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Hit-Or-Miss

Walmart to Sell Budget Friendly Organic Food

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Walmart is set to join the organic food race with their own line of affordable products. The retail giant has teamed up with equally impressive organic superpower Wild Oats to create a new line of pantry items that have already begun to hit store shelves.

Walmart’s executive vice-president of grocery, Jack Sinclair, explains that Walmart is “removing the premium associated with organic groceries”. Considering how much more expensive organic items are in comparison to your run of the mill groceries it’s surprising that Walmart didn’t put their hat into this race sooner.

In a comparison of national brands versus Walmart’s Wild Oats products the price differences were pretty substantial. Some Wild Oats products clocked in at over 50 percent less expensive than the more popular brands, for example: Wild Oats 6-ounce can of tomato paste runs $.58 while the national brand retails at $.98. Overall Walmart says Wild Oats prices will be “more than 25% lower than nationally branded items”

The affordability factor of these usually high ticket groceries could very well inspire more consumers to eat healthier due to the budget friendly prices. Roll out of the new organic goods will be select as Walmart will only offer Wild Oats products to half of its 4,000 locations, but according to Walmart’s website Wild Oats products will be available to purchase online later this summer.

H/T + PicThx Consumerist

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Cravings

Sriracha-Pringles Now Available at Walmart

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Just when you thought the hubbub was over, Pringles has to go and jump on the bandwagon, albeit a little late to the game. Spotted by Impulsive Buy reader Dustin, the new Sriracha-flavored Pringles are only available at Walmart. According to the ingredients rundown, the new item gets its kick from a hot sauce blend of red peppers, vinegar, salt and garlic.

Still, let’s go back to the fact that they’re just rolling out with their own Sriracha-friendly product. We suppose those Pecan Pie Pringles must have taken priority last year. Or maybe it was those White Chocolate Peppermint and Pumpkin Spice chips you tried to convince everyone on? Either way, it’s nice that Pringles finally decided to join the party.

 

 

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Check Out These Four Holiday Dinners For Under $40 Including Char Siu Turkey Burgers and Sweet & Sour Ham Steaks

There can be a lot of pressure and stress when preparing for a holiday dinner. Entertaining family and friends in a larger group setting isn’t an easy task and can be darn expensive. Knowing some of the obstacles our fellow FOODBEASTs have during the holiday season, we’ve partnered with Walmart to bring you 4 custom holiday meals that all serve 6+ people AND cost less than 40 bucks. We brought in our partner chef Frank Deloach and spent countless hours at a local superstore to brainstorm these dishes that include: German Sweet & Sour Glazed Ham Steaks, Char Siu Turkey Burgers & Tater-Tot-Mac Casserole, Mexican Spiced Turkey Breast & Adobe Yam Chilaquiles and Hand-Made Bolognese Pasta & Spumoni Ice Cream Sandwiches.

That was a mouthful (literally). And we haven’t even listed all the sides! Check out all the ingredient lists, recipes and photos below. Photos by Peter Pham.

Mexican Spiced Turkey Breast, Adobe Yam Chilaquiles with Marshmallow, Black Bean Soup and Pumpkin Pie

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What you’ll need from Walmart (prices and taxes may vary slightly):

  • Turkey Breast – $9.98
  • 6 Cans of Black Beans – $4.08
  • 2 Cans of Swanson Chicken Broth – $1.20
  • 1 Can of Chipotles – $1.40
  • 2 Cans of Great Value Enchilada Sauce – $1.36
  • Mexican Crema – $2.66
  • Cotija Cheese – $3.48
  • Pork Choriz0 – $1.18
  • Cilantro – $.58
  • Garlic – $.41
  • 2 Jalapenos – $.17
  • Onion – $.93
  • 2 Avocados – $1.36
  • Yam – $1.77
  • Santitas Tortilla Chips – $2
  • Achiote Paste – $1.78
  • Ground Cumin – $.88
  • Pumpkin Pie – $3
  • Total: $38.22

