Pepper's Foods We have a passion for food and are committed to offering locally and ethically sourced products. Pepper's Newsletter February 14, 2017 Peppers Foods Tue, 14 Feb 2017 08:31:00 GMT <p>Good morning!</p><p>It&#39;s Tuesday and it&#39;s Valentine&#39;s Day! And it also means that&nbsp;our new ad is in full swing. Make sure to have a look at the flyer to see what great deals we&#39;re offering in every department. We&#39;re sure you&#39;ll love saving some money today and all this week!</p><p>We pride ourselves on sourcing and offering new and innovative products for our customers. This week we have four new ones to tell you about!</p><p>Luvo Power Bowls - Wholesome food in a convenient paperboard&nbsp;bowl made of 50% post-consumer waste. Appropriate levels of sodium and sugar. At least two full servings of produce in every bowl and an emphasis on whole grains. Nothing artificial. Non-GMO and gluten free. Packaging printed with soy and waterless inks. Oh and they&#39;re super yummy, too! Check out the website:&nbsp;</p><p>Spiffy Gluten Free Breads - Headquartered in Quebec City, this bakeshop has been &quot;baking it like they mean it&quot; for over 10 years. Taken from their website:&nbsp;Far from the basic sandwich bread, Spiffy Bakeshop provides creative&nbsp;gluten free bakery products&nbsp;that represent the fun and enjoyment of healthy eating. Distinguished by our unique flour blends, quality ingredients and infamous recipes, Spiffy Bakeshop is a trend-setter in the gluten-free world!</p><p>Go check out their website here:&nbsp;</p><p>Liberte Limited Edition Mediterranee Yogurt - This is a brand that prides itself on creating thick, rich, gourmet artisinal yogurt. The newest flavour added to the line is Chai Spice. The last LE flavour was an Orange Ginger offering. Soon there will be another new flavour so make sure you buy this up before it&#39;s gone! Liberte Mediterranee, the art of yogurt!</p><p>Gem Gem Ginger Candy - This ginger candy is a treat that you can enjoy with a clean conscience. It&#39;s all natural and available in three delicious flavours: original, orange and mango.&nbsp;Gem Gem?s ginger candy is made from fresh ground ginger puree, pure cane sugar and tapioca starch. They only use the freshest Indonesian ginger grown at Mt. Bromo, near the East Java?s volcanic belt and the&nbsp;ginger candies are kettle cooked for 3 hours, bringing out its phenomenal ginger taste.</p><p></p><p>Happy Valentine&#39;s Day everybody. Have a great week!</p><p>Pepper&#39;s Foods</p> Pepper's Newsletter February 7, 2017 Peppers Foods Tue, 07 Feb 2017 08:31:00 GMT <p>Good morning!</p><p>As always, we&#39;ve sent along our newest&nbsp;advertised specials for your convenience. For our new customers, the advertised deals run Tuesdays through until closing the following Monday. Don&#39;t forget...Pepper&#39;s has TWO Senior&#39;s Days every week where they can save 10% off their order: Tuesday and Wednesday. And students who show a valid student ID card get 10% off any day of the week (some restrictions apply to the discount)!</p><p>This week we are featuring local, artisanal&nbsp;crackers by Jenny Marie. These are wildly popular crackers made in small batches and made with simple ingredients. Less is more with these crackers and at $4.96 per package, you&#39;ll pay a lot less than regular price! So make sure that you try these delightfully savoury crackers while this deal is on!&nbsp;</p><p>New to Pepper&#39;s is gourmet chocolate by LisaLou&#39;s Chocolate of Vancouver. These incredible chocolate bars are fun and each variety takes a nostalgic chocolate pairing and adds a fresh twist!</p><p>Rain City Soups. We have carried them in our store (frozen food aisle) for quite awhile now and they&#39;re very popular. And the reason for that is simple: these Vancouver-made soups are also hand-made in small batches by a chef with a passion for soup making. Well now that passion is lovingly being transferred into another line of products by Rain City - salad dressings/sauces!&nbsp;These amazing dressings are&nbsp;created with all-natural ingredients and can also be used as marinades. Buy locally,&nbsp;eat healthy and go to bed feeling good knowing that you made some smart choices today!</p><p>Collagen.&nbsp;What exactly is it, anyway? Well, it&#39;s the most abundant protein in your body. It is mostly found in connective tissues such as ligaments and tendons, as well as the skin, nails, bones, cartiledge, corneas and blood vessels. It also supports your vital internal organs.