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As winter continues to greet us with chilly weather, there’s nothing quite like enjoying a hearty meal with minimal effort. Whether you’re a busy professional, a parent juggling multiple responsibilities, or simply seeking convenience without compromising on nutrition and flavor, we’ve got you covered with some easy weeknight meals for winter to nourish you through the season.
Take-Home Ready-Made Pizzas
When meal prep time is at an all time minimum, let us do all the prep. Picture this – a piping hot pizza straight out of the oven, bubbling with cheese and fresh, healthy toppings. Take the hassle out of dinner preparation by opting for ready-made pizzas from your local grocer. They’re convenient, delicious, and sure to please everyone around the dinner table. Simply up a pizza from your local Tacoma Boys or H&L Produce on your way home and pop it in the oven – dinner is served! Pick up some fresh greens and dressing to add some extra veggies to the meal. Pair with beer using our handy beer pairing guide.
Loaded Nachos with
Instant Pot Pulled Pork
Craving something with a bit of Tex-Mex flair? Whip up a batch of loaded nachos using high-quality Tacoma Boys chips and salsa paired with succulent instant pot pulled pork. It’s a flavor-packed dish that’s perfect for sharing with friends and family. Plus, the beauty of nachos lies in their versatility – feel free to customize toppings according to your preferences!
Instant Pot Pulled Pork Recipe
3 tablespoons brown sugar
4 teaspoons kosher salt
1 tablespoons paprika
2 teaspoons chili powder
1 teaspoon dried oregano
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon ground mustard
½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
½ teaspoon ground cumin
½ teaspoon black pepper
4 pounds pork shoulder, cut into 3-inch chunks
1 tablespoon canola oil
1 cup chicken stock
6 tablespoons apple cider vinegar, divided
1 (18-ounce) bottle favorite bbq sauce
In a large bowl, combine all ingredients from brown sugar through black pepper. Add pork chunks to bowl and toss to coat.
Using a 6-qt Instant Pot® turn on the high, sauté setting.
Add the canola oil to the instant pot; working in two batches, add pork and cook until evenly browned, about 3-4 minutes (omit this step when in a hurry, but browning does provide the richest flavor)
Add all browned pork back into the instant pot. Stir in chicken stock and 4 tablespoons vinegar. Scrape and brown bits from the bottom of the Instant Pot®. Select Pressure Cook setting and choose high heat. Set Instant Pot® time for 40 minutes. When finished cooking, quick-release pressure according to manufacturer’s directions.
When pressure has fully released, remove pork shoulder from the Instant Pot®. Use two forks to shred the meat and place back in the Instant Pot® to keep warm. Stir in remaining 2 tablespoons vinegar. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
Serve immediately atop your Tacoma Boys Nachos.
Freezer Section Delights
Don’t overlook the treasure trove of deliciousness stocked in the freezer section at Tacoma Boys and H&L Produce. From pre-made casseroles to gourmet frozen meals, there’s something for everyone’s taste buds. These freezer finds are a lifesaver on busy weeknights when cooking from scratch feels like a daunting task. We even have an extensive selection of gluten free options!
Rill Foods’ Local Soup & Chili Mixes
Embrace the flavors of the Pacific Northwest with Rill Foods’ local soup and chili mixes. Made locally with premium ingredients and bursting with regional flair, these mixes are a convenient way to enjoy homemade goodness without the hassle of starting from scratch.
Marinated Meats from the Butcher Counter
Let us save you time and help you elevate your weeknight dinners with pre-marinated meats from the butcher department. Whether you’re in the mood for succulent chicken breasts, flavorful steak, or tender pork loin, these pre-marinated options take the guesswork out of meal prep. Simply cook them up on the stovetop, grill, or oven, and pair with your favorite sides for a satisfying meal that’s sure to impress.
Roasts for Your Crock-Pot & Instant Pot
Need some guidance on selecting the perfect cut of meat for your crock-pot or instant pot creations? Don’t hesitate to consult with the knowledgeable staff at the butcher counter. They’ll steer you in the right direction, ensuring that your winter meals are nothing short of spectacular. Recipe
With these easy weeknight meals for winter, you can spend less time in the kitchen and more time enjoying the company of loved ones. Whether you opt for ready-made solutions or get creative with online recipes, winter dinners have never been more convenient or delicious. So, embrace the simplicity, savor the flavors, and make this winter season one to remember with stress-free meals that satisfy your cravings and nourish your family!
Love is in the air, and it’s time to celebrate it! This year why not take it up a notch and say “I love you” with a thoughtful combination of delectable treats and stunning blooms that are sure to make your sweetheart adore you. Create a memorable Valentine’s Day with the perfect blend of food, flowers and, of course, your doting affection. Make Tacoma Boys and H&L Produce your Valentine headquarters and make a holiday to remember!
