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Recipe: Herbed Lentil Soup



1 Kick Start or Garden Thyme Burger

1 tbs. olive oil

½ cup onion, diced

½ cup carrot, diced

½ cup celery

1½ tsp. salt

1 pound brown lentils, picked and rinsed

1 15 oz. can diced tomatoes

2 quarts vegetable broth

Heat oil in large soup pot. Sauté Luna Burger, onion, carrot, celery, and salt for 7-8 minutes or until onions are translucent and Luna Burger is crumbled.

Add lentils, tomatoes, and broth. Bring to a boil. Reduce to low, cover and simmer 35-40 minutes, or until lentils are tender.

Use an immersion blender to puree if desired.

Serves 6-8

Recipe: Shepherdess Pie

Our friends at Luna Burger have put together 33 tips for a healthy 2014! For all the tips, visit



2 Garden Thyme Luna Burgers

1 large onion, diced

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 cup frozen peas

1 cup frozen corn

2 cup vegetable broth

¼ cup whole wheat flour

¼ cup finely chopped fresh parsley, plus a little extra for garnish

½ tsp. salt

Black pepper to taste


(potato topping)

3 pounds Yukon gold potatoes, peeled and cut into 1-inch chunks

⅓ cup non-dairy milk

¼ cup margarine or grapeseed oil

¾ tsp. salt
Black pepper to taste

Place potatoes in a pot and cover with water. Cover and bring to a boil. Let boil for 20 minutes or until they easily cut with a fork. Drain and return to pot. Add milk, margarine, salt, and pepper.

Use a potato masher to mash everything together until creamy. Keep warm until ready to use. Pre-heat the oven to 375°.

In a nonstick skillet, heat Luna Burgers as directed on package. Crumble while heating. Add the onion and sauté for an additional 5 minutes. Then add garlic, salt and pepper and sauté for 1  minute more (add a tbs of water or oil if veggies begin to stick). Stir in the corn and peas.

Mix together the broth and flour until mostly dissolved, a few lumps are ok. Add to the burger/veg mixture along with the parsley and stir. Let thicken for about 3 minutes, stirring occasionally (it will thicken more as it bakes). Place filling in a 9x9 baking dish. Spoon potatoes over the filling.

Place in oven and bake for 20 minutes. Potatoes should be slightly browned. If they are not, place under broiler for 2-3 minutes.

Garnish with chopped parsley.

Serves 6-8.

Recipe: Luna Burger's Mac & "Cheez"

Learn how to make healthier versions of foods you love...the ones that might not be so good for you. Like Mac & Cheese. Or Pizza. Try a nut-based cheese sauce that will give you the healthy fat you need without all the saturated fats of dairy products.


2 Farmhouse Chili Luna Burgers
1 Bunch Chard, washed and chopped
8 oz. Dry Macaroni or Rotini Whole Wheat Pasta

“Cheez” sauce
1 cup cashews
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. onion powder
1 tsp.paprika
¼ tsp. pepper
½ tsp. salt (or more if cashews are unsalted)
1 tbs. lemon juice
1 tbs. prepared mustard
½ cup water

Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add a pinch of salt to water. Add chopped chard and dry pasta to boiling water, following preparation time on pasta package.

In a nonstick skillet, heat Luna Burgers as directed on package. Crumble while heating. Set aside.

Prepare the “Cheez” sauce: In a food processor or blender, process the cashews until very fine. Add all additional ingredients and process until creamy. Set aside.

When pasta is cooked, drain pasta/chard mixture and return to pot. Stir in Luna Burger crumbles and “Cheez” sauce. Add a little extra water or non-dairy milk if if you prefer a thinner sauce.

Enjoy with a fresh side salad! Serves 2-3

Columbus Chef Series 2014

We are continuing with our annual Columbus Chef Series of cooking classes this year! These classes include a one-hour demonstration from a top Columbus chef, followed by a three-course meal served with accompanying wines. 

The class fee is $45 per person and includes instructions, recipes, dinner and three glasses of wine. All classes begin at 6:30 p.m. and reservations are required. Call 614.846.3220 or email us at for reservations.


January 28th: Chef Zac of Local Roots

February 19th: Chef John Beck of 89 Fish & Grill

February 25th: Chef Matthew Heaggans of Bebe at the Hey Hey and Swoop! Food Truck

Watch for additional dates on our Cooking Classes page!

Recipe: Luna Burger's Spicy Peanut Lettuce Wraps

Our friends at Luna Burger have put together 33 tips for a healthy 2014! For all the tips, visit Check out The Hills Market Facebook page through the month of January for more healthy tips and recipes!


In the Luna Burger kitchen, and in all 6 veggie burgers, the total number of non-GMO verified, pure plant ingredients is 33. Each burger has between 13 and 17 real whole food ingredients: beans, grains, vegetables, fruits, spices, herbs, vinegar, molasses, maple syrup. One of the best ways to move toward a healthier you is to look at the ingredient list of any processed food you're thinking of buying so you know what's in it! Choose ones that have short lists of recognizable ingredients and don't contain any chemicals, preservatives, or other ingredients you can't pronounce.



