Spice up Hot & Spicy Food Day

August 19, 2014 | post a comment

Want to add a little spice to your day? Try out these fiery Asian Turkey Lettuce Cups, and celebrate Hot and Spicy Food Day! Although they bring heat, the mild, refreshing butter lettuce balances them out, creating an ideal, light and tasty dinner alternative.

 

What you will need                                                                                            live-gourmet-asian-turkey-wraps

2-3 teaspoons of freshly grated ginger

3 cloves of minced garlic

1 tablespoon of sesame oil

1 tablespoon of olive oil

1 teaspoon of red pepper flakes (add less or more upon preference)

3 green onions, chopped

1 pound of ground turkey (or Chicken)

¼ cup of soy sauce

¼ cup of rice wine vinegar

Roasted peanuts (optional)

1 head of Live Gourmet Living Butter Lettuce or 1 head of Grower Pete’s Organic Living Butter Lettuce

Hoisin Sauce (upon preference)

 

How to Cook

First, cook the ginger and garlic on low heat in the sesame and olive oils for one to two minutes. Next, add in the red pepper flakes (if using), and the chopped green onions, and cook for another minute. Next, add the ground turkey or chicken and cook until the meat is no longer pink. Finally, pour in the soy sauce and vinegar and mix everything together.

 

Prepare the Wraps

Remove the amount of lettuce leaves you want to serve. Wash and dry the leaves. Put the cooked turkey or chicken into each lettuce cup.  Sprinkle the meat with the roasted peanuts (if desired), and drizzle the cups with warmed Hoisin Sauce. Voila! A refreshing yet piquant summer dish!

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Super Confused about Superfoods?

August 11, 2014 | post a comment

Ever wondered what’s so super about a superfood? Are you confused about the difference between watercress and upland cress? You’re not alone, so let us clarify the facts for you.

A superfood is an extremely nutrient-dense food that, when eaten, is considered to be very beneficial for maintaining good health. These foods tend to be unprocessed, and often contain high concentrations of antioxidants and phytonutrients, believed to help prevent cancer and a wide range of other chronic diseases.
Cress is an overarching name for the peppery-flavored, dark leafy greens that fall within the mustard family. It comes in a variety of forms including: watercress, garden cress, upland cress, winter cress, bitter cress, yellow cress, pennycress, and rock cress. These plants are related to the more popularly known superfoods, broccoli and kale. In fact, in a recent study published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, cress has just superseded kale and broccoli, having been named the most nutrient-dense vegetable available on the market.

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At Hollandia Produce, we grow two strains of cress: Live Gourmet® Living Upland Cress and Grower Pete’s Organic Living Watercress. Both products are certified as antioxidant superfoods with 127 percent higher antioxidant density than the USDA reported average value. In addition to being loaded with essential nutrients, our cress products also contain as much vitamin C as an orange, more calcium than milk, and of course, high levels of magnesium, lutein, phosphorous, potassium, iron, beta-carotene, andvitamins A, B1, B6, K, and E!

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It’s important to remember: no single food can provide you with the all of the nutrients necessary for good health. However, maintaining a healthy and diverse diet, filled with fruits and vegetables, including those that are considered superfoods, is good practice toward achieving this goal. Besides, in addition to being nutritious, they’re tasty and typically low calorie and high in fiber! Isn’t that reason enough to call them superfoods?

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Hollandia’s Sustainability at Midwest Produce Expo

August 5, 2014 | post a comment

With the severe drought conditions plaguing the West, conserving water has become the new normal for consumers and businesses alike. Few industries have been more affected by these conditions than the agricultural business, that is, except for companies like Hollandia Produce, L.P.

As a greenhouse grower specializing in hydroponics, we’ve been committed to sustainable farming and water conservation. And, now when it really matters, we’re making a difference. That’s why we’re so excited to share our story at this year’s Midwest Produce Conference and Expo on August 12, in Chicago.

Hydroponic greenhouse growing is on the rise. While not all methods are created equal, we’re proud that our growing techniques enable us to grow 3.55 times more lettuce per acre and use up to 84 percent less water than traditional field grown crops. We achieve this through a continuous-flow-hydroponic system, known as nutrient film technique (NFT), which uses a very shallow stream of water containing all the dissolved nutrients required for plant growth. Hydroponic-growing-techniques

Sustainable farming and the environmental tenets of reduce; reuse and recycle are core values within our company.  Our entire organization works diligently to conserve water, eliminate soil erosion and be responsible stewards of the resources used to make our Live Gourmet® and Grower Pete’s certified organic products.

