Fall Inspired Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup

Now is the perfect time to start saving recipes for the upcoming fall season. This is one of our favorites! This soup is warm and comforting with fresh, yet savory flavor! This recipe will feed several people for at least two days!

What You Will Need:

1 Pound boneless, skinless chicken breast

5-7 Cups chicken broth

2 cups skim milk

5 Oz. Bag baby spinach

1 Lemon

3 Cloves Garlic

1 Tsp. Salt

½ Tsp. Cracked black pepper

½ Diced Yellow onion

1 Cup dried orzo pasta

½ cup fresh basil, diced up into small shreds

1 Tsp. Coconut oil

Fresh shredded parmesan for garnish

Directions:

Precook the chicken and shred it before making the soup.

In a large pot, set the burner heat to medium and add all liquid ingredients, except for the skim milk.

Turn the heat up to a medium high and add the juice squeezed from the fresh lemon. Make sure to squeeze the lemon first into a separate container so you can remove the seeds, before pouring it into the soup.

Add the garlic, basil, diced onion, coconut oil and shredded chicken.

 

Turn the heat down to medium. Add the milk, orzo pasta, spinach, salt and pepper. Cook the soup at this temperature for about 20 minutes

Sprinkle with fresh parmesan for garnish and enjoy! 

Healthy Chocolate Chip Banana Muffins

When the craving strikes for homemade chocolate chip cookies, consider this healthier alternative. These muffins make easy items to grab and go! Find out how to make these delicious treats that will fill you up and satisfy your sweet tooth!

What You Will Need:

Muffin Pan

Olive Oil Non Stick Spray

3 Bananas

1 Egg

1 ½ cups Whole Wheat Flour

1 Cup Semi-Sweet Chocolate Chips

¼ Cup Honey

½ Cup Plain Yogurt

1 Tsp. Baking Powder

¼ Tsp. Salt

1 Tsp. Vanilla Extract

1 Tbsp. Coconut Oil

1 Tbsp. Coconut Milk

Directions:

First you are going to mix together the dry ingredients (flour, salt and baking powder). Use a fork or whisk to mix these three ingredients together.

In a large mixing bowl, use a fork to mash the bananas up. Then add the honey, vanilla, yogurt, coconut oil and coconut milk. Mix well by hand and then use a hand held or counter top mixer, to thoroughly mix the wet ingredients.

In a large mixing bowl add the dry mixture to the wet mixture and use your hands to mix up the batter. At this time add the chocolate chips and continue to use your hands to distribute the chips into the batter.

Spray the muffin cups with the nonstick spray. Using a spoon, add the batter to each muffin cup. Fill up each cup about ¾ of the way.

Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes. After twenty minutes, use a tooth pick to check to see if the muffins are done. If the toothpick comes out a little wet, bake for five more minutes.

Let the muffins cool for ten minutes, then remove from the muffin tray and place them on a serving plate.

Tips for Concealing Flat Screen TVs

It is official. Large flat screen televisions are part of our homes and décor. Find out how to conceal or make your large TV blend in with the surroundings.

Have a custom cabinet built to house your device. A shallow cabinet with bi-fold doors can easily be made to install on the wall and place your TV inside. This can also be built to integrate with the rest of your home’s décor style. You will need bi-fold cabinet doors that open and close. When you are not watching the TV simply close the doors. This application works best over a fireplace. It will look like beautiful millwork accenting the fireplace. Feel free to get creative when deciding what type of cabinet to build.

Technology during this day and age makes it easier to operate media devices wirelessly. If you have a closet that can be converted into the media storage room, you can install TVs, music and speakers that can be controlled wireless through a smart phone or tablet.

Picture frames are a wonderful way to turn your television into a digital photo slide show when the TV is not in use. These frames can be purchased or custom made. Make sure to select a frame that will mix in nicely with any existing mill work or cabinetry within the surrounding vicinity of the television.

Use an entertainment unit that is complete with doors. There are so many styles and features available for this type of furniture. This is a good route to take if you need to conceal media devices with cords. If you do not have the option to go wirelessly this application can easily fix your problem. These units typically come with “punch-out” pieces to allow the cords to feed where necessary. 

