The following information was provided courtesy of local cookbook author and chef, Carla Snyder. Learn more about Carla at Ravenouskitchen.com.
In case you haven’t noticed, over the course of the last few decades, Heinen’s has been peppering their grocery shelves, refrigerators and freezers with a dizzying array of products sporting the Heinen’s and Two Brothers labels. It all started back in 1948 when founder Joe Heinen started selling fresh squeezed orange juice. Fast forward to today and you can find the Heinen’s or Two Brothers logo on more than 1,000 products in nearly every department. From household items like laundry detergent to quinoa, broth and baking chocolate, Heinen’s goal is to continue to offer quality products of equal or better quality at a better price point than national brands.
Most of us have a basic weekly shopping list that runs through our minds when visiting the grocery store. You know, those items we mindlessly pick up because we must have them on-hand at all times. The following list of Heinen’s and Two Brothers products should help you bridge the gap between those staples and a few new products you’ve been meaning to try but aren’t quite sure how to integrate into your everyday menus. With a little imagination, many of these 12 fan-favorites can be used to elevate weeknight dishes to dining out status.
Heinen’s Parmesan Crisps
There are few items on the Heinen’s shelves more addictive than Heinen’s Parmesan Crisps. Made from 100% Real Aged Parmesan Cheese and rBGH and rBST free, these intensely savory crackers are the perfect crispy treat to go along with soups, salads, dips or as a stand-alone snack. The Everything version includes sesame seeds, poppy seeds, garlic and onion all mixed together with salty, savory Parmesan cheese. Crumble the crackers on top of a soup, salad or roasted vegetables to add crunch and visual interest, or add them to charcuterie boards and cheese plates along with other crackers, fruits, nuts and condiments.
Though it may not be difficult to make guacamole, finding ripe, soft avocados when you need them can be a bit tricky. Heinen’s comes to the rescue with Heinen’s Guacamole. Made with fresh squeezed lime juice, jalapeño peppers, tomatoes and freshly chopped cilantro, nothing is easier or more delicious than serving this guac with your favorite chips and salsa. Guacamole is one of the most versatile dips when spooned onto grilled or roasted chicken, fish, beef or pork, and it can also be spread on sandwiches such as a BLT or Turkey Club. Add a dollop of guacamole to deviled eggs, salads or as a topping on baked potatoes. Even easier, make guacamole toast with a sprinkle of Two Brother’s Everything Seasoning (see below) on top.
Heinen’s Flatbread Pizzas
What could be easier than popping a Heinen’s Flatbread Pizza in the oven? Dinner is served with a crispy stone-baked crust peppered with delicious toppings to please every palate. The Pepperoni Duo Flatbread is a childhood favorite with melted mozzarella cheese and chunky, sliced pepperoni. The Buffalo-Style Ranch Chicken Flatbread combines spicy buffalo chicken with a creamy blue cheese ranch sauce for the adults. The BBQ Chicken Flatbread incorporates chipotle BBQ sauce with cheese, crunchy peppers and red onion, while the Bruschetta Flatbread is topped with a three-cheese blend and tomatoey bruschetta spread. Last but not least is everyone’s favorite, a Margherita Flatbread of simple tomatoes and cheese. Frozen flatbread pizza is not only a great dinner, but cut into small wedges, it makes a terrific appetizer, lunch or side to a light bowl of soup.
There’s more good news with new varieties coming in the flavors of Vegetable Flatbread, Four Cheese Flatbread and White Flatbread with Garlic and Italian Herbs.
Heinen’s Frozen Seafood
Frozen seafood is one of those “gold in your refrigerator” items because it sits there patiently waiting to be the star of your next family meal. Fast and simple to cook, frozen seafood is one of the healthiest meals we can serve our families, especially the wild-caught Ahi Tuna, Cod Fillets, Sockeye Salmon, Orange Roughy and Bay and Sea Scallops. Heinen’s Breaded Shrimp and Coconut Shrimp are all farm-raised and responsibly sourced. Also available under the Heinen’s label are Breaded Cod and Bay Scallops. The seafood comes individually packaged, making it easy to store and use only as much as you need. Thaw your seafood selection in the vacuum sealed package in the fridge overnight, sprinkle with Two Brother’s seasonings (see below), then bake, pan-fry, sauté, broil or grill your way to dinner.
Two Brothers Seasonings
Seasonings are a great shortcut to delicious meals, and Heinen’s has you covered with an assortment that unlocks the deliciousness in just about anything you cook. Sprinkle Secret (original) Seasoning over meats, seafood, poultry, vegetables, soups, sauces or even scrambled eggs and see how much tastier your meals can be. Sweet and Smokey and Chipotle Orange seasonings invoke that “cooked-over-the-fire” taste on meats and vegetables, while Seafood and Blackened seasonings are perfect for grilled or sauteed fish. The Prime Rib Rub is all you need for the most delicious steaks and hamburgers, and Everything Bagel can’t be beat sprinkled over vegetables, French fries, popcorn, avocado toast or rice bowls.