Additionally, with the adoption of our Live Gourmet® freight-saving Squircle clamshell package and our accompanying harness style shipping carton, we’ve reduced our annual recycled polyethylene terephthalate (RPET) use by 15 percent, and have achieved a 40 percent reduction in the amount of cardboard we use to ship our products.

Water conservation is vital, not just because of the current drought situation, but because it is a key aspect of sustainable agriculture and simply the right thing to do. We hope you can stop by booth 312 at the Midwest Produce Expo and learn more about how we’re saving water with every crop.

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A Healthy Twist on National Lasagna Day

July 29, 2014 | post a comment

It’s National Lasagna Day! Why not celebrate with a new twist on an old favorite? We added cress, the world’s most nutrient dense superfood, to create a lasagna recipe that’s not only indulgent and delicious but packed with essential antioxidants, vitamins and phytonutrients. Plus, cress’ peppery flavor adds a complimentary kick to lasagna’s traditional taste.

Ingredients

  • Lasagna noodles                                                              Close up image of spinach lasagna with salad on a white plate.
  • 2 minced garlic cloves
  • 3-4 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 8 oz. of sliced mushrooms
  • 2 bags of Live Gourmet® Living Upland Cress or Grower Pete’s Organic Living Watercress
  • 2, 15-oz. containers of ricotta cheese
  • 1 cup of grated parmesan cheese
  • 1 ½ cups of grated mozzarella cheese
  • 2 eggs
  • ¼ cup of chopped, fresh parsley
  • ¼ cup of chopped, fresh basil
  • 2, 12-oz. jars of marinara sauce
  • 1 teaspoon of kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon of pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon of nutmeg
  • (Makes 8 servings)

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees
  2. Lightly oil a 9’ x 13’ baking dish
  3. Parboil lasagna noodles in salted water for 6 minutes (The noodles will continue to cook in the oven.)
  4. Sauté garlic and mushrooms in olive oil until the mushrooms are tender. Then, add in the watercress and sauté quickly (or until the greens are wilted)
  5. Mix together the ricotta and parmesan cheese, eggs, nutmeg, salt and pepper, and fresh herbs in a mixing bowl
  6. Pour a shallow layer of the marinara sauce over the bottom of the baking dish.
  7. Add one layer of pasta noodles
  8. Spread cheese and herb mixture over noodles
  9. Pour another layer of marinara sauce over the cheese
  10. Continue layering until all ingredients are used
  11. Finish with a top layer of mozzarella cheese
  12. Cook in oven for 30-45 minutes, or until the lasagna is bubbly and the cheese is melted

Labels: Eat Leafy Greens for Nutrition, Organic Watercress, Upland Cress Recipes, Vegetarian Recipes

Hollandia at PMA Foodservice Conference

July 23, 2014 | post a comment

On July 26, Hollandia Produce, L.P., will be among the expected 160 exhibitors and 1,700 attendees at the PMA Foodservice Conference & Expo being held in Monterey, CA, just outside the state’s Central and Salinas valley, or better known as the Ag belt. It is the only event focused exclusively on fresh produce in foodservice, the distribution channel for food delivery to hospitality, healthcare and education.

Given today’s culinary and foodservice trends shifting toward healthier menus that include darker greens, and the use of produce that’s sustainably grown, less wasteful (also known as root-to-stalk) and delivers more nutrition per bite, we’re extremely thrilled to be exhibiting. Live-Gourmet-Expo-Booth

The PMA Foodservice Expo gives us an opportunity to share with today’s chefs and food service purveyors how our Live Gourmet® and certified organic Grower Pete’s’ brands of living lettuce and leafy greens are the ideal produce choices to effectively address these current trends and challenges.

We grow our produce in technologically advanced greenhouses using hydroponic techniques that use up to 84 percent less water than is needed for field grown crops. We also use less land. Our greenhouse production generally produces 3.55 times more lettuce per acre than conventional growing methods, reducing the amount of arable land needed for production.

We deliver our products to market with their roots still attached, so our customers and their consumers experience the freshest vegetables possible, because they’re still alive. Our customers can serve and eat the entire plant and compost the root ball, resulting in nearly zero plant waste.

Moreover, as chefs begin looking beyond kale and spinach for other nutrient-dense salads and sides ingredients, they’re discovering that cress’ naturally peppery flavor and recipe versatility is an excellent alternative, especially since its’ been recently named the most nutrient dense food available. Hollandia Produce’s Live Gourmet® Living Upland Cress and Grower Pete’s Organic Watercress are also third-party certified as superfoods, for their rich concentration of antioxidants, phytonutrients, lutein and Vitamins A, C and K.

