Fresh & Easy Christmas Dinner

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This year I am so excited about our Christmas dinner plans that I was inspired to share it with all of you.

Since it is just the husband, me and the kids this year for Christmas dinner, I decided to order our whole meal from Fresh & Easy. That means no cooking all day for me. (And really the best part is no clean up). Fresh & Easy has these great holiday meals that includes a choice of meat, three or four sides and a pumpkin pie for dessert. The whole meal serves 6-8 people per dinner. They run $50 – $65 depending on what meat you pick. Also the very last day you can order your meal is December 19th!

Last month, I was invited to try the holiday meal entrees and sides at their annual Holiday Party. I was blown away by how good the food was. The cornbread & sausage stuffing was delicious. The butternut squash risotto was my absolute favorite. I don’t know if the kids would eat the risotto, but that just means more for me and my husband! Actually, all the sides were really, really good. I had a hard time deciding which four to get for our dinner.

At the event, we made a couple of different salads with Fresh & Easy products. Here is the recipe for the salad I made. The dressing has blended pear which acts to thicken it up a bit and add a light, fresh flavor. Plus, blue cheese puts it over the top!

Wedge Salad with Pear and Blue Cheese Dressing (Serves 4)

Ingredients:

Salad

  • 1 head red leaf lettuce
  • ½ cup hazelnuts, toasted and chopped
  • ½ cup dried cranberries

Dressing

  • ⅓ cup extra virgin olive oilextra virgin olive oil⅓
  • 3 tablespoons pear nectarpear nectar3
  • 1 ½ tablespoons white wine vinegarwhite balsamic vinegar1 ½
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juicelemon juice½
  • ½ teaspoon Dijon mustarddijon mustard¼
  • 1 Bartlett pear, peeled, cored and dividedbartlett pears1
  • ½ cup coarsely crumbled blue cheesegorgonzola cheese½
  • Salt and pepper to taste

 Cooking Directions:

  1. In a blender, add oil, pear nectar, white wine vinegar, lemon juice, mustard, ½ pear (diced), blue cheese, salt and pepper until smooth.
  2. Cut red leaf lettuce into wedges and thinly slice remaining ½ pear lengthwise. Place the lettuce wedges on a salad plate.  Top with pear slices, hazelnuts and cranberries.
  3. Top with dressing and serve.

Happy Holidays to you and your family!

*For full disclosure, I was invited to the Fresh & East event for free as a contributor for Scottsdale Moms Blog and I received a wonderful gift bag filled with Fresh & Easy holiday products. I’ll be paying full-price for my Christmas dinner, however – totally worth it.

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    • Yes- I hope they will stay open. I received the following email last night.

      As you may have already heard, yesterday Tesco announced to the London Stock Exchange that it is undertaking a strategic review of Fresh & Easy. This review will consider all outcomes. These might include us selling Fresh & Easy, partnering with another company or closing the business. As a result, it is likely that Tesco’s presence in America will come to an end.
      For the past five years, you’ve invited us into your homes, blogs, Twitter streams, Facebook profiles, and lives. You’ve become champions for our stores, our employees and our products and your honest feedback has helped us innovate and evolve. For that, we want to say a deep felt, Thank You.
      Our focus remains on our people, our customers and our neighbors. It is business as usual in our stores and we’ll continue to bring our neighbors the same delicious, wholesome and affordable food you have come to expect from Fresh & Easy. Stores will continue to operate as normal until the review is complete.
      Thank you again for all of your support of Fresh & Easy. We hope to see you in our stores this holiday season.
      Yours sincerely,
      Brendan Wonnacott
      Director of Corporate Affairs

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