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A Trip to the Grocery Store…

English: Different potato varieties. – The pot...

English: Different potato varieties. – The potato is the vegetable of choice in the United States. On average, Americans devour about 65 kg of them per year. New potato releases by ARS scientists give us even more choices of potatoes to eat. Deutsch: Verschiedene Kartoffelsorten (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

…well, not just any grocery store.  Chuck’s Produce and Street Market in Vancouver, WA is my go-to place for groceries.  I have many reasons, one being the wonderful ladies and gentlemen behind the deli counter who are so nice to my mom and myself when we shop on Tuesdays.  *waves hello and gives thanks for the pickled onions*

Part of our produce selections was a bag of organic russet potatoes (a half a potato with vegetarian chili chases the winter chill away, fyi) and for the first time in my life I smelled a potato.  Not that I could get away from it.  That bag smelled so earthy, rich and yes, REAL.  Those potatoes smelled as if they were just dug from the ground.  I have purchased potatoes before (many times) but this was the first time that earthy smell really hit me.  Think about it: the ground gave up this delicious, good for you potato.  No added colors, preservatives, chemicals, nothing.  Just potatoes.

For those who don’t eat a whole lot of “real” food, I implore you to become one with the glorious root vegetables that are prevalent this time of year.  Oh, and put down those bags of baby carrots.  Have a real carrot, with the green tops still on.  Carrots are sweet, did you know, and the majority of their nutrients come from the skin and the layer beneath.  Baby carrots are shaved down regular carrots, so the majority of the nutrients were wasted for the ease of convenience.  Wash your carrots, then eat them.  Don’t peel them.

It’s crazy but yes, a bag of potatoes inspired me for this post.  It was a toss-up between the potatoes, or the amazing oranges that were available.  Thin-skinned, easy to peel globes of nutrition.  When I walked into Chuck’s I smelled the oranges before I saw them.  I only got four of them, my mother doesn’t eat oranges because she’s been disappointed once the rind comes off.  Not these.  We have to go back to get more.

Chuck’s isn’t everywhere, sadly.  For those not in the area, check online to see if there is an organic market in your area, then give them a visit.  The earth gives up an abundance of fruits and vegetables, full of flavor and color and beauty.  No big food marketing campaign and replicate what food can do in its natural state.

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Lilly’s Hummus: So Delicious

Lilly’s Hummus: Plain

I love it when I come across something fabulous purely by accident.

I needed hummus, and I stress the word need.  I was at my local Chuck’s Produce and I was about to reach for my little clamshell type container of my stand-by hummus, when I saw a bigger container on sale.

It was Lilly’s Hummus.  Bigger is better, and the ingredients were short and simple, so I took a flyer and grabbed a container of their regular hummus.  As I wandered through Chuck’s, I made sure I had a bag of unsalted pita chips (a weakness of mine when it comes to hummus) and a bunch of carrots with the tops still attached.

(Don’t get me started on those “baby” carrots.  If you want a REAL carrot, get the ones with the greenery still attached.  The flavor is amazing.)

Anyway, I digress.  Lilly’s Hummus wasn’t what I expected at all.  It was absolutely delicious.  Thick, creamy, smooth and with an amazing flavor of…HUMMUS.  I got the Plain, and I am used to brands who call their plain version plain, but it’s usually overpowering with garlic.

Oh, and its chunky.  I am a texture girl, and texture will come before taste any time.  Texture will make or break a product for me.  It doesn’t matter how good it is, but if the texture is off, then no.  Just no.  Lilly’s is creamy smooth and perfectly seasoned and did I say it was creamy smooth?

Here are the ingredients for Lilly’s Hummus, Plain:

Ingredients: Organic Garbanzo Beans, Olive Oil, Sesame Tahini, Lemon Juice, Sea-Salt, Garlic, Citric Acid.

A very simple 7 ingredients.  Unfortunately I have seen brands with 10, even 15 ingredients.

Lilly’s comes in several flavors for those who need something more exciting than “plain”:  there’s Roasted Garlic, Kalamata Olive, Roasted Red Pepper, Roasted Jalapeno (spicy) and my new, all time favorite flavor, Smoked Tomato and Basil.  There is also a Cracked Pepper version, the creators are still tweaking the recipe to make it amazing.

Lilly’s Smoked Tomato and Basil Hummus

Lilly’s Smoked Tomato and Basil Hummus is WOW. I don’t know how else to describe it, so I am going to go with my initial reaction when I tried it.  Just WOW.  Like the Plain, it’s well blended and creamy smooth with a delicious smoky flavor that is out of this world and totally unexpected. It is safe to say the Smoked Tomato flavor has shock value to it, because the amazing flavor is simply not expected.  The smoked tomatoes doesn’t over power the flavor of those delicate Garbanzo Beans, yet the gently sweet-tanginess really shines.  I was stunned, that’s how good this was.

The Smoked Tomato is good plain (seriously, insert a clean finger and go to town if you aren’t sharing your container) or I found it to be fabulous with celery and other goodies, so much so I created a recipe:

Lilly’s Smoked Tomato and Basil Hummus Dish of Fabulousness:

Lilly’s Smoked Tomato and Basil Hummus

Grated Carrots (use the ones with the green tops still attached);

Sliced Avocado;

Celery Sticks, Pita Chips, or Garden Of Eating No Salt Blue Corn Tortilla Chips

Add slices of avocado to top of hummus, sprinkle with the carrot, and dip away with the celery sticks, pita chips, or my favorite, those Garden of Eating No Salt Blue Corn Tortilla Chips.

 

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