These days even though most of my shopping happens in the produce department there are still products found in other aisles that I require to make recipes and round out the food plan. It seems like every time I go shopping I stumble across something new to try. Variety is the spice of life they say and that certainly is true when it comes to our food plans.
We don’t eat a lot of bread but once in a while we like a veggie sandwich with hummus or a piece of toast with peanut butter. This is a very tasty bread. Check out the Alpine Valley Bread store locator to see if it’s sold near you.
Be sure to store it in the refrigerator or the freezer as it will spoil quickly since it doesn’t contain any preservatives. This is a Costco find.
Another Costco item is a large tub of kiwi. Of course you can find a smaller amount of kiwi fruits at the grocery store. Since we go through so much produce it’s quite cost effective for us to buy in bulk.
I use to peel off the the fuzzy skin with a small pairing knife until my daughter Katy showed me an easier way by cutting it in half and using a small spoon just loosen the fruit from the skin as you work the spoon all the way around. Brilliant! Kiwi are a good source of vitamin c and fiber. Add to your fruit salad, a tossed salad or enjoy it alone!
A large Costco/Sam’s Club size bag of Brussels sprouts are a staple item around here. We like them oven roasted, steamed or raw in our salads. Using a chef’s knife thinly slice the raw Brussels sprouts and toss them with salad greens. They add a nice crunch and delicious flavor. Trader Joe’s carries a smaller bag of these.
After trying several terrible tasting soy based yogurts (having given up dairy) I finally found one that tastes good! I have used this in place of cow’s milk yogurt in several recipes like Avocado Cream, and Tzatziki Sauce with great results. In fact I served the family Tzatziki sauce made with soy yogurt and I didn’t tell them until after that it was soy yogurt. They said they had no idea as it tasted just the same to them!
I did learn from Whole Foods that these large containers of yogurt won’t be available again until August! The company moved to a new facility and is behind in production. It’s sold at most health food stores but you might not find it on the shelves for a while. Sigh. For product updates check out the Whole Soy Yogurt site.
I prefer corn tortillas over flour and recently tried these Whole Foods 365 organic corn tortillas. We love them!
Corn, water and trace of lime- simple list of ingredients. Heat up in the microwave, toss on a hot griddle or even pop them in the toaster to make a quick crispy base for beans and toppings. They are delicious with the Taco Lentils recipe.
Look for these in the freezer section at Whole Foods or your health food store. These are a little smaller than most pita pocket breads but that also means the calories are less.
They are perfect for stuffing with hummus and veggies or your favorite bean/veggie burger. Use them to make pita chips for dipping into hummus. Keep them in the freezer and thaw out as needed.
White Balsamic vinegar – have you seen this? I like it for salad dressings as it doesn’t turn the salad dark and dingy like the regular balsamic vinegar. The flavor seems to be a bit more mild than regular balsamic but still tasty. This is Trader Joe’s brand but I have seen other brands as well.
Disclosure; These food and product finds are things I purchased with my own money and as always the opinions expressed here are my own.
Did you have a good holiday weekend? We had a relaxing weekend at home. We did a little shopping one day. It’s always difficult to get hubby Tom to the store to clothes shop so he waits until he desperately needs new clothes. Since the weather here was quite cool over the weekend the mall was busy! We had good luck and scored some good finds for him.
We did manage to get in a short nature walk on Sunday before the rain started. We discovered some new trails nearby that we want to explore more. So many trails and so little time.
I’d love to hear from any of you who are moving more towards a plant based diet. How is your food plan going? What are you eating? What’s easy and what are your challenges? Is there anything I can help you with?
Hope you are having a good week.
Do you have any new food finds you care to share?
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