Heinen’s Game Day Recipe (& GIVEAWAY): Pork Brats Chili

Disclosure: In exchange for writing this recipe and running a giveaway for a gift card for a reader, I received a gift card to purchase supplies for this blog post from Heinen’s. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

Craving a brat before the big game, but don’t want to involve the grill? Get more than one football-watching favorite with this slow-cooker combo creation featuring ingredients from your local Heinen’s grocery store. 

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Pork Brats Chili
Serves approximately 6 or so hearty bowls

INGREDIENTS

  • 6 raw pork brats (regular or hot, depending on your spice preference)
  • 1 (28 ounce) can of petite diced tomatoes
  • 1 (15 ounce) can dark red kidney beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (15 ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 heaping cup frozen whole kernel corn
  • 1 green bell pepper, diced
  • 1 small onion, diced
  • 1 jalapeno, seeds removed and minced (optional, depending on your spice preference)
  • 1 heaping tablespoon of garlic, finely diced
  • 1 tablespoon of sea salt
  • 1 tablespoon of cinnamon
  • a pinch of nutmeg
  • your choice of chili fixings (see note below)

METHOD

  • Turn your slow cooker on to high.
  • Combine all ingredients in the slow cooker, starting with the brats*. Do your best to equally distribute everything.
  • Put the lid on the slow cooker and leave it be for four to six hours. Don’t lift the lid!
  • When ready (when the brats are cooked through), give the mix a good stir, and scoop desired servings into bowls, grabbing a brat from the bottom for each serving.
  • Serve with your favorite chili fixings: rice, pasta, corn chips, sour cream, Greek yogurt, cheddar cheese, Oyster crackers, hot sauce, black olives, chives, etc.  You can also even serve the brats on hoagie rolls and top with your accompanying chili mix as you cheer on your favorite team!

*ALTERNATIVE METHOD: Instead of cooking the brats whole, you can de-case the brats as you place them in the slow cooker, breaking it up into more of a “ground pork” consistency. 

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So in prep of the big game, why not head over to Heinen’s? I’ll make it even sweeter — how about going with a $50 gift card in your pocket? Enter to win at the Rafflecopter:

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You have until Tuesday, January 27th at 12:00AM EST to enter. The winner will be announced later that morning.

Remember to stay in touch with Heinen’s via their social media feeds: on Facebook, on Twitter at @heinens and on Instagram at @heinens.

Disclosure: In exchange for writing this recipe and running a giveaway for a gift card for a reader, I received a gift card to purchase supplies for this blog post from Heinen’s. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

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NOOMA: a #CLE success story (& GIVEAWAY)

Disclosure: In exchange for sharing information about this product, I received a NOOMA care package for myself and one to give away to a reader. My thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

Over a year ago, two brothers kindly agreed to meet me at my office. They arrived with big smiles, bright eyes and a travel cooler filled with their brand new, still-in-the-product-testing-phase product, NOOMA.

I would then start to run into Brandon and Jarred Smith EVERYWHERE:

…Within the week at Evolution Yoga where I had just started teaching yoga.

…Then I hosted them for a sweaty Saturday morning flow at my yoga class that December.

…Then I would see them at pretty much every yoga event, CrossFit competition, spinning studio, Heinen’s grocery store… I wondered if they had cloned themselves!

And everywhere they went, they told their story (from their website): 

“Our focus has always been on putting together a replenishing electrolyte blend without the acid or preservatives. We made this happen in a great tasting formula with only quality ingredients and cut out the extra sugar and calories. NOOMA is electrolyte hydration you can trust to feel your best.”

It’s been fun to watch them grow since nearly “day one”. To see the product package designs, to taste test the flavors (Chocolate Mint is still my favorite, but that Blueberry Peach is a super close second in my book), to the many chats we’ve had over the past year — the Smith brothers and their team have worked their tails off to find success. Not too shocking for an Cleveland born company, right?!

A few months ago, they sent me a care package including plenty of their product, some recipe ideas and this uber cute, soft tee:

…and then after a recent meeting spoiled me with a few extra cases:

Seriously. SO much generosity. Their kindness knows no end!

And in this week of thanks, the NOOMA team and I want to thank YOU for supporting Cleveland businesses like theirs with a GIVEAWAY of THREE cases of NOOMA, plus one of those above pictured bags to a lucky PIP reader! Enter at the Rafflecopter:

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You have until this Thursday, November 27th at 12:00AM EST to enter. The winner will be announced later on Thanksgiving morning. Yogis, runners, CrossFitters and other fitness fanatics near and far are welcome to enter this giveaway!  Enter to win today!

Disclosure: In exchange for sharing information about this product, I received a NOOMA care package for myself and one to give away to a reader. My thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

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GIVEAWAY: 2014 Fabulous Food Show

Northeast Ohio food lovers: The 9th annual Fabulous Food Show is back again, this year taking place November 14 through 16 at the I-X Center. Referred to as ”The Premier Culinary Celebration”, there is something for all foodies to eat, drink and learn.

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I’ve gone to the show in 2008, in 2012 and last year – it’s always a good time!

Direct from the event website, the 2014 Fabulous Food Show is featuring this Culinary Celebrity Lineup, including:

  • Tyler Florence – you guys, my chef crush is coming to the Fabulous Food Show!
  • Carla Hall
  • Ingrid Hoffman
  • Nadia G.
  • and Cleveland’s own Michael Symon (welcome back, chef!)

…and Chef Jason Roberts returns for his 9th straight appearance to emcee the festivities. Check out the schedule of the celebrity chef appearances by visiting the show’s website.

New 2014 features include:

  • Local Roots Artisan Pavilion
  • Healthy Living Pavilion presented by Vitamix (schedule here)
  • Block Party hosted by Michael Symon: Includes an enhanced local restaurant and food truck sampling; beer pairings; live music; and special guest appearances
  • Salsa Fiesta! with live music and a salsa dancing competition hosted by Ingrid Hoffmann

Tickets can be purchased in advance online at fabulousfoodshow.com or in person at local Giant Eagle, Giant Eagle Market Districts and Discount Drug Marts.  General admission tickets include access to all celebrity chef demonstrations on a first come, first served basis. Reserved ticket upgrades are available to guarantee a prime floor seat up close to the action. (More info at the ticketing page here.)

…or you can win two general admission tickets here on the blog to the 2014 Fabulous Food Show at the IX Center! Enter via the Rafflecopter today…

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You have until this Wednesday, November 13th at 12:00AM EST to enter. The winner will be announced later that morning. Since this event takes place in Cleveland, make sure you can attend before entering!

Keep up to date on other event happening over at the Fabulous Food Show Facebook page or its Twitter feed – @FabFoodShow.  Get ready: it’s time to eat, Cleveland!

Disclosure: In return for offering this giveaway for two general admission tickets to the event, I will receive two media passes to attend the Fabulous Food Show. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

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