&nbsp;Ok, great. But why should I care about this, you may be asking yourself?&nbsp;</p><p>As you age, your collagen starts to degenerate. This can be exacerbated by sun exposure. And that can lead to sagging skin. Collagen deficiency in the muscles and joints can lead to soreness and aches. Some people choose to have collagen injections in order to remedy this. But if you&#39;d rather take a supplement orally, then we have Tru Marine Collagen by withinUs.&nbsp;This is an ultra pure marine collagen derived from fish scales. That&#39;s because the Type I collagen derived from fishscales is the most abundant&nbsp;form found in our bodies. Hey, we&#39;re not doctors so it&#39;s up to you to do your own research and/or consult your doctor before you start a supplement program but if you&#39;re looking for the best collagen supplement, then pick some up next time you&#39;re in the store.</p><p>That&#39;s it for this week. Have a great one and look for another email in your Inbox next Tuesday!</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Pepper&#39;s Foods</p> Pepper's Newsletter February 1, 2017 Peppers Foods Wed, 01 Feb 2017 10:37:00 GMT <p>Good morning!</p><p>Have you gone dairy-free? If so, then we have something that&#39;s sure to be of interest: Daiya Cheezy Mac! We have it in cheddar or alfredo style. No more clumpy, powdered cheese blobs to mess around with. The cheesy sauce for these pastas comes in a squeeze pouch and is velvety smooth! And at only 300 calories per serving, you get the comfort minus the guilt!</p><p>Continuing along the same lines we have Chickapea Pasta for you to enjoy!</p><p>This taken from the website: Chickapea Pasta is made of only two ingredients:&nbsp;Organic Chickpeas and Organic Red Lentils.&nbsp;That&#39;s it.</p><p>It&#39;s gluten free, vegan, organic, kosher and comes packed with&nbsp;23 grams of protein&nbsp;and&nbsp;11 grams of fibre&nbsp;per serving. No added sugars, salt, or ingredients you can&#39;t pronounce. Plus, it tastes like pasta!</p><p>Chickapea is the pasta you can&nbsp;feel good about.</p><p>And last but certainly not least, our produce department now offers Mann&#39;s Nourish Bowls. Have as a flavourful meal or as a tasty side dish, these convenient, warm meals contain fresh veggies, grains and sauce and are ready in 3-4 minutes. You can purchase at the store, heat in the microwave and have it to go, or take it home and eat it there. Or anywhere for that matter! And with great shelf dates, you can have it when you want it. Available in an assortment of flavours.</p><p>There you have it. More weekly deals and innovative, new items for your enjoyment. Thank you for making Pepper&#39;s Foods your store to shop at. We always look forward to seeing you&nbsp;but more importantly, we look forward to serving you.</p><p>Have a great week!</p><p>Pepper&#39;s Foods</p> Pepper's Newsletter January 24, 2017 Peppers Foods Tue, 24 Jan 2017 10:44:00 GMT <p>Peppers Newsletter - Jan 24th, 2017</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Good morning!</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Attached, please find the latest advertised specials page which starts today and runs until closing next Monday. Because of Chinese New Year, much of the specials for the week are related to Chinese cuisine. We have also dedicated an aisle end display entirely to Chinese food. You can find it directly across from the third till!</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>First, we have to tell you about several small changes of product placement in the store. The non-dairy alternative section has moved from the end of the first aisle to the beginning of the dairy section. This allows for deeper shelving and that means we can put more product out for you to enjoy! In it&#39;s place are&nbsp;the tofu and meat alternative products. And now the Happy Planet smoothies that used to be in the cold beverage cooler behind the tills are placed together with the other smoothies and cold juices in the produce section inside left of the entrance to the store. The potatoes can now be found in the outside produce section. We hope that you like these changes to the store!</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>As usual, we have some new additions to tell you about...