8 foods no one does better than Texas

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Texans love food and we believe there are some that no one does better than us.

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  • Pecan Pie:   Pecan Tree is the official state tree of Texas since 1919. Pecan nut and Pecan pie are the official health nut and official state pie of Texas respectively. So, unsurprisingly the pecan pie is a cut above the rest.
  • Tacos:  Everyday is a Taco day in Texas. Pick any restaurant and you will most likely find a matchless version of Tacos on the menu. They can be loaded or skimpy, but are always delicious.
  • Ice Cream: Of course you can find an ice cream in any corner of the world but Texas is home to the yummylicious Blue Bell ice cream (Brenham, TX).  The cream used is never older than 24 hours, this means freshness is assured.
  • Sweet Tea: Hot summer picnics = Sweet tea in a mason jar. The much popular sweet tea recipe originated from a community cookbook in Texas. Sip, sip,  sip……
  • Chips and Queso :  Tex-Mex restaurants,  mostly serve it as an appetizer and we think this is one of the best ways to start your meal.
  • Frozen Margarita:  They shook up the Tex-Mex history when they were discovered about 45 years ago in Dallas at Mariano’s Mexican Cuisine restaurant.  They are perfect for a warm summer evening.
  • Texas Caviar:  Often devoured as a dip accompaniment to tortilla chips Texas Caviar is a Texan version of the high-class dish. The name originated as a humorous comparison to the original caviar, an expensive hors d’oeuvre of salt-cured fish roe.
  • Chicken Fried Steak:  This delicious dish only comes in two sizes, large and Texas-sized, we are not complaining  :-)

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In season : Fall

Fall produce

Autumn is known for bringing a bumper crop of fruits and vegetables. The cool temperature makes it appealing to enter the kitchen and experiment with the best the season has to offer. One can play with a whole slew of seasonal produce to bring intense flavors and substantial textures come alive.

From succulent pears and crunchy apples to nourishing greens, your options are plenty. Make the most of what you will find in the season with a comprehensive fall produce guide from Burpy:

  • Apples
  • Cabbage
  • Cauliflower
  • Celery
  • Chicory
  • Leeks
  • Fennel
  • Fig
  • Mushrooms
  • Pomegranate
  • Pears
  • Pumpkin
  • Sweet Potatoes
  • Radishes
  • Winter Squash

Although some fruits and vegetables are available year-round, they’re more flavorful from September to November and thus should be part of your meal plans.

 

Recipes for a stress – free Labor Day

Labor Day honors the contributions of workers to our economy and social fabric, that’s why we believe it should be stress-free for everyone. After all, you have earned Labor Day.

Whether you planning the last barbeque of the season or a simple meal for the family try these two simple recipes from Burpy to breeze through the long weekend :

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Watermelon Feta Skewers

Ingredients:

  • About 40 (1-inch) pieces cubed watermelon
  • About 20 (1-inch) pieces cubed feta cheese
  • ⅔ cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 cups arugula
  • 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • Coarse sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • ⅓ cup chopped fresh basil

Directions

  • Set your grill to high heat. Thread a piece of watermelon, a piece of feta and a second piece of watermelon onto a 6-inch skewer. Repeat with the remaining pieces of watermelon and feta.
  • Once the grill is hot, brush the skewers on all sides with 2 tablespoons of the olive oil. Grill until lightly charred on all sides, 1 to 2 minutes per side. Remove from the grill and cool slightly.
  • To serve, mound 1 cup arugula onto each plate and top with 5 skewers per plate. Drizzle each salad with 1 to 2 tablespoons olive oil and 2 teaspoons balsamic vinegar. Season with salt and pepper, and garnish with chopped basil. Serve immediately.

Grilled Salsa

Ingredients

  • 2 mangoes, peeled and sliced
  • 3 large tomatoes, sliced
  • 1 red onion, sliced
  • 1 jalapeño, halved and seeded
  • 2 limes, halved
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 cup roughly chopped cilantro
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Directions:

  • Set the grill to high heat (or heat a grill pan over high heat). Clean and lightly oil the grates.
  • Working in batches, cook the mangoes, tomatoes, red onion, jalapeños and limes on the grill until nicely charred, 3 to 4 minutes.
  • Remove the ingredients from the grill and let cool slightly. Dice the mangoes, tomatoes and red onion. Mince the jalapeño.
  • In a medium bowl, toss all the diced fruit and veggies together, then add the garlic and cilantro and toss well to combine. Squeeze the grilled limes over the mixture, and season with cayenne, salt and pepper. Give it a final toss, and serve.