Our versatile products are perfect for every sector of the foodservice industry, with their appetizing flavors and loaded health benefits. It’s no wonder chefs today are seizing opportunities for our leafy green products. Come take a closer look and visit us at PMA Food Service Expo Booth #145, or check us out online for updates and photos.

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Refreshing Summer Watercress and Spinach Salad

July 15, 2014 | post a comment

Did you know July 16th is Fresh Spinach Day? Spinach is a delicious and nutritious vegetable that contains folic acid, and other essential vitamins and minerals, as well as cancer- fighting antioxidants. To increase your nutrient intake even further pair your next spinach meal with our watercress, a certified superfood with extremely high levels of essential nutrients and phytonutrients that adds a zesty bite to any dish. Here is a yummy salad that combines the vibrant taste of watercress with baby spinach, for a refreshing meal that will keep you from cooking in a hot kitchen on these warm summer days.

Mix Together:

1 bag of fresh baby spinach

1 bag of antioxidant rich Live Gourmet® Upland Cress or Grower Pete’s Organic Living Watercress    Grower-Pete's-Organic-Living-Watercress

1 avocado pitted and sliced

¼ cup of toasted slivered almonds 

1 orange cut into segments

Crumbled Goat cheese

Dressing:

2 tablespoons of lemon juice

2 tablespoons of orange juice

1 tablespoon of Dijon mustard

2 teaspoons of honey

¼ cup of olive oil

Salt and pepper (Upon Preference)

Whisk together and pour over salad!

 

If you have a favorite summer salad recipe, share it with us on our Live Gourmet® Facebook or Twitter Page!

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How Hollandia Produce, L.P.’s Watercress Can Help You Avoid Chronic Diseases

July 8, 2014 | post a comment

Our zesty watercress has always been a tasty favorite to add a little spice to any recipe, but who knew it was also one of the highest vegetables in nutrient density. In a new study naming powerhouse fruits and vegetables, our watercress has been named a category leader in nutrition.

grower-pete's-organic-watercressThe study, which was recently published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, was conducted by Jennifer Di Noia, a researcher from the William Paterson University in New Jersey. Di Noia conducted the study, in order to provide a clear definition for “powerhouse fruits and vegetables,” that are known to contain the highest amounts of crucial nutrients needed to avoid chronic diseases. It looked at fiber, protein, potassium, calcium, iron, riboflavin, thiamin, niacin, folate, zinc, and Vitamins A, B6, B12, C, D, E and K, the 15 nutrients considered of public health importance by The United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organization and Institute of Medicine. “It is a nutrients-to-calories ratio that expresses the means of percent daily values for the qualifying nutrients the food provides per 100 calories, so the higher-ranking foods provide more nutrients-per-calories,” explained Di Noia.

Of the 41 fruits and vegetables identified as meeting the criterion, watercress topped the list. That’s right ladies and gentlemen our organic watercress is at the top with a perfect density score of 100, now who can top that? Watercress-nutrient-dense-vegetable

Earlier this year our cress products including Live Gourmet ® Living Upland Cress and Grower Pete’s Organic Watercress, were certified as antioxidant-rich Superfoods by SCS Global Services, a certifier of food quality and safety. SCS confirmed that these greens not only contain cancer fighting antioxidants but also support eye health, with their high levels of lutein. This study validates our own third-party research and recent Superfood certification, as well as helps you make more informed choices about foods that can positively impact your overall health.

So what are you waiting for? Go out and grab some watercress to add to your favorite meal today, and start strengthening those biological binoculars, absorbing your necessary vitamins and minerals, and kicking those cancer-causing compounds right out.

Labels: Eat Leafy Greens for Nutrition, Healthy Eating Tips, Live Gourmet Products, Organic Watercress

How to Make Chicken Salad Butter Lettuce Wraps for the 4th of July

July 1, 2014 | post a comment

As we all know Friday is America’s Independence Day! Why not bring a nice picnic dinner to enjoy during the fireworks show?  For a healthy, delicious meal that puts a more contemporary feel on a classic summer favorite, follow this quick and easy recipe, to mouthwatering Lemon, Tarragon Chicken Salad Wraps, that will feed a family of four.

