We love our super-local neighborhoods and Edgewater is such a gem in the Sloan’s Lake/Wheat Ridge area. Cibo Meals was featured by our friends at the Edgewater Echo almost a year ago, and I just wanted to share that interview again. Thanks for the support!
~Stay safe & healthy, Emily, Cibo Meals Owner
Business Spotlight: Cibo Meals
Our Chop Chop Salad/Relish is SOOOO refreshing and tasty, and also a great way to get your fill of veggies quickly and with little prep time. And the best part? You can really add any ingredients, herbs, and seasonings you have on hand, so make it your own!
What you’ll need from the kitchen:
A few small bowls or jars for keeping your chopped ingredients separated
Another larger serving bowl or Mason Jar for mixing all of the ingredients together
Ingredients (serves 4):
4 Cucumbers (Mini are best, lightly peeled if you want, or use only 2 English Cucumbers)
1 Package Grape Tomatoes
1 Bunch Radishes, Onions, Scallions, or Chives
1 Serrano, Jalapeno, or Anaheim Pepper
3-4 Sprigs of Mint
1 Lemon or Lime Juice (fresh-squeezed is best)
1 Tbls Extra Virgin Olive Oil
2 tsp Any type of lighter vinegar (aka, not balsamic), White Balsamic, White Wine Vinegar, Apple Cider Vinegar or similar
Sea Salt & Pepper to taste
1 Splash of Sparkling Water (plain flavor is best, but a citrus blend is great, too)
Steps for Preparation:
Finely chop the cucumbers, tomatoes, radishes (or other), pepper, keeping each ingredient separate.
In your large bowl, add all chopped ingredients together.
Using scissors, finely chop mint leaves from their stem (or use Herb Scissors for fasting chopping) on top of the vegetable mix.
Add lemon or lime juice, E.V. Olive Oil, Vinegar, Sea Salt & Pepper, and Sparkling Water into the bowl.
Lightly toss with your hands or a spoon to coat all ingredients with the vinaigrette.
Serve chilled or store in a jar for more of a pickled/relish taste.
Here’s a link to the video we did with Localworks with step-by-step instructions: https://www.facebook.com/LocalworksWR/videos/920181971736699/UzpfSTEyMDUxOTQyNTYyMjU2NzE6MjkyOTIyODQyNzE1NTU3MA/
~Buon Cibo, Emily
In these times of uncertainty with the coronavirus and general cold & flu season, this Miracle Healing Broth is just what you need! And our Mason jars we deliver your meals in are the PERFECT vessel to hold this warming, golden broth in (feel free to reuse them).
Here’s the recipe (with a few Cibo additions), please let us know what you think @ [email protected] ~ Stay Well & Safe
Oh She Glows Miracle Healing Broth Recipe
- 1 Tbls Coconut Oil
- 1.5 Cups Diced White Onion, lightly sauteed
- 6 Garlic Cloves, cut into pieces or chopped up with a blender
- 2 Tbls Fresh Ginger (fresh is really worth it here 🙂
- 1 tsp Fresh or Powdered Turmeric
- Fresh Parsley, Chives, Basil or any other leafy green you prefer
- 1 can Unsweetened Coconut Milk (we really like Native Forest from Natural Grocers)
- 1/2 tsp Sea Salt
- 1/2 tsp Ground Black Pepper
- 1/4 tsp Cayenne Pepper, more/less to taste
- 1 tsp Lemon Juice (fresh is best)
- 1/2 Cup Greek Yogurt (if vegan, omit)
- Feel free to add any other ingredients that appeal to your taste, or ask us what we recommend 🙂
Recipe Source ~ Oh She Glows Everyday, Angela Liddon
While there is an increasing number of vegetarians in the world, there are also those to whom the term “flexitarian” applies. It’s a person who mostly sticks to vegetarian prepared meals and dishes, but who indulges in meat occasionally. The guide below looks at some of the reasons why limited meat consumption is beneficial.
Why Reduce Your Meat & Seafood Intake?