Heinen’s Sparkling Waters
Heinen’s Sparkling Water is natural spring water bottled at the source in Saint Elie, Canada. Preservative-free with no artificial flavors or colors, these waters are perfect for drinking on ice where their fruity aroma will be more pronounced. The bottles are 100% biodegradable and recyclable, which is good for the environment, while the water inside is good for you. Pair these fruity waters with vodka, rum or tequila and a slice of corresponding fruit for easy-breezy cocktails, or skip the booze and enjoy just as they are!
Heinen’s Fresh Ground Nut Butters
It’s incredibly easy to incorporate healthy and delicious freshly ground nut butters into our diets. Commercial peanut butter brands often have added sugars, oils and fats, while Heinen’s nut butters are nothing but the nuts. Try blending these nut butters into to smoothies, baking them into cookies and brownies, mixing them into your morning oatmeal, making a nutty salad dressing or dip for vegetables and meats, drizzling them over ice cream or just eating them out of the container with a spoon!
Heinen’s Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice
For decades, exceptional citrus has always been important to Heinen’s. Paired with a hearty early morning breakfast, a delicious brunch or mixed with a splash of bubbly, this bright citrus drink is refreshing at any time of day. While Heinen’s stays true to their tradition of fresh-squeezing classic Florida Valencia oranges in-store daily, when citrus season rolls around, they simply can’t resist squeezing a few seasonal favorites like Blood Orange and Cara Cara Orange Juice. Not only for drinking, nothing brightens the flavor of soups, stews and braises like a splash of orange juice, or you can make a sweet and savory sauce after sautéing chicken or pork chops by adding a splash of Heinen’s Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice to deglaze the skillet.
Soup is one of the most comforting and popular meals, and Heinen’s makes mealtime a cinch with their huge selection of prepared soups. The soups come portioned for one or the whole family with a selection to please every diet and taste. Made locally in small batches, you can make these savory bowls the centerpiece of a meal by adding a grilled cheese sandwich, small salad or a crusty loaf of bread from Heinen’s Bakery. To make soup even more special, dress them up with freshly chopped herbs, a sprinkle of lemon zest, lemon juice or chili flake for spice.
Heinen’s Stocks and Bone Broth
Stocks and broths are one of those pantry staples that really delivers. With broth, a few vegetables and canned beans on hand, you can always make soup. The epitome of one-pot cooking, the best homemade soups rely on the best broths, and Heinen’s stocks and broths are some of the best tasting on the market. Heinen’s bone broths are certified USDA organic, gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free and non-GMO. Heinen’s Bone Broth is an excellent source of collagen, protein and contains up to 82% less sodium than other leading broths. The stocks are either conventional or organic with both styles’ gluten-free, and the vegetable stock is vegan. Stock up (no pun intended) on these products for a myriad of soups, stews and braises to warm up those chilly winter months.
Professional chefs and home cooks alike know that a little bacon in a dish can go a long way to creating big flavor. Just a strip or two, chopped and added to roasted or sautéed vegetables, ups the flavor quotient like no other ingredient. Produced in the Midwest with CARE certification (a suite of sustainability standards that certifies participating farmers and ranchers are implementing best practices in animal husbandry, environmental stewardship and a productive engagement with their local communities and the people within them) Heinen’s bacon is available thinly sliced, regular and thick-cut to accommodate every recipe. Not just for breakfast, cook up a few strips of bacon with onions and other vegetables when starting soups, stews and braises. That smoky goodness simply can’t be beat.
We all look forward to seasonal desserts such as apple pie in the fall and strawberry shortcake in the spring, but there’s something about a classic cheesecake that makes it the perfect dessert 12 months of the year. Heinen’s signature cheesecake recipe was created in-house by expert bakers almost 20 years ago. Cold and creamy, cheesy and rich, Heinen’s Cheesecake can be purchased plain or topped with chocolate, caramel, nuts and even seasonal fruit. The bakeries are stocked with endless topping possibilities, so you can have your cheesecake exactly how you like it. Plus, there’s no need to preorder; a Bakery Associate will be happy to add your favorite topping to a whole cheesecake or slice whenever you need it. Between the care Heinen’s bakers put into creating each cheesecake, to the endless possibilities to make each slice your own, Heinen’s knows that skill, passion and love are the perfect ingredients for making Heinen’s signature cheesecake.
We hope you try these 12 fan-favorites and incorporate them into your weekly shopping list.