</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>PB2 is not your average peanut butter. In fact, it&#39;s not peanut butter but peanut butter in powdered form! You might be asking yourself, &quot;Why would I want powdered peanut butter?&quot; And that would be a good thing to ask yourself. Well, there are a couple of reasons: one is that the calorie count and fat content is about half that of regular peanut butter. The peanuts are first pressed to squeeze out a lot of their oil before being transformed into a powder. And two, a lot of people love to add peanut butter to their smoothies. So you can easily add the powder and still get the protein and flavour, but with less fat and do so without binding up the blender blades. You can also add it to pancakes and a whole lot of other dishes. So if you&#39;re looking for something different, give it a try!</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Have you tried Tree Island yogurt yet? It&#39;s been on the shelves for quite some time, it&#39;s local and it&#39;s delicious! If you haven&#39;t had it, please do so immediately!&nbsp;The yogurt is rich and smooth with 9 grams of protein per serving and 6.5% milk fat. It&#39;s artisan-made from 100% grass-fed milk. It contains no antibiotics or growth hormones and absolutely no skim milk powder, thickeners or gelatin. It really is an excellent product. And it just got even better. Tree Island has added a new flavour to it&#39;s line of Greek yogurt: Haskap Berry!</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>What is Haskap? It&#39;s a berry (Obviously. Think blueberry with a tang). It&#39;s delicious and it&#39;s really good for you. Haskaps contain more antioxidants that blueberries, tea, coffee and red wine. So try this exciting new flavour next time you&#39;re in the dairy aisle.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>And for those of you who enjoy truly authentic Japanese cooking, we have added Eden Mirin to our line of cooking condiments. What is Mirin? According to Wikipedia, it&#39;s an essential condiment of Japanese cooking. It is a type of&nbsp;rice wine&nbsp;similar to&nbsp;sake, but with a lower&nbsp;alcohol&nbsp;content and higher sugar content.&nbsp;The sugar content is a complex carbohydrate that forms naturally during the fermentation process; no sugars are added.</p><p>As an aside, Shoyu and mirin are the two &quot;must-have&quot; ingredients in Japanese cuisine.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>That&#39;s all for now. Have a great week!</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Pepper&#39;s Foods</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p> Pepper's Newsletter January 17, 2017 Peppers Foods Tue, 17 Jan 2017 10:14:00 GMT <p>Good morning!</p><p>We have numerous new items on our shelves to tell you about! Pepper&#39;s Foods is now offering its own brand of pretzels! These ranch flavoured snacks are seasoned in-store and have been a HUGE hit after only one week. The Super Bowl is coming up and you and your guests will be loving these tasty treats. But don&#39;t take our word for it; pick up a tub and see for yourself.</p><p>And if all those pretzels are making you thirsty, we have the perfect solution: Babe&#39;s Jun Elixer Honey Kombucha. This is the kombucha you&#39;ve been waiting for! And it&#39;s local. Look for it in the cold beverage cooler near the tills.</p><p>We have had a lot of requests for these next items so look no further than the dairy aisle for Kraft Philadelphia Whipped Cream Cheese. It speads waaaaay easier than in its traditional format so you won&#39;t destroy your toast any longer! Available in three delicious flavours. Yum!</p><p>Finally, we have added taco shells made by Fresh Is Best of Kamloops. The package contains three different flavoured shells: jalapeno, yellow corn and mild chili. Spice up Taco Tuesdays with these tasty taco shells and prepare for some hugs from the fam.</p><p>That&#39;s all for now. Have a great week!</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Pepper&#39;s Foods</p><p>&nbsp;</p> Pepper's Newsletter, Jan. 3rd/17 Peppers Foods Tue, 03 Jan 2017 11:43:00 GMT <p>Welcome to the first newsletter of 2017!&nbsp; And now that the holidays are officially over, our store hours have returned to normal. So just a refresher for you, and for our new customers, we are open weekdays from 8 am until 9 pm and weekends from 8 am until 7:30 pm.