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Today’s world meals journey takes us to Europe. Ilze of Let the Journey Begin is sharing meals in her family. She estimates they spend about 10 Euro a day. Find out more about Ilze, her multicultural family and what they eat!

First a little background: my husband and I live in Hamburg, Germany (although I originally come from Latvia) and are currently expecting our first child. So what I’ll describe is food for two grown-ups as the baby gets its food supply from me and (if all goes well) will continue to do so exclusively until its around 6 months old. I generally work from home while my hubby is currently doing a reeducation program and is usually home by 5pm. That said, yesterday he finished early so we could have a light lunch and an early dinner.

 

     On a typical day my hubby has some cereal or müsli for breakfast, skips lunch and has a nice big dinner. Meanwhile, because of the different vitamin supplements that I have to take in the morning, I have two breakfasts – I start with two slices of bread with cheese, meat and/or jam and herb tea, then some 3 hours later I have a second breakfast of cereal or müsli and/or yogurt and green or black tea (dairy and caffeine are not allowed to be used within a few hours of taking iron supplements, hence the division). I have another light meal in the afternoon, typically some oatmeal porridge or a smoothie, e.g., banana and red fruit with milk. Our big meal of the day is dinner which usually is a combination of three types of ingredients: first there’s a base of potatoes, pasta or rice, on top of that some kind of meat or, less frequently, fish, and to it comes a vegetable side dish. If we’re cooking a stew or a soup all of these things come in the pot together :) A few hours after dinner we might have some sweet snack like chocolate or cookies with tea.

Latvian Meal

 

Our food yesterday:
Breakfast: none for my hubby as he was running late for an exam, I had two pieces of toast with cheese and jam and a big mug of tea, then headed out to my weekly birth class session.
Lunch: we were both home around 1pm and each had a bowl of müsli and cereal mix with raspberries and milk, followed by tea and pastries.
Dinner: around 5pm we started cooking our big meal of the day. We had decided to make a traditional North German food that perfectly suits the winter weather here: Labskaus. Labskaus (at least in our version) is made of mashed potatoes mixed with corned beef, onions, pickles and pickled beetroot that have all been slightly fried, some liquid from the beetroot and pickle jars is mixed in to give Labskaus its typical color and taste. To it you eat fried egg, herring (we had pickled fried herring), and can add some more pickles and beetroot as side dishes. First time I heard this recipe I had difficulty to imagine how this food can taste good but, believe me, it’s truly tasty :)

Thanks so much for sharing Ilza!!  Your turn – what’s a typical food day in your house and what does it cost? 

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World Meals: USA – Texas
world food texas
 For the third week of my meals around the world series we’re going back to my homeland of the USA. I’m excited for this week because I think many people assume all Americans eat is hamburgers and fries – and that’s just not true! It’s impossible to use just one family to represent the diversity in the country but here’s a glimpse into a typical day’s meals with Becky of Kid World Citizen.
See previous weeks of Germany and Taiwan here.
Breakfast
For breakfast on a normal school day, we will have fruit and either cereal, oatmeal, or maybe cinnamon toast. Since it was a “snow day” (which is a little ridiculous because we live in Houston, TX and never saw any snow) I made the kids pancakes (egg-free for my daughter’s allergies!). Normally, we have bigger breakfasts (like omelets, different Mexican-style eggs with tortillas, etc) on the weekends, so today was a special treat. The grapefruit is from a nearby farm- during the winter there is a LOT OF citrus fruit in Texas! We have kumquats and limes, but our neighbors have grapefruit, all kinds of oranges, and different lemons.

Lunch

For lunch, we almost always have sandwiches- the kids don’t love to buy lunch at school so I usually make it for them. Today they had peanut butter and jelly or turkey and cheese. Other lunches we typically have are beans/tortillas, pasta with veggies, salads, or sometimes I’ll make the kids a baked potato with cheese and broccoli and they’ll bring it in a little thermos in their lunches. They always have some kind of raw veggies (like carrot sticks, pea pods, tomatoes, celery, cucumber) and then a fruit.