Chilaquiles

  1. Large dice yam(s). Season with salt
  2. Toss yam(s) in oil, place on a baking tray
  3. Place yam(s) in oven at 425 degrees for about 20 minutes until tender
  4. Add chiptole, chicken broth, enchilada sauce, chips and yams into a large skillet in medium heat
  5. Reduce until half of the initial liquid remains. Make sure everything is coated in sauce.
  6. Place contents in casserole dish and cover with mini marshmallows while still hot
  7. Place casserole dish under broiler or use butane torch to toast marshmallows. Toast to taste.

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Mexican Rub Turkey Breast

  1. Pat turkey breast dry. Make sure it has completed defrosted.
  2. Rub turkey breast with cumin, salt and achiote
  3. Place on a small toasting pan, place in oven at 425 degrees for about 30 minutes or until the thermometer readers 160 degrees.
  4. Let turkey breast rest for 15 minutes. Carve and serve.

Black Bean Soup

  1. Dice 1/2 a large onion. Crush 4 cloves of garlic
  2. Place onion, garlic and a jalapeño with oil, 1/2 teaspoon of cumin and salt
  3. Sweat this mixture until translucent
  4. Open all 6 cans of beans and place in the pan with caramelized onions and garlic
  5. Add the can of chicken broth
  6. Heat thoroughly over medium heat
  7. Carefully place the mixture in a blender. Blend until smooth. Add chicken stock or bean liquid if needed.
  8. Place in bowls and top with cotija cheese, crema and avocado

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Char Siu Sriracha Mayo Turkey Burgers Topped with Pineapple & Red Cabbage Slaw, Mac ‘n Cheese Tater Tot Casserole and Peanut Butter & Chocolate Chip Ice Cream Pie

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What you’ll need from Walmart (prices and taxes may vary slightly):

  • (2) 1 lb Ground Turkey – $5.56
  • 1 lb Ground Pork – $2.98
  • Sriracha – $2.64 (c’mon we know you have it already)
  • Char Siu Seasoning – $.93
  • Great Value Mayo – $1.86
  • Great Value Pineapple Slices – $.96
  • Dozen Eggs – $2.38
  • Red Cabbage – $1.87
  • Scallions – $1.00
  • Cilantro – $.58
  • 1 lb Green Beans – $2.98
  • Baked Buns/Rolls – $2.48
  • Frozen Tater Tots – $2.00
  • Great Value Premium Mac N’ Cheese – $1.68
  • Great Value Fried Onions – $1.28
  • Too Much Fun Ice Cream – $4.14 (we bought the good stuff)
  • Oreo Pie Crust – $2.00
  • Total: $37.32

College Ingredients

 

Turkey Burger Slaw

  1. Thinly shave red cabbage. Slice 3 scallions. Chop 1 bunch of cilantro.
  2. Juice half a lime
  3. Place cabbage, scallions, cilantro, lime, 1.5 teaspoons of mayo, and large pinch of salt in large bowl and toss.
  4. Cover and refrigerate for half an hour.

 

Sriracha Mayo

  1. Combine 3 tablespoons of mayo with 2 tablespoons of Sriracha. Scale as needed.

 

Char Siu Turkey Burger

  1. Follow directions on char siu packet to prepare seasoning
  2. Combine the 2 lbs of ground turkey, 1 lb of ground pork, char siu seasoning and 1 teaspoon of salt in a large bowl. Mix with hands thoroughly.
  3. Form 6 patties.
  4. Grill For 4-6 minutes until thoroughly cooked.
  5. Toast buns during last few minutes of burger grill time.
  6. Place sriracha mayo on bottom bun.
  7. Place burger on bun.
  8. Top with slaw, pineapple and egg (optional)

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Tater Tot Mac N’ Cheese Casserole

  1. Place tater tots on oven tray. Follow instructions on package.
  2. Prepare mac n’ cheese with instructions on the package.
  3. Blanch green beans. Bring pot of salted water to boil. Get a bowl of ice water ready. Place green beans in boiling water for 2 minutes. Remove and place in ice bath. Obviously this is fancy, there are many ways to prepare green beans.
  4. Combine tater tots and mac n’ cheese.
  5. Pour tater tots and mac n’ cheese into larger casserole dish. Top with shredded cheese (optional, but really worth it)
  6. Top again with fried onions. Serve.