</p><p>Let&#39;s switch gears from turkey and stuffing to something a little more exotic. New to Pepper&#39;s is Red Boat Fish Sauce, a premium and authentic Vietnamese fish sauce that will elevate your asian culinary endeavours to the next level. Taken from their website ( :</p><p>In Vietnamese,&nbsp;nu?c m?m&nbsp;means literally &ldquo;salted fish water.&rdquo; Red Boat &quot;nu?c m?m nhi&quot; is the secret ingredient in South East Asian cooking. The savory, sweet, and umami-laden sauce gives dishes a unique, rich and satisfying dimension.</p><p>Red Boat is an all-natural, first press, &ldquo;extra virgin&rdquo; Vietnamese fish sauce. It does not contain added water, preservatives or MSG. Made from a two hundred year-old, chemical free, artisanal process, Red Boat uses only the freshest c&aacute; com (black anchovy), salted minutes after leaving the sea then slow aged for over a year in traditional wooden barrels. Red Boat anchovies are sourced exclusively from the crystal clear waters off the Phu Quoc Island archipelago.</p><p>In the past, this top grade fish sauce was reserved for our family table in Vietnam but we are very excited to share our family secret with you.</p><p>Whether you are a master chef or enthusiastic home cook, we guarantee you the highest quality product and the best results.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Look for it in aisle 2 with the rest of our asian cooking sauces.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>That&#39;s all for now. Have a great week!</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Pepper&#39;s Foods</p> Grocery Giveaway! Peppers Foods Fri, 09 Dec 2016 13:10:00 GMT <p>Saanich News has teamed with us for a $500 grocery giveaway. Follow the link below and get entered to win!</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p></p> Thanksgiving Hours Peppers Foods Tue, 04 Oct 2016 10:02:00 GMT <p>We have shortened our hours for the upcoming Thanksgiving weekend so our staff can spend time wiht their friends and loved ones. May your weekend be full of laughter and love.&nbsp;</p> Grocery Department is NOW HIRING! Peppers Foods Fri, 16 Sep 2016 10:47:00 GMT <h3>Position:&nbsp; Grocery Clerk<br />Details:&nbsp; Full-time, 40hrs/week, Mon-Fri.<br />Wage:&nbsp; Based upon experience (Partial benefits &amp; staff discount also available)</h3><p>Description:</p><p>Pepper&#39;s Foods is currently accepting resumes for a full-time grocery position in a fast paced store with a friendly work environment.<br />Applicant will be requested to manage a specific aisle, and is to be available primarily&nbsp;to work weekdays/nights, preferably with a flexible schedule.</p><p>Looking for mature applicants who work well unsupervised and well with others. We prefer they are not in high school or university/college - as available hours are mostly during the day.</p><p>Position includes customer service, ordering &amp; stocking shelves, facing, inventory control, handling cash, etc...</p><p>Drivers license preferred.<br />Experience is highly requested, but not a must.</p><p>Please email resume &quot;Attention Scott&quot;.<br />Attach resume and email to:&nbsp;<br />Or see in person Mon-Fri (before 4pm)</p><p>We will only be contacting those shortlisted for an interview. Thank you for your interest.</p> Nuez Organic NutMilk Peppers Foods Wed, 06 Apr 2016 13:14:00 GMT <p>We&#39;re excited to be carrying Nuez fresh Organic Nutmilks! Raw, Fair-Trade, Cold-Pressed&mdash;Starting with Only the Highest Quality Real Whole Food Ingredients.</p><p>This is NOTHING like Boxed Nutmilk. This Means No Additives, No Fillers, No Stabilizers, No Dairy, No Soy, No Carrageenan, No Xanthan Gum. Just More Real Nuts, More Good Fats, More Bio-Available Nutrients, and More True Flavour.</p><p>Most of the organic boxed almond nutmilks have only 2% almonds, with a long list of filler (non-food) ingredients. Nuez Fresh Organic Almond Nutmilk contains up-to 30% almonds, with only 3 or 4 other real food ingredients.</p><p>Nuez Nutmilks are&nbsp;produced&nbsp;for the nutritionally conscious consumer seeking a delicious &amp; nutritious creamy alternative milk&mdash;whether for your coffee, cereal, smoothie, or your own creation.</p><p>It&rsquo;s&nbsp;So Easy, Simply Blend In Water &amp; Enjoy!