That afternoon we watched a movie at home, and had our favorite snack: POPCORN! We make popcorn all the time- especially during family “movie night” on Friday nights.
Dinner

For dinner, we had rice, lemon chicken and a salad. We don’t eat meat every day- often times it’s legumes and rice, but we do have meat 2-3 times a week. We always, always have a salad- usually spinach and other veggies with olive oil, lime juice and salt. Yum!

Not quite hamburgers and fries is it?  Thanks so much for sharing Becky! Our next stop takes us back to Germany where we’ll see means from a Latvian/German family. See you then!

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World Meals: Taiwan

Taiwan World Food

Last week, I started a series focusing on food, meals, and costs around the world. We started with Annabelle’s European family currently living in Germany. Today we’re going farther east to Taiwan with Amanda of Miss Panda Chinese.

From Amanda:

Currently we live in the U.S. My hometown Taiwan. We are a bi-cultural family and our meals mix the east and the west adding a touch of our own creativity. When we are in the States our breakfast options are cereals, milk, healthy banana bread, or Chinese pancakes. Lunch is usually delicious leftover. Dinner features a fish or meat entree and a veggie dish with rice or pasta.

Miss Panda Chinese - Breakfast in TaiwanThe pictures here show the meals we had during our visit to Taiwan. Taiwanese cuisine is southern China style cooking with influence from all over mainland China. The breakfast usually starts with something warm like the pan-fried buns, rice rolls, sandwiches, or cool noodles with sesame sauce plus a bow of hot miso tofu soup. (approx. USD$2 per meal).

Miss Panda Chinese - lunch in Taiwan

 

For lunch, people take a lunch box to work and it is leftover from the dinner the day before. (cost: minimal) For people who do not have a lunch box it is easy to find lunch box vendors to buy one or just grab a bite at a food court or in an eatery. You can order a pork chop combo meal (approx. $4), a stuffed Chinese Shao Bing (approx. $2), or enjoy a hot pot meal with friends (approx. $8).

Miss Panda Chinese - Dinner in Taiwan

 

Dinner is the family meal and it is time to enjoy the best. In the picture you see the shrimp and egg dishes with the rice noodle side dish for a family of 4 (approx. $15). Traditional homemade Chinese dinner usually has a minimum of three entrees with a bow of soup plus a plate of fresh fruit at the end. Eating is very important for Chinese people and food is happiness and joy for Chinese culture.

Who is ready for some Chinese food?!?!? Thanks so much for sharing – next week we’ll be visiting a different region of China – you might be surprised at some differences!

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When I was at the market a few weeks ago I began comparing food prices. Food in Morocco is of course much less expensive than in the US. I was a pretty budget shopper, while still going for as much high quality food as possible. Here food is priced how it should be everywhere. Fresh things are the least expensive. Processed foods more expensive. So we eat a lot of fresh food! Traveling in Europe has shown me the range of food prices. So for a fun project I thought why not ask other global families what they’re eating and how much it costs.

 

Germany Food

 

My first contributor is Annabelle of the Piri-Piri Lexicon.  They are a global family currently living in Germany. I’ll let Annabelle tell you about their family:

 

We are a family of 3 (daughter is 4). We live in Germany but we are a truly European family as our daughter was born in the UK, my husband in Portugal and myself in France. We also love food and cooking is a big part of our family life. So we probably spend a little more than most on nice food. What we eat reflects our multicultural family too.

 

Here is what we ate on a typical day this week: 
Breakfast: toasts with butter or jam and juice or coffee
snack
Snacks: daughter has to take a little snack to kindergarten during the week, usually a piece of fruit or cheese and a biscuit.
Lunch: daughter eats a hot meal provided by the kindergarten. Husband eats in his workplace’s cantine too. So I usually eat leftovers from the previous night’s dinner. On this day I had gratin dauphinois (potato baked in cream and milk with cheese), a French classic.
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Goûter (tea time): daughter likes to have a little snack when she comes back from kindergarten. Here she had half a pretzel and a fruit pouch as we were heading out to the playground.

dinner

Dinner: The man cooks in our family and rarely with a recipe. Freestyle is his motto. On that day we had a mix between a curry and a couscous: chick pea In a tomato sauce with spicy chorizo and carrots served with semolina. Delicious!

