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Five Tips to Start the Holiday Season

December 1st marks the first day of the last month of the year, but it also marks something else – the beginning of the holiday season! Here at Neal Brothers the holidays are the best time of year, there’s plenty of good company,
festive cheer, and of course tons of delicious foods. Everyone has been anxious to get the holiday festivities started, but now that it’s finally here, where do you start?

Here are the Neal Brothers tips for getting the holiday season started! Most seem to revolve around food (can you blame us?)Christmas tree branch with snow and gift box. Top view

Give the Gift of Food

It can be hard to come up with the right present for someone, but one thing that everyone loves is food. Whip up some holiday goodies for a heart-felt homemade gift, make a compilation of your all-time favourite recipes, or write down some precious memories of you and them cooking together. A gift from the heart is always appreciated, and as the saying goes, “The best way to a person’s heart is through their stomach”!

Don’t be Afraid to use those Fancy Holiday Dishes

Whether they’re bright seasonal colours or decorated with fun holiday designs, your plates and dishes can add something unique to traditional decorations that will turn any meal into a festive feast! Reds, greens, purples, and blues will bring some of the winter season to your table and will have your guests feeling the joyous holiday spirit.

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Add Some Colour to your Table

One of the best parts of the holiday season is all of the beautiful colours, so don’t be afraid to bring those stunning hues to your table. Light colours such as blues, whites, and greys with pops of dark colours like cranberry, forest green, and plum purple will make the winter season come to life.

Bake Some Tasty Holiday Treats

Shortbread cookies, gingerbread houses, eggnog cheesecake, chocolate fudge, powdered snowballs, the list goes on. Whipping up those holiday treats can be a fun activity for kids and parents to do together, not to mention you’ll create some lasting memories that you’ll cherish for years.  Food is a big part of our holidays and we all know good food equals happy people. So make sure you stock up on Neal Brothers goodies before any holiday party – people will be raving about the food until next December!

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Give Back to Others

Last but certainly not least (in fact it’s one of the most important), spend some time giving back to the less fortunate to remind yourself and your children of the real meaning of the holidays. Canadian Food Centres Canada offers plenty of volunteering opportunities and is committed to providing healthy food to build good health and strengthen communities. This holiday season check out CFCC’s website (http://cfccanada.ca/)  to see how you can give back. You’ll realize how much you truly have to be thankful for all while spreading some joy to those who could use it most.

So, get out there and spread that holiday cheer – with these tips you’ll be ready for the holidays before you know it. Seasons greetings!

 

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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)

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

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  • 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

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

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

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