ACME® Helps Banish Stress This Holiday Season
Supermarket’s Tips, Tricks and Meal Ideas are the Perfect Recipe for an Easy
and Enjoyable Holiday
MALVERN, Pa. -- December 13, 2012
Despite the roaring fires and winter wonderland landscapes, visions of
sugar-plums don’t necessarily dance in everyone’s heads during the holidays.
Between picking the perfect decorations, hosting a multitude of relatives and
cooking the holiday meal, it’s no wonder that this season is thought of as one
of the most stressful of the year. And the stress is magnified even more for
those of us hosting holiday gatherings. To help alleviate the strain of the
holidays, ACME® Markets is offering tips, tricks and meal ideas to ensure
everyone can enjoy their time under the tinsel.
“It’s all about planning ahead,” notes ACME registered dietitian Jennifer Shea
Rawn MS, MPH, RD. “If you’ve volunteered to host this year’s festivities, be
sure to begin preparing well in advance. Keep your menu items simple, cook
early, and plan to serve non-bake items so you’re not spending every holiday
hour in the kitchen.”
Rawn outlines her top five tips for a stress-free holiday:
1.Plan Your Menu – Preparation is key. Don’t be afraid to plan your holiday
menu weeks in advance – especially if you’re feeding a large group. Check
out the ACME “Holiday Recipes” portal to get recipe ideas and cooking
tips. With special articles and videos, you’ll find everything you’ll need
to make the perfect rib roast or whatever your holiday favorite might be.
2.Lists Aren’t Just For Santa – Once you’ve decided on your holiday meal,
it’s time to write it down. Whether in your favorite notepad or on the
ACME virtual shopping list, you’ll feel much more prepared to take on the
jam-packed grocery aisles with a map in hand.
3.Enlist Elves – Take advantage of those family members crashing at your
house over the holidays. Ask for help with setting the table, lighting the
candles or prepping the no-bake appetizers that can be placed around the
house. Also enlist someone to be the house bartender so you can keep
focused on the food while others’ worry about re-filling glasses.
4.Start Your Ovens… Early! – Read your recipes and plan out which items can
be prepared early so you only need to heat them up the day of the holiday
meal. Most side dishes, breads, desserts, etc., can be tackled the day
before. This will help keep the oven free for the “pièce de résistance.”
5.Delete the Dishes – No one wants to spend their time washing dishes after
a big holiday feast. Instead, encourage guests and family members to use
paper plates, napkins and cups. With an array of festive paper décor
available at many of your favorite retailers including ACME, you don’t
have to skimp on the holiday decorations either.
Rawn also suggests mixing up the holiday feast with easy finger-foods.
“Non-cook appetizers placed throughout the house are great for guests while
you’re cooking,” notes Rawn. “Not only will they help curb their hunger, but
they require little prep time so you’re able to focus on the main attraction.”
ACME and Rawn recommend stocking up on festive, holiday foods for your
*Pistachios - Because of their fiber, fat, and protein content, pistachios
are a satisfying snack. Try combining shelled nuts with cranberries in a
silver or glass bowl for a quick and festive red & green appetizer that
people can feel good about eating.
*Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire - Or in your oven! For an easy app,
wipe off your chestnuts and, using a sharp knife, mark an “X” on them to
allow steam to escape while they’re roasting. Place them in a 350 degree
oven on a roasting pan and roast for about 30-35 minutes or until the
nutmeat becomes golden and the shells have begun to curl open. Let cool
slightly, peel back the shells and set out for all to enjoy.
*Pop the Pomegranates! – Pomegranate seeds provide an excellent source of
vitamin C and satisfying fiber, and are rich in potassium and
health-promoting antioxidants. Add pomegranate seeds to sparkling wine,
water or cider. They add color, juiciness, sweetness and sparkle to any
drink or quick app.
For more stress-free holiday tips and/or recipes, check out the ACME website
at www.acmemarkets.com or visit the Facebook page
ACME Markets, part of the nationwide SUPERVALU® INC. (NYSE: SVU) family of
grocery stores, is a 120-year-old institution that operates 113 stores in
Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware and Maryland, employing more than 14,000
associates. With a market-leading position in the Delaware Valley, ACME offers
consumers fresh and convenient supermarket solutions, in addition to services
such as Sav-on Pharmacies at select locations. Established in 1891, the
company and its associates remain committed to the communities they serve. For
more information about ACME visit www.acmemarkets.com.
For ACME Markets
Steve Sylven, 508-313-4454
Kendall Hague, 212-445-8305
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