What do you eat if you like spaghetti but don’t want all the carbs or the calories? Spaghetti Squash. Yes, I said Spaghetti Squash. Its consistency isn’t very different than that of spaghetti, and it is the perfect healthy alternative. Even Dr. Oz agrees (If you don’t believe me, look over doctoroz.com’s spaghetti squash recipe)! Let’s take a quick look at the benefits:Read More
- Spaghetti Squash is full of fiber (just as much as spaghetti!)
- Low in fat and salt (Yes, this can make it taste a little bland, but the secret is all in the preparation!)
- Spaghetti Squash is rich in vitamins (A, C, and B vitamins to be exact!)
- Excellent alternative to implement with a Paleo diet plan
- Spaghetti Squash is adaptable—it can be prepared in multiple ways!
- 1 spaghetti squash
- 1 tsp. extra-virgin olive oil
- 1 lb. Circle B Ranch ground pork
- 1 small yellow onion, diced
- 3 cloves garlic, minced
- ½ cup diced red bell pepper
- 8 oz. sliced mushrooms
- 3 cups fresh diced tomatoes
- 2 cups Marina’s Italian Style Tomato Sauce
- 2 Tbsp. fresh parsley
- 2 tsp. chopped fresh basil
- ½ tsp. chopped fresh oregano
- Pinch of hot pepper flakes
- Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- Sprinkling of all-natural parmesan cheese (optional)
- Cut a medium spaghetti squash in half, scoop out the seeds.
- Very lightly coat the inside with olive oil.
- Bake at 375°F, skin side up, on a flat sheet pan for about 45 minutes.
- Cool a bit, and use a fork to shred “spaghetti” out of the skin. Use paper towels to soak up a little of the moisture.
- Heat large skillet over medium-high heat. Once hot, crumble in meat and cook until browned, stirring occasionally. Drain fat, set cooked meat aside.
- Heat olive oil in skillet; once hot add onion and red bell pepper and sauté until tender, about 3 minutes, adding in garlic and mushrooms during last 30 seconds of sautéing.
- Pour in diced tomatoes and sauce. Stir in fresh parsley, basil, oregano, pepper flakes, and season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Bring to a gentle boil then add cooked spaghetti squash noodles and cooked meat; stir and submerge noodles in liquid, then reduce heat to a simmer for 2 minutes until heated through.
- Garnish with fresh chopped basil and a touch of Parmesan. Serve warm.
This recipe made with Marina's meatballs is just delicious. Enjoy! [ ... ]Read More
Labor Day weekend is here! To celebrate the end of Summer, most of us will fire up the grill and fill our tables with the tried-and-true classics. BBQ, coleslaw, baked beans, mac-and-cheese, and chips and dips will be plentiful. Most of us will and cook and eat ‘til we drop! Here at Circle B Ranch, we love the classics! But we also love celebrating with ease and with style. So what better way is there to celebrate the achievements of our American workers than to cook up some classic recipes with some delicious twists? For this holiday, we decided to share a few of our tastiest—and time saving—recipes with you. First, let’s start with some delicious meatballs. Marina’s Meatballs are ready to go! Just heat them up and serve with some of Marina’s Italian Style Tomato Sauce! To give them a whole new—and yummy—spin, try Marina’s Meatballs in Mushroom Gravy. And Labor Day isn’t Labor Day if you don’t throw some meat on the fire! Impress your guests with BBQ Ribs. Baby Back or pork ribs= mmm-hmm good. If you don’t want pork, check out our recipe for Slow Braised Boneless Beef Short Ribs. Don't forget the delicious Nitrite Free Big John's Hot Dogs and our full selection Sausage. For those of you who want to skip the grill, you can go a different route with delicious Slow Cooker Apple Juice Pulled Pork. Or try this fantastic Ham Salad recipe! Now for those classic sides! We have coleslaw with a sweet and crunchy twist: Carrot & Apple Slaw with Raisins. A Beans and Weenies Tater Bake and Macaroni and Cheese with Bacon will round out the table. And a party isn’t a party without chips and dip! This flavorful Blue Cheese and Bacon Dip will liven everything up. And don’t forget your must-haves: Marina's Homemade ketchup and Big John's BBQ sauce! This Labor Day, click on the links, follow some easy and incredibly scrumptious recipes, and eat ‘til you drop! Skip the long hours of cooking, kick back, and enjoy some more time with your family. [ ... ]Read More
People often ask me, “How do you decide which products to make and sell?” Truthfully, many factors influence our decisions when it comes to creating and maintaining the Circle B Ranch line of products. From the beginning, John and I decided Circle B Ranch would provide only the highest quality products for our customers. I know there is nothing worse than expecting quality and not getting what you want—or what you paid for. That doesn’t happen here at Circle B. We want to please our customers; that’s what our products are all about. But a desire to make a high-quality product to please our customers was only a beginning. How would we decide which products to make and sell? It hasn’t been as hard as you would think. First, we had to hold up to our own standards and ideals. John and I believe in sustainability and eliminating waste. We decided to produce our hot dogs the old-fashioned way and render the lard from our hogs; therefore, we are able to use all of the hog. The choice trim from our pork cuts is incorporated into our hot dogs, selection of sausage and Marina’s Homemade Meatballs. Next, we considered heritage. John and I are both proud of our personal cultures and traditions. Because John is of German descent, we decided to create products that showcase his culture. Our German style sausage, Kielbasy, and old-fashioned hot dogs highlight his legacy. As for me, Circle B Sweet Italian Sausage, Marina's Meatballs and my homemade Italian Tomato sauce honors my family traditions. By perfecting my family recipes and gathering my knowledge of catering, I was able to accomplish the next goal. I wanted to focus on sauces and other products that would complement our pork. Chutney is such a savory and tasty topping for pork, how could I not go there? So I created Marina’s Cranberry Chutney, Marina’s Cranberry Apple Jalapeno Chutney, and Marina’s Pear Chutney. Marina’s Homemade Tomato Sauce, Big John’s BBQ sauce, and our Steak and Chop sauce were also fashioned to exquisitely flavor our pork products. Another consideration, when it comes to business, is the demographics. What did we feel would sell the best in this area? Bacon, sausage, pork-chops—these are proven sellers no matter where you go. Most everyone loves bacon or sausage for breakfast, and pork chops are a classic. “But what else did our customers want?” we asked ourselves. John and I decided on many of our meat cuts and products by listening to the most important aspect of our business—the customer. Over the years, various customers have asked us for specific cuts of meat or a special product they wanted for an important meal. For example, we sell to many local restaurants, and chefs often request exact cuts to use in their recipes. If the cut works well and is pleasing to our customers, we continue to use it, keeping it in our line of products. We also value and consider every customer comment we receive. After all, Circle B Ranch wouldn’t be successful if we couldn’t cater to consumer needs; so it’s you—our customers—who ultimately help us choose our product line. [ ... ]Read More