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Contest: Fuel for your body

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In the lead, our own Shanda Hill, one of Rancho Vignola’s sponsored athletes.

Since the beginning of time, nuts and dried fruits have been a staple food for humans.

Walnuts were considered food of the gods by the early Romans, and almonds were among the first plants to be cultivated.

Drying and dehydration were the earliest forms of food preservation: hunters and gatherers collected sun-dried fruits fallen from the trees and valued them for their longevity and their concentrated sweetness.

Modern trade systems allow for easy access to these products on a global scale and they continue to make up a significant portion of the human diet around the world. Read more on “Contest: Fuel for your body” »

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Contest: Recipe of the year

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Recipe2Over the years we have been able to put together an incredible collection of recipes for our readers to enjoy. It is one of our favourite sections at the website and we really believe there is something for everyone. So many memories are made in the kitchen, and many family traditions have solid foundations built amidst those four walls. We have always been inspired by top-quality ingredients and strive to bring people together through wholesome, and sometimes playful, food.
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What is a superfood anyway?

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The term “superfood” was coined by the health food industry to help consumers identify foods that are nutritionally dense and offer dietary benefits. There is speculation that the term drives sales of exotic (read: expensive) imported foods which don’t necessarily have more nutritional value over their North American or local counterparts. While there are no official rules when it comes to labelling a food as “super,” the usual suspects consist of plant-based edibles and some fish that have an abundance of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and phytochemicals ~ basically, the good stuff!
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2015 MusicFest memories

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gift-basket-winner-sqThanks to everyone who braved the rain and came out to Courtenay/Comox Valley to celebrate another MusicFest!

Brilliant performances by so many great musicians from BC, across Canada and the globe meant that we could forget the rain and get lost in the magic of the music.

Thanks also to our friendly customers who stopped by the Rancho booth to say hi, taste some great products and purchase a bag or two; we greatly appreciate your support.

Congratulations to the winner of our gorgeous gourmet Gift Basket, local resident and long-time Rancho customer Medwyn McConachy!
Read more on “2015 MusicFest memories” »

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Date Squares

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DSC_0046B-sqGrowing up, date squares were a dessert my mother would always make.

While she’s a very talented cook, she never loved baking sweets.

The beauty of these squares is that they’re not nearly as finicky as many desserts, and the flexibility makes them great for those who may not love baking or are still learning.

Date squares have been around for many years, and for good reason!

Using Barhi dates instead of the traditional Deglet or Medjool gives this dish a whole new flavour.

These squares are fabulous on their own, with a dollop of whipping cream or a scoop of ice cream.
Read more on “Date Squares” »

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Nut Butter Freezer Fudge

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DSC_0043B-sqI know we’ve shared this recipe before in our summer newsletter, but I feel it’s worth revisiting due to its popularity!

With only a few ingredients, no cooking skills needed (kid-friendly!) and never-ending variations, this recipe doesn’t get old.

We all crave sweets sometimes, so why not indulge in something you can feel good about having made yourself?

Not to mention nut and seed butters are packed with healthy nutrients your body loves, and your taste buds will as well.

So dig in, have a bite (or more) and don’t feel guilty, we all deserve some sweetness in our lives.

Read more on “Nut Butter Freezer Fudge” »

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Wild Rice and Cashew Salad

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DSC_0034B-sqWith the weather getting warm, cool meals are getting more and more popular, and salads of all kinds often hit just the right spot.

After trying this recipe for the first time I was hooked.

I usually make large batches, as it keeps well refrigerated, making it perfect for gatherings, potlucks.

Give this recipe a try.

Share it with your friends and family!

We will be adding more delicious spring and summer recipes soon, so keep coming back to see what’s new!

Read more on “Wild Rice and Cashew Salad” »

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Top 10 spring snacks

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almond_butter_cups-sqSpring is in full swing and the weather is getting hot.

There always seem to be certain recipes that really jump out at you when you are lacking a bit of energy.

Here are 10 simple Rancho recipes to satisfy your hunger and give you an energy boost.

Try one today when you’re busy and on the go!

And keep checking our recipe section and YouTube channel for more great recipes for all occasions and any time of day.
Read more on “Top 10 spring snacks” »

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Triple Citrus Electrolyte Drink

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DSC_0134B-533x841-sqWith the beautiful spring weather having arrived, many are taking full advantage, spending time outdoors and active. It’s important when you’re active for more then a few hours to give your body something to keep it performing the best it can, and this drink is just the thing!

Chia seeds have received a lot of attention in the last few years, and for good reason. They’re packed full of many beneficial components for our bodies. They’re very high in dietary fibre, good fats, antioxidants, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium and manganese, while also being a good source of protein and a number of other minerals.

This drink is simple to make and delicious to drink. Keep a batch in your fridge so it’s convenient to grab for when you’re running out the door!
Read more on “Triple Citrus Electrolyte Drink” »

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Contest: Fuel for your body

Posted by & filed under article.

Shanda-sq

In the lead, our own Shanda Hill, one of Rancho Vignola’s sponsored athletes.

Since the beginning of time, nuts and dried fruits have been a staple food for humans.

