Slow Cooker Weeknight “Dump & Go” Recipes

Slow Cooker Weeknight “Dump & Go” Recipes

Between our careers, keeping up with the household, the kids’ school and the upcoming holidays, this time of year is just BIZ-EE. It can be hard to get a nourishing and healthy meal on the table with the limited amount of time we have. That’s why we’re so grateful for things like Instant Pots and Slow Cookers! It’s as simple as “dump & go”, “set it and forget it”…. you know what we mean. Here are a few slow cooker recipes that are perfect for weeknights! These recipes are brought to you by GiftTree‘s own Corporate Team! We also thought we’d ask our Sommelier for wine pairings, too, because why not? It’s been a long week.     Slow Cooker Weeknight “Dump & Go” Recipes All Photos Courtesy Shutterstock   Slow Cooker Turkey Black Bean Chili By Christine, Content Manager 1 lb. ground turkey 1 sweet yellow onion, diced 1/2 cup chicken broth 2 cans S&W® Chili Beans, undrained 2 cans Italian-style diced tomatoes, drained 1 can S&W® black beans, drained & rinsed 1 small can diced green chiles, your chosen degree of heat Big dollop of tomato paste chili powder, cumin, bay leaf salt & pepper to taste Christine says…. “In a skillet, dice and sauté the onion until tender. Add ground turkey, season with salt and pepper. When the turkey is almost cooked through, add the chicken broth and bring to a boil. Cook until turkey is completely browned. In your slow cooker, combine the turkey-onion mixture, all the cans, tomato paste, spices and bay leaves. Salt and pepper to your liking and cover. Cook for at least 8...
Brilliant Boss’s Day Gift Ideas

Brilliant Boss’s Day Gift Ideas

Whether you work for yourself or have a boss, this Wednesday October 16th is the day for celebration and appreciation; National Boss’s Day. Oftentimes, it can be difficult to shop for a boss and find an appropriate gift, especially one they will love. First, have no fear, GiftTree has specific flowers, gift baskets, and personalized gifts for Boss’s Day. These Boss’s Day gift ideas aim to please every personality, whether your boss is a wine aficionado, coffee lover, scribe and list maker, or in need of relaxation. Check out this curated gift guide to help you find the gift that will make a hit! Below are our top picks: Brilliant Boss’s Day Gift Ideas California Classic Wine Basket: This gift is the perfect choice to impress any wine aficionado and snacking sophisticate. Select a rich red or a bright, lovely Chardonnay, and create the perfect combination of California wine and gourmet snacks, served in a keepsake basket with rolled leather handles.   Taste of Paradise: This gift will show your sweet side with juicy oranges and pears, accompanied by delicious luxury chocolates from Ghirardelli, Marich and more.   The 5th Avenue Wine Gift Basket: First, a berry-rich Cabernet along with a bold, old-vine Zinfandel plus epicurean fare. Above all, this gift will create a celebration at any address, including 5th Avenue.   Engraved Bettoni Pen: This fine rollerball pen offered by Bettoni Peruzzi, one of the world’s finest writing instrument makers; combines smooth rollerball style with distinctive, ergonomic comfort. Enhanced by your chosen name or message engraved on the pen, it’s a thoughtful gift for congratulating, rewarding, thanking, or just because....
Fall Grilling at its Finest

Fall Grilling at its Finest

Although I am sad at how quickly my favorite season has passed us by, Summer has come and gone; Fall is officially upon us as the equinox began on September 23rd. Even though the temps are cooling down, it does not mean grilling season has to come to an end! Allow us to introduce our take on Fall Grilling. We’d like to shine a spotlight on our partners and friends at Chicago Steak Company, a featured artisan of GiftTree‘s since 2017. Did you know that we sell these gourmet, tender, succulent, mouthwatering steaks in our Epicurean section? Allow us to help you think outside the box and treat a special business partner, employee, friend or steak and beef enthusiast with these four unique gifts. We’ve also got the scoop from Food Network on these 50 Grilled Steak recipes that will be a crowd pleaser! First, start with the steak: Epicurean Food & Drink Gifts   Gourmet Grilling Gift: Completely trimmed and tender filet mignon, succulent sirloin steaks, marinated lemon herb chicken breasts and luscious steak burgers create a specially-curated selection of grilling delights. Therefore, making the perfect gift for friends, family, colleagues and even yourself.       Premium Angus Steak Selection: Tender filet mignon, succulent boneless strips, mouthwatering ribeyes and top sirloins full of flavor; this perfect combination of Premium Angus beef steaks is a best seller for Chicago Steak Company.       Tomahawk Ribeye Steaks Gift: These Dry Aged Tomahawks are the ultimate bone-in ribeye, with an extra long bone for extraordinary presentation. Boasting a mellow taste that only comes from the longstanding dry aging process, this Tomahawk...
Healthy Breakfasts to Rev Up Your Day

