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Product Review: Tres Latin Foods Pupusas

16 Nov

Tres Latin FoodsTres Latin Foods is a Boulder, CO based company that was born in 2008 when their pupusas were first sold at a local farmer’s market. Six years later, their products can now be found in the freezer section at Whole Foods Markets and other natural grocers across the country.

So, what is a pupusa? It is a Salvadoran corn tortilla stuffed with a variety of ingredients. Similar to the South American arepa, the pupusa is different in that it is filled prior to cooking, and uses a special treated corn dough (source).

Black Bean & Sweet Corn PupusasTres Latin Foods currently offers one vegan flavor, which is their Black Bean & Sweet Corn pupusa. With just five simple ingredients, these pupusas are gluten-free and use non-GMO corn masa. One 10-ounce box contains four 2.5-ounce pupusas.

I first elected to try these plain, straight out of the oven. Upon first bite, I was greeted with a nice dose of refried black beans accented with a little sweet corn, a couple pinches of salt and a touch of olive oil, all encompassed in a nice, soft corn masa pocket. Simple but delicious. While the folks at Tres Latin Foods recommend eating these with a type of cabbage relish called Curtido (which they graciously provide the recipe for both on their website and current product packaging), I opted to enjoy mine with some of my Perfect Guacamole. These pupusas certainly don’t need any help with flavor but the addition of guacamole raised them to a whole new level. Needless to say, I was left wanting to buy a couple more boxes!

My only complaints are that I wish there were more vegan flavors to try (potato perhaps, or even something with vegan cheese), and that these pupusas were larger, or came six, or even eight to a box. Perhaps down the road I will get my wish!

Black Bean & Sweet Corn Pupusas with Guacamole

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NOTE: The product noted above was a free sample provided by Tres Latin Foods, which has no affiliation with Vegan Food Addict. The views and opinions expressed herein are solely that of Vegan Food Addict and do not necessarily reflect that of others.

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Product Review and Recipe: Lilly’s Hummus

3 Mar

Lilly's HummusHailing from Portland, OR, Lilly’s Hummus began when owner Lilly whipped up some hummus for a dinner party. Well-received by her guests, she began selling her hummus at a local farmer’s market and the rest is history. Now available nationwide, Lilly’s Hummus provides eight different flavors featuring hand-roasted vegetables. Flavors include Original, Black Bean, Cracked Pepper, Kalamata Olive, Roasted Garlic, Roasted Jalapeño, Roasted Red Pepper, and Smoked Tomato and Basil. If these don’t sound delicious enough to convince you, Lilly’s products are all free of animal products, gluten and GMOs.

Lilly’s Hummus generously provided four flavors for me to try: Black Bean, Cracked Pepper, Roasted Garlic and Roasted Red Pepper. It has often been my experience that many types of hummus I try, have too much oil or tahini — but not Lilly’s! I could easily eat this stuff with a spoon. Not too salty with nice, mild notes, I feel that any of these hummus flavors could accompany a variety of savory dishes in perfect harmony.

Lilly's Black Bean Hummus Black Bean Hummus
Perhaps my favorite flavor and very popular among those whom I let try it, Lilly’s Black Bean Hummus features not only the star ingredients, black beans, but also roasted jalapeños and red peppers, in addition to smoked tomatoes which give it a nice, sweet undertone. When I eat this hummus, it reminds me of refried black beans mixed with a little salsa and lightened with a touch of sweetener. I envision this hummus pairing well with a variety of Hispanic-inspired dishes.

Lilly's Cracked Pepper Hummus Cracked Pepper Hummus
Lilly’s Cracked Pepper Hummus has a nice, mellow flavor with just enough cracked pepper to taste, but not so much that it is overpowering. Cracked pepper is easy to overdo, but Lilly’s got it right. This hummus, having more of a neutral flavor could be paired with nearly any savory dish your heart desires.

Lilly's Roasted Garlic Hummus Roasted Garlic Hummus
Being the big garlic fan that I am, I was excited to try Lilly’s Roasted Garlic Hummus. It has a light garlic flavor that could go perfectly with any vegetable or savory chip of your choosing. If it were up to me though, I would add just a touch more roasted garlic to kick it up a notch. This hummus is a close second in the running for my favorite Lilly’s Hummus.

Lilly's Roasted Red Pepper Hummus Roasted Red Pepper Hummus
Perfect for you bell pepper fans out there, Lilly’s Roasted Red Pepper Hummus is her most flavorful hummus I have tried. Providing a fresh, natural red bell pepper flavor, this hummus is very pleasing and is sure to satisfy any cravings you may have. I can see it being enjoyed with a variety of Hispanic or Mediterranean dishes that would benefit from an added level of flavor.

Check out the recipe below for Mediterranean Vegetable Salad featuring Lilly’s Roasted Red Pepper Hummus. Accompanied by fresh basil, this salad  is full of flavor. Enjoy!

Mediterranean Salad with Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

Mediterranean Vegetable Salad with Roasted Red Pepper Hummus

6 cups water
1 bulb fresh fennel, white part only, washed and chopped
2 large portobello mushrooms, cleaned and cubed
2 small zucchini, washed and cubed
1/2 cup pitted kalamata olives, drained and minced
1 cup artichoke hearts, drained and chopped (optional)
1/2 cup Lilly’s Roasted Red Pepper Hummus*
2 tablespoons minced fresh basil

Place water in a 4-quart pot and bring to a boil over high heat. Add fennel, mushrooms and zucchini and boil for 1-3 minutes, or until crisp-tender. Drain and rinse with cold water to halt cooking process. Set aside, allowing to cool completely.

Place remaining ingredients in a large bowl. Add cooled vegetables and stir to combine.

* Lilly’s has multiple flavors of hummus that are delicious in this recipe. If you’re not feeling roasted red bell peppers, try Lilly’s Cracked Pepper or Roasted Garlic Hummus.

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NOTE: The products noted above were free samples provided by Lilly’s Hummus, which has no affiliation with Vegan Food Addict. The views and opinions expressed herein are solely that of Vegan Food Addict and do not necessarily reflect that of others.

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