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National Potato Lover’s Month- Kale & Potato Salad

February 5, 2014

Our next recipe for National Potato Lover’s Month is our healthiest yet! With tons of nutritional value, this kale and potato salad is the perfect side dish to compliment any entree (or, if you’re vegetarian, it could make its own meal!). We’ve also found that cooking with fat-free Greek yogurt makes everything a little healthier.

Hope you enjoy this delectable potato dish! Stay tuned for more potato recipes throughout the month of February. If you make any of the recipes we post, send us a tweet @FoodCity with the tag #PotatoLover and let us know how it turned out!

Yield: 6 Servings
Prep Time: 30 Minutes
Cook Time: 25 Minutes

1 pound petite Yukon Gold Potatoes, halved
1/4 cup olive oil, divided
1 shallot, halved and sliced
3/4 pound asparagus, trimmed and cut into 1-inch pieces
1/4 cup white balsamic vinegar
1/4 cup fat-free Greek yogurt
Salt, pepper and sugar to taste
7 cups (1-inch pieces) green curly kale (tough ribs and stems removed)
1/2 cup fresh scallions, chopped
1/4 cup chopped walnuts
1 ounce smoked or traditional Gorgonzola cheese

Preheat oven to 450°F with rack in upper third of oven.
Toss potatoes with 1 tablespoon oil, half the shallots, salt and pepper and spread evenly on a
baking sheet. Roast for 15 minutes then add asparagus to baking sheet; roast for 10 minutes more
or until potatoes are golden brown and tender.
Puree remaining olive oil, shallot, vinegar and yogurt in a blender or small food processor. Season
to taste with salt, pepper and sugar.
While the vegetables are cooking, place 1 inch of water in a large pot. Bring to a boil then add kale;
cook for 1 minute or until kale is bright green and lightly wilted, tossing constantly with tongs. Drain
excess water.
Toss kale with potatoes and scallions and top with walnuts and Gorgonzola.

Nutritional analysis per serving:
Calories: 260, Fat: 15g, Saturated Fat: 2.5g, Trans Fat:0 g, Cholesterol: 5mg, Sodium:
210mg, Potassium: 509mg, Carbohydrates: 29g, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 2g, Protein: 9g, Vitamin
A: 250%, Vitamin C: 190%, Calcium: 15%, Iron: 20%

For more potato goodness, head to the US Potato Board’s website!


National Potato Lover’s Month- Grilled Potato Planks

February 4, 2014

Our next delicious potato recipe for National Potato Lover’s Month, courtesy of the US Potato Board, is Grilled Potato Planks. These are the perfect appetizer to throw together for entertaining or just to snack on while watching the Olympics with the family. This recipe yields 4 servings and can easily be multiplied (especially if you buy potatoes in bulk). Feel free to get creative with the seasonings and add any additional ones you’d like to kick it up a bit. Try these out for yourself and let us know what you think by tweeting us @FoodCity with the tag #PotatoLover and let us know how it turned out!

Yield: 4 Servings
Prep Time: 10 Minutes
Ready Time: 30 Minutes
Cook Time: 18 Minutes

3 tablespoons olive oil
1 clove garlic, minced
2 teaspoons finely chopped fresh rosemary leaves
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 pounds (about 3 large) unpeeled baking potatoes, cut into 1/2 inch-thick slices.

Preheat grill. Combine oil, rosemary and salt in dish. Add potato slices and turn until well coated.
Grill potatoes for 8 minutes or until soft. Turn and continue grilling 10 minutes longer or until cooked
through. Remove from grill and serve.

Nutritional Analysis Per Serving

Calories: 280 Fat: 11g Sodium: 310mg Vitamin C: 22% Fiber: 4g Protein: 4g Potassium: 718mg

For more potato goodness, head to the US Potato Board’s website.


National Potato Lover’s Month- Fiesta Potato Smashers

February 4, 2014

It’s National Potato Lover’s Month and we couldn’t be more excited! We’re celebrating all February long by sharing some of the potato dishes we absolutely LOVE, courtesy of the United States Potato Board! We’ll be posting multiple recipes each week throughout the month, so stay tuned for some of the most delectable ‘tater dishes you can imagine!