 

I would say we spend anywhere between 5 and 20€ a day for all 3 of us depending on whether we have meat or fish at all.

 

Thank you so much Annabelle! 

 

I am hoping to get as many submissions as possible for different countries. If you would like to contribute, please fill out this form and I will be in touch with further details.

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Opening Ceremonies: Food Olympics 2012

Eat the World 2012 Food Olympics

The Olympic opening ceremonies are tonight!  In honor of celebrating this great world event I decided to host a food Olympics.  Below you’ll find recipes from all over the world.  Make a few and get in the Olympic spirit!!  If you would like to contribute a recipe representing your nation of origin or simply a national dish you love please join up in the linky at the bottom of the post.

Armenia - Nazook

ArmeniaNazook from Victoria of Avocado Pesto

China - Steamed Branzini with Asian Flavors

ChinaSteamed Branzini with Asian Flavors from Victoria of Avocado Pesto

Also from China;

Boiled Coke and Ginger Tea from Steve at Your Not From Around Here, Are You?  One of the great pick-me-ups I discovered in China is boiled Coca-Cola and Ginger. From those with colds to tired athletes, a cup of sugary Coke with the tang of ginger awakens the mind and body alike.

Black Pepper Beef in Peanut Sauce from Amanda at Amanda’s Cookin’

Egg Drop Soup from Amanda at Amanda’s Cookin’

 

Czech Republic - Goulash

Czech RepublicGoulash from Victoria of Avocado Pesto

Nothing like a hot bowl of goulash to warm you up on a cold winter day.

 

Ecuador: Guatita from Denisse of Ahorros para Mama

  This is a simple recipe with cow belly and peanut butter. Believe it or not, it is very tasty and a favorite dish of many!

Germany - Pretzels

Germany – Homemade Pretzels from Amanda at Amanda’s Cookin’

Also from Germany:

Partybrot – Party Bread from Amanda at Amanda’s Cookin

Zitronenkuchen – Mini Lemon Cakes from Amanda at Amanda’s Cookin

Cranberry Kuchen – Cranberry Cakes from Amanda at Amanda’s Cookin

Ireland: Guinness Stew and Brown Bread

Ireland: Guinness Stew and Brown Bread from Jessie at Wandering Educators

Jessie learned to make the stew from a friend while staying in Ireland. They loved the brown bread so much that she baked countless recipes before adapting her own (shared here). Delish!

Israel - Chakchouka

IsraelChakchouka from Lori at Eat at Burp

Chakchouka is a Berber word, which means simply “”vegetable ragout””. The dish, which is also called Ojja in Tunisia, is traditionally made with a combination of paprika, onions, peppers, and tomatoes and seasoned with harissa. It’s usually served topped with eggs that have been poached in the juices from the vegetable mixture. However, it can also be served with fried eggs — or without any eggs at all.

MarocMama note: You will find chakchouka or taktouka across North Africa – my guess is that it found it’s popularity in Israel from the large Sephardic population.

Italy - Cannelloni with Spinach Ricotta Filling

ItalyCannelloni with Spinach Ricotta Filling from Victoria of Avocado Pesto

 Home made pasta from scratch wrapped with a spinach ricotta filling, topped with bechamel sauce and baked – perfection

Also from Italy:

Italian Lasagna from Amanda at Amanda’s Cookin’

Cranberry Bean Salad – Insalata di Fagioli Barlotti from Ashley at Wandering Educators

Lithuania - Cold Beetroot Soup
Lithuania – Cold Beetroot Soup from Ele at Kootvela
Mexico - Goat Cheese Enchiladas and Homemade Red Mole

