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November 28, 2013

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Chef Jack Erwin shares his recipes for what to do with Thanksgiving leftovers. Page 6

Dietitian Jen Haugen shares recipes for holiday appetizers. Page 7

Stephanie Gerber and Cheers Liquor give ideas for easy, classy drinks. Page 2 & 3

Locals prepare for Small Business Saturday

A changing tradition

By Trey Mewes

A line of shoppers stretches the length of the mall, waiting to get into Target last year on Thanksgiving to take advantage of Black Friday deals. Herald file photo

Retailers say earlier bargains bring out more families By Jason Schoonover


lack Friday has evolved. So much so that the deals aren’t even on Friday any-

more. With Black Friday deals appearing to be a permanent fixture on Thanksgiving Day, many families are making shopping a part of their annual tradition. After sharing a meal and watching football, many area families go deal hunting. “We’re actually getting a broader base and accommodate more people’s schedules,” Austin Target store manager Diane Eagen said. Eagen no longer sees the

“If people are going to be out shopping, then retail will be open.”

Thanksgiving start times

-Diane Eagen, Austin Target store manager hardcore shoppers of a few years ago — the types who didn’t mind waiting in line early in the morning. Now with Thursday hours, Eagen said more families, teens and children seek out Black Friday deals. At Shopko, assistant manager Kelli Miller also saw more children, grandparents and families out last year with the

earlier hours. Some families even split up between retail stores to seek as many deals as possible. Eagen doesn’t expect the Thanksgiving hours to end anytime soon, as it seems shoppers — for the most part — have embraced it. “If people are going to be out shopping, then retail will be open,” she said.

For the second straight year, most shoppers are bursting through the gates of retail stores earlier on Thanksgiving rather than the early hours of Black Friday. Target will be open at 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving through the night, and to 11 p.m. on Friday. Deals continue throughout the weekend. Shopko will offer 100 early release “doorbusters” from 6 a.m. to 1 p.m. Thursday before reopening with more than 850 doorbusters from 8 p.m. Thursday to noon Friday, with the store open that day until 11 p.m.

See DEALS, Page 5

What do you think of Black Friday deals on Thanksgiving? The Herald asked its readers on Facebook what they think about Black Friday deals starting on Thanksgiving and if they’re after any hot-ticket items this year. Here are their responses. Check out this conversation and more at Katy McLain: I’m not after any item that I have to go shopping on Thanksgiving, instead of spending time with my family and loved ones. I think it’s ridiculous these stores have gotten so greedy they forget what the holidays are about. I will not lose my traditional

beliefs over spending money. ALL shopping stores should be closed on the holidays. Andrew Goltz: These stores need to give families time to be together. The only thing is as long as people keep on going, the stores will continue to open earlier and earlier.

Pretty soon it won’t be Black Friday, it will be pre-Thanksgiving Black Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday. And how good really are the deals? To me some stuff isn’t worth the four-hour wait in the cold. I’m sure it is to some people.

See COMMENTS, Page 4

Don’t get too tired after Thanksgiving and Black Friday, as there are plenty of deals to be found at Austin’s local businesses on Saturday. Small Business Saturday, a shopping movement started in large part by American Express in 2010, will come once again to the area on Nov. 30, just a day after Black Friday. “It’s great,” said Jeanne Anderson, general manager at Evenson’s Hallmark in downtown Austin. “We all stick together here in the Trimble downtown. We work together.” Local businesses like Evenson’s, Hardy Geranium, Belles and Beaus, Sterling Main Street and more will mark down goods in time for the holiday season, which leaves local business owners hopeful that small businesses can compete with the Black Friday madness often found at larger retailers. “I’m just hoping people want to support their small business,” said Vicki Trimble, owner of Hardy Geranium. “I think it’s time they do stuff for small businesses.”

