushed
  • Sprinkles (round)- 1 tbsp
  • Sprinkles (flat)- 1 tbsp
  • Purple Chocolate Wafers- 1/4 cup
  • Yellow Chocolate Wafers- 1/4 cup
  • Pink Chocolate Wafers- 1/4 cup

Tools

  • Baking Sheet- 1
  • Parchment Paper- 1
  • Cooling Rack- 1
  • Small Microwave Safe Bowls (Ramekins)- 6
The thickness of these makes them ideal for making chocolate-covered pretzel treats!

The thickness of these makes them ideal for making chocolate-covered pretzel treats!

Directions 

*VERY IMPORTANT: Ensure that there is no water in the bowls, otherwise the chocolate will not melt properly!

1. Set out a baking sheet, place parchment paper on it, and set a cooling rack on top.

2. Separate Neal Brothers Organic Pretzel Rods into 3 groups (10 in each).

Separate everything and melt the chocolate!

Separate everything and melt the chocolate!

3. Heat dark chocolate wafers in microwave safe bowl for 10 seconds at a time until they are smooth. Dip in 10 of the pretzel rods and place on the cooling rack to cool.

Set on cooling rack to cool, add sprinkles and/or candy covered chocolate eggs!

Set on cooling rack to cool, add sprinkles and/or candy covered chocolate eggs!

4. If you want to add sprinkles of crushed candy coated chocolate eggs on these rods, this is the time to do so, before they have cooled down.

5. Repeat step 3 & 4 with milk and white chocolate.

6. Next, if you want to add coloured chocolate to the rods, ensure that they have cooled adequately so the colours do not mix. Then repeat step 4 for each of the coloured chocolates.

All done! Enjoy with friend, family, and/or colleagues!

 

Time to enjoy!

Time to enjoy!

 

Brunch is ready to go, enjoy with some crusty bread!

Eggs Shakshuka- Neal Brothers Style

Brunch is ready to go, enjoy with some crusty bread!

Brunch is ready to go, enjoy with some crusty bread!

Who does not love a good brunch!? Here at Neal Brothers, we use our products in so many different ways, and this deliciously breakfast staple showcases our pasta sauces with ease. Eggs Shakshuka is a traditionally spicy tomato sauce dish complete with poached eggs, basil, and melted cheese! Top that off with some good crusty bread, and this one wins brunch by a mile.

 

Serves: 1-3 (dependent on your hunger)

Time: 30 minutes

 

 

Ingredients (Left to Right): Chili Flakes, Cayenne Pepper, Oregano, Garlic Cloves, Eggs, Basil, Parmesan, Neal Brothers Organic Arrabiatta Pasta Sauce

Ingredients (Left to Right): Chili Flakes, Cayenne Pepper, Oregano, Garlic Cloves, Eggs, Basil, Parmesan, Neal Brothers Organic Arrabbiata Pasta Sauce

Pantry

  • Neal Brothers Pasta Sauce, Arrabbiata- 1 to 1.5 cups

Spice Cabinet

  • Oregano- 1.5 Tbsp
  • Chili Flakes- 1 tsp
  • Cayenne Pepper- 1 tsp

Fresh

  • Garlic- 1 Clove, minced
  • Basil- 1 Sprig
  • Eggs- 3
  • Parmesan- 2 Tbsp

Must Haves

  • Crusty Bread- several slices

Tools

  • 6″ Cast Iron Skillet (large enamelled pan)
  • Knife
  • Measuring Spoons

 

Directions

1.Place cast iron skillet on medium-high heat. If using the cast-iron skillet, pre-heat oven to 350F. If not using an oven-safe pan, you will cook the eggs on your stove top only.

2.Mince garlic, saute in pan heated over medium-high heat.

Garlic sautéing in a cast iron pan.

Garlic sautéing in a cast iron pan.

3. Add Neal Brothers Organic pasta sauce (we love the kick of Arrabbiata), chili flakes, oregano, and cayenne pepper. Simmer for 3-5 minutes.

Add Neal Brothers Organic Pasta Sauce (we love Arrabiatta), chili flakes, oregano, and cayenne pepper. Simmer 3-5 minutes.