Also, while you’re making your grocery list, pay close attention to our NuVal nutritional scoring system displayed right on the tags at all Food City locations. Idaho potatoes have a score of 93 on the NuVal system, meaning they provide GREAT nutritional value! Learn more about the NuVal system here.

If you make any of the recipes, send us a tweet @FoodCity with the tag #PotatoLover and let us know how it turned out!

Fiesta Potato Smashers

Yield: 8 Servings
Prep Time: 5 Minutes
Ready Time: 35 Minutes
Cook Time: 30 Minutes

5 small Yukon gold potatoes and 5 small red potatoes or potato type of your choice (try russets,
white or fingerlings)
1 pint sweet mini peppers (red, orange and yellow)
8 sprigs cilantro, picked from stems
4 tablespoons of fat-free sour cream or fat-free Greek yogurt (optional)
Cooking spray
Salt, chili powder and freshly ground pepper to taste

Place whole potatoes (do not poke) into microwave-safe covered dish.
Microwave on HIGH for 3 to 4 minutes.
While potatoes are cooking, cut mini peppers into small 1/4-inch slices. Spray a nonstick pan with
cooking spray and heat to medium. Add peppers and saute until they start to brown. Remove from
pan and set aside.
Remove potatoes from microwave and using a layer of paper towels covering each potato, smash it
on a cutting board until 1 3/4-inch thick. Helpful tip: Use the side of a coffee cup or flat cooking
utensil to smash the potatoes.
Spray saute pan with cooking spray, heat on high and add smashed potatoes. Cook for 1 to 2
minutes until potatoes start to brown.
On a plate, place potatoes and layer with sour cream or yogurt (optional), peppers and cilantro.
Dust with salt, chili powder and pepper to taste. Serve warm.

Calories: 50 Sodium: 350mg Vitamin C: 0.7% Fiber: 1g Protein: 1g Potassium: 293mg

For more potato goodness, head to the US Potato Board’s website!


Caprese Skewers Appetizer

December 11, 2013 — 1 Comment

With holiday season in full swing, I understand the struggle to prepare the perfect dish to take to that annual Christmas party.  I always rack my brain trying to figure out the perfect appetizer or dish to contribute without breaking the bank, and I have finally found the easiest, most festive (and affordable) recipe to contribute!

With only 5 ingredients, and no cook time, Caprese Skewers is my favorite new recipe. These are guaranteed to be a hit at your party as they are healthy, delicious and perfect for any crowd (including vegetarians!).


  • -mozzarella balls (found in the olive bar at your local Food City- near the deli)
  • -cherry tomatoes
  • -fresh basil
  • -balsamic vinegar
  • -toothpicks

Use one toothpick at a time and slide a tomato, a mozzarella ball, and a small piece of basil on to each one (in whatever order you’d like). Continue, using all tomatoes and mozzarella balls, and then lightly drizzle balsamic vinegar on all of the skewers. Optional- a dash of salt and pepper can be added to each skewer as well, if you choose (It will enhance the flavor).

These make the perfect holiday dish because of their red and green coloring. Let me know what you think about this recipe in the comment section below and feel free to send pictures and let me know how yours turns out!

If you’re in a pinch and don’t have time to make this simple dish, you can always check out Food City’s huge selection of party trays here.


-Meg Jensen, Power Shopper


Sweet Potato Casserole

November 25, 2013 — 1 Comment

I can’t believe Thanksgiving is already upon us! Does anyone else feel like we were just dying Easter eggs and celebrating 4th of July? Well, I suppose it’s time to embrace the season and get my holiday menus together!

If you’re as stressed as I am this Thanksgiving, you may enjoy this easy, delicious recipe for Sweet Potato Casserole (one of my signature Thanksgiving dishes).