See SATURDAY, Page 4


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A toast to the season By Stephanie Gerber

For Stephanie Gerber, the best holiday cocktails and drinks embody the festive, family-friendly atmosphere of the season. The Cheers Liquor manager knows a thing or two about drinks and family get-togethers, which is

Candy Cane

Create a candy cane in a glass complete with peppermint, chocolate and berry flavors. This is a delectable dessert drink that is further sweetened with a crushed peppermint candy rim. Ingredients (1 serving): •3/4 ounce berry flavored vodka •3/4 ounce peppermint schnapps •3/4 ounce white creme de cacao •1/4 ounce grenadine •Half & half •Soda water Directions: Pour the vodka, peppermint schnapps, white creme de cacao and grenadine into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well. Pour into a cocktail glass rimmed with crushed peppermint candy. Fill with half and half. Top with a splash of soda water.

why she offers her tips and some recipes for holiday drinks that are easy to share with friends and loved ones. The best drinks to share, according to Gerber, are ones that appeal to the sweet tooth and can double as holiday desserts. This previously appeared in Austin Living

up to the traditional margarita that is perfect for the holiday season. The red color is festive, and this cocktail is perfect for any gathering. Ingredients (one batch): •1 1/4 cups frozen cranberry juice cocktail concentrate, thawed •1 1/4 cups tequila 1 cup canned jellied cranberry sauce

Christmas Jones

This sweet highball drink begins with a blend of strawberries, pineapple and vodka and is topped with lemon-lime soda for a refreshing holiday cocktail. It’s topped with a mint garnish that adds a little cheer to the final presentation and is a great all-around holiday drink. Ingredients (2 servings): •4 fresh strawberries •1 1/2 ounces vodka •2 teaspoons superfine sugar •5 ounces pineapple juice •7-Up (or other lemon-lime soda) •Mint sprigs for garnish Directions: In a blender, mix the vodka, strawberries, sugar and pineapple juice together. Pour the mix equally into two highball glasses. Top with lemon-lime soda. Garnish with a spit of mint.

Cranberry Margaritas

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•10 tablespoons fresh lime juice •6 tablespoons orange liqueur •7 cups ice cubes, divided Directions: Place cranberry concentrate, tequila, cranberry sauce, lime juice and orange liqueur in a blender and blend until smooth. Pour half of the mixture into a bowl and set aside. To remaining

base in blender, add 3 1/2 cups of ice and blend until slushy. Pour into salt-

rimmed margarita glasses and serve. Repeat with remaining margarita base

and remaining ice cubes.

See DRINKS, Page 3

Thanksgiving Extra




Drinks: Topping off the holidays From Page 2


Go green with this cocktail named for the classic Dr. Seuss holiday character. The red garnish is a symbol of the good heart that lies inside every Grinch. After one or two of these melon-flavored drinks, even the meanest Grinch will have a smile on his or her face. Ingredients (1 serving): •2 ounces Midori melon liqueur •1/2 ounce lemon juice •1 teaspoon simple syrup •Maraschino cherry for garnish

Macy’s parade awash in float flaps 
 Associated Press

NEW YORK — Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is awash in animal-related protests over its floats, with controversies involving the unlikely pairing of rocker Joan Jett and Shamu the killer whale. Activists plan to line the route of next week’s parade to protest a SeaWorld float over accusations in a new documentary that the theme parks treat whales badly. And ranchers succeeded in getting Jett pulled off the South Dakota tourism float after they questioned why the vegetarian and animal-rights ally was representing their beef-loving state. The float flaps threaten to shake Macy’s traditional position of staying out of politics and soaring silently above the fray, like the massive balloons of Snoopy, Kermit the Frog and SpongeBob SquarePants. “The parade has never taken on, promoted or otherwise engaged in social commentary, political debate or other forms of advocacy,” Cincinnati-based Macy’s Inc. said in a statement this week. It was in that spirit that parade executive producer Amy Kule told The Associated Press on Tuesday that the SeaWorld float is staying. “There is no controversy,” she said. “Our goal is to entertain and that is their goal as well.” T h e S e a Wo rl d f l o a t , wh i c h d e p i c t s r o l l i n g waves, tropical fish, penguins and Shamu, comes months after the release of the documentary “Blackfish,” which contends that SeaWorld’s poor treatment of its killer whales contributed to the aggression of a whale involved in a trainer’s death. SeaWorld says the accusations have “absolutely no basis” and that “the men and women who care for these animals at SeaWorld are dedicated in every respect to their health and well-being.” A c t iv i s t s, i n c l u d i n g members of the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, say they plan to stage a protest somewhere along the route during next week’s parade. And the group says it has sent Macy’s more than 80,000 emails from animal lovers demanding that the store drop the float. Among those joining in was actor Alec Baldwin and his wife, Hilaria, who wrote last week that SeaWorld was a “cruel prison for whales” and that the parks “should not be celebrated with a giant Shamu float parading down 34th Street.” Kenneth Sherrill, professor emeritus of political science at Manhattan’s Hunter College and a longtime parade watcher, says the SeaWorld controversy puts Macy’s in a tough spot. “It’s damned if they do, damned if they don’t,” Sherrill said. “Macy’s is making a statement. If there’s a political conflict, saying ‘I’m not getting involved’ means you’re supporting the status quo.” PETA also is connected to the float controversy involving Jett, an animal-rights vegetarian who works with the organization.