Add Neal Brothers Organic Pasta Sauce (we love Arrabbiata), chili flakes, oregano, and cayenne pepper. Simmer 3-5 minutes.

4. Add in half parmesan and basil leaves, stir, and simmer 1 minute.

5. Carefully create three holes, crack eggs into the holes.

6. Cook eggs on cooktop (if using a larger non-oven safe pan) until egg whites are set and yolks are still runny.

7. If using a skillet, achieve same goal (as step 5), then with either method gently add parmesan and basil to the dish. The oven takes approximately 8 minutes to get to this point.

Place eggs into oven at 350F for about 8-10 minutes.

Place eggs into oven at 350F for about 8-10 minutes.

8. Continue to cook via stovetop until desired doneness has been reached. *If you prefer runny eggs, like us, then test eggs by gently touching yolks with spoon, you want them to still feel liquid-like underneath the pressure.

9. If using the oven, increase heat to broil (525F) and cook for 3 minutes to melt cheese. Remove from oven from your eggs have reached your desired consistency.

Place parmesan & basil on top of dish and place back into oven on broil (525F) for 2-3 minutes or until desired egg consistency is achieved.

Place parmesan & basil on top of dish and place back into oven on broil (525F) for 2-3 minutes or until desired egg consistency is achieved.

10. Cut up bread, scoop some delicious eggs on there, and enjoy!

Finished brunch- Eggs Shakshuka with Neal Brothers Organic Arrabiatta Pasta Sauce.

Finished brunch- Eggs Shakshuka with Neal Brothers Organic Arrabbiata Pasta Sauce.

Kettle Chip Nachos

Canadian Kettle Chips Nachos w/Dip

It’s that time of year again! Two teams are gearing up to play in Super Bowl LI (51 for those of us who aren’t fluent in roman numerals over ten!) Here at Neal Brothers Foods, we whipped up a delicious, and easy, Super Bowl snack that is sure to impress your guests. Using our delicious kettle chips, which are then covered in sweet and savoury toppings, will make these a go-to snack for any occasion.

Neal Brothers Kettle Chip Nachos

Enjoy these delicious kettle chip nachos anytime, made with Neal Brothers Foods Kettle Chips (left to right: Himalayan Pink Salt, Maple Bacon, Montreal Steak Spice) and paired with a Neal Brothers Mayonnaise (lime) and sour cream dip!

Ingredients

Pantry

  • Neal Brothers Foods Kettle Chips- Himalayan Pink Salt (1/2 bag)
  • Neal Brothers Foods Kettle Chips- Maple Bacon (1/2 bag)
  • Neal Brothers Foods Kettle Chips- Montréal Steak Spice (1/2 bag)
  • Nonna Pia’s Balsamic Reductions- Garlic (Garnish)

Produce

  • Spanish Onion- diced (1/4 cup)
  • Chives- chopped (1/2 bunch)
  • Jalapeño Pepper- thinly sliced (1 pepper)

Dairy

  • Smoked Gouda*- shredded (1 block)
  • Sour Cream* (1/2 cup)
  • Neal Brothers Foods Mayonnaise*- Lime (1/4 cup)

Meat

  • Bacon*- chopped (4-5 slices)

Optional

  • Olive Oil (1 tsp)

Kitchen Supplies

  • Cutting Board
  • Knife
  • Frying Pan, 2
  • Baking Sheet, lined with parchment paper
  • Dip Bowl
  • Spoons, 2
Ingredients

Ingredients! (Pictured: Nonna Pia’s Balsamic Reduction- garlic, Neal Brothers Foods Kettle Chips- Montreal Steak Spice, Maple Bacon, and Himalayan Pink Salt, Spanish onion, bacon, chives, jalapeño peppers, smoked gouda cheese, sour cream and Neal Brothers Mayonnaise in Lime)

