Tasty Foodie Snippets – I thought I would share with you a few more of the interesting new products that have come onto my foodie radar recently – some are healthy and one is just unadulterated indulgence:
Pulled Oats – Move over meat!
Many of us are moving to a plant-based diet, so I was interested to try a new meat substitute from Finland. I’ve always been a fan of Scandinavian food, and new Pulled Oats offers a very acceptable alternative to meat or soya based products. Made from Nordic oats and legumes, the texture is good, full of protein but no additives or e-numbers. We were very impressed. It’s a great base for moussaka, Bolognese, lasagne – you name it! Available from Planet Organic and hopefully soon from many other places, it’s definitely worth trying.
Another new plant-based discovery is fiid ready meals. Made from vegetables, legumes and spices these pouches of ready meals are ambient, so worth keeping in stock for a quick meal. They are ready in just three minutes and available in selected Sainsbury’s stores nationwide, fiid is available in three different recipes: Hearty Moroccan Chickpea Tagine; Italian Sundried Tomato & Lentil Ragu and Smoky Mexican Black Bean Chilli (RRP: £3.50)
Whether it’s a bacon butty or cooked breakfast, as far as I’m concerned it needs tomato ketchup! When I’m trying to be good I substitute it with tomato puree, but that never seems to ‘cut the mustard’. Well, now there is a healthy – really good – alternative! Yes, Real Good ketchup does what it says on the label and it’s really low in calories too! Available in Wholefoods and Ocado at around £2 for a 310g or just £3 for a big 685g bottle (I know which size will be on my list from now on.) The company does great BBQ ketchup too.
Boosh makes a range of bone broths using organic bones that are simmered for ages to product a broth rich in protein, collagen and healthy amino acids. Simply heat for an ultra-healthy hot drink or use to add depth of flavour to a host of dishes. My favourite is the Asian Spiced (hints of chilli and lemongrass) but the beef and the chicken ones are great too – and also ideal if someone is feeling under the weather and wants some light, healthy sustenance. Available from Ocado at £4.99
Sweet Sicilian Citrus Bites
I recently discovered a fabulous company called Orange Moon that imports the most delicious chocolate-coated slices of Sicilian candied oranges. Available in dark or white chocolate and also some coated in both! From a sweet little 13g pack that contains just one coated slice (perfect for socially distanced dinners or wedding favours) to a super indulgent two-drawer 200g box, there is a full range on the website that I would urge you to check out. Orangemoon.uk also sells boxes of some divine almond paste treats that are unusual, and perfect gifts for that poor individual who doesn’t like, or just can’t eat chocolate.