 

Ice Cream Pie

  1. Let ice cream soften for 10 minutes outside the freezer.
  2. Scoop ice cream onto oreo pie crust. Flatten.
  3. Place in freezer for 10-15 minutes. Serve.

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 German Sweet & Sour Glazed Ham Steaks, Oven-Roasted Mustard Vinegar Sprouts, Fall Apple Kale Tangerine Salad and Corn Bread

What you’ll need from Walmart (prices and taxes may vary slightly):

  • 6 lb Cooks Pork Shoulder – $10.28
  • Great Value Apple Cider Vinegar – $.96
  • Great Value Spicy Mustard – $1.00
  • Aunt Jemima Country Rich Syrup – $1.00
  • Package of Brussels Sprouts – $2.48
  • (2) Onions – $1.84
  • 5 lb Bag of Potatoes – $1.77
  • Garlic – $.85
  • Jiffy Cornbread Mix – $.56
  • Great Value Butter Unsalted – $2.98
  • Dozen Eggs – $2.38
  • Gallon of Whole Milk – $3.25
  • 3 Granny Smith Apples – $2.78
  • 4 Tangerines – $2.32
  • Baby Kale Baby Spinach Blend Bag – $2.98
  • Great Value Raspberry Vinaigrette – $1.66
  • Total: $39.09

Porksgiving Ingredients

 Ham Glaze

  1. Combine 1/2 cup of spicy brown mustard, 2 cups of home style syrup and 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar in a bowl and whisk

Ham Steaks

  1. Unwrap the ham and cut 1/2″ wide steaks to the bone. You will need to rotate the ham as you hit the bone.
  2. Throw the ham steaks on a high heat grill.
  3. Once the ham steaks are on the grill, glaze the top side. Flip every 3 minutes, a total of 4 times. Glaze each time.
  4. Pull off the grill and serve.

Brussels Sprouts

  1. Make a glaze with 1/2 cup vinegar and 1 cup mustard
  2. Cut Brussels sprouts in half. Place on sheet pan, drizzle with olive oil, salt. Put in the oven at 425° for 15 minutes
  3. Rotate sprouts, place back in oven for 5 minutes
  4. Place glaze in a skillet on medium high heat. Then add the sprouts. Cook until glaze cooks down and reduces by half. Sprouts should be covered
  5. Serve

 

Apple Tangerine Salad & Corn Bread

  1. Cut tops and bottoms off the tangerines. Peel. Slice them into rings.
  2. Slice 3 apples.
  3. Combine tangerines, apples, kale/spinach mix into a bowl with vinaigrette dressing. Toss.
  4. For Corn Bread – follow Jiffy Corn Bread Mix instructions.

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From Scratch Bolognese Pasta, Grilled Vegetables & Spumoni Ice Cream Sandwiches on Toasted Hawaiian Rolls

 

What you’ll need from Walmart (prices and taxes may vary slightly):

  • Parmesan Cheese – $2.48
  • Red Wine (1 Cup) – $1.97
  • (4) Large Cans of Crushed Tomatoes (28 oz cans) – $6.48
  • Small Can Tomato Paste – $.44
  • Dozen Eggs – $2.38
  • Great Value Flour – $1.96
  • Extra Virgin Olive Oil (2 Tablespoons) – $3.55
  • Ground Turkey or Beef – $2.78
  • Salt Pork – $3.84
  • Onion – $1.54
  • Garlic (9 cloves) – $.85
  • 3 Carrots – $.78
  • 1 Lemon – $.49
  • Bag of Celery (8 sticks) – $1.98
  • 1/2 lb Zucchini – $.95
  • Parsley – $.88
  • Radish Bunch – $.88
  • King’s Hawaiian Rolls (12 pk) – $2.48
  • Spumoni Ice Cream – $2.97
  • Total: $39.68