MexicoGoat Cheese Enchiladas and Homemade Red Mole from Lori of Eat at Burp

You may never have thought to fill an enchilada with goat cheese and corn, but you’d be surprised what a delicious filling it makes — particularly when paired with the sweet and smoky flavor of the red mole. We owe this idea to Deborah Madison, who features a version of this dish in her book, Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone. The first time we tried her recipe, we accomplished it with the help of a bit of mole paste from our local Mexican grocer. But, this time around, the flavor was even more profound. The fresh mole — while turning out quite similar to other moles we’ve tried — was definitively more fresh, more vibrant. The chocolate flavor mingled with the smoky tang of the ancho chiles, and the spices muddled into a wonderfully sweet and spicy serenade of flavor — the perfect foil for the tangy goat cheese.

Also from Mexico;

Mexican Enchiladas from Jessie at Wandering Educators

Molcajete Guacamole – Wandering Educators

Panama - Bacalao

PanamaBacalao from Cecilia of One Vanilla Bean

This is Cecilias’ grandmother’s recipe for Panamanian style bacalao (salt cod in tomato sauce).

Portugal - Chocolate Salami

PortugalChocolate Salami from Sofia at Food Ideas

Russia - Borscht

Russia - Borscht from Olga at Mango & Tomato

South Korea - Dakgalbi

South KoreaDakgalbi from Tom at Waegook Tom

Dalkgalbi is a chicken stew-meets-stir-fry from South Korea, a country that consumes the spiciest food in the world (move over, India). Chuncheon is the city most famous for the dish, but it’s widely available all over Korea to tantalise your taste buds and test your spice endurance.

Spain - Paella

Spain - Paella from Victoria of Avocado Pesto

Also from Spain;

Catalan Tomato Bread submitted by Kelly from Epicurious

Thailand - Pad Thai

ThailandPad Thai from Victoria at Avocado Pesto

Tunisia - Orange Harissa Chicken

TunisiaOrange Harissa Chicken from Lori at Eat at Burp

Turkey - Antep Ezmesi

Turkey – Antep Ezmesi from Julia & Barry of Turkeys for Life

A fresh, spicy tomato salad that all of our friends fall in love with when they come to visit us in Turkey. It’s a very common Turkish meze dish that is served in restaurants. We love to make our own for barbecues.

Also from Turkey: 

Ezogelin Çorbası Originally from southeast Anatolia, the origin of this soup is attributed to an exceptionally beautiful woman named Ezo, near Gaziantep in the early 20th c. Legend has it that Ezo, with her rosy cheeks and black hair, was admired by travelers along the caravan route who stopped to rest in her village. Many men longed for her hand in marriage. Unfortunately she did not become happy in her two marriages. Her second marriage took her to Syria where she became homesick for her village. It is for her, the story goes, that Ezo created this soup. After bearing 9 children, Ezo died of tuberculosis in the 1950s and has since become a Turkish legend, depicted in popular films and lamented in folksongs. Her name lives on in this popular soup although the reason is not known exactly.

 USA - Santa Fe Tortilla Burger

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 Also from the USA

Cajun Seafood Linguine from Green Global Travel

Shrimp and Grits from Green Global Travel

Southern US Holiday Recipes from Wandering Educators

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Is Your Food Making You Sick

On Tuesday Nour of Nourition shared some of the ways our bodies can react to food.  In today’s post she takes the conversation further to focus on ways to deal with triggers and food issues.

Is Your Food Making You Sick? Part Two

In my last post, I described the three different types of food reactions: allergies, sensitivities, and intolerances.

To answer Amanda’s request of what trigger foods to avoid, I’d say there isn’t an answer I can write in a post. It’s all about the individual. If you suspect an allergy, see a doctor or allergist. If you have bloating, gas, diarrhea, or abdominal pain, you might have a sensitivity or intolerance. If you suffer from migraines, fibromyalgia, arthritis, eczema, or fatigue, you might have sensitivity. I can help with the last two.