Walnuts were considered food of the gods by the early Romans, and almonds were among the first plants to be cultivated.

Drying and dehydration were the earliest forms of food preservation: hunters and gatherers collected sun-dried fruits fallen from the trees and valued them for their longevity and their concentrated sweetness.

Modern trade systems allow for easy access to these products on a global scale and they continue to make up a significant portion of the human diet around the world. Read more on “Contest: Fuel for your body” »

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Contest: Recipe of the year

Posted by & filed under article.

Recipe2Over the years we have been able to put together an incredible collection of recipes for our readers to enjoy. It is one of our favourite sections at the website and we really believe there is something for everyone. So many memories are made in the kitchen, and many family traditions have solid foundations built amidst those four walls. We have always been inspired by top-quality ingredients and strive to bring people together through wholesome, and sometimes playful, food.
Read more on “Contest: Recipe of the year” »

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What is a superfood anyway?

Posted by & filed under article.

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The term “superfood” was coined by the health food industry to help consumers identify foods that are nutritionally dense and offer dietary benefits. There is speculation that the term drives sales of exotic (read: expensive) imported foods which don’t necessarily have more nutritional value over their North American or local counterparts. While there are no official rules when it comes to labelling a food as “super,” the usual suspects consist of plant-based edibles and some fish that have an abundance of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and phytochemicals ~ basically, the good stuff!
Read more on “What is a superfood anyway?” »

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2015 MusicFest memories

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gift-basket-winner-sqThanks to everyone who braved the rain and came out to Courtenay/Comox Valley to celebrate another MusicFest!

Brilliant performances by so many great musicians from BC, across Canada and the globe meant that we could forget the rain and get lost in the magic of the music.

Thanks also to our friendly customers who stopped by the Rancho booth to say hi, taste some great products and purchase a bag or two; we greatly appreciate your support.

Congratulations to the winner of our gorgeous gourmet Gift Basket, local resident and long-time Rancho customer Medwyn McConachy!
Read more on “2015 MusicFest memories” »

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Date Squares

Posted by & filed under recipe.

DSC_0046B-sqGrowing up, date squares were a dessert my mother would always make.

While she’s a very talented cook, she never loved baking sweets.

The beauty of these squares is that they’re not nearly as finicky as many desserts, and the flexibility makes them great for those who may not love baking or are still learning.

Date squares have been around for many years, and for good reason!

Using Barhi dates instead of the traditional Deglet or Medjool gives this dish a whole new flavour.

These squares are fabulous on their own, with a dollop of whipping cream or a scoop of ice cream.
Read more on “Date Squares” »

Tags: , , , , , , ,


Nut Butter Freezer Fudge

Posted by & filed under recipe.

DSC_0043B-sqI know we’ve shared this recipe before in our summer newsletter, but I feel it’s worth revisiting due to its popularity!

With only a few ingredients, no cooking skills needed (kid-friendly!) and never-ending variations, this recipe doesn’t get old.

We all crave sweets sometimes, so why not indulge in something you can feel good about having made yourself?

Not to mention nut and seed butters are packed with healthy nutrients your body loves, and your taste buds will as well.

So dig in, have a bite (or more) and don’t feel guilty, we all deserve some sweetness in our lives.

Read more on “Nut Butter Freezer Fudge” »

Tags: , , , , , ,


Wild Rice and Cashew Salad

Posted by & filed under recipe.

DSC_0034B-sqWith the weather getting warm, cool meals are getting more and more popular, and salads of all kinds often hit just the right spot.

After trying this recipe for the first time I was hooked.

I usually make large batches, as it keeps well refrigerated, making it perfect for gatherings, potlucks.

Give this recipe a try.

Share it with your friends and family!

We will be adding more delicious spring and summer recipes soon, so keep coming back to see what’s new!

Read more on “Wild Rice and Cashew Salad” »

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,


Top 10 spring snacks

Posted by & filed under article, recipe.

almond_butter_cups-sqSpring is in full swing and the weather is getting hot.

There always seem to be certain recipes that really jump out at you when you are lacking a bit of energy.

Here are 10 simple Rancho recipes to satisfy your hunger and give you an energy boost.

Try one today when you’re busy and on the go!

And keep checking our recipe section and YouTube channel for more great recipes for all occasions and any time of day.
Read more on “Top 10 spring snacks” »

Tag:


Triple Citrus Electrolyte Drink

Posted by & filed under recipe.

DSC_0134B-533x841-sqWith the beautiful spring weather having arrived, many are taking full advantage, spending time outdoors and active. It’s important when you’re active for more then a few hours to give your body something to keep it performing the best it can, and this drink is just the thing!

Chia seeds have received a lot of attention in the last few years, and for good reason. They’re packed full of many beneficial components for our bodies. They’re very high in dietary fibre, good fats, antioxidants, calcium, phosphorus, magnesium and manganese, while also being a good source of protein and a number of other minerals.

This drink is simple to make and delicious to drink. Keep a batch in your fridge so it’s convenient to grab for when you’re running out the door!
Read more on “Triple Citrus Electrolyte Drink” »

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