Salads get an instant upgrade with five new supermarket finds that add flavor and crunch. So long, boring croutons!
Potato chip fanatics are in for a real treat today. Today, Frito-Lay announced the four finalist flavors that’ll be hitting shelves for the second annual “Do Us a Flavor” contest. The flavors include Cappuccino, Wasabi Ginger, Cheddar Bacon Mac & Cheese and Mango Salsa, and will be available nationwide later this month until October 18th — meaning there’s plenty of time to sample all four! Then, you can vote for your favorite flavor, and the creator of the most popular pick will win $1 million.
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Lays hopes this contest will help them keep up with America’s changing taste perferences. There have been many Asian- and Hispanic-inspired flavors added to their offerings, including Sriracha, a finalist from last year’s contest, fajita-flavored Tostitos, and two new Lays Stax flavors of Korean Barbecue and Thai Sweet Chili. Which flavor do you want to try most?
Now that we’ve got you in the mood for chips, check out our homemade chip recipes to satisfy your cravings until the new flavors are released!
When you think of a soft pretzel, the first thing that comes to mind is probably what we see on every street corner of New York City: a classic, knotted pretzel covered in coarse salt and wrapped in paper. However, a new pretzel is taking recipes, grocery stores and menus by storm: the pretzel roll.
We first fell in love with these pillowy buns in our Oktoberfest Faves column, but now even Rach is getting on board with her new 30-Minute Meal recipe for Turkey Cheeseburgers with Beer-B-Q Sauce on Pretzel Rolls. She gives them a homemade feel by suggesting you brush the tops with water and sprinkling them with kosher salt.
Not in the mood for a burger? These rolls would probably taste good just with a slathering of mustard, like Sir Kensington’s! Now how’s that for a simple snack idea??
If you thought chips couldn’t get any better, think again: a chip made entirely of cheese has hit the supermarket, and to say we’re obsessed would be an understatement.
Kitchen Table Bakers has come out with 12 different varieties of cheese crisps, ranging from rosemary Parmesan (our personal fave) to basil pesto, and other than the added natural flavors, there is nothing in this crisp besides crispy, baked-to-perfection cheese.
Now that the Greek yogurt bandwagon is overflowing with foodies, fitness junkies and just about everyone else, we’ve decided to try a ride on a new train: the skyr train. Never heard of skyr? Neither had we.
Skyr is the traditional yogurt of Iceland, and what differentiates it from traditional yogurt is not only what it’s made of but also how it’s made. To make skyr, skim milk is incubated with live active cultures. Then, the whey, or natural water found in milk, is completely strained out, yielding an incredibly thick yogurt. To make one cup of skyr, you need 3-4 times the amount of milk as you would to make a regular cup of yogurt. If you can believe it, skyr is even thicker than Greek yogurt!
Where can you find such a luscious cup of skyr, you ask? At your local grocery store, in the form of siggi’s, a New York-based yogurt company that was launched in 2004 due to one man’s homesickness for a childhood staple snack.
Photo courtesy of siggi’s
Besides being high in protein, low in sugar and downright delicious, siggi’s is becoming one of our new favorite yogurts because of their unique flavors and dedication to simplicity. At the beginning of May, siggi’s introduced their newest flavor, Strawberry & Basil. Perfect for spring, this flavor represents two things we love about the warm weather: sun-sweet berries and intoxicatingly fresh-smelling herbs. The berries and basil are blended gently with plain skyr, and each flavor is poignant enough without being overpowering. Great on its own, the yogurt also pairs perfectly with almond granola or a sprinkling of flax or chia seeds.
Photo courtesy of siggi’s
Just like us, siggi’s is dedicated to green living, healthy tips and DIY crafts. They have purposely created a label that is easy to pull off so you can recycle or reuse each yogurt cup once you have devoured its contents. After enjoying our siggi’s breakfast, we thought, what better way to recycle our strawberry & basil yogurt cup than to plant some basil leaves in it? Talk about full circle.
You can find siggi’s in grocery stores across the country, but be sure to grab a strawberry & basil while you can! It will only be available at Whole Foods through August 2014.
This citrus-spiked soy sauce is a Japanese cooking staple. It’s a go-to ingredient because its components hit on all five flavors: sweet (mirin, or rice wine), sour (rice wine vinegar), salty (soy sauce), bitter (yuzu, a Japanese citrus fruit, or a combination of lemon, lime, grapefruit and orange) and umami (seaweed and dried bonito flakes). To really make your stir-fry sing, add a healthy dash of ponzu during the last few minutes of cooking. you can also use it as a dumpling dipper, a fish marinade or a salad dressing– whisk it with a bit of sesame oil before tossing with greens.
Try ponzu in our Shrimp & Snap Pea Stir-Fry!
Moo-ve over, hamburger! These new patties prove that summer grilling can sizzle even without red meat.
1. Make a smoky turkey burger
The patty: Ball Park Flame Grilled Turkey Patty ($8.29 for 6)
The bread: Whole-wheat bun
The toppings: BBQ sauce, sliced smoked cheddar, pickles, red-leaf lettuce
2. Make a masala burger
The patty: Gardein Garden Veggie Burger ($4.49 for 4)
The bread: Grilled naan
The toppings: Greek yogurt with curry, sliced tomato, cilantro
3. Make a brat burger
The patty: Johnsonville Cheddar Bratwurst Grillers ($4.49 for 4)
The bread: Kaiser roll
The toppings: Sweet and sour red cabbage, German potato salad, grainy mustard
4. Make a brunch burger
The patty: MacKnight Atlantic Salmon Burgers ($4.97 for 4)
The bread: Pumpernickel toast
The toppings: Sliced red onion, sliced cucumber, cream cheese with fresh chives
Most Thai curry pastes that you find at the supermarket have the same base: garlic, shallots, herbs and spices like coriander and cumin seed. But chiles are what give these flavor-packed sauces their colorful personalities. Spicy red curry paste gets its brick-like hue and earthy flavor from dried red chiles. Yellow curry paste, the mildest of the bunch, is usually a combo of red chiles and turmeric or curry powder. Fresh green chiles give green curry its tint, which may lead people to believe it’s mild. But since green chiles (like the legendary bird’s-eye) can be screaming hot, this one often packs the most heat of all. Bring on the coconut milk!
For Red Curry Paste Try:
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Rice is one of the most versatile, affordable and easy-to-use ingredients, ever. But with so many versions at the grocery store now, how do you know which type is the most cost- and time-efficient? Let’s explore the options.
Traditional, instant, boil-in-bag and fully cooked rice all have their pros and cons, but we found that instant rice is light, clump-free and super speedy to cook. Pour the par-cooked rice into boiling water, turn off the heat, cover, and in 5 minutes you’re good to go.
Why You Should Buy It
The convenience and goof-proof results are worth the prep time of just 11 minutes and price of 19 cents per oz.
How You Should Use It
Cutting out cooking time means you’ll have more time to spend on carefully crafting a recipe. Here are some ideas that utilize the convenience of instant rice:
Did you know March is National Frozen Food Month? Not only is this a great excuse to keep your freezer fully stocked, but also it gives you a reason to try some great freezer-aisle products. So before you head to the grocery store this weekend, make sure to check out these two new breakfast items that deserve a prime spot in the ‘ol ice box:
Good Food Made Simple Breakfast in a Bowl pairs bacon, sausage or veggies with egg whites for a fab fuel-up. ($3.49)