 

 

 

Supercharge smoothies with simple ingredients

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Smoothie

Back –to-School   mornings often mean on-the-go breakfast for kids.   While we might be too busy, we don’t want the kids to miss out on nutrition. If this remotely sounds like you, smoothies are your ‘one-glass’ solution to ensure your kids are getting ample nutrition.

Smoothies are portable, easy to make and a flavorsome option to pack extra nutrition into the diet. While they are great by themselves, they can be supercharged with the help of some very simple ingredients from your kitchen. Read on to know more:

Flaxseeds:  Getting enough fiber in the diet is an everyday struggle; however, flaxseeds are a great source of insoluble and soluble fiber. Slightly nutty in taste, they boost flavor and help with digestion.  Hence, make flaxseeds a staple for your smoothies.

Honey:  Replace the sugar in your smoothies with Honey. It offers many nutritional benefits without any preservatives found in many other forms of sweeteners. Daily consumption of honey boosts immunity and wards off infections.

Coconut oil: The obvious first reaction to this ingredient is ‘what’?  But, coconut oil is a medium-chain fatty acid, which is broken down into energy and not stored as fat.  Therefore, it boosts immunity, metabolism and helps in staying active.

Kale:  If your kids are not averse to the idea of having a green smoothie, Kale could be an integral ingredient of your smoothies. Kale is considered to be one of the healthiest foods in the world. It offers a much higher vitamin C than oranges, along with vitamin A and minerals. Add this leafy vegetable to your smoothies next time to pack some nutrition.

Chia seeds: They are rich in protein, Omega-3 fatty acids, and several other vitamins. A tablespoon of Chia seeds in the smoothie is a fantastic way to assure your kids meet their daily fiber requirement.

Need a better motivation to whip up some wholesome smoothies in minutes?

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Boost productivity with healthy office snacks

Yogurt with fruitEating healthy at the office can be a real challenge. We all have colleagues who bring sugary treats like donuts, cupcakes, etc., add to that the never-ending supply of coffee, soda and trans fat loaded treats sitting on the breakroom table. It takes considerable strength to say ‘no’ to that.  Furthermore, we are all guilty of a sedentary lifestyle and skipping the gym all too often.

Our best bet to remain healthy is to choose healthier eating options and in an era of online grocery shopping, it is easier than ever. There are countless readily available snacks that are not just wholesome, but are proven to improve productivity.  Burpy will let you in on its productivity enhancing snack list, so that the next time you cross office break room or panty you make a smarter choice -

Almonds: They are loaded with Vitamin E, magnesium and calcium, in fact, they boast of significant amount of fiber and protein too.  Snacking on a handful of almonds everyday can improve your memory while reducing risk of some ghastly diseases.

Yogurt:  This is our personal favorite.  It’s not only yummy, but nutritious, it has probiotics, vitamin B, calcium and protein and is super easy to store. Interestingly, you can dress it up with your favorite fruits and get as many varieties as you want – non-fat, greek or flavored. You take your pick.

Banana – We don’t need to tell you why this fruit is preferred by athlete’s world-over. The word to describe this fruit is ‘powerhouse’ of nutrients. Biotin, potassium, dietary fiber, vitamin C, you name it, the fruit is all you need to kick start your day.

Oatmeal: This is your go to snack for sustained energy. Add good old milk, a fruit or yogurt to rev up your mornings.

Hummus with Vegetables: Hummus with a choice of green vegetable can make for a refreshing office snack full of iron and protein.  Replace the usual tortillas and burgers for lunch with this interesting choice, if you want to up the flavors it can be part of your lunch with pita bread.