</p><p>Nuez Fresh-Frozen is a flash-frozen, a&nbsp;double creamy recipe of&nbsp;fresh nutmilk&nbsp;immediately after pressing, locking in the freshness, and increasing the shelf-life without the use of preservatives. With&nbsp;this innovative fresh-frozen product&mdash;the first of its kind in the world&mdash;you can now enjoy Nuez Fresh Nutmilk easily &amp; conveniently whenever you want!</p><p>Flavors we have available:</p><p>- Date Almond</p><p>- Pure Almond</p><p>- Super Cacao</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Read more about this amazing new product!</p><p><a href=""></a></p> Turkey Poblano Chili With Stuffed Mini Cornbread Peppers Foods Sun, 27 Mar 2016 13:59:00 GMT <h1><strong>Turkey Poblano Chili</strong></h1><h3>A great recipe for a busy night. This chili keeps great in the freezer, and tastes even better the next day for lunch! If you are not a fan of some heat, replace poblanos with 2 sweet green bell peppers. Yields 6 servings.</h3><p><strong>Ingredients:</strong></p><ul> <li> <p>1 medium onion, diced</p> </li> <li> <p>2 stalks celery, diced</p> </li> <li> <p>3 medium poblano peppers (with seeds), finely diced</p> </li> <li> <p>2 garlic clove, minced</p> </li> <li> <p>1 pound ground organic turkey</p> </li> <li> <p>1 can kidney beans</p> </li> <li> <p>1 can garbanzo beans</p> </li> <li> <p>1 cup frozen corn, thawed</p> </li> <li> <p>1 can diced tomatoes, undrained</p> </li> <li> <p>1 cup low sodium chicken broth</p> </li> <li> <p>1 tablespoon chili powder</p> </li> <li> <p>1/2 teaspoon dried oregano</p> </li> <li> <p>1/2 teaspoon ground cumin</p> </li> <li> <p>2 teaspoons olive oil</p> </li> <li> <p>salt and pepper to taste</p> </li> <li> <p>1/4 cup reduced fat sour crean for garnish</p> </li> <li> <p>chopped green onion for garnish</p> </li> <li> <p>2 tablespoons flour</p> </li></ul><p><strong>Instructions:</strong></p><ol> <li> <p>Heat a large pot on medium-high heat. Add oil and swirl to coat. Add onion and garlic; saut&eacute; 4 minutes or until browned.</p> </li> <li> <p>Add ground turkey. Stir in chili powder, oregano, cumin,&nbsp; and poblanos. Cook until turkey is cooked through and slightly browned. Approx. 5 minutes.</p> </li> <li> <p>&nbsp;Add&nbsp;chicken stock, tomatoes, corn,&nbsp;and beans. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer 25 minutes or until slightly thickened.</p> </li> <li> <p>Combine flour and 2 tablespoons of chicken&nbsp;stock in a small bowl, stirring with a whisk to form a slurry. Add slurry to chili, stirring with a whisk. Bring to a boil; cook 1 minute or until thickened. Remove from heat.</p> </li> <li> <p>Top with dollop of sour cream and sprinkle with green onions.</p> </li></ol><p>&nbsp;</p><h1><strong>Jalapeno Cheddar Cornbread Muffins</strong></h1><p><strong>Yields 9 muffins.</strong></p><p><strong>Ingredients:</strong></p><ul> <li>1 large jalape&ntilde;o, sliced and seeded</li> <li>1 cup corn meal</li> <li>1 cup all-purpose flour</li> <li>1/4 cup sugar</li> <li>2 teaspoons baking powder</li> <li>1/2 teaspoon salt</li> <li>1 cup buttermilk</li> <li>1 large egg</li> <li>1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted</li> <li>9 1cm cubes of sharp cheddar cheese</li></ul><p><strong>Instructions:</strong></p><ol> <li>Preheat the oven to 400&deg;F. Lightly butter a muffin tin.. Cut jalape&ntilde;o in half and scrape out seeds. Then thinly slice the pepper into half-round slivers.</li> <li>In a large bowl, whisk together the cornmeal, flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Stir in the milk, egg, and melted butter. Add peppers to mix and stir until well combined.</li> <li>Place one scoop of batter into muffin tins, filling them about halfway. Place cubes of cheese in the middle and then fill completely. Sprinkle some&nbsp;cheddar and a few extra jalapenos on top for garnish.</li> <li>Bake the muffins until golden brown, about&nbsp;20 to 25 minutes. A tester should come out clean from one of the center muffins.&nbsp;</li> <li>Let muffins cool for 5 minutes. Serve alongside the chili and enjoy!</li></ol><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p> Slow Cooker Coconut Curry Chicken Peppers Foods Sat, 06 Feb 2016 12:32:00 GMT <p>This was such an easy recipe to make. I mixed everything together the night before, and threw the crock pot on when I left for work in the morning. There is nothing better than coming home to a house that smells of delicious curry! Cut this recipe in half if you&#39;re cooking for 1-2 people as it makes quite a bit. Enjoy!