Put a New Spin on Brown Bag Lunches

Your kids might not be ready to close the door on summer and head back to school this fall, so Hickory Farms has compiled a list of some interesting lunchtime options you can use to spruce up their traditional brown bag fare. Check out our suggestions below.

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On hot days, a refreshing Pasta Salad with Sausage & Mozzarella is a healthy selection for school lunches. Just toss cooked pasta, spinach leaves, halved grape tomatoes and some Hickory Farms Summer Sausage together with olive oil and vinegar.

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Try a Turkey, Apple & Swiss Melt made with sliced turkey, cheese, thinly sliced red or green apple between hearty wheat bread. Give it some pizzazz with a light spread of our gourmet mustard and a touch of honey. Your kids won’t be trading this lunch with their schoolmates!

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This mayonnaise-free Chicken Salad with Apple & Basil covers all the bases — it’s nutritious, delicious and a great lunch option. Lime juice, white vinegar and brown sugar take the place of mayonnaise, while chopped apples and your choice of nuts with fresh sliced basil and mint leaves add texture.

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When the temperature drops, kids will warm right up with this hearty Bean & Sausage Stew that’s perfect for a chilly autumn day. Simmer our Turkey Summer Sausage, a can of beans, shredded kale, diced tomatoes, garlic and olive oil in some low-sodium chicken broth, and then season it with kosher salt and pepper. A thermos will keep the soup nice and hot for your favorite student’s belly. Round out the meal with a slice of homemade bread and a piece of fruit from our Summer Fruit Collection.

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With Hickory Farms, you can make the perfect lunch choices year round. Our Spiral Sliced HoneyGold Ham, gourmet fruits and nuts and savory sausage and cheeses blend into all your favorite recipes and are delicious as both meal and snack options.

Call today at 800.753.8558, or go online for round the clock ordering.

Recipes Inspired by Your Kids’ Favorite Books

With National Book Lovers Day coming up on Aug. 9, it’s a great time to read a fun book with your kids. Encourage their love of reading by pairing story time with these delicious, book-inspired recipes from Hickory Farms.

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The Very Hungry Caterpillar

This beautifully illustrated classic children’s tale is a great educational tool for your little ones. For the perfect pairing, read this story while your children snack on sandwiches adorably arranged into a caterpillar shape.

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Start by making six sandwiches on whole wheat bread, topping three with our Farmhouse Cheddar and three others with our HoneyGold Ham. Then, use a circular cookie cutter to create five shapes from each sandwich. Stacking each circle on its side, arrange the sandwich pieces in a swirling pattern that resembles a caterpillar’s body. Finish by creating a cute head out of a tomato with cheddar eyes and celery antennas.

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Green Eggs and Ham

Told in rhymed verse, every kid enjoys Dr. Seuss. You can really bring this tale to life with these fun Green Eggs and Ham cups.

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In a sautee pan, combine shallots, spinach and a bit of cream, cooking until the cream thickens. Meanwhile, line muffin cups with slices of our HoneyGold Ham. Then, add a bit of the spinach mixture on top of the ham, and crack an egg into each cup before baking.

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Harry Potter

Lovers of the wizarding world are quite familiar with Hogwart’s favorite game, Quidditch. Snuggle up with a Harry Potter book and a plate of Savory Snitch Cheese Balls.

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In a stand mixer, blend together a package of cream cheese with our shredded Farmhouse Cheddar and a bit of butter. While you allow the mixture to chill, toast up a pan of our nuts from our Fruitful Gift Box. Then, form the cheese mixture into small balls; roll the balls into the mixed nuts and finish by pushing pretzel sticks into the ball to resemble the snitch’s wings.

If you’re looking for a fun way to make reading even more special for your kids, add a bit of festivity to story time by preparing these delicious recipes inspired by some of today’s most popular children’s books. With these delicious snacks, your kids might never want to put their books down!

5 Reasons Why Mustard is a Must for a Healthy Diet

Hickory Farms knows that leading a healthy lifestyle is important to our customers and their families. When choosing a condiment as a spread for a sandwich, mustard is the healthiest choice. Containing no high-fructose corn syrup found in ketchup, or the unhealthy fat in mayonnaise, mustard adds savory zest to burgers and ham-and-cheese sandwiches without all of the calories.

Since National Mustard Day will be celebrated on Aug.5th, we’ve highlighted some of the best health benefits of adding mustard to your diet.

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  • A tablespoon of yellow mustard has 21 mg of potassium, contributing to the recommended daily intake of 2,000 mg for adults. Potassium transmits electrical signals to the body, helps muscles contract (including the heart) and aids in digestion.
  • Mustard seeds contain magnesium and selenium, which can help fight inflammation, decrease blood pressure and alleviate the symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis and asthma.
  • Mustard seeds are a great source for the omega-3 fatty acids we need for healthy brain tissue growth. These unsaturated fats also play a role in preventing deadly heart disease.
  • One tablespoon of yellow mustard contains 16 mg of phosphorous. Healthy adults need approximately 700 mg of phosphorus a day to keep their heart and kidneys functioning well. Phosphorus also helps break down B-complex vitamins, fats, carbohydrates and proteins.
  • Mustard also contains protein, as well as fiber and vitamin C, which we all need to stay healthy.

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Keep Hickory Farms’ gourmet selection of mustard on hand for all occasions in your well-stocked pantry. You can choose our Variety 8-Pack featuring three flavors — Sweet Hot, Honey & Pineapple and Cranberry — or a 3-Pack of our Sweet Hot Mustard. Get creative and use them on sandwiches, as a glaze for ham and as dipping sauces for chicken wings. No matter the recipe, our mustard makes for a delicious addition to any meal!

Drop by a Hickory Farms store near you, or call 800.753.8558 to place your order today. Hickory Farms also offers online ordering and home delivery for our customers’ convenience.