Directions: Pour the ingredients into a cocktail shaker with ice. Shake well. Strain into a chilled cocktail glass. Garnish with a maraschino cherry.

Coffee & Cream Martini

With Kahlua and Irish cream liqueur, this martini is almost like a dessert. It’s an after-dinner drink that’s easy to mix. Ingredients (1 serving): •2 tablespoons course sugar •1 teaspoon finely ground coffee •Ice cubes •1 1/2 ounces vodka •1 1/2 ounces Kahlua

•1 1/2 ounces Irish cream liqueur •Chocolate syrup Directions: Sprinkle sugar and coffee on a plate. Moisten the rim of a cocktail glass with water; hold the glass upside down and dip the rim into the sugar mixture. Fill a mixing glass or tumbler threefourths full with ice. Add the vodka, Kahlua and Irish cream liqueur; stir until condensation forms on the outside of the glass. Drizzle chocolate syrup on the inside of prepared martini glass if desired. Strain vodka mixture into glass; serve immediately.



Thanksgiving Extra


Saturday: Local small businesses get in on sale season “A lot of these local businesses give back to the community, so any way you can give back is great.”

From Page 1

Comments: Locals split over Thursday shopping From Page 1 Alyssa Rae Betsinger: I think it’s great that they are starting on Thanksgiving. A lot people work Monday through Friday and by the time they are done with work everything is picked through or gone.

Eddie Mjoen: So fun to watch. Our society at its finest. Although opening earlier is not as fun to watch.

Colin Walsh: Thanksgiving is suppose to be about family time and spending time with loved ones that you may have time for during the rest of the year due to Stephanie Mix: It’s a great idea. Yes it makes things difficult for the staff of the stores but work schedules. It’s all about corporate greed now. People have forgotten the luckly its only once a year. People know true meaning of holidays and this is why before going to this event that it gets crazy kids are getting so out of control these but I think if people act their age this year days. They never get to spend time with instead of yelling and disrespecting the their parents because the parents have person in front of you for getting the last to work even on holidays which leaves “toy” or whatever it was you needed we the poor kids alone to spend the day by can all have a fun and safe Black Friday. I’m themselves and not getting the chance to defiantly excited. have holiday memories to look back on when they all get older. If people would Travvis Stayton: That’s when the lunatics stop going to these sales that keep come out happening earlier and earlier, then maybe stores will get the message to go back to Danielle Borgerson-Nesvold: Are things worth shutting it’s doors on the holidays. having that badly that they take time away from family when the stuff that is mostly Anne Price Bauer: We need to keep bought is a complete sad after thought thanksgiving a holiday and stop being maybe a couple months down the road. I so greedy. Bottom line — family is more agree with T this is when the lunatics come precious than any doorbuster. out. I mean Black Friday is fine, but really using Thanksgiving. Because of that, I have Ed Brady: Thanksgiving will eventually to have Thanksgiving on November 16th lose the focus on a wonderful “family” because my sister will be working. We be visit where we make good memories shopping downtown Austin and other local together, if we put all the emphasis on businesses this year and giving cash to my shopping. Let me ask you, can you oldest teen. I will pay $5 more for pj’s after share any good memories from standing the sales just to hang with my family. in line to buy the hottest new gifts? On the other hand, can you share any good Kelly S Sailor Joseph: All stores should be memories from sitting at the Dinner Table closed on Thanksgiving. lets go back to the on Thanksgiving with your parents or simpler way of life. grandparents? Please remember to say grace before the meal to thank God for Aren Crews: Businesses choose to be the many blessings in our lives here in open, people choose to work there, and America. customers choose to shop there. Some choose to believe they can purchase Joanne Kloeckner: I do not shop on happiness. I choose not to wait in a line for holidays. If people shop on the holidays, hours, to get a T.V. that is 2 inches bigger the stores will continue to open. I used to then the one I currently own. Life is about have to work holidays, but now I get to enjoy the time with family and friends. choice, who am I to judge?