1. Enjoy the Best of Both Worlds
Following a flexitarian diet allows you to eat vegetarian prepared meals with some flexibility, hence the name. Although there are no strict guidelines that dictate how you should eat under this plan, the general idea is that the majority of your nutrients are derived from plant-based foods, like fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. At the same time, you can add meat to your meals if you want a protein boost. This way, you get what your body needs while also limiting the effect your meals have on the environment.
2. It May Help With Weight Loss
Losing weight ultimately boils down to reducing your calorie intake and substituting unhealthy foods with choices that are better for you. That might include using a food ordering service that provides healthy prepared meals or snacking less frequently. As a flexitarian, you might notice that you lose weight more easily by substituting caloric dishes, like cheeseburgers and fried fish, with more natural, healthy foods.
3. Boost Your Intake of Healthy Fats
Flexitarian diets are also naturally higher in fiber and healthy fats because they’re so concentrated on vegetables, legumes, and whole grains. These are the basic building blocks of a well-rounded eating plan. Moreover, the American Heart Association recommends several vegetarian components as excellent sources of unsaturated, or healthy, fats. These include nuts, avocados, and oils. Meat dishes, like beef and pork, contain saturated fat that can contribute to issues such as hypertension, heart disease, and high cholesterol.
Are you ready to transform your diet—and your lifestyle? Turn to Cibo Meals in Denver, CO. Specializing in delicious vegetarian prepared meals in mason jars, the company understands that you’re busy—which is why everything is ready to eat! Visit the meal delivery service online to find out more about ordering their pre-made meals or give them a call at (720) 530-3140 with questions.
Since Day 1 of Cibo Meals we’ve been using glass Mason jars to package our creative vegetarian meals…but why? Read on to learn just a “tip of the iceberg” history of these amazing vessels and why they work so great as the packaging for our meals.
A Mason jar, named after John Landis Mason who first invented and patented it in 1858, is a molded glass jar used in home canning to preserve food. Among the earliest glass jars used for home canning were wax sealers, but this process, which was complicated and error-prone, was soon discarded. By far the most popular form of closure for the glass canning jar was a zinc screw-on cap, the precursor to today’s screw-on lids. From 1857, when it was first patented, to the present, Mason jars have had hundreds of variations in shape and cap design. A new type of Mason jar known as a “bead” jar was introduced around 1910 to 1915. These continuous screw-thread jars were designed with a bead between the screw threads and the shoulder as a sealing surface. The Ball Perfect Mason jar, one of the most common jars of this style, was introduced around 1913 and produced until the mid-twentieth century. On August 15, 2017, the Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed National Mason Jar Day to be observed annually as a National Holiday on November 30th, beginning in 2017 (mark your calendar for special savings to celebrate!).
Now, back to present day…when we started Cibo Meals one of our main goals was to help eliminate some of the waste that is generated by the food production, delivery, and consumption industry. This sounds pretty overwhelming, and it was, until I pulled a Mason jar from my cupboard to put my ever-precious fresh-squeezed lemon juice into (addiction alert), and realized THIS was the ultimate packaging for Cibo Meals. Mason jars are sturdy, presentable, easy to package, easy to sanitize and reuse, and cost-effective when returned to us by Customers who order often. Our breakage rate is only about 15%, and our meals stay fresh longer than plastic because of the awesome preservation properties of the jars and lids.
Please read this next phrase carefully and take just a moment to consider what it really means: Up to 25 percent of residential food waste is due to packaging size or design, for example, food spoiling due to lack of packaging, condiments sticking to the sides and bottoms of containers or the inability to portion bulk fresh foods for timely consumption. Spoilage prevention packaging, or packaging that extends shelf-life, and packaging adjustments that enable complete consumption are capable of diverting 280,000 tons of food waste, with an economic value of $882 million!
There is so much more out there about these wonderful vessels, and we’re so grateful to them for helping Cibo keep our local, national, and global impact on our earth remain as small as possible. If you have questions, your own jar stories or knowledge, or anything else, please email us. Check out next week’s meals and get 15% OFF here.
~Buon Cibo! Emily, Owner, Cibo Meals