Italian Ingredients

The Bolognese

  1. Small dice the carrots, onion and celery Should have a rough 2:2:1 ratio respectively. Crush garlic cloves.
  2. Render out fat from the salt port over low/med heat in a large sauce pot. Remove pork once a liquid layer of fat covers the bottom of the pot
  3. Add in the carrots, onion and celery
  4. After 5-10 minutes, add tomato paste and garlic
  5. Mixture should become caramelized after another 5 minutes.
  6. Once caramelized, make a hole in the center of the sofrito (vegetable mixture) and add your olive oil and ground meat. Change heat to med/high
  7. Season turkey with small pinch of salt
  8. Add 1 cup of red wine to deglaze the pan
  9. Reduce the mixture for 3-4 minutes to cook out the alcohol
  10. Add the four cans of crushed tomatoes. Finish with one can of water
  11. Bring up to boil, then reduce heat to low. Cover the pot.
  12. Let summer until reduced by almost half, and sauce is dark red. At least 2 hours
  13. Stir the sauce regularly to prevent bottom from burning

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The Fettuccine Pasta

  1. Combine 2 cups of flour, 7 egg yolks and pinch of salt into a food processor. Pulse together until you can form a ball.
  2. Slowly add water, tablespoon by tablespoon, until the dough starts to pull away.
  3. Take dough and place on clean and lightly floured surface or counter
  4. Knead until it comes together. Shiny and firm but not sticky. Flour as needed.
  5. Wrap in plastic wrap and let rest at room temperature for one hour.
  6. Use a pasta roller/maker to finish. These instructions may help. 

 

 

Grilled Zucchini

  1. Slice l lb of zucchini long ways in 1/2″ thick slices. Finely chop bunch of parsley.
  2. Juice lemon and combine with sliced zucchini, parsley, 1 clove of garlic, 1 tablespoon of olive oil, 2 teaspoons of salt. Make sure mixture is completed coated.
  3. Marinate for 15 minutes then grill with radishes.

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Spumoni Ice Cream Sandwiches

  1. Grill or toast hawaiian rolls
  2. Scoop ice cream onto rolls and serve.

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Packaged Food

DIY Choco Tacos from Taco Bell – Ice Cream Sadly Not Included

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Why do we eat fast food? Chances are, because we’re broke and too lazy to cook ourselves. Now, to be fair, scooping ice cream chunks into pre-made taco shells can’t strictly be classified as “cooking,” but part of me wishes good ol’ T-Bell would just bring back the in-store Choco Taco and stop asking people to do things for themselves.

First spotted back in August, Taco Bell is apparently selling do-it-yourself dessert kits at Wal-Mart. Available in “Chocolate Taco” and “Cinnamon Nachos,” the $3 kits come with almost everything you need to be an enterprising fattie: chocolate-flavored corn taco shells, chocolate sauce and sprinkles for the Choco Taco, and cinnamon tortilla chips, caramel and toffee bits for the nachos. The ice cream, unfortunately, you’ll have to pony up another $3 or so for, sigh.

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Marvo from The Impulse Buy reports the shells are pretty fragile, and most people will probably wind up eating chocolate nachos rather than chocolate tacos by the end of their endeavors. We haven’t had the chance to try them yet, but “fragile ice cream receptacles” seems like a pretty solid (heh) reason not to.

Just think, if you know the quality’s going to suck anyway, wouldn’t you rather outsource the labor?