Mattamy Homes Testimonial

Mattamy Homes Testimonial

Our team at Arizona Wholesale just LOVES getting testimonials from our customers. This testimonial is a little different. It's a testimonial from a new home buyer at one of our valued home builder customers, Mattamy Homes. We're delighted to supply Mattamy Homes with a great selection of Whirlpool and KitchenAid appliances, and to also represent Mattamy Homes through our unique Design Center center services. Here's what this home buyer had to say about their purchase experience:

I don’t often write letters of appreciation, but wanted to let corporate know how nice it is to meet such wonderful people who work for Mattamy…….from Lynn Lott and Mike Collins, to Mary Kay the design consultant, all the way to Paul and Bryan, the “builders”……………….you can tell immediately that the Mattamy organization is “picky” about hiring these folks …………….EVERY ONE we have come in contact with has been nothing but gracious………….and you have no idea how much that means on the consumer end of the deal…………………………I hate to say it, but customer service in every industry is at an all time low, and your people here in Tucson are certainly the exception……………….to the person, they have been accommodating, friendly, eager to answer the myrid of questions, etc. etc. Even the sub- contractors are so nice………when you do a drive-by they all wave, and seem so happy and enthusiastic about their jobs!

Kudos to all the Mattamy folks in Tucson, and the Arizona Wholesale team members who helped these customers along with their home buying experience.

If you're one of our builder customers, contractor, remodeler, designer, or end user home owner email us a note, and attach a photo if possible. You may be the next happy buyer featured here!


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Use the Oven Instead of Stove Top for Hard Boiled Eggs

Summer is coming to an end, but don’t give up on the season too soon! Hard boiled eggs are essential for yummy summer snack recipes. There is an easier way to make hard boiled eggs, that makes the eggs taste better and easier to peel!

What You Will Need:

Muffin Tray

Eggs

Directions:

Pre heat the oven to 375 degrees. Place eggs in the muffin tray. This prevents them from rolling around.

Place the tray into the oven for 25-30 minutes. Once they are done in the oven, let the eggs cool for at least 10 minutes before peeling.

This method makes less mess when peeling. The egg shells come off in large chunks.

Use this method instead of boiling water. All you need to do is set the timer. There is no watching the pot or using an egg timer to know when the eggs are done boiling. This way you can simply leave the eggs in the oven while you are preparing other ingredients for yummy summer time meals.

It is much easier to make more eggs for larger dishes as well! The worry of the eggs cracking in the boiling water are over. You can make as few or as many eggs needed. A dozen eggs in one muffin tin is a simple way to accomplish a large task in a small amount of time! If you have more than one muffin tray, make a lot of eggs in one batch.  

Easy Banana Pancakes

Have you ever ended up with an overripe banana at the end of the bunch?  If you don’t want to go all out to make a batch of banana bread, here is an idea for a healthy, protein packed breakfast. This recipe only requires four ingredients and is very fast and easy. The result is sweet, delicious banana pancakes that do not require syrup! Kids will love eating these small pancakes with their hands!

What You Will Need:

 Organic Coconut Oil

1 Large Banana

2 Large Eggs

1 TSP. Cinnamon

Directions:

Start by mashing your banana into a thick paste. It is best to use an overripe banana. If your bananas are less ripe, place them in the freezer for 30 minutes prior to preparing.

Beat two eggs and add the cinnamon. Keep whisking and add the banana paste. Whisk these ingredients to make a thick pancake batter.

Grease pan generously with organic coconut oil. The pan will need to be greased before each pancake is poured into the pan.

Add one tablespoon of batter for each pancake. Cook on low to medium heat. You will need to experiment with the first pancake to figure out what temperature to cook at. Flip pancakes once the edges are cooked and the center is cooked throughout. The center will usually rise up and you can feel with your finger if the center is cooked enough.

Let cool for about three minutes and then serve!

Tips for Selecting Appliances

Appliance Help for New Homebuyers

Arizona Wholesale Supply is Arizona's Leading Builder Distributor

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New homebuyers have to make a lot of choices when selecting all the finishes, and products that go into their dream home. Fortunately, production home builders preselect options and upgrades that are suitable for their homes. Even so, making appliance selections can be very challenging. Here are a few tips in choosing appliances:

  1. Narrow the field. If your builder has a list of models and packages that are available to you, part of your work is already done. Don't waste time looking at brands or models that aren't available for the home you are purchasing. Even If you are building a custom home, there will still be some constraints based on the size of your kitchen, location of gas, water, and electric lines, etc.

  2. Budget and plan accordingly. If it's been a number of years since you purchased major appliances, get prepared for some sticker shock. Today's appliances will save money on energy usage, and still are a very good buy when factoring inflation over the years. However, when you want a built-in refrigerator, combo ovens, and other premium appliances such as wine storage units, built-in warming drawers, steam ovens and coffee makers, you're going well into 5 figures ($XX,XXX.XX).