Get your office snack supplies right at your doorstep using Burpy.com

Grocery shopping tips from Burpy personal shoppers

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Just like us, we are certain you spend many hours in the week, grocery shopping and making meals for the family. We want you to design efficient grocery lists and make smarter eating decisions.  Whether you are an in-store or online grocery shopper, here are some 101’s from none other than Burpy personal shoppers to help you make intelligent choices:

Grocery Shopping

  • Plan weekly meals: Given today’s sporadic lifestyle we all suffer from an all prevalent phenomena – eating out. Hence, our first advice to you is to be realistic about the number of meals at home. Accommodate your groceries to fit your busy schedule to avoid wastage.
  • Prepare a personal grocery list:  Empty refrigerator calls for a trip to the nearest grocery store.Sometimes we tend to go unprepared thereby buying food we don’t necessarily need. Always take time to make your personal grocery list before you actually buy your daily essentials.
  • Stick to your list: It’s easy to be tempted when you are surrounded by delicious goodies. The trick to efficient grocery shopping is to buy only what you need or aleast try and stick to the list. Online grocery shopping is one of the most effective solution to “tempt-buying”
  • Be size sensible: You might think you are getting more value for your money when you buy a gallon of milk v/s quart of milk. However, if you’re investing in larger quantities that will be used only a couple of times a day, the product will most likely spoil before it is finished. Hence, invest wisely.
  • Hit the store early: Always venture out for your grocery shopping trips early in the day, this will ensure you have access to the freshest stocks, produce and meats.
  • Stock less perishable items: No one likes a midweek grocery store trip, but be cognizant of how much fresh produce and fruits you can stock in your refrigerator. These items have a shelve life of 3-4 days; hence buy only what you need.
  • Decide on a weekly budget: If you wish to optimize your weekly grocery shopping exercise, settle on a weekly spend that strikes a balance between your nutritional needs and luxury eats.
  • Don’t go hungry for grocery shopping: This might sound funny to a lot of you, but it is physiologically proven that a buyer tends to spend a lot more when hungry.  So, our word is never go hungry to a grocery store or even better use Burpy to stick to your grocery list.

If you have a smart-tip of your own to share with our readers, don’t forget to comment below.

7 things you didn’t know about Burpy!

At Burpy, our personal shoppers love hand-picking your essentials and delivering them to your doorstep. It makes us feel we are part of your family in a special way. We want to know you and your needs better. We also think you should get to know us a little better too. Read on to know all about us -

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  1. We are 3 : Burpy was incepted in 2012 and our exciting journey commenced in the fall of  2013, we are only three and  growing.
  2. School is where it all started: Burpy is an entrepreneurial venture started by five college friends who wanted to address the needs of on-campus students who had little to no time to go out and buy their own groceries. Look where we are today. Phenomenal! Isn’t it?
  3. Texas Proud: We are a homegrown Texas entrepreneurial business.  Our expedition started in Austin and we eventually expanded to Houston, San Antonio and Dallas.
  4. Crowdsourced shoppers: Our shoppers are people like you- intuitive with great knowledge of retail shelves. We deploy our network of crowd sourced shoppers to preferred local retailers to source the items our customers want.
  5. No Membership:   You don’t need a membership to benefit from our services. Need another reason to place your first order from Burpy?
  6. Our commitment: Our philosophy is simple – We are committed to saving your time by providing doorstep delivery of the exact groceries you want. We want you to have a little more time to invest in things you love.
  7. Our CEO is 24! : You heard that right, Aseem Ali – The CEO of Burpy is an engineer from the University of Texas at Austin.

We hope you now know us a little better. We would love to hear from you,  so don’t forget to comment below.

 

H-E-B actually makes everything better! We tell you why.

Founded in 1905, headquartered in San Antonio H-E-B shopping experience is quite like its name for the consumers – “everything is actually better here”. A billion dollar company, it currently operates more than 358 stores in varied formats including supermarkets, gourmet stores, and superstores. H-E-B has won many accolades over the years and was recognized by The Shelby Report as the “Southwest Region Retailer of the Year” 2014.

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Home is where the heart is: H-E-B is the largest privately owned business in Texas and one of the 15 largest privately held companies in the U.S.A. It was started by Florence Butt in her family home as C.C. Butt Grocery Store in Kerrville, TX.