Directions

  • Heat oven to 350F.
  • Dice onions, chop chives, and slice jalapeño pepper. Set aside chives and jalapeños.
  • Slice bacon last on your cutting board, set aside.
  • Place onions in pan. We used a cast iron, but any pan will do! If your pan is not non-stick, feel free to add 1 tsp of olive oil. Heat the onions over medium-high heat until they are translucent and start to brown. Keep an eye on these while you prepare the bacon!
  • Place bacon in the second frying pan, and heat over medium to high heat until bacon is browned and crispy.
  • When onions have turned translucent and slightly brown, drizzle 1 to 2 tsp of Nonna Pia’s Balsamic Reduction (we used garlic) over them. Continue to cook until they appear caramelized, and are crispy.
  • Remove bacon from heat once crispy, dry on paper towel.
  • Spread Neal Brothers Kettle Chips in Montreal Steak Spice, Pink Himalayan Salt, and Maple Bacon onto pan and mix to incorporate flavors.
Neal Brothers Kettle Chips

Combine (left to right) Neal Brothers Montreal Steak Spice, Himalayan Pink Salt, and Maple Bacon

  • Sprinkle cooked onions and bacon over chips.
  • Add shredded cheese, as much as you like.
  • Place ½ of the sliced jalapeños on top of the nachos.
Chips Ready for Oven

Mix all the chips, and top with cheese, bacon, onions, and half of the jalapeño peppers!

  • Bake in oven for 5 minutes, and then increase temperature to broil for one minute.
Bake in 350F oven for 5 minutes then broil for one minute (to melt the cheese)

Bake in 350F oven for 5 minutes then broil for one minute (to melt the cheese)

  • While cooking, mix ¼ cup Neal Brothers Mayonnaise (we love lime!) with ½ cup sour cream. Top with ½ chives and drizzle with Nonna Pia’s Balsamic Reduction (we used garlic).
  • Remove chips from oven and top with remaining chives and jalapeños.
  • Drizzle with Nonna Pia’s Balsamic Reduction (we used garlic).
  • Dig in! Grab a chip with all the toppings and dunk it in the dip!
Grab a chip with all the toppings, cover in dip, and enjoy!

Grab a chip with all the toppings, cover in dip, and enjoy!

Vegan Substitution Options (Marked with *)

  • Smoked Gouda Cheese- Substitute with your favorite vegan cheese (we love Sheese Cheese!)
  • Sour Cream & Neal Brothers Mayonnaise Dip- Substitute with your favorite vegan dip (or mix Sheese Cheese Creamy with lime juice and fresh ground black pepper)
  • Bacon- Omit or use your favorite vegan style bacon!

Allergen Alert!

This recipe contains or may contain:

  • Eggs
  • Dairy

Happy Super Bowl!

-Neal Brothers Foods

Kettle Chip Nachos with Neal Brothers Foods Kettle Chips and Dip featuring Neal Brothers Mayonnaise (in lime)!

Kettle Chip Nachos with Neal Brothers Foods Kettle Chips and Dip featuring Neal Brothers Mayonnaise (in lime)!

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Happy Thanksgiving to our Friends in the South

While the Canadian Thanksgiving has come and gone, American Thanksgiving is just around the corner. So to our friends in the south: that means there will be a plethora of good food and good company in your future. The Neal Brothers believe that traditions are an important part of the thanksgiving holiday – and one of their favourite traditions is gathering around a table of delicious food and giving thanks with friends and family.

Even though it’s important to keep traditions going, spicing up old family recipes is a great way to add a new twist to an old favourite. The Neal Brothers have come up with a few recipes that will add some zest to your meal. Mixing in some all natural and gourmet flavoured Neal Brothers products will add a tasty kick to your holiday dish and will leave your guests begging for your secret ingredient.

The holidays are for family time, not a time to be stuck in the kitchen preparing an extravagant meal. So take a page from the Neal Brothers’ book and sub in some of these recipes to make your thanksgiving a little bit more effortless. These tips and tricks will make whipping up a gourmet meal much easier – they’re quick, easy and unbelievably delicious.