  • ½ cup raisins
  • 1/3 cup sweet sherry
  • 3 whole sweet potatoes (medium size)
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 4 tbsp butter, melted
  • ½ cup fresh orange juice
  • 1 tsp finely chopped orange zest
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • ½ cup coarsely chopped pecans
  • 1 cup drained pineapple cubes, coarsely chopped
  • 1-1/2 cups miniature marshmallows

Preheat your oven to 375°. Soak raisins in sherry until soft, about 30 minutes. Drain raisins and transfer to a large bowl, discarding sherry.

Meanwhile, place the sweet potatoes in a roasting pan and bake until tender, about 40 minutes. Allow potatoes to cool, then peel, puree with a food mill or food processor, and add to raisins. Add brown sugar, butter, orange juice, orange zest, and pumpkin spice and mix well. Fold in pecans and pineapple and transfer to an 8″ baking dish.

Bake casserole for 20 minutes, then cover with marshmallows and bake until marshmallows are golden, about 5 minutes more.

This is a delicious take on a classic fall dish, and the marshmallows on top always add the perfect something to top it off. This recipe yields 6, but I usually double it because my family LOVES Thanksgiving leftovers! Did I mention that North Caroline Yellow sweet potatoes are only .39¢ per lb this week with your Food City ValuCard? Great savings!

For nutrition facts, head to the Food City website.

Also, for those of you who despise cooking the bird every year like I do, Food City has fresh or frozen whole turkeys for your purchasing pleasure, and your family will never know you didn’t slave away in the kitchen all day! Also, when you purchase a turkey, along with $35 of other product, you will receive 300 Fuel Bucks Plus points! That is the equivalent of some huge fuel savings! Click here for more info on Food City turkeys: https://store.foodcity.com/

I hope you and your loved ones have a blessed (and stressless) holiday! Happy Thanksgiving, Power Shoppers!


Tailgate Touchdown with Tasty Trays

October 16, 2013

Happy Wednesday fellow Power Shoppers! With football season in full swing, Food City has just the deals to make your tailgate a memorable one. After all, no one wants to cheer on their favorite team on an empty stomach! So grab a party tray from your local Food City. Food City’s trays range in variety from sandwiches to sweets, so there’s something for everyone. Spice things up with wings or go green with a veggie platter. There are even more options with the tailgating specials Food City has to offer. Choose from a list of six different trays all under the price of $20! These trays include a pizza and wing combo as well as a sub option that is sure to satisfy that pre-game hunger. And to have more time to spend on perfecting your family’s matching game day face paint; you can place orders online or make a call in order ahead of time. To see all of Food City’s tailgating specials, make sure to stop by the Food City website.

Food City can’t guarantee that your team will win but their delicious food trays can guarantee that no one at your tailgate will go hungry! So gather your friends and family and show them that this year, your place is the place to be for football, food, and fun.

Happy Tailgating,

-The Power Shoppers


Knoxville Food City Food Show

October 9, 2013 — 1 Comment

Fellow Power Shoppers, get ready for one of the highlights of the fall, Knoxville Food City Food Show! This two-day event occurs this weekend, October 11th and 12th, at the Knoxville Convention Center. Bring the whole family and enjoy product samplings from over 150 food vendors. You also have the opportunity to pick up some new amazing recipes and various money-saving offers. While you are indulging your taste buds, you can check out the many live cooking shows presented by celebrity chefs that will be happening throughout the weekend. The chefs will be sharing their secrets to quick but nutritious meal solutions.

You can look forward to getting the chance to see all of the following chefs:

  • Chef Billy Parisi
  • Chef John Doherty
  • Chef Walter Lambert
  • Chef Larry Barbeau
  • Chef Kenny Gilbert

You can also catch a cake decorating demonstration by top Food City cake decorator, Rebecca Lougheed. Lougheed is the winner of the one of the largest international cake decorating contests, and will be live on stage Saturday.  Additionally, former University of Tennessee coach, Missy Kane, will be presenting insightful health tips and on the importance of nutrition.