2 Peanut Cilantro Luna Burgers
4 large Red Leaf Lettuce leaves (for wraps) or 4 Romaine Leaves (for lettuce boats)
8 slices of cucumber
10 baby carrots sliced in half
8 slices red bell pepper
A few sprouts (optional)

Peanut Sauce:
½ cup good peanut butter
½ cup hot water
2 tbs. soy sauce
2 tbs. honey
2 garlic cloves, minced
1 tsp. apple cider vinegar
2 tbs. fresh cilantro, minced
pinch of cayenne (optional)
salt to taste

In a skillet heat Luna Burgers as directed on package. Cut in half.

Whisk together peanut butter and hot water. Stir in remaining peanut sauce ingredients.

To construct: Lay each lettuce leaf flat. Top with ½ a Luna Burger, sliced veggies and peanut sauce.

If using red leaf lettuce, fold up the bottom, fold in the sides and then roll up.

Serves 2.

Recipe: Kale, Rainbow Chard, Chicken and Feta Salad

Trying to start the New Year off right? We can help! We'll be sharing easy, quick and healthy recipe options perfect for those of us who are always on the go.

Make this hearty salad recipe for an easy family dinner!

Kale, Rainbow Chard, Chicken, and Feta Salad


1/2 cup cider vinegar

2 teaspoons honey

1/2 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper

1/2 teaspoon dried oregano(optional)

1/2 cup olive oil

1 bunch kale, torn into bite-sized pieces

1 bunch Rainbow chard, torn into bite-sized pieces

1 pound grilled skinless, boneless chicken breast, sliced

1 (6 ounce) container crumbled feta cheese, or more to taste

1/3 cup raisins

1/3 cup chopped, toasted walnuts



Whisk the vinegar, honey, salt, pepper, and oregano in a bowl until the honey has dissolved. Whisk in the olive oil until evenly blended. Place the kale, Swiss chard, chicken, feta cheese, raisins, and walnuts into a bowl. Toss with the dressing to serve.


Stress Less this Thanksgiving

For those hosting Thanksgiving gatherings, timing is everything. And whether you have the time to make everything from scratch or would prefer to leave the cooking to someone else, Hills has everything you need this holiday season.



We've got all the ingredients for your favorite Thanksgiving recipes, like this back-to-the-basics stuffing.

Simple Stuffing

8 cups day-old bread, cut or torn into pieces, about 1/4 inch square

1 cup chopped celery

1 cup chopped onion

2 sticks unsalted butter

salt and pepper

poultry seasoning

Melt butter in large pot. Add celery and onion and cook over medium heat until softened. Add salt, pepper and poultry seasoning. (About 1 teaspoon of the salt and pepper and 1 tablespoon poultry seasoning, to start.) Stir to incorporate. Add bread and stir to mix thoroughly. Cook on low heat until all the bread is coated. Adjust seasoning.

Note: You may add more melted butter if mixture seems too dry. Place in oven-proof pan and reheat before serving. If stuffing in turkey, it must reach 160 degrees on an instant-read thermometer to serve safely. 



Purchasing pre-cut vegetables are an easy way to shave prep time on Thanksgiving Day. Find pre-cut Ohio butternut squash and yams in our produce section. We also offer perfectly sliced carrot and celery sticks, perfect for throwing together a quick veggie tray.



We have the whole feast taken care of this year. You'll find your favorite Thanksgiving sides -- Hills Own Scalloped Potatoes, Hills Own Gravy, Sausage Apple Dressing, Sweet Potato Puree with Apples & Praline Topping -- in our grab-and-go cases, or check out our full Holiday Catering menu online!

And, of course, we have lots of crowd-pleasing desserts in stock. Try Jeni's Cinderella Pumpkin ice cream for a fun twist on traditional pumpkin pie, or pick up one of our prepackaged pies, like this blue ribbon-winning Pecan Pie from Steven's Bakery in Springfield, Ohio.

Hills Market celebrates 20 years with 20% off


The Hills Market is turning 20 and we’re celebrating in a big way. As part of our Hills Market 20th Anniversary Celebration, running November 15-17, we’re giving our customers 20% off all purchases all weekend! And we’re stretching our popular A Taste of The Hills Market sampling event into a three-day sampling extravaganza at our Worthington store!

Our Celebrate 20 Years With 20% Off promotion runs Friday through Sunday, November 15-17 at our Worthington store, 7860 Olentangy River Rd. We’ll give customers 20% off their entire purchase (excluding alcohol, tobacco and lottery) all weekend long.

Come sample some of the Hills Own classic creations during A Taste of the Hills Market, running throughout the day Friday through Sunday, November 15-17. Each decadent day will feature samples of some of the best products created at The Hills, from our famous Hills Own Ohio Beef Meatloaves to our iconic Carrot Cake. Ohio vendors will be sampling products throughout the store all weekend as well.  

The Hills Market opened in 1993 on Olentangy River Road in Worthington, at the foot of the Worthington Hills neighborhood. The Hills is a locally owned grocery store with two locations serving Central Ohio.

Hills Market provides the best of Ohio and beyond, with high-quality meats, seafood, produce, bakery, wine, beer and cheese departments. Hillsoffers custom in-house prepared foods, a delicatessen featuring made-to-order sandwiches and pizzas, full-service catering and a grocery delivery service. The Hills is known for special events, including $5 Pancake Breakfast, Charity Happy Hours, and countless wine and beer tastings.


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