Healthy Breakfasts to Rev Up Your Day

Breakfast, brunch, first meal, brekky, b-fast, whatever term you prefer it is a great way to start your day! Most of us know by now that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. While it is worth the effort to eat a healthy one and meal prep, sometimes it is the hardest thing to make time for. Whether you are an early riser or a 4x snoozer we have found some simple (from Real Simple) recipes and tricks that will be sure to help you kick start your day!   What is a Balanced Breakfast? There are hundreds of resources about balanced breakfasts and how to make the most out of your meals. Whether you are a creature of habit or like to try new options, a good rule of thumb is to start your day with a little bit of everything to get and stay energized! Whole grains, protein, fruit, veggies, and fiber are all elements to help rev up your day. When you’re in a hurry and need a quick fix, here are some easy tips to remember: Whole Grains (complex carbs) – Oatmeal, sprouted bread, & whole grain English Muffins Protein – Eggs, nut butters, bacon, turkey sausage and hard cheeses Fruit/Veggies – Try to get at least one fruit and one veggie; coconut, kale, spinach, apples, berries, or bananas Fiber – Whole grains, chia seeds, flax seeds and flax meal, potatoes Healthy Fats – Avocado, olive oil, nuts and nut butters   Gift Ideas to Brighten your Clients and Employees Mornings Have a brunch lover, health nut, foodie, or go-getter in your life? GiftTree caters to...
Brain-Power Snacks for the Desk & Backpack

Brain-Power Snacks for the Desk & Backpack

Here it is – 2:00 PM. Whether you’re sitting in a lecture at college, at the office or just trying to keep up with little kids, the afternoon sure does have a way of bringing on that… sludgy feeling. It’s difficult to concentrate. Motivation and productivity take a nose-dive. We may look to snacks to get us through the final hours of the day, but often times, we reach for the wrong things, like chips or a Diet Coke, and it seems to help, at first. But before long we’re right back to that heavy, drowsy feeling, only worse. Do you have a hard time getting through the afternoon slump? If so, you’re not alone. And fortunately, there are tons of great snacks that are healthy, energy-boosting and good for your cognitive function. Here are some brain-power snacks for the desk and backpack that you can bring to work or school and get that boost of mental and physical energy!   Healthy, Energy-Boosting Snacks for Brain Power   Berries Blackberries, blueberries and strawberries have all shown to have a positive effect on brain function. Loaded with antioxidants, berries improve the communication between brain cells. Keep a baggie of these in your lunch box and you’ll be firing on all cylinders.   Nuts & Seeds Nuts and seeds (especially pumpkin seeds) are packed with Vitamin E and omega-3 fatty acids. Both of these nutrients have linked to better brain function and improved cognition!    Dark Chocolate Chocolate’s main ingredient, cacao, is good for your mental health! According to this study, cacao flavonoids encourage neuron growth and blood vessel function (which increases blood...
May is National BBQ Month!

May is National BBQ Month!

How’s the weather in your area? Most of the United States is in full-blown Spring mode right now. That makes us think about one thing: grilling. May is National BBQ Month! It’s time to wheel out that barbecue and get grilling. Whether you use charcoal, gas, a smoker or a portable for tailgating, grilling is essential to this time of year. What will you be grilling this summer? If you’re looking for some delicious options, we’ve got your meats! Chicago Steak Company Gifts What began in 1963 as a small family run butcher shop called Meats by Linz, Chicago Steak Company is now one of the nation’s leading home deliverers of USDA prime beef. Chicago Steak Company is proud to continue the rich tradition of delivering midwestern corn-fed aged USDA Prime Beef and Premium USDA Choice steaks to homes and businesses across America.  A proud partner of Chicago Steak Company, GiftTree is delighted to offer four exclusively curated gifts for the grill. You won’t believe how luscious these steaks are, and what great summer gifts they make! Premium Angus Steak Selection Tender filet mignon, succulent boneless strips, mouthwatering ribeyes and top sirloins full of flavor – this perfect combination of Premium Angus beef steaks is a best seller for Chicago Steak Company. Gift Includes: Two (2) 6 oz. Filet Mignons, Two (2) 10 oz. Boneless Strips, Two (2) 8 oz. Sirloin Steaks, Two (2) 8 oz. Ribeyes. Tomahawk Ribeye Steaks Gift These Dry Aged Tomahawks are the ultimate bone-in ribeye, with an extra long bone for extraordinary presentation. Boasting a mellow taste that only comes from the longstanding dry aging process, this Tomahawk...