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While Evenson’s will have sales on everything from talking mistletoe and stationery bundles to ribbon and picture books, Hardy Geranium plans to have deals on custom arrangements, Christmas wreathes, kissing balls and more gifts. The holiday season often marks an uptick in sales across the board, and American Express helped to start Small Business Saturday as a counterpoint to Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals. Yet some local businesses didn’t see a clear increase in business last year, which is why retailers are planning to offer deals that will hopefully get more foot traffic this year. Downtown Austin businesses are confident in

-Jessica Jenkins, Sterling Main Street expanded business opportunities, however. Vision 2020 released survey results last month that show more businesses in downtown Austin think the area’s economic outlook is better than it has been in recent years, and are looking forward to further economic growth. Vision 2020 surveyed 25 downtown businesses earlier this fall. Of those participants, 52 percent rate business as better than five years ago, 39 percent rate business this year better

than last, 70 percent rate the business outlook for 2014 as better than this year, and no participant thought next year would be worse than 2013. In addition, 68 percent plan to stay in business downtown on a long-term basis. That’s good news for locals hoping to get deals at local stores. “A lot of these local businesses give back to the community, so any way you can give back is great,” said Jessica Jenkins, store manager at Sterling Main Street.


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Which retailer has the best Thanksgiving and Black Friday deals? That’s up to the shopper to decide, but — as expected — each store manager and owner pointed to his or her own store. “Black Friday is our day – our Super Bowl – and we’re ready to prove once again that no one does it better than Walmart,” said Walmart President and CEO Bill Simon in a press release. “We’re excited to give our customers an incredible Black Friday with shopping hours that will allow them to take advantage of great prices on Thanksgiving night and all weekend long.” Walmart leaders are boasting that they’ll have more inventory for lower prices this year, especially televisions and tablets. Walmart also announced plans to match deals at some other retailers. At Shopko, store manager Pam Oster and assistant manager Kelli Miller expect tablets, televisions, Beats and Skull Candy headphones, bluetooth speakers, movies and certain toys lines to be the big sellers. “We offer the best deal here at Shopko,” Miller said. Shopko will have extensive doorbusters this year — more than 850 items, which Miller said is probably the most ever. Doorbusters end at noon Friday at Shopko, but various deals continue through the weekend, including a 5 a.m. sale Friday morning and Super Saturday sales where bounceback coupons given out Thursday and Friday are redeemable. At Target, store manager Diane Eagen expects electronics, TVs, small appliances and children’s clothing to be the top-selling items. iPads could also be a big seller, as Target will give away $100 coupons for people who purchase iPads. At Sears, appliances and tools will be the hot-ticket items, and owner Cory Squier said more people are waiting until Black Friday and Thanksgiving to buy appliances. Younkers will offer deals on brands like John Bartlett men’s; Kenneth Roberts men’s; Ruff Hewn women’s, men’s and accessories; Laura Ashley women’s and accessories; and Living Quarters home, to name a few. But it’s not just the retailers who benefit from Black Friday and Thanksgiving shopping, as many restaurants and other businesses alter hours to accommodate the crowds of shoppers. “I think the whole community benefits from it,” Oster said. Sterling Main Street will continue an annual Black Friday deal where shoppers get 50 percent off as many items as they can fit in a sale bag. “Every year it’s a huge hit,” store manager Jessica Jenkins said. The sale is open to all merchandise, and Jenkins expects Yankee Candles, gift items and clothing to be the most sought-after items. Main Street held a flash sale recently where deals were announced hours ahead of time. Jenkins said it was popular, and they intend to do it again throughout the holidays. “We try to find unique things to do with our customers,” Jenkins said, noting flash sales will be announced through the store’s Facebook page and via email.

