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Shanna Griffin and Lise Jaeger are showing us healthy and fun foods and cocktails to enjoy during the award show so we can have fun and stay healthy.  You can see more recipes on ShopRite's website.

Pineapple Gusher Cocktail

Recipe provided by: ShopRite Supermarkets

Pineapple Gusher Cocktail (Serves 8)

Prep Time: 15 minutes | Cook Time: 5 minutes


1/2 cup dark brown sugar

1 medium pineapple, peeled, cored and chopped (about 1 lb.)

2 tbsp. chopped fresh mint leaves

1 lime, zested and juiced

2 cups ice cubes

1/2 cup pineapple juice


For the simple syrup, in a small saucepan combine brown sugar and ½ cup water. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Cook 1 minute or until brown sugar dissolves. Remove from heat; let cool completely.

In a blender combine 1/2 cup water, plus pineapple, simple syrup, mint, lime zest, lime juice and ice cubes. Add pineapple juice; blend at high speed until smooth.

Pour into chilled glasses, and serve!

*Cook's tip: For an alcoholic version, substitute 1 cup of light rum for the 1/2 cup pineapple juice and ½ cup water added in step 2.

Salmon Flatbread

Recipe provided by: ShopRite Supermarkets

Salmon Flatbread (Makes 24 squares)

Prep Time: 10 minutes | Cook Time: 20 minutes


1 to 1 1/4 lbs. salmon fillets

1 tbsp. plus 1 tsp. ShopRite® Imported Olive Oil, divided

1 (11-oz.) ball refrigerated whole-grain pizza dough*

1 (6.5-oz.) pkg. garlic-herb spreadable cheese

1 tbsp. capers, drained

1/3 cup ShopRite® Whole Roasted Peppers, cut into thin strips

1 large green onion, sliced


Preheat oven to 450°F. Place salmon on a rimmed baking sheet. Drizzle with 1 teaspoon of the oil, and season with pepper to taste. Bake 9 to 12 minutes or until fish flakes easily with a fork. Remove from oven; let cool slightly. Remove and discard skin from salmon. Flake salmon into pieces; set aside.

Meanwhile, on a large baking sheet, shape pizza dough into an 11x13-inch rectangle (rounding the corners slightly). Brush with remaining 1 tablespoon oil. Bake 5 minutes or until crust appears dry on the surface. Remove from oven.

Reduce oven temperature to 425°F. Spread cheese evenly over crust; top with salmon, capers and peppers. Bake 6 to 9 minutes more or until crust is golden brown. Cut into 24 squares, sprinkle with green onion, and serve.

*Recipe can also be made with regular pizza dough.

Shrimp and Avocado Salsa

Recipe provided by: ShopRite Supermarkets

Shrimp and Avocado Salsa (Serves 6)

Prep time: 10 minutes | Cook time: 10 minutes


1/2 lb. unpeeled medium raw shrimp

1 Avocado, pitted, peeled and diced

1 cup chopped tomato

2 tbsp. minced red onion

1 tbsp. finely chopped jalapeno

2 tbsp. fresh lime juice

2 tbsp. chopped fresh cilantro


In a medium pot bring 1½ quarts water to boiling. Add shrimp; cook 3 to 5 minutes or just until shrimp turn pink. Drain; rinse with cold water. Peel and devein shrimp; remove tails. Coarsely chop shrimp. Cover and refrigerate at least 30 minutes.

In a large bowl combine avocado, tomato, onion, jalepeño, lime juice and cilantro. Add chilled shrimp, and pepper to taste; toss gently to combine. Transfer to a serving bowl, and serve.

Transfer to a serving bowl, and serve.

Loaded Mushroom Toasts

Recipe provided by: ShopRite Supermarkets

Loaded Mushroom Toasts (Makes 24 toasts)

Prep time: 10 minutes | Cook Time: 15 minutes


3 tbsp. Wesson® Canola Oil

3/4 cup chopped onions

2 cups sliced mushrooms

1/2 tsp. McCormick® Thyme Leaves

1 large whole-grain baguette cut into 24 slices

1 cup shredded Swiss cheese

1/2cup grated ShopRite® Parmesan


Preheat oven to 400°F. In a large nonstick skillet heat oil over medium heat. Add onions; cook and stir until softened. Stir in mushrooms and thyme; cook and stir 5 minutes or until mushrooms soften. Season with pepper to taste. Remove from heat.

Place bread slices in a single layer on a baking sheet; spoon evenly with mushroom mixture. Sprinkle with Swiss cheese and Parmesan. Bake 5 to 7 minutes or until cheese melts.

Transfer to platter, and enjoy!