 Live Gourmet Butter Lettuce

 What you will need:

3 chicken breasts

1 head of Live Gourmet Living Butter Lettuce, or Grower Pete’s Organic Living Butter Lettuce

1 bay leaf

1 cup of diced celery

½ cup of diced green onions

1 and ½ to 2 teaspoons of fresh tarragon (upon preference)

Kosher salt and fresh Pepper

For the Dressing:

¾ to 1 cup of mayonnaise (upon preference)

2 teaspoons of fresh lemon juice

1 minced, small garlic clove

Kosher salt and fresh pepper

Directions:

  1. Place the chicken breasts in a large pot
  2. Cover the chicken with water
  3. Add in one bay leaf
  4. Grind in salt and pepper
  5. Boil mixture for 30-45 minutes, until chicken is tender enough to shred with a fork

After chicken is done cooking:

  1. Place the cooked chicken breasts into a large bowl and shred the chicken well with a fork.
  2. Add in diced celery, diced green onions and fresh tarragon, and stir together with chicken.

Dressing:

  1. In a separate bowl mix together the dressing ingredients
  2. Pour dressing over chicken and vegetable mixture
  3. Stir everything together well

To Serve:

Place a couple of tablespoons of the chicken salad into single butter lettuce leaves, and enjoy!

 

Happy 4th of July from Hollandia Produce, L.P.!

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How to Celebrate National Fruits and Vegetables Month & Improve Your Health

June 26, 2014 | post a comment

 

live-gourmet-butter-lettuce June is national fruits and vegetables month! What better way to celebrate than by indulging in these delicious and nutritious gifts from the Earth?  The USDA recommends we eat about five servings of fresh produce every day.  With longer and lighter dining this summer, why not replace one meal a day with a healthy salad, wrap, or green smoothie? Here are ten reasons to add fresh greens to your summer diet.

 

  1. Lettuce contains vitamin C and beta-carotene, which together, help to prevent the oxidation of cholesterol, and help protect your heart.
  2. Watercress is rich in antioxidants and can also help support eye health due to its high levels of lutein.
  3. Lettuce is low in calories, with only about 12 per shredded cup, so it is a great food to eat in order to help lose weight.
  4. Watercress is a great source of Vitamin C, which has an anti-inflammatory action and can also help prevent or relieve symptoms of colds and flus.
  5. Lettuce leaves contain lactucarium, a natural relaxant and sedative, to improve sleep.
  6. Lettuce and other greens are usually eaten raw, which increases your micronutrient intake.
  7. Lettuce has a low glycemic index at just 15, which can help lower the risk for developing type 2 diabetes, coronary heart disease and age-related macular degeneration.
  8. Lettuce is high in fiber which aids digestion and can also help with weight loss.
  9. Lettuce contains minerals known to help remove toxins and balance your alkaline and acid levels. This balance is known to help improve energy and immunity by promoting healthier teeth, gums and cells. It can also help reduce pain and inflammation and slower aging.
  10. Watercress is one of the most nutrient dense vegetables there are, in regard to a nutrient-to-calorie ratio.

As you can see just by looking at some facts about fresh greens, fruits and vegetables are vital to maintaining good overall health.  So there’s no excuse not to head to the store and pick up an array of fresh produce to enjoy today!

And to find out more helpful healthy living tips follow Hollandia Produce on Twitter and Facebook!

 

 

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Our Salad Bar Donations to Conejo Valley Unified School District

May 15, 2014 | post a comment

Conejo Valley Unified School District Nutrition StaffAs supporters of the United Fresh Foundation’s “Let’s Move Salad Bars to California Schools” campaign, Hollandia Produce, L.P., formally presented its donation of two new salad bars to the Conejo Valley Unified School District.  There was a salad bar unveiling ceremony on May 13, 2014 in the cafeteria of Thousand Oaks High School.

The United Fresh Foundation’s “Let’s Move Salad Bars to California Schools” campaign has a goal to increase children’s access and consumption of fresh vegetables and fruits through the donations of salad bars to local California schools. Since we joined the initiative, we have donated five salads bars to California schools.

Live Gourmet Donates Salad Bars to Schools“As a grower of fresh, organic vegetables, we are thankful to be able to promote healthy eating to children. Through this initiative, we can support better access to healthy food and influence children and families to increase their intake of fruits and vegetables,” stressed Pete Overgaag, chief executive officer of Hollandia Produce.

We look forward to continuing to promote healthy eating habits to children and families in our California and surrounding communities.

Learn more about the Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools campaign at http://saladbars2schools.org/

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