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!
Homemade Lunch Rolls
Making lunches before school was always such an ordeal at our house. With kids going different directions and with different schedules and tastes, it was a huge challenge every weekday morning.
But one year I started doing something that made a big difference. And yesterday I recreated it with four grandsons: We made pizza and ham-n-cheese rolls.
Back in the day, about once per month, I would make a large batch of these rolls. Then I would individually wrap and freeze them, and each morning the kids could choose the kind they wanted (or make another kind of sandwich) and pack their own lunch. Since the roll was frozen, it would slowly thaw until it was just right at lunchtime.
It seems like a big job, but the kids had fun helping to make them, and then the morning routine was much faster.
You Will Need:
Makes 12-15 Lunch Rolls
- 2 cups organic whole wheat flour, divided
- 2 cups organic unbleached white flour, divided
- 1 TBSP yeast (or two packages)
- 1 cup organic whole or 2% milk
- 1/4 cup organic raw sugar
- 1/3 cup organic butter
- 2 organic eggs, beaten
- Fillings such as pizza sauce and shredded mozzarella cheese, pepperoni, sliced ham, shredded cheddar cheese, chopped vegetables, sun-dried tomatoes, left-over shredded chicken, pulled pork, etc
Make the Dough
- Blend 1 cup each of whole wheat and white flour, add the yeast and stir together
- Heat to about 100 degrees (it should feel slightly warm to the touch) the milk, sugar, and butter. Do not overheat or you will kill the yeast.
- Slightly beat the eggs with a fork
- Stir the milk mixture into the flour mixture, and blend on low with a hand mixer
- Add the eggs and mix at medium speed for 3 minutes
- Add 1/2 cup of white flour and 1/2 cup of whole wheat flour and blend, using a wooden spoon
- Remove the spoon and blend with your hand until the flour is incorporated. Add enough of the remaining flour to get a smooth and slightly sticky dough. You don’t want it dry.
- Pick up the dough and pour 2 tsps organic olive oil on the bottom of the bowl. Put the dough on top of the oil and turn it over and over until it is coated. This will prevent the dough from drying out.
- Cover with a clean light dish towel, and let raise until double in size. This depends on the temperature of the room, but it will take at least an hour
- Gather your fillings
- When the dough has risen double, punch it down and clear your workspace. Since I had helpers, I cleared the whole counter!
- Take about a 1/3 cup size of dough, and flatten it into a circle about 5″ across and 1/4 inch thick
- Add your fillings–pizza sauce, pepperoni, cheese, or ham and cheese (Sun-dried tomatoes and olives would be great! Or chopped broccoli and cheese!)
- Fold up three edges and pinch together, and then fold up the rest and pinch together to hold the filling inside
|I did it!
- Place the rolls on a baking sheet that has been sprayed with non-stick spray
- Brush with butter. This will help the rolls to bake a golden brown color.
- Allow to raise for about an hour. The won’t get significantly bigger, but you’ll see the dough gets puffier.
- Bake at 375 degrees for 12-15 minutes, until golden
We had these for dinner last night with watermelon and cucumbers!
|Even the pickiest eater ate it!
|And the one-year-old loved it!
Lassen’s carries a selection of fun lunch boxes to help reduce lunchtime waste! This one is a full kit!
Or you can add these fun reusable containers to the box you already have
How do you like this stainless steel stacking set?
Or a spaceship fabric set!
With a little planning and preparation, making school lunches doesn’t have to be stressful!
Happy Back to School!
A Delicious Raw Energy Snack!
It’s just a regular day in the Lassen’s office. I’m sipping my cinnamon vanilla herb tea from The Republic of Tea and working on graphics for an upcoming Lassens Event (Did you know that FABIO, the long haired wonder himself, is coming to our Thousand Oaks (1/25) and Ventura (1/26) locations next week to talk about his protein supplement line?! Yes Way!!!) and listening to the Otis Redding Pandora station (“These Arms of Mine” makes me feel particularly productive) when suddenly I realize it’s time for a tea-re-fill.
Down I go to the sales floor, where as they say is the magic happens. And what to my wondering eyes should appear but Stephanie, the Demo Captain, beckoning to come near (I’m still trying to shake myself out of Holiday mode. It’s harder than you think for some…).
I don’t know if you’ve met Stephanie yet, but if you happen to come to the Ventura location, be sure to keep an eye out for her. She’s constantly coming up with new, unique and innovative recipes using foods that we carry here at Lassens. One for her primary focuses is on helping people try new things while also being sensitive to many dietary restrictions and lifestyle choices by being conscious of our gluten-free, vegan, and raw food practicing customers.
Today’s treat from the mind of Stephanie were Cashew Carob Cookie Balls.
These were so rich and flavorful with a wonderful soft texture, my toes just started tap-tapping with delight and my shoulders started shimmying with joy (if you honestly doubt my dancing-while-devouring claims, feel free to come by and see! It’s quite a sight to behold yet happens more frequently than I’d like to admit…)
These delicious little Vegan surprises absolutely brightened my day. As I stood next to her doing my “this-is-really-delicous” jig, practically her entire tray of samples was wiped clean as happy bellies walked away from the scene. However, your friends here at Lassens would never be so cruel as to dangle such wondrous treats in front of your face only to pull then away and laughing. No!
We hope you enjoy this recipe for Cashew Carob Cookie Balls!
Let us know what you think on the Lassens Facebook Page!
- 3/4 cup raw cashews
- 1/4 cup carob powder
- 1 cup organic raisins
- 1/8 teaspoon mint extract
- 1/4 teaspoon of organic vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon almond butter
- 1/2 tablespoon melted coconut oil
- Soak raisins in hot water for 5-10 minutes.
- Drain raisins and place all ingredients in a food processor or blender.
- Blend together until ingredients form into a paste.
- With scoop, roll into ball, roughly the size of a pinball.
- For visual appeal,top with coconut shavings and serve!
Have a wonderful Tuesday!