Pass the Pasta, Please!

Our last blog post was about all of the wonderful benefits of eating pasta. Hopefully, you read it and came away with a renewed interested in either preparing or ordering this filling, versatile food for your family. You may have read it, however, and wondered, “Which pasta dishes can I fix beyond the standard mac-n-cheese or spaghetti and meatballs?” We’re glad you asked. Today, we are serving up two of our favorite pasta recipes. They have proven to be family favorites consistently through the years, and they are both very simple to prepare. Each recipe can easily be doubled for a crowd, and the leftovers freeze well for future use. So, without further ado, here they are…

Pasta

Cabbage and Noodles

This is a classic eastern European dish that originated in Hungary but is also popular in Poland, Austria, and Germany. Known in Hungarian as “Kaposzta Halushka,” this satisfying and tasty one-pot meal is the ultimate winter comfort food.

Fry bacon until cooked. Drain grease, leaving a light coating behind in pan. Place bacon in holding bowl. Saute onions in remaining bacon grease until carmelized. Drain and put in bowl with bacon. Save grease. Cook cabbage by boiling in large stockpot until soft and tender. Drain water from pot. Remove cabbage and put in separate holding bowl. Fill pot with water and bring to a boil. Cook noodles according to package directions. Drain water from pot when done. Mix noodles with cabbage, bacon, and onions, stirring well. Stir in a bit of extra bacon grease to the mixture if desired. Add salt and pepper to taste. Enjoy!

Baked Ziti with Peppers and Onions

This casserole dish is the perfect weeknight meal or potluck offering. Melted cheese and flavorful sausage combine to create a winner that your family will ask for again and again!

Heat oven to 375 degrees. Boil water and cook noodles according to package directions. Drain and set aside. In large saucepan, cook sausage, peppers, and onion until meat is browned and vegetables begin to soften. Drain. Return pepper mixture to saucepan. Stir in pasta sauce, 2 TBSP Parmesan cheese, oregano, I cup mozzarella cheese, and ziti noodles. Mix well and spoon into 13 x 9 x 2 inch baking dish. Sprinkle with remaining Parmesan and mozzarella cheese. Bake covered with aluminum foil for 30 minutes or until hot and bubbly.

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A Warm, Healthy Start to Cold Winter Days

When temperatures outside start falling and the days become shorter and darker, preparing comfort foods becomes a priority once again. Our bodies naturally begin to crave food that will both nourish us and keep us warm. We need something that will keep our immune systems functioning well and our metabolism going strong during the cold winter months, when we would rather just hibernate. Oatmeal is an ideal breakfast choice, delicious cold-weather fare that will check all of the above boxes and then some.

A Warm, Healthy Start to Cold Winter Days

Oats are some of the healthiest grains on earth. They are a low-calorie, gluten-free whole grain and are a great source of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. They are especially rich in manganese, phosphorus, magnesium, copper, iron, and zinc. Oats contain more protein and fat than most grains, meaning they will keep you feeling full longer. They are also a good source of carbs and fiber, including the powerful fiber beta-glucan, which helps promote healthy gut bacteria. All of this means that oats are some of the most nutrient-dense foods you can eat.

Research shows that consuming oats and oatmeal provides one with many health benefits including a reduced risk of heart disease, lower blood sugar levels, lower total and LDL cholesterol, reduced constipation, and weight loss. Adding this super-grain to your regular diet is a smart and inexpensive way to improve your health and manage your weight.

Oats can be enjoyed in a variety of ways. They are often added to baked goods such as muffins, cookies, and breads as well as muesli and granola; however, the most popular way to enjoy them is to simply eat oatmeal (porridge) for breakfast. Most people prefer to eat rolled, crushed, or steel-cut oats. Instant (quick) oats are the most highly processed type. They take less time to cook, although their texture may be slightly mushy. Here is a very easy way to prepare oatmeal:

  • 1/2 cup of rolled oats
  • 1 cup (250 ml) of water or milk
  • A pinch of salt

Combine ingredients in a pot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to a simmer and cook the oats, stirring occasionally, until soft. To enhance the taste and nutritional value of your oatmeal, you can add cinnamon, fruit, nuts, seeds and/or Greek yogurt.

A fun way to change up your oatmeal routine is to either make it in the crock-pot or bake it. Here is a recipe for crock pot oatmeal that is sure to warm both your family’s hearts and stomachs. The beauty of this method is that breakfast is already done when you wake up!