Long Stem Roses
Tacoma Boys & H&L Produce have a wide variety of flowers and flowering plants to choose from, but nothing beats the quintessential symbol of love: roses. Nothing says “Be My Valentine” quite like a bouquet of long stem roses. These timeless beauties are the epitome of romance and elegance. They’re sure to make your sweetheart feel cherished and adored. Whether you opt for classic red roses or a mix of vibrant hues, a bouquet of long stem roses is the perfect way to express your affection.
& Fudge-Dipped Strawberries
Next up, indulge your partner’s sweet tooth with some decadent treats. Instead of opting for generic chocolates, why not support local artisans and chocolatiers? Look for gourmet chocolates made with love and care, using the finest ingredients. And for an extra touch of indulgence, treat your loved one to some fudge-dipped strawberries, made right here in our stores. The combination of rich, velvety chocolate and juicy, ripe strawberries is simply irresistible. There’s a reason it’s a Valentine’s standard!
Crab Legs and Lobster Tails
For a truly unforgettable Valentine’s Day dinner, consider feasting on some luxurious seafood. Impress your partner with a feast fit for royalty, featuring succulent crab legs and lobster tails. Pair it with some fine, white wine or champagne from our extensive selection for the perfect finishing touch. Not sure what to pair with your meal? Check out our helpful guide.
Don’t Forget the Bubbly
Raise a toast to love with some bubbly from our exquisite champagne selection. From crisp and refreshing Brut to rich and indulgent Rosé, our diverse range of champagne offers something special for every taste and occasion. Check out these tips for picking out the right champagne. Cheers to love!
Your Valentine Headquarters
If you’re looking for one-stop shopping for all your Valentine’s Day needs, look no further than your local florist, butcher, bottle shop, wine cellar and specialty food store, Tacoma Boys and H&L Produce, your Valentine’s headquarters. With everything you need under one roof, you can spend less time running around and more time enjoying the company of your loved one.
The biggest game of the year is just around the corner, and there’s no better way to celebrate than by hosting an unforgettable watch party. Whether you’re a die-hard fan or just in it for the snacks, we have everything you need to turn your living room into your own private box suite. From mouthwatering snacks and craft beers to ready-to-go game day delights, let Tacoma Boys and H&L Produce be your Super Bowl headquarters, so you can host the Ultimate Big Game Watch Party!
Snack Attack: Take a Dip
No watch party is complete without a lineup of irresistible snacks. Tacoma Boys and H&L Produce have you covered with an array of game day favorites. Dips are versatile, crowd-pleasing, and perfect for any gathering. Pick up some classic Tacoma Boys’ tortilla chips and enjoy are our line up irresistible dips:
Tacoma Boys Salsa
If you like it mild or fire-breath spicy, fruity or traditional, we have a salsa for everyone. Pick up a few varieties to add to your snack boards.
Gnarly Garlic Dip
Pairs perfectly with crackers, chips, or veggies. A true all-rounder, this is a dip you’ll want in your line-up!
Buffalo Chickpea Dip
We promise you that no one will complain that it’s vegetarian! Creamy chickpeas blend with spices, buffalo sauce, and just a touch of greek yogurt to push this dip past the goal line.
BYOB: Sharing (Beer) is Caring
We believe that the more, the merrier – especially when it comes to craft beer. Encourage your guests to join in the fun by bringing their favorite brews to share. Create a BYOB beer-tasting corner and let the good times flow as everyone discovers new and exciting flavors. With our vast selection, you’re sure to find the ideal pairings for your game day snacks. Here are some of our favorites for hosting the ultimate Big Game watch party:
This brewery is a staple of the Tacoma and the South Sound craft beer scene. We love that E9 is constantly collaborating to make unique brews that represent PNW local pride. Grab a few varieties to taste test while you watch the Big Game.
Pick up a traditional IPA or throw caution to the wind with something wildly innovative. They have great brews that pair perfectly with a side of football.
When we say there’s a beer for everyone at Tacoma Boys and H&L Produce we mean it! Breweries like Athletic Brewing, in Connecticut, have made it their mission to make non-alcoholic beer without compromising flavor. We carry a large selection of non-alcoholic options, so everyone can enjoy the Big Game with a brew in hand.
The Main Event:
Dish Up a Main Course
Score Big hosting points by serving up these delish baby back ribs. Our skilled butchers are at the ready to assist you in picking out the best cuts to serve at your ultimate Big Game watch party!
Assembling these sliders is a cinch with a little pre-game prep. Throw them together at half time and toss them in the oven to serve during the second half of the game.
Consider the humble baked potato: another great option that can be prepped ahead of time! Elevate it from its humble position and put it in the starting line-up by prepping an array of taco toppings ahead of game day. Mix things up and set up a baked potato bar for everyone to enjoy at the start of the game and pull out the appetizers during the second half!
Your Neighborhood Super Bowl Headquarters
Beyond the touchdowns and tackles, we know that what really makes a Super Bowl watch party memorable is a winning combination of great snacks and, of course, fantastic craft beer. With Tacoma Boys and H&L Produce as your Super Bowl headquarters, you’ve got the winning combination to host the ultimate Big Game watch party!