We’re on the Hunt for Great New Products!
September has brought us to Baltimore for the Natural Products Expo East Trade Show. We love attending seminars and meeting producers — it’s exciting to see the creativity and great new products! Here are some of the fun and delicious things we’ve see at this show!
I love DEET-free repellents!
There are a lot of great new entrants in the drink category — this watermelon was delicious!
Tasty new dressings!
This brand has new offerings — Yum!
New offerings in the Chip Aisle
Apple Cider Vinegar Drinks are a lot of fun — and healthy, too!
This company had these biodegradable cloths — one towel replaces 15 rolls of paper towels. And they biodegrade in less than 3 months!
Want an easy side dish? Craving Tater Tots? Try these Cauliflower bites. From Freezer to oven to table. We are definitely bringing these into Lassen’s!
Grain-free offerings were abundant at Expo East, and this one was tasty, for sure.
Hu Chocolates’ new products feature cashews, almonds, and dried fruit. Delicious.
Dahlicious has new Cashew drinkable yogurt, and their almond yogurts are smooth and creamy.
This French Yogurt was very tasty — I liked the Pressed Lemon in the ceramic container. The flavors were very subtile and the creamy texture was divine.
Watch for the new products coming up soon at a Lassen’s near you! I didn’t get a photo of Justin’s new Cashew Cup, but it should arrive soon in the stores. It is delicious!
This Time It’s S–L–O–W
And I Do Mean SLOW
post about one of my favorite cooking methods, roasting? I roast vegetables at least 4 times every week. That why I was so intrigued when I stumbled across this
recipe for Slow Roasted Tomatoes in the Cooking Light magazine that I picked up at the Ventura Lassen’s.
Warning: Start This In The Morning!
Slow Roasting? Really? Roasting to me meant very high temperatures and fast cooking.
So I thought I’d try it. This is adapted from the Cooking Light recipe.
- 4 lbs (about 16) Roma Tomatoes
- 1 TBSP extra-virgin olive oil
- 1/2 tsp freshly ground salt
- 1/2 tsp dried basil
- 1/2 tsp dried oregano
- 1/4 tsp freshly-ground black pepper
- 1 1/2 tsp honey
Preheat the oven to 200 degrees. (Yes, you read that right. Two Hundred.)
Prepare the tomatoes by washing, patting dry, and then cutting lengthwise in half. I also removed the small core.
Combine the oil, spices, and honey. It will mix together like a paste.
Add the cut tomatoes and stir with a large spoon until the tomatoes are coated. The tomatoes will give off some juice and that will help to get the spices on all of the tomatoes.
Place the seasoned tomatoes on a large baking sheet. I hate to waste anything (blame my depression-era parents) so I scooped the spices and juice that were left in the bowl and spooned it over the tomatoes on the pan.
Then pop those babies in the oven and let them slow-roast for 7-8 hours. Yes. Hours.
I just could not resist checking on them periodically throughout the day. They smelled so yummy!
These were SO. GOOD. The slow-roasting intensified the flavors of the tomatoes and spices. Awesome.
I served them as a side dish (with spinach and arugula) to soup, but they would be great tossed in pasta, or next to grilled chicken or fish. And here’s a bonus–This dish is Paleo! (See this post for more information about the Paleo diet.)
I wonder what else I could roast slowly?
Happy (slow) roasting!
Eatin’ Like a Caveman… or Woman…
There has been a lot of chatter about the Paleo Diet lately. Have you wondered what it is all about?
Well, it is basically eating what our cave ancestors in the Paleolithic Age ate.
Free-range or grass-fed beef, pork, lamb, poulty, fish and other seafood, eggs, and game meats. According to the Paleo Diet, our diet should be comprised of between 20-35% of calories provided by protein, instead of the 15% that the Western Diet has now. There are many vitamins and minerals in meats as well.
Fresh Fruits and Vegetables
Non-starchy, low-glycemic fresh fruits and vegetables provide much more fiber than other (grain based) carbohydrates. They are slowly digested and absorbed, unlike refined carbohydrates. And of course we know that fresh fruits and vegetables are great sources of vitamins and minerals essential for good health.
Nuts and Seeds
These provide healthy fats as well as protein and fiber.
Olive, coconut, walnut, flaxseed, avocado, and macadamia. These fats provide healthy monosaturated and Omega-3 fats.
A diet of the the above foods will provide a balance between acid-producing and alkaline-producing foods, which helps prevent conditions that thrive in an acid environoment.
This website says that a “lifetime of excessive dietary acid may promote bone and muscle loss, high blood pressure and increased risk for kidney stones and may aggravate asthma and excercise-induced asthma.” This diet balances acid and alkaline.
The Paleo Diet also increases the dietary intake of potassium and lowers the intake of sodium.
Our hearts, kidneys and other organs depend on potassium to function properly. When sodium intake is higher and potassium intake is lower, we are at risk for high blood pressure, heart disease, and strokes.
What Should I Not Eat?
Dairy Products, Cereal Grains, Refined Sugars, Legumes (including peanuts), Starchy Vegetables such as Potatoes, Salt, Refined Oil, and Processed Foods.
There is a lot that makes sense in the Paleo Diet. We do have a lot of diseases and conditions that are caused by our modern diet and lifestyle. And eliminating refined foods certainly would help our overall health.
Following the paleo diet is healthy and nutritious, and there are lots of ways that you can combine foods to make delicious breakfasts. They don’t all involve eggs, either! Here are just 10 paleo diet-friendly recipes
to try out for your breakfasts.
Here is a fun chart to help you understand how to know if a food complies with the Paleo Plan.
I’m not sure I agree with the “That crap will kill you,” but this chart does help clarify what is Paleo and what isn’t!
Have You Tried the Paleo Diet?
Please comment if you have tried the Paleo Diet and let us know what you think. Is it hard to eat the Paleo way?
Lassen’s carries everything you need to eat on the Paleo Diet!
In upcoming posts I will share some recipes that comply with the Paleo Diet Plan!