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Target store manager Diane Eagen greets shoppers as they enter the store last year to take part in Black Friday.

Deals: Shoppers, retailers embrace Thursday hours From Page 1

Walmart will open at 6 p.m. Thanksgiving, with deal events at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. on Thursday and 8 a.m. on Friday After opening at 8 p.m. last year, Austin’s Sears, located in Oak Park Mall, will open from 7 p.m. to midnight on Thanksgiving and will then open up at 6 a.m Friday. Austin’s Younkers will open 8 p.m. Thursday through 10 p.m. Friday. Last year, manager Randy Forster said opening early at midnight was a success. “They were extremely popular,” he said of the earlier hours. Sterling Main Street is sticking to Black Friday, opening at 8:30 a.m.

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retailers gave 2012’s early hours positive reviews. Eagen said sales were strong at Target, and many shoppers were happy to avoid waiting in lines and shopping early Friday morning. “It went very, very well,” she said. “We got a ton of positive feedback from our guests.” Sears owner Cory Squier said he had a good turnout last year opening on Thanksgiving evening. “It exceeded my expectations,” he said. The Thursday crowd took the place of the morning shoppers. Squier said he had far fewer people when they reopened at 4 a.m. last year. This year, Sears will close at midnight and open again at 6 a.m. Friday. However, others said reactions to the earlier hours were mixed. “People were very re-

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ceptive to it,” Shopko’s Miller said. “Some people really liked it. Some people weren’t so happy about it, so there were mixed reactions.” According to Miller, shoppers said they felt they had to be out on Thanksgiving in order to get the deals before items sold out. While Black Friday is undoubtedly a busy time for retailers, most employees seem to enjoy it. Shopko’s store manager Pam Oster is looking forward to her first Black Friday at Austin’s Shopko after more than 30 years in the business. “It’s the one time of the year you can really interact with your customers, get to know them and really have

a lot of fun,” she said. Miller added most team members enjoy it, too. “It’s something out of the norm,” she said. Eagen said her Target staff enjoys Black Friday, and many consider it one of their favorite times to work. “There’s something about the energy and the vibe and the atmosphere,” she said. Other stores like Sterling Main Street are resisting the urge to open early. Main Street will not be open on Thanksgiving; instead, the store will be open regular business hours Friday: 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. “Our owners let our families enjoy the holidays with our families,” store manager Jessica Jenkins said.



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Making the most of leftovers By Chef Jack Erwin

One of the best things to come out of the Thanksgiving meal is the leftovers and the sheer amount possibilities they offer. Chef Jack Irwin of the Cedars of Austin supplied three tasty ways to utilize those leftovers to give you fulfilling meals long after the main meal is done.

Eggs Benedict with Thanksgiving Leftovers for 2

•2 English muffins, sliced and toasted 4 eggs •1 cup stuffing, heated •Cup gravy, heated •4 slices turkey, warm 4 tablespoons cranberry sauce Put 2 muffin slices per plate and top with stuffing and 2 turkey slices. Poach the eggs until whites are set but yolks are not, about 2 to 3 minutes. Remove eggs from water and place on top of the turkey slices, pour the gravy over and top with teaspoon of cranberry sauce. I love chopped, fresh parsley sprinkled on top. Great for breakfast, lunch or supper!

Turkey Mornay for 5 or more

•1 (16 oz) jar of four cheese alfredo sauce •1 cup shredded Swiss cheese •2-3 cups sliced leftover turkey •5 English muffins, toasted •3 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese •1 tablespoon fresh basil leaves, torn, or teaspoon dried basil leaves •Cup chopped grape tomatoes Put alfredo sauce in medium saucepan over low heat and stir in Swiss cheese until cheese melts, stirring often. Add in turkey slices until sauce begins to bubble. Stir often. Put muffins on a broiler pan and spoon cheese sauce and turkey over each. Sprinkle with parmesan and broil 4-6 inches from heat sauce until sauce bubbles and starts to turn brown. Combine basil and tomato and spoon over hot sandwiches. Sprinkle with fresh parsley.