Produce Section: If you love your greens, than H-E-B should be your ‘go-to’ store. The produce section at H-E-B is known for its widest, freshest and healthiest offerings.

Private Labels: H-E-B is well-known for private-label foods. The variety of products is mind boggling. From the obvious butter, flour to the rare chips, sauces, you will find it at H-E-B.

Free Samples anyone? : At an H-E-B store, you will be greeted by smiling faces at sample kiosks and demo kitchens. Wine sampling is an H-E-B specialty. Every supermarket does sampling, but H-E-B is way ahead of its competitors in this game.

Delivering customer Delight: H-E-B has been recognized for its superior customer service. Great customer testimonials and constant appreciation on social media is a testimony to that.

Great Place to Work: The company lives by the theory “keep your employees happy who in turn will ensure happy consumers”. H-E-B was ranked #7 in Glassdoor’s Best Places to Work in 2015 , certain employees can avail stock options under employee ownership plan and are called ‘partners’, in the success we think J.

Organic Love: The Company has a dedicated Organic Diversion Program, they strongly believe in reusing, reducing waste and recycling cardboard, plastics, organics, office paper, metals, and truck tires to protect Mother Nature.

Commitment to Education: H-E-B instated Excellence in Education Awards in 2002 with the aim of honoring outstanding public school and educators for their commitment. They grant more than $800,000 under this initiative to early childhood facilities, school districts and board’s teachers and principals.

Charitable: H-E-B is deeply involved with the communities it operates in and is recognized for its charitable donations. A significant 5 % of its annual pretax earnings are donated to pertinent to community causes.

Do we still need to give you more reasons on why everything is better at H-E-B?

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Your guide to the big fat ‘Summer Produce’

Summer is a great time to feast on gorgeous fruits and colorful vegetables. This season won’t last long, so make sure you are consuming the best it has to offer. Eating seasonally is not only easy on your wallet it also means you are consuming a juicer and fresher produce. Who would say no to that?

Summer Produce

Summer Produce

 

  • Basil
  • Blueberries
  • Cherries
  • Mangoes
  • Watermelon
  • Peaches
  • Plums
  • Raspberries
  • Broccoli
  • Cucumbers
  • Eggplant
  • Green Beans
  • Okra
  • Summer Squash

Reasons why Burpy recommends summer produce?

  • Enhanced flavor: Seasonal produce offers superior flavors, which means you will enjoy nutritionally packed crispy, fragrant, juicy and colorful vegetables and fruits.
  • Cost : The simple formula of demand and supply applies here. When a product is available in plenty, the prices will be lower. So, feast on that seasonal bounty.
  • Organic / Free of Pesticides: Seasonal produce requires minimum external assistance in the forms of chemicals, preservatives and pesticides to grow. This means you will eat much cleaner.
  • Supporting the Ecosystem : Seasonal produce is perfectly designed to support your health. More berries, watermelons, cucumbers mean a cooler you in this scorching heat. Think about it.

 

Let’s get Grilling: Summer feast hacks decoded

Summers = beaches and backyard barbeques.
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We are summer ready to enjoy great grilling times with family and friends. Follow our simple hacks to win applause for your master grilling skills-
  • If you want your sauce to glaze the chicken flawlessly and caramelize onto it, instead of basting it at the beginning, start the process only 15 minutes before the chicken is done. Follow it with a good toss for a grilled chicken that is juicy and tender.
  • Know what separates a master griller from an amateur? Perfect Burger Patties!! Run a blast of cold water on your hands and then work quickly to ensure you don’t bruise or heat the meat for your patties.
  • Apply any sauce with high sugar content during the very last minutes of grilling to avoid browning or blackening of meat.
  • Must have dry rubs : Black Pepper, Paprika, and Dry Mustard Powder.
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Don’t forget it takes patience and a great deal of trial and error before you can claim to be a master griller. Be adventurous with your flavors, meats and methods while grilling, who know you might come up with a fantastic tip of your own to share the next season. We would love to know personal grilling hacks so, do comment below. Happy grilling!
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