  3. Consider brands. At Arizona Wholesale Supply, we carry the popular priced major production brands GE, Whirlpool, and Frigidaire (Electrolux). We also are your supplier for upscale brands, such as GE Profile, Electrolux, KitchenAid, and Bosch, as well as a host of luxury brands such as Jenn-Air, Monogram, Viking, SubZero-Wolf, Thermador, Miele and many more. Most production home builders offer selections from only a single brand or two, and even semi-custom builders usually stick with a few preferred brands. For that matter, new home buyers tend to pick most or all their appliances from a single brand that they prefer. It not only narrows choices to products that the buyer is going to be comfortable with, appliance brands tend to have matching handles, knobs, etc.

  4. Work with a professional. Arizona Wholesale Supply consultants have many years experience with home builders, designers, and new home buyers. If your builder or design professional is one of the many that we supply, you can make an appointment at one of our locations to select your appliances.

Arizona Wholesale Supply is a family owned company, based right here in Arizona, and we've been at this for over 70 years.


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Pineapple and Avocado Dip

It’s summertime and everybody knows what that means—it’s time to break out the chips and fresh dip. And who can resist the fresh delicious flavor of avocados? They are the quintessential summer dip base and offer snackers a healthy alternative to dips heavy with mayonnaise and sour cream. Avocado’s health benefits cannot be overstated. They are a healthy source of fat (yes, the GOOD kind!) and can help regulate your hunger throughout they day. They also provide antioxidants, vitamin K, and vitamin B and provide your body with all 18 amino acids. Armed with these facts, it is easy to see why you might want to incorporate more avocados into your dip rotation!

 

Today we have a guacamole dip that works great with chips, in burritos, along Mexican style dishes, even on top of your burgers! Don’t worry about making too much, because if it doesn’t get eaten up with the chips, it can most certainly be utilized in other dishes throughout the week. 

 

Ingredients:

  • 3 large avocados
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 1/3-1/2 a cup of diced red onions
  • Small handful of cilantro, diced
  • Salt
  • 1/4 cup of green onions diced
  • 1/4-1/3 a cup of diced tomato
  • 1-2 serrano peppers, diced (remove seeds)
  • 2-3 pineapple rings with the core removed

 

Instructions:

  1. Preheat your grill to high.
  2. Prepare both sides of the pineapple rings with olive oil (can substitute cooking spray if desired).
  3. Grill pineapple about 4-5 minutes on each side until they are browned.
  4. Remove pineapple from the grill and set aside to cool down.
  5. Once the pineapple is cooled to room temperature, slice it into small cubes.
  6. Prepare the avocados by cutting each in half and removing the pit. 
  7. Put the avocados in a mixing bowl and smash with fork. If you have a food processor you can also use that to mash the avocado. 
  8. Add the juice of the lime, onions, cilantro, green onions, tomatoes, peppers and pineapple cubes and mix well.
  9. Salt to taste and mix. 
  10. Serve with chips or as a topping or side to any dish you wish.
  11. If not serving right away, cover and chill in the refrigerator.

Freedom!

Happy Fourth of July! Arizona Wholesale Supply will be closed on Monday, July 4th, but we hope you have a very happy holiday.  Please stay safe and enjoy your celebration.

Interior Design Tips

No matter what the room, if you use these tips as guiding principles you are sure to be wowed by the results. Not everyone can be an interior designer, but armed with the right knowledge you can find your personal design voice and express that in your home.

 

The importance of lighting in any space cannot be overstated. Depending on the room and your lighting needs, the end results can vary greatly. First, assess the natural lighting as a starting point, noting how much light makes its way into the space.  Next decide how much light you want to use in the room. Next, you’ll want to decide whether you would prefer a cooler or warmer tone to the lighting you choose to add to the room. 

 

Be sure to add enough track lighting or lamps to properly light your space to your desire. To really make a statement, don’t be afraid to utilize layers of lights to create visual effects. This could come in the form of direct light for artwork or by placing lights underneath your cabinets to highlight your backslash in the kitchen. This will add depth and warmth to your space.  

 

Light is also an important consideration in the kitchen due to the amount of work (especially with sharp knives!) that takes place in the room.  Overhead lights can illuminate the entire space, but specific task lighting may be required.  Accent lights can transform your backsplash and appliances into works of art that are featured in the gallery of your room.  

 

Don’t be afraid to make bold choices in your space. As long as you are following our previous advice and not overcrowding your space with an abundance of furniture, than you can allow yourself to make bold choices in your room. Perhaps your space is largely industrial looking—don’t be afraid to invest in an accent chair with an unexpected color and victorian shape. It will stand out in the room and add drama to your space. Allow yourself the leeway to make those daring choices where you’d like by not over cluttering the rest of the room with too much.

 

And finally, allow yourself the space to indulge your creativity. The most important thing to remember is that your home is a space that YOU live in, and as such should be a place that you love to spend your time. This means that if what makes you happy doesn’t necessarily follow all of the guidelines, well they are just that—guidelines. Happy decorating!