</p><p><strong>Tip:&nbsp;</strong>This recipe originaly called for the peppers and cauliflower to be added at the begining of the cooking time. I found waiting to add them near the end gave this dish kept the veggies nice and crisp.</p><h1><em><strong>Slow Cooker Coconut Curry Chicken</strong></em></h1><p><strong>Ingredients:</strong></p><ul> <li>2lbs boneless skinless chicken thighs, chopped into bite sized pieces</li> <li>3 large carrots, peeled and chopped</li> <li>2 bell peppers, sliced and seeded (I used one red and one orange)</li> <li>1/2 cauliflower head, cut into small florets</li> <li>1 can bamboo shoots</li> <li>1 medium onion, peeled and quartered</li> <li>2 cloves garlic, peeled</li> <li>1tbs fresh ginger (about the same amount as the garlic)</li> <li>1 red fresno pepper, seeded and halved</li> <li>1 (6 ounce) can tomato paste</li> <li>3/4 tbs garam masala</li> <li>1tsp curry powder</li> <li>1tsp turmeric</li> <li>2tsp salt</li> <li>2tsp cayenne pepper (optional. Leave out if you don&#39;t want it spicy!)</li> <li>2 cups canned unsweetened coconut milk</li> <li>1.5 tbs cornstarch</li> <li>2 tbs water</li> <li>0% fat plain greek yogurt&nbsp;and cilantro for garnish</li></ul><p><strong>Directions:</strong></p><ol> <li>Combine onion, garlic, ginger, fresno pepper, tomato paste, coconut milk, salt, turmeric, curry powder, and garam masala in a blender (or food processor). Pulse until mostly smooth. Poor sauce mixture into slow cooker.</li> <li>Add chicken thighs and carrots and stir to coat everything.</li> <li>Cook on low for 5.5 hours</li> <li>Combine cornstarch and water in a small bowl. Pour mixture into the slow cooker and stir to combine.&nbsp;</li> <li>Add veggies and cook for one more hour.</li> <li>Serve over Jasmine rice and garnish with yogurt and dill.</li></ol><p><strong>And don&#39;t forget the Naan Bread!!!!!</strong></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p> Chicken Lettuce Wraps Peppers Foods Tue, 19 Jan 2016 20:10:00 GMT <p><strong><em>This recipe yeilds 8 wraps. Holds well in the fridge for lunchtime leftovers! Feel free to replace chicken with turkey, tofu, or beef. </em></strong></p><p><strong><em>Enjoy!</em></strong></p><p><strong><em>Ingredients:</em></strong></p><ul> <li>1lb organic lean ground chicken</li> <li>1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce</li> <li>2 tbs smooth peanut butter</li> <li>2 tbs rice vinegar</li> <li>1/4 cup hoisin sauce</li> <li>1 clove garlic, chopped</li> <li>1 tsp ginger, grated</li> <li>1 fresno pepper, chopped (replace with red sweet pepper if you&#39;re not a fan of heat!)</li> <li>1 head butter lettuce</li> <li>1/2&nbsp;medium onion, chopped</li> <li>1 cup shredded red cabbage</li> <li>1 cup matchstick carrots</li> <li>1 cup cucumber, seeded and cut into matchsticks.</li> <li>salt and pepper to taste</li> <li>1 green onion, chopped</li> <li>Cilantro, crushed cashews, and lime wedges to finish</li></ul><p><strong><em>Directions:</em></strong></p><ol> <li>Mix together the sauce: Combine hoisin sauce, soy sauce, peanut butter, vinegar, fresno pepper, and ginger. Mix&nbsp;until smooth and set aside.</li> <li>Cook the ground chicken: Heat a teaspoon of oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add the yellow onion, garlic, and ground chicken and cook until no longer pink, 7 to 8 minutes. Break up the chicken into small crumbles as you cook.</li> <li>Pour the sauce over the top of the chicken mixture and stir to coat. Cook just until you hear bubbling and the sauce is warmed through, 30 to 60 seconds. Taste a spoonful of the mixture and add more peanut butter if you&#39;d like a thicker sauce. The thicker it is, the less messy it is to eat!</li> <li>Break off all the lettuce leaves and pile them on a plate in the center of the table, along with small dishes with&nbsp;your freshly chopped veggies.&nbsp;Transfer the hot chicken mixture to a serving dish, or serve straight from the skillet. Give everyone a spoon and let them dig in &mdash; top with cilantro, crushed cashew, green onion and a fresh squirt of lime.</li></ol> Weekly Specials Peppers Foods Tue, 29 Dec 2015 08:47:00 GMT <p>We won&#39;t be having official advertisied specials this week but we do have lots of great instore deals for you! Watch for our first ad of the New Year on January 5th, Happy New Year!</p> Christmas Cards by Gen Peppers Foods Tue, 01 Dec 2015 16:17:00 GMT <p>Our very own Gen Chandler will have her illustrated Christmas Cards available throughout the holiday season. Fresh and unique cards, perfect for gift giving.