Quick Tips:

  • Mix some crushed Neal Brothers Maple Bacon Kettle Chips into your sweet potato casserole base then add a sweet and savory topping made with crushed pecans and crumbled Neal Brothers Maple Bacon Kettle Chips. (They also make the perfect crunchy topping for your green bean casserole)

Sweet Potatoe

  • Make your classic mashed potatoes light, airy and decadent by whipping in Neal Brothers Truffle Mayonnaise and chopped chives

Potatoes

  • Mix Neal Brothers Pink Himalayan Salt Kettle Chips into your stuffing for an extra crunch

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  • Add some zest to your butternut squash dip by adding in some Neal Brothers Lime Mayonnaise

Dip

  • Make your vegetables come to life by topping with melted mozzarella, crushed Neal Brothers Pink Himalayan Salt Kettle Chips and sprinkled with rosemary

Veggies

  • Add some delicious new flavors to your roast with a garlic, herb and Neal Brothers Montreal Steak Spice crust

Roast Beef

  • Finish your holiday meal off with a one-of-a-kind Neal Brothers Spicy Srirachup Kettle Chip and Multigrain Pretzel Nugget chocolate bark

Chocolate bark

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Making Lunch FUN Again – and Healthy!

We love Autumn! The beautiful colours, the changing of season and of course – kids are back at it with school, after school programs and well, things won’t be slowing down anytime soon. This time of year is busy and parents are trying to figure out what to cook up for their families. As every parent knows packing your child’s lunch can be a real chore and coming up with exciting and creative snacks every day can start to feel next to impossible. Before you know it you’ll be hearing “Leftovers again, that’s boring!” However, preparing lunches that are healthy, fun and filling doesn’t have to be difficult!

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We’ve come up with a few tips and tricks for packing yummy school lunches that you AND your kids will love.
Creating extravagant lunches has become a trendy (and time consuming) task but more often than not, your child wants something simple. That’s why we are fans of the classics – with a twist of course.

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Here are some Neal Brothers approved tips for your child’s lunch:

Spicy Thai Tuna Sandwich – Tuna mixed with Neal Brothers Sriracha Mayonnaise, chopped cilantro, sesame oil or sesame seeds topped with red cabbage for some crunch. Spread onto plain bread.

Gourmet Truffle Sandwich – Neal Brothers Truffle Mayonnaise spread onto a ciabatta bun, topped with fresh mozzarella, tomatoes, spinach or basil, parmesan and a balsamic drizzle.

Lime Mayo Chicken Wrap – Rotisserie chicken and coleslaw, topped with sunflower seeds and corn.
o Coleslaw: cabbage, cilantro, lime juice, Neal Brothers Lime Mayonnaise

Turkey Club – Bacon, avocado, turkey, tomato and lettuce on rye with Neal Brothers Classic Mayonnaise.

Truffle Egg Salad – Copped hard boiled egg mixed with Neal Brothers Truffle Mayonnaise, chopped celery and chopped onion, seasoned with salt and pepper, on plain bread.

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With these tasty recipes your kids will be the envy of the other students – and the teachers!
And for a once in a while treat, add a side of Neal Brothers Kettle Chips to add some crunch to their lunch.

From our family to yours.

Enjoy!

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Cleanse Friendly Open Faced Egg Sandwich

This amazing recipe came to us from our friend on Instagram @holisticharmonyhealth (Andrea Rossi, B.Sc, RHN, R.BIE, NNCP) She can be found at Holistic Harmony Health and Wellness in Etobicoke, ON.

Cleanse Friendly Open Faced Egg Sandwich

1 tsp coconut oil

½ yellow pepper, sliced

½ onion, sliced

¼ cup Neal Brother’s Salsa

2 organic free range eggs

½ avocado, sliced

2 slices of yeast free spelt bread

Heat oil in pan. Sauté the onions for 2 minutes and then add in the peppers. Cook for an additional 2 minutes. Add in the Neal Brother’s Salsa and sauté another 1 minute, or until heated throughout. Set aside.

In the same pan, cook your eggs to your liking (easy over, sunny side up, or even poached if you prefer).

Toast your bread and then mash ¼ of the avocado slices per piece. Top with your egg and then pepper/salsa mix. Enjoy!

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Tomato & Avocado Salsa

This delicious and simple recipe came to us from our friend on Instagram Alyssa (@soulfoodnutritionista).

Tomato Avocado Salsa.