It’s sure to be an event full of good food and good company. Channel your inner foodie and stop by your Food City to pick up a ticket today. Tickets at stores are $8.00 (with ValuCard) and tickets at the door are $10.00. Children 12 and under are admitted for free. What are you most excited to see at the Food Show? Share your comments below!

*For more information visit the Food City website.

See you there!

-The Power Shoppers


5 ways to earn Fuel Bucks faster!

September 30, 2013

You haven’t stopped driving and Food City hasn’t stopped helping you save. They now offer more ways to save you money at the pump with their new Fuel Bucks Plus Program!

  • You earn a Fuel Buck point for every dollar spent at Food City.
  • When you stop by to fill a qualifying prescription at your Food City pharmacy, you earn an extra 50 points! It can be on refills, transfers, or new prescriptions.
  • Choose from a variety of national and store brands to receive mega savings. You can mix and match five specially marked participating items to earn 150 Mega Points. That would be an instant 15¢ off per gallon discount (up to 20 gallons).
  • Give a little, save a lot with the new Fuel Bucks program, because now when you purchase a minimum amount of gift cards, you receive 100 bonus fuel points.
  • Celebrate the midweek with Double Points Wednesdays. Mix and match five items to instantly receive 300 Fuel Bucks Points. That’s 30¢ off per gallon (up to 20 gallons) in one shopping trip!


Food City knows that there’s more than one way you shop, so now there’s more than one way to save. Take advantage of one of the five opportunities to knock down your gas price by visiting your local Food City today!

And don’t forget to redeem your points the next time you fill-up. Fuel Points earned during one month expire at the end of the next, so points received during October expire at the end of November.

Learn more about the new program at Food City’s Fuel Buck’s page and locate a Gas’n Go location near you: http://bit.ly/13XvF3q.

Fuel on,

-The Power Shoppers


It’s Pumpkin Season!

September 25, 2013

Fall is upon and you know what that means- Pumpkins are everywhere! If you’re anything like me, I like to purchase my pumpkins early, and make the most out of what’s left after my kids carve/decorate them, utilizing every part of the pumpkin.

To begin, my new obsession is pumpkin drilling. Have you heard about it? I came across it on Pinterest, of course, and can’t wait to try it! Martha Stewart’s site gives a great tutorial. I challenge you to make one of these pumpkin masterpieces this year. Your kids will love it!












Once you’ve carved (or in this case, drilled) the pumpkin, it’s now time to have some fun with the insides! Most recipes these days call for canned pumpkin, but I always prefer the fresh kind. Here are two of my favorite pumpkin recipes:

Pumpkin Muffins from Recipe Dutchess












Toasted Pumpkin Seeds from 101 Cookbooks









Did you know? Food City pumpkins are grown locally from Snake Creek Farms in Hillsville, VA by the Banks family. Watch their story here:

Local Growers- Snake Creek Farms

What are your favorite pumpkin recipes? Let us know in the comment section below! And don’t forget to stop by your Food City store for locally grown pumpkins this Fall!













- Lorrie Stewart, Power Shopper


Flu season is upon us

September 12, 2013

Well Power Shoppers, flu season is right around the corner so you know what that means- Time to head to your local Food City Pharmacy for your annual flu shot!

As a mom, I know how awful the flu can be (for both myself and my children), so we take flu immunizations pretty seriously in my household. I know typical flu season doesn’t begin until November, but trust me; those symptoms will start popping up in school and around the work place before we know it! It’s best to get to the pharmacy early to go ahead and receive your flu shots before it’s too late.

Seasonal flu vaccine provides protection against the most common strains of influenza and is available on a walk up basis at Food City Immunizing Pharmacies.

If you have any questions, you’re not alone- Feel free to talk with the pharmacists and they will be happy to help you in any way they can!

While you’re at it, check out Food City’s new Pharmacy app in order to easily refill prescriptions, receive reminders and locate nearby Food City pharmacies all from the convenience of your mobile device! Be sure to leave a comment below and let me know what you think!















-Katie Swanson, Power Shopper


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