&nbsp;</p> Caroling in the Village Peppers Foods Tue, 24 Nov 2015 09:10:00 GMT <p>Caroling in the Village is TWO WEEKS AWAY!!! We are getting super excited to hear the Mount Doug Secondary Jazz Band and Choir, Louise Rose and the Open Door choir and win some amazing gift baskets! Don&#39;t miss out! All funds raised through our&nbsp;turkey and prize raffles benefit Mount Doug Music Program and Open Door.&nbsp;</p> Irish Shepherd's Pie Peppers Foods Sat, 17 Oct 2015 14:06:00 GMT <h1><strong>Irish Shepherd&#39;s Pie</strong></h1><p><strong>This is a really easy, but tasty recipe that the whole family will enjoy. It&#39;s nutritionally sound with all the major food groups represented. Growing up, I&#39;ve always had shepherd&#39;s pie made with ground beef. But now&nbsp;that I have tried it with lamb (as it&#39;s supposed to be), I will never go back! It adds a whole other level of rich flavor, and as an added bonus, is a little bit leaner than ground beef. Make extra and reheat the next day for a quick dinner, or freeze. This recipe yields 4-6 servings.</strong></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p><strong>For the potatoes:</strong></p><ul> <li>1.5 pounds yukon gold potatoes (skin on)</li> <li>1/4 cup half and half</li> <li>2 ounces of prepared garlic butter</li> <li>1 egg yolk</li> <li>salt and pepper to taste</li></ul><p><strong>For the filling:</strong></p><ul> <li>2 tablespoons olive oil</li> <li>1 cup chopped onion</li> <li>2 large carrots, peeled and diced small</li> <li>1 clove garlic, minced</li> <li>1.5 pounds of organic ground lamb</li> <li>2 tablespoons all purpose flour</li> <li>2 teaspoons tomato paste</li> <li>1 cup chicken broth</li> <li>1 teaspoon Worchestershire sauce</li> <li>1 spring rosemary, chopped</li> <li>2-3 sprigs fresh thyme, chopped</li> <li>1/2 cup frozen corn kernels (optional)</li> <li>1/2 cup frozen English peas.</li></ul><p><strong>Directions:</strong>?</p><p>Place potatoes in a medium saucepan and cover with cold water. Set over high heat, cover and bring to a boil. Once boiling, uncover, decrease the heat to maintain a simmer and cook until tender and easily crushed with a fork, approximately 10 to 15 minutes. Place the half-and-half and butter into a microwave-safe container and heat in the microwave until warmed through.. Drain the potatoes&nbsp;and then return to the saucepan. Mash the potatoes and then add the half and half, butter, salt and pepper and continue to mash until smooth. Stir in the yolk until well combined.</p><p>Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.</p><p>While the potatoes are cooking, prepare the filling. Place the olive oil into a 12-inch saute pan and set over medium high heat. Once the oil shimmers, add the onion and carrots and saute just until they begin to take on color, approximately 3 to 4 minutes. Add the garlic and stir to combine. Add the lamb, salt and pepper and cook until browned and cooked through, approximately 3 minutes. Sprinkle the meat with the flour and toss to coat, continuing to cook for another minute. Add the tomato paste, chicken broth, Worcestershire, rosemary, thyme, and stir to combine. Bring to a boil, reduce the heat to low, cover and simmer slowly 10 to 12 minutes or until the sauce is thickened slightly. You should end up with something close to the consistency of gravy.&nbsp;</p><p>Add the corn and peas to the lamb mixture and spread evenly into an 11 by 7-inch glass baking dish. Top with the mashed potatoes, starting around the edges to create a seal to prevent the mixture from bubbling up and smooth with a rubber spatula. Place on a parchment lined half sheet pan on the middle rack of the oven and bake for 25 minutes or just until the potatoes begin to brown. Remove to a cooling rack for at least 15 minutes before serving.</p> Pepper's places 3rd in Canada! Peppers Foods Wed, 30 Sep 2015 08:54:00 GMT <p>It&#39;s official! Pepper&#39;s has placed third in all of Canada (small surface) in the annual Independent Grocer of the Year Awards as judged by the CFIG!</p><p>Thank you to our fantastic staff for your hard work and dedication and our loyal customers for making Pepper&#39;s one of the best places in Canada shop!