Taco Bell Chocolate Taco Dessert Kit: $14.99 @ Amazon

Taco Bell Cinnamon Nacho Dessert Kit: $5.99 @ Amazon (for some reason)

H/T Consumerist + PicThx Impulsive Buy

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Packaged Food

Paula Deen Releases A Line of ‘Healthy,’ Ironic Butter

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I’ve never fully understood why Paula Deen, the butter fairy, gets so much bad press. Sure, she lied about that whole I-invented-the-doughnut-burger thing, is Anthony Bourdain’s archnemesis and waterfalls sugar like no ones business, but to tell you the truth, I think she’s kind of a badass.

Which is why I’m so dismayed that Eater reported she’s doing this whole I-make-healthy-butter-now-doughnut-burger-what? thing. Given, she did reveal her Type 2 diabetes diagnoses more than a year ago and you gotta give her kudos for trying. Then again, Paula Deen’s sudden attempt to rebrand her image as “healthy” via butter, the primary product that lead to her infamous image of indulgence, seems a bit forced.

For us doubting the legitimacy of Paula Deen’s latest venture, rest assured, her PR team touts that these “finishing” butters “let cooks bring a wonderful fresh butter taste to various dishes while just adding butter to the end of the cooking process.” The Paula Deen butter line will be available at Walmart and comes in five different flavors: Lemon DillEuropean StyleSouthern GrillingGarden Herb and Sweet Citrus Zest.

Seems legit.

H/T Eater + PicThx Paula Deen Foods

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Hit-Or-Miss

Walmart Display Claims Soda is ‘Wholesome. Healthy. Delicious.’

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Listen, we’ve all given Walmart a bad rap and hey, maybe this was just an honest mistake. At least, we hope it was, because the last time we checked soda was no where near “Wholesome” or “Healthy.” Although, we’ll agree that the fizzy stuff is rather “Delicious.”

Kudos to Consumerist reader Kathy for snapping the pic featuring seemingly misplaced 2-liter bottles of Sprite and Coca-Cola. We’re guessing the signs claiming to be  “Wholesome. Healthy. Delicious.” and “Easy convenient meals” were meant for something like fresh sandwiches and salads. Then again . . . it is Walmart we’re talking about and that McDonald’s in the background isn’t really helping its case. Just sayin’.

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Sigh. The day that Sprite or Coca-Cola become replacements for a nice pre-packaged chicken from the store deli, I’ll just head over to the bakery for some yesterday, today, tomorrow expiring glazed donuts.

H/T Consumerist

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Packaged Food

Marie Callender’s Now Serving a Sausage Gravy & Egg Meat Pie

Breakfast in a pie. Is there really anything else that needs to be said?

Marie Callender’s frozen food products is now serving the new flavor of pie at most Walmart stores. Containing: Scrambled Eggs, Sausage, Potatoes, and just a bit of gravy all wrapped up in a golden flaky pie crust;  this frozen delight is packed with 810 calories of pure breakfast goodness.

All you have to do is nuke em, maybe throw a little Sriracha on top, and chow down before heading out the door. Or maybe it’s date night and she’s sick of the pizza or pasta that you always make her. Boom! Breakfast Pie.

Just make sure to keep it frozen.

via: Walmart

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Waffle Riot! — Black Friday Shoppers Fight Over $2 Waffle Makers [VIDEO]

Discount shoppers rejoice, it’s Black Friday, which means hordes of people will be pouring into establishments with anything notably resembling a sale. It also means it’s time to hear the crazy stories of thriving discount-heads trampling each other, pepper spraying their fellow man for an X-Box and in the case of this particular story — mobbing over $2 Waffle Makers.

In the following video, you’ll get a shaky account of a crowd of shoppers jumping on a supply of $2 waffle makers by. I wonder how much these people could have saved by actually going to work, making a few dollars, and spending their day’s wage on a normally-priced Waffle Maker.

Just something to think about, but what do I know?

[via mashable]