Crock Pot Oatmeal :

  • 1 Cup steel-cut oats
  • ⅓ Cup brown sugar
  • 1 TSP cinnamon
  • 1 T butter
  • ½ cup dried blueberries
  • 1 apple, chopped
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 cup steel-cut oats
  • ⅓ cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 T butter
  • ½ cup dried blueberries
  • 1 apple, chopped
  • 4 cups water

Crock-Pot Oatmeal

Mix all ingredients in a bowl. Add 2 inches of water to the crock-pot and set the bowl in the water. Turn crock-pot on low and cook overnight for 8-10 hours. Enjoy!

If you would prefer not to prepare these dishes yourself, you can always Google fast food delivery near me or order food online near me and get access to the best delivery service around with ChowCall. Your favorite comfort food is just one phone call away!

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Soup’s On!

Soups are considered a nutritional powerhouse… a one-pot meal chock-full of vitamins, protein, minerals, antioxidants, and fiber. This wholesome comfort food and classic staple of the American diet is now being featured more and more on restaurant menus and even on food delivery apps. Not only are soups typically very nourishing, but most of them can also be prepared with minimal effort and simple ingredients. Having a hard time thinking beyond the standard tomato and chicken noodle soup fare? Keep reading for a few new recipes that are sure to fill your winter days with satisfying warmth and flavor…

Soups on

White Chicken Chili

This hearty chili is sure to warm you up even on the coldest of nights. Serve with grated Monterey Jack cheese, sour cream, and tortilla chips for a flavor-packed dish that will quickly become a family favorite. Yield: 6 servings.

Chicken:

Sauce:

Melt 2 tablespoons butter in soup pot. Saute scallions, onions, green pepper, garlic, jalapenos, ginger, salt, sage, cumin, and pepper until soft. Remove mixture from pot. In same pot, melt 3 tablespoons butter. Add flour and whisk briskly while adding cream. When thick and smooth, add chicken broth and milk. Stir in corn, beans, chicken, and spice mixture from earlier. Simmer on low for 30 to 45 minutes, stirring often. Serve hot with grated Monterey Jack cheese and sour cream on top and tortilla chips to dip with on the side.

Crockpot Corn Chowder

Nothing beats a crockpot for ease and convenience in getting dinner on the table. Soups and crockpots have proven to be the perfect partners in achieving this goal. Toss these ingredients into yours before work in the morning, and you will come home to amazing aromas and dinner done!

Combine all ingredients in crockpot. Cover and cook on low for 6 hours. Serve with warm bread. Yield: 8 servings.

Calico Bean Soup

This colorful soup is a feast for both the eyes and the palate. Loaded with six different types of beans, which are a terrific source of both fiber and protein, this filling soup packs loads of flavor and comfort into each nourishing bowl.

Add beans to a large stockpot. Cover with hot water and soak overnight. Drain and add 2 quarts of fresh water. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, covered, 1 to 2 hours or until beans are almost tender. Stir in tomatoes and seasoning mix. Simmer, uncovered, 1 to 1 ½ hours or until beans are completely cooked. Serve with warm corn muffins. Yield: 6 servings.

The next time you have a craving for soup, remember that searching for a food delivery service near me can bring up a number of delicious local options. If, however, you would rather create your own steaming pot of happiness, hopefully you’ve gained some new inspiration here.

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Online Delivery Helps Food Businesses Flourish

In today’s booming economy, businesses and customers are using online apps for marketing products and buying goods and services with greater frequency. Food delivery apps are the latest technology to hit the market, and they’ve quickly become the norm for people who enjoy having fresh, hot, delicious food delivered right to their homes, offices, or barracks. And food establishments— from fast food places to specialized restaurants—are scrambling to implement this reliable, consumer-friendly tool. These businesses are vying for both customers and digital space, and turning to existing food delivery apps has helped them thrive. Restaurants that ignore this swiftly growing, easily accessible technology might soon find themselves facing a very untimely death.

This blog isn’t about being grim, though, so let’s talk about the positive. If there’s one thing I know, it’s that restaurant owners/managers are pretty well-versed in maximizing business using the latest technology—and they’re always willing to take a few tips from customers, employees, and other owners/managers.

So, consider the following:

Tips That Can Help You Grow Your Food Business

Offer food that’s readily available through a food delivery app.

Many people look forward to getting home or back to their hotel rooms, kicking off their shoes, and relaxing after a long day at work or other activities—and heading back out to find something to eat sounds more like a chore than a pleasure. They’re tired and ready to cozy up to the TV and want to enjoy their food in more comfortable surroundings. Using a food ordering app might be just what they need. Customers can gain access to your restaurant menu, read the excellent reviews posted by past customers, and order from the comfort of their home/room/barracks without getting out of their comfy chairs!  

Have a specific forte.