</p> Wild Mushroom Penne with Tomato Cream Sauce Peppers Foods Sat, 05 Sep 2015 14:16:00 GMT <h1>Wild Mushroom Penne with Tomato Cream Sauce</h1><p>The star&nbsp;of this dish is most definitely the chanterelle mushrooms. Freshly picked right here on Vancouver Island, these mushrooms are absolutely divine and add a nice pop of&nbsp;earthy rich flavor. Supply is limited and the picking season is short so come on down to Peppers and get some while you can!</p><p>Ingredients:</p><ul> <li>2 cloves garlic, finely chopped</li> <li>1 medium shallot</li> <li>1 jar Classico sundried tomato sauce. (Feel free to use your own homemade base. I used this for a time saver.)</li> <li>4 Galloping Goose Italian sausages, casings removed and crumbled</li> <li>1 bunch fresh spinach, stems removed</li> <li>2 teaspoons dried basil</li> <li>3 fresh sprigs of oregano, chopped</li> <li>1 portabella mushroom, chopped into medium sized cubes</li> <li>1 cup chanterelle mushrooms</li> <li>1 cup crimini mushrooms, thickly chopped</li> <li>1/2 cup heavy cream</li> <li>1 box penne&nbsp;</li> <li>Parmesan cheese to finish</li> <li>Salt and Pepper to taste</li></ul><p>Directions:</p><ol> <li>On medium heat, cook sausages until 3/4 way cooked. Remove and set aside.</li> <li>In the same pan using the sausage fat, add shallot and garlic and cook until translucent.</li> <li>Toss in all of the mushrooms. I like to add about 1/4 a cup of water to keep them nice and juicy. Cover for about 3 minutes or until mushrooms are tender.</li> <li>Add sausage back to the pan and stir in the tomato sauce, oregano, and basil.</li> <li>Cover and let simmer for 30 minutes.</li> <li>While sauce is simmering, cook pasta as per directions.&nbsp;</li> <li>When the pasta is just about ready to strain, stir the heavy cream into the sauce and uncover.</li> <li>Top penne&nbsp;with fresh spinach and pour sauce over top. Stir and let stand for about 3 minutes to give the spinach time to wilt.</li> <li>Top with parmesan cheese and fresh cracked pepper.&nbsp;</li></ol><p>Serve with garlic bread (Obviously. Because what is pasta without garlic bread?)</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Enjoy!!</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Written, photographed, and cooked by Rachel Schneider, Assistant Produce Manager @ Peppers Foods</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p> Barbecued flatbread pizza, two ways! Peppers Foods Fri, 24 Jul 2015 13:28:00 GMT <h1>Barbecued flatbread pizza, two ways!</h1><p>This is one of my new favorite recipes. Great for busy nights when time is limited, and a great chance to get creative. Not to mention, it&#39;s much quicker (and yummier) than takeout. Enjoy!</p><p>Each recipe yields one individual flatbread pizza.</p><h2>Chorizo, goat cheese, and Portobello flatbread</h2><p>Ingredients:</p><ul> <li>2 spicy chorizo sausages, removed from casings and crumbled</li> <li>1 medium Portobello mushroom, thinly sliced</li> <li>3 slices of fresh buffalo&nbsp;mozzarella</li> <li>Crumbled herbed goat cheese</li> <li>Handful of fresh basil, roughly chopped</li> <li>1/4 red onion, finely sliced into rings</li> <li>Tomato sauce (optional) Olive oil can be used instead.</li> <li>(NEW!) Stone fired authentic flatbread, Naan style.</li> <li>balsamic reduction</li></ul><p>Method:</p><ol> <li>Cook crumbled chorizo in pan until golden brown. Set aside.</li> <li>In same pan, (keeping 1/4 of chorizo fat) saut&eacute; mushrooms and onions on medium heat until tender. Stir in one tbs of balsamic reduction and set aside.</li> <li>Preheat barbecue to medium high heat.&nbsp;</li> <li>Grill the side of the flatbread that you will be putting the toppings on until lightly brown.</li> <li>Add toppings and grill pizza until the bottom of&nbsp;the naan has a nice crust on it. About 5 minutes, lid on.&nbsp;</li> <li>Top with more fresh basil and drizzle with balsamic reduction. Salt and pepper to taste.</li></ol><p>&nbsp;</p><h2>Margherita Flatbread</h2><p>Ingredients:</p><ul> <li>1 beefsteak tomato. sliced thinly. Make sure to seed the tomatoes to avoid mushy pizza!</li> <li>5 slices buffalo mozzarella</li> <li>6-8 fresh basil leafs</li> <li>Pesto</li> <li>Balsamic&nbsp;reduction</li></ul><p>Method:</p><ol> <li>Grill topping side of pizza until golden brown.</li> <li>Add toppings and grill on covered barbecue until cheese is melted and bottom is golden brown</li> <li>Top with more fresh basil and balsamic reduction</li></ol><p>&nbsp;</p><p>Written and cooked by Rachel Schneider, Assistant Produce Manager @ Peppers Foods.</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>&nbsp;</p>