 

Ingredients:

2 tomatoes

1 avocado

1/4 cup of diced red onion

2 tbsp fresh lemon juice

1 tbsp of olive oil

Salt and pepper to taste

And of course Neal Brothers Foods Organic Tortilla Chips

 

Method: Chop tomatoes and avocado and set aside in a bowl. Dice red onion and combine in bowl with avocado and tomatoes. Add in all other ingredients, toss gently and dive in with Neal Brothers Tortilla Chips.

 

Enjoy,

Alyssa

Soul Food Nutritionista

www.soulfoodnutritionista.com

 

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Vegan Nachos

This recipe came from our friend on Instagram @anmazumba (Quebec City Zumba Piloxing Instructor)

  • 1 bag of Neal Brothers Extremely Tasty Tortillas
  • 2 diced Roma Tomatoes
  • fresh chopped coriander
  • 1 diced avocado
  • 1 sliced jalapeño no seed
  • 1 fresh cob of corn ( or canned)
  • 1 sliced dry shallot

Heat the oven at 350•

put all of those veggies on top of the tortillas on a pan and put it in the oven (5minutes is quite enough)

Take the pan out and put the Neal brothers corn salsa and some cheese on top ( I use the dairy free daiya mozzarella style shreds) and sprinkle it on your nachos•

back in the oven let the cheese melt then hit the broil to make a nice cheese crust

You can serve it with lactose free Greek yogurt, ( less fat than sour cream, same taste)  and bean dip! Make sure to squeeze some fresh lemon juice on it ! So awesome!

Image from Instagram @anmazumba

Image from Instagram @anmazumba

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Mini quasadillas

Mini Chicken Quesadillas

This amazing recipe came to us from fellow Twitter follower @RachelBies (CNP, Culinary Holistic Nutritionist, Private Chef)

Mini quasadillas

2 servings.

4 corn tortillas (organic if able)
1 roasted chick breast (I recommend Blue Goose)
4 tbsp – Neal Brothers Corn Salsa
1 tsp fav hot sauce
Handful of fresh spinach
1/4 sweet Onion
1 organic tomato
1/4 cup grated old cheddar (cheese of choice)
Cilantro
1/8 tsp Chili powder
1 ripe avocado

To do: Heat pan with ghee/olive oil. Throw in all tortillas – face down to begin crisping. Mix chicken with cilantro, salsa, hot sauce and chopped onions. Flip shells over (so crisp side is now the inside). Fill two tortilla with a layer of tomato, cheese, spinach and chicken. Top with other tortilla. Heat on low to allow cheese to melt. Bring to med and crisp on both sides (as you would a grilled cheese). Bonus: if you sprinkle cheese on exterior it will crisp/burn and makes the best crunch. Top with avocado & cilantro. Truly a 10 minute meal/snack. Pair with a salad or double up portions

 

Thank you Rachel – these looks so yummy!

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Sriracha Mayo Fish Taco’s

We love nothing more than taking unique flavours and creating simple and delicious dishes. These fish tacos pack a punch of flavour and a bit of heat – perfect for Cinco de “Mayo” celebrations or lunch and dinner any day of the week!

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Ingredients:

– 2 pieces fresh white fish (We used tilapia)

– 1 tablespoon Neal Brothers sriracha mayo

– 1/4 cup Neal Brothers organic blue tortillas

– 1/2 lime juice

– soft corn tortillas

– refried beans

– avocado for garnish

– cilantro for garnish

– salt and pepper to taste

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Directions:

1) Preheat oven to 400 degrees on bake.

2) Place white fish on a baking sheet over parchment paper.

3) Season fish with salt and pepper then squeeze lime juice over top.

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4) Spread Neal Brothers sriracha mayo over top to create a thin layer.

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5) Take 1/4 cup of Neal Brothers organic blue tortillas and place in food processor. Process until chips until fine.

6) Coat fish with crushed chips.

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7) Bake fish in the oven for 15 minutes or until cooked through.

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8) Place soft corn tortillas on a plate and spread refried beans over top.

9) Place fish on top and garnish with avocado and cilantro.

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10) Serve and enjoy!