Hello there, and welcome to this all-fruit-and-veggie edition of this week’s Try Something New Tuesday recap! I’ve got lots to tell you about, so let’s get rolling right away, shall we?
1. Recipe of the Week. Fall seems to have roared in way faster than I’d like it to this year, and I know my days of going to and from the gym without sweatpants over my shorts are numbered. As I’m sure is also the case in your house if you’re a lover of pumpkin, apples and root veggies, fall-inspired recipes have been the main focus of my cooking efforts these days and you’ll be seeing some of them featured here very soon. However, because I’m still in denial that summer is pretty much gone, I want to give you one more summer produce recipe, and the star of it all is tomatoes.
The area I live in is very well known for the nearby St Jacob’s Farmer’s Market, and one of the vendors at the market is a business called Dutchies. In addition to their weekly participation at the market, they’ve also got a shop where you can buy fresh produce, meats, bread, and a few specialty items throughout the rest of the week. What’s even better is that their prices are usually very hard to beat and a large amount of the produce sold is locally grown. I’ve lived in the Waterloo region for 8 years now, and for some reason unbeknownst to me, my first trip to Dutchies wasn’t until just a couple of weeks ago. Crazy, right?
In addition to all the aforementioned great things that foodies such as myself appreciate about Dutchies, another perk is that they frequently have BOGO deals. This was the case recently when I visited and great big baskets of tomatoes were the buy one get one free deal of the day. I never turn down a deal when it comes to good food, so without giving a thought to how exactly I was going to use all of those tomatoes, I popped 2 baskets into my cart and continued on my merry way.
When the tomatoes began ripening faster than I’d anticipated, I knew something had to be done with them quickly. Since the temperatures seem to be plummeting and my desire for warmer foods is kicking in, marinara sauce was the first thing on my mind. There are many marinara sauce connoisseurs out there who claim that Roma tomatoes are the only kind that should be used, but I don’t think that’s true. As long as you’ve got some nice red ripe ones and some fresh herbs (because dried ones just don’t have the same magical powers), you can’t mess this recipe up.
I could go on and tell you about how my Roasted Red Pepper and Herb Marinara Sauce is low in sodium, high in the antioxidant lycopene, and healthier than any kind that comes in a can (which may have BPA seeping into it – yuck), but all you really need to know about this one is that it’s quick, simple, and delicious. Whether you use it for coating pasta, zucchini noodles, spaghetti squash, or meatballs, it’s fully capable of dressing up anything you’d normally toss in store-bought marinara sauce.
2. Cawston Press Beet Juice. Over the weekend I attended CHFA East, an annual industry tradeshow organized by the Canadian Health Food Association. Some of my favourite companies including Vega, Love Grown Foods, Rise Kombucha and Cookin’ Greens were there, as well as hundreds more. I had the privilege of meeting some amazing companies with fantastic whole food-based products and I’m super excited to share some of them with you over the coming weeks. One that impressed me most was Cawston Press.
If the name doesn’t ring any bells, that’s ok – they’re located across the pond in Northamptonshire, England and this was the first I’d heard of them too. The company produces a line of juices made with fresh apples, then presses and blends this with the juice of other fruits and vegetables like rhubarb, beetroot, mango, pears, berries and ginger. There are no preservatives, no added sweeteners, no artificial colours, and no concentrates – just 100% pure juice from whole foods.
They’ve also recently launched 2 sparkling bevvies – Cloudy Apple and Rhubarb – both of which come in cans. The juices come in cartons – either 1L or 330mL in size. I managed to get my hands on one of the 1L Beetroot Juice cartons, and I’ve been treating it like gold ever since.
After drinking a glass of this beet-apple blend before my workout yesterday morning, I can safely declare that if you enjoy beets, you will think it’s the silkiest, smoothest beet juice you’ve ever tasted. Not only does it taste great but you don’t need to worry about turning your hands, fingernails, cutting board, and possibly your outfit purple while running raw whole beets through a juicer. If you’ve ever done any or all of the above, I’m sure you’ll agree that this is a pretty big deal.
On the other hand, if you’re one of many that believe beets taste like dirt, don’t stop reading just yet. After I got home from that same workout yesterday, a smoothie was born that I think might change your mind.
Into my Vitamix went:
- ½ cup Cawston Press Brilliant Beetroot juice
- ½ cup water
- ½ cup frozen raspberries
- ½ Granny smith apple
- a 1” piece of peeled fresh ginger
- 6 ice cubes
The result was a beautiful, vibrant pink, cool and refreshing masterpiece that I’m pretty sure I’ll be making daily until I run out of beet juice and have to track down another 1L carton. Seriously guys, this was unbelievable!
To sum up, I’m pretty darn hooked on this stuff. Not only is Cawston Press a new favourite of mine because of their commitment to real food, but I’m told that the cartons retail for similar prices to other more conventional juices. I apologize for not having a North American retailer list to share with you right now, but I promise to update this post once I have that info. If you happen to live in the UK, you can find the list of UK stockists here.
So tell me…
- Do you make your own marinara sauce? Or, is there a favourite brand that you tend to buy all the time?
- Beet juice: Are you a fan?
- Have you seen or tried Cawston Press juices?