I help people with food sensitivities:

I use a test called MRT (mediator release test) that measures your immune reaction to 150 different foods, chemicals, and additives. When I get my client’s results, I know which foods she is reactive to, and which ones are safe. Over the course of 3 months, we build a list of ‘safe’ foods to incorporate in her life, including menus, recipes, and shopping tips. The result: no more pain, headaches, or GI complications.

I help people with food intolerances:

I teach them the FODMAP diet. We eliminate all foods containing FODMAPs, then challenge, or reintroduce, one type at a time. We look for signs and symptoms of reactions, and if none happen, we consider the carbohydrate (and the foods that contain them) safe. If they cause GI issues, we know exactly which ones are troublesome and to be avoided.

How can you eat a balanced diet and make good choices when you have food allergies? The most important thing is to find out what the trigger foods are and avoiding them. Different types of allergies require different strategies. Your choices are going to depend on the foods you have to avoid, the nutrients they provide, and number of foods you’re allergic to.

For example, if you have a nut allergy, you can get the protein they provide from meat and poultry, fish, eggs, seeds, beans, and dairy, and you can get healthy fats from fish, avocados, olive oil, and seeds. There are many options for snacks and precuts to spread over bread or dip your apples in. You have to become an adamant reader of food labels, everywhere and all the time. If you have nut, egg, and milk allergies all together, it can be challenging, so I recommend a private consult with a registered dietitian.

If you have food intolerance and can’t digest fructose for example, you will have to avoid apples, pears, peaches, and mangoes. However, you can enjoy bananas, berries, grapes, or honeydew. They key is making substitutions from the very same group you have to make eliminations from. If you can’t tolerate multiple carbohydrate compounds and end up eliminating too many foods from different groups, I recommend a private consult with a dietitian familiar with FODMAP diet to ensure you’re optimally nourishing your body.

The challenge with food sensitivities is that a food we all consider healthy, such as broccoli or apples, can be very unhealthy for you if your body is reacting to it. Intolerances cause discomfort and disturb quality of life, but they’re not as bad as sensitivities that fire up your immune system. When that happens, you’re in a state of inflammation, and that healthy broccoli—if you are sensitive to it—is not so healthy for YOU anymore.

When I see a new client, I evaluate the person’s individual symptoms. I ask questions about what they eat, how much, how they prepared it. I check their labs and consider their full medical history. Based on their individual case and my clinical judgment, I either recommend testing for food sensitivity or the FODMAP diet to eliminate intolerances.

Did you know that women are more likely to suffer from irritable bowel syndrome, migraines, and fibrmyalgia than men? My passion is to help women find relief from the constant pain and discomfort that just isn’t going away. Not only are women more likely to suffer from these conditions, we—women—tend to put everyone before ourselves and our health, letting our discomfort drain our physical and emotional energy. Pain medications only treat symptoms but don’t address the root of the problem. If you suspect you have a food sensitivity or intolerance that’s consuming your life, contact me. I offer free 15-minute consults to determine the most appropriate next step.

Thank you so much to Nour for providing some of her expertise here.  If you missed the first part of this series, you can find it here. Through the entire month of Ramadan I’ll be updating a lot of my Moroccan recipes that include gluten with a gluten-free version.  I know there are a lot of other food issues you may have.  Leave me a comment and let me know what you struggle with (or what you miss!) and you might see a future post featuring my recreation.    

 

Author Bio: Nour Zibdeh, MS RD CLT, is a nutrition coach who helps people with food sensitivities eliminate their symptoms so they live without their pain and suffering. She also helps people who struggle with their weight, heart disease, food cravings, and emotional eating figure out what and how to eat to reach their health goals while eating intuitively, nourishing their bodies, and enjoying their food. Nour is originally from Jordan, a wife, and mom of two young boys. She can be reached at www.nourition.com and blogs on nutrition and shares healthy recipes at www.nourition.com/blog.

