Fresh and Easy is truly fresh and easy!

I learned about Fresh and Easy from one of my good friends, who visits this wonderful store every week, because she loves the great low prices and hearty food. The Fresh and Easy brand products do not include any artificial colors or flavors, added trans fats, high-fructose corn syrup, and only use preservatives when absolutely needed. 

Hearing positive comments about Fresh and Easy, I decided to try it. So after work I headed to Fresh and Easy to buy ingredients for the Asparagus Soufflé my daughter and I were planning to make. When I got there, I was welcomed by one of the employees, Jake, who told me about all of the foods that Fresh and Easy carries. I found that there is quite a variety. After I was done shopping, I went through self-checkout, which made it easy to get-in and get-out.

When I got home, it was time to get started on cooking the Asparagus soufflé, an original French recipe that was given to me by my friend. This recipe is not only delicious but also sounds very chic. I was able to get all the ingredients from Fresh and Easy.

Here are the things that I bought:

  • 1 Bunch Green Asparagus                                      receiptFreshandEasy
  • Organic flour
  • Butter
  • Daiya Dairy free cheddar cheese
  • Almond Milk
  • Cage free eggs
  • Chives

The recipe can be found here

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I use Daiya dairy free cheddar cheese and Almond milk because my daughter is lactose intolerant. I think Daiya, which is available at Fresh and Easy is the best dairy free cheese I’ve tasted.

Also, Fresh and Easy is one of the greenest companies I know.  Last year three of their California stores received the silver certification award from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) GreenChill Partnership by fulfilling strict requirements.  These stores have avoided harming the earth’s protective ozone layer.  Only about 40 stores in the nation meet this requirement.

At the front of all Fresh and Easy stores, they have an in-store recycling program for plastic, aluminum, plastic bags and glass.  Furthermore, all of their display and shipping materials are recycled or reused.  Fresh and Easy even took the initiative to upgrade their trucks to help minimize their CO2 footprint on the road. I had a great experience at Fresh and Easy and will continue to come here for my grocery shopping needs.  I also want to thank Fresh and Easy for their support on making this post possible.

Asparagus soufflé

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The Eiffel Tower is an iron lattice tower located on the Champ de Mars in Paris. It was named after the engineer Gustave Eiffel, whose company designed and built the tower

This recipe is special to me because I lived for a few years in France and not being a huge fan of meat dishes, I was often saved by vegetarian soufflés.  My friend Julie who grew up in the South of France, had a great venture called “Oh la la Tartes” and created this beautiful soufflé (recipe handed to her by her Mom) and I have fallen in love with this dish ever since.

Country we are exploring: France

Continent: Europe

Language spoken: French

English Recipe Name: Asparagus soufflé

Recipe Name in French: Soufflé aux asperges

Fun Fact about France: Disneyland Paris, Eiffel Tower, Futurescope, need I say more?

Did you know? 

France has the highest rate of autism in Western Europe. Autism happens when someones brain develops differently, this can make it harder for some kids to talk, listen, and play. Even though autism has to to do with the way the brain develops, France see it as a mental illness meaning there are many misunderstandings about autism in that country.

Action ideas/Link to a resource where kids can learn more about this issue or take action:Educate kids about autism and the bullying that many young children with autism face. http://www.autismspeaks.org/what-autism

Ingredient spotlight:  Asparagus

Asparagus can be green, white or purple!

Asparagus is high in fiber, folate and potassium, and contains bone-building vitamin K along with many antioxidants, including vitamins E, A and C.

Serving size: 2

Ingredients:

  • 5 Green Asparagus
  • 3 TBSP flour
  • 1/2 Oz butter
  • 1 Cup Shredded Cheesse
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 2 eggs + 1 yolk
  • 4 chives
  • Salt and Pepper

Big Chef Duties:

  • Fill a large skillet with 1 inch of hot water and bring to a boil. Add asparagus. Partially cover and cook the asparagus until tender-crisp, about 3 minutes. Drain; refresh under cold water
  • Position rack on lowest level of oven; preheat to 375°F

  • Heat milk in a small saucepan over medium heat until hot

  • Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium-low heat

  • Whisk in flour and cook, whisking often, for 2 minutes

  • Turn off heat and slowly whisk in hot milk

  • Return the heat to medium-low and continue whisking until the mixture is thickened, 3 to 4 minutes.  Remove from heat and put in a large bowl to give to LIttle Chefs

Once the Little Chef have finished their duties, 

Bake the soufflés on the bottom rack until puffy and golden (20 to 25 minutes)

Little Chef Duties:

  • Blot the asparagus dry with a clean kitchen towel, then cut into 1/2-inch slices (using children safe scissors such as Fiskars)

  • Coat six 10-ounce ramekins with butter and add fine bread crumbs

  • Place ramekins on a large rimmed baking sheet

  • Get the milk mixture from the big Chef and whisk in 1/4 teaspoon salt, pepper and nutmeg

As they say in France, “Bon Appetit”

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