Have you ever wandered around a grocery store looking for a specific ingredient, just to be told that it’s only available at specialty stores? Or, does your local market only have one aisle that’s dedicated to global cuisine?
We realize how frustrating this is, and that's why we’re here to help.
5 special ingredients we have, that your grocery store probably lacks
It’s not uncommon to want to branch out to try new things. Whether it’s skydiving, painting your nails a different color, or simply trying out a new type of food: Change is enthralling.
You can change up your typical breakfast, lunch, and dinner routines with one of our many unique meal kits. We’ll show you a few of our special ingredients that you probably can't find at your local grocery store.
We’ll also show you how incorporating these special ingredients into your meals can benefit your diet, and how you easy they are to cook.
What is harissa? Harissa is a hot chili pepper paste that adds a nice, spicy kick to any meal.
It’s the backbone of many North African and Middle Eastern dishes. Red peppers are the main ingredient to this zesty sauce, along with garlic, olive oil, cumin, coriander, mint, and caraway.
Depending on where you live in the United States, it can be quite difficult to find already-made harissa—and that’s where we come in. Our Lamb Souvlaki by Hachette Book Group is next-level delicious and it features a lime-harissa aioli that will tempt you to pick up the plate and lick it clean. You could do this and we wouldn’t judge you for it.
Za’atar is a beautiful spice that’s made up of a variety of different herbs, like thyme, oregano, marjoram, toasted sesame seeds, sumac, and salt—this concoction can be altered to taste.
You can find za’atar in many Middle Eastern and Mediterranean meals. When you mix it with a bit of olive oil it can make for a delicious dipping sauce for pita bread. It’s the perfect appetizer.
Our vegetarian masterpiece with California Prunes makes it easy to cook a dietitian-approved, delicious meal with za’atar. This Pan-Roasted Cauliflower and Chickpea meal is plant-based and utterly satisfying. Cauliflower and chickpeas bring you a savory, roasted flavor while the California prunes balance the dish with a touch of sweetness.
You might find potatoes that are yellow, red, or brown—but how often do you stumble upon a purple potato? It’s probably not very often.
Purple potatoes differ from the other colored varieties. They’re high-antioxidant foods and they’re also high in fiber and potassium.
Although you might not find these special purple potatoes at your local market, purple potatoes are available year-round, and they’re at a peak in autumn months.
Derived from France, we took purple potatoes and added them to our 40 Cloves Garlic Chicken meal kit. This meal is everything you’d want from a French bistro, without needing to pack a bag and update your passport. All 40 of the garlic cloves soften and melt during the cooking process to create a savory sauce that you can drizzle on top of the purple potato mash.
No more wandering around the grocery store — finally!
What is your favorite ingredient to cook with? What is something new that you’d want to try? Which of the three ingredients mentioned in this blog caught your eye most? Start the conversation. Leave a comment or a question below.
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