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Is Your Food Making You Sick? Part One

Is Your Food Making You Sick

As you know I have been focusing lately on handling my husbands’ celiac disease diagnosis.  It has taken time and a lot of learning for all of us to adjust our diet to accommodate this change.  I have been changing the recipes for the traditional Moroccan foods he loves to create a version he can eat. When I first start writing about this change I got a LOT of emails from people who were either personally making this adjustment or who had a family member who required similar changes. To be truthful it threw me for a loop. I didn’t realize how many people were struggling with this!

I asked my friend Nour who publishes Nourition and is a dietitian to guest post this week on the topic “Is Your Food Making You Sick?”  Maybe you remember but MarocBaba’s celiac diagnosis was discovered by me.  I had noticed when he would get sick and what he had eaten beforehand. After an elimination diet (and him feeling much better) we went to the doctor to get an official diagnosis.  At the time the doctor was trying to discover what was wrong by running a lot of (expensive) tests.  We were able to forgo those tests and save a lot of money.  I hope that Nour’s advice here will help and please keep in mind she also is available for one to one coaching and support as well.

Is Your Food Making You Sick? Part One

Amanda expressed that many of you have food allergies and asked me to write about them. Coincidentally, this is one of my specialties. I help individuals eliminate the pain, discomfort, and emotional toll that result from food sensitivities and intolerances so they get their lives back and start doing all the great things they love to do.

I’ll start by explaining the different ways your body can react to food: allergy, sensitivity, or intolerance.

Food allergy is a well-understood reaction in your body that involves the immune system. A food that would normally be recognized safe triggers your immune cells to react in a mechanism known as IgE. As a result, histamines are released from white blood cells, causing symptoms like tingling or itching in the mouth, swelling of lips, face and tongue, trouble breathing, eczema, hives, abdominal pain, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, and/or fainting. Sometimes, a food allergy can cause an anaphylactic reaction—constriction of airways, dropped blood pressure, loss of consciousness—that necessitates an ER trip to prevent death or coma.

Common allergy foods are peanuts and tree nuts, eggs, fish, shellfish, milk, and soy.

Food allergies are not pleasant. On the bright side though, they are easier to detect than the next type I’ll be talking about. The reaction occurs within a few minutes to two hours of ingesting the food, the allergic reaction is definitive, and any amount—tiny or large—triggers it. They’re caused by one mechanism in the body (IgE), making diagnosis tests for the allergist a bit simpler.

Food sensitivity is a reaction to food that also involves the immune system. However, this type of reaction is less understood compared to food allergies. In fact, some clinicians don’t believe in it. I do and I have the research to back me up. Different immune mechanisms are involved that are not IgE, so they’re called non-IgE reactions (if you want more details I’ll be happy to share). In food sensitivities, the reactions can be delayed for up to 3 days, depending on the dose—a tiny amount might be ok but a larger one is not, and the symptoms are often chronic that people get used to them and think of them as normal and just who they are. Some people with food sensitivities feel that something is off but they just can’t put their hands on it. Because sensitivities result from different mechanisms, it’s important that the test for them is inclusive. Food sensitivities cause irritable bowel syndrome, fibromyalgia, inflammatory arthritis, migraines and other headaches, eczema, chronic hives, ADD and ADHD, chronic fatigue, and depression. A body with unresolved food sensitivity is in a constant state of inflammation. Trigger foods can be food colorings, additives, or something as healthy as onions.

Food intolerance does not involve the immune system but rather the digestive system. Normally, your body has enzymes to digest food. In some people, the enzymes don’t function properly or not enough is available, and the food compound travels to the large intestines instead of being absorbed. There, the gut bacteria happily digest and ferment that food, and that’s what causes gas, bloating, diarrhea, and abdominal pain. You might be familiar with lactose intolerance, but did you know other sugars could cause a similar effect? These simple carbohydrates are collectively labeled FODMAPs (Fermentable, Oligo-, Di- and Mono-saccharides and Polyols) and contribute to irritable bowel syndrome (gas, bloating, diarrhea, and abdominal pain). They’re found in many foods, such as dairy, fruits, vegetables, honey, and sweeteners (sorbitol, manitol, etc) usually found in sugar-free gum and cough drops. The solution is to pinpoint which of these types of small carbohydrate causes symptoms, and then eliminating its sources from your diet.