The restaurant industry is awash with choices, and creating menu items that make your establishment stand out is essential. Ask yourself: What unique dishes do I offer? Do my recipes use a special sauce? Are certain foods slow cooked? Is there an award-winning dessert? Do you serve meals that taste like home-cooked meals? Highlighting what makes your menu items different from all other restaurant offerings will attract more foodies, which, in return, generates more income. But, remember, whatever your forte, customers should always feel comfortable knowing they’re ordering food from a place that focuses on cleanliness and nutritious fare.  

Offer location-specific food.

Is your restaurant in an area where an abundance of local offerings are available? For example, most people who live in or visit a coastal area look forward to eating fresh local seafood rather than imported frozen fish. If a particular food is available locally, use it! I guarantee that tourists don’t travel to South Dakota for its seafood.

Prepare customized meals.

Preparing customized meals for all ages and occupations can help your eatery grow. Busy parents may have little time to prepare nutritious meals for their children and might be relieved to know you provide balanced, meticulously prepared alternatives for their little and not-so-little ones. In fact, every grown-up can benefit from this time-saving option, as well. Everyone has days when they don’t have time or energy to prepare a meal, and having an easy alternative can make all the difference in the world. Likewise, delivering customized meals for various functions can be highly profitable. Providing catered or customized meals has the added benefit of greater exposure to a large number of people who may otherwise have never heard of your restaurant.

Use promotional codes, special offers and discounts.

Customers love promotional codes, special offers and discounts because they get more value for their hard-earned bucks. Who doesn’t want that? And the more value you offer—along with quality, of course—the more you’re going to reap rewards in the form of repeat customers. Maybe math wasn’t your favorite subject in school, but I guarantee you’ll love this equation: Promotions/special offers/discount + food delivery app = delighted customers + repeat orders. And we all know what that means…more profit!

Are there any particular aspects of restaurants and food delivery apps you’d like to discuss? If so, leave a comment, and I’ll get back to you soon!



On-Demand Food Delivery Apps are taking the Market by Storm

We live in a marvelous technological world and, with the popular use of mobile phones, most people can order anything they need without leaving the comfort of their homes.  That includes food. With the advent of online food delivery apps, our eating habits have changed—for the better, I might add.

Today, folks look for ways to save time without sacrificing quality, and that’s why many are having food delivered to their door rather than going to restaurants. Countless restaurants are discovering that offering food delivery within a designated area is a win-win situation because they’re not only serving food to customers who choose to dine in their brick and mortar business, they’re able to reach those patrons who prefer to eat in the privacy of their home.  

Let’s face it: food delivery apps have positively changed restaurants that participate in this revolutionary concept. This technology not only benefits customers, it also produces revenue. The bottom line’s important. These apps can generate almost a quarter of a restaurant’s revenue. Why should delivery be restricted to pizzerias? Other food businesses should be getting a piece of that pie.

Upgrades that have helped food delivery apps to grow

  • More options

Providing plenty of options is valuable to both the user and the restaurant. Because many restaurants deliver to your barracks, home or office after a long day, choosing the right delivery app for the food you order so it’s delivered hot and fresh is very important. Ordering food that’s just a click away and delivered right to your doorstep should be a primary consideration.

  • Real-time tracking

Customers like to know the timeline involved in their food preparation. It’s fun to keep track of the steps and see when the food’s on its way.  This visual technique keeps customers engaged with the app and allows them to coordinate their activities in accordance with the expected delivery time. Customers deserve to know approximately when they can expect their food, and food apps that include this feature are a must.

  • Feedback

Feedback from customers is critical. When customers provide feedback about their experience with the restaurant and its food delivery, they’ll influence other customers to choose accordingly. These reviews can help restaurants establish a positive course of action to correct   any faults. An open feedback option for reviews also inspires consumer trust in online food delivery apps.

  • Better user interface

The better the user experience, the more people will order using the app. No customer wants to wade through page after page, filling out basic details about name, address, contact number, menu options, etc. Instead, the app must be user-friendly—one that consolidates this information and makes the process customer-friendly. An app that offers an interactive and creative design hooks customers and retains users’ attention, which means they’ll be back over and over again.

  • Payment options

Not too long ago, customers paid cash on delivery. Today, however, those days are few and far between as most customers choose to use plastic: Paytm, PayPal, Net-Banking, payment through debit or credit card or through assorted wallets—these methods provide the convenience of buying food without having to raid the penny jar for the correct change. Some payment options may even benefit the consumer through discounts and other incentives. And who doesn’t like getting more for their money?

food delivery app

In the next five years, be prepared to see online food delivery apps driving the restaurant industry. It’s a simple fact: People like technology that provides food on-demand, convenience, fast delivery to barracks, home, or office and, above all, quality.

Enjoy your meal!