Crispy Potato Patties serves 6

•2 cups leftover mashed potatoes •1 egg, beaten •1 onion, chopped fine •Cup flour •Cup grated parmesan cheese •Teaspoon salt •1/8 teaspoon white pepper •2 tablespoons butter •2 tablespoons olive oil Stir together potatoes, cheese and onion. Add white pepper, salt, flour and cheese. Over medium heat, heat butter and olive oil in a midsize non-stick frying pan. Shape potatoes into 3-inch circles about an inch thick. Cook until one side is crisp and brown, about 3-4 minutes. Carefully turn over with spatula and cook second side until brown and crispy. Serve with ketchup or salsa.




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Pumpkin Pie Squares

Serves 16 Source: www. All you need: Crust: •1 cup graham cracker crumbs •½ cup old-fashioned oats •¼ cup brown sugar •¼ cup butter, melted •2 tablespoons low-fat milk •Cooking spray Filling: •2 cups canned pumpkin •2 eggs •¾ cup sugar •3/4 cup low-fat vanilla yogurt •½ cup low-fat milk •1 teaspoon cinnamon •1 teaspoon pumpkin spice •¼ teaspoon salt •½ cup chopped pecans Topping: •2 tablespoons sugar •1 teaspoon cinnamon •1 cup plain, nonfat yogurt, divided All you do: 1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a large bowl, mix together graham cracker crumbs, oats, brown sugar, butter and 2 tablespoons milk. Press into a thin layer in a 9-by-13-inch pan coated with cooking spray. Bake 10 minutes. 2. For filling: While crust is baking, in another bowl, beat together pumpkin, eggs, sugar, vanilla yogurt, milk, cinnamon, pumpkin spice and salt. Pour over crust and bake for 40 minutes or until set.  Sprinkle pecans over filling and bake another 15 minutes. Cool slightly in pan. 3. For topping: Mix together sugar and cinnamon; stir in yogurt.  Top each square with 1 tablespoon yogurt topping.

Day-AfterThanksgiving Fiesta Appetizers

Makes 32 appetizers Source: www.iowaturkey. org All you need: •1 pound shredded cooked turkey •1 (1.25 ounce) package taco seasoning •½ cup water •¼ cup peeled, chopped fresh tomato •½ cup chopped black olives •1 loaf French baguette


Thanksgiving recipes

shredded Parmesan, Monterey Jack, white Cheddar or Italian blend cheese

By Dietitian Jen Haugen

Long before the Thanksgiving Day, meal is consumed people and party-goers will nibble on all sorts of delectable treats leading up to the main course. Hy-Vee nutrionalist Jen Haugen lets us know three ideas that will keep your guests well fed throughout the day.

Beef and Couscous Stuffed Baby Bell Peppers

Makes 30 appetizers Source: www. beefitswhatsfordinner. com bread •2 cups shredded, reduced-fat, Mexicanstyle cheese

All you need: •1 pound lean ground beef

All you do: 1. In a large, nonstick skillet over medium heat, add cooked turkey, taco seasoning, water and chopped tomato; simmer 10 minutes. Mix in black olives. 2. Preheat oven broiler. Split baguette in half lengthwise. Spread each half of bread with turkey mixture. Top with cheese and broil 3 to 4 minutes.  Remove from oven and cut each baguette half into 16 appetizers for a total of 32.

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•15 baby sweet bell peppers (about 2-1/2 inches long) •2/3 cup regular or spicy 100% vegetable juice •½ cup frozen chopped spinach, thawed and squeezed dry •¼ cup uncooked whole wheat couscous •2 cloves garlic, minced •½ teaspoon dried


oregano leaves •½ teaspoon salt •½ teaspoon ground black pepper •½ cup reduced-fat

All you do: 1. Heat oven to 400°F. Cut bell peppers in half lengthwise; remove seeds and membranes, but not stem. Place peppers, cut-sides up, on two rimmed baking sheets. 2. Combine ground beef, vegetable juice, spinach, couscous, garlic, oregano, salt and black pepper in large bowl, mixing lightly but thoroughly. Spoon beef mixture evenly into bell peppers. Sprinkle with cheese. 3. Bake, uncovered, in 400°F oven 25 to 30 minutes or until instant-read thermometer inserted into center of pepper registers 160°F and peppers begin to brown. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.



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