In the next post, I’ll give you more info about sensitivities and intolerances, as well as answer Amanda’s questions: what trigger foods to avoid and how to eat a balanced diet and make good choices when you have food allergies. 

Watch for Nour’s follow up post on Friday.  Be sure to visit her on Facebook and Twitter as well!

 

  Author Bio: Nour Zibdeh, MS RD CLT, is a nutrition coach who helps people with food sensitivities eliminate their  symptoms so they live without their pain and suffering. She also helps people who struggle with their weight, heart disease, food cravings, and emotional eating figure out what and how to eat to reach their health goals while eating intuitively, nourishing their bodies, and enjoying their food. Nour is originally from Jordan, a wife, and mom of two young boys. She can be reached at www.nourition.com and blogs on nutrition and shares healthy recipes at www.nourition.com/blog.

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One of my favorite brands and products in the last year is Saffron Road Foods.  You have seem me do some reviews and share some recipe ideas on occasion and I hope that many of you have been able to try at least one of their halal, and ethically sound products. It is so exciting to see a product with a halal label on the store shelves of a traditional grocery store.  The  exciting news that I have to share is that in the coming months I will be working much closer with Saffron Road!

What does this mean for you?

  • More giveaways!!  There will be several more opportunities to win Saffron Road products.
  • A first look at new product lines.  That’s right, Saffron Road has many more great things up their sleeves.  As a MarocMama reader you will be one of the first to find out as I will be sharing those products as soon as they’re ready.
  • Twitter parties – everyone loves a good party!  Watch for chances to Tweetchat with me about @SaffronRoadFood and kitchen/cooking questions and conversations.  (There will be a tweetchat coming next month so stay tuned!)
  • Recipes and meal ideas – as always I’ll have some fabulous recipes and meal ideas for you using Saffron Road products.
  • Conferences – if you’re heading to Eat, Write, Retreat; BlogHer Food, BlogHer or Niche Mommy I’ll be there as an attendee.  If you connect with me I’d love to talk more about Saffron Road and maybe even have a coupon or two for you!
  • And more!  Who knows what the next few months will bring but I promise to bring you some great new things!

I am really exciting about this partnership with Saffron Road.  As a team they are a fantastic group of people that are really committed to bringing the best products not only to the halal consumer but the consumer who is simply concerned with purchasing and consuming the best quality food.  For example did you know Saffron Road:

  • uses sustainable farming practices and focuses on ethical consumerism?
  • implements the Non-GMO verification process
  • uses no antibiotics nor added hormones in any of the animal meats that are in their products. Bacterial resistance “Super Bugs” is one of the larger immediate threats to the Earth that Saffron Road addressing.

As I’ve shared before Saffron Road has a full line of frozen entrees and broths that are all delicious.  But now Saffron Road also is offering Simmer Sauces that will be a great meal starter and flavor boost for your own recipes!  These sauces’ come in single-use pouches that are easier to ship, save on fuel and reduce the company’s carbon footprint by 50%. (Yay for this!) I am really looking forward to digging in and creating some great recipes using these.

 

Saffron Road Simmer Sauces

 

Look at those simmer sauces!  (By the way – I have fallen in love with Instagram for snapping quick pictues and playing with the effects – follow me – marocmama – if you’re there too because I take lots of pictures I only share in that stream!) There are four different flavors coming to a store near you soon;
  • Moroccan Tagine
  • Lemongrass Basil
  • Rogan Josh
  • Tikka Masala

As I play with these simmer sauces you’ll be seeing some recipes and meal ideas to incorporate them in your kitchen.

So what would you like to see?  Have you tried Saffron Road products?  Thoughts? 

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